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ARREST MADE FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT       11/28/14

 

Tuesday, November 25th, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to a residence on Heynecker Street concerning a person that was trespassing.

 

When officer Browning arrived he spoke with Kejabubu Jodi who informed him that there was a man in the his house that he wanted removed. Jodi said he had asked the person to leave several times.

 

Officer Browning then informed Franklin Naisher that he was trespassing and he reportedly left without incident.

 

A trespass order was filled out and signed by both parties.

 

However, about an hour later, Browning was dispatched back to the residence.

 

This time, Jodi said Naisher came back and tried to start a fight with him and when Naisher left this time, he had told Jodi that he would come back and beat him up.

 

Officer Browning located Naisher and arrested him for disorderly conduct.

 

 

 

DIERKS CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES PROPOSED BUDGET       11/28/14

 

The Dierks City Council met Monday night to discuss the 2015 proposed budget. Council members expressed their concerns about a few different parts of the budget and made adjustments has needed.

 

Proposed budgets are figured by taking a nine month average and then multiplying that by 12-months.

 

Proposed in the 2015 budget is a two percent raise for all city employees.

 

Mayor Terry Mounts reported that the city expects an increase in water revenue, however the amount of that increase will depend on how much the council increases the city's water and sewer rates. 

 

Mounts said he hoped to have some numbers and a recommendation for the council's December meeting.

 

Council members agreed to double the amount that the city park receives from $12,000 a year to $24,000. Mounts said this will allow the park to cover the operating expenses and have some funds for park improvements.

 

Mounts said the street department has made some improvements over the last few years and the state highway department will be paving some streets next year.

 

 

 

LUNCH WITH SANTA       11/28/14

 

Members of the De Queen Fire Department are a close net family and they not only help others, but they take care of their own and a member of their family is in need of some assistance. So, Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt said they are planning to hold a benefit for Myleigh Marshall.

 

Myleigh was diagnosed when she was 18-months old and she is now 4. Myleigh's family said she could suffer from problems with growth, high blood pressure and migraines.

 

Myleigh also has to endure MRI scans of her brain, spine and orbits every three to six months at the Arkansas Children's Hospital to monitor the development of possible brain lesions and tumors.

 

Pruitt said that thankfully Myleigh is healthy right now, and the fire department wanted to help her and her family while providing a great event for the community.

 

The benefit is being called Lunch with Santa and fire fighter Tim Litchford said Santa will be on hand.

 

Pruitt said Lunch with Santa will be from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th at the fire station.

 

Following the annual De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce, a benefit 5K will be held at the De Queen High School Coliseum at 8 p.m.

 

Runners may register online at getmeregistered.com/mmholidaylights or on the day of the race starting at 7 p.m.

 

The holiday themed 5K night run/walk will feature a photo op with Santa and prizes for the most festive and brightest participant.

 

For more information, contact the De Queen Fire Department at 584-7224.

 

 

ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU SETS 80TH CONVENTION      1/27/14

 

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural leaders from across the state will get together December 3rd through the 5th at the Hot Springs Convention Center for Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 80th annual convention.

 

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach, weather historian Evelyn Browning-Garris and farmer-comedian Jerry Carroll will be the headline speakers for the convention.

 

The convention’s theme ‘Commitment, Community, Compassion’ will be reinforced throughout the convention’s three-day run, including several conferences, competitions and special meetings.

 

The meeting will culminate with the organization’s annual business session, where voting delegates will define the organization’s policy positions on items of importance to Farm Bureau members. The delegates will also elect the organization’s president and vice-president.

 

Current president, Randy Veach, has served the organization for the past six years.

 

Special conferences are scheduled that will address timely topics such as proposed new grain dealer laws, the Arkansas Water Plan, a preview of the 90th General Assembly and an opportunity to meet and hear from Congressmen-elect French Hill and Bruce Westerman.

 

There will also be livestock, crops and forestry market outlook conferences, as well as a session dealing with the latest technological advances that will benefit farmers and ranchers.

 

The convention will spotlight the winners of several different competitions among Farm Bureau’s Young Farm and Rancher members.

 

The top county Farm Bureau women’s program and Sew with Cotton contest winners will be named and the organization will recognize the recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award.

 

 

 

ARKANSAS SHERIFF’S YOUTH RANCHES CHRISTMAS TREE        11/27/14

 

Managers of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch have once again posted their boys and girls’ Christmas wish lists on their website at youthranches.com to pick out a gift from their online Ranch Christmas Tree.

 

Gifts may be for boys or girls at the Batesville or Amity ranches. You can choose to buy for one child or purchase items form several wish lists.

 

Currently, there are six girls being housed at Amity, ranging in ages from 8 to 17 years old.

 

Arkansans may also consider giving an end-of-the-year or a monthly gift to support the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches mission of providing homes for Arkansas’s abandoned, abused and neglected children.

 

For more information, call 870-793-6841.

 

 

 

FOREMAN WATER PROJECT UNDERWAY       11/27/14

 

The City of Foreman has started a $1.4 million water project.

 

Crews started excavating the water main along Bell Street and the project is expected to be completed sometime next year. The project is being funded by a federal grant.

 

Foreman City Clerk Mike Cranford stated the project will replace some lines that are decades old.

 

Cranford said they will also be replacing fire hydrants.

 

Besides Bell Street, the project will renovate lines on 8th Avenue, 7th Street, North Bell, Shuman, 5th Avenue, 4th Street, 4th Avenue, North Madden, East 2nd Avenue, West 2nd Avenue, West 3rd Avenue, East 1st Avenue, Little River 13, Main Street, Carson Avenue, South Bell, Spring Street, South Madden, East Dollarhide, Ginn Street, Rocky Comfort, South 4th Street, South 2nd Street and Elm Street.

 

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY QUORUM COURT COMPLETES 2015 BUDGET      11/27/14

 

Decreasing revenues forced the Little River County Quorum Court to make adjustments to their 2015 budget.

 

The budget for 2015 shows a declining revenue base from $7.8 million in 2012 to $6,778,685.45 in 2015.

 

Over the past three years, Little River County has had to cut 21 percent from the budget.

 

This year, the Little River Quorum Court was forced to cut four county positions; however, one of those positions was an unfilled position at the county landfill. They were also forced to cut two positions with the county library system.

 

JPs increased the county millage to four and the county will begin collecting fees for garbage pickup.

 

County officials are expecting the increase in the millage and the garbage fees to generate between $300,000 and $350,000 annually, which will go toward the county landfill and general fund.

 

Little River County is expected to pay off its sales tax rebates and the county jail in mid 2017.

 

 

ASHDOWN BOARD OF EDUCATION REORGANIZED IN NOVEMBER       11/26/14

 

Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders announced that the Ashdown Board of Education reorganized during their regular November meeting and heard a report from the district’s attorney, Chad Trammell, concerning the district’s lawsuit over construction problems at the high school.

 

Sanders said the district hired Craig Boone to be the district architect and they would be presenting a facilities report to the board during their December meeting.

 

Sanders said it was nice that the district is growing and needs to re-evaluate the district’s facilities.

 

Following an executive session, board members voted to hire Sandy Bishop as the cheer coach for the remainder of the year and Angie Owings as a long-term substitute for half-days only for the remainder of the school year.

 

Board members also accepted Superintendent Sanders’ recommendation to expel one student during the November 10th meeting and four students during the October 6th special called meeting.

 

 

 

DONATIONS PRESENTED TO CRISIS CENTER      11/26/14

 

For the past couple of months the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center has been raising funds after being informed by the Arkansas Department of Finance that they were cutting the center's budget by $50,000 and several groups and businesses have been help raise funds to keep the center open.

 

Tuesday morning, Ailinn Ocampo and her family held a drawing for two pieces of handmade furniture that they built in their shop at Arkansas Cedar Lodge.

 

Dee Singleton and Jill Brinkley's names were drawn as the winners.

 

White said the center had raised $28,000 dollars to date, but they have received some good news from the department of finance who informed the center that they would continue working and funding them, but they will still need to raise the $50,000 by the end January.

 

The crisis center was also presented a $300 dollar check by the Horatio High School Student Council Tuesday morning.

 

Council Historian Michaela Caudle stated the council passed a bucket during a recent basketball game to raise funds for the center and then they decided to add some money from their account.

 

They also announced that they were challenging the student councils of area schools to match their donation.

 

 

 

HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY PROVIDING CHRISTMAS FOR AREA FOSTER CHILDREN       11/26/14

 

Members of the Horatio High School National Honor Society are helping the Sevier County Department of Human Service make Christmas a little brighter for area foster children.

 

Stephanie Rivas stated DHS needs your help to make sure they are able to provide gifts for all of their foster children this Christmas.

 

Audrey Smith said the Horatio National Honor Society would be hosting their second annual Christmas party for the Sevier and Little River County foster children. She said last year about 30 children attended the event.

 

Smith said they were asking residents to donate to the Sevier County Cherub Fund.

 

For more information, contact Gala Irvan at 870-832-4763.

 

 

 

LEGISLATURE CONSIDERING PRISON OPTIONS       11/26/14

 

Sending some inmates to a private facility, using abandoned school buildings and expanding alternative sentencing programs are among the options being detailed in a report to Arkansas lawmakers on prison overcrowding.

 

The report was issued to a legislative committee Monday and detailed several alternatives to the expected proposal to build a 1,000-inmate prison to ease overcrowding of state inmates at county jails.

 

State prison officials are expected to ask lawmakers to approve their plans for their new facility, which they’ve said may be funded by increasing the decal fee on car tags.

 

The report suggests the state look at using a private corrections management company to handle some inmates, and also says the state could consider using abandoned school buildings and other available structures rather than new construction.

 

 

 

RANCHERS WARNED ABOUT POISONOUS ACORNS       11/26/14

 

The University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture is warning ranchers in the state about the possibility of acorn poisoning in cattle.

 

Officials, with the animal science division at the university, say autumn’s generous acorn crop may have been great for deer, but it could be deadly for cattle.

 

Cattle frequently graze on pastures that may contain oak timber and there is a chance they will consume acorns. They say an occasional acorn isn’t a threat, but too many can lead to acorn poisoning.

 

Acorns contain tannin, which is a toxic agent. If cattle consume tannin, it can lead to gastrointestinal problems, severe kidney damage, and even death. Some cattle may consume acorns and experience no ill effects, while others suffer severe disease.

 

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY SHERIFF INJURED IN ACCIDENT      11/26/14

 

Arkansas State Police are investigating a two-vehicle accident that injured Little River County Sheriff Gary Gregory. He suffered non-life threatening injuries in a Sunday crash near Wilton.

 

Gregory says he was a passenger in a department SUV that was being driven by a deputy. He says they were attempting to pass a truck while responding to an emergency call when the truck made a left turn and collided with the deputies vehicle.

 

The truck driver was treated for injuries that weren't life threatening and released. The deputy wasn't injured and the truck driver's identity hasn't been released.

 

No charges have been reported.

 

 

 

PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING OFFERED        11/26/14

 

Sevier County Extension Agent Rex Herring will conduct two Private Applicator Training sessions on Tuesday, December 2nd at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. in the Agriculture Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

Anyone whose Private Applicator license has expired or those who do not have a license and need to be certified to purchase restricted products for farm or ranch use should attend one of the meetings.

 

For more information, call the Sevier County Extension office at 870-584-3013. You do not have to pre-register to attend.

 

 

 

SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS – SHOP LOCALLY        11/26/14

 

Arkansas Senator John Boozman is co-sponsoring a Senate-passed resolution that supports Small Business Saturday, which is this Saturday.

 

Boozman’s office released a press release concerning the importance of small businesses in Arkansas and encouraging residents to reinvest in their communities by shopping local this Christmas season.

 

The holiday shopping season is key for many retailers’ that rely on this time of year for big profits. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans expect to spend almost $80 more this year on holiday shopping.

 

Small Business Saturday is a national initiative to encourage residents to support local businesses during the holiday season.

 

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, shoppers spent $5.7 billion dollars at locally owned shops and restaurants on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2013, which was over three percent more than was spent in 2012.

 

Boozman explained that local businesses reinvest in the community, draws attention to local merchants and could lead to more new jobs.

 

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses employ half of the nation’s workforce and makes up 99 percent of the businesses in the United States. The SBA says the retail sector employs more than 250,000 Arkansans and they will be the ones that benefit the most from Small Business Saturday.

 

 

USDA Food Safety Tips for Cooking Thanksgiving Turkeys    11/26/14

 

WASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare each year. Getting it just right, especially the turkey, brings a fair amount of pressure whether or not a host is experienced with roasting one. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations on how to properly prepare a turkey to make sure yours is both delicious and safe to serve.

 

“Unsafe handling and undercooking of your turkey can lead to serious foodborne illness, explains Maria Malagon, Director of Food Safety Education with USDA FSIS. “Turkeys may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter, harmful pathogens that are only destroyed by properly preparing and cooking a turkey.”

 

Consumers should follow certain steps to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. According to Ms. Malagon, “those handling and cooking Thanksgiving meals should be aware of the resources available to them and the measures they can take to keep food safe.”

 

Steps to follow before cooking a turkey:

  • Read labels carefully. Temperature labels show if the bird is fresh or frozen. If you plan to serve a fresh turkey, purchase it no more than two days before Thanksgiving.
  • Purchase two thermometers: a refrigerator thermometer to ensure the turkey is stored at 40 °F or slightly below and a food thermometer to make sure the cooked turkey reaches a safe 165 °F.
  • Thaw the turkey by using the microwave, the cold water method, or the refrigerator. The refrigerator method is USDA recommended.

 

Steps to follow when cooking a turkey:

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before touching any food to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness.
  • Do not wash the turkey. This only spreads pathogens onto kitchen surfaces. The only way to kill bacteria that causes foodborne illness is to fully cook the turkey.
  • Keep raw turkey separated from all other foods at all times.
  • Use separate cutting boards, plates, and utensils when handling raw turkey to avoid cross-contamination. Wash items that have touched raw meat with warm soap and water, or place them in a dishwasher.
  • Cook the turkey until it reaches 165 °F, as measured by a food thermometer. Check the turkey’s temperature by inserting the thermometer in three places: the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the thigh, and the innermost part of the wing.

 

Steps to follow when consuming leftover Thanksgiving food:

  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours to prevent bacteria from growing on the food.
  • Store leftovers in shallow pans or containers to decrease cooling time. This prevents the food from spending too much time at unsafe temperatures (between 40 °F to 140 °F).
  • Do not store stuffing inside a leftover turkey. Remove the stuffing from the turkey, and refrigerate the stuffing and the meat separately.
  • Avoid consuming leftovers that have been left in the refrigerator for longer than 3 or 4 days (next Tuesday to be exact). Use the freezer to store leftovers for longer periods of time.
  • Keep leftovers in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs if the food is traveling home with a guest who lives more than two hours away.

 

Consumers with more food safety questions can visit FoodSafety.gov to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey. They may also call the USDA Food Safety Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.

 

FSIS will provide Thanksgiving food safety information during November on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, and on Facebook, at Facebook.com/FoodSafety.gov.

 

Consumers needing help on Thanksgiving Day may contact the USDA Food Safety Hotline from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

Arkansas Farm Bureau Sets 80th Convention    11/26/14

LITTLE ROCK — Farmers, ranchers and agricultural leaders from across the state will come together Dec. 3-5 at the Hot Springs Convention Center for Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 80th  annual convention.

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach, weather historian Evelyn Browning-Garris, and farmer-comedian Jerry Carroll headline the speakers for the convention, which is expected to attract more than 1,000.

The convention’s theme, Commitment, Community, Compassion will be reinforced throughout the convention’s three-day run, including several conferences, competitions and special meetings.

The meeting culminates with the organization’s annual business session, where voting delegates will define the organization’s policy positions on items of importance to Farm Bureau members. The delegate body also elects the organization’s president and vice president.

“We like to say that Farm Bureau is the voice of agriculture in Arkansas,” said Veach, a cotton, rice and soybean farmer from Manila (Mississippi County), who is concluding his sixth year as president of the organization.

“If Farm Bureau is to remain viable in Arkansas, Farm Bureau leaders understand the importance of their being committed to voluntary service in their home counties and on a state level. It’s that commitment, plus a strong sense of community and a compassion for each other, that has allowed agriculture to remain the state’s largest industry and led Farm Bureau to be the successful organization it is for these past 80 years.”

Special conferences are scheduled that will address timely topics such as proposed new grain  dealer laws, the Arkansas Water Plan, a preview of the 90th General Assembly and an opportunity to meet and hear from Congressmen-elect French Hill and Bruce Westerman.

Additionally, there will be livestock, crops and forestry market outlook conferences, as well as a session dealing with the latest technological advances that will benefit farmers and ranchers.

The convention will spotlight the winners in several different competitions among Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher members.

The top county Farm Bureau women’s program and Sew with Cotton contest winners will be named and the organization will recognize the recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a private advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY JUDGE DIES       11/25/14

 

Little River County Judge Clayton Castleman died Saturday afternoon in a Texarkana, Texas hospital.

 

Castleman reportedly had been working in his yard Saturday and had an apparent heart attack. An ambulance transported Castleman to the hospital where he died.

 

Castleman was set retire December 31st at the end of his term. He was serving his fourth term and would have served eight years at the end of 2014.

 

Mike Cranford of Foreman was elected county judge in May and will begin his term January 1st.

 

Castleman was a native of Little River County and a graduate of Ashdown High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture education and a Master of Science in education and certification as a vocational education administrator. He retired as a vocational education administrator in Arkansas County.

 

Castleman served on the Arkansas County Quorum Court for about 19 years and returned to Little River County in 2000.

 

Castleman served as president of the Little River Chamber of Commerce and was a former president of the Ashdown Antique and Merchants Association and the county historical society.

 

He was also a member of the Domtar Community Advisory Team and the retired teachers association.

 

Clair Davis was Castleman’s administrative assistant and she said the Little River Quorum Court will appoint a county judge to fill the unexpired term of Castleman until Cranford’s term starts in January.

 

 

 

HORATIO GRADUATE AND TWO OTHERS KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT      11/25/14

 

Saturday afternoon, Arkansas State Trooper William Davidson investigated a fatal accident on Interstate 30 East about the 9 mile marker.

 

Davidson reported that three passengers were killed, while the driver and two other passengers were injured in the accident.

 

18-year-old Daniel Gonzalez of Horatio, 20-year-old Sofia George and 20-year-old Nathaniel Rodriguez were killed when the 2006 Mazda that they were in was struck by a 2000 Freightliner on I-30.

 

19-year-old Victor Juarez was the driver, he and two other passengers, were injured.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police incident report, Juarez was merging onto the interstate from the shoulder when his vehicle was rear-ended by the Freightliner.

 

 

 

DRUG ARREST IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY      11/25/14

 

Little River County deputies and officers with the Ashdown Police Department were notified of a suspicious vehicle at the Ogden Post Office on November 10th.

 

Deputies discovered marijuana in the vehicle and arrested Jessica Tanner and Reggie Crumes.

 

Officers also discovered some drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine on Tanner’s person.

 

According to the pair, they were there to meet another vehicle at the post office.

 

Deputies then stopped the other vehicle on a traffic violation and arrested the driver Laura Brown for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DINNER TO COST MORE THIS YEAR      11/25/14

 

It will cost families more to prepare the Thanksgiving meal this year, due largely to an increase in the average cost of frozen turkey and a gallon of whole milk.

 

According to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 29th annual survey, it will cost $46.23 for a family of 10, or $4.62 per person, to enjoy the feast. Last year’s average was $42.63.

 

The statewide average is based on responses from members of the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and other volunteers who surveyed food prices at 12 grocery stores and supermarkets across the state.

 

They were asked to report the best in-store price on 12 items included in the meal.

 

Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach says it will cost a bit more to prepare the meal this year, but considering families may enjoy it for less than $5 a person is evidence of the efficiencies of the nation’s food production system.

 

Arkansas food prices continue to remain more affordable than elsewhere. The American Farm Bureau conducts a national survey and reported an average cost of $49.41.

 

The survey period was October 31st to November 12th and the shopping list has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow consistent price comparisons.

 

 

 

PRESIDENT'S ORDER CHEERED          11/25/14

 

It's estimated that more than 55,000 people living in Arkansas could be touched by President Obama's executive order on immigration that was announced Thursday night.

 

The changes are expected to lead to fewer deportations and detentions of people in the country without authorization, especially those with children that were born in the United States. Kica Matos at this Center for Community Change says it's the kind of announcement they've been waiting for, for six years.

 

She adds that comprehensive reform has to come from Congress. Republican leaders have expressed dismay with the President's order and have threatened to shut down the government in response, but Matos says Congress has long debated reform and hopes they can continue that dialogue.

 

Matos says for years, the immigration reform movement has sought changes in policy to keep families intact, and she thinks this move will help.

 

 

TWO FOREMAN RESIDENTS PLEA GUILTY TO THEFT OF PROPERTY      11/24/14

 

Two women who were employed by the Little River Rural Development Authority in Foreman plead guilty for stealing pay from a part-time employee.

 

40-year-old Christe Baker and 43-year-old Sarah Milam plead guilty in the Little River County Circuit Court in Ashdown.

 

Baker was sentenced to 12-month probation for theft of property and she will be required to pay $6,368.75 in restitution to the rural development authority.

 

Milam was sentenced to 36-months probation and will be required to pay $1,028.75 in restitution.

 

In January, a part-time employee alleged that there was a shortage of funds that was deposited into her bank account. The employee informed the Arkansas State Police that she worked Wednesdays and some weekends and holidays for the rural development authority and was to be paid $10 an hour.

 

According to accounting records, the employee received about $6,780 less than they were owed in 2011.

 

Baker allegedly signed and cashed 24 checks written to the employee in the amount of $9,000, but only $2,940 was deposited into the employee’s account.

The rural development council was under investigation in October of 2012, when three computers that contained all the cash-flow information was stolen and the building was set on fire.

 

 

 

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT       11/24/14

 

About 3:30 Thursday afternoon, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Wendell Randall informed 29-year-old Latisha Hinton that she was under arrest on a felony warrant for forgery out of Ouachita County.

 

Randall agreed to follow Hinton to a residence in Horatio, so she could leave her vehicle there, but while he was following her to Horatio, she changed her mind and attempted to lose the deputy on Ridgeway Road.

 

Randall initiated the pursuit but lost control of his vehicle when his brakes went out near Red Bridge Road just off Oak Tree Road.

 

A short time later, a citizen that was following the pursuit on a scanner reported to the Sevier County dispatcher that the suspect was on Farm to Market Road.

 

Sheriff's deputies found the suspect and the pursuit continued on Huffman Road, Firehouse Road and Highway 70 East.

 

Hinton was able to evade stop strips on two occasions but was apprehended at the Shell Super Stop in Dierks where Hinton was taken into custody without further incident.

 

Sevier County Sheriff Investigator Robert Gentry reported that Hinton is being held in the Sevier County jail on the outstanding warrant, but they are seeking an additional charge of felony fleeing.

 

The Sevier County Sheriff's office was assisted in the pursuit by the De Queen and Dierks Police Departments and the Howard County Sheriff's Office. Gentry stated the combined effort and communication of all the agencies worked to being the incident to a peaceful conclusion.

 

 

 

SWEPCO PREPARED FOR WINTER STORMS       11/24/14

 

AEP/SWEPCO announced it's prepared for winter storms throughout it's service area. SWEPCO has an emergency preparedness team in Shreveport that monitors winter storm conditions and they have work crews on standby for power restoration efforts.

