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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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Youth hoops rebound with new Creeds Athletic Association league

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Organized basketball for youth from age 4 through fifth grade is back in the southernmost reaches of Virginia Beach. The season opened in January.  The league was organized by the Creeds Athletic Association. In addition to… Continue Reading

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Gathering for Thanksgiving trot in Sandbridge a tradition for many

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — It has become a Thanksgiving tradition for local families and people from around the country who have Sandbridge connections to run one or more races during Charlie Normile’s Turkey Trot Race for the Fallen. The annual… Continue Reading

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Bills Backers: Wearing the red, white and blue through good times or bad in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SALEM LAKES — Shawn Michaels served in the Navy as a damage controlman. He’s one of a number of folks from up north who got stationed here and stuck around. “I retired out of Oceana,” he said. “I… Continue Reading

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A baseball diamond in Blackwater is a real field of dreams

BY VENI FIELDS BLACKWATER — No cornfield.  No legendary ghosts.  No mysterious whispers in the still night air. Derrick Howell just wanted to make a place for his kids to play ball. He and his wife joked about the movie references… Continue Reading

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Ducks or not, some hunters take shot at drawing for blinds

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — During that last weekend of duck season, after a lack of ducks, several folks still gathered at the Knotts Island Market early on a Saturday morning to potentially draw for a blind at the wildlife… Continue Reading

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Pool tournament brings all skill levels to Mike’s Break Room

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Among the competitors on a recent Friday night were a married couple who have both had success in national pool tournaments, a young sailor, and someone celebrating her 21st birthday.  Some were serious about their pool. Others… Continue Reading

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Businessperson’s generosity sends Creeds baseball youth champs to a night at the park

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Pungo’s Herb Smith used to coach the Creeds Nationals, among a few rural youth teams that won championships this spring, and his son, Hank, 9, plays on the Nationals now for Coach Jason Gentry. When Smith… Continue Reading