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Derrell Stewart PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Crowe   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

Derrell-StewartA few years ago I had the opportunity to talk with several of the Southern Gospel Music legends at the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion. This week’s feature is one of the true legends. He is Derrell Stewart, one of the main stays of The Florida Boys before they retired and Charlie Waller began to carry on the group.

Darrell was born in Brunswick Georgia. Derrell began to play piano at five years of age and continued to take lessons all through school. He stated that his introduction to Southern Gospel Music was through the all-day singings and other church related musical events. One of his piano teachers was James Walbert and according to Derrell he was one of the best quartet style piano teachers in the business. If you have ever been to a concert of The Florida Boys you know that Derrell learned his piano lessons well and, although Derrell is very modest in talking about himself as a pianist, he would have to be numbered among the best in the business. Some of his heroes were Hovie Lister and Wally Varner. They too are know for not only their ability to play but also for their stage presence.

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Charlie Waller and Hovie Lister PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Crowe   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

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When I began to write “The Gospel Music Corner” I said that not only would the feature be about groups and artists but also about folks who had made an impact on the gospel music industry.

This week’s feature is without question about one person who has impacted the gospel music industry nationwide, as well as the upstate, as much if not more than any other person. This person is Charles (Charlie) Waller, “The Grand Ole Gospel Man.” Charlie is one of the more colorful people in Southern Gospel Music. He loves traditional Southern Gospel Music and works tirelessly to promote and preserve it. Charlie was born in 1948 (a very good year) in Waynesboro Mississippi. Today he divides his time between Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Georgia.

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The Booth Brothers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Keith Crowe   
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

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This week’s article is about a group of young men from Brandon, Florida, called The Booth Brothers.

As I said these men are young but the story goes back a lot further than these young men do. It all started with their dad, Ron Booth, and he was a long way from Florida when he got his start in gospel music.

Ron was born in West Virginia and moved to Detroit when he was thirteen years old and this is where the singing began. Ron had a brother named Charles and they began singing together. Soon after these two began to sing three other brothers joined the group and this was the beginning of the Booth Brothers. All this happened along about 1957.

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Calvin Newton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

calvinnewtonThis week’s article is somewhat unusual in that I am writing about someone who sang gospel music but along the way made some mistakes and had to pay for his mistakes and is currently back singing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This person is Calvin Newton.

His music career begins, as so many folks do, by singing with his family. Calvin’s father was a Church of God minister and had high hopes for his son to follow in his footsteps but Calvin had other ideas. Newton said that he had seen the hardships his father had gone through as a minister and he did not want to face those same hardships. While singing with his family Calvin had been a part of a radio broadcast on WEBQ out of Harrisburg, Illinois, so he decided that maybe he could be a gospel singer. His father wanted him to attend Lee College so he did for a while and this is where his singing career got a jump-start.

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Senator Rand Paul Lights Fire Under Rinos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Raddish   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00

Senator Rand Paul's filibuster for about thirteen hours was to draw attention to the possibility that an ever encroaching federal government could use drones against its own people.  A few years ago the Department of Homeland Security sent out a memo to police agencies across the country labeling those who are strongly against abortion as right wing terrorists.  This certainly included Bible believing Christians who are opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage.  It is not unthinkable that the abuse of power by a President of this country could result in using drones against American citizens that are considered enemies of the state because of their political activism.  Ask the Chinese and Russian peoples about such a possibility like this happening.  I disagree with Senator Paul on a few issues, but he is a sincere individual who is not a “yes” man for the Rino establishment in Washington, D.C.

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Responding to the Anti-homeschoolers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ray Sheen   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 00:00

Recently, a bill was introduced in the South Carolina legislature that would have severely curtailed homeschooling. I was pleased to see the rapid response of homeschoolers to this threat to our freedoms. Based upon some of the questions and concerns that we fielded during this time, I thought it would be helpful to review how to respond to those who attack homeschooling.

Over the years, I have found that people who oppose homeschooling, or who want to severely regulate it, fall into one of three categories. There are those who oppose based upon ideological principles. There are those who oppose based upon ignorance of homeschooling. And there are those who oppose because of insecurity about their own educational decisions. Our response to each of these three groups should be different.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio A True Public Servant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Raddish   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 00:00

Joe Arpaio served in the U.S Army from 1950 to 1953.   Then Arpaio was employed as a police officer in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Nevada for almost five years.  He also was a federal narcotics agent and he infiltrated drug rings in Turkey, the Middle East, Mexico, Central, and South America.  Arpaio worked to stop drug operations in U.S. cities.  He was the top federal law enforcement officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Texas and Arizona which included the border between Mexico and these two states.

In 1992 Arpaio campaigned and was elected Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.  Since that first election he has been elected five other times due to the fine service that he has provided for the people of Maricopa County.  Arpaio has about 10,000 inmates in his jail system.  In August of 1993, he started the controversial “Tent City” for convicted inmates.  About two thousand men and women serve their sentences in this tent compound.  Also Arpaio puts the inmates to work through chain gangs that clean streets, cut grass, pick up litter, and dig graves to bury people in at the county cemetery.

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