 

SWEPCO's power outage report number is 1-888-218-3919. It's available 24 hours a day and customers may also report outages online or from their mobile devices at SWEPCO.com. Customers can also look for outage updates on SWEPCO.com and Facebook.com/SWEPCO.

 

If an outage is isolated to your home only and does not impact your neighborhood, check the house breakers to make sure they are in the on position before calling SWEPCO.

 

SWEPCO customers are encouraged to have blankets, flashlights, bottle water, portable radios and TVs and a supply of fresh batteries on hand if the power should go off due to inclement winter weather. SWEPCO will call out crews to identify and repair the problem as quickly and safely as possible.

 

 

 

DRMC ANNUAL WREATH AUCTION BENEFITS COMMUNITY      11/24/14

 

De Queen Regional Medical Center Public Relations Director Rhonda Blanton announced the hospital was hosting its 2nd annul silent wreath auction until December 1st.

 

All of the proceeds will benefit some local families during the holidays.

 

For more information, contact the hospital at 584-4111 or stop by and place your bid on your favorite wreath.

 

 

 

FIND DEALS, NOT TROUBLE, SHOPPING ONLINE       11/24/14

 

For many Arkansans, the last slice of Thanksgiving pie fuels the search for the best holiday gifts. An increasing number of consumers will begin the holiday gift hunt online the Monday following Thanksgiving, or "Cyber Monday" which is December 1st, this year.

 

In order to avoid the hassle of navigating crowds, long lines and parking lot traffic, more consumers are turning to shopping on their computes, tablets and phones. Last year, 25 million Americans used their mobile devices to shop on Cyber Monday, but, while shopping online is convenient, consumers should know that with convenience comes some risk.

 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert to encourage consumers to use caution while shopping online this holiday season.

 

McDaniel said consumers should make sure to shop on websites of reputable retailers that they know and trust and he advised against giving out sensitive financial information like credit card numbers unless it is appropriate, but do not disclose personal information unless it is clear who is collecting it and how it will be used.

 

Exercise caution before clicking on links or downloading files that are posted on social media sites or emailed from unfamiliar organizations.

 

McDaniel said consumers should do some research and know the terms, like, the refund and exchange policies for any mention of charges upon returning a product.

 

Consumers should inspect web addresses for security and also pay with a credit card, because if there is a problem, consumers have the right to dispute a charge and withhold payment temporarily while the dispute is being investigated.

 

Print and save all receipts and monitor your financial accounts for unusual activity and take action if you discover something unual.

 

For more information about protecting your sensitive personal and financial information or other consumer issues, call 1-800-482-8982 or visit the attorney general's consumer protection website at gotyourbackarkansas.org.

 

 

 

AGFC REPLACES FISH LOST DURING MILLWOOD SPILLWAY INSPECTION       11/21/14

 

In late September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a routine inspection of the stilling basin below Millwood Lake. Similar to inspections below DeGray Lake and Lake Greeson, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission personnel were asked to help relocate fish that were trapped during the dewatering. However, the effort was not as successful on Millwood Lake as other lakes.

 

District Biologist, Eric Brinkman said the agency's goal was to save as many sportfish as possible, but they also wanted to save the less common species also including the American eel, shovelnose sturgeon, blue suckers and alligator gar.

 

Brinkman said unfortunately, the baffles in the Millwood basin are much closer and the basin is much larger than those below other Corps reservoirs and their boats did not have enough room to maneuver and the quantity of trapped fish was greater than they expected.

 

During the two days of the operation, Arkansas Game and Fish and Corps personnel saved as many fish as they could, but a majority of the trapped fish were lost.

 

Brinkman said the majority of the fish that were lost are species that are common to the Little River System.

 

Brinkman said over time the area will naturally repopulate itself with fish from the Little River, but to help the process along the Arkansas Game and Fish stocked over 17,000 yearling blue catfish into the Little River below Millwood Lake.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN PD MAKES FELONY DRUG ARREST        11/24/14

 

Thursday morning about 10:30 a.m., Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was running a stationary radar on Collin Raye Drive when he observed a maroon SUV traveling west at about 51 miles per hour.

 

Browning initiated a traffic stop in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

 

The driver was identified as 47-year-old Kenneth Wells of Ashdown.

 

While Browning was speaking with Wells, he reported that Wells become more nervous and shaky. Wells reportedly informed Browning that he was diabetic and needed to use the restroom.

 

After running Wells' information through dispatch, Browning asked and received permission to search Wells’ vehicle.

 

Browning reported the search did not turn up anything. He then asked Wells’ to empty his pockets. Browning reported that Wells did not empty one pocket. Wells allegedly stated that it was his glucose meter.

 

As Wells was pulling the meter out of his pocket, Browning noticed Wells attempt to push something else deeper in his pocket. When Browning checked the pocket, he discovered a clear bag with a yellow tint containing a crystal like substance.

 

Wells was taken into custody and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

 

ASHDOWN PIZZA PATROL          11/21/14

Pizza Patrol is on its way!  The revolving yellow light on top of the van attracts the neighborhood as another Margaret Daniel Primary student is surprised with pizza for the whole family -- a reward for perfect attendance, including no tardies or early check-outs, during a nine-weeks period.

MDP Principal Kay York, along with any of her staff that can, deliver fresh, hot pizzas four times a school year as a way to encourage the K-1 students at her school to recognize that being at school every day and on time is "a big deal"!  For about eight years now, the Pizza Patrol has been rolling.

York and her Leadership Team realize that not only is attendance and punctuality a life-long attribute, but also that it affects the school report card, where average daily attendance is measured.  Each grading period during lunch time, all students who have earned perfect attendance are presented a certificate.  From those twenty or so students, a winner is drawn to receive the surprise visit from the Pizza Patrol.

The evening of the visit is pre-planned with the parents, and the pizzas have the students' favorite toppings, along with a liter drink. "We pile into my car or the school van, along with balloons, hot pizza, and a personalized banner, and we are off!" says York.  

The experience is always fun, York guarantees.  She remembers going to small communities to make deliveries, where "all the neighbors peek out watching the approaching Pizza Patrol, along with family pets and barefoot children and cousins."  Deliveries have been made to "the far corners of our district -- Ogden, Pruitt's Ranch, Red Bluff, Gifford Hill, almost to Winthrop . . . even a senior high basketball game when we couldn't find the child at home!"

This month the Pizza Patrol delivery was very special when first grader Kentrimya Barber's name was drawn for the reward.  She and her sister Keneica in kindergarten both received certificates for perfect attendance, no tardies, and no early check-outs, so when Kentrimya's name was drawn, both girls got to enjoy pizza.

York says that she really appreciates that perfect attendance is indeed a family joint effort, so the Pizza Patrol becomes a family celebration. "We have found that good attendance is a family trait," she continues, "and many parents do not miss work either.  A great attribute when employers are hiring!"

 

Pizza Patrol delivers!  The Barber sisters, Kentrimya and Keneica, both earned perfect attendance certificates for the first nine-week grading period, and it paid off!  Pictured delivering hot pizzas are (left to right) Margaret Daniel Primary teachers Mallory Wharton, Katelyn Dudley, and Rosalie Tabler.

 Carolyn Henderson, Public Relations Coordinator/Teacher, Ashdown School District

 
 

Ashdown Drama Students to Present "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

What could be more "Christmas" than Charlie Brown's sweet little tree with one ornament?  A Charlie Brown Christmas a seasonal favorite about the true meaning of Christmas, and now the drama students of Ashdown High School will bring it to life on stage for their peers and for the public.

A Charlie Brown Christmas will be performed on Sunday, December 7 for the public community at 2:00 in the AHS auditorium and again for the high school, junior high, and elementary students on December 8 and 9.  Admission is $2 for students and $5 for adults.

Written by Charles M. Schulz, with television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson and stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer,  the classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas was first shown in 1965 and has been part of the holiday tradition ever since.  The stage adaptation was completed in 2013.

"We would like to invite everyone," says AHS drama teacher and stage director Jennifer Walker, "to come see this very special performance where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts characters grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.

PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING OFFERED   11/21/14

Rex Herring, County Extension Agent will conduct two Private Applicator Training (PAT) sessions on Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 and 5:30 pm at the Agriculture Building at UA Cossatot College campus in De Queen.

 

Anyone whose PAT license has expired or those who do not have a license and need to be certified to purchase restricted products for farm or ranch use should attend one of the meetings.  For more information, call the Sevier County Extension office at (870) 584-3013.  You do not need to pre-register to attend.

 

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORK$      11/21/14

UA Cossatot will host the public for an opportunity to see why Community College Work$, the week of December 2. 

This is a statewide initiative of the Arkansas Community Colleges Association to create awareness of how important community colleges are not only to the education in Arkansas but also the local economy.  Governor Beebe is expected to make a proclamation, declaring it Community College Work$ in Arkansas.  UA Cossatot will host three events on each of the three main campuses.  They will feature different areas at each campus and tours will be available. 

De Queen Campus in the New Automotive/ Radio Broadcast Building
Tuesday, December 2         9:30 – 11:30
Featuring our new Nursing Simulation Lab

Ashdown Campus
Wednesday, December 3    9:30 – 11:30
Featuring our new Industrial Technology facilities

Nashville Campus
Thursday, December 4    9:30 – 11:30
Featuring Cosmetology and Welding programs

 

Support Small Business: Shop Locally    11/21/14

Holiday shopping season unofficially kicks off in a few days. Senator John Boozman is a cosponsor of the Senate-passed resolution that supports Small Business Saturday.

In this column, Senator Boozman talks about the importance of Arkansas small businesses and encourages citizens to reinvest in the community by shopping at local stores this Christmas season.

"Christmas commercials are a reminder that the holiday season is here. If your list of things to do looks my wife Cathy’s, it includes putting up decorations, baking and shopping. As we look for the perfect presents for our family and friends, retailers are looking for ways to get us in their stores. The holiday shopping season is key for many retailers’ that rely on this time of year for big profits. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans expect to spend almost $80 more this year on holiday shopping.

Small businesses are joining the post-Thanksgiving shopping blitz with Small Business Saturday. This national initiative encourages support of our local businesses during the holiday season. Small Business Saturday is big business. Last year, shoppers spent $5.7 billion at locally owned shops and restaurants on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. That’s an increase of more than three percent from 2012 according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express. In its fifth year, Small Business Saturday is projecting even bigger successes.

This day recognizes the local businesses and neighborhood retailers and the importance they play in our communities. Money spent in our small businesses gets reinvested in the community, draws attention to local merchants and could ultimately lead to more new jobs. In this economy, small businesses have struggled and they need our support. By taking the small step of shopping locally this holiday season, we can make a big impact on our communities.

Small businesses are the engines of our economy. They employ half of the workforce in our country and make up 99 percent of all U.S. businesses, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). The retail sector, the industry that benefits most from Small Business Saturday, directly employs more than 250,000 Arkansans.

As a cosponsor of the Senate-passed resolution that supports Small Business Saturday and recognizes the importance local businesses and neighborhood retailers play in the community, I am also supporting policies to create a climate that encourages growth for these job creators. This can be accomplished by preventing the inefficient, ineffective and unnecessary regulations that are keeping our small businesses from expanding, reforming our tax code to make it more fair and easier for all Americans to understand and cutting spending to address the debt. These are good starting points that would provide predictability so owners can make good decisions about planning for growth.

We can help our communities grow by supporting our locally owned small businesses this Christmas season. These are owned and operated by our neighbors, church family and budding entrepreneurs who want a piece of the American dream. Let’s help their dreams because reality and continue the success of Small Business Saturday. I hope you will join me in putting our small businesses on your shopping list this Christmas season."

 

RUN-OFF ELECTION IN THE CITY OF FOREMAN       11/21/14

 

Little River County Clerk Deanna Sivley wants to remind voters in the City of Foreman that early voting is currently underway in the races for mayor and alderman ward 2, position 1.

 

Early voting is underway for the run-off election. Foreman residents may cast their ballots early from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. today and Monday, November 24th at the Foreman Community Center.

 

Polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25th in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Foreman. According to the Little River County Clerk's office, this will be the only polling place on Election Day.

 

Residents of Foreman will be choosing between Judy D. Adams and William "Bill" Harp for the office of mayor and Estes Thompson and Whit Hinton for the office of Alderman, Ward 2, Position 1.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES      11/21/14

 

De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley stopped by the KDQN studios Thursday morning and reported that the district's 3rd annual Senior Adult Thanksgiving meal was a huge success.

 

Whatley encouraged everyone to support the De Queen Leopards and Lady Leopards basketball teams and introduced Bret Burgess and Richard Bell as the junior high coaches and Jason Barker and Beau Brickell as the high school coaches.

 

Whatley said progress reports will be mailed this Friday and she said the middle school and junior high students will have reading board projects due the 5th of December and the Thanksgiving break would be a good time for them to work on their projects.

 

Whatley said if there are any sophomores who would like to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership event on the campus of Henderson State University June 12 through June 14th, 2015 should contact the high school councilor for more information.

 

For more information about events on the campuses of the De Queen School District, contact your child's school office or the administration office at 584-4312.

 

 

 

HORATIO BAND BOOSTER BAKE SALE      11/21/14

 

Every Thanksgiving, members of the Horatio Band Booster host a bake sale to raise funds for the Horatio High School band program.

 

Kimberly Willis, McKayle Swan and Damien Rehm announced Thursday morning that they were currently taking orders for this year's bake sale.

 

Swan said the bake sale will be held in the Horatio Elementary cafeteria from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

Rehm said they would be making pecan, pumpkin and apple pies along with homemade rolls.

 

If you would like to place your order in advace call 870-784-0317 or go the Horatio High School Band Facebook page. They will be taking pre-orders until Friday afternoon.

 

 

 

MINERAL SPRINGS MAN GETS 100 YEARS FOR RAPE       11/21/14

 

A Howard County jury sentenced 39-year-old Adrian Wooten to 100 years in prison for the rape and beating of a 79-year-old woman and her 14-year-old great-granddaughter.

 

According to the 9th Judicial District Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir, the attacks occurred in the grandmother's home in Tollette and the attacks were so brutal the assault broke the woman's bed.

 

Seven men and four women returned the verdicts of guilty Wednesday afternoon following the three day trial.

 

Wooten will be required to serve 70 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, according to Chesshir.

 

Wooten told authorities that he intended to rob the woman, but some money was found on a table in the bedroom.

 

Wooten attempted to elude officers and hid at the Tyson plant in Nashville, but was eventually discovered and taken into custody.

 

Chesshir reported that Wooten had a criminal history including a conviction in Texarkana of a terrorist act for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

In 1997, Wooten was sentenced to nine years for residential burglary in McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

ARREST MADE IN BURGLARY INVESTIGATION       11/20/14

 

The Sevier County Sheriff's Department received several calls during the months of August and September related to residential burglaries and thefts.

 

Sevier County investigators shared information with law enforcement agencies in the surrounding area concerning these cases and developed Michael Wester as a person of interest.

 

Wester was arrested by the De Queen Police Department's Sergeant Gary Cunningham on an outstanding warrant and Sevier County Investigator Robert Gentry obtained consent to search the vehicle that was being driven by Wester at the time of his arrest.

 

Gentry discovered a suspected controlled substance that was believed to be methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and firearms. One of the firearms was confirmed to have been stolen from Little River County.

 

Gentry then applied for and received a search and seizure warrant and discovered other items that were consistent with reports made in other counties.

 

Investigator Jaff Wahls followed up on some information and recovered a cargo type trailer that was stolen east of De Queen. When Wahls recovered the trailer, it contained several items that are believed to have been stolen.

 

Investigators are currently working to determine the origin of the items, but while working this investigation, several burglaries in Sevier, Little River, Montgomery and Polk counties have been cleared and possible related cases are still under investigation.

 

In a separate case, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office was notified by Jonathan Helms that his business Tri-Lakes had been burglarized on September 20th.

 

Investigators were following up on some leads and a concerned citizen provided them with some information that led to the recovery of a couple items taken during the Tri-Lakes burglary.

 

The items were traced back to Joey Rymer of De Queen.

 

Items were recovered and returned to the Helms and Rymer was arrested on November 3rd on an outstanding warrant.

 

Additional theft by receiving charges were sought for the recovered items. On November 7th, Rymer was arrested and charged with commercial burglary for his involvement in the Tri-Lakes case. He is currently being held in the Sevier County jail on a $50,000 dollar bond.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL REVIEWS PROPOSED BUDGET      11/20/14

 

Aldermen of the De Queen City Council reviewed the proposed 2015 budget Tuesday night and according to Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy, the council should be ready to approve the budget during the December council meetings.

 

Aldermen discussed contracts of services with the Sevier County Humane Society, the domestic violence center, the Mary and Martha Center, the Sevier County Historical Society and the Sevier County Senior Adult Center and finally proposed installing two culverts at the Mary and Martha Center instead of giving the center funds. The other entities will receive the same amount as last year, but funds will be paid quarterly instead of in one lump sum.

 

Aldermen agreed to allow the police department to apply for and participate in the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart.

 

McKelvy stated the program helped up to 20 kids in the community every year and Police Chief Richard McKinley said children will shop with officers from his department, the Sevier County Sheriff's office, the Arkansas State Police and wildlife officers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

 

Alderman approved a resolution to participate in the State Aid to Cities Street program. McKelvy said the project will save the city about $75,000.

 

McKelvy reported that the city's high-speed data line had been installed at city hall and had improved the police departments ability to download the videos from the officers body cameras and Mary Litchford of the Sevier County Senior Adult Center informed the aldermen that she would be retiring at the end of December after working for the Southwest Arkansas Development Council for over 22 years.

 

 

 

2014 4-H CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES     11/20/14

 

Sevier County 4-H leader Linda Frachiseur informed KDQN that it's time for the 2014 Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 7th from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

Frachiseur stated this year's tour would feature three homes in De Queen and Lockesburg, including the homes of Brenda Wake in Lockesburg, Gayla Morphew and Nell Wilson in De Queen.

 

Frachiseur mentioned you can get tickets at the KDQN studios, First State Bank in De Queen and the Horatio State Bank in Horatio.

 

For more information about the 2014 Christmas Tour of Homes, contact the Sevier County Extension Service at 584-3013.

 

 

 

LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL SELECTS CONTRACTOR FOR WATER PROJECT       11/20/14

 

During the November Lockesburg City Council meeting, City Engineer Andy Franks informed the council that they had received five bids on the city's water project and he recommended that they accept the bid from Goslee Contracting in the amount of $1,797,816 with the contingent that the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission approves of the bid.

 

Buster and Becky Dellinger then addressed the council concerning the placement and condition of mobile homes in different areas of town.

 

Council members informed the Dellingers that they had started a new code enforcement program based on state law and residents wanting to locate a mobile home within the city limits would have to adhere to the new guidelines.

 

Water Manager Danny Ruth presented the council with an analysis on the city's water samples, as well as, a lead and copper analysis. He then presented an estimate from RC Systems covering some work on well number one.

 

Council members then discussed closing four roads in the Hayes Addition, but voted to table the matter until they could have the city attorney draft an ordinance.

 

 

 

STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED; ARREST MADE      11/20/14

 

On November 9th, officers with the De Queen Police Department received a report that a vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot at Pruett's Food.

 

During the course of the investigation, the stolen 1994 Mazda truck was recovered in Oklahoma and information was obtained that led to the arrest of 33-year-old Christopher Hill of De Queen.

 

Hill was booked into the Sevier County jail for theft by receiving and bond was set at $20,000 for the Class D felony.

 

If anyone has any further information regarding this case, you are being asked to contact Lieutenant Sonny Kimmel with the De Queen Police Department at 642-2213. 

 

 

 

THANKSGIVING CLICK IT OR TICKET IT       11/20/14

 

Arkansas State Troopers are joining forces with the area sheriff’s offices and local law enforcement departments over the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort directed toward seat belt law violators.

 

The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign will begin November 24th and continue through November 30th.

 

In 2012, there were 301 traffic deaths nationally during the holiday reporting period. Sixty percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who died were not wearing a seat belt. In Arkansas, during the same holiday reporting period, ten people lost their lives and 201 were injuried.

 

Research indicates that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

 

TWO UA COSSATOT STAFF ATTEND LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE   11/20/14

 

HEBER SPRINGS– UA Cossatot nominated Tony Hargrove and Alisha Lewis to be a part of the 2014-15 Arkansas Community College Leadership Institute. 

The Leadership Institute is an intense training held in different areas of the state designed to educate community college staff members on utilizing resources and navigating the waters of higher education in Arkansas.  The classes are taught by former Arkansas Director of Higher Education Dr. Linda Beene who also wrote much of the curriculum.  The first meeting was held at Arkansas State University- Beebe on the Heber Springs campus.

Speakers, who are experts in their fields, presented valuable information to the students regarding human resource law, legislative process concerning higher education, budget and appropriations, as well as skills necessary to be leaders in higher education. 

“One of our most valuable resources is our people- our faculty and staff,” said UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole.  “We must invest in the training of our faculty and staff, who will continue to move us forward in a positive direction.  The Leadership Institute is an incredible opportunity for Tony and Alisha to develop skills necessary to be leaders in their departments and our college.”

The institute consists of four intensive 3-day meetings at college campuses across the state.  College leaders will witness the legislative process in Little Rock in February.

“I have really enjoyed learning more about the legislative process,” said Alisha Lewis, UA Cossatot Director of Public Relations/Marketing and Branding.  “Before I served in higher education, I worked in private industry.  The budgeting process as well as the appropriations was all new to me.  After attending just the first session of the Leadership Institute, I understand more of the history and reasoning behind the processes.”

The 2014-15 class is the 7th group of college leaders to go through the institute. 

“I know colleagues that have attended in previous years,” said Tony Hargrove, UA Cossatot Director of Information Technology.  “Having been both in the classroom and in administration, I was ready to develop my leadership skills in a way that would benefit the college.  I feel the institute did just that.  I am looking forward to the next meeting.” 

ADULT COMMITS CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AND MINOR TAKES A JOY RIDE      11/19/14

 

Last Friday, November 14th, the De Queen Police Department was contacted about some damaged property.

 

Around 1 p.m., Patrolman Bucky Sawyer was dispatched to a residence on Jefferson to take a report about a damaged cell phone.

 

When Sawyer arrived, he interviewed Jennifer Bell who informed him that 23-year-old Michael Dunn had damaged her cell phone. She said that she had been over at Dunn's house and left her cell phone. She said when she went back to get it, it was broken.

 

Bell reported that she had spoken to another resident of Dunn's home and they told her that Dunn had broken the phone because he was mad.

 

Sawyer and Officer Wayne Baker went to Dunn's residence and he allegedly informed them that he broke the phone.

 

Dunn was issued a citation for criminal mischief in the first degree after he reportedly admitted that he knew the phone belonged to Bell when he broke it.

 

 

 

CHALICE CUPBOARD OCTOBER REPORT       11/19/14

 

The Chalice Cupboard assisted 82 families during the month of October including 138 adults and 87 children.

 

The cupboard's bank balance was $360.04, however the ending balance was $1,684.15 thanks to several generous gifts in memory of Thomas Hancock.

 

Chapel Hill Baptist and St. Barbara Catholic Church donated 93 pounds of food, while some individuals donated 110 pounds. The cupboard purchased another 1,677 pounds.

 

This month, volunteers would appreciate donations of cereal and canned fruit.

