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Lalani Branch, 4, of Hampton, takes the "bounce" in "bounce house" seriously. Her grandmother, Yolanda Batten of Smithfield, brought her to the Harvest Festival held Saturday at Southside Vineyard Church south of Smithfield. 


Next up: More schools?

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Staff writer

More students are enrolling in public schools — and there is little room for them.

Isle of Wight County school officials say the county added 105 students from last year, according Sept. 30 enrollment data, which is submitted by the school division to the state department of education every year.

The division’s student population was 5,507; it’s now 5,612.



Next Tuesday first time in Va. for voters IDs

By Abby Proch

Staff writer 

Tuesday will be the first Election Day that Virginia residents must show a photo ID to vote.

But the new law shouldn’t change things much, said Isle of Wight County assistant registrar Victoria Lonsdale

“I don’t think it’s going to be an issue,” said Lonsdale. “So far, we’ve had almost 100 voters here in person. And everyone’s been really happy about showing their ID,” she said.



IW pulls legals from local newspapers

By Lee Zion

News editor

Isle of Wight County has pulled its legal notices from two newspapers with which it has done business for decades — The Smithfield Times and Tidewater News.

Last week, the county attorney defended a decision that unspecified staff made at the beginning of the fiscal year, which started in July. The county stopped putting its legal notices in The Smithfield Times and the Tidewater News that month.

That means that for each public hearing or other event, no notice about it has appeared in either paper for the past three months. If people want to find out about any public hearing in Isle of Wight County, they will have to read The Daily Press, based out in Newport News.



Murder dismissal upheld

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Staff writer

The Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of murder convictions against Ronald Taft Davis III for a 2008 fatal shooting in Surry.

A panel of Virginia’s Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the trial court.

It dismissed the felony first degree and attempted murder indictments against Davis on the basis of “collateral estoppel,” or double jeopardy, on Feb. 25.

At the request of the Attorney General’s Office, the appeals court reheard the case “en banc,” or by the full, 11-judge court.

On Oct. 21, the full court decided to uphold the appeal.



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