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December 30, 2012

Gospel radio owner solicits $75K

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. — The owner of a gospel radio network is trying to raise $75,000 to stop a bank from taking over a large religious play in northwest Arkansas.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Randall Christy is trying to raise the money by midnight Monday to stop Cornerstone Bank of Eureka Springs from taking over the 700-acre Great Passion Play property in lieu of foreclosure.

Christy is the president and founder of The Gospel Station Network of Ada, Okla.

He says paying $75,000 before the deadline would allow the Great Passion Play to continue operating. Officials announced earlier this year that the play was closing because of financial troubles.

Mike Bishop, president of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, says donations totaled $16,720 as of Friday afternoon.

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