New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 5, 2015

‘A Taste of New Kent’ returns May 9

New Kent Winery’s “A Taste of New Kent” wine festival returns Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will present a variety of wine tasting from a number of local wineries in Virginia, as well as music provided by “Kings of Swing.” Local food truck vendors will also be present to provide food, as well as skilled crafters with handmade items for purchase. Sponsorship and volunteers are needed for the event, as well as vendors. For more information, contact Ron Stiers (sponsorships) at 966-8581, Stephanie (volunteers) at, and Nancy (vendors) at

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  • USDA offers one-time extension to update base acres, yield history

    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided a one-time extension deadline to update base acres or yield history to the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. “This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack. “we’re working to ensure that farmers got the time, information, and opportunities to have those final conversations, review their data, and to visit the Farm Service Agency to make those decisions.” If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by Mar. 31,…
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  • Psychological evaluation prompts plea deal in New Kent court

    Todd Michael Bowers

    A North Carolina man who led a New Kent deputy sheriff on a New Year’s Eve high-speed chase through the county on Interstate 64 has pleaded guilty in New Kent General District Court to a felony count of eluding police along with three misdemeanors. A preliminary hearing in the case of Todd Michael Bowers, 43, had been scheduled for Feb. 24 in general district court. When proceedings commenced, however, a court-ordered psychological evaluation of the defendant changed matters. Commonwealth’s attorney Linwood Gregory said the report revealed the Weeksville, N.C. man suffers from a “delusional disorder.” The diagnosis qualified the defendant…
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  • Wanted man captured, indicted in Charles City Circuit Court

    A Charles City man involved in a 2011 hit-and-run accident who later absconded from authorities has been arrested and indicted by a Charles City Circuit Court grand jury. Waverly Lindburg Charity, 54, of the 6000 block of Wayside Road, was indicted on one count each of felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor driving revoked (after license suspended for alcohol-related violations) during Tuesday morning court proceedings. According to the indictment, Charity was operating a vehicle that had two other occupants on Sept. 30, 2011 when it struck a tree on Wayside Road. After the accident, Charity fled the scene, leaving the passengers with…
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  • New Kent schools pre-plan for enrollment increase in near future

    New Kent superintendent of schools David Myers is putting a final touch on plans to embrace a projected enrollment increase over the next few years. Myers addressed school board members Monday night, focusing on options to help accommodate student population. According to Myers, a projection of more than 3,000 students in FY2015-16 is still expected as the result of studies conducted by office personnel and the University of Virginia. The superintendent continues to raise concerns about capacity at New Kent Elementary and New Kent Middle School. “At New Kent Elementary, we are running out of options on where to place…
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  • New Kent Scholastic Bowl team finishes third in states

    New Kent High School’s Scholastic Bowl team earned a third place finish in Group 3A competition last Saturday at the College of William & Mary. The team missed out on second place by one question. They finished the season with an overall record of 26-2. The team won the district and regional championships prior to its finish at the state level.