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"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."
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Thursday's evening over 350 people attended the 70th Annual De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce's Membership and Awards Banquet at the De Queen High School cafeteria.
The Business Family of the Year was the Larry Romine Family.  
Photos by Patrick Massey

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Travis Bingham was named the Citizen of the Year

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Lygia Autry in honor of her late husband, Larry Autry

Small Business Award went to First State Bank


 The Large Business Award was presented to Tri-Lakes Services

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The winner of the Renovation/Beautification Award was Dr. Randy Walker’s office.

The winner of the New Construction Award was to UA Cossatot

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"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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Over 350 people attended the 70th annual De Queen-Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Membership and Awards Banquet Thursday night, February 19th.  Susan Alspaw took over her duties as 2015 President by presenting past president Megan Lee-Smith with a parting gift.  Be watching the Local News page for more award winners.



Matt Cribb, Michaella Caudle, Tessa Gentry, Cade Vance & Jason Barron

February 22-28 is National FFA week.  The Horatio Chapter has activities planned for all week.



Southern Junior Rodeo Association finals will be held this weekend in Benton. Local wranglers Kix Lee, Zane Minton and Braylee Janes will be competing.



Andy Pioquinto, Tanner Lipsey, Carter Rivas, Jeffery Davis, Coach Beau McCaslin

The De Queen Leopard Baseball team will host a fundraising chicken dinner and hit-a-thon on Friday, February 27th at the high school baseball field.  Cost for dinner is $8 per plate. Meals begin at 3:30 p.m. and Hit-aThon at 5:00.


New Inductees are pictured (from left to right):  Ethan Russell, Julia Frye, Erin Chewning, Chapter Advisor Mr. Michael Sierra, Cass Lindsey, Myranda Gross & Keeley Butler

The Foreman Chapter of the National Honor Society will induct 6 new February 23, 2015, at 8:00 AM in the high school auditorium. District 4 State Representative DeAnn Vaught will be the guest speaker.  A reception will follow for the NHS member, their family, and faculty in the FACS Department



Coach Lance Spigner, Zach Izzo & Charlotte Izzo


The 3rd annual Devoe Bollinger, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 4th at the Texarkana Golf Ranch. This tournament benefits The Devoe Bollinger, Jr. Memorial Baseball Scholarship & The Lane Field Building Fund. For more information, contact Charlotte Izzo at 870-279-0462.

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Miss Foreman 2015 Samantha Vivian Bell

1st Runner-Up Lauren Kourtney Lovewell

2nd Runner-Up Reina Michelle Anderson

3rd Runner-Up Emileigh Elizabeth Purtell

4th Runner-Up Jaddie Laine Reich

Miss Congeniality Jaddie Laine Reich

People’s Choice Lauren Kourtney Lovewell

Photogenic Winner Reina Michelle Anderson


(Left to Right:  Purtell, Lovewell, Bell, Anderson, Reich)
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Left to Right: Evelyn Escammilla - Talent Winner, Marjle McClelland - 1st Runner- Up, Josie Vaught - Miss DHS 2015, Justyce Brown - 2nd Runner-Up, and Miriam Dominguez - Miss Congeniality

The 38th Annual Miss DHS Pageant was held Saturday, January 31st. The event was sponsored by the De Queen Junior class as a fundraiser for the Junior/Senior Prom.

More Winners



J.P. & J.P. Atkins  

JP Atkins of the Cossatot Friends of the NRA announced that the 2015 Banquet will be Saturday, March 7th.  Cost is $30 each.  Special packages are available.  Call Monte Bartek at 279-3239 or JP Atkins at 584-9557 for more information.



Enter your best wild game dish for a change to win prized Friday, February 27th, 6:30 p.m. at De Queen First Assembly. 
No entry fee.  Call 584-3435 to enter your dish.

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Spring Festival & Car Show  Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park in Lockesburg, AR

Car Show from 9:00 AM – 2 PM

Games for Children

starting at 11:00 AM


Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt at 4:00 PM

Co-ed Softball  

Concession Stand Open


Food and Craft Vendors

March 28th, 2015

Vendor Application       Car Show Registration

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Raylan Keith McLelland

Kristen Taylor &  Mathew McLelland are proud to announce the birth of their son Raylan Keith McLelland.

He was born November 28 at 12:48 PM at Christus St.Michaels. He weighed 8 lbs 11oz, and was 22 inches long. 

Maternal Grandparents are Rachel Taylor of De Queen, AR & Derek Taylor of Texarkana, AR. 

Paternal Grandparents are Randy and Heather McLelland of De Queen, AR. 




Madison Rai Jones




Mackenzie Jones & Megan Shelly are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Madison Rai Jones.

