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Young helping hands

Girls Scouts from isle of Wight County and surrounding localities came together Saturday at Benn's United Methodist Church to make gifts, cards, food bags and more for the needy and sick for the holidays. Scouts pictured making craft bags for children at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters are Delilah and Lavinia Mendelsohn with mom Lora, and Hannah Sann with mom Deema.  

 

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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Supers back their lawyers over legal ads

By Diana McFarland

News editor 

The Isle of Wight county attorney denied it was a “personal vendetta” that led to his decision to stop running legal notices in the county’s two local newspapers, but instead was a way to save money and gain flexibility.

However, comparable-sized legals in the Daily Press cost seven times more than those in The Smithfield Times, based on the two newspapers’ advertising rate cards.

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County stealing papers' content?

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News editor 

For about a year, Isle of Wight County has been lifting stories from local newspapers, including The Smithfield Times, compiling the content and distributing it to its employees and the supervisors.

It’s being done to keep employees informed on what local government is doing, said Isle of Wight County spokesman Don Robertson.

The county’s Nov. 5 “edition” of its “Smithfield Times News” includes 21 pages of a Word document chock full of news stories, editorials, letters to the editor and features — and pulled directly from the by subscription only The Smithfield Times.

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Local burglaries solved

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News editor

Warrants are being issued for individuals in connection with a string of burglaries in two states and multiple jurisdictions, including Isle of Wight and Surry counties and the town of Smithfield.

Stolen, and in some cases, recovered, were firearms, jewelry, electronics and power tools, according to Lt. Tommy Potter with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.

In Isle of Wight, five homes were burglarized during the day, with the suspects removing electric meters to disable alarm systems, Potter said.

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IW to make up wages for GDT workers

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Staff writer

Isle of Wight County schools will pay back wages to workers who helped build Georgie D. Tyler Middle School.

On Monday, the School Board approved a change order to the construction contract that details how the school division will pay laborers and mechanics in order to comply with federal law.

The school division omitted the Davis-Bacon Act from its construction contract with Ritchie Curbow for the middle school.

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