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"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!!!"

Susan Alspaw



The Annual Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th beginning at 1 pm. The location has been moved to the De Queen SportsPlex, fields 2 and 3. The hunt is for all children ages walking - 3rd grade.

The Chamber is accepting egg prize donations at KDQN Studios and Bear State Bank.

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Linda Frachiseur

The Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Membership Drive and BBQ Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 28th. This year will include the band Harmony beginning at 4:30 pm, BBQ Dinner at 5:30 and live auction at 6 pm. The menu will include BBQ Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Dessert, Bread & a Drink. Carry out will be available. For more information, contact Linda Frachiseur at 870-584-9592.


FFA students who cooked and served all of the staff at Ashdown High School are (left to right) Rebecca Wood, Abby Burchfield, Colton Ard, Madison Kidd, Maddie McAllister, Chelsie Stewart, Dustin Hill, Caitlin Caskey, and Makenna Kuykendall.  The Ashdown FFA is sponsored by Cody Gallagher.

Ashdown High School FFA students broke a lot of eggs on March 4! As a matter of fact, eight dozen of them! They treated everyone on the staff of the high school (and a few other extras!) to cooked-from-scratch omelets in recognition of National FFA Week. Cody Gallagher and his FFA kids are always doing something productive!



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Harmoney Rich is a senior at De Queen High School who has received the Distinguished Freshman Scholarship from Henderson State University for fall 2015. This scholarship is valued at $14,500 per year.  Harmoney is the daughter of Ramona Driver of Gillham and Kelly Rich of Horatio. She plans to attend HSU and major in human resources. Harmoney is a member of the De Queen Student Council, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Teachers of America, Interact and the De Queen Lady Leopard Track Team. She is Senior Class President and Vice-President of National Honor Society


"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 Sevier County Department of Human Services celebrated World Down Syndrome Day  on Friday March 20, 2015 by wearing LOTS OF SOCKS! March 21st marks the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day.  A local family started the LOTS OF SOCKS celebration a few years ago to help raise awareness about what Down Syndrome is and what it means to have Down syndrome. The Sevier County Department of Human Services wore crazy mismatched socks to honor one of our foster children and all others in the community with Down Syndrome.



The 2015 EAST Conference was held March 17-19 in Hot Springs. The De Queen High School EAST program earned the highest rating of Superior. The conference team consisted of Zachary Acker, Kayla Martin, Prince Beasley, Alec Lowrey, Rachel Camarillo, and Jacob Glasgow. 


The De Queen Police Department answered a call to the Dollar General Store in De Queen Thursday at 7:25 pm.
Twenty-one year old Jona Amran of De Queen was the driver of the Chevy SUV that ran through the front of the store. 
Three people were inside the store.  One person was transported to De Queen Medical Center by Southwest EMS for treatment of injuries.

Jim Arnold on behalf of Sevier County Museum

Arkansas Gives is a 12-hour online giving event hosted by Arkansas Community Foundation in partnership with Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance. On April 2, 2015, we're challenging all Arkansans to make a donation to the charities of their choice.

Sevier County Museum is a partner with the Arkansas Community Foundation and will receive a portion of funds donated on April 2nd. 



Damone Fields, Jon Bunyard, and Raeleigh Balagbagan


Raeleigh Balagbagan of Idabel and Damone Fields turned in Egg # 2 Friday afternoon to collect the $250 prize money.  Raeleigh said her mom found the egg in the Dierks City Park near the riding arena.


Clues for Egg #3 are in the sponsors' stores now.  Listen weekdays at 7:30, 12:20 and 4:20 for the daily clue. We'll hide a total of four eggs this year worth $250 each!




front-Konner Bailey, Brady Haarmeyer, Gunner Voss, Sam Ernest
back- First Place Winners-Colton White, Kaden Shope, Matthew Maben, Daniel Gideon


One group of Horatio Second Graders took 1st place at Battle of the Books. The competition was held on March 17, 2015 at the De Queen Mena Educational Coop.