 

The Chalice Cupboard is located on 5th Street in De Queen and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH'S THIRD ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY MEAL      11/19/14

 

Misty Burke and the members of the Friendship Baptist Church of De Queen will be serving their 3rd annual Thanksgiving Day meal and Burke said they are scheduled to make about 200 deliveries.

 

Burke said if you would like a meal or if you would like to volunteer to prepare the meal or deliver meals, contact the church at 870-279-0507 or 931-981-0970.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT        11/19/14

 

Several defendants accepted plea agreements during last weeks session of the Sevier County Circuit Court.

 

Luis Martinez was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with one year suspended after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in the fourth degree.

 

Kerry Allen was sentenced to a total of 38 years with eight suspended for pleading guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a certain person, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

 

John Wayne Billingsley was sentenced to 40 years for possession of Xanax, possession of meth, possession of a firearm by a certain person, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Melissa Turner plead guilty to theft of property and was given five years probation.

 

Joey Rymer and Leah Osburn made their first appearance in circuit court last week. Rymer is being held on a $50,000 dollar bond, while Osburn is being held on a $5,000 bond.

 

Trial dates were set for Terry Blair, Aaron Smith, Anthony Lawrence, Jonathon Walker, Ardwin Sylvester, Jayme Barnes, Brandon Morrison, Hector Morales, Thomas Parr and Tomas Vasquez.

 

Charges were dropped against William Edsin and Joseph Winton and a failure to appear warrant was issued for Jamie Blankenship, who has been charged for introducing a controlled substance into the body of another.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT HEARS REPORTS FROM BUDGET COMMITTEE       11/19/14

 

Monday afternoon, the Sevier County Quorum Court received a report from the budget committee chairperson Michael Archer.

 

Archer reported the committee had met four times and had gone over all of the budget requests line item by line item and would be meeting this Friday.

 

Archer stated the counties revenue was up a little, but expenses were up even more making the process a challenge.

 

Robin Stacy of the Cossatot Conservation District informed the Quorum Court that the district board distributes the county's Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fine funds for educational purposes.

 

Stacy presented a report that showed the district had presented funds for 4-H shooting sports, a forestry and land clinic, Arbor Day programs in the De Queen City Park and to the De Queen Science Club.

 

Teresa Morris of the Sevier County Health Unit informed the Quorum Court that the health unit's phone system had been installed in October and that there were a few more projects to be completed on the new health unit, like paving the parking lot.

 

Morris also announced that the health unit would be holding a mass flu clinic this Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

Judge Greg Ray stopped by the KDQN studios Tuesday morning to ask citizens to park across the street from the health unit during the flu clinic unless they were unable to walk across the street.

 

Morris said forms are available at various businesses, banks and the KDQN studios and you can either fill it out in advance or at the clinic.

 

Quorum Court members discussed removing a laptop computer from the inventory list of the sheriff's office, but voted to table the issue until they have a chance to speak with Sheriff Bennie Simmons.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS PARADE         11/18/14

 

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce announced the annual Christmas parade has been set for 6 p.m. on December 6th.

 

This year’s parade theme is “It’s a Magical Christmas” and will feature floats, antique cars, tractors, horses and marching groups.

 

Santa will arrive during the parade and will visit with children following the parade at Santa’s House on the square.

 

To pre-register for the parade, call Patty Sharp at 642-2446 by the week of December 1st.

 

The chamber’s fifth annual Festival of the Trees will be held on the Sevier County Courthouse Square and decorating should be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, December 5th.

 

For more information or to reserve a tree, contact Renee Logan at 584-3555.

 

Chamber members are being encouraged to stay open for extended hours so customers will have a chance to shop for Christmas. Vendors are also invited to set up before and after the parade. Free spaces are available for Chamber members, non-profits and churches.

 

The Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express will be making a stop in De Queen on Friday, December 12 at 4 p.m.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN SCHOOL ONE OF THE BEST IN ARKANSAS        11/18/14

 

Every administrator likes to brag on their district, but it is especially nice when someone else does it for you.

 

Recently, the De Queen School District was named one of the best school districts in Arkansas by niche.com, which is an independent website that helps people find the best schools, whether they are looking for an elementary school or a college.

 

In a recent report, niche.com reported that the De Queen School District was the 35th best school in the state out of over a thousand public schools.

 

Niche.com compares the average graduation rate, dropout rate, math and reading proficiency, average SAT and ACT scores along with parent and student surveys to determine a district's overall grade.

 

The De Queen School District received an overall grade of B.

 

De Queen right behind the Lake Hamilton School District and in front of Arkadelphia, Mena, Cossatot River, Nashville, Horatio and Ashdown.

 

Lake Hamilton ranked 34th, Arkadelphia was ranked 43rd, Mena was 51st, Cossatot River was ranked 65th and Nashville was ranked 92nd.

 

Niche.com's website said the report indicates the De Queen School District contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources and a diverse set of high achieving students.

 

Another independent website that gives the De Queen School District high marks is the website, gradeschools.org.

 

De Queen School District received a score of 8 out of 10, while the De Queen Elementary and Junior High received a score of 9 our of 10.

 

Superintendent Bruce Hill stated the district is constantly working to improve but it felt good that other organizations were recognizing the district's hard work.

 

 

 

DIERKS SCHOOL DISTRICT STILL WORKING OF LEAVE POLICY      11/18/14

 

During the November meeting of the Dierks Board of Education, board members considered recommendations from the certified and classified personnel policy committees concerning the district’s attendance policy.

 

Superintendent Holly Cothern says they just made a clarification to the certified policy.

 

Cothern reported to KDQN that the board approved the purchase of some computers and the elementary school has been approved for a grant from Weyerhaeuser.

 

Board members then took part in an in-service training.

 

 

 

HORATIO BOARDS DEALS WITH SHORTAGE OF BUSES      11/18/14

 

Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith reported to KDQN that the Horatio Board of Education approved the purchase of a new bus after discovering the district had a shortage in their transportation department.

 

Lee reported that everything is back to normal on the Horatio campuses this week and he thanked everyone for their patience and understanding concerning last week.

 

The next Horatio Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9th.

 

 

 

HOWARD COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT      11/18/14

 

A Mineral Springs man plead guilty to several drug charges in the Howard County Circuit Court last week.

 

Forty-three year old Jeffrey Jones plead guilty to possession of marijuana with the purpose to deliver after being arrested in June during a raid by the South Central Drug Task Force on his residence.

 

Jones was arrested after the drug task force discovered some marijuana, digital scales and several other drug items in his home.

 

Jones was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

 

 

  

DIERKS MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING FROM POLICE       11/18/14

 

A Dierks man was charged with theft of property and is being accused of stealing a car and then fleeing from the police.

 

According to the arrest affidavit that was filed by the Dierks Police Department, 34-year-old Danny Simmons was acting strange at the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church on November 9th, later Simmons allegedly left in a 2011 Dodge Charger that was owned by Derek Turner.

 

The Arkansas Highway Police stopped the vehicle on Highway 71 near Wilton for speeding, but Simmons refused to provide a driver's license and fled from the scene across the Oklahoma state line.

 

Simmons was arrested by the Oklahoma State Police in McCurtain County.

 

Simmons was arraigned in McCurtain County on a misdemeanor charge of eluding a police officer. He is being charged with felony fleeing in Little River County and theft of property in Howard County.

 

 

 

UA COSSATOT BOARD OF VISITORS MAKE POLICY CHANGES       11/18/14

 

During the November meeting of the UA Cossatot Board of Visitors, board members approved a list of policies concerning Instructional Staff Teaching Load, Leave, Title IX and other policy changes that according to Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole brings the college in line with the University of Arkansas policies.

 

Dr. Cole also presented a report about the actual and perceived value of a UA Cossatot education.

 

Dr. Cole mentioned that since state revenue support is at its lowest point in the history of the college, he anticipates a future tuition increase, so the college can continue adding new programs like the industrial technology program and the new Medical Simulation lab that was recently completed on the De Queen campus.

 

Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade reported that the Automotive and Collision complex has been completed and the college will hold an open house on December 2nd

 

Horatio High School Principal Awarded Administrator of the Year by the AAEA!   11/18/14

 

Each year the Arkansas Art Education Association selects an outstanding administrator within our state for recognizing and supporting visual arts as an important educational curriculum. This year the AAEA awarded Mr. James Dobbins, Principal of Horatio High School, with the Administrator of the Year.

Mr. Dobbins was presented with a certificate of recognition at an awards ceremony held at the Wyndham Hotel in Little Rock on November 6, 2014. Mr. Dobbins spoke with those in attendance of the ceremony about the importance of the arts and meeting the needs of all students. Mr. Dobbins believes that the arts have a unique ability of reaching and sustaining students who may have difficulty finding a place within cultures of some groups. Congratulations Mr. Dobbins for all that you do in supporting the arts in our school and community.

By: Shirley Tipton Horatio High Art Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

UA COSSATOT BOARD OF VISITORS MEET   11/18/14

 

ASHDOWN- The UA Cossatot Board of Visitors met last week for the regularly scheduled meeting. 

 

The minutes from the September meeting were approved as read and changes were approved to the  College Policies listed in the 400 series including:  Instructional Staff Teaching Load Policy, Leave Policy, Family Leave Policy, Catastrophic Leave Policy, Outside Employment/Conflict of Interest Policy, Whistle Blower Act, as well as slight revisions to Title IX Policy, Budgetary Process, Contracting Authority,  Tuition and Fees, Depository of Funds, Student Receivables, Management of Internal Accounts and the Fraud Policy. These policy changes are part of the overall policy manual overhaul which is designed to improve and simplify the college policy manual. 

 

In addition the Board heard a report from Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole on the actual and perceived value of a UA Cossatot education.  Cole indicated the since state revenue support is at its lowest point in the history of the college, future tuition increases will be necessary to keep building the momentum the college currently has.  Cole also reported on behalf of the Academics department, pointing out the completion of the Medical Simulation lab on the De Queen campus which allows nursing and allied health students the opportunity to gain clinical experience on the college campus.  There have also been advancements in the Industrial Technology program with trainers being asked to present to students and to industry partners. 

 

Vice Chancellor of Finance Charlotte Johnson gave the financial report. Revenues from this time last year are down.  There is approximately $1.1 million in construction revenues, over $951,000 in grants and restricted programs, $1.9 million in college bank accounts, slightly over $760,000 in certificates of deposit, $33,296 in student club accounts, over $77,000 in endowment funds, and a little over $536,000 in Foundation funds. Chancellor Cole informed the board that the college is running very lean, but continues to be financially sound.

 

Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade reported that the Automotive/Collision Repair/Radio complex in De Queen is completed and we will have an open house for this project on December 2, along with College Work$ and featuring the Nursing Simulation lab.        

 

 

 

CHALICE CUPBOARD OCTOBER REPORT    11/17/14

 

The Chalice Cupboard assisted 82 families last month in Sevier County - 138 adults and 87 children.  distribution of food weighed 1,549 pounds.

 

The bank balance on October 1st was $360.04.  the balance on October 31st was $1,684.15.  Deposits were $2,160.00.  checks for food purchases were $835.89.

 

Two churches donated 93 pounds of food:  Chapel Hill Baptist and Saint Barbara Catholic Church.  Individuals donated 110 pounds.  Food purchased totaled 1,677 pounds added to the pantry.

 

Several generous gifts were given to the Chalice Cupboard in memory of mr. Thomas Hancock.  Memorial gifts are always appreciated.

We also appreciate the help of our regular donors.

 

Suggested contributions for the remainder of the year:  cereal and canned fruit.

 

The Chalice Cupboard is located at 315 North 5th Street in De Queen.  Distributions of food are on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. with exceptions noted on the door.

 

Submitted by Grant Groves

Go Galileo!     11/17/14
A science musical performed by De Queen Elementary fifth graders.

Fifth graders at De Queen Elementary school combined science and music for a creative musical program.  Go Galileo was the name of the program.  All fifth grade teachers and music teacher, Anyssa Manasco collaborated so the students and audience had a fun learning experience. 

Razzle Dazzle opened the program with a song.  Some students dressed as cheerleaders, some as football players, and many others as scientist.  The Salvation Army assisted with supplying white shirts and white lab coats for a true theatrical effect.  The football players ran down the aisles and onto the stage.  Cheerleaders and scientist chanted Go Galileo!

There were several students that sang in small groups and had speaking parts.  The first experiment required audience participation.  A group of primary students got on stage and had to balance a foam cup on their head while scientist shot the cups off with air.  This proved to be successful.  Next, the parents in the front rows did the same.  Brady Mills, Sean Spears and Benjamin Jacobo used a trash can with a hole in the bottom to force air through it to hit their targets.  Mission accomplished.  Another musical number provided students with hoses about two feet in length.  The fifth grade scientists filled the aisles and swung the hose like propellers on a helicopter.  This demonstration was called the science of sound.

Some of the scientists came to the front of the stage and demonstrated that not all balloons pop when a sharp object is forced through it.  They used wooden dowels about a foot long.  A few balloons popped but the rest didn’t lose air.  Alec-Zander Turner and Konner Brums demonstrated dancing raisins and the underwater volcano.  Mary Claire Lynch dressed as a ballerina and performed a solo dance to “Ode to Pluto.”  Scientists debated if Pluto is or is not a planet due to its size.  Students also demonstrated a chemical reaction using Diet Coke and other ingredients.  This truly looked like an experiment from You Tube.  There were songs throughout the program.  The final number involved students pulling strings to make streamers fly through the air.

 

Hannah Phillips, Elise Dean and Diana Berrera also demonstrated putting a sharp object through a balloon without popping it.

Julissa Cuevas, Isabel Hernandez, Brittney Hernandez, Arlethe Rosas and Haley Strickland demonstrated putting a sharp object through a balloon without popping the balloon.


Alec-Zander Turner and Konner Brums demonstrated dancing raisins and the underwater volcano.


Manuel Soto-Ramirez demonstrated the science of sound.

 

Brody Mills, Sean Spears and Benjamin Jacobo demonstrated the power of moving air.



Riley Smith, Kyle Williamson, Kaden White, Charley Collins, Drake Click, Samuel Huddleston, Lance Wise, Kailynn Klitz and Ashlyn Phillips participated in the “Power of Air” demonstration.  Scientists used air to shoot the cups off their heads

Story & photos by Tammy Whatley

 

 

APD RECOVERS STOLEN VEHICLE        11/17/14

 

Officers with the Ashdown Police Department discovered a stolen vehicle parked at a trailer park in Ashdown November 1st while patrolling North Park Avenue.

 

Officers confirmed the vehicle was stolen out of Texarkana, Arkansas, by Jordan Qualls. Officers went to the residence where the vehicle was parked at and were given permission to come in by the Elisabeth Page who lived in trailer.

 

While in the residence, officers discovered some suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia along with Qualls.

 

Qualls was arrested for theft by receiving and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Page was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

 

AREA MASS FLU CLINICS RESCHEDULED        11/17/14

 

Local county health units have rescheduled the mass vaccination flu clinics.

 

In Howard County, the flu clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 19th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the health unit in Nashville. The Sevier County, the flu clinic will be held on Thursday, November 20th from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the health unit in De Queen and the flu clinic in Little River County will be Friday, November 21st at the health unit in Ashdown.

 

If you have insurance, the Arkansas Department of Health will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of the vaccine, but if you do not have insurance, the vaccine will be free.

 

Southwest Region Health District Manager Teresa Morris said the Sevier County Health Unit was taking appointments for those who would like to get a flu shot sooner. However, if you make an appointment, the flu shot will cost $30 if you do not have insurance.

 

Morris said a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu and the Arkansas Department of Health reported that last year’s flu season was the worst in Arkansas in terms of flu deaths in the last three decades.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFERING FREE SMOKE DETECTORS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS       11/17/14

 

De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt recently informed the De Queen City Council that the Dunlop family had donated some money to the department to purchase smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Pruitt reported that they wanted to provide the citizens of De Queen with the detectors for free and install them if necessary.

 

De Queen fire fighter Jay Litchford said the detectors provide an early warning if there was a problem with a heating source.

 

Litchford said he also doesn't recommend using an outdoor heating source indoors.

 

Litchford said if you plan to use a fireplace it needs to be cleaned and tested.

 

If you don't have a smoke detector or a carbon monoxide detector contact the De Queen Fire Department at 584-7224.

 

 

 

HEALTH CARE OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS SATURDAY      11/17/14

 
Tens of thousands of Arkansans are expected to take part in the open enrollment period under the federal Affordable Care Act that began this weekend.

 

Open enrollment began Saturday and will continue until February 15th. Residents can enroll in the health marketplace, renew or change their existing plan options during this period.

 

The state says more than 44,000 residents enrolled in the health care marketplace for 2014 plans.

 

The nonprofit Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which is leading the effort to inform residents about the health care law and the open enrollment period, estimates that tens of thousands of residents will sign up in the marketplace during the second annual enrollment period.

 

The federal government estimates that 7.1 million Americans have enrolled in the health care marketplace.

 

 

 

NEW CADETS COMPLETE WILDLIFE OFFICER TRAINING       11/17/14

 

Fourteen cadets have completed more than 700 hours of intensive training to become wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

 

The group studied at the H.C. “Red” Morris Training Center east of Mayflower on Lake Conway. Graduation ceremonies for the 2014 cadet class were held in October.

 

Major Jason Parker directs the cadet-training program, with many Arkansas Game and Fish Commission enforcement officers and staff members serving as instructors. Other experts participate in the teaching of specialized topics.

 

The 14 cadets were chosen from several hundred applicants. Requirements for wildlife officer cadets include college degrees or law enforcement experience.

 

The 16-week training course include police fundamentals related to wildlife work, training in proficiency with a variety of firearms, first aid and rescue basics, drug enforcement procedures and physical conditioning.

 

The new wildlife officers have full police authority, as do the other officers of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

 

Assignments of the new officers will fill several existing vacancies in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s enforcement ranks. They will complete their training by going through a field training officer program.

 

Graduate Caldeen Gunter formerly of Dierks has been assigned to Yell County.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT        11/17/14

 

Five defendants accepted plea agreements during the November 7th session of the Sevier County Circuit Court before Circuit Court Judge Tom Cooper.

 

Jose Hernandez-Perez received three years with two years suspended in the Arkansas Department of Corrections by changing his plea to guilty for possession of a firearm by certain person.

 

Roy Lee Patterson was sentenced to three years with one-year suspended on the charge of impairing operation of a vital public facility.

 

Juan Quintana accepted a plea agreement on three counts of theft of property and three counts of breaking and entering. Quintana was sentenced to five-years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with two-years suspended.

 

Dylan Carter was sentenced to five years probation for three counts of theft of property and a $2,000 dollar fine and 1 year probation for three counts of breaking and entering, while Robert Billingsley was sentenced to three years probation and a $2,000 dollar fine after pleading guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a certain person and the manufacturing of marijuana.

 

New trial dates were set for Trenton Hamm and Ryan Hawthorne in cases involving the abuse of an adult at the former Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen and charges against Gregory Sampson were dismissed.

 

 

 

THE CREW ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS AT 4C COWBOY CHURCH        11/17/14

 

Friday morning, members of the CREW from the 4 C Cowboy Church announced a few upcoming activities and invited the community to participate.

 

Group leader Ruston Reynolds stated the CREW would be hosting a drive through manger to the cross event from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 19th and 20th and the church is an official collection site for Operation Christmas Child and boxes are being collected this week.

 

For more information, contact the 4 C Cowboy Church.

 

DHS SPANISH CLASSES CREATE CULTURAL ART     11/14/14

 

Señora Jane Moore's De Queen High School's Spanish II students spent two weeks creating cultural art projects that reflect authentic elements one would see in Mexico from October 31 - November 2 during the traditional custom of Day of the Dead, or Día de los muertos.  All students worked either alone or with others to create pictures, tin art, or 3D art pieces.  On October 31, students invited family members to come to class to eat with them and to enjoy the artwork.  All level 2 students and their guests also voted on their favorite pieces and the following are the winners:
 
1st place - Jesus Gonzalez and Erika Zamora
2nd place - Italia Bustamante, Esmerelda Verdin, and Krishna Patel
3rd place - Mayra Ferretiz
 

 

1st place - Ana Martinez, Maria Dominguez, Raquel Hernandez, and Janelly  Pacheco
2nd place - Yuliani Castillo
3rd place - Miguel Martinez

 

1st place - Josue Castellanos
2nd place - Adriana Figueroa, Diana Lagunas, and Brenda Alvarez
3rd place - Diana Ramirez and Ana Karen Martinez

 

 

Mrs. Chambers, a DHS Art teacher, judged Best In Show and that was awarded to Jose Castellanos for his 3D figurine of Frida Kahlo.

Ashdown Elementary Students Entertained by International Dance Company   11/14/14

Dressed in brightly colored authentic dance costumes and performing dances from Mexico, Spain, Africa, America and Scotland, eight students from Texas Woman's University entertained students from kindergarten through third grade on Oct. 23 in the Margaret Daniel Primary/C. D. Franks Elementary cafeteria in Ashdown.

The ten dance numbers ranged from rhythmic African stomp to Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance) with students clapping in participation.  The TWU International Dance Company, under the direction of Gladys M. Keaton, was provided to the school by TRAHC (Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council) through their ArtsSmart program, which enriches cultural understanding and art appreciation for students.





 

Author Visit Encourages Young Writers to Use Imagination  11/14/14

 

Author Jefferson Knapp emphasized to students at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School in Ashdown that the best ideas for their writing can come from their own real lives, creatively mixed with their imaginations

 

During his third visit since 2011 with the LFH fourth and fifth graders, he related how the characters and story lines for his young readers book series came from a combination of his outdoor childhood adventures and his imagination.  In his six-book series The Kingdom at the End of the Driveway, Knapp used his own boyhood home surroundings, his pets (and even some of his old teachers), and his imagination to create the world of his fantasy series. 

 

Knapp's first book, The Brave Journey, reached #3 on Amazon in the summer of 2012.  With six books planned for the series, his second book is The Rightful Heir, Book Three is The Ending Feud, and Book Four, The Traveling Carnival, will be released for purchase early in 2015.

 

Carolyn Henderson, Public Relations Coordinator/Teacher

 

 

CRATER OF DIAMONDS HAS SUCCESSFUL OCTOBER       11/14/14

 

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro recently wrapped up one of their most successful months for diamond finds so far this year.

 

Thirty-three visitors registered 68 diamonds during the month of October, making it the second-biggest month for diamond finds this year. The only month with more finds was June, in which 70 diamonds were registered.

 

Visitors from 15 states and one foreign country registered diamonds last month.

 

Forty-two of this month's finds were white gems, 13 were brown, and 13 were yellow.

 

The total weight of all of the October diamonds was 14.41 carats, which included three diamonds that weighed over one carat each. One of the diamonds was a 2.78 carat yellow gem. It was also the third largest diamond registered so far this year.

 

Park interpreter Waymon Cox says more than four inches of rain fell on the park in October, which uncovered seven diamonds that were found on the surface of the search area. He said that as of October 31st, 510 diamonds had been registered this year. Cox said that is 55 more diamonds than the total number of diamonds registered in 2013.

 

For more information about the Crater of Diamond State Park, visit their website at craterofdiamondsstatepark.com or call 870-285-3116.

