Column: Connections to Virginia Beach’s rural hub shown on our tees

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — I was walking around downtown Norfolk one recent evening when I noticed that I was the only one wearing a plaid flannel shirt. My first thought was that someone needed to introduce those town folk… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Parental pain as we meet our match in second day of unresolvable Pungo sock crisis

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — It started on a Sunday with a basket of unmatched socks, as all great tragedies do. My wife set it in the living room and instructed the kids to pair them. We have three girls, two… 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


412Q BBQ opens a new, permanent home in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Michael Heckman is on a mission to put Pungo on the map. “I want people from all over the world to come to Pungo for its barbecue,” said Heckman, the owner of 412Q BBQ in… Continue Reading


2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 81st District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 81st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading


Improvements in Sherwood Lakes should help ease flooding issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – Improving the capacity of and drainage from the two lakes at Sherwood Lakes, a subdivision near Pungo that experienced flooding following storms this past year, may cost about $4 million, a sum that is far… Continue Reading


Fellowship: Annual dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ features food, music, connections

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — The dinner for senior citizens at Creeds Church of Christ on Saturday, Aug. 26, was the latest in an annual tradition that gathers familiar faces for dinner, dessert and a program. Younger folks served their elders.… Continue Reading


Farmer John: Farmers and consumers reap benefits from local food systems

“‘Ere long, the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community whose every member possesses this art can ever be the victim of oppression in any… Continue Reading


Essay: Confederate monument remembering local dead is a piece of Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County history we should preserve

BY KENNETH R. HARRIS VIRGINIA BEACH — With all the controversy surrounding our Confederate monuments as of late, I would like to enlighten you with a little history about the Confederate monument right here in Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne… Continue Reading


Column: The lines of the lightship

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — We scramble this morning to send our girls to school again. The lunches are made for two of them, one heading back to elementary school and the other starting middle school, but we’ve forgotten the bag… Continue Reading