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Frye earns 2018 Excellence in Agriculture recognition; Creekmore family, Sessoms also honored

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Bart Frye has both a passion for preserving Virginia Beach’s rural heritage and a keen sense of business, and these two traits helped him earn the 2018 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The Virginia… Continue Reading

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Business: Dollar General coming to Knotts Island, will build right next door to family-run market

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – A Dollar General store is coming to Knotts Island, the small Currituck County community that, aside from ferry service, is isolated from the North Carolina mainland but connected to rural areas of Virginia… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: A family beef operation launches its own retail ‘shack’

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Coastal Cattle, a family Hereford farm, celebrated its new Beef Shack retail shop at 2337 Vaughan Road with a grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 9. “It’s our version of a produce stand,” farmer Billy Vaughan said… Continue Reading

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Pungo Candle Company, a part-time business making candles in the county

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BACK BAY — Laurie Roland adores scented candles, and now she’s found a way to channel that into a part-time business. Roland, owner of Pungo Candle Company, fell in love with Yankee Candles several years ago when… Continue Reading

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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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Work on a ‘dream house’ in the Back Bay area stalled, then stopped, but a new owner has set out to complete it

Ed. — This story originally ran in print on Dec. 21, 2018. BY VENI FIELDS BACK BAY — In September, two men stood in the grassy back yard of 1173 Princess Anne Road, pondering something of an inadvertent local legend. They talked… Continue Reading