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UA Cossatot Development Coordinator Dustin Roberts and Chancellor Steve Cole receive a Legacy 2020 donation in honor of Lawrence Chandler from Stephanie Chandler-Wishard, Andrea Wishard, Marian Chandler, Khloé Wishard, and Lawrence Allen Wishard.


The Lawrence Chandler Memorial Scholarship Drawdown, hosted by the University of Arkansas Cossatot Foundation, on February 10, 2018, at the De Queen Country Club, raised over $11,000 for UA Cossatot Foundation scholarships and projects.

Donations to the scholarship in honor of Lawrence Chandler can be made at any time at Offline donations may be mailed to Lawrence Chandler Scholarship, c/o UA Cossatot Foundation, 183 College Drive, De Queen, AR 71832. All donations are tax-deductible.


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Members of the Horatio FFA visited with the Brew Crew on Tuesday morning about the projects the chapter has been involved in so far this year.

The invited listeners to attend their annual Chili Supper and Auction on Thursday beginning at 6:30 pm in the High School cafeteria.  Cost for the meal is $7 for all you can eat. They will also have an auction which will include items FFA students made and 8 hours labor performed by FFA members.







Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday, February 14th that Jay Bunyard of De Queen was appointed to the Arkansas Economic Development Council. His appointment expires January 14, 2022. Bunyard replaces Thomas Hill.



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Early morning Fire destroys home

De Queen Fire Department was called to a house fire at the corner of 7th Street & Wallace Avenue in De Queen before 6 am Tuesday, February 13th.  The home was fully engulfed when firemen arrived on scene.  De Queen was assisted by Cossatot VFD.


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"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

Annual "Smooch" Contest Winners


Sara & Jarred Miller and daughter


Three "smooch" stories were picked as winners by the Brew Crew in this year's annual Valentine's Day give-away.


Sara & Jared Miller of De Queen won a red rose arrangement from Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts. 


Kevin & Kay Smart of Lockesburg won a $50 gift certificate from Diana's Clothing & gifts.


Debora Brown of Nashville won a flower arrangement from The Gift Box in Ashdown.


On Thursday, February 8th, the Ashdown High School Journalism Class sponsored the annual Miss AHS Beauty Pageant. Contestants performed a dance number, modeled evening gowns and the Top Eleven (there was a tie) contestants participated in a question and answer session. As the evening concluded the Top Four AHS Beauties were announced. They are (l-r): Molly Parker, Ansleigh Patrick, Autumn Hoffman and Aliyah Anderson



4 Ashdown High School students signed letters of intent on Friday 02/09/18.

Top Picture shows

Anthony Nelson - Arkansas Tech - football
Jaden Hill - Louisiana State University - baseball

Bottom picture shows

Ladarius Bishop - University of Arkansas - football
Datrevion Green - Arkansas State University - football



Halley Gentry, Sophomore, was crowned Miss De Queen High School 2018 during the 41st Annual Miss DHS Pageant. The pagaent, themed" Dreams Do Come True", was held on Saturday, January 27th. Gentry was also awarded Talent Winner and People's Choice Winner.

Other contestants in the pageant were: Lucy Trejo, Misty Goings, Itzel Bautista (2nd Runner Up & Miss Congeniality), Emma Kersey, and Maria Nichols (1st Runner Up)

Click here for Other Pageant Pictures along with Mini & Little Miss DHS winners. 


Quinton (center) is shown with his family

Quinton Thornton, a senior and two-year starter for the De Queen Leopards football team, has signed an commitment to be a walk-on player for Henderson State University in Arkadelphia this fall.

Thornton will be one of two players representing De Queen in this year's All-Star game in June.


L to R: Bottom Row
Jesse Power, Abraham Martinez, Jessica Williams, Jamile Navarrete, Reisa Bakenhus, Edgar Espinoza

Back Row
Carter Rivas, Jesus Cisneros, Brandy Zuniga, Daniela Zapata, Zayda Hernandez

1st Place in Sports Management - Jessica Williams and Reisa Bakenhus
2nd Place in Graphic Design - Jamile Navarrete
3rd Place in Emerging Business Issues - Abraham Martinez, Jesse Power, Carter Rivas
5th Place in Hospitality Management - Zayda Hernandez, Daniela Zapata, Brandy Zuniga
5th Place in Impromptu Speaking - Edgar Espinoza
6th Place in Computer Problem Solving - Jesus Cisneros

These students will have the opportunity to compete at the FBLA State Competition in Little Rock on April 9-10. Bradi Young and Kammi Pollard will also be competing in Social Media Campaign, which is a state only event. The De Queen High School FBLA Advisers are Jennifer Collier and Chad Lites.


