Historical Society Meeting – Essie Ward

Painter Essie Ward, “Grandma Moses of the Ozarks”, and former Searcy County Resident, will be the topic at the Searcy County Historical Society meeting on Friday, May 24th.

The meeting will be held at the Petit Jean building on Airport Road in Marshall at 7:00 P.M.

Every popular Susan young of Shiloh Museum in Springdale will be the presenter.   She has been involved in Essie Ward research for several years and has helped produce the award-winning video of Essie Ward’s life and painting.

People are encouraged to bring unique and one-of-a-kind Ward paintings to show at the meeting.

Refreshments will be served.

Essie Ward

Art at the Searcy County Courthouse!!

Searcy County has a storied history of talented artists, probably the most famous of which is Essie Ward, who painted numerous scenes of life in the Ozarks in back over 30 years ago.  But you may not know that there are many very talented artists continuing that tradition today.

To show their talents, on Thursday, October 11th, from 4:30 till 6:30 PM, there will be a reception of a group of local artists gathered at the Searcy County Court House in Marshall to hang their art work in the old court room.

This effort is the brainchild of Brenda Smith and Thereisa Housley, with the cooperation of our county government officials and with a donation from the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce, the upstairs court room is now an art gallery that is open to the Public.

There will be over 40 pieces of art to see.

For more information about this event or to possibly hang your artwork in the courthouse gallery, e-mail  Thereisa or Brenda.

For now, the next time you are around the Marshall Courthouse Square, take a trip upstairs and and check out the public gallery.

Click on one of the smaller images below for a slideshow of photos of some of the art at the courthouse.


New Member – First National Bank of North Arkansas

First National Bank of North Arkansas

The First National Bank of North Arkansas has served Carroll County, Arkansas since 1889. We take pride in our corner of the Ozark Mountain Region. It is one of the most desirable areas in the U.S. for retirement or relocation. If you decide this is the place for you we will provide a customer service representative to assist you in making the transition.

We are an old bank with new ideas. Our long history of success has been based on our personalized service and our commitment to the community we serve — that will never change; but we have added the technology for our customers who appreciate modern convenience.

As a full service bank, First National Bank of North Arkansas offers a comprehensive selection of services for individuals and businesses. Contact our friendly customer service representatives for all of your banking needs.  First National Bank of  North Arkansas’ website is located at www.fnbna.com.


2012 Leslie Homecoming Car Show – June 16


The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Car Show, in conjunction with the 58th Leslie Homecoming, at the parking lot of the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, Arkansas on Saturday, June 16, 2012.   Registration begins at 9:00 AM, with Judging at Noon.

This is an open car show, and anyone and any car is eligible to enter, there are trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.    Entry Fee is only $10.00 to show off your ride.  T Shirts and Goodie Bags will be given to the first 12 Entries.

Pictures from last year’s car show at Marshall are shown below.   We hope to have a lot more entries this year.

Entry form:  Click Here






Searcy County Electronics – Radio Shack

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is very proud to have Searcy County Electronics, Inc.  – Radio Shack as our Featured Member of the Week.

Searcy County Electronics, Inc. has been a fixture on the Marshall Square for over 30 years.  Locally owned by Tim and Reneta Harness, the store has just undergone a major remodel in 2010, and is completely stocked with all your electronic needs.  Searcy County Electronics has a very friendly staff to help will all your purchases, both before and after the sale.

Searcy County Electronics offers Radio Shack products,  both Dish Network and DirecTV with refer a friend, at&t cell phone service, Hughesnet Satellite Internet, and is a Windstream DSL Internet sign up location.  They also offer complete computer repair and offer Moneygram bill pay and send money.

Be sure to stop in and say hello to Tim, Reneta and all the gang at Radio Shack-Searcy County Electronics, Inc.   They are located just off the Northeast Corner of the Marshall Square, and at the Stoplight.  Open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM till 1:00 PM.

Call 870-448-2522 or E-mail for more information.







Sunset Motel – Marshall, Arkansas

If you’re looking for a quaint place to spend a night if you are in the Searcy County area, give one of the 17 newly remodeled rooms at the Sunset Motel in Marshall a try.   Conveniently located at the intersection of  U.S. Highway 65 South and State Highway 27 East in Marshall Arkansas, the Sunset Motel has all the comforts of home.  In business since 1947 in the same location.

Free Wifi service and microwaves and refrigerators all the rooms.   Contact the Sunset Motel for reservation information at 870-448-3348 or E-mail.


Bear Creek Log Cabins – Buffalo River Cabin Rentals



Looking for secluded Buffalo River Log Cabins to rent for Vacation?

Let our family home be your family’s home-away-from home. Relax in our cozy cabins and roam our 1,100 acre paradise.

Private and peaceful, our third generation cattle farm nestles along Bear Creek just before the creek enters Buffalo River National Park.

