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2023 Year in Review – The Suffolk News-Herald

2023 Year in Review

Published 7:13 pm Tuesday, December 26, 2023

January

Farmers Bank, TowneBank merger complete

Nearly a year after a bitter split between its founding family and board of directors, Farmers Bank’s merger with Suffolk-based TowneBank was complete.  TowneBank announced that the merger was effective Jan. 13, leaving Isle of Wight County without a locally based bank for the first time in history.

February

Bennett’s Creek Farm Market shutters its doors

In a news release from company president Martha Shirley, they said the closure of the landmark store on Feb. 20 was due to current economic challenges, including higher labor and food costs, and the market could not compete in the developing area.  

James “Jim” and Martha Shirley said in their news release that they want their customers and the entire community to know that “sadly neither they nor anyone else will be reopening their wonderful Bennett’s Creek Farm Market.”

March

Traffic video, photo enforcement approved for use in Suffolk

An ordinance approved Wednesday, March 16 allowed for photo and video monitoring of traffic enforcement in Suffolk.  The City Council voted to amend the city code during the meeting and the city implemented work zone and school bus arm cameras later in the year.

April

Second Tractor Supply opens in Suffolk

Tractor Supply Co., the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, celebrated its grand opening of a second Suffolk store Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16.

Throughout the weekend, the company offered special sales, daily giveaways, and more at the new 120 Maya Way location. 

May

Mayor talks Momentum in State of the City address

“Momentum” was Suffolk Mayor Michael D. Duman’s keyword from his 2023 State of the City address to the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce on May 16.

The address was held

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