• 75°

20th annual Great Pretenders show entertains at Historic Roxy

The Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council sponsored the 20th annual W.C. Handy Evening at the Roxy Thursday. Entertainment was presented by local talent featured as The Great Pretenders.

“We had a great turnout, and I’m so glad we were able to resume the show this year,” said Susie Malone, president of the FCAHC. “The Great Pretenders is a Russellville tradition that brings out the community for an enjoyable evening of music while also providing an opportunity for local creative expression.”

The evening’s emcee, Katernia Cole-Coffey, said musical shows like The Great Pretenders help continue W.C. Handy’s legacy.

Gospel band Still Here got things started at 6:30 p.m. “It was wonderful to be together on stage at the Roxy again,” said Larry Freeman, manager and drummer of the band.

Among a number of local talents to take the stage, Danielle Hillman performed “Misty Blue” by Dorothy Moore. “I was so pleased to have the opportunity to come back home and perform at the Roxy,” said Hillman.

It’s a sentiment likely shared by many who stood behind the mic that night.

“For me, singing is something that’s connected to your soul,” said Hudson Copeland, who performed the song “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper, along with Ashley Cummins. “It’s always a wonderful evening.”

“I look forward to singing at the Roxy every year,” agreed Jayne Wells, who sang “Right or Wrong” by Wanda Jackson. “I’m proud we have such a nice place to perform. I plan to perform every year I can, and I love every minute of it.”

News

Red Bay prepares for Founders Day with pageant, contests

Franklin County

Studio X-Treme senior twirlers participate in MSU honor band day

News

Russellville City Schools BOE approves operating budget

Franklin County

Hollywood actor, Russellville native reflects on path to silver screen

News

Russellville downtown to pursue Main Street designation

Franklin County

‘To show our gratitude’

News

BTCPA returns to stage

News

Redevelopment Committee plans take shape

Features

Hometown to Hollywood: Actor/musician Myk Watford finds his niche

News

PC enforces ordinances to improve aesthetics, safety

Franklin County

Extension names Red, White, Green contest winners

News

Community remembers Cecil Batchelor

News

Phil Campbell holds backpack drive, restocks school’s community closet

Franklin County

Blue Springs Volunteer Fire Department holds cornhole tournament fundraiser

News

City approves liquor license

Franklin County

County schools go remote for 10 days

Franklin County

Heavy rain, flash flooding, wind gusts pose threats to local area

Franklin County

Appreciation event provides free hotdogs, hamburgers to first responders

Franklin County

NWTF holds hunting heritage fundraiser banquet at A.W. Todd Centre

Franklin County

Fall armyworms threaten local properties

News

Architect updates BOE on high school construction

News

Chamber of Commerce welcomes 306 BBQ with ribbon cutting

Franklin County

County second-graders kick off Super Citizen program

Franklin County

Blue Springs VFD hosts cornhole tournament Saturday 

x