GRC speech team raising money for tournaments

Published 10:23 am Thursday, March 21, 2019

GRC Speech Team

George Rogers Clark speech team coaches Dodd Dixon and Tim Smith, director of advertising sales at local radio station WWKY 990 AM, are working together so the speech team can attend more tournaments during the 2019-20 season.

“We have a small but dedicated speech team,” Dixon said. “Our five members Austin Raney, president; Maria Jackson, vice president, Jackson Feeback, Bethany Shelby and Chandler Roas did well at the recent state tournament. More importantly, team members had a good time and were successful with Maria and Bethany both bringing home medals.”

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Next year, Dixon said, “We want to be able to go to more tournaments and perhaps stay overnight at the hotel where the state tournament is held. To do that, we need to raise money to cover entry and judging fees and, of course, the cost of three nights in a hotel.”

Air time for the news report by members of the GRC Speech team is Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

All advertising dollars raised will go directly to the team.

If your business would like to support the GRC speech team, and promote your business or nonprofit, contact Dixon at 744-4911.

Adventure Theatre

Adventure Theatre, whose dinner theatre murder mystery “Valentine Vengeance,” was a hit last month benefitting Leeds Center for the Arts, is bringing its St. Patrick’s Day-themed murder mystery, “Murder Most Foul,” to Harkness Edwards Vineyards, located at 5199 Combs Ferry Road, at 7 p.m. Friday.

Other performances will be held in Paris, Lexington and Georgetown. But Friday’s performance is the only one that will be in Clark County.

For tickets, other locations and other information, visit the theater’s website,

Arts at the Library

Twice a month, you can take a load off, put your mind in neutral and reconnect with your inner child by spending all or part of the day coloring. “Outside the Lines: Adult Coloring” is next offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library.

At 2 p.m. March 27, pull up a seat to watch the 2019 Best Picture Oscar winning film “Green Book.” Admission is free.

Get a different view of the horse racing industry from 3 to 5 p.m. March 29 when author Patrick Gilligan will be answering questions and signing copies of his book “Around Kentucky with the Bug.”


The Humana Festival of New Plays being held at Actors Theatre of Louisville through April 7 is one of the premiere new play festivals outside of New York City.

Last year’s festival featured “God Said This,” a play by Leah Nanako Winkler, a graduate of Lexington’s Tate Creek High School, who seems destined to be the next Kentucky playwright to hit it big in New York.

This year’s festival features the play “The Corpse Washer” adapted for the stage by Ismail Khalidi and Kentucky playwright Naomi Wallace.

Kentucky is better known for its craftsworkers, musicians, poets and writers than its playwrights.

However, last year’s Humana Festival and this one are reminders that Actors Theatre is a major developer of Kentucky playwrights.

Support our locally-developed talent in Louisville. For more information, or to get tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 502-584-1205.

Easter celebrations

Is your church celebrating Easter through the arts? A cantata? Perhaps a play? A poetry reading? Let me know what your church is doing and I’ll list as many events as I can in the column that will run in the April 18 issue of the paper.

Bill McCann is a playwright, poet, flash fiction writer, and teacher who writes about arts events and personalities. Reach him at