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2020: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — This is a look back at some of the images from our newspaper in 2020, a tough year for many of us. Better things are ahead. Thank you to David B. Hollingsworth for his exceptional work… Continue Reading

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Dyer tops two challengers to win first full term in Virginia Beach mayoral race; City Council incumbents return

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer, though vastly outspent by one of two challengers, won reelection and his first full term as mayor of Virginia Beach… Continue Reading

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2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Centerville

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Centerville District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot. Answers to our questions in this series… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Curtis tops Frost in second vote to be new chair of city GOP; VBEA-PACE endorsements; don’t vote twice, NC peeps

Ed. — This first appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 6, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The new chairperson of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach is Bill Curtis, a financial resources manager for the Navy and retired naval… Continue Reading

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Notebook: The right (official) contacts for voting; online nonsense about the Postal Service; some endorsements

Ed. — This initially appeared in print in the Sunday, Aug. 23 edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — In a recent edition, Notebook wrote about confusion caused when a nonprofit group called the Center for Voter Information sent mailers offering… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Virginia Beach City Council betrayed farmers and its own land use ideals — for tourism

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 6, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY — False steps large and small by Virginia Beach’s government and people who advise it led to the City Council decision this past month to permit Wolfe… Continue Reading

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Abbott: Let Virginia Beach citizens say via referendum whether district voting should change

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council may consider putting a referendum on the November ballot that could lead to big changes to the way people choose local elected leaders representing specific voting districts. A proposal by… Continue Reading

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Divided Virginia Beach City Council backs symbolic Second Amendment resolution

Ed. — This initially ran in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A divided City Council — following in the footsteps of more than 100 other local governments around the commonwealth — this month passed a resolution voicing… Continue Reading

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Amid 2A furor in Virginia Beach, a quiet memorial for those lost to gun violence

Ed. — This story appeared in print on Jan. 17, 2020. It was archived in December 2020. BY VENI FIELDS COURTHOUSE — On Monday, Jan. 6, hundreds of gun rights supporters showed up at City Hall to urge the City Council to… Continue Reading

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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading