Local Government Archive

Norfolk, civic leagues seek solution to growing complaints about ODU students

NORFOLK The story of an Old Dominion University student falling victim to violent crime has become a well-worn tale. The episodes generate headlines and send waves of fear through the neighborhoods surrounding the university. But these neighborhoods have another story to tell. It's not nearly as riveting as a shooting but, to some, no less disruptive. And far more frequent.

Suffolk Council forges city's 2035 outlook at retreat

SUFFOLK This week, the City Council looked down the road a couple of decades to envision Suffolk 2035. They saw more cultural arts and a vibrant downtown, but also farms and access to natural resources.

Virginia Beach's former top attorney comes out of retirement to defend Sessoms

CORRECTION: This story has been changed from an earlier version. Harvey Bryant worked as Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney for 13 years and he said that although he hasn’t been paid yet for his services as part of the defense counsel for Mayor Will Sessoms, he does expect to be compensated eventually. ___ VIRGINIA BEACH Five misdemeanor charges. Four attorneys.

Quiz: Do you know what a Class 3 misdemeanor is?

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Virginia Beach Mayor Sessoms charged with conflict of interest

Mayor Will Sessoms was charged Wednesday with five misdemeanor counts of violating the state’s Conflict of Interest Act for votes he cast that benefited borrowers of the bank where he served as a president, according to an email from the special prosecutor.

Virginia Beach officials close on Oceanfront arena decision

VIRGINIA BEACH City officials are moving closer to making a decision on whether to give the green light to a sports and entertainment arena near the Oceanfront. The City Council met behind closed doors for more than two hours Tuesday to talk about the details of the project. Mayor Will Sessoms scheduled a special council meeting for Monday to talk about the proposal again in closed session.

At polls, light rail will get some heavy attention

NORFOLK Supporters of a light-rail extension into Virginia Beach had an unexpected guest at their Monday night rally near the MacArthur Square Tide station - Virginia Beach City Treasurer John Atkinson, the man trying to squash the project.

Virginia Beach Council approves changes for baseball stadium

VIRGINIA BEACH The City Council voted Tuesday to approve changes to a lease for a planned professional baseball stadium. Virginia Beach Professional Baseball LLC plans to build, run and maintain a site that includes a 5,000-seat stadium, tournament fields and a sports-related commercial space near the Sportsplex in Princess Anne.

Portsmouth weighs new multifamily housing rule

PORTSMOUTH A development representative and attorney say the city's proposed change to its zoning law to require use permits for apartments and townhouses throughout the city could harm development.

Portsmouth considering food trucks

PORTSMOUTH The Planning Commission is scheduled today to consider a motion for department staff to write amendments to the city zoning ordinance to allow food trucks. The amendments would allow food trucks to operate on private property, according to the commission's agenda. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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