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Trimmer named Virginia Beach Excellence in Agriculture Award winner for department leadership

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — In December, David Trimmer, the director of Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture, held a breakfast meeting at Eddy’s Café in Red Mill with members of the committee that selects each year’s Excellence in Agriculture award.… Continue Reading

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Hope grows at hop yard in Back Bay to help retreat for warriors while supplying local craft brewers

BY VENI FIELDS BACK BAY — LZ-Grace Warriors Retreat founder Lynn Bukowski’s expression of panic high above the ground in a Facebook photo began, you might say, with a pesky weed in Donald Noha’s back yard. Both contributed to a new… Continue Reading

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From the Vault: Small pigs, big heart in annual racing tradition during the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. note — This story originally ran in the June 10, 2016, print edition of The Independent News. BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Brad Keithly’s hands were trembling slightly as he walked up a set of metal stairs and leaned into the… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, a Sandbridge dance class has tapping feet and camaraderie — and it always ends with a kick

BY VENI FIELDS SANDBRIDGE — It was a fun little miracle in Sandbridge. It came with a pair of 52-year-old tap shoes. Tina Ciccone had been searching for a while for just the right dance class to have a little fun… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Thanking the Virginia Beach agriculture department and Excellence in Agriculture committee; The Indy heads to Richmond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Jane Bloodworth Rowe wrote a story in a recent paper about the Morris family, who earned the 2016 Excellence in Agriculture Award for generations of work.  And coverage of the banquet this past month appeared in… Continue Reading

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After end of Virginia Beach City Council service, Ross-Hammond looks forward to continued service, work with coming African American cultural center

BY VENI FIELDS KEMPSVILLE — Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond’s phone started ringing early on Wednesday, Nov. 9, a day after newcomer Jessica Abbott was voted into the Kempsville District city council seat Ross-Hammond had occupied for the last four years. “People wanted… Continue Reading

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In addition to police work, Virginia Beach’s mounted patrol delivers community cheer

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Between the lettuce and tomatoes she was stacking on a row of turkey on white sandwiches, Kaiya Putman noticed movement outside the plate glass window at the Jersey Mike’s Subs in Landstown.  When she glanced… Continue Reading

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Column: For PTSD sufferer, finding a proper fit for care while understanding diagnosis

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Lesson No. 1, after seeking help for an April 2008 diagnosis of anxiety: Not all therapists are created equal.   More lessons piled up after that.  Most of them were unpleasant. I had been physically… Continue Reading

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New effort for generations of a farming family on First Colonial

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Naturally the sky would open up. And the truck would break down. And the wind would just about blow a gale. Curtains of rain poured over wide, green and white awnings on Friday, April 22,… Continue Reading