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SR Hatchery to be re-dedicated for Hinkle

Thursday, May 6, 2004

Staff Writer

MAMMOTH SPRING -- A dedication ceremony will be held May 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Spring River State Fish Hatchery. The dedication will honor one of Arkansas' premiere sportsman, Jim Hinkle. The fish hatchery will be re-named the Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery. Hinkle is being honored for his dedication and desire to serve sportsmen and protect fish and wildlife resources of the state while serving on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The hatchery is located 2.5 miles south of Mammoth Spring at the end of Arkansas Highway 342.

The hatchery is one of the largest trout culture facilities in the eastern United States and the only cold-water fish hatchery operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). The Kroger Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, donated the hatchery to the commission in 1985. The facility is located on the Spring River.

In February of this year the former commissioner was elected to the board of directors of the National Turkey Federation at the organization's national conference in Columbus, Ohio.

During the last few years of his appointment as a commissioner with the AGFC, he served as the vice chairman and chairman of the commission. He currently holds the title of commissioner emeritus with the AGFC. He also has a varied background of public service to go with his term on the AGFC board. He has served as the vice chair of the Arkansas task force that rewrote the banking laws of Arkansas. As a pilot, he devoted another seven years to the AAC.

Hinkle and his wife, Kay, have two grown daughters as a one-year old grandchild. He is president of the Bank of Mountain View.

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