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Cotter Graduates DARE Class




 School Resource Officer Deputy Edward Elliott graduated 45, 5th grade D.A.R.E. students at Cotter Elementary May 6th. Deputy Elliott, Principal Airl Cheek, Superintendent Don Sharp and Sheriff John Montgomery spoke to students about what they had learned in D.A.R.E. and how those lessons would help in the future.


           Baxter County Deputy Elliott Congratulates the Graduating Class

on their accomplishments during the year.




Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter President Whitney

Barkes Spoke to students about how D.A.R.E.

can help prepare them for life.




Lieutenant Bird, Sheriff Montgomery, Superintendent Sharpe

and Principal Cheek shake hands with students as they cross the stage to

receive their D.A.R.E. diploma.



     The Sheriff's Office hosted training this week for the Field Officer Training (FTO) Course.  This is a 32 hour class that certifies officers to be FTOs for newly hired officers after they have graduated from the basic academy class or have been hired after having worked for other agencies. 

     Field Training focuses on evaluation and documentation of the performance of new officers, as well as getting new officers accustomed to the operational procedures and policies of the law enforcement agency they will be working for.  Field Training gives the agency an opportunity to identify strong points in the officer's performance and character as well as to identify and correct deficiencies or weaknesses.  Officers are required to satisfactorily complete field training before being released for solo patrol duties.

     Those officers graduating are pictured with Sheriff Montgomery.  They are Corporal William Altazan, CID Sergeant Brad Hurst, MHPD Corporal Jonathan Griffin, Corporal Sheri Lewis, Deputy Tracy Munson, Investigator Scott Thrasher, and MHPD Sergeant Robert McCoy.

Sheriff Montgomery Reads to Students

Cotter School District Head Start Students got a visit Friday from Sheriff John Montgomery.  Sheriff Montgomery read “The Biggest Snowman Every” a story about accomplishing anything you put your mind to.  About 15 Head Start Students enjoyed the story and the chance to spend some time with the Sheriff.

Mountain Home Elks make donation to Cotter SADD Chapter

Mountain Home Elks Lodge 1714 made a generous donation to the Cotter High School SADD chapter. Cotter SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) hosts the “After Prom Lock In”.  This donation will help provide more for the graduating High School Students that participate. 

Photographed from left to right: Elks Lodge President Stewart Friend, SADD President Whitney Barkes, SADD Secretary Shawna Martin, SADD Treasurer Samantha Hodges, SADD Vice President Alex Hyde, Baxter County Cotter SRO, Deputy Edward Elliott and Elks Lodge Drug Awareness Chairman John Browning.




Baxter County Sheriff's Office Swears In

Sheriff John Montgomery along with all Deputies and Jailers, started the New Year with the swearing in ceremony.  All employees’ present that were required to take the oath raised their right hand as Circuit Court Judge Shawn Womack administered the oath of office.

"UNITY" Students stand against Bullying

For the second year in a row Students from Cotter and Mountain Home School Districts showed their support for the National "Unity Day" by spelling out letters in the word Unity and wearing Orange.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Baxter County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers helped coordinate some of the events that help the schools remind students that bullying will not be tolerated.  We encourage parents continue with what the schools have started and talk to students about bullying. With their help we can make our schools a happier and safer educational environment!



City of Gassville Celebrates 12th Annual Gassville in the Park

The weather held off during the Parade and most of the morning during the “12th Annual Gassville in the Park”.  Numerous Vendors, Civic Organizations, and Businesses were on hand to help celebrate.  An Antique/Classic Car show and a 5k Run were just some of the events that were provided during the day.  The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office provided their D.A.R.E. trailer and Reserve Deputies to fingerprint youth and provide handouts. 


Mountain Home Elks make donation to Sheriff's Office SRO's

Mountain Home Elks Lodge #1714 made a donation of $600.00 to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Section.  This donation will help all three School Resource Officers in providing programs to students in Mountain Home, Cotter and Norfork.   

