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‘It’s time for a change’ - Smithfield Times

Retiring superintendent reflects on legacy Dr. Jim Thornton officially retired June 30 as superintendent of Isle of Wight County Schools, ending his 33-year career in public education. On his last day on the job, Thornton sat down with The Smithfield Times to reflect on his legacy and the changes he’s seen over the decades, from […]

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Former Smithfield Foods CEO named to CNU board - Smithfield Times

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has appointed former Smithfield Foods President and Chief Executive Officer Charles “Larry” Pope to Christopher Newport University’s Board of Visitors. Pope is one of five new appointees Youngkin announced on June 30 to CNU’s 14-member governing body. Board members are appointed by the governor to four-year terms and confirmed by the General […]

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Community Electric wins national awards for community engagement - Smithfield Times

Windsor-based Community Electric Cooperative has received national recognition in an awards program sponsored by two organizations that help communicators at America’s 900-plus electric cooperatives achieve excellence. A CEC news release said CEC garnered two awards in the 2022 Spotlight on Excellence Awards program sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural […]

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Bark in the Park - Smithfield Times

Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation held its inaugural “Bark in the Park” fundraiser on June 4 to benefit Isle of Wight County’s, Franklin’s and Southampton County’s Animal Services departments, as well as the Isle of Wight County Humane Society. The event raised over $1,500 in cash donations and collected another $1,500 worth of […]

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Fast runners - Smithfield Times

Members of the Smithfield Packers Youth Sports track team attended the AAU Region 05 Qualifier meet last week in Highland Springs, and several qualified to advance to the AAU Junior Olympics. Zoe Moore, left in photo above, qualified in the 400 meters and 800 meters, Alayna Washburn, right in photo above, in the 800m, and […]

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Isle of Wight planners OK Wawa - Smithfield Times

Isle of Wight County’s Planning Commission is recommending approval for a proposed Wawa convenience store at Benn’s Church Boulevard and Turner Drive – with the condition that the company “submit an alternative intersection design” for the Turner Drive entrance “such as a single-lane roundabout.” Kimley-Horn engineers had requested a conditional use permit for the gas […]

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Private sports club proposed for former school gym - Smithfield Times

Isle of Wight County’s Planning Commission has signed off on a proposal to give the former James River Christian Academy gymnasium a new lease on life. Anthony Landes and Derek Joyner have applied for a conditional use permit to convert the 6,300-square-foot, circa-1980 building and adjacent outdoor athletic field into a private sports club that […]

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Surry proposes more tax relief for the elderly, disabled - Smithfield Times

Surry County supervisors plan to hold a public hearing in July or August on a proposed ordinance that would raise the income threshold for the elderly to qualify for a real estate tax exemption. The county currently allows residents age 65 and up who earn a household income of $35,000 or less annually, or who […]

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Surry approves six-year road plan - Smithfield Times

Surry County supervisors voted unanimously on June 16 to approve the county’s six-year road improvement plan. The Virginia Department of Transportation has allotted Surry just over $23,000 per year for fiscal years 2023 through 2025, and just over $24,000 for fiscal years 2026 through 2028. Surry had initially planned to put the money toward a […]

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Insurance with a side of bagels - Smithfield Times

Danny Hughes has proposed opening a bagel shop in Suite B of his Hughes Agency insurance office on South Church Street. Smithfield’s Planning Commission has given the idea their blessing, voting unanimously on June 14 to recommend approval for Hughes’ requested special use permit. Smithfield’s Town Council is slated to hold a public hearing on […]