Great future building on the past


The Perrys perform at Sand Spring Baptist Church. From left are Andrew Goldman, Troy Peach, Libbi Stuffle and Jared Stuffle.

Perrys still going strong but remember Tracy Stuffle in every program

By John Herndon,

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — When The Perrys sang at Sand Spring Baptist Church Thursday night, two things were certain about the longtime favorite gospel group.

First, The Perrys are going strong. “We are probably more busy than in years past,” baritone Troy Peach said. “People have realized The Perrys are still here. The Perrys aren’t going anywhere. They are still singing the great old songs.”

But secondly, The Perrys will always have the memory of Tracy Stuffle when they are on stage. The long-time bass singer died Feb. 4, 2018 after a battling the effects of a stroke for nearly five years. He was only 51 years old, but his memory lives through a Perrys concert with numerous references to his work and influence during the program and a video tribute during the evening. Continue reading “Great future building on the past”

The music keeps turning for Victory Road


Victory Road performs at the Kentucky State Fair last August. From left are David Stevens, David Jones, Larry Dennison, Jerry Franklin and Tim Edwards on keyboard.

Gospel veterans host concert with Hilltop Trio on Feb. 24

By John Herndon,

If anything, Victory Road’s concert at Taylorsville’s First Baptist Church is just another revolution of a circle that keeps turning.

And growing.

“I met David (Jones, the group’s tenor) back in 1981 at First Baptist,” says David Stevens, the group’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist. “That was kind of the beginning of our quartet.” Continue reading “The music keeps turning for Victory Road”

Unchanging message in changing times


The Legacy Five, from left, Scott Fowler, Josh Feemster, Scott Howard and Matt Fouch, get together in singing “When the Saints Go Marching In” at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Jan. 24.

Legacy Five gives a night of tradition and patriotism

By John Herndon,

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Rooted in one of the greatest traditions in gospel music, The Legacy Five has embarked on a 2019 schedule that will see the group pay tribute to history, yet do so embracing the changes of the times.

I was fortunate to talk with Scott Fowler, one of the quartet’s founding members, after a concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Jan. 24. It was a performance that drew a good crowd on a bitterly cold night and prompted several extended standing ovations. Continue reading “Unchanging message in changing times”

I left a job I had loved

at 2009 sweet 16 with billy gillispie

I was seated next to former University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie during the Kentucky High School State Tournament in 2009. That’s my wife, Stephanie, sitting in front of us, checking her camera for photos.

(This is also appearing on our sports website, 110forChrist. Enjoy.)

By John Herndon, and

I had seen the day coming for quite some time. I’d been the sports editor at The Anderson News since 2002 and sports writer for the same paper for 17 years before that. I’d won over 100 awards for journalism, with over 60 of those trophies or plaques being for first place in various competitions.

I’d meet literally hundreds, probably thousands, of people through my work. I’d written stories on people playing in the NFL and had written stories about horseshoe pitchers and people playing pickleball. Continue reading “I left a job I had loved”

Holding to the hope in times of change


Jim and Melissa Brady and Steve Ladd sing “Through It All” near the end of the annual New Year’s Eve concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church.


On night of major change in my life, Sand Spring concert provided timely reminder

By John Herndon,

I so needed Monday night.

Let’s make that soooooooooooooo neeeeeeeeeded what I experienced Monday night.

It was Dec. 31, 2018. When I left my office at The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, it marked the end of a run that lasted almost 34 years. I’d started writing as a freelancer and worked my way up to to sports editor.

When the last day is a holiday deadline, meaning an earlier deadline, it was easy to get worn down. It was a great run but you just know when it’s time to step away. Continue reading “Holding to the hope in times of change”

Sand Spring announces 2019 concert series


Triumphant Quartet, shown during its 2018 appearance, returns to Sand Spring Baptist on June 14.

By John Herndon,

Sand Spring Baptist Church, located just south of Lawrenceburg, Ky., has announced its 2019 gospel concert schedule. The lineup includes several returnees from 2018, including Ivan Parker and a concert featuring Triumphant Quartet and His Heart.

The series also includes The Old Time Preachers’ Quartet for the first time and features a stop by The McKameys on their farewell tour.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Jan. 24    The Legacy Five

March 7    The Perrys

April 11    Ivan Parker

May 16    The New Spear Family

June 14    Triumphant Quartet and His Heart

July 25    Greater Vision and The Jaystone Singers

Aug. 8    Carolina Connection: Carolina Boys Quartet and The Shireys

Sept. 12    Old Time Preacher’s Quartet

Oct. 17    The Hoppers

Nov. 14    The McKameys

Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve: Old Paths and The Coffmans

(7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.)

All concerts start at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge but a love offering is taken each concert.


Ivan Parker shown during a 2018 appearance at Sand Spring, returns on April 11.

It Must Be Christmas when David Phelps sings in December


David Phelps in concert in Shelbyville, Ky. on Dec. 9.


By John Herndon,

If the calendar says “December” and David Phelps is ready to sing, it can only mean one thing: It Must Be Christmas!

Phelps, the powerful tenor who is one of gospel music’s most recognizable voices, has been bringing the message of hope through Jesus Christ across the country in his annual “It Must Be Christmas” tour.

We caught up with David after he performed to an enthusiastic crowd at Shelby Christian Church in Shelbyville, Ky. It had been a night of dynamic worship, fun and a challenge to help others. Continue reading “It Must Be Christmas when David Phelps sings in December”