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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.

House GOP debates Medicaid expansion rejection methodology

House Republicans are echoing national GOP rhetoric in rejecting the Medicaid expansion, strongly backed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Delegate James “Jimmie” Massie, R-Richmond, said Obamacare could likely “implode.” Massie said he handles the “business side” of Medicaid reform.

“I would say (it’s not going) particularly well so far,” Massie said with a laugh. “My opinion is if you think Obamacare was hard signing up for on the website … wait till you try to use it.” > Read more.

Va. Senate, House debating student concussion policy

Student-athletes in youth-sports programs could be included under new concussion policies if a bill seeking to add guidelines for non-interscholastic teams passes.

House Bill 410 patron Delegate Richard Anderson, R-Woodbridge, said the bill was introduced in memory of Austin Trenum, a student from Brenstville High School in Prince William County. In August 2011, Austin -- the son of Prince William County School Board member, Gil Trenum -- took his own life after experiencing a concussion during a high school football game late that summer. > Read more.

Applications due March 15 for this summer’s James River Expedition

The James River Association is currently accepting applications for its annual James River Expedition, a “floating classroom” that takes students down the 340-mile length of the James River. Rising 10th- and 11th-grade students who live within the river watershed are encouraged to apply before the March 15 deadline.

Students selected for the Expedition will have the opportunity to go on one of three eight-day trips that collectively traverse the entire James River. During the program, which begins June 21, participants will learn about conservation, responsible stewardship and the river’s history while camping and traveling aboard canoes, bateaux rafts and work boats. > Read more.

Police seek fraud suspect

Henrico Police are seeking a woman who opened credit card accounts using false information at several western Henrico retail stores Dec. 12. The woman, described as a white female in her early 20s, between 5 foot 5 and 5 foot 7 in height and weighing 105-125 pounds with blonde or light brown hair.

After opening the accounts, she proceeded to purchase several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise from each store. > Read more.

VSU student to study in China

Virginia State University student Chelsea J. Harris, a senior from Glen Allen, was one of two students selected recently to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Harris will participate in a hospitality and tourism management international internship program in Chengdu, China, during the spring and summer 2014 academic terms. In addition to studying Mandarin language, the students will complete courses in global issues and tourism, Chinese food and culture and multinational business in China. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Scarecrow festival arrives in Lakeside

Scarecrows (like this one at the Lakeside Farmers’ Market) are popping up throughout Lakeside this month, as part of the Lakeside Business Association’s second annual scarecrow festival. Participating businesses and organizations in the region will display their themed scarecrows all month and collect donations of food for the LAMB’s Basket food bank and pet food for the Richmond SPCA. Citizens can vote for their favorite scarecrows at http://www.LakesideAvenue.net > Read more.

‘Snagadate’ Heart Association fundraiser planned Oct. 13

The third-annual "Snagadate," a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will be held this Thursday, Oct. 13, at Aloft Richmond West's xyz bar in Glen Allen, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Former NBC12 news anchor Gene Cox will host the event, and heart-disease survivor Andy Hrabovsky, a professional auctioneer, will preside over live bidding for themed date packages donated by local and regional businesses. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

See how Henrico food establishments fared during their most recent Virginia Department of Health inspections. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 29
Alfa Laval, 5400 International Trade Drive – One critical violation reported (found sliced rebagged deli meats had no date on packages and were stored in cold unit for more than 24 hours) and no non-critical violations reported.
Asian Panda, 10430 Ridgefield Parkway – One critical violation reported (TCS foods in top of prep > Read more.

2011 ‘Virginia is For Lovers’ Travel Guide Released

Virginia recently released the 2011 Virginia is for Lovers travel guide, which features more than 200 pages of amusement parks, beach getaways, wineries, history and outdoor adventure vacation ideas. Special sections are devoted to family fun, small town discoveries and regional itineraries. > Read more.

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