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A crowd sits and eats bacon while listening to Fat Ammons & The All-Stars at the Bacon, Bourbon and Beach Music Festival, held Saturday in Smithfield. All 2,500 tickets for the event were sold, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Luter YMCA, said Larry Saint, who serves on the Smithfield VA Events Committee.


Deadline for FDs today

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News editor

Today is the deadline for two fire departments to sign a deal with the county.

How you feel about that deal depends on which side of the fence you’re on.

And yes, there is a fence.

Isle of Wight County has sparred with the Windsor and Carrollton fire departments over control of the facilities — with the possibility of the fire departments losing their funding.

The battle has raged in government meetings, in letters to The Smithfield Times, and most recently in a direct mailing to Carrollton residents.



Windsor wants the toll road

By Lee Zion

News editor

The mayor of Windsor is grateful for the progress on U.S. Highway 460.

However, she dislikes Alternative 4, which calls for improvements to the existing road. She hopes the state will build a toll road that bypasses the town.

Carita Richardson spoke last week after the Virginia Department of Transportation released its study on U.S. 460.

Alternatives range from improving the existing four-lane road to a building an eight-lane highway.



Tina Hill to resign from School Board

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

School Board member Tina Hill has resigned from her seat.

She will leave the position representing the Hardy Election District at the end of the yea

She announced her resignation to Superintendent Dr. Katrise Perera and School Board chairwoman Julia Perkins in a Sept. 24 email and made her decision public Monday.

She will move to Atlanta to join her husband, Aaron Hill, Smithfield High School’s popular former band director, who took a job there earlier this year.



Midwife's 'family' pays tribute

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Staff writer

Juliana Johnson peaked out from below her wide-brim hat and above the white tablecloth to rows of friends, family and more than two dozen of the 341 people she delivered as midwife.

They were here to celebrate her 100th birthday.

More than 200 people packed into the social hall at Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry to honor the centenarian on Saturday, who turned 100 a day later on Sept. 28.



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