(L-R) Emily Garcia, Austin Cravens, Will Collins, Laura Mae Harp



Pictured above: Coach Sloan, Quinton Thornton and Jace Sims


Friday morning, De Queen High School Football Coach Stephen Sloan announced two senior Leopards have been chosen to play in the 2018 All-Star Football game on Saturday, June 23rd on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.


Coach Sloan stated Jace Simms and Quinton Thornton will represent De Queen in this year's game. He said Simms was a 3-year starter at right tackle and Thornton was a 2-year starter at left guard.

Other area players that will be playing in the All-Star game are Logan Lindsey and Brandon Thomas of Foreman, Justin Dean of Mena, Ceasar Octavion of Mineral Springs, Zack Izzo of Horatio and Dominick Kight and Ty Pettway of Nashville.


The University of Arkansas Cossatot introduces Colts Club Basketball as a sport option for students. The team will compete in the new two-year college league as part of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association. Funding for the basketball program will come from private donations and income generated by club sports.

Arkansas Activities Association Hall of Fame Inductee Warren Bane will coach the team. Bane coached the Lockesburg Blue Darter basketball teams from 1985 until 2000, with many of their home games played in the historic gym where the Colts will play. Pictured are UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole and Bane with UA Cossatot’s NIRSA certificate.



Pictured (l-r) Noah Pounds (2nd Band 4th chair Trombone), Isaac Cross (1st Band 3rd chair Trombone), Hunter Billingsley (1st Band 1st chair Trombone), Casie Greeson (1st Band 15th chair clarinet), Xavier Daniels (1st Band, 5th chair Tuba), T.J. Gist (1st Band 4th chair French Horn), Anthony Knudson (1st Band 12th chair Trumpet), Ethan Sullivan (1st band 7th chair Tuba) and not pictured Jeb Parker.

Nine members of the Ashdown High School Band were selected to participate in the All Region Clinic for Region 2. Students tried out for judges on prepared music, sight reading music, and scales at Lake Hamilton High School in January. January 26-27, these band members practiced for two days with other students from the region and performed a concert on Saturday afternoon in front of their parents, families, friends and band directors after only two days of practice.

Seven of the students also qualified to try out for All-State to be held in Jonesboro at Arkansas State University.


Chuck Davis has been an Ashdown School Board member for 37 years and received the ASBA School Board Service Award during the Arkansas School Board Association Meeting in December.

He was recognized during the January Ashdown School Board Meeting and presented with a clock. Mr. Davis is a 1975 graduate of Ashdown High School, farmer and owner of Davis Feed Store.


The University of Arkansas Cossatot has named Lisa Taylor of De Queen as Economic Development Coordinator for Sevier County.

Taylor's priority is to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Sevier County. The process will take time and involve conversations and vision casting with community members, local leadership and agencies.

Taylor can be reached at 870 584-1184 or




November Good Citizens

L-R: Benjamin Ramirez, Lynsi Smith, Hannah Phillips & Irata Kelen



December Good Citizens

L-R: Irvin Trejo, Madison Runnels, Dulce Vargas & Luke Reed

Dierks High School reading fair competition

Front row: Abagail Mathis, Lillian Glass, Autumn Greenwood, Kamry Kelley, Sydney Bruce, Megan Ritchey.  Back Row: Jenna Bray, Miss Reel, Kalie Dellinger, Karlee Morgan, Maria Overturff, Haylee Pate, Darci Jones, Mrs. Neal, Victoria Vallee, and Tyra Fox.

Shown above are students who participated in the Dierks High School Reading Fair Competition on Tuesday, January 9th.

