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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | December 15, 2017

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Courthouse Road to close in Charles City for annual Christmas parade

By Community Member | December 12, 2017 5:38 pm

Courthouse Road (Route 155) in Charles City will close Saturday, Dec. 16, for the county’s annual Christmas parade. Courthouse will be closed from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. between Lott Cary Road (Rt. 602) to Ruthville Rd. (Route 612). Motorists can use the following detours: -Traveling northbound: Take Lott Cary Road (Rt. 602) to Adkins Road (Rt. 618). Make a right onto Adkins Road and travel to Pocahontas Trail (Rt. 60) in New Kent. Turn right onto Pocahontas Trail and turn right onto Courthouse Road (Rt. 155 South). -Traveling southbound: Take Rt. 155 North (Courthouse Road) to Pocahontas Trail (Rt. 60) in…
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Action on Farms of New Kent PUD amendment deferred

By Andre Jones | December 11, 2017 11:45 pm

After two-and-a-half years of work, negotiations, and meetings with county residents, a Planned Unit Development (PUD) amendment for the Farms of New Kent appeared before county supervisors seeking favorable approval for the changes. But with a document that spanned more than 200 pages and with only a limited time before the finalized versions appeared before county leaders, it was just too much to digest at the moment. County supervisors deferred action on the PUD until January’s work session after more than an hour worth of dialogue at the Dec. 11 public hearing. New Kent’s Director of Community Development Matthew Smolnik…
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Driving intoxicated in New Kent lands man two-year jail term

By Andre Jones | December 11, 2017 11:48 am

A Mechanicsville man will serve a minimal mandatory two years in jail after receiving formal sentencing on two felony charges as part of Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Darren Wright Snyder, 46, of the 9300 block of Howard Drive, received one year active terms on one charge each of felony driving revoked/endangerment and felony DUI after being previously convicted of a similar offense. At an Aug. 28 trial, Snyder entered guilty pleas to both of the crimes. Just before midnight on Dec. 2, 2016, a New Kent deputy observed a truck traveling east on Route 60 and…
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Details revealed regarding meeting on Internet in Charles City

By Andre Jones | December 6, 2017 10:08 pm

With continuing frustrations mounting from both citizens and county leaders in regard to promise of high-speed Internet service, Charles City supervisor Bill Coada and county administrator Michelle Johnson provided an update as part of the board’s quarterly work session. Coada and Johnson attended a Nov. 30 meeting with SCS Broadband, the company who is supplying Internet access, and Design 9, the company that constructed towers and the system for SCS Broadband to place equipment on. Coada commented that he wasn’t too happy with Design 9. “I looked at them and asked them did they design a system that wouldn’t bring…
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Weight limit imposed on Goddins Mill Pond bridge in New Kent

By Community Member | December 6, 2017 8:28 pm

Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced Friday afternoon that a four-ton weight limit has been imposed on Goddins Mill Pond Bridge on Holly Fork Road in New Kent. The bridge had been previously closed to all traffic after a Dec. 6 announcement came as a result of a routine bridge inspection. Officials designated at that time that the bridge had deteriorated to a point where it must be closed to traffic for further inspection and possible repairs or replacement. A second inspection of the structure led to the imposing of a four-ton vehicle limit. Motorists with vehicles that weigh more…
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Route 60 to close for parade on Dec. 10

By Community Member | December 4, 2017 9:12 pm

Traffic along Pocahontas Trail (Route 60) in New Kent will be diverted on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. for the Providence Forge Christmas parade. Traffic will be closed from the intersection of Carriage Road (Rt. 629) and Route 60 to the intersection of Olivet Church Road (Rt. 618) and Route 60. Motorists will be re-routed to use the Boulevard for those traveling eastbound and westbound on Route 60. Courthouse Road (Rt. 155) will be closed at the intersection of Route 60 both north and south. Travelers driving in those directions will be diverted to detours and are encouraged to…
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High-speed Internet service proposed to NK supervisors

By Andre Jones | November 29, 2017 12:42 pm

New Kent county leaders received a look at the first plans to bring high-speed Internet to the county. SCS Broadband representatives Lon Welchel and Clay Stewart appeared before the county’s board of supervisors at Wednesday morning’s work session. The broadband design presentation relayed an overview of plans to bring the service provider to New Kent. Stewart said plans are to provide unlimited data to residents with speeds ranging from 10-50 megabytes per second. Current plans utilize placing equipment on towers within the county. That equipment will provide a radius ranging from three to twelve miles away from the tower. Additional…
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Charles City extends personal property tax deadline to Dec. 15

By Community Member | November 28, 2017 9:54 pm

Charles City’s Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to extend the deadline for personal property taxes to be paid by ten days. Taxes for the county are now due on Friday, Dec. 15. The decision to extend the date from Dec. 5 was made after citizens voiced concerns to county leaders through phone calls and the public comment period about the late arrival of the tax bills.

Tattling by iPhone imprisons Quinton man for one year

By Andre Jones | November 27, 2017 3:20 pm

A voice recognition application on a Quinton man’s iPhone has landed him a one-year jail sentence. Jon Matthew Willis, 23, of the 6300 block of Hickory Road, received formal sentencing on one count each of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of marijuana during Nov. 27 New Kent Circuit Court proceedings. During a Sept. 18 trial where the defendant entered guilty pleas to both charges, evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory revealed that on Mar. 13, New Kent deputies stopped a vehicle that was a target of a drug operation. The driver of the vehicle,…
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Update: Two injured on Route 60 in afternoon accident

By Community Member | November 23, 2017 5:19 pm

A Thanksgiving afternoon accident has resulted in one person being transported by helicopter to a local medical facility. Virginia State Police said shortly before 3 p.m., two individuals were pushing a disabled 1991 Ford Explorer with another steering the car on Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) in New Kent around the 9000 block when it was struck by a 2012 Honda Civic from the rear. The two individuals pushing the vehicle sustained serious injuries, with one being transported by helicopter and the other by ambulance. The individual steering the disabled car was not injured. Virginia State Police identified the driver of…
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