Public Notice

Public Notice

Public notice is hereby given this 2nd day of April, 2019 that the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc. of 100 Saint Vincent Place, Batesville, AR 72501 has made application for funds through Section 49 U.S.C. Section 5310 for the purchase of the following type of passenger transportation vehicle: Ramp Van, 6/0 or 2/1 WC-17′ PT 17-01.

This vehicle will be used primarily for the following purposes: transportation of child residents of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc.

Purchase of the above vehicle is considered essential to the efficient operation of this organization in provision of public transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. There is no intent to infringe upon, or compete with, existing public or private transit operators, including Section 5307, urban public transit operators and Section 5311, rural public transit operators.

Any objection should be submitted in writing only to persons listed below. All comments will become a part of this organization’s application and will be a matter of public record. All written comments must be submitted within 30 days of the date of this notice. Any person wishing to request a public hearing on the proposed project must submit a request in writing within 10 days of the date of this notice to the persons listed below:

Ms. Nancy Fulton
Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc.
PO Box 3964
Batesville, AR 72503

                                   and to:

Greg Nation, Administrator
Public Transportation Programs Office
Arkansas Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 2261
Little Rock, AR 72203-2261


You can still make a difference in 2018!


As we wrap up 2018 at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, we reflect on how far our Ranchers have come and the blessings of another year. This year: 

  • Three Ranch Seniors graduated from high school.
  • Many of our cottages got new roofs and updates to make them an even better place to call home.
  • Ranchers helped pull off a record breaking Pumpkin Patch, with over 3,600 visitors!
  • We celebrated many birthdays and Christmas with lots of presents for our Ranchers.
  • Ranchers continue to help on the farm with new animals and a growing herd.
  • We re-opened our renovated event center and have helped a lot of folks celebrate special events.
  • More than 60 children found a home and hope for a brighter future at the Ranch.

None of this would have been possible without generous support from friends like you!

An end of the year gift will help the Ranch finish 2018 strong and put us on a firm footing going into the new year. Click here to make your year-end contribution.

Because the ASYR is funded almost entirely through charitable contributions, we need support from friends like you to provide homes for children in 2019.

Here are some ways to support the Ranches at year end:

•  Make a year-end gift or set up a monthly Hope Builder contribution. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, all gifts made to the Ranches are tax deductible within the extent of the law. Click here to give online today.

•  Give by check. By far, the majority of the gifts received by the Ranches are by check. Checks made payable to ASYR may be mailed to PO Box 3964, Batesville, AR 72503. Postmark by December 31st for 2016 tax credit.

•  Give by phone. You can make a one-time gift or set up a monthly Hope Builder gift over the phone by calling 870-793-6841, ext. 315.

•  Spread the word. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share the ASYR with your friends.

•  Donate gifts of stock or property. The Ranches can accept a variety of noncash gifts including appreciated stock or property. Contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or to learn more.

•  Make a special tax free gift via IRA. For those aged 70½ or older, you can make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. Click here, or contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or to learn more.

•  Set up a personal visit. If you have other ideas for a special gift to benefit the Ranches, let us know. Contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or email to set up a visit today!

Your end-of-the-year gift to the Ranches is an investment in Arkansas’s future. Every gift, no matter how large or small, is truly appreciated and is used to provide for all costs associated with raising a child. Together we can make a difference in the lives of even more children in 2019!

Wishing you and yours a New Year filled with love and kindness, from all of us at the Ranches!

Become a Hope Builder

In 2019, commit to a monthly contribution. It’s a simple, secure way to provide consistent support to the ASYR. Click here to support today! For the cost of a fast food meal, you can help change a child’s life. For a contribution for as little as $10 per month can help provide for things like:

•  New shoes or coats for our boys and girls
•  Christmas and Birthday gifts for our children
•  Feed for goats, chickens or other animals on the Ranch
•  Salary for our loving houseparents
•  An allowance for a child
•  Utilities for our cottages

This year, you can make a difference in the life of a child. Click here to become a Hope Builder with your monthly gift to the Ranches.

Youth Ranches receives Difference Maker Award from Rainwater Holt & Sexton

The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches recently received Rainwater Holt & Sexton’s Victory Over Violence Difference Maker award. Check out this great story that aired on FOX 16 News.


