New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | June 1, 2020


Editorial: It’s time to make that turn to become a better society

By Andre Jones | May 31, 2020 1:06 pm

The death of George Floyd has launched a campaign that has been long brewing in our society. The oppression of minorities, whether it’s African Americans, Latinos, Indigenous People, Women, or any other that fall into this category, has been the unfortunate basis of the founding of the United States. The past week has been filled with sadness and dismay as Floyd lost his life in an act of violence that was completely unwarranted. From there, peaceful protests in response to Floyd’s death were infiltrated by individuals and groups of people looking to use the Black Lives Matter as a cover-up…
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2020 New Kent County Fair cancelled

By Community Member | May 29, 2020 6:43 pm

New Kent County Fair Association announced that it has cancelled its 2020 rendition of the county fair. “The New Kent County Fair Association met via Zoon on May 28 and made the decision that the 2020 New Kent County Fair is cancelled,” said chairwoman Martha Martin in a press release. The fair was originally scheduled for Aug. 14-15. Any questions about the cancellation can be emailed to

Bottom of the Bridge LaSertoma announce scholarship winners

By Community Member | May 29, 2020 6:36 pm

Bottom of the Bridge LaSertoma has awarded three scholarships to New Kent County High School seniors. Lindsey Johnson and Tyler Williams, two of the recipients who also attend Bridging Communities Career and Technical Center, were selected to receive technical scholarship grants to continue their studies in their respective trades. Johnson received a scholarship to continue her studies in nursing, while Williams will utilize his awards as he studies computer science. Both plan to continue their studies at Rappahannock Community College. Haley Hyndshaw in the recipient of the LaSertoma International Scholarship and Grant. She received the $2,500 award and plans to…
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LaSertoma Shore to Shore scholarships

By Robb Johnson | May 27, 2020 12:11 am
Above, Annabelle Brame (second from right) stands alongside (l to r) sister Lily, and her parents Victoria and Cyrus as she receives the LaSertoma Shore to Shore scholarship. The scholarship is presented by the organization through its donations to a student who displays academics and characteristics of citizenship. Annabelle will be continuing her studies at the University of Delaware.Robb Johnson photos

Editorial: Thanks dispatchers and first responders for service

By Robb Johnson | May 26, 2020 3:52 pm

I want to take this time and thank first responders and dispatchers that truly never get the credit they deserve. When it comes to dispatchers, they do the work that is overlooked. The mental ability to take a call knowing that someone’s life could be hanging in the balance and it depends on your every word of calmness. The quick thinking has to be the most stressful thing that a person can deal with. The ability to sit in a chair and not be able to physically help someone but guide them with your words takes courage and an ability…
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New Kent EDA offering $5,000 business loans to cope with COVID-19

By Community Member | May 26, 2020 3:32 pm

New Kent’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) is repurposing $50,000 of its appropriated budget to provide loans to local businesses. The EDA is establishing a loan recovery program to assist with businesses that did not receive funds from the state or federal government despite funds being allocated for those purposes. According to New Kent EDA representative Matthew Starr, the program will allow a small business to apply for a loan up to $5,000 maximum. The loan would have to be repaid for within two years, with a deferral period of up to six months. Loans are available only to New Kent…
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New Kent Rotary Club announces scholarship winners

By Community Member | May 23, 2020 12:11 pm

The Rotary Club of New Kent has announced the winners of the Thelma Crump Wilson Rotary and the Rotary Bridging Communities Scholarships. Annabelle Brame, Diamond Brown, Gabriel Fisher, and Alayna Loveland were each awarded the Thelma Crump Rotary Memorial Scholarship at $1,000 apiece. Cole Saunders and Tyler Williams were announced as the winners of the Rotary Bridging Communities Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.

Richart earns Dean’s List honors at Virginia Tech

By Community Member | May 20, 2020 10:45 am

Hailey Richart, a 2017 graduate of New Kent High School, was named to Virginia Tech University’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester. In order to earn the accolade, a student must accumulate a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours.

Editorial: Reopening the state doesn’t mean you have to return to society

By Andre Jones | May 19, 2020 11:30 pm

As states begin to lift restrictions, it may signify a reopening of our lives. However, it does not necessarily mean we have to return to them at this current time. As we enter week nine of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Virginia, the battle remains an internal one if we should reopen the state at portions of a time or should we continue with social distancing and staying at home. Even with Governor Northam having restrictions in place for places to open doors at again with minimal capacity and distances in measures, the fact of the matter is that we,…
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VASI scholarship recipient

By Community Member | May 19, 2020 12:21 pm
Mia Bashore (center), a 2018 graduate of New Kent High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute. She is one of 68 recipients of the scholarship that is given to individuals who intend to further their studies in the criminal justice field at the collegiate or post-graduate level. Accompanying Bashore is New Kent County Sheriff J. Joe McLaughlin Jr. (left) and Chief Deputy Lee Bailey (right).
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