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"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!!!"

Shots were fired by the suspect at the officers in pursuit.  Some of the vehicles were damaged during the chase, but no injuries to any officers were reported.






Friday morning a high speed chase that started in Little River County came an end in Sevier County just south of the De Queen City limits near ACR Service on Highway 70/71. 



The suspect was identified as 48-year-old Randy Jewell of Texarkana.  Jewell apparently died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by Sevier County Coroner Rusty Williams. 


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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.



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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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.




"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 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


Harmony Rich, Shayde Kitchens, Lucee Lugo & Karen Villeda



Members of the De Queen Student Council stopped by the KDQN Studios to invite everyone to GO GOLD this Friday in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness. They are asking that everyone wear gold to the game this Friday against Hope. They will be selling Go Gold T-shirts at the game. They will have sizes S-Xl on hand. Youth sizes and 2XL + sizes must be ordered. All money will be donated to Childhood Cancer Reasearch,


300 & Counting



Friday night's game broadcast against Ashdown marked the 300th football game broadcast by Jay Bunyard.  Affectionately known as "The Voice of the Leopards", Bunyard has not missed announcing a game in the last 27 years--he even cut short a Cancun vacation for his fifth wedding anniversary when the Leopards made it to the State playoffs with a 14-0 record.


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Morgan Frachiseur and John Frachiseur are hooking up De Queen High School's Show Team trailer.  Today they are taking the students that are showing swine at the Four States Fair in Texarkana.



Approximately 35 motorcyclists stopped in De Queen on their annual pilgrimage following the Trail of Tears.  Some of the riders were from as far away as Mississippi and Alabama.  The Chamber of Commerce provided lunch for the group when they stopped at the Sportsplex.


Mayor McKelvy was treated to a short ride around the Sportsplex



Tyson HR Manager Bryan Higgins met with County Director Mary Litchford to provide the donation


On 9/11/14, Tyson Foods, Inc. Grannis Plant donated and delivered 520 pounds of premium chicken product to the Sevier County Senior Center which will be used to provide meals to be served at the Senior Centers in Sevier County and will also be delivered to homes.  Tyson Foods is proud to provide support to our local community, and upon becoming aware of the budget cuts facing the Senior Center this year, we were happy to help provide meals for a group of very important citizens.  The Grannis Plant also donated 520 pounds of chicken product to the Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes. 



Tri-Lakes Services, Inc., Gillham, recently fabricated the regulation size soccer goals for the newly competitive UA Cossatot Club Soccer team.  Tri-Lakes Services is featured on the banner of sponsors for the team and displayed at every game.  Pictured is Francisco Moran, Erika Buenrrostro (UA Cossatot  Club Soccer Staff Sponsor), Jonathan Helms, Shane Evans, Jimmy Butler, and Rodney Hanks of Tri-Lakes.   



A fun visit for second grader Nolen Chandler with (l to r) grandmoms Kayla Chandler and Karen Chauncy and great-grandmom Nelda Chauncy.   



The Ashdown School District recently held grandparents day for their students.


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pigskin pick 'em winner

In a weekend full of upsets, we had three listeners submit entries with only ONE miss each in week one of the 2014 Pigskin Pick 'em Contest. J.P. Johnson and Sonny Kimmel missed only the Virginia Tech at Ohio State contest, while Amanda Kimmel missed only the New York Giants at Detroit Monday Night Football match-up. So we go to the tie-breaker score as the Hogs thrashed Nicholls State 73-7 Saturday. Amanda Kimmel guessed 49-10, missing by 27 points, while Sonny Kimmel missed by 38 points and J.P. Johnson was off by 50 points. So Amanda Kimmel makes all the ladies out there happy as she wins the $100 cash prize for week one!



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four Generations get together

Liz Smith Woodard, Billy Ann Smith Buck, Lincoln Woodard and Walter Smith, Jr.

Walter Smith, Jr. of De Queen and his mother Billy Ann Smith Buck of Arkadelphia traveled to Benton recently so the four generations could enjoy day of visiting and getting acquainted.  Linc, the newest member of the family, was born July 9th. 


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.


Braxleigh Denise


Braxleigh Denise was born to Dusty Franklin and Robert Williams on August 31, 2014 at 7:08 am at Wadley Medical Center. She weighed 5 lbs 11oz and was 19.5 inches long.

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.




