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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 2, 2020


Editorial: Maintaining a social and mental well-being alongside your physical well-being

By Andre Jones | June 30, 2020 6:40 pm

With the state of Virginia entering stage three of reopening on July 1, it is essential that we still take precautions physically in order to maintain our physical well-being. However, we must also take the steps for our social and mental well-being during this transition. For far too long, mental illness has been overlooked and brushed aside by society. Most people just say that a person is “crazy”, not understanding the difficulty and diagnosis for those who truly have a disorder. Facing the reality, we all had some sort of social withdrawal and disconnect with society because of this pandemic….
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Braxton scholarship awarded to recent Charles City graduates

By Community Member | June 29, 2020 4:45 pm

Four recent high school graduates from Charles City were recently awarded the 2020 Shana Braxton Memorial Scholarship. Charles City High School graduates Aysia Wallace, Justis Crawley, and Skye Bradby, as well as Maggie L. Walker Governor School graduate Jordan Hayes, were each the recipient of a $500 scholarship. The scholarships were awarded from monetary donations raised through fundraisers.

Summer ‘Grab and Go’ meals at New Kent High School

By Community Member | June 26, 2020 9:58 am

New Kent Public Schools will continue to provide ‘Grab and Go’ meals throughout the summer months each Monday for all children age 18 or under. Beginning July 6, pre-packaged meals will be distributed from 9 a.m.-1 p.m at the entry circle in front of New Kent High School. Meals will provide a breakfast and lunch for seven days. Meals will be distributed until the end of August. If you are a parent/child who cannot pick up the meals during the designated time, contact Leslie Smith at 966-8508 or

Editorial: Think for yourself when casting your vote

By Robb Johnson | June 24, 2020 9:56 am

My thinking of this editorial comes with a simple message; you must stop letting others think for you. The message comes as election season is here. We have an important election coming up this November as President Donald Trump looks to go against the presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden. I am sick and tired of the narrative being that if you look a certain way that you must vote a certain way. The facts are that most people go into the voting booth already programmed to who they are voting for just by listening to the television and other family…
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Community fund event

By Community Member | June 23, 2020 10:24 am
A community fund event to help several nonprofit organizations took place on June 20 in Quinton. Sponsored by Becky Ringley and State Farm Insurance, items were donated to several groups to help them during their time as many continue to rebuild and reach out to residents during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Above, Ringley (far right) stands by members representing Proclaiming Grace Outreach of Barhamsville, an organization that is home of a local food pantry.

Hathaway addresses New Kent Rotary Club

By Community Member | June 23, 2020 10:17 am
New Kent County Administrator Rodney Hathaway (right) was the guest speaker at New Kent Rotary Club’s latest meeting. Hathaway spoke about the community’s goal to eliminate racism and celebrate diversity, promoting respect, and demanding ethical leadership. Accompanying Hathaway is New Kent Rotary Club president Colleen Bonadonna.

New Kent High School 2020 graduates will ‘Impact the World’

By Andre Jones | June 19, 2020 7:15 am
Gabby Jackson and her family triumphs over the 2020 logo during a group portrait at New Kent High School graduation ceremonies.Andre' Jones photos

Four days of graduates; four days of celebrating the accomplishments of New Kent High School’s Class of 2020. Approximately 227 graduates were honored at New Kent High School’s graduation ceremonies that took place from June 8-11 inside of the high school’s auditorium. Despite the conditions of the modified graduation from its traditional home inside of VCU’s Siegel Center, seniors were met inside the library before receiving opportunities for multiple photo opportunities down the hallway leading to the auditorium. Senior athletes were able to sign sports equipment related to their sport, and family members were greeted by staff and others along…
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New Kent High School Class of 2020 Valedictorian- Alayna Loveland

By Robb Johnson | June 19, 2020 7:00 am

Alayna Lovelend posted a grade-point average of 4.71 as valedictorian for New Kent High School’s Class of 2020. She was a member of BETA, the National Honor Society, YADAPP, Eternity Club, participated in basketball, and ran cross-country. Alayna will be attending the University of Virginia and is currently undecided in her major. She is the daughter of Tim and Julia Loveland.

New Kent High School Class of 2020 Salutatorian- Calvin Reeves

By Robb Johnson | June 19, 2020 6:45 am

Calvin Reeves is salutatorian of New Kent High School’s Class of 2020 with a grade-point average of 4.58. He attended Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, was a member of the soccer team, and volunteered in the HAWKS program that focuses on environmental issues. Calvin will be attending the University of Virginia and plans to pursue a degree in engineering. He is the son of Daniel and Sarah Reeves.

New Kent High School Class of 2020 scholarships and awards

By Community Member | June 19, 2020 6:30 am

Logan Nicholas Albertson- Averett University. Nathan Alexander Albertson- Averett University. Megan Renee Bowles- C. Herbert Brown Jr. Performing Arts, Virginia Thespian Legacy, Longwood Distinction Award, Cyndal Lynn Ward Memorial. Annabelle Winterhalter Brame- Fary Memorial, Colonial Agricultural Education, New Kent High School PTSO, Andy Conklin Visual Arts, Thelma Crump Wilson Rotary, Theodore B. Holm. Diamond Kaliah Brown- Thelma Crump Wilson Rotary, Norfolk State University DNIMAS, Florida Black History Essay. Jamar Latrell Christian- NAACP Calvin C. Green, Averett University Discover, Second Liberty Baptist Church, New Covenant Community Church. Malikai Emmanuel Christian- Louisburg College Opportunities. James Richard Coleson- Old Dominion University. Lauren Elizabeth…
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