Twenty years ago four Benton residents called a meeting to form a community theater organization.
Those founders â€” Gayla McCoy, Ray Baxter, the late Bob Carson and the late Fred Wingfield â€”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.
David Price is the biggest name being thrown around leading up to the 2014 Major League Baseball trade deadline on July 31. Of the few teams vying for the Tampa Bay ace, the St. Louis Cardinals look to be the front-runner right now.
For the past two seasons Price has been the center of conversation when it comes to trades and the Cardinals have been the leading candidate both times. With plenty of prospect potential to land the 28-year-old Cy Young winner, St. Louis might want to jump at the chance a second time around.
At the close of a council meeting that included accusations of illegal activity from council members toward Mayor Johnny McMahan, aldermen ended the two-and-one-half-hour session with a vote of "no confidence" in the mayor.
During the comments section at the end of the meeting, Alderman Mona Struble called for the no-confidence stance against McMahan and his ability to lead the city.
Voting for Struble's motion were Struble, Karen Brooks and Paula Matthews; Alderman Brenda Haney voted against the action.