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News Archives for September, 2010

Draft New Kent water supply plan projects deficits

By Robb Johnson | September 23, 2010 12:03 pm

A draft study and plan detailing New Kent’s future water sources and uses is in county supervisors’ hands. And based on projections in the plan, which covers the next 50 years, water is fast becoming a more precious — and expensive — commodity. The draft Water Supply Plan, prepared by the outside firm URS Corporation at a cost of $550,000, projects the county could face a 1.5 million gallon per day deficit in the year 2060. And certain areas of the county, based on expected development, could experience water shortages as early as 2017, the plan notes. For now, the…
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Revenue shortfall forces CC board to alter allocations

By Robb Johnson | September 23, 2010 12:02 pm

A revenue shortfall emanating from Waste Management’s landfill is prompting Charles City’s Board of Supervisors to temporarily suspend its practice of allocating money to county offices on a quarterly basis and resort to monthly appropriations to keep a tight rein on expenses. Supervisors voted unanimously to institute the measure during their Sept. 8 quarterly work session. The move takes effect in October. Assistant county administrator/finance director Michelle Johnson recommended the board follow the monthly appropriation practice until the current fiscal year runs out next June. Board members agreed. “Because of the shortfall, we have to safeguard taxpayer dollars and monitor…
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NK, CC schools reach full accreditation, short on AYP

By Robb Johnson | September 23, 2010 12:01 pm

Public schools in both New Kent and Charles City counties are fully accredited for the current school year, based on results from last spring’s state Standards of Learning tests. But not all schools attained “Adequate Yearly Progress” under complicated and often confusing requirements set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In fact, neither school division as a whole made AYP. In Charles City, the county’s elementary and middle schools fell short, and in New Kent, the middle school just missed AYP by what amounts to a single student. The state Department of Education released SOL and AYP results…
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Three of four felony counts certified to NK grand jury

By Robb Johnson | September 23, 2010 11:55 am

One felony charge lodged against John Steven Carter, the reputed drug dealer at the center of a botched robbery and fatal shooting in 2008, is off the table. But a New Kent General District Court judge certified three other felonies following a 90-minute preliminary hearing yesterday (Wednesday). Those charges — possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of forging a public document — now head to a New Kent Circuit Court grand jury set to convene on Nov. 15. If indictments are handed up, a trial will be scheduled for a later date. But before those…
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Abrams wins New Kent Senior Idol competition

By Robb Johnson | September 9, 2010 11:51 am

Louis Abrams, who resides in the Cumberland District, captured the title in the New Kent County Senior Idol competition held Aug. 28 at George W. Watkins Elementary School. Abrams’ rendition of “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” got the audience and judges clapping and brought one judge to her feet. Rose Williams captured the runner-up spot. Abrams received a $100 cash prize while Williams took home $50. Other contestants were Cappy Christian, Madeline McCrae, Enon Bassett, and Lillian Gardner. Judges were Joyce Bassett, who was a music teacher in the New Kent County public school system from 1974-94, and…
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NK Fair 5K run sign-up on

By Robb Johnson | September 9, 2010 11:51 am

Registration is under way for the New Kent County Fair 5K Run and Kids’ Fun Run, both set for 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 on the dirt track at Colonial Downs. Entry fee is $15 for the 5K. Male and female age divisions are 13-17, 18-24, 25-35, 36-44, and 45+. First place winners in each age group receive prizes ($15-$20 value) while prizes ($10-$15 value) go to runners-up. The kids’ fun run is free. Male and female age groups are 11-12, 8-10, 5-7, and 4 and under. First place winners receive prizes ($10 value) while runners-up get prizes in…
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New Kent eases past Bruton

By Robb Johnson | September 9, 2010 11:49 am

Bruton’s Panthers are an exception to the rule in the traditionally volleyball-rich Bay Rivers District. New Kent’s host Lady Trojans found that out in the early going of their Aug. 31 match with the Panthers. The Lady Trojans scored the first 17 points in game one of the best of five affair and remained in cruise control the rest of the way for an easy 25-3, 25-6, 25-11 victory. “I subbed deep, deep, deep,” New Kent coach Cyndi Burnett said afterward. “And we took a lot off our serves, but still it was a serve-fest for us.” After the Panthers…
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Lady Trojan comeback tops Mathews in season opener

By Robb Johnson | September 9, 2010 11:48 am

Down two games to one and facing a season-opening loss to Mathews’ Blue Devils, New Kent’s host Lady Trojans could have packed it in and shrugged off the looming outcome to experience. They didn’t. The hosts used a 5-0 spurt to pull away in game four and carried that domination into a decisive fifth game to claim the Aug. 26 volleyball season opener for both — 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-11. “This team doesn’t give up,” winning coach Cyndi Burnett said after the non-district affair. “They’re all happy-go-lucky. They love each other and they don’t get down.” New Kent opened…
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Evelyn, Daniel hat tricks pace New Kent 8-0 victory

By Robb Johnson | September 9, 2010 11:45 am

Caroline Evelyn and Carrie Daniel registered hat tricks — three goals each — to lead New Kent to an easy 8-0 triumph over Southampton in the Lady Trojans’ field hockey home opener. Tuesday’s win reversed a 0-2 start for the hosts. All of the decisions have come against non-district foes. “I think it was a slow game, and the difference in skills showed up on both sides,” winning coach Julie Ellis said afterward. “We had better passing and better stick work than we did in our first two games.” Two Evelyn goals and one apiece from Daniel and Kaitlyn McSweeney…
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No show of remorse prompts judge to hammer defendant

By Robb Johnson | September 9, 2010 11:41 am

Lack of remorse from a former state-licensed settlement agent, convicted in June on three counts of embezzling money from a client’s mortgage payment, has prompted the judge in the case to impose a stiffer than recommended sentence. Jacquelyn Wine Cool, 45, of 6923 North Hairpin Drive, Quinton, must serve a year in jail following sentencing on Aug. 23 in New Kent Circuit Court. Judge Thomas B. Hoover tossed out state guidelines that recommended incarceration in the one day to six months range. “Not one time has Ms. Cool acknowledged the devastating effect on the victim,” Hoover said after reading excerpts…
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