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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 11, 2021

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Henrico man to serve six months in jail after caught with stolen truck in Charles City

By Andre Jones | April 9, 2021 4:28 pm

A Henrico man will spend the next six months in jail after accepting a plea deal during Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Stephen Michael Duncan Jr., 50, of the 2300 block of Bailey Drive, entered a no contest plea to one count each of grand larceny and misdemeanor trespassing. One charge of misdemeanor destruction of property was dropped. A no contest plea indicates that evidence presented by the prosecution would be enough to convict the defendant of the crime. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on Dec. 31, 2020, a man was…
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New Kent public safety officers present information in hopes for pay increases, scale decompression

By Andre Jones | April 1, 2021 9:56 am

Financial decisions to be made by New Kent’s Board of Supervisors for their 2021-2022 budget have been difficult as more and more departments continue to request funding. At the Mar. 31 morning work session, concerns by public safety officials had county leaders on notice. Representatives of New Kent Sheriff’s Office and New Kent’s Fire and EMS Department approached the board of supervisors in efforts to garner more financial support and pay increases for employees. Captain Joey McClaughlin of New Kent Sheriff’s Office was the first to address county leaders at the work session. His slide show presentation depicted the difficulties…
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Charles City Public Schools receive $500,000 grant from DMME

By Andre Jones | March 28, 2021 5:21 pm

Charles City County Public Schools received a $500,000 grant from the Solar Enhanced Energy Savings Performance Contract Program at the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME). In a Mar. 26 press release, the project, which includes the 712.5 kilowatt ground mounted solar array, will improve energy equity while advancing the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals. The awarding of the grant had been an expected one for more than a year. When Charles City County schools entered into discussions with ABM Solutions for repairs and upgrades to the complex, part of the conversations circulated around the $500,000 award. Representatives of ABM…
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Pay increases for employees subject matter as superintendent pitches budget request to Charles City Board of Supervisors

By Andre Jones | March 23, 2021 11:07 pm

As budget season approaches, Charles City County Public Schools Superintendent Dalphine Joppy is hoping the county will provide financial support in what is expected to be a difficult year to find educators. Joppy, along with her staff, formally presented their $6.65 million budget for local funding to county leaders during Tuesday night’s Charles City Board of Supervisors meeting. After an introduction from School Board Chairman Rodney Tyler, Joppy went into details reflecting the requested funding for FY2021-2022. Among her main focus was providing pay increases to employees. Joppy pointed out to supervisors that the budget includes pay raises for teachers,…
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Charles City School Board approves $6.65 million budget for FY2021-22

By Andre Jones | March 17, 2021 10:55 am

Charles City School Board members approved its proposed budget for FY2021-22 at Tuesday night’s meeting that saw a slight decrease in local contributions from the county. At the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy, school leaders voted 4-0 to approve requesting $6,650,828 in local funds as part of an overall budget of $11,366,610 for the upcoming cycle. District 1 representative Joy Harris was not present for the meeting. Joppy spoke about the reduction of the school’s original request from the county in the amount of $6,843,772. Playing a role in the reducing of funds was a provision for summer…
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Charles City Public Schools restricting public access on school grounds starting Apr. 1

By Andre Jones | March 17, 2021 10:54 am

Charles City County Public Schools will be limiting access to their facilities effective April 1. School board leaders agreed to suspend public access to the grounds and buildings as several projects are expected to take place within the facility this Spring. All facility rental requests from outside parties will not be granted (with the exception of special circumstances such as vaccine clinics). Access to the school’s athletic fields, track, and parking lot will also be closed. Current school groups and programs, such as athletic teams, will still be able to utilize facilities for practices and home baseball/softball games.

Redistricting zones approved by New Kent School Board

By Andre Jones | March 15, 2021 9:09 pm

With Quinton Elementary School coming online in Fall 2022, New Kent’s School Board approved a redistricting plan during Monday night’s work session. Board members approved 3-0 on a third option proposed after feedback from the public during its March 1 regular meeting. District 1 representative Wayne Meade and District 5 school leader Gail Hardinge were not physically present at the meeting to vote. At the Mar. 1 regular board meeting, Cropper GIS presented a modified layout of its original plan to board members. In their original plans, the focus revolved around the Brickshire and Oakmont subdivisions and what zones that…
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Newport News man admits to robbing Lanexa grocery store

By Andre Jones | March 15, 2021 8:53 pm

A Newport News man who robbed a Lanexa store has entered a guilty plea to the crime as part of an agreement reached Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. Karim Aziz Muhammad, 47, of the 100 block of North Redwood Court, pled guilty to one count of robbery stemming from an Apr. 11, 2020 heist. In a summary of evidence by special prosecutor Rob Tyler, Muhammad entered Stewart’s Grocery store and walked up to the counter with a bag of peanuts, pretending to make a purchase. When the cashier opened the drawer, the defendant implicated that he was going…
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Lanexa woman indicted in connection to 2019 murder of New Kent businessman

By Andre Jones | March 15, 2021 8:19 pm

A Lanexa woman has been indicted in connection to the murder of a New Kent businessman after a grand jury convened Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court. Misty Nicole Jenkins, 44, of the 15000 block of Pocahontas Trail, was indicted on one charge each of second-degree murder and firearm larceny. In Dec. 2019, New Kent Sheriff’s Office received a call for service around 2 p.m. First responders arrived at the scene and located a male down. While medical aid was provided, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was later identified as Elmer Lee Stewart, a…
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Superintendent pitches need for financial support at New Kent Supervisors’ budget retreat

By Robb Johnson | March 13, 2021 6:09 pm

A Friday morning meeting at the Providence Forge Recreation Center provided New Kent’s Board of Supervisors insight on what school leadership will face and need financially both in the immediate future and years to come. Superintendent of Schools Brian Nichols began the day with information pertaining to Governor Ralph Northam’s intention to have all students back inside school buildings five days a week. Currently, COVID-19 restrictions limits the number of students on the bus as well as in the classrooms due to the recommendation of six-feet between students. The superintendent added that while there is a decline in elementary school…
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