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From the Editor: As school days near, savoring the last day of a summer together

Ed. — This column originally ran in the Friday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — On Labor Day, the end of our summer, we are together in the madhouse, making coffee, figuring out chores, awaiting the start of the… Continue Reading

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Eying a storm, local farmers head into the corn fields for an early harvest

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Sept. 6 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Over the Labor Day Weekend, well before Hurricane Dorian neared, farmer H.M. Dudley and his son, Ryan Dudley, harvested field corn near the intersection… Continue Reading

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Little Island pier draws visitors who cast away on a late summer evening

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Vernon Davis is from Deptford, N.J., and he and his family have vacationed in Virginia Beach for about 15 years. They started out at a hotel when they first came to the area, but renting a… Continue Reading

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Amid busy summer months, lifeguards are on duty at beach in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Just before Memorial Day Weekend, the kickoff of the true tourist season in Sandbridge, city lifeguards gathered to train together at their Little Island headquarters. They were young and old, many of them returning year after… Continue Reading