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News Archives for February, 2010

Lady Trojans top Rams for 2nd straight win

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:22 pm

After a disappointing first half of the season that saw only a single win, New Kent’s Lady Trojans are on a roll. The hosts followed up on their first Bay Rivers District basketball victory two nights earlier at Smithfield with a 35-29 conquest of Lafayette’s Rams. The Jan. 23 decision upped New Kent’s district record to 2-13 and overall mark to 3-15. And Lady Trojan coach Shequra Dickerson credited her “modified” defense for the improvement, especially the latest win over the Rams. “We knew who their scoring threats were from the first time we played them and we played a…
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Sussex overpowers Charles City with 1st quarter surge

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:21 pm

After Sussex’s game-opening run, Charles City’s Lady Panthers turned their Tri-Rivers District basketball encounter with the visiting Tigers into a one-point game. Problem was the Tigers’ initial burst totaled 29 unanswered points, and that proved to be the difference in a 57-27 Sussex win. The Tigers led 27-0 after one quarter of the Jan. 22 contest. They tacked on another two points early in quarter two before a baseline drive by Shana Braxton and dish off to Hilary Wynn underneath led to the Lady Panthers’ first points, just over a minute into the period. Wynn’s basket ignited a 7-0 run,…
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Trojans edge closer to BRD title

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:20 pm

Moments after tipoff, New Kent Trojan threes filled the air over the York Falcon defense. The host Trojans scored their first 15 points from behind the three-point arc in building a lead they would never relinquish en route to a 76-65 triumph. The Jan. 20 decision, coupled with a win two nights later at Smithfield, kept the Trojans (13-0 district, 16-0 overall) on track toward their second straight Bay Rivers District basketball regular season championship, this time shared with no one, as well as an undefeated regular season. The hosts also remained atop the state Group AA poll. Kaleb Lamb…
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Defendant in high speed chase convicted in NK

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:15 pm

A Hampton man who led a State Police trooper on a seven-mile, high-speed chase has been convicted in New Kent Circuit Court on a charge of felony eluding. Kacee Johnson, 22, of 49 Continental Drive #B, pleaded guilty on Jan. 11 to the charge and is being held in jail until sentencing in March after the judge in the matter, Thomas B. Hoover, revoked the defendant’s bond. Last April 17 shortly after 3 p.m., Trooper Jonathan Miles took off in pursuit of a Chevrolet Impala that came through radar at 85 miles per hour on Interstate 64 westbound near the…
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Gunman sentenced to 6 years

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:14 pm

Family members described Ronnie Davis Crawley as a good man who would do anything for someone in need. But alcohol apparently led to his undoing last May 8 when he approached a group of people outside a Charles City County house and opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun. Now Crawley, 57, of 7620 Courthouse Road in Charles City, must serve the next six years in prison for maliciously wounding a former friend and using a firearm in commission of a felony. Judge Thomas B. Hoover imposed the sentence on Jan. 22 in Charles City Circuit Court. “This is a…
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tate senator paints bleak landscape for CC supervisors

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:13 pm

Charles City’s supervisors are asking the county’s representatives in the state’s General Assembly to watch out for county interests as the legislature’s 2010 session proceeds. Supervisors, during their Jan. 26 meeting, imparted that message to state Sen. Donald McEachin. Del. Joe Morrissey, who represents Charles City in the House of Delegates, could not attend due to a committee meeting. “We’re concerned about some potential legislation taking away small localities’ ability to operate,” board chairman Timothy Cotman told McEachin. One of the concerns centers on the county’s constitutional offices, particularly the sheriff’s office. Apparently a move is under way in the…
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Vineyards developers voice confidence in housing picture

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:11 pm

New Kent Vineyards developers label the 1,450 age-restricted houses planned for a section of their billion dollar plus project on more than 2,500 county acres as “the engine that drives the train.” But due to the bottom falling out of the housing industry in recent months, the train has been diverted to a siding where it waits for the economic picture to improve. Developers, however, expect to be back on track this spring, and that’s the message they imparted to about 30 current residents and neighbors gathered on Jan. 21 at New Kent Winery for discussion on proposed revisions to…
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CC residents sound off on reassessment, EMS response

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:08 pm

Heritage Public Library representatives came before New Kent’s Board of Supervisors last week, seeking the board’s endorsement and commitment to funding for a two-phase, $2.3 million plan to convert the main building at the county’s old middle school into a permanent library home. While appearing content with an architect’s design for the 80 year-old structure, supervisors stopped well short of pledging financial support. Library Board of Trustees chairman Joyce Peterson and librarian Barbara Winters, along with John Hopke and Sarah Barber from the Williamsburg-based Hopke and Associates architectural firm, unveiled plans for the old school conversion during supervisors’ Jan. 27…
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Library seeking county help with $2.3 million renovation

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:07 pm

Heritage Public Library representatives came before New Kent’s Board of Supervisors last week, seeking the board’s endorsement and commitment to funding for a two-phase, $2.3 million plan to convert the main building at the county’s old middle school into a permanent library home. While appearing content with an architect’s design for the 80 year-old structure, supervisors stopped well short of pledging financial support. Library Board of Trustees chairman Joyce Peterson and librarian Barbara Winters, along with John Hopke and Sarah Barber from the Williamsburg-based Hopke and Associates architectural firm, unveiled plans for the old school conversion during supervisors’ Jan. 27…
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Overall New Kent land values rise despite recession

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2010 2:05 pm

Preliminary results of New Kent County’s recent real estate reassessment shows an overall 7.4 percent increase in land values over the previous year, but most residential properties exhibited a decline. County revenue commissioner Laura Ecimovic unveiled results to date before the county’s Board of Supervisors during the board’s Jan. 27 work session. Ecimovic said about two-thirds of homeowners will see a decrease in value when assessment notices begin arriving in the mail, possibly as soon as next week. For the other one-third, values stay pretty much the same. But there will be some homeowners who experience an increase, mostly due…
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