Community & Social Issues
4-H: Making the Best Better [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 26 minutes) — What do kids, animals and agriculture have in common? HCTV goes rural in this look at how 4-H projects engage today’s young people.
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Running Time: 16 minutes) — We all have occasional problems concentrating or getting organized, but for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this is a constant state of being. HCTV spoke to several experts, as well as people who suffer from the disorder, to learn about the different types of ADHD and what help is available.
Adoption Celebrations: A Moment in Time (Running time: 25 minutes) — The birth of a child is the best day in a parent’s life. The Henrico County Circuit Court gives adoptive parents the opportunity to feel the same happiness with an Adoption Celebration. Join HCTV as we talk to several families about the joy of their Adoption Celebration — a moment in time that they will never forget.
Airwaves of Yesteryear: Early Television in Central Virginia (Running Time: 30 minutes) — On April 22, 1948 the very first television broadcast south of our nation’s capital happened right here in Central Virginia. WTVR began a legacy of quality local programming, which was soon followed by WXEX and WRVA. These early television pioneers brought us local favorites including Dandy Doodle, Sailor Bob and Shock Theatre. Join HCTV as we celebrate more than 60 years of community programming and look at how this new form of entertainment changed our lives forever in Airwaves of Yesteryear: Early Television in Central Virginia.
Battles with Parkinson’s Disease (Running Time: 31 minutes) — Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition that causes problems with muscular movement and many other systems in the body. In this program, HCTV talks with local people who deal with Parkinson’s every day. Find out how they cope and what options are available locally in Battles with Parkinson’s Disease.
Be Ready Henrico: Disaster Preparation (Running time: 18 minutes) — Natural or man-made disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. The potential for hurricanes, tornados, droughts, blizzards, flooding, or terrorism can hit Henrico at a moments notice. Are you ready? If you have to evacuate or shelter in place, does your family have a plan and a disaster kit? HCTV’s Be Ready Henrico: Disaster Preparation shows you how to be prepared and keep your family safe when disaster strikes.
Breaking the Cycle of Abuse [Retired from Broadcast](Running time: 19 minutes) — HCTV looks inside domestic violence with particular attention to its effect on children. Learn how professional counselors help victims break away from abusive relationships, help abusers see the effects of their behavior, and help children work through feelings of guilt and anger.
Bullying (Running time: 19 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.
By the People for the People: Volunteering in Henrico County (Running time: 26 minutes) — Volunteering has a long proud history in America. Since our nation’s inception, Americans have volunteered to help each other in times of crisis. Volunteers work 200,000 hours each year for Henrico County, at an annual savings of $5 million. Join HCTV as we hear stories of selfless volunteers throughout our community, and learn why their commitment to volunteering is worth its weight in gold.
City Limits: Henrico Escapes Richmond’s Attempts to Merge and Annex (Running time: 19 minutes) — When Henrico County’s population began to explode in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the City of Richmond attempted to acquire the county through a merger or “consolidation.” Henrico’s citizens flatly voted against the takeover attempt. Undeterred, the city then filed for a 142-square-mile annexation of the county–an astonishing 60 percent of the county’s land mass–in a courtroom battle that lasted several years. Learn how narrowly escaping these bold attempts has defined and shaped the present and future of Henrico, in City Limits.
Collecting Yourself: Hoarding Disorders (Running time: 26 minutes) — Do you have trouble throwing things away? Are your “collections” out of control? If you are a hoarder, or have clutter in your home, this program is a must see. Henrico County has a support group for people who want to rid their lives of clutter. HCTV defines the difference between simple clutter, collecting and hoarding in Collecting Yourself: Hoarding Disorders.
Community Investment, A: Real Estate Taxes and Assessments [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 25 minutes) — Why are our Henrico homes reassessed, and what prompts lowering real estate taxes? Where do our tax dollars go? Join HCTV as we discover the ins and outs of real estate taxes and property assessments. See how Henrico County is providing a lifestyle for our residents that is the envy of the region.
