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Drugs & Guns Seized in South County Raid BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com

Westerman and Maddox Tour HCI and Mena Airport

T h e P o l k C o u n t y S h e r i f f ’ s D e p a r t m e n t co n d u ct e d a r a i d o n T h u r sd a y m o r n i n g , April 13, 2017, that resulted in two men being arrested for drugs and firearms. Around 6 45 a.m. on Thursday, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant and an arrest warrant at 409 Polk 10 in Wickes. The warrants were the result of a month-long undercover operation. A large amount of methamphetamine was found at the location, along with guns and drug paraphernalia. Arrested in the case were Floyd Paul Evans, age 58 of Wickes, and Don ester Hoglan, age 59 of Grannis. CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

County Judge Announces Upcoming Spring Road Projects BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com C o u n t y J u d g e B r a n d o n E l l i s o n h a s a n n o u n ce d t h e l o ca t i o n s o f t h e 2 0 1 7 S p r i n g seal and reseal projects, which include approximately nine miles of roadway in several parts of the county. In addition, the county has purchased equipment that will speed up the process and save tax dollars. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

1st Annual Junior Rodeo to be Held Proceeds to Benefit Andy Risenhoover Arena BY MELANIE BUCK • news@mypulsenews.com The Polk County Fair Rodeo Association will host the first annual Polk County Junior Rodeo this Saturday, April 22nd, at 2 p.m. at the Andy Risenhoover Arena. The rodeo will serve as a fundraiser to make additional improvements to the facilities in an effort to restore it to its original glory. Admission to the junior rodeo will be 5 for adults, 3 for ages 6-12, ages 5 under are free. Events include Barrell Racing, Pole Bending, Breakaway, Goat Tying CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

Congressman Bruce Westerman paid a visit to Mena on Monday, April 17, touring the Mena Airport and Healthy Connections, Inc. During his visit, he listened to concerns from both facilities about legislation and regulations that affect their respective businesses. FULL STORY ON PAGE 3. ester an is pi t re a e it e ers ealt y C nne ti ns’ staff and board. Left to right: Phyllis Cunningham, Jamie McMahen, State Representative John Maddox, Gretchen Cannon, U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman, Derwood Brett, Tony Calandro, Salvador Elizalde, and Doreen Tapley.

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T h e P o l k C o u n t y P u l se i s t h e a r e a ’ s p r e m i e r e a n d f a st e st g r o w i n g n e w s p u b l i ca t i o n . T h e P o l k C o u n t y P u l se i s F R E E a n d p u b l i sh e d w e e kl y o n W e d n e sd a ys w i t h a d i st r i b u t i o n o f 8 , 0 0 0 a n d e st i m a t e d r e a d e r sh i p o f 1 0 , 0 0 0 . Al l r i g h t s t o co n t e n t s a r e r e se r ve d b y P u l se M u l t i - M e d i a . M yP u l se N e w s. co m cu r r e n t l y h a s a n o n - l i n e a u d i e n ce o f 2 4 , 0 0 0 g i vi n g u s a co m b i n e d r e a d e r sh i p o f 3 2 , 0 0 0 . P O L I C Y : T h e P u b l i sh e r r e se r ve s t h e r i g h t t o r e j e ct o r ca n ce l a n y a d ve r t i se m e n t a t a n y t i m e . Al l p r o p e r t y r i g h t s, i n c l u d i n g a n y co p yr i g h t i n t e r e st , i n a n y a d ve r t i se m e n t p r o d u ce d b y P u l se M u l t i - M e d i a a n d / o r T h e P o l k C o u n t y P u l se u si n g a r t w o r k a n d / o r t yp o g r a p h y f u r n i sh e d o r a r r a n g e d b y P u l se M u l t i - M e d i a a n d / o r T h e P o l k C o u n t y P u l se sh a l l b e t h e p r o p e r t y o f P u l se M u l t i - M e d i a a n d / o r T h e P o l k C o u n t y P u l se . N o su ch a d ve r t i se m e n t o r a n y p a r t t h e r e o f m a y b e r e p r o d u ce d w i t h o u t t h e p r i o r w r i t t e n co n se n t o f P u l se M u l t i - M e d i a & T h e P o l k C o u n t y P u l se . P O L I T I C AL AD V E R T I S E M E N T S : Ad ve r t i se m e n t s o f a p o l i t i ca l n a t u r e m u st b e p r e - p a i d a n d m u st a l so i n cl u d e t h e n a m e o f t h e e n t i t y p a y i n g f o r t h e a d ve r t i se m e n t . I f a n e n t i t y o t h e r t h a n t h e ca n d i d a t e t h e a d ve r t i se m e n t i s e n d o r si n g i s p a yi n g f o r t h e a d , a st a t e m e n t m u st b e si g n e d b y t h e ca n d i d a t e ve r i f yi n g t h e ca n d i d a t e h a s se e n a n d a p p r o ve d t h e a d ve r t i se m e n t .


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Westerman and Maddox Tour HCI & Mena Airport C

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o n g r e sm a n B r u ce W e st e r m a n vi si t e d M e n a I n t e r m o u n t a i n M u n i ci p a l Ai r p o r t a n d H e a l t h y C o n n e ct i o n s, I n c. , o n M o n d a y , Ap r i l 1 7 , t o u r i n g f a ci l i t i e s a n d l i st e n i n g t o co n ce r n s f r o m b o t h b u si n e se s a b o u t l e g i sl a t i o n a n d r e g u l a t i o n s t h a t n e g a t i ve l y i m p a ct t h e i r e co n o m i c p r o sp e r i t y , a n d t h a t o f t h e i r p a t r o n s . W e st e r m a n r e p r e se n t s t h e 4 t h C o n g r e si o n a l D i st r i ct i n t h e U . S . H o u se o f R e p r e se n t a t i ve s, h a vi n g b e e n e l e ct e d i n 2 0 1 4 . H e se r ve s o n t h e C o m m i t t e e o n t h e B u d g e t , C o m m i t t e e o n T r a n sp o r t a t i o n a n d I n f r a st r u ct u r e , a n d t h e C o m m i t t e e o n N a t u r a l R e so u r ce s, w h e r e h e i s t h e V i ce C h a i r o f t h e F e d e r a l L a n d s S u b co m m i t t e e . W e st e r m a n a l so se r ve s o n t h e M a j o r i t y W h i p T e a m u n d e r t h e l e a d e r sh i p o f H o u se M a j o r i t y W h i p S t e ve S ca l i se . W e st e r m a n j o i n e d [ P I C T U R E D L E F T ] M e n a M a yo r G e o r g e M cK e e , P o l k C o u n t y Ju d g e B r a n d o n E l l i so n , S h e r i f f S co t t S a w ye r , a n d S t a t e R e p r e se n t a t i ve Jo h n M a d d o x o n a t o u r o f H a m p t o n Avi a t i o n . T h e a i r p o r t ’ s 4 0 - ye a r m a st e r p l a n w a s d i scu s se d w i t h W e s t e r m a n , a s w e l l a s co n ce r n s o ve r t h e F AA’ s r e q u e st f o r t h e a i r p o r t t o t e a r u p a 5 0 0 - f o o t st r i p o f a sp h a l t t o co m p l y w i t h t h e p l a n . G r e g S h i p l e y , o f M o r r i so n S h i p l e y E n g i n e e r i n g F i r m , e xp l a i n e d w h y i t i s n o t a v i a b l e p l a n t o r i p u p t h e a sp h a l t , a s t h e F AA h a s r e q u e st e d , i n cl u d i n g sa f e t y i su e s. Duane Corcoran, member of the Airport Commission also discussed concerns over traffic systems at the airport and expressed the hopes of them being upgraded soon. Corcora n g a ve t h e b e st e xa m p l e o f t h e i m p o r t a n ce o f M e n a ’ s a i r p o r t a n d t h e b u si n e se s t h a t l i n e i t s r u n w a ys w h e n h e e xp l a i n e d t h e h i st o r y o f a p l a n e p u r ch a se h e m a d e . S e ve r a l ye a r s ago, Corcoran purchased a plane and found that twice, the aircraft had flown to Mena specifically to be serviced. “These planes fly all over the country, see different airports all the t i m e , a n d t h e y ch o o se M e n a t o co m e t o . T h a t p r o ve s t h e r e i s so m e t h i n g sp e ci a l a b o u t o u r a i r p o r t . ” At Healthy Connections, Westerman toured their health and dental facilities, in addition to their new state of the art pharmacy located inside the clinic. HCI officials discussed se v e r a l h e a l t h - r e l a t e d t o p i cs w i t h t h e C o n g r e sm a n , i n cl u d i n g m a n y co n ce r n s o ve r b e h a vi o r a l h e a l t h r e g u l a t i o n s, t e l e m e d i ci n e p r a ct i ce s, a n d h o w r e i m b u r se m e n t s, o r n o n - r e i m b u r se m e n t s, f r o m M e d i ca i d a f f e ct h o w o t h e r i n su r a n ce co m p a n i e s p a y , o f t e n ca u si n g h e a l t h f a ci l i t i e s t o r e - e va l u a t e t h e i r se r vi ce s. Westerman enjoyed his visit to Mena and plans to further research the topics discussed to best represent his district on the federal level. “It’s been a great visit. I enjoyed seeing t h e a i r p o r t . I w a sn ’ t a w a r e o f a l l o f t h e i n d u st r y o u t t h e r e a n d w a s p l e a sa n t l y su r p r i se d . I h o p e t h e y co n t i n u e t o g r o w a n d st a y i n o p e r a b l e co n d i t i o n s so i t m e e t s t h e n e e d s o f t h e e m p l o ye r s o u t t h e r e . As f a r a s H e a l t h y C o n n e ct i o n s, t h e se h e a l t h ce n t e r s p r o vi d e a t r e m e n d o u s se r vi ce t o r u r a l co m m u n i t i e s. I u n d e r st a n d t h e i m p o r t a n ce o f t h e m , n o t j u st t o M e n a , b u t t o a l l o f Ar ka n sa s. I t w a s g o o d t o g e t o u t a n d se e a l l t h e g o o d w o r k t h a t i s b e in g d o n e .”

