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Congratulations to Stan Jones

John Bland
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Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Clover Bend native Stan Jones to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. To our knowledge, Stan is only the second Lawrence Countian ever to serve on the prestigious commission.

The late Charles C. Snapp, uncle of Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles E. Snapp, also served on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He was appointed by Gov. Sid McMath. Lake Charles State Park is also named for Charles C. Snapp.

Stan is owner of one of the premier hunting lodges in the country, the Stan Jones Mallard Lodge at Clover Bend.

"As a fifth-generation farmer and an avid outdoorsman, Stan appreciates Arkansas in ways that few others do, and he is a perfect fit for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission," said Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who appointed Stan.

"As a fellow hunter and conservationist, I understand how critical it is to appoint a leader who dearly loves all the natural resources that Arkansas has to offer. Stan has demonstrated a passion for stewarding Arkansas' natural resources throughout his entire life."

Jones, who farms more than 7,000 acres of land, also owns BANDED outdoor sporting apparel and Avery Outdoors.

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It was a privilege to see Brian Reindl named as the Arkansas Press Association's "Headliner of the Year" at the APA SuperConvention Honors Banquet held Friday evening in Little Rock.

The award is given annually to an Arkansan who has made good headlines for the state. Reindl was writer and producer of the film, "Greater."

The movie tells the story of Razorback football player Brandon Burlsworth, who worked his way up from a walk-on without a scholarship to an All-American NFL draft pick. Shortly after being drafted, Burlsworth, a native of Harrison, died in a tragic automobile accident.

Reindl, with the help of co-screenwriter and director Brain Hunt, made the movie, a process that took some 11 years. Reindl had no money, connections or experience to make the movie: only a vision to tell the Burlsworth's story.

The movie opened in August 2016 and has grossed some $2 million dollars.

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