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Board: Time is right for Currituck County to step in and take the firefighting lead in Knotts Island

Ed. — Currituck County Board of Commissioners Chairperson Bobby Hanig read the following statement on Monday, Dec. 4, during the meeting in which the board established a Knotts Island fire department led by county personnel. This was called an “interim” measure… Continue Reading

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Paid firefighters to remain on Knotts Island; commissioners to consider fire service tax district to pay for it

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CURRITUCK, N.C. — Currituck County will keep paid firefighters on Knotts Island following a contract dispute that led the volunteer department in the isolated community to stop responding to calls this month — and the change may lead to… Continue Reading

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In rural Gibbs Woods, a fun, spooky start to a trunk or treat tradition

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE GIBBS WOODS, N.C. — Trunk or treating, growing in popularity in a variety of places, also is a Halloween solution for communities in which neighbors are spread out and sidewalks scarce. Gibbs Woods fits that bill. The rural… Continue Reading

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Paid firefighters on duty on Knotts Island amid contract dispute between Currituck County, volunteers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Paid Currituck County firefighters are on duty here amid a contract dispute between the county and the volunteer rescue firefighters who normally serve at the island’s station, essentially an outpost for property protection and… Continue Reading

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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

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Could opening the Great Bridge Lock ease flooding in southern Virginia Beach? Or could creating an inlet?

Correction — An earlier version of this story did not fully identify City Manager Dave Hansen due to an editing mistake by John, who regrets the error. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  VIRGINIA BEACH – The city has asked the U.S. Army Corps… 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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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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Out of the Darkness walk in Virginia Beach makes strides for awareness of depression, suicide

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE MOUNT TRASHMORE — Before the walk began, Tasha Frederick of Sandbridge tied a ribbon into the hair of 9-year-old Laney Frederick. They were there to raise awareness and remember someone lost to suicide during Out of the Darkness… Continue Reading

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Body of missing boater found near Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – The body of a 45-year-old man who went missing after boating in the Currituck Sound was recovered by a North Carolina wildlife official on Tuesday, near Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, a U.S.… Continue Reading