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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

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While residents wait for answers, Virginia Beach City Council to consider cost-sharing options in search for Ashville Park flooding fix

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The City Council on Tuesday, June 19, voted to delay two related decisions that could determine how the flood-prone Ashville Park neighborhood near Pungo continues to develop. One item would fix flooding issues in the… Continue Reading

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How should Virginia Beach City Council address inaccurate remarks by members of the public?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE TOWN CENTER – City officials want to bring more decorum to public meetings by ensuring citizens understand the process for commenting in public hearings held during council meetings and avoiding interactions with people who engage in making… Continue Reading

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Young Virginia Beach voices deliver historic preservation message to governor, lawmakers in Richmond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE RICHMOND — A few members of a group from Virginia Beach made use of their time while they waited in a conference room for the governor. People who meant to speak in support of historic rehabilitation tax credits settled… Continue Reading

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Focus of group addressing the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach is context, not removing statue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A group tasked with suggesting an approach toward dealing with the Confederate monument on public property is not pursuing its removal from a courtyard at the municipal center. Rather, it is poised to examine ways… Continue Reading