New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 14, 2019

‘Truckster’ provides good cause during holiday season

Michelle Ward (third from right) poses along with representatives from nonprofit organizations that use the 'Truckster' to spread joy during the holiday season.

For the last few holiday seasons, a replica of a famous movie vehicle has made its rounds in New Kent County. In a play on words, that automobile has been a vehicle to brightening the holiday season for several families in needs. The “Truckster” is a vehicle from the 1983 movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation”. With a love for the the series, Safe and Sound owner Chuck Ward came up with the idea to replicate the vehicle based on the 1989 rendition from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The “Truckster” is a special type of vehicle that looks wacky on the outside,…
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  • Editorial: Our communities are not invulnerable, but we can’t live in fear

    The last few weeks have taught us that even in Charles City and New Kent, we’re not invulnerable to serious and deadly crimes. A few weeks ago, an attempted armed carjacking took place in Providence Forge’s Forge Center, an area that is visited by literally a thousand people every day. The result of that crime was the serious injuries to two people. This past weekend, a man lost his life in a shooting in Charles City, the county’s first homicide in more than a decade. Most of us view these crimes as serious, as we should. But when we hear…
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  • New Kent’s season ends in regional semifinals at Tabb

    New Kent’s Haley Hyndshaw (13) revs up to deliver a spike against Tabb’s Alli Pratt (left) and Emily Knaub (right).Robb Johnson photo

    Postseason volleyball affairs between Bay Rivers District rivals New Kent and Tabb have been a staple for the last two years, with each team splitting wins in the previous encounters. In a Monday night battle with a spot to the Group 3A state tournament on the line, it would be the experienced Lady Tigers of Tabb who would bring New Kent’s season to an end. New Kent fell 10-25, 11-25, 25-22, 16-25 to Tabb, closing the season out for the Lady Trojans at a record of 13-13. The top-seeded Lady Tigers dominated the first two sets, using kills along with…
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  • New Kent blanks Smithfield to close out regular season with win

    New Kent's Logan Powell (33) strips Smithfield receiver Jarleel Jones (11) as teammate Jeremy Hughlett (2) assists on the tackle.Robb Johnson photo

    Needing a win over Smithfield’s Packers and additional help in other contest, New Kent’s Trojans handled their side of the Friday night football contest. The Trojans held Smithfield to only one first down, shutting out the Packers 28-0 in the Bay Rivers District finale on the road. After taking a 3-0 lead on a field goal, New Kent signal-caller Nathan Thornton connected with receiver Adam Cable on a 12-yard screen to help up the advantage 10-0. That score remained the same until the third quarter, when Cable recovered a fumble after Smithfield wide receiver Jarleel Jones coughed up the ball…
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  • Update: Victim identified in fatal Charles City shooting; suspect arrested

    Antwan Jackson has been charged with second-degree murder and other charges.Charles City Sheriff's Office photo

    A shooting in Charles City early Saturday morning has left one person dead. According to a press release, Charles City County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 to the 8400 block of Little Elam Road. When they arrived, they discovered a man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim later died at the scene. The victim was identified as 38-year old James Seldon on Sunday morning. Working with U.S. Marshalls, Richmond’s Police Department, and the Virginia State Police, a suspect was apprehended by Charles City’s Sheriff’s Office Saturday afternoon. Antwan Jackson, 37,…
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  • New Kent downs Southampton on road, advance in 3A Regional tournament

    New Kent's Shelby Savage (15) goes high to make a play over Southampton's Shea Lindsey (left) and Ayana Bell (right).Robb Johnson photo

    After falling in the first set, New Kent’s Lady Trojans focused more on team then they did as individuals during the Nov. 6 Group 3A Region A quarterfinals at Southampton High School. The sacrifice worked. Rebounding behind the leadership of senior Raven Harris, New Kent defeated Southampton 19-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-22 for a trip to the semifinal round to face Bay Rivers District foe Tabb. New Kent struggled in the first set, with errors and a lack of focus forcing Lady Trojan head coach Cynthia Burnett to call a timeout after her team trailed by five. Her stoppage allowed the…
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