It's been a busy week so apologies for a post that should have come several days earlier. This year's Bowen MusicFest marked its 20th year by moving to a new location, Touchdown Alley, and with yet another solid music lineup headed by veteran rock band REO Speedwagon.

The college reunion party scheduled for this Friday night outside Armstrong Browning Library on the Baylor University campus isn't a real reunion, but a scene from the latest film by Baylor University Chris Hansen and Brian Elliott.

Nothing like having to keep quiet on an anniversary and a 20th anniversary at that: Texas singer-songwriter Wade Bowen is on vocal rest for the next few weeks after undergoing surgery Thursday on his vocal chords.

WacoWork held its grand opening Friday, unveiling a 5,000-square-foot space at Sixth Street and Columbus Avenue for members who pay monthly fees. They will have 24-hour access to private offices, shared or dedicated desks, coffee service, beer on tap, office equipment and high-speed internet…

For Waco country music and “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Smallville" fans, a celebrity sighting (and, for radio, sounding): Actor and singer John Schneider was in town Friday to promote his new single, “Fish.”

Diamond Athletics, owned by Nick and Kelli Santos, is building a new facility at 4400 N. State Highway 6 (just across the Twin Bridges, near Speegleville Park) that will triple available space for competitive dance and cheer, tumbling classes, select baseball and softball, as well as private…

Richland Mall manager Kandace Menning is a big fan of her new tenant, all 45,000 square feet of wall-to-wall kayaks, golf clubs, fishing rods, bicycles and footballs, attractively displayed and much of it discounted, for now.

Interior demolition has started on the longtime sports bar at Eighth Street and Franklin Avenue, where developer Shane Turner visualizes a culinary haven called “Union Hall,” an 18,000-square-foot space welcoming visitors to sample an array of food and beverage offerings under one roof.

Sometimes it takes a touch of grounding in the real world — flesh-and-blood people, shared real experiences — to remind me of the personal qualities that make a difference in this world and not the ones that drive people to the top of politics or the celebrity world.

The professional recognition of your peers always helps, so for many of the winners at last week's Music Association of Central Texas annual awards ceremony, thanks and gratitude came with their Groovy Awards.

The Baylor Symphony Orchestra did its version of a 21-gun send-off in its April 26 concert, only it was a section of 37 oboes that provided the musical firepower.

When Texas country singer-songwriter (and Waco native) Wade Bowen announced names and a new location for this year's 20th anniversary edition back in March, he mentioned more would be coming as contracts got approved and finalized.

The Funny Farm Family, one of the Art Center of Waco's more eclectic and iconic sculptures, turns 50 years old this year and the artist who made it, Austin's Bob Wade, plans to throw a party for it Saturday.

Among the array of numbers released on Election Day was the number of under votes for each primary contest.

McLennan County is having to replace a floor-to-ceiling window pane in a county office after officials believe it was shot with a pellet gun, Maintenance Director T.J. Jackson said.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces this year's Oscar winners on Sunday night, March 4, which means this weekend may offer the best local - and possibly last - chance to see some of the Best Picture nominations.

More than 2,800 people cast a ballot during the first three days of early voting in McLennan County for the March 6 primary election.

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More than 2,300 people in McLennan County have cast a ballot in the first two days of early voting for the March 6 joint primary election.

In case you missed it, McLennan County disabled a service on its website that allowed anyone to watch commissioners court meetings in real time.

Almost 1,900 McLennan County residents voted Tuesday, the first day of early voting for the March 6 joint primary election.

I wrote a blog last week discussing how McLennan County commissioners had questions about the new organization Startup Waco.

For all those concerned that all the 25th anniversary revisitings of the 1993 Branch Davidian crisis would once again blacken Waco's eye, here's a bit of ratings news that might ease the worry.

The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce has announced the lineup for this year's Texas Food Truck Showdown held March 17 at Heritage Square, so mouths can start watering.

—"Dance, Dance, Dance!," Thursday's Waco Symphony Orchestra dance-themed concert, succeeded in getting listeners' toes tapping and heads nodding, with the visual accent of four dancers onstage a fitting punctuation.

Baylor University professors Allison and Joe Alford will be contestants on a Monday episode of the syndicated game show "Wheel of Fortune," shown at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 on KCEN-TV, Channel 6.

The second shoe of the 25-year retrospectives of the Branch Davidian raid. siege and fire drops Thursday night with ABC's two-hour "Truth and Lies" episode at 8 p.m.

Maybe this is a sign that movie theater chain AMC is giving smaller, acclaimed films a showing before the Godzilla of December movies, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," opens Dec. 15, but the critically praised movies "Lady Bird" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" arrive at Waco's AMC…

Kelley Perkins, director of marketing for Waco-based GENCO Federal Credit Union, was named Professional of the Year by the Cornerstone Credit Union League, an advocate for 550 member credit unions in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, according to a press release.

Chick-fil-A is adding a little spice to its menu, and its restaurants in Waco are among those the chain will use as a testing ground.

For those fans of Al Gore's 2006 documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate Change will screen the 2017 follow-up "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power" for free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Waco Hippodrome.

Half of the characters in Arthur Miller's drama "All My Sons" fall near the age of the actors in its McLennan Theatre, the twentysomething children of the Keller and Deever families, but it's the actors playing the parents who provide the play's emotional gravity.

In a brilliant performance of Brahms' Second Piano Concerto with the Waco Symphony Orchestra Thursday night, pianist Yekwon Sunwoo displayed  the impressive musicality that results when both head and heart drive well-trained hands.

Benefits to help those in need almost comes as second nature to many musicians and so it's no surprise that musicians across Texas have been organizing to meet the enormous need in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that struck Houston and much of the Texas Gulf Coast. 

A story in The Oklahoman has actor Hal Holbrook announcing that he's stepping down from performing as American author and humorist Mark Twain, a role he's filled for more than a half century.

Texas country singer (and Lorena native) Holly Tucker had plenty to sing about last Friday, more than the usual Friday night show: Tucker took home four awards from the East Texas Music Awards held Sept. 8 in Bullard.

I'm trying to avoid wind and wave metaphors these days, but there are a bunch of movies leaving town by Thursday to make room for horror feature "It," "Home Again" and "True To The Day" — six by my count.

Communications giant AT&T is expanding its 5G trials to include three new U.S. cities by year’s end, and the list includes Waco.