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White Hall FBLA winners

From left, Priscilla Foreman, Kendall Mosby and Griffin Haynes of White Hall High School’s FBLA will attend the National FBLA Leadership Conference at Atlanta, Georgia, the week of June 27 through July 3. At the state FBLA Leadership Conference at Little Rock on April 4-5, Mosby won second place in Insurance & Risk Management; Foreman placed fourth in E-Business; and Haynes placed fourth in Introduction to Financial Math. Seventeen members of White Hall’s FBLA, along with advisers Dottie Strahan and Courtney Harp, attended the state conference. (Special to The Commercial)

HEROES to graduate

The Disability Resource & Advocacy Center, a center for independent living, will host its first graduation for HEROES (Hands-on Education, Resource Options and Enrichment Skills)

WH Willing Workers hear about social activity

Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met Nov. 24 at the White Hall Library. President Cheri Aronowitz welcomed everyone. Vice President Karen Needler read the Thought of the Month: “There’s a purpose in life’s events to teach you how to laugh more or not to cry too hard.”

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.

UAPB theater department to present Flyin' West

The John McLinn Ross Players, the premier theatrical performance group at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will open their Onward and Upward season with a performance of Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage. Directed by Cheryl Collins, director of Theater, the show will run Nov. 21 through Nov. 24 in the John M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center.