Thank you, Kyle

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — This happened a couple days after the big snow last month, when kids were home from school for a week and the roads were nonsense. Lori Ann Bates had been out in her truck to go… Continue Reading


This weekend’s Winter Wildlife Festival connects you with ‘watchable wildlife’ in Virginia Beach and beyond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Winter Wildlife Festival this weekend will feature a number of exhibitions and activities for families and outdoors lovers at the Princess Anne Recreation Center and the Princess Anne Area Library next door. But that’s… Continue Reading


Creeds Cafe is back in business with a focus on fresh Southern fare

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — It may have been raw and blustery outside, but when customers walked into Creeds Café one recent day, they were greeted by the warm smells of homemade soup and mashed potatoes. Owner Angie Humphrey also had… Continue Reading


Us: Building inclusive communities in 2018 amid a time of division

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Because we see deep division and language that has fueled a rise in hateful harassment — even violence — The Independent News posed a question to community leaders, writers and artists.  What can we do in the… Continue Reading


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


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


Hampton Roads Morning of Hope unites community, military in fight against stigma of suicide, depression

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS MOUNT TRASHMORE — People gathered here at the city park on Saturday, Sept. 9, for a reborn, now more locally-focused event to unify people from around the region in the fight against suicide and the stigma of mental… Continue Reading


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


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