Pictured from left to right: Stu Friend, Mountain Home Elks President, Sheriff John Montgomery, Lieutenant Ralph Bird Division Commander, Deputy Billy Cox, Norfork School Resource Officer, Deputy Mandee Love, Mountain Home, School Resource Officer, Deputy Eddie Elliott, Cotter School Resource Officer


Local Youth Wins National Elks Essay Contest

Americanism, what does it mean to you? When asking local Pinkston Middle School student James Swartz it means a lot.  James along with over 200 other local students entered the Elks Lodge Americanism Essay contest and explained what it means to them.  James wrote an essay entitled “What Veterans Day Means to Me”.  His along with 3 others were submitted to the state wide competition where James essay won. It was then sent on to the National competition where his words about Americanism won again.  We are very proud of his accomplishment and would also like to commend all the students that volunteered to submit an essay!  Thanks go to the Mountain Home Elks Lodge and all they do for the youth of our community.

Pictured from left to right: Dick Day, Elks Americanism Chairman, James Swartz, essay winner, and Stu Friend, Mountain Home Elks President.

Norfork D.A.R.E. Graduation

Norfork 6th grade students graduate from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Deputy Billy Cox, Norfork’s School Resource Officer provided several educational programs to students in the Norfork School District this year.  Norfork students join the over 500 students that completed the program in Baxter County this year. 

Norfork Graduating D.A.R.E. students

Deputy Billy Cox speaks to parents and teachers during the opening ceremony. SADD students and distinguished guests are (from left to right) Scott Bradshaw, Taylor Due, Sheriff John Montgomery and Elementary Principal Stacey Bradbury.

Sheriff John Montgomery hands Ethan Chapman his certificate.

Deputy Billy Cox and SADD student Taylor Due present Andrew Ruegsegger, the overall top class graduate with Darren the D.A.R.E. mascot along with the first place medal. 

Sheriff's Office at Nelson-Wilks-Herron

Students at Nelson-Wilks-Herron Elementary School were able to attend a presentation by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office on May 20th.  Sheriff’s Deputies talked to students about some of the equipment they use and were reminded about safety this summer.  

McGruff gets a hug from a student as other students meet PC and learn about vehicle safety

Lieutenant Ralph Bird and Lieutenant Rick Lucy spoke to students about water patrol and how the Sheriff's Office uses underwater cameras

Sergeant Lee Sanders talked to students about the Sheriff's Office Dive Team and water safety, while Deputy/Pilot Benny Magness informed students about the Sheriff's Office Helicopter and flight operations

Chamber Leadership Class spends the day with Deputies

The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class spent the day with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputies.  During the day members were able to gain some insight on the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Office.  Members were given tours of the Sheriff’s Office Detention Center, Aviation section, Underwater Operations/Dive Team, and received some hands on training with the Criminal Investigations Division in processing a mock crime scene.  After lunch the group went to the firing range and had the chance to fire department weapons under the supervision of Sheriff’s Office range instructors.  Upon returning to the Sheriff’s Office the class had the opportunity to negotiate the golf cart through a driving course while wearing drunk goggles. 

Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class

Investigator Brad Lewis and Investigator Eric Neal go over crime scene protocol

Class members learn how to collect evidence

Lieutenant Danielle Campfield and Corporal Rocky Morrell provide the tour of the Detention Center Tower

Lieutenant Ralph Bird, Sergeant Lee Sanders and Corporal Scott Thrasher give a safety briefing to class while at the range

Mountain Home Graduates over 300 D.A.R.E. students

It was mixed emotions at Dunbar Auditorium during the Mountain Home School District’s 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduation.  Family and friends attended as over 300 students from Hackler Intermediate School crossed the stage and were recognized.  Along with the graduation came the announcement that Deputy Mandee Love, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Home School Resource Officer, for the past 9 years would be leaving Baxter County.  Cheers from the graduating students soon turned to tears as past and present students came to the stage to hug Deputy Love and wish her well.  Deputy Love will be moving with her family to relocate to the Quitman area due to her husband’s relocation with the Corps of Engineers.

Sheriff John Montgomery spoke to the graduates

Students and Teachers were recognized during Graduation

Students are congratulated as they crossed the stage

Sheriff Montgomery presents Deputy Love with a plaque and gifts from the teachers.  Students lined up to hug Deputy Love and wish her well

Cotter School District Graduates D.A.R.E. class

The Cotter School District recognized their fifth grade students during the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation ceremony.  Parents, teachers, staff, and guest speakers were in attendance to show support and talk to students about making good choices in their future.  Deputy Eddie Elliott of the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has instructed the students on the 10 key topics of the program which covers numerous areas from bullying to illegal drug use. 


