Working on Sunday's story about marketing Waco, and downtown Waco in particular made me think about two developments in Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia empire that would come online in the next couple of years: the $10 million expansion of the Silo District and the Gaines' new cable network…

A lot of us knew the surface story last spring about Wade Bowen's vocal problems and how they put his career on hold, but a 17-minute YouTube video "Inconsistent Chaos" released this week by the Bowen camp shows more of the emotional dimension of that career crisis, one compounded by the sui…

We're firmly in the superhero/action/family film run of summer movies, but for those looking for the brief bits that don't fit, there are two such films opening this week, plus a free Monday night indie film series at the Waco Hippodrome.

The song's a disappointing one for those looking forward to the June 21 appearance of country star Tim McGraw and author Jon Meacham at Magnolia Market at the Silos, but that event's been cancelled.

Author and historian Douglas Brinkley was only eight years old at the time, but he remembers when American astronaut Neil Armstrong took his small step, but giant leap for mankind on the moon nearly 50 years ago, watching it on television in the family living room in their Zanesville, Ohio, house.

George’s Restaurant Bar & Catering, 1925 Speight Ave., within earshot of the I-35 widening project, is getting an update with a wrap featuring famous famous Georges: Former U.S. Presidents George Washington, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; boxer George Foreman; country music legend …

A recent visit to Kitok, a hole-in-the-wall restaurant on North 18th Street, proved enlightening. Recent drives by the place had revealed work crews on the roof and groundwork near the front entrance. News had circulated that the place, a Waco tradition since 1975 known for its “liplocker” m…

In contrast to the Ferrell Center where cheers for the Lady Bears in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, quiet was the rule of the day Friday and Saturday at Armstrong Browning Library.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick will join country acts Whiskey Myers, Tracy Byrd, Shane Smith and the Saints and Josh Weathers as featured full bands in this year's Bowen MusicFest slated for June 2 at McLane Stadium's Touchdown Alley.

An anniversary shout-out to the Music Association of Central Texas, which marks its 20th year with an open acoustic jam 7 p.m. Monday at the Waco Hippodrome.

Rumblings can be heard about several attractions possibly bound for Waco, where folks have complained for years about what they perceive as a paucity of things to do for entertainment except eating out and going to movies.

I'm usually in two minds about Black History Month. I'm uncomfortable with calendar segregation — history is history all the year round — but the month sometimes prove a handy reason for events that might pass unnoticed (or even unproduced).

Radio station staffers are usually adept at watching the clock — in commercial broadcasting, minutes mean money — and Thursday morning, Feb. 21, will find Waco public radio employees and fans with their eyes on the clock from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Waco is the 10th most affordable place in the United States for retirees, according to a survey published by, which describes itself in a release as “the number one resource for active adult communities.”

The Oscars are less than two weeks away and nominated pictures are still trickling in to Waco (thankfully). The latest is "If Beale Street Could Talk," which opens Friday at the Waco Hippodrome.

Much has been discussed about the widening of Interstate 35 through Waco from six to eight lanes, with many exit and overpass alterations along the way. Land acquisition to accommodate the project has cost Waco its El Chico restaurant, a slice of Texas Roadhouse’s parking lot, a La Quinta ho…


When the newsroom discussed 2018's top local news stories several weeks ago, the ones involving the arts in my mind didn't quite make the bar for the Top 10, though definitely they were notable for the arts organizations or groups involved.

Two popular art shows in Waco end their run this week, giving area art buffs one final weekend to get in a last look.

More than two dozen creative and talented women will take the stage at the Whistle Stop in Crawford, 6432 N. Lone Star Parkway, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Witchy Woman's Whistle Fair, which will fill more than nine hours with music, poetry, speech and maybe a little dance.

Waco country singer-songwriter Holly Tucker will have to find a little more room on her awards shelf: Monday night she won the Texas Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year award.

Waco entrepreneur David Mercer broke ground last week on Route 77 Food Park at South 15th Street and La Salle Avenue, where he hopes to place food trucks, a craft beer bar, an open-air patio and a climate-controlled building for dining and relaxing during extreme weather.

Today was the last day for longtime Waco Trib newsroom jack-of-all-trades Freida Jackson, who leaves us after — sigh — 34 years.

Those away from Waco in July may have missed the news that the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, led by Baylor Conductor-in-Residence Stephen Heyde, won its fourth consecutive American Prize in Orchestral Performance, college/university orchestra division.

Director Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” is in its final showings in Waco — two Wednesday night, one Thursday afternoon — after a four-week run in Waco, longer than I thought it’d do in Waco.

An editor asked me about any local connections to Aretha Franklin, the inimitable R&B/pop/gospel singer who died Thursday and left generations with memories, or any Waco concerts she might have performed.

I stumbled across this column I wrote nine Halloweens ago, one with an Election Day on its heels and when we still had a trick-or-treating daughter, and found it all too relevant. Normally, I stick to entertainment and pop culture issues in this blog. If you find that missing, just consider …

Baylor history lecturer and arts commentator David A. Smith had an interesting suggestion in one of his recent spots on Waco public radio station KWBU-FM, advocating for a statue honoring Waco singer Jules Bledsoe.

The Waco Community Choir goes on the road this weekend, traveling to Dallas on Saturday as part of the Home Grown Honors 2018 gospel music awards program hosted by Dallas-Fort Worth radio station KHVN-AM (970, Heaven 97).

Close readers of the Waco Hippodrome movie listings who've noticed three movies listed for daily screenings rather than the usual two may have suspected why: the Hippodrome's three new screening rooms are now open for business.

The city of Hewitt meeting Monday, July 2, has been delayed an hour due to a mistake in the original posting. 

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.