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    • By TheWorldNewsOrg
      Archaeologists unearthed what they believe are remains of a large wooden Christian cross Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto placed atop a hill in 1541 at what is now part of Parkin Archeological State Park in Cross County.

      Photo by JESSICA CRAWFORD / Special to the Democrat-Gazette
      Archaeologist Jeffery Mitchem holds baldcypress fragments that researchers believe are from the cross.
      J̶e̶f̶f̶e̶r̶y̶ Jeffrey Mitchem*, the Parkin park site archaeologist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey, said he will send a 2-foot chunk of baldcypress thought to have been used for the cross more than 500 years ago to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville next week for further testing.
      Archaeologists first found a large wooden post at the site in 1966 while covering holes left by looters and surmised it could be de Soto's cross. Carbon-dating conducted then indicated the post was cut from a cypress tree between 1515 and 1663.
      The holes were filled a̶n̶d̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶i̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶f̶e̶w̶ ̶y̶e̶a̶r̶s̶. In the 1900s to 1940s,* a lumber company built atop the land, preserving the site along the St. Francis River, Mitchem said.
      The Parkin park opened in 1994.
      "It's in the ballpark," he said of the carbon-dating results. "We want to do further testing to make sure."
      Mitchem learned of the discovery of the potential cross in 1992 -- two years b̶e̶f̶o̶r̶e̶ after* he became the Parkin park's archaeologist -- and began his research, theorizing then that the wood was from de Soto's cross.
      "It became my career," he said.
      De Soto and his explorers, including several Catholic priests, landed in Florida in 1539 and forged across the southeastern United States seeking gold and other riches. He crossed the Mississippi River into Arkansas in June 1541 and traveled to Casqui, an Indian village named after its chief, which is now the site of the state park.
      According to four accounts of the journey written by de Soto's voyagers, de Soto ordered several of his men to cut a tall cypress tree and build a massive cross. On July 4, 1541, about 100 men raised the cross, according to the written accounts.
      The explorers only stayed in Casqui for two days before leaving. They returned again later that summer for another two days before heading to southeastern Arkansas. De Soto died in May 1542.
      The Parkin artifact may be one of only two crosses de Soto placed while in the United States, said Patricia Galloway, a professor of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, who has studied de Soto's U.S. exploration.
      "He may have placed it to impress the natives, but he was traveling with several priests and most of the places he stopped were not friendly," she said. "This [Casqui] may have been one of the few safe spots."
      Mitchem said that the Arkansas site may have been one of only a few places de Soto and his men could "relax" and not battle tribes.
      Galloway said she was sure de Soto did not convert the Indians there to Christianity, but the natives may have accepted the cross because de Soto's men helped Casqui and his village overcome a warring tribe.
      "They would be perfectly happy if he left it there," Galloway said. "It may have been a sign of victory. A sign of the village was not to be messed with."
      Mitchem conducted several excavations at Parkin, but none on the largest mound where evidence showed the Casqui chief built his home. Last year, the Archaeological Conservancy, a nonprofit organization in New Mexico that acquires and preserves significant archaeological sites, found a New York foundation to help fund Mitchem's research.
      The Elfrieda Frank Foundation in Forest Hills, N.Y., agreed to support Mitchem.
      "I told them it was a gamble," Mitchem said. "I said that, so far, everything points the right way and it's a good chance it's de Soto's cross, but we needed more research."
      On Monday, Mitchem and his team began work. Survey archaeologist Tim Mulvilhill located the cross's spot, which was marked by UA archaeologists in 1966.
      The team then found a section of wooden post Tuesday buried about 2 feet into the soil atop the park's largest mound. Much of the wood was rotted or burned.
      A portion of the post was still wrapped in plastic covering, left by archaeologists 50 years ago.
      A day later, after clearing the wooden post, Mitchem and his team found the outline of a large posthole about 35 inches in diameter. They also found that the pit reached more than 5 feet below the surface -- another indication that it was the mounting for the cross. Mitchem also found several Indian pot shards.
      "The best indication we could have is if the carbon-14 testing says it's from 1541," he said. "But that wood may not be enough to tell.
      "Everything about it, though, indicates it is his cross," Mitchem said. "The location, the baldcypress used and the Spanish artifacts we found there. Everything points to the fact that it is what we believe."
      Mitchem said he will take the findings to David Stalhe, a tree-ring specialist at UA, on Monday to determine the post's age.
      "To me, this is pretty incredible," Mitchem said. "I've been dreaming about doing this my whole career. This is probably related exactly to [de Soto's] expedition."
      https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2016/apr/23/piece-of-wood-exciting-find-20160423/#//
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    • By Bible Speaks
      Your History! - Brother Russell and International Bible Students from    Arkansas 1913

