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Accreditation woes for HCPS

28 of county's 66 schools miss the state's mark
Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status. > Read more.

Poplar Spring Road to be closed at railroad tracks July 30

Poplar Spring Road in Eastern Henrico County will be closed at the railroad tracks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 while CSX makes improvements to the crossing. > Read more.

Living history

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 VMI graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

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

Brat’s surprising rise to prominence ‘fun but exhausting’

In June, Henrico County was the epicenter of a political shakeup that grabbed international headlines when Henrico resident Dave Brat made history by upsetting Henrico's Eric Cantor, the U.S. House Majority Leader, in a Republican primary election for the Seventh District House seat.

Brat became the story of the week. Analysts heatedly debated whether his victory was a portent of the future, when establishment leaders could be knocked off by grassroots candidates operating on a fraction of their budget, or whether Brat had simply found his opponent’s weak spot (immigration) and ridden that all the way to victory. > Read more.

County dedicates Twin Hickory Park

Citizens of Henrico now have a new recreational opportunity, after county officials cut the ribbon on Twin Hickory Park – a new 48-acre park near Deep Run High School – July 12.

Funding for the $3 million complex was part of a 2005 bond referendum dedicated to school, library, and park projects throughout Henrico County, which was the result of input from citizens, residents and civic associations. > Read more.

Holman student has All-Star experience

A Holman Middle School student had an All-Star experience to remember in Minneapolis this week.

Nicholas Noonan competed in the 11-12 year-old division of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition, which was held at Target Field on the day before the MLB All-Star Game. The competition is a baseball skills challenge open to children nationwide.

Of more than 625,000 players in 4,000 preliminary competitions, only 12 baseball and 12 softball players earned the right to compete in the final round in Minneapolis. Noonan was one of two finalists from Virginia. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, a film playing at the Byrd Theatre on Saturday may be just for you. Also taking place this weekend: several Henrico libraries are offering family-friendly events and the Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform “Legend of the Poinsettia” at CACGA. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The new year is off to a great start! Catch a movie at Twin Hickory Library or Henrico Theatre, laugh at the Funny Bone or enjoy a classical or country concert – all events taking place this weekend in Henrico! For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico residents have a variety of performances to choose from this weekend: The Rinard Family at Henrico Theatre, The Hot Seats at Ashland Coffee and Tea and shows at Mystery Dinner Playhouse, Swift Creek Mill Theatre and Children’s Theatre of Virginia. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

The many needy lives of Walter Mitty


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and its hero, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) have something in common – they both just want to be appreciated. But Walter just seeks the affection of a single person: his unrequited office love, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig).

Walter Mitty wants to be loved by all: the young, the old, the comedy fans, the drama fans, and every single human being in between. And unlike the living, breathing Walter, Walter Mitty‘s neediness is its undoing. > Read more.

Potbelly opening in March


A Chicago-based sub chain has bellied up to the Richmond market to open its first shop in Henrico County.

Potbelly Sandwich Works is slated to open in the Colonnades West shopping center on West Broad Street in Glen Allen in mid-March. The shop serves up subs, sandwiches, salads, soup and milkshakes and since opening in 1977, has expanded to close to 300 shops across the U.S.

David Duke, primary owner of the local Potbelly has been hungry for a piece of the Henrico restaurant scene for some time now. > Read more.

Coffee, anyone?

Virginia Rep’s monthly gatherings offer insight

Virginia Repertory Theatre will host theater enthusiasts and intrigued patrons for the latest in its monthly installment of “Coffee and Conversations” on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at its Willow Lawn location, featuring an inside look behind French Connection: Duquesnay to Moliere.

Virginia Rep has been hosting similar gatherings for the past five seasons. The program serves as an audience engagement opportunity to educate patrons about the process of the theater, the various programs and how it works. > Read more.

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