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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 11, 2021


Selfless sacrifice: How #KeepfightingChip saved Charles City County

By Andre Jones | April 6, 2021 6:33 pm

*Dedicated in memory of Chelsea “Chip” Crawley. When I write editorials, they cover an array of topics and areas. Some are generic, some are specific, and some are off the wall. But today’s editorial is about a young lady who possibly saved Charles City County and didn’t know it. I knew Chelsea “Chip” Crawley when she was very, very small. My godmother was her babysitter and many of her earliest friendships were developed there. From that point on, she continued to grow, and I had the opportunity to work with her as a high school student. While she was related…
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New Kent Historical Society Museum reopening to public

By Community Member | March 31, 2021 12:27 pm

New Kent’s Historical Society Museum will open back to the public beginning Monday, Apr. 5. The museum will be open the first Monday of every month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and every Saturday starting Apr. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For information or additional times, call 932-3155.

One year later: County, school officials, others reflect on handling the COVID-19 pandemic

By Andre Jones | March 31, 2021 12:20 pm

It’s been just over a year since Charles City and New Kent County hunkered down due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. When the outbreak first occurred, several county and local leaders were in the beginning phases of how to approach everyday situations. The Chronicle circled around to individuals who were interviewed at in the beginning stages to receive an update on how the past year has impacted them, their department, and the localities as a whole. Rodney Hathaway- County Administrator, New Kent On Mar. 13, 2020, Hathaway declared a local state of emergency in preparation of the outbreak. Operating offices…
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Editorial: By humbling yourself, you open up opportunities for others

By Andre Jones | March 30, 2021 10:36 pm

Sometimes, you have to take a step back and humble yourself and be thankful for the opportunities you receive. At the same time, you have to be the person to make those opportunities available to others as well. This editorial comes in consideration of the several blessings I have had over the years, along with the realization that in order for us to grow in our society, we have to provide our younger generation the opportunity to lead. When I was first employed by Alan Chamberlain for the Chronicle, he allowed me to do some freelance work because he had…
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Hybiak Memorial Scholarship available for graduating high school students

By Community Member | March 29, 2021 8:01 pm

A scholarship in memory of a New Kent resident who passed away last year is available to a graduating senior of New Kent or Charles City High School. The Tyler Hybiak Memorial Scholarship is available to a member of the Class of 2021 who intends to pursue certification in a skilled trade after graduating high school. The scholarship was created for Tyler Hybiak, who pursued a dream in welding while working multiple jobs before he passed away in a vehicle accident on his way to work. The scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, will be awarded once all applications have…
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Kindergarten registration to begin virtually on Apr. 1

By Community Member | March 29, 2021 1:51 pm

Kindergarten registration in Charles City and New Kent County will begin virtually on Apr. 1, 2021. With safety concerns in mind, Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond have announced that it will conduct its format virtually. “In the past year, we all know that COVID-19 has been a stressful and challenging period for children, families, and school divisions,” said Rich Schultz, executive director of Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond. “This year, it is especially critical for parents to reach out to their school division in the Spring so they can be connected with all available resources to address any learning loss and to…
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Nearly 3,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Charles City

By Community Member | March 23, 2021 11:54 am

Charles City County has administered nearly 3,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of March 23. As efforts related to COVID-19 vaccination intensify across the state, Charles City has been recognized as a model county when it comes to distribution of the vaccine. “We learned early on that for a rural community, word-of-mouth marketing and offline community influencer engagement would be critical to engaging citizens to participate in vaccination clinics,” said Charles City County Administrator Michelle Johnson in a press release. “It is important for us to build trust at every level of the community so that all of our…
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Editorial: Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

By Andre Jones | March 23, 2021 11:45 am

At some point in our life, we all have gone through some sort of struggle. I’m letting you know it’s okay to ask for help. This editorial was partially inspired by one of my former student-athletes who recently received her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in therapy. Her message was instantly something I could write about because even this editor has had his downs over the years. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. One of the biggest things that was noticeable during the pandemic revolved around the need for that…
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New Kent Junior Woman’s Club offering scholarships

By Community Member | March 17, 2021 10:52 am

New Kent Junior Woman’s Club will offer two $1,250 scholarships to two graduating seniors of New Kent High School. To be eligible, a New Kent High School senior must reside within the county. Scholarship criteria include community involvement, service, and academic performance. Scholarships are available in New Kent High School’s counseling office and are due back there on May 14.

Regional recognition

By Andre Jones | March 17, 2021 10:51 am
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