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Column: It’s the economy, stupid; but is it really so for Virginia voters?

BY J.R. HOEFT Next month, voters across Virginia and the country will exercise their right to choose their government. “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed,” writes Jefferson in The Declaration of… Continue Reading

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Editorial: A step back for North Carolina if voters support identification referendum

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS If at first you don’t suppress? Try, try again. This seems to be a goal of the GOP majority in North Carolina’s legislature, which essentially is now pushing to revive part of the 2013 voting restrictions the… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: There are some good ideas and reasons for concern regarding an ‘agrihood’ in Pungo

[Updated on Sept. 22] Ed. — The developers of Harvest Farms are in the process of redesigning the proposal, including its density. The revised project may go to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission in November, though that is not certain. BY… Continue Reading

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Column: Building a bear — and memories — on a summer day together

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — With all of the coverage throughout the country after “Pay Your Age Day” overwhelmed Build-A-Bear stores this past month, I had to go back to my one and only visit to the Build-A-Bear Workshop at… Continue Reading

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Column: Summertime and the bounty of my grandparents’ garden

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — When we recently moved into our house in Sandbridge, we made time for dragging out some planters and getting our early tomato plants in the soil. Summertime allows adults to reminisce about summers as a… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: When a scammer reached out to me, I reached back with a quid pro quo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The day before our nation celebrated independence from the Crown, I got an urgent email that seemed to be from the president of a university where I teach. Except maybe I should mention this email came… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lois Thompson

BY LOIS THOMPSON I have proudly served with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Throughout my tenure, being part of the community has always been a top priority for me. I try to instill in the next… Continue Reading