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Miss White Hall crowned Saturday night


By Deborah Horn

SPECIAL TO THE PROGRESS

To the cheers of an adoring crowd, Morgan Anne Hulse was crowned 2013 Miss White Hall at Saturday evening during the annual pageant held at White Hall High School.

The annual event is sponsored by the White Hall Chamber of Commerce, and this year’s theme is White Hall, “A Great Place to Call Home.”

The White Hall Founders Day Pageant was held Aug. 10 at the White Hall High School.

This year’s pageant theme was based on the Great Gatsby’s 1920s style.

“We’ve had a great response, with about 21 girls signed up … ,” Jodie Jolly, the pageant organizer, said.

“It’s not all about beauty but it’s a good way for young women to earn college scholarship money,” Jolly said. The chamber awards $1,000 to the Miss White Hall first place winner.

The new Miss White Hall was also name Miss White Hall Photogenic, Miss White Hall Congeniality and took the Miss White Hall Overall Interview award.

Jessica Johnson took Miss White Hall Talent honors.

Miss White Hall Teen

Allie Brodnax was named Miss Teen White Hall.

Morgan “Laney” Smith was first Miss Teen runner-up and Hannah Dickey was named Miss Teen second runner-up.

Allie Brodnax also won the Miss Teen Talent, while Morgan “Laney” Smith also took Miss Teen Talent runner-up. Josie Tomboli won Miss Teen Congeniality and Sydney Shelton took Miss Teen Photogenic.

Jazmine Denney took the Miss Teen Overall Interview award.

Trey Booker was named Little Mr. White Hall and took Most Photogenic.

Miss Petite and younger

In the Saturday morning competition, Delaney Dalton was named Miss Junior White Hall and Miss Junior Talent, with Grace Rhodes taking first runner-up and Miss Junior Photogenic.

Calli Rhoden took Miss Petite White Hall and Miss Petite Photogenic.

Kinley Atkinson won the Miss Itsy Bitsy.

Jillian Fuell was crowned Miss Teeny Tot.

Emica Carroll named Miss Bitty Baby.

Upcoming Founder’s Day events and deadlines

Golf Tourney

Friday, Aug. 16 is the deadline to register for this Saturday’s two-man Founders Day scramble at the Pine Bluff Arsenal golf course. The registration cost is $80 per team, said Dan Cook, chairman of the golf tournament. Team registration forms are available at White Hall City Hall at 101 Parkway Drive or the Chamber of Commerce’s Founders Day website at: www.whitehallfoundersday.com.

A golfer with a hole in one during the tournament will receive a $10,000 cash award, said Cook. Cash prizes will be awarded to the golfer with the longest drive, to the golfer with the straightest drive, and the golfer whose ball lands closest to the hole.

Lunch and refreshments are included in the cost.

Booth rentals

Friday, Aug. 16 is the last day to register for a booth at the Saturday, Aug. 24, Founders Day celebration, without being assessed a $20 late fee. Registration forms for booth rentals for the Aug. 25 celebration are available at White Hall City Hall at 101 Parkway Drive, or the Chamber of Commerce’s Founders Day website at: www.whitehallfoundersday.com.

Performers needed

Monday, Aug. 19, is the last day to sign up to perform at Founders Day’s White Hall City Park celebration.

Individuals and groups wishing to perform can contact KayLynn Johnston at 870-543-9780.

Calling all parade participants

Friday, Aug. 23 is last day for individuals and groups to register for the Saturday, Aug. 24, Founder’s Day parade. Application forms are available at White Hall City Hall at 101 Parkway Dr. or the Chamber of Commerce’s Founder’s Day website at: www.whitehallfoundersday.com.

Each parade participant is asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the White Hall Food Pantry.

Dancing in the park

Friday, Aug. 23, is the unofficial kick-off will start at 7 p.m. with the performance of the Cummins Prison Band at the amphitheater in White Hall City Park. The music is slated to go until 10 p.m.

The park is located across from White Hall City Hall at 101 Parkway Drive.

A breakfast for champions

Saturday, Aug. 24, the festivities will start at 7 a. m. with Founders Day Breakfast at White Hall City Hall at 101 Parkway Dr. Tickets are $7, and breakfast is served until 9 a.m. The breakfast is hosted by the White Hall Noon Lions Club.

Founders Day parade

Saturday, Aug. 24,

The annual Founders Day Parade gets underway at 10 a. m., starting at the Woodlands, travels along Dollarway Road before ending at White Hall City Park at 101 Parkway Drive.

Founders Day in the park

Saturday, Aug. 24, White Hall will celebrate its 30th Annual White Hall Founders Day, and this year’s theme is White Hall, “A Great Place to Call Home.”

The daylong event is sponsored by the White Hall Chamber of Commerce, and the official opening ceremonies are set to begin soon after the parade concludes, or about 11:30 a. m., in White Hall City Park, located across from City Hall at 101 Parkway Drive.

Booths and vendors will be set up throughout the park, and there will be live local entertainers until late afternoon.

White Hall Chamber of Commerce member and Founder’s Day volunteer Lydia Scholebo welcomes everyone to the festivities and encourages visitors to check out the entertainment, numerous fun food options and the arts and crafts booths.

She says, “It’s a great way to spend the day with family and friends.”

There are Founders Day T-shirts with a colorful theme logo available in adult sizes, small to x-large, for $15 each; larger sizes cost extra; and youth sizes are $10. These are available at White Hall City Hall at 101 Parkway Drive.

For more information about the White Hall Chamber of Commerce’s Founders Day celebration, go to: www.whitehallfoundersday.com.