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A day of remembrance and training

It’s no coincidence Smithfield’s Volunteer Fire Department scheduled a live-fire training exercise in its new “burn building” for ... Read more | Add your comment

Where were you?

The Smithfield Times asked readers for their memories of where they were, what they were doing and their ... Read more | Add your comment

Isle of Wight family gifted new well

For the first time in two years, Jordan Vande Brake can turn on a faucet in his home ... Read more | Add your comment

High school love story comes full circle

John and Michelle Brown found marital bliss in a familiar place after rekindling a love first ignited in ... Read more | Add your comment

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Bus delays mar first week of school

Virginia Breen’s mother has to arrive at her job by 5:40 a.m. and often doesn’t get home until after 7:30 that evening. She’s a bus ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

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NAACP pres. objects to Redistricting Task Force member

Isle of Wight NAACP President Valerie Butler has objected to the appointment of Volpe Boykin on the county’s 2021 redistricting task force. Isle of Wight’s ... Read more | Add your comment

by Stephen Faleski.

COVID-19

Crater Health District to offer vaccines at Surry County High

The Crater Health District will host a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Surry County High School Sept. 30. District staff will be offering the Pfizer-BioNTech ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:58 pm

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How to vote early

Early in-person voting for the Nov. 2 election begins Sept. 17. Registered voters can visit their county registrar’s office Monday through Friday during normal business ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:56 pm

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McEachin calls for Veteran of the Year nominations

Congressman A. Donald McEachin, on Sept. 8, announced the launch of his annual Veteran of the Year program to honor the service of veterans living ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:56 pm

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Nottoway tribe cancels powwow

The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Powwow in Surry County on September 18-19, 2021 will no longer be held in person this year, the tribe ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:52 pm

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School Board approves maximum price for Hardy

Building a new Hardy Elementary School will cost Isle of Wight County $33.7 million — $33,733,422 to be exact. That’s the guaranteed maximum price the ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:52 pm

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School equity audit to begin

Isle of Wight County Schools will undergo what Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton has termed an “equity audit” this fall. According to a proposal by Dr. ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:50 pm

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Surry selected for statewide tourism program

The Virginia Tourism Corporation selected Surry County as one of the 30 localities that will participate in a statewide tourism program known as Drive 2.0. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:46 pm

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Wombwell House again slated for demolition

The historic Wombwell House is once again slated for demolition. Smithfield’s Town Council, on Sept. 7, voted unanimously to accept a bid of $14,100 from ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:46 pm

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Jackie Carr

This is the first in a series of email interviews with candidates for school board, county supervisor and the General Assembly. Watch The Smithfield Times ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:40 pm

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John Collick

This is the first in a series of email interviews with candidates for school board, county supervisor and the General Assembly. Watch The Smithfield Times ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:36 pm

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Smithfield foods sends protein to New Orleans 

Smithfield Foods earlier this month dispatched a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of protein to New Orleans to support hunger relief in the wake of catastrophic ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:26 pm

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DAR and the Constitution

Sept. 17-23 is Constitution Week, and the Colonel William Allen Chapter will commemorate it with various events. DAR national headquarters covers an entire block in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:16 pm

Education

Academic Announcements

Smithfield resident named to Virginia Tech Dean’s List Kelsey G. Briggs, a sophomore majoring in professional and technical writing in the College of Liberal Arts ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:14 pm

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Carrollton

Detour in place for Routes 17, 258 intersection starting Sept. 15

Starting as early as Sept. 15, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the southbound lanes on Route 17 (Carrollton Boulevard) at its intersection with ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 4:54 pm

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Surry School Board to vote on LGBT policies tonight

Surry County’s School Board is scheduled to vote this evening on policy changes pertaining to LGBT students. Per state law, school boards have through the ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:34 pm

COVID-19

SHS football games postponed due to COVID-19

Smithfield High School’s Sept. 9 junior varsity and Sept. 10 varsity football games against Jamestown High School have been postponed. According to Isle of Wight ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:58 am

COVID-19

Health department adds testing events statewide, just 2 in Western Tidewater

With 7-day positivity rates for COVID-19 around the state hovering around 10% and with 90% of cases in Virginia caused by the Delta variant of ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Wednesday, September 8, 2021 7:23 pm

Carrollton

Renee Dial to succeed Vicky Hulick on School Board

Isle of Wight County’s School Board voted 3-1 Sept. 7 to appoint Renee Dial as its new Newport District representative. The 7:47 p.m. vote followed ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Wednesday, September 8, 2021 9:05 am

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Help available for veterans

Veterans who may feel in need of extra help lately have a lifeline available in the Western Tidewater Community Services Board. The board covers Suffolk, ... Read more

by Tracy Agnew, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 5:57 pm

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Military flags on display at Smithfield Middle School

Six flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces, to include the United States Space Force formed in 2019, now adorn the hallways of Smithfield ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 5:56 pm

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Surry, IW to continue providing free school meals

Surry’s and Isle of Wight’s school systems will continue providing free breakfast and lunch for students during the 2021-2022 school year, regardless of family income ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 5:55 pm

COVID-19

Still no consensus on IW vaccine mandate

Isle of Wight’s Board of Supervisors revisited the idea of a COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for county employees Sept. 2 but again deferred taking any action. ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 5:55 pm

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Nike Park Road extension over budget

A proposed extension of Nike Park Road so that it connects with Carrollton Boulevard (Route 17) is likely dead unless Isle of Wight County offers ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 5:54 pm

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IW teachers remember 9/11

When al-Qaida terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and forced it to collide with the north tower of the World Trade Center, Windsor Elementary School ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 5:53 pm

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IW names redistricting task force members

After meeting in closed session for just over half an hour, Isle of Wight’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Sept. 2 to appoint the ... Read more

by Stephen Faleski, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 5:50 pm