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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!"
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"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."
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" 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!!!"





These Horatio 6th Graders were recognized for scoring Advanced on the 5th Grade Benchmark Science Exam.

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These Horatio 6th Graders were recognized for scoring Proficient on the 5th Grade Benchmark Science Exam.




Kayla Martin gets a smooch from her pig "Baby Girl" after she gave her a good brushing in preparation for the livestock judging Tuesday evening.

Kayla is a student at De Queen High School and is very involved with animals in the De Queen Chapter of Future Farmers of America and 4-H. 

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The 2015 Sevier County Rodeo Royalty contestants. Front row Sarah Wolcott, Abbie Clay, 2014 Little Miss Hadlie Dixon, Gracie Wollcott, Kaylee Wolcott, Ashton Wolcot. Back row 2014 Queen Bailey Denton, Karley Wolcott, Morgan Sweeden, 2014 Princess Heather Bradshaw. The winner will be announced Saturday night at the rodeo.



"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
Archived spotlights

929 E. Collin Raye Drive – De Queen


AutoZone, located at 929 E. Collin Raye Drive, has been open in De Queen for seven years and has eight employees. AutoZone is there for all your auto parts, diagnostics, and advice from their friendly and knowledgeable employees.

Do-it-yourself and save. Find hot deals at your AutoZone store for all of the parts and accessories you need to do the job right! Vehicle-specific information for trouble-shooting, learning or repairing your vehicle.
At AutoZone, You are their #1 Customer!

Hours of operation are 7:30 am to 8:00 pm Monday thru Saturday and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays.

Stop by or give them a call at 870-584-1056 or check out AutoZone’s website at


ben’s Plumbing

(870) 784-3724


The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 21st to welcome Ben’s Plumbing Company as a new member.


You want to make sure your water and sewer lines are working properly.  Ben De La Rosa with Ben’s Plumbing provides effective solutions for all your plumbing problems whether emergency or a minor headache.


Ben is an experienced plumber; call him today at 870-784-3724 to avoid any potential plumbing problems.


If you would like to know more about what the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce membership can do for your business, call the Chamber at 870-584-3225.


Beauty And Style

304 West Collin Raye Drive
Town North Shopping Center-Suite 101A ~ De Queen

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Beauty and Style Beauty Salon as a new member with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 12th at their location at 304 W Collin Raye Drive in De Queen.  They are located in Suite 101A in the Town North Shopping Center.

Beauty and Style Salon offers hair cuts, hair color, waxes, manicures, pedicures, acrylics, facials and more.  They are open 9 am to 7 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays.  Make your appointment today for that new you!

Check out their facebook page at or call Jamie at (870) 784-2701 and make your appointment!



Sevier County Fair Association


It’s County Fair Time!!!


 The Sevier County Fair Association would like to invite everyone to the 78th Annual Sevier County Fair & Rodeo.  The dates for the fair are August 22nd through August 29th.  The fair kicks off on August 22nd with the pageants and continues with the livestock show, commercial booths, educational exhibits, and more.  Wednesday from 6pm to 10pm carnival rides are just $1 each. On Thursday, enjoy the parade through downtown De Queen and new this year on Thursday night is a 4D Barrel Race at the Arena. Friday beginning at 10 am is the Premium Sale.  These tax deductible donations help foster youth development through livestock projects.  The annual Dodge Rodeo is Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and active Sevier County 4-H and FFA members are eligible to participate in the Calf Scramble.  Thursday, Friday & Saturday 6pm-10pm at Kenny’s Funland carnival, ride all the rides you want with the purchase of an arm band for $20.00.  The Sevier County Fair Association hopes to see you at the 78th annual Sevier County Fair & Rodeo! 



Congratulations to Ashdown High School for receiving the Arkansas Activities Association Sportsmanship Award for 2014-2015.  Superintendent Jason Sanders received this award on behalf of the school at the AAA annual meeting held in Little Rock on Wednesday, August 5th.  


The Arkansas Activities Association presents a sportsmanship award each year to one deserving school from each classification. It recognizes exemplary behavior and efforts as they relate to the criteria stated in the AAA Sportsmanship Manual. Each school will rate the schools in their conference using the Conference Sportsmanship Rating Form. The highest rated school from each conference will compete against other conference champions in their respective classification for the AAA Sportsmanship Award


2015-16 De Queen High School FFA Officers


Front row (L-R) Antonette Worthey, Historian; Carrie Craver, Reporter; Brandi Frachiseur, Secretary; Kayla Martin, Treasurer; and Veronica Rivas, Sentinel.


Middle row (L-R) FFA Sponsors Mr. Morgan Frachiseur, Mr. John Frachiseur, and Mr. Ryan Hanney.


Back row (L-R) Aaron Morris, President; Tyler Johnson, Vice-President; Emily Rodriguez, Parliamentarian; and Quinton Thornton, Junior Adviser.




Jimmie Bice and Rhonda and Lewis Barringer announce with great pride the acceptance of their daughter, Erin Nicole Pavioni, into the Doctoral Program with the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock starting with the Fall 2015 semester.

Erin earned a master's degree in Applied Communications from UALR and graduated magna cum laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 in 2013. While attending UALR, Erin was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies.

