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Letter: Grateful for electronic version of The Independent News during emergency

Dear Editor: Thank you so much for the PDF edition of The Independent News.  It is great, and I really enjoy it.   I hope you continue it.   I am waiting for spinal surgery and have seven risk factors.… Continue Reading

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Letter: Recognizing the people who helped our Knotts Island Community Cemetery

Dear Editor: As we are entering another grass cutting season and a new decade, let us pause for a moment and give thanks for all we have been blessed with and look to our future with total optimism. When we… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Journapocalypse now

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Earlier this year, I published an editorial about the terrible situation at The Virginian-Pilot, which is being moved to the Peninsula, and I urged folks with cash laying around to buy our local daily back from Tribune.… Continue Reading

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Meals: Working to feed local students while schools remain closed due to the coronavirus

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On Friday, March 20, public school employees stood outside Birdneck Elementary School. Throughout the morning, families drove up to the front of the school near where Birdneck Road and General Booth Boulevard meet to… Continue Reading

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Antique tractors gather at Bonney Bright’s Farm in Virginia Beach to turn rows of dirt during Plow Day

Ed. — This archived story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 29, print edition. BY JULIE TAYLORCREEDS — Plowing a field might seem like a solitary activity, but that was far from the case at Bonney Bright’s Farm during Plow Day.… Continue Reading

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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

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In Virginia Beach, Chicho’s seeks volunteers to deliver Christmas trees to Outer Banks beaches

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — On New Year’s Eve, some Christmas decorations came down at Chicho’s Pizza at the Oceanfront to make ready for 2020, and giant bags of colorful balloons were on hand. Just outside, a chunk of the lot near… Continue Reading

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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

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

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. 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… Continue Reading