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News Archives for November, 2010

Supervisors in NK dealing with food bank controversy

By Robb Johnson | November 18, 2010 10:37 am

A sudden and unexpected controversy has erupted concerning proposed operation of the currently unused cafeteria in New Kent’s Historic School as a community food bank. Several county residents, some representing at least one local church, sat in on New Kent Board of Supervisors’ Nov. 10 meeting, and a speaker from the group said the current practice of food programs operating in individual churches works adequately. “You need to look into the ramifications of tying up school programs whereas now churches take care of it very well,” county resident Richard Dawes told the board. Dawes also expressed concern over talk that…
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Carter indicted on 5 charges

By Robb Johnson | November 18, 2010 10:36 am

As expected, a New Kent Circuit Court grand jury has indicted John Steven Carter on five felony charges, paving the way for Carter’s second trial scheduled to proceed on Dec. 1. The grand jury, convening Monday, indicted Carter, 58, on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts each of forgery and uttering in connection with a pair of traffic summonses. Back in October following another trial, the self-described “medicinal botanist” was convicted of two felonies — marijuana manufacturing and possession of more than a half-ounce but less than five pounds of the drug…
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Prospective ‘Historic School’ renovators pitch proposals

By Robb Johnson | November 18, 2010 10:35 am

In 45 minutes or less, convince New Kent’s Board of Supervisors that your proposal for renovating the county’s “Historic School” is the best. That was the task confronting representatives of four construction firms and their teams bidding on the project that aims to convert the main 1930s building into a new home for New Kent’s branch of Heritage Public Library. A second building constructed in 1952 is slated to hold offices for the county’s School Board. The work also entails renovating the courtyard between the two buildings. And some of the proposals include the science building located behind the 1952…
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Lady Trojans denied BRD tourney berth

By Robb Johnson | November 4, 2010 10:28 am

For New Kent’s Lady Trojans, the task ahead seemed simple — win and get in to the Bay Rivers District field hockey tournament. But Warhill’s visiting Lions also faced the same situation. And in the end, it was the Lions who prevailed in the Oct. 22 regular season finale, securing the last seeded tourney spot with a 4-0 shutout. The Lady Trojan season ended with a 0-8 district mark and 3-13 overall record. “I don’t think we brought any of our skills with us,” said Lady Trojan coach Julie Ellis. “We’re much more capable than what we showed tonight.” Warhill…
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4H club forms

By Robb Johnson | November 4, 2010 10:27 am

Charles City 4H Horse and Pony Club has recently formed in the county and is seeking members age 9-18. There is also a Cloverbud program for ages 5-8. Meetings are held the third Thursday each month in the county government building. The next meeting is Nov. 18, 6 p.m. Club leaders are Ashley Nicholas, a 4H alumna and professional riding instructor/trainer, and Jerel Johnson, a Charles City native and professional farrier. The club conducts learning activities through clinics, lesson, field trips, guest speakers, and projects. There’s also hands-on equine experience in a safe environment, business skills and fund-raising, and teamwork…
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Eudailey, Savage lead NK

By Robb Johnson | November 4, 2010 10:25 am

Becca Eudailey finished seventh overall to lead New Kent’s Lady Trojans to fourth place in last Thursday’s Bay Rivers District cross country meet and a spot in this week’s Region I meet. Only the top four teams advance to the regional. Eudailey toured the 3.1-mile William and Mary course in 21:03.7. Completing New Kent’s top five scoring spots were Kristy Galloway (21st, 22:27.8), Holly Sheffield (22nd, 22:38.7), Amber Owens (25th, 22:52.7), and Madie Miles (26th, 22:54.9). Danielle Holzhauser ran 23:47.7 (32nd) while Ariel Weimer placed 35th (24:16.2). New Kent totaled 101 points, finishing well ahead of fifth place Tabb (144)….
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Trojans end drought, blank Jamestown 21-0

By Robb Johnson | November 4, 2010 10:24 am

New Kent’s Trojans snapped their disappointing string of losses, celebrating homecoming last Friday night with a 21-0 shutout of Bay Rivers District foe Jamestown for their first win of the season. The victory lifted New Kent out of sole possession of last place in the district football standings and into a tie with the Eagles and Warhill. All three teams have one district win apiece. New Kent is 1-6 and 1-7 in all games. “It feels pretty good,” Trojan head coach Dan Rounds said after his team destroyed the specter of a winless season. “We’ve been playing so good the…
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Charles City sends message, upsets No. 4 Franklin 44-41

By Robb Johnson | November 4, 2010 10:23 am

Franklin’s Broncos lived up to expectations as the state’s number four Group A football team, opening a 21-0 first quarter lead over Charles City’s host Panthers. By halftime, the visitors led 33-16 and appeared on the way to ruining Charles City’s homecoming celebration. But in building a 7-0 record, Franklin had not encountered a team as resilient — and talented — as Charles City. The Broncos learned that lesson in the second half. Charles City shut down the vaunted Bronco running attack, allowing just one touchdown after the break. The hosts returned the second half kickoff for a score and…
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Sex offender convicted in 2002 violates probation

By Robb Johnson | November 4, 2010 10:16 am

A retired horseracing jockey convicted in 2002 in New Kent Circuit Court of aggravated sexual battery involving a 10 year-old girl must serve a year in prison after being found guilty of violating terms of his probation. Michael Marinaccio was age 59 when he was convicted. He served five years of a 20-year prison sentence. The remaining 15 years were suspended for life. Now 68 and living in Florida, Marinaccio was returned to New Kent last week after authorities here learned he did not follow supervision prescribed by Florida probation authorities. In court on Oct. 25, Judge Thomas B. Hoover…
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Historic School’ cafeteria use on hold pending agreement

By Robb Johnson | November 4, 2010 10:15 am

A decision on what groups get to use the cafeteria at New Kent’s “Historic School” is on hold at least until Nov. 10. That’s the date of the next county Board of Supervisors meeting and also when county officials are aiming to have all interested parties on board in terms of a shared use agreement. All agree the cafeteria is ideal for the county’s Brown Bag food program, but whether the site is ready before Thanksgiving, as requested earlier by Brown Bag representatives, remains up in the air. Supervisors discussed the matter during their Oct. 27 work session, deciding to…
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