Victoria Bourne, The Virginian-Pilot

Victoria Bourne

The Virginian-Pilot

Suffolk, VA, United States

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Past articles by Victoria:

Brew News | New Realm named Best in Show at this year's Virginia Craft Beer Cup

The Atlanta-based brewery that moved into Green Flash Brewing Company’s old spot in Virginia Beach last summer was named Best in Show for its Euphonia Pilsner at the eighth annual → Read More

20-megawatt Chesapeake solar energy project approved on 234 acres of farmland

City leaders opened the door to Chesapeake’s first solar farm roughly a year ago and a second project has been approved. → Read More

A Great Dismal Swamp refuge, visitor center may be inching closer to reality in Chesapeake

The idea of a visitor center dates back to the 1970s. A study will see if property near the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a good fit for what's envisioned → Read More

Chesapeake Council members want another 30 days to decide on trick-or-treat rules

The effort was led by Councilman Robert Ike, who expressed concerns about the 12-year-old age cap and wanted to give officers more discretion based on individual circumstances. → Read More

New law will give Chesapeake more oversight of pet stores that sell puppies and kittens

Under the new law, all new and existing pet shops will be required to apply for a $50 pet store license, which must be renewed annually, according to city documents. → Read More

Chesapeake voters could find themselves in new precincts under new reorganization plan

Thousands of residents could end up in new precincts as the city weighs a reorganization driven by an upcoming presidential election, a desire to take voting booths out of schools → Read More

Chesapeake investigates spending millions on multipurpose stadium

The city will soon hire a consultant to gather community thoughts on whether such a stadium is a good idea. Officials say it could cost as much as $25 million, → Read More

This spot along the Chesapeake-North Carolina border is being eyed for a new large-scale development

Over the years, portions of the Williams Farm have been eyed for a landfill, a luxury mixed-used development and a solar farm. Now there’s another proposal on the table: To → Read More

Nonprofit for homeless families unveils designs for its new $16.8 M Chesapeake headquarters

ForKids' new regional headquarters in South Norfolk could be completed by summer 2020, according to its CEO Thaler McCormick. → Read More

Devoted parade goers claim their spots in Chesapeake, but this year some chairs went missing

Ask any longtime resident about the pre-parking and chair tradition and you’re bound to get a chuckle. It’s longstanding and feels unique to Chesapeake – specifically to Great Bridge. A → Read More

Grassroots effort under way to move Chesapeake's elections from May to November

It's going to take 16,000 John Hancocks from registered voters, collected in less than eight months, in order to get the question on the ballot in November. → Read More

Long-awaited museum nears completion in Chesapeake, but $700K still needs to be raised

A brand new museum and visitor center has risen along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. → Read More

Virginia Beach police officer in uniform dies of apparent heart attack

Officer Kelvin Bailey, 51, was in uniform working “secondary employment” on Friday night when he went into cardiac arrest, according to a police spokeswoman. → Read More

A new outdoor ice skating rink has opened in Virginia Beach

A new 100-by-50 foot outdoor rink debuted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market on Dam Neck Road. It'll be open until 11 p.m. → Read More

10 months and $1 million later, Heron’s Landing residents are back home again

Heron's Landing is home to men and women who have experienced homelessness in the past. In early January, a cold snap caused a sprinkler pipe to burst, prompting the evacuation → Read More

Incumbents re-elected to Suffolk City Council

Mike Duman, Tim Johnson and Leroy Bennett all ran unopposed for City Council seats. The School Board got four new faces because no incumbents up this year sought re-election. → Read More

Mayor's committee offers insights on Chesapeake's plan for future development, growth

A nine-member advisory committee was selected by Mayor Rick West. Their goal? To highlight areas for improvement in the city's comprehensive plan. → Read More

Chesapeake nonprofit to benefit from 15-cent cigarette tax hike

An agreement between the city and the nonprofit signed off on by the City Council last week provides Healthy Chesapeake $460,000, paid in quarterly installments. But next year it could → Read More

Chesapeake landowner envisions large new development – with a great view

Warren Thrasher wants to transform his family’s decades-old landfill and former sand-mining operation near Greenbrier into a community of single-family, lakeside homes, with a town center hub and a restaurant → Read More

Chesapeake couple wants to bring their three little pigs all the way home

The city cited them for having livestock in a residential area, and now they're trying to find a way to keep their pigs. → Read More