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Fair was fun, but rain hurt attendance

Sharpshooter Meredith Webb, 14, won herself a stuffed bear Friday for besting others in the water gun game at the 21st annual Isle of Wight County Fair. Emma Marston, 16, of Suffolk didn't want to get her feet wet in the muddy pathways at the fair Saturday, so her friend Carlee Morse, 17, also from Suffolk, helped out. The rain — sometimes a light drizzle, sometimes a cloudburst — depressed attendance at the fair over the weekend, but people still came out for headliner Uncle Kracker. 

 

Critics decry industrial waste

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News editor

The county calls it “biosolids.” The state calls it “industrial residuals.” Critics call it “sludge.” Whatever it is, more of it could be coming to Surry County.

The Surry County Board of Supervisor heard a brief presentation Sept. 4 from Kyle Winter, from the state Department of Environmental Quality, on the use of industrial residuals. This was only an information item, so no action was taken.

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Heavy rains keep beating the odds

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

Smithfield has sustained two “500-year” rainfalls in just eight years.

Starting Monday, Sept. 8 at 7 a.m., Smithfield recorded 12.21 inches of rain for a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

In October 2006, a northeaster dumped as much as 18 inches of rain on Smithfield in one day.

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Town rules block home day care business due to size

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

Sheran Oliver wants to resume business as usual at her home day care operation in Smithfield before she has to shut down. But first, the town rules will have to change.

Earlier this year, Sheran and husband James, owners of Sheran’s Home Day Care, learned their business practices violated town code. The town currently prohibits home day care centers, which care for six to 12 children under the age of 13 in a residence.

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