New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 23, 2021

Martha Dandrige Woman’s Club closes doors after 84 years

The Martha Dandridge’s Woman’s Club in New Kent has decided to end its membership after 84 years of existence. Named after the first First Lady of the United States, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington), the club was formed in 1936 as a way to show responsibility of characteristics of their namesake. Those characteristics include helping families and community members, as well as bettering education. The club conducted events such as immunization clinics, taught crafts, held various fundraisers such as bake sales and fashion shows, and used the funds raised to create scholarships for New Kent High School seniors. Approximately 80 women…
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  • Charles City superintendent recommends $6.8 million in local funding for FY2021-22 operating budget

    With theme core values and principles that include learning, integrity, growth, and collaboration, Charles City County Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy proposed a $6,843,772 operating budget for the FY2021-22 school year during the Jan. 21 special meeting. While looking at ways to enhance programs at the school, the primary focus on the recommended increase focused on providing raises to several employees of the school system. Joppy’s first recommendation came in the form of increasing minimum wage for hourly employees. The wage would begin before the end of this fiscal year and go up to $9.50/hr. From there, increases would be…
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  • New Kent breezes past York in dual wrestling action

    New Kent High School’s wrestling team continued their triumphant ways with a victory over Bay Rivers District rival York in dual action Tuesday night. New Kent improves to 12-0 overall and 3-0 in the district. New Kent 59, York 12 106: Crooms (NK) via forfeit, 113: Colgin (NK) via forfeit, 120: Gibson (NK) over Tornatore (Y) (Fall 1:29), 126: Ragland (NK) over Seale (Y) (Dec. 7-0), 132: White (Y) via forfeit, 138: Holloway (NK) over Waddell (Y) (Tech. Fall 16-0), 145: Double Forfeit, 152: Jordan (NK) over Smith (Y) (Fall 0:32), 160: Vafiadis (NK) over Reid (Y) (Fall 2:10), 170:…
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  • Two earn academic honors at Shenandoah University

    Two local students have achieved Dean’s List honors from Shenandoah University. James Brooks of New Kent, and Colette Girouard, of Quinton, both were named with the honor for the Fall 2020 semester. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, a student must accumulate a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher while completing at least 12 semester hours of classes.

  • Charles City schools to survey on possible return to in-person instruction

    As school districts begin to weigh the possibility for in-person learning once again, Charles City County Public Schools are using recently established guidelines to develop a survey to determine when, or if, students will return to buildings. Charles City Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy unveiled a mock timetable of how students will return to buildings at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. No specific date was announced. Joppy commented that on Jan. 14, a new set of guidelines were released by the Virginia Department of Education and State School Superintendent James Lane. The guidance focused on areas of academics, staffing of…
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  • Editorial: What took place at the U.S. Capitol was despicable

    This is not a political editorial. This is a statement. The actions that took place in Washington D.C. were despicable. It is an embarrassment to our country and it’s an embarrassment to the people of the United States. But let me touch on a few more topics. This isn’t about a political party. This isn’t about who is right or wrong. It’s about a group of individuals who were upset about the results of an election and decided to make the decision to infiltrate the United States Capitol. While these individuals celebrate their actions and achievements with photos and comments,…
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  • New Kent Lady Trojans bounce back with blowout win over Bruton

    After watching his team not play up to their standards in the previous contests, New Kent Lady Trojans head basketball coach Neko Burson emphasized his team needed to play better defense and make hustle plays. They responded to his call. New Kent’s Lady Trojans overpowered Bay Rivers District rival Bruton 67-25 in Saturday night’s contest, upping the team’s record to 3-2. The hosts set the pace early on, forcing the visiting Lady Panthers to turn the ball over on several occasions. Meanwhile, New Kent used a 9-2 run to take an 18-6 lead late in the opening frame. In the…
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