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      A common belief holds that our rural ancestors, especially in upland regions such as the Ozarks, lived happily in primitive little worlds independent of the larger society. And while there is a grain of truth in this generalization, settlers on the Arkansas frontier found themselves inextricably bound to the larger national and regional economy, government, and culture. How Ozarkers reacted and reluctantly adjusted to being part of the national scene is the subject of Hillbilly Hellraisers, a fine new book by an up-and-coming young Arkansas historian, assistant professor Blake Perkins of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.
      Many modern Ozarkers have little in common with people who lived in the Ozarks prior to World War II. In the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, many Ozarkers turned to political populism as they fought the growing economic inequalities of the time. They believed that moneyed elites were to blame for many of the challenges facing working people. Defiance of the federal government was a central tenet of this "Populist Ethic."
      An impressive example of the populist impulse in the Ozarks--as well as the entire state and region too--was the Brothers of Freedom movement. Founded in 1882, it established lodges across the western and northern parts of Arkansas. The main organizer was Isaac McCracken of Ozone in Johnson County, a Canadian who moved to Arkansas by way of Massachusetts and Wisconsin. This group later affiliated with the larger national agrarian movement known as the Farmers' Alliance. An estimated 100,000 Arkansans belonged to the Farmers' Alliance by 1890.
      While the populist movements of the late 1800s involved massive numbers of people, they did little to improve the condition of "the wool hat boys," as populist Gov. Jeff Davis described his avid agrarian supporters. Though the governor was full of reformist bombast and received substantial election victories, Davis "effected practically no substantive change for working people during his long political career," Perkins concludes.
      One of the best known means by which Ozarkers defied the government was by flouting the laws on making and selling whiskey. Corn, which was one of the main cash crops of the Ozarks, brought farmers only a few cents' profit per bushel, but that same bushel could produce more than a gallon of "moonshine." Illegal distilling was a federal offense, and confrontations between U.S. officers and local moonshiners sometimes resulted in tragic results--such as the August 1897 Searcy County shootout in which two deputy U.S. marshals were killed.
      A ballad resulting from the shootout lionized the bootlegger Harve Bruce and contained these lines: Old Harve Bruce he done well/Killed Ben Taylor dead as hell/Old Harve Bruce [was] never tried/Shot Clay Renfro through the side.
      Many poor Ozarkers viewed World War I as another example of the government sacrificing poor people in a fight with no benefit for the people doing the fighting. "It is a rich man's war, but a poor man's fight" was a common refrain heard whenever Ozarkers discussed the conflict. Hillbilly Hellraisers has a chapter titled " 'Silk-Hatted Fellers' and Their War" which recounts an ongoing effort by Ozarkers to avoid the draft.
      The first violence over the draft occurred not in the Ozarks but in the Ouachita Mountains in Polk County near the border with Oklahoma. On May 25, 1918, the Polk County sheriff and a posse of 36 men attacked the draft resisters in their hideout in the mountains south of Mena. Two resisters were killed and three wounded, and numerous prisoners taken. One of the resisters was sentenced to death--Ben Caughron, a socialist and vocal opponent of this "rich man's war." Gov. Charles H. Brough refused a pardon, preferring "that an example should be made in this case."
      In less than a month after the violence in Polk County--referred to by some as "the battle of Hatten Gap" after the village near where it occurred--a violent clash near Oxley in Searcy County resulted in the death of an army deserter and the arrest of several other resisters.
      Interestingly, the resisters at Oxley tended to be members of small independent Baptist churches--"churches of the disinherited" as Perkins described denominations which today most likely do not harbor too many socialists among their membership--Churches of Christ, for example. The newly emerged Holiness and Pentecostal movements also tended to oppose the conflict in Europe.
      Religion played the central role in the Cleburne County Draft War of July 1918, a conflict which pitted County Sheriff Jasper Duke against the Tom Atkinson family of Rosebud. The extended Atkinson family members were "Russellite Christians," today known as Jehovah's Witnesses. Then as today, Jehovah's Witnesses were opposed to military service. An initial attempt to arrest Atkinson resulted in the death of a posse member. A second attack later on the same day resulted in a 45-minute shootout, but the draft resisters escaped. The governor sent a militia company to help with the pursuit, and the resisters were eventually captured.
      Another source of conflict between Ozarkers and governmental authority was a program intended to eliminate Texas fever among cattle herds. Due to the prevalence of the tick-borne disease among southern cattle, the U.S. Department of Agriculture established a quarantine in 1891 which greatly curtailed the cattle industry in Arkansas and the South.
