A renewed look at historic structures in the rural reaches of Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – A city-backed architectural survey of southern Virginia Beach will focus upon identifying structures that are at least 50 years old, including beach houses in the residential resort of Sandbridge and traditional agricultural buildings such… Continue Reading


Us: Senior Resource Center Inc. President Johnnie Williams

BY JOHNNIE WILLIAMS I attended Creeds Elementary School – AKA Creeds High – from first through seventh grade, I always consider Creeds my home. In 1955, my parents moved me to Norfolk the summer before I started eighth grade. My wife,… Continue Reading


Us: Library and Senior Resource Center Volunteer Anne Bright

BY ANNE BRIGHT I have never been one to be idle as I’d worked all of my adult life prior to retirement. Once I retired, I found myself floundering to fill time – and very prone to go to the refrigerator… Continue Reading


Photos: Viewing the eclipse at the Senior Resource Center in Creeds

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Crystal Fields of Hampton was among the people who gathered at the Senior Resource Center, Inc., on Monday, Aug. 21, to view the solar eclipse. People used special glasses, a pinhole image from one piece of… Continue Reading


Heritage: Efforts to document private cemeteries continue in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SIGMA — On a February Sunday afternoon, Barbara Henley, a farmer who represents the Princess Anne District on the Virginia Beach City Council, traveled to the Cromwell family’s farm to examine a small, historic private graveyard near the… Continue Reading


Senior Resource Center thanks Virginia Beach public safety personnel with food

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — The Senior Resource Center, Inc., in Creeds recognized public safety personnel Wednesday, Feb. 1, during the center’s annual First Responders Appreciation Luncheon. Master Police Officer Amy Hamed of the First Precinct, who often works in the… Continue Reading


Column: On writing and a new volume in the Pungo Tales series

BY WALT WHITEHURST PUNGO — In life one thing leads to another. In the latter years of my life, my wife Betty and I worked with individual volunteer missionaries through the United Methodist Church. During those nine and a half years… Continue Reading


Citywide historical effort includes focus on African American church, family cemeteries

  THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — People gathered at the Senior Resource Center, Inc., this past month to discuss documenting historic family and church cemeteries. A focus of the meeting was documenting graves and verifying information at private cemeteries where African Americans… Continue Reading


History: Seeking volunteers to document family cemeteries

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The research group at the Senior Resource Center, Inc., in Creeds will build upon and update historical data documenting family cemeteries in the former Princess Anne County, and those involved in the effort seek help… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Happy New Year, and thank you for supporting community journalism in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I am humbled and grateful that our little newspaper made it through its first year providing southern Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, N.C., with all-original, all-local reporting, writing and photography. Without advertisers and readers like you, we… Continue Reading