In Memoriam: Pungo’s Roy David Flanagan Jr., farmer and family man

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Farmer Roy David Flanagan Jr., who died on Tuesday, April 7, in his Pungo home after a long illness, will be remembered for the turkeys, sweet potatoes and crops he raised – and for his devotion… Continue Reading


Letter: Knight reflects on recent Virginia General Assembly session

Ed. — This is adapted from state Del. Barry Knight’s recent letter to his consituents in the 81st House District following the recent session of the Virginia General Assembly. It has been edited for style. The 81st District includes parts… Continue Reading


Walter A. Whitehurst, pastor and author, crafted tales about his beloved home in Pungo village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — The Rev. Walter A. Whitehurst loved family, church and his home community of Pungo – and these became intertwined in his legacy as a storyteller.Whitehurst died on Saturday, Jan. 4, after a brief illness. He… Continue Reading


Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading


Knight wins in 81st Virginia House District, unofficial returns show, though Myers campaign says it will await review of numbers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Del. Barry Knight, a Republican, won reelection in the 81st House District on Tuesday, Nov. 5, according to unofficial returns reported this morning by the state elections department. Knight, a farmer from Back Bay, defeated… Continue Reading


2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for the 81st Virginia House District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for 81st District of the Virginia House of Delegates in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series generally… Continue Reading


Ag commission has questions about new venue sought on farmland in rural Virginia Beach

Ed. — This archived story appeared in the Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Members of the Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission have concerns about a proposal to build an event venue on a horse farm… Continue Reading


Notebook: Finance director raising political money for state delegate facing reelection has the same name as the opponent; cue the confusion

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — There are two Shannon Kanes in the fair city of Virginia Beach who are involved in the same political contest this year. One Shannon Kane is a candidate challenging an incumbent state delegate. The other… Continue Reading


Dyer seeks state support for plan to turn Building 2 into police offices, bring displaced city workers into other offices following mass shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in the July 5 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is appealing to the state for money to help restore the municipal center in the wake of the Friday, May 31, mass… Continue Reading


Cautiously, advisory group weighs weddings for land in Virginia Beach’s agricultural reserve program

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Virginia Beach Agriculture Advisory Commission is still discussing the possibility of adjusting allowed uses on properties enrolled in the city’s farmland preservation program to permit assemblies such as weddings — though no recommendation… Continue Reading