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Mena Fire Department responded to at as t tt ea se n re at 1302 Reeves Street around 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon, April 12, 2017. p n arri in t e re as n n t to be in the home, but in the yard very close to the home. However, the quick r re epart ent pers nnel st ppe t e a es st in es r the exterior wall of the structure, saving everything inside. There was no one home at the time of the incident and the cause is unknown.

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PCFRA Junior Rodeo Added $$$ Arena Fundraiser Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2pm Andy Risenhoover Arena • Polk County Fairgrounds - Mena Admission: Adult - $5 6 to 12 - $3 5 & under - FREE

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Mrs. Betty Lou Titsworth, age 82 of Mena, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 in Ft.

Smith, Arkansas. Betty was born on June 9, 1934 in Mena, Arkansas to the late James R. Wood and Lola V. Gorden Wood. She was married to the late Gene “AE” Titsworth. Betty enjoyed teaching school and also worked as a Social Case Worker for the Department of Human Services. She had a deep passion for teaching her Sunday chool class and the ister’s Circle meetings. Betty also loved doing Genealogy and taking care of stray cats. Most of all she loved God and her family. She will be dearly missed by all. She is survived by nephews, Michael Burnett of Mena, Arkansas, John Burnett of Mena, Arkansas; great-nieces, Jacquelin Burnett of Mena, Arkansas, Melissa Boothe of Bentonville, Arkansas; great-nephews, David Burnett of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Jesse Burnett of Durango, Colorado; special friend, James Upperman of Mena, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gene “EA” Titsworth, and a sister, Loraine Burnett. Funeral service were Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at Mountain View Methodist with Pastor Bryan Richardson officiating. nterment followed in the Nun-

ley Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. General Visitation Pallbearers were Mike Burnett, John Burnett, James Upperman, and Jeff Sizemore.

DON WILLIAM CRAIG Don William Craig, age 84, of Board Camp, Arkansas died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Montgomery County Nursing Home in Mt. da. He was born on unday, February 19, 1933 to William Marvin and Alma Looney Craig in Board Camp, Arkansas. Don was an active member of the Board Camp Baptist Church and served in the United States Air Force as well as the Army Air Corp. He believed in hard work and always paying your debts. Don’s way of life and his wife, Linda, were most important to him. Don was on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors for over 40 years and held a place on the Polk County Welfare Board. He was a cattleman for most of his life, though in his earlier days he spent summers installing windows in skyscrapers in Houston, Texas. Don liked riding his horse, but loved cattle auctions and working a stock dog and one of his proudest accomplishments was buying his land in Board Camp. Don was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and a great friend and

will be missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents. Don is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Linda Craig of Board Camp, Arkansas; two sons and daughter-in-law, Dale and Charlotte Craig of Board Camp, and Stanley and Laurie Craig of Mena; one sister, Joy Mae Thompson of Houston, exas; five grandchildren, Clint Craig of Odessa, Texas, Dustin Craig and wife Shanda of Board Camp, Paige Craig of Board Camp, Alexa Graves and husband Lucas of Mena, and Ashton Herod and husband Adam of Mena; seven great grandchildren, Macey, Maddox, Olive, Willow, Blaze, Jolee, and Marcus; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Board Camp Baptist Church with Brother Bret

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ee officiating with interment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. A visitation was also held Monday at the Board Camp Baptist Church from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Pallbearers were James Stanley, Frankie Davis, Travis Ross, Brandon Hemphill, Ladale Toon, Jerry Hansbrough, Danny Hansbrough, and Dewayne Bowling. Honorary pallbearers were the Polk County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Board Camp Fire House Coffee Group. n lieu of owers, contributions can be made to the Board Camp Baptist Church Building Fund, 107 Polk 63 Mena, AR 71953. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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pletely from Facebook. In addition to Oculus, students in EAST are also using industry leading software such as Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing, and InDesign and PhotoShop for marketing. “We are preparing students to move forward in engineering, math, science, and more,” said unsford. One students has been able to use CAD software to design a new farming equipment tool, which he has sent to John Deere. “Our students used software to redesign the entrance garden here at the school.” They also use game design software where they create dinosaurs, people, and other animals. With their 3D printer, students plan to take a photo of themselves and print a b u s t. Students have built robots inside the EAST classroom and created the codes to make it move. They launched a robotics team in early April and are looking forward to entering competitions next year. Following the Techstart Partnership, Governor Hutchinson said, “Arkansas continues to lead the nation in computer science education and this partnership with Facebook’s Techstart program will make us even stronger in that regard. Facebook’s generous donation will both excite and empower Arkansas students to sharpen their computer science skills and to explore STEM careers. Students who utilize this incredible platform will be positioned to succeed in our increasingly technology driven economy.” It is clear by their use of the tools and technology provided to them, Mena Middle School EAST students are at the forefront of this movement and are able to be more p re p a re d fo r a s u c c e s s fu l fu tu re .


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a n d e r vo o r t E l e m e n t a r y h e l d i t s a n n u a l m u l t i p l i ca t i o n S o f t S e ve n t o u r n a m e n t o n F r i d a y , April 7. Soft Seven is a fun, competitive, self-paced math fact fluency computer game. It is as engaging as it is challenging. andervoort uses Soft Seven as a tool to increase ability, confidence, interest, and scores in mathematics. The top 28 students in 3rd through 6th grade competed for one of the eight spots on the Regional team. After two rounds of fierce fact fluency competition, we are proud to announce our 2017 .E.S. Soft Seven Regional team, in order of highest score Hunter Hamm, Bradley Wade, Hunter Burke, Nathan Watkins, Elijah Smith, Caylynn Burke, Braylee Jewell, and Austin Bailey. andervoort’s Regional team will compete on April 28 in Fort Smith.