She was born December 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM at Mena Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 lbs 15 oz, and was 21 inches long.

Maternal Grandparents are Kenneth & Stacey Shelly of Texarkana, TX & Tim & Bonnie King of De Queen, AR.

Paternal Grandparents are Kevin & Angela Jones of Mansfield, AR



Paisley Ann Rayborn

Leo E. IV and Haley Rayborn, along with Leo E. V, announce the birth of their daughter and little sister, Paisley Ann Rayborn.

She was born January 11, 2015, at 12:42 a.m., at the Mena Regional Health Center. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 inches long.

Maternal Grandparents are Orville and Verna Smith of De Queen, AR. Paternal Grandparents are Fausto and Brenda De La Cruz and Leo E. Rayborn III, all of Prescott, AR.


Elliott Estelle Hooker



Trevor and Katie Hooker are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Elliott Estelle Hooker.

She was born December 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM at Mena Regional Medical Center. She weighed 6 lbs 2 oz, and was 20 inches long.


Maternal Grandparents are Jonathan and Barbara Hoyt of De Queen, AR.


Paternal Grandparents are Marty and Mandy Hooker of De Queen, AR.


Maternal Great Grandparents are Bonnie and Jerry Hoyt of Durant, OK, the late Sally Hoyt of Hot Springs, AR, Hazel Kittrell and the late Ruth and J.B. Kittrell of Texarkana.


Paternal Great Grandparents are Jimmy and the late Nelda Hooker of Lockesburg, AR and Ann and Travis Lane of De Queen, AR



As recreation season approaches with water activities on the rise the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Millwood Tri-Lakes region is taking every opportunity to spread the word of water safety.  The Corps of Engineers is hoping to prevent many water activity accidents by teaching the proper way to wear life jackets, the importance of the buddy system, and the “REACH, THROW, NEVER GO” method.  Water safety is the number priority during the high use season because one drowning is one too many. 


Michelle Young, FBLA sponsor, and 20 students from Foreman High School recently attended the Spring FBLA conference at CCCUA in Hope, AR.  Keely Buter, Crystal Kegley (top left) and Lauren Lovewell (top right) qualified to compete at the state conference to be held in Little Rock April 13-14, 2015. 

De Queen Junior High Relay for Life Captains


 LaLonie Williamson and Wanda Smith


The Sevier County Relay for Life Committee  has recognized Mrs. Williamson and Mrs. Smith for reaching the Silver Level fundraising efforts.  A team can reach this level by raising $3,500.  Since October 2014, the junior high has raised over $4,000.  As captains of the De Queen Junior High Relay for Life team, Williamson and Smith have organized pot luck luncheons, concession stand groups at athletic events, sold ACS T-shirts and have a bakery booth at the county event.  They have served as captains for three years.  The annual Sevier county Relay for Life event is scheduled for May 22 at the De Queen Sportsplex.





 (seated left to right): Kamry Kelley, Macy Eckert, Kaden Helms, Emily Gordon, Jason Eudy  standing: Kohl Kersey, Kai Oglesby, Darci Jones
Pictured with the team is Mrs. Dana Ray, co-op GT Specialist



The Quiz Bowl team from JoAnn Walters Elementary School in Dierks is the CHAMPION! Schools from the entire De Queen-Mena Educational Cooperative competed for the chance to attend the Co-op finals held in Gillham on January 30th. Those schools who qualified to attend this prestigious event met Friday and showed off their knowledge in the showcase of champions. The Dierks team was eventually crowned the winner!


Farm Bureau WEEK

Bruce Jackson

Arkansas Farm Bureau member, Bruce Jackson, reminded KDQN listeners that this is Arkansas Farm Bureau week and wanted them to be aware of the impact agriculture has on our local community.  Farming is big business but more than 97% of farms in Arkansas are family farms.



Deborah Wakefield of De Queen was the big winner in KDQN's 2015 Superbowl Squares contest.

Final score was New England Patriots 28 and Seattle Seahawks 24.  Deborah is taking home a check for $1,000 because she had the winning square intersecting the numbers 8 and 4.



Three senior band students were selected to represent De Queen at the 2015 Four States Band Conference, January 15-17 in Texarkana.


Shayde Kitchens (clarinet) and D.J. Lee (Saxophone) were selected, by audition, to be members of the Four States Concert Band.  Ryan Whitley auditioned and placed second out of all participating Tubas, earning a 2nd chair placement in the Four States Symphonic Band.  


All three students performed alongside others from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.  The concert was held Saturday, January 17 at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center in Texarkana, Texas. 



On Friday, January 16 the Kiwanis presented the 4th grade students at Oscar Hamilton Elementary with dictionaries, OHE would like to thank the Kiwanis for their support of our school and our students.







