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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 18, 2019

New Kent County Fair 2019

Above, two-year old Harvey McFadden is able to hold a hermit crab with assistance from Tamika Hathaway as part of New Kent County’s Fair held Aug. 16-18. The annual event provided the community opportunities to enjoy carnival attractions, on-stage entertainment, and visit a number of vendor booths. Below, Miss New Kent County Fair Molly McCartney waves to the crowd as part of the opening parade. More pictures of the fair can be viewed in the photo gallery.Andre' Jones photos

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  • Official: Fall athletics return to Charles City High School

    Charles City head football coach Sherod Jones (left) addresses his team in preparation for the 2019 season.Robb Johnson photo

    Fall 2018 saw difficulties faced by Charles City High School’s athletics’ programs. With a lack of student interest, football and volleyball were cancelled for the year as questions arose about if both programs would return in 2019. The answer came Saturday morning. Charles City High School athletic director Andre’ Jones announced that the school will be fielding both football and volleyball teams for the 2019-2020 school year. “After a thorough evaluation over the last two weeks of both sports, I am thrilled to announce the return of fall athletics to the school,” said Jones. “The turnout by our student-athletes on…
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  • Editorial: Kids are back in school, but should school be in session?

    Believe it or not, it’s a new school year already. And while only some of the students in Charles City and New Kent are in the building for extracurricular activities, that may not be the case next year. In July, legislation passed that will allow all schools to start before Labor Day next year. Known as the “Kings Dominion” law, only schools that received a waiver from appropriate agencies were allowed to start their educational session before the holiday. If they didn’t receive a waiver or elected not to go that route, schools started the Tuesday after the holiday. The…
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  • New Kent leaders approve definition, prohibited use of tactical training facility

    With the support of several citizens from the Barhamsville area of New Kent County, an ordinance that defined what a combat/tactical training facility is along with prohibited uses was passed during Monday night’s New Kent Board of Supervisors meeting. County leaders approved the definition and prohibited uses 4-1, with Evelyn casting the lone dissenting vote. In 2018, Curtis Security Group put together a proposal to construct a tactical combat range in Barhamsville. Many residents were strongly opposed against it, including Charles Karow. “I have heard that there are some people that don’t think we should not have a prohibition with…
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  • After witnesses refuse to testify, charges dismissed against New Kent man

    With one witness refusing to come to court and another pleading the fifth amendment on the stand, a New Kent man had two charges dropped during a Monday afternoon contested trial in New Kent Circuit Court. Christopher Thomas Batkins, 26, of the 3600 block of Hopewell Road, saw one charge each of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a nonviolent felon dismissed after motions to strike were granted by Judge B. Elliott Bondurant. On March 31 around 2:30 a.m., conservation police officer Krista Adams was on a special assignment at North Berry Plantation…
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  • Denying access to owner’s horse, Ruther Glen woman pleads guilty to amended charge in Charles City

    A Ruther Glen woman accepted a plea agreement during Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Jillian Ledford Barry, 28, of the 19000 block of Lander Bridge Road, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of trespassing (originally grand larceny) stemming from a Nov. 15, 2018 incident. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, in Aug. 2018, Lee Eddy was moving to North Carolina and needed a place to board her horse. Through a mutual friend, Barry agreed to take care of the animal. Over time, Barry asked Eddy to purchase the horse. Though…
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