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Surry to fund law clerk - Smithfield Times

Surry County will begin contributing $5,600 per year to fund a law clerk in the Sixth Judicial Circuit per an Oct. 7 vote of the county’s Board of Supervisors. The Circuit includes seven localities, among them Surry. For the past 18 years, the cost of the law clerk position has been divided equally among only […]

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Gerrymandering won’t die an easy death - Smithfield Times

Turns out that hyperpartisan citizens are no better than hyperpartisan legislators when it comes to ending gerrymandering. Two-thirds of Virginia voters last fall took the responsibility for drawing General Assembly and congressional districts away from the legislature and put it in the hands of a bipartisan commission. Longtime opponents of gerrymandering, including this scribe, rejoiced. […]

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Robinson, Schnepf wed - Smithfield Times

David and Kathy Robinson, of Smithfield, announce the marriage of their son, Marshall Robinson, to Danielle Schnepf, daughter of Craig and Kathy Schnepf of Newport News. The wedding was held on Oct. 16, 2021, at Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort in Newport News. The officiant was the bride’s brother, Kris Schnepf. Given in marriage […]

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Isle of Wight County Fair 2021 competition winners - Smithfield Times

Below are the results of competition from the 2021 Isle of Wight County Fair, excluding 4-H and Heritage Tent. Those results will be provided as soon as they are available. Talent Show Winners Dance (age 13-17) – 1st: Siri Buenviaje Vocal (age 13-17) – 1st: Kristiana Jones; 2nd: Eliana Jacobs Instrumental (age 13-17) – […]

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Dominion asks for state approval of plans to extend life of nuclear plants beyond 2050 - Smithfield Times

By Sarah Vogelsong Virginia Mercury Dominion Energy is asking Virginia regulators to approve its plans to extend the federal licenses of its Surry and North Anna nuclear plants, as well as an estimated $3.9 billion in costs to keep the workhorse facilities running past 2050. Nuclear energy currently produces about a third of the electricity […]

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Cougars improve to 4-3 with 50-point win - Smithfield Times

Surry County High School’s varsity football team may have fallen behind 6-0 against host Windsor High School on Friday, Oct. 15, but the Cougars went on to score seven unanswered touchdowns en route to a 56-6 blowout win that pushed them above .500 for the year. “I thought we executed well offensively,” Surry Head Coach […]

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Many return to the Castle for homecoming - Smithfield Times

Windsor High School celebrated homecoming all week long last week, and two of the key events that drew enthusiastic participation were the 2021 WHS Homecoming Parade and the homecoming varsity football game Friday evening, Oct. 15. The parade started at Georgie Tyler Middle School and ended at the bus entrance of the high school. “Students […]

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Lower the volume in equity debate - Smithfield Times

Opponents of Isle of Wight County Schools’ equity and inclusion movement have made their point and scored a couple of major political victories. Now, for the good of this community, it’s time to turn down the temperature. Isle of Wight has a long, proud history of civil discourse in its public affairs. Even the emotional, […]

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IWCS late on ‘alignment’ - Smithfield Times

Editor, The Smithfield Times: Virginia law §22.1-253.13:1 states, “The curriculum adopted by the local school division shall be aligned to the Standards of Learning.” During the Aug. 12 Isle of Wight County School Board meeting, Dr. Jim Thornton, who as superintendent has the responsibility to enforce school laws, and Susan Goetz, executive director coordinating curriculum […]

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Cypress Creek development to grow - Smithfield Times

Smithfield’s Planning Commission voted unanimously with two absent on Oct. 12 to approve a final plat application for 46 suburban residential cluster-zoned properties in Phase Six, section three of the Cypress Creek golf community. Phase Six, section three had previously gone before Smithfield’s Town Council on Oct. 5 for approval of its subdivision agreement. The […]