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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Beebe appoints

Posted By on Tue, Jan 16, 2007 at 2:13 PM

Gov. Mike Beebe has named Prairie County Judge Butch Calhoun to head the Rural Services Department (a position vacated by a Huckabite) and Michael Langley, a Paragould lawyer, to head Alcoholic Beverage Control (a position from which new Rep. Rudy (I'm getting stupider) Robert  Moore retired.)

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Governor Mike Beebe today named Prairie County Judge Butch Calhoun as director of the Department of Rural Services and Michael Langley as director of the Alcohol and Beverage Control Division.

Calhoun, 55, was elected to five terms as Prairie County Judge, and also served four terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives previously.  A farmer for more than 30 years, Calhoun also served as chairman of the Central Arkansas Solid Waste District and vice-chairman of the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District.

Langley, 39, has practiced law for 13 years, most recently as vice president and general counsel for First National Bank, Paragould, Jonesboro, Corning.  He also served as commissioner of Paragould Light, Water and Cable, and on the board of Greene County Habitat for Humanity.

“We are continuing to put together a strong team of qualified individuals to help move Arkansas forward and to address all the issues, big and small, our state is facing,” Beebe said. “While more appointments will be announced in the coming weeks, the busy pace of the legislative session may leave some of those announcements until after adjournment.”

The Department of Rural Services works under the guidance of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission (ARDC) to serve as a single point of contact for all organizations and individuals that desire to enhance the quality of life for rural citizens.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Division serves to grant, suspend or revoke permits to manufacture and transport wholesale and retail alcoholic beverages in Arkansas. In addition, the ABC Division enforces and adopts rules and regulations necessary to comply with alcoholic beverage control laws of the State.


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