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Virginia Beach: A step forward in redevelopment of Dome site

BY JULIE TAYLOR COURTHOUSE –  Atlantic Park, the $325 million mixed-use development project planned for the former Dome site, is one step closer to becoming reality.     The Virginia Beach City Council unanimously approved the development agreement for the… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council will take more time to review appointments

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 4, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE –  The City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 1, unanimously adopted a change that will ensure members have more time to review nominees to the… Continue Reading

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Two Rose Hall District school board candidates represented at rural issues forum

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY –  Two candidates in the Rose Hall District School Board special election were represented in brief remarks during the candidates forum at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Joel McDonald, a former… Continue Reading

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Moss proposal would require members of City Council to resign before running for another seat

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 4, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Members of the Virginia Beach City Council would have to resign before running for another council seat under a plan proposed amid… Continue Reading

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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading

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Elections: Dyer, Centerville District councilmember, bests Davenport to become next Virginia Beach mayor

Ed. — This story ran in the Nov. 9 print edition, prior to recounts in some council races that changed vote totals but not outcomes. This story was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer,… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, At Large

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the two at large seats on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. An incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading

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State cites Virginia Beach for ‘serious violations’ in fire department training burn of house near Pungo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — State occupational safety and health officials cited Virginia Beach this month for serious violations related to a training event in which firefighters burned a home near Pungo in April so they could train outside it… 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

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Procedures were not followed in ‘live burn’ training, but city says there was not exposure to asbestos

Ed. — This is a developing story, and it will be updated online and in the upcoming print edition of The Independent News. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach Fire Department in April sent firefighters to a house that… Continue Reading