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Symposium will focus upon protecting resources connected with North Landing River, Albemarle Sound

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS First Lady Pam Northam and top officials from Virginia and North Carolina will be among the featured speakers during a daylong symposium on building partnerships to protect the resources of the North Landing River and Albemarle Sound.… 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

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A simple way of enabling speech helped keep the peace at Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – On the day of a rally at the Confederate monument at the municipal center, Master Police Officer Bradley Detrich and Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, had a talk. The heart of… Continue Reading

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Confederate Monument: Historic preservation commission members to review comments, forward information to Virginia Beach council

Ed. This story original ran in the Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, print edition. It was archived online on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  OCEANFRONT – Virginia Beach officials moved the September meeting of the city’s historic preservation commission… Continue Reading

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Tidewater Coin Club show brings collectors together twice a year

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS OCEANFRONT — Collectors of all ages from around the region attended the spring coin show presented by the Tidewater Coin Club on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The group has about 150… Continue Reading

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Amid holiday crafts show, family and artistry shine in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — A family of crafters worked at their spot among the hundreds of artisans gathered at the Virginia Beach Convention Center late last month for the 34th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market.  There were three generations of the Colonna-Starke… Continue Reading

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Henley’s remarks regarding the arena deal and her lone “no” vote

Ed. note — City Councilmember Barbara Henley, who represents the Princess Anne District, case the lone “no” vote against the arena proposal during the council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. What follows is a portion of her remarks, as prepared, from… Continue Reading

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Deputy police chief among those honored for human rights work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Long before he became the deputy police chief overseeing professional standards here, a young John L. Bell Jr. wrote why he wanted to be a detective in a composition book. It would show that he was a… Continue Reading