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Windsor Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Tommy Gray fills up Engine 40 recent at Southern States. 

 

Firemen feeling the pinch

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News editor

WINDSOR — The Windsor Volunteer Fire Department has gone 10 months without funding from Isle of Wight County as of the end of April, according to Capt. Dale Scott.

Meanwhile, it’s getting closer and closer to the end of what Windsor can manage to pay on its own, Scott said.

“Then what will we do?” he asked, adding that residents are giving donations to keep the station running, but everyone is hoping the Board of Supervisors will finally open its eyes to the situation.

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IW OK's $120 mil. budget

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The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors approved the fiscal 2016 capital and operating budget 4-1 at a special meeting Friday.

Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen cast the dissenting vote.

Casteen said the budget was inadequate for a number of expenses, including the new Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad building, and that overlooking those items was inconsistent.

Isle of Wight has budgeted $120 million to be spent in the next 12 months to run the county, said County Administrator Anne Seward in a meeting Monday.

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IW growth numbers realistic?

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Some Isle of Wight residents have questioned why county staff is relying so heavily on one set of population projections, and why they haven’t been more forthcoming about where those new residents were predicted to go, for its ISLE 2040 plan.

ISLE 2040, which seeks to expand the Newport Development Service District and increase density in the northern end of the county, relies exclusively on population projects provided by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

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To-do list at Georgie Tyler is long

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Staff writer 

A tour of the 8-month-old Georgie D. Tyler Middle School reveals paint marks, peeling floor tiles and door hinges held with duct tape. School officials aren’t happy with the work, which adds another wrinkle to the middle school’s ongoing saga. Isle of Wight County faces paying as much as $2 million in back wages to workers on the project who were shorted on their paychecks when the school division failed to originally pay them according to federal wage requirements.  

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Schools financial woes force cutback of Relay

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Finances have become so strained for the Isle of Wight County School Board that it won’t waive nearly $1,000 in fees for this year’s Relay for Life event.

“We would love to help them, but it’s just not in our budget,” said School Board Chairwoman Denise Tynes at an April 23 meeting.

Every year, the Isle of Wight/Surry chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life holds a ceremony tallying its donations, celebrating survival and honoring loved ones lost.

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