Column: Demonstrate our commitment to others during the coronavirus pandemic

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — When the pandemic news began to trickle in, my emotions started to play havoc with my mind, and I feel like I’ve been on a zip line looking for the platform where I can stop,… Continue Reading


Column: Using technology to keep in touch with the people we care about during a pandemic

BY TONI GUAGENTI VIRGINIA BEACH — Early in the pandemic, I lay in bed on a Sunday morning and thought about the ramifications of the self-quarantine on my social life. Some of us are gregarious by nature – extroverts, believe it… Continue Reading


Brock remains in race for 21st House District Democratic nomination despite criticism about offensive social media posts, calls to drop out

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Democrat Tom Brock said he will continue to seek the Democratic nomination to represent the 21st Virginia House District despite calls for him to quit after offensive social media posts made in the past came… Continue Reading


Column: A break from Facebook is a chance for a new journey — reactivating real life

BY HEATHER P. LEE VIRGINIA BEACH — There is an old poem that I love by Mary Elizabeth Frye called “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep.”  I have had cause to think about this recently because I have decided… Continue Reading


New Virginia Beach councilperson in Kempsville District lists drainage, transparency among her priorities

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – Biking and hiking trails, improved drainage and driverless busses are priorities for newly-elected City Councilmember Jessica Abbott, who was sworn in this month to represent the Kempsville District.  Abbott said she would like to… Continue Reading


From the editor: A name from the past reaches out on social media

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Years ago, I met a would-be collaborator for a writing project that ultimately didn’t happen. We moved on, but he reached out to me on Facebook this winter. We reconnected — or so I thought. Initially, we… Continue Reading


Belote campaign says it used uniform photo appropriately, but some uses may be inconsistent with regulation

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The photograph shows Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer running for a state senate seat here, standing before an American flag. He is in uniform in the picture, and he is saluting. This photograph,… Continue Reading