Community Resource Guide PSA (Running time: 3 minutes) — Is the neighbor’s dog barking driving you crazy? How about the loud muffler or tall weeds? Learn who to call to help resolve your community problems in this free resource guide.
Crystal Clear: Henrico County Water Reclamation Facility (Running time: 21 minutes) — Each time we do a load of laundry, take a shower, flush the toilet or wash our hands, we produce wastewater that seems to magically disappear through unseen pipes. In fact, in Henrico County, we produce more than 42 million gallons of wastewater every day. This wastewater must be cleaned, treated and prepared before reentering our environment through the James River. Join HCTV as we tour the high tech (if sometimes smelly) Water Reclamation Facility where this fascinating process takes place. From the natural use of nutrient eating organisms to the multi-step treatment process, Henrico’s Water Reclamation Facility makes sure the water returned to the James is crystal clear.
Decision, The: Aging Out of the Foster Care System (Running time: 23 minutes) — At the age of 18 young adults in the foster care system must make a daunting decision: opt out of foster care now, or age out at 21 and receive benefits to help transition into adulthood. HCTV features four young adults who share their struggles and successes, as well as their decisions to opt out or stay in foster care. Join us as we hear their stories, and learn what foster care professionals say about remaining in the system until age 21.
Domestic Violence: It’s Closer Than You Think (Running time: 15 minutes) — Last year, Henrico County Police responded to more than 5,000 domestic violence calls. Domestic violence knows no economic, racial, educational or jurisdictional boundaries — it occurs in every neighborhood throughout our county and nation. Join HCTV as we talk to domestic violence survivors and advocates to learn what help is available in Domestic Violence: It’s Closer Than You Think.
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.
E Pluribus Unum: The Changing Face of Henrico County (Running time: 29 minutes) — For centuries, Henrico County has been a destination for people seeking a better life. From the natives who first settled thousands of years ago and the English colonists of the 17th century, to refugees from war-torn countries in the Balkans, Asia, and Africa, our county has become a mosaic of cultures, and a microcosm of the world’s peoples. Join HCTV for a colorful glimpse into what brings people here from far and wide.
Energy Wise: The Henrico County Energy Management System (Running time: 13 minutes) — Since implementing Henrico’s Energy Management program more than 10 years ago, the county has saved more than $2 million each year on energy costs. From designing and building LEED certified facilities, to using more energy efficient light bulbs, Henrico’s efforts are promoting environmental friendliness and saving our taxpayer’s dollars.
Extending Knowledge: Virginia Cooperative Extension in Henrico County (Running time: 21 minutes) — Virginia Cooperative Extension has been providing scientifically based knowledge for our community for more than 80 years. With programs covering Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth activities, and Family and Consumer Sciences, residents of Henrico County are becoming smarter consumers and are more involved in their family’s lives than ever before. Join HCTV as we explore the many offerings of Virginia Cooperative Extension.
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.
Focus on Fathers: Henrico’s Fatherhood Initiative Program (Running time: 13 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.
For the Record: Henrico Circuit Court Clerk’s Office (Running time: 21 minutes) — The Henrico Circuit Courts Clerk’s Office serves the community in countless ways, including access to public records and assistance with matters related to both civil and criminal cases held in Henrico Circuit Court. The Clerk’s Record Room houses millions of documents. These public records date back to the early years of Henrico County and preserve the history of our community.
Food Allergies [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 19 minutes) — Food allergies are on the rise, and allergic reactions can range from slight itching to anaphylaxis and even death. A food allergy can be triggered by eating, touching or even smelling certain foods, and there is no immunization available to desensitize patients. See how food allergies affect the lives of children and adults, and how they consciously avoid dangerous foods.
Fresh Set of Eyes, A: Restaurant Inspections in Henrico County (Running time: 22 minutes) — We all enjoy a good meal out, right? In fact, Americans dine out four to five times a week on average. No one plans to contract a foodborne illness as a result, but it happens far more often than is reported. The dedicated food safety team in Henrico’s Health Department performs thousands of inspections each year on the county’s more than 1,100 foodservice establishments to assess risks and protect the public from potential hazards. Join HCTV and our Environmental Health Specialists as we take you inside the inspection process.
