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Us: Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer

BY BOBBY DYER VIRGINIA BEACH — It is my honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of Virginia Beach, the largest city by population in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Much of the preparation to take on this awesome responsibility goes back… Continue Reading

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Remembering the 12 lost to violence, then saying the killer’s name only once

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach officials on Saturday, June 1, identified the 12 people murdered by a city worker who shot his colleagues and a contractor who meant to deal with a permit this past week at one… Continue Reading

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The dignitaries, theme for Pungo Strawberry Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in rural village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO – Memorial Day weekend will find Bob and Phoebe Braswell, the honorary mayor and first lady of Pungo, presiding over this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival, with “Rise and Shine — It’s Strawberry Time” as this… 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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2018: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online this past year, including a couple of provided images of significant news or community events. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow,… Continue Reading

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Elections: Dyer, Centerville District councilmember, bests Davenport to become next Virginia Beach mayor

Ed. — This story ran in the Nov. 9 print edition, prior to recounts in some council races that changed vote totals but not outcomes. This story was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer,… Continue Reading

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An advocate for the homeless in Virginia Beach completes two decades with the city, but the work continues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Vince Dozier used to run when things went wrong, leave his Back Bay home and head into the woods. He loved someone, but she loved drugs. Once she told him, I’m going to do this until… Continue Reading

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Us: Building inclusive communities in 2018 amid a time of division

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Because we see deep division and language that has fueled a rise in hateful harassment — even violence — The Independent News posed a question to community leaders, writers and artists.  What can we do in the… Continue Reading