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News Archives for 2008

NK citizens group unhappy with single meeting format

By Alan Chamberlain | December 17, 2008 9:33 am

New Kent County officials have agreed to schedule one town hall meeting, but are stopping short of committing to a series of quarterly gatherings as requested by a local citizen watchdog group. And representatives of that group say that is not enough. Last month, officers with the New Kent County Citizens Coalition asked county Board of Supervisors members to enact a resolution, paving the way for quarterly town hall meetings during which county residents could quiz officials on government matters. County officials promised to study the request. In a Dec. 5 letter from County Administrator John Budesky to the coalition’s…
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CC exploring ambulance, personnel rentals for EMS

By Alan Chamberlain | December 17, 2008 9:32 am

Ambulance and personnel rental agreements with agencies outside of Charles City could be the county’s solution to its immediate crisis of providing emergency medical service on a 24/7 basis. Discussions are ongoing with neighboring New Kent County for stationing a New Kent ambulance in Charles City. Then there are talks with a private firm that rents qualified personnel for staffing emergency vehicles. Charles City’s all-volunteer fire and rescue squad lists only about 20 members, thus problems arise when it comes to having personnel available at all hours. County Administrator Jack Miniclier told Board of Supervisors members during their Monday work…
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Truck stop permit approved, zoning law hearing extended

By Alan Chamberlain | December 17, 2008 9:30 am

A New Kent business that has been functioning illegally as a truck stop now has a county permit in hand enabling its operation to continue. But strict conditions have been tacked on, allowing county officials more clout when it comes to enforcement. New Kent Board of Supervisors members voted 5-0 during their Dec. 8 meeting to award Pilot Travel Center a conditional use permit. The business, located on Route 106 just south of the Interstate 64 interchange, has been in violation of county zoning law due to trucks parking there overnight and indoor shower stalls that were constructed without a…
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Project to save marshland applauded in Charles City

By Alan Chamberlain | December 17, 2008 9:28 am

Wildlife and conservation officials are applauding a $211,000 public/private effort to save more than 500 acres of tidal marshland along the James River in Charles City County. Corporate sponsors, working under the banners of the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the James River Association, pitched in to install 1,825 feet of riprap, creating a stone barrier between the river and marsh at Ducking Stool Point. The site is where Herring Creek empties into the James, just downstream from the main house at Westover Plantation. Westover’s owners, Fred and Muschi Fisher, hosted a Dec. 4…
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More arrests made in Operation Happy Holidays in CC

By Alan Chamberlain | December 17, 2008 9:27 am

With the arrests of two more Charles City men, the number of suspects charged in Operation Happy Holidays, the latest drug sweep in the county, has risen to 20. Authorities arrested Jonta Johnson, 25, of 7343 Church Lane, on Dec. 3 when the suspect showed up at his girlfriend’s apartment in Hopewell, Capt. Jayson Crawley said on Friday. Johnson is charged with nine counts of cocaine distribution and one count each of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and felony child endangerment. He is being held without bond. Last Friday, meanwhile, deputies arrested the second man when he appeared in Charles City…
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Charges in botched robbery certified to NK grand jury

By Alan Chamberlain | December 17, 2008 9:26 am

At first, all Derek D. Moore wanted was to score some marijuana. But a simple question to another teen about where to find weed evolved into a scheme that left another teen dead. Now, Moore and four other Williamsburg area 18-year-olds are one step closer to trial on felony charges stemming from an Oct. 14 fatal shooting and apparent botched robbery at the rented house of a reputed drug dealer in the Lanexa area of New Kent County. Yesterday (Tuesday) after a preliminary hearing lasting just over two hours, New Kent General District Court Judge R. Bruce Long certified charges…
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Budget woes in NK, CC

By Alan Chamberlain | December 17, 2008 9:24 am

Local government departments in Charles City are facing cuts as the county’s Board of Supervisors prepares to tackle budget matters for the next fiscal year. County departments that have personnel payrolls are being asked to trim their existing budgets by 6.5 percent while those with no payroll line item are being told to implement a 2.5 percent reduction in operating expenses, county finance director Jay Brown said following supervisors’ Monday work session. Final budget cuts will not be known until county officials have a better handle on revenue, Brown said. Real estate taxes were due in early December, and totaling…
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Turnovers, missed free throws costly to NK

By Alan Chamberlain | December 12, 2008 1:57 pm

Inability to take better care of the ball and cash in at the free throw stripe down the stretch doomed New Kent’s Lady Trojans in their basketball season opener with visiting West Point. But on the bright side, the result of the Dec. 1 clash did not count in the hosts’ overall record. West Point took advantage of 15 New Kent fourth quarter turnovers and sank just enough free throws in the final seconds to hold off the Lady Trojans 56-53. The hosts, meanwhile, made 10 trips to the foul line in the final 1:20, converting five. Two shots were…
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Panthers overcome slow start to top K&Q

By Alan Chamberlain | December 12, 2008 1:56 pm

Despite hitting only 25 percent of their shots from the floor and a shade under 60 percent from the free throw stripe, Charles City’s host Panthers had more than enough firepower to turn back King & Queen’s invading Tigers in the basketball season opener for both. After a slow start, Charles City pulled the Tigers out of their preferred zone defense, picked up the pace, and went on to a 53-45 triumph in the Dec. 4 contest. Having to operate against a zone does not fit the Panthers’ style, first-year head coach Brenner Carter said afterward. “Once we started playing…
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NK platooning, pressure wears down West Point

By Alan Chamberlain | December 12, 2008 1:55 pm

New Kent’s basketball season opener with invading West Point did not count in the standings, but the host Trojans played as if the season was on the line. A smothering first half press quickly wore down and intimidated the Pointers in a contest that left little doubt as to the outcome after one quarter. The Trojans used a 13-0 run over the final two minutes of the opening quarter to stretch a three-point lead to 16 and pulled away from there on the way to a 107-60 conquest. The Dec. 1 opener was billed as a “benefit” game that is…
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