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v eryone desires a good friend, someone they can share laughter with. Some of the friends we find ourselves closest with a r e t h e o n e s t h a t s e e m e d t o c o m e i n t o o u r l i v e s b y c h a n c e . Af t e r s o m e t i m e t h o u g h , t h e s e p e o p l e a r e n o l o n g e r f r i e n d s th e y a r e fa m ily . F a m ily is n o t s o m e th in g th a t p e o p le g e t th e lu x u r y o f c h o o s in g , b u t g o o d fr ie n d s a r e lik e c h o o s in g g o o d fa m ily . D o n n a a n d J o h n M o n tg o m e r y a r e w e ll k n o w n to th e M e n a a r e a . T h e ir fr ie n d s h ip s h a v e b e e n a p p r e c ia te d b y m a n y a n d th e r e a r e countless people that have benefited greatly from their kind hearts. Most of their 48 years of marriage have been spent in the community r a is in g th e ir fa m ily a n d e s ta b lis h in g th e m s e lv e s a s s e r v a n ts in th e c o m m u n ity . T h e y r a is e d th e ir k id s h e r e a n d h a v e p la n te d th e ir r o o ts in M e n a . “ W e lo v e M e n a , w e lo v e th e fa c t th a t S ta c y , G in g e r, a n d K y le w e r e a ll a b le to g r o w u p a n d g o to s c h o o l in th is c o m m u n ity ,” s a y s D o n n a fo n d ly . D o n n a a n d J o h n lo v e th e p e o p le o f M e n a a n d th e y h a v e g iv e n m u c h o f th e ir tim e in v e s tin g in th e p e o p le in th e c o m m u n ity . M a n y m a y r e m e m b e r , t h e M o n t g o m e r y ’s w e r e t h e lo n g t im e o w n e r s o f D J ’s G r o c e r y o n R e in e S t r e e t . D J ’s f u n c t io n e d a s a n e ig h b o r h o o d g r o c e r y a n d g a s s ta tio n , it w a s a t a n id e a l lo c a tio n a n d it w a s a lo c a l fa v o r ite . “ S o m e o f o u r fo n d e s t m e m o r ie s w e r e ta lk in g to th e m e n th a t c a m e e a c h d a y to g e t th e ir c o ffe e . W e r e a lly lo v e d th a t p la c e , it m e a n t a lo t to u s ,” s a y s D o n n a . In th e ic e s to r m o f 2 0 0 0 , w h ile m o s t o f th e c ity w a s w ith o u t e le c tr ic ity , J o h n h o o k e d u p g e n e r a to r s a n d r a n th e n a c r o s s to w n s o th a t m a n y c o u ld h a v e p o w e r d u r in g th e t im e o f c r is is . F o r a n y o n e t h a t k n o w s t h e M o n t g o m e r y ’s , t h is w a s ju s t a n o t h e r e x p r e s s io n o f t h e ir k in d n e s s a n d lo v e f o r t h e c o m m u n it y . U n f o r t u n a t e ly , in t h e t o r n a d o o f 2 0 0 9 , D J ’s w a s a c o m p le t e lo s s . “ W e w e r e d e v a s t a t e d . T h a t h a d b e e n o u r lif e f o r 3 3 y e a r s , w e lo v e d e v e r yt h i n g a b o u t i t . ” Al t h o u g h t h e y o p e r a t e d D J ’ s , D o n n a s t a y e d b u s y w o r k i n g f o r t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f Ag r i c u l t u r e f o r 2 7 y e a r s . “ M y w o r k w a s v e r y s i m i l a r t o w o r k i n g a t a b a n k . W e w o u l d h e l p a p p r o v e l o a n s f o r p e o p l e t o b u i l d h o m e s , c h i c k e n h o u s e s , o r b u y f a r m s . ” D u r i n g h e r t e n u r e w i t h t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f Ag r i c u l t u r e , D o n n a h a d t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o s e e t h e i r se r v i ce s a l l o w m a n y b u i l d i n g p r o j e c t s t o t a k e p l a c e , b u t o n e o f h e r f a v o r i t e s h a p p e n e d r i g h t h e r e i n M e n a . “ W h i l e I w a s w i t h t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f Ag . , w e o v e r s a w t h e b u i l d i n g o f t h e h o s pital and I actually had the opportunity to do the final inspection and write off,” Donna says with a smile. She has a desire to see the community of Mena grow and flourish. This desire h a s b e e n a d r iv in g fo r c e in h e r in v o lv e m e n t w ith th e c o m m u n ity . T h r o u g h o u t th e ir tim e o f liv in g in M e n a , D o n n a h a s g iv e n h e r s e lf to th e ta s k o f c o n tin u in g to h e lp th e lo c a l c o m m u n ity . S h e h a s s e r v e d o n s e v e r a l p u b lic fo u n d a tio n s in c lu d in g th e L ib r a r y , M e n a R e g io n a l H e a lth S y s te m , a n d th e C o lle g e . “ I h a v e lo v e d m y tim e s e r v in g p e o p le th r o u g h th e s e d iffe r e n t fo u n d a tio n s . T h e y a r e a b s o lu te ly m y lo v e .” D o n n a h a s s e r v e d o n t h e h o sp i t a l f o u n d a t i o n f o r n e a r l y t w e n t y y e a r s . D u r i n g h e r t i m e , s h e h a s s e e n t h e h o s p i t a l g r o w a n d t a k e s t r i d e s t o w a r d s e x c e l l e n t c a r e a n d s e r v i c e , m a t c h e d w i t h t o p f a c i l i t i e s . Al o n g w it h h e r s e r v ic e t o t h e h o s p it a l, D o n n a h a s lo v e d s e r v in g o n t h e C o lle g e ’s f o u n d a t io n . “ I t h a s b e e n a m a z in g t o s e e h o w b o t h t h e h o s p it a l a n d c o lle g e h a v e g r o w n . I a m s o f o r t u n a t e t o h a ve h a d t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o s e r v e a l o n g s i d e a m a z i n g p e o p l e . Al l o f o u r w o r k w a s s o t h a t w e co u l d s e r v e t h e p e o p l e i n t h e c o m m u n i t y . ” Af t e r m a n y y e a r s o f f a i t h f u l s e r v i c e t o h e r community, Donna will officially be stepping away from the Hospital and College foundat i o n s. S h e h o p e s t o s p e n d m o r e t i m e w i t h h e r g r a n d k i d s , f a m i l y , a n d J o h n . “ M y t i m e b e i n g a sm a l l p a r t o f e a c h o f t h e s e g r o u p s h a s b e e n a m a z i n g . I h a v e r e a l l y f e l t t h a t t h e r e i s n o t h i n g l i k e i t , I f e e l g o o d t h a t w e h a v e s e r v e d a r e a l p u r p o s e , ” s a y s D o n n a p r o u d l y . Al o n g w ith h e r o th e r s e r v ic e s to th e c o m m u n ity , D o n n a h a s b e e n a c tiv e ly in v o lv e d w ith B e ta S ig ma Pi for the last 42 years. This year Donna was recognized for years of faithful service a n d co n t r i b u t i o n , s h e w a s h o n o r e d a s t h e C h a m b e r ’ s V o l u n t e e r o f t h e Y e a r . Al t h o u g h D o n n a i s s t e p p i n g a w a y f r o m s e v e r a l r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s , h e r l i f e w i l l s t i l l b e f u l l o f a c tio n . “ I h a v e th e m o s t w o n d e r fu l fa m ily in th e w o r ld th a t I g e t to s p e n d tim e w ith . I w a n t t o sp e n d m o r e t i m e w i t h t h e m a n d e n j o y e a c h o f t h e m . I h a v e b e e n b e y o n d b l e s s e d t o have the family I do, but specifically John. I got the best guy in the world, he is unbelieva b l e , ” sa y s D o n n a e m o t i o n a l l y . Af t e r a l i f e f u l l o f s e r v i c e , i t s e e m s w a r r a n t e d t o r e s t a n d e n jo y fa m ily a n d th e little th in g s in life . W h e n a s k e d w h a t s h e p la n s to m a k e tim e fo r n o w , D o n n a sm i l e s , “ I f I c a n , I w i l l b e a t S h a n g r i L a e a c h w e e k e n d a n d o n t h e l a k e w i t h m y fa m ily .”

