History of the Community Center Project








Marion County Community Services (MCCS) is moving forward on the purchase of 24 acres for the future home of the Marion County Community Center! The parcel of land is off Hwy 235 behind the Eagle Nest Lodge. To kick off our campaign MCCS hosted a dinner on June 8, 2018 with people who were interested in learning more about this project and how they could help.  HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Feel free to contact any board member with questions, details or advice. We thank the community for past and continued support of this county-wide project. CAMPAIGN DETAILS



2017: Marion County Community Services, Inc. (MCCS) has launched its Community Partners Program which is designed to foster collaboration, resource sharing, and promotion of all Marion County organizations, businesses, and service groups. The MCCS website has been redesigned by Dominator Websites in Flippin to facilitate these efforts, and a new website - www.marioncountypartners.com - showcases all Marion County has to offer in a directory style format.  This website will serve as a useful resource for the county citizens and visitors and a tool for businesses to highlight what they have to offer.


MCCS is gearing up for our fourth annual Spring Fling, April 28 and 29, 2017, in cooperation and collaboration with the Marion County Fair and Livestock Show. Watch for more specific details and plan to join us for a weekend of fun! It continues to get bigger and better every year!


Land/Location: MCCS continues discussions with land owners between Yellville and Flippin in an attempt to negotiate the fairest location for the planned Community center.


2015: NEW County Survey! MCCS decided to resurvey Marion County to assess for continued support for the proposed community center. The original survey was done in the spring of 2007 with 90% approval for the project. With the passage of time and changes in the economy, MCCS felt an updated assessment/new survey was pertinent. A mail out/return survey was developed in collaboration with Design of the Times in Yellville and Enterprise Printing in Bull Shoals. Thanks to both businesses for their hard work!


MCCS mailed out 7,145 surveys to most Marion County residences (some rural addresses served by other counties were excluded). The surveys were sent out in March and responses were collected through July, 2015. Survey Monkey was also available online. The survey asked if the resident would support a potential one half cent sales tax to help build and maintain the community center. 1,799 surveys (25%) were returned or completed with 62% approval and 38 % negative. MCCS voted to proceed with land acquisition.


2011-2014: MCCS has had numerous fundraisers for the community center project including the bimonthly Meat Sale held at the US Bank parking lot in Summit. (Currently held at the County Courthouse Square) The meat sale is the first Saturday of the even months from 9 am to 1 pm. Dates and a price list are posted on the MCCS website and Facebook Page. Other fundraisers have included collaborating with the Bull Shoals Theater of the Performing Arts for the Cody Slaughter and Buckshot concert. Great fun! Thanks again, guys! MCCS and the Marion County Fair and Livestock Show have collaborated to start an annual spring county celebration, the Spring Fling. Crafts, petting zoos, information booths, and bouncy houses are just part of the fun.


2010: Marion County Community Services (MCCS) is officially recognized by the IRS as a non-profit 501 (c) 3. All contributions are tax deductible.


2008-2009: A new non-profit, charitable organization, Marion County Community Services, Inc. (MCCS) was incorporated in the state of Arkansas with the overall mission of promoting the general health and welfare of the people of Marion County.


2007: Marion County Home Town Health, Inc., ASU/Jonesboro, and the Arkansas Department of Health distribute 10,000 surveys across Marion County via newspapers, organizations, and businesses. 1,200 surveys were returned with 90% approval for a community center.


2006: Healthy Arkansas Committees in Marion County vote to pursue a community center and initiate a survey to get input from the people. Graduate students of the College of Business at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro were enlisted to develop a survey, tabulate the results, and write a strategic plan for building a community center in Marion County.


2004-2005: Pursuant to the Marion County Health survey of 2003, the Arkansas Department of Health and Marion County Hometown Health establish Healthy Arkansas Committees for children, workplace, and aging Arkansans.


2003: A county wide health assessment phone survey was conducted by the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey was  sponsored by Marion County Hometown Health, Inc. This survey covered a number of health related subjects including smoking, exercise, prevention, etc.


2002: The Arkansas Department of Health initiates a new program designed to encourage local management of health issues. A non-profit organization, Marion County Hometown Health, Inc. was incorporated and designed to address the specific health needs of the people of Marion County.



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