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Apr 12

King William NAACP Has New Offices; Old Message Still Holds Value Every Day

Posted on April 12, 2022 at 1:19 PM by Percy Ashcraft


Vernon Holmes, Jr. recently penned a very informative letter that was printed in the March 30 edition of ‘The Country Courier.’

Among other things included in his full-page letter, Mr. Holmes was announcing a new location for the NAACP branch at 694 Sharon Road, Suite K, between the library and laundromat at Central Garage.

As President of the King William NAACP Branch, Mr. Holmes writes: “Anyone can be a part of the great work our branch is involved in.”

Mr. Holmes makes reference to establishment of the King William Branch in the early 1900s, and “throughout the years the branch has worked closely with the community to perpetuate improvements in the lives of King William citizens.” He points out the Mt. Olive Community home improvement project and collaborations with public transportation as major boosts to residents.

Engaged in the present, Mr. Holmes writes “Today, the NAACP is focused on such issues as inequality in jobs, education, health care and the criminal justice system, as well as protecting voting rights.”

Mr. Holmes’ letter should give everyone pause as to how they can take up these and other issues as rites of passage in their own lives.  The identified issues are worthy of our attention, but I would like to suggest a few more:

  1. Becoming a mentor in the lives of children, starting with our own.  The 1960’s cautioned us about “latch key” kids not having the right supervision.  This generation of kids sometimes just pass their parents out the door to something more important in both of their lives.  When mentoring is needed, it is often after trouble rears its ugly head.
  2. Affordable housing, especially for young families just starting out.
  3. Safe places for both adults and children to gather.  Community centers such as libraries and outside facilities such as playgrounds need to be available to all.
  4. Employers providing internships and part-time jobs for youth to learn the responsibilities of the workplace in concert with the education they are receiving.
  5. More residents stepping up in important community activities such as youth coaching, government citizens boards and commissions and civic clubs.

A big thank you to Mr. Holmes for reminding us of the many important ideals born in our past, but sometimes stored away because of misguided priorities and a hurried pace that will never get to the finish line.

Good luck to the NAACP and the flag it carries for a better quality of life.  More information can be found at www.naacpkwva.org or via email at info@naacpkwva.org

Historical Educational Opportunities for African-Americans Lecture Topic of KWHS Quarterly Meeting

Dr. Alvin Lomax did a wonderful job in speaking to the quarterly meeting of the King William Historical Society on April 10.

Dr. Lomax gave a history of educational advancement for African-Americans in King William dating back to 1865.  He visited challenges and opportunities that faced African-American residents down through the years and how opportunities emerged on the federal, state, and local levels to assist the effort.

DEQ Schedules In-Person Public Information Meeting for Biosolids in King William County

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) asked to pass this message along to interested residents:

“The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has scheduled an in-person public information meeting for the reissuance of the permit application; Recyc Systems Inc – King William County, (VPA00826) to discuss technical issues relating to the land application of biosolids in King William County.

The public meeting will be held in the lobby of the King William County Administration Building located at 180 Horse Landing Road, King William, VA 23086, at 6:00 pm. on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

DEQ has also mailed notice on April 1, 2022 of and an invitation to attend the meeting to landowners and residents adjacent to sites of the proposed biosolids land application by direct correspondence and will notify the public by publishing the notice in the newspaper (Tidewater Review) on April 20, 2022.

Application information will also be available for download and review at the following website: https://www.deq.virginia.gov/permits-regulations/public-notices/water/land-application-virginia-pollution-abatement 

Based on the review of the permit application and comments received at the public informational meeting, DEQ may draft a permit for the proposed pollutant management activity.  If DEQ drafts a permit, a notice will appear in the Tidewater Review announcing their intention to reissue the permit and inviting public comment on its content.  This public comment period will run for 30 days from the date the notice first appears in the newspaper.

Please contact 804 802 2541 or abioye.fayiga@deq.virginia.gov if you have any questions about this notification.

Unemployment Rate Spikes to 3.0 Percent in February

After experiencing a comfort level of low unemployment as 2021 drew to a close, the jobless rate increased in King William County to 3.0 in February.

That is still a very good number for County residents, bucking trends where higher unemployment exists in other areas.   Still hit hard is the food and hospitality industry for labor in all areas. 

According to the latest draft of the King William Comprehensive Plan, almost 88 percent of all workers in King William migrate out of the County to go to work.  Most of them towards Mechanicsville or further points to Richmond.

It is the challenge of County Government to produce more jobs for local people to fill and not have to travel to provide for their families.

Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District Releases Spring Newsletter

The Three Rivers Soil and Water Conservation District released its spring newsletter this week.  Some highlights:

  • The SWCD will host a Producer Conference July 20 at the Tappahannock Volunteer Fire Department beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Topics under discussion will be Cost Share Opportunities and Nutrient Reduction Results from Whole Farm Approach Program.
  • April 24-May 1 is Soil & Water Stewardship Week.  This year’s theme is “Healthy Soil, Healthy Life.”
  • King William High School student Ashlee Powell has been named the recipient of the John F. Townsend Sr. Memorial Scholarship.  Ashlee will continue her education at Virginia Tech.

A reminder this time of the year to be on the lookout for “farm equipment” on the road.

Contact Michelle Carter at michelle.carter@trswcd.org for further information regarding activities at the Three Rivers SWCD.

Keep an Eye Out for County Government “Video Press Releases”

In an effort to communicate to the public in a more visual way, King William County Government has launched “video press releases” to announce and explain important activities.

The press releases will be conducted by County Staff.  Members of the Board of Supervisors, Constitutional Officers, and Agency heads will also be able to send their message out on timely topics.

The video releases will be posted on the County website and social media.  Please issue your comments to pashcraft@kingwilliamcounty.us.  All feedback is welcome!