Johnny Pogue of De Queen registered at Jack Wray's Body Shop to win $100 in free gas from #1 Country KDQN.  His was the final name drawn in the promotion that ran from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Johnny redeemed his check for free gas at the Handi Mart





The De Queen High School Show Choir is currently raising funds for a trip to a music festival.  The festival will be in Orlando, Florida.  The choir is under the direction of Mrs. Stefani Jones.  During the first two weeks of school, the choir raised $3,000.  Their goal is around $12,000.  Mrs. Jones stated that most of the $3,000 came from the business community donations. 

      The choir will hold a weekly bake sale at De Queen High.  Students are pictured loading desserts for a silent auction held at De Queen Elementary on August 28.



Ray Hollis of Lockesburg was the winner of $100 in FREE gas last week from #1 Country's FREE Gas Friday give-away.  Ray registered at Baker's Saw Shop in Lockesburg and will redeem his check at TJ's.






Zebbie Minton, Continuing Ed Director at UA Cossatot, said Continuing Ed classes are very affordable, but they are filling up fast!   Classes range from quilting to truck driving, so check out the full schedule today.  (Click here)


tyson relay for life team

The Tyson Foods, Broken Bow Plant Relay For Life Team raised over $5,500 for the American Cancer Society.  Co-captains, Marti Thompson and Lachelle Haywood planned and organized Tyson Team Member fundraising activities that included bake sales, T-Shirt sales, a basketball tournament as well as very successful payroll deductions through the year that brought in $5,569.11 for this worthy cause.

Shown in photo L-R:  Beth Blocker, Lachelle Haywood, Donna Duggan, Bo McPeak and kneeling is Marti Thompson


ua system administration visit 


UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole showing the recent improvements made to the Ashdown campus to Melissa Rust, UA System Vice President of Government Relations and Johnny Key, UA System Associate Vice President for University Relations.   Rust and Key visited with Cole and other college officials regarding the improvements made to the campuses and the opportunities for economic growth in Southwest Arkansas.  The group toured the campus including the area housing the new Industrial Technology Program.



Tyson Foods, Inc. donated over 7,435 pounds to the Mary & Martha Center to prepare for their after school program right here in our community. 

The center volunteers expressed their sincere appreciation for the donation and are looking forward to school starting back. 

Complex HR Manager Donna Duggan said – “Donating the product is what we do –The real work comes from the center in preparing the meals!”






The 12&Under Team Arkansas went undefeated in the Deep South Regional Showcase in Oxford, Mississippi to bring home the Championship.

Front row-Luke Davenport, Ty Gordon (Nashville), Cameron Lane (Blevins), Ben Robison, Bryson Rhodes (Rosston), Mack Carver (De Queen)
Back row- Will Gross, Kobe Dunlap, Jacob Weatherly, Charlie Warren, Deshaun Cordova



de queen fire department receives donation from husqvarna


After the recent storm damage,  it became apparent that the De Queen Fire Department's current storm clean up equipment was inadequate.  Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt contacted Joe Wilson at Husqvarna about purchasing a larger saw to replace their current one.  Mr. Wilson responded by donating three Husqvarna 455 Rancher chain saws and one Husqvarna pole saw to the department.  The De Queen Fire Department members want to express their appreciation to Mr. Wilson and Husqvarna for the donation that will better equip them to handle future storm emergencies.





Students from De Queen Public Schools are in choir under the direction of Mrs. Stefani Jones.  She is teaching rhythm method to her third period class.  This is Mrs. Jones second year at the high school.  Previously, Mrs. Jones taught at De Queen Elementary.  Mrs. Jones and the high school choir will perform musicals in the high school auditorium and other places in the community this year.





Charlie and Sy Collins are brothers that both have August birthdays.  Instead of asking for presents this year; they both decided to give presents instead.  Charlie and Sy donated a large box of school supplies for the boys and girls of De Queen Primary School.  Their donation was much appreciated by Mrs. Terri Hill, Principal of De Queen Primary School.  Charlie and Sy are the sons of Josh and Jill Collins of De Queen.




De Queen Public Schools had many students showing livestock at the Sevier County Fair. 


All three agri teachers have worked with students from first grade through twelfth grade in preparing for the county fair.

Pictured L-R:  Dalton Harp, Mr. John Frachiseur, Mr. Ryan Hanney, and Mr. Morgan Frachiseur. 


"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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