Local travel agents are ‘back in the picture’ and seeing more business

Instead of falling down that travel wormhole on the worldwide web, residents in Hampton Roads are starting to look for a local solution when it comes to planning and executing their travel dreams.

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Name your own price for that hotel stay. Be sure to compare all those rental car quotes. Then scour the internet for hours looking for reviews, advice and the best travel package deal imaginable. Does this sound familiar? For the last two decades, this is how many American consumers planned their trips to Europe, the […]


FAA says ‘no’ to Norfolk airport’s efforts to complete study for proposed parallel runway

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The Federal Aviation Administration told Southside Daily it’s still firm on its decision to discontinue a Norfolk International Airport environmental impact study in 2015. Without it, NIA can’t move forward to build a new parallel runway and could close for several months in forthcoming years, according to Norfolk Airport Authority Executive Director Robert Bowen. “While a parallel […]


VDOT: Potholes problematic in Hampton Roads

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Drivers making their way across Hampton Roads should watch out for potholes created by winter weather. The Virginia Department of Transportation is working to fill potholes on interstates, primary and secondary roads. Potholes can become especially problematic during winter when there’s snow and ice on the ground and the temperatures are fluctuating. Potholes are created […]


Owner of Beadniks in Virginia Beach travels all over the world for rare beads

When Virginia Beach resident Sally Roesler is not touring America for trade shows, she’s buying rare materials during visits to Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal for her retail and wholesale jewelry businesses.

Sally Roesler is the owner and founder of Beadniks in Virginia Beach. (Photos courtesy Sally Roesler)

Looking back on almost three decades of steady travel, Sally Roesler listed the countries she has visited in her life almost seamlessly — as if she was checking items off a grocery list. There was Nepal, Bali, India, Thailand, Fiji, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and more. “I know it sounds like a lot but in […]


Norfolk International Airport still needs complete study to build a new runway; could close for several months without it

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All air traffic Norfolk International Airport gets uses a single primary runway. But upcoming maintenance to keep it operating may cause the airport to close for several months in the forthcoming years if a second one isn’t built. Norfolk Airport Authority Executive Director Robert Bowen updated Virginia Beach city council on its ongoing plan to build a new […]


Virginia Zoo keeper travels to Malaysia to educate locals on animal care

Virginia Zoo keeper Bethany Baran spent two weeks in Malaysia sharing her expertise with keepers at the Melaka Zoo. (Photo courtesy of Baran)

Scent trails, puzzle feeders, and endangered animals are all in a day’s work for Bethany Baran. As a zookeeper at the Virginia Zoo, Baran has spent three and a half years working with an array of creatures from East Asia, including orangutans, gibbons, tigers, sun bears, and red pandas. Baran recently returned from a two-week training journey to Malaysia, […]


Train adventure fuels 12-song album by local musicians: Part II

During a four-day train trip across the country, a group of former Christopher Newport University musicians and their friends -- dubbed the American Train Collective -- write, perform and record an entire album from scratch.

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The American Train Collective from Elizabeth Corey on Vimeo. Website for the American Train Collective. Editor’s note: This is the final of a two-part series. Click here to read the first part.  Drawing names out of a hat at random was a good way to break down barriers that intrinsically exist when new people meet […]


Train adventure fuels 12-song album by local musicians: Part I

During a four-day train trip across the country, a group of former Christopher Newport University musicians and their friends -- dubbed the American Train Collective -- write, perform and record an entire album.

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The American Train Collective from Elizabeth Corey on Vimeo. Website for the American Train Collective.  Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Inside a packed New York City train station, a young, ragtag bunch of friendly musicians sported sandals on their feet with colorful bandannas festively wrapped in their hair. They hesitantly […]