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Students at L.F. Henderson Intermediate School got their hands into learning with Barbara Cade during the first week of February.  Ms. Cade was sponsored through the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council.  She is a Hot Springs artist that likes to connect her love for nature with classroom studies.



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First Christian Church in De Queen will host a free Valentine's event on Sunday, February 14th.


The Melton Family Singers will begin the program at 4:30 pm.  A love offering will be taken.  A potluck meal will follow.  Everyone welcome.



Several Ashdown High School students placed in FBLA District IV Competitive events at UACCH and qualified for State Competition in Little Rock in April.

Alex Simmons 1st place, Intro to Financial Math;Isaac Thomas, 1st place, Public Speaking I; Gregory Shumake, Peyton Reed, Casey Thompson, 2nd place, Entre-preneurship;Trey Northcross, Jammie Cush, Chris Oglesby, 3rd place Emerging Business Issues
Isaac Cross, 3rd place, Business Law
Kai Donato, 5th place, FBLA Principles and Procedures

Isaac Thomas was elected Vice President of FBLA Dist IV for the 2016-2017 School year.



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Melondy Whitlow of Foreman is this year's 2016 Superbowl Squares Champion.


The Denver Broncos score of 24 to Carolina Panthers 10, meant that  the AFC "4" and NFC "0" square belong to Melondy was the winning square scoring her the $1,000 prize!




"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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Students are (l-r) Amee Parker, Mandi Duncan, Christie Sain, Casie Greeson, Isaac Cross, Melissa Stanton, Jacob Register, Jacob Purifoy, Tyler Young, Cody Tilley, T.J. Gist, Madeline Chandler, Ethan Sullivan, Reagan Teston, Hunter Billingsley, and Faleissia Gibson.  Not picture are Kyle Kidd and Bradley Isenburg.  

Chandler, Gibson, Young, Tilley, Purifoy, Teston, Stanton, Billingsley, Cross, Register and Sullivan also qualified to try out for All State!


Congratulations to members of the Ashdown High School Band on being selection for Region II All Region Band.  Students were selected January 9th based on their tryouts on prepared music, selected scales and sight reading music.  



Southern Arkansas University has awarded the Blue & Gold Scholarship valued at $26,400. to De Queen senior Maeci May.

Maeci is the daughter of Keith and Kara May.  She has been a member of the DHS cheer squad for 5 years, Vice-President of Interact and a member of Future Teachers of America.

Maeci plans to major in psychology and athletic training.

De Queen Middle School
Good Citizens for January

Zara Saldivar, Irvin Trejo, Ezra Denson and Ben Morphew




De Queen senior Janine Williams has been awarded the University Award at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.  The scholarship is awarded for 8 consecutive fall and spring semesters with a value of $36,000.

Janine is a member of FFA, FTA and NHS.  She is the daughter of Ray and Michele Williams. She will begin the Pre-Veterinarian program in the fall.



De Queen senior Esmeralda Verdin has been awarded one of the highest academic recognitions made to freshmen by Lyon College. The four year value of this scholarship is $100,160.00
Esmeralda is the daughter of Florencio and Maria Verdin. She is the secretary of student council, member of the National Honor Society and quiz bowl. Her program of study is pre-law.





(seated) Reed Renfro, Miguel Montero, Jesse Power, Noah Reed, and Sinai Trejo.  Middle row- Carter Rivas, Valentin Sanchez, Jace Kramer, Angela Vertiz, Antonette Worthey, and Julie Gomez.  Back row- Belen Hernandez, Willie White, David Ortiz, and Ruby Peppers.  Not pictured- Hannah Norman.


Fourteen teams participated in the De Queen-Mena Education Coop and the Southwest Arkansas Education Coop’s Quiz Bowl.  De Queen Junior High was the runner-up to Caddo Hills.  DJH’s team captain is Jesse Power.





Maddie McAllister, Ashdown High School 10th Grade Student placed 6th in class at National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado in January with her sheep, Clyde.  Maddie has been showing animals since 6th grade.  She is currently Vice-President of the Ashdown High School FFA.  She is passionate about showing animals and all of her FFA responsibilities and would love to help younger kids get involved.












Todd Warren, KTAL Channel 6 Meteorologist Visits Ashdown Junior High School 6th Graders to talk about the weather and play some interactive games.

His visit was sponsored by "Learning for Life". Learning for Life is a program of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is designed to provide interactive career exploring and character education curriculum.


