Isle of Wight County Administrator Anne Seward resigned Thursday night following a closed session meeting with the Board of Supervisors. Seward's resignation is effective Dec. 31 and she will receive six months severance pay of $80,070. The two month notice of resignation stipulated in her contract was waived by the Board. The Board voted 4-1 to accept Seward's resignation, with Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen being the only one to oppose the action. Reading from a written statement, Board Chairman Rex Alphin said the Board accepts Seward's resignation, and given the fact that the three newly elected supervisors campaigned on taking the county in a new direction, Seward thought it best to resign.
By Diana McFarland
C. Larry Pope was advised to conceal his youth when he interviewed for his first job with Smithfield Foods.
As he went to Joseph W. Luter III’s office for his employment interview, Luter’s second-in-command, Aaron Trub, advised him not to tell Luter how young he was. It was 1980 and Luter had returned to Smithfield only four years earlier to take over what had once been his father’s business.
Pope, just 26 years old with a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and few years of public and private accounting work under his belt, was hired as comptroller of was then a basically bankrupt business.
“We were nothing,” Pope said of the company’s financial position at that time.
Pope wasn’t even sure he wanted to work in the meatpacking business, but he was impressed with Luter’s emphasis on family and community. He took the job and has never looked back.
By Debbie CohenStaff writer
Eric Brandon Saub of Hampton was deemed mentally competent to stand trial on a charge that he murdered Jean Marie Smith execution-style and dumped her body in a wooded area about a mile north of Isle of Wight Courthouse.
Saub, 29, appeared before Isle of Wight General District Court Judge W. Parker Councill Thursday for the competency hearing. Two psychiatrists testified that Saub understands the charges against him and is thus legally competent to stand trial on the murder charge.
Competency to stand trial relates to a defendant’s mental state after an offense and whether or not they understand the charges brought against them.
By Debbie CohenStaff Writer
WINDSOR — Is a bigger flag and pole more patriotic than a smaller one? That is one of the questions being pondered by the Windsor Town Council as discussions over a honorary flag pole stretch on for nearly a year and a half.
The proposed flagpole is to honor former Town Council member Wesley Garris.
The issue was discussed again at the November Town Council meeting.
By Diana McFarlandNews editor
The number of visitors to the Isle of Wight Visitor Center and the Arts Center in Smithfield is down so far this year, but tourism officials point to smart phones and Internet research as the reason. At the same time, Mondays are a top downtown shopping day in Smithfield, according to a Smithfield 2020 report.
Visitation to the Visitor Center is down 7 percent, followed by 9 percent for the Arts Center, which occupies the same building, as compared with 2014, according to an annual Smithfield 2020 report.
The Arts Center recorded the most visitors on Fridays and Saturdays so far this year, while retailers posted the most sales on Saturday (27 percent), followed by Monday at nearly 17 percent, according the 2020 report. The sales are based on sales tax collections so far this year.