 

 

 

DIERKS CITY COUNCIL ASKED TO ANNEX LAND FOR WEYERHAEUSER       11/14/14

 

Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts said Weyerhaeuser had approached the city about annexing some land just south of the mill into the city limits. Mounts stated all of the land belongs to Weyerhaeuser and will allow the mill to pump its waste water into the city’s lagoon.

 

Mounts explained the Dierks City Council passed a resolution Monday night that allowed him to apply for some funds from the state highway department that will be used to overlay some city streets.

 

Mounts reported the council also passed a resolution that will allow the city to be reimbursed from the sell of bonds to build a new lagoon for the waste water treatment plant.

 

Aldermen set the city millage at 1.7 percent and will meet November 24th at 6 p.m. in the council room of the Dierks City Hall.

 

 

 

DON'T BE LEFT IN THE COLD THIS WINTER       11/14/14

 

Recent weather reports indicate that Arkansas consumers are in for a chill in the upcoming weeks and with the colder weather comes rising heating cost.

 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert to remind Arkansans of a law that protects consumers relying on liquefied petroleum, or LP, gas to heat their homes in the case of a major winter storm, and to provide some advice on keeping your heating expenses down during the cold weather.

 

Arkansas consumers who rely on LP gas commonly rent tanks from the gas provider and typically, the provider who owns the tank is the only entity that is allowed to fill the tank. However, following the ice storm of 2009, the General Assembly amended the LP gas law to allow other providers to fill the tank if the tank owner cannot make timely delivery.

 

McDaniel encourages consumers who use LP gas to heat their homes to own their fuel tanks, which will allow them to shop for the best prices from LP gas dealers. It also allows consumers who own their own tanks to get fuel from any provider during inclement weather.

 

To help consumers conserve fuel and keep heating cost down, McDaniel offered these tips:

 

Keep curtains open during the day to naturally heat your home and close them at night to retain the heat.

 

Use a programmable thermostat-to lower the temperature while you are asleep.

 

Seal your home and add insulation to your walls and attic.

 

Add weather-stripping around doors and windows.

 

Set ceiling fans to spin clockwise to re-circulate rising hot air.

 

Use alternative heating sources like fireplaces and electric space heaters.

 

And, if using LP gas, consider signing a long-term contract with a provider in order to lock in a specific price over a set period of time.

 

For more information on home heating issues, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-482-8982 or visit his website at gotyourbackarkansas.org.

 

 

 

GOVERNOR BEEBE TO PARDON SON OVER MARIJUANA CONVICTION      11/14/14

 

Outgoing Governor Mike Beebe's offices announced that he plans to pardon his son over a 2003 felony marijuana conviction.

 

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said the two-term governor planned to pardon his son, Kyle, who was convicted in 2003 of felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. DeCample said the pardon recommendation would be included in the final pardons that will be issued by the governor early next month.

 

The state Parole Board recommended the pardon of the governor's son in October.

 

Kyle Beebe served three years of supervised probation, paid a $1,150 dollars in fines and court costs and had his driver's license suspended because of the conviction.

 

 

 

MINERAL SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERING IMPROVEMENTS TO STADIUM        11/14/14

 

The Mineral Springs Board of Education reported they are considering improvements to Hornet stadium.

 

During Monday's school board meeting, board members gave Superintendent Curtis Turner approval to proceed in getting some estimates for new stadium light poles.

 

Turner said his number one concern was safety as well as better lighting for the area at night. Turner said the poles needed to be replaced and he has plans to remove overhead electric lines and have them buried underground.

 

The board also approved the purchase of a new copier and an exhaust system for the agriculture building.

 

The district received $271,000 in local tax money from Howard County, which was down by about $90,000 from last year, according to Turner.

 

Campsite Chaos by Ken Preuss    11/13/14

A frantically romantic love story.  Zoe thinks a quiet, romantic camping trip in the middle of nowhere would be the perfect opportunity for her easily-distracted boyfriend Perry to finally pop the question. But this idea seems nearly impossible when a steady stream of unexpected guests – from Robin Hood to The Safety Squirrels – shows up! With a new forest-dweller disaster happening every time her boyfriend turns his back, will Zoe ever find a moment for a perfect proposal?

The De Queen High School senior play will take place Friday, November 21st, in the high school auditorium during 7th period from 1:30-2:20PM.  Donations will be taken at the door for the senior trip.

Front row left to right:  Irvin Martinez, Vicente Gutierrez, Emmanuel Escobedo, Lizz Garza, Ana Mejia, Yuliza Aguirre, and Lizbeth Torres.

Second row left to right:  Joseph Burk, Rachel Lipsey, Amanda McDougal, Morgan Sweeden, Brenda Mera, Evelyn Escamilla, and Edgar Pacheco.

Third row left to right:  James Maher, Shane Henthorn, Josh King, Amy Victorio, and Nancy Sandoval.

Fourth row:  Margaret Parker, Ryan Whitley, and Kaylene Smith.

Fifth row:  Jesusa Hernandez and Beth Downs.

Back row:  Harmoney Rich

 

 

AGFC REPORTS OVER 1,000 DEER HARVESTED IN SEVIER COUNTY      11/13/14

 

Modern gun seasoned opened this weekend in Arkansas and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is reporting good harvest numbers so far this year.

 

As of Wednesday morning, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reported that a total of 3,787 deer had been harvested in Sevier, Little River and Howard counties.

 

The harvest numbers in Sevier County are 452-doe, 561-bucks and 71-button bucks. In Little River County, the harvest numbers are 565-doe, 491-bucks and 78-button bucks and in Howard County, the numbers are 671-does, 826-bucks and 72-button bucks.

 

For more information, visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website at agfc.com.

 

 

 

ARE CRATER DIAMONDS WORTH ANYTHING?        11/13/14

 

One of the questions that first-time diamond finders asks is, "What is my diamond worth?" Well, no one that works at the Crater of Diamond State Park is trained to put a value on a diamond, so their usual response is, "I don't know, we just register the diamonds as being genuine Crater diamonds."

 

And, the park doesn't buy or sell diamonds.

 

According to park interpreter, Margi Jenks, evaluating the value of a rough diamond requires special training and most gemologist are jewelers who have taken the Gemological Institute of America's Graduate Gemologist Program. However, not every jeweler has a GIA degree.

 

And to properly evaluate a Crater diamond, the gemologist would need to be familiar with rough diamonds and Crater diamonds, because most gemologists only evaluate cut diamonds and some will inform you that they can't put a value on a diamond that is uncut.

 

Another problem with getting a Crater diamond evaluated, is the fact that Crater diamonds look very different from most rough diamonds, which are mined from other areas around the world.

 

Some diamond finders have even been told that their Crater diamond is not really a diamond.

 

But, Jenks reported that registered Crater diamonds are approximately 10 percent more valuable than all other diamonds because, they are the only certified American diamonds and the Crater's registration card guarantees that these diamonds are not part of the "blood diamond trade," which come from Africa. Therefore, some diamond buyers will pay as much as 10 percent more to ensure that they have purchased an America diamond.

 

Jenks said most diamonds that are found at the Crater are nice souvenirs, but some are worth a lot of money.

 

One visitor reported that her half-carat yellow diamond was set in a solitaire ring and was valued at $8,000. God's Jewel diamond is over three and a-half carats and was reportedly sold for $20,000 dollars.

 

For more information about the value of a Crater diamond, contact an Arkansas gemologist who is familiar with the Crater diamonds by contacting Jenks at the Crater of Diamonds State Park by calling 870-285-3113.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN RESIDENT ARRESTED ON WARRANT WITH EXTRA CHARGES       11/13/14

 

Tuesday evening about 10 p.m., Sergeant Chad Bradshaw witnessed a suspect walking north near the De Queen School District administration building that had a warrant for her arrest.

 

Bradshaw made contact with 35-year-old Leah Osburne at the corner of 9th and Stilwell Ave and informed her that she was under arrest on the outstanding warrant.

 

Bradshaw reported that he informed Osburne that if she had anything illegal on her person and she carried it into the jail, she would be charged with a separate charge.

 

Allegedly, as Bradshaw was transporting Osburne to the Sevier County jail, she informed him that she had a meth pipe in her pocket. When Bradshaw found the pipe, it contained suspected methamphetamine residue in it and she was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

DIERKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLDING CHRISTMAS RAFFLE       11/13/14

 

Members of the Dierks Chamber of Commerce are selling tickets for a Christmas raffle now through December 8th. The drawing will be held following the annual Christmas parade.

 

Chamber members are selling tickets for $1 each or six for $5 on a Ruger American Rifle in your choice of caliber, along with a Nikon scope. According to Stacy Janes of the Dierks Chamber of Commerce, the rifle will also be dipped in the camo color of your choice.

 

 

 

AG TO HOST LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMIT THURSDAY       11/13/14

 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will host the 2014 Law Enforcement Summit today in Little Rock.

 

The attorney general's office will recognize the 2014 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and the outstanding officers from each of the state's four congressional districts during a luncheon at noon.

 

McDaniel will also pay special tribute to Arkansas' law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of the duty. These fallen officers will be honored with commendations of valor.

 

 

 

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH TO SERVE THANKSGIVING DAY MEAL TO COMMUNITY       11/13/14

 

Members of the Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen will be serving a Thanksgiving Day meal and church member Misty Burke stated the will delivery meals Thanksgiving Day because people need to know others care during the holidays.

 

Burke reported they served 187 meals last year and it's a blessing to all of the volunteers.

 

For more information or to place a delivery order call 870-279-0507 or 931-981-0970.

 

 

 

HORATIO RESIDENTS ASKED TO CONSERVE WATER        11/13/14

 

Officials with the Horatio City Hall are asking water customers to conserve water.

 

Officials reported city crews were working to replace a pump that will improve the city's water pressure situation, but they need the residents of Horatio to use as little water as possible for the time being.

 

She said, they were sorry for the inconvenience but crews were working to make the necessary repairs at this time.

 

The boil order for the Horatio Water Works system will remain in effect until the issue with the water pressure is repaired and an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the city's water distribution system and the Arkansas Department of Health says the water is safe to drink.

 

Residents are being reminded to briskly boil their water for one minute prior to using it for drinking or food prep. Residents should also throw out any ice cubes that were not made with boiled water.

 

According to the Horatio Water Works department, the reason for the boil water order and the request to conserve water is due to two water main leaks on Friday, November 7th, which caused a partial loss of pressure in the distribution system.

 

 

 

JUDGE REJECTS EX-ARKANSAS TREASURERS GUILTY PLEA       11/13/14

 

A federal judge refused to let former Arkansas treasurer, Martha Shoffner, plead guilty to a mail fraud charge Monday after she informed him that she didn't intend to divert campaign contributions to her personal us when she solicited them.

 

This was the second time in 18 months that U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes had rejected a guilty plea from Shoffner.

 

Holmes said that he would not accept Shoffner's plea until she admitted that she intended to misuse campaign contributions at the time she asked for them.

 

Holmes also rescheduled Shoffner's trial date from December 1st, to February 2nd.

 

 

 

THIRD ANNUAL SENIOR ADULT THANKSGIVING DINNER AT DE QUEEN ELEMENTARY         11/13/14

 

De Queen School District Superintendent Bruce Hill announced Wednesday morning that all area senior adults are invited to attend the third annual De Queen Senior Adult Thanksgiving Dinner, Tuesday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.

 

Hill stated that if a senior adult needs transportation they can call the administration office and they will make arrangements for some transportation.

 

Hill explained this annual event allowed senior adults to interact with students in the district while enjoying a good meal.

 

Hill said the event is a community effort and it's the district's honor to host the event each year.

 

For more information, call the De Queen Elementary School at 584-4311 or the administration office at 584-4312.

 

 

 

WINTHROP SCHOOL RESTORATION COMMITTEE TO HOST BREAKFAST WITH SANTA      11/13/14

 

During the November 11th meeting of the Winthrop School Restoration Committee, they made plans to host a Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, December 13th.

 

According to Loren Hinton, the event will be free to children 10 and under and will be held in the school cafeteria from 9 until 11 a.m. Children will be served sausage and biscuits and will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, have their picture made with Santa and make a Christmas craft.

 

Hinton reported the committee raised over $5,000 during the recent chili supper and bingo night. Funds will be used to restore the Winthrop School building.

 

The restoration committee will meet Tuesday, December 9th at 7 p.m. in the Winthrop School and everyone that would like to help with the restoration effort is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Hinton or visit the Winthrop School Restoration Committee's Facebook page.

 

 

HORATIO SCHOOLS BACK IN SESSION TOMORROW     11/12/14

Supt. Lee Smith said that Horatio Schools will resume on Thursday morning at regular time, but will dismiss Thursday and Friday at 1:30 pm.  Students are asked to bring bottled water with them if possible.

 

WINTHROP SCHOOL RESTORATION COMMITTEE MEETING   11/12/14

The Winthrop School Restoration Committee met Tuesday, November 11th and made plans for a "Breakfast with Santa " event on Saturday December 13th. This free event is for children age 10 and under and will be held in the school lunchroom from 9 till 11 am. Children will be treated to a sausage biscuit and will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, have their picture made, and make a Christmas craft. Plans were also made to decorate the schoolhouse for the holidays.

 The Committee also reviewed their recent chili supper and bingo night in which over $5000 was raised to help with the school preservation effort. Committee members wish to thank area businesses and individuals for their donations, as well as express appreciation to the community for making the fund raiser a huge success.

 Anyone who would like to help with the restoration effort is encouraged to attend the next meeting on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm in the Winthrop School. For more info contact Loren Hinton or visit the Winthrop School Restoration Committee Facebook page.

DE QUEEN CHEERLEADERS HOLDING MINI CHEER CAMP     11/12/14

 

The De Queen High School will be conducting their annual mini cheer camp November 15th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the De Queen Coliseum and cheer mom Jennifer Martin said the camp was for ages 4 through the 6th grade.

 

The cost is $35 and every camper will receive a t-shirt.

 

Registration forms may be picked up and returned to the primary, elementary and middle school offices or forms may be completed brought to the camp on November 15th.

 

Participates will also need to bring a sack lunch.

 

The mini cheerleaders will perform Thursday, November 20th during the De Queen Basketball game.

 

 

 

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH       11/12/14

 

Students from the De Queen High School EAST lab are working to raise awareness about diabetes during the month of November.

 

November is National Diabetes Awareness month and Friday is National Diabetes Day, so students will be wearing crazy socks as they "Sock it to Diabetes."

 

EAST lab students, Kayla Martin, Alex Lowery, Randee Toye and Brady Hanney stopped by the KDQN studios to provide a few details about their project.

 

Jennifer Martin stated the reason the EAST lab students selected this project was because diabetes affects several of their fellow students and teachers.

 

Hanney reported that 1 person out of 10 has diabetes and there are two project members that have Type 1 Diabetes. Jennifer Martin announced that Tyler Johnson and Kayla Martin are Type 1 diabetics.

 

Jennifer Martin stated that it can be a very scary, being the mom of a diabetic.

 

Martin also stated that students, teachers and the Morning Brew Crew will have their blood sugar tested this Friday.

 

Students are also selling diabetes awareness t-shirts and the proceeds will be used to benefit diabetic patients in the area that do not have insurance. If you would like to order a t-shirt, contact Stephanie Davis at the De Queen High School by calling 642-2426.

 

 

 

RESIDENTS REMINDED TO PREPARE FOR COLDER TEMPS         11/12/14

 

According to the National Weather Service in Shreveport, an abrupt change in the weather came in Tuesday evening and will be hanging around through the upcoming weekend in the form of much colder temperatures.

 

Colder temperatures are expected in the wake of an arctic cold front with temperatures expected to drop at least 20 degrees behind the boundary of this system with northwest winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts.

 

Freezing temperatures are expected for portions of the Four States Region tonight, including portions of Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma and Southwest Arkansas.

 

A freeze warning has been issued for the overnight hours for tonight and those cold temperatures are expected to hang around through the weekend with the coldest night likely occurring Thursday night into Friday morning where widespread freezing temperatures are likely.

 

Residents are being encouraged to tune into Your Number One Country 92.1 for up to date information.

 

The American Red Cross has offered these 10 steps that people can take to stay safe during this big chill.

1. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will also help prevent losing body heat.

2. Bring pets indoors and if they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

3. Protect your pipes- run water, even a trickle, to help prevent pipes from freezing and open cabinet doors in kitchen and bathrooms to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.

4. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.

5. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away from it.

6. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

7. Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.

8. If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen that's large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

9. Use generators correctly.

10. Don't hook a generator up to the home's wiring.

 

 

sun bonnet Sue’s Garden Quilt Show Winners Announced     11/12/14

 

Saturday November 8, 2014, the Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild hosted their annual Quilt Show at the Lockesburg ew/Elementary Gym. All the workers and visitors loved this part of the trip down nostalgia lane, and are grateful to the DeQueen School Board for allowing them this special place to hold the Quilt Show. 

 

This year the theme was Sun Bonnet Sue’s Garden.  Everything stemmed around that theme. The tea party was decorated with garden hats. There were several variations of the Sun Bonnet Sue quilts, antique to brand new.

 

Walking in the door most guests saw the Challenge Block contest and was asked to vote on it.  People were invited to make a Sun Bonnet Sue’s Garden block.  The winning blocks creator would take home all the blocks and have a special quilt to make.  The most votes went to Donna Golden whose block featured some chickens with her Sun Bonnet Sue. 

 

From there guests were asked about taking an opportunity to help the guild with some fund raising.  Saturday there was a “Fat Quarter” basket that was won by Wendy Bradshaw.  A quilt made by the Guild will be given away on December 12. 

 

The vendors that were set up displayed many quilt related items and they were very helpful with suggestions on how to deal with problems, or recommendations to inspire old hands at quilting and help get new ones started with easy projects.  They are a very important part of any quilt show.

 

This year there were two professional judges that examined the quilts on Friday night. Their input into how to improve skills is invaluable.  Points and bindings, colors and impact were just a few of the things they looked for.  There was a special ribbon for the judges first place award.  Their judge sheets were given on each entry.  No ribbons were hung on quilts until after 1:00 PM Saturday to give those attending the opportunity to vote. 

 

Those winners were:  Machine pieced and Quilted, Judges 1st  Place – Barbara Jones, 2nd  – Barbara Jones, and 3rd – Beth Allen and Reta Bradley.  Peoples choice, 1st – Judy Glueckstein, 2nd – Barbara Jones, 3rd – Donna Golden. Hand Sewn and Hand Quilted, Judges 1st – Lee Ann Turner, 2nd – Lee Ann Turner, 3rd – Dot Emanouil.  Peoples Choice 1st Place – Lee Ann Turner, 2nd Place – Dot Emanouil, 3rd Place – Lee Ann Turner.  In the Children and Baby Quilt Division, Judges 1st – Linda Bradley, 2nd –Doris Houser, 3rd – Dot Emanouil.  Peoples Choice, 1st – Linda Bradley, 2nd Doris Houser and Eleanor Monigold, and 3rd – Donna Golden.  In the Antique Quilt Division the Judges 1st – Barbara Jones, 2nd – Eleanor Monigold, 3rd – Margaret Pell, Peoples Choice 1st –Donna Golden, 2nd Margaret Pell, 3rd – Barbara Jones.  Our First Quilt winner hands down was Devonda Ford.  Both the judges and the people gave her quilt 1st place winner.  In the Retreat Quilt Division the Judges gave 1st place to Donna Gallaher, 2nd place to Sherri Caldwell, and 3rd place to Rita Bradley.  The People Choice 1st place – Donna Gallaher, 2nd place Donna Golden, and 3rd place to Donna Golden.  In Appliqué the Judges 1st place – Lee Ann Turner, 2nd place – Joy Runyon, and 3rd place to Eleanor Monigold.  The People Choice 1st Place – Joy Runyon, 2nd place – Lee Ann Turner, and a tie for 3rd Place on two of Susie Thompson quilts.  The Miscellaneous Division winners were Judges 1st Place – Rita Bradley, 2nd Place – Linda Bradley, 3rd Place – Donna Golden.  And Peoples Choice 1st Place – Donna Golden, 2nd Place – Rita Bradley, and 3rd Place to Eleanor Monigold.  Congratulations to all the winners.  Every single project entered was a treasure to see and the Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild is grateful to each contributor for sharing their inspiration with all of those who attended, as well as those attendees. 

 

The Guild would like to encourage everyone to start on their projects (or finish up some) for next November’s Quilt Show.

 

Best of Show made by Joy Runyun

Chancellor's Choice made by LeeAnn Turner

 

DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL SR PLAY  11/12/14

Campsite Chaos by Ken Preuss

A frantically romantic love story.  Zoe thinks a quiet, romantic camping trip in the middle of nowhere would be the perfect opportunity for her easily-distracted boyfriend Perry to finally pop the question. But this idea seems nearly impossible when a steady stream of unexpected guests – from Robin Hood to The Safety Squirrels – shows up! With a new forest-dweller disaster happening every time her boyfriend turns his back, will Zoe ever find a moment for a perfect proposal?

The De Queen High School senior play will take place Friday, November 21st, in the high school auditorium during 7th period from 1:30-2:20PM.  Donations will be taken at the door for the senior trip.

Front row left to right:  Irvin Martinez, Vicente Gutierrez, Emmanuel Escobedo, Lizz Garza, Ana Mejia, Yuliza Aguirre, and Lizbeth Torres.

Second row left to right:  Joseph Burk, Rachel Lipsey, Amanda McDougal, Morgan Sweeden, Brenda Mera, Evelyn Escamilla, and Edgar Pacheco.

Third row left to right:  James Maher, Shane Henthorn, Josh King, Amy Victorio, and Nancy Sandoval.

Fourth row:  Margaret Parker, Ryan Whitley, and Kaylene Smith.

Fifth row:  Jesusa Hernandez and Beth Downs.

Back row:  Harmoney Rich

 

ARKANSAS BRACES FOR UNSEASONABLY COLD TEMPERATURES        11/11/14

 

Freezing weather is expected throughout much of Arkansas this week as a front brings temperatures that are much colder than normal for November.

 

The National Weather Service says the cold front will move through the state tomorrow and the high temperature for Wednesday is expected to be about 15 to 20 degrees below normal, reaching only into the 40s for most areas.

 

It's expected to be even colder on Thursday with some areas not making it out of the 30s.

 

The weather service says the weekend could bring some wintry precipitation, but it's still uncertain this far out. However, forecasters are saying a storm system is expected to approach Arkansas from the southwest, which could lead to a wintry mix in the northern parts of the state.

 

 

 

EX-ARKANSAS TREASURER SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLEA       11/11/14

 

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on charges of spending campaign funds on personal items.

 

Shoffner is due to appear in a Little Rock courtroom today to change her plea on charges that allege she misspent over $9,000 dollars in campaign funds on clothing, cosmetics and other personal items. She is scheduled to go to trail in December on these charges.

 

Shoffner awaits sentencing after she was convicted earlier this year of steering state business toward a bond broker in exchange for $36,000 dollars in cash. Some of the funds were hidden inside a pie box.

 

 

 

BOIL WATER ORDER FOR HORATIO WATER SYSTEM       11/11/14

 

The Horatio Water system has declared a precautionary boil water order for its entire system.

 

The order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of a partial loss in normal system pressure.

 

Under the boil water order, all affected customers are being advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption and water that is used for drinking or for food preparation should be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use.

 

All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water be used for the making of ice.

 

This precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the distribution system and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

 

The boil water order was due to a loss of pressure that resulted from two water main breaks last Friday.

 

Horatio School District Superintendent Lee Smith announced Monday that there would be no school at Horatio on Tuesday, but classes are expected to resume Wednesday after a new pump is installed by Horatio Waterworks employees.

