New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 21, 2020

Opett named Virginia Fire Chief of the Year


New Kent Fire Chief Rick Opett has been selected as the recipient of the Governor’s Fire Services Award as the Virginia Fire Chief of the Year. Opett received the honor during a Feb. 19 ceremony at the Virginia Fire-Rescue conference in Virginia Beach. During his tenure, Opett has improved New Kent Fire-Rescue services that including having the department staffed 24/7, decreased response time to calls by 15 minutes, hiring 40 additional full-time firefighters, and receiving $3 million in grants. He was also instrumental in the opening of the Talleysville Fire Station last year. “I wouldn’t be where I am today,…
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  • Dinwiddie man part of $112,000 Charles City robbery to serve 16 years in prison

    A Dinwiddie man who took part in a $112,000 robbery in Charles City will spend the next 16 years in prison. Jeremy Brandon Martin, 34, of the 8200 block of Vaughan Road, learned his fate during Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. On Oct. 11, 2019, Martin was part of a contested trial held alongside his brother, Stephen Hunter Martin. During that trial, evidence pointed to the fact that on Oct. 15, 2018, Jeremy was one of two men who went into the home of Don Bulger. There, he and Tyron Allen, the third defendant, held a group…
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  • Editorial: Fighting for what you believe in without reinforcements

    This past week, I have been reflecting on a lot of things in life in general. While things aren’t perfect, I know I am blessed. But this editorial was really sparked by events that took place on Tuesday night. While I won’t go into a lot of details, I had to ask myself a rhetorical question: “When is a fighting for what you believe for in vain?” There have been several events like this that have taken place throughout New Kent and Charles City County for the last several months. There have been some successes, such as the Second Amendment…
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  • Superintendent recommends $11.8 million budget for Charles City schools for FY2020-21

    Charles City’s School Board members got its initial view of superintendent of schools David Gaston’s first proposed budget for FY2020-21 cycle. Gaston proposed a recommendation of $11,826,693 for the upcoming fiscal year, an increase of $1,704,197 from this year’s budget. Of that amount, approximately $7,294,345 is being asked from the county for operations, an increase of $1,609,452, or roughly 28 percent. Gaston spoke about difficulties building the budget that include adjustments to the pay scales for both teachers and employees. Several new positions are requested in the budget. Among them include two instructional assistants for the elementary school, one math…
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  • Johnson earns Tidewater District first team hoops honors

    Charles City’s Kameron Johnson was selected as a member of the boys’ basketball all Tidewater District first team. Johnson, a junior, led the Panthers in scoring and eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier this season. Joining Johnson as members of the second team for the Tidewater District are seniors Leonardo DesJardins-Charity, Justis Crawley, and De’rome Chretien. All-Academic team selections went to Johnson, Christian Stewart, DaShaun Bailey, and Keondre Barnes. On the girls’ side, Alexis Williams was selected to the girls’ second team for the Tidewater District. Williams, a junior, led the Lady Panthers in scoring. She was also named to the all-academic…
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