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You are coming in strong in Gainesville, FL. Wish all my kinfolks in De Queen a Merry Christmas. Sterling and Pud Daniel, Junior and Judy Hicks and several more nieces and nephews.
"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!!!"

Renee Logan & Megan Lee-Smith


The De Queen-Sevier County Chamber of Commerce kicked off their $hop Local campaign this week.  For each $10 you spend at one of the 56 participating  merchants before December 19th, you'll receive a ticket for the Grand Prize drawing worth over $1,400.  Many of the merchants have donated prizes with the winner to be drawn store entry box.  Those weekly winners are still eligible for the grand prize drawing.

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 Horatio Band members are holding a bake sale today from 11 am - 5 pm at Horatio Elementary School cafeteria to raise money for uniforms.


Adilene Arellano, President of the Horatio Student Council presented a $300 check to Courtney White with the Southwest Arkansas Domestic Violence and Crisis Center.  The group raised the money by passing a bucket at a Horatio basketball game.  They are challenging other area school organizations to match their donation.

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We're wrapping up this year's Pigskin Pick 'em contest with three entries getting all nine games correct. 

When we looked at tie breaker Arkansas vs Ole Miss  game with it's  30 to 0 shutout, Mike Callahan missed predicting the score by 27 points; Sonny Kimmell missed by 20 points; and Levi Browning missed by 17 points--making him the winner.

It's been an action-packed year and we look forward to seeing your predictions in next year's contest

"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."

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The De Queen Fire Department will hold a Lunch with Santa benefit for Myleigh Marshall on Saturday, December 6th from noon until 3 pm or sold out.  They will serve a smoked chicken dinner with sides and dessert for $5 donation per plate.  Myleigh is the 4 year-old daughter of firefighter Jeff Marshall and his wife Ginger.  She was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 when she was 18 months old.  This disease caused tumors to grow anywhere on or in the body. 



LeAnn Carlisle, Stephanie Rivas and Audrey Smith

The Horatio National Honor Society is joining with the Department of Human Services asking listeners to help provide Christmas gifts for foster children this year. Contact Gayla Ivan at (870) 832-4763 for more information. 


A De Queen family generously donated two pieces of hand crafted furniture to be raffled off to raise funds for the Sevier County Crisis & Resource Center. The raffle raised $961 for the center.
The winners were Dee Singleton & Jill Brinkley.




Coach Richard McMillan was unable to attend the Fall Festival, he was voted “favorite teacher” at O.H.E. by the students that attended the Festival on November 8th. He received a pie in his face for this “honor.”


Diabetes Day

Mrs. Jennifer Martin, Mrs. Son1a Bunyard, and Mrs. Cathy Smith work with De Queen High School students to check blood sugar levels for "Sock it to Diabetes Day", on Friday, November 14th.





Students at Oscar Hamilton Elementary raised more than $100.00 dollars in change for the All for Books campaign. Students were told if they raised more than $100.00 dollars, Mrs. Smith, the OHE librarian, would get a pie in her face. Thank you to all who donated



Allison Brooke Steward
 William David Harberson

Tracy & Cindy Steward, announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Allison Brooke Steward to William David Harberson, son of John & Cecilia Harberson and Selena McKnight. Miss Steward is the granddaughter of Billy Dinger and Jerry & Donna Conatser and the late David & Judy Steward. Mr. Harberson is the grandson of the late John & Billy Harberson and  the late J.H. & Ovarine Gilbert.

Miss Steward is a graduate of Horatio High School and is employed at the Howard County Children's Center in Nashville as a Para Professional. Mr. Harberson is a graduate of Murfreesboro High School and is employed at the Pike County Sheriff's Department in Murfreesboro as a Jailer. 

The wedding will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:30pm at Garrison Gardens in Texarkana, Arkansas.



The C.D. Franks Fall Festival Poster contest winner is Billye Grace Young.  She is in Mrs. Aylett's third grade classroom. The Honorable Mention winners are Cadence Mangrum, from 2nd grade, and Eve Young, from 3rd grade.  These three winning posters were displayed at the C.D. Franks Fall Festival. 


Friends of De Queen School

Olivia Romine and Fawn Dykes were presented with plaques at the November school board meeting in appreciation of their continuous support of De Queen Schools.



Campsite Chaos

 by Ken Preuss



The De Queen High School senior play will take place Friday, November 21st, in the high school auditorium during 7th period from 1:30-2:20PM.  Donations will be taken at the door for the senior trip.



