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Agnes Nix, 95, of Sevier County, enjoys Thanksgiving with 3 month old Eli along with the rest of her family. Eli was born on Aug 24, 2016.

Pictured left to right is Ginger Rochelle, Dean Runnels, Agnes Nix holding her great, great grandson Eli Rochelle, and Alexander Rochelle.


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AJHS PreAP Language Arts Teacher Sarah Hadaway assigned her students a project to help build background knowledge about Victorian Christmases so they could apply that knowledge as they begin to read “A Christmas Carol”. Students could choose between designing a village, creating a timeline, comparing and contrasting modern and Victorian traditions, or writing a report.

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Monday morning, De Queen High School senior Logan Hall signed a National Letter of Intent at the KDQN studios to high jump for the University of Central Arkansas.

Logan, who is the son of Charlie and Kristy Hall, has only been high jumping since January of this year.



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Pictured are (left to right): Officer Hall, Brown and Officer Maurin





On Tuesday, November 15, Ashdown High School senior Montaric Brown, a safety for the Panther football team, was presented his honorary jersey to play in the 17th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl during a ceremony in the AHS Parker Gymnasium with all AHS students and staff present. Only 100 high school football players are selected for this honor. Five Selection Tour teams travel the country from September to December to announce all 100 athletes.

The game, an East versus West game, will be held at noon, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised on NBC.

"I am a former resident of the De Queen area and would like to say THANK YOU for this website! I enjoy reading each section of this site. It's easier to keep up with the the people and the area happenings. :o)"

" I regret I can't catch you on the radio.  Too far away here in Hot Springs. I frequently  read your news pages.  Good job!  My brother put me on to you.  We're long gone from De Queen, but still keep in touch thru your website."

"Keep up the good work. We Enjoy the web page. Thanks"

"I Googled De Queen, Ark. news and found this site last week because a friend died  in an ATV wreck. I'm in Oklahoma and we had no reports of this accident, but you had it covered.  You had the obituary and everything I wanted to know without me having to call the family and ask questions that are hard to ask. I used the Chandler Funeral Home link page. Thanks for your services. It was great."


De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Member Spotlight
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1011 West Collin Raye Drive ~ De Queen

BancorpSouth in De Queen has been a part of the local banking community for years. Located at 1011 W. Collin Raye Drive, BancorpSouth offers a range of financial services - including banking, credit cards, loans and mortgages - for both individuals and businesses. The bank offers convenient options for customers such as online banking and drive-thru service until 5 p.m. See BancorpSouth in De Queen for small town friendliness with big city services. For more information, visit BancorpSouth between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call (870) 584-4400. Pictured from left are Tonya Petross, Maurilia Toledano, Teresa Brewer and Leslie Lacefield.   Not pictured is Teri Hart.

November Yard of the Month

UA Cossatot was the business winner of the Yard of the Month program for November. The award recognizes the efforts the college has placed towards beautification on its De Queen campus for the past 40 years. The program is hosted by the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the Yard of the Month program, visit

tour de queen held



The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce held its sixth annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on Nov. 5. The ride featured various routes up to 47 miles in length and took riders through scenic areas of De Queen and the surrounding area.


Forty-seven bike riders participated in this year's event, including participants from Texarkana, Idabel, Okla., and Fort Smith. Attendance this year was the largest since the bike ride began.  (More) 





Back Row (L-R): Brandon Robinson & Noah Reed

Front Row (L-R): Cristina Santiago & Jayla Kramer


We had THREE contestants miss TWO games each in Week Ten of the Pigskin Pickem contest. They included: Rhonda Spradlin, Jessica Ugarte, and LaDonna Morris. So we go to the Arkansas-Florida tie-breaker score to determine a winner. The Hogs pounded the Gators 31-10 Saturday in Fayetteville. Jessica Ugarte predicted 24-17, missing by 14 points. LaDonna Morris guessed 28-21, also missing by 14 points. Rhonda Spradlin missed by 18 points. So Jessica Ugarte and LaDonna Morris tie for the top spot in Week Ten, and Jessica and LaDonna will each receive $50!

Jessica Ugarte and La Donna Morris are each presented their $50 check by Caroline Maurer


Emily Newlin and Crystal Sims, recently graduated from the Arkansas Community College Leadership Institute.  The graduation ceremony was held at the annual conference of the Arkansas Community Colleges. The Institute is an intense training held in different areas of the state designed to educate community college staff members on utilizing resources and navigating the waters of higher education in Arkansas.

UA Cossatot Chancellor, Dr. Steve Cole pictured with Emily Newlin, left and Crystal Sims, right




Congratulations to Ashdown High School Junior, Hunter Billingsley on being selected as the school’s “Panther Correspondent” through a program provided by KDQN Radio. Hunter will spend eight weeks gathering campus information including general campus happenings and sports scores and reporting them to KDQN. Hunter is also involved in the Purple Pride Marching Band, Ashdown’s inaugural Television Production class, and four year EAST student.  In his spare time he likes to practice his trombone, go out with friends and work all the hours he can at Sonic.


