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When the Clock Strikes Twelve: New Year’s Traditions

(Running time: 29 minutes)

Remember, reflect, resolve, renew — our New Year’s traditions help us do all of these things. But before you can have the tradition, you need to have the New Year. Why do we celebrate the first of January? And how did all of these traditions get started? From Auld Lang Syne and champagne toasts, to Times Square, black-eyed peas and Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, learn about all things New Year in HCTV’s When the Clock Strikes Twelve: New Year’s Traditions.


Four Centuries of Conflict and Confusion: The History of Dutch Gap

(Running time: 22 minutes)

The history of Dutch Gap and the people who lived there spans four centuries of conflict and confusion. The Dutch Gap canal, located on the James River near the 17th-century Citie of Henricus, was originally constructed during the Civil War to shortcut the seven-mile loop around Farrar’s Island. Join HCTV as we learn about Dutch Gap, how it got its name, and the many wars and battles fought throughout its history.


Strumming up the Past: Henrico’s Bluegrass Music

(Running time: 24 minutes)

Bluegrass represents a distinctly American style of music, a beautiful blend of old-timey, Celtic, gospel, country and blues. Henrico County is keeping the music alive by organizing a bluegrass jam each month at Dorey Park. If you’ve stood before the microphone and or clapped from the audience, you know there’s something about bluegrass that tugs on your soul.


Opportunity to Reform, An: The Laurel Industrial School and the History of Juvenile Corrections in Henrico

(Running time: 33 minutes)

Few people traveling through Laurel on Hungary Road seem to notice that they’re in one of the county’s historic districts, or that they’re passing through the site of the state’s first reformatory. HCTV takes an investigative journey into the dramatic and complex history of the Laurel Industrial School, examines its legacy, and sheds light on its place on the path to modern juvenile justice.


Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit

(Running time: 22 minutes)

Each year close to 3,500 companion animals arrive at the Henrico Police Animal Shelter in need of a new home — dogs and cats, of course, but also guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and even goats and chickens. HCTV visits with area residents who have adopted these furry (and feathered) friends and talks to the officers of the Animal Protection Unit who work with the animals — both wild and domestic — in our neighborhoods every day.


Inside Henrico: Fall 2013 Edition

(Running time: 18 minutes)

This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:

  • Leaf Collection Schedule Changes
  • Rabid Animal Precautions
  • Fire Division Winter Preparation
  • The Gardner House
  • Meadow Farm’s 300th Anniversary


Never Forget VII: Inez Childress Cold Cases

(Running time: 21 minutes)

On September 17, 1994, 82 year-old great-grandmother Inez J. Childress was strangled and drowned in her own bathtub. The killer still remains at large, and police need your help in solving this horrific crime. Join HCTV as we talk to the Childress family members and original investigators on the scene of this homicide. One new lead for Henrico police may help to solve this crime and bring closure to the family. Never Forget.


 

Henrico Sheriff’s Summer Student Academy

(Running time: 22 minutes)

The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office relies on scores of specially trained deputies to keep the county’s two jails running safely and efficiently. But in 2011, the rising cost of overtime had become a growing concern. And — it turns out — the mother of invention. The Sheriff’s Office partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University to establish the Summer-Student Basic Jailor Academy. Join HCTV as we explore how the academy has helped avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime payments for the county, and has provided valuable, hands-on experience for students pursuing careers in criminal justice.


Inside Henrico: Summer 2013 Edition

(Running time: 19 minutes)

This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:

  • Meals Tax Vote
  • Sports Tourism Update
  • Fire Engines to EMS Calls
  • Intelligence Led Policing
  • Reporting Fraud/Internal Audit


Still in the Game: Adult Sports in Henrico

(Running time: 18 minutes)

Softball, Rugby, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Cricket, Kickball, Golf, Lacrosse and more. . . whatever the game, adults in Henrico looking for a way to stay active and competitive turn to Henrico’s Adult Sports Leagues. Our Division of Recreation and Parks maintains pristine fields and organized scheduling to assist adult league players throughout their sport season. HCTV follows the action in Still in the Game: Adult Sports in Henrico.


