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


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


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


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


We celebrate the sweet taste of Pungo during this year’s strawberry festival

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks during the Thursday, May 11, press conference announcing this year’s dignitaries and the theme for the 34th annual Pungo Strawberry Festival, Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, in “downtown” Pungo. … Continue Reading


From the Vault: Small pigs, big heart in annual racing tradition during the Pungo Strawberry Festival

Ed. note — This story originally ran in the June 10, 2016, print edition of The Independent News. BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Brad Keithly’s hands were trembling slightly as he walked up a set of metal stairs and leaned into the… Continue Reading


Pungo Strawberry Festival arrives this weekend; meet the dignitaries

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO – Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Frank Davis started participating in the Pungo Strawberry Festival, including overseeing parking, back in 2002 – about a year after the retired Navy master chief joined the sheriff’s office, initially… 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


Strawberry Festival officials, city police do outreach on traffic, parking issues; no deal with Back Bay Farms

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Pungo Strawberry Festival officials and city police have done outreach on the parking and traffic game plan for the annual Memorial Day weekend event, which brings thousands of people to Pungo on roads that… Continue Reading