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Ringing in the Holidays: Smithfield lights town tree, hosts Mistletoe Market - Smithfield Times

Smithfield kicked off the Christmas season with its annual tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 18, followed by its Mistletoe Market on Main Street Nov. 19. Jim and Elaine Abicht, owners of The Christmas Store on Main Street, served as this year’s tree-lighters. The tree-lighting ceremony also featured performances by Trinity United Methodist Church’s preschool choir and […]

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IWCS culinary arts students prepare Thanksgiving meals for families in need - Smithfield Times

Isle of Wight County Schools culinary arts students recently prepared 103 Thanksgiving meals for families in need. Each meal box included sliced ham and turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, collard greens, green beans with bacon, stuffing, sweet potato biscuits, and apple and pecan pies, all prepared by the students under the instruction […]

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Smithfield Youth Packers are Super Bowl champs - Smithfield Times

The Smithfield Packers Youth Sports 6-and-under Flag/Blue and 14U teams traveled to Bailey Field at York High School over the weekend for the 2022 Peninsula Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization Super Bowl. The 06U team, aided by two “pick sixes,” was victorious over the Deer Park Titans 20-0. Tristan Bynum (defense) and Domonique Key Jr. […]

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Surry ‘energy policy’ draws mixed reaction - Smithfield Times

A proposed “energy policy” amendment to Surry County’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan drew mixed reactions from residents at a Nov. 21 Planning Commission public hearing. While aimed primarily at limiting the number and location of new solar farms, the policy is intended to be inclusive of all energy sources, including Dominion Energy’s existing nuclear plant. The […]

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Supervisors delay vote on expanding solar farm in southern Isle of Wight - Smithfield Times

Isle of Wight County supervisors have postponed voting on a developer’s request to add acreage to a planned solar farm. SolarGen of Virginia LLC, a subsidiary of Colorado-based Aquasan, had received supervisors’ approval in 2019 to build a 55-megawatt, 300-acre project named the Ho-Fel solar farm on Lees Mill Road near International Paper’s Franklin mill. […]

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Route 460 bridge reopens after rehab - Smithfield Times

All lanes of Windsor Boulevard (Route 460) reopened to traffic on Nov. 18 following the on-time completion of a bridge rehabilitation project over the Blackwater River in Isle of Wight County. Virginia Department of Transportation crews removed the existing pavement, concrete sidewalks and concrete parapets before repairing the concrete prestressed slabs and constructing new composite […]

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IW supervisor named to Virginia Association of Counties executive committee - Smithfield Times

Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman William McCarty was recently elected to serve as the second vice president of the Virginia Association of Counties. The association, commonly known as VACo, serves as the primary advocacy organization for Virginia’s 95 counties. Its board of directors consists of a six-member executive committee, 24 elected […]

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Smithfield proposes allowing permanent shipping containers in limited areas - Smithfield Times

Smithfield’s Planning Commission is considering a change to the town’s zoning ordinance that would allow shipping containers as permanent accessory structures in limited areas. The zoning ordinance currently allows shipping containers only as temporary structures, permitting them for a maximum of 60 days with a waiver, and up to an additional 90 days with a […]

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‘Happy birthday, Marines!’ - Smithfield Times

Jack Eure, a Marine Corps veteran from Suffolk, hosted a celebration of the Corps’ 247th birthday at Smithfield Station on Nov. 10, drawing former and current Marines from Hampton Roads and as far away as Columbia, South Carolina. The date honors the Nov. 10, 1775 organization of the Corps by the Second Continental Congress. At […]

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SPYS teams Super Bowl bound - Smithfield Times

Smithfield Packers Youth Sports hosted the second round of the 2022 Peninsula Youth Football and Cheer Organization playoffs over the weekend at Smithfield High School. The sixth-seeded Smithfield 6-and-under Flag Blue team defeated the No. 4 Backriver Bulls 25-0 in the early contest, and in midday action the third-seeded Smithfield 14U team defeated the No. […]