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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By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

The Smithfield Town Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Isle of Wight County for shared use of the town’s multi-million-dollar Joseph W. Luter Jr. sports complex.

The unanimous vote Tuesday, Nov. 7, ends a months-long back-and-forth between the two municipalities over the terms of the agreement.

The Board of Supervisors signed off on both the MOU and facility use agreement at its October meeting. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Smithfield Foods President and CEO Ken Sullivan has heard his share of rumors about the company since it was purchased by the WH Group a few years ago, but the latest one was news to him.

It seems some folks believe Foods is shipping pigs to China where they are processed and then returned through Canada to the U.S. for sale to American consumers.

“It’s utter nonsense. It’s asinine from an economic standpoint,” said Sullivan recently in an interview held at the corporate headquarters in Smithfield.

It’s difficult enough to make it work financially to send pork to China and make the freight costs, never mind a return trip, he said, adding that for the Chinese, growing pigs is very expensive and that is why the deal with Smithfield was so attractive. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Republican Emily Brewer easily won the 64th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates over opponent Rebecca Colaw.

Democrats, however, won the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general seats, with Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring defeating their Republican opponents.

By 9 p.m., national news outlets were projecting Northam as winner and calling it a defeat of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics.

Locally, Rudolph Jefferson was reelected for a second term as the Hardy District representative on the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors. 

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Groundbreaking slated Thursday at Nike Park

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

After more than 10 years of planning, a groundbreaking is scheduled for the Nike Park bike trail on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The event will be held from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Carrollton Nike Park. A community meeting will follow from 5-7 p.m. at the park and is designed to let residents review the project plans and meet with the project team prior to construction.

The groundbreaking is for the three-mile portion of the trail that runs from Nike Park along Nike Park Road to Battery Park Road, and along Battery Park Road to the intersection of S. Church Street in Smithfield. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

After years of sharing spaces at various Isle of Wight County churches, the Mission of Home shelter has found its own permanent home. 

The overnight stay homeless shelter is now located in the former Great Spring Church of the Nazarene building at 13390 Great Spring Road in Smithfield.

The building was given to The Garage ministry leader Anthony Robinette, who is also president of Mission of Hope. 

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Residents met Monday night to discuss the future of the Rescue community hall, and while several ideas were raised, an inspection and feasibility study appeared to be the most agreeable next step.

And Newport District Supervisor William McCarty, who suggested the inspection, offered to pay for it.

McCarty proposed having an inspection done to see what repairs are needed and projected expense, as well as having the trustees provide an idea of how much it would cost to maintain and operate the facility once the repairs are made. 

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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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