      An initial effort to deal with the problem through a volunteer cattle dipping program did not work, and eventually a mandatory dipping fee of five cents per head was assessed on all cattle. Small-scale cattlemen were furious with the twice-weekly dipping requirement, which was not only costly but also required rounding up the herd and driving them to a central concrete dipping vat set into the ground.
      Once again, it was in the uplands where the dipping program ran into trouble. Vats were blown up in Izard and other counties. In March 1922, a federal cattle tick inspector from Jamestown in Independence County was shot from ambush and killed.
      One of the most interesting chapters in the book recounts how the Ozarks changed dramatically after World War II. Nothing has brought more change to Arkansas in the past 50 years than the influx of non-natives, especially retirees from the Midwest. The impact has been felt culturally, economically, and especially politically. As Perkins notes, in-migration is a demographic change which continues "largely unabated into the second decade of the 21st century."
      Hillbilly Hellraisers is published by the University of Illinois Press, contains 296 pages, and sells for $24.95 in soft cover.
      Tom Dillard is a historian and retired archivist living near Glen Rose in rural Hot Spring County. Email him at Arktopia.td@gmail.com.
      Editorial on 10/29/2017
      http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/oct/29/ozarkers-in-the-national-spotlight-2017/?opinion
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      By Guest Nicole
      "Ese día fuimos temprano a predicar, somos Testigos de Jehová, llegamos a casa después del mediodía y un hermano de la iglesia llamó para...
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      La lujosa iglesia de $20 millones de dólares que construía en El Bronx, el pastor Amaurys Mella, hallado muerto en un río la semana pasada. (Fotos vía facebook)
      EL NUEVO DIARIO, NUEVA YORK._ El pastor dominicano Amaurys Mella, de 61 años de edad y cuyo cadáver fue encontrado en un río de el Bronx la semana pasada, completamente vestido, construía una suntuosa iglesia con una inversión de $20 millones de dólares en ese condado.
      Mella, quien era líder de la iglesia “Dando a Conocer a Cristo”,  había sido acusado por los padres de una adolescente de 17 años de edad en 2014, de haberle “seducido”, se destacaba por los lujos que lo rodeaban y se transportaba en un carro deportivo último modelo.
      También vestía impecablemente.
      Su congregación cuenta con más de 500 feligreses activos, que según una fuente cercana, aportaron millares de dólares para la construcción del templo.
      Acorde con la maqueta, publicada hace unos meses en su página facebook, Mella mostraba una iglesia que supera en estructura, espacio, modernidad y lujos a los templos de la Iglesia Universal, los mormones, Testigos de Jehová, adventistas  y otros templos de gran inversión económica.
      Hasta el momento, la Oficina del Médico Forense de la ciudad, no ha entregado los resultados de la autopsia.
      La congregación de Mella, es parte de la Organización de Ministros Cristianos, que lidera el reverendo y senador estatal Rubén  Díaz (padre), quien se negó ayer a responder preguntas de este reportero sobre el desenlace de la muerte de Mella.
      Díaz, que un día después de ser hallado el pastor en el río, se explayó en el tema, dijo que ya no quiere seguir tocándolo y remitió a este reportero a comunicarse con el co-pastor de la iglesia y hablar con los feligreses.
      Pero numerosas llamadas hechas a la congregación, no han sido respondidas desde la iglesia que pastoreaba Mella.
      Tras su muerte, se dijo que hay preocupación entre sus fieles por el curso que tomará ahora la construcción de la lujosa iglesia en El Bronx.
      No se ha confirmado si la policía mantiene una investigación respecto a la muerte del pastor, debido a que la feligresía descarta el suicidio.
      https://elnuevodiario.com.do/pastor-muerto-ny-construia-iglesia-20mm/
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      Agentes de la División de Arrestos Especiales y Extradiciones del SAIC, Policía de Puerto Rico, trasladaron el viernes al País a través del proceso de extradición, a una pareja de hermanos que se hacían pasar por Testigos de Jehová para acceder a sectores residenciales y realizar atracos; señaló el teniente I José L. Rosa López.
      Los prófugos fueron identificados como Lilliam Claudio Reyes de 56 años de edad y Dennis Claudio Reyes de 46 años.
      Contra la pareja pesan cargos por Apropiación Ilegal Agravada y Escalamiento Agravado tras la determinación de causa para arresto por el juez Rafael A. Villafañe del Tribunal de San Juan, emitido el pasado 25 de marzo del 2014 en hechos ocurridos el 1 de abril del 2014.
      Se alega que el dúo tuvo acceso a una residencia de la urbanización Río Piedras Heights, donde alegadamente forzaron la entrada y se llevaron pertenencias de valor.
      De la investigación se desprende que ambos, naturales de Río Grande, llegaron a la comunidad con una sombrilla en manos donde caminaron varias calles mientras observaban en el interior de varias de las residencias antes de escalar el hogar del perjudicado. La propiedad hurtada fue valorada en $3000.
      Los imputados son señalados por más robos y escalamientos en San Juan y Bayamón.
      Ambos fueron localizados y capturados en Ocala, Florida.
      La fianza global de Dennis Claudio asciende a $170 mil de fianza y $20 mil de fianza para Lilliam Claudio.
       
