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 Dogs and kids at the parade

These girls got a chance to meet Zooey, Nancy Demingmay's dog, who is with the Isle of Wight Humane Society. The Humane Society was joined by several other animal groups, including Gimme Shelter, the Isle of Wight Animal Shelter and Pawsitive Attitudes, which participated in floats and displays during Smithfield's Christmas parade Saturday. For more photos, pick up a copy of this week's paper.  


A break for homeowners

By Diana McFarland

News editor

For five months, Isle of Wight County has been publicly silent about a change that provides thousands of dollars of savings for residents wanting to put in a pool or addition to their house.

The change to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act that became effective July 1 means residents no longer have to install BMPs, berms, swales, rain gardens or other stormwater fixes when making additions of less than 2,500 square feet on single family lots.

Many county residents who have contemplated, or actually made, an addition to their property, are probably familiar with the 16 percent impervious cover requirement — which also formed the basis of the county’s stormwater and Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act ordinance.



Perera New Orleans applicant

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Staff writer

UPDATE: The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday night that Perera has been eliminated from the Orleans Parish superintendent search. The School Board is still considering two other applicants. 

Just one day after Isle of Wight County schools Superintendent Dr. Katrise Perera announced her resignation, The Times-Picayune named her as a finalist for the Orleans Parish superintendent position in New Orleans.

She was scheduled for a second interview Tuesday night, according to The New Orleans Advocate.

Most of New Orleans’ 83 schools are independent charters overseen by the state. The local Orleans Parish system runs six schools and has authorized 14 charters, according to the Times-Picayune report.

Perera said in a press release that she was leaving to be closer to family, especially her mother.



Town begins annexation study

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Staff writer  

Smithfield officials have begun public discussions concerning annexation.

At last week’s Planning Commission meeting, member Randy Pack, also a Town Council member, prepared the commission to discuss what outlying areas town would prove useful in ensuring the town’s economic vitality.

The Planning Commission is considering annexation as it reviews the town’s comprehensive plan, which staff is tasked with updating every five years.



Local police not mining phone data

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Staff writer  

Some Hampton Roads law enforcement agencies are swapping cell phone data collected during investigations to help each other catch criminals.

The Smithfield Police Department and Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office are not among them.

In 2012, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News law enforcement agencies began contributing records to Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, which runs the a network called Hampton Roads Telephone Analysis Sharing Network (HRTASN).



Send a letter to Santa

Santa Claus is accepting letters from Isle of Wight and Surry county children via The Smithfield Times. 

The letters will be published in the Dec. 24 issue of the newspaper. The newspaper also encourages children to send in original artwork that can be published with letters as space permits. 

The deadline for submitting letters and artwork is Friday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.  

Send letters to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or mail to “Santa” c/o The Smithfield Times, PO Box 366, Smithfield, VA 23431 or deliver them in person at the office at 228 Main St. in downtown Smithfield.



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