Park Interpreters Shelley Flannery and Tori Carson visited #1 Country Studios to talk about the winter activities they have planned for Cossatot River State Park.  Click here for full calendar




4th- Exceeded Expectations in Math & Literacy
Joanna Resendiz &  Zoie Cleghorn



Horatio students in grades 4th-6th grades were recognized for meeting or exceeding the PARCC expectations for the 2014/2015 school year.


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Bottom: Left to right; Jimmie Dunn,Lamar Wilkerson,Kemon Nutt,Shontori Montue,John Smith. Top: left to right; Warren Smith,David Dennis, Kavarciay Rhone, Mark Covington, Delrae Smith, Kaiden Hunter.  



These Ashdown students took 1st place in the 2015 Dierks Tournament Championship. They were coached by Phillip Turner.


UA Cossatot employees pictured with over 800 items of food donated to local food banks.  Employees chose to donate items to a food bank or charity and divided it between the communities UA Cossatot serves- Sevier, Howard, and Little River as part of the holiday season festivities.  Pictured are Mike Kinkade, Crystal Sims, Loren Hinton, Dawn Humphry, Linda Young, Brandi Woods, Sheila McCandless, Toyia Witherspoon, Justin White, Tommi Cobb, and Dustin Roberts. 


Twin Powers team is selling these styles of t-shirts as a fund raiser for Relay for Life.   Text or call Brenda 870-584-7936.


Fight like Girl long or Short Sleeves  $15 

"I Do  Not LIke..."  $20 short or long sleeves...All sizes
"Headlights"  short sleeve $15 long sleeve  $16...gray only


 Jasmine Jackson


Zachary Johnson



Russ and Darla Johnson (previously of De Queen) are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their son Zachary to Jasmine Jackson.


Jasmine is the daughter of Mike and Becky Jackson of Acorn. She is the granddaughter of David and Maureen Dutton of Mena and Mike and Debbie Jackson of Acorn. She is a 2014 graduate of Acorn High School and is currently a student in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.


Zachary is a 2013 graduate of Wickes High School. He is a junior Education major at Arkansas Tech. Zachary is the grandson of R.H. and Joyce Pinkerton of Umpire and Pat Johnson of Sheridan.


The wedding will take place at Queen Wilhelmina Lodge near Mena on December 31, 2015 @ 3:00 pm. Friends of the couple and families are invited to attend. 





De Queen Elementary's Razzle Dazzle group stopped by Number One Country studios Tuesday morning to kick off their city tour.  The group performed several Christmas songs live for the radio audience before continuing their tour to several businesses in De Queen.   The children must try out before they are selected to be a part of the group  The group is under the direction of Anissa Manasco.



Fifth Grade students from L.F. Henderson Intermediate School (Ashdown) sang Christmas carols and popular songs to the residents at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 9th.  After singing, the students passed out handmade Christmas cards to the residents and wished them a Merry Christmas.

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Rotarian Jay Bunyard and Daniel Vileda


Daniel Villeda is the 79th recipient of the prestigious Rotary Cup that’s presented annually to the top performing football player at De Queen High School. Besides performance on the field, the award is also based on leadership, academics, and representation of De Queen Schools in other sports and activities.




(l to r): Jeb Parker, Bradee McKean, Kiari Robinson, Kaylee Silva, Noah Pounds, Cody Barton, Leilana Warren, Reba Mahaffey, Xavier Daniels, and Allyson Deloney.  Not picture:  Leah Lovell, T'Nia Washington, Savannah Ceynar, and Nathan Boley

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.




Angela Stewart, Cindy Becerra, Bryan Blackwood, Thomas Sweeten


De Queen High School was presented with a $500.00 check for their math and science program.  Exxon Tiger Mart manager Cindy Becerra gave the check to high school Principal Bryan Blackwood.  Also pictured are biology teacher Thomas Sweeten and Angela Stewart from Tiger Mart.  Exxon Tiger Mart of De Queen applied for the 2015 Educational Alliance grant.  Exxon Mobil has a long history of supporting education in De Queen.




De Queen Middle School’s Choir performed a musical program for their parents and classmates on December on December3.  Mrs. Stefani Jones is the choir director.




Miss Arkansas is pictured with student council president Prince Beasley and Danielle Dugan.

Miss Arkansas, Loren Mc Daniel, was a guest speaker at De Queen Public Schools on December 9.  She spoke to students about her platform Confidently You.   She is a 22 year old student at the University of Arkansas and resides in Van Buren.  Loren attended school in De Queen during the primary grades.  Her mother worked for De Queen Primary School before her husband was transferred to another poultry branch.


Loren McDaniel with Tuffy Neely and Bryan Blackwood from De Queen High School. 


