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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lois Thompson

BY LOIS THOMPSON I have proudly served with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Throughout my tenure, being part of the community has always been a top priority for me. I try to instill in the next… Continue Reading

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This year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival included a parade that soared

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Nelson Eskey didn’t get a clear view of the parade below when he flew a World War II military aircraft above Princess Anne Road during the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, May… Continue Reading

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Citizens team up to make Pungo prettier during annual ‘pickup’

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — On the Saturday morning before the Pungo Strawberry Festival, people gathered at Blue Pete’s on North Muddy Creek Road before setting off to clean up the back roads around here. Princess Anne Road is always nice… Continue Reading

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Column: Our annual celebration in Pungo represents an important — and valuable — Virginia Beach industry

BY DAVID TRIMMER COURTHOUSE — Greetings to everyone! I hope and trust all of you are having a wonderful spring and looking forward to Memorial Day weekend and the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival.   The event is a wonderful city… Continue Reading

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Pungo Strawberry Festival 2018: The ‘berry best’ of Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The dignitaries for the 35th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, which begins this weekend, were announced during the annual festival press conference and lunch this month at the Culpepper Barn in Pungo. They are the celebrities… Continue Reading

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Celebrating the ‘berry’ heart of Virginia Beach with the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the Wednesday, May 9, press conference announcing the dignitaries and theme.  BY TODD JONES PUNGO — On behalf of the Pungo Strawberry Festival Board, the committee chairs and the many volunteers… Continue Reading

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First Precinct police officer, supervisor of year recognized in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A sergeant in charge of a decorated community policing unit and an officer who worked a case last year that took drugs and a weapon off the street were honored as the supervisor and officer… Continue Reading

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Column: Connections to Virginia Beach’s rural hub shown on our tees

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — I was walking around downtown Norfolk one recent evening when I noticed that I was the only one wearing a plaid flannel shirt. My first thought was that someone needed to introduce those town folk… Continue Reading

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Small businesses in Virginia Beach backed by big ideas and potential

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Amy Cotter felt devastated when she learned that she would be retired from the U.S. Navy for medical reasons. So Cotter found a way to fill a void in her life by establishing The… Continue Reading

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From the Vault: Strawberry tacos a draw for Charity United Methodist Church at Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. note — This story originally ran in the June 10, 2016, print edition of The Independent News. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The taco shell is made from a waffle cone, and what fills it is sweet – fresh local strawberries,… Continue Reading