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.
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.
LITTLE ROCK â€” A state panel finalized a deal Monday to move up to 250 inmates into an unused Pulaski County facility as part of a plan lawmakers approved earlier this month to ease overcrowding at local jails across Arkansas.