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Front row left to right: Sophomore Maid Chasity Franco-Borja; Junior Maid Noelia Lagunas; Senior Maid Erika Zamora; Senior Maid Alexa Boyles; Senior Maid Jennifer Chavez; Crown Bearer Harper Young; Queen Martha Mosqueda; Football Bearer Cole Earney; Senior Maid Reagan Wilkerson; Senior Maid Adriana Figueroa; Junior Maid Bradi Young; Sophomore Maid Ashley Dykes 
Back row left to right: Lucas Dorsey, Jose Lagunas, Junior Rojas, Maurice Moore, Michael Quintana, Leonardo Dominguez, Logan Hall, Ixchel Loredo, Drew Dykes, Tristan Snider 


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UA Cossatot Hosts Go Pro Truck for Area High School Students

UA Cossatot hosted the Be Pro, Be Proud truck at area high schools as part of the R.A.M.P. grant to create awareness for opportunities in manufacturing. The truck features different manufacturing simulations for students to engage with while also giving feedback for their aptitudes.

Students from De Queen High School, De Queen Middle School, Horatio High School, Nashville Jr. and Sr. High School as well as Kirby and Ashdown High Schools were able to tour through the truck, try simulations, and go through the interactive website which contains many features.

The Be Pro, Be Proud truck is also sponsored by Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and is making the rounds throughout the state.


Cub Scout Troop 54
Retiring the flags at Redman cemetery


These first through fifth grade Cub Scouts from Troop 54 retired flags that troop members placed on the graves of veterans in Redmen Cemetery before Memorial Day. 

For information on how your child can join Boy Scouts, contact the Caddo Area Boy Scouts Council at (903) 793-2179.


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Olivia Sheppard, 2009 Ashdown High School graduate was administered the Oath for Admission to the Arkansas Bar by Judge Johnny Finley (1967 AHS Graduate) on September 14, 2016 in the historic Little River County Courtroom. Sheppard received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2013) and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in 2016. She has joined the Trammel-Piazza Law Firm as an associate attorney and will be working with Chad Trammell (1984 AHS Graduate).

"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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Harris Drug & Gifts
205 West De Queen Avenue ~ De Queen

Serving the community for over 50 years is Harris Drug and Gifts in downtown De Queen. Offering hometown, personal service with free delivery inside the city limits available. We accept most insurances, offer a bridal registry, have free gift wrapping with a $5 minimum purchase, and soon we will have our baby registry ready to go! Come by and see us at 205 W. De Queen Ave. or call 870-584-3555. Pictured are Sandra Estrella-pharmacy technician, Renee Logan-owner/pharmacist, and Wendy Cirkles-clerk.


Southern Girls Flowers, Gifts & More
214 N. Lakeside Drive ~ De Queen

Monica Pearce has owned Southern Girls Flowers, Gifts, & More since purchasing the flower shop from Joanie & Dennis Patterson in September of 2013.  Monica along with April De Foor, Susan Owen, Debbie Pickering, and Cheryl Renfro are among the most talented groups of “southern girls” you will ever meet.


Southern Girls offers specialty bouquets, funeral work, and wedding work.  They also have an extensive selection of home décor and gift items including Park Hill and Sullivan’s.  Their gourmet food lines include made in house fudge, fresh baked cookies, crazy flavors of popcorn, gourmet chocolates and nuts as well as two soups and dip lines: The Resident Chef and What’s Cooking.   They do homecoming mums, prom corsages, rent tuxedos, bake and deliver fudge and cookies, offer hand dipped apples at all major holidays, and will come decorate your house for any holiday.


Southern Girls, located at 214 N. Lakeside Drive in De Queen, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 until 5:00 and Saturday from 8:30 until 2:00.


The yard of Lygia Autrey on Main Street in Horatio was chosen as the residential Yard of the Month for September. The large and well-landscaped yard has been kept up by Autrey and her family for the past 12 years. Lygia said she maintains her yard in part to honor her husband, the late Larry Autrey. The Yard of the Month program is hosted by the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce. For more information,



 Horatio First Baptist Church is the September winner of the business/church category in the chamber of commerce’s Yard of the Month program. Resendiz Landscaping, whose owners attend Horatio First Baptist, have maintained the lawn since the construction of the current worship hall in 2011. Pictured above is church secretary Susan Burt. The church is located at 207 Hazard Street.