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n e a r t h e m . T h e y h a ve a st o r y t o t e l l , b u t w h o w i l l l i st e n ? T h e se w a n t i n g t h e i r vo i ce s t o b e h e a r d a r , m i l l i o n s o f r e f e r r a l s a r e m a d e t o ch i l d p r o t e ct i o n a g e n ci e s i n h o p e t h a t so m e o n e w i l l b e t h e i r vo i ce . T h e se ch i l d r e n n e e d a vo i ce , a s Ja n e G o o d a l l h a s sa i d , “ T h e l e a st I ca n d o i s sp e a k o u t f o r t h o se w h o ca n n o t sp e a k f o r t h e m se l ve s. ” T h e n e e d se e m s f a r t o o g r e a t , t h e p r o b l e m t o o f a r sp r e a d , b u t t h e r e i s h e l p . T h r o u g h o u t t h e st a t e o f Ar ka n sa s t h e r e a r e C h i l d Ad vo ca cy C e n t e r s [ C AC ’ s] , e a ch ce n t e r se r v i n g t h e vi ct i m s o f ch i l d a b u se . E a ch ce n t e r st r i ve s t o p r o vi d e e xce l l e n t ca r e f o r ch i l d a b u se vi ct i m s t h r o u g h r e sp o n se a n d p r e ve n t i o n t h r o u g h se r vi ce a n d e d u ca t i o n . M e n a i s f o r t u n a t e e n o u g h t o r e ce i ve t h e se r vi ce s o f a ch i l d a d vo ca cy ce n t e r , t h e M e r cy C h i l d Ad vo ca cy C e n t e r i s a sa t e l l i t e ce n t e r se r vi n g t h e P o l k C o u n t y a r e a . K a r e n W r i g h t , d i r e ct o r o f t h e C o o p e r An t h o n y Ad vo ca cy C e n t e r i n H o t S p r i n g s , sa i d sh e i s t h a n kf u l t h a t t h e y w e r e a b l e t o e xp a n d se r vi ce s t o M e n a , “ T h e r e i s a r e a l n e e d i n t h e M e n a a r e a . An yt i m e ch i l d r e n i n t h e a r e a n e e d e d t h e se r vi ce s o f a a d vo ca cy ce n t e r , t h e ch i l d r e n w e r e h a vi n g t o b e b r o u g h t t o H o t S p r i n g s. W e w a n t e d t o b e a s h e l p f u l a s w e co u l d i n a t i m e o f cr i si s a n d w e f e l t t h i s m e a n t g e t t i n g a ce n t e r t o M e n a . ” C u r r e n t l y , t h e ce n t e r i s a sa t e l l i t e c a m p u s, m e a n i n g t h a t t h e r e i sn ’ t a n yo n e t h e r e f u l l t i m e , b u t w h e n t h e n e e d a r i se s t h e r e w i l l b e so m e o n e t h e r e to serve. Each person that serves at a center, regardless of their specific roles and titles, are each called advocates. “Our advocates are part of the p r o ce s o f g i vi n g a vo i ce t o t h e vi ct i m s. W e ca l l t h e m a d vo ca t e s b e ca u se t h e y a r e t h e r e f o r m o r e t h a n a j o b , b u t t o ca r e a n d sp e a k o n b e h a l f o f t h o se w h o ca n ’ t , ” sa ys K a r e n . Ad vo ca cy C e n t e r s se r ve a r a t h e r l a r g e n e e d w i t h i n t h e p u r su i t o f j u st i ce f o r t h e ch i l d r e n a b u se d . An yt i m e t h e r e i s a h o t l i n e r e p o r t o f a b u se o r p o t e n t i a l su sp i ci o n o f a b u se , t h e h o t l i n e r e p o r t e r g i ve s t h e r e p o r t t o D H S o r t o t h e Ar ka n sa s S t a t e P o l i ce - C r i m e s Ag a i n st C h i l d r e n T a sk F o r ce . I n t h e p r o ce s o f i n ve st i g a t i n g a ch i l d a b u se , i f l a w e n f o r ce m e n t se e s t h a t i t i s n e ce sa r y f o r a f o r e n si c i n t e r vi e w , t h e n a b u se vi ct i m s m a y b e r e f e r r e d t o a ce n t e r t o b e i n t e r vi e w e d i n a n o n - t h r e a t e n i n g w a y . “ T h e se ce n t e r s w e r e d e ve l o p e d so ch i l d r e n w o u l d n ’ t h a ve t o b e i n t e r vi e w e d a n d r e i n t e r vi e w e d . I n st e a d o n e o f o u r a d vo ca t e s w i l l i n t e r vi e w t h e vi ct i m u si n g n o n l e a d i n g q u e st i o n s. E a ch a d vo ca t e h a s r e ce i ve d sp e ci a l i ze d t r a i n i n g t o p r o p e r l y i n t e r vi e w a n d ca r e f o r t h e ch i l d r e n , ” e xp l a i n s K a r e n . Al t h o u g h t h e ce n t e r i n M e n a i s a sa t e l l i t e ca m p u s, i t i s K a r e n ’ s h o p e t h a t i t w i l l b e f u l l - t i m e so o n a n d t h e r e w o u l d b e a f u l l - t i m e i n t e r vi e w e r . D e sp i t e n o t b e i n g a f u l l - t i m e ce n t e r , t h e M e n a l o ca t i o n i s a b l e t o m e e t a l l n e e d s i n t h e t i m e o f cr i si s. “ T h e b u i l d i n g i s f u l l y e q u i p p e d a n d se t u p t o h a n d l e a n y o f t h e se ca se s. ” As a w a y t o r a i se a w a r e n e s o f t h e n e e d s o f ch i l d a b u se vi ct i m s a n d t o e d u ca t e o n t h e se r vi ce s t h a t ca n b e p r o vi d e d , t h e M e n a ce n t e r w i l l b e h o st i n g a r a l l y a t t h e a d vo ca cy ce n t e r , Ap r i l 2 7 t h . “ W e w a n t t h e co m m u n i t y t o u n d e r st a n d t h e i m p a c t t h a t t h e ce n t e r i n M e n a i s m a ki n g . At t h e r a l l y w e w i l l h a ve 6 6 p i n w h e e l s i n t h e g r o u n d , t h i s r e p r e se n t s t h e 6 6 d i f f e r e n t ch i l d r e n w h o ca m e t h r o u g h t h e ce n t e r ’ s d o o r s t o g e t h e l p . T h a t i s 6 6 ki d s t h a t h a ve i n t h e p a st g o n e t o H o t S p r i n g s. T h e M e n a ce n t e r i s m a ki n g a n d w i l l co n t i n u e t o m a ke a r e a l d i f f e r e n ce i n the fight against child abuse,” Karen says proudly. While the rally will educate people in the community about the needs of child abuse victims, but it will also acknowledge those in the medical profession or law enforcement who have fought tirelessly for these children. “Our true heros are the people on the front line. By front line we mean the people that are seeking justice for t h e se ki d s a n d h e l p i n g m a ke a l l t h i s p o si b l e , ” sa ys K a r e n . Al o n g w i t h se r vi ce s t h a t a r e p r o vi d e d t o ch i l d a b u se vi ct i m s a n d t h e i r f a m i l i e s, t h e a d vo Every Day 3-5 pm All sizes of soft drinks ca cy ce n t e r p e r f o r m s a w a r e n e s t r a i n i n g a n d p r e ve n t i o n . “ L a st f a l l w e f o r m a l l y r o l l e d o u t & slushes our prevention services in Hot Springs and we want to do this for Mena. Our prevention is Half Price t e a ch i n g b o d y sa f e t y t o ki d s p r e - k t h r o u g h h i g h sch o o l . W e w a n t t o e m p o w e r ch i l d r e n a n d w a n t ki d s t o st a y sa f e , ” e xp l a i n s K a r e n . E a ch p r e ve n t i o n se r vi ce i s a g e a p p r o p r i a t e . T h e Every p r e ve n t i o n se r vi ce s h e l p ki d s p r a ct i ce d r a w i n g b o u n d a r i e s. I n a d d i t i o n t o r a i si n g a w a r e n e s i n Friday Extra Long sch o o l s a n d p r o vi d i n g p r e ve n t i o n se r vi c e s, t h e a d vo ca cy ce n t e r s a l so w a n t t o co m e a l o n g si d e 5-Close Cheese Coney ch u r ch e s, b u si n e se s, o r a n yo n e e l se w h o m a y w a n t t o b e e d u ca t e d . “ W e j u st w a n t t o se r ve Small, Medium & Large Iced Coffees Are On Sale! w h a t e ve r a r e a w e a r e i n b y p r o vi d i n g so l u t i o n s t o t h e p r o b l e m s. Al l w e w a n t i s t o b e a p a r t o f t h e so l u t i o n t o t h i s a w f u l p r o b l e m . C h i l d a d vo ca cy ce n t e r s a cr o s t h e st a t e se r ve a s a p l a ce o f h e a l i n g a n d j u st i ce . E a ch t i m e t h e i r se r vi ce s a r e u se d , vi ct i m s o f ch i l d a b u se m o ve o n e st e p cl o se r t o r e st o r a t i o n a n d h o p e . T h e M e n a ce n t e r w i l l b e a co n st a n t r e m i n d e r o f t h e ch i l d r e n t h a t n e e d a vo i ce a n d t h e n e e d Regular Size Cheeseburgers t o su p p o r t t h e m . “ C o m e se e u s a t t h e r a l l y . W e a r e h e r e i n M e n a t o h e l p se r ve a n d h e l p t h e & Hamburgers m o st vu l n e r a b l e p o p u l a t i o n a n d b e a p a r t o f t h e so l u t i o n o f ch i l d h o o d a b u se . ” a r e a b u se

