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By Diana McFarlandNews editor
Isle of Wight County staff is recommending that the Board of Supervisors move ahead with its plans to build a new waterline to Gatling Pointe.
A presentation on the proposed waterline will be made at Thursday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, along with a recommendation that the report, with the preferred route, go before the Planning Commission.
According to a report by WW Associates of Charlottesville, the preferred route would start at Route 17 and extend down Nike Park and Battery Park roads to Gatling Pointe.
The water line, which has generated a good deal of controversy, would be built despite there being an existing water line to the development and water provided through an long-standing utility agreement between the town of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County.
By Diana McFarlandNews editor
With eight contested races in Isle of Wight County this year, signs are already starting to pop up in yards and along roadways.
Most candidates said they plan to use roadside signs, except one — Lawrence Pitt, who is running for the Smithfield District seat on the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors.
Pitt, who plans to stick with the one sign on his truck, said he ultimately doesn’t think roadside signs are effective.
“People see a name, but when you mark the ballot, you should know something about the candidate,” he said.
By Alyse StanleyStaff writer
Recent announcements of administrative staff changes within Isle of Wight County schools have left some parents concerned, but several School Board members and candidates consider the changes a positive step.
The frequent switching of principals has distressed some parents. For example, Smithfield High School has had three principals in four school years, while every elementary school in Isle of Wight County has a new principal this year. Assistant principals at four out of five of these schools have only held the position since 2014.
Several members of the School Board were positive toward these changes.
Damn Jankes, named for its leader Dan Janke, will bring a blend of music to the Summer Concert Series Friday at 8 p.m.
The band, appearing for the first time on the Gazebo Stage, plays what Jankes describes as “kitchen sink rock.” It draws from rock-n roll, pop, country, Memphis blues and southern rock, and should make for a unique downtown performance.
The following week, the 392nd Army Band will close the 29th Summer Concert Series with a performance at The Smithfield Center. That concert is set for Thursday, Sept. 3 (not Friday).
The Army concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature three of the band’s smaller combos.
The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by The Smithfield Times and the Isle of Wight Arts League. Admission to all concerts in the series is free.