On January 21st, the local winners from the Oscar Hamilton Elementary Reading Fair traveled to the De Queen Mena Educational Coop for the final step of competition. We are proud to announce that 7 of our 9 local winners placed at the Coop level.

The winners are back row: Kennedy Womble 1st place 6th grade fiction, Brady Jackson 1st place 6th grade nonfiction, Kase Davis 2nd place 4th grade fiction, and Cody Johnston 3rd place 4th grade nonfiction

Front row: Peyton Segraves 3rd place 5th grade technology, Nicholas Moss 3rd place 6th grade technology, and Myka Lynn Dawson 2nd place 4th grade technology



Horatio Elementary School won several categories at the Regional Reading Fair held at De Queen Mena Educational Coop.

L-R: Stevieah Turner- 5th grade, Fiction, Overall Best Interview;
Sydney McMahan- 6th Grade, Fiction, 3rd Place and Overall Best Interview; Hunter Frachiseur- 5th Grade, Non-Fiction, 2nd Place and Overall Best Interview; Mallori Marshall & Kate Baker- 4th Grade, Non-Fiction, 2nd Place; Luke Ernest- 6th Grade, Technology 2nd Place




Fourth grade Fiction:  Lilly House, Allison Garner, Reagan Burden



Eighteen L. F. Henderson Intermediate School students were chosen as winners in the annual Reading Fair competition.  First, second and third place winners were chosen from both fourth and fifth grade entries in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Technology.  The top two places in each category will represent their school in the district Reading Fair competition held at the De Queen-Mena Educational Cooperative in Gillham on Jan. 21-22.


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UA Cossatot has announced the Spring Continuing Education Schedule. They are offering classes such as Truck Driver Training, Resume Rescue, CPR Re-certification as well as classes for the kids such as Mixed Martial Arts and Gymnastics. To register or for more information, contact Zebbie Minton at 870-584-4471.



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.



(l to r): Cody Barton (Tuba, 1st band, 8th chair); Noah Pounds (Trombone, 1st band, 8th chair); Hunter Billingsley (Trombone, 1st band, 1st chair); Micahla Swilley (Trumpet, 2nd band, 10th chair); Ethan Sullivan (Tuba, 1st band, 1st chair); Casie Greeson (Clarinet, 1st band, 10th chair); Isaac Cross (Trombone, 1st band, 2nd chair); T'Nia Washington (Flute, 2nd band, 12th chair); Allyson Deloney (Clarinet, 2nd band, 16th chair); and Bradee McKean (Clarinet, 2nd band, 6th chair)

Ashdown Junior High and Ashdown High School (9th Graders) participated in the Junior High All Region Clinic at Lake Hamilton High School. Students were selected based on prepared music, sight-reading, and scales. 



Barry Reed

Barry Reed of the Sevier County Dixie Youth Baseball Association announced that registration is open now until February 26th. The draft will take place on March 1st. Children must be 5 years old by April 30th to participate with a max age of 15 years old. For more information check out the Sevier County Dixie Youth Baseball Facebook page or contact Barry Reed.

Registration Form



Students in Mrs. Stephanie Neal’s class immediately start on a “Bell Ringer” assignment.  All classes at De Queen Junior High have a short activity at the beginning of class every day. 



De Queen Junior High just received award certificates from the University of Arkansas Education Policy Office.  The university compares school assessment scores throughout Arkansas.  The certificates are for 2013-14 Outstanding Performance on the End-of-Course Algebra Exam and Outstanding Performance on the End-of-Course Geometry Exam.  Pictured are Rocio Cisneros, Marisol Hernandez and Brady Young.  Students standing are Hunter Earney, Jennifer Sanchez, Carter Faulkenberry, Katelyn Patterson and Heather Bradshaw. 



Dalton & Christy McCullough of
De Queen touched the hearts of #1 Country listeners when they told their "Sweetheart" story.  They picked up a prize pack worth over $300 in cash and certificates from #1 Country and area businesses.



Conred & Samantha Oglesby of Texarkana, Texas picked up their prize pack from #1 Country and area businesses for sharing their love story on the air.  Prizes ranged from a dozen roses to jewelry, cash and  aqua massages.


"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."


Park Interpreter Shelley Flannery


A Cast Iron  Cooking workshop located west of Wickes on Hwy 278.  Park interpreter Shelly Flannery said they make a couple of entrees and a couple of desserts. This is a great way for families to make outdoor memories together! Reservations are required by February 14, 2015 and space is limited. Contact the park at 870-385-2201 for more information.


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 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

 For current Gage Stations and Tributary levels click here:    NOAA    


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