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A big turnout for this year’s Peach Festival, which benefits charitable work in the island community

BY SHELLY SLOCUM KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — The very first Knotts Island Peach Festival took place July 27-28, 1987.  Thirty-two years later, people gathered on those same dates to celebrate the island, raise money for the community and enjoy peaches during… Continue Reading

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A big turnout for this year’s Peach Festival, which benefits charitable work in the island community

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY SHELLY SLOCUM KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. —The very first Knotts Island Peach Festival took place July 27-28, 1987.  Thirty-two years later, people gathered on those same dates to celebrate… Continue Reading

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Offering hugs, high fives for the recovery of Virginia Beach community

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in the July 5 print edition. BY SHELLY SLOCUM OCEANFRONT — Dave Sylvester, known as “Big Dave,” traveled from Pennsylvania to console Virginia Beach following the May 31 mass shooting at the city municipal center.… Continue Reading

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Juneteenth: Churches, locals join together to celebrate historic moment

Ed. — This originally appeared in print in the July 5, 2019, edition. BY SHELLY SLOCUM VIRGINIA BEACH — The community gathered at New Hope Baptist Church to celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, June 22.  “This is the first Juneteenth in the city… Continue Reading

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Eats: With Brooklyn Bagels, a taste of New York City arrives in Red Mill

BY SHELLY SLOCUM RED MILL — Charlie and Shannon Cohen have opened a bagel shop in Red Mill Commons called Brooklyn Bagels, and they aim to deliver the taste of a New York bagel. The Independent News spoke with Shannon Cohen… Continue Reading

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At church near municipal center, finding solace after the Virginia Beach mass shooting

BY SHELLY SLOCUM COURTHOUSE — At lunchtime on Monday, June 3, dozens of people dressed in blue gathered at Courthouse Community United Methodist Church to remember the 12 people who died in the mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.… Continue Reading

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Updated: After unanimous vote, offensive social media posts sink Mullins appointment, new School Board pick may come on Tuesday

BY SHELLY SLOCUM AND JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 21, chose Michael Mullins to represent Rose Hall — a unanimous pick by a sometimes divided body to fill a vacancy. Yet the following morning, Mullins… Continue Reading