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Elections: Beach District council candidates address rural issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY –  Two current members of the Virginia Beach City Council addressed the concerns of rural voters – including farmland preservation, flooding and district representation – during a forum at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Beach District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Beach District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions… Continue Reading

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Moss proposal would require members of City Council to resign before running for another seat

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 4, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Members of the Virginia Beach City Council would have to resign before running for another council seat under a plan proposed amid… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Finance director raising political money for state delegate facing reelection has the same name as the opponent; cue the confusion

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — There are two Shannon Kanes in the fair city of Virginia Beach who are involved in the same political contest this year. One Shannon Kane is a candidate challenging an incumbent state delegate. The other… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Two candidates drop out, one comes in amid shuffle in Virginia Beach City Council special elections

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Within a day of each other, two people ended their runs in the special election to represent the Beach District seat on the… Continue Reading

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Tower, appointee to Beach District council seat, reverses course and says he will now run in special election

Ed. — This archived story ran in print on July 5. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – City Councilmember Guy Tower, seeking appointment to the Beach District seat this spring, said he wouldn’t run in the special election to keep the… Continue Reading

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The elegy and the promise

A horrific act leaves 12 people dead and four wounded, as well as a community in mourning. Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, June 7. A gallery of photos that ran with the original story appears at the… Continue Reading

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Monument: After delay amid election season, roundtable recommendations will have public input, officials say

Ed. — This originally ran in print on Dec. 7, 2018. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Roughly a year after it was formed, a group looking at the site of the Princess Anne Confederate Monument in a relatively secluded area near… Continue Reading

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Plans for Harvest Farms development near Pungo changing following concern from public, advisory bodies

Ed. — A version of this story originally appeared in print in August. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Harvest Farms, a mixed-use development proposed for two properties in the heart of Pungo, faces opposition regarding the amount of housing and commercial… Continue Reading