By Terry Harpole
For the WPT
In keeping with the spirit of having programs in the area for families, both young and old, a Jan. 11 program in Mathiston was well attended and enjoyed by a large crowd in attendance.
A local group, calling themselves, Keepin’ It Country, in an effort to keep country music alive, had a program at Bennett Hall on the campus of Wood College that began at 5 p.m. and ended at around 9.
The program opened with emcee Josh Buford, associate pastor and worship leader at Mathiston First Baptist, and of Josh Buford Ministries, welcoming the people and beginning with prayer.
Buford, in welcoming the people, said the group plans to have more similar programs in the future to give people a place to go and enjoy an evening of entertainment.
The program opened with Billy Alford and daughter, Susan, performing the song “Gone Home,” and all in attendance were so quiet a pin could be heard if someone had dropped one.
Local and out-of-town talents who sang, in addition to the Alfords, included Renae Christopher Sisk, Rodger Cox, Britt Britt Goodin, Brad Chism, Robert “Bob “ McReynolds, Megan Dean, Asia Flora, Sheila Johnson and Louis “Red” Williams.
Refreshments were available at the concession, along with a birthday cake brought by Rhonda Crowley. The reason for the birthday cake was that the program also celebrated the birthday of Elvis Presley, which was a few weeks ago.
After the entertainment by all the individuals, and groups, Buford and his young daughter, Presley, appeared on stage and sang Elvis songs, which all enjoyed. After the program was over, people could be heard talking about how they enjoyed the program and look forward to more such programs.