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Creeds: Pungo Ridge says so long to retail location but its western flair remains alive online

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Pungo Ridge, a family-run store for Western fashion, boots, décor and more, said goodbye to fans of its retail location in Creeds with an auction and sale in February, but the business continues online. “We’re still… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Vaughan recognized with 4-H Youth in Action award; VB 4-H travels to Richmond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Reagan Vaughan, a 17-year-old Kellam High School student from a farming family, was recognized this month for her service in 4-H, efforts to expand her family farm and love of educating people about agriculture.… Continue Reading

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Column: My 4-H journey led me to learn responsibility, start a business, work to educate others

BY REAGAN VAUGHAN VIRGINIA BEACH — The idea of a 10 year old taking care of a 740-pound animal would seem bizarre to an outsider’s eye – especially with the amount of responsibility and accountability a child would have to… Continue Reading

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Small family beef operations part of wider livestock piece of Virginia Beach’s agriculture industry

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Under blue-gray thunderheads in a windy field at the far end of Princess Anne Road just this side of the North Carolina line, Steve Kent carries a narrow blue plastic bag out into a field… Continue Reading

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Putting the best foot forward at the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club show and sale

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS – The Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale was held at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, the culmination of months of hard work for young people who… 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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Editorial: Effort to kill a farmland preservation program that helps all of Virginia Beach must be stopped

That ending the agricultural reserve program was proposed at all — then argued with questionable logic — shows a troubling division between Virginia Beach government and the rural communities it takes for granted. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Two years ago, following his appointment as… Continue Reading

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Livestock show and sale in Creeds is two days of pride for 4-H members

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — The Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club held its annual livestock show and sale on Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex. The community event mixes showmanship and the skill and… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Young Virginia Beach beekeeper shines in HBO documentary

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Gabrielle Taylor, 14, and guests gathered at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on Sunday, June 5, to watch a screening of part of an HBO documentary that includes a look at Taylor’s work as a young… Continue Reading

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Leadership, future on display at 2016 Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club show and sale

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — The annual show and sale for Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Club was held on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex, raising funds for the youth-development program that aims to… Continue Reading