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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 24, 2019


Official: Fall athletics return to Charles City High School

By Robb Johnson | August 17, 2019 8:52 am
Charles City head football coach Sherod Jones (left) addresses his team in preparation for the 2019 season.Robb Johnson photo

Fall 2018 saw difficulties faced by Charles City High School’s athletics’ programs. With a lack of student interest, football and volleyball were cancelled for the year as questions arose about if both programs would return in 2019. The answer came Saturday morning. Charles City High School athletic director Andre’ Jones announced that the school will be fielding both football and volleyball teams for the 2019-2020 school year. “After a thorough evaluation over the last two weeks of both sports, I am thrilled to announce the return of fall athletics to the school,” said Jones. “The turnout by our student-athletes on…
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Racing returns to Colonial Downs

By Robb Johnson | August 9, 2019 1:07 pm
Speed App (8), ridden by Horacio Karamonos, leads a pack in second race during the first live day of horse racing at Colonial Downs on Aug. 8. Approximately 3,000 people attended the reopening to see 10 races with purses ranging from $30,000-$70,000 for winners.Robb Johnson photo

Christian elevated to role as assistant NBA coach

By Andre Jones | August 1, 2019 9:08 pm

After leading the Capital City Go-Go to a 25-25 record in its inaugural season, New Kent native Jarell Christian has been elevated to the position of assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. The announcement came as part of an Aug. 1 press release from the organization. Christian, who has been coaching for 10 years, spent stints coaching at the collegiate level and NBA Development/G League. Stops for the 2004 graduate of New Kent High School include Emory and Henry University as both a player and a coach, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Oklahoma City as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma…
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Third straight trip to Pinehurst

By Community Member | July 20, 2019 8:48 am
Rylan Opett, a rising fourth grader at New Kent Elementary School, will be participating at his third consecutive U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina. He is one of 1,500 invite-only participants from around the world and will play three 18-hole rounds. Rylan also will participate at the “Drive, Chip, and Putt” region qualifier to earn a chance to play at Oakmont.

After early sacrifices, New Kent man lives Olympics dream decades later

By Robb Johnson | July 11, 2019 5:15 pm
Fred Matthies lived his Olympic dream by competing in the Senior Olympics last June in Albuquerque.

It’s never too late to live a dream if one truly pursues it. For a New Kent resident, after sacrificing time to serve his county, he is living his desires through the Senior Olympics. Fred Matthies put his Olympic desires on hold, only to see them emerge in his latter years. And that patience has resulted in several medals and a trip to the Senior National Olympics in June. Matthies journey began in Redwood Estates, California, with dreams of participating in the world competition after having a successful career in the long jump event. However, he decided to join the…
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Jones looks to revive athletics at Charles City High School

By Robb Johnson | July 10, 2019 12:54 am
Charles City High School athletic director Andre' Jones looks to revive programs and increase student participation.Robb Johnson photo

When most people see Charles City native Andre’ Jones, he’s covering a board meeting, a community event, or a person is reading his articles in the New Kent-Charles City Chronicle. But like a lot of people in today’s society, Jones holds a multitude of side jobs. But when a call came from Charles City High School to become the athletic director in Summer 2018, there was one thing on his mind. “I had to do it,” he said. “My heart couldn’t see me abandoning my high school alum and this group of kids.” Jones began the process of reviving the…
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Curry siblings qualify for AAU National Track and Field championships

By Community Member | July 1, 2019 11:58 am

New Kent sibling Jayden and Lauren Curry both qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina, by placing in the regional championships this past weekend at Hampton University. Jayden cleared a height of 5’0” to win the boys’ 13U age group, while sister won the girls’ 11U age division in the same event with a clearance of 4’0”. Jayden also placed fourth in the 1500-meter run (5:25), and Lauren placed sixth in the 800-meter run (2:54).

Mueller, Mecongeli named to Class 3A all-state first teams

By Community Member | June 25, 2019 11:16 am

New Kent Lady Trojan softball outfielder McKenna Mueller and New Kent boys’ soccer midfielder Matteo Mecongeli were named to their respective Class 3A State first teams. Mueller was the only freshman to be named to the Class 3A state softball first team. Teammates Gracie Ellis (pitcher) and Taylor Yates (second base) were recognized to the Class 3A state second team. Mecongeli’s nomination was the top honor received by a Trojan soccer player at the state level. Teammates Spencer Gilland (forward) and Adam Caldwell (defender) were recognized as selections to Class 3A’s second team.

Free general admission to Colonial Downs during race season

By Community Member | June 16, 2019 8:45 am

Colonial Downs have announced that general admission will be free for the upcoming horse racing season. Patrons will be able to attend the venue at no cost during the 15-day race season that spans from Aug. 8 to Sept. 7. Clubhouse viewing starts at $5, with access to higher level suite seating at an additional cost. For more information, visit

League tournament champions

By Community Member | June 6, 2019 6:04 pm
Charles City’s 8U softball team won the league tournament at RF&P Park in Glen Allen in a two-day tournament from June 1-2. The team won three games within a two-day span. Pictured are (front, l to r) Raygan Otey, Eryn Brown, Rose Grubbs, Caitlyn Sheridan, (center, l to r) Serenity Woodley, Vyktorya Otey, Riley Waldron, Lailah Miles, Lanasia Crewe, and Coach Gus Waldron (back). Not pictured are Aalaya King, McKinzey Meredith, Natalie Lewis, and Coach Ka’Sheena Allen.
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