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Steamboat era saw Pagan Creek rebranded a river

Second in a series When does a creek become a river? When it needs to be dredged, according to local oral Smithfield history. From its ... Read more

3 days ago by Staff Reports.

Pagan Creek helped Virginia commerce thrive in late 1700s

Prime real estate lots in the town that Arthur Smith envisioned in 1752 were those located on the Pagan Creek, but not because waterfront lots ... Read more

1 week ago by Staff Reports.

Meet Nhi Tran, whose story should inspire us all

A recent survey conducted by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation determined that nearly two-thirds of Americans could not pass the test required to become a United ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Sundays at Four founder is deserving Citizen of the Year

Add Citizen of the Year to the well-deserved accolades Mary Cole has received for her tireless contributions to the Smithfield community. Mary was actually named ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

America has lost its sense of collective good

Post-World War II America was quite different than the country we inhabit today. American still had the “can do” attitude that defeated Nazi Germany, its ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Reports.

Social media should be legally responsible for their content

The Newseum in Washington, which closed at the end of 2019, celebrated the First Amendment in numerous ways, including displays of quotes pertinent to free ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Reports.

Spring has sprung. See. Smell. Listen. Appreciate.

Spring has always been a welcome time of year to me, partially because I’ve always hated cold weather; but more than that, I just love ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Reports.

Place names offer stroll through IW, Surry history

Among the tiny bits of rural history that are lost as generations come and go are numerous place names. They quite often were related to ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

A bad decision revisited: Does Windsor need a PD?

Nineteen years ago, candidates for Town Council in Windsor were actively debating whether the town should create its own police department. Ultimately, the town did, ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

Unlike yesteryear, we don’t need most of the stuff we store

Americans are the most prolific collectors of stuff in the world. And once we collect it, we keep it. If you don’t think so, just ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Reports.

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