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Column: Why I ran for public office

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY ASHVILLE PARK — As a college professor, each term I am grateful for the chance to open minds and to help others think critically about the world around them. This makes my work enjoyable and fulfilling. Still,… Continue Reading

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After election, Barnes to join Virginia Beach Planning Commission for Princess Anne District

Ed. — This originally ran in print on Dec. 7, 2018. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Farmer Steve Barnes in January will replace Dr. Karen Beardslee Kwasny as the Princess Anne District representative to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission. The City… Continue Reading

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School Board: Melnyk wins in Princess Anne District as incumbents return

Ed. — This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 9. It was archived online on Thursday, Dec. 13. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Kim Melnyk, a Christopher Farms resident who first joined the Virginia Beach School Board as a challenger four… Continue Reading

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Elections: Voters pick Henley to return in Princess Anne District race

Ed. — This story ran in print on Nov. 9. It was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Barbara Henley, a Pungo farmer who has represented Virginia Beach’s southern communities for much of the past four decades,… Continue Reading

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Forum: Candidates for Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council discuss ARP, appeal to rural voters

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS – The three candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council appealed to voters during a forum at a rural hub within the district, joining a number of local candidates this… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Princess Anne District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading

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Two candidates for City Council in Virginia Beach officially withdraw

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Candidates John E. Coker and Pieri Burton are no longer seeking a seat on the Virginia Beach City Council on Election Day. The candidates had made announcements of their withdrawals via social media or in… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council clears way for ice skating rink at farmers market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Ice skating may become a regular winter activity at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market after the City Council voted last month to use more than $167,000 for electrical upgrades. The funding, left over from the… Continue Reading