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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.

Henrico teacher attends VCET academy

Janet Givens, a first-grade teacher at Henrico’s Kaechele Elementary School, was among 100 Virginia teachers selected to participate in one of four new Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching summer academies in classroom instruction, education policy and leadership last month. Givens attended the Interdisciplinary Studies Academy June 22-27 at George Mason University in Fairfax.

Funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, each of the four academies accepted 25 teachers. > Read more.

Missing Henrico woman found safe

UPDATE: JUL. 9, 2:40 P.M. - A missing Henrico County woman is safe in Newark, N.J., Henrico Police said this afternoon. Nineteen-year-old Fatoumata Coulibaly went to the Newark Police station shortly after 1 p.m. today after learning that she had been reported as missing and told officers to let Henrico authorities know that she was safe and had left her Henrico townhome voluntarily. Henrico Police last night had termed her disappearance "suspicious" because her townhome near Parham Doctors' Hospital was found insecure.
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Mudstock run draws hundreds to Henricus

The first annual Henricus Mudstock – a 5k mud run through Henricus historical Park in Chesterfield – took place June 28, bringing more than 600 runners to the park. The event also included a one-mile Flower Children run.

The Mudstock was sponsored by the Richmond Sports Backers and held on the Henricus Trail. Participants navigated their way through obstacles along the way, such as water traps and a crawl through a mud ditch. > Read more.

Boyle opts not to appeal registrar’s ruling

Interim Three Chopt District School Board member Robert Boyle will not appear on the November ballot in a special election for the final year of the Three Chopt seat, after he chose not to appeal the decision of the Henrico Registrar’s Office to invalidate 57 of the 178 signatures he submitted while attempting to file for the election earlier this month.

Political newcomers Micky Ogburn, a Short Pump Elementary School teacher, and Surya Dhakar, a Glen Allen dentist, will face off in the Nov. 4 election to serve the final year of a four-year term that Diana Winston won in 2011 and from which she resigned last August. > Read more.

Coal Pit offers opportunities for at-risk children


When the Coal Pit Learning Center opened in 1976, it was the vision of Dorothy Gallimore to provide children from low-income families with educational skills and a sound, safe environment to succeed in school. Almost 40 years later, it has transformed from an aging schoolhouse to a multipurpose facility that has doubled in size as the result of a budding relationship between Coal Pit and the Innsbrook Rotary.

“Innsbrook Rotary is a big believer in supporting issues with children, and when we learned about Coal Pit, we thought that was a great entity to support and we saw an opportunity to help the center grow,” said Wes York, Innsbrook Rotary president. > Read more.

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Community

DAC chapter donates $1.3M in coupons

The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.

The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.

Feeding those in need

For two days recently, hundreds of eager volunteers packed more than 140,000 meals for malnourished kids in the developing world. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), volunteers from the Short Pump area scooped, bagged, weighed, sealed and boxed life-saving fortified rice and soy protein meals at Gayton Baptist Church.

The 387-gram “Manna Pack Rice” packs were shipped to the FMSC warehouse to be distributed to countries where children are malnourished or simply do not have enough food to survive. > Read more.

W. Richmond Rotary donates $28,000

The Rotary Club of West Richmond recently presented UMFS with donations of $28,000 raised during the December Nutzy Rotary Funn Run. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Jerry Strauss, dean of the VCU Medical School and VCU Hospitals (the lead corporate sponsors for the Funn Run); Jeff O'Flaherty, chair of the Nutzy's Rotary Funn Run steering committee; Todd 'Parney' Parnell, general manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels; Nutzy, the mascot of the Flying Squirrels; Gary Duncan, development vice president of UMFS; Greg Peters, president/CEO of UMFS; and Roy McLeod, Chair of the West Richmond Rotary Foundation. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


There are some fun sporting events this weekend in Henrico! Whether it’s for fun, the glory or to support a good cause, there’s something for everyone! There are also a variety of cultural arts events taking place in the Glen Allen area – the Latin Ballet will present “Amy’s Travels,” the James River Ringers will perform at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, and Henrico County Recreation and Parks will host “Art in the Afternoon” at historic sites along Mountain Road. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

The stuff legends aren’t made of

‘Dorothy’ shouldn’t have bothered to return
A question hangs over the head of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. A question that will needle its way into the audiences’ brains over the course of its 88-minute running time.

“Why is this in theaters?”

Because Legends of Oz doesn’t particularly look like a movie – at least not one you’d typically pay upwards of ten dollars for. It looks like a direct-to-DVD Oz : cheap and ugly, with the level of animation typically found in a nasal spray ad. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Are you looking for a date night idea? Sit back and enjoy local theatre performances like “Leaving Iowa” at CAT Theatre and “Lady Patriot” at the University of Richmond. For some laughs, check out comedian Kevin Bozeman at the Richmond Funny Bone. Or sample some Virginia wine, cider, mead and wine at James River Cellars Winery’s Experience Virginia event. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Innsbrook After Hours will present the Under the Sun Tour at 6 p.m. at the Snagajob Innsbrook Pavilion. Blues Traveler, Smashmouth, Sugar Ray and Uncle Kracker are performing. Gates open… Full text

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