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The Smithfield Times Editor and Publisher John Edwards won the Virginia Press Association’s top editorial honor — the D. Lathan Mims Award for Editorial Leadership in the Community.

This is the fifth time Edwards has won the Mims, having received it in 1998-99, 2002, 2007 and 2011.

Edwards received the award Saturday at the VPA’s annual banquet in Roanoke.

The Smithfield Times also took home numerous news writing and advertising awards.

The paper came in third overall in its category for advertising.

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Murder victim was shot

UPDATE APRIL 22, 4:20 P.M. — The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in determining the exact whereabouts of homicide victim Jean Marie Smith during the 24 hours before her death.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Smith was out of town until the afternoon of April 15 and her approximate time of death was during the evening of April 16. 

If you or someone you know had contact with or knows the whereabouts of Jean Marie Smith during the time leading up to her death, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of Hampton Police Department, executed a search warrant on 15 Patriot Crescent in Hampton. As a result of that search warrant, Eric Saub was arrested on unrelated charges, thought the Sheriff’s Office did not say what those charges are.

Saub was a tenant of Mary Hawalka, the grandmother of Jean Marie Smith, who resides at 15 Patriot Crescent.

Saub is currently in Hampton City Jail without bond.

 
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The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect who killed 25-year-old Jean Marie Smith and left her body in a remote location off Courthouse Highway.

Hunters discovered Smith’s body around 8 a.m. April 17 near Hatcher’s Lane, an unpaved private lane off Courthouse Highway.

Smith had been shot to death, said Sheriff Mark Marshall.

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Interim PDCCC president's plans

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FRANKLIN — Paul D. Camp Community College Interim President Dr. William C. Aiken is trying to find the school’s identity.

“How do we distinguish ourselves from the 22 other community colleges in Virginia?” he posed at a media conference last week.

Aiken sees strengths in the college’s Allied Health and Workforce Development programs, but is surprised by its lack of focus on agriculture, considering its rural community.  

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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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