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Music & Arts

  • 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.

  • 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.
        Lydia, with her parents, Jim and Terry Wentzel, and her LHS art teacher, Leslie Bowyer, went to Washington, D.C. Friday to be honored for her work.

  • Local middle schooler has gift for playing the piano

        One of the area’s most talented pianists is only 11.    

        A sixth grader at Bedford Middle School, Dianne Fitzgerald performs at three local churches, including her home church, Big Island Baptist.
        She’s also performed at other venues. One of these was the Pearson Regional Cancer  Center, where she played to sooth patients as they received cancer therapy. Fitzgerald played classical music, hymns and “American classics.” She selected the music herself.

  • 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.

  • Medical crisis prompts local woman to publish book

        What do you do if you nearly die? Bedford County native Shelly Hill took her second chance at life to publish a book of fine art photography.

        Hill, a 1991 Liberty High School graduate, was 34 when she came down with Fifth Disease. This disease is caused by parvovirus B19, a human virus. It is not the same virus that causes parvo in dogs. Dogs can’t catch parvovirus B19, nor can people catch it from dogs.

  • Sedalia holds 18th annual Bluegrass Festival

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

  • Class of 1940: Morrison writes a novel

        Jim Morrison has several non-fiction books to his credit, some written  while he worked for the Department of Defense.