Category: Media Coverage

OUTLET: Triangle Business Journal

As it pushes to finalize its pending purchase of Raleigh’s Paragon Commercial Corporation, TowneBank has completed another buyout in North Carolina.

TowneBank subsidiary Towne Insurance has closed on the acquisition of Kinston-based W.A. Moore Insurance.

Cover story: Where have our community banks gone?

While it’s a separate transaction from Paragon, Dudley Fulton, president and CEO of Towne Insurance, says it’s part of the firm’s overall North Carolina strategy. And it likely won’t be the last deal to touch the region.
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Virginia Beach-based Towne Insurance has continued to expand outside of Virginia with the announcement it is acquiring an independent insurance agency in North Carolina.

The wholly-owned subsidiary of TowneBank recently acquired W.A. Moore Insurance in Kinston, N.C. This is the company’s 22nd acquisition and Towne Insurance’s sixth acquisition in North Carolina.

Dudley Fulton, president and CEO of Towne Insurance, said the addition of the agency will only enhance the company’s services.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — The temporarily closed Beach Movie Bistro will reopen under new management and a new name.

The cinema will reopen Friday as the Beach Cinema Ale House.

Employee and customers were left confused after the theater previously announced it would be closing.

“Beach Movie Bistro regrets to announce that we have shut our doors effective today,” the owners announced in a Facebook post Wednesday. “The decision to close was a difficult one.”

Screenshot of the Beach Movie Bistro announcing its closure on Facebook, before the Facebook page was deleted on Wednesday. (Photo: Facebook) (more…)

A worker for Beach Movie Bistro, the oceanfront’s only movie theater, removes letters spelling “Closed For Business” from the marquee at the movie theater on Laskin Road Wednesday afternoon, July 19, 2017.The Oceanfront’s only movie theater will reopen today after news had spread about it closing.

Beach Movie Bistro will have a new name: Beach Cinema Alehouse. (more…)

OUTLET: The Virginian-Pilot

Elarraine Laureta, 18, loves children and dreams of becoming a pediatrician. The problem until now was that she didn’t think that her family could afford the tuition.

Like her friend, 17-year-old DeAsia James, Elarraine is now one of 135 graduates in the Class of 2017 to receive a scholarship and support with the application process from ACCESS College Foundation.

The charity, founded by Frank Batten Sr. and Joshua Darden in 1988, provides scholarships for high school graduates in South Hampton Roads and Northampton County. Counselors also guide students through the cumbersome process of applying for college and financial aid, said Amy Hall, ACCESS Advisor for Ocean Lakes and Salem high schools.


Traci Wagner banged her fist on the passenger side window and screamed in pain.

Her husband, Nick, pressed the gas pedal harder as he drove south on North Great Neck Road. They sailed through a red light at Old Donation Parkway.

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital was still eight miles away when Traci screamed again.

They weren’t going to make it.

The baby was coming. (more…)


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Tony Pirrone shares with us his personal story about when his life was saved and how he now volunteers to help save others.

We learn from Tony about hands-free CPR and about a special event happening in Virginia Beach celebrating our local volunteer lifesavers.

Rock the Squads!
Sunday May 7, 2017
Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach


OUTLET: Southside Daily

VIRGINIA BEACH — Dogs are capable of performing many roles in life aside from being a cuddle buddy.

Police train them to find suspects, they can be ring bearers at weddings and at Care-A-Lot’s Lovers’ Extravaganza last weekend, they competed as athletes in DockDogs, an international canine water sport organization.

The Virginia Beach-based pet store featured the organization during its weekend event, which kicked off Friday at noon and ran through Sunday. According to its website, DockDogs gives pets the chance to flex their jumping and swimming skills. (more…)


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – This year, Norfolk resident, Crystal Partain and her pit bull, Pixie, will be competing in the Pet Lovers’ Extravaganza DockDogs competition, something Crystal couldn’t have imagined four years ago. At that time, Crystal had rescued Pixie from an animal shelter right before she was about to be euthanized.

We meet Pixie and learn about the big competition on Coast Live.

Pet Lovers’ Extravaganza Featuring DockDogs
April 28 – 30
Care-A-Lot, 1617 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach