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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."
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" 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!!!"







On Friday, January 16 the Kiwanis presented the 4th grade students at Oscar Hamilton Elementary with dictionaries, OHE would like to thank the Kiwanis for their support of our school and our students.


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Barry Reed


Barry Reed of the Sevier County Dixie Youth Baseball Association announced that registration is open now until February 26th. The draft will take place on March 1st. Children must be 5 years old by April 30th to participate with a max age of 15 years old. For more information check out the Sevier County Dixie Youth Baseball Facebook page or contact Barry Reed.


Fonda Hawthorne


The City of Ashdown & the Community Advisory Team are sponsoring the 4th Annual Community Auction on Saturday, January 31st at the Ashdown High School. There will be a silent auction, live auction, penny auction & a special prize raffle. Food concessions will also be available. The doors open at 4 pm and the event begins at 6 pm.

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On January 21st, the local winners from the Oscar Hamilton Elementary Reading Fair traveled to the De Queen Mena Educational Coop for the final step of competition. We are proud to announce that 7 of our 9 local winners placed at the Coop level.

The winners are back row: Kennedy Womble 1st place 6th grade fiction, Brady Jackson 1st place 6th grade nonfiction, Kase Davis 2nd place 4th grade fiction, and Cody Johnston 3rd place 4th grade nonfiction

Front row: Peyton Segraves 3rd place 5th grade technology, Nicholas Moss 3rd place 6th grade technology, and Myka Lynn Dawson 2nd place 4th grade technology



"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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Three senior band students were selected to represent De Queen at the 2015 Four States Band Conference, January 15-17 in Texarkana.


Shayde Kitchens (clarinet) and D.J. Lee (Saxophone) were selected, by audition, to be members of the Four States Concert Band.  Ryan Whitley auditioned and placed second out of all participating Tubas, earning a 2nd chair placement in the Four States Symphonic Band.  


All three students performed alongside others from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.  The concert was held Saturday, January 17 at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center in Texarkana, Texas. 


2015 Miss DHS Pageant



"Timeless Beauties," the 2015 Miss DHS Pageant will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the pageant will be $5.00. All proceeds will go to the junior class. The 2015 contestants are:


Back row left to right: Josie Vaught, Marjle McLelland, Evelyn Escamilla, and Miriam Dominguez

Front row left to right: Karla Angeles, Samantha Alfaro, and Justyce Brown



Horatio Elementary School won several categories at the Regional Reading Fair held at De Queen Mena Educational Coop.

L-R: Stevieah Turner- 5th grade, Fiction, Overall Best Interview;
Sydney McMahan- 6th Grade, Fiction, 3rd Place and Overall Best Interview; Hunter Frachiseur- 5th Grade, Non-Fiction, 2nd Place and Overall Best Interview; Mallori Marshall & Kate Baker- 4th Grade, Non-Fiction, 2nd Place; Luke Ernest- 6th Grade, Technology 2nd Place




Fourth grade Fiction:  Lilly House, Allison Garner, Reagan Burden



Eighteen L. F. Henderson Intermediate School students were chosen as winners in the annual Reading Fair competition.  First, second and third place winners were chosen from both fourth and fifth grade entries in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Technology.  The top two places in each category will represent their school in the district Reading Fair competition held at the De Queen-Mena Educational Cooperative in Gillham on Jan. 21-22.


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UA Cossatot has announced the Spring Continuing Education Schedule. They are offering classes such as Truck Driver Training, Resume Rescue, CPR Re-certification as well as classes for the kids such as Mixed Martial Arts and Gymnastics. To register or for more information, contact Zebbie Minton at 870-584-4471.



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.



(l to r): Cody Barton (Tuba, 1st band, 8th chair); Noah Pounds (Trombone, 1st band, 8th chair); Hunter Billingsley (Trombone, 1st band, 1st chair); Micahla Swilley (Trumpet, 2nd band, 10th chair); Ethan Sullivan (Tuba, 1st band, 1st chair); Casie Greeson (Clarinet, 1st band, 10th chair); Isaac Cross (Trombone, 1st band, 2nd chair); T'Nia Washington (Flute, 2nd band, 12th chair); Allyson Deloney (Clarinet, 2nd band, 16th chair); and Bradee McKean (Clarinet, 2nd band, 6th chair)

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. 



Shayde Kitchens, Student Council President and Lucee Lugo, Senior Class Vice-President 


In December, the De Queen High School Student Council held their annual food drive at De Queen High School. The food drive lasted for one week, and students were encouraged to bring non-perishable goods. The students of De Queen High School donated and the council collected 900 lbs. of food to donate to the local community food bank the Chalice Cupboard. De Queen High School Student Council would like to thank all who participated in this event to help struggling families during the holiday season.



