Column: In the wake of Florida shooting, a promise to act in the name of preventing gun violence

Ed. – The following is adapted from remarks delivered last month at Town Center during a vigil organized by local members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School… Continue Reading


First Precinct police officer, supervisor of year recognized in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A sergeant in charge of a decorated community policing unit and an officer who worked a case last year that took drugs and a weapon off the street were honored as the supervisor and officer… Continue Reading


Better community engagement a goal of renamed crime prevention unit while current efforts will continue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A recent name change for the city police’s former crime prevention unit signals a continuing, expanding effort by the department to build strong relationships between police and citizens, which both builds public trust and helps… Continue Reading


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


Updated: Fatal motorcycle crash reported along West Neck Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Police identified a city man killed in the Tuesday, Feb. 13, motorcycle crash on West Neck Road as William Taylor Bird. In an updated statement placed online, police said Bird, 34, was the rider of the only… Continue Reading


Us: Michele Meister, head of the Virginia Beach Police Special Victims Unit and department LGBT liaison

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY MICHELE MEISTER On the eve of the New Year, we should take time to reflect on the previous year’s events… Continue Reading


2017: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that 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 keys. Here’s to a safe,… 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


Beach ride in Sandbridge benefits the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — Riders and horses from far and wide came to Little Island Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, for a Beach Ride supporting the Virginia Beach Police Mounted Patrol. The event is organized by the Friends of the… Continue Reading


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