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Elections: Beach District council candidates address rural issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY –  Two current members of the Virginia Beach City Council addressed the concerns of rural voters – including farmland preservation, flooding and district representation – during a forum at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on… Continue Reading

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Elections: Rose Hall District council candidates on farming, flooding during rural issues forum

BY JULIE TAYLOR BACK BAY –  Virginia Beach City Council candidates Michael Berlucchi and C. Conrad Schesventer II, who are both running for the Rose Hall District seat in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, special election, have differing views on the… Continue Reading

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Two Rose Hall District school board candidates represented at rural issues forum

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY –  Two candidates in the Rose Hall District School Board special election were represented in brief remarks during the candidates forum at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Joel McDonald, a former… Continue Reading

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Forum: Join us in Creeds to hear candidates for Virginia Beach City Council talk about our local issues

BY BOBBY VAUGHAN CREEDS — It is our pleasure to invite you to the Virginia Beach City Council Candidates Night this evening, Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex about five miles south of the Pungo light. This… Continue Reading

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Excellence in Agriculture: Recognizing farming heritage, a Virginia Beach industry and those who help it survive

BY WILL HARRIS OCEANFRONT — Call it a green carpet event. The paparazzi may not have been swarming around the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Thursday, March 22, but for the city’s agriculture community, the event going on within its walls… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: On shared disciplines of military service and farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Bobby Vaughan and I spoke well before Veterans Day, when I was working on a story that involved the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s efforts to build strong roots in Virginia, connecting veterans to agriculture. I’d hoped to… Continue Reading

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Vaughan joins Virginia Beach agriculture advisory commission; Cullipher will remain in non-voting role

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Mike Cullipher will no longer serve as a voting member and the chairperson of the city’s agricultural advisory commission due to the recent end of his appointed term, but the commission and city leaders don’t… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Virginia Beach to seek greater coordination on farming equipment, utility wire issues

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – City Agriculture Director David Trimmer said his department has reached out to local power officials to improve points of contact between the farming community and utilities when it comes to low-hanging wires. The height… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: 2015 Virginia Beach Farm Bureau resolutions

BY THE VIRGINIA BEACH FARM BUREAU Ed. — The following is a summary of Virginia Beach County Farm Bureau 2015 Resolutions approved by producer members Thursday, Oct. 8. These have been edited for style and length. Locally, Virginia Beach Farm… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach Farm Bureau resolutions approved, board members picked

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY – Virginia Beach Farm Bureau members last month elected six officers to two-year terms of service on the board. The vote came during a meeting Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Center, said… Continue Reading