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Native Fish Species of the James River

(Running time: 39 minutes)

During the 17th century the James River was silver with the Shad, Herring & Sturgeon populations. Over time, residential and commercial development, overfishing and habitat changes decimated these native species, but innovative repopulation and rehabilitation programs are now underway to replenish the river. Join HCTV as we explore how our actions and the environment have affected the fish quality, and learn whether it is, indeed, safe to eat fish from the James, in Native Fish Species of the James River.

Never Forget: Henrico Cold Cases

(Running time: 34 minutes)

Henrico County currently has more than 80 unsolved violent crimes, and the Cold Case Unit needs your help. HCTV takes you inside two cases that have gone unsolved for years. First, we’ll explore the 1984 Hall-Margaret double murder that stunned a community and has baffled Henrico’s most experienced investigators since 1984. Then we’ll learn how DNA evidence has helped investigators get close to solving the 2001 shooting of Michael Edward Lowther. The Cold Case Unit may only be one phone call away from solving these cases and bringing closure to the families devastated by these horrific crimes. Never Forget.

Never Forget: Henrico Cold Cases – Marshall Butler Homicide

(Running time: 22 minutes)

Henrico County Currently has more than 80 unsolved crimes, and the cold case unit needs your help. New forensic technology has led to a break in the 1991 murder of 16 year old Marshall Ray Butler. Investigators are now on the trail of a new suspect, and all they may need is one phone call to bring closure to this horrific unsolved homicide. Never Forget.

Never Forget III: Schantz-Ripka Cold Case

(Running time: 29 minutes)

On February 11, 1998 Allen Ripka and Shelly Schantz were brutally murdered in their western Henrico home. Henrico investigators had never seen a crime scene that lacked such vital forensic evidence, and after following every plausible lead, the crime remains unsolved. Henrico Police have not forgotten this double homicide, but they need the community’s help to bring closure to two families and a murderer to justice.

Never Forget: Cynthia Gilliam-Ford Cold Case

(Running time: 21 minutes)

In January of 1991 Henrico Police discovered human skeletal remains wrapped in a blanket in a wooded area of the county. Evidence at the scene could not help identify the victim or lead police to a suspect. Nearly two decades later, a facial reconstruction sketch released to the media proved to be the key in uncovering the identity of this Jane Doe. Police are now hot on the trail of her killer and they need your help to find the murderer of Cynthia Gilliam-Ford. Never Forget.

Never Forget V: William Winston and Judson Calvin Homicides

(Running time: 19 minutes)

Two cousins murdered a year apart. Two lives cut short. Both were discovered by motorists along desolate roads in the county’s east end, shot multiple times. They ran with a rough crowd, and paid the ultimate price. Even though the murders occurred more than two decades ago, someone knows who killed these young men. With the public’s help and advances in forensic technology, Henrico Police may soon know as well. Never Forget.

Never Forget VI: Andrea Michelle Taylor Cold Case

(Running time: 25 minutes)

On Saturday, July 25th, 1998, Andrea Taylor was stabbed to death in Henrico County and her killer is still at large today. Join HCTV as we follow the police cold case unit’s reinvestigation of this horrible crime and learn how it may soon be solved. With new technology available and the possibility of new witnesses coming forward, Henrico police are actively pursuing justice for the person responsible.

Never Forget VII: Inez Childress Cold Case

(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.

No Limits:  The Work of Supported Employment for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 17 minutes)

Intellectually disabled adults work in a variety of jobs throughout our community. Henrico County’s supported employment program helps intellectually disabled adults become self-reliant.  Join HCTV as we explore how job coaches and supervisors help clients succeed in the workplace.

No Stone Unturned: Cemetery Identification in Henrico County

(Running time: 16 minutes)

Missing pieces of Henrico’s history might be hiding in your own backyard. Since 2003, an effort has been underway to locate, document, and preserve the county’s neglected and forgotten cemeteries. The Cemetery Identification Project is a collaborative effort between the Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks and the Henrico Historical Society. The initiative combines fieldwork, high-tech mapping, and database organization of the gathered research. HCTV takes you inside the effort to ensure that those who are gone are not forgotten.

No Way Back: Coping with Alzheimer’s

(Running time: 29 minutes)

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating form of dementia that is on the rise. There is no known cure, and according to doctors, it is appearing in younger patients than in previous years. HCTV introduces you to several families who are dealing with various stages of Alzheimer’s, and what support services are available to help caregivers cope.

Officer’s Duty, An: The History of Henrico Police [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 34 minutes)

Law enforcement in Henrico County reaches back to 1676. See how the Division of Police has evolved and developed through the decades as HCTV takes you through the history of communications, vehicles, weapons, crime and fallen officers.

