Planning Commission recommends denial of proposed event venue on farmland in rural Virginia Beach

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Sunday, July 5, print edition. It has been updated to include the date upon which the City Council is scheduled to consider the proposal. Additionally, it now appears unlikely the City Council will… Continue Reading


Abbott: Let Virginia Beach citizens say via referendum whether district voting should change

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council may consider putting a referendum on the November ballot that could lead to big changes to the way people choose local elected leaders representing specific voting districts. A proposal by… Continue Reading


Taylor tops among three in GOP primary, rematch set with Luria

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia Beach Republican and business consultant who served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and was voted out of office two years ago, will now get a rematch with… Continue Reading


Turpin, former state delegate, to drop out of race for Rose Hall seat on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Cheryl Turpin, a Democrat and a former member of the House of Delegates, is no longer running for a City Council seat in Virginia Beach. As first reported by The Independent News, Turpin put in… Continue Reading


Turpin, former state delegate, seeks Rose Hall seat on Virginia Beach City Council, joining two others in challenging Berlucchi

Ed. — Cheryl Turpin has announced her decision to leave the race since this story first appeared in print on Sunday, June 21. This story has been archived. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Former state Del. Cheryl Turpin, a Virginia Beach… Continue Reading


Updated: Wagner, Kowalewitch will challenge incumbent Dyer in Virginia Beach mayoral race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Two people will challenge Mayor Bobby Dyer in this year’s mayoral election. Following City Councilmember Aaron Rouse’s recent announcement that he is ending his campaign for mayor, two candidates – businesspeople Jody Wagner and Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch… Continue Reading


Breaking: Rouse ends campaign to be Virginia Beach mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City Councilmember Aaron Rouse is ending his campaign for mayor of Virginia Beach. Rouse today made the announcement in a social media statement that initially caused some confusion about whether he was dropping out. The… Continue Reading


Letter: Recognizing the people who helped our Knotts Island Community Cemetery

Dear Editor: As we are entering another grass cutting season and a new decade, let us pause for a moment and give thanks for all we have been blessed with and look to our future with total optimism. When we… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Journapocalypse now

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Earlier this year, I published an editorial about the terrible situation at The Virginian-Pilot, which is being moved to the Peninsula, and I urged folks with cash laying around to buy our local daily back from Tribune.… Continue Reading


After buyouts and the coming move of The Virginian-Pilot, concerns grow about the biggest newsroom in South Hampton Roads — and local news itself

Ed. — This originally ran in the Friday, Feb. 28, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — One of the journalists covering Virginia Beach for The Virginian-Pilot, the leading media organization in the region, is Peter Coutu, 24. He started… Continue Reading