The national health rankings were released last week and King William County is holding steady.
The rankings have been compiled for years through the Robert Wood Foundation. Outcome scores are reached after counties and cities in the United States are measured from a series of categories that affect the overall quality of life for residents.
There are 98 counties and 35 cities that are ranked in Virginia. The rankings appear with the lowest being the best and the highest being the worst. Out of 133 localities, King William County is ranked 44 in the Commonwealth in 2022 after being #42 in 2021. Towns such as West Point are grouped in with county statistics.
King William County’s border neighbors saw Hanover with the best score at 15 and New Kent at 26. Caroline received a ranking of 62 and King & Queen is 106.
In the Middle Peninsula Planning District, Gloucester had the best ranking at 43. Mathews came in at 54, Middlesex at 88, and Essex at 119.
The healthiest locality in Virginia is Falls Church, while Petersburg is last.
The health factors considered in the study include Length of Life, Quality of Life, Health Behaviors, Clinical Care, Social & Economic Factors, and Physical Environment.
Volunteers Pick Up Litter Along County Roads
One of life’s greatest battles is trying to win the fight against roadside litter. No matter how many times groups and individuals clean an area, there has to be a repeated effort.
Our friends at VDOT are charged with picking up litter along our roads and byways. But that is a big job for one agency, so help has often come from organized groups and concerned residents. Some groups have “adopted a highway” and have regular litter pickups.
A group of volunteers recently picked up 30 bags of trash along Commins Road. The group was organized by Kathleen Holderied and included volunteers Amanda Walker, Lisa Bishop, Renee Mayhew, Zack Harris, Kenny Holderied, and Art Holderied.
Also on April 30, the King William Ruritan Club got a group of its members together and picked up trash along Route 30 from Dunluce Road to the Atkins Exxon Station. Members included Donnie Hicks, Ellen Otey, Ed Moren, David Leake, Steve Mitchell, William Bush, Rocky Hurley, Stuart Bush, Ray Randolph, Bill Hicks, Ronnie Moore, and Gene Campbell. Approximately 39 bags of trash were collected.
Thanks to all for giving generously of your time to keep the landscape beautiful.
VDOT Bridge, Road Repairs to Begin Soon
VDOT Resident Engineer Lee McKnight notified County officials of upcoming bridge and road projects in King William County.
The bridge section will be closing Routes 604 over Herring Creek for 4 to 6 weeks this summer or early fall.
Road projects construction of the right turn lane on Rt. 600 (West River Road) onto 360 will necessitate minor traffic delays ingressing/egressing West River Road next Wednesday through Friday (May 4-6) as well as the following Wednesday-Friday (May 11-13) during daytime hours only. All work will be on the north side of the intersection adjacent to the auto repair.
Motorists will be asked to follow posted detours.
King William High School Football Team Receive Championship Rings
The accolades continued on May 1 for the King William High School football team as the players and coaches received their championship rings.
A good crowd was on hand at the Football Stadium on May 1 to attend the ring ceremony. King William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Moren, Vice Chairman Bill Hodges, and 4th District Supervisor Stewart Garber joined school officials in tipping their hats to the Class 2 champions.
A proud head Coach Scott Moore told the gathering how the community rallied around this championship season and numerous donations were received to afford the rings for the players and coaches. Other plaques of recognition were also given out to those who coordinated various activities to support the team.