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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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The Smithfield Town Council is considering four options for repaving Main Street.

The town has been waiting for Columbia Gas to finish repairing and replacing its gas lines, which is anticipated for early spring of next year.

Hamtown’s unique thoroughfare has endured numerous incursions to its once earth-toned gravel surface since the town replaced its water lines earlier this year. The Town Council decided to hold up on repaving until Columbia Gas completed its work. 

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School Board questions population study it funded

By Ryan Kushner

Staff writer

In a dispute over future enrollment numbers, Isle of Wight County schools superintendent Dr. James Thornton recently told developers that they could look at the modest enrollment projections for the division, or they could look at reality.

“At Smithfield High School, there are no empty classrooms,” Thornton told the Isle of Wight County Planning Commission during a public hearing concerning additional housing units at Benn’s Grant.

School building capacity in the northern end of the county has been the subject of some interest and debate between housing developers and the division in recent months, and after an unexpected surge in students this year, a lot is still unclear about exactly what kind of growth the division is anticipating in the next five years. 

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Some residents feel betrayed by plans

By Ryan Kushner

Staff Writer

The offering of a new walking trail and an additional $250,000 in amenities was not enough to calm a sea of opposition to a proposed housing unit expansion at Benn’s Grant.

Homeowners in the budding community returned to the Isle of Wight County Planning Commission for a public hearing this past week to speak out against a rezoning request from East West Communities, which is looking to add an additional 231 housing units at the property in its next phase.

Residents previously voiced a wave of discontent for the proposal in September, but the public hearing was postponed by the developers until Tuesday, Oct. 24.

East West is seeking to rezone 19.6 acres along the front of the property from commercial to residential to allow for 105 more townhouse units and 88 duplex units. The developer is also requesting 6.8 acres toward the back of the property change from open space to residential in order to add 38 condominiums between the property’s two lakes.

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By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Surry County lost its longtime cooperative extension agent in January and Isle of Wight lost its full-time agent by mid-year.

Surry’s extension position became vacant when veteran agent Glen Slade retired Jan. 1. Dr. Janet Spencer, who was Isle of Wight’s agent, is now the southeast district director who covers 33 localities.

So far, those two positions have not been filled, and the two offices are relying on agents from neighboring counties to fill in the gaps.

Meanwhile, Isle of Wight County resident Mel Atkinson complained to the Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 19 meeting about the lack of 4-H agents, who also work in the local extension offices. In the case of the Isle of Wight County 4-H agent, that individual is shared with Southampton County, he said.

Many phone calls are not being answered, Atkinson said. 

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Virginia residents are going to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7 to elect a new governor, lt. governor and attorney general.

Running for governor is state Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who is being challenged by Republican lobbyist Ed Gillespie. Libertarian Cliff Hyra is also on the ballot for governor. For lt. governor, Republican state Senator Jill Vogel is squaring off against Democratic assistant U.S. attorney Justin Fairfax. For attorney general, incumbent Democrat Mark Herring is being challenged by Republican attorney John Adams.

Isle of Wight County residents will also decide on who will represent them in the 64th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. Vying for the seat is Republican Emily Brewer and Democrat Rebecca Colaw. Del. Rosyln Tyler (D-75th), who represents a small portion of Isle of Wight and Surry counties, is unopposed.

Locally, the race for the Hardy District Supervisor seat is the only contested race in Isle of Wight County this election season. Herb DeGroft is challenging incumbent Supervisor Rudolph Jefferson, who is seeking a second term.

Other uncontested races include Don Rosie for Carrsville supervisor, Jackie Carr for the Carrsville seat on the Isle of Wight County School Board, and Alvin Wilson, who is seeking his first full term as Hardy District representative on the School Board.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Virginians are required to provide a valid form of photo identification. For more information, visit elections.virginia.gov

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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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