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Column: With festival, a celebration of the value of Virginia Beach agriculture

Ed. note — This column ran in print shortly before the 34th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival. BY DAVID TRIMMER VIRGINIA BEACH — It is a great time of year as we approach Memorial Day. Our daylight grows by the day, the agriculture… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach officials reviewing how people separately kept hogs, planted soy on city property off Salem Road

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Two private farming operations were conducted on several acres of city property off Salem Road recently without the awareness or permission of Virginia Beach, officials said this week. The first has been widely reported in… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Happy New Year, and thank you for supporting community journalism in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I am humbled and grateful that our little newspaper made it through its first year providing southern Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, N.C., with all-original, all-local reporting, writing and photography. Without advertisers and readers like you, we… Continue Reading

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For private water users, a way to check quality, understand issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE About one in five homes in Virginia use private water, but what’s in it? A variety of factors contribute to water quality for wells, and the Virginia Household Water Quality Program can help homeowners understand potential issues… Continue Reading