 

 

 

DISTRICT COURT RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY IN SEVIER COUNTY        11/11/14

 

Sevier County District Court Judge Stephen Tedder announced this morning that today was the regular scheduled day for district court, but the Sevier County Courthouse is closed, so District Court has been rescheduled for Wednesday morning.

 

If you have any questions, contact Judge Tedder's office Wednesday morning at 584-7311.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY HOLDS SUCCESSFUL CLINIC      11/11/14

 

President of the Sevier County Humane Society Dr. Floyd Gonzales reported Monday morning that the society had a successful spade and neuter clinic last week.

 

Dr. Gonzales stated the society is making some big plans for the future, but they need the help of the residents of Sevier County to make the society a strong organization.

 

Dr. Gonzales said the society was moving forward with its plans to construct a dog park and animal shelter, by clearing the society's property and building a fence.

 

Dr. Gonzales informed KDQN that the society would be selling bonds for $250 each to help construct the shelter, but would also accept donations in any amount.

 

Dr. Gonzales said children that are raised in a home with a dog has a stronger immune system, as well as other benefits, but he recommended having your pet spade or neutered to help control the pet population in Sevier County.

 

For more information about the Sevier County Humane Society, contact Dr. Gonzales at his office by calling 642-8640.

 

 

 

UA COSSATOT NURSING STUDENTS PASS LICENSURE        11/11/14

 

The May 2014 nursing graduates have received their results from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Licensure Exam.

 

One-hundred percent of the UA Cossatot nursing students passed the exam.

 

The UA Cossatot nursing program is a part of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium, which is made up of eight community colleges.

 

UA Cossatot had the highest number of nursing students to pass the exam of all of the schools in the consortium.

 

Kim Dickerson is the UA Cossatot Medical Education Division Chairperson and she explained that the exam's difficulty was increased last year, but students were prepared for the degree of difficulty and even surpassed expectations regarding their performance.

 

Dickerson stated UA Cossatot was proud of the program's success and she said Cossatot has some of the highest pass rates, not just in the consortium, but in the state and nation, thanks to the diligent work of the department’s instructors and clinical staff.

 

Students enrolled in the ARNEC program earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are then eligible to sit for the state board of Nursing Licensure Exam. Upon passing the exam, students receive a Registered Nurse license.

 

 

AGFC OFFERING FIRST CERTIFICATES       11/10/14

 

If you want to memorialize your unforgettable first Arkansas hunting and fishing moment, well, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is recognizing those experiences with first deer, first fish, first turkey and first duck full-color certificates.

 

When you’ve accomplished the memorable event, click on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website to access the fillable PDF document. Fill it out online, print it out on your color printer and present it to the successful hunter or angler.

 

 

 

AREA SCHOOLS NEED IMPROVEMENT     11/10/14

 

Nearly 880 public schools in Arkansas were classified as needing improvement because they didn't meet their achievement goals on state exams.

 

The annual accountability report by the state's education department was released Tuesday. Eighty-four more schools than last year were categorized as needing improvement.

 

De Queen School District Assistant Superintendent Paul Shelton informed KDQN that it's hard to show growth when the district has high test scores.

 

 

The state doesn't penalize such schools though those that need the most improvement must develop plans to get there.

 

Out of more than 1,000 public schools, only 67 were categorized as achieving schools down from 137 last year.

 

The report says 85 schools will stay classified as focus needs improvement schools because of the achievement gap among their students.

 

Almost 40 schools will remain as priority needs improvement. They were among the lowest five percent of school in terms of achievement in 2011.

 

Shelton stated the district was working hard to ensure that every student receives the highest quality education and the state is working on changing the current evaluation system.

 

The only public school in Arkansas to achieve exemplary status this year was Bergman High School in Boone County in northern Arkansas. In 2013, there were nine exemplary schools.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS PARADE         11/10/14

 

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce announced today that the annual Christmas parade has been set for 6 p.m. on December 6th.

 

This year’s parade theme is “It’s a Magical Christmas” and will feature floats, antique cars, tractors, horses and marching groups.

 

Santa will arrive during the parade and will visit with children following the parade at Santa’s House on the square.

 

To pre-register for the parade, call Patty Sharp at 642-2446 by the week of December 1st.

 

The chamber’s fifth annual Festival of the Trees will be held on the Sevier County Courthouse Square and decorating should be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, December 5th.

 

For more information or to reserve a tree, contact Renee Logan at 584-3555.

 

Chamber members are being encouraged to stay open for extended hours so customers will have a chance to shop for Christmas. Vendors are also invited to set up before and after the parade. Free spaces are available for Chamber members, non-profits and churches.

 

The Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express will be making a stop in De Queen on Friday, December 12 at 4 p.m.

 

 

 

FLU CLINIC ANNOUNCED IN SEVIER COUNTY      11/10/14

 

Officials with the Arkansas Department of Health has scheduled vaccine clinics for areas throughout the state as the flu season begins to ramp up.

 

Mass flu clinics were pushed back this fall because there was a delay in the shipment of the vaccines from the manufacturers and clinics are being scheduled for November and December throughout Arkansas.

 

Recent data from the health department shows sporadic cases of the flu and the department says it's received reports of more than 200 positive influenza tests in Arkansas since September 28th.

 

Sharee McKinnon said the flu shot is safe and effective and health department officials recommend that everyone 6-months and older get a flu shot.

 

The Arkansas Health Department will hold a flu clinic at the Howard County Health Unit on Wednesday, November 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.; at the Sevier County Health Unit on Thursday, November 20th from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the Little River County Health Unit on Friday, November 21st from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

 

For more information, call the Sevier County Health Unit at 870-642-2535.

 

 

 

FORMER LEOPARD NAMED 2014 CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT THREE FIRST-TEAM          11/10/14

 

Southern Arkansas football junior offensive lineman John Miller, formerly of De Queen, has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Three First-Team according to the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.

 

As an Academic All-District First-Team selection, Miller will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

 

Miller is a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Muleriders and has a 3.77 cumulative G.P.A. in Engineering/Physics at Southern Arkansas.

 

On the field, Miller has anchored an offensive line that has been the wall of defense for one of the most prolific offenses in Division II over the last three years. A starter in 29 consecutive games, Miller started the first four games at left guard before moving to right tackle, where he has started the past four games.

 

 

 

HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER NAMED NEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR      11/10/14

 

Carolanne Pinegar is the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at the Horatio High School and she was recently named the 2014 New Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

 

Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith stated that the district was very proud of Pinegar for earning this honor.

 

Pinegar received her bachelor of science in family and consumer sciences from Henderson State University in 2009 and her master of arts in teaching from Southern Arkansas University in 2013.

 

Pinegar taught at Arkadelphia from 2012 to 2014 before joining the faulty at Horatio this summer.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION RAFFLES OFF GUN FOR SCHOLARSHIP        11/10/14

 

Friday morning, Monte Davis and Raymond Morris of the Sevier County Cattlemen's Association drew the name of Michael Hicks of De Queen as the winner of either a Weatherby rifle or $400 cash.

 

Davis who is the president of the Sevier County Cattlemen's Association stated they held the raffle to raise funds for the cattlemen’s scholarship program, as well as, other programs throughout the county.

 

Davis said the Sevier County Cattlemen's Association meets the third Monday of each month in the agri building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

If anyone is interested in joining the cattlemen's association, contact Morris at 642-3352 or Davis at 784-2780.

 

 

 

STEPS TO GETTING INTO THE BOONE AND CROCKETT RECORD BOOK      11/10/14

 

All right, deer hunters, you’ve downed a nice buck and your buddies are telling you it may be a Boone and Crockett deer, but how do you get into the record book?

 

Well, you have to have it officially measured and submit it to the Boone and Crockett Club.

 

Minimum scores for making the Boone and Crockett book are 160 for typical white-tailed bucks and 185 for non-typical bucks.

 

For rough scoring on your own, use a steel tape and not a cloth tape that could stretch.

 

First, measure the length of both main beams. Measure the tip to tip spread, the greatest spread and the inside spread of the main beams. Measure the length of each of the points. Then, make four circumference measurements of the main beam.

 

Boone and Crockett say all antler racks have only four circumference measurements, regardless of the number of points on the main beams.

 

You should start at the smallest point between the base and the first point and record the measurements between all main points.

 

Add up your measurements, and you will have a “green score.” Official Boone and Crockett measurements must be taken after antlers air dry at room temperature for 60 days.

 

Requirements for submitting a deer for the record book include: an original score chart signed and dated by a Boone and Crockett official measurer; a check for $40 to cover the non-refundable entry fee; a clearly focused, close-up photograph of the front, left side and right side of the antlers; an entry affidavit signed by the hunter, the hunter’s signature must be witnessed by a Boone and Crockett official measurer or a notary public; a hunter, guide and hunt information form completed by the hunter and a copy of the hunting license and tag for the deer.

 

Boone and Crockett official measurers in Arkansas can be found on the Boone and Crockett website.

 

 

 

TWO RIVER MUSEUMS TO HOST SIXTH ANNUAL LAND OF TREES       11/10/14

 

The Two Rivers Museum in downtown Ashdown will once again host its annual Land of Trees for the sixth year in a row.

 

According to event organizer Carolyn Castleman, this year’s theme is “All I Want for Christmas Is” and is sponsored by the Little River County Historical Society.

 

Castleman explained the trees will be furnished or you can bring your own tree and there are about 20 spots available and the trees will remain up until the end of December.

 

Businesses, organizations or individuals who want to have a tree can start decorating on Wednesday, November 12th and will need to be done by noon on Thursday, November 20th.

 

The Land of Trees will be open to the public during normal museum business hours from Friday, November 21st through the month of December. Admission is free and will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

 

Trees will be judged and awards will be presented for first, second and third place, as well as, a People’s Choice Award, a Judges Award and the Mayor’s Award.

 

If a business would like to sponsor a tree or if you have any questions about the Land of Trees, contact Castleman at 870-898-9080.

 

ASHDOWN JUNIOR HIGH UNIFIED SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEAM FIRST IN STATE TO PARTICIPATE IN PROJECT UNIFY  11/10/14


On Oct. 30, Ann Hudson, Area 11 Field Representative for Special Olympics Arkansas, visited Ashdown Junior High School, where she attended a school-wide pep rally held before an AJHS football game. But Hudson's reason for attending a football pep rally wasn't because of a football game -- she instead came to introduce the AJHS Unified Special Olympics Team and talk to the students about Project UNIFY. Ashdown Junior High is the first junior high school in the state of Arkansas to participate in Project UNIFY.

Through a variety of activities related to Special Olympics, Project UNIFY offers students without intellectual disabilities opportunities to support others who have intellectual disabilities and to build relationships between them. The activities include teaching sport skills, organizing events, fundraising, and peer coaching/volunteering, all the while raising public awareness of needs of the disabled.
Ashdown Junior High has formed a Youth Activation Council, a group of young people with or without intellectual disabilities who will be educated, motivated and activated to commit to the UNIFY vision of promoting school communities where all young people are agents of change. UNIFY fosters acceptance, respect, dignity and advocacy for the intellectually disabled, thereby for anyone who is perceived as different.

The Youth Activation Council members are leaders in their school who promote respect and acceptance for all students. AJHS's Youth Activation Council, led by Brett Bond - Student Leader; Keaylon Sanders - Athlete Spokesperson; and Elisha Stone - Sponsor and special education teacher at AJHS, challenges peers to create a healthier, more tolerant school environment.
The council members serve as ambassadors for Special Olympics, which includes participation in bowling, basketball, and Track & Field athletic events and the popular Polar Plunge in February to raise money for Area 11 Special Olympics.

"The AJHS Project UNIFY team and Youth Activation Council plans to increase disability awareness through our school and community," says Stone, "by participating in various disability walks and activities, hosting rallies and poster campaigns . . . as well as hosting a cookout/bake sale to raise money for our local team."

"Members of our Project UNIFY team will be participating in the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome this Saturday [November 8] in Hot Springs," Stone continued.


 

Sixth grader Jadyn Milsak and other AJHS Unified Special Olympics Team members show off their creativity and their new team shirts declaring "Paw Power!"

The Ashdown Junior High Unified Special Olympics Team poses for a group picture before being introduced by Ann Hudson, Area 11 Field Representative for Special Olympics Arkansas, at a school pep rally.  The team is made up of students who will participate and support those with intellectual disabilities through a variety of activities related to Special Olympics.

Top Picture: Two student coaches of the Ashdown Junior High Unified Special Olympics Team carry their banner as the remainder of the team waits to be individually introduced at an AJHS pep rally. Ashdown Junior High is the first junior high school in the state of Arkansas to participate in Project UNIFY.
 

L.F. HENDERSON BOOK FAIR  11/10/14

L. F. Henderson Intermediate School in Ashdown will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from November 13-20 in the school library.  Shopping hours are from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. on November 14-20, with special activity on November 13 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. during Parent-Teacher Conference hours.

The Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read, with a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Before visiting the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help find the right books for your child.  For more information, visit scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs or visit the school website www.ashdownschools.org for a link to the book fair site.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, the school invites you to visit the online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair from November 10-30 and order from there.  All items ordered online include free shipping to the school and will be delivered to your child.  

"We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!" says LFH Principal Keith Fricks.  "Remember, all purchases benefit our school."

UA COSSATOT NURSING STUDENTS PASS LICENSURE 11-10-14

 

 DE QUEEN – The May 2014 nursing graduates have received their results from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX).  

 

A full 100% of the nursing students from UA Cossatot passed the exam.  Students are part of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC).  There are eight community colleges that comprise the consortium.  UA Cossatot students had the highest number of students pass the exam of all other schools in the consortium.  The exam increased in difficulty in 2013.  The consortium, as a whole, was prepared for the degree of difficulty and surpassed expectations regarding student performance.     

 

“We are very proud of the program success at UA Cossatot,” said Kim Dickerson, UA Cossatot Medical Education Division Chairperson.  “Our instructors and clinical staff work diligently so that our students are prepared for the exam.  We consistently have some of the highest pass rates, not just in the consortium, but also in the state and nation.” 

 

Students enrolled in the ARNEC program earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are then eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam.  Upon passing the exam, students receive a Registered Nurse license.   

 

COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION          11/7/14

 

Southwest Arkansas Development Council will be distributing commodities November 12th and 13th in Sevier and Little River Counties.

 

Mary Litchford of the Sevier County Senior Adult Center announced commodities will be distributed November 12th at the Horatio Senior Center from 9 a.m. until noon and at the De Queen Senior Center from 1 to 4 p.m. and on November 13th in Ben Lomond from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and the Lockesburg Senior Center 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

 

Commodities will be distributed in Little River County on November 12th from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Ashdown and Foreman Senior Centers.

 

Litchford stated that if you are picking up commodities for someone else you must have a signed statement and you will need an ID.

 

Everyone will be asked to update their household information including: the names, address, social security numbers, birthdays, household size and household income.

 

Volunteers are needed to help sack and hand out commodities in Little River County on November 10th and 12th.

 

Litchford said this is a regular commodity distribution and clients can only receive one distribution per household and they can only get commodities at one center.

 

 

 

COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK ACTIVITIES      11/7/14

 

Park Interpreter Andrew Rawlings of the Cossatot River State Park announced the park would be hosting a journey stick hike this Sunday, November 9th from 10 to 11 a.m.

 

Rawlings named some of the park animals that are housed in the Visitor Center and said guests can help feed the critters Sunday afternoon between 2 and 3 p.m.

 

Rawlings said the park will be hosting a autumn stroll and autumn adventure the weekend of November 15th.

 

On Saturday, guests can watch nature get ready for winter, while deer are moving and squirrels are packing nuts and then hike down the River Corridor Trail to discover the smells of autumn, while playing some games and looking for a Elf house or two.

 

On Sunday, November 16th, the park will host a marshmallow roast from 6 to 7 p.m. at the visitor center.

 

For more information about the activities at the Cossatot River State Park call 870-385-2201 or check out our website at KDQN.net. 

 

 

 

DIERKS RESIDENTS HANDS OUT GIFTS AT LOCAL NURSING HOME      11/7/14

 

About six years ago, Jimmy Ward of Dierks decided that he wanted to spread a little Christmas cheer to the residents of Dierks. So, Ward mentioned his idea to his wife and he started playing Santa Clause at the Dierks Nursing and Rehab Center.

 

Ward collects six to eight inch stuffed animals and he hands them out.

 

Ward is now seeking new or gently used stuffed animals so that he can share the Christmas spirit and he stated explained that was hoping to expand his giving to nursing homes in De Queen and Nashville, but he would need more elves to provide the stuffed animals.

 

To contact Ward or make a donation, call 870-279-2047.

 

 

 

MILLWOOD FOCUS COMMITTEE HELPING WOUNDED WARRIORS THROUGH HUNTING        11/7/14

 

The Millwood Lake Focus Committee and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Millwood Lake are working together once again to host the 2014 Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt, November 20th through November 22nd.

 

Focus Committee member Jim Stanton said the project is expensive, but the committee has been working to raise funds to help provide the soldiers out-of-state hunting licenses, meals and lodging. He also mentioned how someone can donate to help offset the expenses.

 

Stanton stated The Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Sills, Oklahoma will bring soldiers to Millwood Lake to facilitate the healing and rehabilitation of these soldiers and return them to active duty if possible or prepare them for life as a veteran in their communities.

 

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Hunt, contact Stanton at 870-898-3534 or Brooke Kervin with the Corps of Engineers by calling 501-340-1462.

 

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL CONTINUES WORKING ON 2015 BUDGET        11/6/14

 

Tuesday night, the De Queen City Council met with four department heads to discuss their budget requests for 2015.

 

Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt informed aldermen that he cut his budget by $40,000 from this year, by budgeting less for maintenance of structures and improvements due to the upgrades made this year.

 

Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported that he and Pruitt had discussed selling Rural Fire Memberships to residents that are in the De Queen Fire District but not in the city limits.

 

McKelvy then introduced the new head of the water department, Jeff Brown.

 

Brown presented a budget that was a couple of million dollars less than the 2014 budget. He said the current budget contained the $2.7 million dollar raw water line project that was completed this fall.

 

Mike Van Houtan of the street department was able to cut his budget request by about $60,000 while asking for a new skid steer and bush hog.

 

Mayor McKelvy also informed aldermen that he planned to apply for a grant to help pave some streets around the city.

 

McKelvy also presented a request from the Pilgrim's Pride plant manager to close some city streets around the plant.

 

Van Houtan also budgeted for the purchase of a new sanitation truck. He stated he planned to sell the city's 2003 model truck and use the 2010 model as a backup.

 

Aldermen passed a resolution approving the additional $150,000 payment on the city's USDA Rural Development loan and an ordinance allowing retired city employees participate in the city's insurance program.

 

 

 

FOREMAN SCHOOL DISTRICT ADDING MORE TECHNOLOGY TO BOOST TEST SCORES        11/6/14

 

Foreman School Superintendent George Kennedy reported that October's board of education meeting was pretty routine, but he was able to recognize the achievements of Jessie Smith who has been named a semi-finalist for the 2015 National Merit Scholar program.

 

During the district's annual report to the public, Kennedy informed those in attendance that the district had been placed on the state's Needs Improvement-Focus list.

 

However, Kennedy pointed out that the Foreman test scores were at or above the state average and he also mentioned that the district would be implementing more technology to help improve test scores.

 

The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT       11/6/14

 

Last week in the Sevier County Circuit Court, two defendants changed their plea to guilty and trial dates were set for six.

 

John Halper accepted a plea agreement from Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir on the charge of abuse of an adult.

 

Halper received three years probation for his guilty plea.

 

Halper had been charged in April of this year for abusing a resident of the Brookwood Nursing Center.

 

Benjamin Butler changed his plea to guilty on the charge of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

 

Butler's sentence was deferred until the completion of drug court.

 

A trial date of January 14th was set for James Culp, Raylon Brown, Michael Wester, Karla Pacheco and Brett Hall.

 

Culp is facing charges on five counts including the manufacturing of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug premises, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a certain person and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

 

Brown has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of meth or cocaine with the intent to deliver.  

 

Wester is facing three counts of theft of property, residential burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a certain person, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of meth or cocaine.

 

Pacheco is being charged with perjury and Hall has been charged with disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of scheduled I or II controlled substance not meth or cocaine.

 

Joseph Blankenships trial for possession of drug paraphernalia was set for March 18th.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY LIBRARY SNIPPETS        11/6/14

 

Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced the De Queen Library will be closed November 27th and 28th in observance of Thanksgiving, but the library is looking for donations of new or used audio books on CD. Fisher stated they were looking to expand the audio book section in the library.

 

She also wanted to remind patrons that they could donate nonperishable food items to the Chalice Cupboard through the library this week during their annual Food for Fines food drive.

 

If you owe an overdue book fine, you can receive a $1 dollar reduction in your fine by donating a non-perishable food item, and she said they would be collecting new or gently worn sweaters through the month of November for the Mister Roger's Neighborhood sweater drive.

 

Sweaters will be distributed here locally by the Sevier County Housing Authority.

 

Fisher said the Horatio Library will be displaying children's Thanksgiving books this month and Horatio has received several new novels including books authored by John Grisham, James Patterson and Sandra Brown.

 

Fisher also stated the Horatio librarian is available to proctor college students taking on-line classes that require supervised tests. Call, 870-832-6882 and set up a time.

 

Fisher reported the Lockesburg Library is coordinating with the Lockesburg Lions Club by co-sponsoring the Lions International Peace Poster Contest for children 11 to 13. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Understanding."

 

Library patrons will judge the eligible entries this Thursday and the winner will compete in the Regional Lions Club competition, but all entrants will receive a gift bag for participating.

 

The Lockesburg librarian said there are three slots open for new book club members. This month, the club is reading "Copper Sun" by Sharon Draper. For more information or to sign up, call 870-289-2233.

 

Fisher said the Ben Lomond Library would be showing the Louis L'Amour's "The Sacketts" and DVDs about the Indian wars and she thanked Linder Boler, Brenda Wishard and an anonymous donor for the books that were given to the Gillham Library.

 

 

 

VOTERS MAKE STATEMENT TUESDAY NIGHT DURING GENERAL ELECTION        11/6/14

 

In Sevier County 54 percent of the registered voters in the county cast their vote Tuesday night, while 58 percent of the registered voters in Little River County went to the polls and made their voices heard.

 

Voters in Sevier County cast their votes for; DeAnn Vaught and Nate Bell for the offices of state representatives.

 

Greg Wright was elected to the Sevier County Quorum Court for District 9.

 

Kathy Richards was re-elected to the De Queen City Council for Ward 1, Position 1, while Lawrence Wishard was elected to the Ward 1, Position 2.

 

Both Gillham and Lockesburg passed their sales tax issues.

 

In Little River County, voters elected DeAnn Vaught as state representative.

 

In Ashdown voters re-elected Sheriff Gary Gregory and Wayne Reed as alderman for the Ward 3, Position 1.

 

Foreman residents will vote in a run-off in three weeks for the offices of mayor and alderman Ward 2, Position 1. However, voters elected Donald Gauldin as alderman for Ward 2, Position 2 and Alana Cody as alderman Ward 3, Position 2.

 

Winthrop selected Joe Jones, Jr. as city marshal and Jennifer Jones as Alderman Position 4.