      https://www.telemundopr.com/noticias/destacados/Extraditan-a-hermanos-que-se-hacian-pasar-por-Testigos-de-Jehova-430483743.html
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      Un hijo descubrió que sus dos padres fueron muertos a puñaladas dentro de una casa en el barrio norte de Austin, en Chicago, dijo la policía. El encontró a su padre de 67 años de edad ya su madre de 69 años de edad, apuñalados fatalmente en la cuadra de 1400 de la avenida North Leclaire y se puso en contacto con la policía a las 1 de la madrugada, dijo la policía. Ellos han sido identificados por la Oficina del Examinador Médico del Condado de Cook como Johnnie y Shirley Ervin. Una presencia policial masiva descendió en la escena y los oficiales acordonaron el área con la cinta roja del crimen. Miembros de la familia llegaron tratando de consolarse mutuamente tras la tragedia. Los vecinos describieron a la pareja como miembros amados de la comunidad. "La señora Ervin, era una buena mujer, una testigo de Jehová, una mujer que temía a Dios y el señor Ervin era un hombre recto, cuidaba de su familia y de todo", dijo Kevin Newson, que conocía a las víctimas. Las circunstancias y el motivo detrás de las puñaladas no se conocen. La policía de Chicago está investigando y nadie está bajo custodia.
      http://abc7chicago.com/news/son-finds-parents-stabbed-to-death-inside-north-austin-home/2114311/
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      By Guest Nicole
      McAllen, Tx.- En pocos días, los Testigos de Jehová celebrarán su asamblea regional en el “Salón de Asambleas de los Testigos de Jehová” localizado en el 1710 S Parker Rd en la ciudad de La Feria, e invitan a asistir a todo el que lo desee. El título de la asamblea de este año es “¡No se rinda!”.
      Su Asamblea Regional de tres días que se llevará a cabo del 30 de junio al 2 de julio.
      Durante el congreso de tres días, habrá discursos y entrevistas  que mostrarán cómo Jehová ha suministrado aguante a todo tipo de personas. También, en forma de video, se presentarán lecciones que la  Biblia y la naturaleza dan sobre el aguante. El domingo por la mañana, se presentara el discurso público “Nunca pierda la esperanza”.
      El discurso final de esta asamblea esta basado en el libro de Habacuc 2:3 que dice: Porque [la] visión es todavía para el tiempo señalado, y sigue jadeando hasta el fin, y no dirá mentira. Aun si tardara, manténte en expectación de ella; porque sin falta se realizará. No llegará tarde”.
      Los Testigos de Jehová invitan a personas de todas las edades a que asistan a esta asamblea. Las sesiones comenzarán los tres días a las 9:20 horas. La entrada y el estacionamiento son gratis, pues las asambleas de los Testigos de Jehová se sufragan enteramente mediante donaciones voluntarias.
      https://www.elmanana.com/convocanaasamblealostestigosdejehova-3790653.html
    • By TheWorldNewsOrg
      “Horrifying” is how witnesses have described the latest in a string of executions in the American state of Arkansas. Convicted murderer Kenneth Williams was sentenced to death by lethal injection. Here’s what happened during his execution according to a reporter there.


