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Drake Williams, left, and T.J. Pearson show their haul to Riverside Convalescent Center resident Claudine Whitehead. The Center threw an Easter party that started with a performance of silly and spiritual Easter songs sung by the students of Smithfield Baptist Church Preschool. Rounded off the event was an egg hunt for more than 200 candy-filled eggs. About 20 kids rushed the front lawn of the center, finding all the eggs in a matter of minutes. 

Millions for public safety

By Diana McFarland

News editor

The Norfolk water contract continues to be a major county expense this year, but Isle of Wight has also significantly increased its spending on all aspects of public safety since 2008 and before the “great recession,” when economic activity here was at its height.
That trend includes fire and rescue, emergency services, the Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services and several new facilities, including the Young-Laine Courts Building, the new rescue squad building, the new Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department building and the new animal shelter.  . ...(Subscribe!)

County slow to meet with Smithfield

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

The town of Smithfield has spent months trying to set up the first intergovernmental meeting in nearly two years between its Town Council and the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors, but so far, nothing has happened.
Communication between the two bodies has waned over the years, with the last regularly held meetings dating back to nearly 10 years ago. 
For the past three months, Smithfield Town Council member Dr. Milton Cook has asked to no avail for a meeting with the supervisors.. ...(Subscribe!)



Modern law will be the rule for 40-year-old rape case

By Diana McFarland

News editor

Modern criminal law will prevail in a rape case dating back 40 years and scheduled for trial in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court.
Danny Steve Edwards, 63, is accused of raping a 13-year old girl in 1973, and the case is allegedly supported by DNA evidence, according to the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.
Because the alleged rape occurred four decades ago, however, the laws have since changed, prompting Edwards’ attorney to file several motions concerning the use of the state’s “rape shield” provision, as well as the reasonable resistance rule. . ...(Subscribe!)


Bria to perform live on NBC

Smithfield's own Bria Kelly will perform live on NBC's "The Voice" beginning Monday, April 21 after making the cut Tuesday night.It was Bria's first solo performance since the auditions began, and she sang "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones. Usher choose Bria to continue on Team Usher going into the live rounds.  ...(Subscribe!)

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