New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 16, 2019

Editorial: Even in a changing world, take time for yourself when making an impact

As I write this, there is only one thing that is on my mind right now: Vacation. After two years of essentially what is nonstop writing, news coverage, photography taking, editing, and deliveries, it is time for me to take a well-deserved break. (Don’t worry, the Chronicle will still be open and delivered). When the Chronicle elected to become a weekly paper a few years ago, we knew that there would be sacrifices made. I want to thank the staff at the paper because the adjustment has been one that we all knew would be something that we had to…
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  • Bedford man admits guilt to attempting to sell cocaine

    A Bedford man entered a guilty plea to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute it during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Tyler Steven Bell, 27, of the 5400 block of Forest Road, entered a straight guilty plea to the charge as part of a bench trial. In a summary of evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Sept. 4, 2018, a Virginia State Trooper was patrolling Interstate 64 near mile marker 212 in New Kent when he noticed a passenger in a vehicle toss an item out a window. After the officer conducted a traffic stop…
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  • A dozen indicted on drug charges in unrelated cases by New Kent grand jury

    A dozen people who accumulated drug charges in unrelated incidents were part of indictments certified by a grand jury Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court: –Christopher Thomas Batkins, 26, of the 3600 block of Hopewell Road, New Kent, on one count each of possession of a gun by a nonviolent felon and possession of a weapon (not gun) by a felon. Batkins allegedly possessed the items on Mar. 31. –Steven Dashawn Boyd, 38, of the 500 block of North Adams Street, Richmond, on one count each of possession of a controlled substance and distribution of marijuana. The defendant allegedly…
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  • Charles City Educational Foundation awards grants

    Charles City’s Educational Foundation awarded five teacher innovation grants to further educational opportunities for Charles City Public Schools. –Lisa Brown received the Primary Source of the Month grant to assist with research of social studies outside of the classroom environment. –Vicki Williams received the Improving School Spirit Using Your Imagination grant that will provide opportunities for students to use creative approaches in the marketing process. –Christine McBee received the Kids’ Project Archaeology of Charles City (KPACC) grant to establish an afterschool club that uses hands-on study techniques that focuses on archaeology through math, science, history, writing, and research. –Jennifer Richardson…
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  • Owens graduates from Longwood University

    Savannah Owens, a 2015 graduate of New Kent High school, recently completed her studies at Longwood University. Owens received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Among other accolades earned include graduating Cum Laude and earning recognition to the President’s List by accumulating a grade-point average of 4.0 for the Spring 2019 semester.

  • After early sacrifices, New Kent man lives Olympics dream decades later

    Fred Matthies lived his Olympic dream by competing in the Senior Olympics last June in Albuquerque.

    It’s never too late to live a dream if one truly pursues it. For a New Kent resident, after sacrificing time to serve his county, he is living his desires through the Senior Olympics. Fred Matthies put his Olympic desires on hold, only to see them emerge in his latter years. And that patience has resulted in several medals and a trip to the Senior National Olympics in June. Matthies journey began in Redwood Estates, California, with dreams of participating in the world competition after having a successful career in the long jump event. However, he decided to join the…
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  • Two women charged with 25 counts of animal cruelty in New Kent

    New Kent deputies seized more than 30 animals from a property on Courthouse Road in Providence Forge on July 9 after receiving an anonymous complaint. Charges were field against Amy H. Bonnett, 61, of the 9100 block of Derbyshire Road, Richmond, and Cody Jean Porter, 32, of 8 N. Rose Avenue, Henrico in relation to the alleged incident. According to a press release, a number of canines were located outside the structure in kennels without adequate shelter from natural elements and had dirty water. Officers entered the interior structure and deemed the location not suitable for animals to live in….
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