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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 17, 2018


Editorial: Businesses will continue to seek to build along Interstate 64 in New Kent

By Andre Jones | December 20, 2017 10:37 am

As New Kent County continues to grow, businesses are looking at the opportunities to fine prime real estate in the locality in order to become profitable. Sometimes, the business attempts to locate to New Kent is met with opposition. When Wilco-Hess originally decided to build a gas station adjacent to the Pilot on Route 106 (Emmaus Church Road) near Interstate 64, people began to question the decision. When Love’s decided that a location across from Pilot was ideal for them, social media became a hotbed of a heated debate. As news releases appeared on the Chronicle’s Facebook page about the…
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Donation for Charles City library

By Community Member | December 20, 2017 12:16 am
Waste Management of Virginia Senior District Manager Brian McClung (center) presents a $50,000 check to Charles City County Administrator Michelle Johnson (right) and Heritage Regional Library Foundation chairman James Tyler (left) during an Dec. 18 presentation. The money will be used towards the building of the Charles City Library and Center for Local History that is expected to break ground in Spring 2018.

Donation to Wounded Fund

By Community Member | December 19, 2017 2:00 pm
New Kent Rotary Club president Jo Drain (right) presented a check to Tom Winfrey of the Families of the Wounded Fund at the Dec. 15 meeting. The donation stems from funds raised from the organization’s annual muscle car show.

Kip Kephart Citizenship Award winners

By Community Member | December 19, 2017 12:52 am
New Kent Sheriff’s Office presented its annual Citizenship Awards sponsored by the Kip Kephart Foundation to students during Dec. 14 ceremonies. The award is given to students who display citizenship in the community and school based on recommendation of school staff members. All winners will have their name placed on a plaque that sits in the school. Above, Keller Harris (center, wearing tie) is the award winner at G.W. Watkins Elementary School. Pictured are (l to r) teacher Meagan Southward, principal Russ Macomber, school staff member Daryell Harris, NKSO Corporal Kevin Watkins, brother Peyton Harris, mother Candy Harris, father John Harris, and Kip Kephart Foundation representative Steve Rula.

Christmas in Charles City

By Andre Jones | December 16, 2017 12:49 pm
Above, members of Cub Scout Troop 504 based out of Charles City honor veterans with their float as they sing to onlookers as part of Charles City’s annual Christmas Parade held Saturday morning. More than 75 entries made their way down Courthouse Road as temperatures warmed up throughout the morning. Below, Parrish Hill Baptist Church’s Youth Department float is an eye-catching attraction as spectators wave. At bottom, Santa Claus continues to make his rounds through the local communities as he sends holiday greetings to girls and boys.Andre' Jones photos

Giving for a good cause

By Community Member | December 14, 2017 4:17 pm
Members of Girl Scout Troop 179 in New Kent collected more than 700 gifts to distribute to families in need in New Kent and Charles City for the holiday season. The girls range from ages 6-8 and used the experience to learn the importance of giving. Pictured are (front, l to r) Maren Lawton, Lula Van Bourgondien, Sianna Pinn, Tenley Wood, Autumn Davis, Coral Peranio, Lauren Bratcher, Olivia Roane, (back, l to r) Troop Leader Angela Bratcher, Co-leader Brittne Paranio, Director of Social Services Jon Martz, County Administrator Rodney Hathaway, Asst. Director of Social Services Suzanne Grable, and Co-leader Oneida Wood.

New Kent Public Schools First Quarter Honor Rolls 2017-18

By Community Member | December 13, 2017 1:01 pm

George Watkins Elementary School Grade 3- All A’s: Caroline Bandy, Morgan Capps, Addison Chandler, Emilee Edwards, Pepper Ferrell, Bryden Goodman, Ryan Griffith-LaFond, Rebecca Hallock, Dylan Holloway, Andrew McNabb, Kenley Rowe, Layla Sale, Hannah Stevens, Grayson Strickler, Kelsey Sutton, Raegan Wade, Kayleigh Walker, Rella Whelan, Anderson White, William Wilson Jr. A/B Honor Roll: Jose Alicea-Gransback IV, Gamble Austin, Jack Baldwin, Samuel Barkley, Keegan Branch, Lucas Canter, Raegan Carnohan, Alexis Crawford, Andrew Crump, Colby Denton, Kaydence Elbourn, Lucas Figuly, Victoria Fish, Mia Gill, Joshua Harris, Devin Hayes, Anna Henley, Shawn Holt, Carmyn Jenkins, Aiden Johnson, Brennan Johnson, Ryan Jones, Kolby Lacy, Autumn…
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Editorial: Putting the outside world on pause at times can be healthy

By Andre Jones | December 12, 2017 10:25 pm

Providence Forge’s Christmas Parade provided an opportunity for families to come out and spend some quality time with each other. The event was free to onlookers, and provided companies, individuals, and organizations the opportunity to participate whether it was promotion or if it was for fun. For me and probably some others, it was a chance to enjoy the event and not worry about the outside world. In today’s society, there are many things that tend to yank us in a number of directions. From the issues with government to paying bills, the list tends to overrun what our minds…
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Logan’s library

By Community Member | December 12, 2017 8:47 pm
Former Charles City Elementary School secretary Sharon Logan (third from left) is joined by members of Charles City’s school board and superintendent David Gaston as she is honored by having Charles City Elementary’s School media center named after her. Logan spent more than 40 years in the county’s school system and attended to a variety of duties that included working as an administrative assistant to attendance clerk.

Bushhouse inducted into honor society

By Community Member | December 12, 2017 4:42 pm

David Bushhouse, New Kent High School’s Class of 2015 Salutatorian, was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honor society for college men and women, during an Oct. 29 ceremony at Hampden-Sydney College. Members are selected based on their influence as campus leaders to better campus life and to encourage high standards in all activities. Bushhouse is a member of Chi Beta Phi (science), Chi Alpha campus ministry, and Union-Philanthropic Literacy Society. David is the son of Steven and Jennifer Bushhouse of Quinton.

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