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Thursday, 4/20 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – The Board Camp Baptist Church at 107 Country Road 63 will distribute food. • 10:30 a.m. – Gator & Friends will be performing at The Mena Senior Center. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County will meet at Papa’s Mexican Café. Call Lisa Martin 216-3383 or Charles Pitman 216-4882 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – Polk County Library Board will meet in the Susanna Mosley Community Room at the Library. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. - 9th Street Ministries will have a free dinner and fellowship in the 9th Street Ministries building. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Family Life Center. Call 479-234-2297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous en’s eetin at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy, 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Acorn Water monthly meeting at the ater Office. • 6:00 p.m. – Live Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music in the Daisy Room at Janssen Ave Florist. • 6:00 p.m. – Christian Singles will meet at Union Bank in Mena. • 6:30 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness

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• YOCANA BAPTIST CHURCH REVIVAL will be held April 23-26, with Sunday preaching at 11 a.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Evening meals at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. Evangelist will be Joe Aulds and Music Evangelist, Price Harris. • CMA ANNUAL YARD/BAKE SALE FOR MISSIONS on April 22 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Bear State Bank.

Group meets at Assembly of God Church, 2111 Sutherland Ave. in Mena. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by anssen Park. Friday, 4/21 • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Road tests are given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room unless the roads are wet. Written tests are given at 1:00 p.m. • 12:00 p.m. – PCDC Board of Directors meets in the MRHS Conference Room A. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 2:00 p.m. – Nature Art at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 5:00 p.m. – Take an Unnatural Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Amphitheater. • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Leon Page Band will be playing at the American Legion in Acorn. $6.00 admission. p ’ res at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Picnic Area. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. Saturday, 4/22 • 9:00 a.m. – Cross Pollinator Game at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center Amphitheather. • 10:00 a.m. – Pollinator Garden and Seed Bombs at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center Legacy Room. • 11:15 a.m. – Macro Hunt at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Low Water Bridge below the Visitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Wonder House Tour at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 4:00 p.m. – Dutch Oven Demonstration at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Picnic Area. • 5:00 p.m. – Dine and Dance at Double T Diner, Mt. Ida, to Loyd Knight and Friends and Vernon Johnson, two time winner of NACMA. • 6:00 p.m. – Queen Wilhelmina State Park presents Slithering Snakes. Meet in the Hearth Room. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71 S., Mena. 479-243-0297 or 479-2164606. Sunday, 4/23 • 9:00 a.m. – Hike-ooh at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 10:00 a.m. – Wonder House Tour at

Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the Wonder House. • 2:00 p.m. – Feed the Critters at Cossatot River State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center. • 2:00 p.m. – Take an Nature Hike at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet at the North ide of the over’s eap rail. • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Sulfer Springs Church meets at Sulfer Springs. • 3:30 p.m. – Hives and Honey at Cossatot River tate Park. Meet at the Butter y Garden by the Visitor Center. • 4:00 p.m. – Play Frisbee Golf at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Meet beside the Campground Bathhouse. • 5:00 p.m. – United Methodist Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Monday, 4/24 a p ’s ee in Hands Mission Center will serve free Groceries & free Toiletry to the needy at 1200 Reeves Ave, Mena. • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Hwy 71 N., Acorn. p Clari e’s pe group gathering will be held at 403 North Morrow St., Suite C. • 6:00 p.m. – We The People Tea Party meets at Polk County Public Library North Room. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. • 7:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 meeting at Limetree Restaurant. Tuesday, 4/25 • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardener C nity en’s rea ast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – “Art Day” at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena St. Bring your current project and work with other artists. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Sonlighters in Action Card Shop will be open at 3671 Highway 8 West, one mile from Louise Durham. p p e at el Branch library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union

Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 5:15 p.m. – Healthy Connections, Inc., annual Board of Directors meeting at HCI Mena Community Room. The public is welcome to attend. • 7:00 p.m. – Al-Anon for the families of addicts and alcoholics meets at the ABC Club. • 7:00 p.m. – The Marine Corps League Detachment will meet at Lighthouse Fitness. • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Bluegrass music at Morrow Street Housing Authority Community Room. • 7:30 p.m. – Mountain Meadow Masonic Lodge #218 will meet at the Hatfield odge. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. 479-234-2887 or 479-234-3043. Wednesday, 4/26 • The Emergency warning sirens will be tested in Mena at noon. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 5:45 p.m. - The Mena First United Methodist Church Kidz will meet. • 6:00 p.m. – Warriors for Christ will meet at the Southside Church of God. • 6:00 p.m. – Regeneration Youth Ministries at Mena Church of God Hwy 88 East. • 6:15 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church hosts Discovery Kids – Kindergarten Thru 5th Grade; Collide Youth Ministry – 6th Thru 12th Grades; and Adult Bible Study. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Hwy 71 N. Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club across from Chopping Block, 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Inquiry classes into the Catholic Faith begins in the Parish Hall of St. Agnes Catholic Church at 203 8th St. No cost or obligation. Everyone is invited. Call 394-1017 or 394-5655 for more info.


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Bearcat Soccer Mena Baseball Falls to the Curly Wolves Wins Last Home Game of Season BY EASTON LEONARD

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h e M e n a B e a r ca t b o ys so ce r te a m d e fe a te d th e Nashville Scrappers in their final h o m e g a m e o f t h e ye a r o n M o n d a y n i g h t b y a sco re o f 3 -0 . M e n a scored their first goal in the first p e r io d a n d e n d e d th e g a m e w ith t w o m o r e g o a l s i n t h e se co n d p e r i od, all while holding the Scrappers sc o r e l e s. Mena will finish off their regular se a so n p l a y w i t h t h r e e a w a y g a m e s. T h e B e a r ca t s w i l l t r a ve l t o M cA l e st e r , Ap r i l 2 1 st , C o sa to t R i ve r , Ap r i l 2 4 t h , a n d p l a y t h e i r final game of the season at Cent e r p o i n t o n Ap r i l 2 7 t h .

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h e M e n a B e a r ca t b a se b a l l t e a m f e l l t o t h e C u r l y W o l ve s o f P r e sco tt o n F r id a y n i g h t , b y a sco re o f 1 2 -6 . Af t e r o n e co m p l e t e i n n i n g o f p l a y , t h e B e a r ca t s l e d P r e sco t t 5 - 4 , b u t a f t e r w a r d s M e n a se e m e d t o f a l l a p a r t . T h e C u r l y W o l ve s t i e d t h e g a m e i n t h e to p o f th e th ir d , a n d to o k a th r e e r u n le a d in th e t o p o f t h e si xt h . C o n t i n u i n g t o a d d o n t o t h e i r l e a d , P r e sco t t sco r e d f o u r m o r e r u n s i n t h e se ve n t h , m a ki n g t h e sco r e 1 2 - 5 . I n t h e b o t t o m o f t h e se v enth, the Bearcats scored their final run, giving the C u r l y W o l ve s a si x r u n , 1 2 - 6 , vi ct o r y . O n F r i d a y n i g h t a s w e l l , t h e M e n a L a d yca ts so f t b a l l t e a m sw e p t P r e sco tt in a d o u b le h e a d e r, b y sco re s o f 7 -1 a n d 7 -0 . The Bearcats will play their final home game o f t h e se a so n o n W e d n e sd a y , Ap r i l 1 9 t h , a g a i n st Horatio, and finish off the season with two straight

r o a d g a m e s a t B i sm a r ck a n d Ash d o w n o n Ap r i l 2 0 t h a n d 2 1 st . The adycats played their final road game of the season on Tuesday at Nashville, and will take on Horatio, April 20th, and Ashdown, April 21st, for their final two games of the season at home.

