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2017 Primary: Questions for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to the 81st Virginia House of Delegates District on June 13

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to the 81st Virginia House District in the Tuesday, June 13, primary to answer questions about a range of issues. The following responses initially appeared in print on Friday, May 26.… Continue Reading

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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

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Champs crowned as youth hoops season comes to close in Creeds

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — The Creeds Athletic Association recently completed a season of youth basketball that marked the return of the sport of the city’s southernmost reaches. The Creeds Tar Heels defeated the Creeds Celtics, 18-17, to win the… Continue Reading

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Friends gather in Creeds to give Buckshot, a loyal dog, his final rest

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Pickup truck headlights illuminated the work of burying LeRoy Deaver’s dog, Buckshot, on a recent night down in the county. Deaver, of course, was there. It was not so far from Monk’s Place, and he was… Continue Reading

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Heritage: Efforts to document private cemeteries continue in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SIGMA — On a February Sunday afternoon, Barbara Henley, a farmer who represents the Princess Anne District on the Virginia Beach City Council, traveled to the Cromwell family’s farm to examine a small, historic private graveyard near 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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Senior Resource Center thanks Virginia Beach public safety personnel with food

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — The Senior Resource Center, Inc., in Creeds recognized public safety personnel Wednesday, Feb. 1, during the center’s annual First Responders Appreciation Luncheon. Master Police Officer Amy Hamed of the First Precinct, who often works in the… 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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Virginia Beach student and their paper airplanes rise to occasion in challenge at Military Aviation Museum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Fifth-grade students from several Virginia Beach schools competed in a STEM Airplane Challenge at the Military Aviation Museum on Friday, Nov. 18, an event that built upon a partnership between Creeds Elementary School and the nearby… 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