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Remembering Norton Girault, veteran, author, lifelong student of writing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — The writer Norton Girault, author of a short story collection, Out Among the Roster Men, and a historical novel, Andre Boulanger, died on Sunday, Dec. 2. Girault was a longtime friend of the Old Dominion University… Continue Reading

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City staff recommends denial of ‘agrihood’ in Pungo because stormwater info is not in; developer says it needs city data first

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The city staff has recommended denial of a rezoning request that would clear the way for a subdivision on either side of Princess Anne Road in the heart of Pungo because developers have not submitted… Continue Reading

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Burton dropping out, supporting Worst in Princess Anne District race for Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rev. Pieri Burton, a pastor from Strawbridge and a candidate for City Council in the Princess Anne District, is dropping out of the race. Burton today told The Independent News he is ending… Continue Reading

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Elections: Dyer pledges level playing field, Davenport touts technology at Virginia Beach mayoral forum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE THALIA — Amid a crowded local election season, a forum hosted by the Thalia Civic League gave the two candidates for Virginia Beach mayor a chance to square off at New Life Church earlier this month. The… Continue Reading

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Nonprofit continues to build toward opening its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Wildlife Response Inc., a nonprofit organization that for years has been developing an animal rehabilitation complex, is still chipping away improving land it leases from the city along Indian River Road. Bill Haynie, the group’s… Continue Reading

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After tronc purchase of The Virginian-Pilot, local journalists seek – and gain – recognition of Tidewater Media Guild

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – This month journalists at The Virginian-Pilot and The Daily Press, among the leading newsrooms in Virginia, formed a guild and sought voluntary recognition as a union from tronc, a Chicago-based company that purchased The… Continue Reading

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Amid the Peach Festival, a local barber went to work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Bryce Tyler Wootton, a 28-year-old licensed master barber, moved back home to the island in May after several years in Virginia Beach. In late June, he set up a chair beneath a tent during… Continue Reading

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An advocate for the homeless in Virginia Beach completes two decades with the city, but the work continues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Vince Dozier used to run when things went wrong, leave his Back Bay home and head into the woods. He loved someone, but she loved drugs. Once she told him, I’m going to do this until… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: When a scammer reached out to me, I reached back with a quid pro quo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The day before our nation celebrated independence from the Crown, I got an urgent email that seemed to be from the president of a university where I teach. Except maybe I should mention this email came… Continue Reading

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While residents wait for answers, Virginia Beach City Council to consider cost-sharing options in search for Ashville Park flooding fix

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The City Council on Tuesday, June 19, voted to delay two related decisions that could determine how the flood-prone Ashville Park neighborhood near Pungo continues to develop. One item would fix flooding issues in the… Continue Reading