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You are coming in strong in Gainesville, FL. Wish all my kinfolks in De Queen a Merry Christmas. Sterling and Pud Daniel, Junior and Judy Hicks and several more nieces and nephews.
"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!!!"

Alisia Gonzalez, Matt Cribb & Shantel Cox








Members of the Horatio FFA are selling chances for $25 each on 10 guns. Each ticket enters you into the drawing for all 10 guns. They have around 100 tickets left. The drawing will be held on October 31st. For tickets or more information contact Nicki Litchford at 870-584-6761 or Jamey Lindsey at 870-423-8154. You can also check out the Horatio FFA Facebook page.

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S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Students  (Super Terrific, Excelling, Leaders, Learning and Achieving Recognition) for the month of October are:

Front row: Kaylon Easter, Luke Dawson. Kenzie Maynard, Mallory Abercrombie, Karsyn Hobbs

Back row: Ashalin Casper, John Critchlow, Skyler Wesley, Brady Jackson, Callie Beasley, Lucy Jackson, Jamya Smith, and Kadance Fulfer



Jay Lindly & Ryan Wishard



In a busy weekend of football, we had ELEVEN contestants who each missed TWO games in Week Seven of the 2014 Pigskin Pickem Contest. The eleven contestants were: Ryan Wishard, Easton Leonard, Ken Jackson, Patti Boone, Marilyn Baker, Carey Lambrecht, Christy Keener, Billy Martin, Mike Parks, Tawana Ricker, and Bo Collins. So we go to the Arkansas-Georgia tie-breaker score. The Dogs beat the Hogs 45-32 Saturday. Ryan Wishard predicted 38-28, missing by only eleven points. Ryan claims the $100 cash prize for Week Seven!





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Pictured with UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole is Chase Emerson, representing US Senator John Boozman. 






UA Cossatot faculty and staff welcomed guests to the newly remodeled and renovated Ashdown campus last Friday.  Friends of the college and industry partners were able to tour the new Industrial Maintenance Technology Department as well as new lab space and meeting facilities. 



"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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The De Queen High School Student Council announces the 2014 DHS Homecoming Court. The De Queen Leopards Football team will be playing their homecoming game against Hot Springs High School on October 10, 2014. Homecoming festivities begin with a Homecoming Parade themed "Terminate the Trojans” downtown at 1:30 p.m. The parade will also continue to the High School at approximately 2:00 p.m. An afternoon ceremony and pep rally will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the De Queen High School Auditorium. Evening Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 6:30 pm at Leopard Stadium and the game will follow at 7:00 pm.


Standing: Crown Bearer Lila Martin, Football Bearer Micah Vance

Front row: (left to right) Sr. Maid Montie Hennard, Sr. Maid Miriam Dominguez, Sr. Maid Justyce Brown, Queen Lucee Lugo, Sr. Maid Kenzie Tatta, Sr. Maid Mallory Miller, Sr. Maid Paige Morphew

2nd row: (left to right) Soph. Maid Erika Zamora, Jr. Maid Krishna Patel, Sr. Maid Rachel Lipsey, Sr. Maid Alexandra Martinez, Sr. Maid Marjle McClelland, Sr. Maid Ashleigh, Zeigler, Jr. Maid Kylie Bowens, Soph. Maid Martha Mosqueda, Sr. Maid Margaret Parker   



Gage Woods, Kimberly Delgado, Ashlyn Chambers, and Noah Reed



The De Queen Middle School announces the Good Citizens of August/September.



Children's author Jefferson Knapp displays his path to publication and advice to younger generations through a slideshow of pictures to third through sixth grade students at Oscar Hamilton Elementary on October 16, 2014.




Andrew Rawlings


Cossatot River State Park will be holding their 4th annual 1/2 Marathon Train Run on Saturday, October 18th beginning at 6:30 am. Register online at or contact the park at






Lucy Lugo, Monte Henry, Mary Claire Lynch & Olivia Romine


The Mary & Martha Center's fall fundraiser will be Saturday, October 18th from 9 am to 2 pm at the new Mary & Martha Center which is located on the corner of Coulter Drive and Rockefeller by the fairgrounds. Cost will be $3.00 per child and will include a hayride, bounce house, face painting, mini petting zoo and a small train ride.





The Cossatot ABC Preschool shows their Leopard support by wearing their Black & Gold.



The C.D. Franks Fall Festival Poster contest winner is Billye Grace Young.  She is in Mrs. Aylett's third grade classroom. The Honorable Mention winners are Cadence Mangrum, from 2nd grade, and Eve Young, from 3rd grade.  These three winning posters will be displayed at the C.D. Franks Fall Festival.  Other posters will be displayed around Ashdown advertising the Fall Festival which will take place on Monday, October 27, from 5-8 pm.  Come join the fun!






