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Column: I ran for the Virginia General Assembly this year and lost, but it was worth it — and here’s what comes next

BY KIMBERLY ANNE TUCKER VIRGINIA BEACH — I decided to run for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 81st District this year because I wanted to help people.  I am a survivor of stage IV colon cancer, which means the cancer… Continue Reading

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Column: Air show memories reflect upon a long relationship with Oceana

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I expected the normal complaints about the Oceana Air Show and, sure enough, some weeks back in a local paper’s letters to the editor someone complained about the flyovers. The original solution to the noise and… Continue Reading

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Editorial: However we choose, the simple act of voting expresses citizenship

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Princess Anne Independent News does not endorse candidates for office, but, as ever, it urges citizens to engage in the great work of building better paths for our commonwealth and our local communities on Tuesday, Nov.… Continue Reading

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Column: Now my toddlers are kids — and here come the team sports

BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN VIRGINIA BEACH — First time soccer mom here – and this gig is no joke. Both my kids have grown out of the adorably tumultuous toddler stage, and now they are full-blown K-I-D-S.  Kids with unabashed six-year-old… 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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Letter: A chance encounter in Virginia Beach leads to a one-sided conversation about Harvey Weinstein

Dear Editor: I patiently stood in line on a rainy recent day at Virginia Beach City Hall. After a couple minutes, a hunched, thin guy ahead of me wearing a straw Fedora turned around and said: “I was thinking about… Continue Reading

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Editorial: President Trump reminds the nation how character counts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS President Trump designated Sunday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 21, as National Character Counts Week in a proclamation that cannot be faulted. “Our actions – often done first out of duty – become habits ingrained in the… Continue Reading

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As tourist season ends, Sandbridge community gathers for pig pickin’ supporting rescue squad

BY LISA BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — When September comes, the resort areas quiet down and the visiting Sandbridge families head back home so their children can get back to school and off to college. Oh, and their parents probably go back… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Soil is a key resource as we seek sustainable agriculture

“Sustainable: Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.”  – The Oxford Living Dictionary BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I began using the word “sustainable” some years ago to describe the practices I used on my farm. The term “organic” lost… Continue Reading