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Column – Litter warriors pick up after the knuckleheads

Keep America Beautiful reports that significant progress has been made in reducing litter on U.S. roadsides since 2010. ...

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Column – Intimidation tactics have no place in civic discourse

Smithfield’s leadership class struck me as oddly desperate last fall as the controversial Grange at 10Main floundered in ...

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Column – Antiquer’s timely find has a distinct Smithfield flavor

Only one with Smithfield bonafides can appreciate Gary Stanley’s find last year at a Harrisonburg antique shop. Stanley, ...

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Column – Jenkinson bringing Mr. Jefferson to Smithfield this spring

A celebrity is coming to Smithfield, courtesy of the Isle of Wight County Historical Society. Best to grab ...

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Column – Short Rows, always a ‘must read,’ has a forever home

Isle of Wight County is blessed to have a few walking, talking encyclopedias of local history and institutional ...

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Column – Longshot made the most of his chance

Need some inspiration for 2024? Settle in for the story of Dante Wright. Like many success stories, Wright’s ...

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Column – Heed lessons of Grange’s demise

Joe Luter IV’s withdrawal of his zoning application for an ambitious mixed-use development on the western edge of ...

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Column – Nearly four decades later, the Edwards family plays on

Pardon Steve Edwards for feeling a little nostalgic this week. When his Pasture #3 band from Mill Swamp ...

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Column – RIP, Lucy, who made her splash in Smithfield  

Impressive, isn’t it, how our pets, most of them very small creatures, occupy such big parts of our ...

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Column – Luters learning that times have changed

Joe Luter III’s impatience is understandable for one of his generation. The legendary Smithfield Foods chairman ran his ...

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