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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 14, 2024


Benjamin Harrison Bridge undergoing five months of maintenance starting Apr. 22

By Community Member | April 12, 2024 3:30 pm

The Benjamin Harrison Bridge that connects Charles City and Prince George County will be undergoing maintenance for the next five months. Starting Monday, Apr. 22, Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be working to replace span locks on the bridge. Work will be completed on intermittent days. Maintenance will take place Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. During this time, flaggers will direct traffic to alternating lifts. During some times, delays will also take place for periodic bridge lifts that will last no longer than 20 minutes. Motorists are advised to pay attention to changes in traffic patterns. Motorists…
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New Kent teen uses love for horses as gateway to balancing life

By Robb Johnson | April 9, 2024 10:42 am

A love for horse-riding has provided gateways for a New Kent teenager in the equestrian world. Faith Hynes fell in love with horses nearly 10 years ago as a seven-year old. Now at the age of 17, she navigates her passion for them around her academic schedule. Hynes spends roughly six to eight hours a day at Fox Pointe Farm, owned by Colleen Seely. There, Hynes either goes to the barn before school or after school, spending time with them. Seely saw that and offered Hynes some more quality time with the horses. And when it looked like taking care…
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Litter clean-up program created to divert Charles City offenders

By Community Member | April 2, 2024 5:29 am

Charles City Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Charles City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has announced the creation of the voluntary litter reduction program in the criminal justice system. The offices petitioned Charles City County’s Circuit Court for the creation after several planning sessions. The petition was signed by Judge B. Elliott Bondurant on Friday, Mar. 22. The program has been created to address mass amounts of litter on Charles City roadways. The program will be used as a potential diversion program for various misdemeanor criminal offenses, particularly with youthful offenders. Oversight of the program will be executed by Charles City Sheriff…
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An ‘Eggstravaganza’ at Harrison Park in Charles City

By Andre Jones | March 24, 2024 10:08 pm

‘March for Meals’

By Community Member | March 21, 2024 12:06 am

Vick initiated into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

By Community Member | March 19, 2024 3:42 pm

Lauren Vick, a resident of Quinton, was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The honor society is membership only, as it accepts the top ten percent of seniors and top 7.5 percent of juniors who are eligible. The society recognizes students who promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others. Vick was initiated at Longwood University.

Burn ban law in effect until April 30

By Community Member | March 15, 2024 9:47 pm

Charles City and New Kent Sheriff’s Office is reminding citizens that the burning ban law is currently in effect. Under the law, open-air burning prior to 4 p.m. is illegal if the fire is within 300 feet of woods or dry grass. Burning after 4 p.m. is allowed as long as proper precautions are taken. “Over the last few days, Charles City County has experienced brush fires that have burned several acres that have started due to individuals burning miscellaneous items during high winds,” said Charles City County Sheriff Jayson Crawley in a press release. “Burn bans are in effect…
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New Kent’s Relay for Life scheduled for June 29

By Community Member | March 15, 2024 3:06 pm

New Kent County’s Relay for Life event will take place on June 29, 4-10 p.m., at New Kent Middle School. New Kent will join representatives from West Point and King William to have the joint event. The event will honor the late Patricia Paige, who served as the Relay for Life Committee chairwoman for several years. Applications to form teams and become event sponsorships are currently being sought. To organize a team, visit To become an event sponsor, contact Stacy Simmons at 804-347-6641 or via email at For more information or to volunteer for the event, contact Sandi…
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Several local students named to Brightpoint Community College Dean’s List

By Community Member | March 13, 2024 10:40 am

Several local students were recognized for academic accolades at Brightpoint Community College for the Fall 2023 semester. Morgan Fitzpatrick, Robert Fields, Michelle Fonseca, Cindy Monohan, Lionel Jordan, and Kayla King were all named to the Honors’ List. In order to be named to the Honors’ List, a student must accumulate a grade-point average of 3.5 while taking at least 12 credit hours.

Chickahominy Health District releases CHA report for Charles City

By Community Member | March 12, 2024 8:02 pm

The Chickahominy Health Distict and partner agencies have released the 2023 Charles City County Community Health Assessment (CHA) report. The report details population-level health indicators, identified local strengths, and health priorities for the county. According to the report, the three health priorities in Charles City County were focusing on providing Healthcare Access and Quality, focusing on improving economic stability through increased job opportunities, growth, and resources, and focusing on improved access to health and wellness services and other resources for youth in Charles City County. The information for the CHA was gathered by collecting data, distributing a community-wide survey, facilitating…
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