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Health department inspects food service establishments

The Arkansas Department of Health regulates the sale of food at restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels/motels, mobile units, concession stands and other facilities. Inspections are made unannounced by environmental health specialists. The food safety program consists of plan reviews, pre-opening inspections, permits, routine and follow-up inspections of food service establishments, investigation of complaints, and education of food service workers to promote safe food handling practices.

Marquee Moment

Workers with Condray Sign and Advertising Co. of Pine Bluff install the sign at Crenshaw Springs Water Park on Monday in White Hall. Pictured are Wayne Blankenship, top left; Perry Oldner, middle; and John Stephens, right. (Amy Widner/White Hall Progress)

Correction

An article in the July 2 edition of The Progress incorrectly combined two articles under the headline “Lawsuit against coroner dismissed.” The article should have ended with the sentences: “The motion for dismissal was filed by Westbrook’s attorney, Luther Sutter of Benton. Sutter did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment.”

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.

Taylor Students Of The Month

The following students at Taylor Elementary were chosen as December students of the month for displaying positive character traits. They are (front row) Quentin Bornes, Kennedi Barnett, Grace Mincy, Jaden Ford; (middle row) Landon Garrick, Jay’Maria Thomas, Reese Owens, Ramona Pearce; (back row) Jamir McNeary, Caleb Taylor, Caleb Jones, Rebecca Reed, and Laney Lunsford. Not present for the photo were Hannah Estess and Ally Edwards.

Fun In The Snow

Carson Persons, left, watches as Allison Mosley rolls up a pile of snow for a snowman that she is building for their neighbor, who enjoys watching the kids have fun.