Winter will soon come to an end and we will welcome spring. For some that will be a welcomed site!
Remember that spring is a great time in our community. Baseball season will begin, spring break is approaching and graduation is fast approaching. Together we celebrate these good times!
I know you have heard this message many times over the years but if this message reaches one person then I can only hope that it will trickle to the next person and so on.
Whether you choose to stay here or travel for spring break please do this responsibly. We want you to have fun but we also want you to be safe! If you possess alcohol while under the age of 21 you are breaking the law. If your parents host a party and contribute to underage drinking they are breaking the law. If you drive under the influence you are breaking the law. The list goes on but I can say this – if you violate the Arkansas State law, you will be arrested and transported to the Johnson County Detention Center. This can have a huge impact on your social life, education, employment and finances. This is not worth the risk. If you find yourself in an unsafe situation please contact a trusted adult to get you home safely!
I would also like to remind you when warmer weather appears; our precious children may be playing near County Roads or riding bikes. Please drive with extreme caution and slow down.
Also warmer weather brings many visitors to our county so they can enjoy the lakes, hiking/biking trails, festivals, fairs, etc. We always welcome people to enjoy our beautiful county but we are also aware that sometimes people come to our county for other reasons. Please remember, do not allow yourselves to become easy targets for the thieves that wish to take/vandalize your property. Always lock your vehicles at night or while unattended, trim hedges and bushes around your homes and look out for your neighbors. Immediately report suspicious people in your neighborhoods and be vigilant.
As your Sheriff, I will continue to work hard toward making our community safe. Together, we can all make a difference and we can continue to improve our quality of life here in Johnson County.