New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 26, 2017

New Kent’s Kowal repeats as 3A state indoor pole vault champ

New Kent senior Griffin Kowal successfully defended his state pole vault title by winning the event and breaking the meet record during the 2017 3A state indoor track championships held Friday and Saturday at Roanoke College. Kowal cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to better the old state indoor record, set in 2015, by a half-inch. The winning vault was his first of the day, having passed at lower heights. He attempted to extend his record, but missed on three attempts at 15-3. He now heads to outdoor track where he also holds the state 3A title from a year ago….
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  • Donations continue to push Bridging Communities programs to forefront

    Second year HVAC students get a first look at a piece of new equipment donated by Lennox Industries as representative Earl George (rear) provides information about the changes in technology to the unit.Andre' Jones photo

    Donations of money, time, and equipment have become more of a frequency for Bridging Communities Career and Technical Center since its opening in 2012. One such donation from Lennox Industries looks to push the school’s HVAC program to the forefront of advancement. Friday’s afternoon presentation of equipment to Bridging Communities marked what is believed to be a partnership to spark interest in more students to pursuing a career in the HVAC field. “Right now the HVAC field has the latest and greatest contractors looking to join them,” said Bridging Communities HVAC instructor Tom Fowler. “There are a lot of major…
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  • Juvenile arrested after alleged threats against New Kent schools

    New Kent Sheriff’s Office has arrested a juvenile after threats were made against two of the schools in the county. A press release indicated that around 7:10 p.m. on Feb. 23, threats were made via social media against New Kent Middle and High School. The message advised students not to be at school tomorrow (Feb. 24). After notifying school administration, the sheriff’s office conducted interviews and an investigation to identify the sender. About 45 minutes later, the sheriff’s office identified a juvenile subject who was taken into custody. The sheriff’s office increased security at all four schools the following day…
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  • Charles City’s Hickman named Tidewater District’s most outstanding player

    Charles City Lady Panther Santaesha Hickman was named as the Tidewater District’s player-of-the-year in girls basketball for this past season. The sophomore guard averaged 25.7 points per game this year on her way to accumulating a new school single season record of 540 points. Hickman was also named as a first team member of both the Tidewater District and Conference 42, respectively. On the boys’ side, two Panther seniors garnered second team Tidewater District honors. The backcourt duo of Ray Crump and Kyle Jones were recognized during the district meeting. Crump also earned second team Conference 42 honors while Jones…
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  • New Kent Envirothon returns Apr. 22

    After a one year hiatus, the New Kent Envirothon will return on Saturday, Apr. 22. In conjunction with the New Kent Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, New Kent Clean County Committee, Alliance of Wild Animal Rehabilitators and Educators (AWARE), and Virginia Farm Bureau, the event will have a variety of activities as the event coincides with Earth Day. Activities include educational demonstrations, live animal demonstrations by AWARE rehabilitators, and a variety of booths with tips and tricks for helping the environment. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Historic New Kent High School. Live animal demonstrations are scheduled…
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