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Joyce Short of De Queen, AR signed up to win "Free Gas" at Fat Chance's Restaurant during her last visit.

For your chance to win "Free Gas" listen to Number One Country KDQN FM for a list of participating sponsors or look for the "Free Gas Friday" boxes at your local retailer.

Names are drawn weekly but you must enter each week.

Hurry and sign up!!!

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Horatio Booster Club

The Horatio Booster Club elected board members for the upcoming season.

Board Members Include:

Sitting: Troy Allen, Lance Spigner and Walter Hanry

Standing: Heather Sexton, Loretta Rivas and Crystal Rankin




Chad Freeman, Ashdown High School Teacher was awarded a grant from the Margaret Daniel Foundation in the amount of $3887.15 to purchase a 3-D Printer for his classroom. Pictured l-r Katrina Williamson, Kari Harger, Chad Freeman, and Beth Provence.




Mandi Molock, K-5 PE Teacher was awarded $4585.39 for her PE classes from the Margaret Daniel Foundation. Pictured l-r are Brenda Tate, Katrina Williamson, Beth Provence and Mandi Molock.

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The staff at KDQN were touched by UA Cossatot’s Dog Food Drive to benefit the local animal shelter. Employees went together and purchased food to help with the effort. We are committed to continue to make contributions to our community as we begin our 61st year of service to the community.

The staff also wants to send out a challenge to other businesses to donate to this drive to help less fortunate animals. Drop your donation off at the Adams Building at the College or you can drop them by our studios at 921 W Collin Raye Drive and we will deliver them to the college for you!



"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

 Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc.

921 West Collin Raye Drive – De Queen


KDQN Radio is commemorating 60 years of providing local news, sports, weather, and entertainment for residents of Southwest Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma.


Longtime De Queen resident, Robert McKeever, put 500 watt KDQN AM on the air August 1, 1956, celebrating the event with an open house on Sunday, August 5th.    The station boasted a 143 tower at the transmitter located at “the northwest edge of De Queen on Ninth Street” where Friendship Baptist Church currently resides. The “modern air conditioned” studio was located at 1923 South Fourth Street. 


50,000 watt KDQN FM was added to the broadcasting group by Haskell & Verlaine Jones in 1978.  The Bunyard family purchased KDQN AM-FM in 1983, changing the FM format to popular country music. With the growing Hispanic population, KDQN-AM became the first full-time Spanish station in Arkansas in 1994. The popular website: was launched in 2007 to fill a void in daily local news coverage for readers, and in 2013, they launched their successful Social Media opportunity which allows businesses to reach thousands of potential customers via the internet. The most recent addition to the family is KILX - The Good Path which features Contemporary Christian music.  With this multiple platform of media outlets, Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc. can tailor a marketing plan for your business to effectively, efficiently, and economically reach all residents in this region.


Studios are currently located at 921 West Collin Raye Drive in De Queen. 


Pictured front:   Bonita Smith, Jim Pinson and Jack Bunyard. Middle:  Carolyn Maurer, Teresa Bunyard, and Jasmyn Ortiz.  Back: Jay Lindly, Nic Garza, Patty Sharp, Gena Wright, Shane Haarmeyer, Jacob Bunyard, and Jay Bunyard.

Horatio State Bank
123 Main ~ Horatio




Friendliness, personal service and community involvement are what we offer. Locally-owned and operated for 111 years, Horatio State Bank appreciates the trust their customers show in them. “Listening to our customers’ concerns and needs, our goal is to provide the banking services that are important to them.”  Located at 123 Main in Horatio, Arkansas or call (870) 832-2501.




I would like to thank all the athletes who attended the Triple Threat Basketball Camp this year and for the parents trusting us with your children. Also a big thank you to all the local sponsors who support us and allow us to keep putting on a great camp for these future stars. Thank you for another great year. Next year will be the 20th year for this camp. It's hard to believe but I hope it's even bigger and better. -Coach Barker 



August Yard of the Month

Jim and Brenda Presson of 803 Fort Towson Street in De Queen are the August residential winners of the newly introduced "Yard of the Month" award program hosted by the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce. The Pressons have lived in the home since 1974 and have always enjoyed decorating for the holidays and maintaining a good looking yard. More information on the chamber and the "Yard of the Month" program can be found at

August Yard of the Month -  Business

Wilkerson Funeral Home received the business award for the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Yard of the Month” program. The funeral home has kept up its beautiful lawn on the corner of Fourth Street and Stilwell Avenue in De Queen since 1929. Pictured are Tony Hughes, Sarah Casteel and Jeff Marshall.

Ashdown School District Administrators

Front row (l -r) Teresa Wake, Principal, Ashdown Elementary; Debbie Greathouse, Federal Director; Kay York, Principal, Ashdown High School; Jason Sanders, Superintendent; Keith Fricks, Principal, L.F. Henderson Intermediate; and Tracy Forte, Assistant Principal, Ashdown Junior High.


Back row (l-r) Rick Fowler, Assistant Principal, Ashdown High School; Teri Lynn Day, Curriculum Director; Jan Ueckert, Special Education Director; and James Jones, Principal, Ashdown Junior High School





Mark Curtis of De Queen picked up his check for $100 dollars of "Free Gas" from the Sevier County Farmer's Co-Op.  Mark registered at Simple Simon Pizza.  A winner is drawn from among our sponsors registration boxes each week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and announced Friday mornings between 7:00 & 8:00 am.

 Listen to Number One Country for a list of sponsors or look for the "Free Gas Friday" boxes at participating businesses for your chance to win.


Pastor Ray Reynolds and Youth Pastor Johnathan Reynolds of the First Assembly of God Church brought new Children's Minister Dan Nemlowill to the KDQN Studio Monday.

Dan and his wife Diana will be moving to De Queen from Claremore Oklahoma.


Pete Nunn of De Queen can cut a lot of grass after winning Week #12's prize of $100 dollars of "Free Gas" from the Sevier County Farmer's Co-Op.  Pete registered at Horatio State Bank

 Only a three weeks left!  Listen to Number One Country for a list of sponsors or look for the "Free Gas Friday" boxes at participating businesses for your chance to win.

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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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