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.
From Stuffing to Starving: Dealing with Eating Disorders (Running time: 22 minutes) — From anorexia to binging, eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that impact the mental and physical health of millions each year. The fear and avoidance of eating, inability to control eating and purging after eating can cause damage to every major organ in the body. Join HCTV as we hear the stories of several people who have battled eating disorders and learn how they found help.
From the Garbage to the Grid: A Powerful By-Product of Henrico’s Trash (Running time: 22 minutes) — We all generate household waste, we all use electricity. Those two undeniable facts of life have come to an enterprising intersection at the Springfield Road Landfill. Henrico based INGENCO Distributed Energy has partnered with the county to use the methane produced from decomposing garbage to fuel a four-megawatt power plant. Take an electrifying trip to the landfill with HCTV’s Ryan Eubank, and learn all about this ultimate form of recycling in From The Garbage to The Grid: A Powerful By-Product of Henrico’s Trash.
Gaining New Territory: Gang Awareness in Henrico (Running time: 14 minutes) — Gangs are no longer a metropolitan or inner-city problem as they gain new territory in suburban communities — they cross racial, ethnic, socio-economic and geographical boundaries. Henrico’s Gang Investigative Team is committed to preventing, intervening and suppressing gang activity in our county. Join HCTV as we learn how Henrico County Police are actively identifying gang activity in Gaining New Territory: Gang Awareness in Henrico.
Garden Retreats: Stopping to Smell the Roses (Running time: 31 minutes) — Join HCTV on a captivating journey through local gardens to discover the wonderful colors, sounds, and people that create these beautiful retreats. You’ll see gardens that are formal, traditional, and whimsical, and learn why they enrich the lives of the people who so passionately call them home.
Gift from the Heart, A: Fostering Our Children (Running Time: 25 minutes) — Being a foster parent is a gift from the heart. Join HCTV as we explore the lives of foster families and discover that every family’s story is unique. Henrico County parents, children and social workers highlight the rewards of fostering our children and show how the family unit is one of life’s masterpieces.
Giving Thanks: The History and Origins of Thanksgiving (Running Time: 22 minutes) — Thanksgiving is celebrated all over the country. When we gather around the table to share a meal with family and friends, do we ever think about how the holiday began? Traditions dating back hundreds of years are still honored today, from turkey and stuffing to parades and football. Join HCTV as we explore the origins of one of America’s most cherished holidays.
Going to Work: The Capital Area Training Consortium [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 16 minutes) — Need help finding a job? CATC has resources for building your resume, getting fresh training, and finding that perfect position for career success.
H2O Henrico: From the River to Your Home (Running time: 20 minutes) — Quality drinking water doesn’t just happen; it involves science, time, and the dedication of Henrico’s Water Treatment Facility staff. After years of planning and debating through the so-called “water wars” with the city of Richmond, Henrico County opened its own water treatment plant in 2004. Take a tour with HCTV and see how this fascinating facility uses sophisticated techniques and technology to treat and distribute your drinking water from the James River to your home.
Happy Holidays in Henrico [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 12 minutes) — Bundle up for the winter season with HCTV as we show you beautiful holiday scenes in Henrico County. See the magical decorations at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the holidays of yesteryear at Meadow Farm Museum, and the festive boats decked-out on the James in the “Parade of Lights.”
Helping Hand, A: Henrico’s Community Corrections Program [Retired from Broadcast](Running time: 13 minutes) — HCTV discovers that helping Henrico’s adults on probation also keeps our jail system healthy and maintains inmate populations at manageable levels.
