New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 24, 2017


Letter to the Editor: Thanks Eagle Scout for service to construct sign for church

By Community Member | March 8, 2017 8:34 pm

I would like to thank Ben Ward, a Boy Scout, for his efforts in raising funds necessary to coordinate a project that helped Providence United Methodist Church erect a new, beautiful sign in front. His efforts have provided us this sign that will display messages, information, and church programs and events. Ben took on this task as part of his Eagle Scout project and raised all the money required to purchase the sign. He also led the coordination of church volunteers who donated items, cement, and expertise to construct it. We are very proud of Ben for a sign that…
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Division II Odyssey of the Mind winners

By Community Member | March 8, 2017 8:22 pm
New Kent Middle School students Odyssey of the Mind team won the Division II category with their design “Odd-A-Bot” during regional competition on Mar. 4 at Louisa High School. The successful win allows the group to participate in the state contest on Apr. 1. Team members are Zander Klein, Magnolia Lang, Zoe Adkins, Jeyce Adkins, Garrett Long, Madison Capps, and Brianna Bartlett.

New Kent Strong essay winners

By Andre Jones | March 6, 2017 10:23 pm
Winners of the HERO New Kent Strong essay contest received praise and recognition during the Mar. 6 regular meeting of New Kent’s School Board. In conjunction with the Kip Kephart Foundation, winners wrote essays revolving around the theme “Being Kind is Being Strong.” Winners from George Watkins Elementary are Quynn Smith (1st), Hope Giewont (2nd), Taylor Rose (3rd), and Catherine Harris (4th). New Kent Elementary School winners are Bianca Yates (1st), Madison Barnett (2nd), Cassidy Larochelle (3rd), and Campbell Coyle (4th). Placing in the contest from New Kent Middle School are Andrea Sorensen (1st), Kirsten Miller (2nd), Clara Foster (3rd), and Jack Swynford (4th). Andre' Jones photo

Catch of the Day

By Community Member | March 4, 2017 4:10 pm
Eleven-year old Jayden Allen hoists a seven-pound bass caught on Feb. 25. The George Watkins Elementary student made the catch in a local pond as the warm weather allowed ample fishing conditions.

Hands-on healthcare

By Community Member | February 28, 2017 9:43 pm
New Kent County’s Health Department teamed with nursing assistant students from Bridging Communities Career and Technical Center for a hands-on healthcare experience on Feb. 23. The students checked vital signs and conducted blood pressure readings for 33 county employees and provided educational packets promoting healthy living tips that include handwashing techniques and proper fiber and sugar intake.

Daddy-daughter dance

By Community Member | February 28, 2017 11:59 am
Fathers and daughters take part in a conga line as part of the First Annual Daddy-Daughter dance held at Apple Blossom Plantation on Feb. 25. Sponsored by the Charles City Elementary School PTA,  festivities included a dinner date, music, and dancing from both past and present day.

New Kent fourth in state 3A Scholastic Bowl

By Community Member | February 27, 2017 4:35 pm

Seeking to add a state title to their conference and region crowns, New Kent’s Scholastic Bowl team took on three other region winners during last Saturday’s 3A state competition held at William & Mary. Unfortunately, their competitors prevailed. New Kent (0-3) lost to Culpeper (1-2), Blacksburg (2-1), and eventual state champion Cave Spring (3-0) to finish fourth in the state. Team members are Nick Parker, Harrison Hunt, Josh Dore, Gunnar Carlson, Vivian Sanchez, Billy John, Reshyra Jadooram, Lauren Barney, Bryanna Underwood, and Elijah Greer. The team is coached by Matt Duckworth.

Tumbling to the title

By Andre Jones | February 24, 2017 9:53 pm
Sisters Carrington, Cambell, and Chloe Coyle perform splits during their tumbling routine as the trio went on to claim first place in the Grade 3-5 division during the Eighth Annual New Kent Elementary School talent show Friday night. Nineteen acts took the stage as the students thrilled audience through a number of songs, dances, and acts. Below, Brooklyn Maranto’s rendition of “Walkin’ After Midnight” by Patsy Cline earned her the top spot in the Pre-K to Grade 2 division, while at bottom, Jillian and Rhys Wilson garner laughs from the audience acting out a scene from “Let’s Go for a Drive” to earn runner-up recognition for Grade 3-5 competition. Visit our webpage and click on "photo gallery" to see more pictures of the event.Andre' Jones photos

Donations continue to push Bridging Communities programs to forefront

By Andre Jones | February 24, 2017 3:08 pm
Second year HVAC students get a first look at a piece of new equipment donated by Lennox Industries as representative Earl George (rear) provides information about the changes in technology to the unit.Andre' Jones photo

Donations of money, time, and equipment have become more of a frequency for Bridging Communities Career and Technical Center since its opening in 2012. One such donation from Lennox Industries looks to push the school’s HVAC program to the forefront of advancement. Friday’s afternoon presentation of equipment to Bridging Communities marked what is believed to be a partnership to spark interest in more students to pursuing a career in the HVAC field. “Right now the HVAC field has the latest and greatest contractors looking to join them,” said Bridging Communities HVAC instructor Tom Fowler. “There are a lot of major…
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New Kent Envirothon returns Apr. 22

By Community Member | February 22, 2017 6:41 pm

After a one year hiatus, the New Kent Envirothon will return on Saturday, Apr. 22. In conjunction with the New Kent Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, New Kent Clean County Committee, Alliance of Wild Animal Rehabilitators and Educators (AWARE), and Virginia Farm Bureau, the event will have a variety of activities as the event coincides with Earth Day. Activities include educational demonstrations, live animal demonstrations by AWARE rehabilitators, and a variety of booths with tips and tricks for helping the environment. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Historic New Kent High School. Live animal demonstrations are scheduled…
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