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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 20, 2019


Habitat for Humanity new homeowners

By Robb Johnson | November 17, 2019 3:04 pm
Above, LaShawn Roberts cannot hold her enthusiasm as she cuts the ribbon of her new home as she is one of three families to become new homeowners on Nov. 16 as part of Habitat for Humanity program in New Kent. Each home was built by volunteers and community members. Mortgages paid on these buildings by the new homeowners are passed forward to assist others in the program.Robb Johnson photos

Tractor Supply grand opening

By Robb Johnson | November 17, 2019 2:32 pm
A ribbon is cut in front of the new Tractor Supply store in Bottoms Bridge signifying its grand opening Saturday morning. On hand and taking part of the ceremony are (l to r) Brian Lockett, Kevin Tompkins, New Kent Board of Supervisors chairman and District 2 representative Tommy Tiller, store manager Ben Hoskyn, district manager Maurice Angel, and Lauri Rahea.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent University’s Class of 2019

By Robb Johnson | November 15, 2019 11:01 am
New Kent’s University Class of 2019 gathered for a reception prior to New Kent’s Board of Supervisors meeting on Nov. 15. The class is the 13th to complete the program that provides government insight to citizens through courses over a 10-week period.Robb Johnson photo

‘Truckster’ provides good cause during holiday season

By Robb Johnson | November 13, 2019 1:35 am
Michelle Ward (third from right) poses along with representatives from nonprofit organizations that use the 'Truckster' to spread joy during the holiday season.

For the last few holiday seasons, a replica of a famous movie vehicle has made its rounds in New Kent County. In a play on words, that automobile has been a vehicle to brightening the holiday season for several families in needs. The “Truckster” is a vehicle from the 1983 movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation”. With a love for the the series, Safe and Sound owner Chuck Ward came up with the idea to replicate the vehicle based on the 1989 rendition from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The “Truckster” is a special type of vehicle that looks wacky on the outside,…
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Editorial: Our communities are not invulnerable, but we can’t live in fear

By Andre Jones | November 12, 2019 1:00 pm

The last few weeks have taught us that even in Charles City and New Kent, we’re not invulnerable to serious and deadly crimes. A few weeks ago, an attempted armed carjacking took place in Providence Forge’s Forge Center, an area that is visited by literally a thousand people every day. The result of that crime was the serious injuries to two people. This past weekend, a man lost his life in a shooting in Charles City, the county’s first homicide in more than a decade. Most of us view these crimes as serious, as we should. But when we hear…
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AHA donations to Charles City Public Schools

By Community Member | November 7, 2019 7:06 pm
American Heart Association representative Caroline Snell (second from right) presents Charles City Elementary School nurse Sheila Wooden, principal Ed Van Dyke, and physical education teacher Patricia Wood equipment to support recess activities as part of its “Tools for Schools” initiative. In conjunction with a donation from Draper Aden Associates, the program is part of an implementation to improve physical activity and social skills among peer groups.

Editorial: Be blessed that you can vote and respect the outcome of elections

By Andre Jones | November 5, 2019 6:23 pm

*Editor’s Note: This editorial was written and published prior to the release of results. We have all been blessed with the write to make a choice and to vote. Several people have given their lives and made countless sacrifices for this right. It was an honor to cast my vote and will always continue to be one. I remember hearing stories about the difficulties that came with voting prior to my birth. I specifically recall a story on a record by Jerry Clower that spoke about how one of his family members worked overtime just to get enough money to…
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Shaved at halftime for breast cancer awareness

By Robb Johnson | November 2, 2019 1:34 pm
New Kent junior Cort Kegley shaved his head at halftime of Friday night's football game in support of Breast Cancer awareness month after meeting a set goal of $1,000. The community and school eclipsed that goal, bringing in $1,543 in one week for the cause.Robb Johnson photo

New Kent Stagehands present ‘The Tin Woman’

By Community Member | November 1, 2019 1:28 pm

New Kent Stagehands will present “The Tin Woman” by Sean Grennan from Nov. 21-24 at New Kent Middle School. Based on a true story, “The Tin Woman” uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life. The story focuses on two different families when dealing with grief in different ways. Show times on Nov. 21-23 are at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. start on Nov. 24. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For information, call 932-3155.

CCES ‘Trunk or Treat’

By Community Member | November 1, 2019 1:22 pm
Children and adults parade around the front of Charles City Elementary School for some Halloween fun as part of the second annual “Trunk or Treat” sponsored by Charles City Elementary School’s PTO. More than 500 people attended the event that consisted of 48 trunks that consisted of treats, mild frights, and a fun atmosphere for all.
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