On Wednesday, Governor Mike Beebe announced a slew of judicial appointments and he appointed John Andrews as director of the Arkansas Office of Rural Services.

Andrews replaces Butch Calhoun who was appointed Arkansas' Agriculture Secretary earlier this year.

On the judicial front, Beebe announced the following appointments:

Judge Cliff Hoofman, Enola, to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replaces Justice Robert Brown.

Bill Walmsley, Batesville, to the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replace Judge Jo Hart.

Doug Martin, Fayetteville, to the 4th Judicial District, 2nd Division. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replaces Judge Kim Smith.

H.G. Foster, Conway, to the 20th Judicial District, 1st Division. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replaces Judge David Reynolds.

Will Feland, Cabot, to the 23rd Judicial District, 2nd Division. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replaces Judge Phillip Whiteaker.

P. Luevonda Ross, Monticello, to the Drew County District Court. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replaces Ken Harper.

Jason Duffy, Yellville, to the Marion County District Court. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Fills a vacancy in office.

All judicial appointments are effective on January 1, 2013, except for Ross, who will be sworn in immediately.

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