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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 19, 2019


Maguire earns doctorate from Virginia Tech

By Community Member | May 17, 2019 3:52 pm
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Lindsay Maguire, a resident of Quinton, graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Carilion School of Medicine on May 11 with a Doctor of Medicine Degree. Maguire received six Letters of Distinction in the areas of surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, most outstanding research project, clinical science integration, family medicine, and emergency medicine. She was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Maguire will practice at Orlando Health in Orlando Florida. She is the daughter of Jim and Becky Maguire of Quinton.

Charles City Public Schools 2019 retirees

By Andre Jones | May 16, 2019 8:30 pm
Above, Brenda Hawkins (left) holds back tears admittingly as she receives a retirement gift from Charles City Superintendent of Schools David Gaston as part of recognition ceremonies held on May 16. Hawkins started teaching at Charles City High School in 1993, teaching English to grades 9-12 during her 26-year tenure. Below, the Rev. James Johnson (right) also receives a gift as he will be retiring from the school system after 20 years working as the in-school suspension coordinator.Andre' Jones photos

Charles City Public Schools ‘Teacher of the Year’

By Andre Jones | May 16, 2019 8:01 pm
Above, Charles City Elementary School fifth grade teacher Christine McBee (right) is completely shocked as Charles City superintendent of schools David Gaston (left) presents her the Division’s Teacher of the Year award at the May 16 ceremony. McBee was presented the award for her kindness, her ability to be a supportive team member, and her love for teaching the kids whose bloodlines founded this nation. At bottom, pictured are (l to r) Gaston, McBee, Charles City Educational Foundation president Jackie Stewart, Charles City High School Teacher of the Year James Raj, and Charles City High School principal Marcus Petty.Andre' Jones photos

Miles completes studies at Bridgewater College

By Community Member | May 16, 2019 9:44 am

Joseph Miles, a Charles City High School Class of 2015 graduate, was among 400 graduates from Bridgewater College on May 4. Miles competed his studies at the school, earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Editorial: The difficulty faced when dealing with issues of morality

By Andre Jones | May 14, 2019 10:50 am

The balance of morality has also been an issue that has plagued society. As I sat back the other day and listened to the news, it made me think about the amount of money being spent by taxpayers to address issues. Not issues that are a joint collaboration, but issues where money could be applied to other areas. I’ll provide you the example that brought this editorial about. Over the last few weeks, specifically in the Richmond area, the opioid and overdose crisis has resulted in multiple deaths. In Charles City and New Kent, the issue is growing at a…
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Smolnik speaks to New Kent Rotary

By Community Member | May 13, 2019 9:26 pm
New Kent Director of Economic Development Matthew Smolnik was the guest speaker at New Kent’s Rotary Club May 10 meeting. He spoke about the opening of Colonial Downs and the future Farmer’s Market.

2019 New Kent Public Schools ‘Teacher of the Year’

By Andre Jones | May 13, 2019 8:45 pm
Above, New Kent Middle School Art Teacher Emma Florek (left) is presented a plaque and bouquet of flowers by New Kent interim superintendent of schools Dr. Carol Fenn as she is announced as New Kent County Public School’s Division Teacher of the Year during a Monday evening ceremony. Florek was praised for her enthusiasm of fine arts, self-driven initiative to fundraise to provide art supplies, and her ability to work as team player while still occupying a leadership below. Below, Florek is joined by (l to r) New Kent Elementary School counselor Rita Carreras, George Watkins Elementary School kindergarten teacher Heidi Schneider, and New Kent High School science teacher Sue McIninch as their respective schools’ Teachers of the Year.Andre' Jones photos

Charles City duo honored on Women’s Monument

By Community Member | May 13, 2019 11:24 am

Two Charles City County women have been honored on the Women’s Monument on Capitol Square in Richmond. Anna Bland, who was principle in a lawsuit, and Mary Byrd, a planter, had their names inscribed on the Wall of Honor. Their names are among 230 Virginia women who made unique contributions to the state’s culture and history.

Richard inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

By Community Member | May 10, 2019 3:57 pm

Sydney Richard, the valedictorian of Charles City High School’s Class of 2016, has been inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during the Spring 2019 semester. Richard was initiated at Old Dominion University and is one of 30,000 students to earn the honor nationwide each year. In order to earn the distinction, a student must be in the top 10 percent of seniors or top 7.5 percent to earn eligibility. The honor society recognizes students who “promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Charles City farmer recognized as certified grower

By Community Member | May 10, 2019 3:51 pm
Using microloans through the USDA, Amy Hicks has been recognized as a certified grower of fruits and vegetables.

Amy Hicks, owner and operator of Amy’s Garden in Charles City, Virginia, have been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) as a certified grower of a large variety of organic vegetables, small fruits, and flowers on the farm. Through microloans, Hicks and her husband, George Ferguson, began a small operation and received loans to help grow their garden. “FSA has made it possible for us to expand the business by improving infrastructure,” said Hicks in a press release. “We are truly grateful for the help FSA offered with the low interest rates and…
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