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The Farrier: Virginia Beach police officer with unusual specialty reaches the end of his service in uniform

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Before he retired as a master police officer with a unique specialty, Chuck Lauchner spoke about his boyhood back when you didn’t have to look all that hard to find a farm in Virginia Beach. There… Continue Reading

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Elections: Incumbent Villanueva fends off GOP challenger in 21st Virginia House District primary, faces Democrat Fowler in November

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Del. Ron Villanueva defeated Bill Haley in a Republican primary to remain the party’s candidate in the 21st Virginia House District, which Villanueva has represented since 2010. The next challenge he will face is… Continue Reading

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Primaries: Democratic candidates stress Medicaid expansion during forum hosted by party committee

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the Tuesday, June 13, primary elections for two Virginia House of Delegates races say Medicaid expansion is a major concern for their campaigns. Candidates Kimberly Anne Tucker and… Continue Reading

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Strawberries: Prized local fruit stars in three dishes at The Whiskey Kitchen

  BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Southern Virginia Beach marks the arrival of spring by the ripening strawberries, and locals celebrate the season by hitting the fields with buckets and baskets in hand.   Many pick pounds at a… Continue Reading

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PAINCast: Virginia Beach author Toni Guagenti guests on latest podcast

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The second episode of PAINCast, an occasional podcast of The Independent News, features Toni Guagenti, author of a 100 Things to Do in Virginia Beach Before You Die. Guagenti serves as media manager for Mayor… Continue Reading

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From the Vault: Small pigs, big heart in annual racing tradition during the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. note — This story originally ran in the June 10, 2016, print edition of The Independent News. BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Brad Keithly’s hands were trembling slightly as he walked up a set of metal stairs and leaned into the… Continue Reading

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Pungo Strawberry Festival arrives this weekend; meet the dignitaries

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Frank Davis started participating in the Pungo Strawberry Festival, including overseeing parking, back in 2002 – about a year after the retired Navy master chief joined the sheriff’s office, initially… Continue Reading

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Democrat Coleman defeats Edlow in caucus voting, will face incumbent Davis in 84th Virginia House District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rev. Dr. Veronica Coleman, a Democrat and the founder of New Jerusalem Ministries in Virginia Beach, will challenge state Del. Glenn Davis, the Republican incumbent, in the 84th House District in November. Coleman… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach farming industry saw overall growth, some changes in past year; budget anticipates restored agricultural reserve program dollars

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Agriculture in Virginia Beach had an estimated $124.6 million economic impact in 2016, an increase of $3.8 million or 3.1 percent from the previous year, according to the local cooperative extension office. The estimate from… Continue Reading

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Humble about his accomplishments, officer’s legacy is his service

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City police, friends and loved ones on Saturday, April 15, celebrated the life of retired Master Police Officer Wesley “Wes” K. Stewart, who may have said little about his accomplishments serving his nation and his… Continue Reading