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Jim Cross and Chamber President Danny Young



Jim Cross was named the Steve Pearce Citizen of the Year at the annual Little River Chamber of Commerce banquet held Thursday, October 27th in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on
UA Cossatot's Ashdown campus.

In addition to being a full time minister, Jim is very active in school and community and is color analyst for our Ashdown Panther football broadcasts aired each week on KDQN 92.1.

(Photos of other award winners)

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DHS placed 2nd at the 2016 spring creek festival

Cody Lites, Tanner Manasco, Makyla Jackson, and Jennifer Rogers placed 2nd in the onsite category of Cellphone Short Film at the 2016 Spring Creek Festival!!

These students created a 2-3 minute video only using a cellphone. Their achievement is particularly impressive since they brainstormed a plot, filmed, edited, and submitted the video in two and a half hours.

We are looking forward to next year’s festival and plan to enter a number of competitions.



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Rojas Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Education Commissioner

Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key recently held a roundtable discussion in Little Rock concerning the Department of Education’s vision for excellence. According to Key, the department working with various stakeholders can transform the state to lead the nation in “student-focused education.”

Victor J. Rojas, who represented the De Queen School District, hopes the state will use flexibility granted under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act to help districts innovate and improve outcomes. “As a state, we have a constitutional and moral obligation to provide our children with the best education system possible – and we can’t afford to neglect this commitment,” said Rojas.


"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
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1011 West Collin Raye Drive ~ De Queen

BancorpSouth in De Queen has been a part of the local banking community for years. Located at 1011 W. Collin Raye Drive, BancorpSouth offers a range of financial services - including banking, credit cards, loans and mortgages - for both individuals and businesses. The bank offers convenient options for customers such as online banking and drive-thru service until 5 p.m. See BancorpSouth in De Queen for small town friendliness with big city services. For more information, visit BancorpSouth between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call (870) 584-4400. Pictured from left are Tonya Petross, Maurilia Toledano, Teresa Brewer and Leslie Lacefield.
Not pictured is Teri Hart.



DHS Student Council collected about 800 non-perishable food items and donated them to the Chalice Cupboard this week. Donated items were collected from students at De Queen High School during Homecoming week and during the Homecoming game from Leopard fans to end child hunger in our community. Students were encouraged to bring enough items to block teachers' doors, and Leopard fans were entered to win door prizes at the game for donating items. Door prizes were courtesy of Adoroze Designs, Custom Graphics, De Queen Animal Hospital, and Walmart.
Above: Back row left to right: Ruby Peppers, Rose Tinajero, Julie Gomez, Lissette Hernandez, Josue Castellanos, Kayla Martin, Yuliania Castillo
Middle row left to right: Jennifer Rogers, Bradi Young, Veronica Rivas, Karla Angeles, Erika Zamora, Saleni Rojas, Front row left to right: Johana Martinez, Martha Mosqueda, Jorge Gonzalez, Alexis Gallardo, Alejandro Hernandez
Not pictured: Emily Rodriguez, Cody Lites, Katelyn Patterson


We had SEVEN perfect entries submitted in Week Eight of Pigskin Pickem. Nailing all ten contests correctly were: Rita Williams, Marilyn Baker, David Ricker, Brenden Ricker, Tawana Ricker, Ranessa Ricker, and Peggy Keener. So we go to the Arkansas-Auburn tie-breaker score to determine a winner. The Tigers whipped the Hogs Saturday 56-3. Nobody was close on the tie-breaker score. Rita Williams predicted a 34-28 Auburn victory. Despite being off by 47 points, that prediction was still good enough to claim the first place prize. So congratulations to Rita Williams - the $100 cash winner in week eight!



The Ashdown Purple Pride Marching Band Marched at the Region 3 Marching Assessment on Tuesday October 25th at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs and received first division ratings. Pictured is Drum Major, Jacob Purifoy



Derek Sandlin (center), of Mt. Ida, won first place in the professional category with 14.86 lbs caught on De Queen Lake. He is pictured with Organizers Thomas Wilkins, left, and Joel Newman. He won $20,000.



Josh Ford (left) of Story, won $10,000 as the Amateur Classic champion. He is pictured with organizer Thomas Wilkins.



