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Charles City dangerous intersection revamp to begin on June 26

By Community Member | June 20, 2017 12:50 pm

The intersection of Lott Cary Road and Barnetts Road will undergo construction beginning June 26. The project, announced in November 2014, was set out to make the interchange safer. The crossroads has seen more than 25 accidents over the last 40 years. Delays and closures of both roads are expected as the new realignment begins. The project is estimated at $2.28 million. No timetable for completion has been announced. You can read the original 2014 story by clicking here.

Forge new paths, cherish old ones New Kent grads instructed

By Andre Jones | June 17, 2017 12:18 am
Young ladies of New Kent High School’s graduating class look to their supporters after the opening processional during Friday night’s ceremonies.Andre' Jones photos

As New Kent High School’s Class of 2017 sat together inside of VCU’s Siegel Center Friday night, the 223 graduates received messages that focused on forging new paths in life and remember the ones they had already taken. Family and friends joined in the celebration as high school principal Christopher Valdrighi approached the podium to speak to the outgoing senior class. “Today we celebrate your hard work and perseverance,” he said. “You have achieved this goal to earn your diploma. “To the parents, family, and friends in attendance, you have been the support team of this senior group,” Valdrighi continued….
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New Kent High School Class of 2017 Valedictorian- Vivian Sanchez

By Andre Jones | June 16, 2017 11:10 pm

Vivian Sanchez posted a grade-point average of 4.5 as valedictorian for New Kent High School’s Class of 2017. She was a member of the BETA club, Virginia Green Team, Quiz Bowl, and participated on the high school’s tennis team. Vivian will be attending John Hopkins University and plans to double-major in computer science and biomedical engineering. She is the daughter of Martin Sanchez and Hui Min Mao.

New Kent High School Class of 2017 Salutatorian- Madelyn Shiflett

By Andre Jones | June 16, 2017 11:08 pm

Madelyn Shiflett is salutatorian of New Kent High School’s Class of 2017 with a grade-point average of 4.4. She was a member of the BETA club, Eternity Club, FCA, and also ran on the cross-country track team. Madelyn plans to attend the University of Mary Washington and pursue her studies in history with a minor in museum studies. She is the daughter of Stacy and Tricia Shiflett.

New Kent High School Class of 2017 scholarships and awards

By Community Member | June 16, 2017 10:51 pm

Lucy Adamson- Farm Credit William R. Davis Sr. Memorial Endowment, Louise Miller Clopton and William Boy Clopton Memorial, Sarah Lindsey Gupta Charitable Foundation. Michael Amadeo- New Bridge Baptist Church, New Kent High School Principal’s, New Kent Junior Women’s Club, Sarah Lindsey Gupta Charitable Foundation, Shenandoah University Academic. Tyler Anthony- New Kent Chamber of Commerce Educational. Hayley Ashford- Allstate VHSL Andrew Mullins Courageous Achievement, Bottom of the bridge LaSertoma, Charles City-New Kent Retired Teachers Association, Charles E. Carlton Business, Chris Clark Memorial Art, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans State Scholar, Proclaiming Grace Outreach Jenna Grace King Memorial, Martha Dandridge Women’s…
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New Kent High School Class of 2017

By Community Member | June 16, 2017 10:04 pm

Lucy Anne Adamson Alan Grenfell Alcock III Talon Woodrow Wilson Buckle Kahuhipa O’Kalani Almeida Michael Anthony Amadeo Aliyah Ames Renee Hope Anderson Tyler James Anthony Hayley Elizabeth Ashford Charles Thomas Atkinson Jacob Ryan Atkinson Emily Ashley Bagga Cole Thomas Baldwin Rachelle Marie Barker Johnathan Bryant Batkins Taylor Shay Baumgardner Christopher Cole Beach Jequan Todd Beaulieu Chazz Demecci Beaver Michael Douglas Vehney Aaliyah Sheree Bell William Jay Bellamy Josue Adiran Benitez Jazmine Rayne Berry Loran Michelle Blackmon Bobby Ray Boggs III Sherese LaKailin Bonner William Tyler Bradby Nathan Ryan Brady Jada Sherrell Brandon Jenna Renee Brinkley Bryan Austin Brooks Savanna Jo…
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Petty named new Charles City High School principal

By Community Member | June 14, 2017 4:45 pm

Marcus Petty Sr. has been named as the new principal of Charles City High School effective July 1. Petty’s appointment comes after the resignation of Panagiotis Tsigaridas who held the position for two years. Petty served as assistant principal for the high school last year and has spent time in an administrative position at L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield County.

Johnson elevated to county administrator for Charles City

By Andre Jones | June 14, 2017 4:29 pm

Charles City County native Michelle Johnson has been announced as the new county administrator effective June 14. She takes over for Zach Trogdon, who resigned from the position to accept a job in Williamsburg. Johnson has worked for the county for 12 years as the deputy county administrator and county finance director. Her appointment to her new role is historic, as she not only becomes the first deputy county administrator to be elevated, but she becomes the first female from Charles City to hold the position. “I am greatly honored to represent Charles City,” Johnson said in a June 14…
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Judge upholds 14-year sentence recommended by jury in Henrico Jail East drug possession case

By Andre Jones | June 13, 2017 11:04 am

Judge B. Elliott Bondurant upheld the recommendation of a jury as a Henrico Jail East inmate will serve an additional 14 years in prison after June 12 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Bondurant sentenced Arain Wright, 50, to 10 years in prison with three suspended (seven to serve) on one count of delivering drugs to a prisoner. He also imposed the same sentence on a conspiracy charge to deliver drugs to a prisoner. A jury trial last April stemmed around Wright’s involvement with distributing heroin on Oct. 4, 2014 while he was a prisoner in Henrico Jail East. After…
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Four-year prison term imposed on Virginia Beach teen after leading high-speed chase in New Kent

By Andre Jones | June 13, 2017 10:04 am

A four-year prison term was imposed on a Virginia Beach teen who fled from New Kent and other law enforcement agencies during a high-speed chase last fall. Morris Von Westlove II, 18, received formal sentencing during June 12 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. His active four-year term will be served in the Youthful Offender Program at the prison. During an Apr. 15 trial, Westlove entered guilty pleas to two counts of felony destruction of property, one count of felony eluding, one count of obtaining a credit card without permission, and one count of assault and battery on a law…
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