Environment: Stepping back, resetting in the fight for menhaden

BY JOSH WHITENER VIRGINIA BEACH — Steven Epstein, founder of Chesapeake Bay Defense, has worked with citizens and government officials to limit menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. Despite hope on the part of proponents this year, bills that sought to limit… Continue Reading


Spore’s long career as Virginia Beach manager ending, but a regional role remains ahead

BY JOSH WHITENER COURTHOUSE — City Manager Jim Spore, who will retire on Jan. 1, attributes many of his accomplishments to the others that helped make them happen.  “I’m a believer that if you create a vision and a plan to achieve… Continue Reading


A new principal, growing technology at St. John the Apostle Catholic School

BY JOSH WHITENER Though she is in her first year here, the principal of St. John the Apostle Catholic School is no stranger to its halls.  “On several occasions I was as here at St. John’s for the past two… Continue Reading


Education: Mentors help young readers improve over course of year

BY JOSH WHITENER COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach READS, now in its second year, enhances the reading skills of local first grade students. The program offers Beach residents the chance to help students during the school year by mentoring them one… Continue Reading


In 10th year, walk to raise awareness about depression and suicide grows

BY JOSH WHITENER MOUNT TRASHMORE — Thousands of supporters and advocates organized Saturday, Sept. 12, at Mount Trashmore for the 10th annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, which promoted awareness about the fight against depression and suicide. About 7,000 people… Continue Reading


Elections: Incumbent Del. Knight faces Green Party’s Staples in 81st House District

BY JOSH WHITENER COURTHOUSE — State Del. Barry Knight, a Republican seeking his fourth term, faces Green Party challenger Jeff Staples in the Nov. 3 election in the 81st House District. Knight, a Pungo native, is a farmer and businessman who also… Continue Reading