The Hankin’s Home on Highway 71 was the October residential Yard of the Month. The Hankins have lived in the home for over 30 years and do their own yard maintenance. The program is sponsored by the De Queen - Sevier County Chamber of Commerce.



Dr. Dan Wolfe Chiropractic Services received the commercial Yard of the Month award for October. The business has existed at its current location for the past 25 years. For more information on the Yard of the Month program, visit


Rich Dorsey, Assistant Chief Horatio Fire Department

Horatio VFD will hold their third annual Haunted House at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday, Oct 21 & 22 and Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, Oct 27-29 in one of the chicken houses at the junction of Hwys 24 & 41 just north of Horatio.  The new venue should make wait time shorter this year. 

Admission price is $8 per person for $15 for two people. 

There will be a concession stand with BBQ sandwiches available.



11 Year old Emily Garcia nailed all ten games correctly in Week 7's Pigskin Pick 'Em contest for the week of October 14th - 17th.

Presenting excited Emily Garcia with her $100 check is Bonita Smith.

For your chance to win, pick up a play sheet at one of the participating sponsors and circle your predictions. Return the play sheet to Number One Country before noon on Fridays.


UA Cossatot Colts Soccer team accepted a donation of $250 from Smartphone EMT.

Franklin Bahena (Right) and Esteban Ochoa (Left) presented the check to the soccer team and it was accepted by Dr. Steve Cole, Chancellor.

The soccer team plays in the TSCL league which includes colleges and universities from UT Arlington and south to San Antonio. This is the third season for the Colts and the team depends largely on donations and sponsorships from the community. The players are coached by Marco Garcia and Saul Cruz, who have donated their time and talent to help the team be successful. The team is sponsored by Erika Buenrrostro, UA Cossatot Admissions Advisor.

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Play will be performed at Ashdown High School Auditorium and tickets can be purchased at the door
UA Cossatot Legacy Campaign Kicks off with Bank of Lockesburg Donation

The Bank of Lockesburg made a substantial donation designated for the renovation of the historic Lockesburg High School Gymnasium. The college received a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to begin renovations on the historic gymnasium and the donation made by the Bank of Lockesburg will finalize the restoration. As a result of the bank’s generosity, the structure will be renamed the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium, pending the approval by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.



2016 AHS Graduate, Anthony Bennett, let a forum for ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) at Ashdown High School. After a welcome to faculty, students, and guests, Bennett shared the vision for excellence in education and then met with students. After adults were dismissed, he asked the students to share feedback on the most important characteristics of the school, best measures of success/quality of the school, and ways to make sure every student in Arkansas has the opportunity for success. Bennett is a freshmen at Hendrix College and currently serving on the ESSA Steering Committee with the Department of Education. 


Kora Lynn Bagley


Big sister Brynlee would like to announce the arrival of her little sister Kora Lynn. She arrived on August 18, at 11:09 am. She weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz., and was 20 inches long.

Kora's proud parents are J.J. and Shelby Bagley. Paternal grandparents are Terry and Janice Bagley of Grannis. Maternal grandparents are Valerie Gillaspy of Magnolia, and Greg Gillaspy of Orlando, Fl.


Kailey Jessilyn McWhorter

Proud parents Shawn and Libby McWhorter of De Queen, AR.
Along with big sisters Kalyn and Kashlynn, and big brothers Kalib and
Kaden McWhorter announce the birth of Kailey Jessilyn McWhorter born at 8:37 P.M. on 8-12-2016 weighed 8 lbs 4 oz. 21 1/4" long.

Maternal grandparents are Claudie Bailey and Dennis and Lisa Rink-Hale and Donny and Janet McCoy.

Paternal grandparents are David and Penney McWhorter and Chuck and Jo Ann Martin.


"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.


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


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."


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 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.

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 05/03/16

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 599.0 610.79 0.31 7000
De Queen Lake 437.0 466.34 0.31 M
Gillham Lake 502.0 541.57 -1.08 M
Dierks Lake 526.0 545.66 0.24 M
Millwood Lake 259.2 265.36 1.41 M
Lake Wright Patman 226.0 251.99 0.59 3992
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 403.33 10.28 4400
Toledo Bend 172.00


0.08 31869

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