Jimmy LaRoue, Author at Smithfield Times


Fifth Circuit drug court relaunches

The vast majority of cases coming through the Fifth Judicial Circuit court involve drugs, according to an estimate from one of its judges, even if ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:57 pm


Health district director changes again

Dr. Todd Wagner, who had recently returned to the Western Tidewater Health District as its director, has left once again. The Virginia Department of Health ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, October 5, 2021 5:44 pm


Governor addresses COVID-19

Gov. Ralph Northam continued to urge state residents to get vaccinated, even as he acknowledged there was likely nothing he or anyone else could say ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, September 28, 2021 6:20 pm


Region’s hospitals stretched thin in Delta wave

On any given day at any of Sentara Healthcare’s seven Hampton Roads hospitals, including at Obici in Suffolk, their capacity to handle more patients has ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:11 pm


Health department adds testing events statewide, just 2 in Western Tidewater

With 7-day positivity rates for COVID-19 around the state hovering around 10% and with 90% of cases in Virginia caused by the Delta variant of ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Wednesday, September 8, 2021 7:23 pm


CDC issues new eviction moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued another eviction moratorium that was welcomed by those in precarious rental housing situations, along with ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 4:52 pm


Governor mandates vaccines for state employees, masking in schools

All state employees must be vaccinated by Sept. 1 or face weekly COVID-19 testing. Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Thursday, August 5, 2021 7:10 pm


WTRJ employee arrested, charged with alleged attempt to smuggle drugs into jail

A now-former employee of the Western Tidewater Regional Jail has been arrested and charged with an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 400 grams of ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:01 pm


State defers to localities on masking for schools

Starting this week, local school divisions will be responsible for their own masking and social distancing policies to deal with COVID-19. The public health order ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:04 pm


Vaccination info teams go door-to-door

Having seen fewer people be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 than the state average, the Western Tidewater Health District will be sending vaccination information teams door-to-door ... Read more

by Jimmy LaRoue, Monday, July 12, 2021 8:54 pm

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