New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 24, 2020


Editorial: Being mindful as we gradually return to social interaction

By Andre Jones | September 22, 2020 6:03 pm

Can you believe its been six months since the COVID-19 pandemic began here in the United States? Well, I could continue to talk about that, but I think I am going to turn my focus on what type of activities we can do to keep ourselves active. Normally, transitioning from Summer to Fall in New Kent and Charles City would result in a lot of community activities. However, there are no county fairs, Chickahominy Pow Wow, and Shrimp Feast for this year. Fall Festivals are up in the air when it comes to activities to do as well. But as…
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New Kent Lions Club Shrimp Feast cancelled

By Community Member | September 21, 2020 4:57 pm

The New Kent County Lions Club has officially cancelled their annual Shrimp Feast. “Because of the virus that we have unfortunately in our country today, it is not going to be possible to hold the event in 2020,” the organization said in a press release. “We want to thank our community for your support in the past including all of our sponsors and the individuals who have supported it year after year.” The annual fundraiser assists with providing health screenings, eye exams, and other medical services to the community. New Kent Lions Club is hopeful to bring back the event…
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Editorial: Maintaining a mental well-being during the pandemic

By Robb Johnson | September 15, 2020 11:45 am

The pandemic has simply changed the way we do things in this country. We have faced more people who are dealing with depression and suicides. As we transition into the time of year that revolves around holidays and culture, it is important that we think about those people who are suffering with those thoughts, especially with depression. From a study I read from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, in 2018 suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 48,000 people claimed their own life out of an estimated 1.4 million attempts. We have…
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Free meals available for Charles City students until Dec. 31

By Community Member | September 14, 2020 6:15 pm

Students who attend Charles City County Public Schools will receive free meals until Dec. 31, 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions to extend the Summer Food Service Program for free meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All children will be eligible for the free meals whether they are learning in-person or virtually and regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis every day at the back look of Charles City High School from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more…
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Letter to the Editor: Says prayer is the cure for COVID-19

By Community Member | September 14, 2020 6:07 pm

If I may have your attention please, we have a cure for this Coronavirus. If pastors, deacons, associates, and other members of each church would set aside one day a week for prayer service, we could end COVID-19. Matthew 18:30 states, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I, in the presence of them.” We are asking the Lord to take out this Coronavirus and cast it into hellfire to dissipate. If one can put out one thousand to flight, two can put ten thousand to flight. If the United States and countries all…
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Backpack giveaway winner

By Community Member | September 12, 2020 11:00 am
Donna Cartwright (left) is the winner of Shear Stylin’s annual bookbag giveaway. She received more than $400 in education supplies and products. Pictured at right is Shear Stylin’ owner Julie Waldrop.

Free meals available to New Kent students until Dec. 31

By Community Member | September 12, 2020 10:55 am

Students who attend New Kent County Public Schools will receive free meals until Dec. 31, 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved waivers for local school divisions to extend the Summer Food Service Program for free meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All children will be eligible for the free meals, but a new meal application is required. Only one application is needed per household and can be found at Once a week meals can be picked up at George Watkins Elementary School (Tue. 3:30-5:30 p.m. or Wed. 7-9:30 a.m.) or New Kent Middle School (Tue….
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Editorial: Look forward to life after the end of the Coronavirus pandemic

By Robb Johnson | September 9, 2020 1:29 am

This is an editorial meant to look forward to life after the 2020 pandemic. When we look back at 2020, it is the year for many of us where life has been turned upside down. We currently live in a world where it feels like we are more controlled than ever through the usages of temperature checks, along with being told where we can or cannot go. However, I want to look at this from another perspective. That view is one of appreciation of the world we had before and never taking it for granted again. The pandemic has taught…
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Drive-thru supplies for students

By Community Member | August 31, 2020 1:17 pm
Heritage Public Library, “From the Heart Stitchers”, and New Kent’s Rotary Club provided face masks, lanyards, and school supplies to students as part of Charles City’s Public Schools drive-thru open house on Aug. 26. Pictured are (l to r) Mark Burnet, Bethann Ford, and Elizabeth Dzula.

Editorial: Advice to manage finances at an early age

By Robb Johnson | August 31, 2020 1:11 pm

The world can be a dark place and there are some things are out of our control. One thing that we can control are our finances. This is my outlet to give advice to young people on how to handle their money before it gets out of hand. When I was in college, I received a refund check after paying for my classes and books. I thought these thousands of dollars was going to last me a while. But when the reality of paying for gas, food, paying bills, and taking out a girl a few dozen times, I had…
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