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wednesday, april 25th is jean sharp day


De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy proclaimed Wednesday, April 25th as Jean Sharp Day in the City of De Queen.


McKevly stated Sharp has been a long-time resident of De Queen and she began serving as a volunteer in the De Queen Medical Center Auxiliary in March of 1968.


McKelvy declared that Wednesday is Jean Sharp Day and he invites everyone to honor and express their love and affection toward Mrs. Sharp for her long service to the community.



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Juanelle Gage & Martha Fines




The Humane Society of Sevier County announced the dates for their 2018 Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics.

First clinic will be May 7, 8 & 9.  Call now for an appointment before they fill up!

(870) 584-9096 

Amber Morris & Kadee Cowling





The Sevier County 4-H Teen Leaders will honor area heros with a free lunch Saturday, April 28th from 11 until 2 at the Church of Christ multi-purpose room Hwy 70 West of De Queen.

All emergency personnel are welcome at this "come-and-go" affair!

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" 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."

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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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Sevier County Cattlemen's Association President Greg Wright announced the association's 2018 membership steak dinner is Monday, May 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.


Wright said it's $50 to join the Cattlemen's Association for one-year. If you are a current member or if you want to join the cattlemen's association, call the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013 to RSVP by May 11th.



Ashdown Principal Kay York & Superintendent Jason Sanders

Kay York, Principal of Ashdown High School was named 2018 Arkansas Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year.  Dr. Richard Abernathy, AAEA Executive Director, presented Mrs. York with the award at her school on April 20th. 



Judge Greg Ray

Just days after Code Red went live in Sevier County, the system was tested as numerous severe thunderstorm and tornado alerts were issued by the National Weather Service for our area.

Friday Night, April 13th Sevier County residents who had signed up for the Code Red service, received phone and message alerts on their cell and home phones advising them of the storms that were approaching the area.

Click HERE to sign up


may activitIes, programs & tours set for Cossatot River State Park

If you're game for some fun, check out the list of activities, programs and tours scheduled for the Cossatot River State Park in May. 

They've got everything from nature walks and guided Kayak tours to campfire cooking and feeding the critters. 

Click here for a complete list



Congratulations to Purple Pride Band Members Noah Pounds and Jeb Parker on being selected to participate in the Arkansas All Star Band April 6-7 in Pangburn, Arkansas.

Noah and Jeb are 10th grade students at Ashdown High School.


The Wickes Straight Shooters is comprised in 6th, 7th, & 8th graders from Cossatot River School District and is coached by Sharon Miles, Gloria Pritchett, and Shelly Speight

A very special congratulations goes out to the Wickes Straight Shooters Archery Team! After taking 11th place in the middle school division at the state tournament, the team recently learned that their scores qualified them to compete at the national level in Louisville, Kentucky next month!
A benefit chicken dinner and auction will be held on Saturday, April 28 in the Wickes Elementary Cafeteria to help with their travel expenses.

Tyson Foods donates to S.O.S. For Families

L-R: Liz Vaughn, S.O.S. Director, Mario Cantreras, Tyson,
 Broken Bow Plant HR Mgr., and Laura Wise, S.O.S. Office Mgr


Tyson Foods is a long - time supporter of the wonderful work S.O.S. For Families provides for the residents of Broken Bow and Idabel, OK and in the McCurtain Country area. The S.O.S. Shelter provides a safe environment for abused and/or neglected women and children. Tyson in the Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently donated $1500 for up-grades to the shelter.

50 years of service recognized

Ramona Arenas, Jean Sharp, & Brad Patterson

De Queen Medical Center honored Jean Sharp at a recent auxiliary luncheon for her 50  years service to  the  De Queen Medical Center Auxiliary.  Mrs. Sharp began serving the hospital  in March 1968  and has worked in the gift shop, juice cart, information desk, has been volunteer coordinator, and is presently the sunshine chairman.



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Gerardo Rojas won Best of Show for Ages 14-18 in the 2018 Young Artists Competition held in Mena.


 The artwork is currently on show at the Mena Art Gallery  through April 30.


Other students from De Queen High School placed in the competition with their artwork.


First Place in Drawing Category for Ages 14-18: Patricia Hernandez
Second Place in Drawing Category for Ages 14-18: Reana Roberson
First Place in Painting Category for Ages 14-18: Chasity Borja
Second Place in Painting Category for Ages 14-18: Alma Puga
Lucy Mulcahy Award - Tori Parker





The Sevier County Department of Human recently participated in "Wear Blue Day" for Child Abuse Awareness in coordination with Court Appointed Special Advocates.


April is Child Abuse Awareness month and Arkansans are working to raise awareness on the issue. The Arkansas child abuse hotline received 34,459 reports of child maltreatment in 2017. If you have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse you should call the child abuse hotline at 1-800-482-5964.