Henrico Homicide: The Murder of Robert Lee Cox Jr. (Running time: 18 minutes) — On June 8, 2010 Robert Cox Jr. was violently murdered while sitting in his car listening to music. Henrico Police’s Homicide Unit is still searching for leads and raking through evidence, but they need your help. Any additional tip, no matter how small, may be just what these detectives need to solve this senseless murder. Join HCTV as we delve into this homicide case, talk to friends of the deceased, and meet the Henrico detectives who will not stop searching until the killer is brought to justice.
Henrico Holiday, A (Running time: 16 minutes) — Celebrate the holidays with HCTV as we explore the sights and sounds of the season right here in Henrico. Join us on the James River to see the spectacular Parade of Lights. Travel back to a simpler time with the “Holiday Song & Dance Movie Night” at the Henrico Theatre, and visit some of the most decked out, decorated homes around. Embrace all the splendor of the season in A Henrico Holiday.
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.
Henrico Police Athletic League [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 25 minutes) — The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) provides a safe environment for at-risk children between the ages of 6 and 15. Through educational, athletic and social programs, PAL creates a positive relationship between police officers and young people. HCTV takes you inside the PAL program to experience the benefits and learn about the wide variety of opportunities for our young citizens.
Henrico Victim/Witness Assistance Program, The (Running time: 15 minutes) — When a serious crime occurs in Henrico, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and Police work together to prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law. Crime victims and witnesses are essential in bringing offenders to justice, and advocates in the Victim/Witness Assistance Program support them throughout the process. Advocates are committed 24-hours-a-day to advise in legal matters, provide protection and offer counseling to help victims and witnesses get through this difficult time.
Henrico Wildlife: Sharing The Habitat (Running time: 26 minutes) — From deer and raccoons to snakes and beavers, Henrico County and the surrounding area has a rich population of wildlife that residents can enjoy and learn to understand. Peacefully coexisting with these animals includes respecting the fact that they are wild. Encountering wildlife in Henrico can be a positive, enriching experience. Join HCTV as we explore how to share the habitat with these wonderful creatures.
Hermitage Enterprises: Staffing and Labor Services (Running time: 30 minutes) — Hermitage Enterprises’ mission is to provide vocational and day support services to Henrico citizens with intellectual disabilities. Join HCTV as we meet these hard working individuals, and learn how Hermitage Enterprises supports, educates and trains its production staff while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency.
Home Grown in Henrico: Vegetable Gardening Made Easy (Running Time: 25 minutes) — Growing your own vegetables is a fun and educational way to put fresh, nutritious foods on your table. Whether you’re starting a full garden for the first time, or you simply want to grow a tomato plant in a container, HCTV will give you the information you need to have a successful crop in Home Grown in Henrico: Vegetable Gardening Made Easy.
Hunger to Live, A: Transplanting Life [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 23 minutes) — Learn about the remarkable medical advancement of organ transplants as HCTV tells the story of one young Henrico resident who now has a new lease on life.
Keep Henrico Beautiful [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 12 minutes) — For more than 25 years, the Keep Henrico Beautiful committee has been working to create a litter free environment in our county. Learn about the many ways you can get involved and have some fun, too!
Keeping it Green: Quality Development in Henrico County (Running Time: 15 minutes) — Green spaces and landscaping are critical to quality development in Henrico County. HCTV’s “Keeping It Green” explores how tree preservation, new plantings, parks and open spaces add to the quality of life in Henrico.
Living with Autism [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 28 minutes) — The origin of Autism is a mystery waiting to be solved, and a cure may be decades away. HCTV joins the families of Philip, Troy, and Fielding as we learn about living with this communications disorder. We’ll also discuss medical advancement and therapeutic treatments with today’s educators and doctors.
Living with Dignity: Henrico Adult Protective Services (Running time: 23 minutes) — The Henrico Social Services Department has many resources that can help adults who may be the victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. Adult Protective Services are provided to elderly, infirmed and disabled adults. Join HCTV as we highlight the needs of our seniors in this exploration of Adult Protective Services.
