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 Owners offered the Jordan House and a lot to put it on, but had no takers. 

Jordan House demise?

By Diana McFarland

Staff writer

Several proffer changes are being proposed for the Benn’s Grant mixed-use development, including deleting the requirement to restore the Charles Driver Jordan House.

Instead, it’s being proposed that materials from the house be salvaged and used in conjunction with a memorial dedicated to the house within the development, according to a staff report.

Another change being proposed is removing much of the “Traditional Neighborhood Design” or “New Urbanism” housing design in the residential portion of the development and replace it with the more common front-loading garage arrangement.


A sign of the times

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

A Smithfield Town Council candidate said her signs were removed from public areas when others remained.

Town Council candidate Vivian Evans said some of her signs had been removed from the corners at the Route 10 bypass and Main Street intersection, a VDOT right-of-way.

Evans also said in one location another candidate’s sign — she declined to name the location or the candidate’s name on the sign — stayed when hers was removed.

Evans chalked it up to a mistake and put her sign back next to the other, presuming that its location was in fact legal.




Tax hike plans draw few complaints

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The proposed 12-cent hike in the real estate tax drew little comment at a public hearing Thursday on the county’s fiscal 2015 budget.

Many of the residents who spoke were concerned with the future of the Isle of Wight County Museum, which is slated to lose its three full-time employees and faces possible closure.

The only comment by the Board of Supervisors was from Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen, who made a request on behalf of Social Services Director Pam Barton for an additional $45,000 due to decreased state and federal funding.

The Board plans to vote on the fiscal 2015 budget Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m. at the courthouse complex. ...(Subscribe!)


Hollywood 'much cooler than the prom,' says Kelly

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

Tuesday night, Bria Kelly was voted into the top 10 on NBC's "The Voice." Kelly will go on to compete in the next round of live performances Monday at 8 p.m.

Smithfield songstress Bria Kelly cracked the top 12 contestants remaining on NBC’s “The Voice,” and with her powerful live performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” Monday night, hopes to make the top 10.

Kelly and her fans will have known her fate by Wednesday morning as two contestants were to be cut from the show Tuesday night. Monday night marked the first round of live performances.

Kelly had become the first of the final three artists on coach Usher’s team after a soulful delivery of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.”



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