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Pouring it on Smithfield

Festivalgoers sampled wine and beer from Virginia and beyond during the annual Smithfield Wine and Brew Fest Saturday afternoon at Windsor Castle Park. The event benefits several local charities, for which it and fellow Smithfield VA Events festivals have raised nearly $200,000 since 2012.  

 

Wild car theft spree ends in arrest

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Staff writer

Smithfield Police have arrested Ryan Gillespie, 21, of Uzzell Church Road, on several felony charges for a car-stealing spree.

Gillespie reportedly stole six cars over three separate incidents and during that time, smashed through a fence, broke into a home through a doggie door and abandoned an SUV on Morgart’s Beach.

He is charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, one count of eluding police and one count of destruction of property, after a joint investigation with the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office.

Gillespie was arrested Monday evening after hiding from police in the marsh near Bridges Restaurant.

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Superintendent candidates kept under wraps

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Staff writer

The Isle of Wight County School Board will likely remain mum until it announces the school division’s new superintendent.

The School Board was scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to review applications and select candidates for interviews.

Details of the meeting were not available by press time, and division spokeswoman Kenita Bowers said the Board expects to announce interview dates at its April 23 meeting.

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Pricey dig unearths Matchbox car

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News editor

Eight days and $12,400 later, Historic Smithfield learned that one of the most notable archaeological finds at the 1750 Courthouse was a circa 1975 “Spider Man” Matchbox car.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources required that the study, conducted by the James River Institute of Archaeology, be done because the state holds an easement on the property, said project manager Lawrence Pitt.

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Land use values go up

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News editor 

While most Isle of Wight residents won’t experience a property tax increase this year, farmers will see a significant hike in land use values for agricultural and forest land, and thus a tax increase as well.

Set annually by Virginia Tech, average land use values in Isle of Wight have jumped nearly 45 percent from the last property reassessment in 2012.  

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