New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | June 1, 2020

Editorial: It’s time to make that turn to become a better society

The death of George Floyd has launched a campaign that has been long brewing in our society. The oppression of minorities, whether it’s African Americans, Latinos, Indigenous People, Women, or any other that fall into this category, has been the unfortunate basis of the founding of the United States. The past week has been filled with sadness and dismay as Floyd lost his life in an act of violence that was completely unwarranted. From there, peaceful protests in response to Floyd’s death were infiltrated by individuals and groups of people looking to use the Black Lives Matter as a cover-up…
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  • 2020 New Kent County Fair cancelled

    New Kent County Fair Association announced that it has cancelled its 2020 rendition of the county fair. “The New Kent County Fair Association met via Zoon on May 28 and made the decision that the 2020 New Kent County Fair is cancelled,” said chairwoman Martha Martin in a press release. The fair was originally scheduled for Aug. 14-15. Any questions about the cancellation can be emailed to NewKentCountyFair@yahoo.com.

  • Bottom of the Bridge LaSertoma announce scholarship winners

    Bottom of the Bridge LaSertoma has awarded three scholarships to New Kent County High School seniors. Lindsey Johnson and Tyler Williams, two of the recipients who also attend Bridging Communities Career and Technical Center, were selected to receive technical scholarship grants to continue their studies in their respective trades. Johnson received a scholarship to continue her studies in nursing, while Williams will utilize his awards as he studies computer science. Both plan to continue their studies at Rappahannock Community College. Haley Hyndshaw in the recipient of the LaSertoma International Scholarship and Grant. She received the $2,500 award and plans to…
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  • New Kent Treasurer’s Office reopens by appointment

    New Kent County Treasurer’s Office will be open to the public by appointment only. Customers can call 966-9615 to schedule an appointment. Per building requirements, face coverings will be required for entry into the office lobby. “My staff and I look forward to serving the taxpayers of New Kent County,” said county treasurer Charles Evelyn. “We are glad to be able to re-open and are taking precautions to keep the taxpayers and staff safe during the ongoing health situation.” Other payment options are also available and currently advised to be used. Citizens can make online payments at www.NewKentTax.com or utilize…
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  • New Kent leaders adopt $75 million budget for FY2020-21

    New Kent County’s Board of Supervisors adopted $75 million budget for FY2020-21 during Wednesday morning’s work session. County leaders approved the budget with a 5-0 vote, passing the $75,062,698 budget unanimously after County Administrator Rodney Hathaway provided a recap on the budget. Originally, Hathaway presented a budget of $76 million in early March. But with the impact of COVID-19 being felt throughout the county, Hathaway expects the economy to take a two-percent drop. That drop in expected revenue totals $738,327. Hathaway also proposed reducing the real estate tax rate. While originally pegged at 82 cents per $100 of assessed value,…
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  • Charles City Board of Supervisors approve $16.3 million budget for FY20-21

    Charles City’s Board of Supervisors adopted its FY2020-21 budget at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled board meeting. Board members unanimously approved the $16,342,841 budget of local dollars through its online monthly meeting on May 26. In total, Charles City’s budget comes in at a shade over $22 million with additional funding from the state and federal governments. The process has been long and dubious for county leaders as they continue to deal with the fallout of COVID-19. During a May 14 budget work session, Charles City County administrator Michelle Johnson presented level funding across all county departments. She also recommended that…
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