In mass shootings' wake, churches eye security

By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

In the wake of the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas earlier this month, which left 26 parishioners dead and many more wounded, churches around the country have been questioning the security and safety of their own congregations.

Places of worship in Isle of Wight have been no exception.

“There’s a lot of concern,” said Jeff Cannon, lead pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Smithfield.

Approached by congregation members with concerns following the tragedy in the small Texas church Nov. 5, Cannon sent out a letter out to his congregation, notifying them of prevention measures Trinity plans to take, including retraining ushers to be on the look-out for emergency situations and reviewing procedures for locking the church’s doors during worship. 

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Put it all together, councilman says

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

WINDSOR — With the cost to renovate the Windsor Town Center estimated at nearly $1 million, Windsor Town Council member Walter Bernacki proposed another idea — tack on a few more million and build it bigger.

Why not incorporate a town center with a library and municipal building to make a one-stop destination for residents, said Bernacki at the Nov. 14 Town Council meeting.

As for the former Windsor Middle School gym, which is currently slated to be the town center, get that up to a “useable” level, but that’s it, he said. 

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By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

After agreeing to the much-debated terms of a memorandum of understanding regarding Isle of Wight County’s contribution of $250,000 toward the Joseph Luter Jr. sports complex, the town of Smithfield asked the county if it could give the full promised amount upfront.

The original agreement was that the county’s portion be paid out over a period of five years in annual installments of $50,000.

The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors voted to give $100,000 to the town this year, but opted to continue paying the additional $150,000 in installments of $50,000 over the next three years. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Whether or not S. Wallace Edwards and Sons rebuilds in Surry County depends on several, and as yet unresolved, issues.

Meanwhile, Edwards Virginia Smokehouse has been contracting with other meat processors to make its products after the plant was completely destroyed by fire in January 2016.

Some of the stumbling blocks include a lawsuit and suitable land.

The lawsuit between Edwards and Selective Way Insurance remains an ongoing issue. Owner Sam Edwards said he was scheduled for court on Nov. 21 to choose a trial date, but there is also a motion to be heard in December, according to Virginia Courts. 

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Do your children or grandchildren want to write a personal letter to Santa Claus?

Isle of Wight and Surry county children wanting to send their Christmas wishes to Santa this year can do so via The Smithfield Times.

The letters will be published in the Dec. 20 issue. The Smithfield Times also encourages children to send in original artwork that can be published along with the letters as space allows.

The deadline for submitting letters is Friday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.

Letters can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to “Santa,” c/o The Smithfield Times, PO Box 366, Smithfield, VA 23431 or they can be delivered in person to the special Santa mailbox located at the office at 228 Main St. in downtown Smithfield.

Do you have the best looking wreath on the street? If you think so, enter a photo of it in The Smithfield Times best wreath contest and be eligible for a prize. Send in a JPEG of your wreath, along with what it’s made of, whether or not it’s homemade or any other pertinent information. Entries will be judged Dec. 13 and the winner announced in the Dec. 20 issue. Send a JPEG and information by Dec. 8 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, call 357-3288.

County can't require them to tap onto system

By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

Following a discussion by the Board of Supervisors last month on mandatory water line hookups, county staff learned that only the state can regulate private wells.

Utility Services Director Don Jennings was contacted by the Virginia Water Well Association, which provided that information and indicated that wells are under the Virginia Department of Health’s jurisdiction.

To make connections to county water lines mandatory, Isle of Wight would need to request special legislation from the state to add it to a list of authorized localities, according to Jennings, or to create utility service districts.

The International Plumbing Code dictates that a private well may only be installed if a public water supply is not available, according to Jennings. 

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Rain came when needed this year

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Virginia cotton farmers generated a bumper crop of cotton bales this year, up 90 percent from 2016, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Producers expect to harvest 83,000 acres, up 11,000 acres from 2016.

The reason was the weather, said Elaine Lidholm, spokeswoman with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The difference was that dramatic because 2016 was a “horrible” year weather-wise for cotton and this year was almost perfect, Lidholm said. 

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To rotate or not is Board question

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Last year, Hardy District Supervisor Rudolph Jefferson was passed over for chairman of the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors as Carrsville Supervisor Rex Alphin was given the position for the third year in a row.

Last week, Jefferson soundly beat his challenger, Herb DeGroft with 66 percent of the vote. Will he now get a turn wielding the gavel? Jefferson said the issue did pop into his mind the day after the election.

However, given the controversy that arose last year, Jefferson said he wants to give the issue some thought before saying whether or not he wants the position. 

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Edna Felts Myers

 

Edna Felts Myers, 96, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 in her home. She is preceded in death by her husband, Luther Power Myers. Edna leaves to cherish her memories her son, Robert Hall. A graveside service will be held Friday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m. in St. Luke’s Memorial Park with the Rev. Mike Frank officiating. A special thank you to Marilyn Oliver and Joe Brown for all their love and support. The family request memorial contributions to VFW POST 8545, PO Box 461, Smithfield, VA 23431.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

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