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


Gilman speaks to NK Rotary

By Community Member | April 8, 2017 12:21 pm
Jeannie Gilman provided a presentation on New Kent’s Envirothon at the Apr. 7 meeting of New Kent’s Rotary Club. She also informed the group of services and projects provided by the Clean County Committee.

Ribbon-cutting christens Heritage Public Library’s relocation in New Kent

By Andre Jones | April 8, 2017 11:52 am
Heritage Public Library's director Barbara Winters and Del. Chris Peace (center) join local leaders in Saturday morning's ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the library.Andre' Jones photos

After a year in the making, New Kent’s branch of the Heritage Public Library has a new, permanent home. Saturday morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony put the exclamation point on the library’s relocation to the Maidstone Development Park. With 100 people in attendance, including several state and local dignitaries, the once abandoned Colonial Virginia Bank building now houses thousands of books. “There were lots of people who didn’t think this would happen,” said outgoing Heritage Public Library director Barbara Winters, who will be relocating to Minneapolis to spend more time with her family. “There were a few times where the library’s…
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Nurses learn at Cumberland Hospital in New Kent

By Community Member | April 7, 2017 7:47 pm
Rappahannock Community College (RCC) nursing students Stephanie Walke, Jiali Watson, Courtney Schmidt, and Samantha Carter participated in the college’s clinical site at Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents in New Kent as part of their studies. RCC’s associate degree nursing program is ranked the highest among all college-based programs in Virginia, according to

Lanexa neighbors use exercise to keep streets clean

By Community Member | April 7, 2017 7:32 pm
Lanexa residents Karen Hershberg (left) and Bill Hill (right) combine exercise and citizenship to keep their road clean.

An informal alliance of Lanexa neighbors is making sure that their healthful excursions up and down their neighborhood roads accomplish more than just increased heart rates. Bill Hill and Karen Hershberg take daily walks along their highways, picking up litter on a daily basis as part of their morning excursions. For Hill, it was a doctor prescribed walking regimen to improve his health that initiated his clean-up campaign. Carrying a trash bag with him on his daily walks, he matriculates along Homestead Road when daylight hits. “We just hate the idea of litter along our road and don’t understand why…
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Randolph honored

By Community Member | April 6, 2017 2:58 pm
Charles City native Rita Randolph was recently honored with the 2017 HomeAgain Community Leadership Award for 35 years of service with Dominion’s EnergyShare program at a Mar. 30 awards dinner. She has worked with the program that assists families in paying bills and provides energy-saving upgrades since its inception in 1982 and has been employed with Dominion for 35 years.

Heartwarming homecoming

By Community Member | April 6, 2017 2:43 pm
Jacob Kothe (right), a graduate of New Kent High School’s class of 2012, is greeted on Apr. 1 after serving an 11-month deployment in Qatar for the Virginia National Guard. Kothe served in the Lynchburg-based 1st Batallion, and the 116th Infantry Reigiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and is one of the 450 soldiers who returned in the battalion known as the “Red Dragons.”

Local students excel at Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School

By Community Member | March 27, 2017 9:09 pm
New Kent students Samantha Miller (third from left) and Justin Mitchell (third from right), both whom attend Chesapeake Bay’s Governor’s School, recently participated in the 14th Annual Science Symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University. Miller and Mitchell presented results of two-year projects they each conducted to a panel of judges at the competition. Miller’s topic was “The Study of the Efficacy of Multiple Oyster Restoration Strategies,” while Mitchell conducted his research on “A Study on the Population of Anuilla Rostrata in the Chickahominy River.”

Outreach to New Kent’s Rotary

By Community Member | March 24, 2017 8:11 pm
Jim Crouse (right) and Melanie King (second from right) of Proclaiming Grace Outreach gave a presentation on the organization’s services during New Kent Rotary’s Mar. 17 meeting.

Economical impact

By Community Member | March 22, 2017 9:04 pm
New Kent’s Commissioner of Revenue Laura Ecimovic addressed members of New Kent’s Chamber of Commerce at their regular March meeting at Phillips Energy Inc. She addressed attendees on the continuing growth of the county and the way it impacts local economy and business.

Honoring World War veterans

By Community Member | March 22, 2017 8:56 pm
Delegate Chris Peace (left) spends time with World War II veteran Otis Timberlake of Providence Forge as part of New Kent Historical Commission’s and the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission honoring of local veterans on Mar. 18 at New Kent Courthouse. The event honored veterans of both wars through pictures, mobile exhibits, interactive museums, and informational sessions as part of a three-day recognition for their sacrifices in defending the United States.
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