The Oscar Hamilton Elementary S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Students for the month of November are:
Front row: Aaron Wessel, Zoey Whitaker, Hunter Maynard, Jaxson Hawkins, and Karson Merrell
Middle row: Ky Martinez, Ava Whisenhunt, and Hunter Carrell
Back row: Anabella Garcia, Carley Klitz, Kennedy Womble, Heath Fowler, Jacob Adcock, and Kaitlyn Roberts


Horatio Elementary

"Paws" itively Awesome Office Referrals for the month of October-

Front row- Tori Gentry, Gunner Voss, Abram Camacho

Middle row- Rebecca Pruitt, Adriana Nichols, Alex Contreras, Brooklynn Roberts

Back row- Benjamin Lovell, Dominik Aquilar, Curtis DeVore, Tori Deen, Alyssa Stewart




A representative from Arkansas Tech University visited with students at De Queen High School on Tuesday, November 04, 2014.  Graduation for the Class of 2015 is 33 weeks away.




De Queen High School students visited KDQN morning Brew Crew on November 10.  Kayla Martin, Alec Lowrey, Randi Toye, Brady Hanney and Mrs. Jennifer Martin spoke about Diabetes Day on Friday.  Students at De Queen Public Schools will have a “Sock it to Diabetes Day” on Friday and requests that students wear crazy socks.  One in ten people are likely to have some form of diabetes.  Kayla Martin told the Brew Crew about diabetes and how she manages it day to day. 



 Beth Hughes picked up check for her husband, Tony from Jim Pinson.


Road teams had a good week: Alabama won at L.S.U. Texas A &

 M pulled a shocker at Auburn. Ohio State recorded a Big Ten road win at Michigan State. Baylor won in Norman. When the dust all settled, we had ONE contestant who nailed nine out of nine games perfectly. Tony Hughes hit them all correctly to win the $100 cash prize for Week Ten. Congratulations Tony! Charles Buck missed only one contest. We had 132 contestants miss two games in a wild weekend of football!



gun give away winner


Hunter Lipsey of De Queen was the winner of the Remington .223 rifle given away by #1 Country KDQN.


The contest was sponsored by:  Coy Wiles Tire Company, Simple Simon Pizza, Baker's Gun & Pawn, Shoe Depot, Handi Mart, Moyer Equipment, Southwest Feed, Baker's NAPA, Bush Tractor, Green's Jewelry, Carver's Heating & Air, Lambert Lumber Company, Horatio State Bank, and Southerland's Country Store.





Miss FHS,Cassidy Turner passes out Scholastic Book Flyers to all the students at Oscar Hamilton Elementary. The theme for the fair was kings and queens.





Adam Young, a Volunteer Fireman for the Bingen Fire department, visited the kindergarten and first grades at Oscar Hamilton Elementary to inform students about fire safety.





The De Queen Air Evac Lifeteam crew recently held a Landing Zone and Helicopter Safety class for members of the Tom Fire Department in Idabel, Okla. Pilot Stewart Hutchison, flight nurse Jackie Wright, flight paramedic Jerald “Burger” Birmingham, Senior Program Director Michael Perrin and Membership Sales Manager Anna Bivins were even treated to a home-cooked meal!


Sevier County Cattlemen raffle drawing


Monte Davis and Raymond Morris

The Sevier County Cattlemen's Association held the drawing for the winner's choice of a Weatherby rifle or $400 cash.   Michael Hicks was the winner.  Proceeds from the raffle will go toward scholarships.


2014 Fall Ball District Champs - 8 & under Softball

 XPLOSION was undefeated in the district tournament on Saturday, November 1st held in Nashville Arkansas.

Bottom left - Genevieve Lopez, Charlie Tadlock, Perry Bell Nickerson, Emma Ray, Skyler Tadlock, Mackenzee Pearce. Middle row - Payton Blanton, Courtney Socash, Catherine Socash, Raylee VanVoast, Phoebe Gass, Kinley Rankin

Coaches - Derek Rankin, Rhonda Blanton, Head Coach - Chad Nickerson





Jennifer Sansom (in center), Assistant Vice President of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, presents a check for $250 to C. D. Franks Elementary Media Specialist Phyllis Veazey (on left). The donation to the CDF library will be used to purchase books for students who will participate in Battle of the Books in the spring.  Also pictured (on right) is CDF Principal Teresa Wake.  Farm Credit is known and appreciated for its contributions to local communities and schools. 





De Queen Elementary School presented Pirates 2 at the high school auditorium.  This is a musical by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson.  The students presented two shows on October 30.  Mrs. Anissa Manasco directed the musical.




UA Cossatot hosted a college fair on the Nashville campus.  Over 30 colleges were available to almost 900 students attending.  Students from De Queen, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Horatio, Kirby, Mineral Springs, Dierks and Foreman visited with recruiters from colleges in three states. 