Shown Left: Jay & JP with Avery, Anya, Ellis Anne & Mary Claire Lynch

De Queen Primary is participating in World Down Syndrome Day this Friday by wearing " Lots of Socks." To help raise awareness about Down Syndrome, we are encouraging everyone to wear your Crazy Socks.



Tiffany Bowen & Kristy Frachiseur

The Cossatot River Agri & Athletic Boosters are holding a Donkey Basketball game in the old Hatfield gym on Saturday, April 18th. The event will begin at 5 pm. Advanced ticket can be purchased for $6 at all Union Bank Locations, Razorback Discount & Bear State Bank. Tickets will be $8 at the door. All proceeds go to the Booster Club.

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Spring Festival & Car Show 
Ida Margaret Coulter
 Stone Park in Lockesburg, AR

Car Show 9:00 AM – 2 PM

Games for Children
Starting at 11:00 AM

Easter Bunny and Egg
Hunt at 4:00 pm


Co-ed Softball  

Concession Stand Open


Food and Craft Vendors


March 28th, 2015

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Raylan Keith McLelland

Kristen Taylor &  Mathew McLelland are proud to announce the birth of their son Raylan Keith McLelland.

He was born November 28 at 12:48 PM at Christus St.Michaels. He weighed 8 lbs 11oz, and was 22 inches long. 

Maternal Grandparents are Rachel Taylor of De Queen, AR & Derek Taylor of Texarkana, AR. 

Paternal Grandparents are Randy and Heather McLelland of De Queen, AR. 


J.C. Sylys Porter Rogers


LauraBeth Rogers would like to announce the birth of her son J.C. Sylys Porter Rogers, born March 10, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long.



De Queen Junior High Cubs and Lady Cubs win it all at Nashville,
March 17, 2015
      Photo compliments of Brandi Carver 




Congratulations to the Ashdown High School Band students who qualified for the Region II Senior High All-Region Clinic.

List of Names




The annual Miss Horatio Pageant was held Saturday, February 21st at Horatio School.


Laney Baker was chosen Talent Winner, Most Photogenic, & Miss HHS 2015 and

MaKaylee Swan won the title of 1st Runner Up, Miss Congeniality, & Peoples Choice.


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Ashley Neal presents check to Rick Pruitt


Rick Pruitt of De Queen along with his wife, Salina, found #1 Country's first Golden Egg Monday, 3/16 near the Glen Canyon picnic area restroom on
De Queen. Rick picked up a check for $250 for his efforts.


Clues for Egg #2 started this morning.  Listen weekdays at 7:30, 12:20 and 4:20 for the daily clue. We'll hide a total of four eggs this year worth $250 each!


Emmy Bailey shows one of potted flamingos the Sevier County Relay for Life has available for you to send to your "favorite" person's office.    You can also send a flock of flamingos to decorate their yard for three days.  Cost ranges from $10 to $50 with all proceeds going to Sevier County Relay for Life.
This year's Relay is set for Friday, May 29th at the De Queen Sportsplex.

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New Inductees are pictured (from left to right):  Ethan Russell, Julia Frye, Erin Chewning, Chapter Advisor Mr. Michael Sierra, Cass Lindsey, Myranda Gross & Keeley Butler

The Foreman Chapter of the National Honor Society will induct 6 new February 23, 2015, at 8:00 AM in the high school auditorium. District 4 State Representative DeAnn Vaught will be the guest speaker.  A reception will follow for the NHS member, their family, and faculty in the FACS Department 


The De Queen Lady Leopards Softball team will have a fund-raising chicken dinner on Friday, April 3rd before and during the game. $8 per plate.

 They are also selling banners to display on the outfield fence.  Contact James Williams 582-1909, Lisa Miller 784-0178, or Gathy Bakenhaus 784-1575 for more information about those.




Current Members (left to right) Jessie Smith, Chelsea Stephens, Trevor Stevens, and Advisor Michael Sierra.  Not Pictured is Samantha Bell


The Foreman Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 6 new members today in a candle lighting ceremony.   A reception followed in the FACS Department for the NHS Members, Friends, Family and Faculty.


