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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

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Knotts Island: Fundraiser for Ducks Unlimited gathers community, aids habitat

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — The Knotts Island chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosted its annual banquet on Saturday, June 11, at Blue Pete Haven, where people ate, sought raffle prizes and bid upon a wide range of donated goods… Continue Reading

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At Blackwater Trading Post, meeting midway for a special exchange

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BLACKWATER — The Blackwater Trading Post is a rural hub where folks pick up coffee, bait for nearby fishing, food, including homemade barbeque, and even, in the box right out front, a certain community newspaper. On Memorial Day,… Continue Reading

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Remembering Pungo’s Bud Coppedge: decoy carver, author, family man

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Marshall “Bud” Coppedge raised a family, worked 36 years for the city, and was a longtime member of Charity United Methodist Church. His legacy will also include his work as a carver, collector and seller of decoys… Continue Reading