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Delegate's complaint aired in secret

By Diana McFarland

News editor

The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors went into closed session Thursday for two items that called into question whether they actually qualified for closed-door discussions.

When asked, three of the five supervisors weren’t really sure why those items were in closed session either.

“I really don’t know. That was up to (county attorney) Mark (Popovich) and (county administrator) Anne Seward,” said Board Chairman Buzz Bailey.



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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.


The future can be frightening

By Diana McFarland

News editor

The loss of Medicaid beds at Smithfield’s only nursing home has got Pam Young worried.

Her mother, Hazel Cornett, 85, suffers from dementia and Young is reluctant to leave her at home alon

The dementia, which seemed to appear “overnight,” robbed Cornett’s memory of how to perform everyday activities such as cooking and what clothes are appropriate for the various seasons, Young said. ...(Subscribe!)


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