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Farmer John: Soil is a key resource as we seek sustainable agriculture

“Sustainable: Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.”  – The Oxford Living Dictionary BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I began using the word “sustainable” some years ago to describe the practices I used on my farm. The term “organic” lost… Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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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Saying goodbye to Marshall Belanga, fisherman and businessperson known for seafood market near Sandbridge

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE SANDBRIDGE — When he was a boy, Marshall Belanga sometimes walked several miles down the beach to join his father, Luther Belanga, who fished at a camp in what is now False Cape State Park. Marshall Belanga,… 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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Young members of Tabernacle United Methodist Church play key role in Lotus Luncheon tradition

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SIGMA — Young members of Tabernacle United Methodist Church helped out last month during the 61st Annual Lotus Luncheon, which helps support the church on Sandbridge Road. “Young people are working, and they’re also supporting older members of… Continue Reading

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Celebrating 100 years for Melva Riggs at Tabernacle UMC in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SIGMA — Melva Riggs, born on Muddy Creek Road and a longtime resident of Sandbridge Road, turned 100 this past month, and extended family and friends gathered to celebrate her life a few days beforehand at Tabernacle United… Continue Reading

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Colonial Dinner looks back to support Tabernacle’s future

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  SIGMA — When there is a tricorn on the hat rack, its a safe bet the gathering will be a lively one. Hundreds of people gathered at Tabernacle United Methodist Church last month for the annual Colonial Dinner.… Continue Reading

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Sixty years of Lotus Festivals at Tabernacle Methodist

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SIGMA — There was a time when the annual festival celebrating the American lotus was a much more involved to-do, but members of Tabernacle United Methodist Church still celebrate with a luncheon and sale not far from where… Continue Reading