Campaign finance: Politicians report political action committee help, but may not need to disclose when the candidate controls the PAC

THE ISSUE: Candidates helped by political action committees they control apparently do not need to disclose the PAC spending as in kind contributions, according to guidance provided to a state senator’s campaign. Campaigns must report other PAC assistance in disclosure reports… Continue Reading


2017: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow keys. Here’s to a safe,… Continue Reading


Photos: Breakfast with Santa at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS LANDSTOWN — Young people and a jolly old elf spoke of Christmas requests over pancakes and eggs on Saturday, Dec. 2, during the Virginia Beach Farmers Martket’s annual Breakfast With Santa event, which kicked off with a morning… Continue Reading


Sometimes love means wearing reindeer antlers because Mom wants you to wear reindeer antlers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Jonathan Montes is a Norfolk State University student who is studying chemistry because he plans to go into the nanotechnology field. Those are some serious studies, but he still makes time to help his mom. Lanita… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach City Council clears way for new Princess Anne Masonic Lodge

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The City Council last month granted a conditional use permit to the Princess Anne Masonic Lodge No. 25, AF & AM, on Princess Anne Road that will clear the way for a new 8,000 square… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Parental pain as we meet our match in second day of unresolvable Pungo sock crisis

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — It started on a Sunday with a basket of unmatched socks, as all great tragedies do. My wife set it in the living room and instructed the kids to pair them. We have three girls, two… Continue Reading


Knotts Island: Addressing fire response, taxes, relationship with island’s volunteers; first meeting for prospective volunteers tonight

Ed. — The first of two county-led workshops for prospective volunteer firefighters is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., today, at the Knotts Island Fire Station, 327 Knotts Island Road. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – County officials met… Continue Reading


From the Editor: On shared disciplines of military service and farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Bobby Vaughan and I spoke well before Veterans Day, when I was working on a story that involved the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s efforts to build strong roots in Virginia, connecting veterans to agriculture. I’d hoped to… Continue Reading


At Back Bay refuge, a homebuilding workshop benefits local, helpful bats

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Attendees at a workshop at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Oct. 28, built custom housing for bats, the small, flying mammals that – despite perceptions fueled by horror flicks rather than ecological reality… Continue Reading


Paid firefighters on duty on Knotts Island amid contract dispute between Currituck County, volunteers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Paid Currituck County firefighters are on duty here amid a contract dispute between the county and the volunteer rescue firefighters who normally serve at the island’s station, essentially an outpost for property protection and… Continue Reading