By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

John Denius lives in Wrenn’s Mill Estates and found out the “hard way” that he wasn’t allowed to have chickens.

“But it wasn’t my fault,” he told the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors.

“The Easter Bunny brought them.”

Arlynn Guertin was in the Marines, but when a predator wiped out his flock of chickens, well, “I cried. I cried like a baby,” he said.

Guertin came to the Board Thursday to “speak on behalf of the chickens.” 

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

 

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Regional environmentalists as well as local leaders are responding to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget that calls for defunding the Chesapeake Bay Program as part of deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.

On a local level, regulations stemming from decades-long Clean the Bay efforts have led to Isle of Wight County’s stormwater and septic pump-out programs, as well as regulations regarding fertilizer applications by farmers and what trees can be cut down in environmentally sensitive areas.

Regional environmentalists are alternately shocked and concerned about losing much worked-for gains in Bay health over the past three decades, since the Chesapeake Bay Program was formed in 1983.  

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

 

 

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

In an attempt at compromise, the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to hold a public hearing on a roughly $8 million loan to fund a new, in-county Career and Technical Education program.

Isle of Wight County schools superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton had asked for a $10 million loan, to be stretched out over 20 years, and paid for by money currently used to pay the tuition at the Pruden Center for Industry and Technology in Suffolk.

The supervisors proposed a counter offer of a $7.99 million loan over 14 years or less. The supervisors were concerned about CTE monies being used to fund unrelated items, such as an outdoor dining area, as well as making sure the money continues to be used to repay the debt in the future. 

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

 

 

 

Town lays claim to unspecified county 'promises'

By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

SURRY—The Surry Town Council voted unanimously to transfer its wastewater treatment systems to the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, provided the county follows through on agreements that town officials say were made at a previously undisclosed meeting with Surry County Administrator Tyrone Franklin.  

Franklin and town council members are unwilling to disclose exactly what those agreements were.

Council member Christopher Anderson, who has repeatedly warned of significant financial hazards for town residents should the council decide to deed to its sewer systems to HRSD, made the motion to approve doing so, following a jam-packed public hearing Tuesday, March 14. His motion included the caveat that the undisclosed promises made at a Jan. 26 meeting with Franklin be kept by the county. 

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

 

Backups are a regular occurrence

         By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

After completing a review of early morning traffic on Route 10 in Smithfield, the Virginia Department of Transportation is recommending lengthening the westbound left turn lane to Turner Drive.  

The current length of the turn lane, which leads to Smithfield High School, is approximately 75 feet with a 100-foot taper, according a VDOT memorandum dated Feb. 14. The department is recommending the lane be lengthened to 250 feet with an increased taper length of 150 feet. 

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

Recollections of the content of an October meeting between Isle of Wight County school officials and Paul D. Camp Community College appear to differ concerning details of a proposed $10 million in-house Career and Technical Education program.

PDCCC’s possible input and collaboration became an issue during a recent Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors work session on the division’s proposed CTE program.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Rex Alphin said that the Board had invited PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin to the meeting to hear his input on the schools’ proposal, which would require the county to take out a $10 million loan to cover the cost of new equipment. 

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

 

 

By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

The Smithfield Town Council has awarded a contract to erect a central concession building for the Joseph W. Luter Jr. sports complex to A.R. Chesson Construction for $637,100, despite concerns that over half a million dollars in funding has still not been secured for the project.

Isle of Wight County committed $250,000 toward the sports complex early last year, and the Smithfield Recreation Association (SRA), which is slated to manage the newly minted ball fields once they are completed, pledged $300,000. However, according to Town Manager Peter Stephenson at the Town Council meeting Tuesday, March 7, both of those financial agreements have yet to be executed.

Council member Mike Smith expressed concern about the expenditure of $637,100 on facilities that began with a budget of around $450,000, as well as the fact that some of the funding is not yet fully in place. 

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

 

 

Foundation hopes to add $2 million to what's on hand

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The Windsor Castle Park Foundation plans to embark on a $5 million capital campaign to assist in the restoration of the manor house and other historic structures.

In addition to restoring the manor house, the money would be used to add a new wing that would include a kitchen as well as an elevator so that the historic home can be rented for various social events, including overnight stays by individuals. The fund will also be used to renovate the exterior of the Windsor Castle caretaker’s house, existing outbuildings and the farm office, as well as some site work.

The money that the Foundation hopes to raise would be released to the Historic Windsor Castle Restoration LLC as work progresses. 

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

 

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, who is facing child cruelty and domestic abuse charges, announced last week he will not seek a fourth term in the House of Delegates. 

Instead, he will spend more time with his three youngest children, planting vegetables and obtaining a pony and goat, according to a press release Morris passed out Thursday at the Richard J. Holland Post-Legislative Breakfast.

“Over the last 4½ months I’ve been the primary care provider for my three smallest children ages 2, 4 and 5. While at the General Assembly in Richmond, it has been a challenge to give them the attention they deserve, and my commitment to them is greater than no other,” said Morris in the press release. 

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please log in or subscribe In order to view this part of the article.

 

 

Subcategories

Never miss an issue, even the ones you already have. Download previous digital versions of The Smithfield Times here.

Edna Felts Myers

 

Edna Felts Myers, 96, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 in her home. She is preceded in death by her husband, Luther Power Myers. Edna leaves to cherish her memories her son, Robert Hall. A graveside service will be held Friday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m. in St. Luke’s Memorial Park with the Rev. Mike Frank officiating. A special thank you to Marilyn Oliver and Joe Brown for all their love and support. The family request memorial contributions to VFW POST 8545, PO Box 461, Smithfield, VA 23431.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

The current Classifieds Listings here.

The latest legal listings in The Smithfield Times 

Mr. Edwards' Short rows Column

x