On Air: Early Radio in Central Virginia

(Running time: 33 minutes)

From the bygone days of nationwide live performances to modern computer play lists, this nostalgic program will introduce you to the faces of radio that listeners in central Virginia have known for years. HCTV talks to legendary local radio announcer Harvey Hudson, sports broadcasting pioneer Frank Soden and many, many more, about early radio in central Virginia. From the days of Sinatra and Abbott and Costello, to sportscasts from telegraph wire reports, HCTV explores the fascinating world of early broadcasting.

On the Green: Belmont Golf Course

(Running time: 25 minutes)

Henrico County’s Belmont Golf Course was first established in 1917 as Hermitage Country Club on Hilliard Road. The golf course hosted such prestigious events as the Valentine Invitational, The Richmond Open, and the 1949 PGA Championship. Henrico purchased the property in 1977 and named the golf course Belmont. The 18-hole course is open to the public, and is one of the area’s finest recreational venues. Join HCTV as we meet the golfers and explore the history, fun and challenges of the course in “On the Green: Belmont Golf Course.”

Opening Doors: Henrico County Public Libraries

(Running time: 23 minutes)

The Henrico County Public Library system strives to meet the needs of each one of our nearly 307,000 residents by offering a wide variety of services, and providing access to countless materials. With 11 locations across the county, an online service that can virtually put you inside any one of the Libraries, and a bookmobile that will bring the services to your door, the Henrico County Public Library system is second only to the community it serves.

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.

Original Henrico Shire, The [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 24 minutes)

In 1611, the “city or “town” of Henrico, was established as the second settlement of Virginia. By 1634, Henrico, named for the king’s eldest son Henry, Prince of Wales, would become one of the eight original shires of Virginia whose borders would incorporate an area from which 13 localities would later be established. On this 400th anniversary of Henrico County, we celebrate by embracing the diversity of our communities and the history that made us what we are today.

Pandemic 1918: A Diary of the Flu

(Running time: 28 minutes)

The 1918 flu pandemic brought life to a screeching halt in Central Virginia. Schools and businesses closed, church services were canceled, and people were being quarantined by the thousands. As World War I drew to a close, more than 50 million people worldwide lost their lives to this violent strain of flu. Join HCTV as we chronicle this horrific public health episode through original diaries of a Virginia woman who lived through it.

Paving Ahead

(Running time: 13 minutes)

From the heavily traveled thoroughfares, to the cul-de-sac you call home, Henrico’s Public Works employees take pride in the way you ride. We’ll explain why sometimes all you need is a slick coat of slurry, and other traffic patterns demand a steamy layer of asphalt. Take a ride on the roller with HCTV as we heat, mill, seal and smooth the surface of Henrico’s roads, in Paving Ahead.

People In Crisis: Henrico Area Mental Health Crisis Center

(Running time: 21 minutes)

Every year in Henrico County more than 30,000 calls are made to the Henrico Area Mental Health Crisis Hotline. Under the emergency services program, this hotline is available for anyone in the county experiencing acute mental stress. Whether callers feelsuicidal, are experiencing panic attacks, or are feeling overwhelming depression, the crisis clinicians are there to help. Join HCTV as we hear stories from the professionals who staff this hotline, as well as those who have benefited from the service. If you or someone you love is experiencing significant mental stress and are unable to handle it alone, the crisis line (727-8484) is always there 24 hours a day.

Permit Center, The

(Running time: 15 minutes)

Henrico’s Permit Center is a one-stop shop designed to save you time and reduce the frustration often associated with obtaining permits for construction projects. Whether you’re a seasoned contractor or a first-time do-it-yourself builder, The Permit Center is there to help you overcome problems and expedite your project.

Planet Henrico [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 32 minutes)

HCTV’s Planet Henrico looks at efforts underway in our community to protect our natural resources and environment. Learn about stream restoration, green roof projects, environmental reclamation, green building methods, and hybrid vehicles. Get tips on home energy savings.

Planning for Henrico’s Future [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 23 minutes)

The Henrico Planning Department oversees land use regulations and zoning throughout the county. Staff can assist you with questions about new and existing development, rezoning requests, variances and more.

Planting Zone, The: First Time Gardening [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 26 minutes)

Beginning gardeners learn the basic steps of choosing and planting for the first time. Local experts demonstrate how amateur gardeners can create healthy plants and gardens.

Play Ball: The Babe Ruth 14 Year-Old World Series at Glen Allen Stadium [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 29 minutes)

We built it, and they came! In August 2007, Henrico County showcased its crown jewel of youth sports venues: the new Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park. Ten teams from around the country competed in the prestigious Babe Ruth 14 Year-Old World Series. Join HCTV as we play ball!

Points to Freedom [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 16 minutes)

Discover the benefits of acupuncture for people with substance abuse problems, and learn more about this progressive drug treatment program.

