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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.

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.

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

White Hall UMC to hold fish fry

White Hall United Methodist Church, 300 Church Street, will hold a first Friday fish fry, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu includes fish, chicken, beans, trimmings, drinks and desserts. The price is $12 for adults and $6 for children, dine in or carry out.