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Column: Remembering Virginia Beach’s early black police officers

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — In early 2012, the Virginia Beach Police Department and a committee of local citizens representing the interests of the African American community began researching the history of the first black police officers to serve on… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Dem prez primary absentee voting; fines for late reports by VB pols; School Board candidate bows out

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Absentee voting for Virginia’s Tuesday, March 3, Democratic Party presidential primary is underway in Virginia Beach — and voting opportunities will expand in the coming month. More on that in a moment. First, a word about a… Continue Reading

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Rye selected to lead Virginia Beach School Board, calling it an ‘honor beyond words’

Ed. — This story appeared in print on Friday, Jan. 17. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Carolyn Rye is the new chairperson of the Virginia Beach School Board, taking over after the three-year tenure of Beverly Anderson, who supported Rye’s nomination on… 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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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, 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 School Board up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted. The… 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

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Roundtable tackles future of monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In the coming months, a committee formed by the historic preservation commission is considering the future of a Confederate monument near the historic courthouse at the municipal center — and how other elements of local… Continue Reading