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


Heritage: Efforts to document private cemeteries continue in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SIGMA — On a February Sunday afternoon, Barbara Henley, a farmer who represents the Princess Anne District on the Virginia Beach City Council, traveled to the Cromwell family’s farm to examine a small, historic private graveyard near the… Continue Reading


Youth hoops rebound with new Creeds Athletic Association league

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Organized basketball for youth from age 4 through fifth grade is back in the southernmost reaches of Virginia Beach. The season opened in January.  The league was organized by the Creeds Athletic Association. In addition to… Continue Reading


Smoke detectors helped people, pets escape house fire on Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Several people were displaced this morning after a house fire on the 100 block of Wade Avenue in Knotts Island, N.C., but a fire department spokesperson from Virginia Beach credited working smoke detectors with helping four adults,… Continue Reading


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


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


Editor: Indie pic Eyes of the Roshi, lensed in Knotts Island and Virginia Beach, skeds hometown preem at MOCA

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Independent News seldom gets to engage in the sort of H’wood biz “slanguage” pioneered by Variety. So you may want to sit down before reading on. A glossary of terms appears at the bottom of… Continue Reading


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


Virginia Beach First Precinct officer of the quarter recognized for competence, compassion

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Police Officer John Jordan III, who works the evening shift in the First Precinct, was recognized last month as officer of the quarter by the citizens advisory committee for the precinct. Police Capt. David Squires,… Continue Reading