Steve Stewart, Author at Smithfield Times

Dispatches from Wharf Hill

Reflections on a father’s enduring influences 

I’ve got an important obituary to write — on deadline, of course — but first, some quick reflections on the Rev. Ed Stewart, preacher, veteran, ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:20 pm

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Getting around is getting harder in IW

Spoiled by my three-block pedestrian commute to the office, I depend on Better Half for local traffic reports. She’d been telling me for months that ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, April 26, 2022 7:46 pm

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Times, Municipal Mailer team up to inform citizens

If you live in the Smithfield town limits and subscribe to our newspaper, be sure to check out the spring edition of the Municipal Mailer ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, April 12, 2022 5:47 pm

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Summer Concert Series marches into new era

John Edwards’ much-deserved retreat from professional and civic life takes another big step this year with the passing of the baton for the Summer Concert ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, April 5, 2022 6:31 pm

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Little Theatre is perfect cure for date night indecision

Date nights test the creativity of married couples who’ve been at it a while. At our house, where both spouses spend the workday making decisions ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, March 8, 2022 5:56 pm

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Unlikely Longwood has hoops world buzzing

With the Hokies and ’Hoos scrambling just to get on the bubble for next month’s NCAA Tournament, we hoops fans should begin thinking about our ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:34 pm

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Tipline enables the divisiveness it aims to defeat

The thorny path to level-headed consensus about what Virginia’s schoolchildren should be taught about race and sexuality mustn’t go down rabbit holes. That’s where Gov. ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, February 8, 2022 4:46 pm

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Groupspeak is ill-advised ‘protocol’

Perhaps the most overrated goal in governance is unity. That’s not to endorse the partisan toxicity that grips today’s Washington, D.C., where Democrats and Republicans ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, January 18, 2022 5:05 pm

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Could blue wave hit red Isle of Wight?

Wouldn’t it be something if Isle of Wight County, perhaps the reddest of Tidewater localities, was represented entirely by Democrats in Richmond and Washington, D.C.? ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, January 11, 2022 4:46 pm

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Redistricting map a mixed bag for Isle of Wight

Gerrymandering, a word inspired by a Massachusetts governor (named Gerry) who once drew political boundaries so creatively that a particular district resembled a salamander, has ... Read more

by Steve Stewart, Tuesday, December 14, 2021 3:35 pm

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