 

Statewide voters elected Asa Hutchinson as governor, Tim Griffin as Lieutenant Governor, Leslie Rutledge as attorney general; Mark Martin as Secretary of State, Andrea Lea as Auditor of State, and Dennis Milligan as State Treasurer.

 

Arkansans will send Bruce Westerman to Washington as the new U.S. Congressman for District 4 and Tom Cotton will serve his first term as U.S. senator.

 

Arkansas voters approved Issue 1 which provides the members of the Legislature veto power over administrative rule changes that are imposed by state agencies; Issue 2 which will make it tougher for petition-gathers to place an issue on the ballot; Issue 3 which changes Arkansas term limits and Issue 5 which increases the state's minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

 

Voters rejected Issue 4 which would have allowed the sell of alcohol in all 75 counties.

 

 

ASHDOWN PTO 11/05/14

The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) of two elementary schools in Ashdown handed each school a check for $7000 early this week.  The funds have been accumulated over a three-year period of fundraisers, mostly cookie dough sales, and are now being contributed to the two schools to assist in playground upgrades and immediate classroom technology needs.  The PTO is a combination of parents and teachers of both Margaret Daniel Primary and C. D. Franks Elementary Schools, resulting in more successful fundraisers and partnerships.  PTO parents also perform countless hours of volunteerism at both schools and are invaluable assets for the district.

Check presentations were made by members of the PTO Parent Committee, and the oversized checks, which will be displayed in the schools' corridors, were created by the Ashdown Junior High EAST class.  Not attending the presentations was PTO member Jana Smith, who was the "main cookie dough person," according to PTO President Wendy Huddleston.  "She's the hardest working woman I know!" continued Huddleston.  Smith is now actively working to build a PTO program at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School.

Monday, Nov. 3, also marked the beginning of the PTO's most recent fundraiser -- Rada Cutlery. "Rada offers a wide assortment of affordable high quality products manufactured in the USA since 1948," states the PTO brochure.  Students from both schools will be accepting orders until Nov. 17, with pick up before Christmas.

Left: (l to r) PTO Parent Committee member Michelle Baker, CDF Principal Teresa Wake, Committee member Lindsey Tong, and PTO President Wendy Huddleston.

Right: (l to r)  PTO Parent Committee member Kiley Huddleston, MDP Principal Kay York, and Parent Committee members Diane Babb and Jennifer Denton.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY 2014 ELECTION RESULTS   11/05/14

 

STATE REP. DISTRICT 4

DeAnn Vaught                              1916   

Fonda Hawthorne                          984

 

Sevier County JP District 9 

Greg Wright                                  264

Dana Stringfellow                          258 

 

De Queen Alderman Ward 1, Position 1

Matthew King                                265          36%

Steven Bruce                                100          13%

Kathy Richards                              375          51%

 

De Queen Alderman Ward 1, Position 2

Lawrence Wishard                         422  

Sterling Daniel                              190

Bryan Higgins                               151

 

Gilliam 1 percent sales tax-operating budget

For                                             33   

Against                                        10 

 

Lockesburg .75 sales tax - .50 operations, .25 UA Cossatot

For                                              113 

Against                                         43  

 

Governor

Asa Hutchinson                               1908    

Mike Ross                                       1549  

 

Lt. Governor

John Burkhalter                                1195  

Tim Griffin                                       2169

 

Attorney General

Nate Steel                                      1761

Leslie Rutledge                                 1631

 

Secretary of State

Susan Inman                                    1100 

Mark Martin                                      2308     

 

State Treasurer   

Karen Garcia                                     1228

Dennis Milligan                                   2079

 

Auditor of State

Andrea Lea                                       2170  

Regina Hampton                                 1139

 

Commissioner of State Lands

John Thurston                                    2146

Mark Robertson                                   1155

 

U.S. Congress District 4

James lee Witt                                    1295

Bruce Westerman                                2070

 

U.S. Senate

Tom Cotton                                        2243

Mark Pryor                                          1176

        

Issue 1 is an amendment empowering the General Assembly to provide for legislative committee review and approval of state agencies’ administrative rules and distribution.

For                                                    2127

Against                                               1247

 

Issue 2 is an amendment to allow more time to gather signatures on a state-wide initiative or referendum petition only if the petition was originally filed contained at least 75 percent of the valid signatures required.

For                                                     1914

Against                                                1455 

 

Issue 3 is an amendment regulating contributions to candidates for state or local office, barring gifts from lobbyists to certain state officials, providing for setting salaries or certain state officials and setting term limits for members of the general assembly.

For                                                      1860

Against                                                 1590

 

Issue 4 is the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment

For                                                      1420

Against                                                 2103

Issue 5 is an Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage.

For                                                      2279

Against                                                 1201

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY 2014 ELECTION RESULTS

 

State Representative District 4:

Rep. Fonda Hawthorne                             1905

DeAnn Vaught                                        2139

 

Sheriff and Collector:

Bobby Walraven                                      2014

Gary Gregory                                          2091

 

Ashdown Alderman Ware 3, Position 1:

James Oden                                            140

Wayne Reed                                            202

 

Foreman Mayor:

William Harp                                             113

Elbert Bradley, Jr.                                      75

Judy Adams                                             129

*Run-off between Adams and Harp in three weeks.

 

Foreman Alderman Ward 2, Position 1:

Estes Thompson                                       88

Whit Hinton                                             143

Jimmy Callahan                                         71

*Run-off between Hinton and Thompson in three weeks.

 

Foreman Alderman Ward 2, Position 2:

Ladell Hinton                                            140

Donald Gauldin                                          162

 

Foreman Alderman Ward 3, Position 2:

Alana Cody                                               238

Dennis Bates                                             63

 

Winthrop City Marshall:

Jason Johnston                                          10

Joe Jones, Jr.                                            36

 

Winthrop Alderman Position 4:

Jennifer Jones                                            29

Heather Long                                             16

 

STATEWIDE RACES

 

Governor:

Asa Hutchinson                                          55%

Mark Ross                                                  42%

 

Lt. Governor:

John Burkhalter                                           39%

Tim Griffin                                                  57%

 

Attorney General:

Nate Steel                                                 43%

Leslie Rutledge                                            52%

 

Secretary of State:

Susan Inman                                               35%

Mark Martin                                                 61%

 

State Treasurer:

Karen Garcia                                                37%

Dennis Milligan                                              56%

 

Auditor of State:

Andrea Lea                                                  57%

Regina Hampton                                            37%

 

U.S. Congress District 4:

James Lee Witt                                             43%

Bruce Westerman                                          54%

 

U.S. Senate:

Tom Cotton                                                  57%

Mark Pryor                                                    39%    

 

 

 

DE QUEEN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES       11/5/14

 

De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley reported that 36 De Queen High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society in October.

 

Whatley said eighth grade students would be participating in a webcast this Thursday featuring Grammy Award winning musician Usher during a Scholastic reading initiative designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading.

 

To participate, go to scholastic.com/usherwebcast.

 

For more information about any of the activities on the campuses of the De Queen School District, contact your child's school office or call the administration building at 584-4312.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN SCHOOL BOARD TABLES CHAPTER SCHOOL PROPOSAL     11/5/14

 

Monday night, members of the De Queen Board of Education heard a presentation by James and Michelle Burgess concerning a charter school in the old Lockesburg Elementary building.

 

The Burgess' presented a presentation reflecting their intent, plan and strategies for starting a charter school in Lockesburg. They stated they hoped to work with under performing students and help them excel in a STEM program, which would focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses.

 

Board members didn't take any action on the matter, but asked the Burgess' to conduct some more research into how a charter school would work, while the board seeks advise from its legal council to see what they could do concerning the elementary campus.

 

Superintendent Bruce Hill reported the high school show choir had risen over $12,000 for their trip to Orlando, Florida.

 

Hill said the district received a $500 grant for a math or science project.

 

Hill announced the district's annual Senior Thanksgiving meal would be November 18th at 11:30 a.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.

 

Hill told KDQN that the district started preparing for the Thanksgiving meal early in the school year.

 

Board members approved the expulsion of one student and the transfer of two students from the De Queen School District to the Horatio School District.

 

 

 

PIKE COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN TRIPLE MURDER        11/5/14

 

The Pike County man accused of shooting and killing his wife, her mother and her niece in July of 2013 has accepted a plea deal that puts him in prison for life.

 

44-year-old Timothy Hill was facing the death penalty if convicted.

 

Monday morning, Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of capital murder and was sentenced to three life sentences in prison without parole.

 

Hill's estranged wife, 33-year-old Dana Hill was found shot to death inside Hill's home in Delight, July 13th. His nine-year-old niece Autumn Hartsfield and 54-year-old mother-in-law Julie Hartsfield were found in Dana's car in the driveway.

 

Julie Hartsfield had been shot to death. Autumn was critically wounded. She later died at a Hot Springs hospital.

 

Investigators say the couple was separated and were the parents of two small children. They say the shootings occurred when Dana came to Hill's home to pick up the children. Deputies say after the shooting, Hill notified a relative, who notified law enforcement officials.

 

Relatives of the victims were in the Pike County Courtroom Monday morning for Hill's sentencing hearing and say they are satisfied with the plea and the sentence.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING A RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY       11/5/14

 

Rhonda Wright of Horatio contacted the Sevier County Sheriff's office after coming home from work and discovering her home had been broken into.

 

Sevier County Sheriff Deputy Michael Barnes reported that when he arrived at Wright's home, he discovered a window busted out in the back of the house on Thompson Street.

 

Wright informed Barnes that when she arrived home from work, she found the house turned upside down. She noted that tables and chairs were pushed over and it appeared that someone went through her closet.

 

Wright stated she left the house the way it was and contacted the sheriff's office and went to the EZ-Mart to wait for a deputy.

 

Wright said she couldn't tell if anything was missing, but thought some jewelry may be missing.

 

The incident is still under investigation by the Sevier County Sheriff’s office.

 

 

COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION          11/7/14

 

Southwest Arkansas Development Council will be distributing commodities November 12th and 13th in Sevier and Little River Counties.

 

Mary Litchford of the Sevier County Senior Adult Center announced commodities will be distributed November 12th at the Horatio Senior Center from 9 a.m. until noon and at the De Queen Senior Center from 1 to 4 p.m. and on November 13th in Ben Lomond from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and the Lockesburg Senior Center 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

 

Commodities will be distributed in Little River County on November 12th from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Ashdown and Foreman Senior Centers.

 

Litchford stated that if you are picking up commodities for someone else you must have a signed statement and you will need an ID.

 

Everyone will be asked to update their household information including: the names, address, social security numbers, birthdays, household size and household income.

 

Volunteers are needed to help sack and hand out commodities in Little River County on November 10th and 12th.

 

Litchford said this is a regular commodity distribution and clients can only receive one distribution per household and they can only get commodities at one center.

 

 

 

COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK ACTIVITIES      11/7/14

 

Park Interpreter Andrew Rawlings of the Cossatot River State Park announced the park would be hosting a journey stick hike this Sunday, November 9th from 10 to 11 a.m.

 

Rawlings named some of the park animals that are housed in the Visitor Center and said guests can help feed the critters Sunday afternoon between 2 and 3 p.m.

 

Rawlings said the park will be hosting a autumn stroll and autumn adventure the weekend of November 15th.

 

On Saturday, guests can watch nature get ready for winter, while deer are moving and squirrels are packing nuts and then hike down the River Corridor Trail to discover the smells of autumn, while playing some games and looking for a Elf house or two.

 

On Sunday, November 16th, the park will host a marshmallow roast from 6 to 7 p.m. at the visitor center.

 

For more information about the activities at the Cossatot River State Park call 870-385-2201 or check out our website at KDQN.net. 

 

 

 

DIERKS RESIDENTS HANDS OUT GIFTS AT LOCAL NURSING HOME      11/7/14

 

About six years ago, Jimmy Ward of Dierks decided that he wanted to spread a little Christmas cheer to the residents of Dierks. So, Ward mentioned his idea to his wife and he started playing Santa Clause at the Dierks Nursing and Rehab Center.

 

Ward collects six to eight inch stuffed animals and he hands them out.

 

Ward is now seeking new or gently used stuffed animals so that he can share the Christmas spirit and he stated explained that was hoping to expand his giving to nursing homes in De Queen and Nashville, but he would need more elves to provide the stuffed animals.

 

To contact Ward or make a donation, call 870-279-2047.

 

 

 

MILLWOOD FOCUS COMMITTEE HELPING WOUNDED WARRIORS THROUGH HUNTING        11/7/14

 

The Millwood Lake Focus Committee and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Millwood Lake are working together once again to host the 2014 Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt, November 20th through November 22nd.

 

Focus Committee member Jim Stanton said the project is expensive, but the committee has been working to raise funds to help provide the soldiers out-of-state hunting licenses, meals and lodging. He also mentioned how someone can donate to help offset the expenses.

 

Stanton stated The Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Sills, Oklahoma will bring soldiers to Millwood Lake to facilitate the healing and rehabilitation of these soldiers and return them to active duty if possible or prepare them for life as a veteran in their communities.

 

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Hunt, contact Stanton at 870-898-3534 or Brooke Kervin with the Corps of Engineers by calling 501-340-1462.

 

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL CONTINUES WORKING ON 2015 BUDGET        11/6/14

 

Tuesday night, the De Queen City Council met with four department heads to discuss their budget requests for 2015.

 

Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt informed aldermen that he cut his budget by $40,000 from this year, by budgeting less for maintenance of structures and improvements due to the upgrades made this year.

 

Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported that he and Pruitt had discussed selling Rural Fire Memberships to residents that are in the De Queen Fire District but not in the city limits.

 

McKelvy then introduced the new head of the water department, Jeff Brown.

 

Brown presented a budget that was a couple of million dollars less than the 2014 budget. He said the current budget contained the $2.7 million dollar raw water line project that was completed this fall.

 

Mike Van Houtan of the street department was able to cut his budget request by about $60,000 while asking for a new skid steer and bush hog.

 

Mayor McKelvy also informed aldermen that he planned to apply for a grant to help pave some streets around the city.

 

McKelvy also presented a request from the Pilgrim's Pride plant manager to close some city streets around the plant.

 

Van Houtan also budgeted for the purchase of a new sanitation truck. He stated he planned to sell the city's 2003 model truck and use the 2010 model as a backup.

 

Aldermen passed a resolution approving the additional $150,000 payment on the city's USDA Rural Development loan and an ordinance allowing retired city employees participate in the city's insurance program.

 

 

 

FOREMAN SCHOOL DISTRICT ADDING MORE TECHNOLOGY TO BOOST TEST SCORES        11/6/14

 

Foreman School Superintendent George Kennedy reported that October's board of education meeting was pretty routine, but he was able to recognize the achievements of Jessie Smith who has been named a semi-finalist for the 2015 National Merit Scholar program.

 

During the district's annual report to the public, Kennedy informed those in attendance that the district had been placed on the state's Needs Improvement-Focus list.

 

However, Kennedy pointed out that the Foreman test scores were at or above the state average and he also mentioned that the district would be implementing more technology to help improve test scores.

 

The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT       11/6/14

 

Last week in the Sevier County Circuit Court, two defendants changed their plea to guilty and trial dates were set for six.

 

John Halper accepted a plea agreement from Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir on the charge of abuse of an adult.

 

Halper received three years probation for his guilty plea.

 

Halper had been charged in April of this year for abusing a resident of the Brookwood Nursing Center.

 

Benjamin Butler changed his plea to guilty on the charge of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

 

Butler's sentence was deferred until the completion of drug court.

 

A trial date of January 14th was set for James Culp, Raylon Brown, Michael Wester, Karla Pacheco and Brett Hall.

 

Culp is facing charges on five counts including the manufacturing of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug premises, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a certain person and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

 

Brown has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of meth or cocaine with the intent to deliver.  

 

Wester is facing three counts of theft of property, residential burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a certain person, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of meth or cocaine.

 

Pacheco is being charged with perjury and Hall has been charged with disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of scheduled I or II controlled substance not meth or cocaine.

 

Joseph Blankenships trial for possession of drug paraphernalia was set for March 18th.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY LIBRARY SNIPPETS        11/6/14

 

Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced the De Queen Library will be closed November 27th and 28th in observance of Thanksgiving, but the library is looking for donations of new or used audio books on CD. Fisher stated they were looking to expand the audio book section in the library.

 

She also wanted to remind patrons that they could donate nonperishable food items to the Chalice Cupboard through the library this week during their annual Food for Fines food drive.

 

If you owe an overdue book fine, you can receive a $1 dollar reduction in your fine by donating a non-perishable food item, and she said they would be collecting new or gently worn sweaters through the month of November for the Mister Roger's Neighborhood sweater drive.

 

Sweaters will be distributed here locally by the Sevier County Housing Authority.

 

Fisher said the Horatio Library will be displaying children's Thanksgiving books this month and Horatio has received several new novels including books authored by John Grisham, James Patterson and Sandra Brown.

 

Fisher also stated the Horatio librarian is available to proctor college students taking on-line classes that require supervised tests. Call, 870-832-6882 and set up a time.

 

Fisher reported the Lockesburg Library is coordinating with the Lockesburg Lions Club by co-sponsoring the Lions International Peace Poster Contest for children 11 to 13. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Understanding."

 

Library patrons will judge the eligible entries this Thursday and the winner will compete in the Regional Lions Club competition, but all entrants will receive a gift bag for participating.

 

The Lockesburg librarian said there are three slots open for new book club members. This month, the club is reading "Copper Sun" by Sharon Draper. For more information or to sign up, call 870-289-2233.

 

Fisher said the Ben Lomond Library would be showing the Louis L'Amour's "The Sacketts" and DVDs about the Indian wars and she thanked Linder Boler, Brenda Wishard and an anonymous donor for the books that were given to the Gillham Library.

 

 

 

VOTERS MAKE STATEMENT TUESDAY NIGHT DURING GENERAL ELECTION        11/6/14

 

In Sevier County 54 percent of the registered voters in the county cast their vote Tuesday night, while 58 percent of the registered voters in Little River County went to the polls and made their voices heard.

 

Voters in Sevier County cast their votes for; DeAnn Vaught and Nate Bell for the offices of state representatives.

 

Greg Wright was elected to the Sevier County Quorum Court for District 9.

 

Kathy Richards was re-elected to the De Queen City Council for Ward 1, Position 1, while Lawrence Wishard was elected to the Ward 1, Position 2.

 

Both Gillham and Lockesburg passed their sales tax issues.

 

In Little River County, voters elected DeAnn Vaught as state representative.

 

In Ashdown voters re-elected Sheriff Gary Gregory and Wayne Reed as alderman for the Ward 3, Position 1.

 

Foreman residents will vote in a run-off in three weeks for the offices of mayor and alderman Ward 2, Position 1. However, voters elected Donald Gauldin as alderman for Ward 2, Position 2 and Alana Cody as alderman Ward 3, Position 2.

 

Winthrop selected Joe Jones, Jr. as city marshal and Jennifer Jones as Alderman Position 4.

 

Statewide voters elected Asa Hutchinson as governor, Tim Griffin as Lieutenant Governor, Leslie Rutledge as attorney general; Mark Martin as Secretary of State, Andrea Lea as Auditor of State, and Dennis Milligan as State Treasurer.

 

Arkansans will send Bruce Westerman to Washington as the new U.S. Congressman for District 4 and Tom Cotton will serve his first term as U.S. senator.

 

Arkansas voters approved Issue 1 which provides the members of the Legislature veto power over administrative rule changes that are imposed by state agencies; Issue 2 which will make it tougher for petition-gathers to place an issue on the ballot; Issue 3 which changes Arkansas term limits and Issue 5 which increases the state's minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

 

Voters rejected Issue 4 which would have allowed the sell of alcohol in all 75 counties.

 

 

ASHDOWN PTO 11/05/14

The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) of two elementary schools in Ashdown handed each school a check for $7000 early this week.  The funds have been accumulated over a three-year period of fundraisers, mostly cookie dough sales, and are now being contributed to the two schools to assist in playground upgrades and immediate classroom technology needs.  The PTO is a combination of parents and teachers of both Margaret Daniel Primary and C. D. Franks Elementary Schools, resulting in more successful fundraisers and partnerships.  PTO parents also perform countless hours of volunteerism at both schools and are invaluable assets for the district.

Check presentations were made by members of the PTO Parent Committee, and the oversized checks, which will be displayed in the schools' corridors, were created by the Ashdown Junior High EAST class.  Not attending the presentations was PTO member Jana Smith, who was the "main cookie dough person," according to PTO President Wendy Huddleston.  "She's the hardest working woman I know!" continued Huddleston.  Smith is now actively working to build a PTO program at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School.

Monday, Nov. 3, also marked the beginning of the PTO's most recent fundraiser -- Rada Cutlery. "Rada offers a wide assortment of affordable high quality products manufactured in the USA since 1948," states the PTO brochure.  Students from both schools will be accepting orders until Nov. 17, with pick up before Christmas.

Left: (l to r) PTO Parent Committee member Michelle Baker, CDF Principal Teresa Wake, Committee member Lindsey Tong, and PTO President Wendy Huddleston.

Right: (l to r)  PTO Parent Committee member Kiley Huddleston, MDP Principal Kay York, and Parent Committee members Diane Babb and Jennifer Denton.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY 2014 ELECTION RESULTS   11/05/14

 

STATE REP. DISTRICT 4

DeAnn Vaught                              1916   

Fonda Hawthorne                          984

 

Sevier County JP District 9 

Greg Wright                                  264

Dana Stringfellow                          258 

 

De Queen Alderman Ward 1, Position 1

Matthew King                                265          36%

Steven Bruce                                100          13%

Kathy Richards                              375          51%

 

De Queen Alderman Ward 1, Position 2

Lawrence Wishard                         422  

Sterling Daniel                              190

Bryan Higgins                               151

 

Gilliam 1 percent sales tax-operating budget

For                                             33   

Against                                        10 

 

Lockesburg .75 sales tax - .50 operations, .25 UA Cossatot

For                                              113 

Against                                         43  

 

Governor

Asa Hutchinson                               1908    

Mike Ross                                       1549  

 

Lt. Governor

John Burkhalter                                1195  

Tim Griffin                                       2169

 

Attorney General

Nate Steel                                      1761

Leslie Rutledge                                 1631

 

Secretary of State

Susan Inman                                    1100 

Mark Martin                                      2308     

 

State Treasurer   

Karen Garcia                                     1228

Dennis Milligan                                   2079

 

Auditor of State

Andrea Lea                                       2170  

Regina Hampton                                 1139

 

Commissioner of State Lands

John Thurston                                    2146

Mark Robertson                                   1155

 

U.S. Congress District 4

James lee Witt                                    1295

Bruce Westerman                                2070

 

U.S. Senate

Tom Cotton                                        2243

Mark Pryor                                          1176

        

Issue 1 is an amendment empowering the General Assembly to provide for legislative committee review and approval of state agencies’ administrative rules and distribution.

For                                                    2127

Against                                               1247

 

Issue 2 is an amendment to allow more time to gather signatures on a state-wide initiative or referendum petition only if the petition was originally filed contained at least 75 percent of the valid signatures required.

For                                                     1914

Against                                                1455 

 

Issue 3 is an amendment regulating contributions to candidates for state or local office, barring gifts from lobbyists to certain state officials, providing for setting salaries or certain state officials and setting term limits for members of the general assembly.

For                                                      1860

Against                                                 1590

 

Issue 4 is the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment

For                                                      1420

Against                                                 2103

Issue 5 is an Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage.