Jacob Purifoy awarded "Outstanding Drum Major Award"

For the second year in a row Ashdown high School PPMB Drum Major, Jacob Purifoy attended the Steven Moss Leadership Academy drum major camp in Belton, Texas at the University of Mary Hardin - Baylor July 13th -17th. Purifoy, along with approximately 75 other drum majors attended the camp under the direction of Steven Moss. At the camp, the drum majors were taught conducting and how to have effective leadership skills. During the camp exhibition on Friday, Purifoy was awarded the "Outstanding Drum Major Award". Purifoy also received this award last summer. This award also provided a scholarship to the camp next year. Purifoy is starting his second year as drum major and looks forward to leading the PPMB this fall.


AHS Senior, Callie Redfearn attended Arkansas Girl’s State, May 29th - June 3rd at Harding University in Conway. Callie said, “My favorite part of attending Girl’s State would have to be making new friendships with girls from all across the state of Arkansas.” The attendees visited the Arkansas State Capital and learned about the different branches of government. The program was created by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arkansas to allow high school juniors to participate in hands-on citizenship training.

Play will be performed at Ashdown High School Auditorium and tickets can be purchased at the door


Members of local Girl Scout troops said farewell to the Scout Hut in a sunset decommissioning ceremony Friday evening at the Sevier County Museum.

Assembled scouts recited the Girl Scout pledge and sang several Girl Scout songs to conclude the program.
The flag was lowered and folded for the final time as the sun was setting. Interested scouts and leaders went inside the building to take a last look.
The scout hut building was once located where Leopard Stadium is today. It was relocated to its present site. However, the building is in extremely poor condition and poses a hazard to visitors.

Those participating were, front row, from left, Carlie Mickle, Jacqueline Ocampo, Amy Richardson; middle row, Sue Wagoner, Haylie Richardson, Madison Blankenship, Jennifer Neal; back row, Cheryl Firm and Amanda Kimmel.


(l to r) Jacob Purifoy, Charlie Trammell, Zach Spigner, and Quincey Nettles

Arkansas Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion Department of Arkansas. Boys State is for high school boys which are currently in their junior year. Boys State delegates represent the finest students in Arkansas and are leaders in their communities. Arkansas Boys State is a unique summertime educational program that does not emphasize classroom lectures and textbook learning. Instead, it focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governing bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective city, county and state governments.



Eight listeners missed THREE games each. They included: David Ricker, Tawana Ricker, Doralene Martin, Annette Wiederhoeft, Antonio Ugarte, Robbie Rogers, Lamark Lawson and Jessica Ugarte. Using the Arkansas-Louisiana Tech tie-breaker score to determine the Winner, Lamark Lawson predicted a 31-17 victory for the Razorbacks- missing by 13 points. So Lemark Lawson wins the $100 prize for Week One.

Listen to Number One Country 92.1 FM weekdays between 6am and 9am for a list of sponsors. Pick up your play sheets and predict the winner of each game listed.  



The staff at KDQN were touched by UA Cossatot’s Dog Food Drive to benefit the local animal shelter. Employees went together and purchased food to help with the effort. We are committed to continue to make contributions to our community as we begin our 61st year of service to the community.

The staff also wants to send out a challenge to other businesses to donate to this drive to help less fortunate animals. Drop your donation off at the Adams Building at the College or you can drop them by our studios at 921 W Collin Raye Drive and we will deliver them to the college for you!


August Yard of the Month

Jim and Brenda Presson of 803 Fort Towson Street in De Queen are the August residential winners of the newly introduced "Yard of the Month" award program hosted by the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce. The Pressons have lived in the home since 1974 and have always enjoyed decorating for the holidays and maintaining a good looking yard. More information on the chamber and the "Yard of the Month" program can be found at

August Yard of the Month -  Business

Wilkerson Funeral Home received the business award for the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Yard of the Month” program. The funeral home has kept up its beautiful lawn on the corner of Fourth Street and Stilwell Avenue in De Queen since 1929. Pictured are Tony Hughes, Sarah Casteel and Jeff Marshall.

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"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

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