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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 23, 2019

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NKSB names interim superintendent; one speaks at public hearing on search for new school leader

By Andre Jones | March 20, 2019 10:06 pm

Dr. Carol Fenn has been announced as the interim superintendent of New Kent County schools beginning Apr. 27. New Kent’s school board made the announcement on Mar. 18 at its regular monthly meeting. She will be stepping in on a temporary basis as outgoing superintendent of schools David Myers will be transitioning into a new role at Virginia’s Department of Education. Fenn served as superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools for 10 years upon her retirement in 2017. Her background education includes stints as a first and fifth grade reading teacher, elementary and middle school principal, director of instruction, and…
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No speakers at New Kent School Board’s hearing on proposed budget

By Andre Jones | March 19, 2019 2:13 pm

There were no speakers at New Kent’s School Board public hearing on the proposed FY2019-20 budget Monday evening. School finance director Haynie Morgheim provided an update to school board members on the proposed budget. Referring to a joint meeting held by both the school board and county leaders on Mar. 15, approximately $160,000 of a $200,000 request appears that it will be granted to county schools. The reduction of $40,000 along with a state reduction of nearly $99,000 leaves the schools to make up a shortfall of roughly $139,000. Morgheim commented that the shortfall was anticipated and that money in…
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Driving as habitual offender nets Richmond man one-year jail term

By Andre Jones | March 18, 2019 11:10 pm

A Richmond man will spend more than a year in jail for driving after being declared a habitual offender after receiving formal sentencing during New Kent Circuit Court proceedings on Monday. Daryl Lynn Wyche, 49, of the 4800 block of Altar Road, was sentenced to five years in jail with four years suspended (one year to serve) after learning his fate. He also received a 12-month sentence with seven months suspended (five months to serve) for failing to appear at an earlier trial. During a July 9, 2018 trial, Wyche was found guilty of his driving offense after an officer…
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Alleged car thieves among several indicted in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | March 18, 2019 10:26 pm

Two men allegedly involved in the theft of automobiles have been indicted by a New Kent grand jury. Hunter S. Waddell, 21, of the 3500 block of Darbytown Court, Henrico, and Jake Sterling Ragsdale, 27, of the 500 block of E. Read Street, Highland Springs, were indicted of multiple charges related to car theft on Nov. 19, 2018. On that date, New Kent Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Henrico County’s Police Department and the Virginia State Police arrested the two men along with three others who were allegedly involved in the crime. After the arrest, items were found in the…
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VCU plans to bring medical facility to New Kent

By Andre Jones | March 17, 2019 2:04 pm

As more and more people continue to flock to New Kent County and call it a home, the need for emergency services continue to grow. A project that has been in the works for more than five years may soon address those needs. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) announced plans to provide an emergency care center in New Kent County on Mar. 14. The location of the center is projected to be in the Bottoms Bridge area of the county across from the Food Lion on Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail). The western part of New Kent continues to be one of…
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Prepping for growth, New Kent leaders approve purchasing 86.8 acres of land adjacent to George Watkins Elementary

By Andre Jones | March 11, 2019 9:56 pm

The continuous growth of New Kent’s population has not only prompted action for a new elementary school, but also resulted in a transaction that will benefit the county for years to come. New Kent supervisors unanimously approved the purchasing of 86.8 acres of land adjacent to George Watkins Elementary School for $700,000 at Monday night’s meeting. The land, purchased from Karen J. Hemphill and Lynn C. Johnson, will be purposed for the use of the construction of a future school and/or public facilities. District 1 representative Thomas Evelyn talked about the search for property to help relieve the rapid growth…
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Former McDonald’s employee takes plea deal in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | March 11, 2019 8:40 pm

A former employee of the McDonald’s located in the Bottoms Bridge area of New Kent entered a guilty plea to an amended charge as part of Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Donnell Maurice Comfort Jr., 42, of the 700 block of Windomere Avenue, Richmond, pled guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor embezzlement (originally felony embezzlement) stemming from an offense that took place on Oct. 5, 2017. In a summary of evidence, Comfort worked as a shift manager at the establishment. During a shift, he removed a large sum of money from the safe and pocketed it….
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Survey available as part of search for new school superintendent in New Kent

By Community Member | March 8, 2019 3:47 pm

New Kent County’s School Board is seeking feedback as part of their search for a new superintendent of schools. The school board is asking the public to weigh in by completing a survey related to superintendent criteria. The survey can be taken at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewKentSearch and is located on the home page of the school’s website. Hard copies of the surveys are available in the main offices of each school. In addition to surveys, a public hearing on the superintendent of schools will take place on Wednesday, Mar. 20, at 6 p.m., at the school board office. Surveys are available until…
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Internet, meals tax, solar project highlights discussion at Charles City town hall

By Andre Jones | March 6, 2019 10:37 pm

An update on broadband Internet in Charles City, a proposed meals tax, and a potential solar project were subjects addressed during Charles City’s Board of Supervisors Mar. 6 town hall meeting. Garnering 25 attendees, county leaders provided a platform for citizens to ask questions and voice concerns on many topics on the county, including the aforementioned items. Being in development since 2014, providing reliable and a reasonable cost for Internet to Charles City citizens has been a longstanding issue. With thoughts originally thought that residents would have access to the service in 2015, years came and went with no sign…
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Henrico man pleads guilty to Charles City grand larceny

By Andre Jones | March 5, 2019 8:26 pm

A Henrico man entered a guilty plea to grand larceny as part of Tuesday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Adam Garth Clements, 38, of the 300 block of Newbridge Road, entered the plea as part of a plea agreement. In a summary of evidence, on June 25, 2018, Clements worked for David Adkins at the time of the offense. Adkins noticed that items that included copper wire and an extension ladder were stolen. After reporting it to the police, an investigation revealed that a salvage yard had purchased the items, with video evidence identifying the defendant as the…
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