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At Blue, a home for fresh seafood and dining with local ingredients at Red Mill Commons in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE RED MILL — Executive chef Charles Thain considers sweet potato biscuits to be one of his signature recipes. So how did a Virginia Beach native come to be identified with a dish that most people associate with… Continue Reading

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The Thief of Red Mill: Even after criminal convictions, Virginia Beach police say he went back to stealing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE RED MILL — Last summer, Virginia Beach police assembled a number of local contractors in the yard of a home in Red Mill to identify goods stolen in a series of burglaries and thefts that plagued areas around… Continue Reading

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Strawberries: Prized local fruit stars in three dishes at The Whiskey Kitchen

  BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Southern Virginia Beach marks the arrival of spring by the ripening strawberries, and locals celebrate the season by hitting the fields with buckets and baskets in hand.   Many pick pounds at a… Continue Reading

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Champs crowned as youth hoops season comes to close in Creeds

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — The Creeds Athletic Association recently completed a season of youth basketball that marked the return of the sport of the city’s southernmost reaches. The Creeds Tar Heels defeated the Creeds Celtics, 18-17, to win the… Continue Reading

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2016: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that, with few exceptions, we 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… Continue Reading

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Wave of thefts from and of cars in Red Mill, Strawbridge in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Police on Thursday took reports for five stolen cars and 23 larcenies from automobiles — all from the Red Mill and Strawbridge areas of the city. The rash of crimes comes after a great deal… Continue Reading

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Atlantic Shores actors bring nursery rhymes alive for Beach students

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE RED MILL — A troupe of actors from Atlantic Shores Retirement Community recently brought nursery rhymes to life for students through a traveling production called Mother Goose Live. They went to Red Mill Elementary School, among other places, to… Continue Reading

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A new principal, growing technology at St. John the Apostle Catholic School

BY JOSH WHITENER Though she is in her first year here, the principal of St. John the Apostle Catholic School is no stranger to its halls.  “On several occasions I was as here at St. John’s for the past two… Continue Reading

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Creating lifelong learners at Red Mill Elementary

BY VENI FIELDS RED MILL — Dr. Michelle Miller is the new principal of Red Mill Elementary School, leaving her position as assistant principal at Alanton Elementary to take the position.  Miller has replaced Dr. Steven Scarcelli, who retired.   Miller has… Continue Reading

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In Red Mill, an ongoing legacy seen in students, including those who go on to teach

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER RED MILL — Teachers never know the impact they will have on a student’s life. Michelle Robusto-DeAtly said attending Red Mill Elementary School from kindergarten to fifth grade influenced her life. It paved the way for her… Continue Reading