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Us: City Councilmember Barbara Henley of the Princess Anne District

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? “Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me.”  BY BARBARA HENLEY Not only are these the words that… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council clears way for new Princess Anne Masonic Lodge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The City Council last month granted a conditional use permit to the Princess Anne Masonic Lodge No. 25, AF & AM, on Princess Anne Road that will clear the way for a new 8,000 square… Continue Reading

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A letter to the mayor of Charlottesville from the mayor of Virginia Beach

Ed. note — Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms read the following letter, dated Monday, Aug. 14, during the Virginia Beach City Council meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 15. It is addressed to Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer in the aftermath… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for Virginia Beach City Council, Centerville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked City Councilmember Bobby Dyer, an unopposed incumbent for the Virginia Beach City Council Centerville District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, Rose Hall

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Rose Hall District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, Kempsville District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the Virginia Beach City Council Kempsville District seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in print… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Candidates for Virginia Beach City Council, at large, answer questions

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the single Virginia Beach City Council, at large, seat on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in… Continue Reading

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Airbnb request to be included in Virginia Beach legislative requests; Henley objects to committee

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach property owners who rent out their homes through online platforms such as Airbnb must register with the revenue commissioner here and collect lodging taxes or face penalties under a code change approved this… Continue Reading

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Creeds polling location moves to Oak Grove Baptist; boundary shift between Oceana, Red Wing precincts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The City Council voted this past month to move the Creeds polling location from the firehouse to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 691 Princess Anne Road, and approved a boundary shift between the Oceana and Red… Continue Reading

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Nonprofit light rail advocacy group named 2012 donors, but takes a different approach in 2016

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach Connex, a campaign seeking “yes” votes in the November light rail referendum, is part of  the nonprofit Light Rail Now, Inc., which was also active during the 2012 referendum about the Tide’s future… Continue Reading