Promise Fulfilled, The: The History of Henrico County Public Schools [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 31 minutes)

The story of education in Henrico County spans more than four hundred years of growth and change. From the earliest one-room school houses to the classroom of tomorrow, HCTV looks at school life and the ways in which our school system is providing a top-notch education for our students. Quality education is alive and well in Henrico County Public Schools, and the promise is being fulfilled.

R.I.S.E.- Recovery in a Secure Environment [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 30 minutes)

HCTV goes inside Henrico’s jail to see this incredible substance abuse recovery program in action. Witness how R.I.S.E. helps current and former inmates beat addiction.

REAP: Real Estate Advantage Program

(Running time: 5 minutes)

If you’re a county resident who is 65 or older or disabled, and own property in Henrico County, you may be able to save money on your real estate taxes if you meet the program’s requirements. REAP has been growing steadily since its inception in 1973, and has made a dramatic difference in the lives of many participants. HCTV shows you how to REAP the benefits of this wonderful program.

Ready to Respond: Police and Fire Rescue at Richmond International Airport

(Running time: 25 minutes)

An average of 3.2 million passengers travel through the gates of Richmond International Airport (RIC) each year, and RIC’s top notch Police and Fire Rescue departments are ready to respond to any call in order to make air travel as safe and effortless as possible. From flight security to post crash firefighting, these men and women are trained to turn difficult circumstances into positive outcomes. Join HCTV as we ride along with RIC’s public safety personnel in Ready to Respond: Police and Fire Rescue at Richmond International Airport.

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.

Reinvest: Residential Investment Tax Abatement Program

(Running time: 4 minutes)

Now is a great time to renovate or remodel your home! With new home loans out of reach for many, staying put and updating your existing home is an increasingly attractive option, especially now that Henrico has introduced Reinvest! Let HCTV show you how an investment in your property can actually save you money in the long run.

Responding to Isabel [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 28 minutes)

A behind-the-scenes look at Henrico County’s Emergency Operations before, during and after the hurricane.

Richard Evelyn Byrd: Admiral of the Antarctic

(Running time: 42 minutes)

By the early 1950s, Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd had become one of the world’s experts on the Earth’s polar regions. Leading his men into undiscovered icy territory in the name of science and exploration earned him the label of an American hero during the first half of the 20th century. Learn about Virginia’s own extraordinary explorer, and original namesake of Richmond International Airport, in Richard Evelyn Byrd: Admiral of the Antarctic.

Road Through History, A [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 32 minutes)

A documentary of the Henrico County Public Works Department, including vintage film circa 1940 as well as modern-day operations.

Role of the Magistrate, The

(Running time: 16 minutes)

A magistrate is often the first contact a person has with the judicial system in Virginia. Many of the duties now performed by magistrates were once carried out by a Justice of the Peace. The standards and required qualifications to become a magistrate are now much more stringent than in the past, requiring a bachelor’s degree and even a law degree for a chief magistrate. In this program, HCTV talks with Henrico’s chief magistrate to learn more about the duties and authority of magistrates in Virginia.

Safe and Sound: Henrico’s Security Services

(Running time: 15 minutes)

Henrico Security Services is a twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week operation, ensuring the safety of visitors to our county. A security officer is often the first person a visitor encounters when entering a county building. From giving directions to patrolling and monitoring all county properties day and night, Henrico security officers are well trained to provide excellent customer service. They are proficient in the use of firearms and other devices, as well as de-escalation techniques for public safety. Whenever you have the need to visit a Henrico County facility, rest assured you are safe and sound, and our Security Officers are there to help.

Safe Waters Ahead: Henrico’s Marine Patrol

(Running time: 33 minutes)

The roughly 30 miles of the James River in Henrico County are home to both recreation and commerce. Join HCTV as we board the Marine Patrol boats and set out to ensure the safety of the many different boaters and visitors to county waters.

Saving Lives: The History of Henrico’s Rescue Squads

(Running time: 24 minutes)

Since 1951, Henrico County has offered free emergency rescue services to our residents. What began as a strictly volunteer effort has evolved into a modernized, cohesive paramedic and advanced emergency medical support unit operated by the Division of Fire. The mission to save lives has always been the driving factor.

Securing Your Digital Self: Identity Theft

(Running time: 13 minutes)

High-tech thieves looking to steal your identity have formed today’s new organized crime ring. From computer hackers to good old-fashioned pickpockets, your identity is at risk of being stolen anytime, anywhere. Learn how these criminals operate and what law enforcement agencies are doing to find and stop them. Join HCTV as we reveal useful tips on how to protect your identity in Securing Your Digital Self: Identity Theft.

