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Pork, peanut, pine festival llama

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 Two-year-old Ellie Caylor, of Virginia Beach, loved all the animals at the 40th annual Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival held this past
weekend at Chippokes State Park in Surry. Caylor paid special attention to the Teeny Tiny Farms' llama. The petting zoo was one of
several attractions for kids. More pictures of the popular event can be see in today's paper and on the paper's Facebook page.  

No fire department resolution

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News editor

Believing it is close to a resolution, the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors unanimously decided Thursday to postpone action on a petition to restore contributions to two fire departments that have yet to sign the facilities use agreement. 

Earlier in the evening, firefighters from the two stations that filed the petition — the Windsor and Carrollton volunteer fire departments — threatened further legal action if the petition wasn’t honored. 

The petition requested that funds from fiscal 2015, which ended June 30, be disbursed. 



IW affirms 460 resolution

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Despite requests from Windsor town officials and residents, the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 against rescinding its formal support of the proposed Route 460 bypass.

Board Chairman Rex Alphin cast the only vote to support rescinding the resolution that was passed in February.




ISLE plan dies on 4-1

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With an unexpected reversal by Windsor Supervisor Dee Dee Darden, the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors denied the controversial ISLE 2040 plan Thursday with a 4-1 vote.

Hardy District Supervisor Rudolph Jefferson cast the only dissenting vote, citing a lack of age “diversity” among the residents speaking out against the plan.

There were not enough younger people appearing to give their opinion, he said.



Bailey not running again

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By Diana McFarland

News editor

Newport District Supervisor Buzz Bailey has decided not to run for a second term.

He is the second incumbent to drop out of the race after Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen decided against seeking a third term. 

Bailey blames The Smithfield Times Editor and Publisher John Edwards and his editorial comments about the email scandal two years ago. According to the editorial, Edwards said that Bailey’s candidacy would referendum on racist behavior.

Bailey and former School Board member Herb DeGroft were accused of sending emails about First Lady Michelle Obama in connection with women in tribal dress.

Bailey said he was upset by the editorial and decided he didn’t want to put his family through that again.

“That kids of talking in today’s climate can get you killed, much less running for office,” Bailey said.

Bailey said he gets along well with the other supervisors and supports County Administrator Anne Seward — particularly her budgeting skills.

“Somebody has to be the fall person and blamed for everything,” he said.

Left in the race for the Newport seat is Carrollton preacher William McCarty and long-time community activist Albert Burckard.

Bailey believes Burckard is the most qualified and most likely to bring the issues to the people — particularly the controversial ISLE 2040 plan.

“I was against that from the very beginning,” he said.

With two incumbents dropping out of the race, that leaves only Windsor Supervisor Dee Dee Darden seeking another term. She is being challenged by Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joel Acree.

If she loses, the Board could gain three new faces next year.

Candidates for the Smithfield seat are Lawrence Pitt and Dick Grice.

Bailey was elected in 2011 in a three-way race, beating out long-time incumbent Stan Clark by just 131 votes — or just over 50 percent of the vote. The third candidate, Marie Bailey, received only five percent of the vote.


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