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July 23rd, 2014

Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

July 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.

The security breach at one of the city's most secured landmarks didn't appear to be the work of terrorists or even a political statement, said the police department's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism and intelligence, but was likely done by people familiar with climbing or bridgework who may even have scaled the bridge before.

Residents of Bauxite face possible hike in current rates

July 23, 2014

Josh Freeman of the Arkansas Rural Water Association reviewed problems and possible solutions regarding water and sewer rates currently being charged to Bauxite residents during a City Council meeting Monday night.

Based on information obtained in a rate study Freeman conducted on Bauxite rates, his recommendation to the council is that an increase in water and sewer rates is necessary in order to maintain the systems in the city and to prepare for unexpected emergencies.

Theater group to mark anniversary with Thornton Wilder classic

July 23, 2014

Twenty years ago four Benton residents called a meeting to form a community theater organization.

Those founders — Gayla McCoy, Ray Baxter, the late Bob Carson and the late Fred Wingfield —believed that such an organization was needed in Benton and that with the right leadership, it could succeed.

Previous efforts to form such a group had not been successful, but Carson especially was certain that the timing was right to form the group.

The founding members' determination paid off and in August 1994 the first meeting of the Central Arkansas Community Players took place.

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