Senior Living in Henrico [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 28 minutes)

Retirement is a time to enjoy life and to explore new opportunities. Henrico County offers a variety of programs to keep seniors mentally and physically active. Getting together for activities like Bowling, Tai Chi, Croquet, Line Dancing, and Water Aerobics gives seniors a chance to socialize, stay healthy, make friends, and live their lives to the fullest.

Shadow of Life, The

(Running time: 19 minutes)

The second feature in this Social Services series highlights what resources are available to Henrico’s sick, needy or handicapped residents. See what resources are available and how Social Services creates a stable environment for those unable to work.

Shape Up Henrico! [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 15 minutes)

From karate and yoga to Tai Chi and dance, exercise in Henrico can be fun for all ages!

Smart Lawns [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 25 minutes)

How can Henrico homeowners keep up with daily activities and still have beautiful yards? “Smart Lawns” joins the Master Gardeners of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Henrico. HCTV learns about the types of services and knowledge these master gardeners have to offer. From when to fertilize and add lime to dealing with pests.

Soaring Free: Bird Watching in Henrico

(Running time: 24 minutes)

Bird watching in Henrico can be fascinating for people of all ages. Hundreds of different species can be found in the county alone, and their beauty, quirky behavior and mysterious habits make them a wonder to behold. Soar through the county as HCTV shows you how and where to go “birding” in Henrico.

Southern Man of Mystery: Edgar Allan Poe
Central Virginia Biography

(Running time: 37 minutes)

This premiere edition of Central Virginia Biographies takes you into the world of “America’s Shakespeare,” Edgar Allan Poe. The brilliant but troubled writer is credited with mastering the genre of science fiction, detective fiction, and the horror story, in addition to creating mesmerizing poetry and establishing the format of the short story. The legendary author of The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher grew up in Richmond, and considered himself a Virginian wherever his travels led him. Take a poetic journey back in time with HCTV’s Southern Man of Mystery: Edgar Allan Poe.

Spruce It Up! Landscape Gardening Made Easy

(Running time: 31 minutes)

Sprucing up your landscape can be as simple as knowing what you want and getting the right advice to make it happen. This do-it-yourself program will help you choose the right plants, know when, where, and how to plant them, and how to keep them healthy for many years to come. So get your green thumbs ready and Spruce It Up!

Standing Tall: Native Trees of Henrico

(Running time: 25 minutes)

From majestic oaks to loblolly pines, the native trees of Henrico not only enhance the natural beauty of the county and provide a habitat for animals, they play a vital part in the ecology of our environment. Join HCTV as we learn about the variety of native trees in our area and the role they play in the cycle of life.

State of Mind, A: The History of the Glen Allen Community

(Running time: 29 minutes)

Where is Glen Allen? Where isn’t it? Geographically, Glen Allen stretches throughout northwestern Henrico County, and parts of the community extend into Goochland and Hanover counties. While Glen Allen might be considered just another bedroom community in the suburbs of Henrico, it’s rich history, rural landscape and colorful lifelong residents define the very foundation of this community. Join HCTV as we explore the people, their stories and times gone by in A State of Mind: The History of the Glen Allen Community.

Staying Safe from Crime [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 12 minutes)

HCTV talks to a reformed thief still behind bars. His story tells you how to stay safe from crime at home and around town.

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.

Story of Maude F. Trevvett, The: A Lifetime of Teaching

(Running time: 21 minutes)

Maude F. Trevvett was a primary teacher in Henrico County Public Schools for 46 years. At age nine she and her family emigrated from Leicester, England and settled in the village of Glen Allen. Trevvett began her teaching career in 1892 at Yellow Tavern School, followed by Laurel, and eventually Glen Allen School. She taught as many as three generations of Henrico students and left a permanent mark on the Glen Allen area. In 1958, Henrico officials acknowledged her dedication to Henrico by naming a new school in the Brookland district “Maude Trevvett Elementary School.”

Stroke: Medical Emergency–How to Survive a “Brain Attack” [Retired from Broadcast]

(Running time: 18 minutes)

Strokes are the third leading cause of death among the adult population. Stroke survivors may suffer devastating injury to the brain, and expeditious emergency medical care is key to minimizing long-term damage. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of a “brain attack,” and hear stories of stroke victims who cope with brain injuries in HCTV’s Stroke: Medical Emergency–How to Survive a “Brain Attack.”

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.

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.

SWAT: Henrico’s Special Weapons And Tactics Team

(Running time: 19 minutes)

Police officers put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect Henrico County residents. And sometimes, when the situation is complex, the stakes are high and lives are in danger, it’s time to call in the SWAT team. Unified action and perfect precision are paramount to its successful operations, and team members must be ready to engage at a moment’s notice. Join HCTV as we follow this elite, highly-trained, Special Weapons and Tactics team.