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Pungo Pantry in Virginia Beach is a rising business which focuses upon fresh, local ingredients

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — You have to love to cook to channel your passion for home-baked goods into a career – and perfecting your recipes takes patience and a sense of humor, according to Megan Brassart of Pungo… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Deputy Rick Wilson

BY RICK WILSON I have had the honor and pleasure of working as an auxiliary deputy sheriff with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for almost three years. The opportunity to work with the law enforcement community as a volunteer has been… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach EMS Human Resources Officer For Volunteers Jahmelle Sherman

BY JAHMELLE SHERMAN I volunteer because I believe in service to your community. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in giving of your time and energy for the greater good. When you volunteer, you do it knowing the only… Continue Reading

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Column: On Memorial Day, remembering those who answer our nation’s call

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. You might say that I was a child of the Depression. I learned about war like many women did back in those days – through husbands, fathers,… Continue Reading

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Military: NAS Oceana wants drone operators to quit unauthorized flying at and near installations

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS  VIRGINIA BEACH — One day this past month, service members at Naval Air Station Oceana spotted two different drones flying at the facility without authorization to do so. In addition to posing a hazard to U.S. Navy pilots… Continue Reading

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Letter: In support of staffing a Virginia Beach fire engine at Fort Story to reduce response times

Dear Editor: The Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters would like to go on the record in support of the staffing of a Virginia Beach Fire Department fire engine on base at Fort Story. We believe the proposed staffing will help to… Continue Reading

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Naval Air Station Oceana commanding officer talks about partnership with city; air show will again welcome all Virginia Beach fifth graders

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana said fifth graders from Virginia Beach schools will again be invited to attend the air show this year, which is scheduled from Sept. 15 to 17. More… Continue Reading

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Beachcomber’s most valuable finds are peace, beauty of dawn in Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Robert Rayson, a Chesapeake man who was a Navy cook and works in a shipyard, saw a commercial for a metal detector. It seemed like fun. So he bit. Now he sometimes combs the beach at… Continue Reading

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Column: Thirty years later, seeking a change to a service record amid times of progress

BY JORGE SAGUE MIAMI — Thirty years ago, on Aug. 14, 1986, I was discharged from the U.S. Navy because, under oath, I was asked if I was gay. I said yes. That was that.  One single statement made me disruptive… Continue Reading