Marion County, Arkansas

Photo: Ryan Stokes/Buffalo National River

    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.

    The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott

    Judges Notes January 2015
    As we begin a new year and a new term as your county judge, it gives us an opportunity to do a better job at something we see as important and needs improvement. It is also a time to reflect and think about what the past term has brought and what the new term could bring. It is a time to stop and analyze, to take stock of our priorities and goals.
    First term accomplishments:
     Marion County Government Website established.
     Road department completed several FEMA projects, improved roads, built bridges, chip and seal 5 miles with state aide, revision of Snow Intersection on Highway 62/412
     Quarry added a new cone and water system.
     Transfer Station added glass recycling, increased recycling of cardboard, newspaper, plastic, tin cans, and aluminum cans over previous years, diverting 181 tons of material from the landfill in 2014.
     Fair Board supervised several improvements at the community building, grounds, small animal barn reconstruction, bleachers for the rodeo arena.
     Library added new carpet and roof, security system, MLS Director, achieved compliance with Arkansas State Library standards resulting in additional money annually for our library, added acoustical panels to reduce noise, and replaced walls.
     Security upgrades for the courthouse, annex, and road department.
     Responded to 48 emergent incidents within the county including: structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous material incidents, bomb threats, lake and river rescue and missing persons.
     Digital radio system designed specifically for fire departments to improve county wide communications in order to better serve our communities.
     Surveyed over 3000 miles of Marion County roads that were ice/snow covered and provided specific details on severity of the winter weather.
     Filed a Federal and state disaster in regards to ice and snow removal and building damage for our county.
     Filed a state disaster in regards to flooding in the north portion of our county.
    As we set new goals for the upcoming term, we must examine the resources available. The 2014 Quorum Court Justices completed and approved the 2015 county budget, which is posted online for your perusal at This document will
    serve as our guide for the dispersal of all county funds, operate the system of county roads, administer the ordinances set by the quorum court, and take care of all county property. It is our goal to advantageously spend the limited dollars available to ensure progress in our county.
    The 2015 department chair information and phone numbers are available at the county website:
     Sheila Daniel - Grants Administrator | phone: 870-449-6238 |
     Dara Stine - Library Director | phone: 870-449-6015 | |
     Keith Edmonds – Office of Emergency Management | phone: 870-449-5800 |
     Rosemary Rogers – Transfer Station | phone: 870-449-5501 |
     Jennifer Hunt – E911 | 870-449-5800 |
     Art Sasser – Road Department Supervisor | 870-449-6021|
     Terry St Onge – Quarry Supervisor | 870-449-4014
    As citizens of Marion 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:

    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.

    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.
    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.

    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