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IW OK's $120 mil. budget

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News editor

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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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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Attention amateur photographers!

 

Take a shot of Windsor Castle Park — or a happening there — and enter The Smithfield Times Windsor Castle Park photo of the week contest.

Weekly winners will be printed in The Smithfield Times and entered into a year-end prize drawing in December. Photos are judged by The Smithfield Times news staff and local professional photographers. Judging criteria is based on exposure, lighting, composition and subject. One submission per person per week and photos must have been taken within the past year. To enter, send your JPEG digital image by 4 p.m. Friday to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include name, address, phone number, age and any additional information about the photograph. 

For more information,  calls news editor Diana McFarland at 357-3288.

 

IW growth numbers realistic?

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News editor

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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