By Susan Smigielski Acker
Not many people can say a bicycle helped them recover from an operation due to a rare disease, but Navy Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Chris Suter said when people from the Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor program gave him one "it took away my excuse to feel sorry for myself."
By Teresa Talerico
Dennis Ellmer says he named his business Priority Automotive to emphasize putting customers first. Since starting his franchise in 1999, he has tried to live up to that goal, whether that means a lifetime of free oil changes or complimentary movies while you wait for a brake job.
So when a customer announced in September that he had been mistreated at one of Priority's dealerships, it "hurt pretty bad," Ellmer said in a recent interview.
By Megan Stamper
While the Midwest is praying for more rain, farmers in Hampton Roads are praying for less.
The clouds let loose this summer in eastern Virginia.
The 2012 drought is affecting much of the United States, except for much of the East Coast, including Virginia. There is a pocket near Suffolk that has had an abundance of rain this year, and is projecting a good harvest.
Jesse Williams, a farmer in Suffolk, said that most of eastern Virginia has not been affected by the drought.
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean.
People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, "Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can't save all these starfish. You can't begin to make a difference!"
By Megan Stamper
The City of Virginia Beach's Youth Opportunities Team recognized 41 businesses and individuals with the Best All Around Awards. This is the first year that the city is recognizing businesses in the area that contribute to youth.
The awards were given to children in before- and after-school programs demonstrating certain characteristics and to individuals and organizations with programs that support those characteristics.
By Philip Newswanger
Virginia is definitely open for business.
In fact, Virginia is locked and loaded.
Virginia is just behind California and Texas in the number of firearms registered.
Yet the commonwealth's population is a third of the population of the Lone Star state and a fifth of the Golden State, the most populous in the country.
By Philip Newswanger
Polls are all the rage this year as presidential candidates battle for the top spot in the country. A poll can strengthen or weaken a candidates' position and electability.
Or polls can measure the mood of a constituency. Are they happy, sad, angry or complacent? More so, what are their positions? Where do they stand on the issues?
This is the strategy of U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell, a Republican who represents all of Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore and portions of Norfolk and Hampton.
By Mary Flachsenhaar
A Norfolk Circuit Court judge has denied the motion to strike filed in 2010 by Brian R. Dinning, a former Suffolk resident who is the defendant in a fraud and breach of contract case brought against him by a Pennsylvania couple who had sought legal guidance from Dinning, an attorney.
On Jan. 19, Judge Karen J. Burrell, in response to the motion that claimed the lawsuit and verdict were without merit and basis, ordered that the matter be stricken from the docket.
Carter Bohrer is a 6-year-old with a very old soul.
"I always say he's 6 going on 80," said Jennifer "Jeni" Bohrer, his mother. "He is not your typical child."
Since the age of 1, Carter has been fascinated by garbage trucks and recycling.
"When we lived in Texas, he would literally sit there on trash day and watch the trucks," Bohrer said. "He would see the recycling trucks and was very inquisitive about the process."
John R. Broderick
Old Dominion University
My wish for Hampton Roads in 2012 is a heightened commitment to grow and support economic development initiatives, and a regional effort to recognize and promote the significant contributions of the many colleges and universities in the area.
At Old Dominion University, we have invested strategically in key research areas to spur economic growth and solidify the university's role as an economic development leader.