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De Queen Rotary Club presented academic awards

Students from De Queen High School were presented Academic Awards from the DeQueen Rotary Club. Students pictured on the front row are Elizabeth Hernandez, Zayda Hernandez, Alondra Galvez, Zorayda Guerrero, Diana Campos, Italia Bustamante, and Jason Tellez.
Middle row left to right are Kate Mendez, Elvia Martinez, Jin Lin, Randee Toye, Michael Monroy, Jeffery Davis, Damien Garcia, and Alexis Gallardo.
Back row left to right are Beatriz Velasquez, Alica Harris, Misty Goings, Jacob Glasgow, Tori Roberson, Kendall Wood, Lucas Tinajero, Jessie Parker, Josie Vaught, and Eruby Rodriguez. Not all recipients were present due to other school activities.

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De Queen High School celebrated the National Administrative Assistant’s Day. Pictured are Principal Bryan Blackwood, Mrs. Celia Montgomery, Mrs. Lois Crawford, and assistant Principal Mr. Murray “Tuffy” Neely.

"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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De Queen High School Senior Kendall Wood has been awarded the Deans’ Academic Merit Scholarship in the amount of $24,000 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Kendall was also awarded the UALR Science Scholars Program Scholarship in the amount of $12,000 for her academic success in the field of science, the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship in the amount of $8,000 and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship in the amount of $14,000. Kendall is a member of the National Honor Society and is the current President of the De Queen High School Show Choir.
Kendall is the daughter of Gene and Manya Wood of Gillham. She is the granddaughter of James and Shirley Barfield of Gillham and Walter Wood and the late Norma Wood of Daingerfield, Texas. She plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the fall and pursue a Doctorate degree in Pediatric Medicine.


Jessica Rogers, De Queen High School Salutatorian, has been awarded the University Honors Program Scholarship from Arkansas Tech University in the amount of $50,400. She has also been awarded the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship in the amount of $14,000. Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, Spanish Club, De Queen High School Show Choir, Quiz Bowl Team and attended Arkansas Girls State. She is also captain of the De Queen Lady Leopards Soccer Team, co-captain of the De Queen Leopards Cheerleading and Student Council Representative.
Jessica is the daughter of Joseph and Carey Rogers of De Queen. She is the granddaughter of Roy and Robbie Rogers and Donna Rogers of De Queen, and the late Thomis and Alice Robins of Magazine, Arkansas. She plans to attend Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas in the fall to pursue a degree in Nursing and Spanish Language.


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




L. F. Henderson Students Travel Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center

On Friday, April 15, 5th Grade Students from Ashdown's L. F. Henderson Intermediate School went on a field trip to the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center. Students participated in lake seining, macro invertebrates, and an area hike.

During the water seining activity, the students identified the different fish in the education pond.

Ashdown High School Skills USA Competition

More than 1,500 students in technical programs across the state participated in the 2016 SkillsUSA Arkansas Leadership and Skills Championships at the Hot Springs Convention Center on April 11-13, 2016.

Pictured are (back row L-R) Nathan House-First Aid & CPR, Alex Simmons-Medical Math, Jon Michael Molock, First Aid & CPR, Isaac Cross-Promotional Bulletin Board, (front row L-R) Kaylee Silva-Promotional Bulletin Board, Amee Parker-First Aid & CPR.



WATCO Company and Domtar in conjunction with the Ashdown School System has joined together to bring community support to the area.

A company in Birmingham AL painted a locomotive engine in the Ashdown District School colors.

The locomotive will be on display in front of the Chamber Depot for the Whistle Stop Festival on Friday 4-29-2016 and Saturday 4-30-16. We have no issues of folks taking pictures, but we ask that the public stay off the locomotive.

On Monday 5-2-16, the ARS will deliver the WAMX 1590 to the Domtar Mill so that it can be placed into service.


Michaela Caudle, a Senior at Horatio High School, recently signed a letter of intent to rodeo for Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia, Arkansas.
Michaela has received an academic scholarship and a rodeo scholarship for a combined total of $40,000.00.

Pictured are SAU Rodeo Coach Rusty HAyes, Michaela Caudle, and State Director for the Arkansas High School rodeo Association Wayne Smith.


De Queen Senior Prince Beasley has been awarded the UALR EAST Scholarship valued at $40,000, UALR CLC Scholarship $32,000, Arkansas Rehab $20,000, and N.A.A.C.P. Scholarship $500.  He is the son of Evelyn Beasley and Mark Beasley of Texarkana.  Prince is the Student Council President, a member of Spanish club, interact and show choir.  He is also the co-editor of the Leopard Yearbook.


Prince will be attending UALR in the fall where he will pursue a double major in Special Education and Spanish or American Sign Language.



Eddie Bowman, aka "Chester Drawers" is a songwriter located in Branson, Missouri.  He has been a professional entertainer and comedian for years and is knows for his children's books, especially his "Silly Song Series."  All of his books are on the national program, "Accelerated Reader."  During his school programs, he entertains and imparts valuable information for learning and encouragement.  According to his website, "he sees the potential of children, and how they must believe in themselves and prepare daily through personal effort and discipline to become what they want to be."



The FBLA at De Queen High School is selling chances on the white blanket donated by Jimmy Arnold. Chances are $1.00 each or 6 for $5. Chances can be purchased through Mr. Chad Lites or any FBLA member. 

Area 11 Special Olympics Held at Ashdown High School

On, April 6, 2016 the largest to date Area 11 Special Olympics School Age Event was held at the Fred Jester Memorial Track at Ashdown High School. There were 229 registered athletes and over 300 volunteers and parents. Students from Ashdown, Texarkana, Fouke, Nashville, Mineral Springs, Foreman, Horatio, De Queen, and Dierks participated in the day long events.

Brother Jim Cross and his First United Methodist Church members cooked and served hamburger and hot dog lunches to all attending the event.

The Ashdown High SkillsUSA Club, AHS Athletic Staff, AJHS Special Olympics Partners Club, AJHS Cheerleaders volunteered during the event.

The Sanctuary, Healthcare Express, and Fountain Therapeutic Center had booths at the event with sunblock and refreshments for the athletes and heath and therapy information for the parents.





"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 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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