Winter Wildlife Festival celebrates its 10th year

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Children’s and adult art classes, workshops, and storytelling will be among the activities offered during the 10th Annual Winter Wildlife Festival, which continues today and concludes tomorrow. Exhibits, workshops and classes will be… Continue Reading


North Carolina: Murphy wins special election in 3rd Congressional District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Republican Greg Murphy, a physician from Greenville who served in the North Carolina House of Delegates, won the special election to represent North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Knotts Island. Murphy defeated Democrat Allen Thomas, the… Continue Reading


Religious revival brings faith, music to Cedar Hall Farms in Pungo

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 23 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Holly Veber was on a mission trip to Chile with other members of Charity United Methodist Church a few years ago when she got the… Continue Reading


A big turnout for this year’s Peach Festival, which benefits charitable work in the island community

BY SHELLY SLOCUM KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — The very first Knotts Island Peach Festival took place July 27-28, 1987.  Thirty-two years later, people gathered on those same dates to celebrate the island, raise money for the community and enjoy peaches during… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


Back Bay-Knotts Island Waterfowl Festival brings collectors, carvers and families to Creeds to celebrate artistry

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — More than 400 people attended the second annual Back Bay-Knotts Island Waterfowl Festival at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex this past month.  The event, organized by Chris Ludford and Jimmy Coppedge, grew in its second year… Continue Reading