Second annual Plow Day brings parade of antique tractors to turn soil in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Farmers and tractor enthusiasts traveled to Bonney Bright’s Farm on Buzzard Neck Road on Halloween Day, and many of them brought their antique workhorses in all models, sizes and colors — and then they put… Continue Reading


No, the post office in Back Bay is not closed or planning to close

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Despite online rumors, the post office in rural Back Bay remains open, and there are no plans to close it. The property the U.S. Postal Service leases for Back Bay Station is for sale, according… Continue Reading


You-pick pecans now available from the Market at Land of Promise Farms in Blackwater

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BLACKWATER — You-pick pecans are now available through the Market at Land of Promise Farms, which began selling fresh pork earlier this year.  The pecan orchard was here when Diane Horsley’s parents bought Land of Promise in… Continue Reading


Project studying submerged aquatic vegetation in Back Bay shows promise, needs funding

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A couple of years ago, Dr. Sara Sweeten, a research scientist at Virginia Tech, stumbled across specimens of an aquatic plant called wild celery that had been started from seeds left behind by undergraduate… Continue Reading


Column: We must preserve farmland and rural communities

  BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — In 2002, when my husband and I were looking for a new house, a friend said to me, “You need to live in Pungo, Karen. That place will feel like home to you.” … Continue Reading


Virginia Beach police identify bicyclist killed in nighttime crash with car on Blackwater Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BLACKWATER — A man died on Sunday, July 19, during a nighttime crash between a car and the bicycle the man was riding on Blackwater Road. Police identified the man killed in the crash as Rickey E. Lewis,… Continue Reading


New addition to pork retail market shows growing interest in local food sources during pandemic

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BLACKWATER — Land of Promise Farms, traditionally the go-to spot for youth raising pigs as 4-H projects, is now selling pork directly to local consumers at the Market at Land of Promise Farms. Sausages, bacon, pork chops, ribs… Continue Reading


Column: Help is available for our businesses, citizens, and city priorities remain in place while we deal with the coronavirus crisis

BY BARBARA HENLEY PUNGO — Even though we are still not able to have regular meetings, and the monthly Princess Anne District Forum was again canceled this past month, there is work being done and issues to be discussed.   The budget… Continue Reading


Letter: Knight reflects on recent Virginia General Assembly session

Ed. — This is adapted from state Del. Barry Knight’s recent letter to his consituents in the 81st House District following the recent session of the Virginia General Assembly. It has been edited for style. The 81st District includes parts… Continue Reading


A vibrant community gathering, displays celebrate Black History Month at the Senior Resource Center in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Creeds native and writer Rita Jones sees humanity as a single patchwork quilt that’s sewn from many threads, and she developed this vision into a program she coordinated for the Senior Resource Center, Inc., in… Continue Reading