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Recognizing long, loyal service by a Virginia Beach school bus driver

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Marge Moore was driving her school bus one morning this past fall when she received hearty congratulations and had no idea what the person was talking about. Moore knew there had been some buzz in… Continue Reading

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Award-winning Igloria named Virginia’s poet laureate

Ed. — From the Sunday, Aug. 23, print edition. BY VENI FIELDS NORFOLK — It seems not all that long ago that Luisa Igloria was a toddler in a corner with a book. She was three, and she could read it.… Continue Reading

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Column: An ode to toilet paper, elusive friend, until we meet again

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — If anyone had told any of us at New Year’s that we would be discussing on a global level one of our most intimate purchasing habits without even blushing about it …   But strangely, here… 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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Small family beef operations part of wider livestock piece of Virginia Beach’s agriculture industry

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Under blue-gray thunderheads in a windy field at the far end of Princess Anne Road just this side of the North Carolina line, Steve Kent carries a narrow blue plastic bag out into a field… Continue Reading

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VB Remembers, a gathering to honor people lost in the mass shooting

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — While an official city memorial to the victims of the Friday, May 31, mass shooting at the municipal center will be held at a date to be announced, a major community gathering will be… Continue Reading

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A master writer reads, discusses craft at ODU Virginia Beach today

BY VENI FIELDS NORFOLK — For days before her life changed forever, Janet Peery told  her physician husband that it was just an upset stomach. Soon doubled over in a wheelchair outside the x-ray department of a Wichita hospital on the… Continue Reading

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Work on a ‘dream house’ in the Back Bay area stalled, then stopped, but a new owner has set out to complete it

Ed. — This story originally ran in print on Dec. 21, 2018. BY VENI FIELDS BACK BAY — In September, two men stood in the grassy back yard of 1173 Princess Anne Road, pondering something of an inadvertent local legend. They talked… Continue Reading

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At Bonney & Sons in Pungo, the ‘crab boss’ oversees longtime business providing the freshest local catch

BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Every morning around 7 a.m., Floyd E. “Dunie” Bonney, Jr., slips a key into the lock of a red door in a white building at the corner of Princess Anne and Indian River roads and he… Continue Reading

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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