Farmer John: There are some good ideas and reasons for concern regarding an ‘agrihood’ in Pungo

[Updated on Sept. 22] Ed. — The developers of Harvest Farms are in the process of redesigning the proposal, including its density. The revised project may go to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission in November, though that is not certain. BY… Continue Reading


Editorial: There is room for more history at the site of the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS There are generalizations in the discussion about whether a monument to those from Princess Anne County who served the Confederacy should stay put in a public courtyard, but a promising idea has emerged to build more while… Continue Reading


Column: The lines of the lightship

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — We scramble this morning to send our girls to school again. The lunches are made for two of them, one heading back to elementary school and the other starting middle school, but we’ve forgotten the bag… Continue Reading


An ‘agrihood’ may come to Pungo, but some Virginia Beach officials are unsure whether it fits transition area

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Developers including Bill DeSteph, a state senator and former member of the city council, have plans for land on either side of Princess Anne Road near the Pungo stoplight that could bring more than 100… Continue Reading


Driver killed, passenger critically injured after delivery truck drives into their lane on Indian River Road

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The driver of an SUV died following a two-vehicle crash this afternoon on the 2400 block of Indian River Road, according to Virginia Beach police. Another woman, a passenger in the SUV, was critically injured after… Continue Reading


Agriculture: Virginia Beach to seek greater coordination on farming equipment, utility wire issues

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – City Agriculture Director David Trimmer said his department has reached out to local power officials to improve points of contact between the farming community and utilities when it comes to low-hanging wires. The height… Continue Reading


Column: Nimmo Parkway, an ode to a local road

BY LAUREN CALCUTT HIGHGATE GREENS — I live off of the stretch of Princess Anne Road between Nimmo United Methodist Church and Seaboard Road. Before Nimmo Parkway was completed, I spent five to 10 minutes of every trip hoping for just the right… Continue Reading


After delays, Princess Anne Meadows vote scheduled for Tuesday

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — A city council vote on a rezoning request that would allow 80 single-family homes in Princess Anne Meadows, a proposed neighborhood near Christopher Farms, is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5. The matter was pushed from… Continue Reading