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News Archives for January, 2008

Upgrading CCES playground estimated to cost $132,000

By Alan Chamberlain | January 30, 2008 11:50 am

Modernizing the playgrounds at Charles City Elementary School is expected to cost just over $132,000 based on figures presented earlier in January to county School Board members. “The existing playground equipment is outdated. It has chipped paint and rust is forming on the legs,” elementary school principal Danielle Belton told board members during their Jan. 15 meeting. Belton presented equipment replacement proposals for separate playground areas that serve students in pre-kindergarten through first grade and grades 2-5. Cost for new equipment appropriate for younger children is pegged at $58,768 while equipment for grades 2-5 has a slightly lower $55,450 price…
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NK proposes raising limits on tax relief for elderly, disabled

By Alan Chamberlain | January 30, 2008 11:46 am

Income limits for New Kent’s elderly and disabled to qualify for up to a $500 reduction in their real estate tax bills were upped by $5,000 last year. This year, county supervisors are looking into a $10,000 increase. Supervisors, meeting Monday in a work session, scheduled a March 10 public hearing on the proposal, which has been recommended by county revenue commissioner Laura Ecimovic. In a Jan. 15 letter to the board, Ecimovic requested that the current $25,000 annual income ceiling for an elderly or disabled resident to qualify for relief be raised to $35,000 and the overall household income…
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No new debt proposed in NK capital plan for next year

By Alan Chamberlain | January 30, 2008 11:45 am

New Kent will not be sinking deeper into debt next year under a proposed Capital Improvement Plan unveiled last week before the county’s Planning Commission. The proposal presented by County Administrator John Budesky to planners at the commission’s Jan. 22 meeting lists close to $20 million in spending for the next fiscal year (2008-09) beginning July 1. But of that total, only $2 million will require local tax dollars. “Our goal is to cash-fund the CIP and not to borrow money,” Budesky said in a separate interview. “I have $2 million available for one-time projects, and that’s why we’re recommending…
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Hunters descend on CC board

By Alan Chamberlain | January 30, 2008 11:42 am

A crowd of more than 200, mostly hunters, filled the Charles City government building’s auditorium for last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. But the throng did not show up in response to a potential overturning of the county’s law allowing high-powered rifles during deer hunting season. These were hunters out to protect their right to use dogs. In essence, the hunters pressed supervisors to pass a resolution aimed at preserving their right to hunt deer utilizing dogs. And supervisors were quick to oblige, unanimously passing the resolution during their Jan. 22 meeting. County resident Jimmy Fitzgerald spearheaded the effort in…
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Providence Forge preschool earns award for excellence

By Alan Chamberlain | January 30, 2008 11:41 am

Since 1975, Sunshine Nursery School has operated within Providence Forge Presbyterian Church. The preschool for three- and four-year-olds has gone on relatively unnoticed outside of the New Kent-Charles City area. That is, until now. Church officials learned in mid-January their nursery school has drawn national acclaim by winning the Sarah Hill Brown Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. The award is one of five presented annually by Richmond-based Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. All Presbyterian churches in the United States are eligible. Providence Forge is sharing its award — named after the late educator Sarah…
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Temporary library branch set in NK, pending in CC

By Alan Chamberlain | January 30, 2008 11:39 am

A new home for Heritage Public Library has been found in New Kent, and location for a Charles City branch is down to a pair of possibilities. But don’t expect library services in both counties to be renewed just yet. In New Kent, a library branch will be located in the New Kent Commons development on Route 155 across from the entrance to Colonial Downs and Brickshire. Plans call for the library to move into office space recently vacated by Coldwell Banker (6215-D Chesapeake Circle). The library’s Board of Trustees is executing a three-year lease for the site. In Charles…
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Temporary library branch set in NK, pending in CC

By Robb Johnson | January 30, 2008 11:34 am

A new home for Heritage Public Library has been found in New Kent, and location for a Charles City branch is down to a pair of possibilities. But don’t expect library services in both counties to be renewed just yet. In New Kent, a library branch will be located in the New Kent Commons development on Route 155 across from the entrance to Colonial Downs and Brickshire. Plans call for the library to move into office space recently vacated by Coldwell Banker (6215-D Chesapeake Circle). The library’s Board of Trustees is executing a three-year lease for the site. In Charles…
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Charles City HS cadets take part in Pearl Harbor seminar

By Alan Chamberlain | January 16, 2008 11:35 am

Cadet 2nd Lt. Lyndsay Garner and Sgt. 1st Class Ashley Cash from Charles City High School’s JROTC program attended the “Pearl Harbor- We Were There” seminar on Dec. 7 at the Virginia War Memorial. Students from other area localities including New Kent, Caroline, Prince George, Henrico, and Chesterfield attended the event sponsored by the Virginia War Memorial Foundation. The seminar included a ceremony honoring those who lost their lives as well as survivors. Students were divided into groups that met with survivors who reflected on their memories of the Japanese attack. One survivor, Charles Haessig, discussed how Americans underestimated the…
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Lafayette eases past New Kent

By Alan Chamberlain | January 16, 2008 11:34 am

Beyond the game’s opening three minutes, Lafayette’s league-leading Rams had few problems in overcoming New Kent’s host Lady Trojans. Behind Addie Williams’ game-high 30 points, the Rams cruised to a 71-39 win in last Thursday’s Bay Rivers District basketball clash. Lafayette improved to 9-1 in Bay Rivers while New Kent fell to 1-9, 1-11 overall. “They re talented people,” New Kent coach Gierek Walker said concerning the Rams. “But then you expect that when you have girls who have played together for a while.” Lafayette jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before New Kent got back in the game…
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Early deficit dooms Panthers

By Alan Chamberlain | January 16, 2008 11:34 am

Less than three minutes into their non-district basketball clash with West Point’s invading Pointers, Charles City’s Panthers found themselves trailing by 10 points. It was a deficit from which the hosts never fully recovered. West Point turned back every Charles City comeback attempt on the way to a 74-60 triumph. The Jan. 2 outcome lowered the Panthers’ record to 2-5. “We’re a very young team and it takes too long for us to get started,” said Charles City head coach Brenner Carter. “The kids have to learn that from the time the ball is tossed up, we’ve got to be…
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