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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.

WH student honored

Amanda Thompson of White Hall received the 2012-13 Green and Gold Spirit Award at Arkansas Tech University. The annual award is presented by the Arkansas Tech Office of Student Services to a student who exemplifies the spirit of the university.

Flag Etiquite topic for Grace Willing Workers EHC

Nancy Rosen presented the program, "Flag Etiquette," at the recent meeting of the Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers. The meeting was held at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall. Rosen opened her program by giving a Flag Etiquette Quiz to see what the group knew about the flag. Different club members volunteered the answers. The questions and answers were 1) What do the stars on our flag represent?-50 states 2) What do the red and white strips represent?-13 colonies 3) What is the blue section with white stars called?-the Union 4) When did we begin using the flag as we know it today? -July 1, 1960 5) What does the term "half-mast" mean?-to lower the flag half way from the top of the staff as a token of mourning. The flag is always raised to full mast, then lowered. 6) What is a halyard?-a rope or cord to which a flag is attached 7) What is a staff?-a shaft or pole to which a flag is flown 8) What are some terms that are often used to mean "the flag" ?-"The Colors", "Old Glory", " The Stars and Stripes," 9) What is the term for the study of flag history?-Vexillogy 10) When were the original Stars and Stripes first flown in the United States-1777 11) At the conclusion of a military funeral, why is the flag folded in a triangle shape-Symbolic of hats worn by soldiers who fought in the War of Independence 12) Is there a law that supplies a guide for the proper use and care of the flag?-yes, the Federal Flag Code

White Hall UMC to hold fish fry

White Hall United Methodist Church, 300 Church Street, will hold a first Friday fish fry, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu includes fish, chicken, beans, trimmings, drinks and desserts. The price is $12 for adults and $6 for children, dine in or carry out.

Amy Wentz to marry Brandon Burnside

Jeff and Susan Wentz of Pine Bluff are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amy Lynn Wentz to Brandon Richard Burnside, son of Kim and Buddy Sanders and Pam and Richard Burnside all of Bossier City, Louisiana.

WH Lions clubs plan fundraiser

The White Hall Noon Lions Club and the White Hall Evening Lions Club are sponsoring a "Tyson Cooked Chicken Dinner" fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 19 in the parking lot of Cranford's grocery store in White Hall.