Funding available for local history research projects in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission seeks applications for funding benefitting research that illuminates aspects of local history. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 15. Four grants were given this past year, according to… Continue Reading


Focus of group addressing the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach is context, not removing statue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A group tasked with suggesting an approach toward dealing with the Confederate monument on public property is not pursuing its removal from a courtyard at the municipal center. Rather, it is poised to examine ways… Continue Reading


Roundtable tackles future of monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In the coming months, a committee formed by the historic preservation commission is considering the future of a Confederate monument near the historic courthouse at the municipal center — and how other elements of local… Continue Reading


Editorial: There is room for more history at the site of the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS There are generalizations in the discussion about whether a monument to those from Princess Anne County who served the Confederacy should stay put in a public courtyard, but a promising idea has emerged to build more while… Continue Reading


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


Petition, protest seek removal of Confederate statue at Virginia Beach municipal center; city commission will discuss its future on Wednesday

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – Amid calls for its removal, officials in Virginia Beach will begin to consider the future of the Confederate monument near the intersection of Princess Anne and North Landing roads at the municipal center. The Virginia… Continue Reading