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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 26, 2018


Autism Awareness Week donation

By Community Member | May 24, 2018 9:10 am
Third Base Grill owners Owen Berry and Scott Motley (center) present a check of $8,175 to New Kent Elementary School as part of Autism Awareness week. The funds are used to buy sensory items, support class curriculum, and new communication devices. Pictured are (l to r) Kate Harding, Cole Rudd, NKES teacher Melissa George, Jenni Harding, and NKES principal John Moncrief.

Editorial: Approach New Kent’s town hall meeting with the mindset of a juror

By Andre Jones | May 23, 2018 2:42 am

As New Kent’s town hall approaches Thursday night (May 24), those in attendance should be in the mindset as if they are being questioned as a potential juror for a trial. Now, a lot of people just paused when they read that statement and questioned how what I just said has anything to do with a town hall revolving around Colonial Downs reopening and the possibility of a casino coming to New Kent. Well, let me give you a brief yet thorough explanation. During the jury selection process, the judge will ask potential jurors if they have seen or read…
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First ‘State Banquet’

By Robb Johnson | May 22, 2018 10:22 am
The Chickahominy Tribal Center in Charles City hosted the first “State Banquet” between the Chickahominy Tribe, Charles City County, surrounding tribes, and British Delegation on Sunday, May 20. The celebration reflected on the life of Pocahontas and her relationship to close the gap between Native Americans and the British people. Above, Chickahominy Tribe Chief Stephen Adkins (right) is joined by former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (left), while below, a mixture of members of the Chickahominy Tribe, local delegates, and representatives from Great Britain join in for lunch and the informative session.Robb Johnson photos

Charles Haupt, former owner of family-owned Charles City store, succumbs

By Andre Jones | May 21, 2018 11:32 am
Charles Haupt and his wife Jeanette proudly operated Haupt's Country Store from 1976-2012.Andre' Jones photo

A man that brought pleasure at his family-owned country store to the Charles City community for several years has died. Charles Edward Haupt, 77, of Goochland and formerly of Charles City, died at his home on May 16, 2018. Along with his wife Jeanette, Charles operated the store on John Tyler Memorial Highway beginning in 1976. The store was owned by his parents, George H. and Julia Major Haupt, and his grandparents since 1893. Charles continued to be hands-on in his operations within his store. With a combination of antiques, animal mounts, pictures, and everyday products, he assisted customers in…
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Charles City Public Schools 2018 ‘Teacher of the Year’

By Andre Jones | May 17, 2018 8:29 pm
Charles City High School health and physical education teacher Irving Bradby (right) beams a smile after school board chairwoman Helen Payne-Jones (left) presents him the award as the school district’s ‘Teacher of the Year’. Bradby, a graduate of Charles City High School, received the nomination from his peers for his tireless enthusiasm, dedication to improving classroom and school sports, and persistence to show students who graduate from the school can be successful anywhere they go. Pictured at bottom are (l to r) Charles City superintendent of schools David Gaston, Payne-Jones, Charles City Elementary School’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ and kindergarten instructor Jessica Tench, Bradby, and Charles City Educational Foundation Executive Director Jackie Stewart.Andre' Jones photos

Local students graduate from Rappahannock Community College

By Community Member | May 16, 2018 9:15 pm

Several Charles City and New Kent residents received either degrees or certifications through Rappahannock Community College as part of its graduation ceremonies that took place on May 11. Charles City dual-enrollment students earning certificates/degrees are Jared Baber (intro to engineering tech), Matthew Bartle (basic network and cybersecurity, gaming), Jawuan Bowman (HVAC), Sa’Quan Bowman (HVAC), Charles Brown (diesel mechanics technology), Kirsten Burkhead (culinary arts), Dominic Davis (HVAC), George Englehart (diesel mechanics technology), Dylan Jones (diesel mechanics technology), Shania King (culinary arts), Lori Montgomery (nurse aide), Noah Palmer (basic network and cybersecurity, game design and development),Johnathan Seymour (intro to engineering tech), Savannah…
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Editorial: It’s time for Charles City’s school board and county supervisors to sit down and talk

By Andre Jones | May 16, 2018 12:24 am

With tension mounting between Charles City’s Board of Supervisors and Charles City’s School Board, it’s time for both boards to sit down and talk. This tension isn’t all negative, but the presence was felt at Tuesday night’s board of supervisors meeting. With speakers voicing concerns about the funds for schools while supervisors explained their viewpoints and stance, there is a line of communication that needs to be re-established. While staff of the Chronicle appreciates being quoted and referenced, county leaders and school leaders must re-engage in face-to-face interaction instead of trading comments through print media. While it does make for…
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New Kent Public Schools 2018 ‘Teacher of the Year’

By Andre Jones | May 14, 2018 9:33 pm
Above, New Kent Middle School teacher Tamika Hathaway (left) is recognized by superintendent of schools Dave Myers (right) as the school district’s “Teacher of the Year” during a Monday afternoon. Hathaway received the recognition after colleagues praised her for her endless enthusiasm for education, commitment to equip students academically, and providing rich experiences in and out of the classroom. At bottom, teachers from each of the four county schools are recognized for their contributions to New Kent’s educational system. Pictured are (l to r) school board chairwoman Gail Hardinge, George Watkins Elementary School fifth grade teacher Steven Secore, New Kent High School Social Studies teacher Ryan Parry, Hathaway, New Kent Elementary School special education teacher Therese O’Dea, and Myers.Andre' Jones photos

Lunch for hungry riders

By Community Member | May 13, 2018 8:58 pm
Hungry riders line up for plates as volunteers from Charles City’s Ruritan Club and Cedar Grove Baptist Church served more than 1,800 lunches last Saturday during the Cap-2-Cap bicycle event in the county.

Emmons earns Doctorate from Old Dominion University

By Community Member | May 12, 2018 11:34 pm

Ethan Emmons, a 2008 graduate of New Kent High School, was awarded a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University as part of May 4 commencement exercises. Emmons received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2012. He will be practicing physical therapy at Sentara Hospital in Norfolk.

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