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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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Windsor contends with 460 work

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News editor

WINDSOR —Windsor residents living near the potential path of the Route 460 bypass north of town are now grappling with ongoing environmental and engineering work being done as VDOT continues to seek a permit from the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

And the cost for the work is $9 million — above and beyond the $250 million already spent on the decade-old project that has yet to receive necessary permits or have construction begin, according to VDOT.

Brenda Peters, who lives off Five Forks Road, recently walked around with an engineering contractor as he tried to find the best path to a marked area to take a soil boring.

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Wharf Hill parking debate shifts with brewery opening

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Staff writer 

The Smithfield Police Department is in the market for a new evidence storage area, and the former Isle of Wight Rescue Squad might be the place for it.

Smithfield Police Lt. Matt Rogers said that accreditation officials have urged the police department to tighten security of its evidence, which is currently kept in a 250 sq. ft. basement room under town hall on Institute Street.

The dank, dark room also lacks climate control and ventilation, said Rogers.

Recently, the Town Council unanimously voted to send a request for bids for architectural services to renovate the building. 

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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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