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November 18th, 2014

Best in Show; Herdmans take over church pageant in holiday classic

November 18, 2014

The popular seasonal production, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," will be the Royal Players' holiday offering for the area theater population.

The play was written by Barbara Robinson and adapted from the bestselling children’s novel.

Show dates at the historic Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton are Dec. 4-7 and 11-14.

Director is Hillary Bell, assisted by Angel Choir directors Lynda Hollenbeck and Daphne Shoppach.

Council approves $5,000 raise for Benton Mayor Mattingly

November 18, 2014

The Benton City Council unanimously approved a $5,000 pay increase for Mayor David Mattingly during Tuesday’s meeting at Benton Municipal Complex.

The city's 2014 budget appropriated an additional sum to compensate the mayor for the calendar year, but the salary increase has not been paid to him.

It is the intention of the council to adjust the salary to pay those sums that already have been appropriated and to make the the position more competitive.

Alderman Kerry Murphy said he wants the public to know that he approves of the pay increase.

AP Exclusive: Charles Manson gets marriage license

November 18, 2014

CORCORAN, Calif. — Mass murderer Charles Manson plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who left her Midwestern home and spent the past nine years trying to help exonerate him.

Afton Elaine Burton, the raven-haired bride-to-be, said she loves the man convicted in the notorious murders of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

No date has been set, but a wedding coordinator has been assigned by the prison to handle the nuptials, and the couple has until early February to get married before they would have to reapply.

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