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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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Students from De Queen Public Schools are in choir under the direction of Mrs. Stefanie 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.

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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. 



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.






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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.



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" 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."

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"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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Horatio Public School


It’s back to school time and Horatio Public School welcomes new and returning students for the 2013-014 school years.  Horatio Public School district has 120 employees that are eager to teach and work with the families, students, and citizens of their school district as they strive to provide quality education for all.  Lee Smith, the new superintendent hopes to instill a vision for the future for students and staff, and don’t forget Lion Football season will be starting soon.  For any questions call the district at 870-832-6603.  Also check them out online at


** Pictured is the new staff at Horatio school system



Sevier County Fair Association



It’s County Fair Time Again!!! The Sevier County Fair Association would like to invite everyone to the 77th Annual Sevier County Fair.  The dates for the fair are August 16th through August 23rd.  The fair kicked off on August 16th with the pageants and continues with the livestock show, commercial booths, educational exhibits, and more.  Wednesday from 6pm to 11pm carnival rides are just $1 each.  The annual Professional Dodge Rodeo is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.  Thursday night at the rodeo is Senior Citizen Night and Thursday through Saturday 6pm-11pm ride all the rides you want with the purchase of an arm band for $20.00.  The Sevier County Fair Association hopes to see all of you there! 


Vaught to run for District 4 State Representative



DeAnn Vaught of Horatio announced that she will run for District 4 State Representative in the November 4th general election.

When making her announcement she stated, “I would greatly appreciate your help and your vote in November so we can have a strong voice from District 4 at the state capital.” 


You may contact DeAnn Vaught with your questions and concerns at (870) 584-8807, e-mail or Facebook  (More)


wishard announces candidacy for de queen city council



Lawrence Allen Wishard has announced his intent to seek election to the Ward one, Position two seat on the De Queen City Council.  Wishard is a lifelong resident of De Queen and a graduate of De Queen High School, class of 2009.  He works as a Funeral Director and Manager at Chandler Funeral Home and is active member of the De Queen Lions Club.


Lawrence stated, "If elected, I will be your voice and will stand strong for what is best for our community and its residents.  I will always be glad to address any questions or concerns that you might have about our city’s operations and progress."




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 2014 Sevier County Rodeo Royalty contestants are as follows:


First row Little Miss Contestants: Hadlie Dixon,Abby Clay,Gracie Wolcott.

Second row Princess Contestants: Heather Bradshaw, Ashton Azu, Kaylee Wolcott, Sarah Azu

Standing Queens: Hannah Wetzel, Katelynn Wolcott, Bailey Dixon

The winner of the rodeo royalty will be announced during the Saturday night rodeo performance at 8pm.





The 2014 De Queen Leopard State Soccer Championship Team is trying to raise funds for their championship rings. They are selling chances three different prizes: a $500 Walmart gift card, a grill  and a fish fryer. Chances are $10 each. Contact a member of the soccer team to buy your chance. The drawing will be held on September 12th.





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




The UA Cossatot Foundation hosted a fish fry on Friday, August 15. Shown is Barbara Lacefield and Brettny Lynch preparing side dishes.  The support was overwhelming and many people waited in line for a plate.  Organizers are already planning for the event next year to be bigger and make the process quicker.  The UA Cossatot Foundation raised over $1600 for student scholarships. 


Week 13 Gas Winner


Debbie Troup of Ashdown was the winner of  $100 Gas for Week #13  of #1 Country's Free Gas Friday drawings.  Debbie registered at Odis Machine Shop and will redeem her check for gas at the Handi Mart.








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.

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"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.


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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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