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This year’s Winter Wildlife Festival may have a different feel, but events for young and old are scheduled in January

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — The 2021 Winter Wildlife Festival has something for just about everyone, whether you’re a seasoned birder or a novice – and whether you prefer to observe wildlife from a boat, a hiking trail or… Continue Reading

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For second consecutive year, Pungo Strawberry Festival is canceled due to Covid

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The 2021 Pungo Strawberry Festival is canceled due to concerns about the novel coronavirus pandemic, marking the second straight year without the festival in the gateway to the Virginia Beach’s rural communities. Since 1984, the festival… Continue Reading

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Recognizing long, loyal service by a Virginia Beach school bus driver

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Marge Moore was driving her school bus one morning this past fall when she received hearty congratulations and had no idea what the person was talking about. Moore knew there had been some buzz in… Continue Reading

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Summer reporting internship with The Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY — The Independent News will consider applications from college students for a summer news reporting internship, which will last, approximately, from May to September 2021. Internships are unpaid aside from reporting expenses and mileage. They… Continue Reading

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A family visiting Sandbridge helped an egret at Back Bay refuge — though officials urge caution, calls to experienced rescuers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH— A family from Vienna, Va., stayed at a house just off the water in Sandbridge last month, and they headed to nearby Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for a socially distanced walk in the outdoors… Continue Reading

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Duhaney: Zucaro served as Virginia Beach’s police chief during difficult times

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Amid recognition by City Council this month of retirements by five people with decades of service to the city, City Manager Patrick Duhaney and Deputy City Manager Steve Cover made a gesture of appreciation to… Continue Reading

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2020: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — This is a look back at some of the images from our newspaper in 2020, a tough year for many of us. Better things are ahead. Thank you to David B. Hollingsworth for his exceptional work… Continue Reading

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Holiday shopping? Look for local products in stores or buy online

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — It can be a struggle to keep a small, local business going in the middle of a pandemic. That’s especially true as the holiday season is upon us when large companies are offering one-stop… Continue Reading

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Update: Officials identify man found dead in rural Back Bay fire

Ed. — From the Sunday, Jan. 3, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY – One person died in a fire that engulfed a home in rural Virginia Beach shortly after midnight on Friday, Dec. 11. In a statement released the… Continue Reading

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Only 11, a future farmer loves LeBron James, karate and running the Morris family’s produce stand

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PLEASANT RIDGE — Ben Morris is hard at work on a recent Sunday at the Morris Farms produce stand at 1868 Pleasant Ridge Road in southern Virginia Beach. He keeps it stocked, fills orders from customers, cuts produce… Continue Reading