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Bria to perform live on NBC

Smithfield's own Bria Kelly will perform live on NBC's "The Voice" beginning Monday, April 21 after making the cut Tuesday night.It was Bria's first solo performance since the auditions began, and she sang "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones. Usher choose Bria to continue on Team Usher going into the live rounds.  ...(Subscribe!)

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.


Modern law will be the rule for 40-year-old rape case

By Diana McFarland

News editor

Modern criminal law will prevail in a rape case dating back 40 years and scheduled for trial in Isle of Wight County Circuit Court.
Danny Steve Edwards, 63, is accused of raping a 13-year old girl in 1973, and the case is allegedly supported by DNA evidence, according to the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.
Because the alleged rape occurred four decades ago, however, the laws have since changed, prompting Edwards’ attorney to file several motions concerning the use of the state’s “rape shield” provision, as well as the reasonable resistance rule. . ...(Subscribe!)


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