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Co-op drops broadband plan— Community Electric Cooperative looked into bringing broadband to its rural customers and found it was too risky and too expensive. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times Jun 14
Hardy plumbing really a problem? The bathrooms at Hardy Elementary School have risen to the top of the pile of concerns about the aging school, but a school official points the finger at sinks, stalls, tile and toilets rather than the actual ... Read more:
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The Smithfield Times Jun 13
Stranded bear latest park attraction— Copperheads, goats, sunflowers and now a bear. Oh my. A bear stuck inside the electrified goat fence is the latest attraction at Windsor Castle Park. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times Jun 12
Town OK's bike trail planning funds, Segment cost estimated at $2.4 - $3.3 million— The cost to build the third part of the Park-to-Park trail in Smithfield is now estimated at $2.4 to $3.34 million, according to Town Manager Brian Thrower. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times Jun 10
Snakes in Windsor Castle Park— Smithfield Parks and Recreation Director Amy Novak warns of an increase in snake activity at Windsor Castle Park, citing the rising temperatures. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times Jun 7
Old Town landscaping target of new group— Suffocating trees, weedy flower beds, mounds of mulch — the condition of many Main Street planting areas are the driving force behind the formation of the Smithfield Horticultural Society. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times Jun 6
IWA graduates Class of 2019— Being “extraordinary” was a prevalent theme during Isle of Wight Academy’s 49th graduation exercises on Friday. Read more: (Photo: Isle of Wight Academy graduating seniors Ellie Provost and Karl Yohn.)
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The Smithfield Times Jun 5
Local government costs mixed— Isle of Wight County moved up a notch to seventh place among Virginia counties for overall per capita debt, but sits around the middle or bottom of the pack when it comes to several other measures, such as ... Read more:
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The Smithfield Times Jun 3
Overdoses increasing in Isle of Wight County— So far this year (through May 23), Isle of Wight first responders have attended to 19 overdose calls. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 30
Keeping tradition alive— Everyone knows graduating high school is a time for parties and celebrating a big life accomplishment, but the members of Main Street Baptist Church are continuing the tradition of injecting a spiritual component ... Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 29
Main Street to be repaved— Smithfield town staff released a plan last week with Blair Bros. construction company to address the melting tar on the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 28
Nightlocks unlocked again— The ever-evolving story of the much criticized Nightlocks is not over. The State Fire Marshal’s office ordered the recently reinstalled Isle of Wight County schools door barricades — brand-named Nightlocks — to be ... Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 24
Town Council now opposes trash fee— A real estate tax increase is back on the table in lieu of having residents pay for trash pick-up as part of Smithfield’s proposed fiscal 2020 operating budget. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 23
Town loses on Pierceville enforcement— The plight of Pierceville and its elderly owner, Mary Delk Crocker, is once again before the Smithfield Town Council. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 20
Signs are much on peoples' minds— The recent sign controversy in Smithfield reared its head again over several Chick-A-Que signs advertising a church fundraiser. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 17
Tax hike to fund budget increase— The Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors approved its $78 million fiscal 2020 operating budget Thursday, which includes the equivalent of a 2.7-cent tax increase. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 16
Hunting limit in Surry— SURRY—Close calls with stray bullets were the impetus behind a hunting restriction ordinance that was unanimously approved by the Surry County Board of Supervisors on Thursday. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 15
No new SROs in budget— Isle of Wight County Sheriff James Clarke wants school resource officers in the elementary schools, but the Board of Supervisors said not in the upcoming fiscal year budget. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 14
5-cent tax hike would cover debt for new Hardy Elementary— A five-cent real estate tax increase would cover the debt service on a new Hardy Elementary School, according to Isle of Wight County Administrator Randy Keaton. Read more:
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The Smithfield Times May 13
Juvenile center site to revert to EDA— Economic Development Authority Chairman Ron Pack has asked the county attorney to draft a resolution confirming that the EDA still owns the property previously designated for the development of a ... Read more:
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