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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.

Tunica Balloon Bash Brings Hot-Air-Balloon Race, Glow and Rides Back to the Delta

TUNICA, Miss. – The second Tunica Balloon Bash will be held August 9-11 as 50 hot air balloons and their pilots from across the country float into Tunica, Miss. At the Balloon Bash, attendees can take a tethered ride on a hot air balloon, view a nighttime balloon glow and watch a race of more than 50 hot air balloons. The event is becoming one of the largest gatherings of hot air balloons and balloon pilots in the Mid-South. The Tunica Balloon Bash's launch in 2012 built a foundation for the event to become one of the premier hot-air-ballooning events in the Southeast. "We heard great reviews from our first Balloon Bash and have continued to have a lot of interest in the event," said Webster Franklin, President and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Our visitors enjoyed the hospitality the Tunica gaming industry showed at the properties. Attendees and balloon pilots are looking forward to coming back to Tunica to experience it again. This year, more visitors are going to get a chance to see the balloons up close, ride in a balloon and talk to the pilots." The Tunica Balloon Bash is a unique summer activity for families and travelers across the Mid- South. Event activities kick off at dusk on Friday, August 9, when 10 balloons at each of the five sponsoring casino properties will participate in a balloon glow and tethered rides. Visitors who stay at one of the event's sponsor properties only have to walk outside to enjoy views of the hot air balloons or take a tethered ride. Casino properties sponsoring the event are Fitz Casino and Hotel Tunica, Gold Strike Casino Resort, Hollywood Casino Tunica, Horseshoe Hotel and Casino Tunica, and Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall Tunica. Balloon glows are often the most popular events at balloon festivals, and visitors are invited to view the glowing orange-tinted balloons and experience their size and beauty as the sun sets over Tunica. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet hot-air-balloon pilots and go up between 40 and 50 feet in the air while the balloon is tethered and secured to the ground. For early risers, the Tunica Balloon Bash will feature hot-air-balloon races in which more than 50 balloon pilots will compete for $12,000 in cash and prizes. Balloon pilots will meet Saturday and Sunday mornings to receive a task that will be determined the day of the event. For example, the balloonists may be challenged to participate in a race called "hare and hound." In this challenge, all balloons ("hounds") launch at the same time and attempt to drop a marker as close as possible to a fabric X, which is placed minutes earlier by the leading balloon ("hare"). The competing hot air balloons will be visible in the Tunica resorts area as the sun comes up. Visitors can participate in the following schedule of events: • Friday, August 9 o 7-9 p.m. – Tethered hot air balloon rides at the Fitz, Gold Strike, Hollywood, Horseshoe and Sam's Town casinos o 8:30-9:30 p.m. – At dusk, hot air balloon glows at the same locations • Saturday, August 10 o 7-9 a.m. – 50 hot air balloons fly over Tunica as the pilots compete for cash prizes from 6-8 p.m. – Hot air balloons will fill the Tunica sky again during a hot air balloon fun flight at 7-9 p.m. – Tethered rides will be offered at the Fitz, Hollywood and Sam's Town casinos from 8-9:30 p.m. – At dusk, hot air balloon glows at the same locations • Sunday, August 11 o 7-9 a.m. – Watch the final day of competition between the 50 hot air balloon pilots as their balloons fly over Tunica. "While the windy weather prevented us from holding a race last year, we planned the 2013 Balloon Bash for August because of the likelihood of better wind conditions," said Franklin. "Most of the pilots who visited in 2012 are returning this year to give the competition another try." Hot air balloons can fly at a maximum wind speed of 10 miles per hour. The decision of whether the hot air balloons will fly at the competition, for tethered rides or for balloon glows will be made day-of by Tunica Balloon Bash organizer Mark Bowie. For more information on the Tunica Balloon Bash and for the latest updates, follow the Tunica CVB online at TunicaTravel.com, on Facebook (facebook.com/TunicaMS) and on Twitter (twitter.com/TunicaMS).

Grace Willing Workers EHC hold monthly meeting

Sabrina Self-Gwin presented the program," Emotional Aspects of Caregiving", at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers. The meeting and pot luck luncheon were held at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall. Cathy Lewis, Margaret Thomas, and Meg Kesl were hostesses for the luncheon. Self-Gwin opened her program by stating that a caregiver is anyone who helps take care of the daily needs of another person who is physically , mentally, or emotionally unable to take care of himself or herself. Caregivers supply nearly 25.7 billion dollars a year in services for their loved ones, such as transportation, supervision, financial management, feeding, bathing, lifting, and toileting.

WH student honored

Amanda Thompson of White Hall received the 2012-13 Green and Gold Spirit Award at Arkansas Tech University. The annual award is presented by the Arkansas Tech Office of Student Services to a student who exemplifies the spirit of the university.

Flag Etiquite topic for Grace Willing Workers EHC

Nancy Rosen presented the program, "Flag Etiquette," at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers. The meeting was held at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall. Rosen opened her program by giving a Flag Etiquette Quiz to see what the group knew about the flag. Different club members volunteered the answers. The questions and answers were 1) What do the stars on our flag represent?-50 states 2) What do the red and white strips represent?-13 colonies 3) What is the blue section with white stars called?-the Union 4) When did we begin using the flag as we know it today? -July 1, 1960 5) What does the term "half-mast" mean?-to lower the flag half way from the top of the staff as a token of mourning. The flag is always raised to full mast, then lowered. 6) What is a halyard?-a rope or cord to which a flag is attached 7) What is a staff?-a shaft or pole to which a flag is flown 8) What are some terms that are often used to mean "the flag" ?-"The Colors", "Old Glory", " The Stars and Stripes," 9) What is the term for the study of flag history?-Vexillogy 10) When were the original Stars and Stripes first flown in the United States-1777 11) At the conclusion of a military funeral, why is the flag folded in a triangle shape-Symbolic of hats worn by soldiers who fought in the War of Independence 12) Is there a law that supplies a guide for the proper use and care of the flag?-yes, the Federal Flag Code