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Agriculture: ‘Plow Day’ today at Bonney Bright’s farm in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — A nostalgia for the sight of freshly turned soil, an interest in retro machinery and a willingness to wear red bib overalls can drive antique tractor enthusiasts – and local tractor buffs will come together for… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: As school days near, savoring the last day of a summer together

Ed. — This column originally ran in the Friday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — On Labor Day, the end of our summer, we are together in the madhouse, making coffee, figuring out chores, awaiting the start of the… Continue Reading

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A new principal joins the community at rural school in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Getting to know the community and the students is the key to being an effective elementary school principal, according to Douglas Knapp, the new principal at Creeds Elementary School. Knapp, who replaced Casey Conger as… Continue Reading

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Column: In life, there is a time to coach and a time to encourage

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — I have an 11 year old who loves soccer. She wants to be Megan Rapinoe or Alex Morgan. I want her to build confidence and learn the virtues of focus and tenacity.  She had two games… Continue Reading

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Amid annual Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach, a high-flying change of command

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANA — U.S. Navy Capt. John Hewitt relieved Capt. Chad Vincelette as commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana on Saturday, Sept. 21, during the annual Oceana Air Show. It was no ordinary change of command, however.  “Today… Continue Reading

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Eying a storm, local farmers head into the corn fields for an early harvest

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Sept. 6 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Over the Labor Day Weekend, well before Hurricane Dorian neared, farmer H.M. Dudley and his son, Ryan Dudley, harvested field corn near the intersection… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Our local newspaper of record, and the political ads to come

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — This past month, there was some discussion by Virginia Beach officials about The Virginian-Pilot changing its arrangement with the city in regards to publishing City Council agendas prior to meetings. For years, The Pilot has done… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Hansen’s departure is more complicated than some outlets say

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Some news outlets falsely reported that the recent resignation of Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen resulted from how the city has faced the mass shooting at the municipal center. “Virginia Beach official resigns over mass… Continue Reading

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Celebrating Hudson’s Playground at Charity United Methodist Church

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Hudson’s Playground, celebrating the life of 4-year-old Hudson Foschi, was dedicated on Sunday, July 28, at Charity United Methodist Church. The new and improved playground… 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