A local veteran has been recognized with a national defense medal and a vietnam service medal. Billy Farris enlisted in the Navy in November of 1959. He served on the USS Hancock attack carrier with v3 division. Farris says at times there was a lot of tension. His job was to prep aircraft and get them ready to fly when needed. He worked on aircraft such as the A4D and the F11F. Farris was discharged in September of 1962 to start college. Howard County Veterans Affairs Officer Milton Puryear did some research and discovered that Farris' discharge only mentioned foreign service. It did not list anything about qualifying for medals or Vietnam. Thanks to Puryear and Senator John Boozman's office, Farris has now received his medals. He said he was very humble about receiving them and that anyone that served on that aircraft carrier deserves them.
The sixteen and under fast pitch Young Gunz softball team won the USSSA State Tournament this past weekend. Brittany Hilliard of Nashville is a member of the team along with players from Malvern, Sheridan, Arkadelphia, and Hot Springs Lakeside. She plays pitcher and right field. The team will compete at the World Series in Topeka, Kansas next week.
front L-R: Mary Kate Worthington, Tobi Finley, Macy Holyfield, Brittany Hilliard, Laney Wallace Back L-R: Robbie Holyfield, Koree Walsh, Kylah Clark, Mitch Fite, Keyonna Caradine, Octavia Caradine, Sealy Thigpen, Travis Worthington
Outgoing Nashville Rotary club president Margi Jenks received an award on Wednesday for her service to the club during the past year. The presentation was made by new club president Jimmy Dale.
President Elect Dr Glenn Lance entertained Rotarians on Wednesday with a program about his recent trip to the annual summer training at Fort Chaffe with the Arkansas National Guard. Lance recently transferred from the reserve to the guard. He is now a field officer working with a combat service support team, basically a medical unit. That includes medics, a physician, and a physical therapist. Lance also explained how the bowie knife is the Arkansas 39th infantry brigade's symbol. The knife continues to be made in the state and is issued to each rank. The knife bears the recipient's name and information such as their rank, military branch and social security number. Lance also showed Rotarians a video with some of the training that was involved during the event.