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May 15, 2014

May Day event planners get go ahead from White Springs town council

Event is this Saturday

Jasper — The Brothers United group was granted permission by the town of White Springs at a special called meeting to hold their annual May Day event on Saturday, May 17, at the old Carver School site.

Being a non-profit organization, Brothers United asked for assistance in co-sponsoring the event, as they don’t have the means or the funds to provide liability insurance as was discussed at a previous town council meeting.

Secretary for Brothers United, Coretta Ford, said, “In 2000 a group of guys got together and decided they wanted to have a big time picnic representing the Juneteenth celebration. As the years have come along, more people have gotten involved and we’ve always had it at the old Carver site. So, we posed a letter (now) asking permission to use the facility.”

Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie asked for clarification from Town Manager Bob Farley about the liability insurance. Farley said because the event is being held on town property, it would be covered under the town’s insurance policy.

“I’m glad we’re doing this,” said McKenzie. “This is an important event, a community event that’s gone on ever since I came here. My wife Merri took me out the first time and I’ve been back many times since and I’ve always enjoyed it.”

McKenzie said maybe the event got a little too popular in the last couple of years.

“I don’t think that has anything to do with the May Day event,” said McKenzie. “I think that has to do with young folks wanting to get out and have a good time and just going a little bit overboard, and we’re taking steps to deal with that.”

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