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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 9, 2020


Local organizations donate to Bridges of Change shelter

By Community Member | April 9, 2020 3:53 pm

New Kent Rotary Club took part in a donation of more than $6,000 in items to support the Bridges of Change shelter. In conjunction with the Henrico East Rotary Club, Proclaiming Grace Outreach, and Grace Station, the organizations contributed items to the domestic violence shelter. “The different organizations coming together in a united front will allow us to better meet the needs of our community,” commented Colleen Bonadonna, president of New Kent’s Rotary Club, in a press release. Among those items include 75 books, computer and printer, toiletries, diapers, a picnic table, and an outdoor playset.

New Kent Rotary Club offering scholarships

By Community Member | April 9, 2020 3:48 pm

The Rotary Club of New Kent is offering six scholarships to graduating seniors of New Kent High School and Bridging Communities Career and Technical Center. The organization is offering two $1,500 “Roar and Soar” scholarships to two students who intent to pursue their studies in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, or aviation. Two $750 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors of one of Bridging Communities programs, with one designated for automotive studies and one to another area offered by the school. Two $1,0000 memorial scholarships in memory of Thelma Crump will be available to any graduating senior who plans to…
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Editorial: Dealing with COVID-19 and preparing for the new “normal”

By Andre Jones | April 7, 2020 7:36 pm

First of all, I hope everybody is doing well during this most difficult time. A lot of things remain unknown with the outbreak of COVID-19. There is information continuing to circulate with speculation of when the pandemic will peak not only in Virginia, but the United States as well. However, there remains a lot of unknowns with the situation and it has caused a lot of unknowns in the outside world. Unfortunately, this virus is a deadly one that has claimed the lives of 12,000 people as of this editorial. But people are starting to adhere to the social distancing…
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Rosie’s Gaming Emporium donating 20,000 meals to essential personnel

By Robb Johnson | April 3, 2020 10:56 pm
At left, New Kent Director of Economic Development Matthew Smolnik carries boxes of pizza to shuttle to emergency workers as part of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium’s goal to serve 20,000 meals during the Coronavirus pandemic. Several works have dedicated time and effort to make sure all essential personnel are fed, including security office Carroll Williams (right) filling bags full of drinks for distribution.Robb Johnson photos

With the ongoing pandemic of Coronavirus continuing to sweep through Virginia, emergency workers and healthcare personnel are on the front lines of the action in attempts to contain the spread and help those who have been affected by it. As those people make an effort to help those in need, one New Kent business is providing food to the most essential workers. Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs has pledged to provide 20,000 “Grab-and-Go” meals to public safety, health care professionals, and all essential personnel. Locations for the pick-up include New Kent, Vinton, Hampton, and Richmond. “We said that we…
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Heritage Public Library offering virtual services

By Community Member | April 3, 2020 10:32 pm

Heritage Public Library is continuing to offer services despite their physical locations being closed. The library has ebooks, e-magazines, and e-audiobooks to checkout through RBDigital. To access them, go to with your library card information. If you need to update the card or need one issued, visit;locg=113. Wifi access is also available at the library by remaining in your vehicle in the parking lot. Access to the Wifi is all-day long. For patrons with books, CDs, and DVDs checked out, library staff advises to keep those items until the buildings reopened. There will be no fines incurred while…
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New Kent Jr. Woman’s Club offering scholarships

By Community Member | April 3, 2020 10:16 pm

New Kent Junior Women’s Club is offering two scholarships to New Kent High School graduates. To be eligible for the $1,250 scholarship, a high school senior must reside in New Kent County. The scholarship will be awarded on service, community service, and academic performance. Scholarships are due on May 15 and can be submitted by mail to New Kent Jr. Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 83, Providence Forge, VA 23140, or via email to For more information about the scholarship, visit New Kent High School’s counseling page at

JRF grants to assist non-profit organizations

By Community Member | March 31, 2020 5:16 pm

The John Randolph Foundation (JRF), that serves local non-profit organizations in surrounding localities that include Charles City, has crated a Disaster Respond Fund to address needs of non-profit orgaizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The impact of this global emergency has not yet been fully realized, and we want to do all we can to support our community partners now and in the months to come,” said JRF Executive Director Lisa Sharpe. The $500,000 fund is designed to meet the immediate needs of and address the long-term effects on non-profit organizations in the John Randolph Foundation’s service area. Priority will…
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Trojan take-out

By Robb Johnson | March 31, 2020 5:07 pm
Above, staff of New Kent Public Schools nutritional program work hard to prepare package meals that will last families a week at New Kent’s ‘Grab-and-Go’ Monday morning at the high school. Workers prepared boxes and bags of meals that will last families for a week as the school system continues to provide food during the closure of facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, superintendent of schools Brian Nichols delivers a bag of meals curbside as part of the program.Robb Johnson photos

Bottom of the Bridge LaSertoma offering scholarships to seniors

By Community Member | March 30, 2020 3:13 pm

The Bottom of the Bridge LaSertoma is pleased to announce that the organization will be offering scholarship grants to New Kent High School seniors pursuing a college education at a community college, four-year institution, technical school, nursing school, or culinary arts field through Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center. To be eligible for the Scholarship Grant Award, a high school senior residing in New Kent can apply for the scholarship grant. The scholarship is based on financial/special needs, transcript of grades, future education, and community work/leadership. The deadline date for receipt of scholarship applications is May 1. Applications for…
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Editorial: Coping with social distancing and self-isolation

By Andre Jones | March 30, 2020 3:02 pm

In today’s dynamic of what is going on in the world, it is a firm telling of what we are dealing with today. With social isolation comes an urge to go out and do things that we normally do. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it is anymore. Even though I have an essential job of working with the press, there are times when I just want to go out and say hi to my family or student-athletes. But with that said, the question now becomes what do you do for what could essentially be a two-and-a-half month stay at…
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