For                                                      2279

Against                                                 1201

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY 2014 ELECTION RESULTS

 

State Representative District 4:

Rep. Fonda Hawthorne                             1905

DeAnn Vaught                                        2139

 

Sheriff and Collector:

Bobby Walraven                                      2014

Gary Gregory                                          2091

 

Ashdown Alderman Ware 3, Position 1:

James Oden                                            140

Wayne Reed                                            202

 

Foreman Mayor:

William Harp                                             113

Elbert Bradley, Jr.                                      75

Judy Adams                                             129

*Run-off between Adams and Harp in three weeks.

 

Foreman Alderman Ward 2, Position 1:

Estes Thompson                                       88

Whit Hinton                                             143

Jimmy Callahan                                         71

*Run-off between Hinton and Thompson in three weeks.

 

Foreman Alderman Ward 2, Position 2:

Ladell Hinton                                            140

Donald Gauldin                                          162

 

Foreman Alderman Ward 3, Position 2:

Alana Cody                                               238

Dennis Bates                                             63

 

Winthrop City Marshall:

Jason Johnston                                          10

Joe Jones, Jr.                                            36

 

Winthrop Alderman Position 4:

Jennifer Jones                                            29

Heather Long                                             16

 

STATEWIDE RACES

 

Governor:

Asa Hutchinson                                          55%

Mark Ross                                                  42%

 

Lt. Governor:

John Burkhalter                                           39%

Tim Griffin                                                  57%

 

Attorney General:

Nate Steel                                                 43%

Leslie Rutledge                                            52%

 

Secretary of State:

Susan Inman                                               35%

Mark Martin                                                 61%

 

State Treasurer:

Karen Garcia                                                37%

Dennis Milligan                                              56%

 

Auditor of State:

Andrea Lea                                                  57%

Regina Hampton                                            37%

 

U.S. Congress District 4:

James Lee Witt                                             43%

Bruce Westerman                                          54%

 

U.S. Senate:

Tom Cotton                                                  57%

Mark Pryor                                                    39%    

 

 

 

DE QUEEN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES       11/5/14

 

De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley reported that 36 De Queen High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society in October.

 

Whatley said eighth grade students would be participating in a webcast this Thursday featuring Grammy Award winning musician Usher during a Scholastic reading initiative designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading.

 

To participate, go to scholastic.com/usherwebcast.

 

For more information about any of the activities on the campuses of the De Queen School District, contact your child's school office or call the administration building at 584-4312.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN SCHOOL BOARD TABLES CHAPTER SCHOOL PROPOSAL     11/5/14

 

Monday night, members of the De Queen Board of Education heard a presentation by James and Michelle Burgess concerning a charter school in the old Lockesburg Elementary building.

 

The Burgess' presented a presentation reflecting their intent, plan and strategies for starting a charter school in Lockesburg. They stated they hoped to work with under performing students and help them excel in a STEM program, which would focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses.

 

Board members didn't take any action on the matter, but asked the Burgess' to conduct some more research into how a charter school would work, while the board seeks advise from its legal council to see what they could do concerning the elementary campus.

 

Superintendent Bruce Hill reported the high school show choir had risen over $12,000 for their trip to Orlando, Florida.

 

Hill said the district received a $500 grant for a math or science project.

 

Hill announced the district's annual Senior Thanksgiving meal would be November 18th at 11:30 a.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.

 

Hill told KDQN that the district started preparing for the Thanksgiving meal early in the school year.

 

Board members approved the expulsion of one student and the transfer of two students from the De Queen School District to the Horatio School District.

 

 

 

PIKE COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN TRIPLE MURDER        11/5/14

 

The Pike County man accused of shooting and killing his wife, her mother and her niece in July of 2013 has accepted a plea deal that puts him in prison for life.

 

44-year-old Timothy Hill was facing the death penalty if convicted.

 

Monday morning, Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of capital murder and was sentenced to three life sentences in prison without parole.

 

Hill's estranged wife, 33-year-old Dana Hill was found shot to death inside Hill's home in Delight, July 13th. His nine-year-old niece Autumn Hartsfield and 54-year-old mother-in-law Julie Hartsfield were found in Dana's car in the driveway.

 

Julie Hartsfield had been shot to death. Autumn was critically wounded. She later died at a Hot Springs hospital.

 

Investigators say the couple was separated and were the parents of two small children. They say the shootings occurred when Dana came to Hill's home to pick up the children. Deputies say after the shooting, Hill notified a relative, who notified law enforcement officials.

 

Relatives of the victims were in the Pike County Courtroom Monday morning for Hill's sentencing hearing and say they are satisfied with the plea and the sentence.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING A RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY       11/5/14

 

Rhonda Wright of Horatio contacted the Sevier County Sheriff's office after coming home from work and discovering her home had been broken into.

 

Sevier County Sheriff Deputy Michael Barnes reported that when he arrived at Wright's home, he discovered a window busted out in the back of the house on Thompson Street.

 

Wright informed Barnes that when she arrived home from work, she found the house turned upside down. She noted that tables and chairs were pushed over and it appeared that someone went through her closet.

 

Wright stated she left the house the way it was and contacted the sheriff's office and went to the EZ-Mart to wait for a deputy.

 

Wright said she couldn't tell if anything was missing, but thought some jewelry may be missing.

 

The incident is still under investigation by the Sevier County Sheriff’s office.

 

 

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR SHOP WITH A COP       11/4/14

 

We’ve all seen the Hollywood Christmas scene with a large family gathered round a brightly lit Christmas tree covered in garland and tinsel.  Underneath the tree, packages and gifts are stacked high with bows and ribbon. A large fire roars in the fireplace while outside, snow falls and carolers are heard in the distance.

 

But, for many families in the area this scene is nothing more than a dream. There are families in our area that spend their last dollar on a loaf of bread so the family can eat, and buying a gift for a child is a luxury they can not afford.

 

In 2006, one man saw a need and stepped up to the challenge.

 

Pete Price was a long time volunteer with both the Ashdown Police Department and the Little River County Sheriff’s Office and he decided to start the local Shop with a Cop program.

 

Until his death in November 2013, Price helped raise thousands of dollars for the program and partnered with the Ashdown Wal-Mart to help hundreds of families in the area.

 

The Shop with a Cop program is designed for underprivileged children that without their help might not have any Christmas gifts at all. The children are chosen by various agencies that are able to recognize their need for help.

 

The families are contacted and arrangements are made for them to meet officers at the Ashdown Wal-Mart on a special day in December. As the children wait on the sidewalk outside the store, they see a long procession of police cars with lights flashing and sirens screaming as they come into the parking lot.

 

Each child is assigned to go shopping with a police officer and they are able to shop for anything they want up to the predetermined amount they are allowed to spend.

 

For many of these children, this is the only Christmas they will have.

 

With Christmas fast approaching, the Ashdown Police Department Auxiliary is seeking donations to help with this year’s Pete Price Memorial Shop with a Cop program.

 

Last year, more than 70 children in the area participated in the event. This year, organizers have set a goal to help 100 children in the area that normally would not have a Christmas.

 

Donations may be made at the Ashdown Police Department located on Locust Street next to the Dollar General. Make checks payable to the Ashdown Police Auxiliary Shop with a Cop.

 

For families who are in need of assistance, applications can be picked up at the Ashdown Police Department foyer until Friday, December 5th to turn them in at either the Ashdown Police Department or the Department of Human Services office.

 

With the help of the Department of Human Services, the Ashdown Police Department will determine who needs assistance and notify the families the following week.

 

Officers will then meet the children on Saturday, December 13th at 10 a.m. at the Ashdown Wal-Mart.

 

For more information, contact the Ashdown Police Department 870-898-5640.

 

 

 

ELECTION DAY IS TODAY     11/4/14

 

Area voters will head to the polls tomorrow to decide several issues.

 

Polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

 

A list of polling places for Sevier County includes:

Bear Creek East and Saline West at the Cossatot Fire Department.

Bear Creek West on the west end of the De Queen Community Building.

Ben Lomond at the Ben Lomond Community Building.

Clear Creek 1 at the Central Community Building.

Clear Creek 2 at the Horatio City Hall.

De Queen East on the east end of the De Queen Community Building.

De Queen North Central at Kern Heights Baptist Church.

De Queen Northwest at the De Queen Church of Christ.

De Queen Southwest at the De Queen School Administration Building.

Jefferson at the Green's Chapel United Methodist Church.

Mineral at the De Queen/Mena Educaitonal Co-Op Building.

Monroe at the Chapel Hill Baptist Church.

Paraclifta at the Falls Chapel Church.

Red Colony at the Lockesburg Methodist Church.

Saline East at the Provo Community Building.

Saline West at the Cossatot Fire Department.

Washington at the Brownstown Community Building.

 

The cities of Lockesburg and Gillham will be voting on a sales tax issue along with the local and statewide ballot issues.

 

Sevier County Clerk Debbie Hughes office reported that as of Monday morning, 829 voters had cast an early vote. In Little River County, 1,043 early votes have been cast.

 

The polling places in Little River County include:

Arden Township at the Arden Community Building.

Arkinda Township at the King Ryder Church.

Ashdown Ward 1 in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.

Ashdown Ward 2 in the fellowship hall of the Church of Christ.

Ashdown Ward 3 in the fellowship hall of the Church f the Nazarene.

Burke Township at the Winthrop City Hall.

Caney Township a the Cerrogorda Fire Department.

Cleveland Township at the Wilton Schoolhouse.

Franklin Township at the Millwood Baptist Church.

Foreman Ward 1 and Ward 2 in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.

Foreman Ward 3 in the agricultural building on the Foreman High School campus.

Jackson Township in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.

Jefferson Township in the fellowship hall of the Church of Christ.

Jewell Township in the King Ryder Church.

Johnson Township in the Ogden Community Building.

Lick Creek Township at the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Little River Township in the Winthrop City Hall.

Red River Township in the Richmond Church.

And, Wallace/Richland Township at the Wallace Fire Station.

 

 

 

GOD’S PROMISES, PLAN AND PERFECTION      11/4/14

 

On Friday, November 7th Terry Brackett will be sharing a testimony at the First Baptist Church in Horatio concerning God’s promises, plans and perfection in all situations.

 

Most have heard the stories about her son’s accidents.

 

On May 5th, Brackett’s oldest son, Aaron, was in an accident. He spent 30 days in Intensive Care in a Little Rock hospital, but after four surgeries and a lot of physical therapy, he’s as good as gold.

 

Then on August 19th, her youngest son was involved in a similar automobile accident that took his life.

 

Brackett will speak about how these two events have changed her life forever and how she has grown stronger in her faith as she claims God’s promises, follows His plan and accept His perfection.

 

Brackett plans to speak at other events in the area, but everyone is invited to hear her story of tragedy and faith.

 

 

 

TRAFFIC STOP TURNS UP DEFACED FIREARM      11/4/14

 

Sunday morning about 4 o'clock, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a Chevy Equinox for not properly signaling at the intersection of Maple and Fort Towson.

 

The driver identified himself as 21-year-old Jaime Vega.

 

Vega informed Browning that he did not have a driver's license and his insurance card was expired. After checking with dispatch, Browning was informed that Vega had been citied for driving without a license.

 

Browning was assisted on the traffic stop by Patrolman First Class Wayne Baker and they asked Vega if he had anything illegal on his person or in the vehicle. He stated there was not.

 

Officer Baker asked the three other occupants to exit the vehicle while he conducted an impound inventory.

 

Baker then informed Browning to place Vega into custody for something that he found on the driver's side of vehicle. Baker reported that he found a defaced pistol with a clip and a live round of ammunition in the chamber.

 

Officers also found several shell casings and other ammo for different caliber weapons.

 

Vega was charged with possession of a defaced firearm and transported to the Sevier County jail.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY MAN CAPTURED       11/3/14

 

A Sevier County resident that was wanted in connection with an October 22nd incident in Dierks has been arrested.

 

32-year-old Everett Gene Crow was taken into custody Thursday night after the Howard County Sheriff's Department received information concerning Crow's whereabouts. Sheriff's deputies were informed that Crow was at a casino in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

 

Crow was arrested at the casino without incident and is awaiting extradition back to Arkansas, according to Howard County Sheriff's Investigator John Eric Glidewell.

 

Authorities were looking for Crow on charges of residential burglary and theft of property.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY HUMAN SOCIETY HOLDING SPADE AND NEUTER CLINIC       11/3/14

 

Sevier County Humane Society President Floyd Gonzales announced Friday morning that the society would be holding a spade and neuter clinic this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Gonzales stated the society meets every month and if you would like to get involved in the humane society to stop by his office on the third Thursday of each month.

 

Gonzales said the society was also selling $250 dollar bonds to help build a dog park and animal shelter on their property here in De Queen.

 

For more information about the Sevier County Humane Society or to make an appointment for the spade and neuter clinic, call 870-642-8640.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY ANGEL TREE       11/3/14

 

Members of the Sevier County Lakeside 4-H Club will be sponsoring their Angel Tree once again this year as a community project.

 

They will be accepting applications starting Saturday, November 1st through Wednesday, November 19th. Applications are available at the First National Bank of De Queen, First State Bank of De Queen, Rivas Garage and the KDQN studios.

 

Angels will be placed on the tree on Wednesday, November 26th.

 

Residents of Sevier County may select an angel. After selecting an angel, participates are asked to purchase gifts. Suggestions are listed on the angel, including sizes of clothes and shoes.

 

For more information, call Wilma Morris at 642-3352.

 

 

 

MISS LAND O’ LIGHTS PAGEANT       11/3/14

 

Christmas is around the corner and the Little River County Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the annual Land O’ Lights beauty pageant and the annual Christmas parade.

 

The Miss Land O’ Lights pageant will be held on Saturday, November 15th, but this year, the pageant will be a one-day event. The pageant for the younger girls will begin at 1 p.m. and the pageant for the older girls will begin at 6 p.m.

 

The Baby Miss and Tiny Miss categories age limits have been changed.

 

To get an entry form you can go to the chambers website at littleriverchamber.org or you can pick them up at the Ashdown City Hall, the Foreman City Hall and the chamber office. Forms are also available at all Little River County schools.

 

Foreman’s Christmas parade will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th. The Ashdown Christmas parade will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th. The annual HoHo Parade and Breakfast with Santa will be at 9 a.m. the 13th at the courthouse.

 

For more information call 870-898-2758 or 903-277-8689.

 

 

 

IF YOU NEED A PLACE TO HUNT, CHECK OUT AGFC'S LEASED LANDS        11/3/14

 

Modern gun deer season is just around the corner and if you don't have a place to hunt; you can contact the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission about hunting on some of their leased lands.

 

It's only $40 dollars and permits are available to anyone. All you have to do is go online at agfc.com or stop by any Game and Fish Commission office or license dealer.

 

There are nine leased wildlife management areas and they include the Casey Jones Wildlife Management area in south Arkansas, the Howard County Wildlife Management area, Lake Greeson Wildlife Management area, Provo Wildlife Management area and the Lafayette County Wildlife Management area in southwest Arkansas.

 

All of these areas have deer as well as other game and leased land permits are required for hunting, trapping and camping. Youth 16 and younger are not required to have a permit and permits are valid for one calendar year.

 

For many years, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has leased land from timber companies and other landowners to help provide low-cost hunting opportunities for hunters where there are few public hunting areas. The leased land program is an effort to help hunters who don't have access to land of their own or land of friends and relatives and who may not be able to afford the cost of a hunting club.

 

For more information, go online at agfc.com or check the 2014-2015 Hunting Guidebook.

 

 

 

FCC SHOOTING SPORTS PROGRAM      11/3/14

 

Members of the First Christian Church stated a shooting sports program through the church about three years ago and the program continues to grow every year.

 

Coaches Ed Coleman and Jackie Taylor stated they had to add another coach this year due to the number of young people that wants to participate.

 

Taylor and Coleman stopped by the studio this morning to announce the winner of a gun raffle that they had been selling tickets for. Taylor said they were holding the raffle to help purchase ammo and targets for the shooting sports participates.

 

Coleman said the Arkansas Shooting Sports Program was a great program and that several other states were attempting to start similar programs.

 

If you are interested in participating in the First Christian Church Shooting Sports Program, Coleman said you could call one of the coaches or you may contact the church at 870-642-2644.

 

 

 

DEADLINE FOR FARMERS TO APPLY FOR AID IN NOVEMBER 21      11/3/14

 

Farmers and landowners in Arkansas have until November 21st to submit applications for financial assistance to implement the Environmental Quality Incentive Program for the 2015 program year.

 

Applicants can sign up at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service filed service center.

 

People working in agricultural production are eligible to participate in EQIP.

 

Statewide categories address water-quality issues related to animal manure management and sedimentation, improved management of irrigation water and reduction in groundwater use, forestland enhancement, livestock production, reduction of erosion and improvement of wildlife habitat resource concerns.

 

All applications will be evaluated for funding based on state and nationally developed procedure to optimize environmental benefits.

 

Applications ranking highest in a category will be funded subject to availability of program money. For more information contact the local NRCS field service center.

 

 

 

BEWARE EBOLA RELATED SCAMS       11/3/14

 

Scammers will use any opportunity to take advantage of consumers’ fears. Since the first case of the Ebola virus was reported in the United States, an increasing number of organizations have popped up offering “cures” and opportunities to donate to victims of the virus.

 

Whether Arkansans are seeking ways to protect themselves from the virus or being solicited by scammers, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and his Consumer Protection Division wants to provide consumers with information and helpful tips that will protect them against ill-intentioned organizations.

 

McDaniel issued a consumer alert to inform Arkansas consumers of the tactics that are being used by Ebola related scammers.

 

McDaniel provided the following information to help consumers avoid Ebola related scams:

Everyone should know the facts. There is no FDA-approved vaccine for Ebola. Some solicitors are offering preventative medications or Ebola preparedness kits.

 

Arkansans should only give to reputable charities. Arkansas law requires most charitable organizations to register with the Attorney General’s office before they can solicit money from Arkansas residents. The organization must provide the AG’s office with information about how they will use the money that they collect.

 

Residents should avoid unsolicited links and emails because scammers will often use a technique called phishing to lure victims into entering their personal information.

 

Residents should ask questions like: what percentage of the donation will go to the organization? How much will go to professional fundraisers and administrative costs? And, how exactly will your donation be used?

 

You should always read the fine print and you should report potential scams.

 

2014 MISS ARKANSAS VISITS DE QUEEN SCHOOLS  11/03/14

Miss Arkansas, Ashton Campbell visited with students at De Queen Public Schools recently.  Miss Campbell is a 20 year-old junior at the University of Arkansas pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Campbell shared her life, the activities involving the Miss Arkansas Pageant, Miss America Pageant, and her focus on the future.

Ashton’s parents taught her early on that college is expensive, but not out of reach.  Ashton wanted to attend the University of Arkansas.  She entered the Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen in 2011 and won a $3,000 scholarship plus over $10,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation and gifts.

At the Miss Arkansas Pageant, Ashton won a $20,000 scholarship and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation and gifts.  She represented Arkansas well at the Miss America Pageant.  She won 2nd Runner Up to Miss America and won a $20,000 scholarship.

Miss Campbell discussed “Aim Higher: Setting our Sites on Higher Education”.  This was her platform in both pageants.  She talked about the importance of going to college.  There were four aspects she focused on: forms of higher education, high school clubs and organizations to join, financial options and how to take the first steps to further one’s education.  She also spoke about social media responsibility.  Campbell currently lives in Hot Springs and will spend the rest of the year making appearances and speaking engagements.  She told the students that she gets a year off from school to spread “Aiming Higher” to students across Arkansas.

 

FLU CLINIC RESCHEDULED FOR 10/31/14

 

A mass flu clinic will held on Thursday, November 20th from 8:30 am until 4 pm at the Sevier County Health Department, 304 North 4th Street in De Queen.  Handicap assistance will be available for those who need it.

                                Consent form:        English          Spanish

 

 

LIFESHARE BLOOD DRIVE AT PILGRIM’S PRIDE IN DE QUEEN    10/31/14

 

LifeShare Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, November 3rd from noon until 6 p.m. at the Pilgrim’s Pride plant in De Queen.

 

According to LifeShare Blood Centers, about one in seven people that enter a hospital will need some type of blood product. One blood donation, approximately one pint of blood, can save up to three lives. Every donation has the potential to save someone’s life.

 

For more information, go to lifeshare.org or call 903-794-3173.

 

 

PIKE COUNTY MAN IDENTIFIED AS DRIVER IN BUS STOP HIGHWAY DEATH        10/31/14

 

88-year-old Dwight Moody of Delight has been identified as the driver of a vehicle that struck a student who had exited a Kirby School District bus earlier this week in Pike County.

 

12-year-old Jazmin Hernandez of Glenwood died at a Little Rock hospital after being airlifted from the scene on Monday, October 27th near Salem along U.S. Highway 70.

 

Moody was driving a Ford Explorer westbound when he struck Hernandez. 84-year-old Dorothy Moody of Delight was an occupant in the truck.

 

An investigation report was prepared by the Arkansas State Police and submitted to Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir who is reviewing the report for purposes of considering criminal charges that may be filed against Moody.

 

 

 

STATE GOP SAYS STEEL'S CITY JOB VIOLATES LAW        10/31/14

 

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb stated state representative and Democratic attorney general candidate Nate Steel illegally served as a city official by doing legal work for the city of Nashville.

 

According to payroll records Steel was treated like any other city employee. He received a biweekly paycheck with taxes being withheld and money being set aside in his state retirement account. Nashville Mayor Billy Ray Jones reported that Steel was also enrolled in the city's health-insurance program.

 

According to Article V, Section 10 of the Arkansas Constitution, "No legislator shall, during the term for which he shall have been elected, be appointed or elected to any civil officer under this State."

 

Steel was appointed to perform the duties of city attorney for the City of Nashville a year after he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representative.

 

The Republican Party of Arkansas has filed a lawsuit and ethics complaint challenging Steel's status, however, Steel insists he is just a contract employee.

 

Webb reported that if Steel was just performing contract services, the city would not be withholding taxes.

 

Mayor Jones has been quoted as saying there are only two attorneys in Nashville and the city doesn't have a lot of options when it comes to legal services. He also stated the city was following the advise of the Arkansas Municipal League to ensure Steel's services for the city were aboveboard.

 

A court date has yet to be set after the original judge rescued himself and the Republican Party has asked the current judge to remove herself from the case.

 

  

VOTERS ENCOURAGED TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES BEFORE GOING TO THE POLLS      10/31/14

 

Sevier County Extension Agent Rex Herring informed KDQN that the Public Policy Center of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has developed an easy to understand fact sheet covering the five issues that's on the November ballot.

 

Herring said the fact sheets are available for download or through the Sevier County Extension Office.

 

Drafts of the fact sheets were made available to proponents and opponents for comment and review before they are printed to ensure the information is an unbiased representation of the issues.

 

Stacey McCullough of the Public Policy Center stated these issues have far-reaching consequences and voters are being bombarded with advertisements and opinions through the media, so the center wanted to create a tool where voters could cut through the noise and understand the issues and arguments.

 

Issue 1 is an amendment empowering the General Assembly to provide for legislative committee review and approval of state agencies’ administrative rules and distribution.

 

Issue 2 is an amendment to allow more time to gather signatures on a state-wide initiative or referendum petition only if the petition was originally filed contained at least 75 percent of the valid signatures required.