Mrs.  DeAnn Vaught, District 4 State Representative, was scheduled to speak, but the weather caused her to have to stay in Little Rock.  She sent her speech and Principal Kim Cody read it. 




New Members (Front Row Left to Right) Keely Butler, Ethan Anderson, Erin Chewning and Advisor Michael Sierra; (Back Row Left to Right) Julia Frye, Myranda Gross and Cass Lindsey. 


The Foreman NHS members and advisor, Michael Sierra, would like to thank Abbye Turner for hosting the reception.  They also would like to thank the ushers and servers for the event, Kylie Cowan, Amy Elkins, Clay Whitecotton, Tucker Hall, Kolton Moore and Kyle Merrell.




Ryan Saldivar, age 19,  of De Queen

has recently graduated Navy Boot Camp.  Ryan is the son of

Jennifer Bell and Carlos Saldivar.



Coach Lance Spigner, Zach Izzo & Charlotte Izzo

The 3rd annual Devoe Bollinger, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 4th at the Texarkana Golf Ranch. This tournament benefits The Devoe Bollinger, Jr. Memorial Baseball Scholarship & The Lane Field Building Fund. For more information, contact Charlotte Izzo at 870-279-0462.

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Alisha Lewis, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at UA Cossatot visited with Allison Woods’ 1st grade class during Dr. Seuss week.  Lewis read Horton Hatches an Egg to the class and presented them all with UA Cossatot sunglasses to wear for “I can read with my eyes shut” day as part of the celebration. 





The Cossatot ABC Preschool students are celebrating the March 2nd birthday of famous author, Dr. Seuss.  This week will be filled with fun activities and learning focused around several well-known books written by Dr. Seuss.  Today we read The Cat and the Hat and made Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats.  We wore crazy hair or crazy hats to school today also.  Tomorrow will feature the book Fox in Socks and we will wear crazy socks, play sock sorting games, and make a fox sock puppet.  Each day of the week will feature a different book by the famous author followed by related activities including baking cupcakes for the birthday celebration.  Although the sun is not sunny, we still have lots of fun that is funny.


Miss Foreman 2015 Samantha Vivian Bell

1st Runner-Up Lauren Kourtney Lovewell

2nd Runner-Up Reina Michelle Anderson

3rd Runner-Up Emileigh Elizabeth Purtell

4th Runner-Up Jaddie Laine Reich

Miss Congeniality Jaddie Laine Reich

People’s Choice Lauren Kourtney Lovewell

Photogenic Winner Reina Michelle Anderson


(Left to Right:  Purtell, Lovewell, Bell, Anderson, Reich)
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Left to Right: Evelyn Escammilla - Talent Winner, Marjle McClelland - 1st Runner- Up, Josie Vaught - Miss DHS 2015, Justyce Brown - 2nd Runner-Up, and Miriam Dominguez - Miss Congeniality

The 38th Annual Miss DHS Pageant was held Saturday, January 31st. The event was sponsored by the De Queen Junior class as a fundraiser for the Junior/Senior Prom.

More Winners




As recreation season approaches with water activities on the rise the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Millwood Tri-Lakes region is taking every opportunity to spread the word of water safety.  The Corps of Engineers is hoping to prevent many water activity accidents by teaching the proper way to wear life jackets, the importance of the buddy system, and the “REACH, THROW, NEVER GO” method.  Water safety is the number priority during the high use season because one drowning is one too many. 


Michelle Young, FBLA sponsor, and 20 students from Foreman High School recently attended the Spring FBLA conference at CCCUA in Hope, AR.  Keely Buter, Crystal Kegley (top left) and Lauren Lovewell (top right) qualified to compete at the state conference to be held in Little Rock April 13-14, 2015. 
"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.



Andrew Rawlings

'Tis the season for paddling on the Cossatot River. The parks first kayak tour will be April 24, 25 & 26th. For more information call 870-385-2201.



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."


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

 For current Gage Stations and Tributary levels click here:    NOAA    


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