Water emergency leads to performance in Vienna

VIENNA – A gospel group which canceled a performance in Charleston because of the water emergency will perform in Vienna.

The Anchormen of Goldsboro, N.C., will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the River Valley Community Church of the Nazarene, 1412 27th St. Also performing on Friday is DaySpring, a gospel group from the area, church Pastor John W. Douglas said.

The water emergency impacted nine counties in and around Kanawha County, including Jackson and Roane, where 300,000 residents were advised not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.

A chemical used in coal preparation leaked into the Elk River in Kanawha County where the West Virginia American Water Co. treatment plant is located a mile and half downstream of the pollution site.

As a result, the Anchormen canceled its performance in the affected area, according to Douglas.

“They called and asked if we could host them for that night and we said we would,” said Douglas, who also sings with DaySpring.

The performance is free, but donations will be taken.

The Anchormen quartet formed in 1979. It performs 200 concerts a year in 30 states and has performed at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville, Dollywood, Paramount Carowinds, Tweetsie Railroad and the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

“Giver of Life” was a No. 1 hit in 1998.

In November, its song “Borrowed and Barely Used Tomb” went to No. 14 in the Singing News top 80 songs chart.

DaySpring is a Southern Gospel group from The Plains. It formed in 2003 and has performed at numerous fairs, festivals, churches, private gatherings and at the National Quartet Convention in 2005 in Louisville.

Its latest radio release is “After the Blood.”

Members of DaySpring are Mike Douglas, who sang with the Proclaimers in Parkersburg for six years, and his wife, Helen; Jason Caltrider; John Douglas and his wife, Sue; and Tori Douglas, John and Sue’s oldest granddaughter.