Those advancing to the DMESC Regional Reading Fair on February 2nd are: 7th graders Jenna Bray, Abagail Mathis, and Lillian Glass; 8th graders Autumn Greenwood, Kamry Kelley, Sydney Bruce, and Megan Ritchey; 9th graders Kalie Dellinger, Haylee Pate, Victoria Vallee, Tyra Fox, and Maria Overturff.




After placing third at Monticello, and second in Mena and Ashdown, the De Queen High School Quiz Bowl team went undefeated and captured a First Place trophy. The team competed on January 9th at the De Queen Mena Educational Co-op's Quiz Bowl Invitational Tournament. There were 13 teams competing for the title.

Team members include: Front Row, L to R: Emily Riley, Angelia Vertiz, Jasmin Sanchez, Sinai Trefo, Reed Renfro and Danny Ozura.  Standing, L to R: Carlos Rojo, Jr., Jayden Keels, Jalissa Crow, Maria Campos, Bhumni Patel, Jorge Gonzalez, Degar Espinoza, Noah Reed, Miguel Montero, Ismael Montero and Coach Thomas Sweeten. 

PILGRIMS of De Queen supports 4-H programs

Pilgrims of De Queen, Arkansas donated $750 dollars to support Little River County 4-H Programs.  Pilgrims won First place in the Barbeque Chicken Cook off and for their Booth at the Poultry Festival last summer.  The Arkansas Poultry Federation funded the donation for the first place winner. The First Place winner is given money to donate to a local charity of their choice. This year Pilgrims chose to donate to Little River County 4-H Program, as well as, Sevier County 4-H.  The money will be used to provide support for educational programs for Little River & Sevier County 4-H youth.

dreams do come true

The 41st Annual Miss DHS Pageant themed" Dreams Do Come True" will be held at the De Queen high School auditorium on Saturday, January 27th. Mini & Little Miss DHS contest will start at 5:45 and the Miss DHS Pageant will begin at 7:00.

Admission price is $5 each with proceeds going to the Junior Class.

Back row L-R:  Lucy Trejo (junior), Misty Goings (senior), Itzel Bautista (senior), and Emma Kersey (sophomore).
Front row L-R:  Maria Nichols (sophomore) and Halley Gentry (sophomore)



Blake and Megan McAfee of Hot Springs, Arkansas announce the birth of a son, Beau Thomas McAfee. He was born on December 9, 2017 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Hot Springs. He weighed 7 lbs. and 11 oz. and was 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Tami Smith of De Queen and David Smith of Texarkana, Texas. Paternal grandparents are Frances and Rick McAfee of Hope, Arkansas. Maternal great-grandmother is Judy Smith of De Queen. Beau is welcomed home by his older sister, Harper Reese. 

"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."


4th grade students from L.F. Henderson Intermediate School (Ashdown) sing at Little River Nursing Home. Students are led by teacher Donna Gabbard.

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Macy McKee, left, and Itzel Bautista of De Queen High School's FCS program stopped by #1 Country Monday morning to talk about the "See You @ The Pole" Community Wide Prayer Time events they have coming up.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 27th beginning at 7:15am in front of the Jr. High Flag Pole. Breakfast will be provided.

The community is invited to join the De Queen FCS "See You @ the Pole" event.  


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.


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


Crisis Center Board President Hannah Stripling & Executive Director Debbie McGuffin

Debbie McGuffin, executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center, the center is open in their new location in the Town North Shopping Center.

They currently have several fund-raising projects going.  McGuffin stated financial assistance is needed, but the agency really needs volunteers and the support of the community.


For more information, call 870-642-2141 or if you need help call the hotline at 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."


Park Interpreters Shelley Flannery and Tori Carson

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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 need.

If you would like to donate your money or time, contact Grant Groves at 642-3420.  Items may be dropped off at Chalice Cupboard during the times listed above or at the Sevier County Library during their regular hours.


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.

Reader Comments:
"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!!!"
"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 7:00 am 11/16/17

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Lake 599.0 591.62 0.00 375
De Queen Lake 437.0 436.75 -.01 24
Gillham Lake 502.0 499.67 -.03 16
Dierks Lake 526.0 524.41 -.02 6
Millwood Lake 259.2 258.13 -.01 175

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