Marion County, Arkansas

Photo: Ryan Stokes/Buffalo National River

    Marion County Fair Pageant - August 29

    Doors will open for registration at 3:00 pm.  The pageant begins at 5:00 pm at Flippin High School in Flippin, AR.  Forms are available at Rhiannas House of Hair in Yellville, AR.  The deadline for registration is August 19, 2015.  Marion County Residents Only!

    Marion County Fair - Horse Show, Senior Citizen Day, Truck Pull

    Horse Show - September 5 -  8 am Arena Opens: Check In Registration

    Senior Citizen Day - September 10 -  11 am - 1:00 pm  Hot Dogs and Chips with drink for Seniors.  More events to come. Must be 55 or older to participate.

    Truck Pull - September 11 - 7:00 pm at the Arena with X Factor Sled

    Marion County Fair - September 8-12 - Creative Arts, Horticulture, Field Crops, Livestock

    September 8 - 4:00 - 7:00 pm - Exhibits may be entered in Creative Arts, Horticulture, and Field Crops

    September 9 - 8:00 - 10:00 am - Exhibits may be entered in Creative Arts, Horticulture, and Field Crops

                           10:30 am - Building closed till judging is complete

    September 10 - 11 am and 7:00 pm all animals must be in place by 8:00 pm

    September 11 - Livestock Shows - 10:00 am Poultry and Rabbits

                                                              2:00 pm Meat Goats, Sheep, Swine, Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle

    September 12 - 9:00 am - Dairy goat Show

    Marion County Fair - September 12 - Activities

    5:00 - 7:00 pm Pick up all Creative Arts & Horticultural Exhibits

    5:30 pm  FFA/4-H Auction

    8:00 pm Livestock Released

    8:00 pm Morris Rodeo Bull Riding at the Arena

    The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott

    The 2015-2016 Quorum Court convened in January to set meeting date and time as prescribed by law.  The Justices voted to continue meeting on the previously established date and time.  The court will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. 

    Other business conducted at the January meeting included budgetary clean up ordinances for 2014 and changing 2015 items in the new budget:  Voting Machine Grant, Grant-ADEC-Emergency Shelter, Public Defender’s Office, Transfer Station, Fund Numbers for Sales Tax, and Assessors Special Fund.

    The Marion County Community Center Board presented a progress update to the Quorum Court.  The group will be sending a survey to the citizens of Marion County to determine if the community center is a high priority for the people.

    The Monthly Disclosure Reports from the Arkansas Lottery Commission for the month of December listed sales in Marion County at $173,493.00.  This included sales in Arkansas 50/50, Cash 3, Cash 4, Fast Play, Instant Settlements, Mega Millions, Monopoly, Natural State Jackpot, and Powerball.

    Mr. Sterling Penix, Arkansas Coordinator for Jail Standards, will make a presentation at the February Quorum Court meeting.  He will be outlining what must be done to ensure that Marion County Jail facilities comply with State mandated standards. Citizens of Marion County are welcome to attend.

    New appointees for County Boards include:  Carla Faison and Jeri Hulgan for the Marion County Library Board, Doug Parnell, David Ezell, and Tim Harris will serve on the Marion County Fair and Livestock Show Board.  Thank you to all that volunteer to serve our county.

    If you have ideas or suggestions for specific goals or areas of concern for improvement, please call the office (870-449-6231) to schedule an appointment.   Email your questions or comments to:

    Upcoming events at fairgrounds, how to reserve space

    Board Members, Term Expiration, Contact Numbers 

    Ken Rigmaiden, President,  Dec. 31, 2015; 770-560-1551 (text OK) 
    Brent Rozeboom, Vice President,  Dec. 31, 2018; 870-204-2577
    David Ezell, Secretary, Dec. 31, 2019, 870-404-9457
    Tim Harris, Treasurer,  Dec. 31, 2015; 870-577-3991
    Maxwell Michaels, Dec. 31, 2016; 870-404-8496
    Doug Parnell, Dec. 31, 2017, 417-839-4240
    Paul Schot, Dec. 31, 2017; 870-449-4294
    Brad Thurman,  Dec. 31, 2018; 870-365-6690 (text OK)

    These are the upcoming events at the fairgrounds.

    Aug.24- Sept. 7: No reservations accepted two weeks prior to annual county fair .    
    Sept. 8-12: Annual Marion County Fair and Livestock Show – All buildings and grounds being used! PUBLIC  WELCOME!
    Sept. 11: Truck Pull at Arena TTBA
    Sept. 12: Bull Buck off at Arena TTBA
    ​Oct. 9-10:  Turkey Trot Rodeo at Arena TTBA

    Steps to Reserving

    1. Contact 870-449-6231 (Marion County Judge’s Office)  to make sure space/building is available for date requested.
    2.  Send the following to  Marion County Fair and Livestock Show, P.O. Box 545, Yellville, AR 72687.
    A. Complete Rental Agreement with signature To download a fillable form, click HERE.
    B. Send fee and deposit, each under a separate check.
    3. You will be called or emailed a verification of your reservation.


