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2019 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year

For Immediate Release

Mayor Sally L. Wilson  -  City of Osceola  -  870.563.5245
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November, 14th 2019 - Osceola, Ark.

The City of Osceola has been named as one of the eight recipients of the 2019 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year award. Text from the notification letter follows.

Congratulations on being selected as one of the eight communities to receive the 2019 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Award!  The eight communities being honored this year are: Eureka Springs, Greenbrier, Fairfield Bay, Osceola, Alma, Jonesboro, VanBuren and Fayetteville.  We encourage you to notify your municipal leadership and inform your state district officials of the prestigious recognition you’ve earned.

The awards will be presented to the honorees on Thursday, February 13 at a noon luncheon during the Arkansas Municipal League’s City of Osceola(AML) Winter Conference in Little Rock.  Two representatives from each winning community will be seated at the front of the banquet hall with the other winning communities and EngageAR Service Commission Commissioners.

Please express our sincere appreciation to the volunteers in your community who give so unselfishly of themselves and their resources.  EngageAR is at your service to provide civic engagement and service initiative resources, including but not limited to training, facilitating collaboration and providing AmeriCorps grant application support and guidance. 

It is our honor and privilege to partner with the Arkansas Municipal League in recognizing those municipalities showing innovative approaches to solving local problems through civic engagement.  We are anxious to share your stories and celebrate with you on February 13, 2020. 

Serving Together




EngageAR is a collaborative programmatic initiative to create a culture of service in Arkansas that permeates activities of the family, education, business, government and the nonprofit.

EngageAR believes local communities know best how to solve local problems. The staff work to develop partnerships within government agencies, municipalities, institutions of education, and the nonprofit and faith-based sector, developing and promoting civic engagement to undergird the services offered through public agencies.

INVITATION TO BID | City of Osceola


The City of Osceola will receive sealed bids for proposal to provide strategic planning services for the City of Osceola, AR.  The purpose of the plan is to OsceolaSeal2019increase music tourism, create new retail development, and tax revenue from music tourism.  Sealed bids will be received at the office of the Mayor, located at 303 W. Hale, until 10:00 am on Thursday, November 7, 2019.  At that time all bids will be opened and read aloud.  The City reserves the right to increase or decrease the amount or to reject any or all bids and waive formalities what-so-ever.  The organization must have a record of success in providing such services. 

For more information, contact Ray Fulmer at (870)563-5245.  The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Scheduled for print publishing on Oct. 25, 2019 pursuant to A.C.A. 22-9-203.


NEW FOR 2019


Christmas 2019Come out to see this free addition to the Annual Christmas on the Square festivities to take place at Osceola City Hall. There will be beautiful Christmas themed tables decorated by local residents with an extensive Christmas village on display as well. We hope you will join us as a guest or a table host. 

If you are interested in hosting a table there are only 12 spots available. The deadline to enter is November 22nd, 2019.

Downloadable Application Form and Rules: Click pdfHERE

For more information contact:

Nancy Zenanko – 870-762-9467 or
Jane Stanford  - 870-740-7288.

Grant Award Aids "Bark Park" Completion

DogParkThe City of Osceola recently received a Mississippi County Community Foundation Grant award in the amount of $500.00. These funds will be used in continuing the construction of a new dog-themed park located within Osceolas existing Florida Park.

The City of Osceola wishes to extend a special word of "Thanks" to Shantelle Raper for the many long hours of volunteer work that she has contributed to this grant process. Her visison, leadership and dedication towards creating the municipal Bark Park is deeply appreciated.

Pictured from left to right are Nickie Bell, Executive Director of the Mississippi County Community Foundation, Jane Stanford, Human Resource Manager for the City of Osceola, Mr. Rogers Ford, Mississippi County Community Foundation Board Member, Shantelle Raper, Osceola School District, and Michael Ephlin, Osceola Parks and Recreation Department Supervisor.



The City of Osceola is Organizing Litter Pickup for Sept. 28th & Oct. 5th

Volunteers needed to help keep Osceola beautiful

This years United for a Clean Osceola campaign has expanded. The “United for a Clean Osceola” organized volunteer clean-up effort will begin at 7:00 am on Sept. 28th and Oct. 5th at the Main Street Bingo Hall. Supplies such as bags, gloves, safety vests and t-shirts will be distributed at this time on a first come basis.
Advance material distribution for teams is available NOW at City Hall.

Osceola, Ark (September 12th, 2019) – Volunteers are needed to participate in United for a Clean Osceola’s annual fall litter pickup September 28th. Sponsored by The City of Osceola, the cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB).

“Litter continues to be a problem in our community,” said Osceola Mayor Sally Wilson, local co-coordinator of this year’s cleanup. “It can leave a negative impact on our community for years to come. By participating in this year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup, local residents can help make and keep Osceola a vibrant community.”

UnitedClean upEveryone in Osceola is encouraged to participate in this year’s litter-pickup effort. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in. Volunteer groups are asked to select an area to target their efforts and communicate this with one of the many event coordinators or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This event has been scheduled to coincide with a broader, county-wide clean-up effort. The Osceola Street Dept. will pick up at your curbside debris such as chairs, tables, mattresses, box springs, and other small items between the hours of 7:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Streets and Sanitation Superintendent Steve Choals advises that on this day no tires, shingles, limbs, leaves or household garbage will be picked up. Also, the Mississippi County landfill will be free to all county residents from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. if taken by residents personally. To assure the Saturday pick-up call 563-2612 and leave your name, phone number and address to be placed on the pick-up scheduled.

The “United for a Clean Osceola” organized volunteer clean-up effort will begin at 7:00 am on Sept. 28th and Oct. 5th at the Main Street Bingo Hall. Supplies such as bags, gloves, safety vests and t-shirts will be distributed at this time on a first-come basis.

“Litter is everyone’s responsibility,” Wilson said. “Although not everyone litters, we do all live in this community together and must work together to keep it clean and green. We do this out of community pride to maintain our outstanding quality of life and to improve our local economy.”

This year’s local cleanup is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Transportation, Keep America Beautiful and the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation.

About the Great Arkansas Cleanup

The Great Arkansas Cleanup grew out of an effort that began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation board of directors until his passing in 2014. KAB organized the first statewide GAC in 1989.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost-benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information, visit or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.