New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | June 19, 2019

Charles City school board puts temporary halt on proposed solar array facility

A proposal for a solar array project to help power Charles City County Public Schools hit a roadblock after questions arose from school leaders Tuesday night. School board leaders elected not to pursue entering into a PPEA master agreement that would allow exploration of procurement opportunities when several questions on cost savings and a timeline of commitment didn’t sit well with representatives. In the May school board monthly meeting, Sun Tribe Solar made a formal presentation about constructing a solar array farm on 6.4 acres of land owned by the school. Unlike the recent county approved sPower project that will…
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  • Editorial: Graduation speeches prove lessons learned outside of the classroom

    Over the past two weeks, I had the honor of attending the 2019 commencement ceremonies for Charles City and New Kent High School. And while I have attended many of these occasions in the past, it was evident that the messages delivered by the valedictorian and salutatorians in each class that the graduates have already experienced real life situations and adulthood. Starting in Charles City, valedictorian Jason Brown’s message talked about making others proud and being a representation. He was not afraid to share his message and personal backstory of how just after months he was born, his mother was…
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  • Letter to the Editor: Pledges quality service and programs at Charles City Library

    In response to the editorial “Staff and supporters must continue to promote Charles City’s Library” published in the June 9 edition of the Chronicle, I want to offer my reassurance that the library staff will continue to offer programming and materials that are relevant, current, and engaging. The library continues to add new programs and services to evaluate the effectiveness and usage of what we offer at both Heritage Public Library locations. The Charles City Library now has the space and the schedule to accommodate more people and more programs, as well as our summer reading program schedule that will…
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  • New Kent Trauma Center breaks ground, pegged for Spring 2020 opening

    Golden shovels signify the groundbreaking for the construction of VCU's Trauma Center in New Kent.Robb Johnson photo

    When you sit back and think about what a new trauma center would mean to a locality, it means growth and additional services for citizens. That is exactly how many people feel in New Kent after a groundbreaking ceremony for the VCU Trauma Center took place Monday morning. Local and state dignitaries, along with representatives from Virginia Commonwealth University, attended the press conference and groundbreaking at 2495 Pocahontas Trail in Quinton, the site of the new facility. The $16 million facility will consist of a 17,000-square foot building will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and…
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  • Quinton man receives 18 months for DUI maiming, child endangerment convictions

    A Quinton man who wrecked a vehicle that caused severe injuries will spend the next 18 months incarcerated. James Gray Priddy Jr., 30, of the 1600 block of Arrowhead Road, entered guilty pleas to one count each of felony child endangerment, DUI maiming, and misdemeanor DUI with an elevated blood-alcohol content level greater than .20 while a minor was in the car as part of a plea agreement reached Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. Two counts of DUI maiming were dropped as part of the plea deal. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Linwood Gregory,…
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  • Babin awarded Fary Memorial Scholarship

    Noah Babin, a recent graduate of New Kent High School, has been awarded a four-year scholarship from the Fary Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, in the amount of $25,000, will assist Noah with his studies at Randolph-Macon College. The scholarship is available to students residing in 16 counties in Eastern Virginia. For information, visit

  • Evelyn bids to represent District 1 in New Kent once again


    Thomas Evelyn has announced that he will be seeking to represent District 1 on New Kent’s Board of Supervisors again. “It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of District 1 and New Kent for the past 11½ years,” he said in a press release. “As the second fastest growling locality in the Commonwealth, the residents of New Kent County deserve someone in District 1 who has a deep understanding of smart growth in our county.”