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 upcoming events at the fairgrounds.

    Oct. 10-11: Rand Rodeo (Turkey Trot)

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

    September 2013-May 2014: Sky Meadows Fine Arts (Orchestra) Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sept. 20: Private event, upstairs

    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.

    The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott

    Judge’s Notes,  Sept. 18, 2014

         The torrential rain storm in Monarch during Labor Day weekend dumped 4½ inches of rain in 40 minutes resulting in washout of culverts, bridges, roads, etc. Thanks to the MC Road Department for spending their weekend to restore the roads. Road graders, truck drivers, and supervisors spent Saturday and Sunday repairing damage to provide residents direct access to the highway. The following week, they completed the work in that part of the county. Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) estimated the cost to be around $150,000.
          Due to shortage of county funds, the road department cannot purchase coal mix to repair roads at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding. FEMA deadline projects (snow storms) must be completed before additional work can begin.
    The Association of Arkansas Counties (AAC) presented a safety award to Marion County at the August conference for their safety practices. These awards are given to counties who exceed state recommended practices. Out of the total 115 points possible, Marion County scored 111 points. The 4 remaining points have been corrected and added to our safety system. Hopefully, in 2015 our score will be perfect.
          The 2014 MC Fair attendance for entertainment, animal exhibits and the annual auction were up this year. This could be due to the improvements at the community center, small animal barn, and lighting in the large animal barn. The small animal barn was replaced with a building that is one and a half larger than the previous barn with improved lighting. Thank you to the many volunteers that contributed time, money, and ideas to make our fair successful!
         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.
         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.
         Finally, on a more personal note: the Arkansas Ethics Commission sent a copy of a citizen’s complaint regarding the use of the county vehicle. This complaint was filed by Leslie Sherburne, Kenneth and Jean Oxford, and Alesia and Dude Owen. With regard to the allegation the commission will focus on the question of violating Ark. Code Ann. 7-1-103(a)(6) which states: It shall be unlawful for any campaign banners, campaign signs, or other campaign literature to be placed on any cars, trucks, tractors, or other vehicles belonging to the State of Arkansas or any municipality, county, or school district in the state. I have not placed any signs on the county vehicle. It is sad that these complaints always arise around election time. As you know, Mr. Kenneth Oxford was my opponent in the Republican Primary and Ms. Alesia Owen has a lawsuit against Marion County. I share this with you in sorrow rather than anger. Our ethics laws are to be used to protect the integrity of our democracy. To use these rules to settle petty scores and stalk candidates is not their intended use.

        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