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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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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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Catfish rodeo brings anglers, appetites, community to Pearl’s in Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – People came to Pearl’s Bay-Villa, many with catfish in hand, for the Catfish Rodeo on Saturday, May 13. “Ths was the 14th year,” Paul McCoy of Pearl’s said. “It brings everybody together. I… Continue Reading

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Photos: Prescribed burn, wildlife at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge in Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — As evening approached on Saturday, March 4, it was business as usual for wildlife at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, while a planned burn was winding down in another area. Geese flew away from… 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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The Independent News recognized with three awards during annual Virginia Press Association contest

BY CHRISTOPHER MELE The Independent News won three awards – two for news and one for photography – from the Virginia Press Association at a ceremony on Saturday, April 8, in Short Pump. The honors were given for works published… Continue Reading

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Friends gather in Creeds to give Buckshot, a loyal dog, his final rest

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Pickup truck headlights illuminated the work of burying LeRoy Deaver’s dog, Buckshot, on a recent night down in the county. Deaver, of course, was there. It was not so far from Monk’s Place, and he was… Continue Reading