At rural Virginia Beach church, signs aim words of faith toward passersby

THE PRINCESS ANNE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Sign skills at Creeds Church of Christ were on display the evening of the dinner for seniors late last month, though Mark Etheridge, assistant youth minister, faced a challenge. He had a fine saying:… Continue Reading


Fellowship: Annual dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ features food, music, connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — The dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ on Saturday, Aug. 26, was the latest in an annual tradition that gathers familiar faces for dinner, dessert and a program. Younger folks served their elders.… Continue Reading


Column: The lines of the lightship

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — We scramble this morning to send our girls to school again. The lunches are made for two of them, one heading back to elementary school and the other starting middle school, but we’ve forgotten the bag… Continue Reading


There’s a plan to ease flooding in Ashville Park, but uncertainty remains about possible development nearby

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city staff has recommended an approach toward addressing flooding problems in the Ashville Park neighborhood near Pungo that would begin to correct problems in the drainage system there and lead to continued development of… Continue Reading


At Monk’s Place in Virginia Beach, a goodbye at the start of a new saga

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — A couple years ago, Ashley Johnson had dollar bills taped up at Monk’s Place. For years, folks have written messages on money and taped them to the walls and ceiling. Back then, when she worked here,… Continue Reading


What is Pungo? Well, that depends.

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Is Pungo a magisterial district from years past? A former city voting borough? An unincorporated village encompassing roughly a mile around the light at Princess Anne and Indian River roads? The crossroads of the world (where sometimes it’s mighty… Continue Reading


Livestock show and sale in Creeds is two days of pride for 4-H members

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — The Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club held its annual livestock show and sale on Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex. The community event mixes showmanship and the skill and… Continue Reading


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


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


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