Benns United Methodist Church will soon become triangulated between Routes 10 and 258 with the construction of a new connector road behind and to the side of the circa 1924 church building. The improvements are part of the Benn’s Grant development and include road and turn lane widening on both Route 10 and Brewer’s Neck Boulevard. It also includes two new traffic signals at the intersection of Route 10 and the connector road and Brewer’s Neck Boulevard and the connector road. Construction is expected to take about 10 months.
By Diana McFarlandNews Editor
The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s candidates generated the majority of questions from residents Monday during the first of two forums before the November’s general election.
Of the 75 or so submitted, most were for incumbent Sheriff Mark Marshall and challenger J. Russell Stephenson, and many of those dealt with school resource officers, said moderator John Edwards.
Bringing SRO’s back to all Isle of Wight County schools is the major thrust of Stephenson’s campaign.
Commonwealth’s attorney and school board candidates were also questioned on a variety of topics to a full house at The Smithfield Center.
By Diana McFarlandNews editor
It seems Isle of Wight County has redefined the meaning of rumor.
“Voices from the Isle,” the county government’s recent attempt at disseminating its message online, has a section called “Fact Checker.”
Issues are presented as “rumors” along with a little meter that points to either true, mostly true, half-truth, barely true or false.
The most recent “Voices” disseminated last week includes the latest “rumor” that the county’s median age is increasing and could have an impact on the county’s future.
By Diana McFarlandNews editor
A third water line has been proposed to help satisfy Isle of Wight County’s quest to use the water from the notorious $146 million Norfolk water deal.
Isle of Wight County Administrator Anne Seward plans to draft a letter, to be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors, to the Western Tidewater Water Authority informing that body that the county wants to construct a water line along Route 460 for the intermodal park and another along Route 10 to Benn’s Grant.
Also in the works is the water line to Gatling Pointe along Nike Park Road.
The plans were discussed Thursday at the Board of Supervisor’s annual retreat.
By Alyse StanleyStaff writer
In a four-to-one vote, the Isle of Wight County School Board denied the motion to move Smithfield High School’s graduation offsite at Thursday’s meeting.
However, several members supported discussing the issue again during the budget cycle.
In August, the Board requested that division staff conduct a phone survey restricted to rising seniors and parents from Smithfield. Their choices were to keep the graduation on sight in the gym with overflow seating in the auditorium, or offsite at the Hampton Roads Convention center.
If onsite, seniors would receive eight tickets — four for the gym and four for the auditorium — and the school division would pay a one-time fee of $5,000 to cover technical, facility and logistical needs for the ceremony. If offsite, seniors receive 10 tickets but the school division would pay an annual fee of $15,000 to the venue.