 2014 Cotter 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduating class


 Sheriff John Montgomery, Lieutenant Ralph Bird, Superintendent Don Sharp, Elementary Principal Airl Cheek and SADD Chapter President Kaitlyn Dewey congratulate graduating students.


 Baxter County Deputy Eddie Elliott Cotter's School Resource Officer and the top five graduation students. (Top left to lower right) Over all top student, Anna Haynes, Over all top essay, Kally Benedict, Essay Class winners, Cailyann Froyck, Skyy Voss, Lane Cox.


































































Cotter SADD Students interview Sheriff Montgomery

Cotter High School SADD students recently interviewed Sheriff Montgomery.  The interview was based on a video that the SADD students are doing on underage drinking.  Sheriff Montgomery was able to address questions from the students, and help provide them with information about state laws concerning underage drinking and drug abuse.  The video will be presented to the Cotter High School students prior to the High School prom.

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

Unity Day 2013 Celebrated in Local Schools

Students from Cotter and Mountain Home School Districts showed their support for the National "Unity Day" by spelling out the words Unity Day and wearing Orange.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month and October 9th is when everyone shows their united support by wearing orange. Baxter County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers helped coordinate some of the events that help the schools remind students that bullying will not be tolerated.  We encourage parents continue with what the schools have started and talk to students about bullying. With their help we can make our schools a happier and safer educational environment.


Students at Hackler Intermediate School spell out the words "Unity Day" dressed in Orange

Students at Cotter showed their support for the National Bullying Prevention Month

Students at Pinkston Middle School gather at the front of their School surrounding the Marquee that reminds people that October is Bullying Prevention Month

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. 

Inmates continue to perform community service at area cemeteries

New sign at Cooper Cemetery

Inmates place new sign
at Cooper Cemetery

The small, overgrown
Beuhler Spring Cemetery

Inmates clearing brush and
debris from Beuhler Spring Cem.

Clean-up nearing

New sign placed for
Beuhler Spring Cemetery


Overview of Beuhler Spring
Cemetery after clean-up

     Baxter County Inmates continue to perform community service work projects at area cemeteries.  On Monday, July 9th, inmates cleaned-up the small Beuhler Spring Cemetery on Baxter CR 123 and placed a sign there to mark its location.  Later in the afternoon, inmates erected a new sign at the Cooper Cemetery, which is located at the end of Kinsdale Lane in the Midway area.  The signs are made by an inmate using donated materials.

     Jail Inmates under the supervision of Sheriff's personnel continue to routinely mow, weed-eat, and maintain the following cemeteries in Baxter County, most of which would otherwise receive little or no care and upkeep:  Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Williams Cemetery, Hart Cemetery, Talburt Cemetery, Nelson Cemetery, Horn Cemetery, Reed's Grove Cemetery, Buzzard Roost-Tracy Cemetery, Old Sales Cemetery, Hutcheson Cemetery, Casteel Cemetery, Lone Rock Cemetery, Curtiss-Acklin Cemetery, Ward Family Cemetery, and Cooper Cemetery.  All inmate work is strictly on a voluntary basis.

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


Local Attorney Donates Ballistic Armor to Deputies

Ballistic Vests Donated by Local Attorney


Local Attorney and businessman, Rick Spencer recently donated funds to purchase five ballistic vests.  Mr. Spencer donated the money to the Baxter County Sheriff's Foundation who in turn purchased the bullet proof vests for Deputies with the Baxter County Sheriff's Office.

Attorney Rick Spencer

Attorney Rick Spencer (left) speaks to the Deputies.  Sheriff John
Montgomery (center) and Foundation President, TC Carter (right)

 Deputies with their new vests

Baxter County Sheriff's Deputies  receive new ballistic vests


Attorney Rick Spencer hands a check to Baxter County Sheriff's
Foundation President TC Carter.  The Foundation purchased the
Ballistic Vests for the Deputies.

Old vest

Sergeant Kevin Boucher holds up his old vest manufactured in 1999

 Group Photo

 From left to right:  Deputy Brian Davis, Sgt. Kevin Boucher, Rick Spencer
TC CarterDeputy Kris Savino, Deputy Scott Thrasher, Deputy William Altazan

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