Thank you, Kyle

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — This happened a couple days after the big snow last month, when kids were home from school for a week and the roads were nonsense. Lori Ann Bates had been out in her truck to go… Continue Reading


At Monk’s Place in Virginia Beach, a goodbye at the start of a new saga

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — A couple years ago, Ashley Johnson had dollar bills taped up at Monk’s Place. For years, folks have written messages on money and taped them to the walls and ceiling. Back then, when she worked here,… Continue Reading


Friends gather in Creeds to give Buckshot, a loyal dog, his final rest

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — Pickup truck headlights illuminated the work of burying LeRoy Deaver’s dog, Buckshot, on a recent night down in the county. Deaver, of course, was there. It was not so far from Monk’s Place, and he was… Continue Reading


A new book offers its readers a unique Virginia Beach bucket list

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — A new bucket list for the Beach is coming in book form – 100 Things to Do in Virginia Beach Before You Die. The new book was penned by Toni Guagenti, a writer who also serves as… Continue Reading


Editor: Indie pic Eyes of the Roshi, lensed in Knotts Island and Virginia Beach, skeds hometown preem at MOCA

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Independent News seldom gets to engage in the sort of H’wood biz “slanguage” pioneered by Variety. So you may want to sit down before reading on. A glossary of terms appears at the bottom of… Continue Reading


Eyes of the Roshi, indy drama filmed in Beach and Knotts Island, nearing completion, screening for locals

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Eyes of the Roshi, an independent film shot this past year in Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, N.C., is nearing completion, and a screening may be in the works for Virginia Beach within the next six… Continue Reading