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Michael Lewis, 4, of Carrollton, stares down a sow at the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival on Saturday at Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry. Lewis said he made “tu tu” sounds at her piglets, his favorite, to grab their attention. 

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U.S. 460 meetings begin

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News editor

The Virginia Department of Transportation is hosting a series of town hall meetings over the next two weeks to reassure residents that the Route 460 project isn’t dead, according to spokesperson Susan Clizbe.

VDOT will also present five alternatives, along with a no-build option of the 55-mile span of highway from Petersburg to Suffolk.



Delegate's complaint aired in secret

By Diana McFarland

News editor

The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors went into closed session Thursday for two items that called into question whether they actually qualified for closed-door discussions.

When asked, three of the five supervisors weren’t really sure why those items were in closed session either.

“I really don’t know. That was up to (county attorney) Mark (Popovich) and (county administrator) Anne Seward,” said Board Chairman Buzz Bailey.



The future can be frightening

By Diana McFarland

News editor

The loss of Medicaid beds at Smithfield’s only nursing home has got Pam Young worried.

Her mother, Hazel Cornett, 85, suffers from dementia and Young is reluctant to leave her at home alon

The dementia, which seemed to appear “overnight,” robbed Cornett’s memory of how to perform everyday activities such as cooking and what clothes are appropriate for the various seasons, Young said. ...(Subscribe!)


Man drowns, woman rescued

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Staff writer

A couple’s plan for a fun weekend ended in tragedy when the two were found in the James River, the woman suffering from hypothermia and the man dea

The body of Kenneth Leary, 44, of Lanexa, was recovered from the James River over the weekend. ...(Subscribe!)


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