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Danielle Gray, left, goes over employment documents she saved while her son, Andrew, right, was being treated for leukemia. Gray was ultimately resigned from her Isle of Wight County job due to the Family Medical Leave Act. 

 

IW $ aimed at Blackwater

By Diana McFarland

News editor

Recreation in Isle of Wight is a target for improvements beginning next year, according to the county’s draft capital improvement plan.

Funding is set aside next year for the Blackwater River Park ($100,000); an amphitheater at Heritage park ($200,000); and general park maintenance ($50,000).

The Blackwater River Park uses local matching funds, along with state, federal and private development of the 2,487 acres owned by Isle of Wight County. Possible improvements include campgrounds, canoe and kayak access, trails, a ropes course and more, according to the draft CIP.

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Son's care led to loss of county job

By Diana McFarland

News editor 

Danielle Gray never thought that when she took time off to help her son battle a deadly form of cancer that she would end up losing her job.

Gray had worked for 15 years in the Isle of Wight County commissioner of revenue’s office, rising to the level of chief deputy and earning “master commissioner” status.

Prior to that, she served for six-and-a-half years with the school system.

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460 indecision has Windsor on hold

By Diana McFarland

News editor

WINDSOR — Windsor Town Council members are wondering if they should wait on certain decisions until the state renders a final verdict on the path of Route 460.

Councilwoman Patty Fleming asked if the council should wait on plans for a new flag and pole until a decision is made on Route 460.

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Morris bill would tighten standard for boat searches

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Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, has taken issue with the practice of some law enforcement agencies boarding recreational boats without probable cause that a crime has been committed.

Morris recently introduced House Bill 1298, which would require law enforcement officers to have probable cause, as well as consent of the owner, before stopping, boarding and inspecting non-commercial vessels for various reasons, such as checking on the condition and number of life jackets on board.

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