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Bobby Welch’s art honors hometown’s heritage

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (BP) -- Some call it Dye Branch, others Dye Ditch, but no matter the reference used, natives of Fort Payne, Ala., who grew up in the area in the 1950s and 60s seem to know all the adventurous tales. One of those natives, Bobby Welch -- former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and retired longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, Fla. -- has decided to take the stories to a new level with an official visual representation of those days. "This is a heritage tribute, a tribute to the ordinary," Welch said during the Oct. 29 annual meeting of Landmarks Historic Association of DeKalb County. "It is for the heroes of the environment -- those who stayed and have been here through the thick and thin. They are producing, innovating, booming and doing what needs to be done."

Ala. Baptists affirm BF&M 2000

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Budgetary adjustments, the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and three contested state convention officer races captured headlines for the annual meeting of the Alabama Baptist State Convention at Lakeside Baptist Church, Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 11–12.

Southern Baptists dispute media reports & blogger claims as ‘absolute falsehood’ that disaster relief teams withheld water

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Officials weigh in
Contrary to media and blogger reports, disaster relief officials say cans of water from Anheuser-Busch did not cause volunteers to withhold water from Hurricane Wilma victims at a Florida feeding site.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--No thirsty person went without water, and no water went to waste, Tim Bridges, pastor of First Baptist Church in Clewiston, Fla., said in response to media reports that claimed differently when a shipment of water distributed by Anheuser-Busch caused confusion Oct. 28.
      The inaccurate information also is circulating among Web bloggers.
      Keith Hinson, public relations associate for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, said, “It is an absolute falsehood to suggest —- as many irresponsible bloggers have —- that the Baptist volunteers withheld the basic needs of life from Floridians impacted by the hurricane. Contrary to misinterpretations of news reports, no one was denied access to water.”