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gravel_hill_dvd_coverHistory of Gravel Hill, The

(Running time: 16 minutes)

Gravel Hill sits tucked away in eastern Henrico County, bearing only humble monuments to its extraordinary history. Among the rustic surroundings are a scattering of modest homes, a small church and an old school building. The community dates back to 1771, and has persevered against the odds due to grit, determination, self-reliance and pride. Join HCTV as we tell this remarkable story of one of the first African-American communities in the nation.

finding_a_way_back_heroin_dvd_coverFinding a Way Back: The Heroin Crisis in Henrico County

(Running time: 22 minutes)

Heroin has become a rampant killer across the United States. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said use of the powerful narcotic had reached an epidemic level. Henrico officials have assembled a task force to work with the community and treatment providers to develop a strong, comprehensive approach to confront the challenges of heroin. Join HCTV as we look inside this public health emergency and find where help is available.

active_shooter_dvd_coverActive Shooter: What Would You Do?

(Running time: 21 minutes)

Decades ago, none of us had ever heard the term “active shooter.” Unfortunately, it’s all too commonplace in our world today, and it can happen anywhere at any time. If you were involved in an active shooter incident, what would you do to survive? Run? Hide? Fight? Join HCTV as we learn from public safety agents and officials what we can do if we ever find ourselves in this horrific position.

the_open_road_interstates_dvd_coverThe Open Road: The Interstate Highways in Henrico County

(Running time: 22 minutes)

The National System of Interstate and Defense Highways united the far corners of the nation, changing lives and landscapes along the way. While their existence is largely taken for granted, they remain the most ambitious public works project in American history. More than one thousand miles of the network was allocated for Virginia in the 1956 plan. Henrico County benefitted from three components: I-95, I-64 and I-295. Together, they formed the framework for Henrico’s future growth. Join HCTV for a revealing road trip that connects past and present.

Inside Henrico: Fall 2016 Edition

(Running time: 17 minutes)

This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:

  • Snow Removal
  • Four-Way Stops
  • Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers
  • EngAGE for Seniors
  • Stop the Littering!

from_shoeman_to_supervisor_longan_dvd_coverFrom Shoe Man to Supervisor: Robert Coleman Longan (1885-1960)

(Running time: 19 minutes)

Robert C. Longan left an indelible mark across Henrico despite the limits of his own education. Longan grew up on his family’s farm in rural Louisa County, before moving to Richmond where he married and became a successful businessman. In 1920, he opened Longan’s Family Shoe Store downtown at Fifth and Broad, and in 1943 was elected to represent the Tuckahoe District on the Henrico Board of Supervisors. Longan retired from the board on December 31, 1959, and died from a heart attack the very next day. He left such a mark on Henrico that community leaders thought of him in 1964, when a new elementary school was being planned off West End Drive. R.C. Longan Elementary was dedicated two years later, in 1966.

projects_bond_referendum_2016_coverBond Referendum Projects

(Running time: 10 minutes)

There are 26 different capital projects included in Henrico’s bond referendum, from new and renovated schools and fire stations, to park projects, a new library and road improvements. See what specific projects will be funded in this 10-minute video.

henry_ward_dvd_coverBy George! The Story of Henry Ward

(Running time: 18 minutes)

Ward Elementary School stands along Darbytown Road in Henrico County’s rural Varina area. The school takes its name from Henry Ward, a compassionate, down-to-earth family man who helped spark the educations of a generation of local children. In and out of the classroom, Ward demonstrated an ability to lead and inspire. Nine years after Ward’s death, the Henrico School Board honored his years of service to the community by naming a new school after him. Join HCTV as we explore his life and legacy in By George: The Story of Henry Ward.

natures_artwork-wildflowers_dvd_coverNature’s Artwork: Wildflowers of Central Virginia

(Running time: 21 minutes)

One man’s weed is another man’s wildflower, and there are nearly 1,500 varieties of wildflowers right here in central Virginia. Not only are these amazing natural creations a beauty to behold, they are an integral part of the ecosystem. From Cattails and Black-eyed Susans to Cardinal Flowers and Dutchman’s Breeches, wildflowers pepper our landscape year-round. Join HCTV as we explore these fascinating creations in Nature’s Artwork: Wildflowers of Central Virginia.