Thank you to Rainwater Holt & Sexton for this special recognition and for your generous support of the Youth Ranches!

You can join the Ranch today by supporting our mission to fight child abuse and neglect and provide safe and loving family style foster homes for Arkansas children. To learn more about our mission click here.


Become a Hope Builder

Committing to a monthly contribution is a simple, secure way to provide consistent support to the ASYR. For a contribution of as little as $10 per month, or the cost of a fast food meal, you can help provide for things like:

•  New shoes or coats for our boys and girls
•  Birthday gifts for our children
•  Feed for goats, chickens or other animals on the Ranch
•  Salary for our loving houseparents
•  An allowance for a child
•  Utilities for our cottages

You can make a difference in the life of a child. Click here to become a Hope Builder with your monthly gift to the Ranches.

#GivingTuesday is November 27, And We Need Your Help!

After Thanksgiving, #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday, we celebrate #GivingTuesday! This special day shows that holidays can be about both giving and giving back.

And this year, Citizens Bank is giving back in a big way! For every dollar you donate to the Ranches during #GivingTuesday, November 27, Citizens Bank will match your gift dollar for dollar up to $5,000!

ONE DAY ONLY! This #GivingTuesday, you can double the impact of your gift to the ASYR by making an online donation or by dropping your gift by at any Citizens Bank location on Tuesday, November 27th.

Here are some ways YOU can help the Ranches receive the entire $5,000 matching gift from Citizens Bank on #GivingTuesday: 

  1. Make an online donation by clicking here
  2. Text the word ranch to 41444 or call 501-940-3440 to make a gift of any amount with a credit or debit card.
  3. Drop your donation by any Citizens Bank location. We will be having a community cook out at Citizens Bank’s main branch at 200 South Third Street in Batesville on #GivingTuesday, so stop by and have some lunch with us! Your donation for lunch will also be doubled!
  4. Help us get the word out about Citizens Bank’s $5,000 matching gift! Share this page with a friend via email, text, or social media, and ask them to join you in making a gift.
  5. Follow @YouthRanches for social media updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share posts with your friends.


Give a Child the Gift of Hope

Since 1976, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches have been a place of hope and healing to children, who through no fault of their own, needed a place to call home. The greatest gift you can give a child is a life free from hunger, neglect, and abuse. Even a small gift this #GivingTuesday can make a BIG difference!

Selecting the monthly gift option is an easy, affordable way to continue your support througout the year! A monthly gift of $25 equals about .83 cents per day. So for less than the cost of a bottle of water, your gift can help provide homes for some of Arkansas’s most deserving children.

To learn more about how you can support the Youth Ranches, reply to this email or call Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440.

Become a Hope Builder with a monthly contribution. 

For the cost of a fast food meal, you can help change a child’s life. If everyone who reads this would give just $10, we will exceed our #GivingTuesday goal!

A contribution for as little as $10 per month can help provide for things like:
•  New shoes for our boys and girls
•  An allowance for a child
•  Caps and gowns for our graduates
•  Birthday gifts for our children
•  Feed for goats, chickens or other animals on the Ranch
•  Salary for our loving houseparents
•  Utilities for our cottages

Become a Hope Builder by committing to a monthly contribution. It’s a simple, secure way to provide consistent support to the ASYR. Click here to support today!



Many thanks to Citizens Bank for providing the matching gift to encourage giving on #GivingTuesday!

Actor Judge Reinhold to Appear at Special Screening of The Santa Clause to Benefit Ranch

Actor Judge Reinhold will make a special appearance on Sunday, December 2, at the Melba Theater in Batesville for a screening of Disney’s Christmas hit The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen. Judge, who co-stars as Neal in the film, is best known for his roles in Beverly Hills Cop 1,2,3Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Seinfeld.

The Santa Clause will kick off the theater’s Very Melba Christmas series. Judge will participate in a Q&A and signings following the screening. The screening will benefit the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. The film will begin at 6:30 pm on Sunday, December 2 at the Melba Theater, located at 115 West Main Street in downtown Batesville.

Tickets for this special benefit screening are $5 each and can be purchased at the door or at the Melba’s website here. 100% of each ticket sold will be donated to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches.

