A boardroom full of guns is possible
By Diana McFarland
Armed members of a gun rights group, the Virginia Civil Defense League, are expected to attend the public hearing Thursday on the proposed outdoor public shooting range in Walters.
“Carry is allowed,” in the Board of Supervisors room, said VCDL President Philip Van Cleave in an alert sent last week to the organization’s 6,300 members across Virginia.
Isle of Wight County Sheriff Mark Marshall said his agency is prepared for the meeting.
“We will make every effort to ensure that the Board of Supervisors meeting occurs without significant disruption. The people's business must be done,” Marshall said.
By Diana McFarlandManaging editor
Every Friday, Curtis and Ivey Mae Holland check out the lunch special at George’s Steak House in Suffolk.
They’ve had lunch at George’s every Friday for more than 20 years.
Friday’s special is fish, said Curtis.
The Windsor couple will enjoy a break in the routine this week, as they celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with a lunch with family Saturday at Wharf Hill Brewery in Smithfield.
By Matt Leonard
A Smithfield resident accused of rape and sodomy appeared in Isle of Wight Circuit Court last week alongside his lawyer, who was hoping to have his confession withdrawn from evidence before trial. It won’t be.
Christopher Cooper, 26, gave the Smithfield Police Department an oral and written confession on July 7, 2015, according to court documents. But at his arraignment on Nov. 18, 2015 he entered a plea of not guilty.
Cooper’s attorney, Antoinette Bacon, a public defender, argued that her client’s rights had been violated because his Maranda rights were not read to him soon enough, so the confession should be withdrawn. But Sergeant Chris Meier of the Smithfield Police Department said Cooper was never under arrest going into the interview — he was free to leave — so it was never necessary for the officers to read him his rights.
Arrhg!! Matey. ‘Tis Pirate Night at the Summer Concert Series.
Pirate Queen Cindy Warner will bring her Hysterically Correct combo back to the Times Gazebo Friday to entertain young and old, but be aware, it’s aimed particularly at the young.
And because this concert is for the kids, it will begin at 7 p.m., an hour earlier than usual. It’s thought that tiny buccaneers might need to be home and in bed a bit earlier than older rogues.
There’ll be treasure chests of booty for the first 100 little ones, so Moms and Dads, set sail Friday for Main Street and turn your little swashbucklers loose on the front lawn of the newspaper. They’ll be in good company. Costumes are encouraged.
Next week, the Williamsburg Swing Orchestra will present a non-swashbuckling, but entertaining concert. And that one begins at 8 p.m.
The Summer Concert Series, celebrating its 30th season, is sponsored by The Smithfield Times and the Isle of Wight Arts League.