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Sharon Staudt, left, heads up a water erosion experiment with students at a two-week Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) summer camp at the College of William and Mary in July. Staudt and three fellow Isle of Wight County teachers were selected for a free year-long professional development program designed to shift from the traditional lecture-led science classroom to one promoting problem-based learning.



Apartments in our future

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News editor

McMansions are out, apartments are in.

That’s the conclusion of a recent housing study presented by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

Future projections show lower wage earners edging out higher income workers, and those individuals and families will need more rental housing and affordable homes, according to a study prepared by the National Housing Conference.



Personal coffee pots are out at CH as energy-wasting

By Diana McFarland

News editor

Some Isle of Wight County employees are grumbling about a series of energy saving initiatives approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Employees have had to remove personal coffee makers, printers, refrigerators and other items that use electricity in favor of putting those items in centralized areas.

The changes are expected to save about $15,400 annually, but some employees don’t think the savings are worth it in exchange for the impact it has had on morale.



Supers' decision strains town relations

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

The relationship between the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors and Smithfield Town Council’s is strained once again after the Board reneged on a deal to give the town two county properties.

The Board failed to tell the Town Council it planned to rescind a boundary line adjustment that would have given properties on Great Spring and Battery Park roads to the tow

This newest disconnect comes after the two bodies patched up communications in May with a successful arrangement to keep the Isle of Wight County Museum open.



Foods meat now on sale in Chinese kiosks

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News editor

Smithfield Foods is now selling chilled fresh pork at kiosks in mainland China as part of its merger with WH Group.

So far, the company has opened 21 kiosks and plans to continue expanding throughout China’s major cities by the end of the year. The company released its second quarter earnings results Monday, reporting $3.8 billion in sales.

Net income was $142.9 million compared to $32.4 million last year — up 341 percent, according to a Foods press release.



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