4-H Leaders Honored for 40 Years of Service

Front Row L to R: Wilma Morris and Raymond Morris, Back Row: Rex Herring, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair

Raymond and Wilma Morris of Chapel Hill 4-H Club in De Queen were honored at the 4-H Awards Banquet recently for their 40 years of service as 4-H volunteer leaders with Sevier County 4-H. Dawn Fortner-Leeper, 4-H Program Assistant, said the Morris’ have served as an asset to the Sevier County 4-H program with their many years of experience. Not only have their children succeeded in 4-H but also their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are all 4-H members and leaders as well. Sevier County Extension Office expressed their gratitude for 40 years continuing support of the 4-H program by awarding them with an overnight stay and meals at Queen Wilhelmina Lodge in Mena.

(Photo courtesy Janet Cantrell, CEA-FCS) 




Congratulations to the 4th-6th Grade Ashdown Quiz Bowl Team on being the Runner-Ups in the Tri County Quiz Bowl Tournament.


Back row: Bannon Price, Caleb Blankenship, Rachel Vice, Dylan Rose, Aly Mills 

Front Row: Ty Tong, Bella Easley, Kutter Dollarhide, Rechelle Vasquez




McKenna Caudle, Kane Faulkenberry, Tyler Johnson and Trace Kennemore, all of De Queen, were inducted Oct. 29 into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club in Little Rock. Caudle had the Grand Champion Beefmaster Heifer, Faulkenberry had the Grand Champion Brahman Heifer, Johnson had the Grand Champion AOB- Exotic Bull and Kennemore had the Grand Champion AOB- English Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Rich Hillman, Vice President of Arkansas Farm Bureau, presented the awards.


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DHS placed 2nd at the 2016 spring creek festival

Cody Lites, Tanner Manasco, Makyla Jackson, and Jennifer Rogers placed 2nd in the onsite category of Cellphone Short Film at the 2016 Spring Creek Festival!!

These students created a 2-3 minute video only using a cellphone. Their achievement is particularly impressive since they brainstormed a plot, filmed, edited, and submitted the video in two and a half hours.

We are looking forward to next year’s festival and plan to enter a number of competitions.




Jim Cross and Chamber President Danny Young

Jim Cross was named the Steve Pearce Citizen of the Year at the annual Little River Chamber of Commerce banquet held Thursday, October 27th in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on
UA Cossatot's Ashdown campus.

In addition to being a full time minister, Jim is very active in school and community and is color analyst for our Ashdown Panther football broadcasts aired each week on KDQN 92.1.

(Photos of other award winners) 


DHS Student Council collected about 800 non-perishable food items and donated them to the Chalice Cupboard this week. Donated items were collected from students at De Queen High School during Homecoming week and during the Homecoming game from Leopard fans to end child hunger in our community. Students were encouraged to bring enough items to block teachers' doors, and Leopard fans were entered to win door prizes at the game for donating items. Door prizes were courtesy of Adoroze Designs, Custom Graphics, De Queen Animal Hospital, and Walmart.
Above: Back row left to right: Ruby Peppers, Rose Tinajero, Julie Gomez, Lissette Hernandez, Josue Castellanos, Kayla Martin, Yuliania Castillo
Middle row left to right: Jennifer Rogers, Bradi Young, Veronica Rivas, Karla Angeles, Erika Zamora, Saleni Rojas, Front row left to right: Johana Martinez, Martha Mosqueda, Jorge Gonzalez, Alexis Gallardo, Alejandro Hernandez
Not pictured: Emily Rodriguez, Cody Lites, Katelyn Patterson



The Ashdown Purple Pride Marching Band Marched at the Region 3 Marching Assessment on Tuesday October 25th at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs and received first division ratings. Pictured is Drum Major, Jacob Purifoy


"Thanks for your this very informative website.  I live in Alexandria, VA  and have been searching for a Sevier County site to keep me informed on my home news." 
"I want to thank you for having this website.  My sister and brother live far away now, but they can keep in touch with things from home with your website.  Keep up the good work and God bless you all."
"Just wanted to let you know how great it is to be able to access the news daily instead of weekly.  You all are doing a great job!"
"Just a note of thanks for keeping these Missouri grandparents 'in the know' with the sports photos and happenings in Lower Arkansas!!!"
"I'm very happy that you all have this website since we don't have a daily newspaper.  I'm Hispanic and every time I read the news, I usually tell my friends what's going on. It would be nice if we could have a Spanish website where someone that doesn't speak English could go in and read it so they can know what's going on in our county and what to watch out for. Congratulations for this website and keeping us informed with the news."


Fire Chief Dennis Pruett  

Fire Chief Dennis Pruett stopped by the KDQN studios to remind residents of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. De Queen residents who need a Carbon Monoxide or smoke detector installed in their home can contact the De Queen Fire Department and they will do it for you.


Judge Greg Ray, Fire Chief Dennis Pruett & Sevier County OEM Walter Smith

Sevier County Officials are asking that all De Queen Residents put their 911 address numbers on their houses and mailboxes. The numbers need to be at least 3 inches so that they are clearly visible from the road. This helps emergency personnel to find your home during an emergency.


Cynthia Martin of the CASA of the Ouachita Region announced there is a need for more CASA volunteers.

