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Stay up-to-date with King William County news and happenings from the County Administrator, Percy C. Ashcraft.

Sep 22

Future of the King William Farmers Market

Posted on September 22, 2022 at 3:45 PM by Percy Ashcraft

Future of the King William Farmers Market

After two successful pilot events this summer, the King William Economic Development Authority (EDA) is looking for a citizens’ board to organize and operate the Farmers Market for the future.

EDA members voted unanimously to turn the operation over to interested citizens and provide advice and guidance as necessary.

The citizens’ board would be responsible for deciding where and when the markets will be held; recruiting and securing vendors; publicizing the events; deciding on how to financially support the market; and the coordination setup, trash pickup, etc.

If you are interested in helping to keep the Farmers Market active in the central region of the County, please contact deputyclerk@kingwilliamcounty.us for further information. We are happy to share information gathered during the two pilot events with anyone who’d like to take over operations of the Farmers Market.

We invite those who visited the pilot events or participated as a vendor to give us your feedback, which we’ll share with the citizens’ board to help them along.

 

King William to be Part of Garden Club Week in 2023

Community advocate Nancy Hubbard sent along this notice as planning begins for 2023:

The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula (GCMP) will host the Club’s tour in King William County on Friday, April 21, 2023 when four private homes and two historic churches will open their doors for a Day of Celebrations, History, Conservation and Faith.

The Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) will roll out the welcome sign to visitors from around the nation and even the world for Historic Garden Week (HGW), April 15-22, 2023.

The Garden Club of Virginia is made up of 47 clubs throughout the state and has over 3400 members.

The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula (a member of GCV) is made up of members from the four surrounding counties of King William, King and Queen, Essex, and Middlesex.

Each year for eight days, the GCV welcomes visitors to tour 120-200 private and public sites throughout the State of Virginia.

2023 will be the 90th anniversary for HGW. In all those years the tour has been cancelled just two times … once for WWII and once for the COVID pandemic.

The proceeds from the tour help fund the ongoing restoration and preservation of nearly 50 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes; fund a landscape architecture research fellowship program; and provide grants supporting projects at Virginia State Parks. Historic Garden Week in 2022 brought in more than $655,000 to fund these projects.

More information will follow in local publications and online ticket sales will be available February 2023 at VAGardenWeek.org.

The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula hopes local businesses will support its efforts as well.

 

Eight King William Employees Reach Service Milestones

King William County Government employees who reached milestones for public service were the guests of honor at the annual Employee Recognition Banquet held September 15 at the 360 Recreation Center.

Eight employees were recognized for their years of service:

5 years – Kristin Haynes, E911 Dispatcher; Robbie Sparks, E911 Dispatcher; Ann Porter, CSA Coordinator; and Michelle Hunt, DSS Benefit Program Specialist.

10 years – Anthony Hedgepeth, Utilities Operator; and Angie Resnick, DSS Benefit Program Specialist & Fraud Investigator.

20 Years – Scott Hamilton, Sheriff’s Office Captain of Administration.

Chairman Ed Moren, Vice Chairman Bill Hodges, and District 3 Supervisor Stephen Greenwood were in attendance.

 

General Election In-Person Voting Begins September 23.

In-person voting for the November 8 General Election will begin Friday, September 23.

King William County Registrar Alison Fox announced Monday through Friday hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through November 5.

Accommodations for curbside voting can be made by calling the Registrar’s Office at (804) 769-4952. For more information and important dates, visit the County website.

Sep 12

Mangohick VFD Honors Two Longtime Members at Annual Community Day

Posted on September 12, 2022 at 4:16 PM by Christine Branch

Mangohick VFD Honors Two Longtime Members at Annual Community Day

Mangohick Volunteer Fire Department posthumously honored two of its longtime members as part of a successful Community Day on September 10.

The event drew many from the community who came to participate in a classic car display, silent auction, and tables and booths from crafters, public safety officials, and non-profit organizations.

The highlighted moments came when two buildings were dedicated in honor of the service of Theodore F. Woody and Cecil L. Schools.

A Memorial Stage was dedicated in honor of Woody, and a Memorial Building will memorialize the work of Schools for his 25 years of service to MVFD.

King William County 5th District Supervisor, Ed Moren, spoke to a good crowd on hand and recognized the contributions of Woody and Schools and the volunteer fire department as a whole over the years.

Current MVFD leaders thanked the public for their financial contribution to the new buildings. Funds are also provided annually by the Board of Supervisors to the volunteer organization.

 MVFD 2022 Community Day - Mr MorenMVFD 2022 Community Day - Cecil Schools Memorial Building










MVFD 2022 Community Day - Theodore Woody Memorial Stage


King William Fire & EMS Secures Grant for Emergency Preparedness

The hard-working efforts of the King William Fire & EMS Department has brought yet another grant to the County.

County Government was notified on September 9 the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has allocated $10,000 in funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness Fund for the 2023 Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP).

According to the announcement, the program allows local governments within the ingestion pathway to roll forward up to five years of funding. For state fiscal year 2023, King William County has $10,000 available to enhance their radiological emergency preparedness program.

King William Fire & EMS Chief Stacy Reaves indicates the funds will be used to advance the County’s emergency management planning response. An immediate use is to set up the Emergency Operations Center.

The latest grant comes on the heels of an over $350,000 grant for SCBA gear that will be shared with West Point Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Habitat for Humanity Releases Annual Report

Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity recently released its annual report – 2022 Impact by the Numbers

The document is filled with interesting facts on how aggressive the non-profit organization has been in serving the two communities.

A couple numbers that stick out: 8,029 hours of service were donated by volunteers and 691 volunteers helped serve the cause.

View the complete report on the Hanover and King William County Habitat for Humanity website.

