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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 VMI graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

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

Henricus Foundation receives $100,000 donation in honor of Jimmy Dean

The Dean Foundation, established by the late sausage king and entertainer Jimmy Dean, this week announced a $100,000 donation to the Henricus Foundation. The Dean Foundation, which has supported Henrico County’s Varina High and Elementary Schools, made the donation to support the educational mission of Henricus Historical Park. Supporters of Henricus are challenged to match the gift with donations of $5,000 or more.

“Jimmy Dean was a successful singer, actor and businessman who held a passion for philanthropy and education,” said Donna Dean Stevens and husband Jayson Stevens, administrators of The Dean Foundation.

Henrico resident to lead War Memorial Foundation

Henrico resident Admiral John G. Hekman (USN, Ret.) recently was selected as executive director of the Virginia War Memorial Education Foundation.

A native of Ripon, Calif., Hekman was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1962 after graduation from Calvin College. He served for 34 year in various posts throughout the world and is a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crises and the Vietnam War.

Henrico girl advocates for Juvenile Diabetes funding

Kamryn Anderson and her family show their support for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation awareness effort.
Kamryn Anderson is an honor student at Brookland Middle School who keeps herself busy with cheerleading, homework, singing, going to church and doing chores. So understandably, having Type 1 Diabetes has been frustrating for this bright and motivated 12-year-old.

“I just want to be a normal kid, and go to school without going to the nurse, or having to be first in the lunch line,” said Anderson, who was diagnosed with the disease when she was five years old.

Henrico soldier reunites with cousin in Jordan

It seemed like a routine overseas deployment to medical Specialist Musab Alsawalha of Henrico, when he was given his orders to deploy to Kuwait to support the 3rd Medical Command at Arifjan, Kuwait.

As he was packing his bags though, more than 6,000 miles away, Jordanian Lt. Col. Mohammed Sawalha of the Jordan Armed Forces Staff Joint Operations command also was packing his bags in preparation for Eager Lion 13 in Jordan – a multi-national exercise with more than 8,000 military participants from 19 countries.

Raising funds while raising pints

By just about every measure, Capital Ale House has succeeded spectacularly in the 11 years since its founding.

In 2002 the venture began with one downtown restaurant and the concept of pairing craft and imported beers with local and European cuisine. Within a decade, the business expanded from one location and 40 beer taps to five locations in Richmond and across the state, boasting 360 taps and more than 300 employees.

Babe Ruth baseball, softball tournaments underway in Henrico

More than 800 boys and girls from states throughout the Southeast are competing on Henrico fields this weekend as the county hosts the Babe Ruth League, Inc. Southeast Regional baseball and softball tournaments.

Play is underway at RF&P Park and Dorey Park and will continue through Sunday. Fifty-five teams, with players ranging in age from 8 to 16, are participating. Teams have traveled from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and other states in the region to play in the tournaments. Teams from Virginia and Henrico are competing as well.

Baseball championships arrive in Henrico

Henrico County is welcoming close to 1,500 top high school baseball players from around the country – as well as college coaches and a nationwide television audience – for the Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships, which began July 18 and continue through July 28.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year Henrico and the metro region have hosted the Triple Crown tournament. This year’s event is expected to bring at least 5,500 visitors to the area and provide a $3.95 million boost to the local economy, according to Richmond region tourism.

Glen Allen ranked top spot in Virginia to raise a young family

Glen Allen recently was named the best place in Virginia to raise a young family by the website NerdWallet.com.

The site ranked the top 10 cities for young families based upon a number of factors, including the strength of the public school system in each location, the affordability of home ownership and associated costs and the relative prosperity of each location, as determined by median household incomes and income growth during the past decade.

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