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Sign-wielding residents peeve planner

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News editor

Isle of Wight County Planning and Zoning Director Beverly Walkup is looking into whether anything can be done about a resident who displayed a sign during a staff member’s presentation on ISLE 2040.

Walkup was reading the list of resident and commissioner concerns and the county’s answers to them at the June 23 Planning Commission meeting, someone in the audience was allegedly flipping a sign stating “Not True” and “Spin.”

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Schools financial woes force cutback of Relay

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Staff writer

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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Town budget holds the line on costs

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News editor

The Smithfield Town Council recently approved a fiscal year 2016 budget that’s 14 percent lower than last year.

While the drop appears to be a measure of austerity, it mostly reflects the loss of one-time revenues for large-scale projects. The Town Council voted 7-0 to authorize the town’s $7.9 million budget.

Last year, the budget was $9.2 million.

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Bay exemption will aid cyclists

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Staff writer 

The path from Smithfield to Nike Park took another step forward recently when the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 for an exception to the Chesapeake Bay Protection Area Ordinance.

Newport District Supervisor Buzz Bailey cast the only dissenting vote.

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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.

 
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