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Music & Arts

  • He’s the best!

    Taylor Rodriguez, of Forest, has been declared the best Elvis Presley tribute artist in the world.

        “That is something I’m still trying to get used to,” Rodriguez said in a phone interview.
        Rodriguez came out as number one in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest held at Graceland over the weekend of Aug. 9. The title is bestowed by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

  • Martin brings local experience to Bower Center job

        Susan Martin, the new director of the Bower Center, plans to bring her 20 years of non-profit management experience and local business contacts to her new job.

        Martin had been president of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce for 11 years before she left last year to go to work for   Ross  IEF, a private company that had a contract to do workforce development in the Roanoke area.

  • Martin named Bower Center executive director

        The Board of Directors of the Bower Center for the Arts has announced the hiring of their new executive director, Susan Martin, IOM.
         The Bower Center for the Arts is a regional arts and cultural center of visual and performing arts, education, community engagement and personal enrichment, promoting     inclusivity  and diversity and contribute to a high quality of life for the community.

  • Rodriguez has roles in two plays

        Taylor Rodriguez, of Forest, already has an international reputation as an Elvis Presley tribute artist. He’s currently ranked one of the five best in the world.

        He’s also an actor and has roles in two plays. One will be staged in Fort Worth, Texas in September and the other in Delaware next year. Both are musicals.

  • First Bedford Film Fest set for July 6-7

        The first Bedford Film Festival will be held here Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

  • From engineer to author

        Ron Sisson, an electrical engineer, worked for General Electric in Lynchburg for 20 years.

        He started writing children’s books four years ago and based his book “Lost on Big Otter,” published last year, on a misadventure that he had with his children on the Big Otter River while he worked in this area.

  • The love of his life

        Moneta resident Bob Vandelinde has written another book and this one is different from his others.

         In the past, he has written about combat veterans. This book, “My Precious Jean Ella,” is a tribute to his late wife. Their marriage began on March 6, 1952 and ended when death parted them on June 21, 2017.

  • Ray Nance’s book published

        Elisha Ray Nance, known to local folks as Ray Nance, set out 30 years ago to write an account of what he and other men of Company A experienced on June 6, 1944.

  • Silver Notes

        The group calls itself “Silver Notes” and it’s sponsored by Bedford County Parks and Recreation. 

        Members of the group, all retirees, came up with the name because that’s the color of their hair. The group has been singing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities since 2009.
        “Gail and I started it,” said Alana Obenchain.
        Gail is Gail St. Clair, one of the group’s members.

  • Local author publishes 2nd book

        Sara Ernst loves working with children.

        A children’s photographer for 16 years in the Forest area, she has added being a children’s author to her resumé.
        Last year she wrote her first children’s book, “Dragons Really Do Love Tea.” She had a book signing at Givens Little Dickens Books last summer  which helped make the book a success.