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  1. $1 million grant to help empty Smithfield neighborhood built next to hog-waste lagoonsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Aug 23 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Smithfield is halfway through a redevelopment project to relocate Pinewood Heights residents and raze the houses to develop an industrial park. Smithfield is halfway through a redevelopment project to relocate Pinewood Heights residents and raze the houses to develop an industrial park.

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  2. More convenience stores on the wayRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 4 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Smithfielders may have choked when they saw a sign listing gas for more than $7 a gallon last week, but oil prices haven't spiked. The Southern Food Store and gas station on Benns Church Boulevard is being converted into another 7-Eleven store, set to open on Tuesday.

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  3. Now you can see the world's oldest ham whenever you wantRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 4 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    More than a century ago, P.D. Gwaltney Jr. used to tote the ham around with him. He treated it like a pet and even had a little collar for it.

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  4. Masked man robs Smithfield 7-Eleven, fires round into ceiling, police sayRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 4 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    The robbery happened about 2:30 a.m. at the store at 603 W. Main Street, according to Smithfield Police Department Sgt. C. Meier.

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  5. Tuskegee Airmen and Smithfield Church celebrate William WhiteRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 30 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Few tears were shed at the funeral of William White, an original Tuskegee Airman who died after a brief illness on July 24. Instead, those who gathered to pay their respects Thursday celebrated Mr. White's 88-year life with song and praise at Little Zion Baptist Church - Mr. White's place of worship for nearly all of his life. A photo of Tuskegee Airman William R. White stands next to his casket during a memorial service at Little Zion Baptist Church on Thursday in Smithfield.

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  6. Tuskegee Airman from Smithfield dies at 88Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 28 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    William R. White of Smithfield was so humble that members of his family didn't know until three years ago that he was a part of the historic Tuskegee Airmen, his daughter said Tuesday. "That was his service.

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  7. Former school board chairman arrested for stealing more than $200,000 from elderly womanRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 21, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    A former School Board chairman has been arrested after the Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office said he stole more than $200,000 from an elderly woman over the last seven years, paying his own bills out of her bank accounts under the guise of helping her get her finances in order. On Monday, Hildebrand was arrested by Isle of Wight Sheriff's Deputies and charged with 17 felonies - 15 counts of grand larceny and one count each of credit card fraud and identity theft.

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  8. Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors votes down ISLE 2040 development planRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 16, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors voted down a controversial development plan that has drawn the ire of much of the public for months. Several board members said the issue would be better addressed in 2016 with a new board to address it.

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  9. Atlantic Railing moves to larger facility in Hampton as work picks upRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 14, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Atlantic Railing installs custom metal railings, gates and fences for both commercial and residential projects. The business is relocating to a larger Hampton facility this month after growth.

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  10. List of shootings by police officers in Hampton RoadsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    February 2015: A Virginia State Police trooper accidentally shot another trooper in the foot while conducting a narcotics search with Isle of Wight's Sheriff Office in Smithfield. The trooper fired when a dog attacked, and one of the bullets hit another trooper's foot.

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  11. Isle of Wight lags in retail development, consultant saysRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 19, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors got a harsh reality check on the state of retail development in the county - that there's a ton of demand in the area that's underserved and revenue-generating sales are leaking through the county borders when people want to shop. Retail research consultant Blount Hunter didn't mince words when he told county leaders that the county is losing millions each year in sales to neighboring localities.

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  12. DP List: Activities to do to celebrate dad this Father's Day on the PeninsulaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 19, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    As the saying goes, dads are a daughter's first love and a son's first hero. They often are the ones who daringly kill bugs in the house when their kids are too afraid to go near it themselves, teach them how to ride a bike when they are young and how to drive a car when they get a little older.

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  13. Smithfield Foods CEO reaffirms commitment to company's home town, says local expansion on the horizonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 4, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Smithfield Foods will always call the Town of Smithfield home and the sale to a Chinese firm nearly two years ago has netted only positives for the company and the town, company president and CEO Larry Pope said Thursday. Chinese meat giant WH Group completed the largest ever takeover of an American company by a Chinese company in the fall of 2013 when it bought Smithfield Foods for $4.7 billion.

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  14. Isle of Wight County officials unveil tweaked ISLE 2040 development planRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 3, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    County officials have made some small changes to the controversial ISLE 2040 development plan to reduce the projected residential density in the Carrollton area and build in more conservation areas and green space. The changes are meant to respond to criticisms and concerns from elected officials and the public, said Richard Rudnicki, the county's assistant planning and zoning director.

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  15. Smithfield Foods, local government leaders to gather for State of the CountyRead the original story w/Photo

    May 31, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Parron Bean on "All about that Allis" topped the 7,800-pound Tractor Pull category, pulling furthest distance among all the categories at more than 325 feet. Parron Bean on "All about that Allis" topped the 7,800-pound Tractor Pull category, pulling furthest distance among all the categories at more than 325 feet.

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  16. Tabb earns another shot at softball upset of SmithfieldRead the original story w/Photo

    May 22, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    There's often that one opponent in sports you shouldn't have trouble with but do, like Ken Norton was for Ali and Joe Namath and the New York Jets were for the 1968 Baltimore Colts. Area softball power Smithfield High's nemesis is Tabb.

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  17. Isle of Wight citizens ask court to halt water line extensionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 20, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    A group of Isle of Wight County residents filed a petition in Isle of Wight Circuit Court Tuesday asking the court to halt action on the county's plan to extend water lines to the Gatling Pointe area. The citizens contend that the extension is illegal based on the constraints of the existing comprehensive plan.

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  18. Smithfield wins second Bay Rivers softball title in three seasonsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 16, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Smithfield High won its second Bay Rivers District softball title in three seasons in impressive fashion, beating preseason favorite and defending champion York 9-2 on Friday. The Packers got their usual stellar pitching performance from Sydney Gay, who struck out 14, but it was the 13-hit attack that impressed Coach Cathy Riddick.

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  19. Gay leads Smithfield back to top of Bay Rivers District softball standingsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 11, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Like most teenagers, Sydney Gay reserves her sense of humor for her peers. So the antics that earned her recognition as Smithfield High's "Senior Class Clown" aren't usually on display on softball game days.

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  20. Isle of Wight church stormwater fee suit put on holdRead the original story w/Photo

    May 5, 2015 | Hampton Roads Daily Press

    Calvary Baptist Church in Smithfield filed suit to stop the county from collecting stormwater fee from churches. A pastor with the church said they are waiting on help from a national Christian legal aid group and will refi A Smithfield church withdrew its challenge of the Isle of Wight County stormwater fees that church leaders say are being unconstitutionally levied on houses of worship on Tuesday, but plans to resubmit the lawsuit soon.

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