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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 21, 2020

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New Kent Stagehands announce audition dates for one-act plays

By Community Member | January 21, 2020 8:58 am

New Kent’s Stagehands have announced that it will have open auditions for its upcoming production. New Kent’s Stagehands will hold auditions on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 for three comedic shorts. The one-act plays “Driver’s Test”, “Life Line”, and “Y’all” will be performed by the organization Apr. 17-19. Auditions will take place at New Kent Middle School. For more information, contact Martha Martin at 350-0750.

WHEP participants

By Community Member | January 19, 2020 11:20 am
New Kent Forces 4-H team competed in the WHEP competition this past weekend in Appomattox. Team members Peyton Carroll (third place), Aidan Horne (fourth place), and Olivia Spears (fifth place) garnered recognition at the event. Also pictured are Liam Holloway, Aspen Carroll, and Logan LeBlanc.

Popcorn for the people

By Community Member | January 19, 2020 11:19 am
Boy Scout Troop 518 and Cub Pack 518 from New Kent donated popcorn collections to the Bridges of Change and New Kent Sheriff’s Office. The donation was part of fundraising efforts to give back to community organizations.

Renick addresses New Kent Rotary

By Community Member | January 18, 2020 9:29 am
Newly elected New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Renick was the guest speaker at New Kent’s Rotary Club Jan. 10 meeting. He spoke about stepping into his new role and his goals for 2020.

Change made in process to start business in New Kent

By Community Member | January 16, 2020 7:25 pm

A key change to start a new business in New Kent County became effective Jan. 1, 2020. New businesses based in New Kent must register their fictitious business or trade name with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC). New Kent County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court will no longer accept new certificates of assumed or fictitious names. The new requirement is the result of an amendment adopted by the Virginia Assembly (Code of Virginia, Chapter 59.1-69). The New Kent Clerk of the Circuit Court will continue to accept filings for cancellations of certificates if the original certificate was filed in…
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CCPS selected as locality for electric school bus program

By Community Member | January 16, 2020 7:18 pm

Charles City Public Schools has been selected as one of the initial localities to implement the use of electric school buses. Dominion Energy will place 50 electric buses in 16 different localities as part of its phase one operations. The buses will be constructed by Thomas Built Buses and expected to be on area roads by the end of 2020. According to a press release, the electric school buses will serve as a grid resource by creating additional energy storage technology to support the company’s integration of distributed renewables such as solar and wind power. The buses also provide environmental…
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Honoring New Kent’s first African-American supervisor

By Andre Jones | January 15, 2020 10:10 pm
Above, family members unveil the historic marker in honor of Samuel Wilson Crump during Wednesday afternoon’s ceremony in front of New Kent’s Historical Courthouse. Crump was the first African-American to serve on New Kent’s Board of Supervisors in 1955, serving a term of eight years and fighting for the rights to desegregate schools. Below, a close-up of the marker reveals just a few details of Crump’s influence in both New Kent County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.Andre' Jones photos

Gregory completes studies at Virginia Tech

By Community Member | January 14, 2020 11:29 pm

Lauren Gregory, a 2015 graduate of New Kent High School, recently completed her studies at Virginia Tech University. Gregory graduated Magna Cum Laude on Dec. 20, 2019 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Horticulture and minored in Entomology.

Editorial: It’s 2020; discrimination and racism still exists

By Andre Jones | January 14, 2020 11:24 pm

It’s 2020. Discrimination still exists. It’s very sad that even in today’s time after centuries of history and decades of fights that discrimination is still present in today’s world. Instead of learning to love each other and accept one another for our differences, there are those who instead choose to single us out because of our unique qualities and traits. In December 2019, a note with a racial slur was given to an African-American student in New Kent High School telling them to “go home.” It was a very disturbing sight to see. A group of people, let alone young…
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Editorial: My opinion on ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries’

By Andre Jones | January 8, 2020 10:31 am

Throughout the last month, the rise of “second amendment sanctuaries” has grown due to the declaration by county leadership. The declaration means that local counties will support people’s rights to bear arms as written in the United States Constitution and will oppose any legislation that may be passed at the state level to prohibit it. I’ve been asked my opinion on this issue and I will keep it simple; don’t attempt to strip the right of the people in an effort to control firearms. In an editorial I wrote on Feb. 20, 2018, I wrote that gun laws are not…
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