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Henrico Police investigating suspicious death

UPDATE: SEPT. 17, 10 A.M. – Henrico Police are investigating what they are terming a suspicious death this morning.

At about 7:35 a.m. today, officers responded to the 2400 block of Byron Street, half a block east of Mechanicsville Turnpike and several blocks south of Laburnum Avenue, after a citizen had called 911 to report observing an adult male lying on the side of the road. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and declared the male deceased at the scene. The cause of death is unknown. > 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.

County to host anti-smoking meetings this month

The Henrico County Health Department will hold four meetings in July to explain the public health risks associated with smoking and provide information on how smokers can quit the habit.

The meetings will be held 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, July 21 at the Dumbarton Area Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road; Wednesday, July 23 at the Varina Branch Library, 2001 Library Road; Wednesday, July 30 at the Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road; and Thursday, July 31 at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. The meetings are free and open to the public. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Knitters unite at Cedarfield

The “Knitters of Cedarfield” made their annual donation of handmade caps to the Henrico Christmas Mother Dec. 3 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, presenting 130 knitted caps to be used by needy families. Among the Christmas Mothers on hand to accept the donation and thank the knitters were Mitty Sledd (1975), Sue Trimmer (1998), Bonnie Abernathy (2011), and Terry Brady (2012). The presentation was followed by a program of holiday music, courtesy of the Greater Richmond Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is winding down so it’s finally time to sit back and enjoy some local performances like Theatre IV’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at CACGA and a piano recital at Good Shepherd UMC. To truly appreciate the holidays, though, take some time to give back – a blood drive takes place this weekend at VCC. Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Burgers, by the ‘Bach’

Popular Carytown restaurant opens West Broad Village location
I’ve never cared for burgers, and I’ve certainly never sought out a restaurant specialized in the sandwich. That’s until I ventured into Burger Bach (pronounced batch) in Carytown. The New Zealand-inspired gastropub made a believer out of a burger-skeptic like me with its gourmet burgers, handcut fries and homemade dipping sauces.

It’s not surprising that others loved it, too, and its second location opened in West Broad Village in November. Eager to compare the two, I headed over for lunch on a Saturday with a friend and an empty stomach. > Read more.

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The Richmond Apartment Owners’ “Think Tank” group will meet at 12 p.m. at Piccadilly Café, 8004 W. Broad St. The topic will be a discussion of the Mr. Landlord meeting.… Full text

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