Living Among Us: A Closer Look at the Bugs to Beware

(Running time: 25 minutes)

There are likely more arthropods in your backyard than there are people in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia — many more, in fact! Fortunately, there are only a handful of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that may be harmful to humans. Join HCTV for a revealing journey into the weird, wonderful, and sometimes dangerous world of bugs.


Henrico’s Iron: Ironclad Battles on the James River

(Running time: 25 minutes)

The James River in eastern Henrico County serves as a watery grave for three mighty ships from the Civil War. Today, the CSS Richmond, Virginia II and Fredericksburg remain casualties from the James River Squadron and footnotes to America’s struggle to unite its North and South. But during the War, they marked an advanced breed of armored ship. They were Ironclads that forever changed naval combat. HCTV uncovers the untold story of Henrico’s maritime combats during the Civil War in Henrico’s Iron: Ironclad Battles on the James River.


Birds of the James

(Running time: 26 minutes)

We’ve all marveled at the majesty of Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Double-Crested Cormorants, and Great Blue Herons — truly a natural resource to behold. What most people don’t realize is that these beautiful river birds reside right here at home along the James. Join HCTV as we get up close to the birds of the James River, and learn how they are part of the wonderful natural environment that surrounds us.


The History of Recreation and Parks

(Running time: 22 minutes)

For more than four decades, Henrico’s Division of Recreation and Parks has been committed to helping residents pursue good health and good times. With more than 4 million park visitors each year, the division has embraced the responsibility of caring for more than 3,600 acres of parkland, 140 recreational buildings and 35 historic sites. But the Division of Recreation & Parks had humble beginnings, with a few recreational activities organized at local schools. Join HCTV as we learn about the history of Recreation & Parks, and how the division has grown to serve the residents of Henrico.


SWAM: Small, Women and Minority Owned Businesses

(Running time: 15 minutes)

In the course of conducting county business, Henrico regularly purchases goods and services from private vendors — from paperclips and pencils, to dump trucks and engineering services, and everything in between. Henrico makes a special effort to support small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses, known as “SWAM.” In this program, learn how Henrico encourages SWAM companies to work through the county’s procurement process, and how this effort results in better services for our residents while supporting small, local businesses.


From Investigation to Education: Inside the Office of the Fire Marshal

(Running time: 23 minutes)

From finding the source of a fire and enforcing fire laws, to educating school children and inspecting businesses for fire safety, the Office of the Fire Marshal covers a diverse and extensive area of responsibility to ensure the safety of Henrico residents. HCTV follows the Fire Marshals in the field as they investigate for possible arson, train to use firearms, simulate a fire escape for kids, put an accelerant-detecting canine to work and more in From Investigation to Education: Inside the Office of the Fire Marshal.


Dr. Richard Archibald Patterson: A Self-Made Man

(Running time: 26 minutes)

Henrico residents probably recognize the name Patterson as one of the roads they often drive. The road’s namesake, however, is likely an afterthought. Dr. Richard Archibald Patterson was a giant of his time — a tobacco pioneer who helped forge his community’s recovery from the Civil War; a public servant and philanthropist; a doctor and Civil War surgeon; and a proud Henrico resident who envisioned big things for his community. Join HCTV as we uncover the story of the man, his era and the community he served.


Inside Henrico: Spring 2013

(Running time: 22 minutes)

This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:

  • Meals Tax
  • Hypothermic Protocol
  • CodeRED
  • J.E.B. Stuart Trail
  • Spring Landfill Use


Bullying

(Running time: 20 minutes)

More than 13 million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year. HCTV explores why bullying occurs and what our community can do to combat this disturbing social issue. Henrico County’s commonwealth’s attorney, school resource officers, guidance counselors, principals and young people speak about their experiences and why bullying is on the rise in our country.


