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From the Editor: On shared disciplines of military service and farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Bobby Vaughan and I spoke well before Veterans Day, when I was working on a story that involved the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s efforts to build strong roots in Virginia, connecting veterans to agriculture. I’d hoped to… Continue Reading

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At Back Bay refuge, a homebuilding workshop benefits local, helpful bats

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Attendees at a workshop at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Oct. 28, built custom housing for bats, the small, flying mammals that – despite perceptions fueled by horror flicks rather than ecological reality… Continue Reading

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Paid firefighters on duty on Knotts Island amid contract dispute between Currituck County, volunteers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Paid Currituck County firefighters are on duty here amid a contract dispute between the county and the volunteer rescue firefighters who normally serve at the island’s station, essentially an outpost for property protection and… Continue Reading

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Voting district or ballot question? The Virginia Beach registrar — and local parties — are happy to help

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Dave Belote, chair of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, is among the local elections and political party officials who encounter voters who sometimes do not know what state legislative district they live within. Belote said… Continue Reading

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Officer in First Precinct recognized for lifesaving in overdose case, narcotics investigation that followed

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Officer M.E. Shawkat, a Landstown High School and Old Dominion University graduate who has served the police department for three years, was recognized during the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee meeting this past month as… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge: With no federal dollars coming, Virginia Beach will fund next sand replenishment project alone

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach will go it alone again to replenish the beach at Sandbridge because the federal government won’t pony up. Officials in September confirmed that the replenishment project will go ahead next year, possibly in… Continue Reading

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With help, folding paper cranes at the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE MOUNT TRASHMORE — Katie and Justin Copeland were together during the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing at Mount Trashmore. With the help of a volunteer, they learned to fold paper cranes, a symbol of hope.… Continue Reading

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Fellowship: Annual dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ features food, music, connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — The dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ on Saturday, Aug. 26, was the latest in an annual tradition that gathers familiar faces for dinner, dessert and a program. Younger folks served their elders.… Continue Reading

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Photos: Viewing the eclipse at the Senior Resource Center in Creeds

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Crystal Fields of Hampton was among the people who gathered at the Senior Resource Center, Inc., on Monday, Aug. 21, to view the solar eclipse. People used special glasses, a pinhole image from one piece of… Continue Reading

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Essay: Making things grow in a Virginia Beach community garden

BY DENISE FINKBEINER HOLDEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I’m no farmer, but I can get stuff to grow. Whether I can get family to eat all their vegetables is another matter.  I planted myself out of our Strawbridge-area yard a while… Continue Reading