“One word: INCREDIBLE!” Jerry & Diane Moore, Cabot AR

You’ll find plenty of room to roam, lots of inspiring views, and just about everything any man, woman or child needs to unwind and get back in touch with our natural heritage and the healing inner quiet everybody’s looking for these days.

Visit Bear Creek Log Cabins for YOUR Buffalo National River Family Reunion or Vacation

Some folks say it’s a perfect log cabin rental resort for families, church groups, parties, family reunions, and just relaxing with friends. Others use it as a rustic hunting lodge, a remote fishing spot, or a home base for taking the kids ATV 4-wheeling and canoeing.

Whatever you’re looking for in Arkansas USA vacations for the family, we’ll help you find it. And we’ll make sure you enjoy your private getaway in our comfortable Buffalo River log cabins.

“We enjoyed our second visit as much as our first. Maybe we’ll see you again this summer.” Glen & Melinda B. — Russellville,  AR

Right in the heart of NW Arkansas

Our guests enjoy family day trips to nearby Branson, Missouri and Eureka Springs, Arkansas as well as the Ozark National Forest and Blanchard Springs Caverns near the Ozarks Folk Center.

We’re just four minutes from Buffalo National River Park on US Highway 65 in the Middle River Section. Your perfect headquarters to float “The Buffalo,” hike the Ozark Highland Trail, and enjoy the scenic roads and trails the Ozarks are famous for with your motorcycle, four wheel drive, or mountain bike.

Welcome to our little corner of heaven!

You’re welcome to bring your ATV 4-wheelers  for four-wheeling, or your mountain bikes and your horses for trail riding.

You can enjoy hunting and fishing on our property at NO CHARGE as long as you have a valid Arkansas license and hunt or fish in a safe and legal manner.

You can easily obtain a hunting or fishing license from Arkansas Game & Fish Commission when you arrive.

We’ll be glad to help you plan your next MO – AR family reunion, vacation or week-end getaway.

“The cabin has so much character and charm. . .Your attention to detail is apparent. . . The decor is so cozy.” Tim & Susan Z. — Vilonia AR

Our VERY private vacation rental cabins offer a perfect family reunion location. Hunting clubs and large groups are welcome.  Each of our log cabins is unique, with completely different settings and decor. All cottages feature covered front porches and screened back porches.  We designed each of our vacation rental cabins to be roomy enough for a church retreat or a hiking club meeting yet cozy and private enough for romantic couples on a honeymoon or anniversary.

Contact Bear Creek Log Cabins  for Buffalo River Log Cabin Rental Information and Reservations

For more information about Bear Creek Log Cabins call 870-448-5926 or visit their website.

Bear Creek Log Cabins has  5 cabins available in various secluded locations.  For Booking information go here.






Finally, you may have seen some of the many Elk pictures we have on our site.  All the elk pictures on our site have been taken either on property owned by Bear Creek Log Cabins, or property directly adjacent to Bear Creek Log Cabins.  If you haven’t seen the elk pictures they are on featured areas of our website.


Marshall Skeetbusters — New Season


Marshall High School “Skeetbusters” Get Ready for a New Season

The Marshall High School “Skeetbusters” Club is gearing up for a new season of clay breaking action.  Their first practice was held on Saturday, March 5th.  The crew was a bit rusty with the cold, windy conditions, but their shooting should improve after a few more practices.  There were about 27 shooters in attendance for the first practice, which is a large group.   There are over 30 members of the entire team, which has both a Junior and Senior High Division.    The first practice was held down behind the Marshall Elementary School, near the new sewer plant area.   This is a new location for the team this year, as last year most of the shooting was done at the recycling center, or at the Twin Lakes Gun Club in Mountain Home.  According to coach/sponsor Donald Patterson, there is a new facility under construction near Yellville, and the team plans to try it out with a practice very soon.

The Skeetbusters are members of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Association, which is an organization under the control of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  Everyone is very safety conscious.  Our Northern Regional competition will be held in Lonoke on May 13 and 14, so the team has over 2 months of practicing before the competition.   The next official practice is scheduled for March 17, at 5 PM.   Everyone needs to help support this great group of kids and especially their coaches and sponsors, Donald Patterson, Tim Baysinger, and Mike Baker.


Buffalo River Spring Fling

Buffalo River Panorama from Roark Bluff

Links to Registration Forms and Information!!!

The First Annual Buffalo River Spring Fling, will be held Memorial Weekend,  Friday thru Sunday, May 27th -29th.  There will be events all over Searcy County that weekend.

Check out the Schedule of Events below for more information.

