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WH Lions clubs sponsor fundraiser

The White Hall Noon Lions Club and the White Hall Evening Lions Club will be sponsoring a “Tyson Chicken Dinner” fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, on the parking lot of Cranford’s in White Hall.

Medal Presentation

Shown in the accompanying photo is Arkansas 2nd District Congressman Tim Griffin (at far right) presenting the Army Good Condct Medal to Peter Smykla. Smykla’s wife, son-in-law and grandchildren are seen to the left in the photo. “Fifty-six years ago a 24-year old soldier was discharged from the Army after serving with the Military Assistance Advisory Group on Taiwan. Specialist 3 Peter Smykla was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal when he was discharged from the Army, but never received it. That oversight was rectified at the Hot Springs Arlington Hotel recently. Smykla, chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Committee, was attending the State Committee Meeting. Congressman Tim Griffin, a serving U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, JAG, presented the medal to Smykla after Party Chairman Doyle Webb read the award citation authorized by then Secretary of the Army Wilber Marion Brucker. “The United States Army has awarded the Good Conduct Medal to Specialist 3 Peter Joseph Smykla, Junior, for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active federal military service from 11 January 1956 to 24 December 1957.” The presentation was a suprise arranged by county committee members after they learned Smykla never received his medal.

A day in court

I have a lawyer friend. A friend, that is, who just happens to be a lawyer. And she invites me to spend the morning at criminal court, observing. And I say “yes,” the same way I agree to a lot of things in life.

The history of Hollywood

Hollywood, the city of glitz and glamor, was started in a one-room adobe shack, according to Jacque Walker, who along with Kitty Rubenstein presented “The History of Hollywood,” the first in a series of programs for the Mathontes Club’s yearlong study of “Hollywood.” The meeting was held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Biketoberfest event to celebrate all things bicycling

The Little Rock River Market, Chainwheel and Recycle Bikes for Kids will present the inaugural Biketoberfest event featuring Bikes, Beer, Music, Art and Fun on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the River Market Pavilions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will close the event with a Rockabilly Fun Ride at 3 p.m. through downtown Little Rock.

Love-hate relationship with The List

Individual words and short phrases written top to bottom on lined paper. It seems so simple and harmless. Yet, when I create it, I become a captive, helpless under its powers. It consumes my thoughts and controls my actions. I am powerless against the forces of The List.

AETN premieres statewide arts documentary Sept. 13

CONWAY — "LOUPE," the broadcast portion of the Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) statewide arts initiative of the same name, will premiere Friday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. LOUPE magnifies Arkansas artists, arts organizations and art events through the one-hour broadcast, as well as an interactive companion website, aetn.org/loupe .