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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.

ABATE to meet Sunday

ABATE District 20, Pine Bluff-Sheridan, will hold their monthly meeting at the Delta Rivers Nature Center (DRNC) in Pine Bluff Regional Park on Sunday at 2 p,m. "We will hold the elections for District 20 officers for 2013. All members and visitors are welcome

Little Rock Fashion Week founder speaks at UAPB

Brandon Campbell, creator of Little Rock Fashion Week, told students to become a star among students while in college. Campbell spoke at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Merchandising, Textiles and Design Program's Speaker Series event recently. He shared his experiences in the fashion and entertainment industries and gave advice to aspiring students.

White Hall church plans fish fry

The White Hall United Methodist Church, 300 Church St., will hold a fish fry on Friday from 4:30-7 p.m. The menu will include fish, chicken, fries, all the trimmings and homemade desserts. Participants may dine in or carry out. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.