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Youthful New Kent author publishes first fantasy work

By Robb Johnson | November 27, 2007 11:01 am

As a kindergarten student, Danielle Carothers learned her future would be tied to writing. Today, at age 14, her future has arrived. Her first book, a 137-page fantasy entitled “Over the Valley,” is in print. Last Saturday, she took time out from a book signing at Hayseeds in Providence Forge to discuss her work and how she entered the publishing field. The self-described tomboy lives with her parents, Theresa and Gary Carothers, on a horse farm near Providence Forge. Her father is a blacksmith and her mother works with horses. Both spend working hours at Colonial Downs when horse racing…
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New park not among New Kent projects set to open

By Robb Johnson | November 27, 2007 10:57 am

Next year could be a banner year for grand openings in New Kent as over $57 million in new construction projects, all with impact on the county, are projected to be finished. Scheduled to open in 2008 are the county’s new $50 million high school, a $2.4 million sheriff’s department annex, a $2.8 million human services building, and a $2.15 million county vehicle maintenance facility. But what county residents won’t be seeing is a new, centrally located park slated for 100 acres just north of the westbound rest area on Interstate 64. The land has been donated to the county…
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Public library future in NK, CC far from being resolved

By Robb Johnson | November 27, 2007 10:56 am

Volumes vibrate on the shelves as passenger and coal-carrying freight trains rumble past Heritage Public Library’s cramped quarters in Providence Forge. Railroad tracks run just a few feet behind the building the only public library serving New Kent and Charles City counties has occupied since the early eighties. Founded in 1981, the then infant library has since outgrown its 4,500 square-foot crib. There is no more room to add to the 43,000 books, tapes, and videos available inside for patrons. “Because of space constraints, for every new item that comes in, an old one is removed,” said Alan Bernstein, the…
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CC election officials scramble to fix error

By Robb Johnson | November 27, 2007 10:48 am

Votes recorded in two of three voting machines in Charles City’s District III precinct were overlooked election night, meaning the county’s totals for that district and all county-wide races released to the media that night were incorrect. The oversight prompted county election officials to work feverishly the next day to update totals, a process that took seven hours. Fortunately, winners in all races announced the night before did not change although victory margins either increased or shrank. Catrinia Barneycastle, the county’s acting general registrar, said an officer of election at the District III precinct voting site reported results from only…
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