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The Southern Athletics out of Texarkana won 2nd Place in the 14 & Under Majors World Series in Orange Beach, AL June 17, 2016.

(front row)
Seth Moss, Jackson Cobb, Andrew LeGrand, Kyle Kreiger, Marshall Cox

(back row)
Max Ebarb, Tyler Lee, Ben Harmon, Braden Hlavinka, Mack Carver (De Queen)

Coaches- Drew LeGrand, Chris Lee & Mike Cobb


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Mildred Walker (center) was recognized for her 22 years of service to Farm Bureau members as a member service representative for Sevier County Farm Bureau. Rich Hillman (left), Vice President, and Warren Carter, Executive Vice President of Arkansas Farm Bureau recently presented the award at the 2016 Arkansas Farm Bureau Member Service Representative Conference in Little Rock. The 80 secretaries receiving awards represented 2,031 years of total service to the counties, ranging from 5 years of service to 48 years.





Jim Pinson, KDQN's News Director, presents to Melissa Billy's  son of Nashville, AR a check for $100. Melissa won the fourth weekly "Free Gas Friday" drawing which is held every Friday during the summer.

To get your name in the drawing, listen to Number One Country, 92.1 each morning between 6am and 9am for a list of participating sponsors.

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The Grannis Plant hosted a Family Fun Day for Team Members from the Plant, Complex Office and Truck Shop on Saturday, June 4, 2014 at the Grannis City Park. They enjoyed several inflatables for the kids, which was a big hit; nachos, soft pretzels and hot dogs. Several members of management also sat in the dunking booth and gave Team Members the opportunity to dunk them --- what a great time!! They were also served a meal of grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans and a roll. And even though there were a couple of rain showers, everyone had a good time.


"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
Archived spotlights

Baker's Sales and Service, LLC
851 Collin Raye Drive ~ De Queen

Baker's Sales and Service, LLC, has been part of the local business community for over 40 years. Jerry Baker founded the parts store and wrecker service in De Queen in 1974. Since then, the business has expended to Horatio, Nashville, Ashdown and Texarkana with nearly 40 employees.

Baker's Sales and Service offers a wide variety of NAPA and other part lines for just about every need, from small engine to heavy duty repair. The business also operates a 24/7 wrecker service. The locally-owned and operated establishment is a longtime supporter of the community. "I think it's the fact that we go the extra mile for our customers that's allowed us to be a part of this community for so long,” said Jeff Baker. The store is currently holding a tool sale event and is planning a NAPA filter special July 19-22.

Baker’s Sales and Service is located at 851 Collin Raye Drive. Call (870)584-3676 for more information.




Kyle Kidd, a recent graduate of Ashdown High School has accepted the Southern Arkansas University Theatre Scholarship for the amount of $600 per semester. He will help and/or perform in all productions presented by the SAU Theatre Program and have the opportunity to intern backstage for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions during his junior and seniors years at SAU. Given that opportunity, he would travel to New York City for the internship of a lifetime. "We are so proud of our recent graduates, and know they will go on to do big things with their lives beginning in the upcoming semester this fall," said AHS Theatre Teacher Jennifer Walker.


Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex was pleased to donate 5,960 pounds of Tyson Chicken to the Harvest Regional Food Bank of Texarkana. Tyson Foods is committed to Share Our Strength and "No Kid Hungry."

Shown beside the Harvest Food Bank Truck is L - R

Ryan Satterfield, Harvest Regional Food Bank of Texarkana, Tyson Foods Managers, Shirley Williams, Mario Contreras and Jeffery Flowers.



Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently awarded the it's 2016 Poultry Grower Scholarship to Allie Christine Marshall, a 2016 graduate of Horatio High School. Allie is the daughter of Johnny and Toni Marshall who own and operate a Tyson poultry broiler farm in Horatio, AR. Allie will attend Cossatot Community College of the University of AR this Fall with a planned major in dentistry. Tyson Foods proudly supports the educational goals of youth in our local communities.

Presenting the check to Marshall is (L-R):

Tyson Live Production Mgr., Richard Pearce, Judy Kendrick, Allie's grandmother, Toni Marshall, Allie's Mother, Scholarship Recipient, Allie Marshall, Johnny Marshall, Allie's father, Wyatt Marshall, Allie's brother, and Tyson Complex HR Mgr., Donna Duggan.



AHS Trap Team wins Regional Tournament May 21st with a score of 235 and qualifies for State Tournament.


Richard Bailey was the winner of the

"FREE GAS FRIDAY" drawing held on

June 10, 2016. He registered at

Baker's Saw Shop in Lockesburg.

For your chance to win,

 go to a participating sponsor and register.

Drawings held weekly.


Rhonda Bowling was the winner of the

"FREE GAS FRIDAY" drawing held on

June 3, 2016. She registered at

The Ranch House in De Queen.

For your chance to win,

 go to a participating sponsor and register.



Groovy Grannies Lisa McCormick and Nan Beedle present Ashdown Elementary Principal Teresa Wake with a check for $500.


Lisa & James McCormick and Nan Beedle are pictured with L.F. Henderson Principal Keith Fricks. The money will be used by teachers to purchase books for classroom libraries.

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"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

Check out the State Park's Activities at: 



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

 For current Gage Stations and Tributary levels click here:    NOAA    


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