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Next Tuesday first time in Va. for voters IDs

By Abby Proch

Staff writer 

Tuesday will be the first Election Day that Virginia residents must show a photo ID to vote.

But the new law shouldn’t change things much, said Isle of Wight County assistant registrar Victoria Lonsdale

“I don’t think it’s going to be an issue,” said Lonsdale. “So far, we’ve had almost 100 voters here in person. And everyone’s been really happy about showing their ID,” she said.



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 pulls legals from local newspapers

By Lee Zion

News editor

Isle of Wight County has pulled its legal notices from two newspapers with which it has done business for decades — The Smithfield Times and Tidewater News.

Last week, the county attorney defended a decision that unspecified staff made at the beginning of the fiscal year, which started in July. The county stopped putting its legal notices in The Smithfield Times and the Tidewater News that month.

That means that for each public hearing or other event, no notice about it has appeared in either paper for the past three months. If people want to find out about any public hearing in Isle of Wight County, they will have to read The Daily Press, based out in Newport News.



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