This is the online home of The Princess Anne Independent News, a community newspaper that launched on April 24, 2015, to serve southern Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, N.C.
We believe in local, public interest journalism. Our goal is to help shine a light on news and events for the Beach.
Original reporting and photography published by The Independent News has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association. Our coverage of the agriculture industry has been recognized by the Virginia Beach Excellence in Agriculture Committee. We were recognized as the small business of the year for 2018 by the Creeds Ruritan Club.
The Independent News serves communities in the Princess Anne voting area of Virginia Beach, meaning, for the most part, communities south of Dam Neck Road. We also proudly serve Knotts Island, N.C., and, in 2020, will expand our distribution and editorial coverage to the Oceanfront resort area.
Our main coverage and distribution areas include Back Bay, Blackwater, Creeds, Courthouse, Lago Mar, Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Pungo, Red Mill, and Sandbridge.
Here is the mission statement for our newspaper.
The Princess Anne Independent News is a community news source that publishes a print edition every two weeks and maintains an active Web site and social media presence. We gather and deliver news of interest to the people of southern Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, N.C., helping citizens engage in civic life, community and culture. We are a forum for conversations that encourage, not limit, ideas in our communities and city.
The newspaper, site, and content are produced and owned by Pungo Publishing Co., LLC, unless otherwise noted at the bottom of posts. While we welcome free expression, we reserve the right to reject any advertising, especially that which contains profanity, personal attacks or offensive content.
We are committed to diversity, freedom of expression, open government and strong communities. We are proud to champion local agriculture and rural life.
Thank you for reading and supporting local journalism. If you value what we do, please consider supporting The Independent News by advertising.
A note about commenting here and at our social media sites:
There are two general rules about commenting here:
- Keep it civil.
- Keep it clean.
If criticism is due, please criticize ideas and not the people who have them. We can challenge ideas without resorting to insults. There’s some leeway given to comments about public officials or The Independent News itself, but please consider that this is a community newspaper.
A note about copyright:
We are proud to provide original reporting, stories and photographs to our readers. We encourage people to share links to our content on social media. However, we ask you to please respect our copyright and the copyrights of contributors that allow us to republish work in print or online. Since we pay for the newspaper and compensate contributors for the work that you see here, we will pursue remedies against those who violate our copyright by reproducing our original work. If you ask — and it’s generally about our photos — we are often happy to work something out and provide permission for reuse. Please ask in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. All original content herein is owned by Pungo Publishing Co. LLC., P.O. Box 7064, Virginia Beach, VA 23457. We regret that this sort of thing even needs to be said, but it has become a thing. We will protect our copyright and ownership of our work so we can continue to fund our journalism.