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Jul 25

KWLL Softball Championship Heartfelt by Entire Community

Posted on July 25, 2022 at 2:18 PM by Percy Ashcraft

KWLL Softball Championship Heartfelt by Entire Community

Many sports are played as a “team game.” Sometimes the team is larger than you realize when you achieve success.

When the King William Little League Minor Softball Team was playing for a state championship on July 19, those talented girls probably had no idea they were carrying the entire County of King William on their backs. Sports teams have a way of unifying the community. Important matters such as gas prices, inflation, supply chains, and even the return of COVID-19 were shoved aside by many to follow 8-10 year old girls competing for a state title in Virginia.

As the story played out, King William was dominant in the final game and defeated Richlands, 6-2. It was the first state championship for King William Little League in its proud history, and the first softball championship for District 15, which KWLL is part of.

Just like King William High School’s football championship last December, the success of the Little League girls brings pride to all King William residents. Whether you care for sports or not, there is something special for a community to be able to boast to every other community that our sports team was best. As it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support a championship sports team.

As this space has commented throughout the spring and summer, King William Little League can be proud from the administration to the coaches and players of their long-time success. This championship culminates years of hard work for volunteers past and present, and somehow a title makes it feel a little more worth it.

The Board of Supervisors plans to honor the team and KWLL officials at its Work Session on August 8. It will be nice to see all involved take center stage and thank them for carrying all of us around the bases to a state championship.

 

Habitat for Humanity Offering Alternatives to High-Priced Housing Market

Renee Robinson of Hanover and King William Habitat for Humanity made an excellent presentation at a joint meeting between the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission on July 20.

Robinson is seeking a greater presence for houses to be built in King William and went into great detail to explain the misconception around “affordable housing.” She also presented some interesting statistics:

  • The median cost of homes in King William County has increased over 50 percent since 2016.
  • The median listing home price in King William County in June, 2022 was $325,000; and median home sold price was $305,000.
  • Also in June, homes in King William County sold for 2.95 percent above asking price.

Robinson said increases in home prices continue to outpace wage increases, and the affordability of houses offered by Habitat for Humanity give certain people a better chance to afford a new home.

Robinson was very complimentary of both the BOS and Planning Commission for supporting zoning for affordable housing, especially provisions for cluster subdivisions.

Kudos to HFH for working hard to improve the quality of life for residents and bringing pride to folks who might not be able to afford a new home otherwise.

 

Feedback Requested on First Farmers Market

County Staff will be accepting feedback on the first Farmers Market and Family Fun Night that was held July 22 in the parking lot at King William High School.

The event was the first of two pilots to test the waters on establishing a more permanent Farmers Market beginning in 2023. The next event is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, August 19, in the parking lot at KWHS. Vendor registration for the event is open now. There is no fee to participate. Visit the County website for details and to register online.

The effort is sponsored by the King William Economic Development Authority. The first pilot had good attendance and all vendors seemed to have plenty of people passing by their booths and tables.

The one common concern among visitors was the absence of restroom facilities. This matter will be discussed when the planning committee gets together soon for the August 19 event.

A big shout out to Colonial Farm Credit, who sponsored the signs used to advertise the event and provided bottled water and reusable shopping bags for attendees.

Feedback is welcome by emailing County Administration at deputyclerk@kingwilliamcounty.us.