Judge is also encouraging attendees to bring an unwrapped Christmas present appropriate for ages 6-18 for the children who live at the Ranch. “The Youth Ranch has been around for over 40 years,” said Judge. “The children who live here come from all over the state. Even though they aren’t with their biological families, the staff loves them and raises them like their own family, and they are proud to live at the Ranch.”

For more information about the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches or to find out how to get involved to support our children this Christmas, contact Matt Cleveland at 501-940-3440 or email

Dorothy Morris to Receive 23rd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award

For 23 years, the Arkansas Children’s Award has been presented to outstanding Arkansans who have made a significant difference in the lives of our state’s children. This year, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is honored to recognize Dorothy Morris for her tireless work on behalf of Arkansas children.

Dorothy Morris has devoted her life to supporting the work of nonprofit organizations through the Morris Foundation, which invests in nonprofit projects around the state and has encourage millions of dollars in matching gifts. Dorothy believes in a holistic approach to philanthropy with a strong focus on children and families. Whether she is supporting organizations like the Youth Ranch; Thea Foundation; Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts; or countless other worthy programs, Dorothy sees the value of investing in every aspect of a child’s life. Please join us in honoring Dorothy Morris for her life’s work of supporting Arkansas children.


23rd Annual Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner
Embassy Suites Hotel
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 pm
Dinner and Program at 7:00 pm
Business Attire

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will make his 23rd appearance at the dinner, serving as Master of Ceremonies. A reception and silent auction will begin at 6:00 pm, and dinner program and live auction will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are now available, and additional sponsor opportunities with special recognition are also available. Click here to purchase your tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation to the Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner. All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. For more information about supporting the dinner or ASYR programs, contact Matt Cleveland at or (501) 940-3440.

Ways to Support


Since the Sheriffs of Arkansas founded the Ranch in 1976, ASYR has been a place to call home for more than 2,050 boys and girls. The Ranch serves some of Arkansas’s most at-risk children, and as a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it is more than 90 percent privately funded. The Ranch provides all necessities associated with raising a child including housing, food, clothing, proper medical care and educational expenses. But more importantly, ASYR houseparents raise boys and girls in a loving home as if they were their own children. The funds raised by this dinner ensures the ASYR can continue this important mission.



The Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner is an annual event benefiting the programs at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches and recognizing an individual or organization who personifies in word and deed the ideals of the Ranch and has made outstanding contributions to create better opportunities for Arkansas’s youth.

Previous Recipients


2017 Greg Hatcher

For Greg Hatcher, outrageous service doesn’t end with his business at The Hatcher Agency. Greg is constantly giving back to the community through his service to and support of nonprofit organizations. Whether it’s developing new wrestling programs for high schools and colleges or contributing to organizations that serve children, Greg has always been willing to step up in support of strengthening Arkansas families.


2016 Deltic Timber & Ray Dillon

Ray Dillon served as President & CEO of Deltic Timber from 2003 to 2016. A vision of helping Arkansas grow and create stronger communities for our children and grandchildren were always at the forefront of Ray’s work with Deltic. They generously invested in organizations serving children, and Ray has also given his time and resources to make a difference in the lives of many Arkansas families.


Larry and Boys with Horses

2015 Larry Stone

Since Founding Stone Ward in 1984, Larry Stone has dedicated much of the company’s pro bono services to helping children. Larry has served on the ASYR Board of Trustees for 20 years, 10 of which he served as Board President. He has been a steady and consistent thought leader, donor and volunteer for the ASYR and played a major role in developing Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner.



2014 Governor Mike Beebe

Governor Mike Beebe has dedicated his life in public service to the citizens of Arkansas for more than 32 years. He is also long-time supporter of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. Governor Beebe has served as Master of Ceremonies for the Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner for 18 years and has been instrumental in its success each year since its inception.


2013 Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association

Arkansas’s county sheriffs have played an important role throughout the Ranch’s history and continue that support today.  The idea to begin the Ranch started with a couple of concerned and disappointed sheriffs who had helped place boys in residential hoes that weren’t providing satisfactory care.  Their idea grew and now the children of Arkansas have the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches.


2012 Gus Malzahn

Gus Malzahn, former head football coach of Arkansas State University, is a great leader of young people. He has dedicated his career to mentoring young men and spends his time helping them reach their full potential. Malzahn’s dedication to youth is evident through his service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and his everyday interactions with they young men on his teams.


