By Matt LeonardStaff Writer
Isle of Wight County schools will be revamping their career and technical education program next year and part of the move forward could mean cutting ties with The Pruden Center.
Every year the county spends $950,000 for 220 slots at The Pruden Center, and over the past three years the county has only been filling around 140 of those slots, according to Isle of Wight County Schools Superintendent Jim Thornton
“So we’re paying for 80 additional slots that aren’t being filled,” Thornton said. Each slot is a single yearlong class taken by a student at the center in programs like culinary arts and nursing assistant.
By Matt LeoanrdStaff writer
Menus and recipes across the country will be changing since the Edwards Virginia Smokehouse burned down last month in Surry.
Jason Ally, chef and partner at Comfort and Pasture, two restaurants in Richmond, said the loss means getting rid of some dishes until Edwards is back in production.
“To be honest, a lot of these dishes will go away until production is back up,” Ally said.
He said that Edwards helps fill a niche in the pork world. With the public growing increasingly aware of where their food comes from, thanks to food trends like eating locally raised and organic food, Ally said Edwards’ focus on the traditional Berkshire breed of pigs brings chefs to their product.
But it’s more than the product, he said.
“Once you meet the people who are involved at Edwards, you fall in love with them that much more,” he said.
By Matt LeonardStaff Writer
The United States Supreme Court has denied a stay requested by Virginia GOP lawmakers who wanted congressional district lines imposed by a federal appeals court repealed until the court decides the same case later this summer.
The decision means Isle of Wight County will be in a newly drawn Third Congressional District currently represented by Congressman Bobby Scott in this year’s upcoming election along with Newport News, unless overturned by the Supreme Court. Surry County, currently in the Third, will be part of the Fourth District.
The newly-drawn lines create one more competitive district that a special master,, who drew the new lines for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, believes could potentially vote Democratic due to an increase in black voters.
By Diana McFarlandNews editor
Actions taken by Isle of Wight officials over the past several years have left some fire and rescue volunteers worried that the county is trying to eliminate the volunteer system and replace it with a single county-administered department staffed by paid employees.
Even if that’s not true, that perception could be enough to negatively impact volunteer recruiting and retention, said Windsor Supervisor Joel Acree, who prior to getting elected to the Board of Supervisors last fall, served for many years as chief for the Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department.
Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief Brian Carroll said that perception is out there and the county is not as supportive of the volunteers as it could be.
The sense that the county doesn’t respect the volunteers, who take their commitment to serve their neighbors without compensation seriously, was an oft-repeated complaint over the past two years.