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"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!!!"

(l-r)Ronnie Cogburn 5th, Robin Daniel 4th, Jason Sparks 3rd, Bill Huddleston 2nd & P.J. Minor 1st


2015 Tri Lakes Big Bass Winners

The 26th annual Tri Lakes Big Bass Tournament was held Saturday, June 27th on De Queen, Gillham and Dierks lakes in southwest Arkansas. 

There were a total of 196 entries fishing for over $14,000 in cash and prizes.  Five places were awarded on each of the three lakes each hour from 6 am until 1 pm. 

P.J. Minor (right) won top prize of $1,500 for his 6.3 pound bass caught on De Queen Lake during hour 1 of the tournament.



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The Sevier County All Stars will hold a Hit-a-Thon on July 10th at the Sportsplex.


There will also be a 12 & Under and 10 & Under One day tournament on July 11th at the Sportsplex. Entry fee will be $200. For more information contact Troy Allen at 903-748-6949 or Jimmy Lawrence at 870-582-5870.



Connie Fischer of De Queen was the winner of the week 6 drawing for $100 in free gas from #1 Country.  Connie Registered at the Handi Mart in De Queen.

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De Queen Yearbook Dedication



De Queen High School students and faculty have a yearbook dedication every year.  This year the yearbook was dedicated to Principal Roger Busse and counselor Sally Hennard.  Both retired in May.  Mrs. Lori Chambers is pictured presenting Mrs. Hennard with a yearbook.


"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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La Media Luna
904 West Collin Raye Drive


The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday at La Media Luna Restaurant on Collin Raye Drive in De Queen for their one year anniversary.


La Media Luna is famous for their great authentic Mexican food, fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, mushroom chicken and more!


Grab your amigo and come on out to La Media Luna Restaurant  located at 904 West Collin Raye Drive in   De Queen this Friday, July 3rd  for their anniversary celebration.


Get free nachos, cheese dip, or sopapillas with your meal on Friday and register for gift certificates and a grill to be given away.


Les Farms Get-A-Way
(870) 582-1923


The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce welcomes Les Farms Get-A-Way as a new member.  Les Farms Get-a-way is located close to the De Queen Lake and has 2 completely furnished cabins for rent.  All the comforts of home including laundry mat and ice.


Owned by Gene and Queta Bryan, the cabins are awaiting your next get-a-way.


Call for rental at 870-582-1923 or 870-584-7928 or check them out on facebook at lesfarmsgetaway.


5 S Outdoors
348 Hwy 71 North - De Queen

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce welcomed 5 S Outdoors a new member with a ribbon cutting ceremony during their Grand Opening at their new location on Hwy 71 North in the former Anything Grows building. 

5 S Outdoors has a good selection of live bait, artificial baits and lures as well as hunting and archery supplies. 

Check out their facebook page at  or call Justin or Sara Stewart at (870) 584-2167 and ask them what the fish are biting!


Gonzalez’s Pediatrics

821 Walter J. Leeper Drive – De Queen

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Gonzalez’s Pediatrics as a new member.  Dr. Floyd Gonzalez has been practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine for newborns up to eighteen years of age for over thirty years.  His office, located at 821 Walter J. Leeper Drive in De Queen, is open Monday thru Thursday 9 am to 6 pm.  Call 870-642-8640 for appointments.



Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers performed at the 17th benefit concert sponsored by the Collin Raye Benefit Concert Committee Saturday night.  The weather cooperated with a nice breeze and the rain held off until early Sunday.

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The Sevier County Leadership Class sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce donated proceeds from their recent 5k Run to the Chalice Cupboard in De Queen. 


Harm Gibson of Dierks bought a “Lucky Lottery Ticket” at the EZ Mart 736 in Dierks, Arkansas. Harm won $100,000.

 Harm told us that he is paying off bills with the prize.  (pictured with his wife Debbie]

 The ASL Congratulates Harm as our newest Big Winner!

 The lucky winner was a $100,000 Extra Pay - $5 game ticket.



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Austyn Kate Wagner


"Every good and perfect gift is from above."  ~James 1:17

Chad and Erin Wagner of Horatio would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Austyn Kate Wagner, on May 16, 2015, at 2:20 p.m. in Texarkana. She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.  

She was also welcomed by a very proud big brother, Ty, and big sister, Taylor.  

Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Joyce Wagner of Horatio, AR. 