Boston: The Story of a Racehorse

(Running time: 20 minutes)

In the realm of horseracing greats, one thoroughbred from Virginia stands out: Secretariat. In 1973, as a 3-year-old, he won horse racing’s Triple Crown — breaking the track record at all three events. But more than a century before Secretariat rewrote the record book, another stallion from central Virginia became known far and wide for his speed, stamina — and vicious temperament. This horse — born in Henrico County and named Boston — is part of an ancestral line that produced Secretariat and other notable horses. Join HCTV as we look into his life, victories and defeats in Boston: The Story of a Racehorse.

All Aboard_RF&P_DVD_CoverAll Aboard! The History of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad

(Running time: 27 minutes)

The Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad was the sixth railroad to be chartered in the commonwealth, receiving exclusive rights from the General Assembly to connect Richmond and Fredericksburg to the Potomac River steamboat lines. RF&P played a key role in the Civil War and World War II, after which it modernized from steam engines to diesel locomotives. Over the course of its 157-year history the company acquired significant amounts of property along its route, including a number of acres in Henrico County — land that is now home to Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park. Though its trains no longer run through the heart of Virginia, the RF&P remains embedded in the history of the communities it touched and in the imagination of the people it served.

Inside Henrico: Summer 2016 Edition [Retired from broadcast]

(Running time: 17 minutes)

This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:

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  • Voter Registration for November 8 Election
  • Bond Referendum
  • New Varina Area Library
  • New Short Pump Park
  • Capital Trail Connector/Dorey Park


Uncovering_the_Truth_DVD_CoverUncovering the Truth: Polygraph Use in Henrico County

(Running time: 17 minutes)

How can you tell when a person is lying? Oftentimes, his or her body will provide a clue — a quick pulse, sweaty palms and stammering speech. For the better part of a century, police have interviewed suspected criminals using machines designed to help separate fact from fiction. These polygraphs — or lie detectors — have become an important investigative tool for law-enforcement agencies, including the Henrico County Police Division. But polygraphs have limited use and remain controversial, because the science behind them is imprecise.

Signs_&_Lines_DVD_CoverSigns, Lines and Signals: On The Road With Henrico’s Traffic Engineering Division

(Running time: 17 minutes)

Henrico County is a community in constant motion. Thousands of lane miles of road connect neighborhoods, schools, businesses and other facilities — any place you need to go. The safety of residents and motorists depends on streets that are properly designed, maintained and marked. Installing, repairing and replacing signs; placing lines and other roadway markings; and ensuring traffic signals are working as they should — all of these duties, as well as the planning of new roads, fall to the Department of Public Works and its Traffic Engineering Division.

MONEY_DVD_CoverMONEY: The Evolution of Currency in America

(Running time: 25 minutes)

Is there anything more American than the dollar bill? Today it is instantly recognized around the world and universally accepted as payment for just about anything. But American currency traveled a long and colorful course over several centuries before it became the global force we know today. Its development is intertwined with the nation’s history, and its evolution continues. Join HCTV as we explore the progressive phases of our legal tender in MONEY: The Evolution of Currency in America.

Underaged_Drinking_DVD_CoverUnderage Drinking: Adult Consequences

(Running time: 17 minutes)

Keeping alcohol out of the hands of underage drinkers is a team effort. Parents, school officials, law enforcement and community partners have joined together to teach tweens to twenties about the health risks and legal consequences that can result from a moment of poor judgment. HCTV talks to the experts about the steps they are taking to keep our young people safe.

Caring_for_Mature_Neighborhoods_DVD_CoverCaring for Mature Neighborhoods: Henrico’s Community Maintenance Efforts

(Running time: 16 minutes)

Neglected property can affect the perception of a neighborhood, but Henrico’s Community Revitalization Department is devoted to combating blight. The community maintenance staff works with county residents through education, outreach, and volunteer coordination, helping to breathe new life into aging neighborhoods.

Alzheimers_Disease_DVD_CoverAlzheimer’s Disease: The Longest Goodbye

(Running time: 23 minutes)

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. There is no known cause, and no cure. Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll on those diagnosed with the disease and their families. Join HCTV as we hear people living with Alzheimer’s, family members, health professionals and advocates tell us how they cope with this progressive illness in Alzheimer’s Disease: The Longest Goodbye.

