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Henrico filmmaker follows his 'Heart'
Henrico filmmaker Kevin Hershberger has transformed the "birthplace" of Jesus into the Hanoi Hilton.

Hershberger, the CEO of LionHeart Film Works, modified the Salem Baptist Church in Manakin (best known as the site of a living nativity scene each Christmas) to replicate the notorious Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison camp for a Vietnam prisoner-of-war documentary he's currently filming for the Smithsonian. Adding shackles and torture hooks to the walls where holiday visitors will line up in December seems morbid, but this is what Hershberger does. As a documentary filmmaker dedicated to filming historical documentaries in and around Henrico County, the VCU graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

LionHeart is based out of a nondescript storefront in the West End. > Read more.

Glen Allen HS students spread safe driving message

Driving is something that many people take for granted, even though every time we enter a vehicle, we’re faced with multiple distractions. But how often do most drivers stop to examine how their everyday habits – such as using a cell phone, eating, listening to music, or talking with passengers – could affect their driving capabilities, their safety and that of others on the roads?

Glen Allen High School staff, students and the PTSA have organized a safe driving movement to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving and make drivers think twice about their unsafe habits. > Read more.

‘Scouting for Food’ drive to begin Oct. 26

On Saturday, Oct. 26th, an estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts will fan out through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door‐to‐door marking phase one of the annual ‘Scouting for Food’ effort, now in its 26th year. The Scouts will return to the same neighborhoods a week later – Saturday, Nov. 2 – to collect the bags filled with donations.

“This year, nearly 260,000 households will receive a bag on Oct. 26, and it is our hope that thousands of Central Virginia residents will fill these bags with non‐perishable items like peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna fish, and more,” said FeedMore spokesman Jeff Baldwin. > Read more.

Police make arrest in 1994 Henrico murder

Lonnie Wiseman
Henrico Police have made an arrest in connection with a 1994 murder in the county.

Lonnie Ray Wiseman, who is currently incarcerated in Iowa, has been charged with the June 13, 1994 murder of Henry Weatherford, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in his home in the 5000 block of Crenshaw Avenue that day.

Weatherford’s vehicle, an Oldsmobile Delta, was stolen the day of the homicide and recovered in Bridgetown, Mo., in July 1995. Several Henrico detectives (including some who have retired), a Henrico AFIS Examiner and law enforcement officials from Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Idaho and Iowa assisted in the development of Wiseman as a suspect. > Read more.

Food for thought

Meals tax vote may hinge on voter philosophy
Less than three weeks before Henrico voters determine the fate of the county’s four-percent meals tax proposal, the decision may hinge less on the tax itself and more on philosophical differences about how Henrico should address its growing needs in the face of stagnant revenues.

The meals tax proposal – first floated last year by outgoing County Manager Virgil Hazelett and later recommended this year by new County Manager John Vithoulkas – would generate an estimated $18 million annually, if approved by voters Nov. 5. That money would be split evenly between the operating budget and capital improvement budget of the county’s school system, officials have promised – closing a funding gap that would exist otherwise. > Read more.

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Community

‘Christmas in July’ planned in Short Pump

Short Pump Town Center, 98.9 Liberty and local band "Offering" will host a day-long "Christmas in July" event this weekend at Short Pump Town Center.

The event on Saturday, July 23 is designed to encourage the spirit of giving while also providing activities, games and entertainment for attendees. Between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., a number of bands will perform in the town center's main plaza, concluding with a special evening concert by The Taters and Offering.

Food and monetary donations for the Central Virginia Food Bank will be collected all day, and Santa will make a visit with a number of other holiday characters as well. Jen Towner of 98.9 Liberty will serve as the emcee for the event. > Read more.

Anthem LemonAid returns this weekend

The 10th anniversary of Anthem LemonAid will take place throughout this coming weekend (July 15-17) at multiple locations in Henrico County and in the metro Richmond region, including Panera Bread, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Arby’s. Cups are $1. > Read more.

Teddy bears donated to National Guard

Children of some local National Guard members will be able to find comfort when their parents are deployed overseas, thanks to a recent donation organized by a Henrico man.

At the Sandston Armory on June 15, LOGO Dynamics Incorporated’s Matt Davidson presented 75 National Guard teddy bears to Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Gagnon, State Family Programs Director Vickie L. Sais, and State Youth Coordinator Dana Ivory. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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