Ashdown High School Math Tutors

During the 2017-2018 year, Ashdown High School had several students volunteer their time as tutors. These tutors have assisted with tutoring in the math department before and after school by being certified through the National Tutoring Association under Mrs. Stephanie Ringgold's direction. Some have volunteered over 20 hours with their certification. The cost for the certification was provided via the Margaret Daniel Education Foundation with Mrs. Ringgold being a licensed mentor instructor. These students will be able to tutor after high school as their certifications are for two years.


Trey House won the Ashdown Chess Tournament on March 28th and Mason Curtis placed second. There were over 50 students from surrounding schools who participated on the tournament.


The Mustache Dash 5K

Sportsplex - Hwy 70 ~ De Queen, AR

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

8:00 AM

During Diversity Fest

Proceeds go to One Less Orphan Ministry

You can contact Alisa Lindsey at 501-730-1821 or register online at

2 ashdown students receive Master Microsoft Office Specialist Certification


Ashdown High School students Kohl Kervin and Shakila Witherspoon recently received a Master Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Mrs. Tipton's and Mrs. Garrison's Computerized Business Applications Class. They join Carson Jefferies and only 6 other students state wide to achieve the certification this year. In order to received this certification, they both passed a 2 part Microsoft Word Expert Exam, the Excel Exam and the Powerpoint Exam.


LITTLE ROCK—The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program recommended 18 Arkansas properties in 13 counties—including the Lockesburg Gymnasium at Lockesburg in Sevier County—for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places when it met April 4.
The Lockesburg Gymnasium is located at 128 East Main Street.




Sally Kesterson, utility billing clerk for the City of De Queen, has retired after 36 years of service with the city.


She was honored by friends and co-workers with a reception on Friday, April 6, at City Hall.


Pictured with the honoree are, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy, left, and City Clerk-Treasurer Donna Jones, at right.




Super sleuth Jackie Gonzales turned in the fourth and final egg in this year's Golden Egg contest about 8:30 Tuesday morning.  Jackie said she had been looking for the egg near the heli-pad west of the hospital, but after reviewing the clues, she changed direction.  The last egg was hidden next to the entrance sign of the De Queen Business Park on Highway 71 North.


Coach Stephen Sloan spoke to Rotary Club this week about DHS Boys and Girls soccer teams.  Coach Sloan has 17 years of coaching experience with 11 of those years as a soccer coach. There are 52 players on girls' team holding a 8-4 record while remaining undefeated in conference.  The boys' team has 90 players with a 9-2 record and played in 2017 State Championship. Coach Sloan praised his teams' natural ambitions.  His strategy is fast paced play with frequent rotations.  Next year, all DHS sports except for football will return to 4AA conference.





Tanner Manasco was honored by De Queen Rotary as their April Student of the Month.  Tanner is pictured with his parents, Todd and Alyssa Manasco. Tanner is involved in several sports and planning to attend college after graduation.  He is considering a career in the film industry.


Eddie Bowman (AKA Chester Drawers) performed at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School on March 27th. Bowman is an author, entertainer, and motivational speaker from southwest Missouri. According to a press release, he uses interesting visual aids to inspire children to do their best while striving for worthwhile goals. He strongly believes that good values are essential for happiness and success.

De Queen Middle School Good Citizens for March

Autumn Maish, Yael Sahagun, Andy Garcia & Nancy Martinez



February Good Citizens

(L-R): Luis Luna, Nancy Santiago, Alejandra Magana, & Dalton Jamerson



The Ashdown Panthers bring home silver medals from the Arkansas State Special Olympics Tournament after falling to the Prairie Grove Tigers in double overtime. They played their hearts out! Great job Panthers!


The third golden egg has been found

Joe Chandler & Carolyn Maurer

$250 egg # 3 has been claimed by Joe Chandler of De Queen.  Joe said the clues about the 'tears' and "west 1 mile to the sign" helped him locate the egg.  It was near the historical marker, 1 mile from the Oklahoma-Arkansas state line.



Photo and article submitted by: Tammy Whatley 


The De Queen History Bowl Sophomore team competed Saturday, March 17 in the Arkansas State History Bowl Competition. They finished in second place and qualified to Nationals. Noah Reed competed in the History Bowl finishing third and also qualifying for Nationals. This was the team’s first time to compete in this competition. The team is coached by Mr. Thomas Sweeten. Mr. Sweeten is a De Queen High School alumni and teaches Physics in Context. Pictured left to right are Kaylee Stewart, Noah Reed, Heidy Galvan, Austin Johnson, and Willie White.