 

Large Number Attend Civilian Response, Casualty Care Training 

More than 50 people participated in Civilian Response and Casualty Care (CRCC) training at the King William Recreation Center off Route 360 on September 7. This free training was led by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). 

While the training was mostly attended by County employees, along with Chairman Ed Moren, it is designed for all civilians. The training focuses on responding to active attack situations and providing immediate care to help casualties survive while waiting for first responders to arrive. 

A second training is planned for early 2023 and the public will again be invited to participate. To see all the public safety courses offered by DCJS, visit their website.

 

King William County Set to Tackle Virginia’s Rural Health Plan

The Virginia State Office of Rural Health was established in 1991 to create, fund, and support quality and sustainable rural healthcare infrastructure in counties like King William and others in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

While COVID-19 slowed down the planned update and implementation of the Virgina Rural Health Plan, it is now available, along with a Rural Resource Toolkit. The Toolkit is includes an interactive dashboard accessible to the public which will provide a comprehensive evaluation of the overall health and well-being of Virginia’s rural communities and provide a listing of available resources.

The 2022-2026 Plan outlines seven priority metrics, which include:

  • Advancing Education, with emphasis on third grade Standards of Learning Reading Assessment;
  • Increasing the number of homes with broadband;
  • Increasing food security and nutrition among households, especially those with children;
  • Providing adequate health care for mothers and babies, especially in the prenatal stage;
  • The availability of public access to health care services generally and to reduce the number of avoidable hospitalizations;
  • Focusing on behavioral health and aiding with substance use recovery; and
  • Providing employment and work force development.

King William County’s Recreation Commission has accepted the Plan for implementation at the direction of the Board of Supervisors and County Staff and an expanded recreation program is under development.

Download the full plan on the VDH website.

 

Sep 06

Demographics Continue to Change Yearly for King William County

Posted on September 6, 2022 at 12:15 PM by Percy Ashcraft

Demographics Continue to Change Yearly for King William County

With the 2020 Census in everyone’s rear view mirror, our friends at vpap.org continue to monitor demographics each year that passes.

2021 estimates have been compiled for King William and all localities in the Commonwealth. The County’s estimated population is 18,171, which is an increase of 361 people or two percent from the 2020 Census.

Other numbers found in the report for King William County:

Educational Attainment

High School equivalent – 33 percent

Some College or Associate’s Degree – 37 percent

Bachelor’s Degree – 16.9 percent

Graduate or professional degree – 7.2 percent

Population By Age

24 or younger – 30.4 percent

25-44 – 26 percent

45-64 – 27.5 percent

65 and older – 16.2 percent

Income, Housing & Workplace

Median Household Income - $73,284

Median Home Value - $205,800

Median Rent - $1,076

Workforce Commuting Patterns

Work in King William County – 30.8 percent

Work elsewhere in Virginia – 68.1 percent

Home Ownership Rate

Own – 88.4 percent

Change in Housing Units

13.5 percent changed places to live 

 

The entire report, including state and regional comparisons, can be found at: 2020 Census Lookup (vpap.org).

 

Demond Claiborne Making Transition from KWHS to Wake Forest University

The centerpiece of King William High School’s run to the Class 2 football championship last December tasted his first action at the collegiate level on August 29.

Freshman running back Demond Claiborne donned his Wake Forest University jersey against VMI. The Demon Deacons won 44-10 in their season opener.

Claiborne carried the ball five times for a net gain of 13 yards, with the longest pickup being seven yards. He also caught one pass for a negative five yards.

Five different running backs carried the ball for Wake Forest. It was good to see Claiborne be part of the early-season rotation.

What a proud moment for him, his family, and all supporters of the King William High School football program!

 

NAACP Branch Hosting Community Event with Veterans Administration and Disabled American Veterans - September 28

The Veterans Administration (VA) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will conduct a VA Claims Clinic and Benefit Information Session on Wednesday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NAACP King William Branch, located at 694 Sharon Road – Suite K.

Topics of discussion will include: 

  • Changes in VA Policy and Processes
  • Health Care Eligibility/Caregivers Program
  • Women’s Veterans Program
  • Burial and Memorial Benefits

Veterans who are interested in filing a claim should bring their DD-214 and recent VA decision letter.

All military veterans, spouses, and dependents are encouraged to attend. Contact Lonnie O. Pierce,, Sr. at (410) 991-5871 or ajplop@yahoo.com for more information.

 

V3 Program Helping with the Push to Return Veterans to the Workplace

Another push to help service members and their families enter the workforce is available through the Virginia Values Veterans or V3 program.

Daniel Gade is the Commissioner appointed by Governor Youngkin to run the program. He recently told Richmond.com, “There’s a serious talent war going on right now, and we think our program illustrates that veterans can be part of the solution.”

V3 has helped more than 90,000 veterans and military families since its 2012 launch. The Virginia program started with 63 employers, such as Walmart, coming on board as certified partners. There are now over 2,000.

Among the opportunities are V3’s Hire Vets Now Fellowship, which provides job training and skills certifications for people about to leave military service.

Reporter Lyndon German contributed to this report.

 

Three Rivers Health District Issues Statement

The Three Rivers Health District issued the following statement on Friday, September 2:

“The FDA and CDC have moved to authorize administration of the COVID-19 bivalent vaccine booster shots from Pfizer for individuals 12 and over and from Moderna to all individuals 18 and older. We have ordered vaccine, and we expect to receive it next week. The original vaccine is now to be used for the 2 shot initial vaccination series only. We are awaiting more specific guidance from the VDH concerning the new vaccines. We will be offering booster appointments with the new vaccines as soon as we are able to do so. VDH especially emphasizes the importance of boosters for the elderly, immunocompromised, and chronically ill individuals who remain particularly vulnerable to serious COVID-19 disease.”