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


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


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


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


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


Belote, DeSteph hope to follow McWaters in 8th state senate district

BY AMY POULTER COURTHOUSE — Two candidates from Virginia Beach are running to claim the Eighth District seat now held by state Sen. Jeff McWaters, a Republican who is retiring.  Democrat Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer, and Republican Bill… Continue Reading


Belote campaign says it used uniform photo appropriately, but some uses may be inconsistent with regulation

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The photograph shows Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer running for a state senate seat here, standing before an American flag. He is in uniform in the picture, and he is saluting. This photograph,… Continue Reading