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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for Virginia Beach City Council, Centerville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked City Councilmember Bobby Dyer, an unopposed incumbent for the Virginia Beach City Council Centerville District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, Rose Hall

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Rose Hall District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Arguments in support of and against the light rail advisory referendum

Ed. note — The Independent News asked representatives of both Light Rail Now, Inc., and No Light Rail Virginia Beach to address this important advisory referendum on extending the Tide from Newtown Station to Town Center. This appeared in print… Continue Reading

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DeSteph wants attorney general to review nonprofit advocacy in light rail referendum that revealed conflict in election law, state guidance

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – State Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-8th District, wants the state attorney general to determine whether it is appropriate for a nonprofit to advocate a position in the Nov. 8 light rail referendum without forming a… Continue Reading

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Column: Keep light rail on track to benefit the future of all Virginia Beach

BY MARTHA MCCLEES VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach is far more diverse than most citizens realize – in its history, natural assets and character. As we plan for the city’s future, we will be wise to grow and enhance those elements… Continue Reading

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Nonprofit light rail advocacy group named 2012 donors, but takes a different approach in 2016

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach Connex, a campaign seeking “yes” votes in the November light rail referendum, is part of  the nonprofit Light Rail Now, Inc., which was also active during the 2012 referendum about the Tide’s future… Continue Reading

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How many signatures does anti-light rail extension effort need for referendum?

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – John Atkinson, the city treasurer who launched a grassroots effort to stop light rail from expanding to Town Center, gathered supporters at City Hall this past month to stress a message made clear by the… Continue Reading

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Dyer revokes motion, leaving referendum effort to city treasurer-led group

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — After a series of discussions about extending light rail and the controversy that surrounds the effort, the City Council on Tuesday, March 15, backed away from supporting either a referendum question suggested by Councilmember Bob Dyer… Continue Reading

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Trump, Clinton prevail in Virginia, Virginia Beach

BY MICHAEL HIGH AND JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE Virginia Beach voters, like Virginians in general, favored Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively, in the Republican and Democratic primary voting held on Tuesday, March 1. Election officials at some precincts reported steady turnout and… Continue Reading

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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