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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.

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.

WH Lions clubs plan fundraiser

The White Hall Noon Lions Club and the White Hall Evening Lions Club are sponsoring a "Tyson Cooked Chicken Dinner" fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 19 in the parking lot of Cranford's grocery store in White Hall.

Willing Workers EHC hear program on ‘Can You Hear Me?’

Willing Workers of White Hall met in the meeting room of White Hall Library for their regular March meeting. President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed everyone and read the Thought of the Month and the Handy Hint. Vice President Patsy Johnson led the members in the Homemaker's Creed. Sue Medlock gave the Inspiration from Proverbs 18:15. Members answered roll call by answering the question "Have you ever had a hearing test?". Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Catherine Atkinson, Patsy Johnson, Jo Ann Carr, Sarah Payton, Dee Kindrick, Karen Needler, Sue Medlock, Sue Heinze, Marnette Reed, Shannon Keele, Haley Blevins and Elizabeth Wall. Sue Heinze's grandson, Charlie, was a special guest.