With an, at times, heavy rainfall during the early morning hours, there was concern the 16th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast attendance might be lacking.

Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins noted during the program the crowd might have been a little late arriving, but they did arrive, about 210 of them and the event raised $2,500 for the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County.

Club executive director Rick Scott said club membership should reach 750 this year and that the club averages 200 attendees each day at its Main Club on Kennedy, its Teen Center on Fourth Street, and the newly established Magazine club at Magazine Elementary School.

Among those in attendance Thursday were all city elected officials, several county officials and law enforcement, district judges and the majority of the administrators of Booneville Schools.

Thursday’s event was the 16th annual and, as were the event predecessors, it was held on the National Day of Prayer with a theme of “Love One Another,” taken from John 13:34 — love one another as I have loved you — which also mirrored that of the National Day of Prayer.

An invocation prayer was offered by Rev. Jim Bradshaw of the Heritage Addition Church of Christ and Rev. Eric Green of First Baptist Church handled the benediction.

Scott offered a prayer for area youth, schools and communities.

Wilkins, who started the breakfast, which is organized and sponsored by First Western Bank since the event began, joked “if y’all keep coming maybe we’ll get a new mayor.”

Wilkins also presented a mayor’s appreciation award to Keith Smith of Rockline, Ind., a volunteer of the year award to Downtown Beautification Committee member Edgar Baker, a business of the year award to Reid’s Hometown Barbecue, and a citizen of the year to veterinarian Charlie Miesner (see page 2A for photos).

A second National Day of Prayer annual event, held outside the Logan County Courthouse at noon, was held under a partly cloudy sky but without precipitation.