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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 16, 2019


New Kent Food Pantry re-dedication

By Community Member | June 25, 2019 3:30 pm
New Kent’s Food Pantry, located in Providence Forge, was rededicated during a Tuesday morning ceremony. The pantry provides nutritional assistance to seniors, individuals, and families in need in New Kent and Charles City. Pictured are food pantry volunteers Scotty Hager, Phillip Felts, Al Adkins, Dotty Brandon, Gary Benedict, Jackie Brown, Kathy Hade, Phil Hayes, Sharon Traylor, Billy Abell, John Leyo, and Paul Ross. Not pictured are Annamarie Johnson, Charlie Johnson, William Steward, Joanne Terrell, Kim Martin, Sandy Johnson, Rick Binkowski, Tony Godsey, Warren Cosby, Wilbur Collins, Sandy Collins, Jack Simzak, and Marilyn Leyo.

New Kent Public Schools 4th Quarter Honor Rolls 2018-2019

By Community Member | June 25, 2019 11:07 am

George Watkins Elementary School Grade 3- All A’s: Kaylee Bickett, Vincent Bohardt, Ava Brandon, Danica Brewster, Caleb Chandler, Ava Cook, Bella Del Monico-Page, Zoe Doucet, Haliah Douglas, Lilith Featherston, William Ferrell, Noelle Friedriszik, Emily Garcia Recinos, Anniston Habib, Owen John, Ethan Johnson, Hannah Kubicki, Sebastian Lavini, Maren Lawton, Morgan Macy, Peyton Marcinkevich, Jordan Meade, Rayne Otey, Carinne Pagano, Josiah Pulling, Samantha Reiss, Carli Robertson, Tori Robertson, Braxton Rudd, Hailee Saunders, Serenity Seay, Aubrey Shipp, Elle Spain, Madison Stone, Owen Stroop, Ella Sutton, Clara Wigley, Christopher Wolfe. A/B Honor Roll: Georgia Anacarrow, Amiya Armstead, Ryleigh Bell, Cadee Bennett, Lauren Bratcher, Colton…
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Donation to Bridges of Change

By Community Member | June 24, 2019 2:00 pm
New Kent Rotary representative Colleen Bonadonna (right) presents a check to Karen Mortensen, who is representing the Bridges of Change, a check during the club’s June 21 meeting. The donation will assist the Bridges of Change in efforts to build a new domestic violence shelter in the county.

New Kent rejoins Richmond Region Tourism

By Community Member | June 24, 2019 1:54 pm

After a one-year hiatus for an evaluation, New Kent County will rejoin Richmond Region Tourism effective July 1. The organization works alongside counties throughout the Richmond area to promote locality’s tourism. “New Kent is a modern and dynamic place to live, work, and play, and the county is the second-fastest growing locality in the state,” said New Kent County Administrator Rodney Hathaway in a press release. “Richmond Region Tourism has always been an important partner for New Kent and we look forward to working with the team again to promote the county’s vast array of attractions.”

Smolnik addresses New Kent Rotary Club

By Community Member | June 22, 2019 5:31 pm
New Kent Director of Economic Development Matthew Smolnik was the guest speaker at the June 14 meeting of New Kent’s Rotary Club. He spoke about events coming to Colonial Downs and the opening of the Farmer’s Market on July 8.

Two NKHS grads named to Dean’s List at James Madison University

By Community Member | June 19, 2019 8:41 pm

Derric Bayne, a 2018 graduate of New Kent High School, and Julianna Jones, a 2017 graduate of New Kent High School, were both named to James Madison University’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. In order to be named for the honor, a student must be taking at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.

Wisneski named general manager of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs

By Community Member | June 19, 2019 8:33 pm

Stephanie Wisneski has been named as general manager of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs in New Kent. Wisneski had worked as the Director of Compliance for the Colonial Downs Group since October 2018. Prior to that position, she worked as the compliance manager for Miami Valley Gaming and Racing in Lebanon Ohio.

Editorial: Graduation speeches prove lessons learned outside of the classroom

By Andre Jones | June 18, 2019 4:46 pm

Over the past two weeks, I had the honor of attending the 2019 commencement ceremonies for Charles City and New Kent High School. And while I have attended many of these occasions in the past, it was evident that the messages delivered by the valedictorian and salutatorians in each class that the graduates have already experienced real life situations and adulthood. Starting in Charles City, valedictorian Jason Brown’s message talked about making others proud and being a representation. He was not afraid to share his message and personal backstory of how just after months he was born, his mother was…
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Letter to the Editor: Pledges quality service and programs at Charles City Library

By Andre Jones | June 18, 2019 2:54 pm

In response to the editorial “Staff and supporters must continue to promote Charles City’s Library” published in the June 9 edition of the Chronicle, I want to offer my reassurance that the library staff will continue to offer programming and materials that are relevant, current, and engaging. The library continues to add new programs and services to evaluate the effectiveness and usage of what we offer at both Heritage Public Library locations. The Charles City Library now has the space and the schedule to accommodate more people and more programs, as well as our summer reading program schedule that will…
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Babin awarded Fary Memorial Scholarship

By Community Member | June 17, 2019 4:20 pm

Noah Babin, a recent graduate of New Kent High School, has been awarded a four-year scholarship from the Fary Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, in the amount of $25,000, will assist Noah with his studies at Randolph-Macon College. The scholarship is available to students residing in 16 counties in Eastern Virginia. For information, visit

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