Inside Henrico: Spring 2016 Edition [Retired from broadcast]

(Running time: 19 minutes)

This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:

Inside Henrico_Spring_16_DVD_Jacket
  • New Police Chief
  • Crestview Firehouse 10 Grand Opening
  • Sidewalks
  • Outdoor Grill Safety
  • Mosquitoes/Zika Virus


Jackson_Davis_DVD_CoverJackson Davis: Catalyst for Educational Equality

(Running time: 22 minutes)

Jackson Davis made his name as an education reformer. He travelled with his camera, taking thousands of photographs documenting the often-poor condition of African-American education in the South during the first half of the 20th century. These stark images and Davis’ meticulous notes helped attract private investment that gradually lifted rural communities still suffering from the Civil War. While his service to Henrico lasted only a few years, Davis’ legacy continues. In 1962, the School Board opened Jackson Davis Elementary honoring the catalyst for educational equality.

Gabriels_Rebellion_DVD_CoverForging Freedom: The Story of Gabriel’s Rebellion

(Running time: 29 minutes)

Were it not for a typical late summer storm in Central Virginia, the events planned for August 30, 1800 might have changed the history of our country forever. A slave named Gabriel, owned by Thomas Henry Prosser of Brookfield plantation, conceived and organized a widespread slave uprising. Involving several Virginia localities, it was possibly the most far-reaching slave uprising planned in the history of the South. The plan might have succeeded had it not been for a sudden, severe downpour and the disclosure of the plot by several slaves, including Tom and Pharoah, who belonged to Mosby Sheppard of Meadow Farm. The alarm went out and the rebellion was thwarted. The effects of the conspiracy were profound and as a result, county and state leaders instituted legislation to regulate the movement of slaves and free blacks. Join HCTV as we tell the story of Gabriel and the failed insurrection in Forging Freedom: The Story of Gabriel’s Rebellion.

Going_Up_Elevators_DVD_CoverGoing Up? The History and Evolution of the Modern Elevator

(Running time: 18 minutes)

Elevators provide a fast, practical way to move in our daily lives. The elevator — or “lift” as it’s known in some parts of the world — was not originally designed with people in mind. They carried materials and freight for industry. However, elevators quickly became a selling point for hotels and helped bring about modern skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building. Join HCTV as we look at the evolution of the modern elevator and how Henrico’s Department of Building Inspections ensures our county’s elevators are safe and sound.

Open_for_Business_DVD_CoverOpen for Business: How to Start Up in Henrico

(Running time: 16 minutes)

Henrico is open for business, and we know our corporate neighbors — large and small — enhance our community and quality of life. Our strong business climate is due in part to the ease with which local entrepreneurs can get established. Henrico agencies work with our start-up business owners to make the process fast and user-friendly. Join HCTV as we walk through the process and meet some business owners who turned their enterprise ideas into reality right here in Henrico.

Domestic_Violence_DVD_CoverDomestic 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.

Never_Forget_Janice_Johnson DVD_CoverNever 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.

Seamless_Service_Rescue_Squads_DVD_CoverSeamless Service: Henrico’s Volunteer Rescue Squads

(Running time: 14 minutes)

When a medical emergency arises, Henrico County calls on a network of first responders to provide immediate care at the scene. These highly trained individuals are often members of the Division of Fire, but they also can be volunteers with one of the county’s three independent rescue squads. Join HCTV as we learn more about the volunteers’ professional training, equipment, and what drives them to help others.

Inside Henrico: Winter 2016 [Retired from broadcast]

(Running time: 19 minutes)

This edition of Inside Henrico feature packages include:

Inside Henrico_Winter_16_DVD_Jacket
  • Libbie Mill Library Opening
  • Henrico Historical Society Turns 40
  • Replacing Older Smoke Alarms
  • Surplus Sales
  • Mental Health First Aid


Starting Over - Refugees_DVD_Cover
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.

Pocahontas: The Myth and Mystery of an Icon

(Running time: 34 minutes)

Although more than 400 years have passed since she stepped into history, Pocahontas continues to capture the imagination of people everywhere. While representations of her continue to proliferate, how much is really known about the enigmatic icon? Join HCTV for a fresh look at the making of the legend, and how her fascinating journey unfolded.

Henrico_Statesman_Johnson_DVD_CoverHenrico Statesman: Charles M. Johnson 1919-1981

(Running time: 20 minutes)

Charles Monroe Johnson didn’t intend to shape the future of Henrico County when he settled near Bethlehem Road after World War II. As a young husband and father, he wanted simply to live in a strong, vibrant community. Today, Charles M. Johnson Elementary School stands as a testament to one man’s willingness to step up, to volunteer and to devote himself to his community. Join HCTV as we talk to family members, friends and colleagues who share their stories of a true Henrico Statesman.

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