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Crane, Blackett announce engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Paula Crane of White Hall announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Makeda Shardae Crane, to Theodore Carl Blackett, the son of Mrs. Theodora James and Mr. Callixtus Hilary Blackett, Sr., both of Brooklyn, New York.

Lacey Stover to wed Tyler Cox

Jeff and Theresa Stover of Sheridan announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lacey Nicole Stover, to Tyler Jay Cox, son of Steve and Donna Cox of White Hall. The prospective bride is a graduate of Sheridan High School and attended Arkansas Tech University. She is employed at Hunter’s Animal Hospital in White Hall. The prospective groom is a graduate of White Hall High School and a graduate of Arkansas Tech University. He is employed by Union Pacific Railroad.

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.