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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.

Attorneys nixed for student conduct hearings

A bill was killed last week that would have allowed students to hire attorneys for representation when dealing with university disciplinary actions after officials at Virginia public universities expressed concern about multiple problems the bill would pose.

House Bill 1123, introduced by Delegate Rick Morris, R-Carrolton, would have allowed public college students or student organizations to hire an attorney if faced with more than 10 days of suspension or expulsion. The bill also would have allowed students to take their cases to circuit court after exhausting all college-level judicial affairs options. > 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. > Read more.

Bill seeks adjacent graves for pets, owners

Virginia codes currently prohibit animals and humans from being buried together in the same cemetery, but one delegate hopes to change that with House Bill 588.

Delegate Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, proposed HB588 and if passed it would allow pets and owners to be buried together under certain circumstances. Inspired by a retired police officer wanting to be buried alongside his dogs, the bill is already gaining support from pet lovers and cemetery owners. > Read more.

Officials to consider proposals for central police precinct

UPDATE: FEB. 11, 8 P.M. – Henrico County last month received an unsolicited proposal from a private company that is offering to construct a Central Henrico police precinct on Villa Park Drive (near Parham Road and Route 1) and then lease or sell the facility and 4.2-acre site to the county.

The Division of Police has sought such a permanent facility in the central part of Henrico for six years. Its current temporary precinct in the region opened last year inside the Virginia Center Commons mall and is operating there on a two-year lease.

The county's Board of Supervisors tonight unanimously accepted the proposal and now will accept other proposals for a police precinct from interested companies during the next 45 days. Then, a committee of county officials will consider all proposals and make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, which could accept one or reject them all. > Read more.

Funeral set for sisters who died in crash

A funeral for the two half-sisters who died in car crash in Eastern Henrico earlier this month will be held Feb. 15.

Amanda Irby, 15, and Jessica Gallmeyer, 27, were passengers in a car driven by Andrew Walters that crashed into the Chickahominy River Feb. 3. Irby died Feb. 4, and Gallmeyer died the next day. Both had been pulled from the submerged car by rescue crews. Walters was attempting to evade police after he had been pulled over on Williamsburg Road near Elko Road.
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Community

Arts Around the Lake scheduled for Sept. 25 at UR

The 32nd Annual Arts Around the Lake show will be held Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the Westhampton Lake at the University of Richmond.

More than 100 local artists will be displaying and selling their juried artwork in various mediums. Admission and parking are free. For details, visit http://www.uronline.net/aal > Read more.

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.

AAA Mid-Atlantic kicks off annual traffic safety poster and video contest

K-12 students can enter to win
AAA Mid-Atlantic is seeking creative young people throughout the Commonwealth who want to win prizes while teaching others life-saving traffic safety concepts.

Now through Feb. 14, 2012, students in grades K-12 from all schools across Virginia are invited to participate in AAA’s annual Traffic Safety Poster Contest. Students can showcase their artistic talents and traffic safety knowledge through hand-drawn or digitally-designed posters and video public service announcements (PSA). > 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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