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Baxter County Government Day

It was a beautiful evening for everyone that attended the Baxter County Government day at the Courthouse on the square.  Thursday April 17 between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm citizens of Baxter County had the chance to enjoy a live band, free hotdogs, popcorn and meet with County Officials.  Booths were set up from area businesses and county employees were available to give tours of the Courthouse, and other government offices.  


Local Moose Lodge #1953 Donates Tommy the Moose

 Moose Lodge Governor-Elect, Dennis Paterson,  returned  to resupply the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office Deputies with Tommy the Moose.  Last year local Moose Lodge #1953 became involved with the Sheriff’s Office by providing Tommy the Moose.  The National program has been providing the stuffed Moose for 11 years. They go out to Law Enforcement, Fire and other Emergency workers to provide to children during traumatic situations that help overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress.

Sheriff John Montgomery and Moose Lodge #1953 Governor-Elect Dennis Paterson

Tommy the Moose


New SADD Chapter at Cotter High School

Deputy Eddie Elliott was assigned to the Cotter School District at the beginning of this school year and has started the year in high gear.  Deputy Elliott has started the DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) of instruction again and has a new SADD chapter to help with his programs.  SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) a national program that was started over 30 years ago to us peer to peer youth education to help students avoid alcohol and other drugs. 

The New SADD chapter officers are from left to right: Alex Hyde (Vice President), Shawna Martin (Secretary), Samantha Hodges (Treasurer), and Kaitlyn Dewey (President).


Maryanne Edge Retires on Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th has an ominous meaning for some but came as a well-deserved day for Ms. Maryanne Edge as she retires today from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.  Maryanne has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 9 years and seen numerous changes in records management and administrative requirements during her time with the administrative division. Maryanne has helped foster one of the best Sex Offender registration and tracking programs in Arkansas. Due to her diligence with this program the Sheriff’s Office has received state wide recognition.  Maryanne has been a valued member of the Sheriff’s staff and will be missed.  But from the Staff and Deputies we all wish Maryanne as happy retirement and good luck in all of her future endeavors.

Maryanne's Retirement Cake

Maryanne receives a plaque in recognition for her years of service to the Sheriff's Office and the Citizens of Baxter County.

 


Sergeant Tim Phillips Bids Farewell

Sergeant Tim Phillips retired from the Baxter County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 26, 2013.  Sergeant Phillips had been in Law Enforcement for 25 years.  Sgt. Phillips served as the Chief of Court Security and Senior Bailiff for the Sheriff's Office.  Tim is credited with being the driving force behind numerous advancements in security for the Court Complex.  Tim was not only a bailiff, he also performed duty as the Assistant Supervisor of the Support Services Division of the Sheriff's Office.  This involved public presentations on Neighborhood Watch and helping maintain and train other agencies on Project Lifesaver. Also, as a Law Enforcement Instructor, Tim has trained and helped mentor numerous other officers. 

 Sergeant Phillips retired due to the effects of a debilitating stroke that he suffered earlier this year.  We here at the Sheriff's Office and for those that know and love Tim understand that Baxter County is a better place for his selfless service to our community.  We wish him well and hope that he enjoys a well deserved retirement.

 

 

Tim and Joy Phillips at his retirement.

 

 

Capt. Lewis presents Tim with a plaque honoring his service to Baxter County.

 

Sheriff Montgomery congratulates Tim on his retirement.


Captain Jeff Lewis receives Certificate

Baxter County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Captain Jeff Lewis was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the Arkansas Gravestones Project for the work that he has done on our local cemetries. For the last several years Captain Lewis has worked diligently on locating and cleaning up sites that have been neglected over the years.

 

Lynn Baker (above left) of the Arkansas Gravestones Project presents Capt. Jeff Lewis with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Polar Bear Plunge at Norfork Lake

Sheriff’s Deputies are part of the 41 participants that braved the cold water at Lake Norfork this year during the “Polar Bear Plunge”.  This year’s participants helped raise approximately $5500.00 dollars to help with Special Olympics.

Lt. Ralph Bird getting ready for the participants to plunge

Everyone dive in!

41 Participants braved the 41 degree water.

It did not take long for everyone to get out.

From left to right: Sgt. Mike Holland, Sgt. Sheri Lewis, Deputy Julie Tilley, Capt. Jeff Lewis, Reserve Deputy David Foster, and Reserve Deputy James Morgan.


Tommy the Moose donated to Baxter County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff John Montgomery is pictured with just a few of the stuffed Moose presented to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office by Dennis Paterson Junior Governor of the Mountain Home Moose Lodge #1953. 

 “Tommy the Moose”

 A National program started in 2003 and sponsored by Moose International to help aid children in overcoming fears and anxiety during times of stress. They are donated to Law Enforcement, Fire and other Emergency workers to provide to youth during traumatic situations.


Baxter County Deputies Sworn In

 Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery led his Officers in the swearing-in ceremony at the Baxter County Court House January 2nd.  Circuit Court Judge Shawn Womack swore in Sheriff Montgomery first, then the remaining Deputies, Jailers, Reserves and staff.

 

While at the Court House, Lt. Ralph Bird received a plaque from Sheriff Montgomery honoring his 13 years of service to the Sheriff’s Dive Team. 