2011 Steve Landers

Steve Landers, who built Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep into the highest selling Chrysler dealership nationwide, is the president of RLJ-McLary-Landers Automotive and an investor in operations in Brazil and China. Steve has supported the American Cancer Society, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Arkansas Education Association and numerous other organizations.


2010 Charles Nabholz

Charles F. Nabholz founded Con-Ark Builders, a merit shop, general contracting firm. After a move to California to pursue real estate Charles returned to Conway and founded Nabholz Properties, a commercial real estate development company, in partnership with his brothers. Nabholz currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Nabholz Construction Services and president of Nabholz Properties.


2009 Wallace Fowler

Wallace Fowler developed Fowler Foods, Inc. and Liberty Bank of Arkansas into two of the state’s most successful enterprises. Fowler – banker, entrepreneur, philanthropist and civic leader – has devoted his life to making Arkansas a better place to call home. Because of his generosity and dedication, our communities, education system, even the roads on which we travel, are better today because of Fowler’s efforts.


2008 Stanley Reed

Stanley Reed is a third-generation cotton farmer from Marianna, Arkansas, whose belief in family values, faith and a proper education personify the standards on which the Ranch was founded. Reed served several terms as president of Arkansas Farm Bureau and is a founding member of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, an organization that develops and implements programs for needy and underprivileged children.


2007 Tommy May

Tommy May was recognized for his extensive civic and community involvement that stretches across years of service.  Through his work with organizations such as United Way of Southeast Arkansas, Habitat for Humanity, and Fifty for the Future, he has touched the lives of many. May epitomizes the standards for which the Ranch is known, including family togetherness and unconditional love.


2006 John White

A native Arkansan, Dr. John A. White served as Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for eleven years. White was honored for his commitment to advancing educational opportunities, providing positive youth development and instilling the values of character, honesty, humility and responsibility, helping the young men and women of Arkansas become the successful leaders of tomorrow.


2005 Pat Walker

Pat Walker celebrates life and the joy that being with family and friends brings each day. She was married to Willard Walker for 61 years. In 1986 Pat and Willard created the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation touching the lives of thousands of Arkansas children. Walker has received numerous awards recognizing her philanthropy and has also been named one of the Most Distinguished Women in Arkansas.


2004 Jerry Davis

Under the leadership of Jerry Davis, Affiliated Foods Southwest became one of Arkansas’ largest privately owned companies. Over the years he donated millions of dollars, as well as countless hours of service, to a number of Arkansas charities. His generous philanthropic endeavors have supported people of all ages throughout Little Rock and Arkansas.


2003 Blanche Lincoln

As a former U.S. Senator, Blanche Lincoln has demonstrated a heart for children, which has led her to make the well being of children and families a top prioritiy- aware of the growing need for quality childcare and assistance working families need to work and help their children thrive. Lincoln has worked to raise awareness for missing and exploited children and the pursuit of truth in child abuse investigations.


2002 Doyle Rogers

Doyle Rogers- chairman and president of the commercial real estate firm, the Doyle Rogers Company. In 1982, he developed what is now the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock. By1985 he built the 25-story Rogers Building, now the Stephens Building. Rogers is extensively involved with financial and investment decisions for major projects of the firm and its various partnerships as well as provides strategic direction.


2001 Tyson Family

In recent years, Tyson Foods has grown into the largest poultry, beef and pork processing company in the world with sales of over $25 billion dollars annually. The Tyson Foundation contributes thousands of dollars annually to colleges, universities and several charitable organizations throughout the state dedicated to at-risk children.


2000 Bill Clark

William E. (Bill) Clark was respected and beloved by his family, friends, peers, the business community and the people of Arkansas. The Clark and Dillard families created one of the South’s largest construction firms, CDI, of which Bill served as Chairman and CEO. Clark was well-known for his generosity and leaves a legacy of leadership, vision, integrity, candor and the ability to make things happen.


1999 Buddy Sutton

A life-long Arkansan, Buddy Sutton served as counsel for the prestigious law ­­firm Friday, Eldredge, and Clark for 46 years until retiring as managing partner in July 2005.  In 1990, the Arkansas Bar Association named him Lawyer of the Year, and he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his business and personal injury litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Sutton proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.


