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Strawberries: Where you can find — or pick — them in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Strawberry season is in full swing.  The following is a list of Virginia Beach U-pick and pre-picked strawberry farms, markets or stands from a list compiled by the Virginia Beach Cooperative Extension office.  Please check… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Just say no to politicking during Pungo Strawberry Festival; everybody runs for Congress in N.C.; basket of power

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Gather round, candidates for local offices that are on the ballot this year, and let Notebook tell you a tale of tempted fate and little red plastic hats with stickers on them. A few years ago, U.S.… Continue Reading

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Reestablished Back Bay Restoration Foundation aims to advocate for the health of a vital natural resource amid concern about flooding, development

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – On a recent day in March, Todd Barnes — and Cotton, an 8-year-old Chesapeake Bay retreiver  —  gave a boat tour of the waters near Barnes’ home in Sigma. Barnes is the author of… Continue Reading

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Frye earns 2018 Excellence in Agriculture recognition; Creekmore family, Sessoms also honored

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Bart Frye has both a passion for preserving Virginia Beach’s rural heritage and a keen sense of business, and these two traits helped him earn the 2018 Excellence in Agriculture Award. The Virginia… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: A family beef operation launches its own retail ‘shack’

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Coastal Cattle, a family Hereford farm, celebrated its new Beef Shack retail shop at 2337 Vaughan Road with a grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 9. “It’s our version of a produce stand,” farmer Billy Vaughan said… Continue Reading

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Pungo Candle Company, a part-time business making candles in the county

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE BACK BAY — Laurie Roland adores scented candles, and now she’s found a way to channel that into a part-time business. Roland, owner of Pungo Candle Company, fell in love with Yankee Candles several years ago when… Continue Reading

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Blue Pete’s owners to open new restaurant, Redhead Bay Café, in April

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS – The brothers behind Blue Pete’s Restaurant plan to open a new restaurant at the former location of Creeds Café. Nick Cleanthes said he and his brother, Aristotle Cleanthes, are looking at breakfast, lunch and maybe… Continue Reading

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Greater Pungo community is ‘Hudson Strong’ during fundraiser at Blue Pete’s

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The community came out as a “Hudson Strong” force of love on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Blue Pete’s Restaurant to raise money for a foundation carrying forward the memory of Hudson R. Foschi, the 4-year-old… Continue Reading