Maternal grandparents are Jimi and Becky Wesson of Tampa, FL

Great grandparents are Roy Taylor of Lockesburg, AR, Mildred Etzkorn of Sulphur Springs, TX, and Billye and Kirk Prince of Shreveport, LA, and Shirley Davis of Tampa, FL. 


Charleigh Elyssa Stewart



She’s a precious little angel sent from above

Wrapped in pink and surrounded by love! 


Bradley and Sarah Stewart of Russellville, AR would like to announce the birth of their baby girl! Charleigh Elyssa Stewart was born at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center on April 9, 2015, at 12:39 AM, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces, measuring 19 inches long. 


Paternal grandparents are Jim and Sharon Stewart of Horatio, AR.

Maternal grandparents are Richard and Lisa Dawson of London, AR. Maternal great grandparents are Charles and Marilyn Brown of Lamar, AR.


Crystal Bell
Brandon Hunter



Marilyn and Theo Bell of Lockesburg, AR are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Crystal Bell, to Brandon Hunter son of Eutrilla and Bob Hunter of Antoine AR.


Crystal is a 2001 graduate of Lockesburg High School.  In 2006, Crystal received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Brandon Hunter is a 2003 graduate of Delight High school and received his bachelor’s degree in General studies from Henderson State University in 2008.


The couple plans to make their home in Lockesburg after the wedding ceremony.  The wedding will be held at the Arkansas Convention in Texarkana on July 4th at 4:00pm.



Coach Nealy, Josie Vaught, Makyla Jackson and Megan Martz

The girls played in the Arkansas High School Fast Pitch Associations Junior/Sophomore Showcase Classic in Conway, AR on June 16 and 17th... And Coach Nealy was chosen to be one of the coaches. The girls played on the blue team which happened to be the team Coach Nealy coached.  They all represented the school very well as the showcased their talents. 



On hand for the presentation Friday, June 5, were, from left, street foreman Kevin Frachiseur, Street Department manager Mike VanHoutan, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy and Craig Harland, Jimmy Bristow and Jeff Nelson of AEP-SWEPCO.

  AEP-SWEPCO official presented the City of De Queen Street Department with one of the utility's retired bucket trucks to be used for maintenance duties around the city. The 2006 Ford F-550 has a 45-foot reach and will be used by the city to change banners, lights and light tree trimming.



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





Señora Moore's Spanish III students worked this past 9 weeks on a cultural unit on authentic artisan work from Latin America. Using materials such as cardboard, newspaper, balloons, glue, and tissue paper, they created amazing works of art. Each piñata was painstakingly done by hand. 



Kindergarten students from De Queen Primary School performed a musical program.  There were two shows for parents and students on May 21.  The name of the musical was Lemonade.




Katelyn Dudley's first grade class at Margaret Daniel Primary School in Ashdown were Best of Show and First Place School Winner in the Little River County Relay for Life Paint the County Purple school contest sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  The first graders decorated their classroom door by designing and coloring Relay for Life ribbons.


Ashdown High School senior Melanie Barwick was chosen as a Runner Up in the Downey Publishing "Art for Education" Cover Contest.  Melanie's artwork appears inside the back cover of the 2015-16 Downey Texarkana Metro directory, distributed recently to homes throughout the southwest Arkansas, northwest Texas area.  Melanie, the daughter of Jimmy and Christy Green of Ashdown, was awarded a $250 gift card as the prize from Downey Publishing.  She is the Art III student of Linda King, and her mixed media drawing was done in colored pencils and charcoal.




Horatio Elementary School had 3 students with  Perfect Attendance for the whole year: Kevin Quiroz, Linda Hernandez, and Ethan Cavanagh





The Summer Reading Program us underway at the De Queen Library.  Program is at 10 am and will continue every Wednesday in June “Every Hero has a Story” is this year’s theme. Linda Goodner from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission conducted the program on June 17 to a full house.  Weekly activities will include stories, movies and crafts with a little something extra special for the children. For more information call the library at 584-4364.


"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.



Andrew Rawlings

'Tis the season for paddling on the Cossatot River. The parks first kayak tour will be April 24, 25 & 26th. For more information call 870-385-2201.



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."


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 05/21/15

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 602.5 624.79 3.20 200
De Queen Lake 437.0 464.16 0.35 M
Gillham Lake 502.0 548.11 1.87 M
Dierks Lake 526.0 545.03 0.12 M
Millwood Lake 259.2 267.8 -0.63 M
Lake Wright Patman 226.2 230.15 -0.04 9760
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 403.45 -0.08  
Toledo Bend 172.00



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