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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 21, 2018


Saving a stroke victim’s life

By Robb Johnson | July 18, 2018 7:21 pm
New Kent Fire and EMT workers Ron Herrington and Scott York (center, front) hold up a placard summarizing their heroic efforts and were presented with certificates of care by VCU staff. The two staff members responded to a call for help of an 87-year old woman in May 2017 who suffered from a stroke and passed out near her home in Providence Forge. Their quick response and knowledge of the symptoms saved the woman’s life and she is currently living independently in a nursing facility. Also pictured are (front, l to r) Greg Neiman of VCU, New Kent Fire Chief Rick Opett, Stacie Stevens of VCU, (back, l to r) Lisa Baber and Travis Jenkins of New Kent Fire and Rescue, and VCU nurse Lorie Selleck.Robb Johnson photo

First radio contact

By Community Member | July 18, 2018 11:48 am
New Kent County amateur radio operator Francine Cicatiello (left) makes radio contact during her first high-frequency call at the Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day. She recently was granted a license to make those calls from the FCC.

Fire chief speaks

By Community Member | July 18, 2018 11:39 am
New Kent County Fire Chief Rick Opett spoke at New Kent’s Chamber of Commerce regular meeting on July 17. He shared information about the growth of the county, the challenges it presents to his staff, and the way Fire and EMS services are preparing to handle the influx of calls.

Editorial: The importance of ‘feeder programs’ for our youth

By Andre Jones | July 17, 2018 3:05 pm

There are several directions that parents take to keep their kids active in today’s world to make sure that technology doesn’t consume their everyday activities. It’s time for entities to assist with programs to help these children continue to grow in this area. Feeder programs (as I call them) helps shape kids at a young age. Feeder programs aren’t limited to a specific area or genre. They are a bridge and a gap-filler for children to mold them into well-rounded people. Several civic organizations provide this opportunity. Joining the girl or boy scouts allow children to work their way up…
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NKCDC announces youth financial literacy program

By Community Member | July 11, 2018 11:27 pm

New Kent Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) has announced the launching of its Youth Financial Literacy Program. The non-profit organization implemented the program to give youth in the community a head start to financial success. An initial workshop took place over a four-day period in June at Second Liberty Baptist Church and consisted of middle school students spending four hours a day engaged in learning basics about money and financial management. The program was presented in partnership with C&F Bank. Participating students each received $100 in grant money through the Hazel Watson Mission Offering to assist with opening a savings account.

Editorial: Your opinion doesn’t give you a reason to commit a crime

By Andre Jones | July 10, 2018 11:50 pm

As humans, we all have different opinions. We can agree to disagree on topics, our likes, and our dislikes. However, our opinions don’t constitute committing a crime. With the ongoing discussions about bringing a tactical training facility to Barhamsville in New Kent, people have spoke up for the range while others have voiced opposition. However, the issue has escalated to a point where crimes have been committed. There are certain ways to handle issues. A person or group can choose to handle it a civilized way or they can choose alternative methods. The proposal for the training facility has seen…
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‘Rocking with Dinosaurs’

By Robb Johnson | July 9, 2018 6:41 pm
Above, kids touch an Australian lizard as part of Virginia Living Museum’s “Rocking with Dinosaurs” presentation that took place at Heritage Public Library in New Kent Monday morning. Kids learned about animals that are related to the prehistoric creatures. Below, some children show off their talents by playing unique musical instruments while at bottom, Virginia Living Museum’s Bo Baker holds a rabbit, one of many creatures that may have lived during the times of dinosaurs.Robb Johnson photos

Bonner makes UVA’s Dean’s List

By Community Member | July 7, 2018 4:31 pm

Sherese Bonner, a 2017 graduate of New Kent High School, was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Virginia for the 2018 Spring semester. In order to receive the honor, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher while taking at least 15 credit hours.

Editorial: How censorship and profanity have evolved over the years

By Andre Jones | July 3, 2018 6:58 pm

As I went out with my sister and nephew to the movie theater last weekend to enjoy a viewing of “The Incredibles 2”, (warning, minor spoilers) there was a certain scene that my sister paused and said to me, “Did I just hear them say [the D word]?” I told her I didn’t think so. But sure enough, when reviewing the information from a few YouTube “Easter Egg” videos from the movie, it was mentioned that the profanity was used in a specific scene. Granted that the movie was actually rated PG and not G, this sparked an idea about…
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Charles City woman inspires by ‘Creating a Better Me’

By Andre Jones | July 3, 2018 5:47 pm
At the age of 21, Jessica Hill founded an organization built to inspire and motivate youth in Charles City.Andre' Jones photo

Ever since delivering a dynamic speech at Charles City High School’s Class of 2018 graduation, the words of Jessica Hill continues to resonate throughout the local community and even extend beyond county lines. That was something the 21-year old has been dreaming of doing for the last three years. The Charles City resident is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Creating a Better Me LLC., a non-profit and community-based organization focused on enhancing the lives of women by educating, uplifting, and inspiring them to reach their wildest dreams. Tuesday afternoon’s interview with the recent Old Dominion graduate and…
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