New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 23, 2019

Parnell speaks

Todd Parnell was the guest speaker at New Kent Rotary’s Club Feb. 15 meeting. He spoke about events taking place at the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ games in the upcoming season.

Top Stories

  • Passionate debate between Charles City boards address budgetary issues

    Over the last several years, Charles City’s Board of Supervisors and Charles City’s School Board have worked to fix a fragile relationship with each other. A passionate Feb. 20 meeting between the two boards served as breaking ground to vent frustrations. Open dialogue between the three county leaders and five school leaders, along with county administrator Michelle Johnson and superintendent of schools David Gaston, consisted of several topics. In particular, funding for schools were the main area of discussion. “We know the money is a concern, but we want to get the kids what they need,” said at-large school board…
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  • Editorial: To the youth- don’t rush growing up

    This one is for the youth of Charles City and New Kent: Enjoy your years now and don’t rush growing up. I can remember living my life as a teenager in Charles City. During those days, I didn’t do too much except play basketball in my backyard and participate in after school activities. I enjoyed that time and dwell on it as I reflect on my past. Today, the youth are in a hurry to grow up. Some youth want to grow up so that they can get a car and have their freedom to drive where they want to….
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  • Tentative date for opening of Charles City Library announced

    Director of Heritage Public Library Chandra McPherson has announced a tentative date for the opening of the Charles City Library and Richard M. Bowman Center for Local History. In a press release, McPherson said the 8,200 square foot building has a tentative dedication ceremony date of Sunday, June 9. McPherson commented that the $3.5 million facility is continuing to move along well despite wet weather. The building is being constructed by David A. Nice Builders and is being funded by public sources, businesses, private foundations, civic groups, native Virginia tribes, religious congregations, and generous individuals.

  • Charles City school board approves budget for FY2019-20

    Charles City School Board members approved a proposed $10.4 million budget for the FY2019-20 year. School board members voted 4-1 in favor of the plan that superintendent of schools David Gaston described as a budget of maintenance. At-large member Steve Fuhrmann cast the lone dissenting vote, expressing a number of reasons including the ask for more local funds and the lack of increasing the minimum starting hourly salary. Charles City school leaders did unanimously approve a $1.2 million Capital Improvement Plan for the upcoming school year. The school board members also prioritized the items, with HVAC and boiler repairs being…
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  • Quinton felon receives five years in prison for possessing firearm illegally

    A Quinton man will spend the next five years in prison after he entered into a plea agreement Tuesday afternoon, averting a trial in New Kent Circuit Court. Kyle Robert Crews, 22, of the 1200 block of Quaker Road, entered guilty pleas to one count each of possession of a weapon by a violent convicted felon, possession of a cell phone by a prisoner, and providing a prisoner with a cell phone. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Aug. 25, 2018, a New Kent deputy passed a white Thunderbird on Waterside Drive in New…
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  • BCG to manage Brickshire Golf Club

    Billy Casper Golf has been selected to operate Brickshire Golf Club in Providence Forge. The organization and innovative manager supervises 150 courses, country clubs, and resorts in 29 states. Billy Casper Golf will facilitate clubhouse operations, golf course maintenance, marketing and sales, staffing and training, merchandising, golf instruction, and financial management.