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A vibrant community gathering, displays celebrate Black History Month at the Senior Resource Center in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Creeds native and writer Rita Jones sees humanity as a single patchwork quilt that’s sewn from many threads, and she developed this vision into a program she coordinated for the Senior Resource Center, Inc., in… Continue Reading

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Once largely forgotten, a Revolutionary War skirmish is remembered in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — What could be worse than leading soldiers and horses through a swamp in mid-Februrary? Discovering a burned bridge on the other side and realizing that you’re going to have to wade through yet another… Continue Reading

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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

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‘Birdchick’ Stiteler, author and birder, helps Winter Wildlife Festival celebrate 10 years; ‘smart phone’ birding talk today

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Birds, bicycling, snakes and flies are what author and speaker Sharon Stiteler remembers about her birding trip through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Stiteler had the dubious pleasure of bicycling through Back Bay National… Continue Reading

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Winter Wildlife Festival celebrates its 10th year

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Children’s and adult art classes, workshops, and storytelling will be among the activities offered during the 10th Annual Winter Wildlife Festival, which continues today and concludes tomorrow. Exhibits, workshops and classes will be… Continue Reading

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Late-year crops at local produce markets — brussel sprouts, greens, squash, even bok choy

Ed. — This originally ran in the Nov. 1 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Now that the weather’s finally changing, locals are looking forward to the fall vegetables beginning to appear at local farm stands, and, despite hot, dry… Continue Reading

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A new principal joins the community at rural school in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Getting to know the community and the students is the key to being an effective elementary school principal, according to Douglas Knapp, the new principal at Creeds Elementary School. Knapp, who replaced Casey Conger as… Continue Reading

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Religious revival brings faith, music to Cedar Hall Farms in Pungo

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 23 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Holly Veber was on a mission trip to Chile with other members of Charity United Methodist Church a few years ago when she got the… Continue Reading

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A renewed look at historic structures in the rural reaches of Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – A city-backed architectural survey of southern Virginia Beach will focus upon identifying structures that are at least 50 years old, including beach houses in the residential resort of Sandbridge and traditional agricultural buildings such… Continue Reading

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The Bee and The Biscuit, a popular restaurant in Pungo village, earns recognition as Virginia’s best

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — When Karen and Joe Johnson decided to open a restaurant in Pungo Village, they wanted to adopt a rustic theme to honor the agricultural community.  Now, The Bee and The Biscuit, which opened in 2016,… Continue Reading