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From the Editor: Princess Anne Area Library closes for renovations, Henley constituent forum time change and distribution notes

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The recent temporary closure of Princess Anne Area Library for renovations means, among other things, that a lot of folks may wonder where to find copies of The Independent News. The library is a very popular… Continue Reading

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From Colombia to Virginia Beach, Specialty Club Coffee offers carefully-sourced coffee and beans

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Mauricio Mova, founder and owner of Specialty Club Coffee, says that he has always had a passion for coffee, and he found a way to channel his passion into a business. Mova roasts coffee… Continue Reading

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2018: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online this past year, including a couple of provided images of significant news or community events. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow,… Continue Reading

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Q&A: Sinnett, a local leader in jazz, has a new recording with a wider sound — The Americana Groove Project

BY WILL HARRIS Composer and drummer Jae Sinnett has spent so many years working as a jazz musician and spreading the good word about the latest and greatest jazz artists via his long-running radio show “Sinnett in Session” that it’s… Continue Reading

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Creeds Ruritan Club food drive brings holiday spirit to families in need

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Members of the Creeds Ruritan Club gathered with family and friends at the charitable organization’s rural community complex on Friday, Dec. 14.  They turned an arena that hosts everything from forums for political candidates to… Continue Reading

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A hopeful future for Blue Pete’s after flooding — and still more flooding — hits longtime Pungo favorite

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Wind tide flooding forced Blue Pete’s Restaurant owners Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes to close their doors to business for several days in mid-September for the second time in less than two months.  High waters from… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: After a divisive election, how we might run tomorrow’s race

BY J.R. HOEFT Consider this an opportunity and a wakeup call. If President Trump’s post-election press conference is any indication, in his mind, it will be neither. Despite an outstanding economy, strong foreign policy and two appointments to the Supreme… Continue Reading

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Approved by City Council, mini golf course near Sandbridge Road may be up and putting in spring at Anderson’s

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE — A mini golf course with a local theme may open in the spring if the weather cooperates and construction proceeds on schedule, according to Jason Blanchette, owner of Anderson’s of Virginia Beach. The City… Continue Reading

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Forum: Candidates for Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council discuss ARP, appeal to rural voters

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS – The three candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council appealed to voters during a forum at a rural hub within the district, joining a number of local candidates this… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: The complete Princess Anne Independent News Voter Guide is now online

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Our complete 2018 Voter Guide is now online, including questions for all contested Virginia Beach races. Links to local races and overviews of ballot initiatives follow. Jump to the page by clicking on the district name.… Continue Reading