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Agriculture: A longtime farmer, a strawberry field and good neighbors

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Douglas Munden, a third generation farmer, sat in his office across Princess Anne Road from the home in which he was raised. Outside, rows of strawberries waited to be picked.  It was Saturday evening, winding… Continue Reading

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The dignitaries, theme for Pungo Strawberry Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in rural village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO – Memorial Day weekend will find Bob and Phoebe Braswell, the honorary mayor and first lady of Pungo, presiding over this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival, with “Rise and Shine — It’s Strawberry Time” as this… Continue Reading

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Column: Rise and shine — it’s strawberry time in Pungo

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme for this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival. The remarks were made on Wednesday, May 8, at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. The festival begins… Continue Reading

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Updated: After unanimous vote, offensive social media posts sink Mullins appointment, new School Board pick may come on Tuesday

BY SHELLY SLOCUM AND JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 21, chose Michael Mullins to represent Rose Hall — a unanimous pick by a sometimes divided body to fill a vacancy. Yet the following morning, Mullins… Continue Reading

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Strawberries: Where you can find — or pick — them in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Strawberry season is in full swing.  The following is a list of Virginia Beach U-pick and pre-picked strawberry farms, markets or stands from a list compiled by the Virginia Beach Cooperative Extension office.  Please check… Continue Reading

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Knotts Island: Meeting today at elementary school to discuss proposed fire protection district

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – A community meeting to discuss a proposed special service tax district to pay for fire protection services on Knotts Island will be held this evening at the elementary school on the island. The… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Author and farmer looks back at the legacy of black farmers — and ahead toward a better future

BY J.D. WILSON RICHMOND — Leah Penniman is a bright light with lots to say, and we need to hear her messages about farming, society, justice and our future. I recently met her in Richmond during the Virginia Association for Biological… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Hard-working honeybees need a helping hand

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — All hail the mighty, tiny, flying teddy bear of the insect world – the honey bee. I love them because, well, I have to admit I really love honey. I have a sweet tooth a… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Just say no to politicking during Pungo Strawberry Festival; everybody runs for Congress in N.C.; basket of power

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Gather round, candidates for local offices that are on the ballot this year, and let Notebook tell you a tale of tempted fate and little red plastic hats with stickers on them. A few years ago, U.S.… Continue Reading