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Farmer John: Author and farmer looks back at the legacy of black farmers — and ahead toward a better future

BY J.D. WILSON RICHMOND — Leah Penniman is a bright light with lots to say, and we need to hear her messages about farming, society, justice and our future. I recently met her in Richmond during the Virginia Association for Biological… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Hard-working honeybees need a helping hand

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — All hail the mighty, tiny, flying teddy bear of the insect world – the honey bee. I love them because, well, I have to admit I really love honey. I have a sweet tooth a… Continue Reading

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Editorial: The Virginia Beach public servant’s guide to where you live

Do you either currently serve in or want to represent a certain area of Virginia Beach, but aren’t sure whether you live there? Consider some helpful clues to guide your decisions. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s been quite a moment for… Continue Reading

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Column: Responding when a young humpback whale washes ashore

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — I walked northward from False Cape State Park toward Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge when I spotted the dead whale, visible from at least a mile away despite the intermittent rain and low lying clouds.… Continue Reading

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Column: Out in the cold, counting the people who need help in our city

BY JIMMY FROST VIRGINIA BEACH — I thought twice about rolling out of a warm bed, taking a hot shower and heading out the door at 3:30 a.m. But I walked out the door, and I was immediately assaulted by the cold,… Continue Reading

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Column: In the New Year, goals for family, friends and perhaps a puppy

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — The possibilities are endless: 2019 could be the year that I make some real headway in my quest to read, in chronological order, a biography of each American president.  Or perhaps I’ll finally commit to… Continue Reading

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Column: In the race toward Christmas, remembering what matters

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — Christmas is back. Time flies every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I start to stress when the autumn decorations are put away at my pharmacy and Christmas decorations inhabit the shelves – and a valentine… Continue Reading

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Letter: Virginia Beach’s sheriff reflects on passing of George H.W. Bush

Dear Editor: As our country remembers its 41st President in the wake of his funeral, I want to pay tribute to a man who has been the biggest influence on my political career.  President George H.W. Bush was a true… Continue Reading