Students in Mrs. Stephanie Neal’s class immediately start on a “Bell Ringer” assignment.  All classes at De Queen Junior High have a short activity at the beginning of class every day. 



De Queen Junior High just received award certificates from the University of Arkansas Education Policy Office.  The university compares school assessment scores throughout Arkansas.  The certificates are for 2013-14 Outstanding Performance on the End-of-Course Algebra Exam and Outstanding Performance on the End-of-Course Geometry Exam.  Pictured are Rocio Cisneros, Marisol Hernandez and Brady Young.  Students standing are Hunter Earney, Jennifer Sanchez, Carter Faulkenberry, Katelyn Patterson and Heather Bradshaw. 





De Queen Middle School Good Citizens for November/December were Kimberly Figueroa, Jampiere Flores, Javian Hernandez and Cara Pogue.




8th and 9th graders in the DJHS Science Club made Christmas cards and delivered them to the residents at Brookewood Nursing Home on December 11th. The residents really enjoyed having the company of the students and hearing Christmas carols.  It was a wonderful way for the students to share their talents in art, singing, and communication at this special time of year, and everyone involved had a great time.  Sponsors are Carol Hall and Megan Strain.


Entry Form & Rules

"Timeless Beauties"
2015 Miss DHS Pageant

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission to the pageant will be $5.00. All proceeds will go to the junior class.


Entry Form

Katie Jean Roark


Kyle Davis Atkins


Mr. and Mrs. John Roark of Magnolia, TX announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Katie Jean to Kyle Davis Atkins of Fayetteville, AR.

Katie is a Certified Fitness Trainer and is currently a senior at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and will graduate in May with a degree in Dietetics.

Kyle graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2012 with a degree in Communications Disorders and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harding University. He is a partner in Perfect Timing Baseball and Softball Academy in Northwest Arkansas.

Katie is the granddaughter of Mrs. Laurel Scott and the late Mr. Bill Scott of Amarillo, TX and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Roark of Burnett, TX.

 Kyle is the son of Patti Atkins and Mike Atkins. He is the grandson of Mrs. Jo Atkins and the late Dean Atkins and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Davis, all of De Queen.

The event will be on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Pratt Place in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Whisenhunt

Jeffrey is the son of Beverly Foreman of Horatio, grandson of Doyle Whisenhunt and Lester Foreman of Foreman, and  Kathleen Warren of Horatio.  Shanna is the daughter of Shannon Wells and Deborah Wakefield of De Queen and Scott Wakefield of Bay City, Tx, Robbie Burt of Horatio, and Danny and Nancy Wells of De Queen. She is the great granddaughter of Bobby Little of De Queen. The wedding took place at the Assembly of God in Horatio on 12/13/14.

Canton Cole Tollett

Tessa Tollett would like to announce the birth of her son Canton Cole he was born December 2, 2014 at Mena Regional Medical Center

Maternal Grandparents are Gary and Christine Hall of De Queen and Wayne Tollett of Texarkana

Maternal Great Grandparents are David and Carolyn Pettit of De Queen, Steve and Brenda Stewart of De Queen, Benny and Liz Tollett of Texarkana and Randy and Linda Hall of De Queen

Maternal Great Great Grandparents are Carol Topor and the late Stan Topor of De Queen and Fred and Mae Wolcott of De Queen.




Madison Rai Jones




Mackenzie Jones & Megan Shelly are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Madison Rai Jones.


She was born December 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM at Mena Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 lbs 15 oz, and was 21 inches long.


Maternal Grandparents are Kenneth & Stacey Shelly of Texarkana, TX & Tim & Bonnie King of De Queen, AR.

Paternal Grandparents are Kevin & Angela Jones of Mansfield, AR





Elliott Estelle Hooker



Trevor and Katie Hooker are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Elliott Estelle Hooker.

She was born December 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM at Mena Regional Medical Center. She weighed 6 lbs 2 oz, and was 20 inches long.


Maternal Grandparents are Jonathan and Barbara Hoyt of De Queen, AR.


Paternal Grandparents are Marty and Mandy Hooker of De Queen, AR.


Maternal Great Grandparents are Bonnie and Jerry Hoyt of Durant, OK, the late Sally Hoyt of Hot Springs, AR, Hazel Kittrell and the late Ruth and J.B. Kittrell of Texarkana.


Paternal Great Grandparents are Jimmy and the late Nelda Hooker of Lockesburg, AR and Ann and Travis Lane of De Queen, AR


Park Interpreter Shelley Flannery


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.



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.



"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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