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HEROES to graduate

The Disability Resource & Advocacy Center, a center for independent living, will host its first graduation for HEROES (Hands-on Education, Resource Options and Enrichment Skills)

WH Willing Workers hear about social activity

Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Nov. 24 at the White Hall Library. President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed everyone. Vice President Karen Needler read the Thought of the Month: “There’s a purpose in life’s events to teach you how to laugh more or not to cry too hard.”

Lions Club donates $1,500 to food pantry

Kevin Bonnette, president of the White Hall Noon Lions Club, presents a check for $1,500 to Steven Rice, a volunteer for the White Hall Food Pantry. The Lions Club is a service organization that supports community activities and strives to make an impact on peoples’ lives, locally and internationally. (Special to The Commercial)

Beck recognized for service to Lions Club

Kevin Bonnette, president of the White Hall Noon Lions Club, and Betsy Francis, secretary/treasurer of the club, present a plaque to David Beck, out-going president of the club, for his continued service and dedication to the White Hall Noon Lions Club and to Lions Club International and its goals and objectives. (Special to The Commercial)

Student competes at FCCLA National Leadership Conference

More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country gathered recently in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference. The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” White Hall High School students Corin Reed and Candace Casey along with their advisers Mika Bishop and Sheri Deaton, were among them.

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.