The Bryant parks department will host a blood drive on Thursday from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Center at Bishop Park.
Benton and Bryant fire departments are going head-to-head for a blood-drive competition.
The winner will be the agency that recruits the most volunteer blood donors in a blood drawing Friday.
The American Red Cross will be taking donations from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bryant Fire Department training room, 312 Roya Lane in Bryant.
The challenge is part of the agencies' participation in the American Red Cross "Battle of the Badges: Law Enforcement vs. Fire Department" program.
Appointments to give blood for the event may be made at www.redcrossblood.org. The sponsor code is FireDeptBryant.
JONESBORO â€” Dr. Harold Copenhaver didn't know what to expect when he auditioned for the Army Air Force Band.
"I knew I'd be drafted, and music was what I loved. So I thought this may be a good opportunity," said Copenhaver, who was 20 at the time.
He passed the audition and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in April 1942, beginning a career in the military music program that would last more than two decades.