D&T Bargain Donation to Arkansas Youth Ranch

Mr. Tim McKeough, Owner of D&T Bargain Center, made contact with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and wanted to see what he had to do to make a donation to the Arkansas Youth Ranch.  The Sheriff’s Office made contact and coordinated the donation of athletic uniforms and equipment from D&T.  Mr. David Ferguson was the representative that accepted the uniforms for the Arkansas Youth Ranch.  The estimated value of the donation was $10,000.00. 

Mr. David Ferguson (left) thanks Mr. Tim McKeough, Owner of D&T Bargain Center, for his sizeable donation.

Over 60 boxes of new athletic uniforms and equipment were loaded into the Youth Ranch trailer. 


Chamber of Commerce Leadership Day

The annual Chamber of Commerce Leadership Day was recently held at the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.  Community leaders were given the opportunity to spend the day with different divisions in the Sheriff’s Office.   They were able to see the Detention Center, Aviation Section, and Administrative offices.  Attendees got some hands-on experience at the pistol range, worked a crime scene, saw firsthand the effects of driving while intoxicated and ate jail inmate food for lunch. 

 

Participants recieve a safety briefing at the Pistol Range.

Lt. Bird and Lt. Johnson gave some quick instruction on safety and how Deputies qualify.

Lt. Hopman gave a tour of the Detention Center.

Deputy/Pilot Magness and Lt. Lucy explained the mission of the Aviation Section.

The Criminal Investigations Division gave a class on how to obtain latent fingerprints.

Participants were able to work a mock crime scene.

Deputy Julie Tilley utilized the drunk goggles and the Sheriff's Office golf cart to show the effects of impairment.


Mountain Home DARE Graduation

Hackler Intermediate School recently held their first 5th grade DARE graduation at Dunbar Auditorium.  These students joined a long list of 5th grade students that had until this year graduated from Pinkston and Guy Berry schools in the Mountain Home School District.  Most of the auditorium was filled with parents and friends of the students.

Sheriff John Montgomery got down off the stage to talk to students about making a positive difference.

 

Hackler Principal Sondra Monger and Assitant Principal Casey Fowler spoke to the 5th grade class.

Sheriff Montgomery presented a student with a Bronze Medal.

 

Hackler 5th grade students cross the stage as they graduate.

 

Students jumped to their feet when their graduating class was announced.

Guest speakers congratulate this year's class.

 


Mountain Home Student is Sheriff for the Day

Mountain Home students voted for the Sheriff of Baxter County in their annual Kiwanis Club sponsered mock election at Pinkston Middle School.  Daylen Johnson, a 6th grade student, won and was able to spend the day with Sheriff John Montgomery and see what it’s like. 

 Sheriff Montgomery explains how the
Prescription Drug Drop Box works.

Sheriff Montgomery and Investigator
Edings explain the CID section.

Sergeant Sanders talks to Daylen about Range safety and pistol qualification.

Lieutenant Hopman talks to Daylen about how the Sheriff's Dispatch and tower run.

Daylen gets to see the Sheriff's Helicopter.

 


Sheriff's Deputies Display Equipment at Nelson Wilks Herron

1st grade students meet Sheriff’s Deputies and get to check out some of the equipment they use.  For over 20 years Deputies have been coming to Nelson Wilks Herron Elementary School in the Mountain Home School District to display equipment and explain how it is used.  Sheriff’s Deputies set up 5 separate stations that students with their teachers were able to rotate through and ask questions.

Deputy Walters and Sergeant Hurst explained the Boat and water safety

Every student had a question

PC and Lieutenant Hopman talked to students about being safe

Captain Lewis and Pilot Deputy Magness explained the Helicopter's role in the Sheriff's Office

Sergeant Sanders talked to students about scuba diving and the Sheriff's Dive Team

All Students anticipated the Helicopter's arrival

Lieutenant Lucy showed the students how Sheriff's Office utilized the underwater camera and sonar systems


Norfork Student is Sheriff for the Day

Norfork students in 9th grade participate in a mock election and are selected by their classmates for different elected offices that they run for.  Riley Rhymer was elected Sheriff and was able to spend the afternoon with Sheriff Montgomery and find out what being the Sheriff of Baxter County is all about.

Riley Rhymer with Sheriff Montgomery

Riley at the Range with Sergeant Grayham

Riley going into CID

Deputy/Pilot Magness shows Riley the Helicopter

Riley with Sergeant Weaver in the Jail Tower


Cotter DARE Graduation

Cotter graduated 52 5th grade students through the DARE program that is offered by the Baxter County Sheriff's Office.  These students learned about how to say no to drugs, avoid violence and deal with peer pressure and bullying.

 

5th grade guest speaker Mrs. Grigg spoke to students about achieving their goals

Deputy Tilley and Sheriff Montgomery present diplomas to the graduating students

The Cotter 2012 graduating DARE Class


Norfork DARE Graduation

Norfork's 4th grade DARE students, 5th grade GREAT students, and 6th grade Stop Bullying classes graduated from their programs that were sponsored by the Baxter County Sheriff's Office.  These students join the over 5000 students county wide that have participated in the Sheriff's Office school programs.

Deputy Billy Cox addresses graduates

Sheriff Montgomery speaks to students

Sheriff Montgomery congratulates student

 

 
 
 
 
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