Tyson Donates to 4-H BBQ Contest

From L- R: Complex HR Manager Donna Duggan presented Tyson’s check for the purchase of the chickens to Kim Frachiseur, Sevier Co. Extension 4-H Program Asst. and Janet Cantrell, Extension Agent, FCS.

Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex participated in the 2018 Sevier Co. Extension Office annual 4-H BBQ cooking contest. Tyson Foods provided 3lb chickens for 48 local 4-H students who will compete in the Chicken BBQ cooking contest on March 26th in De Queen, AR.


Tyson Team Members, Cameron Claborn, Coley Harp, Ron Marshall and Mark Myers, loaded the chicken donation for SOS Victim Advocates: Sandra Cofer and Bristy Noah on March 17th.

Tyson Foods, Broken Bow Plant was pleased to make a donation of chicken to the SOS for Families in Idabel. The SOS  (Southeastern Services for Families ) Shelter in Idabel provides domestic abuse services for approximately 25 women and children monthly. Abused or neglected women and/or children are allowed housing and services for up to 30 days at the shelter. If victims are still unable to find a safe home at the end of this time period or if it is still unsafe for them to leave the shelter, extensions are given. Tyson has been a supporter of this worthy and much needed non-profit organization for many years and was pleased to once again to offer support.



The Book Fair has arrived at De Queen Primary School’s library. Parents are welcome to visit during school hours and on extended hours this Thursday, March 15th. Pictured is librarian Dedra Mc Castlain with cases of books.


Sevier County Farm Bureau gave away two ORCA coolers during their February Membership drive.

Winners were: Jena Fowler and Steven Chandler.


Rick Pruitt & Carolyn Maurer

Rick Pruitt of De Queen turned in #1 Country's Egg #2 on Friday afternoon, March 23rd and claimed the $250 prize.

Rick said he found the egg taped to the rafters of one of the covered picnic tables at the Arkansas Red River Welcome Center on Hwy 71 South of Ashdown.

Egg #3 clue sheets are available at our sponsor locations in De Queen, Ashdown, Foreman, Lockesburg, Broken Bow and Texarkana.


Betty Jean Brewer of De Queen has found Golden Egg #1 in the Golden Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Number One Country and Assorted Sponsors in the area.

Betty found the egg in the Herman Dierks Park after one clue was read on air.

Congratulations Betty!

For your chance to win, stop by participating sponsors, pick up a clue sheet and listen to #1 Country at 7:20am, 12:20pm and 4:20pm each weekday for the 2nd half of the clue.

3 more eggs will be hidden so keep listening!!!

De Queen Middle School February Good Citizens

From L-R

Ariana Gallardo, Nathan Patterson, Eduardo Cisneros, Martha Jaramillo


De Queen Middle School students took advantage of the cold winter weather to pay it forward. Students engaged in the Knitting for Noggins campaign at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Students spent time before school and during lunch knitting hats for patients. A total of 65 hats were completed during December and January. A special thank you to Mrs. Pat Higgins for assisting with the project.


Tyson Foods once again assisted the Foster Grandparent Program sponsored by the Mena/De Queen Educational Co-op. This program puts “foster grandparent” volunteers in the local elementary schools where they can work one on one with students and teachers. These volunteers contribute an extra hand to the learning environment in the classroom. Annual workshops for the Foster Grandparent Program is essential for training and development. Carolyn Box, Tyson’s Grannis Plant HR Manager recently presented a $400 check to Mena/De Queen Educational Co-op Director, Terri Williams. Tyson is happy to support educational growth in our local schools.


Kim Cleghorn, Emma Clegnorn & Jaycee VanHoose


The Horatio Pee Wee Cheer Squad will host a Bingo night to help raise funds for uniforms on Saturday, April 14th. 

It will be fun for the whole family.  Doors open at 4:30 pm.

"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


Crisis Center Board President Hannah Stripling & Executive Director Debbie McGuffin

Debbie McGuffin, executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center, the center is open in their new location in the Town North Shopping Center.

They currently have several fund-raising projects going.  McGuffin stated financial assistance is needed, but the agency really needs volunteers and the support of the community.


For more information, call 870-642-2141 or if you need help call the hotline 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."


Park Interpreters Shelley Flannery and Tori Carson

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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 need.

If you would like to donate your money or time, contact Grant Groves at 642-3420.  Items may be dropped off at Chalice Cupboard during the times listed above or at the Sevier County Library during their regular hours.


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 11/16/17

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Lake 599.0 591.62 0.00 375
De Queen Lake 437.0 436.75 -.01 24
Gillham Lake 502.0 499.67 -.03 16
Dierks Lake 526.0 524.41 -.02 6
Millwood Lake 259.2 258.13 -.01 175

 For current water levels click here:    Corps of Engineers  


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