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Howard County was created on April 17,1873.  Howard County emerged from the midst of Hempstead, Sevier, Polk and Pike Counties.  A re-constructionist state government in the Nineteenth General assembly passed Act 57, April 17, 1873, taking townships from these four counties to construct Howard County.

Howard County was named for a James H. Howard, senator from the Seventeenth District which then included Pike, Sevier, and Clark Counties.  He had won office with the backing of Governor Powell Clayton as the "Radical Republicans" came to power in Arkansas in 1867.

Howard was the son of James H. Howard, born in Tennessee about 1838, who emigrated to Arkansas about 1853 and settled at Center Point.  James Howard learned a shoemaker's trade and married Rebecca J. Dossey in Madison Township.

Center Point was the original county seat.  In 1905 the county seat was moved to Nashville.  The Arkansas & Louisiana Railroad ran from Hope to Nashville.  The present day courthouse was built in 1938.

Howard County Arkansas is made up of 384,000 acres of which Weyerhaeuser Company owners 189,000 acres.  There are four incorporated cities in Howard County.

  • Dierks (originally called Hardscramble)

  • Mineral Springs (originally known as Saline)

  • Nashville (known earlier as Mine Creek and Hell's Valley)

  • Tollette (known as Blackland Township)

Smaller unincorporated communities:

  • Saratoga (known as Crackers Neck)

  • Umpire was named for a baseball game between Galens & Bethel.  Billy Faulkner, from Mena, was the "Umpire".

  • Athens (first known as Athens, then Venetia Grove, Ft Logan and then Athens)

Farming was the main source of income, the major crops were cotton, corn, peaches and cattle.  Now, Howard County has several large industries that provide approximately 4,500 jobs.  The major industries are:

  • Frigidare Home Products

  • James Hardy Gypsum

  • Jan-Eze Planting

  • Mission Plastics

  • Pilgrims Pride

  • Tyson

  • Trucking Industries

  • Weyerhaeuser Company

  • Oxbodies

Sources:  National Association of Counties, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Census, Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia), and public records of Scott County Arkansas.

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Data and Statistics
Date Formed 4/171873 Land Area 588 Square Miles
Named for James H. Howard County Seat Nashville, Arkansas
Persons per square mile 24.3 Homeownership Rate 72.2%
Persons per household 2.55 2000 Census Population 14,300

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Towns and Cities and Populated Places
City/Town Zip Code/Local Area City/Town Zip Code/Local Area
Athens 71971 Okay 71859
Dierks 71833 Saratoga 71859
Mineral Springs 71851 Umpire 71971
Nashville (County Seat) 71852    
Allbrook Mineral Springs South Henry Athens
Atwood Dierks Midway Mineral Springs North
Baker Springs Baker Springs Mineola Umpire
Bethany Dierks Mineral Springs Mineral Springs North
Blue Bayou Mineral Springs North Mount Carmel Dierks
Briar Nathan Muddy Fork Newhope
Buck Range Columbus Nashville Nashville
Burg Dierks Dam Okay Mineral Springs South
Center Point Center Point Perkins Nathan
Chapel Hill Nashville Reed Nathan
Corinth Nathan Saratoga Mineral Springs South
Davis Ford Dierks Dam Schaal Mineral Springs South
Duckett Baker Springs Schooley Columbus
Duckett Ford Baker Springs Shiloh Ben Lomond
Euclid Dierks Dam Temperanceville Mineral Springs North
Faulkner Springs Umpire Tollette Mineral Springs South
Galena Umpire Unity Nashville
Green Plains Newhope    

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Historical Towns and Cities


Zip Code/Local Area City/Town Zip Code/Local Area
Amity Mineral Springs North New Thompson Athens
Antimony Mineral Springs North Oak Hill Dierks
Battle Hill Umpire Old Euclid Dierks Dam
Bethel Umpire Old Thompson Athens
Bissell Newhope Old Union Umpire
Bluff Springs Umpire Oreb Dierks Dam
Brushy Athens Pates Athens
Cedar Glade Gillham Dam Pryor Ridge Baker Springs
Cedar Hill Umpire Pump Springs Nathan
Dial Umpire Rosedale Silver Ridge
Forgy Mineral Springs North Rough Edge Dierks Dam
Harper Springs Umpire Saline Umpire
Hattie Newhope Slip-Up and Hitch Newhope
Martha Dierks Smyrna Gillham Dam
Midway Umpire Sunshine Dierks
Mount Olive Mineral Springs North Valley Ridge Gillham Dam
Mourton Umpire Wakefield Mineral Springs North
New Moon Umpire    