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Of ten, w h en tra v el ing th roug h th e A p p a l a ch ia ns, I h a v e noted th e m a rk ers ind ica ting th e E a stern C ontinenta l Div id e. T h is l ine d enotes th e w a tersh ed b etw een strea m s th a t f eed into th e A tl a ntic Ocea n a nd th ose th a t f eed into th e Gul f of Mex ico. T w o d rop s of ra in, f a l l ing onl y inch es a p a rt on th e g round , w il l end up sep a ra ted b y h und red s of m il es b ef ore th ey rea ch th e end of th eir j ourneys. A s w e consid er, p ersona l l y, th e ch oices w e m a k e d a y b y d a y, w e sh oul d reca l l th e w ord s of our L ord , “ One w h o is f a ith f ul in a v ery l ittl e is a l so f a ith f ul in m uch , a nd one w h o is d ish onest in a v ery l ittl e is a l so d ish onest in m uch . ” ( L uk e 16: 10) T h e sm a l l th ing s in our l iv es ca n w el l l ea d to b ig ch a ng es, eith er f or g ood or f or ev il . T h is p rincip l e ex tend s to cong reg a tions, a s w el l . Freq uentl y, a n em p h a sis on d octrina l ex a ctness is g reeted w ith a rol l of th e eyes. W h y sh oul d w e, a f ter a l l , b e concerned ov er sm a l l d ep a rtures h ere a nd th ere? I sn’ t it j ust nit-p ick ing to q uestion ev eryth ing th a t d oesn’ t m ea sure up to th e truth s w e und ersta nd f rom Scrip ture? W e sh oul d b e concerned a b out a p osta sy, ev en in th e sm a l l est m ea sure, b eca use it is a step d ow n a p a th w h ich w il l end in d estruction. E v ery h eresy th a t h a s d iv id ed th e ch urch b eg a n w ith a sm a l l d ep a rture f rom th e truth , w h ich l ea d to g rea ter a nd g rea ter d ep a rtures ov er tim e. Our f el l ow sh ip m ust sta nd f irm on th e inerra ncy of Scrip ture, th e tota l truth a nd a uth ority of God ’ s w ord . W e m ust sta nd f irm in a ttem p ting to und ersta nd a nd f ol l ow th e p a ttern of f a ith a nd p ra ctice outl ined in th e Bib l e. Most centra l l y, w e m ust sta nd f irm in tea ch ing th e ex cl usiv e truth of God ’ s w a y of sa l v a tion th roug h J esus C h rist. E v en th e sl ig h test d ev ia tion in our com m itm ent to th ese b a sic truth s w il l p l ung e th e ch urch q uick l y into a l l m a nner of f a l se tea ch ing . W h en C h ristia n tea ch ers a nd p rea ch ers d ep a rt f rom a com p l ete conf id ence in Scrip ture, th ey sta nd in d a ng er of l osing th eir f a ith a l tog eth er. W h en cong reg a tions b eg in introd ucing una uth oriz ed el em ents into th e w orsh ip a nd w ork of th e ch urch , th ere is no end to th e ch a ng es w h ich w il l occur. W h en th e ch urch b eg ins f el l ow sh ip p ing outsid ers a s if th ey w ere m em b ers of th e L ord ’ s ch urch , soon th e v ery h ea rt of th e g osp el is l a id a sid e. C onsta nt v ig il a nce is need ed to k eep th e L ord ’ s ch urch true to th e L ord ’ s w a y. — Greg ory A l a n T id w el l W e w el com e a l l to w orsh ip a t The Hatfield Church of Christ. C onta ct us a t 479-437-5276, or e-m a il us a t hatfieldcofc@gmail.com, l ik e us on Fa ceb ook .

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h e C o sa t o t R i ve r E a g l e s b o ys so ce r t e a m h a s i m p r o ve d t h e i r r e co r d t o 8 - 0 and is now just three games away from finishing the season with an undefeated r e co r d . T h i s p a st w e e k, t h e E a g l e s t r a ve l e d t o Ar ka d e l p h i a a n d d e f e a t e d t h e B a d g e r s 2 - 1 , and then traveled to Nashville and won 1-0. Cossatot played their final road game of the season on Tuesday at Centerpoint and will play their final two games of the year at h o m e , a g a i n st G u r d e n , o n Ap r i l 2 1 st , a n d a g a i n st M e n a , o n Ap r i l 2 4 t h . The Cossatot ady Eagles soccer team (3-3) is down to their final few games of the season as well. ast week, the ady Eagles lost to Arkadelphia, 3-1, and to Nashville, 1-0. For their final road game, Cossatot traveled to Centerpoint on April 18th, and will finish the season at home against the Mena adycats on April 24th.

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e n a a n d Aco r n H i g h S ch o o l T r a ck T e a m s t r a ve l e d t o W a l d r o n t o co m p e t e i n t h e W a l d r o n G a i l e H a i n l e y R e l a ys o n T h u r sd a y , Ap r i l 1 3 . Mena senior girls brought home a first place ribbon in the 4x800 meter relay event, running it in a time of 11 45.12. The four-member team included lead-off runner, Sarah England, Evelyn Smith, Bree Sanders, and Abbie Smith. The 4x400 meter relay team took second place in their event with a time of 4 44.30. The 4x100 meter relay team took 5th. Abbie Smith pulled out a second place win in the 800 meter individual event in a time of 2 29.62 Evelyn Smith took seventh in the 800 and took 4th in the 400 meter dash with Raychel Woody right behind her in 5th. In the boys’ division, William Shaner took first place in the 400 meter dash in 53.84 with Anthony Kennedy behind him in second place. Shaner also brought home 4th in the 200 meter dash and 5th in the 100 meter. andon Stidman brought home a first place ribbon for his 6 ft. 1 in. high jump. Ty Cole brought home two second place ribbons for a 17.46 run in the 110 meter hurdles and his 43.59 run in the 300 meter hurdles. Clint Buck brought home second place in the 1,600 meter run in 4 59.65, with Robert McIntyre coming in 5th. Buck also took third in pole vault and fourth in the 800 meter run with Stidman behind him in 5th. In the 3,200 meter, McIntyre took third place in 11 16.39 and Joe ooney came in seventh. The boys 4x800 relay team took second place in 8 59.28. The team started off with Robert McIntyre, Joe ooney on the second leg, andon Stidman as the third leg, and Clint Buck as the anchor. Jonny Gunn took sixth in the shot put with a 38-10.5 throw and ion Barnes pulled in eighth in the discus with 96-1.5. As a tradition at the Gaile Hainley Relays, the annual Honey Bun Race Relay was held as well. For the relay, field event competitors’ that don’t normally run, create a team of four that each run 100 meters. The event is always fun for the crowd and fellow athletes. This year, Mena’s boys took home first place and a box of honey buns for their efforts. For Acorn, Morgan Fagan took second place in the 1,600 meter run in 6 22.92, second in the 3,200 meter in 13 27.54, sixth in the high jump, and eighth in long jump. The girls’ 4x800 meter relay team BY MELANIE BUCK took third in a time of 12 10.68. The 4x100 team took sixth. Madison Andrews took news@mypulsenews.com seventh in discus and Sophie Jackson took eighth in the 200 meter dash. Acorn boys’ 4x100 meter relay team Mena High School senior Sealy Thigtook seventh and the 4x800 meter team pen signed on with Cowley College to o k e ig h th . on Thursday, April 13, 2017, to play

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volleyball at the junior college that is located in Arkansas City, Kansas. Thigpen received a fullProstate athletic Cancer: 5 key facts about scholarship to the school. Her father, 1. Affects 1 in every 6 men David Thigpen, said the head coach 2. Deadlier than breast cancer has been recruiting her since 3. Detectable in early stagesshe was a sophomore switched to 4. NOT anand old recently man’s disease Cowley College Southern Arkan5. Does NOTfrom go away if you avoid sas University, encouraging Sealy to you to get testing. Gentlemen: We encourage follow. Sheblood is shown a PSA test. pictured above with her parents, David and Rhonda Thigpen, and Mena High School Volleyball Coach, Brad Lyle.

Pictured clockwise starting upper left: Acorn Lady Tiger Morgan Fagan comes to the nis line ena’s ara nlan ta es t e at n r elyn Smith. Will Shaner takes the lead as teammate Anthony Kennedy comes up quickly bein i ena’s ney ns’ a e in rst it pri e in t e annual Honey Bun Relay.

