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Gooden, commonwealth’s ag secretary, meets with farmers in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – Dr. Basil Gooden, the state agriculture and forestry secretary, visited Virginia Beach to meet with the city agriculture staff and state extension representatives and tour local farms in the southern end of the city. The… Continue Reading

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Youth hoops rebound with new Creeds Athletic Association league

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Organized basketball for youth from age 4 through fifth grade is back in the southernmost reaches of Virginia Beach. The season opened in January.  The league was organized by the Creeds Athletic Association. In addition to… Continue Reading

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2016: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that, with few exceptions, we ran in print or online during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow… Continue Reading

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Back Bay Christian Assembly turning 30 in Virginia Beach’s south

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — In the city’s south, where a number of churches stretch back hundreds of years, Back Bay Christian Assembly is something of a new kid on the rural block. This year is the 30th anniversary for… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: A mural in Virginia Beach’s Back Bay has its critic(s)

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I am writing about a mural in Back Bay that I decided not to write about some months ago. It’s the one that says “NEVER HILLARY!!” In part, it shows the sort of wall some folks think… Continue Reading

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Vets, scouts work together at annual VFW fish fry in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY — Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Back Bay Post 1211 had some help from young people during the group’s annual fish fry fundraising event on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Creeds Ruritan Barn. James Kovacs… Continue Reading

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At Creeds Elementary, students get in step with the times

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Students returning to Creeds Elementary School found that the stairs have a new look and, perhaps, that their opportunities to learn have multiplied. There are multiplication tables on the stairs.  Casey Conger, the principal at Creeds… Continue Reading

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Pungo Ferry Landing Park soft opening scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The former Captain George’s and marina site in southern Virginia Beach is scheduled to open to the public as the 20-acre Pungo Ferry Landing Park on Friday, Sept. 16, a spokesperson for the city parks department said… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, parks are a go for Pokemon fans of all ages

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Red Wing Park may be known for its gardens, but it’s grown a reputation as a hotspot for players of the mobile game Pokemon Go, which launched this past month. “Everyone is playing,” said Jessica… Continue Reading

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Creeds polling location moves to Oak Grove Baptist; boundary shift between Oceana, Red Wing precincts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The City Council voted this past month to move the Creeds polling location from the firehouse to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 691 Princess Anne Road, and approved a boundary shift between the Oceana and Red… Continue Reading