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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.

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.

Garner, Hearron to wed

Ray and Kim Hearron of Monticello are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Skylar Michelle Hearron to Kyle Andrew Garner, son of Alan and Patsy Garner of White Hall.

Stout, Harter to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Harter of Little Rock, Ark., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Renae Harter, to Joseph Norton Stout, son of Mrs. Jody Norton Stout and the late Mr. Gary Stout Sr. of White Hall, Ark.

Crossett, Miller exchange vows

Miss Elizabeth Nicole Crossett and Mr. Joshua Scott Miller were united in marriage on Saturday, May 04, 2013, at two thirty in the afternoon at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark. The ceremony was officiated by the bride's uncle, Jeff Bruns of Waynesville, Mo.