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Agriculture: Blackwater farmer Don Horsley recognized for Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame honor

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 7, recognized farmer Don Horsley for his recent induction into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame. Horsley was one of four people inducted into the hall this… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge: With no federal dollars coming, Virginia Beach will fund next sand replenishment project alone

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach will go it alone again to replenish the beach at Sandbridge because the federal government won’t pony up. Officials in September confirmed that the replenishment project will go ahead next year, possibly in… Continue Reading

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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

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Dyer calls for ‘moratorium,’ panel to look at public-private partnerships following concerns in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – City Councilmember Bobby Dyer on Tuesday, Aug. 22, announced he has drafted a resolution calling for a moratorium on public-private partnerships following the council’s approval earlier this month of a development project near Town Center… Continue Reading

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Column: Why I started a petition to remove the Confederate monument at the Virginia Beach municipal center

BY TESSA FOWLER VIRGINIA BEACH — Did you know there is a statue in Virginia Beach that has a Confederate soldier on top? Confederate soldiers fought for slavery. The statue is in the same spot where people used to sell slaves… Continue Reading

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A letter to the mayor of Charlottesville from the mayor of Virginia Beach

Ed. note — Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms read the following letter, dated Monday, Aug. 14, during the Virginia Beach City Council meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 15. It is addressed to Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer in the aftermath… Continue Reading

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Event honoring Virginia Beach’s volunteer rescue members becomes announcement of bigger thanks: Rock the Squads, coming in May

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Volunteer rescue squad members and their families visited the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center last month, part of an annual thank you to the city’s 10 all-volunteer squads — and an announcement of a bigger… Continue Reading

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After end of Virginia Beach City Council service, Ross-Hammond looks forward to continued service, work with coming African American cultural center

BY VENI FIELDS KEMPSVILLE — Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond’s phone started ringing early on Wednesday, Nov. 9, a day after newcomer Jessica Abbott was voted into the Kempsville District city council seat Ross-Hammond had occupied for the last four years. “People wanted… Continue Reading

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Virginia Wesleyan College will add two master’s degree programs in 2017

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Wesleyan College, a private liberal arts institution on the Virginia Beach-Norfolk border, will introduce its first master’s degree programs next year. A master of arts in education program begins in the summer, with four… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach need to address short-term rentals draws concern from some in divided Sandbridge community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is seeking ways to deal with short-term rentals, an effort complicated by an existing, largely unregulated online rental marketplace whose beneficiaries have sought to work directly with state lawmakers.  This past month, Virginia Beach… Continue Reading