Cotter Students Graduate DARE


Over 60, 5th grade students from the Cotter School District graduated from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office Drug Prevention Program yesterday afternoon.  DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is the primary focus for the program, but students learn a number of different skills while participating in the classes.  Deputy Matthew Guthrie conducted the graduation and introduced the guest speakers, Superintendent Vanessa Thomas Jones, Principal Airl Cheek, and Sheriff John Montgomery.

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Students walked across the stage and met the guest speakers

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Cotter School Resource Officer, Deputy Matthew Guthrie presented his Essay winners for the 2018 graduation from left to right, Makayla Ligon, Morley Cranfill, and Konnor Winclif, the overall winner was Taylee Harvey.

Arkansas Sheriff's Association awards Red Ribbon Grant to Norfork School

The Baxter County Sheriff's Office applied for and was awarded a grant for the Norfork School District from the Arkansas Sheriff's Association for "Red Ribbon Week".  Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.  The campaign is to help our children make a personal commitment to live drug free lives.

 Red Ribbon week started in 1985 when DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, died at the hands of drug traffickers while undercover in Mexico fighting the battle against illegal drugs.


Baxter County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer Billy Cox applied for the grant and is shown here presenting the check for $1,793.25 to Norfork School Counselor Ms. Carla Dollard.  Red Ribbon week will be October 23rd through the 31st, we encourage everyone to support the youth of our community in their choice to live a drug free life.

Sheriff's Vehicles Sale at Walkers Auction

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will have Seven Vehicles for Auction.

Date: September 5th 2017

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Walkers Auction Service 1209 S. Main, Mountain Home

(2 blocks north of the fairgrounds)

Vehicles to be sold

2004 Black Ford Explorer

2002 Silver Ford Explorer

2009 Silver Ford Crown Victoria

2007 Silver Ford Crown Victoria

2004 Silver Ford Crown Victoria

2005 Silver Ford Crown Victoria

2005 Silver Ford Crown Victoria


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20 Years of D.A.R.E. packs Dunbar for Graduation

 Dunbar Auditorium was packed Tuesday night with Parents family and friends of the 5th grade DARE graduating class.  Students from Hackler Intermediate School joined almost 10,000 students that have graduated through the DARE program in Baxter County since 1997.  Students throughout the county this year are wearing their DARE graduation T-Shirt with the big 20 on the back, which marks 20 years of DARE in our area schools. 


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 Tuesday night Dunbar Auditorium was packed for the 2017 DARE Graduation


Lieutenant Ralph Bird presents John Browning of the Mountain Home Elks Lodge with a plaque thanking them for 20 years of support

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Sheriff John Montgomery presents Mountain Home School Superintendent Dr. Jacob Long with a plaque thanking them for supporting our school resource officer and DARE program for 20 years

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Students cross the stage and are congratulated on their graduation


Final words of support are provided by Sheriff John Montgomery, Hackler Principal Sondra Monger, and Mountain Home School Resource officer Deputy Daniel Campfield



2017 Cotter D.A.R.E. Graduation

The 2016-2017 Cotter School D.A.R.E. graduation started off with an amazing performance of the Pledge of Allegiance by Cotter 8th grade student Aimee Tardif, guest speakers were, Elementary Principal Airl Cheek, Local Business owner Nathan Buck and Sheriff John Montgomery. Mr. Buck spoke about making good choices and gave the students some insight as to how D.A.R.E. had helped him. Mr. Buck was in the class from 1997 when D.A.R.E. was first offered in Baxter County.

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Graduating D.A.R.E. Class

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Principal Cheek, Mr. Buck and Sheriff Montgomery speak to students

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Top student, Jillian Wilkinson, Best Essay, Brooks Cheek, 2nd Place Essay, Ryenn Lawing


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