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Mike McNeill’s Diary for Thursday, October 10, 2013: Welcome, Farm Bureau Insurance

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:00 am

Farm Bureau Insurance joins our list of magnoliareporter.com advertising partners today. Agents Jim McWilliams, Ed Colvin, Mike Jones, Stephen Zorsch and Gary Farrar and their staff are located at 1705 Eastridge Drive. With all of the changes ahead in the health insurance industry, it is more important than ever to have people who you know and trust to help navigate through these times. Farm Bureau has partnered with Arkansas BlueCross and BlueShield to meet your life, health, dental and casualty insurance needs. Click on the Farm Bureau ad at the upper right side of our website to learn about the services it has to offer. We appreciate all of our advertising partners. They make it possible for magnoliareporter.com to provide news and information to our tens of thousands of monthly visitors without charge. Please tell your Farm Bureau agents that you appreciate their support of magnoliareporter.com .

Bear season opened on October 1 in that portion of Arkansas north of Arkansas Highway 26, and west of an Interstate 30 and U.S. 67 line, and for a small part of the state along the Mississippi River between Lake Village and Helena. A statewide quota of 200 bears is in place. The season ends when the quota is reached or on November 30 – whichever comes first. When the nation was young, Arkansas was known as “The Bear State.” But bruins were hunted to extinction in the state as the land was settled. Bears have been successfully reintroduced to the state’s hill region and the Delta, and they are gaining a foothold along the Ouachita River in South Arkansas. There have been occasional bear sightings in Columbia County, especially east of Arkansas 98. We may not see a bear hunting season in South Arkansas during our lifetime, but we’re eager for the opportunity to see bear in the wild. Bear should do well in our vast forests and bottomlands. They could provide a big boon for hunting, tourism and other segments of the local economy.

Gov. Mike Beebe made these appointments of South Arkansas residents to boards and commissions on Wednesday:

Lensa Odima-Warden, El Dorado, to the State Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. Appointment expires July 31, 2016. Replaces Karen Hollenbeck.

To the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice Board: Donnell Hegler, Ph.D., El Dorado. Expires August 15, 2016.

We can’t give you a direct link to a television network web site, but we can tell you that SAU Phi Mu sorority sister Marissa Aranda is featured in an article by Katie Kindelan on the ABC News Fashion blog, published October 2. The article was about the head shaving that Aranda accepted as part of a fund-raiser to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

Pleased to see that our old friend, Roy Ockert Jr. of Jonesboro, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Association Award from the Arkansas State University Alumni Association this weekend. Ockert taught briefly at what was then Southern State College, and enjoyed a career in Arkansas journalism as both an educator and an editor – most recently at the Jonesboro Sun. We had two different opportunities to go to work for Mr. Ockert at the Batesville Guard during the 1980s – definitely should have taken the second offer but we stayed in Malvern instead. He is a legend among our state’s newspapermen.

Professional storyteller Elizabeth Ellis will speak to the Magnolia Rotary Club at its noon meeting at Miller’s Cafeteria.

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