We celebrate the sweet taste of Pungo during this year’s strawberry festival

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the Thursday, May 11, press conference announcing this year’s dignitaries and the theme for the 34th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, in “downtown” Pungo. … Continue Reading


PAINCast: Virginia Beach author Toni Guagenti guests on latest podcast

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The second episode of PAINCast, an occasional podcast of The Independent News, features Toni Guagenti, author of a 100 Things to Do in Virginia Beach Before You Die. Guagenti serves as media manager for Mayor… Continue Reading


From the Vault: Small pigs, big heart in annual racing tradition during the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. note — This story originally ran in the June 10, 2016, print edition of The Independent News. BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Brad Keithly’s hands were trembling slightly as he walked up a set of metal stairs and leaned into the… Continue Reading


In Virginia Beach, a Sandbridge dance class has tapping feet and camaraderie — and it always ends with a kick

BY VENI FIELDS SANDBRIDGE — It was a fun little miracle in Sandbridge. It came with a pair of 52-year-old tap shoes. Tina Ciccone had been searching for a while for just the right dance class to have a little fun… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach again considers cutting support to historic homes, museums

Ed. note — This story was updated to reflect the difference in funding sources between the aquarium and historic houses within the overall departmental budget and correct an erroneous percentage in a description of funding changes. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia… Continue Reading


Tidewater Coin Club show brings collectors together twice a year

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS OCEANFRONT — Collectors of all ages from around the region attended the spring coin show presented by the Tidewater Coin Club on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The group has about 150… Continue Reading


Column: The late film star Paxton did his first directing work on the links at Red Wing Lake in Virginia Beach

BY WILL HARRIS The actor Bill Paxton, who died on Saturday, Feb. 25, at age 61 due to complications from surgery, made a lot of great movies in his time. Navy SEALs – partially filmed in Virginia Beach – is… Continue Reading


AVE: A prose poem by Luisa A. Igloria

AVE No one ever sees these moving confessionals while easing into the stream of traffic, windows rolled up: body enveloped in metal, safety-strapped into its seat, ferrying itself from one small destination to another. Chip of mica, bronzed, pearled: early… Continue Reading