    Conservation District announces tree sales

    The Crooked Creek Conservation District is taking orders for bare-root fruit and shade trees through Feb. 6 for pickup around Feb. 23. These are the prices:
    1. Bare Root Shade Trees: $6 each. These include 3-4' Sugar Maple, Silver Maple, Red Maple, White, Flowering Dogwood.
    2. Bare Root Shade Trees: $ 8.00 each. These include 18"- 24"Pink Flowering Dogwood and 3'-4' Bradford pears.
    3. Bare Root Fruit Trees $11.50 Each. These include 3-4' Apple Trees (Jonathan, Arkansas Blacks, Granny Smith, Gala)
    We can also order (Cherry) BlackTartarian, (pear) Keiffer, (Peach) Golden Jubilee.
    Call 870-449-6356 or come by our office at 307 East Fourth Street in Yellville. Sorry,  but we cannot guarantee trees.
    We can deliver to Harrison.

    Pasture conference March 5 for Conservation District

    The Crooked Creek Conservation District's annual pasture conference will be held at 6 p.m. March 5 at at the Yellville-Summit School Cafeteria. John Jennings from the U of A Extension Service will be the main speaker on fertilization and summer grasses, and fall and spring annuals. For more information, contact the Crooked Creek Conservation District at 870-449-6356.

    See the 2015 County Budget

    To view the line-by-line county budget for 2015, click HERE.

    Fair Awarded $4,000 for Bleachers

    The Marion County Fair and Livestock Show was awarded a $4,000 grant earlier this year for new bleachers at the county fairgrounds. Attending the awards ceremony at the state Capitol were, left to right, Darlene Ott, State Sen. Johnny Key, Fair Treasurer Gwen Stice, Arkansas Rural Development Commission Chair Lynn Hawkins, Gov. Mike Beebe, Commissioner Glenn Priebe, Arkansas Rural Services Director John Andrews, Marion County Judge Terry Ott and state Rep. Kelly Linck.

    Library Gets Grant for Noise Control

    Left to right, accepting the award at the state Capitol on Oct. 22 are: Special Library Advisor Judy Mays, Library Director Dara Stine, Library Board President Joyce Boggan, ARDC Commissioner Max Tackett, county Grants Administrator Sheila Daniel, Gov. Mike Beebe, ADRS Director John Andrews, Friends of the Library PresidentDarlene Ott, ARDC Commissioner Glenn Priebe, Marion County Judge Terry Ott, ARDC Chairman Marvin Exum.

       LITTLE ROCK, AR- Governor Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services Director John Andrews presented $92,131.59 to 11 rural communities at an awards ceremony on October 22, 2014 held at the State Capitol in the Governor’s Conference Room. The communities were selected for funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program’s Cycle 1 of fiscal year 2015.
        In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant award on behalf of the Marion County Library in Marion County. Marion County Library received $6,193 to remove a wall posing a safety hazard, construct a new wall, and install acoustical panels to reduce noise.
         The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in three cycles each year.  
         For more information about the Department of Rural Services and their grant programs contact Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.

    2012 State Audit of County Government

    The State of Arkansas, Division of Legislative Audit, has released its audit of Marion County Government for Fiscal Year 2012. To view the full audit, click HERE.

    Transfer station now accepting glass

    The county Transfer Station is now accepting glass for recycling. There is no charge and all colors of glass bottles and jars are recyclable (but no dishes, ceramics, lightbulbs or other glass items).

    Hours of Operation
    We are open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.  If the Courthouse is closed for holidays or bad weather, the Transfer Station will also be closed.  If you have any questions, please call us at 449-5501.

    Our Prices
    •$1.50 a bag up to and including 33 gallons. (Five Wal-Mart bags will usually fill a 33-gallon bag or three 13-gallon tall kitchen bags.)
    • $2.50 a bag any bags above 33 gallons.
    •$15 furniture per piece.
    •$30 per cubic yard for construction and demolition debris. (No brick or masonry items, please.)
    •4 tires per day per person are free for recycling; any over that will be $1 per tire.
    •Permits are no longer being issued. Any current permits will be honored until they expire.  

    What can be recycled
    All recyclable items are free, except certain tires (see bottom of this list.)
    •Aluminum: Beverage cans and radiators.
    •Cans: All vegetable cans, cat and dog food cans, coffee cans.
    •Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard, food boxes, brown paper bags, feed sacks.  They must be clean with no plastic or Styrofoam in or on the cardboard.
    •Electronics: Televisions, computer monitors, CPUs, laptops.
    •Glass:  All colors of glass bottles and jars, but  no dishes, ceramics, light bulbs or other glass items.
    •Paper: Newspapers, copy paper, magazines, phone books, hardback and paperback books.
    •Plastic: Basically drinking bottles, laundry bottles, milk jugs and such.
    •Scrap Metal: Big bulky metal – grills, appliances (stoves, refrigerators, freezers).
    •Tires: 4 passenger tires per day per person, any more than that per day will be $1 per tire.
    Fees apply to specialty tires (ATV, tractor, OTR tires). Check with cashier before dropping those off. 

    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