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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!"
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"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!!!"




Leroy Hardwick of Foreman won basket of merchandise, cash and gift certificates totaling over $1,400 in the drawing held Friday morning.




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Board members: Crystal Rankin, Renee Logan, $hop Local campaign chair Zebbie Minton, Megan Smith and Judge Greg Ray

Fifty-seven member businesses participated in the month-long Shop Local campaign sponsored by the De Queen Sevier County Chamber of Commerce.  Based on number of tickets, the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce estimates that close to a million dollars was spent locally during the campaign which ran from November 24th through December 18th.


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 27/7 is (870) 584-3441.

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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.


"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-Sevier County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the De Queen Medical Center as a new member with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  With on-staff local doctors, state of the art CT scanner, in-house lab, and re-hab facility you don't have to go out of town to get excellent health care.  Neighbors caring for neighbors.


300 West Collin Raye Drive
Town North Shopping Center ~ De Queen

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome The Shabby Shack Club as a new member.  Owner June Ralls has a great selection of unique clothing, antiques and repurposed gifts in her store at 300 West Collin Raye Drive, Town North Shopping Center, in De Queen.  The Shabby Shack is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 until 5 and Saturday 10 until 2.  Check them out on Facebook at




Shadye Kitchens serves a cup of hot chocolate to a student during lunch at De Queen High School.  The members of the Student Council are working to raise funds for their organization.





  Mrs. Karin Tun led a Spanish Club meeting on December  11 at De Queen Junior High School.  The Spanish Club made plans for a Christmas party.




Tyson Foods,  Grannis Plant Manager, Tim Norman presented the check to Freddie Baker, Foundation President and Shanae Floyd, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer.


Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently donated $1000 to the Cossatot River School – Eagles Nest Foundation.



Horatio Elementary School "Paws"itively Awesome Office Referrals for the month of November

 AddieWalls, Brady Haarmeyer, Titus Caudle, Kade Smith, Lane Moya, William Short, Patrick Carney (Luke Bright not pictured)




Local law enforcement personnel  shopped for Christmas presents with local children on Monday. Children are chosen to participate by Department of Human Services.






Tammy Simmons, representing the De Queen Salvation Army store and Joe Finley, regional representative from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of the Salvation Army organization, accepted the gift of fifty $25 gift cards from Grant Elliott (back) on behalf of the KCS Holiday Express Charitable Fund.  Simmons said the local store coordinates with area schools to distribute the gift cards to children who have the greatest need.






Lucee Lugo, a senior at De Queen High School, had been awarded the Presidential Scholarship at Henderson State University.  The scholarship is valued at $40,000 over a period of 4 years.  Lucee is the daughter of Rich and Amy Lugo.  She is president of National Honor Society and Show Choir.  Lucee is also the Vice President of the senior class.  She plays goalkeeper for the lady leopard soccer team.  Her plans are to major in physical therapy.



Gracey Lynnette Dawn Albin



Gracey Lynnette Dawn Albin was welcomed into the world on Tuesday, November 25, at Saline Memorial Hospital at 4:13 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs. and 11 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Gracey's proud parents are Zachary Albin and Jennifer Hefner of Arkadelphia, AR.
Ridiculously proud grandparents are Max and Stefani Jones of DeQueen, AR; Brian and Jamie Sweeney of Benton, AR;  Jimmie and Melanie Hefner of Benton, AR;  and Trey and Stacey Albin of Columbia, MO. Great grandparents are Bobby and Patricia Hatcher of Bokchito, OK; Carol Jones and the late Sherman Jones of Dierks, AR;  Susie Albin and the late Cecil Albin of Oklahoma City, OK; Sam and Diana Schroeder of Ozark, MO; Jimmie and Annette Sheffield of North Little Rock, AR; and Johnny and Jean Fowler and the late Jimmie Hefner of Pottsboro, Tx.



The De Queen High School Forestry Club met this week to discuss upcoming judging events for next semester.  Pictured are Lucas Dorsey, Trent Gentry, Rex Standridge, Zack Birmingham, Canan Gideon and Ty Renfrow.



T.J. Ferguson of Horatio dropped by #1 Country Studios to let everyone know how Horatio students fared at the recent Special Olympics bowling event held in Texarkana last week.

Twenty-five students attended and everyone won a gold, silver or bronze medal. The students wanted to thank Patricia Ayers, Mrs. Frachiseur, Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Webb, Ms. Angela, Ms. Amy, Ms. Christine, foster grandma and all the other helpers for all their help this year.



Judge Greg Ray, Patti Chaney, and Lyn Chaney

Sevier County Circuit Clerk Patti Chaney was honored with a reception commemorating her 32 years of service to Sevier County on Friday, December 12th.  Judge Ray presented Chaney with a framed picture of the county's record books.

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Jessica Miller led a Future Business Leader of America Club’s meeting at De Queen High School.  Pictured are Tara Montgomery, Morgan Sweeden, Shane Blankenship, and Mrs. Jennifer Collier.





De Queen Elementary's Razzle Dazzle group dazzled #1 Country listeners Thursday morning, December 11th, when they visited with the Morning Brew Crew at KDQN studios. 

The 5th graders posed for a picture after singing a selection of Christmas music live on the radio.  The group is under the direction of Ms. Anissa Manasco.




Chamber of Commerce member, Diamond Bank hosted a community coffee on Tuesday, December 9th  to show their appreciation to their customers and area residents.



The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre made a stop at De Queen Public Schools on December 9.  De Queen Primary School students watched as “The Little Mermaid” was brought to life before their eyes.  The actors involved the students during the performance.  The Children’s Theatre will perform two other Tell-A-Tales during the spring semester.  More information is available at



The De Queen Middle School Choir performed in concert on December 5.  Pictured are members of the sixth grade choir.  Also pictured are parents, grandparents and relatives that attended the concert.  The seventh grade choir performed as well.




Staff members of UA Cossatot  are preparing for the renovations of the old Lockesburg High School.

Mike Milam, Mike Kinkade, Dr. Steve Cole and Jim Fleming

 The De Queen School board signed the transfer of the deed of LHS to UA Cossatot on Monday evening, December 8th. 




This years $hop Local Campaign is in full swing. 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.

This weeks door prize winners were: George Preciado from The Ranch House, Tracy Runnels from De Queen Ford, Tracy Ochoa from Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts & Tim Miles from Custom Graphics.

List of participating merchants


Lori Vallee, De Queen Middle School art teacher, was recently honored as the 2014 Arkansas Middle Level Art Educator at the 2014 Arkansas Educator's Conference in Little Rock.



Austin Lyle, Ryan Whitley, Jayden Keels, Louis Hernandez, Devon Stephens and Richard Maish

Six Leopard Band members represented De Queen at this year's Annual Tuba Christmas concert in Texarkana. Tuba Christmas is a nationwide celebration of Low Brass and Christmas with concerts all across the world. 


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




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.



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.”


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.



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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.


"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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