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Owens reps Rose Hall District seat on Virginia Beach School Board

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 28, chose Jessica Owens, a state social service curriculum writer, to fill the vacant Rose Hall seat until a special election is decided – and the board’s chairperson vowed… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Bare walls in the Virginia Beach mayor’s office (but give it time); primary matchups set

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Bobby Dyer has been the mayor of Virginia Beach since November, but his office on the second floor of City Hall is still looking a little spare. Of course, it has been a busy, odd time for… Continue Reading

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Due Monday: Applicants sought to fill Beach District seat on Virginia Beach City Council until special election

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Do you want to serve the city? Vote on a budget north of $2 billion? Represent the Beach District, which includes a big chunk of the tourism industry, on the City Council? The City Council… Continue Reading

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Government: Kane announces resignation from City Council due to move out of Rose Hall District

Ed. This story first ran in print on Friday, March 29. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – City Councilmember Shannon Kane announced on Friday, March 29, she is resigning from office because she is moving out of the Rose Hall… Continue Reading

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Ice skating rink could draw people to Virginia Beach Farmers Market, giving year-round businesses a winter boost

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach Farmers Market could be the site of an ice skating rink this winter, creating a family-friendly attraction near the intersection of Princess Anne and Dam Neck roads and boosting traffic for year-round… 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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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, Rose Hall

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Rose Hall District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in… Continue Reading

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Council urges quicker delivery, more public input for comprehensive plan

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Amid delay in the process developing a new comprehensive plan to guide land use and development, members of the City Council say they want a quicker turnaround.  The Planning Commission, supported by the city staff, recommends… Continue Reading