Food and Fun Festival

Certain Items below have “Hot Links”   — Click on them for More Information

Printable Schedule of Events

Friday, May 27th, 2011

  • Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast  —   7:30AM-11:00AM       Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds      Sponsor:  Operation Kindness-Searcy County Humane Society
  • Hot Dog Lunch — 11:00AM-2:00PM   Location: EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds  Sponsor: Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Craft Fair —  9:00AM-5:00PM     Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Buffalo River Artisans Guild
  • Bingo —  6:30PM     Location: Searcy County Civic Center     Sponsor: I.O.O.F.  Aaron Lodge #4     Proceeds Benefit the Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Music at the Killebrew Theater  — “The Tuells” — 7:30PM — Killebrew Theater — Ozark Heritage Arts Center  — Leslie, Arkansas    Proceeds Benefit the Ozark Heritage Arts Center


Saturday, May 28th, 2011

  • 5/10K  Walk and Run — Registration Beginning at 7:00 Am, Run begins at 8:00 AM  Location: Searcy County Civic Center      Sponsor: Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.   Registration Form Hot Link PDF File
  • 24th Annual Hillbilly Daze —  All Day  — Location:  Witts Springs, AR       See   Hot Link For More Information
  • Ozark Mountain Market — 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon  — Location:  Leslie, AR    Also Fiddling in the Park in Leslie starts at 10:00 AM
  • Barnyard Buddies Petting Zoo and Pony Rides — 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM  — Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds   Sponsor: Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • BB Shooting Gallery —  9:00AM – 5:00PM  — Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds   Sponsor: Boy Scout Troop 150 of Leslie, AR
  • Craft Fair —  9:00AM-7:00PM     Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Buffalo River Artisans Guild
  • Morning Star Baptist Youth Group Bake Sale  — 9:00AM-3:00 PM  —  Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds
  • Loafers Glory Community Church Lunch — 11:00AM-3:00PM  — Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds
  • Dog Show — Registration 9:00 AM — Show 9:30 AM     Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Operation Kindness -Searcy County Humane Society
  • 2K  Pet Walk — Begins at 11:00 AM      Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds    Sponsor: Operation Kindness-Searcy County Humane Society   2K Pet Walk Entry Form
  • Pet Adoption — All Day   Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds  Sponsor: Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Hillbilly Skeet Shoot — 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon  —  Location:  Searcy County Rock Quarry (Quarry Road, 5.0 Miles South of the Stoplight in Marshall on Highway 65)  Sponsor:  American Legion Post 131, Leslie   Proceeds Benefit the Veterans Memorial Museum Facebook Link
  • Car/Motorcycle Show —  9:00AM Registration – 2:00PM Judging  — Location:  Courthouse Square, Marshall   —   Sponsor: Marshall Screen Printing    Printable Flyer PDF File Car Show Entry Form
  • 50’s Music on the Square all Day during the Car Show   — Sponsor:  Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Dunking Booth —  Location: Courthouse Square, Marshall   —  Sponsor: Lions Club
  • Gun Show by M &R Gun Shows — 10:00 AM-4:00Pm    Location: Commercial Buiding, Searcy County Fairgrounds   Admission $5.00 per person  —   Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Lions Cooking on the Square —  11:00Am-1:00PM   Location: Marshall Courthouse Square    Sponsor:  Lions Club
  • Spaghetti Dinner — 4:30PM-7:00PM     Location: EH Building, Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor:  Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Buffalo River Bull Bash —  7:30PM    Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds Arena    Sponsor: Flintrock Saddle Club and Produced by  Heath Horton Rodeo Co.
  • Music at Ozark Heritage Arts Center — 7:30PM   Featuring  “In Cahoots” — Location: Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, AR    Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce  —    Admission:  $5.00 at the door — All Proceeds Benefit the Ozark Heritage Arts Center

Muscle Car


Sunday, May 29th, 2011

  • Honoring Veterans Memorial Day Service — 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon      Searcy County Civic Center  — Information Hot Link PDF File
  • Potluck Luncheon after the Veterans Service — 12:00 Noon     Searcy County Civic Center  Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gun Show by M &R Gun Shows — 10:00 AM-4:00Pm    Location: Commercial Building, Searcy County Fairgrounds   — Admission  $5.00 per person  —  Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gospel Music “The Gospel Trio”   at Ozark Heritage Arts Center —  3:00PM-4:30PM      Location:  Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, AR
  • Chuck Wagon Gathering — 5:00 PM    Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds Show Barn    Sponsor: Thousand Hills Cowboy Church      Details:  Will include “Dutch Oven Supper”  (Free to the public)  Musical Performance by cowboy musician Sean Burgess, and concluding with message by the Thousand Hills Cowboy Church


Remember, this events schedule is evolving day by day, and we will update this page frequently as the events and the planning details are completed.   This will be a weekend of food and fun for kids of all ages.   Keep checking back for more details.     For more information about any of these Events send us an e-mail.

Headline Photo Courtesy of Paul Caldwell, photosofarkansas.com