Eye in the Sky: The Metro Aviation Unit

(Running time: 23 minutes)

Those charged with the task of maintaining public safety go to great lengths — and great heights — to accomplish their goal. This is certainly true of one elite police unit headquartered at Richmond International Airport. The Metro Aviation Unit is a partnership between the Counties of Henrico and Chesterfield and the City of Richmond. Pilots from each jurisdiction assist in a wide array of public safety functions over a landmass of more than 750 square miles with a population of nearly one million people. Fly along with HCTV as police pilots give us a spectacular view of what they do to keep us safe.


Curtain Call: A History of the Henrico Theatre

(Running time: 25 minutes)

When it opened its doors in 1938, the Henrico Theatre was described as a “big city temple of entertainment set in beautiful rural surroundings.” A classic example of art-deco architecture, the theatre was the crown jewel of Highland Springs. After years of successes and changes of ownership, the Henrico Theatre closed its doors— until Henrico County purchased the property in 1999. Join HCTV as we reveal the story behind the theatre, follow the extensive renovation process and learn how it has become a historic landmark in the county.


Focus on Fathers: Henrico’s Fatherhood Initiative Program

(Running time: 12 minutes)

Henrico’s Fatherhood Initiative Program is designed to help fathers learn how to re-engage with their children, how to be responsible role models, manage emotions and become the best fathers they can be. Join HCTV as we talk to the experts in Social Services, as well as some participating fathers, to learn more about this program and how it benefits families and our society.


J.E.B. Stuart: Bold Cavalier

(Running time: 35 minutes)

To southerners, James Ewell Brown Stuart is best known as the “Bold Cavalier” of the Confederate Cavalry during the American Civil War, and as Robert E. Lee’s go-to intelligence man. Join HCTV as we follow J.E.B. Stuart’s journey from his boyhood in Ararat, Virginia; his cadet years at West Point; his encounter with abolitionist John Brown at Harpers Ferry; and finally, to his mortal wounding at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in Henrico County.


Inside Henrico: Winter 2013

(Running time: 19 minutes)

This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:

  • County Manager Transition
  • Mobile Library Service
  • Bicycle Safety
  • Gayton Road Opening
  • Real Estate Update


Reinvest: Commercial Investment Tax Abatement Program

(Running time: 22 minutes)

Henrico County’s mature buildings and commercial corridors have history and character worth preserving, and the Reinvest Program provides a partial tax exemption to encourage the renovation, rehabilitation or replacement of these older properties. Watch as HCTV shows how this commercial investment tax abatement program has resulted in the rejuvenation of local businesses and older corridors throughout the county. Henrico representatives, local developers and business owners tell us why Henrico’s Reinvest Program is a positive proposition for everyone involved.


Evolving Legend, An: The Story of Robert E. Lee

(Running time: 38 minutes)

The mere mention of Robert E. Lee conjures up the image of a gray-haired, gray-bearded, gray-suited Confederate General, forever trapped in an 1865 photograph or in a bronze and stone monument. In reality, the Civil War was only four years of his multifaceted, fascinating life, and he was infinitely more complex than the icon he has become. In death, Robert E. Lee still commands attention. He will inevitably fascinate and divide opinion as long as his story continues to unfold. Join HCTV as we explore the controversial figure in “An Evolving Legend: The Story of Robert E. Lee.”


Driving Force: Henrico’s Traffic Safety Unit

(Running time: 27 minutes)

Henrico Police’s Traffic Safety Unit is completely focused on ensuring safety on the county’s roadways. Whether they’re investigating a crash, arresting a drunk driver, educating students or simply informing citizens of a new law, the 15 members of this unit are serious about traffic safety. Join HCTV as we look inside the Driving Force: Henrico’s Traffic Safety Unit.


 

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