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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 9, 2020

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CCPS announce application results as part of search for new superintendent

By Community Member | April 9, 2020 4:00 pm

Charles City County Public Schools have announced the numbers of applicants as part of its search for a new superintendent of schools. Of 34 inquiries, 27 full applications were received. Of the full applications, four are current or former superintendents, five are assistant or deputy superintendents, 10 are central office administrators, six are principal or business level administrators, and two have other experience. Eighteen men and nine women are applying for the position. Twenty-two of the 27 applicants are from Virginia, with the other five coming from out-of-state from the locations of Georgia, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, and Puerto Rico….
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Charles City school board approves FY2020-21 budget

By Andre Jones | April 2, 2020 4:45 am

Charles City School Board members approved its FY2020-21 budget at an April 1 special call meeting. In order to meet the state mandated deadline, school board representative gathered with essential personal in the high school media center. Superintendent of schools David Gaston recapped the $11,826,693 operation budget that included the addition of 18 positions. He also highlighted the changes to the $1,400,301 in the proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that school board members asked for at the March 3 public hearing. Despite school board members passing both proposals unanimously to send to the board of supervisors, changes are expected to…
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Quinton man to serve year in jail for assaulting law enforcement officers

By Andre Jones | March 30, 2020 2:24 pm

A Quinton man who threatened officers with a shotgun after a heated argument on Mar. 3, 2019, will spend a year in jail. Eric Tremaine Williams Sr., 47, of the 1400 block of Quaker Road, received his sentence during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. During a Dec. 17, 2019 contested trial, New Kent deputies testified how they responded to Williams residence to serve a warrant on Eric Williams Jr. After Williams Jr. and Donna Williams (Williams Sr.’s wife) started arguing with officers, Williams Sr. emerged on the porch. One of the deputies testified they saw Williams Sr….
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First case of coronavirus identified in New Kent

By Community Member | March 27, 2020 11:42 am

The Chickahominy Health District (CHD) announced today (March 27) the first COVID-19 case in New Kent County. The individual is a female in her 20s who has been monitoring herself at home and whose symptoms are resolving. Charles City County, who also falls under the umbrella in the Chickahominy Health District, identified its first case last week. CHD continues to work with the Virginia Department of Health and the Center of Disease and Control prevention to provide the best guidelines for the community. Social distancing is still being encouraged to be practiced to lessen the impact of the spread of…
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Suspects wanted in larceny of FasMart in Bottoms Bridge

By Community Member | March 26, 2020 1:56 pm
Security footage surveillance video and pictures show the suspects and their vehicle that was used in a larceny on March 26 at FasMart in Bottoms Bridge.

New Kent Sheriff’s Office is seeking information relating to an early morning larceny on March 26 in the Bottoms Bridge area of the county. Around 1:40 a.m., three suspects entered the FasMart located at the 2000 block of Pocahontas Trail. Items stolen from the incident were cigarettes and lottery tickets. Video footage showed the three males exiting a black jeep. Suspect one, identified as the drive, is described as a white male with a brown beard, wearing a gray Columbia American flag cap, blue jacket, a light-colored shirt, blue jeans, and muck boots. The second suspect is identified as a…
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Coronavirus having financial impact on funding new elementary school in New Kent

By Andre Jones | March 25, 2020 11:46 am

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has already impacted school and government buildings. Now, its aim is now being directed at financial projects, including the construction of a new elementary school in New Kent. New Kent Board of Supervisors converged at Wednesday’s morning work session to conduct county business. During the portion that addressed school bonds to assist with funding the project, supervisors received information that the Virginia Public School Authority bond process had set a deadline for April 2 to enter into a pool that assists with bonds. However, that deadline was extended to April 15, giving county leaders…
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Superintendents work to make adjustments as school buildings close for academic year

By Andre Jones | March 25, 2020 2:18 am

A mandate by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has closed school building doors for the rest of the academic year. Northam announced the mandate Monday afternoon that all school buildings will close for the rest of the year. He also said that non-essential businesses, such as shops that perform body care, along with recreational businesses will close for at least 30 days. While the school buildings are closed, education will continue through a plethora of ways for Charles City and New Kent County. Both superintendents issued press releases Tuesday afternoon to address the dilemma. “We will continue to work hard at…
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COVID-19: How coronavirus has impacted Charles City and New Kent

By Andre Jones | March 21, 2020 12:53 pm

With parts of the nation hunkering down due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the pandemic has affected life for several people. The drastic changes have resulted in a shift on approaching everyday situations. But for some, the adjustment is just another day in the line of work, while others are trying to plot their next move. The Chronicle interviewed several people Friday to receive updates and viewpoints on how situations are being handled, as well as thoughts about the pandemic. Rodney Hathaway-County Administrator, New Kent New Kent County Administrator Rodney Hathaway said that the situation involving COVID-19 is changing rapidly and that…
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Williamsburg man to serve five years for abducting, assaulting family member in New Kent

By Andre Jones | March 16, 2020 5:27 pm

A Williamsburg man will spend the next five years in prison after entering a no contest plea to a single count of abduction and two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery on a family member. Dillon Dakota Lawson, 28, of the 1500 block of London Company Way, entered the three pleas as part of an agreement reach Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. A no contest plea stipulates that evidence presented in the trial would be enough to convict the defendant of the crimes. In a summary of evidence, on July 28, 2019, officers responded to a residence on…
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Prisoners who broke safety system indicted in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | March 16, 2020 5:19 pm

Three men who tried to destroy a fire protection system at Henrico Jail East in New Kent have been indicted by a grand jury. Treione Gholson, 22, James Terrance Edgefield Jr., 28, and John Lawrence Ellis Jr., 22, all of Henrico Jail East, were indicted on charges that stemmed over a one-month period. On Nov. 5, 2019, Edgefield and Ellis allegedly tried to break the system. Three days later, Gholson allegedly tried the same thing. On Dec. 4, 2019, Ellis picked up a second charge on a similar crime. In other indictments certified by the grand jury: –Jonathan Earl Anderson,…
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