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ISLE2040 not about water?

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Staff writer

County officials are backing off the claim that staff created the ISLE2040 to address the cost of the Norfolk water deal.

ISLE2040, which Supervisor Al Casteen called “a moving target” during a joint meeting with Smithfield officials, is a growth plan to increase population density in the Newport Development Service District (DSD).

The hope is that upping the density will accommodate the projected 27,000 residents that county staff say will be coming to the county in the next 25 years and preserve the county's rural heritage while concentrating growth in the Carrollton area.

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IW finances may block chance for ball fields

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Staff writer 

The county’s financial situation may push Smithfield toward annexation and stop a baseball and softball complex from being built. County officials pointed to what they described as the county’s dire financial situation as the reason the Scott farm boundary line adjustment and a $200,000 ball field donation aren’t happening.

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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.

 

Long-range forecast: June is coming

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News editor

It’s 16 days until spring, but we have our doubts. However, the long term forecast is definite about the arrival of June.

Most people claim to “be over it,” but it’s not over. More snow is forecast for Thursday, along with colder-than-average temperatures.

For more than two weeks, residents have coped with disrupted schedules, icy roads, cold houses, closed businesses and schools, and for some, busted pipes and broken furnaces as temperatures fell to below 10 degrees, followed by 6-7 inches of snow.

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