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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!!!"





Week #9 winner in your #1 Country's Free Gas Friday Contest was Paul King of Lockesburg. He registered at Papa Pablanos. He received a check for $100 redeemable at Sevier County Co-op.

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Ballistix is the 2014 USSSA World Series Undefeated Champions.

Front Row - Allison Dockins, Jaiden Milam, Kailyn McKee, Madison Bagley,
Savanna White (MVP Defensive Player)
Back Row - Sydney Hill, Madison Olvey, Karsyn Vallejos , Madison Runnels,
Chloe James (MVP Offensive Player)
Coaches - Gary Bagley, Steve Hill, Casey White, Randy Milam


Pictured L-R: Layne Woods, Zach Izzo, Maurice Moore, Cody Brown, Cody Chandler, Wade Beasley, Lucas Tinajero, Hunter Earney, Brandon Hagood, Tyler Miller. Coaches, not pictured, Chad Earney, Danny Williams, and Jeff Woods.  

state champions


Sevier County 14 yr old All-Stars recently won the 2014 Dixie Boys State Championship played in Searcy AR.  They defeated Searcy 4-3, Dierks 8-2, Searcy 13-1, and Kirby 12-0 in the championship game.  This makes the 2nd year in a row that these boys have won the State Tournament and been undefeated.  They will compete in the Dixie Boys World Series in Bossier City LA on August 2-6 against 11 other State Champions.



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Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex was pleased to support the 46th annual Grannis Trail Riders Rodeo that will be held in Grannis, AR August 1st and 2nd.

 Donna Duggan, Tyson Complex HR Mgr. presented a $250 check to Club Secretary, Tanya Blackmon on July 16th.


"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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Members of De Queen High School's Show Choir are participating in boot camp this week. They are learning vocals and choreography to several songs for this year's repertoire.
Family and friends are invited to a "Sneak Peek" this Thursday 7/17 at 4pm in the DQHS Auditorium to see what they have been working on!
DQHS Show Choir is under the direction of Stefani Jones.



Jay, Bill Halter, JP & Grasshopper 

The week #8 Free Gas Friday Winner was Bill Halter of De Queen. He registered at Southeast Feed and will redeem his $100 gas prize at TJ's.

Be sure to register each week for our Free Gas Friday Giveaway. The contest runs through Labor Day Weekend!


Chris Hale

2014 Pee Wee Football Registration for grades 3rd - 6th will begin on Monday, July 14th and go through Thursday, August 28th. You can pick up your registration form at the Park Office or they will be passed out to the students after school begins. The registration fee will be $35 per child if your child already has a jersey. Additional fee will be needed if a new jersey has to be ordered. 


The Gillham Library is holding a reading contest during the month of July. The prize will be a $25 give away. According to Susie at the library, there are three ways to enter the contest. You can visit the library, check out a book or bring a new friend to the library, which means you can enter three times per visit. The drawing will be held on Tuesday, July 29th at 3 p.m.


Free Gas!

The Winner of Free Gas for week # 7 was De Queen resident Ashley Cole. Ashley registered at LeCig and will redeem her check for gas at Plaza 66.

 We encourage you to register every week at our participating sponsors.  Contest goes through Labor Day.   


UA Cossatot’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program recently hosted high school students involved in the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s MASH program.  The Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) Program is a two-week summer health careers camp for high school students to learn about health professions.  The MASH program has 24 area students representing high schools from the area including De Queen, Texarkana, Queen City, Dierks, Horatio, and Nashville and Ashdown.   



The Ashdown School Board of Directors invites everyone to a public reception for new Ashdown School District Superintendent Jason Sanders on Thursday, July 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Ashdown High School Cafeteria.


health department expansion

Dr. Nate Smith, head of Arkansas Health Department, Michael Knox, Medicaid Expansion Facilitator, and Don Adams, Southwest Regional Director for Arkansas Department of Health visited De Queen for a preview of the expansion of the health unit in De Queen. 

The project includes a 4,200 square-foot addition to the existing health unit, making a total of over 9,200 square feet of space. The new addition should be completed by mid-July. An open house for the public has been scheduled for July 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



The Winner of Free Gas this week was De Queen resident Stanley Fisher. Stanley put in his his slip at Simple Simons Pizza in De Queen and plans to redeem it at the Sevier County Farmers CO-OP.

 We encourage you to register every week at our participating sponsors.  Contest goes through Labor Day. 


Week 5 Gas Winner

Winner of week Five $100 Free Gas was Sharon Bean of Holly Creek.  Sharon registered at Lambert Lumber in Broken Bow and will redeem her Gas Dollars at Broken Bow Muffler.

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Sarah Elizabeth Tollett

Twinkle, twinkle sweet light
  Tiny eyes that shine so bright
A darling baby from heaven above

ills our hearts with tremendous love.

We joyfully announce the birth of Sarah Elizabeth Tollett on May 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm. She weigh 8 lbs and 3 oz.

Sarah’s parents are Josh and Nancy Tollett of Horatio. Her paternal grandparents are Gerald and Gayle Tollett of Lockesburg. Her maternal grandparents are John and Anna Johnston of De Queen. Sarah’s great-grandparents are Dean and Sue Tollett of Lockesburg and Linda Dellinger of Lockesburg.  


Liam Gerardo Lopez



Jerry Giovani Lopez would like to announce the birth of his brother, Liam Gerardo Lopez. Liam was born on May 23, 2014 to Jerry Junior “JJ” Lopez and Elsa Figueroa at St. Michaels Hospital in Texarkana. Liam was 9lbs and 2 oz. and 21 3/4 inches long. Paternal grandparents are the late Jerry Lopez and Rosalba and Rene Flores of De Queen. Maternal grandparents are Melchor and Hilda Figueroa of De Queen.


Kaylee Lynn Cox


Logan and Alorah are pleased to announce their little sister, Kaylee Lynn Cox, to the world! Born March 28, 2014 at 8:50 am, weighing 8 lbs 8 1/2 oz and measuring 19 in. long.  Proud parents are Chera Webb and Greg Cox. Maternal grandparents are Jr. and Tracy Ochoa and great-granddaughter of William and Brenda Bailey, all of De Queen. Paternal grandparents are  Mark and Marilee Cox of Topeka, Kansas and Ron and Donna Wells of Semmes, Alabama




Cathy Province of Haworth, OK was the winner of $100 of free gas in for week three of Number One Country's Free Gas Friday gas giveaway contest.  Cathy registered at Lambert Lumber Company in Broken Bow and will redeem her gas at Broken Bow Muffler. 





"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.


Beary Big News!!























There’s a new addition to the Sevier County Museum.  Elmer Hamel donated a two-year-old male black bear to the museum to be displayed in the children’s “hands-on” area.  The bear was killed with a bow in the northwest corner of Sevier County. The Sevier County Museum is open to the public Tuesday thru Saturday Noon until 5 pm.  Admission to the museum is Free.  


"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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