Sterling Marlin, a rigger with Tanner’s Crane Service of Malvern, hooks up Tuesday to the lighted cross that sat atop a tower at the First United Methodist Church on 6th Avenue so that it can be removed. The cross, which was erected almost 58 years ago, was removed because of damage to the tower. Church leaders decided to remove the tower and cross rather than repair it because of the cost of repair. The tower was built to broadcast the church’s sermons on KATV and the cross was added as a symbolic gesture so that it would be a beacon on the Pine Bluff horizon. (Special to the Commercial/William Harvey)
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