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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.

Group plans scholarship fundraiser

The Progressive Women’s Association will host a fall scholarship auction at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at White Hall City Hall with Tracy Robinson as the auctioneer. Refreshments will be served. The event is the primary fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

Death instructions

The other day, I was honing and polishing my death instructions. Death instructions, of course, are a collection of my wishes, preferences and expectations regarding the subject of death. In this case, my death.

Biketoberfest event to celebrate all things bicycling

The Little Rock River Market, Chainwheel and Recycle Bikes for Kids will present the inaugural Biketoberfest event featuring Bikes, Beer, Music, Art and Fun on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the River Market Pavilions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will close the event with a Rockabilly Fun Ride at 3 p.m. through downtown Little Rock.

Love-hate relationship with The List

Individual words and short phrases written top to bottom on lined paper. It seems so simple and harmless. Yet, when I create it, I become a captive, helpless under its powers. It consumes my thoughts and controls my actions. I am powerless against the forces of The List.