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

    Aug. 16: Marion County Master Gardeners Workshop for horticulture exhibitors for the County Fair, 1 to 3 p.m. downstairs at the Community Building. The public is invited!
    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.

    The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott

    Judge’s Notes,   June 5, 2014

         Thank you for your vote of support in the Primary of 2014.  Your vote of confidence indicates your approval and encouragement to continue the work we have begun.  I am grateful for your support and welcome the opportunity to work to improve Marion County.  I will also continue to welcome your input and suggestions as we face the challenges and opportunities of county government.  Once again, thank you!
          Gravel is an important product for our county roads.  We can use existing rock at the Marion County Quarry to build good quality county roads by replacing the cone on our crusher. The crusher will grind the rock to different sizes as needed for job specifications to be used to make level surfaces, provide drainage under roads and buildings, or to create gravel roads.  Because the material does not have to be purchased and hauled into the county from an outside source, we can build our county roads for a fraction of the cost.   Therefore, replacing our crusher is essential to road construction in Marion County.  Please contact your Justice and encourage him to approve the ordinance presented to the Quorum Court at the meeting on June 10th.
         The Arkansas Rural Development Conference in Rogers, AR, provided a variety of programs and services available for county planning and development.  Topics included were as follows:  resources for rural communities, broadband, Freedom of Information Act, rural fire departments, political roundtable discussion with state senators and representatives, economic development and workforce issues, GIS programs in rural Arkansas, and special speakers – Commissioner Dick Trammel of the Arkansas Highway Department and Retired NYC Firefighter Scott Schrimpe.   New information will be applied to specific areas of county government.
          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
          For information, forms, and county events check the Marion County Government website at

    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