Daily Archives: July 12, 2012


Defenders of Honor Stand Guard for Fallen Pine Bluff Soldier

Photos courtesy of Aaron Etue
Flip Out Photography, (870) 370-0826

MONTICELLO, Ark. — As promised, a flashback to last weekend when a group of Arkansans mobilized in Pine Bluff, Ark.,  to defend the honor of a U.S. soldier whose funeral was targeted by the Westboro Baptist Church. Thanks to Aaron Etue of Flip Out Photography, we can show you the scene.

First a little background in case you didn’t read the first post. Vilonia High School math teacher John Allison, a former Marine and friend, organized folks through a facebook public event to fight the hate of WBC with love toward the family.

Within 36 hours, 126 people pledged to attend and stand up for the honor of fallen Arkansas soldier, Army Sgt. Michael J. Strachota. Allison estimated more than 200 people (including the Patriot Guard riders) showed in support of Sgt. Strachota and his family.

“It was an awesome sight,” Allison said in a facebook email exchange. “That many people, most of whom didn’t know the Strachotas at all, standing in the hot sun to honor him and his family. Several elderly people stood on the flag line until they almost collapsed, but each time another person quickly came to their aid and another took their place in line.”

Rumors placed WBC protestors at the White Hall Huddle House — a call to boycott the business received lukewarm response on the facebook page — but Allison only knew of three who protested at 6th and Main, down the street from the memorial service. The heat also forced some people to stay home though they’d pledged to come. Allison said the crowd thinned once the mass began.

Etue shot these photographs for posterity, but luckily he is willing to share here. Click on the photo to see the full-sized image.


Around the South: Giant Alligator, Abortion, Slavery, Horse Slaughter

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

We’ve made it to the downhill slide into the weekend.

Judge Extends Block of Mississippi’s Anti-Abortion Law

West Virginia Man Accused of Enslaving, Torturing Wife for a Decade

Arkansas’ ‘Toe-Suck Fairy’ Jailed for 1 Year

Georgia Banker Sought in $17M Embezzlement Scheme Sought in South America

911 Failure Affected 2.3 Million in Northern Virginia

Police Arrest North Carolina for Obtaining $1M Lottery Ticket Illegally

Man with Alzheimer’s Says Bank Stole $100,000

Missouri Children Collect 140,000 Pennies for New Bridge

Georgia Soldier Among 6 Killed in Afghanistan

Nearly 150 Tennessee National Guardsmen Leaving for Afghanistan

Mentally Disabled Death Row Inmate Appeals to Georgia Parole Board

FAMU President Resigns in Wake of Hazing Death

Tennessee Woman Faces Charge for Hitting Pastor with Bible at Church

Florida Preacher Sued for Calling Parishioner ‘Gay,’ Declaring His Marriage a ‘Sham’

For additional regional political coverage, visit our sister site: The Locust Fork News-Journal

Newspapers’ Legal Notice Franchise Under Pressure from Cash-Strapped States

Georgia Sales-Tax Holiday Set for Aug. 10-11

Tennessee Tax Revenue Soars Above Estimates

Missouri Town Hopes to Feature First U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant

South Carolina Funeral Home to Sell Starbucks

Most of Arkansas Declared Drought Disaster

Merger Places Restart of Florida Nuclear Reactor in Doubt

Congress Nears Showdown on Food-Stamp Funding

Arkansas Governor Won’t Support Medical Marijuana Initiative

National Atheist Group Focuses on Tennessee Legislature

Missouri Politician Apologizes for Claiming No Jews Died on 9/11

Florida to Release Non-Citizen Voter List

SPLC Demands Nonprofit Quit Using Gay Couples’ Photo

Missouri Bolsters Financial Protection for Elderly, Disabled

Carolina Beach to Consider Smoking Ban in August

1 of 2 Arkansas Casino Proposals Fails to Meet Signature Requirement

Southern Governors Secede from Medicaid

Missouri Lawmakers Challenge Ballot Summary for Health Insurance Measure


Virginia Beach OKs Deal to Preserve 122 Acres

11-foot, 600-pound Alligator Killed in Biloxi City Park

Nearly Half of Newborns in Tennessee Hospital Already Drug Dependent

Florida Allegedly Covered Up Tuberculosis Outbreak

Nanotechnology Research in Arkansas Bears Fruit


Louisiana High Court Squabble Turns Ugly

Louisiana Delta: Why I Love Fishing the Marsh

Down-home Fusion: Southern Gourmasian adds Asian twist to dumplings, more