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Column: For high school seniors graduating during a pandemic

BY BETSY MORRIS BACK BAY — For our graduating seniors: This is a unique time in history in which the entire world is connected by uncertainty and worry. We are all adjusting to an altered lifestyle, and it feels like we… Continue Reading

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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

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Antique tractors gather at Bonney Bright’s Farm in Virginia Beach to turn rows of dirt during Plow Day

Ed. — This archived story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 29, print edition. BY JULIE TAYLORCREEDS — Plowing a field might seem like a solitary activity, but that was far from the case at Bonney Bright’s Farm during Plow Day.… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: ‘Plow Day’ today at Bonney Bright’s farm in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — A nostalgia for the sight of freshly turned soil, an interest in retro machinery and a willingness to wear red bib overalls can drive antique tractor enthusiasts – and local tractor buffs will come together for… Continue Reading

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A new principal joins the community at rural school in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Getting to know the community and the students is the key to being an effective elementary school principal, according to Douglas Knapp, the new principal at Creeds Elementary School. Knapp, who replaced Casey Conger as… Continue Reading

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Eying a storm, local farmers head into the corn fields for an early harvest

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Sept. 6 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Over the Labor Day Weekend, well before Hurricane Dorian neared, farmer H.M. Dudley and his son, Ryan Dudley, harvested field corn near the intersection… Continue Reading

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Celebrating Hudson’s Playground at Charity United Methodist Church

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Hudson’s Playground, celebrating the life of 4-year-old Hudson Foschi, was dedicated on Sunday, July 28, at Charity United Methodist Church. The new and improved playground… Continue Reading

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Religious revival brings faith, music to Cedar Hall Farms in Pungo

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 23 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Holly Veber was on a mission trip to Chile with other members of Charity United Methodist Church a few years ago when she got the… Continue Reading

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A renewed look at historic structures in the rural reaches of Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – A city-backed architectural survey of southern Virginia Beach will focus upon identifying structures that are at least 50 years old, including beach houses in the residential resort of Sandbridge and traditional agricultural buildings such… Continue Reading

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Juneteenth: Churches, locals join together to celebrate historic moment

Ed. — This originally appeared in print in the July 5, 2019, edition. BY SHELLY SLOCUM VIRGINIA BEACH — The community gathered at New Hope Baptist Church to celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, June 22.  “This is the first Juneteenth in the city… Continue Reading