This year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival included a parade that soared

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Nelson Eskey didn’t get a clear view of the parade below when he flew a World War II military aircraft above Princess Anne Road during the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, May… Continue Reading


Us: Senior Resource Center Inc. President Johnnie Williams

BY JOHNNIE WILLIAMS I attended Creeds Elementary School – AKA Creeds High – from first through seventh grade, I always consider Creeds my home. In 1955, my parents moved me to Norfolk the summer before I started eighth grade. My wife,… Continue Reading


Grad walk at Creeds Elementary brings high school students back — and offers a glimpse of what is to come

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Moments before they formed the heart of a parade through the halls at Creeds Elementary School, soon-to-be graduates from Kellam High School gathered in the elementary school’s library on Thursday, June 14. Randall Baber, 18, of… Continue Reading


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


Virginia Beach student and their paper airplanes rise to occasion in challenge at Military Aviation Museum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Fifth-grade students from several Virginia Beach schools competed in a STEM Airplane Challenge at the Military Aviation Museum on Friday, Nov. 18, an event that built upon a partnership between Creeds Elementary School and the nearby… Continue Reading


At Creeds Elementary, students get in step with the times

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Students returning to Creeds Elementary School found that the stairs have a new look and, perhaps, that their opportunities to learn have multiplied. There are multiplication tables on the stairs.  Casey Conger, the principal at Creeds… Continue Reading


Students learn about gardening, composting and more at Creeds Elementary School in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Students at Creeds Elementary School demonstrated a compost tumbler that helps them – and some helpful worms – keep a garden at the rural school. This was the last day of school, and there were high… Continue Reading


Recognized for kindness, a young citizen explains the value of deeds and words

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Suellen Sawyer, 10, lives in Pungo. She is in the fifth grade at Creeds Elementary School, where she is the student council association president.  And she is kind. She won an award for exemplifying that trait this… Continue Reading


New principal for Creeds Elementary School announced

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Casey Conger, assistant principal at Point O’View Elementary School, will be the next principal at Creeds Elementary School. Conger will follow Robin Davenport, who is retiring.  “She is a dynamic leader,” Superintendent Aaron Spence said during a… Continue Reading