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Rt. 460 contract canceled 

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne Jr. announced last week that the state is canceling its contract with U.S. 460 Mobility Partners and will attempt to get taxpayer money back that was spent on a project that has yet to begin construction. 
 

IW budget confusing?

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News editor

Some county residents have questioned the total budget amount presented in Isle of Wight’s public notice advertisement, as well as the difficulty in understanding the proposed fiscal 2016 budget document.

It appears that the local contribution to schools — $28.7 million — was counted twice in the public notice, pushing the total amount to $162 million.

Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen also questioned the $162 million total after the budget public hearing last week.

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Murder victim was shot

UPDATE APRIL 22, 4:20 P.M. — The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in determining the exact whereabouts of homicide victim Jean Marie Smith during the 24 hours before her death.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Smith was out of town until the afternoon of April 15 and her approximate time of death was during the evening of April 16. 

If you or someone you know had contact with or knows the whereabouts of Jean Marie Smith during the time leading up to her death, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of Hampton Police Department, executed a search warrant on 15 Patriot Crescent in Hampton. As a result of that search warrant, Eric Saub was arrested on unrelated charges, thought the Sheriff’s Office did not say what those charges are.

Saub was a tenant of Mary Hawalka, the grandmother of Jean Marie Smith, who resides at 15 Patriot Crescent.

Saub is currently in Hampton City Jail without bond.

 
ORIGINAL STORY: 

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Staff writer

The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect who killed 25-year-old Jean Marie Smith and left her body in a remote location off Courthouse Highway.

Hunters discovered Smith’s body around 8 a.m. April 17 near Hatcher’s Lane, an unpaved private lane off Courthouse Highway.

Smith had been shot to death, said Sheriff Mark Marshall.

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Little election interest

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Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen has picked up a candidate packet but has not yet announced he plans to run. Neither has anyone else.

“No one is expressing an interest in Smithfield that I know of,” said Isle of Wight Assistant Registrar Victoria Lonsdale.

There are two candidates vying for the Newport District seat — incumbent Buzz Bailey and Carrollton preacher William McCarty.

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Interim PDCCC president's plans

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Staff writer 

FRANKLIN — Paul D. Camp Community College Interim President Dr. William C. Aiken is trying to find the school’s identity.

“How do we distinguish ourselves from the 22 other community colleges in Virginia?” he posed at a media conference last week.

Aiken sees strengths in the college’s Allied Health and Workforce Development programs, but is surprised by its lack of focus on agriculture, considering its rural community.  

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Times news, ads, editorials recognized in competition

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News editor

The Smithfield Times Editor and Publisher John Edwards won the Virginia Press Association’s top editorial honor — the D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Leadership in the Community.

This is the fifth time Edwards has won the Mims, having received it in 1998-99, 2002, 2007 and 2011.

Edwards received the award Saturday at the VPA’s annual banquet in Roanoke.

The Smithfield Times also took home numerous news writing and advertising awards.

The paper came in third overall in its category for advertising.

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