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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 24, 2019


Letter to the Editor: Show sportsmanship as a fan of high school sports

By Community Member | August 21, 2019 12:38 pm

The start of the new school year is right around the corner. And with that, it signals the start of the new high school sports season. I love high school sports. It’s a pleasure to watch a young athlete give 100 percent effort to try and help their team win. Working hard to win is important, even when we seem to be living in an “everybody gets a trophy” world. As we begin this new athletic year, it is important that we all keep a few things in mind. The game officials are not out to get you. Officiating sports…
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Editorial: Integrating technology into local county fairs

By Andre Jones | August 20, 2019 7:13 pm

New Kent County’s Fair took place this past weekend. With all the wonderful events going on, I could not help but notice that a trend has been going on with the event. As I weaved my way around New Kent Middle School’s hallways, I noticed the wonderful displays of pictures, canned goods, and crafts on tables as part of the annual “New Kent Sweepstakes.” However, when reviewing the winner’s list, only five people were listed on the sheet, for both adults and the youth division. While I’m not saying that those were the only participants, it made me wonder if…
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Platt speaks to New Kent Rotary

By Community Member | August 19, 2019 11:29 pm
Clenise Platt, the District Governor of Rotary District 7600, was the guest speaker at New Kent Rotary Club’s Aug. 9 meeting. Platt spoke about the goals for the district’s organization.

New Kent County Fair 2019

By Andre Jones | August 17, 2019 1:26 pm
Above, two-year old Harvey McFadden is able to hold a hermit crab with assistance from Tamika Hathaway as part of New Kent County’s Fair held Aug. 16-18. The annual event provided the community opportunities to enjoy carnival attractions, on-stage entertainment, and visit a number of vendor booths. Below, Miss New Kent County Fair Molly McCartney waves to the crowd as part of the opening parade. More pictures of the fair can be viewed in the photo gallery.Andre' Jones photos

Editorial: Kids are back in school, but should school be in session?

By Andre Jones | August 14, 2019 8:28 am

Believe it or not, it’s a new school year already. And while only some of the students in Charles City and New Kent are in the building for extracurricular activities, that may not be the case next year. In July, legislation passed that will allow all schools to start before Labor Day next year. Known as the “Kings Dominion” law, only schools that received a waiver from appropriate agencies were allowed to start their educational session before the holiday. If they didn’t receive a waiver or elected not to go that route, schools started the Tuesday after the holiday. The…
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Seventh in national robotics competition

By Community Member | August 11, 2019 11:54 am
New Kent Middle School’s Junior Beta Club Robotic team members (l to r) Aidan Sweeney, Jackson Pierce, Sean Finnegan, and Chase Melton, earned a seventh-place finish in the Junior Division II category at the National Junior Beta Club convention in Oklahoma City. The group competed against approximately 30 other robotics’ teams from across the United States.

Editorial: A self-reflection and thank you from the editor to you all

By Andre Jones | August 6, 2019 10:40 pm

There are times when a person is reminded about how much they are appreciated. So before I get into this editorial, I want to thank everybody for the kind words they bestowed on me after reading what I am doing with the Charles City High School athletic program and the attempts to bring it back to prominence. With that said, I don’t think I can say I’m amazed by the impact I have had on the people. I guess you can say I am more moved internally with tears because it makes me think after so many years in the…
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‘National Night Out’

By Andre Jones | August 6, 2019 9:43 pm
Above, Charles City Deputy Cory Brown provides rides around Harrison Park as part of the National Night Out event held at Charles City. The nationwide event is used to help law enforcement bring awareness to the community as part of an outreach to promote safety, unity, and provide an outlet for safe and family fun. Below, new superintendent of New Kent County schools Brian Nichols (back row, left) is joined by (l to r) Thomas Carmen, Lizze Carmen, Theodore Bolan, and Curtis Bolan as he takes in one of his first events as a new resident of the area. More pictures from both events can be viewed at' Jones photo (above), Robb Johnson photo (below)

First class of Charles City fighters

By Community Member | August 5, 2019 7:39 pm
Four individuals were sworn is as part of Charles City County’s first class of its newly created paid fire department. Pictured are (l to r) Captain George Bridges , inductees Lt. Jeff Ivey, Roy Rogers, Lt. Clay Swartz, Alexander Taylor, and Director of Fire and EMS services James Johnson.

‘Remarkable Reptiles’

By Andre Jones | August 2, 2019 7:50 pm
Virginia Living Museum’s Education Associate Emily Hoffman (left) carries around a milk snake for kids to touch as part of the “Remarkable Reptiles” presentation held at the Charles City Library Friday afternoon. The show, that was also presented at Heritage Public Library’s New Kent branch, provided a vast amount of information that included how to identify a reptile, the habitats they live in, and how they help humans and the environment.Andre' Jones photo
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