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Aug 02

New Public Safety Radio System to Improve Coverage

Posted on August 2, 2022 at 3:07 PM by Percy Ashcraft

New Public Safety Radio System to Improve Coverage

An upgrade in the communication coverage for public safety providers throughout King William County is now in place.

Sheriff Jeff Walton announced at the July 27th King William School Board meeting that the new radio system has been upgraded and communication will definitely improve in all areas of the County, including public schools.

King William County is part of a system owned by Hanover County. The four-site simulcast system has been upgraded from 40 percent area coverage to 98 percent area coverage, according to King William Information Technology Manager, Travis Wolfe.

In addition, the County now has two towers that provide paging. The upgrade also called for all radios to be reprogrammed and the most up to date software to be implemented.

Motorola is the provider of the system and the County shares costs annually with Hanover County.

 

Johnson Steps Down from Soil & Water Board; Fox to Fill Unexpired Term

Troy Johnson has stepped down from his elected seat on the Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation Board, effective July 12.

Johnson’s term was to extend through 2023. He has been replaced by Thomas Fox, Jr., who will fill the unexpired term. The next election for the position is in November, 2023. Fox was appointed by King William Circuit Chief Court Judge, Benjamin Elliott Bondurant.

Fox now holds one of two positions representing King William County on the SWC Board. Langdon Townsend holds the other seat.

 

King William School Division Sees Kindergarten Registration Numbers Increase

Registration numbers are ahead of last year’s for King William County kindergarten classes.

A report presented to the King William Count School Board on July 27 showed numbers are running ahead of last year’s already, with still a month to go before the start of the school year.

Additional numbers certainly inflate class sizes, but there was no discussion regarding additional personnel that might be necessary to accommodate the additional students.

Kindergarten students attend Cool Spring Primary School.

Kindergarten registration is also a strong indicator to monitor the growth in the County’s population. The 2020 Census showed King William County grew by 12 percent over the last decade. That trend is likely to continue with additional housing being located in the Central Garage area in the subdivisions of Kennington, McCauley Park, and Central Crossing.

 

KWHS, Raiders Youth Organization Begin Workouts

Football practice got underway August 1 for the two prominent programs in King William County.

Defending Class 2 Champion King William High School will start its journey to repeat its efforts of 2021. On the other end of the age spectrum, the Raiders Youth Football Organization began practice.

Both programs are staples in the community and generate a lot of interest among lovers of grassroots football.   

Good luck to both teams, especially in early workouts as they navigate through the intense heat.

 

Dollar Stores Getting More Attention by Consumers

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal has pointed out that more people nationwide are cutting their spending on essentials with the high cost of gasoline and food still cutting deeply into household income.

An article by Rachel Wolfe explains consumers are skipping vacations and restaurant meals to conserve funds needed for more critical expenses. Another item noted is more people are shopping at dollar stores than ever before.

This is good news for stores like Dollar General and Family Dollar, which are located in the Central Garage area. Similar stores are in the Town of West Point. In addition, the County has a couple different thrift and consignment shops where slightly used clothing can be found to assist with back-to-school needs. These stores and shoppes are reputable and have high-quality items at lower prices than larger retail establishments.

And don’t forget yard sales, too. You can be surprised at what can be found at yard sales in the area of clothing.

 

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday August 5-7

The Virginia Sales Tax Holiday begins August 5 through August 7 again this year to assist with back to school and emergency preparedness.

What items are eligible?

King William County and the Town of West Point are filled with locations that recognize the Sales Tax Holiday.