1998 Jerry Maulden

Jerry L. Maulden was hired by Arkansas Power and Light Co. in 1965. He quickly rose through the ranks, serving as vice president, chief financial officer, and then treasurer. In 1979, he was named president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Power & Light, which was having severe financial problems at the time. Within five years, Arkansas Power & Light was headed in the right direction. Since then, it has been recognized as one of the best-managed electric utilities in the nation.


1997 Red Hudson

James T. ‘Red’ Hudson is the Founder of Hudson Foods, Inc.  He was born in Arkansas but was raised in Tennessee. He served more than three years in the United States Navy before beginning his career as a feed clerk in a feed store for Ralston Purina Co. in January 1946, immediately after his discharge from the Navy.  After working his way up to Regional Director of Operations, he began Hudson Foods in 1972.


1996 Mike Beebe

Mike Beebe recognized for his commitment to public service has been an Arkansas elected official since 1982 when he was elected to the Arkansas State Senate. In 2002, he was elected Arkansas Attorney General, the position he held up until he was elected Governor of Arkansas in 2007. Beebe is a Democrat who while in office has mainly focused on public education reform, healthcare, the state economy, and the environment.

Celebrating Our 2018 Seniors!

Congratulations to our three 2018 Seniors: Keegan, Devon, and Dylan! We are filled with pride as these three seniors graduate from High School in a couple of weeks!

The odds were stacked against each of these young people. But a combination of their strength and resilience and the love and opportunities they received from Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch has brought them to this point.

We are incredibly grateful to every Ranch supporter who has provided for these young men and women over the years. Because of your support, they have been Ranch Raised!

At the Ranch, we raise a child’s vision for what a loving family looks like. We raise their expectations of themselves for how well they can do in school. We raise their hopes for their own future by helping them set and accomplish their goals. We raise them to love as they’ve been loved and pass along those lessons to the next generation.

For over 40 years, we’ve raised boys and girls in stable and loving homes where they get to be a kid while growing into responsible young men and women. Thanks to consistent support from our friends and community partners, the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches has helped raise more than 2,050 children!

But we can’t do it without friends like you. Join us today in celebrating our Seniors by making a gift in honor or in memory of someone who’s made a difference in your life. With your one-time or monthly gift to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch you are helping Raise a Rancher!


With your support, the Ranch can continue to raise children who come from homes torn apart by abuse and neglect. Your gift to the Ranch, no matter how small, can make a big difference in the life of a child.

You may have heard the saying “it takes a village” to raise a child. That statement could not be more true for us at the Ranch. It takes all of us working together to raise these children. But the lives that are changed here are more than worth the effort!

Join us as we raise a new generation of Ranchers! It’s quick and easy to make a one-time gift or set up an automatic monthly contribution. Click here or text the word ranch to 41444 to make a gift today!

Did you know that a monthly contribution of just $25 can help provide:

•  New shoes for up to six of our boys and girls
•  A monthly allowance for one child
•  Caps and gowns for all of our graduates
•  Birthday gifts for 12 children
•  Feed for our goats and other farm animals for one month

This year, you can make a difference in the life of a child. Click here to become a Hope Builder with your monthly gift to the Ranches.

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2015 High School Graduates

One of the greatest joys of working at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is when one of our boys and girls graduates from high school. This year we had two who graduated from Batesville High School. Please join us in congratulating our 2015 high school graduates.

Thanks to friends and supporters like you, this is another young man and woman who have been given a chance at success and leading productive lives in their communities. Thank you for allowing the Youth Ranches to provide a stable, healthy, and supportive homes to give them this chance.

To learn more about how you can get involved in helping the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, visit our Ways to Help page.

Actor Judge Reinhold Visits the Ranches

On Saturday, December 13th, actor Judge Reinhold made a Christmastime visit to the boys and girls at the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches campus in Bethesda. Judge Reinhold, who now lives in Arkansas, is known for his roles in the The Santa Clause and Beverly Hills Cop movies. The boys and girls from the DeGray Lake and Donald W. Reynolds Campuses also traveled to the Batesville Campus for the special visit.

After a lunch with the children and staff, Mr. Reinhold showed clips from some of his popular movie roles and talked to the children about his film career. He said his motto in life is, “The harder you slap me down, the higher I bounce,” and told the children to never give up on their dreams. After a screening of The Santa Clause, Reinhold posed for photos with the children and staff.