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

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Savanna Woods, pictured with her parents, Bill and Melissa Woods, along with Governor and Mrs. Asa Hutchison is Ashdown High School Valedictorian.



Bradley Isenberg, pictured with Governor and Mrs. Asa Hutchison, along with his parents, John and Susan Isenberg has been named Salutatorian for Ashdown High School




Three Ashdown High School Seniors have been chosen as recipients of a scholarship from the Small Business Enterprise Serenity Café at Ashdown High School. The School Based Enterprise is an entrepreneurial operation in a school setting that is managed and operated by students.

The receipients of this year’s scholarships are: Casey Thompson, a 2 year manager of the SBE, Gregory Shumake, a 2 year Co-Manager of the SBE, and Peyton Reed, a 2 year Assistant Manager of the SBE.

Pictured with Shauna Tipton-Top Left: Peyton Reed; Top Right: Casey Thompson; Bottom: Greg Shumake

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Ashdown Theatre Arts student Hannah Crow has been awarded a summer internship at Silvermoon Children's Theatre. Hannah will be working during the drama camp for Wizard of Iz July 11-15. She will assist younger-aged campers running lines, compete tech and back stage responsibilities, as well as stage managing, set building, painting, costuming, and anything else the director needs.

"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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Reana Roberson is a sophomore at De Queen High School. She recently entered a Creative Writing Festival at Southern Arkansas University and won $50.00 and an award. The title of her paper was “Hello”.

To read the paper "Hello" click here.

Ashdown FFA Presented House of Representatives' Citation

The Ashdown FFA and their teacher, Cody Gallagher were presented a citation from the Arkansas House of Representatives for their excellent merit and for a successful year. The citation was presented by Representative DeAnn Vaught

Pictured: AHS Principal, Kay York, Representative DeAnn Vaught, Maddie McAllister, Cody Gallagher, and Superintendent, Jason Sanders


Ashdown High School Senior, Julianna Ormsbee receives a $30,000 Scholarship from U.S. Marine Sgt. B. Sgt. B presented the scholarship on behalf of her father's GI bill. Her father, Sgt. Charles Edward (Eddy) Withem lost his life in a tornado on October 13, 2014. He served his country for eight years in the USMC and did 2 tours in Iraq. Julianna received another scholarship in memory of her father, this scholarship was given by Rick Edrington and Mary Ann (Withem) Edrington.


May 10, 2016 was a big day for juniors at De Queen High School. Principal Bryan Blackwood and staff presented senior rings to the Class of 2017. A ceremony was held in the high school auditorium. Mr. Bob Ward is a junior class sponsor. After calling each junior’s name, students went through the ring tunnel, dropped a penny in the wishing well, and received their ring along with a shirt. This is an annual tradition at De Queen High School. Juniors waiting patiently in line left to right are Jennifer Chavez, Luz Cabanillas, Molly Bus, Tiffany Beccera, Cheyenne Ballard, and Diana Alfaro.

(More pictures on School Days Snapshots page.) 



Michaela Caudle is a 2016 Horatio High School graduate and she was one of 20 western Arkansas students who were awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

Caudle is pursuing a Pre-Vet degree at Southern Arkansas University. She is the daughter of Jason and Anita Caudle of Horatio.



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Arkansas Rural Education Association has selected Linda Davis, 4th Grade Teacher at L. F. Henderson as the Arkansas Rural Teacher of the Year for 2016. Mrs. Davis was presented the award during a surprise presentation at L.F. Henderson Intermediate School on May 11th.



On Friday, April 22 the L.F. Henderson Intermediate Panther Cubs along with faculty and staff, and community members opened Arkansas’ first Ben Carson Reading Room. The reading room project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund designed to promote daily, independent reading.


Dierks Couple celebrates 50th Wedding Anniversary

The family of Jimmy Clyde and Linda Kaye Alexander of Dierks is requesting a card shower in honor of the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary Friday, May 27th. They were married in Hatfield, Arkansas in 1966. Their family includes daughters Laurie of Dierks and Karen of Maumelle.
Cards of congratulations will reach them at P.O. Box 283, Dierks, AR 71833.

UA Cossatot Inducts PTK Members

UA Cossatot held the Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony on Tuesday for students entering the honor society.
An invitation to join is extended to students based on performance. To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of associate degree course work and generally earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college.
New inductees are pictured: Front row: Chelsea Salas, Laura Harper, Tina Daugherty, Rose Woo, Ana Mosqueda, Natalia Reyes, Mindy Johnson, and Johnathan Reynolds. Back row: Shayde Kitchens, Jose Luna Armenta, Russell Shock, Salina Dixon, DeAnn Morris, Caitlin Harding, Maria Cisneros, and Crystal Ebarb.  


"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

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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."
"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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