Welcome To The
Montgomery County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Montgomery County Extension Office is at your service!
Montgomery County Get Fit Program
The Montgomery County Health Advisory Board sponsored a Spring Into Health program. The 6 person team pictured won the contest by logging the most miles. The winners were awarded t-shirts and folding chairs.
Five of the team members are in the Get Fit class that meets in the annex on MWF from 10:00-11:30.The gentleman in the picture is the husband of one of the Get Fit participants.
This group was very diligent to log their activities and were very dedicated to walking as well as participating in their exercise and yoga classes. They were not deterred by the rainy weather.
We are very proud of these hardworking folks. They are a true witness as to the benefits of exercising after we begin our senior years. Each one of them would encourage you to join a Get Fit class and begin your personal journey to fitness. Some of these ladies have been exercising together for over 10 years.
Photo: Linda Phillips, Vicki Brakefield, Dee Prince, Bobbie Prince, Joyce Lichtenwald, and Instructor Gail Shields.
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- Get Fit Classes
Mt. Ida on MWF at 10:00 AM at the Extension Office-Led by Gail Shields
Mt. Ida on M Th at 6:00 PM at the Extension Office-Led by Anita Wilborg
Mt. Ida on T Th at 9:00 AM at Lake Ouachita Baptist Church-Led by Darlene Holliday
Norman on MWF at 8:15 AM at Barr Memorial Presbyterian Church-Led by Bobbie Edwards
Oden on MWF at 8:30 AM at Oden Baptist Church-Led by Minnie Whitehouse
Montgomery County 4-H Fundraiser
Montgomery County 4 H members will have many opportunities to get together for fun and educational activities this summer.
Activities relating to agriculture will be conducted with age appropriate lessons and activities. These activities will range from making home grown play dough to harnessing the power of the potato.
All of the 4 H members will have the opportunity to pick peaches at an orchard and the older members will be preserving the peaches.
Montgomery County 4 H members will be attending Camp at the 4 H Center in Ferndale this summer. We will have members participating in the district O'Rama and the state O'Rama. All 4 H members will have the opportunity to go on a field trip to the Mid-America Science Museum.
At the end of the summer the 4H members will be organizing, planning, and fund raising for the the 5K race to be held on August 27. This is the primary fund raiser for 4H camps and activities.
Photo: Cloverbud 4H Members are listening as Amy explains that tofu is made from soybeans.
- Find the 4-H Club that is right for you!
Mt. Ida 4-H Club is for Jr. and Sr. Members ages 9-19. They meet at the Extension Office in Mt. Ida on the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:00 PM. Leader: Stormy Cooper 479-263-4447
Puddle Jumpers 4-H Club is for Cloverbud members ages 5-8. They meet at the Extension Office in Mt. Ida on the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:00 PM. Leader: Annie Scott 501-538-4137
Oden 4-H Club is for all ages, 5-19. They meet at the Pencil Bluff Baptist Church gym on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:00 PM. Leader: LaJennifer Nash 501-815-2058
Shooting Sports 4-H Club is for Jr. and Sr. members ages 9-19. They meet at the shooting range in Pencil Bluff as announced. Leader: Melissa Lewis 870-326-4581
R.A.G.E. Teen Leader Club is for Sr. members ages 14-19. They meet at the Pencil Bluff Baptist Church gym on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:00 PM. Leader: Tonya Badger 870-326-4841
Montgomery County Extension Homemakers
The Montgomery County Extension Homemakers will be traveling to Hot Springs for the 2016 AEHC Annual State Meeting. The theme for this year's meeting will be "AEHC-Stepping Up for Education". Over 600 members from throughout the state, their guests, vendors, exhibitors and Division personnel will be attending the event. They will gather to provide educational opportunities and showcase the accomplishments of the more than 5,000 statewide members.
Johnette Johnson, pictured, will be installed as the president at the meeting. Mrs. Johnson is a member of the Joplin EHC. She will serve as the AEHC State President for two years.
Montgomery County's own Doris Banta from the Oden EHC will be recognized for over 60 years of service.
Montgomery County EHC members have a variety of projects that they work on each year. The projects that they work on benefit our school children, veterans, and low-income families. These ladies work the Montgomery County Fair every year. Some of their handiwork will be on display at the Quiltz, Quartz, and Craftz Festival to be held October 7-9th. The local clubs would love to have you join them. This group is willing to share their knowledge of sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, etc. with anyone who would like to learn.
Photo: Johnette Johnson speaking at the Spring Council Luncheon.
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- Find a local EHC Club
Joplin EHC Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 PM at the Extension Office in Mt. Ida. President: Joyce Rose 870-867-4599
LOBC Get Fit Exercise Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 AM at Lake Ouachita Baptist Church to exercise. Representative: Mary Ann Nichol 870-867-3344
Oden EHC Club meets on the 1st Tuesday at 1:00 PM at the Oden Baptist Church. President: Waunetta Howe 870-326-4877
Pine Ridge EHC Club meets to quilt on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Pine Ridge Baptist Church. President: Kathy Stucker 870-326-4442
Stitchin' Friends EHC Club meets on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Thursday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM to sew at the Extension Office. Representative: Dorie Oswald 870-867-4694
Yarn Workers meet every Friday at 3:30 PM at the Assisted Living Center in Mt. Ida to knit and crochet. Representative: Kathleena Drennan 870-867-5154
Snap, Crackle & Pop Exercise Club meets to exercise on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 AM at Graham Court Community Center in Mt. Ida. Representative: Barbara Sprague 870-867-5222
Promoting Our County
The Arkansas Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) has unveiled a new logo and slogan! The effort has been part of a branding initiative that has been years in the making. It was designed to attract tourism to the area which includes Scott, Polk, and Montgomery counties.
The timing of the initiative could not be any better as ARCO plans to work alongside the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce to attract and support mountain bike tourism in our area. Montgomery county is home to 3 "epic trails," a designation made by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to denote a "true back country riding experience-one that is technically and physically challenging, more than 80 percent single-track and at least 20 miles in length." The Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce recently hosted an IMBA representative for a community round table discussion on how the county can better support the sport.
Click here to learn how to become involved with the ARCO initiative.