Marion County, Arkansas

Photo: Ryan Stokes/Buffalo National River

    All about the county fair, upcoming events, how to reserve for use

     To learn more about the Marion County Fair and Livestock Show, click HERE

    April 26: Truck Pull Play Date at 2 p.m., Arena
    April 28-30: Setup for Spring Fling, Fairgrounds and Buildings
    May 1: Spring Fling Setup at the Fairgrounds, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Grounds and Buildings
    May 2-3: Spring Fling at the Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
    May 9-10: Marion County 4-H Small Stockers Rodeo benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital
    May 17: Private event, upstairs Community Building
    May 24:  Truck Pull, 6 p.m., Arena
    May 27: U of A Cooperative Extension Service, Beef IQ Class, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., upstairs Community Building
    May 31: Private event, upstairs Community Building
    June 8: Madden Equipment Auction, fairgrounds parking lot
    Aug. 17 – Sept. 1:  No rentals or use of grounds because of County Fair preparations
    Sept. 2-6: Marion County Fair and Livestock Show
    Sept. 6: Truck Pull, 6 p.m., Arena
    Sept. 20: Private event, upstairs Community Building
    Oct. 10-11: Rand Rodeo (Turkey Trot)
    How to make a reservation:
    1. Call 870-453-8645  to make sure space/building is available for the date you want.
    2.  Send the following to  Marion County Fair and Livestock Show, P.O. Box 356, Summit AR 72677.
    A. Complete Rental Agreement with signature. To download a fillable form, click here
    B. Fee and deposit, each under a separate check.
    3. You will be called or emailed a verification of your reservation.
    NO RESERVATION IS FINAL UNTIL FEE IS PAID, DEPOSIT IS PAID AND RENTAL AGREEMENT IS SIGNED AND ON FILE.  

    County Gets Nearly $46,000 for Community Center

     

        Thanks to a grant of nearly $46,000, Marion County is in the final stages of renovating its Community Center at the Fairgrounds in Summit in order to make it a Red Cross Emergency Shelter. Above from left, State Rep. Kelley Linck and Sen. Johnny Key present the grant to County Grants Administrator Sheila Daniel and Terry Ott.
        The $45,946 grant comes from state General Improvement Funds allocated by the Legislature to be used for infrastructure and services to promote economic and community development. It is administered by the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District.
         Improvements funded by this grant include a 48KW gas generator, two HVAC units for the first floor, glass entrance doors with emergency crash bars upstairs and downstairs, painting and other finishing touches. The entire building will meet the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act when the project is complete by early summer.
         This grant builds on a $106,400 Community Development Block Grant from the NWAEDD and work financed by that grant began last year. The Community Center, constructed in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration, now has a new drainage system to correct chronic flooding in the basement and all the windows have been replaced. Extensive electrical rewiring has been done.
         On the top floor, which has a large auditorium and stage, there are completely rebuilt ADA‐compliant bathrooms with a shower, a new heating and cooling system, a new ceiling and a refinished floor. Renovation of the upstairs kitchen and other changes on the ground floor are still in the works.
    Community events are already being held again on the top floor, after several years of it being unusable. It is available for rental by private groups, as well. Reservations may be made by calling the Marion County Fair and Livestock Show at 870‐453‐8645.

       To see a complete list of grants the county has received, click HERE.
     

    Rea Valley VFD Assessment Appeal Form

    If you live within the Rea Valley Volunteer Fire District and wish to appeal your fire district assessment, you may do so by downloading the dictrict's  Assessment Appeal Form. To download, click HERE. You may fill it out on your computer or by hand. Please return it by either mailing it or taking it to the County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse in Yellville. The mailing address is:
    Marion County Clerk
    P.O. Box 385
    Yellville, AR 72687

    The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott

    JUDGE’S NOTES
    April 10, 2014
         Thank you to the Marion County Road Department employees for the great job in removing the snow and ice during the months of December, January, February and March. Thank you to the citizens of Marion County for your patience and support. The total cost of salt, grader blades, fines gravel, transport of sawdust, man hours, wages, and fuel was approximately $175,000.          These funds were paid out of the monies allotted by the Quorum Court for the 2014 road department budget. Layton Sawmill donated free sawdust to the county for every ice and snow event. Please express your appreciation to Mr. Tommy Layton for his generous donation to the county.
         As Marion County residents continue to bring trash and recyclables to the Transfer Station the revenue increases. This was our goal when we went to “pay as you throw” process and increased the cost of the bags to $1.50 and $2.50. The December 2012 loss of over six thousand dollars at the Transfer Station has decreased to less than eight hundred dollars by December 2013; the bag count has decreased from over seventeen thousand to a few over six thousand bags.
         If you have been by in the last week or so, you have seen all the site work that has been done. We want to thank Randy Belding for coordinating the beautification of our site. His goal was to make the Transfer Station a pleasant place for employees and constituents.
         A meeting with Donna Utter, Director of Business Development for Ripple Glass, and Melinda Caldwell, Executive Director for the Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District, was held recently to discuss a plan for collecting glass. Permission from ADEQ must be obtained to allow unused recycling grant funds to offset the expenses of building a concrete bunker for storage of the glass. By the time the change orders go through the process, it may be another month or so before we begin collection. Please be patient with us a little longer.
    If you have questions about recyclable items, which will reduce the size of your bags, request an informational sheet when you drop off your trash, go to the home page of http://marioncounty.arkansas.gov/ and click on the announcement about the transfer station rates, or call us at 449-5501. Remember, recyclables are free!
         Marion County Fire Coordinator Keith Edmonds responded to 39 structure fires throughout the county, providing assistance as required by the Incident Commander on the scene of the structure fire. Keith also redeveloped a relationship with the American Red Cross in which a team will deploy to any structure fire in Marion County to provide immediate assistance to those suffering from losses due to the fire. Seventeen hazardous material incidents were responded to across Marion County in 2013, including motor vehicle accidents, natural gas leaks, propane leaks and commercial hazardous material leaks. Keith Edmonds also responded to twelve natural vegetation fires.
         If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for the efficient operation of our county, please feel free to call the office at 870-449-6231 or email mcjudge@yellville.net.

    New rates at the transfer station

    Our rates have changed at the county Transfer Station. Click here for the rates and other news.