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Baxter County is located in the north central section of Arkansas and is approximately 600 square miles. Baxter County has elevations ranging from 800 to 1,400 feet. Baxter County was formed on March 24, 1873, from parts of Fulton, Izard, Marion and Searcy Counties and was named for Elisha Baxter, then the Governor of Arkansas. Mountain Home is the County seat.
Mountain Home is the county seat. The landscape of Baxter County is rugged and mountainous. The county courthouse sits between two of the states largest lakes, Bull Shoals and Norfolk. The third floor rooms of the courthouse were added between 1908 and 1912 to give a third floor because the previous courthouse only had two stories, and in the early nineteen hundreds another thriving town in Baxter County was trying to get to be the county seat, therefore the Arkansas Legislature passed an Act requiring the courthouse to have three stories; thus, a third story was built in a hurry. The courthouse is located fourteen miles from the oldest courthouse in Arkansas, the log house of Major Wolfe, built in 1809 and still standing at the town of Norfork. Over the past three decades, the population of Baxter County has boomed. Much of the countys growth and more than half its tax dollars can be traced to tourism and retirement. Visitors often return to take up residence. Other resources include a technical campus of Arkansas State University and a fine regional medical center located in Mountain Home. The county has a large water-base recreation such as the White River, North Fork River, Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake and the Buffalo National River.
The County has approximately 210 miles of state maintained highways and has approximately 900 miles of locally maintained roads. Baxter County was the 12th fastest-growing county in the state, according to the latest census, increasing from 31,186 in 1990 to 41,513 in 2010. Mountain Home, the County Seat, had a population of 12,363 in 2016. Other incorporated areas of the County in order by population are Gassville (2,131), Cotter (948), Lakeview (725), Norfork (499), Salesville (448), Briarcliff (234), and Big Flat (104).
The county has two hydroelectric dams operated by the Corps of Engineers. Norfork Dam is located on the North Fork River at river mile 4.8, four miles northeast of Norfork. Bull Shoals Dam is located on the White River at the river mile 418.6 in Baxter and Marion counties, seven miles north of Cotter and 10 miles west of Mountain Home.
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Date Found: 02-03-2019
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Check Your Smoke Alarms
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to check your smoke alarms at least once a month, by pushing the test button on the alarm. USFA estimates that more than 2,500 people die in home fires each year in the United States largely due to non-functioning smoke alarms. A functioning smoke alarm can be the difference between life and death.
USFA offers these life-saving tips to protect your family from a home fire:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom;
Install interconnected smoke alarms in your home, so when one alarms sounds they all sound; and
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or older.
You can find more information to protect your household against a fire on the USFA website.
Senator Missy Irvin; Rural Services Director Alex Johnston; Karen Carter; Judge Mickey Pendergrass; Russell Lader; Ron Everroad, Representative Jack Fortner; Governor Asa Hutchinson; AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston; ARDC Chair David Johnston; ARDC Commissioner Frank Lisko
Oakland Fire Department
Clarkridge Fire Department
Rural Services Director Alex Johnston; Judge Mickey Pendergrass; Sidney Edelbrock; Barbara
Edelbrock; Representative Jack Fortner; Governor Asa Hutchinson; AEDC Executive Director
Mike Preston; ARDC Chair David Johnston; ARDC Commissioner Frank Lisko.
Tina Cole; Jeremy Ragland; Wayne Alexander; Carolyn Gill; Judge Mickey Pendergrass; Mayor
Peggy Hammack; Representative Jack Fortner; Governor Asa Hutchinson; AEDC Executive
Director Mike Preston; ARDC Chair David Johnston; ARDC Commissioner Frank Lisko; Rural
Services Director Alex Johnston.
Cotter Fire Department
Little Rock, AR: Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Executive Director Mike Preston and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $319,763.38 to 27 rural communities on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The communities were selected for Fiscal Year 2019 Cycle I funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.
In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Community Development grant on behalf of Cotter in Baxter County. The City of Cotter received $15,000 to complete phase II of their new community center building. Clarkridge Fire Department received $15,000.00 to purchase a used pumper truck. Oakland Promise Land Fire Protection District received $15,000.00 to purchase a brush truck.
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs recipients. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.
For more information about Rural Services grant programs or other services, please contact the Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.
Three Local Fire Departments Receive Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant
Baxter County Assessor Jayme Nicholson was named Vice President of Executive Board of Arkansas Assessors Association and 2018 Assessor of the year given from Arkansas Chapter International Association of Assessing Officers.
Jennifer Baker, Vice President and David Benedict, President of the Baxter County Historical Society presented an historic reprint to County Judge Mickey D. Pendergrass, to be displayed in the 3rd floor stairwell at the Baxter County Courthouse.
The reprint depicts the Mountain Home square taken c.1895 for the perspective looking northwest. It is the earliest known photo of the Mtn. Home square. The frame from the picture was handmade by David Benedict, using old lumber from the smokehouse behind the Leonard house that was torn down on South College several years ago.