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460

Supervisors Al Casteen and Dee Dee Darden, Farmers Bank CEO Richard Holland and Windsor Mayor Rita Richardson show concern as they view Route 460 plans.

 

Al's absent these days

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Staff writer

Since being elected to the Board of Supervisors seven years ago, Smithfield District Supervisor Al Casteen has been a regular at Smithfield Town Council meetings — until September.

“I just haven’t been attending. That was the calmest answer I could give you,” said Casteen about his longest absence since first briefing the board in 2008.

His absence coincides with the county’s decision not to give the town a piece of property off Battery Park Road and the town’s announcement that, as a result of the county’s action, it would consider annexing that property as well as other sites.

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Frustration, anger over 460 plans

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News editor

Local officials and residents are frustrated and angry over the plans — as well as the lack of details — provided by VDOT for the preferred alternative for Route 460, which is now slated to bypass the town of Windsor to the north.

Bob and Beverly Parsons are concerned the proposed bypass will either eliminate their home, or put them uncomfortably close to an overpass.

The Parsons live on Deer Path Trail, which according to a VDOT map, appears directly in the path of an overpass. The map indicates another overpass on Shiloh Drive.

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$2m more needed for school priorities

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Staff writer 

More staff and new buses top the list of budget priorities for the Isle of Wight School Board.

Preliminary estimates show those may increase the school division’s 2016 budget by $2.1 million.

The 2015 budget was $51.7 million.

However, Superintendent Dr. Katrise Perera said at a Friday School Board meeting that her staff will revisit those numbers.

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Alvin Wilson given Hardy seat

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Staff writer

The Isle of Wight County School Board appointed Alvin Wilson as the Hardy District representative.

Wilson, 69, interviewed for the position Friday afternoon in closed session.

After the closed session, the Board voted 4-0 to select Wilson

Chairman Kent Hildebrand said the Board received three applications and conducted three interviews.

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