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Music & Arts

  • Paying forward

        Niyonsenga Pacifique was only 2 years old when the Rwandan genocide occurred in 1994. As many as one million Rwandans were killed and another two million became refugees.

  • Painting to raise money for historic mill

        A painting by Franz Beisser is being raffled to raise money for Big Otter Mill, a historic mill on Va. 122 near Bedford.

        Beisser, now retired, founded Bison Printing, located just west of Bedford. It’s a family-owned business that is now run by his sons.
        Art has long played a big role in his life. When he first got the business rolling, nearly 40 years ago, one of his marketing tools was to do pen-and-ink drawings of churches for the covers of their church bulletins which he printed.

  • LTP still keeping audiences entertained after all these years

        “We are going to take collective responsibility for this fiasco,” said Nancy Johnson, Friday evening, as she and Karen Hopkins gathered the cast of Little Town Players’ (LTP) 40th anniversary presentation.

        The local theater group was making its final preparations for the free show it presented Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Johnson, Parkie Smith and Karen Hopkins planned and organized the entire show and it worked.

  • Making the library brighter

    ibrary is always an attractive place, but the Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild really transforms it with the group’s annual quilt show. The colorful quilts are currently on display and the show will go on through next Tuesday.

        These quilts are works of art and you really need to see them up close to fully appreciate them. The intricate stitching in them is part of the artistry. All the quilts were made by Guild members.

  • Large crowd turns out for Bower Center grand opening

        Bower Center for the Arts officially reopened its doors to the Bedford community Thursday with a ribbon cutting that cut the bow on the $1 million renovation and expansion project.

        Dr. John Bower cut the ribbon, dedicating the building to his parents, Minnie and Mitch Bower. Dr. Bower and Edna Curry, the donors that made the Bower Expansion Project possible, attended Thursday’s opening and Dr. Bower recounted the history of his family’s journey that eventually landed  them in Bedford.

  • Local LHS grad has her work selected to hang at the Capitol

        Lydia Wentzel, a 2016 Liberty High School (LHS) graduate, now has one of her works of art hanging in the U. S. Capitol.

  • Man turns experience into book for children

        Yes, engineers can write and Ron Sisson, a retired General Electric engineer, proves that fact.

        Sisson has written a children’s book called Lost on Big Otter River. The book was written with an audience of readers ages 9 to 12 in mind.

  • Celebrating 40 years!

        Little Town Players (LTP) is getting ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
        Its first season was the 1976-1977 season, but it got started when the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church sponsored a play called “Our Town.” The play was performed at Bedford Middle School’s auditorium and the play’s reception by the community led to the creation of LTP.

        The first season included three one-act plays.

  • Little Town Players celebrates 40th season

        Little Town Players (LTP) celebrated its birthday by announcing the list of plays it will perform for what will be its 40th season.

        “They said we’d never last,” Karen Hopkins commented during LTP’s Reveal party, held at their theater at the Elks Home. Hopkins is one of LTP’s founding members.

  • Sedalia holds 18th annual Bluegrass Festival

        Sedalia Center held its 18th annual Bluegrass Festival, Saturday.


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