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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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Remembering a child, showing love to a Pungo family with light blue ribbons

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — A day after the tragic loss of 4-year-old Hudson R. Foschi in an accident, people expressed their remorse on social media, including in the Pungo Group on Facebook. Beverley Williams posted an idea to that page. She… 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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2018 Elections: North Carolina Ballot Initiatives

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following referenda are scheduled to appear on North Carolina ballots during the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election. Official explanations by the Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission are included below. Find more information in North Carolina’s… Continue Reading

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Editorial: A step back for North Carolina if voters support identification referendum

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS If at first you don’t suppress? Try, try again. This seems to be a goal of the GOP majority in North Carolina’s legislature, which essentially is now pushing to revive part of the 2013 voting restrictions the… Continue Reading

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Amid the Peach Festival, a local barber went to work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Bryce Tyler Wootton, a 28-year-old licensed master barber, moved back home to the island in May after several years in Virginia Beach. In late June, he set up a chair beneath a tent during… Continue Reading

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Putting the best foot forward at the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club show and sale

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS – The Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale was held at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, the culmination of months of hard work for young people who… Continue Reading

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On Knotts Island, keeping up with a community cemetery

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Here, in a tightly knit place that is part of – but also isolated by water from – Currituck County, generations of islanders have been laid to rest in a community cemetery that is… Continue Reading

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From the editor: Say, that photo of Bobby Hanig sure looked familiar

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Early last month, I saw an online ad attacking Bobby Hanig, chairperson of the Currituck County, N.C., Board of Commissioners, while he was still seeking the Republican nomination to be the North Carolina State Representatives… Continue Reading

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Letter: The agricultural reserve program is an established planning tool and a net benefit for Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: The agricultural reserve program, or ARP, is Virginia Beach’s best idea. It is a mistake to cast this program aside with so little transparency and discussion by reducing it to dollars and cents within the budget.  The ARP… Continue Reading