Mr. Stacy Fualkenberry is a sixth grade science teacher at De Queen Middle School.  Students in his class are working on the scientific method of an experiment.  Students work in cooperative teams throughout an experiment.


Pictured are sixth grade students at De Queen Middle School preparing to do an experiment.  Mr. Faulkenberry review the steps that are taken using the scientific method.




Horatio High School's 2014 Homecoming Court…  Front row: left to right Crown Bearer Bella Baker, Queen Morgan Brackett, &  Football Bearer Eli Vann. 


Middle row: Senior Maid Adi Arellano, Senior Maid Audrey Smith, Flower Girl Ashton Alexander, Senior Maid Megan Perez, & Senior Maid Cheyenne Whitlow. 


Back row:  Junior Maid Sarah Swain, Junior Maid Allison Jones, Sophomore Maid Laney Baker, and Sophomore Maid Elvelyn Martinez. 


Homecoming ceremonies will be Friday, October
3rd at 6:30 pm on the HHS football field.





The 9U Timberwolves defeated Spa City Crushers Sunday at Burns Park in North Little Rock to capture gold rings in the P2A Fall Pre-State Tournament.


Bottom row: Braeson Scarborough, Peyton Hill, Slade Slayton, Caleb Halter, Rylin Hill;  Middle row: Johnathan Garcia, Tyler Brown, Kason Willard, Alex Mendiola, and Tucker Emerson

Coaches:  Coach Slayton, Coach Willard, Coach Hill



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. They are selling chances on a Lifetime Hunting & Fishing License for $20 each or 6 for $100. They are also excepting donations. 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.



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Brittany Grace Beltrani
Tyler Nathan Slay

Mrs. Brenda Beltrani of De Queen announces the engagement of her granddaughter, Brittany Grace Beltrani to Tyler Nathan Slay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Slay of Hot Springs.  Miss Beltrani is the daughter of the late Mike Beltrani, Jr. of De Queen and the late Kathy Burris Lenzen of Cabot, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Burris of Texarkana and the late Mike Beltrani, Sr.  Mr. Slay is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Holzhauer of Gillett and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Slay of Hollandale, MS.

Miss Beltrani is a graduate of UCA and is a teacher in the Conway School District.  Mr. Slay also attended USA and is employed by Osmose Communications in Conway.

The wedding will be an October event at Marlsgate Plantation in Scott, Arkansas.

Klansey Jane Lowrie

Brett and Kinsey Lowrie of Dierks are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Klansey Jane. She was born August 19, 2014 at 5:04pm at Mena Regional Health System.  She weighed 8 lbs and 1 oz, and measured 20 1/2 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are David and Laurie Kirkpatrick. Great grandparents are Bill and Beth Alexander, Wanda Kirkpatrick and the late George Kirkpatrick, all of Dierks.

Paternal grandparents are Roger and Kasey Lowrie of Octavia, OK. Great grandparents are Aleta Williamson and the late Ben Williamson of Smithville, OK, Jack Lowrie of Octavia, OK, and Ann and Leon Meek of Sallisaw, OK.


Maebry Kay Ritchie

Michael & Michelle (Loyd) Ritchie of Whitewright, TX. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Maebry Kay Ritchie. She was born August 8, 2014 at 5:34am at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, TX.  She weighed 8 lbs and 1 oz, and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ronald Kent Loyd and the late Bertha Mae (Vance) Loyd of De Queen, AR.

Paternal grandparents are Kenneth & Kay Ritchie of Bells, TX. and James & Sharon Williams of Whitewright, TX.
Big Brother is Mason Loyd of Whitewright, TX.
Uncles & Aunts are Michael Loyd & Brandy Brewster of Whitewright, TX., Ronnie Loyd & Nikki Conatser of Broken Bow, OK., Rhonda Loyd of De Queen, AR., and Brian & Prissy Ritchie of Whitewright, TX.

Lily Claire and Declan John

James and Alyce Brewer would like to announce the arrival of their twins Lily Claire and Declan John born August 26, 2014.

Vivienne Natalia Alemanya Marrufo

Christina and Patricio Marrufo would like to announce the birth of their third daughter,
Vivienne Natalia Alemanya Marrufo. She was born on August 25th at 10:36 pm
at 8 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long.  She was welcomed into the world by her big sisters Samantha and Eleyna Marrufo, and mom and papi.

Her paternal grandparents are Patricio and Silvia Marrufo of De Queen, maternal grandparents are Louis Bigelow of Whittier, California, and Grandma Britta, her guardian angel.

"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


"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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