Newman Hance and Carla Wolcott

Newman Hance is the new minister of the Beacon Hill Bikers Motorcycle Ministry.  The group meets at the Party Barn on Hwy 41 South of De Queen twice monthly.  Hanace said there is a difference between a biker club and a motorcycle ministry.

Carla Wolcott said the group will hold bake sales on Friday and Sunday this weekend (12/11 & 13) in front of Pruitt’s Food to help support the ministry

For more information about the Beacon Hill Biker Motorcycle Ministry, contact Hance at 682-970-0378 or Wolcott at 784-1899. 


Pictured are Coach Chuck Cross, Tammy Reed and Briar Reed

Ashdown High School Senior, Briar Reed signed a letter of intent to play baseball with the University of Arkansas, Monticello.

Briar is a three year varsity starter for the Ashdown High School baseball team.  Briar has played baseball since age 3 and played basketball from age 5-14, including playing at Ashdown Junior High.  He also played football at AJHS.

Briar is also involved with Ashdown  FFA.



On November 18th, Foreman students in Mrs. Abbye Turner’s classes participated in a program called “Get Real-Here's the Deal”.  This program was sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension office in Ashdown.  Celeste Scarborough & Angie Lewis presented each student with real life scenarios. Students were given a family situation, income, and a check book.  They then had to circulate around the classroom and purchase housing, transportation, child care, utilities, groceries, etc.  Students had to learn how to write checks, register them, and maintain a positive balance. Each station was maintained by volunteers from the community.

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Mike "Iron Ginger" Barnett, Jay Lindly, Kim Williams, Jim Pinson


Kim Williams, Tourism Blogger for Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department, visited with the Brew Crew on Thursday (12/3).  Kim is a regular feature with her live call-in every Tuesday at 8 am on Number One Country 92.1.  She keeps everyone updated on  events and happenings around the state that might interest tourists as well as local residents.




Pictured are: Toyia Witherspoon, UA Cossatot Cosmetology High School Instructor, Sandra Griffin, UA Cossatot Cosmetology Program Director,  students: Kacy McGough, Breanna Bohan, Nicole Crocker, Madison Conner (second place winner), Alexandria Cardens, and Summer Markham, UA Cossatot Cosmetology Curriculum Coordinator. 


Cosmetology students from across the region competed for recognition in the Sheer Madness competition held recently at Texarkana College.

  Students compete using different design elements and unique materials including human hair to create extraordinary presentations on models and mannequins. 

UA Cossatot Cosmetology students placed second in the high school division (students were from Nashville High School) and first place in the mannequin division.  

Over 35 participants entered the categories for the sixth annual event. 





De Queen High school "Young Democrats" members Miguel Luna, Nereyda San Juan, and Delfino Benitez deliver food to De Queen Primary's principal Mrs. Hill in order to stock the Primary's food pantry.  The members of the Young Democrats held several bake sales in order to buy food for the pantry.  Mrs. Hill explained to them how the school no longer receives food donations from the Rice Depot.  The food donated will be used to fill backpacks of children who will not have much to eat at home during the weekends.  Mrs. Hill was very excited and appreciative to receive the donated food items and was so happy to see our young people helping others.  The Young Democrats plan to continue to have fundraisers so they can donate food items all year long.



left to right: Laura Flores, Baylee Davis, Pate Taylor and Trayton Johnson.


 The Wickes Elementary Quiz Bowl team competed on November 6th in the Polk County Elementary Quiz Bowl held in Mena.  They won against four teams from Mena and Acorn as well as the Vandervoort campus.   Five consecutive games without a loss earned them a chance to play in the Dequeen Mena Educational Cooperative Quiz Bowl in January. They are coached by Mr. Jim Meeks.


Left to Right Vice President Angel Hernandez, Advisor Carrie Rivas, Advisor Betty Stone, Historian Jacob Glasgow, Sittitng Left to Right Treasurer Nallely Lopez, Secretary Italia Bustamante, and President Krishna Patel.


The seventy-three members of the De Queen Chapter of the National Honor Society collected 92 boxes to donate to Operation Christmas Child. Standing

"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."


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.

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."
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Location   updated 7:00 am 01/19/16

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 599.5 613.36 -0.95 7850
De Queen Lake 437.0 461.33 -1.05 M
Gillham Lake 502.0 513.77 -2.63 M
Dierks Lake 526.0 545.82 -0.47 M
Millwood Lake 259.2 1.317.8 -0.41 M
Lake Wright Patman 220.6 253.51 -0.51 2722
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 402.52 0.00  
Toledo Bend 172.00



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