For more information, call Martin at 479-243-9277


Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center, formerly Southwest Arkansas Domestic Violence Center, is still open for business providing a sympathetic ear, guidance, and shelter for victims of abuse. 
The hotline number that is good 24/7 is (870) 584-3441.

"As a De Queen teacher, I would like to say a HUGE "thank-you" for the support you give our students, as well as many others, on your website. It's so great to visit KDQN's site and see faces of our kiddos that are doing great things in our community! Thank you for going out of your way to make us proud of "our kids!"
"I am so VERY pleased with your new web site.  This is what it's about, knowing your town's news and happenings...not that the rest of the world isn't important, but you can get that on TV.  This is what we need.  I love it!  Keep it up!"
"As a resident of Sevier County, I would just like to thank you for the wonderful job that you are doing.  As a person who works out of the country half of his life (currently in Ashdod, Israel), you are the only link for local up to date news that I have.  I especially love being able to tell my wife something that happened before she even hears about it living at home."
"Thanks for the Web site....I was born in De Queen and graduated there.  My dad was a barber for 50 years.  Sure is nice to read what is going on in De Queen."
"The Southwest Arkansas Daily is a great way to feel connected to the community. I live in Little Rock now but I still have family in the De Queen/Wickes area. It's nice to read about current events and even check the local weather. Keep up the great work."
"I would like to thank you for this web site. I hated it when our paper went to once a week but I still bought it just to get the full story on the news. I have not bought a De Queen newspaper since hearing about this web site. THANK YOU!!!!"
"I really enjoy your website, I was gone for a month and was able to keep up with all that was going on in the community...."
"My wife and I grew up in De Queen and graduated from the De Queen High School. I want to say how much we appreciate the information you report about De Queen. We still have a lot of relatives and friends still living there. We thank you for printing the obit of our son. Since the Bee was sold this is one way to stay up to date. Our hearts are still there. Again, thank you very much for reporting". 
"I love your site.  I grew up in De Queen and really miss a lot about it, but your site helps me to  keep in touch! I tell everyone formerly from there about the site as well and they love it too!  Thanks so much and Keep up the FANTASTIC work."


Park Interpreters Shelley Flannery and Tori Carson

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Grant Groves

The Chalice Cupboard in De Queen is open Tuesday & Wednesday from 2 until 4 pm at 315 North 5th Street for distribution of food to individuals in emergency situations.

If you would like to donate your money or time, contact Grant Groves at 642-3420.


In Little River County donations may be dropped off at the Department of Human Services office, 90 Waddell Street, Ashdown, AR., M-F, 8am-4:30pm.

 For more information call 870-898-5155.

Reader Comments:
"It is with the most profound sense of of joy this listener wishes 92.1 a Merry Christmas and just needed to say that you'all have provided a needed full service to our community and not to mention the basic survival needs to survive in hard times so many of us are experiencing locally. If we just could do the same it could provide us all with a better life and (Wonderful Christmas). KINDNESS LASTS FOR EVER!"
"I can't imagine how you can manage to keep up with this great web site. Enjoy reading it. Thanks for giving the people something to do than just play games or get on the social media."
"I really enjoy your web site even though I am a thousand miles away from home I am able to catch up on what is going on in my hometown. It helps me stay connected to the place I will always love, and to the people I will always love. Keep up the good work and may God bless the town of De Queen Arkansas and the people there."
"I want to thank you very much for your providing information on Sevier County in the Southwest Arkansas Daily.  My wife and I were born and raised in Horatio and I taught school eight years in De Queen.  So Sevier County was always home even though we haven't lived there since 1972.  Your news is as good as, perhaps better than the De Queen Bee was, and it means so much to be able to keep up with what's going on there."
"I like that you take time to make a special web site."
" Just happened to stumble across the Obituary listing on your web site and wanted to let you know it is really appreciated. Many of us who have long since left De Queen are still interested in our friends we left behind. Since your local paper's web site went south, there was no way to do it. Thank you for picking up the slack on that and all the other news you publish. Wish we could get the Country Breakfast Crew in San Antonio!!!"
"I was born in De Queen in 1937. Have not lived in the area for a long time due to 20 years in the  Navy and 32 years of living in Maine. In October 2005 moved to Clovis, NM. Have family still in the  area and use your web site daily. It was a good site, but is even better now. Thank you so much  for allowing people from away to access your web site. It brings "home" to a lot of people."
"The website is like the newspaper, only better (Not to mention not having to buy the paper).  I can see the lunch menu for my kid's school as well as the calendar.  If I miss the news all I have to do is visit the website.  It's great to have this.  Thank you!!!!!!(P.S. the trophy room is neat, too)"

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Location   updated 7:00 am 05/03/16

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 599.0 610.79 0.31 7000
De Queen Lake 437.0 466.34 0.31 M
Gillham Lake 502.0 541.57 -1.08 M
Dierks Lake 526.0 545.66 0.24 M
Millwood Lake 259.2 265.36 1.41 M
Lake Wright Patman 226.0 251.99 0.59 3992
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 403.33 10.28 4400
Toledo Bend 172.00


0.08 31869

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