From the Editor: Happy New Year, and thank you for supporting community journalism in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I am humbled and grateful that our little newspaper made it through its first year providing southern Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, N.C., with all-original, all-local reporting, writing and photography. Without advertisers and readers like you, we… Continue Reading


Soul Surfing: Sandbridge church club hits the waves

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER SANDBRIDGE — A surf club at a church a block and a half from the ocean seemed like a natural fit to Steve Joyner, youth director at Sandbridge Community Chapel United Methodist Church.  Joyner, who started the Sandbridge Chapel… Continue Reading


Beach grad’s efforts pave way for future in technology

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER SALEM — It’s not uncommon for a computer nerd to want to pursue a career in technology. That’s where the biggest threats to national security, banking and personal accounts arise. It’s a fast moving, exciting line of… Continue Reading


In Red Mill, an ongoing legacy seen in students, including those who go on to teach

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER RED MILL — Teachers never know the impact they will have on a student’s life. Michelle Robusto-DeAtly said attending Red Mill Elementary School from kindergarten to fifth grade influenced her life. It paved the way for her… Continue Reading


Art that speaks to – and through – military children in the Beach

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER LANDSTOWN – Malik Holman, 15, knows how tough it is being a military brat. Sometimes it’s downright difficult – and hard to express. “It’s about change and a large variety of things going on in my life all… Continue Reading


Volunteer aids community, leaves lasting statement in cancer fight

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER SANDBRIDGE – If you attend almost any event here and in surrounding communities, you’ll probably see Cindy Graf standing somewhere in the crowd with her camera poised for the shot. That’s just what she does. It is this… Continue Reading


Ocean Lakes Elementary School celebrates past, looks forward

BY JANET YARBROUGH MEYER OCEAN LAKES – It’s really difficult to find something when you can’t remember where you left it. That was the case at Ocean Lakes Elementary School when administrators tried to find a time capsule buried somewhere… Continue Reading