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News Archives for March, 2010

Cave Spring ends New Kent state Group AA title run

By Alan Chamberlain | March 18, 2010 10:29 am

On the path to what would be their first Group AA state basketball title, New Kent’s Trojans encountered a 6-foot-11 roadblock in the form of Cave Spring center Josh Henderson. The Vanderbilt-bound senior poured in 31 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as the defending Division 3 state champion Knights halted New Kent’s quest with a 71-59 state semifinal victory. “We’ve never seen anybody like that,” New Kent coach Ed Allen said after the March 9 contest inside VCU’s Siegel Center ended his team’s season at 25-3. “It’s really hard to prepare for somebody that size in one day,” he said,…
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New Kent fourth takes out Western Albemarle

By Alan Chamberlain | March 18, 2010 10:26 am

New Kent’s Trojans used an 8-0 run to distance themselves from Western Albemarle’s Region II champion Warriors in the fourth quarter of their Group AA Division 3 state basketball quarterfinal contest on the floor of James Madison University’s Convocation Center in Harrisonburg. Then the Warriors self-destructed, incurring three technical fouls, an intentional foul, and a player ejection, all in the final minute. The mayhem translated into a 71-55 New Kent triumph and a berth for the Trojans in the state semifinals. “We did a good job not losing our composure,” New Kent coach Ed Allen said after the late game…
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Proposed New Kent capital spending at $1.9 million

By Alan Chamberlain | March 18, 2010 10:25 am

A proposed five-year county Capital Improvement Plan that reflects the troubled state of the economy is now under perusal by New Kent’s Planning Commission. While the proposal features a laundry list of projects totaling $91.3 million over the next five years, only a small fraction is being recommended for the next fiscal year (2010-11). Monday night, County Administrator Cabell Lawton unveiled the proposed plan before commission members. “We did not remove any projects, but we did defer most,” he told planners. “At [the Board of Supervisors’] recent retreat, there were concerns with the economy and not doing any new major…
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CC School Board, supervisors spar over money, office space

By Alan Chamberlain | March 18, 2010 10:24 am

Charles City School Board members have been clamoring for a face-to-face work session with the county’s Board of Supervisors. Last week, they got their wish. The joint meeting followed a March 10 formal presentation of the schools’ proposed $12 million next year budget to supervisors. The format centered on issues brought up by the School Board. Discourse proved to be polite, but the session took on tense tones at times, starting when assistant county administrator Jay Brown revealed that during the last fiscal year, schools had not utilized $600,000 in county money. The money had been returned to the county…
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NK supervisors narrowly pass Vineyards revisions

By Alan Chamberlain | March 18, 2010 10:22 am

By a narrow 3-2 decision, a list of amendments to the Farms of New Kent Planned Unit Development (PUD) document governing the five land bays comprising the 2,500-acre New Kent Vineyards project has won approval from the county’s Board of Supervisors. With the March 8 decision, developers can now reduce minimum square-foot requirements for houses to be built on up to 112 lots in Land Bay IV and 250 lots in Land Bay V, and have affordable housing built in the commercial segments in Land Bay IV. The amendments also shift 30 residences from Land Bay III to Land Bay…
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Lanexa fire station effort aided by county

By Community Member | March 18, 2010 10:21 am

An effort to build a fire/rescue station in the Lanexa area of New Kent County is moving forward thanks to donations. And now the county’s Board of Supervisors has kicked in some money to assist with the endeavor. Supervisors voted during their March 8 meeting to appropriate $18,000 from the county’s capital fund balance and transfer $6,238 from the county’s general fund contingency account to help with construction and operation of Fire Station 4. Fire Chief Tommy Hicks said the $18,000 is earmarked for staffing resources, equipment, and computer technology at the new station while the lesser amount goes toward…
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Worst-case scenario budget on table in NK

By Alan Chamberlain | March 18, 2010 10:18 am

New Kent school officials are headed to public hearing with a proposed budget for next year that reflects a worst-case scenario, but not as extreme in terms of revenue shortfalls and job cuts as previously reported. With the General Assembly’s passage of a compromise budget bill on Sunday, the revenue shortfall could be in the $1.7 million to $2.1 million range, New Kent school superintendent Rick Richardson said. A more solid figure for presentation during schools’ budget public hearing, set for March 29 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium, remains up in the air. “We’re getting all kinds…
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Three-cent tax hike proposed in Charles City

By Alan Chamberlain | March 18, 2010 10:13 am

A 3 cent hike in real estate taxes is expected to highlight a draft 2010-11 fiscal year budget scheduled for unveiling before Charles City’s Board of Supervisors next Tuesday night (March 23). During a Monday work session, supervisors instructed County Administrator Jack Miniclier to advertise in local newspapers the rate increase along with an overall $21 million budget package for next year. Currently, the real estate tax rate in Charles City stands at 82 cents per $100 of assessed value. A recent reassessment, however, resulted in an equalized rate of 67 cents. The recommended 3-cent increase would establish next year’s…
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NK 82 Lafayette 62

By Community Member | March 4, 2010 10:12 am

After scoring the game’s first 10 points, New Kent’s top-seeded Trojans shifted their offense into cruise control for the remainder of their Bay Rivers District Basketball Tournament quarterfinal with number eight Lafayette. The host Trojans put away the Rams with an 82-62 triumph in the Feb. 16 affair. New Kent’s defense kept the Rams off the scoreboard until Zach Warring’s trey made it a 10-3 contest. From there, the visitors gradually worked their way back, closing to 25-17 after one period. But the Trojans pulled away when play resumed. Adam Otey’s stick-back preceded Justin Williams’ steal and lay-in and Neko…
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By Community Member | March 4, 2010 10:10 am

of their Region I basketball tournament quarterfinal. The hosts then went on to hold off Poquoson’s Islanders down the stretch to advance to the tourney semifinals with a 59-53 victory. During the regular season, New Kent swept the home/away series with Poquoson, dismantling the Islanders 67-52 at home in early January. But this time, the Islanders came prepared for an upset, controlling tempo with their patient style of play and securing a 33-30 lead at the break. “They ran their offense like they wanted to, and we couldn’t put pressure on them,” said New Kent coach Ed Allen, whose team…
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