By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

Residents of Benn’s Grant say they were promised a serene view of the site’s two lakes when they first bought into the new development.

They’ll still get a view, Benn’s Grant developers proposed Tuesday. It will just include 28 condominiums in the middle of it.

At its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Isle of Wight County Planning Commission voted 6-2 for more condominiums and more growth in the northern end of the county as it approved a conditional zoning amendment request from East West Communities, which is looking to rezone 26.43 acres of commercial and open space areas to residential in order to implement 216 additional housing units at Benn’s Grant.

With the weight of the Planning Commission and county staff now standing favorably behind it, the developer’s application will move on to the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors for a final decision at a public hearing Thursday, Dec. 14. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Christmas trees are going fast in Smithfield, despite a reduced inventory this year.

Boy Scout Troop 25 expected to sell out last weekend, while Smithfield True Value had a run on natural trees on Thanksgiving weekend and had to reorder.

Troop 25, which has sold trees at Wise Tire on South Church Street for years, had to order from three different farms and still didn’t get its regular order, said Troop mom Tracy Adams. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The beleaguered Rescue Community Hall is now on the market for $199,000.

The circa 1922 building is listed with 1st Advantage Realty LLC and has 3,364 square feet.

Photos show a spacious building with a brick exterior, shiny wooden floors, a kitchen, restrooms and a large mural of a ship on the sea. 

The sale price nearly matches the assessment value of $199,900, according to Isle of Wight County assessment data. 

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By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

Beverly Walkup spent over a decade defending Isle of Wight County’s codes as its director of planning and zoning.

She retired last year, ending a notable 32-years of service in county government.

But Walkup hasn’t given up the planning life quite yet.

Soon after she retired, Walkup began working as a private consultant, helping developers and property owners navigate the county’s ordinances, and in at least one case, maneuver past them. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The Benn’s Church - Carrollton area could get an additional 200-plus houses and the traffic they generate if an amendment to the Benn’s Grant zoning is approved.

The amendment was scheduled to go before the Isle of Wight Planning Commission Tuesday. After the commissioners make a recommendation, the application moves on to the Board of Supervisors for final consideration.

The application had raised the ire of many new Benn’s Grant residents as it had originally planned to swap out a portion of the commercial property and the open space for townhouses and condominiums.

Another concern was increased traffic in the Carrollton highway corridor and the impact on schools in the rapidly growing northern end of the county.

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By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

RUSHMERE — Isle of Wight County has been trying to get boat owners to remove their vessels from Tyler’s Beach boat harbor.

The county sent notification letters out to owners to relocate, but not everyone has been quick to comply, according to County Administrator Randy Keaton.

“Some of the people, we’ve had trouble getting acknowledgment they’ve received their letters,” said Keaton to the Board of Supervisors at its November meeting.

The next step is to place orange stickers onto the remaining crafts “to formally notify” owners to move, said Keaton, “and then in that period of time we’ll start removing some of these vessels that are sunk or otherwise inoperable.”

Newport District Supervisor William McCarty asked whether the cost of removing the crafts would fall on the county.

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Panhandler working shopping centers

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Panhandlers are a common sight in urban areas like Newport News, while more rural areas, such as Smithfield and Isle of Wight, historically were fairly immune.

Not anymore.

A man standing with a sign describing a sick wife has been seen regularly in Smithfield and at Eagle Harbor and has caught the eye of town officials, as well as Anthony Robinette, who runs the local homeless shelter, Mission of Hope, and Garage ministry.

Robinette said he’s offered to help the man numerous times and has given the man, who he says goes by “Nick,” his phone number four times.

Each time Robinette has followed up, the man said he lost the number and has given varying stories as to why he has been unable to access the services available. 

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By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

Earlier this year, thousands of tires caught fire at Carrollton Metals on Brewer’s Neck Boulevard, pumping thick black billows of smoke into the sky and costing tens of thousands of dollars to get under control.

Now, Isle of Wight County is looking to prevent such a large-scale incident from happening again.

According to a new addition to the fire prevention ordinance presented to the Board of Supervisors last month, any person accumulating, storing or disposing of more than 250 used tires is required to notify the county’s fire official, and any storing of more than 1,000 used tires will require a permit to do so.

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Newly elected Republican Delegate Emily Brewer wants to meet with the seven localities she will represent in the Virginia House of Delegates before drafting new legislation.

The 2018 General Assembly session begins Jan. 10.

In addition to Isle of Wight, the 64th District includes portions of the cities of Suffolk and Franklin and Prince George, Surry, Southampton and Sussex counties.

Brewer plans to meet with Isle of Wight County officials in December, as well as the other six localities. Meanwhile, Isle of Wight County published its legislative priority list in October, which includes a call for full state funding for public education, equity between counties, cities and towns when it comes to taxing authority, addressing unfunded mandates, providing full funding for federal inmates at Western Tidewater Regional Jail and supporting a fuel tax floor to ensure sufficient transportation funding.

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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.

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