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News Archives for August, 2010

C&F provides curriculum supplement to 32 schools

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:56 am

Recently, students at 32 area high schools completed activities to learn about credit from the banker’s side of the desk. Thanks to an innovative curriculum supplement that uses video to simulate loan interviews, students role-play the job of a lender, analyzing loan applications, reviewing credit reports and calculating disposable income. At the end of the role-play, students compare their decisions with a banker’s. In this learn-by-doing exercise, young adults teach themselves the value of good credit, how to determine their own capacity to borrow and repay, and what they can do as young adults to build a good credit history….
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NK kids take part in theatre

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:55 am

Sixty children from the Arts Alive service area, which includes New Kent County, performed Aug. 7 as the Missoula Children’s Theatre presented “Robinson Crusoe.” The local cast featured Bailey Tyler as Robinson Crusoe, Parker Wallace as Wilson, his sole companion, and Mariah Hancock as Leonard the Leopard. Also featured were Friday’s Family, played by Alexandra Puccio, Sam Shahinian, Cody Davis, Hannah Capps, Aaliyah Webb, and Josh Eckert. Amanda Geltmacher played the band leader, Oscar the Octopus, and featured Lily George, Cope Brown, Heather Edwards, Chloe Pollard, Kindred Grey, Bella Pollard, and Suzanne Prince as the Oscar Octopus Octet band members….
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Highlights mark race season

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:53 am

Colonial Downs’ 40-day, eight week summer thoroughbred racing season came to a close on July 21 as jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. and trainer Hamilton Smith captured the leading titles in the 14th annual race campaign in New Kent. The competition for leading jockey heated up late in the meet, as Homeister, Horacio Karamanos, and Eric Camacho stood within one win of each other going into the final week. In the July 21 finale,  Homeister reached the winner’s circle twice and cemented her second straight title with 43 victories, three better than Eric Camacho and four over Horacio Karamanos, who had…
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Volunteers spruce up CC’s Chikahominy Wildlife area

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:52 am

A group of 25 volunteers flexed their muscles and endured the heat to mulch and plant native plants, maintain and mark hunter access trails, and install wood duck boxes on Morris Creek during a “Friends of the Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area” (WMA) kick-off event on June 12 in Charles City. The volunteers are part of a new Friends group that will work with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to improve wildlife habitat. Volunteers invested 132 hours of work. Volunteers included members of the VDGIF Complementary WorkForce Program, the Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program,…
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Journey Trails begins 7th year

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:51 am

Journey Trails is entering its seventh year of operation and has become New Kent’s largest haunt attraction. An original “truth-based” haunt, the creators have a talent for taking the truths of scripture, and turning them into a thrilling Halloween adventure. Priding themselves on being able to create effective scares without the use of extreme blood and gore, they play on people’s natural, universal and social fears, engaging their imaginations to give them an over-the-top haunt experience. Journey Trails has become so effective using this technique, they have managed to take home first place for two years in a row at…
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Charles City cadets learn ropes at camp

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:49 am

Perhaps the first step in beating the summer heat, or any other of life’s pressures, is to confront it. Nearly 270 high school students from Junior ROTC programs up and down the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware coasts faced up to steamy temperatures and some of their phobias July 16-21 during the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge Mountain 2010 at Fort Eustis. “It’s a great place to be,” said Jonathan Hambright, a cadet from the Junior ROTC program at Charles City High School. “It’s actually a fun week to be here, and it’s really active.” The high school cadets may have worn…
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Charles City church nearing 200th anniversary milestone

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:46 am

Members of Charles City County’s Elam Baptist Church are busily preparing for the church’s 200th anniversary celebration scheduled for Sept. 23-26. Located in Ruthville, Elam is regarded as one of the oldest black churches in Virginia. The church’s history will be a focal point of the Thursday-Sunday celebration along with guest speakers, a banquet and cookout, and a dedication ceremony. “We are excited, and we want the public to know they are invited,” said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Horace Parham. “We expect to have a grand time,” he said. “We are indeed thankful to God for 200 years of…
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NK grand jury indicts 15

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:45 am

A New Kent man, indicted in July by a county circuit court grand jury and sought for crack cocaine distribution, has been found and arrested by New Kent sheriff’s office detectives. The grand jury, convening on July 19, indicted Johnathan Ladarryl Jones, 30, of 14315 Paige Road, Lanexa, on four counts of crack cocaine distribution. Those indictments were promptly sealed pending Jones’ arrest. But authorities were unable to locate the suspect until Aug. 10. Shortly after 1 p.m., detectives Joey McLaughlin and Donald Mehalko found Jones in a residence at 18005 New Kent Highway in Barhamsville. Jones also faces two…
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Suspended sentence, fine imposed in CC cruelty case

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:43 am

A Charles City dog kennel owner has received a suspended jail sentence and a fine after pleading guilty to 10 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in county general district court. Ronald W. Hartman, 61, of 7901 Roxbury Road, had faced 52 animal cruelty counts, but a plea deal reached July 21 dropped most of the charges. Following terms of the plea deal, Judge Colleen Killilea imposed 10 years in jail, all suspended for the next 10 years, and a $10,000 fine with $5,000 suspended. Hartman must pay close to $11,000 in veterinary bills incurred after authorities seized dogs from the…
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Applicants sought in wake of CC board member’s death

By Robb Johnson | August 26, 2010 11:42 am

A search is on to fill the Charles City County School Board seat left vacant by the sudden, unexpected death of District 3 representative Henry O. Hollimon Jr. Dr. Hollimon died on Aug. 8 as the result of a stroke. He was in his third term on the board having won the District 3 seat in the 1999 election. “It was a surprise, and it’s a great loss,” Charles City school superintendent Janet Crawley said reacting to Dr. Hollimon’s death. “He always did what’s best for the children,” she said. “Even though the decisions were sometimes difficult, his goal was…
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