Farmer John: Plant a tree for a healthy ecosystem — or just a nice spot to nap

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I woke up from a nap the other day, after reading about trees, and I had a visceral feeling of being tethered to the atmosphere by my lungs and breath. There is a bubble of air around… Continue Reading


Farmer John: Healthier, nutritious meals for our local communities now — and for our future selves

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Consider eating a diet of the lab-made stuff seen in the movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves. It was a tan mush, and it looked and tasted the same every day, but it did have all the… Continue Reading


Farmer John: Searching for balance in our world, systems that produce our food

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — We experienced the fall equinox on Monday, Sept. 23. The Earth was poised between light and dark, day and night. Now, on our side of the planet, we are heading more toward night, toward dark.  We… Continue Reading


Us: Back Bay Restoration Foundation President Todd Barnes

BY TODD BARNES You don’t realize the long-term benefits of military service until well after it has ended.   Mine had started after having been gleaned out of college and then having my dinner plate ceremoniously broken on the steps… Continue Reading


Farmer John: Hard-working honeybees need a helping hand

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — All hail the mighty, tiny, flying teddy bear of the insect world – the honey bee. I love them because, well, I have to admit I really love honey. I have a sweet tooth a… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Princess Anne Area Library closes for renovations, Henley constituent forum time change and distribution notes

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The recent temporary closure of Princess Anne Area Library for renovations means, among other things, that a lot of folks may wonder where to find copies of The Independent News. The library is a very popular… Continue Reading


Farmer John: On awareness and becoming Jefferson’s people

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Don’t worry, political junkies, the space between elections seems to be getting shorter. Those who live for this should just take a deep breath and dive right back in. I’m just glad the ugly ads on… Continue Reading


2018: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online this past year, including a couple of provided images of significant news or community events. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow,… Continue Reading


After election, Barnes to join Virginia Beach Planning Commission for Princess Anne District

Ed. — This originally ran in print on Dec. 7, 2018. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Farmer Steve Barnes in January will replace Dr. Karen Beardslee Kwasny as the Princess Anne District representative to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission. The City… Continue Reading


Approved by City Council, mini golf course near Sandbridge Road may be up and putting in spring at Anderson’s

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE — A mini golf course with a local theme may open in the spring if the weather cooperates and construction proceeds on schedule, according to Jason Blanchette, owner of Anderson’s of Virginia Beach. The City… Continue Reading