New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 24, 2020


Positive test shuts down horse racing at Colonial Downs for season

By Community Member | August 16, 2020 6:51 pm

Horse racing at Colonial Downs has been cancelled for the remainder of the season after a jockey tested positive for COVID-19. The result of the test brings a screeching halt to racing at the New Kent track, that was scheduled to conclude in September. “Colonial Downs Group places the health and safety of our team, partners, and visitors as our top priority,” said the organization through a press release. “We established thorough protocols prior to the 2020 racing season to address any issues that may arise from the coronavirus pandemic. “In making our decision, we collaborated with the Virginia Department…
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‘Rookie of the Year’

By Andre Jones | August 10, 2020 6:46 pm
New Kent County Board is Supervisors chairwoman Patricia Paige (left) presents Randolph College and New Kent High School Class of 2019 graduate Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs (right) a proclamation in recognition of being named the college’s “Rookie of the Year.” The former Lady Trojan set five school records in the sports of cross-country and indoor track and field in distance events while being named to the all cross-country team in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.Andre Jones photo

Serving up academic achievements

By Community Member | August 6, 2020 1:42 am
New Kent High School’s volleyball team is the recipient of the 2020 USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award. The team sustained a grade-point average of 3.44 for the year and was only one out of 22 schools in Virginia to receive the award. The team also was one of only 1,329 high schools in the nation to receive this award that is offered to more than 16,500 eligible institutions.

Albertson inks with Averett

By Community Member | July 30, 2020 11:07 pm
Recent New Kent High School graduate Logan Albertson (center, seated) is joined by family as he signs a letter of intent to play baseball at Averett University. He plans to major in business management.

Curry siblings medal at games

By Community Member | July 29, 2020 9:03 am
Siblings Lauren (left) and Jayden Curry (right) garnered a total of 10 medals at the Virginia Commonwealth Games Track & Field meet held July 25 at Liberty University. Lauren finished first in the 11-12 year old age group in the high jump, long jump, 80-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, and the shot put, and added second place finishes in the 100-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Jayden won the high jump competition in the 13-14 year old boys’ division, and finished as runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles and the 800 meter run.

Pinehurst bound

By Community Member | July 22, 2020 6:13 pm
Harrison Opett, a rising third grader at New Kent Elementary School, earned an invitation to play in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Harrison qualified for the event by winning the Richmond and Hampton Road tours and meeting the scoring requirements. Harrison’s brother, Rylan, was previously a three-time qualifier for the championship tour.

Colonial Downs shifts to spectator-free racing for 2020 season

By Community Member | July 21, 2020 4:43 pm

Colonial Downs Group, a subsidiary of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, has announced that it will not allow spectators on the grounds for horse-racing for the 2020 race season. The decision to conduct the meeting without spectators was a response to a request made by the Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) and Virginia Horseman Benevolent and Protective Agency (VHBPA). “We accept the position of our industry partners that adjusting to spectator-free racing is ultimately best for protecting the health and safety of our racing participants,” said John Marshall, Executive Vice President of Operations for Colonial Downs. “Our team is prepared to deliver a…
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Back-to-back bass fishing wins

By Community Member | July 20, 2020 10:14 pm
Providence Forge resident Ronnie Baker won back-to-back events in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League this past weekend in Henderson, North Carolina. Baker hauled in 16 pounds of bass in Saturday’s event, followed by a haul of 14 pounds, 15 ounces in Sunday’s competition. Baker earned more than $6,500 in prize money.

Horse racing returning to Colonial Downs on July 27

By Community Member | July 11, 2020 10:37 am

Colonial Downs has announced the return of live horse racing beginning July 27. The new season at the track in New Kent will feature an 18-day race schedule. Races will be conducted Monday-Wednesday, with post times beginning at 5:30 p.m. The premiere race, the Virginia Derby, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Spectators will be allowed to attend the horse races under guidelines imposed by the order of Governor Ralph Northam. A maximum of 1,000 people will be allowed to spectate the race. Face coverings will be required for all attendees inside the facilities, while coverings will be highly…
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One final at-bat

By Community Member | July 6, 2020 8:16 pm
Four recent graduates from New Kent High School had an opportunity to play in a Senior Night baseball game at Deltaville Ballpark. The game, organized by community members, consisted of 46 seniors from 10 area high schools and was a game that recognized those who did not get to experience a senior season. Above (at left), New Kent’s Nate Kagey and Benjamin Ward converge with other area seniors on the mound before the game.
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