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      Visitando un Salón del Reino 

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      Un día de lluvia no detuvo este grupo de precursoras en Desloge, Missouri, Estados Unidos,  de salir todo el día y encontrar un montón de gente en casa! Grandes resultados hoy. ¡Alabado sea Jah!
       
       

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      Predicación metropolitana especial en Chinatown, San Francisco, California.
       

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      Grupo de servicio para la predicación nocturna en Orange County, California, Estados Unidos. 

       
       
      Grupo de servicio para la predicación nocturna en Orange County, California, Estados Unidos.
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      En el aniversario número 53  del festival anual del mar en Apalachicola, la Florida, Estados Unidos.
       Aquí nuestras hermanas están predicando. 
       

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      Dos precursores y siervos  ministeriales, trabajando en la universidad local de la comunidad en Battle Creek, Michigan, los EEUU.
       

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      Un hermano hizo este dibujo como un regalo a un amigo con su personal de servicio del puerto predicando en Long Beach, California
       

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      FESTEJOS. Unas 200,000 personas de los países de Centroamérica celebraron ayer el Día de la Independencia en Los Ángeles, en el estado de California.Tradición. El desfile es organizado y desarrollado desde hace más de dos décadas por la Confederación Centroamericana (COFECA). Este año, el anfitrión fue El Salvador y se denominó: “Nuestro voto, nuestro futuro”. 
      Las calles de la ciudad de Los Ángeles, en el estado de California, se llenaron este fin de semana de banderas, camisetas y artículos distintivos y alusivos a El Salvador y a otros países de la región, en el tradicional desfile que año con año organiza en esa ciudad estadounidense la Confederación Centroamericana (COFECA).

      Se trató de un evento multitudinario, al que asistieron más de 200,000 personas, que festejaron la Independencia de los países centroamericanos, que se celebra en el istmo cada 15 de septiembre.

      El Salvador fue este año el organizador y anfitrión de este evento, el cual fue denominado con el lema: “Nuestro voto, nuestro futuro”.

      El mariscal del desfile fue en esta ocasión el alcalde municipal del departamento de San Miguel, Miguel Ángel Pereira Ayala.

      El desfile inició al mediodía entre el bulevar West Pico y la avenida South Vermont. La ruta continuó por la calle South Alvarado y terminó en el McArthur Park, sobre la calle West 6th.

      De acuerdo con información de la página web www.cofeca.org, este desfile nació hace más de dos décadas, “cuando miles de pacifistas centroamericanos, junto a estadounidenses, organizaron manifestaciones de protesta, en contra de la intervención militar en Centroamérica”.

      Los activistas de esa época escogieron la fecha del 15 de septiembre, fecha de la Independencia de los países de Centroamérica, “como el mejor referente histórico para convocar al pueblo centroamericano”. Es así, como este acontecimiento se convierte en un evento cultural, artístico, familiar y patriótico.

      Los dirigentes del desfile son inmigrantes y por eso se escogen lemas en apoyo a la lucha por una reforma migratoria integral, que beneficie a los casi 12 millones de indocumentados que viven en los Estados Unidos.

      “Hoy este desfile es el mayor evento centroamericano en Estados Unidos y cada día no solo se integran más comunidades centroamericanas de Los Ángeles, sino también grupos artísticos de otros países latinoamericanos”, consigna la página en internet de COFECA.

      El desfile centroamericano de ayer fue el final de una serie de celebraciones que iniciaron el sábado anterior con la participación de más de 250 grupos musicales y artísticos, que ofrecieron diferentes y variados espectáculos de baile y música en vivo. 
      http://www.laprensagrafica.com/2016/09/12/centroamericanos-celebran-el-dia-de-la-independencia-en-los-angeles
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      Estamos verdaderamente alegres de vivir y hacer el mejor trabajo ! Alton, Illinois, EE.UU.

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      En una asamblea regional 2016 en Georgia, EEUU, los hermanos responsables se vieron obligados a cerrar las puertas porque el local estaba totalmente lleno. Muchos hermanos asombrados se quedaron en la calle sin poder entrar. La asistencia en ese momento era de 12.000 personas. Desde los sistemas de sonido se pidió que los hermanos a los que no les correspondía asistir a esa asamblea, que la abandonasen, porque muchos que si les correspondía, estaban en la calle. En poco tiempo el auditorio se quedo en 10.800 y pudieron entrar los que estaban en la calle esperando.
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