Returning to Eastern Shore to open a brewery

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Isle of Wight County Sheriff Mark Marshall is turning in his badge.

Marshall’s last day on the job is Feb. 28, and he is resigning his term nearly two years early to join the family business making beer on the Eastern Shore.

Marshall’s staff was officially informed of his departure yesterday.

Marshall has served as sheriff since January 2012. 

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By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

Isle of Wight County schools were closed for five consecutive days after Hampton Roads was buried by up to 10 inches of snow last Thursday, Jan. 4.

Isle of Wight Academy was also closed five days as a result of the winter storm, and Surry County schools closed for four days and opened with a two-hour delay on the fifth.

All schools resumed with normal hours Thursday, Jan. 11, as the area began to thaw. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Utilities, schools and traffic signals were some of the concerns over an application to add more housing at Benn’s Grant in advance of a public hearing scheduled Thursday before the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors.

Smithfield Supervisor Dick Grice brought a list of questions to a Board work session Jan. 10 that centered on utilities, while Supervisors Don Rosie and Joel Acree were concerned with traffic signals, schools and setting a precedent for other developments already approved in the Newport District. 

The Benn’s Grant developers want to add more housing in lieu of some commercial and open spaces currently approved for the multi-use development. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

From toe tapping Americana to the delicate melody of a violin, music of all varieties can be found regularly in Smithfield.

Hamtown has a vibrant and varied musical repertoire that is served under the umbrella of the Isle of Wight County Arts League — the Summer Concert Series, Smithfield Music and Sundays at Four.

Years before Smithfield became a tourist destination, and prior to its downtown renovation in the late 1980s, Smithfield business owners were looking for ways to bring more people to Main Street. 

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 By Diana McFarland

A Zuni man was also arrested in connection with an alleged case of child abuse at a home on Yellow Hammer Road.

Justin Cox, 33, who last lived in the 7000 block of Yellow Hammer Road, was charged with child neglect and is being held without bond in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

The case centers on a five-year old boy who was rushed to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters earlier this week and remains in critical condition.

Also arrested was Jaye Lynn Hadley, 32, who was living in the house but her relationship with Cox is unknown at this time, said Lt. Tommy Potter with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.

The child’s biological father lives in Sussex County, Potter said.

Hadley was charged with child abuse and aggravated malicious wounding and is also being held without bond in Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

When paramedics arrived on the scene Jan. 8, they administered Narcan (naloxone) to the boy as a precaution, as well as other medications and CPR, said Potter.

Narcan is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

While the boy reacted positively to the Narcan, it is not known if he had ingested any opioids or the reaction was a result of the other measures and that can be determined at the hospital, Potter said.

The boy suffered multiple injuries, with the most serious to his head and brain, said Potter.

Paramedics also noticed a strong smell of marijuana upon arrival at the home, Potter said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Numerous problems accompany cold snap

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Temperatures are back to what is basically normal for this time of year, but a week ago, Isle of Wight and Surry county residents were bracing for what was being called a ‘bomb cyclone.'

In this case, the ‘bomb cyclone’ — a new term for most people — was a unique set of circumstances that came with a rapidly falling atmospheric pressure that, coupled with the earth’s rotation, caused a cyclone effect — sort of a ramped up Northeaster meets the dead of winter with a blast of arctic air on top.

Hampton Roads was also under a blizzard warning — an unusual event in this area.

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The most vulnerable in the community have been also been struggling with the snow and extreme cold.

Anthony Robinette, who runs the Mission of Hope shelter, said he’s had up to 15 individuals stay overnight at one time so far this season. So far, the shelter has seen about 20 different individuals, with some repeaters, he said.

“It’s been a busier year than we’ve ever had,” he said, adding that he’s also put up families in the Econo Lodge in Carrollton.

With the very cold temperatures, Robinette has kept the shelter open during the day too. Typically it is open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. 

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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on the arts in Smithfield and Isle of Wight County. Next week is the focus will be on the community's music venues.

 By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The Isle of Wight Arts League can trace its lineage back to a rambling old Victorian house.

The three story house, now the home of Home Sweet Home Care in downtown Smithfield, was where three women artists got together and created the Collage Studios and Gallery in 1991.

Fast forward 27 years and the Arts League not only has a permanent facility closer to the business center — the Arts Center @ 319 — it also has under its umbrella three other arts venues — the Smithfield Summer Concert Series, Smithfield Music and Sundays at Four.

Today, the Arts Center alone gets from 13,000 to 14,000 visitors a year, according to Director Sheila Gwaltney. 

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Isle of Wight County schools are closed Wednesday, Jan. 10, due to the remnants of last week’s snow storm. Surry County schools are on a two-hour delay and classes will resume at Isle of Wight Academy on Wednesday. The make-up day for Isle of Wight Academy is Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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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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