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Petition seeks to dissolve Claremont

An online petition signed by 61 Surry County residents seeks to dissolve the town of Claremont. Incorporated in ... Read more | Add your comment

IW receives new disaster response vehicle

Isle of Wight County has a new tool available to support local and regional public safety. The county ... Read more | Add your comment

Bauman holds down midfield for Randolph-Macon

By Barbara Boxleitner Maddie Bauman has become a constant in the midfield for the Randolph-Macon College women’s soccer ... Read more | Add your comment

IW home sales, equity up for new year

As we turn the page into 2021, there’s some good news for real estate — home prices are ... Read more | Add your comment

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Smithfield doctor that made house calls dies at 91

Dr. Desmond Longford took good care of people in and around Smithfield for more than 50 years. And he refused to let corporate mandates he ... Read more | Add your comment

by Nate Delesline III.

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Windsor to poll citizenry on monument

Windsor plans to poll its citizenry on the idea of moving Isle of Wight County’s Confederate monument to the town’s municipal cemetery — surveys that ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

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Main St. Baptist joins in nationwide COVID-19 memorial

At 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Main Street Baptist Church in downtown Smithfield rang its bell in unison with congregations across the country as part of ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:34 pm

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Foodbank establishes Western Tidewater branch

Nearly 22,000 people in Western Tidewater have food insecurity issues, and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore wants to help. To that ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:35 pm

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IW schools add equity coordinator

Kiyaana Jones is Isle of Wight Public Schools’ new coordinator of equity and inclusion. Jones will work with all students, parents, staff and the community ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:35 pm

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Riverside honors IW first responders

Four Isle of Wight emergency first responders were recently honored for their lifesaving work. Lt. Chris Smith, fire-medic Delaney Townsend, part-time medic Levario Franklin of ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:30 pm

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Academic Announcements

Smithfield resident graduates from James Madison University Kyle McPherson, of Smithfield, graduated with a degree in individualized study from James Madison University during commencement exercises ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:27 pm

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FRHA seeks to buy house in Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Jan. 7 to authorize the Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority to purchase properties in the county for ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:26 pm

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Gibbs joins planning commission

Raynard Gibbs is the Smithfield Planning Commission’s newest member. He replaces the seat held by Dr. Lilton Marks, who resigned Dec. 1 for personal and ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:26 pm

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Smithfield facility will ‘earn your sweat’

Smithfield’s Raw Fitness is rightly named. If you connect with owner and trainer Jay Riddick, he likes to say you’ll earn your sweat, because he’ll ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:25 pm

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Surry leaders retain roles

Surry County’s Board of Supervisors will retain the same leadership for 2021. Chairman Robert Elliott, who represents the Claremont District, and Vice Chairman Michael Drewry, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:23 pm

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Smithfield, IW tourism website honored

The Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations has honored the Smithfield and Isle of Wight Convention and Visitors Bureau for developing and introducing the GenuineSmithfieldVA.com ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:23 pm

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Virginia Miss Petite Agriculture USA Queen

Zoey Ray Compton, of Isle of Wight, was recently named the 2021 Virginia Miss Petite Agriculture USA Queen. The Miss Agriculture USA is a nonprofit ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:22 pm

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Uniformity and diversity

By Mark C. Carroll Nature prefers diversity. In life and in our gardens, we are consistently faced with dichotomous choices between A and B. Uniformity ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:22 pm

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Macedonia AME Church vandalized

Unknown vandals recently damaged the marquee outside Macedonia AME Church in Carrollton. According to Capt. Tommy Potter, spokesman for the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:21 pm

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Christ Church music director accepts new position

As it was for local businesses and at many churches, 2020 was a year of reckoning at Christ Episcopal Church. Serious financial concerns and COVID ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:20 pm

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Windsor to poll citizenry on monument

Windsor plans to poll its citizenry on the idea of moving Isle of Wight County’s Confederate monument to the town’s municipal cemetery — surveys Mayor ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:32 pm

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‘Vulgar’ emails sent to IW students

Officials with Isle of Wight County Schools are blaming a hacker for “vulgar” and “despicable” emails sent to roughly 90 students multiple times Jan. 5. ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:35 pm

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Auction brings in donations

Elevate Church and RECORE felt the giving spirits of the community and recently announced that the inaugural ELEVATE HOPE online auction was met with great ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:35 pm

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Smithfield Foods announces new executive team

Smithfield Foods has appointed seven people to new executive leadership roles in the company. Russ Dokken is chief sales officer, responsible for aligning sales, marketing, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:34 pm

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Local experts skeptical of plan to cut vaccine doses

Local health experts who participated in the Isle of Wight County NAACP’s virtual COVID-19 panel discussion Jan. 4 expressed reservations about a U.S. Food and ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:34 pm

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LPJ Middle School gets 21st Century grant

Luther Porter Jackson Middle School in Surry County was one of 51 schools to recently receive a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:33 pm

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Smithfield water rates increase

Town Council formally approved water and sewer rate increases for Smithfield customers this year. Under the town’s adopted 2020-2021 fiscal year budget, for water service ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:33 pm

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Possible COVID-19 exposure from teacher training

A Carrsville Elementary School employee tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after attending in-person restraint and seclusion training at the school on Dec. 4. Several others ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:31 pm

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IW Museum Foundation publishes ‘Dr. Purdie’s Papers’

In 1853, Dr. John Robinson Purdie of Smithfield charged N.P. Young $2.50 for a house call on May 22. “Leeching Sallie” cost another $2.50. In ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:28 pm

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School employees to get pay raise

Isle of Wight County school employees will receive a 2% cost of living increase to their wages, and bus drivers and instructional assistants will also ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:27 pm

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CARES-funded gift certificates sell out again

Banking off the overwhelmingly positive response of the program’s first round in November, Isle of Wight officials once again declared the second round of the ... Read more

by Nate Delesline III, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 5:27 pm