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Sep 29

West Point Elementary Receives Blue Ribbon Honors

Posted on September 29, 2022 at 12:51 PM by Percy Ashcraft

West Point Elementary Receives Blue Ribbon Honors

A big congratulations to the West Point School Division for one of its schools receiving national honors.

On September 20, WPSD Superintendent Dr. Larry Frazier notified the West Point School Community with the following news:

“Today was a big day for West Point Schools! It is with great pleasure and pride that I share with our community that earlier today U.S Secretary of Education, Miquel Cardona, announced that West Point Elementary School has been named one of the best schools in the country as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are on education’s cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices from professional learning communities and project-based learning to social and emotional learning and positive behavior systems. Schools are nominated by the state department of education, data is collected from several successful years, and then schools complete a comprehensive application about school practices. We are excited to continue our tradition of excellence in education with West Point Elementary School earning a Blue Ribbon in 2022 and with West Point High School designated a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012.

School officials will represent West Point Elementary School at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where they will hear from Secretary Cardona and other esteemed educators, share best practices with each other, and celebrate their hard-won achievements. WPES will be working on and planning ways for our students and staff to celebrate this recognition throughout the year.

Many thanks go to our amazing faculty, staff, and administration for keeping us “Pointed in the Right Direction” with teaching and learning! Thank you to our school board for their continued support in making sure we have the tools for success! Also, thank you to our amazing students and families, who keep us growing, innovating, and achieving!”

The heart of a community is always its school system. This honor brings attention to the hard work and dedication poured into the West Point School Division by everyone involved. 


Pearls and Chicks Boutique Voted Top Clothing Store

A King William business recently beat out the “big boys” to be voted a top clothing store.

Pearls and Chicks Boutique, located at 1377 Acquinton Church Road, was voted the Richmond Times-Dispatch award for BEST Local Women’s Clothing Store at a ceremony on September 15 at the Hippodrome Theater in Richmond.

Pearls & Chicks beat out Chico’s in Richmond and For Posh Sake in Hanover to capture the top honors.

“I owe so much to my family and customers,” commented owner Lindsay Robinson. “King William is such an amazing place to live and own a small business. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years.”

The competition accepted nominations earlier this year for local businesses all over the Times-Dispatch circulation area. There were 100 different categories.

Robinson started her business six years ago online and it quickly expanded to a stand-alone facility.

“We turned a family barn into a dream,” Robinson said. “It has grown into something more than I could have ever imagined.”

Pearls and Chicks will be celebrating six years of business with a special event on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. On display is more than women’s clothing, according to Robinson. Other items include home décor, jewelry, t-shirt lines, and seasonal items.  

Store hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, King William Florist finished third in the competition for BEST florist.


Halloween Safety Alert and Trick-or-Treat Hours in King William County

To help keep children safe, maximize their Halloween "haul", and give parents a little break, County-wide trick-or-treating hours have been set at 5-8pm for vehicles and pedestrians.

Safety Alert: The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States. In August 2022, DEA and our law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states. Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people. Brightly-colored fentanyl is being seized in multiple forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk. Every color, shape, and size of fentanyl should be considered extremely dangerous.

A few other tips for a safe & fun Halloween:

  • If you are giving out treats, turn on your porch light to let folks know you're participating. If you are not participating, keep your outdoor light off.
  • Remember to keep pets indoors for their safety and the safety of trick-or-treaters.
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights if it's dark outside. Put reflective tape on costumes.
  • Make sure masks don't obscure children's vision.
  • Make a rule - no eating any treats until they've been inspected. Watch out for allergens, choking hazards, and any open candy. (See Safety Alert above.)

Get more tips from:

National Safety Council

Safe Kids Worldwide


Special Election for Office of Treasurer Set for March 7, 2023

A Special Election for the Office of Treasurer in King William County has been ordered by Presiding Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Elliott Bondurant for Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

The filing deadline for candidates wanting to run for the office of Treasurer is Friday, January 6. For details on running for office in Virginia, visit the County website or contact the Registrar’s Office at (804) 769-4952. Early voting will begin January 20.