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Sharing the history of a local river in stories and photographs

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE — Over the years, the North Landing River has served as a major transportation route and an important food source for local hunters and fishers. Its marshy ecosystem harbors a plethora of wildlife, and, perhaps down… Continue Reading

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Pungo Strawberry Festival 2018: The ‘berry best’ of Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The dignitaries for the 35th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, which begins this weekend, were announced during the annual festival press conference and lunch this month at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. They are the celebrities… 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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Grant means five more Virginia Beach high schools will embrace initiative helping military-connected districts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA – A $4 million grant will help five Virginia Beach high schools implement a college readiness program through the National Math and Science Initiative, which works with schools serving military families. That applies… Continue Reading

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Small businesses in Virginia Beach backed by big ideas and potential

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Amy Cotter felt devastated when she learned that she would be retired from the U.S. Navy for medical reasons. So Cotter found a way to fill a void in her life by establishing The… Continue Reading

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Art that speaks to – and through – military children in the Beach

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER LANDSTOWN – Malik Holman, 15, knows how tough it is being a military brat. Sometimes it’s downright difficult – and hard to express. “It’s about change and a large variety of things going on in my life all… Continue Reading