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Virginia Beach couple’s fitness activities lead to connections

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Surfing in a driving rain or cycling 75 miles might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect weekend, but this is a way of life for Steve and Emily Joyner. The couple is also… Continue Reading

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During gathering following Ramadan, looking forward to a place of worship

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — People joined together on Friday, June 15, for an Eid al-Fitr picnic following the end of the holy month of Ramadan and to appreciate the site that will be the future home of the Crescent… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Department Chaplain Don Hipple

BY DON HIPPLE I have been involved in volunteering for several years. From 1980 to 2003, I worked with the Special Olympics program and also taught a Bible class to mentally challenged adults. In January 1986, I traveled to Kenya for… Continue Reading

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Meeting, resolution follows concern about term used in text messages by Virginia Beach city official

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Controversy over a description used in a text message between Virginia Beach city officials seems to have been resolved following an apology and a meeting with community leaders.  The head of an organization that voiced… Continue Reading

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Us: Rabbi Israel Zoberman, founding rabbi of Congregation Beth Chaverim

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY ISRAEL ZOBERMAN My first exposure to Poland was at age six months in 1946 when my family of Polish Holocaust survivors… Continue Reading

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Us: The Rev. David Ryu, lead pastor at Charity United Methodist Church

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY DAVID RYU A  pastor received a brand new appointment to a church that had a long history in their city. For… Continue Reading

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2017: 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 during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow keys. Here’s to a safe,… Continue Reading

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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

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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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From the Vault: Strawberry tacos a draw for Charity United Methodist Church at Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. note — This story originally ran in the June 10, 2016, print edition of The Independent News. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The taco shell is made from a waffle cone, and what fills it is sweet – fresh local strawberries,… Continue Reading