First drug court ‘graduating class’ honored

The first two graduates of the drug court program were honored at a celebration at the Family Service Mall last Friday.

A luncheon for all drug court participants was held followed by a ceremony in which the first two participants to complete the demanding 12-month regimen were formally promoted out of the program with all charges dismissed.

Judge John Dobson awarded Troy Wilkins his certificate of graduation from the program and said, “Congratulations. You’ve done everything you’ve been asked to do and I’m dismissing your case. Your case is over. If you ever need our help again – or if you’d ever like to come back to help others in the program, we’d like for you to come back.”

Forty-four participants remain in the program and about five of those are on pace to graduate within the next few months.

Dobson said he thinks the program is doing quite well and is about where it ought to be after a little over a year in operation. “I’m pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish so far,” he said.

Organizations providing the luncheon included World Outreach Center, Mountain Pointe Ministries, Overcomers Outreach, and Garden City Congregational Church.