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340B Discount Pharmacy Program Offers Cost Savings for Patients SUBMITTED

ealthy Connections Community Pharmacy officially opened in January 2017 within their main clinic on Health Park Drive across from Duke’s Junction and is not only allowing the clinic to continue to provide more comprehensive services to its patients, it’s also providing significant cost savings as well. The pharmacy is under the direction of auren Willis, Ph.D., with Shelby Owens assisting as the pharmacy technician. The services are open to all customers however, any HCI patient can qualify for 340B pricing, which is a benefit of Healthy Connections, Inc. by being designated a Federally ualified Health Center (F HC). The 340B Drug Discount Program is a U.S Federal government program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at significantly reduced prices. This program allows F HC’s to reach more eligible patients and provide more comprehensive services. Medications may be purchased at a significant savings on most prescriptions, sometimes as much as 25-50 for any covered outpatient drugs. In addition to their in-house pharmacy, HCI is also contracted with other pharmacies in Mena, Mt. Ida, Glenwood, and Hot Springs. Medi-Shop Pharmacy in Mena also provides 340B pricing to HCI patients. In addition, Mt. Ida Pharmacy in Mt. Ida, Woodard’s Pharmacy in Glenwood, and Oak Park Pharmacy in Hot Springs are all contracted for 340B pricing through HCI. The goal of the 340B program is to reduce the price of medications for patients, expand the number of drugs on formularies, increase the number of low-income or uninsured patients served and expand other services offered to patients by Healthy Connections, Inc. HCI accepts commercial insurance, Medicare and will be taking Medicaid in the near future. Currently, HCI pharmacy hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 am-6pm. For more information about the 340B discount pharmacy program, go to www.Healthy-Connections.org. or call 479-437-3449.

National Family Caregiver Support Program

Beth Polo Beckel RD LD CDE

Caregiver Support Meeting April 24, 2017 at 11:15 am

If you are a caregiver of an adult 60 years and older please come join us. This information could be extremely helpful to you. The topic will be “Parkinsons” presented by Pamela Tabor, Ouachita Regional Hospice. For information call Taryn Jinks 870-385-2373. Hope to see you there. Refreshments will be served.

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Managing Red Imported Fire Ants I

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t d o e s n ’t m a tte r if it is y o u r y a r d , g a r d e n , p a s tu r e , c e m e te r y , p la y g r o u n d , o r g o lf course, a fire ant invasion is no fun. They are everywhere this year in huge numbers. Our mild Winter has allowed them to flourish earlier than normal. We hear lots of fire ant stories in our office. Most folks are frustrated that they have tried E ER THING and nothing gets rid of them. That is probably true in the big picture, but they can be managed to be bearable. They are here to stay and we have to figure out how much population we can bear in each situation. It is obvious that areas with the most vulnerable populations (playgrounds, even cemeteries where folks are standing for a service) need the most control. The calving pen may be more important to manage than the grazing area. Those are all decisions that each landowner or site manager will have to make. Regardless, fire ants can be managed to a tolerable level if you are willing to be diligent and careful choosing and using a control method. It is very important to know the differences in the products that are on the market to control the ants. I am talking here about the science-based, research oriented products not the “saw on a Facebook post or so and so at the coffee shop said” methods. There are a lot of those questionable methods out there Most folks are surprised to learn that there are some organic baits that very effectively control fire ants. There are some other organic products that simply do not work. There are two types of fire ant control products. There are baits and there are contact insecticide products. The baits are unique in that they have to be eaten by the foraging ants and taken back and fed to the queen ant. They are slow to work, but in general more effective for overall management than contact insecticides. The key to success with bait products is making sure the ants are out foraging for food for the queen. This is not done every day and is usually done on a sunny afternoon when temperatures are warm. How do you know whether or not the ants are foraging on a given day This is easier than it sounds Simply take a fatty piece of food (hot dog piece is good) and drop it on the ground out in the area. Come back in 15 minutes or so and check it out. If they are feeding, it will be covered in ants. Take care not to disturb a mound or drop it directly on top of the mound. This January 6, 2016 can change the mood of the mound from quietly and peacefully foraging for food into defense mode. This will make them grab the queen and move her to a new mound. They may not go back to foraging in the area for a couple of days. This is important to know because bait products are very short lived in the environment. Any moisture (dew, rain) will melt it and waste the product. That is why we need to know they are actually out foraging for food before we put out bait products. Most baits are put out in a broadcast method very much like putting out fertilizer. Ants forage 30 to 40 feet from their home mound. If the bait is piled on top of their mound, they could feel threatened and move the mound for that reason as well. Contact insecticides do exactly what it sounds like kills any insect the product makes contact with. There are several trade names on the market of various products. Some are powders, some are mixed with water and poured on the mound. Each label is different. This is a great way to reduce the numbers of fire ants in an area really quickly. The problem is, the queen ant has the ability to produce up to 500 new worker ants a day. If we don’t get the contact product on the queen, she doesn’t die and the mound continues to be a problem. The most effective system is to apply baits to get the overall population to a manageable level and follow up with mound treatments with contact products to prevent the huge population explosions that can happen so quickly. It is also advisable for neighbors to work together to treat at the same time to prevent ants simply from moving from one area to another across property lines. There are different bait products suitable for different locations. Same way with the contact products. These products have been researched thoroughly and the label indicates the safe and proper way to handle and use the product. Always remember that the label is the law when it comes to any pesticide. If you have questions about any of the labeled fire ant control products, give me a call. I will be glad to go over them and discuss the proper way to manage your fire ant problem. I can be reached at 479-394-6018. ou can google “UAE Fire ant control” and get research based fact sheets from our system.

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The following information was received from Polk County law enforcement agencies. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed, or that they have been found innocent, and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner. Mena Police Department April 9, 2017 James Aron Jennings, 37, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs. Matthew Morrison, 27, of Hope was arrested on a felony warrant for probation violation. April 10, 2017 local man reported the theft of a pressure washer from his yard. Polk County heriff’s Deputies had recovered such a washer, and it was positively identified as the one taken from the complainant. t was returned to the owner. April 11, 2017 Johnny Brown, 39, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from rkansas Probation and Parole for absconding. local woman reported that her boyfriend had been threatening her and had been abusive. Case was forwarded to the prosecutor for review for possible warrant. Report was taken of the theft of a sign from a local business. Case is pending further investigation. April 12, 2017 dam Matthew Green, 4, of De ueen was arrested on a felony warrant for delivery of methamphetamine or cocaine. A Mena man reported that someone had shot and killed his dog. Case is pending further investigation. April 13, 2017 Report was made of someone breaking the sliding glass door to an apartment at a local complex. here are no suspects at this time. April 14, 2017 Levi Cottman, 26, of Mena was arrested on a body attachment warrant. ack Henry, r., 3 , of Mena was charged with D , obstructing governmental operations, careless driving, and resisting arrest. he arrest followed a complaint from a local resident and subse uent investigation.

local woman reported that her nephew had become agitated and damaged her vehicle by denting it with his fist. No arrests have been made. April 15, 2017 local apartment manager called to report concerns about the actions of a resident of the building. Officers found the suspect to be lethargic and disoriented. Case is to be referred to the man’s counselor to decide on what needs to be done.