S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Students  (Super Terrific, Excelling, Leaders, Learning and Achieving Recognition) for the month of October are:

Front row: Kaylon Easter, Luke Dawson. Kenzie Maynard, Mallory Abercrombie, Karsyn Hobbs

Back row: Ashalin Casper, John Critchlow, Skyler Wesley, Brady Jackson, Callie Beasley, Lucy Jackson, Jamya Smith, and Kadance Fulfer






The third & Final winner in the NASCAR Ticket Giveaway from KDQN was Ed Coleman.





Mr. Stacy Fualkenberry is a sixth grade science teacher at De Queen Middle School.  Students in his class are working on the scientific method of an experiment.  Students work in cooperative teams throughout an experiment.


Pictured are sixth grade students at De Queen Middle School preparing to do an experiment.  Mr. Faulkenberry review the steps that are taken using the scientific method.





Horatio Elementary students, Christian Rojos, Hailey Culp, Dara Allen, (not pictured) Flavio Aleman, and Ely Potter received "Paws"itively Awesome referrals in the month of September

"PAWS"itively Awesome Office Referrals honor students who go out of their way to help other teachers or students, display exceptional behavior, or take pride in helping our school without being asked. Any teacher can make a positive referral for any student that models the character we would like to see in all of our students. Students are recognized during the morning announcements, individual pictures are posted on our hes_horatioelem Instagram and each month student names are listed on the website.





Gage Woods, Kimberly Delgado, Ashlyn Chambers, and Noah Reed



The De Queen Middle School announces the Good Citizens of August/September.



Children's author Jefferson Knapp displays his path to publication and advice to younger generations through a slideshow of pictures to third through sixth grade students at Oscar Hamilton Elementary on October 16, 2014.





Jay Lindly & Ryan Wishard


In a busy weekend of football, we had ELEVEN contestants who each missed TWO games in Week Seven of the 2014 Pigskin Pickem Contest. The eleven contestants were: Ryan Wishard, Easton Leonard, Ken Jackson, Patti Boone, Marilyn Baker, Carey Lambrecht, Christy Keener, Billy Martin, Mike Parks, Tawana Ricker, and Bo Collins. So we go to the Arkansas-Georgia tie-breaker score. The Dogs beat the Hogs 45-32 Saturday. Ryan Wishard predicted 38-28, missing by only eleven points. Ryan claims the $100 cash prize for Week Seven!





Pictured with UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole is Chase Emerson, representing US Senator John Boozman. 


UA Cossatot faculty and staff welcomed guests to the newly remodeled and renovated Ashdown campus last Friday.  Friends of the college and industry partners were able to tour the new Industrial Maintenance Technology Department as well as new lab space and meeting facilities. 


"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."

Bill Lee & Dale Janes

The Ham Radio Group held a drawing for a NOAH Weather Radio. The winner was Amber Turney of De Queen. The group has a breakfast meeting the third Saturday of every month at Papa Pablanos at 9:00 a.m.



Sherry McGowen & Melinda Cree



The Sevier County DHS and CASA are seeking people who would be interested in being foster parents. There are currently 47 children in Sevier County who are currently in foster care and their are a shortage of homes for them. For more information on how to become a foster parent call 642-2623.




Calvin Seymour


Founder Calvin Seymour informed KDQN that the Pound Puppies of Ashdown works to unit pets and people because the city pound only has to keep animals for 6-days.


Seymour stated that the only requirement that a person must meet to adopt a puppy is a fenced in yard.


To help raise funds to support the program like purchasing dog food for all of the dogs, the Seymour's are raffling off tickets for an inflatable pool for $5 each or 3 for $10.


For more information or to make a donation, you can call 870-898-6758 or email them at




Courtney White


The Southwest Arkansas Crisis & Resource Center is trying to raise funds in order to keep receiving grants for the organization. They are required to raise $50,000 by November 30th.  If you would like more information or to make a donation, visit the center at 116 South 4th Street in De Queen or call the office at 870-642-2141 or the hot line at 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."


Davy Ashcraft- Cossatot River State Park Officer

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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.



"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 9:00 am 04/05/12

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 599.5 606.04 -0.66 3250
De Queen Lake 437.0 438.03 -1.06 1515
Gillham Lake 502.0 503.20 -0.54 989
Dierks Lake 526.0 527.10 -0.12 597
Millwood Lake 259.2 259.71 0.24 145000
Lake Wright Patman 220.6 231.64 -0.14 9618
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 401.13 0.09  
Toledo Bend 172.00


-0.09 14574

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