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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 18, 2020

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Convictions against Lanexa man overturned in Virginia Court of Appeals

By Community Member | February 17, 2020 2:58 pm

A Lanexa man had two charges overturned by the Virginia Court of Appeals during an Oct. 1, 2019 hearing. W. Walker Ware IV had one charge of embezzlement and attempted extortion tossed by Judge William G. Petty. During a June 18, 2018 trial, a New Kent Circuit Court jury had rendered verdicts against Ware, claiming that the developer for a New Kent subdivision failed to repair roads in a subdivision. The Commonwealth’s Attorney at that time, Linwood Gregory, said the defendant had also attempted to raise the cost to repair the road from $200 to $5,000. At that time, the…
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New Kent Sheriff’s Office searching for missing woman

By Community Member | February 17, 2020 11:57 am

New Kent Sheriff’s Office is asking for information about a woman who has been missing since Saturday night. Joan Marie Orr, 69, of the 8900 block of Tunstall Road, was last seen at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15. She left in a gray 2013 Ford Escape with Virginia license plate WSG-1153. It is currently unknown her direction or destination. Orr does have certain medical conditions that require medication, and it is believed she is not currently in possession of those medications. Orr is approximately 5’3”, 138 pounds with red hair and brown eyes. If you have any information about her…
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Cumberland Hospital therapist charged, arraigned in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | February 10, 2020 1:44 pm

An employee of Cumberland Hospital in New Kent County was indicted by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury on Feb. 5 related to crimes against a minor. Herschel Harden, 72, was indicted on two charges of sexual penetration by force stemming incidents that took place from the Fall 2018 to Winter 2019. Harden worked as a psychotherapist at the facility when the crimes allegedly took place. He appeared for arraignment in New Kent Circuit Court on Monday morning. After hearing the two charges, Harden was granted the ability to hire a lawyer by Judge B. Elliott Bondurant. The defendant has approximately two…
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Budget of $35 million recommended for New Kent’s school operations for FY20-21

By Robb Johnson | February 5, 2020 7:27 am

New Kent superintendent of schools Brian Nichols presented his first budget to members of the school board during Monday night’s regular meeting. Nichols’ recommended school general fund comes in at $34,788,631 for FY20-21. That figure is approximately $2,336,860 more than the current year’s budget. Factoring in the school textbook fund, nutrition budget, and grant fund, the recommended overall number for the next school fiscal year is $37,350,592. Nichols is asking for $15,159,595 from county funding in the budget, an increase of $925,000. State revenue funding is expected to increase by $1,411,860 to $19,410,556, which is the equivalent of 7.8 percent….
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CSX updates dates of railroad crossings closings in New Kent, Charles City

By Community Member | February 2, 2020 12:10 pm

CSX has announced modifications to dates of closings of railroad crossings in New Kent and Charles City County: Feb. 3- North Adkins Road in New Kent. Feb. 4- Colony Trail between Tyree Isle Road and Fort James Court in New Kent. Feb. 5- E. Riverside Drive between S. Waterside Drive and Marina Road, Outpost Road, and Rockahock Road in New Kent. Feb. 6- Landing Road in New Kent. Feb. 10- Barnetts Road in Charles City. Feb. 11- Roxbury Road in Charles City.

Thru trucks prohibited on Charles City Road; details provided on recent broadband grant

By Andre Jones | February 2, 2020 11:38 am

Following suit to similar action taking in Oct. 2019, Charles City’s Board of Supervisors approved restricting thru truck traffic on another road in the county. County leaders unanimously approved prohibition of thru traffic trucks on Charles City Road (Route 600) at the Jan. 30 board meeting. In Oct. 2019, supervisors passed a motion to restrict thru truck traffic on a portion of Old Union Road (Route 603). During the public comments, while people praised the decision, residents on Charles City Road were concerned that trucks would utilize their road as an alternate route into Henrico County. As that meeting, District…
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Questions still loom over proposed power plants in Charles City

By Robb Johnson | January 30, 2020 12:03 am

Proposed power plants in Charles City has stirred up controversy in Charles City, specifically regarding notifications from the company and county leaders. Residents had the opportunity to inquire and question one company during a Jan. 28 public meeting at the high school. Approximately 100 people were in attendance when Balico LLC, the company behind the Chickahominy Power Plant, was present to hear feedback from the public. Along with representatives of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the two-and-a-half-hour session consisted of a blend of mixed feedback from local residents. After providing an overview of the public, the floor was open…
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Broadband committee presents first plan to New Kent leaders

By Andre Jones | January 29, 2020 12:12 pm

With Internet becoming more of a necessity in today’s society, New Kent County leaders received an update of bringing broadband Internet to the county. New Kent Broadband Advisory committee chairman Chris Stone made a presentation to county leaders at Wednesday morning’s work session. Utilizing his 25 years of background, Stone’s presentation spoke about several problems the county faced with the lack of high-speed internet. Stories about businesses spending money just to connect to the Internet to students having inadequate access to log online were among the top problems the committee faced when formalizing a plan. Stone opened up his presentation…
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Search begins for missing New Kent man

By Community Member | January 22, 2020 9:28 pm
Christopher M. Smith

An alert has been issued to locate a New Kent man who went missing on Jan. 4. Christopher McKinley Smith, 55, of the 20000 block of Tabernacle Road, has been reported missing according to a press release by New Kent Sheriff’s Office. The press release also indicates that his vehicle was found on Interstate 64 near mile marker 199. Family members have expressed concern as it is unusual for him to not be in contact with his family according to New Kent County Sheriff J. Joe McLaughlin Jr. Smith is described as 6’2”, 180 pound black male. He has black…
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Charles City awarded $4 million grant for broadband initiative

By Andre Jones | January 22, 2020 2:18 pm

With the ongoing struggle of Internet services in Charles City County, the Commonwealth of Virginia is stepping in to assist the locality. Governor Ralph Northam presented a check in the amount of $3,966,012 to county leaders as part of the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative. The Wednesday morning presentation at Charles City’s Library was another step in the right direction for the county. The funds are a part of a broadband initiative to rural localities, and are expected to provide access to 2,000 citizens within the county. The award is the most given to a locality out of $18.3 million in grants…
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