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Press Releases & Media Relations


Official Statement From Mayor Joe Harris, Jr
Re: Denso Announcement


February 22, 2024 | 2:25 pm CDT
Osceola, Arkansas 

“We hate to hear the news of any business leaving our city whether they be a Mom and Pop establishment or a large employer. Denso has been a part of the Osceola community since 2003, and they have been great corporate partners.  For over 20 years they have employed Osceola families and been involved in our community. Denso arrived in our community when unemployment was high, and the community really needed the infusion of the what is now 650 or so jobs that they created. We thank them for their time in our great city”.

“My administration will be working with Cliff Chitwood’s office, the state Department of Economic Development, and the many other partners that we constantly work with on a day in and day out basis to fill any void that may be left.  With the announcement of Hybar coming to our city, along with other prospects that are in the works, I have no doubt that our city will continue the growth and job creation trajectory that we are currently on”.

Mayor Joe Harris, Jr







March 22, 2023

TO: All County Mayors

Dear Mayor:

This letter is just a "note of information" for you and your community.

The Spring County-Wide Clean Up will be Saturday April, the 22nd.

This is a time where each city/town that would like to participate can rally together and encourage residents to do some "Spring clean-up"! The "how's" are left up to each municipality.

The County Landfill is FREE that day to INDIVIDUALS. Any municipality will receive a 50% discount. Landfill hours will be 7:00 a.m. to Noon on that Saturday.

I hope your community will take advantage of this special drive to help make a difference in every city/town in our great County.

City Wide Clean up

John Alan Nelson
County Judge

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Blytheville, AR 72316

Office of Mayor Joe Harris, Jr.

Osceola Mayor Harris has issued a public notice that all non-uniformed municipal departments will be closed today at noon due to incoming inclement weather.
Harris also stated:

"Our threat level has been raised to "Level 4" and this is concerning. I am aware that uniformed workers will still be on duty but please stay safe".


March 24, 2023

OPD | City of Osceola Arkansas

William FosterMayor Joe Harris Jr. is pleased to announce the appointment of William Foster to the position of Chief of Police for The City of Osceola. Fosters law enforcement career spans 30 years with 26 of those years serving with the Osceola Police Department. Foster retired from OPD in 2020 but was brought back by the City of Osceola in 2022 as a part-time Code Enforcement Officer.

Foster and his family are longtime residents of Osceola Arkansas.


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LINCOLN, Nebraska (2/15/2023)

Osceola was named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Osceola achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, dedicating an annual Tree City USAcommunity forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. "Tree City USA communities see the positive effects of an urban forest firsthand," said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Osceola are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and extreme heat and flooding. Osceola is doing its part to address these challenges for residents both now and in the future.

More information on the program is available at


About the Arbor Day Fonndation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, almost 500 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.
More information is available at

Arbor Day Foundation

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