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In Virginia Beach, questions remain about political activities by nonprofit ‘teachers’ group

Ed. — This story appeared in the Friday, Nov. 29, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Weeks after Election Day, questions remain about the political activities and policy goals of a nonprofit organization that quietly was formed by a… Continue Reading

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Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… 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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The Princess Anne Independent News 2019 Complete Election Guide

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Click on the links below to read questions for each respective race. Virginia Senate 7th Virginia Senate District 8th Virginia Senate District 14th Virginia Senate District Virginia House of Delegates 21st Virginia House District 81st Virginia House… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Rose Hall District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent Newsto candidates for the Rose Hall District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions… Continue Reading

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Owens reps Rose Hall District seat on Virginia Beach School Board

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 28, chose Jessica Owens, a state social service curriculum writer, to fill the vacant Rose Hall seat until a special election is decided – and the board’s chairperson vowed… Continue Reading

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Updated: After unanimous vote, offensive social media posts sink Mullins appointment, new School Board pick may come on Tuesday

BY SHELLY SLOCUM AND JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 21, chose Michael Mullins to represent Rose Hall — a unanimous pick by a sometimes divided body to fill a vacancy. Yet the following morning, Mullins… Continue Reading

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Editorial: The Virginia Beach public servant’s guide to where you live

Do you either currently serve in or want to represent a certain area of Virginia Beach, but aren’t sure whether you live there? Consider some helpful clues to guide your decisions. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s been quite a moment for… Continue Reading

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Government: Kane announces resignation from City Council due to move out of Rose Hall District

Ed. This story first ran in print on Friday, March 29. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – City Councilmember Shannon Kane announced on Friday, March 29, she is resigning from office because she is moving out of the Rose Hall… Continue Reading

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School Board: Melnyk wins in Princess Anne District as incumbents return

Ed. — This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 9. It was archived online on Thursday, Dec. 13. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Kim Melnyk, a Christopher Farms resident who first joined the Virginia Beach School Board as a challenger four… Continue Reading