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Elected County Officials
Name Position
Donald Baker County Judge  
Paul Baker Justice of the Peace  
Ricky Buck Justice of the Peace  
Rodney Fagan Justice of the Peace  
John Garrett Justice of the Peace, District 2  
Ed Jones Justice of the Peace  
Jerry Kizzia Justice of the Peace  
John Plyler Justice of the Peace  
Verl Stovall Justice of the Peace  
John Terrell Justice of the Peace  
Kenny White Coroner  
Randall "Butch"  Morris County Sheriff/Collector Web Site:
Reda Ledbetter Treasurer  
Debbie Teague County Assessor  
Sandy Campbell County Clerk  
Donna White County Circuit Clerk  


Elected Officials

421 North Main St Phone 870-845-7500
Howard County Nashville, AR 71852 Fax 870-845-7505
Position Elected Official Phone Number E-mail
County Judge Max Tackett 870-845-7500
Justice of the Peace Martha Hobbs    
Justice of the Peace Lecil Jamison    
Justice of the Peace Gerald Nutt    
Justice of the Peace Brent Pinkerton    
Justice of the Peace Louise E Smith    
Justice of the Peace Kerry Strasner    
Justice of the Peace J. D. Tomerlin    
Justice of the Peace Bobby Don Turner    
County Coroner John Gray (870) 451-0400  
County Sheriff/Collector Randall "Butch" Morris 870-845-8508 (Collector)
(870) 845-2626 (Sheriff)
870-845-7542 (Fax)
County Treasurer Diana Shaw 870-845-7504
County Assessor Debbie Teague 870-845-7511
County Clerk Janice Huffman 870-845-7502
870) 845-7505 (Fax)
Circuit Clerk Bobbie Jo Green 870-845-7506

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Arkansas State Local Numbers servicing Scott County Arkansas Trade Area
Office Location Phone Number E-mail
Employment Security      
Forestry Commission Dierks 870-286-2137 870-286-2119
Highway Department      
Adult Abuse Hotline   800-482-8049  
Child Abuse Hotline   800-482-5964  
Rape Crisis   800-813-5433  
Revenue Office   870-286-3346  

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US Government Numbers servicing local area of Scott County Arkansas
Office Location Phone Number E-mail
Corps of Engineers      
Social Security Admin   800-772-1213  
Forest Service      
USDA Service Center      
Soil Survey Office      
IRS Info and Forms   1-800-829-1040  
IRS Problems Resolution   1-800-829-1040  
Veterans Administration   1-800-827-1000  
FBI   501-221-9100  

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Post Offices servicing local area of Scott County Arkansas
Office Location Phone Number E-mail
Athens 71971    
Dierks 71833 870-286-3256  
Mineral Springs 71851    
Nashville (County Seat) 71852    
Okay 71859    
Saratoga 71859    
Umpire 71971 870-583-6726  

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Name Local Area Latitude Longitude
Name Local Area Latitude Longitude
Baker (Historical) Baker Springs 34.33 -94.16
Blackland Columbus 33.81 -93.87
Blue Bayou Mineral Springs South 33.87 -94.33
Blue Ridge Dierks Dam 34.18 -94.04
Brewer Nathan 34.05 -93.87
Buck Range Columbus 33.87 -93.87
Burg Dierks Dam 34.23 -94.07
Center Point Center Point 34.00 -94.00
Clay Newhope 34.25 -93.97
County Line Mineral Springs North 33.95 -93.92
Dillard Mineral Springs North 33.90 -93.93
Duckett Baker Springs 34.28 -94.21
Franklin Mineral Springs South 33.83 -93.96
Holly Creek Newhope 34.13 -93.95
Howard County Dierks 34.10 -94.02
Madison Dierks 34.09 -94.04
Mineral Springs Mineral Springs South 33.87 -93.93
Mountain Athens 34.31 -93.98
Muddy Fork Center Point NE 34.13 -93.87
Nashville Nashville 33.95 -93.86
Saline Silver Ridge 33.92 -94.02
Saratoga Mineral Springs South 33.77 -93.89
Tollette Rosetta 35.65 -93.31
Umpire Umpire 34.28 -94.12

Howard County Township Map.pdf

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Sulphur Springs Gillham Dam 34.23 -94.14

Howard County Millage Rates


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