Losing Weight, Gaining Life: The Obesity Epidemic [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 19 minutes) — Americans have always had an appetite for big things: Big cars, big houses, big business, big stars, big dreams. Lately — with Big Gulps, biggie fries and big buffets– the culture of big has moved onto our menu. And that’s big trouble. Obesity can result in a higher risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Join HCTV as we hear the stories of several people who are fighting obesity, and get some advice from the county’s health director.
Lost Choices: Teen Drug & Alcohol Abuse [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 29 minutes) — How does drug use affect choices in the life of a teenager? How are parents affected? In this program HCTV explores how options in life are often lost for teens and parents due to drug use, and how Henrico County can help.
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’s 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 Ray 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.
Never Forget: Janice Johnson Missing Person Cold Case (Running Time: 15 minutes) — On November 1, 2001 Janice Johnson, a wife and mother of three children, went missing. While Police located her abandoned car several days later, no other evidence has surfaced — no crime scene, no body, no witnesses. In the years that have since passed, Henrico County Cold Case detectives have worked tirelessly to link a suspect to Janice’s disappearance, but they still need that one tip, or one phone call to help solve the mystery of what happened to Janice Johnson. Never Forget.
New Beginning, A: Inside Henrico Drug Court (Running Time: 19 minutes) — Henrico County Drug Court is a structured, four-phase program designed to reduce crime and recidivism among substance abuse offenders. Drug Court works to intervene and rehabilitate participants so they can live clean and sober lives. Join HCTV as we delve inside Drug Court, meet the people who make it work and watch the addicts strive to succeed.
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.
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.
Paving Ahead [Retired from Broadcast] (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.
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.
REAP: Real Estate Advantage Program (Running time: 4 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.
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.
Ringing the Bell: Police and Fire Chaplains of Henrico County (Running time: 17 minutes) — Police and Fire chaplains are volunteer ministers who provide pastoral care and spiritual support to the first responders and residents of Henrico County. Whether it’s helping officers deal with stress on the job, or helping someone from the community through a difficult time, their compassion and gentle care can be invaluable during a crisis.
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.
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.
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!
Starting Over: Refugee Resettlement in Henrico (Running Time: 18 minutes) — Imagine being forced to relocate your family to a foreign country because you fear for your life. There are more than 19 million refugees in the world today, and approximately 2,400 of them resettle in Virginia each year. Starting over in a region unknown can be overwhelming, but the Henrico Resettlement Program is ready to assist. Whether it’s access to health care, school enrollment, or learning the English language, the people of Henrico are prepared to help ease the transition for refugees.
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.
Tails of Survival: Life in Veterinary Hospitals (Running time: 29 minutes) — Step into the world of modern animal hospitals and see how veterinary medicine has evolved. Through the eyes of emergency doctors and staff, you’ll see life and death decision making for pets that are loved as true family members.
Taking Care of Business: Henrico’s Economic Development Authority [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 25 minutes) — Local businesses are the cornerstone of Henrico County’s fiscal stability, and the recent economic recession presented unique challenges for the county’s Economic Development Authority (EDA). As our economy slowly recovers, the EDA continues to support Henrico businesses, as well as promote the county to businesses around the globe as a great place to relocate. Join HCTV as we explore the role of the EDA, and how they are working to maintain the quality of life our residents and businesses have come to expect in Taking Care of Business: Henrico’s Economic Development Authority.
Therapeutic Recreation in Henrico County (Running time: 23 minutes) — Therapeutic Recreation in Henrico County provides the opportunity for residents with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in activities that benefit them socially, emotionally and physically. Join HCTV as we highlight programs including arts and crafts, sports, games, dance and drama offered by Henrico Recreation and Parks. Learn from recreation therapists, coaches, participants and parents as they describe the importance of these activities and how our disabled community benefits from these innovative programs.
Too Smart 2 Start (Running time: 19 minutes) — The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition promotes the health and wellness of Henrico County’s young people. Join HCTV as we explore how the Too Smart 2 Start Coalition empowers the community to reduce at-risk behaviors through education and advocacy. The Too Smart 2 Start Youth Ambassadors have a direct impact in our county by demonstrating to their peers how education and awareness are the keys to a successful life.
