Marion County, Arkansas

Photo: Ryan Stokes/Buffalo National River

    Upcoming events at fairgrounds, how to reserve space

    We hope you enjoyed our annual County Fair! 

    These are the dates already reserved for use of the community building and arena:

    Current-May 2014: Sky Meadows Fine Arts (Orchestra) Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Nov. 4: General Election. Voting is from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Precincts 16, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.
    Nov. 4: Carson and Barnes Circus, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Elephant Shower at 3 p.m.
    Dec. 5: Private event, community building.
    Dec. 16: Community Christmas Concert hosted by Sky Meadows Fine Arts. Evening at community building.
    Dec. 19: Private event, daytime, community building.
    Feb. 25: Beef IQ Class--Reproduction. Offered by the Marion County Cooperative Extension Service. Register by calling the Extension Office at 870-449-6349.
    April 14: Community Hymn Sing hosted by Sky Meadows Fine Arts. Evening at community building.
    May 3: Beef IQ Class--Genetics.

    How to make a reservation to use the community building:
    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.

    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.

    The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott

    Judge’s Notes, Oct. 9, 2014

       The Marion County Library has been awarded a  50-50 matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services for the exact amount requested, $6,193. The grant money will be used to install acoustical control devices in the library and also to build walls that reach to the ceiling for the research room and the conference room.  A wall will also be built to separate the two rooms replacing the bookcase currently dividing the room. This will make all the difference for groups meeting privately at the library.
        The Marion County Mass Flu Clinic will be October 24, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marion County Health Unit.  All volunteers can come to the health unit on the afternoon of October 23 to fill out volunteer forms and receive their flu shots.  For more information, call the MC Health Unit at 870-449-4259.
        Personal and property taxes are due by October 15.  Property taxes are an important source of revenue for Marion County school districts, cities and county government. County government uses the money to build and maintain roads, provide for public safety, maintain our public library and enhance the quality of life in Marion County. Funds collected are dispersed in the following amounts:  county schools - 79%, county library - 2%, county general-12%, and county road-7%. 
        As I am sure, many of you have read and heard, there are two civil lawsuits pending against Marion County:
    1. Alesia and Billy (Dude) Owen have filed an Appeal (Case No. 2014-56-3) against Marion County from the judgment and order of taking rendered in the Marion County Court on the 21st day of May, 2014, in favor of the Defendant, Marion County, Arkansas.  Relief sought : $38,000.00 plus attorney’s fees and costs, along with all other just and equitable relief to which they may be entitled for alleged damage to approximately two acres of land.

    As you know, Alesia Owen is a candidate for MC Assessor.

    2. Anita Paulson (Case No. 2014-61-4) against Marion County Library Board and Terry C. Ott as MC Judge asks for immediate reinstatement as a public employee in the same position, full fringe benefits, retirement service credit, compensation for lost wages, benefits, and remuneration for her expenses resulting from the illegal actions against her, court costs and attorney’s fees.

       As you remember, the Marion County Grievance Committee voted unanimously to uphold Ms. Paulson’s termination.
        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

    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