Erin is a 2001 graduate of De Queen High School, where she also graduated with highest honors. She plans to pursue a research study of mental heath reform within state's prison system.


Sevier County OEM coordinator, Walter Smith, said he received notice from ADEM that Governor Hutchinson had agreed to provide extra funding for grants to Arkansas residents who installed storm shelters by June 30, 2015. The department had been told earlier that funds had been depleted and no more grant requests would be accepted.

Smith said he will send in all the requests he has on hand for Sevier County residents on September 30, 2015.

Sevier County residents with about what documentation they need to apply for the ADEM Storm Shelter Grants may contact Smith at (870)  642-4292. 


Leopard banners went up this week in downtown De Queen courtesy of the De Queen Parks Department.


Registration Form

Entry Form

Fair Book including Schedule & Entry Forms

Austyn Kate Wagner


"Every good and perfect gift is from above."  ~James 1:17

Chad and Erin Wagner of Horatio would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Austyn Kate Wagner, on May 16, 2015, at 2:20 p.m. in Texarkana. She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.  

She was also welcomed by a very proud big brother, Ty, and big sister, Taylor.  

Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Joyce Wagner of Horatio, AR. 

Maternal grandparents are Jimi and Becky Wesson of Tampa, FL

Great grandparents are Roy Taylor of Lockesburg, AR, Mildred Etzkorn of Sulphur Springs, TX, and Billye and Kirk Prince of Shreveport, LA, and Shirley Davis of Tampa, FL. 


Madeline Natalia Hickson


Jeremy and Desiree Hickson of Valdosta, GA would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Madeline Natalia Hickson, on July 22nd, 2015 at 4:22 pm in Valdosta. She weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Royce and Lisa Hickson, Jr. of Texarkana, AR and Joe and Janice Helms of Lockesburg, AR.

Maternal grandparents are Todd and Linda Young of Dover, AR and Bridget Young of Russellville, AR.

Paternal great-grandparents are Royce and Melba Hickson, Sr. of DeQueen, AR and Laverne Renfrow of Lockesburg, AR.

Maternal great-grandparents are Clyde and Loretta Young of Dover, AR and Sandra Balve of Russellville, AR.

Delores Miller
Adam Mooneyham



Kimberly Rink
Brian Butler

Blayne Dowell and Kylie and Kaylee Butler are excited to announce the upcoming marriage of their parents, Kimberly Rink and Brian Butler.

Kimberly is the daughter of Jett Rink and Debbie and Donnie McGuffin. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Rink, the late Bud Rink, and late Jewell Skaggs. Brian is the son of Stephanie Butler. He is the grandson of the late Lawrence and Patsy Hall. Both are 2005 graduates of De Queen High School.

The wedding ceremony and reception will be take place at the couple's home on September 26, 2015 at 6pm.

2015-2016 Ashdown School District Administrators

Front row (l-r) Debbie Greathouse, Federal Director; Teresa Wake, Principal, Ashdown Elementary; Jason Sanders, Superintendent; Keith Fricks, Principal, L.F. Henderson Intermediate; and Tracy Forte, Assistant Principal, Ashdown Junior High.

Back row (l-r) Rick Fowler, Assistant Principal, Ashdown High; Teri Lynn Day, Curriculum Director; Kay York, Principal, Ashdown High; James Jones, Principal, Ashdown Junior High; Jan Ueckert, Special Education Director; and Dean Lillard, Maintenance Director.



Two Ashdown High School Students and two Ashdown graduates attended the 50th Annual Henderson State University Band Camp July 5-11. Back row:

Logan Trafford (AHS '15 Graduate) and Jake Register. Front row: Faliessia Gibson and Rachel Pounds (AHS '15 Graduate). Both Trafford and Pounds plan to attend HSU in the Fall.

NHS hosts girls basketball camp

The De Queen Lady Leopards took part in a basketball camp held at Nashville High School's Scrapper Arena on Thursday, July 20th.




De Queen football fans have enjoyed hearing "The Voice of the Leopards", Jay Bunyard shout that for 28 seasons and over 300 straight games!  Jay, Shane Haarmeyer, and Coach Justin Kramer's Leopards are back for another exciting season on 102.1 The Good Path KILX.



Barracudas won 1st place in the 6 and Under District tournament and also won 1st place in their 6 and Under League division for fast pitch softball. 


From left to right – Coaches: Carlos Santiago, Ryan Chronister, Chris Pickett, and Kelly Higgins. Back row left to right – Anna Jo Santiago, Ellie Jane Chronister, Hayden Billings, JaLyn Pickett, Madison Higgins. Front row left to right – Kara Hernandez, Autumn Frachiseur, Ellie Perez. Not pictured – Jenna Farley and Aubrye Gilmore


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


"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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Attention Sportsmen!!! The Southwest Arkansas Daily will post pictures of your trophy on our web-site.  All you have to do is e-mail your picture to


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Location   updated 9:00 am 05/21/15

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 602.5 624.79 3.20 200
De Queen Lake 437.0 464.16 0.35 M
Gillham Lake 502.0 548.11 1.87 M
Dierks Lake 526.0 545.03 0.12 M
Millwood Lake 259.2 267.8 -0.63 M
Lake Wright Patman 226.2 230.15 -0.04 9760
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 403.45 -0.08  
Toledo Bend 172.00



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