New Kent County, VA


Colonial Downs 2022 racing season starts July 11

NEW KENT, Va. (WWBT) - Live racing at Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent returns next week. From July 11 through Sept. 7, thoroughbred horses from around the country will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday starting at 1:45 p.m. “Our theme this year is more racing, more fun! With...
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Peninsula Habitat for Humanity waitlist nearly doubles in 1 year; finding land serves as additional challenge

Nearly twice the number of people applied to become homeowners through Habitat for Humanity between Hampton and New Kent County compared with last year, according to the group’s CEO. The group received 250 applications this year, said Janet Green of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. “I think because the housing industry itself,” she said. “There’s so much more demand for ...

Colonial Downs race season kicks off July 11

Live horse racing will return to Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent beginning Monday, July 11. Top Thoroughbred horses will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with post time slated for 1:45 p.m. The 2022 season will be highlighted by the $300,000 Virginia Derby that will be run on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on the Secretariat Turf Course.

Editorial: New Kent’s growth is the blueprint for Charles City County

Last week, AutoZone’s Distribution Center broke ground in New Kent County, opening the possibility of 352 new jobs. Along with Quinton Elementary School’s scheduled opening, the county’s leaders have listened to the people and continues to flourish. They continue to make a statement on what it means to be responsible from the fiscal standpoint, as well as flat out getting things done.

Two locals earn degrees from Radford University

Two local residents graduated from Radford University as part of Spring 2022 commencement ceremonies held on May 7. Kirsten Torrence of Quinton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Skylar Hogge of New Kent earned an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Providence Forge man to spend up to 18 months in jail on assault, destruction of property convictions

A Providence Forge man will spend up to 18 months in jail after agreeing to terms of a plea deal during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. Alan James Jennings, 50, of the 6300 block of Mihalcoe Lane, entered guilty pleas to an amended charge of misdemeanor destruction of property (originally strangulation), a second amended charge of misdemeanor destruction of property (originally misdemeanor assault and battery of a family member), and one count of misdemeanor assault and batter of a family member.

Virginia State Trooper charged with DUI

NEW KENT Co., Va. (WWBT) - A Virginia State Trooper has been suspended without pay after being charged with driving under the influence. The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office said Benjamin Nicholas Canning, 33, was arrested on June 23 on I-64 west near mile marker 216. He is charged...