Turning Point: Inside Henrico’s Drug Court [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 37 minutes) — HCTV takes a journey inside Henrico’s Drug Court, which is reducing crime by assisting non-violent felons who have a history of substance abuse recover from their addictions. This is unscripted reality as told through past and present Drug Court participants, staff, judges, and actual courtroom drama. Turning Point tells the revealing story of addiction, recovery, and hope.
Under the Influence: Underage Drinking in Henrico County (Running time: 29 minutes) — Underage drinking can cause very real, very devastating tragedies that can affect anybody at anytime. HCTV talks to families who have experienced the anguish up close, and learns how Henrico Police are working to keep alcohol out of the hands of teenagers. Under the Influence delves in to underage drinking and driving, and shows how the efforts of concerned residents and law enforcement officials are working.
Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse (Running time: 15 minutes) — Each year hundreds of thousands of seniors are abused, neglected and exploited in the United States. Many elder victims are frail, unable to care for themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Henrico’s Adult Protective Services works with public and private agencies to stop the mistreatment of the county’s elderly population. Join HCTV as we highlight the services that help detect, investigate, prosecute and prevent elder abuse cases.
Wasted Youth: Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Running Time: 32 minutes) — Teen alcohol and drug abuse not only affects the substance abuser, it impacts the user’s family, friends and our community. For many parents, learning about their son’s or daughter’s struggle with drug abuse is a catastrophic revelation. HCTV searches for answers about why teens begin using, what they are using and how those drugs are affecting the teen physically, socially and mentally. Join us as we search for answers to quell the devastating problem of teen alcohol and drug abuse.
Weathering the Economic Storm: How to Prepare for and Survive a Layoff [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 28 minutes) –As unemployment rates rise, stocks fall, businesses fail and people struggle to make ends meet, there are still ways to make it through these turbulent times. Join HCTV as we highlight programs and resources available right here in Henrico County in Weathering the Economic Storm: How to Prepare for and Survive a Layoff.
When Disaster Strikes: Are You Prepared? [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 21 minutes) — From hurricanes and tornadoes to chemical spills and evacuations, Henrico County is prepared to manage natural and manmade disasters. Learn what plans are in place, and what you can do to prepare yourself for the initial days of an emergency situation.
When Seconds Count: Henrico’s 911 Emergency Operations (Running Time: 18 minutes) — From medical emergencies to house fires, bank robberies to burglaries, when you need help and seconds count, you can count on Henrico’s 911 Emergency Communications Center. Join HCTV as we explore what happens when people in distress call for emergency help, and how the trained professionals on the other end of the line quickly kick in to action.
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.
Will of the People, The: The Evolution of American Voting and Elections (Running Time: 27 minutes) — Virginia is the birthplace of America’s unique democracy, which has evolved and improved from colonial times through today. Discover the history of our democratic process in The Will of the People, a compelling look at the suffrage movements of women and minorities, as well as advancements in ballot casting technology and campaigning methods.
Working for All of Us: Hermitage Enterprises [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 19 minutes) — An in-depth look at Mental Health/Developmental Services’ Hermitage Enterprises. See real people with special challenges complete meaningful work for the local businesses who employ them.
Working on the Roads: Developing, Improving and Maintaining Henrico’s Road System [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 21 minutes) — Henrico is one of only two counties in Virginia that builds and maintains its own road system. Find out how this benefits residents and why it’s important to our growth as an economic leader.
You Are Not Alone: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness (Running time: 27 minutes) — We’ve all known someone with mental health challenges, whether it be a family member, coworker, friend or have had struggles ourselves. Until recently, “recovery” was seldom uttered in the same sentence with “mental illness,” but times are changing. We’ve come a long way from the mental institutions and sanitariums of a generation ago, but the shackles of stigma still remain. In 2011, Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services launched an innovative campaign to combat the stigma of mental illness and granted HCTVfull access to the process.