l C nty eri ’s Depart ent April 10, 2017 Report of several forged checks on a closed account, totaling losses at 1 .7 . nvestigation continues. April 11, 2017 Arrested was Ed Martin, 46, of Mena, on a Bond Revocation arrant. Report from complainant on Highway 4 est near Hatfield of damage done to a yard by an unknown vehicle. April 12, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 37 est near Mena of 00.00 in damages done to a window. nvestigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 414 near Hatfield of the theft of three firearms, all valued at 1, 9.00. nvestigation continues. April 13, 2017 rrested was Floyd P. Evans, , of Grannis, on a arrant for Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver and additional charges of Possession of a chedule Controlled ubstance with Purpose to Deliver, Maintaining a Drug Premise, imultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, heft by Receiving, and llicit till. lso arrested was Don . Hoglan, 9, of Grannis, on Charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a chedule Controlled ubstance. rrested was Brian . everson, 40, of Cove, on a arrant for Failure to ppear. rrested was erry D. Higgins, 4 , of Mena, on a Body ttachment arrant and two arrants for Failure to ppear. April 14, 2017 Report from complainant on Highway 71 outh near Potter that a person refused to return a vehicle that was loaned to them. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting ttorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on ittle Bear Lane near Mena of problems with neighbors concerning an ongoing problem. Deputy responded. rrested was Cord D. Olson, 31, of Hatfield, on a arrant for Delivery of Methamphetamine. Report of an unauthorized person on Polk 9 near Mena led to the arrest of Bryant Cooper, 7, of piro, O , on a Charge of Criminal respass. April 15, 2017 Report of two hunters being accidentally shot, causing only minor in uries, while walking near Polk 7 near Potter. nvestigation continues. Report from complainant on Polk 7 near the Opal community of an earlier domestic disturbance. nformation has been provided to the Prosecuting ttorney’s Office for further consideration. raffic stop on Highway 71 outh near Hatfield led to a Citation for Possession of a chedule Controlled ubstance

being issued to tephen C. Hilton, , of Hot prings. Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 1 near Cove led to the arrest of errie . Ballew, 37, of ickes, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree. April 16, 2017 Report from complainant on Polk 1 4 near corn of vandalism and the theft of a game camera, totaling losses at 70.00. nvestigation continues. Report of a disturbance on mber ane near Mena. Deputy responded. rrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was kyler C. Hebert, 30, of Gilham, on a ouisiana arrant. Polk County heriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week. Polk County Detention Center ail Population: ncarcerated nmates, with 11 nmates currently on the aiting ist for a tate Facility.


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Dine and Dance to the sound of Loyd Knight and the Country Tradition Band – Saturday, 4/22 at the Double T Diner in Mt. Ida from 5 pm til 8 pm. Everyone Welcome. 4/19 YARD SALE/BAKE SALE – Local Christian Motorcyclists Assoc. Chapter Annual Yard/Bake Sale for Missions Saturday, April 22 from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Bear State Bank on 71 S. 4/19 Thank you to James Lawrence, Bill McGeorge, David Gilbert, Gary Newcomb and the SMART Team for the work on our home. We could have never gotten this done on our own. You’ll never know how much we appreciate everything you all have done for us. We thank God every day for all of you. God bless you and thank you all. Bill and Carolyn Lowery. 4/19 MENA SOUND Company – Sound systems with professional technician. Small to medium large live shows. Indoor or outdoor (weather permitting) Reasonable Rates. Rick Gerard 479-394-1617. 4/19 scmobiledogeash.com – Dog Grooming, hand dry, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, brushing. Deanna Boyd. 479-2341866. I will come to you! Like Facebook. 5/3 Weekly Publication

Brodix, Inc. is accepting applications for a full or part-time office position. Bookkeeping, business letter typing/drafting, and computer experience (accounting software, e-mail/internet, spreadsheets, etc.) would be helpful. Applications may be picked up at the Brodix office, located at 301 Maple in Mena, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Competitive starting wages; benefits available for full time positions. Notice to Applicants: Screening tests for alcohol and illegal drug use may be required before hiring and during employment. 5/3 Yard Mowing, weed eating, bush hogging, handyman services, power washing, garden plowing and tilling. Have tractor with implements for larger jobs. Bill Duff. Call 479-2165204. 5/3 DLC Dirt Works, providing light tractor services to Polk County and surrounding areas. Brush Hogging, light drive way repair, front end loader work, general property clean up, dirt work and much more. Free estimates: 479-394-2966. TFN J&N Dozer- Trackhoe, Backhoe, Dump Truck, Ponds, Pads, Clearing, Roads, Hauling, Rich Top Soil, Fill Dirt, Shale, Gravel. Dozer operator Randy Egger, over 30 years’ experience. We appreciate your Business! Call 479-234-1357 TFN There will be a cemetery workday at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Coffee and donuts will be available in the visitor center at the Cherry Hill Cemetery at 7:30 a.m. 4/19

Have guitar will travel. Singer/songwriter with P.A. Systems. Parties – Weddings – Meetings – Etc. Reasonable rates. Arkansas Songstr. 479-3941617. 4/19 Clean and comfortable housing since 1969, J. Ray & Maria’s MH Park and Rentals. Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR. 479-216-3085 TFN

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Local Transportation company looking for Flat Bed Truck Drivers. Well maintained equipment. Good pay and good working environment. Home most weekends. Can make up to $1,000/week average pay. Can earn $300 sign on bonus after 3 months of employments. Please call 479-243-4524. 5/3

Dugan Lawn Care and Landscaping a complete ground maintenance company serving both residential and commercial customers. NOW TAKING NEW CLIENTS FOR 2017 MOW SEASON! We trim ornamental trees, grasses, shrubs, and more. Free estimates. Offices in both Mena: 479-3942699 and DeQueen: 870-279-2250. TFN LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse is seeking employment with in-home care/private care duty of patients. Trustworthy, dependable, and hardworking. References are available. Contact Missy Cost LPN at 479-216-1201. 5/17

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Moments from America’s History: Raiders and Redemption

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s most of us know, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 was a crippling blow to not only America’s military strength in the Pacific, but the extensive loss of lives and morale left our country in a state of dismay and shock. With Japanese military forces surging across the western Pacific, the U.S. was also concerned about the vulnerability of our west coast to invasion. In the wake of all this, President Roosevelt pressed his military planners for a strike against Tokyo, not only as an act of retaliation and defiance for Pearl Harbor but also to boost America’s morale and confidence. In addition, a successful attack on the Japanese homeland would very likely cause confusion in the minds of the Japanese people and sow doubt about the reliability of their leaders. Military planners went to work immediately in response to the president’s urgent request. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle and 79 other airman (known since as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders) trained extensively for this attack which involved launching sixteen B-25 bombers from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet within about 500 miles of Japan. While launching these planes from a carrier was dangerous at best, landing them on the carrier was practically inconceivable and especially given that there wouldn’t be sufficient fuel to do so anyway. The plans were for the planes to land in China after the bombings. Seventy five years ago this week, in the early morning hours of April 18, 1942, a Japanese patrol boat spotted the task force. Doolittle realized that the planes needed to be launched immediately, one day early and some 150 miles farther away than planned. Otherwise, the element of surprise would be lost. Due to obvious risks involved, the training for this attack did not include using an aircraft carrier so the take-off at sea would be the first for all of the airmen. In heavy seas seas, with some of the waves breaking over the carrier deck, Doolittle took off from the pitching deck and the others successfully followed. They had to fly just above the waves (20-30 feet) to avoid radar detection, and the attack did indeed catch the Japanese by surprise. Thirteen bombers targeted Tokyo and the others struck Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe. After dropping their bomb-loads on their assigned targets, the Raiders flew on until they ran out of fuel (due to the earlier-than-planned take-off). Fifteen of the crews landed in Japanese-occupied China and made it to friendly territory with the aid of Chinese peasants. One crew landed in the Soviet Union and was immediately interned. Eight airmen were captured by the Japanese, three of whom were later executed and one starved to death. One man was killed on bail-out after mission and two men drowned as a result of crash landing in the water off China coast. The daring raid resulted in little physical damage, but it proved that Japan was not invulnerable to American attacks and it caused them to shift vital resources to their defense. Two months later that decision would play a role in the outcome of the Battle of Midway, the American victory that would begin to turn the tide in the war in the Pacific. One of the captured airman in the raid on Japan was Corporal Jacob DeShazer, who was the bombardier on Crew 16. DeShazer spent the next 40 months (34 of them in solitary confinement) as a POW. Upon his separation from the service in 1945, he attended Seattle Pacific College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. DeShazer’s experience as a POW opened the door for God’s salvation which transformed his vengeance into forgiveness. He committed his life to God and, for the next 30 years, served as a missionary to Japan. He wrote a tract entitled “I Was a Prisoner of Japan” which was widely distributed in that country. One person who read it was an embittered Japanese ex-pilot, Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the attack on Pearl Harbor. DeShazer’s message of God’s love, forgiveness and redemption was something totally different from anything Fuchida had ever heard. Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot who bombed Pearl Harbor, and Jacob DeShazer, the Doolittle Raider who bombed Tokyo, met and became lifelong friends. DeShazer’s testimony led Fuchida to become a Christian in 1950 and, like DeShazer, he spent the rest of his life as a missionary. Fuchida died in 1976 and DeShazer in 2008.


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