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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 19, 2017

New Kent dominates Charles City in gridiron clash

Charles City’s Craig Jones Jr. (1) launches himself at New Kent wingback  Wyatt Terry for a tackle in the backfield.Andre' Jones photos

Rivals Charles City and New Kent collided on the gridiron Friday night with both teams trying to figure out who they were coming into the 2017 season. Needless to say, each team is moving in an opposite direction. Despite the storm-shortened contest, New Kent rushed for 200 yards in one half of play and prevented host Charles City from gaining a first down en route to a 28-6 victory. Charles City came out excited on the first drive, but two runs netted minus yards followed by an interception by New Kent’s Wyatt Terry off Panther signal caller Alonzo Harper thwarted…
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  • Small aircraft crashes in New Kent

    State police have confirmed injuries to two individuals as a plane crashed in New Kent Friday morning. According to the Virginia State Police report, a small, privately owned aircraft crashed near Liberty Hall Road. According to early indications, the plane landed in a field before striking a fence. The state police also say that a student-pilot with an instructor occupied the plane and were practicing exercises before impacting the ground. Both the student and the instructor were taken to local medical facilities. Police have said that one person suffered from serious injuries while the status of the other individual is…
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  • Petersburg felon receives mandatory sentence for firing AK-47 at Charles City shooting range

    A Petersburg man will spend a mandatory two years in jail for possessing a firearm after he agreed to a plea deal during Aug. 18 proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Rodman Gonzalez, 20, of the 1600 block of Valdas Drive, entered a guilty plea to a single count on an amended charge of possession of a weapon by a nonviolent felon (originally possession of a weapon by a violent felon). In a summary of evidence by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Mar. 11, conservation officer Christopher Adams heard rapid gunfire shots coming from a shooting range in the county….
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  • New Kent schools remain above state average, Charles City schools expect full accreditation after latest release of SOL scores

    Charles City Public Schools showed a significant gain in the history and social science areas while New Kent Public Schools continue to remain ahead of the statewide average as Standards of Learning (SOL) scores were released to the public on Aug. 15. In Charles City, all history and social sciences scores eclipsed the 80-point passing mark, including a perfect score of 100 percent in World History II. A perfect score was also achieved in chemistry, which jumped 29 points from a 71 percent pass rate from last year. Charles City Public Schools saw improvements in 13 of the 28 testing…
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  • Possession of firearm, drugs lead Waterview man to enter Alford pleas in New Kent

    A man from Waterview entered Alford pleas of guilt as part of an Aug. 14 plea deal in New Kent Circuit Court. Zachary Widmark, 21, of 85 Parrots Creek Lane, entered Alford pleas to one count each of felony child abuse, possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance, and possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance (LSD). One charge each of sell/distribution of marijuana, misdemeanor eluding police, and misdemeanor carrying of a concealed weapon were dropped as part of the plea agreement. The Alford pleas indicate that while Widmark maintains his innocence, evidence presented…
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  • Bates, state trooper from Quinton, dies in helicopter crash near Charlottesville

    Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M.Bates.Virginia State Police photo

    A Virginia State Trooper from Quinton was among two officers who died in a helicopter accident on Aug.12. Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who would have turned 41 on Aug. 13, passed away tragically while on patrol in Albermarle County. The pilot, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, also died in the crash. According to the state police report, the aviation unit was assisting public safety resources with the ongoing protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville when if crashed into a wooded area shortly before 5 p.m. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Virginia State Police spokesman Colonel…
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  • New Kent County Fair 2017

    Seven-year old New Kent princess Haliah Douglas interacts with goats at the petting zoo exhibit during the New Kent County Fair on Aug. 12 at the high school. Despite on and off weather, residents and visitors were able to check out exhibits, shows, and a number of attractions during the three-day event.Andre' Jones photos

    Tracy Bryan accumulated 290 points to claim the top spot in the adult division for this year’s sweepstakes at New Kent’s County Fair. Last year’s winner Martha Martin rung in 128 points, good enough to take second place in the competition. Marilyn DeHart scored 117 points to round out the top three. In the youth competition, Justine Eckert scored 102 points to be named as the winner of the division. Carly Turner put together a 54-point performance to finish in second place, while Lucy Vick’s 28 points was good enough to earn her the bronze. Other results: Adults- 4. Margaret…
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