 

Issue 3 is an amendment regulating contributions to candidates for state or local office, barring gifts from lobbyists to certain state officials, providing for setting salaries or certain state officials and setting term limits for members of the general assembly.

 

Issue 4 is the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment and Issue 5 is an Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage.

 

For more information, visit uaex.edu/ppc, or contact the Sevier County Extension office.

 

 

WEED EATERS STOLEN FROM LITTLE RIVER RURAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY      10/31/14

 

An employee of the Little River Rural Development Authority reported that two weed eaters were stolen from a company truck on Wednesday, October 22nd.

 

According to the incident report, Josh Dorce discovered two STIHL weed eaters missing from the back of his company truck after reporting to work that morning. He also reported the lock on a side gate of the compound had been cut.

 

Authorities suspect the theft occurred between 3:30 and 7 a.m.

 

Dorce described the weed eaters as being orange and tan in color and estimated their worth at $600 dollars.

 

If anyone has information concerning this theft, they are being asked to contact the Little River County Sheriff's Office at 870-898-5115.

 

 

DE QUEEN LIONS CLUB DONATES PARENT SURVIVAL PACKS TO ACH       10/30/14

 

Members of the De Queen Lions Club presented 121 parent survival packs to Erica Philips of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Tuesday afternoon during their weekly meeting.

 

According to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, many hospital visits are unplanned and most patients are admitted between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and therefore, many families are unprepared for an extended stay.

 

Members of the De Queen Lions Club collected travel-sized toiletry items to help make their stay a little less stressful.

 

Philips thanked the Lions Club for their donation and she stated the Arkansas Children's Hospital never turns a child away due to the support from groups like the De Queen Lions Club.

 

Philips also mentioned two programs at the Arkansas Children's Hospital that all Arkansans should be proud of. She said the state has the largest and best NICU and we are fortunate to have the Angel One air transport system.

 

Although, the Lions Cub did not collect items for the parent survival snack packs, area churches and organizations are encouraged to collect the following items to provide families with a little comfort during these uncertain times.

 

Suggested items include: individually wrapped snack items, like granola bars, nuts, chips, crackers and cookies; individually wrapped breakfast items like breakfast bars and pastries; hot chocolate packets, small bottles of water, individually wrapped hot tea bags and single-serve instant coffee packets.

 

For more information, visit the Arkansas Children's Hospital volunteer services at 501-364-1825 or email them at volunteerservices@archildrens.org.

 

 

 

FOSSILIZED FINDS AT THE CRATER OF DIAMONDS STATE PARK       10/30/14

 

According to Diamond State Park Director Waymon Cox, many people want to know if fossils are ever found at the park.

 

Cox explained that while most fossils form in sedimentary rock, instead of volcanic rock, diamond searchers occasionally find the fossilized remains of plants and animals that were deposited in the park by risers or streams.

 

Cox said just last week, a visitor found a very interesting fossil that park staff members hadn't seen in several years and it reminded him of other types of treasurers besides diamonds that have been found in the park.

 

Cox said the visitor had picked up the fossilized specimen, along with several pieces of jasper, while surfacing hunting for diamonds. He said at first glance it appeared to be a typical palm-sized piece of sandstone, with a rough surface and a rusty red color. However, this specimen featured several unusual spiral shapes in each side. After examining the piece, Cox determined that the shapes were cast fossils of seashells that belonged to snails.

 

These particular snails were ancient sea snails that featured a distinct, spire-like shell.

 

The process that formed theses cast fossils began when the snails died and were buried in sediment. The soft bodies quickly decomposed and left the shells behind, which were then filled with mud.

 

As the sediment hardened, the organic shell material eroded away, therefore, leaving the perfectly-preserved imprints of the shells in the sedimentary rock.

 

Cox stated the fossils were just another rare and unusual discovery that you may make while visiting the Crater of Diamond State Park.

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION IN DE QUEEN AND THE SURROUNDING AREA        10/30/14

 

Children in the cities of De Queen and Ashdown will be celebrating Halloween this Friday, while children in Dierks and Broken Bow will be celebrating October 30th and November 1st.

 

Patty Sharp of the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce announced that Halloween events will begin Friday morning at 9 a.m. as Kindergarten students trick or treat downtown.

 

Ashdown Chief of Police Mark Ardwin stated the Ashdown Police Department will be hosting the annual Halloween Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ashdown Safety Building on Locust Street.

 

Home owners also need to remember not to put lit candles where a child's custom could catch on fire.

 

Parents need to choose costume without billowing or long trailing fabrics and if you make your own costume, you should choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.

 

If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see clearly and provide them with a flashlight or glowstick.

 

 

 

HOWARD COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEEKING SEVIER COUNTY MAN      10/30/14

 

The Dierks Police Department and the Howard County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in locating 32-year-old Everett Gene Crow of Sevier County.

 

Howard County Sheriff Butch Morris reported Crow is being sought in connection with residential burglary and theft of property in relation to an incident that occurred October 22nd in Dierks.

 

If anyone has any information concerning the whereabouts of Crow, they are being asked to contact the Howard County Sheriff's Office at 870-845-2626 or your local police department.

 

 

 

LAST WEEKEND OF SEASONAL PROGRAMS AT MILLWOOD STATE PARK       10/30/14

 

This coming weekend will be the last weekend for seasonal programs at the Millwood State Park.

 

Events will include the Millwood Reunion, Tots on Parade and Trick or Treat in the Park.

 

The annual fall potluck is part of the fifth annual reunion and will take place Saturday at noon. The Tots on Parade will following the meal at 1:30. The parade will feature children 6 and under and Saturday evening, families can trick or treat through the park campgrounds from 4 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the children 12 and under.

 

For additional information contact the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.

 

 

ROAD CLOSURE - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH        10/29/14

 

Sevier County Judge Greg Ray announced today that Dog Town Road between Holman Road and Bear Creek Cutoff will be closed Thursday, October 30th between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the replacement of some culverts.

 

Ray stated traffic will be detoured through Dunn and Holman Roads.

 

For more information, contact the Ray's office at 642-2425.

 

 

 

CHILD STRUCK BY VEHICLE AT BUS STOP      10/29/14

 

A 12-year-old girl from Glenwood died Monday after being hit by a vehicle as she crossed the road on Highway 70.

 

The Arkansas State Police reported that a 2001 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound and an eastbound school bus was stopped and unloading students, when the incident occurred.

 

The report states all of the buses emergency lights and signals were activated on the bus and the vehicle failed to yield and struck Jazmin Hernandez as she was crossing the highway.

 

Hernandez was transported to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

 

The accident happened Monday afternoon about 3:25 and was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.

 

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY LEADERSHIP CLASS TO HOLD DRAW DOWN EVENT NOVEMBER 1ST      10/29/14

 

Members of the Little River County Leadership Class will be holding a Draw Down event this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of the University of Arkansas-Cossatot as their community project.

 

Little River County Chamber Director Fonda Hawthorne explained that the class is required to plan a community project every year and find a way to fund the project. So, this year, they decided to raise funds by holding the Draw Down fundraiser to renovate the city park’s horseshoe pits.

 

Ashdown School District Superintendent Jason Sanders is a member of the class and he said the pits will be upgraded to the standards that are necessary to host the Arkansas State Horseshoe Championships. He said only two other pits in Arkansas meet the standards and by upgrading the parks existing pits would allow the city of Ashdown to host state tournaments.

 

Richard Archer is the president of the Arkansas Horseshoe Pitchers Association and he explained that a site had to have at least 20 sanctioned courts and $1,000 for a bid. However, the winning bid gets to keep all the revenue that is made off the concessions, memorabilia and rented booth space.

 

Sanders said tickets cost $100 and will provide a meal for two, entertainment and participation in the draw down.

 

Hawthorne stated they are also selling sponsor packages for $250 and those come with two tickets for four meals, and your individual or company name in the program.

 

The event will also feature a silent and live auction, but for more information call the Little River County Chamber of Commerce at 870-898-7211 or contact a member of the Little River County Leadership class.

 

 

 

LOCKESBURG QUILTERS AND CRAFTERS GUILD ANNUAL QUILT SHOW      10/29/14

 

The Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild will be hosting their annual Quilt Show on Saturday, November 8th in the Lockesburg School Gym from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Quilts can be displayed by bringing them and registering on Thursday, November 6th between 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, November 7th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lockesburg School Gym. The registration fees are $3 per quilt or entry item.

 

This year, there will be eight categories including: machine pieced and machine quilted, hand quilted, appliqué, miscellaneous items - like table runners and wall hangings, a children's category including babies, retreat and antique, which would be pre-1980 and a first quilt category.

 

All quilts will be accepted and vendors are being invited to set up. Vendors should call 870-784-0993 for more information.

 

Organizers mentioned that they will be having a quilt square contest.

 

This year's twelve and half inch squares should be a Sun Bonnet Sue's Garden square. This means each square should have something from nature appliquéd on it. Visitors will vote on their favorite square and the winning square maker will take home all the squares entered. Squares may be entered during the quilt registration times or before 9 a.m. the day of the quilt show.

 

Organizers also stated the tea party will be back, as well as, the stash pile and both are by donation only.

 

Raffle tickets for the fat quarter bucket are $1 each.

 

For more information, call Susie at 870-784-0993 or Donna at 870-289-6291.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY 4-H BANQUET       10/29/14

 

Monday night, the members of the Sevier County 4-H held their annual awards banquet at the De Queen Church of Christ. This year's theme was "Fall into 4-H."

 

4-H members presented reports concerning 4-H activities and record book winners and participants were presented their awards.

 

Record book winners included: Evin Frachiseur, Monica Rivas, Abigail Morris, Landon Frachiseur, Brayden Frachiseur, Bo Morris, Parker Stewart, Matthew Maben, Brady Haarmeyer, Payton Blanton, Jacob Seymour, Hunter Frachiseur, Attalee Frachiseur, Amber Morris, Veronica Rivas, Aubrey Seymour, and Sabrina Rivas. Aaron Morris's record book was name the county's Advance Record Book and he received $25 dollars from the Sevier County Co-op. Brennen Seymour's record book was named the County's Beginner Record Book winner and he also received $25 dollars from the Co-op.

 

Hunter Frachiseur and Brennen Seymour shared reports about the fairs that 4-H members attended.

 

Hunter reported that 4-H members do more than show livestock at the fairs. He stated 4-H members exhibit arts and crafts, baking, canning flowers, sewing and photography. He also announced the 2015 Sevier County Fair will begin August 22nd.

 

Brennen Seymour reported that he exhibited the grand champion limosin-flex bull at the Sevier County and Arkansas State Fairs and he was named the reserved champion at the Four States Fair.

 

Seymour stated there were four members of the Sevier County 4-H that was inducted into this year's Purple Circle. They were Luke Smith, Grace Harris, Amber Morris, Autumn Pickett and Brennen Seymour.

 

Amber Morris reported on the 4-H camps, including the Quad County Camp and the Cloverbud and Junior Day Camp.

 

Aaron Morris reported on the 4-H O'Rama's. He said 13 Sevier County 4-H members participated in the district O'Rama and three attended the state O'Rama.

 

Kayla Hicks said five 4-H members competed in the Sevier County BBQ contest. Hicks was chosen as the top senior winner and she represented the county in the state competition.

 

Carlee Helms won the county's dairy recipe contest and competed on the state level, where she was the youngest competitor.

 

And, Attalee Frachiseur explained what a 4-H record book is and said they are summaries of each 4-Her's work and it keeps up with their activities and community service.

 

Attalee said 19 books were submitted this year and 11 of them were submitted by Cloverbuds. Five were submitted by Beginners and one Intermediate record book was submitted for a District award, along with two senior books.

 

The Sevier County 4-H clubs held a hay ride for their first activity for the new 4-H year and will be holding an ornament making workshop at the Sevier County Fair grounds on Tuesday, November 25th at 6 p.m.

 

For more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, contact the county extension office.

 

 

AREA COUNTY CLERKS REPORT GOOD TURNOUT FOR MID-TERM ELECTION       10/28/14

 

Area county clerk's are reporting a good turnout for the mid-term election here in Arkansas.

 

As of Monday morning, Sevier County Clerk Debbie Hughes reported that 324 Sevier County residents had cast their ballots early, while Little River County Deanna Sivley reported 535 early voters.

 

Early voting will continue this week between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. today through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st, as well as on Monday, November 3rd from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the county clerk's office.

 

Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4th.

 

Arkansas' Voter ID law was struck down earlier this month by the Arkansas Supreme Court, and therefore, voters will not be required to provide proof of identity with a photo ID. However, Hughes informed KDQN listeners that voters will be asked for ID by poll workers.

 

Hughes mentioned there are two contested aldermen races in the City of De Queen and the communities of Gillham and Lockesburg will also be voting sale tax issues.

 

For more information about the mid-term election, contact the Sevier County clerk's office at 642-2852 or the Little River County clerk's office at 898-7208.

 

 

 

HOT SPRINGS WOMAN DEAD AFTER JUMPING FROM VEHICLE     10/28/14

 

State troopers identified a woman who died Friday afternoon along Highway 27 North in Hempstead County.

 

Authorities say 18-year-old Tiffany Coonce of Hot Springs, died when she exited a moving vehicle that was traveling north near the intersection of Highway 27 and County Road 34.

 

According to the incident report, the 2005 Chevrolet was being driven by 27-year-old Justin Shaw of Delight.

 

Koonce was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hempstead County Coroner's office.

 

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE HOSTING CHAMBER COFFEE      10/28/14

 

The Little River County Relay for Life will be hosting the Little River County Chamber of Commerce coffee in Foreman this Thursday, October 30th.

 

Everyone is invited to stop by the Nelda Wilkinson Community Center between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for refreshments and information about the Little River County Relay for Life.

 

Relay for Life representatives will be on hand to share information about the 2015 Relay for Life "Staying Alive-Fighting Cancer" event, as well as, answer any questions concerning Relay for Life's efforts to end cancer.

 

For more information, contact Nancy Stuart at 903-276-8711 or Jill Turner at 903-278-1831.

 

 

 

MORE WINNERS AT THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR      10/28/14

 

Tyler Johnson of De Queen showed the Grand Champion Bull in the Open Shorthorn Plus division during the Open Cattle Show at the Arkansas State Fair.

 

Gabbi Litchford of Horatio showed the Reserve Champion Female in the Junior Maine Anjou division.

 

Brennen Seymour of Horatio won the Champion Bull in the Junior Limousine-Flex division and Allie Marshall of Horatio showed the Reserve Champion Female in the Junior Brangus division.

 

Ethan Wolcott of De Queen showed the Junior Reserve Grand Champion Doe and Senior Reserve Grand Champion Doe in the Dairy-Goat show.

 

Trey Mason of Foreman showed the Reserve Grand Champion Boar in the Open Spotted Swine division.

 

Payton Hibbs of De Queen showed the Reserve Champion Purebred Buck in the junior division of the Boer Goat show.

 

Brandi Frachiseur of Winthrop and Luke Smith of Lockesburg received a $750 Market Steer Exhibitor Scholarships, while Jacie Wilkerson of Wickes and Landrie Tadlock of Wickes received $750 dollar Market Hog Exhibitor Scholarships.

 

 

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE FOR NORTH HOWARD COUNTY RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION     10/28/14

 

The Department of Health has confirmed a boil water notice that was issued by Daniel Faulkner for the entire system of the North Howard County Rural Water Association, including the cities of Umpire and Athens

 

The order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of a partial loss in normal system pressure.

 

Under the boil water order, all affected customers must be advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption and water that is used for drinking or for food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use.

 

All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water be used for making of ice.

 

This precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the distribution system and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

 

The boil water order was due to a loss of pressure that resulted from water main break.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY LIBRARY FOOD FOR FINES PROGRAM      10/28/14

 

Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced that it's time for the libraries annual Food for Fines program during the first week of November.

 

Fisher stated all donated items will be presented to the Chalice Cupboard in De Queen to help provide food to Sevier County residents.

 

Fisher said the library will take a dollar off any fine for overdue books but the program can not be used for the cost of replacing a lost or damaged book.

 

Fisher said it did not matter what nonperishable food items were donated as long as they were not out of date.

 

Fisher also stated the Sevier County Libraries were going to participate in the Mister Roger's Neighbor sweater drive during the month of November.

 

Fisher also reminded area children that the Library Witch will be at the De Queen Library this Wednesday and the Horatio Library on Friday.

 

For more information about the Sevier County Libraries, call 584-4364.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY RESCUE TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISER       10/28/14

 

It may the end of October, but members of the Sevier County Rescue team is gearing up for another year of providing toys for under privileged children in Sevier County with their annual Toys for Tots fundraiser this Saturday at the Sevier County Fair Grounds.

 

Rescue team member Mac McDaniel informed KDQN that the Toys for Tots program started in 1980 and they've been holding a fundraiser since 1992.

 

This Saturday, the Sevier County Rescue team will be preparing chicken dinners and holding an auction to raise funds so they can purchase new toys.

 

Saturday's event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Fairgrounds and will help get you in the holiday spirit.

 

 

 

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS SITE PROPOSED FOR NEW STATE PRISON      10/28/14

 

Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million dollar prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state.

 

Arkansas Department of Corrections spokesperson Dina Tyler reported the agency has received proposals or expects to receive proposals from eight entities, including Pike County in Southwest Arkansas.

 

Pike County Clerk Sandy Campbell says the quorum court has discussed some land with a private owner and some company land around Murfreesboro, but there is also some land in the Glenwood Industrial Park.

 

The other counties that have filed or expected to file, includes Cross and Mississippi counties, and a joint proposal from the counties of Columbia, Ouachita and Union.

 

The cities of Arkadelphia, Augusta, Marshall and Pindall have also submitted proposals.

 

 

 

TEEN CITIED FOR DWI      10/28/14

 

About 3 Sunday morning, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department witnessed a vehicle driving left of the center line on Highway 70 west near the First Baptist Church.

 

When Browning approached the vehicle, he noticed the odor of alcohol and identified the driver as 19-year-old Ramiro Violante.

 

According to the incident report, Violante apologized after being informed why he had been pulled over.

 

After taking a portable breath test, Violante was giving a series of field sobriety test and then placed under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and for driving left of the center line.

 

 

HISTORIC WASHINGTON STATE PARK HOSTING CIVIL WAR WEEKEND     10/27/14

 

The town that became the Confederate State Capitol during the Civil War, which is now known as Historic Washington State Park, will be hosting Southwest Arkansas' annual Civil War Weekend on November 1st and 2nd.

 

During the Civil War Weekend, visitors will walk the streets of a town touched by the hand of war. Re-enactors from across the region will present living history demonstrations.

 

Special programs will include: a medicine show, the Hempstead Rifle Muster, a Civil War skirmish, a town-ball and a Civil War church service.

 

Tours and programs will be presented at many of the historic homes and the BW Edwards Weapons Museum and the Blacksmith Shop will be open for tours each day.

 

Surrey rides will be available as well.

 

This weekend will offer a fun and educational experience for all ages. For more details, contact the park at 870-983-2684 or visit their website at HistoricWashington@arkansas.com.

 

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

 

 

 

HORATIO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HOSTING "SCREAMS OF THE NIGHT" HAUNTED HOUSE      10/27/14

 

Assistant Fire Chief Rich Dorsey stated the members of the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department decided to hold a haunted house fundraiser this year and he said it's going to rank pretty high on the scare meter.

 

The haunted house is taking the place of the department's annual fish fry, but they will be selling concessions, both nights.

 

Dorsey stated if you are looking for a great time, you need to stop by the Horatio Fire Department Halloween or Saturday night.

 

Firefighters will be working on the haunted house all this week, and if you would like to volunteer, call Dorsey or stop by the Horatio Fire Station at 109 South Main Street in Horatio.

 

 

 

OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH       10/27/14

 

During the month of October, volunteers from all across the nation work to make citizens aware of the domestic violence issue. Abuse is a topic that is not easy to discuss, but it's something that occurs about 960,000 times a year.

 

Here in Sevier County, the staff and volunteers of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center work to educate the public on a daily basis and Courtney White and Debbie McGuffin spoke with KDQN about domestic violence.

 

White started by talking about what it takes sometimes for someone to realize that they need assistance, as well as, the long term effects of abuse.

 

McGuffin talked about how victims can start to heal and some of the characteristics of an abuser.

 

Southwest Arkansas is fortunate to have the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center in De Queen and if you have questions about abuse whether you are being abused or if you know someone that is being abused then contact the center at 584-3441.

 

 

 

SKULL FOUND IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY IDENTIFIED       10/27/14

 

Authorities in Little River County announced the skull that was found by a 6-year-old girl near her home has been identified as 26-year-old Zachary Wagner.

 

Little River County Sheriff Gary Gregory stated Wagner had been missing since February and had been a suspect in an arson case.

 

The medical examiner at the Arkansas Crime Lab has not confirmed the cause of death, but made a positive ID, according to a special agent with the Arkansas State Police.

 

Sheriff Gregory reported that they were looking for people who may have contact with Wagner around the time of his death who may have wanted to harm him. He also added that now the Wagner family has some closure concerning his where abouts.

 

Wagner was suspected of setting fire to a log truck in East Ogden in February, but he had not been seen since.

 

Wagner was on parole from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, where he had served time on felony counts of residential burglary and theft, according to court records.

 

Authorities started searching the area off Little River County Road 251 on October 7th after the girl found the skull next to a tree near her house while she was waiting on the school bus.

 

According to an earlier report, she picked up the skull and took it home to her parents because she thought is part of a Halloween display.

 

The parents contacted the Little River County Sheriff's office.

 

Gregory said some hunting dogs may have brought the skull to the spot. Searchers then found more bones in the woods across the road from the house.

 

 

 

TEXAS RESIDENT CONVICTED OF STEALING MONEY FROM POST OFFICE IN FOREMAN    10/27/14

 

A Hooks, Texas resident has been sentenced to 24 months probation, a $500 dollar fine and $8,992.23 in restitution for stealing money from postal bags in the Foreman Post Office.

 

29-year-old Steve Williams plead guilty to his role in the theft of money from the Foreman Post Office before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant in the Western District of Arkansas, Texarkana Division.

 

Williams had been charged with misdemeanor embezzlement and theft.

 

Williams worked for a transportation company that had a contract with the United States Postal Service and in March of this year, postal inspectors began investigating a report of missing funds from the Foreman Post Office.

 

Leslie McClain is a postal inspector and public information officer and she explained that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement, crime prevention and security arm of the postal service.

 

She said postal inspectors are federal law enforcement agents who conduct investigations of postal-related crimes, such as mail fraud and theft, violent crimes against postal employees, revenue fraud, dangerous mail, illegal drugs in the mail and child exploitation that's conducted through the mail.

 

The investigation started after the Foreman Deputy Marshall, Gina Butler, was called to the post office when a postal carrier returned late and found the back door had been broken into and some postal bags were missing.

 

Foreman Marshall Alex Mathis stated Williams tried to make it look like a break-in.

 

 

UA COSSATOT INDUCTS PHI THETA KAPPA MEMBERS  10/27/14

 

ASHDOWN – UA Cossatot inducted 24 members into Phi Theta Kappa last Monday. 

 

Phi Theta kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. Students earn membership through academic excellence and dedication. UA Cossatot held the induction in the Barbara Horn Civic Center in Ashdown. 

 

From left, bottom row: PTK co-advisor Jimmy Arnold, Cheryl Allen, Samantha Edgar, Reyna Lopez, Caroline Spain, Donna Gaddis, Kortney Ashley, Rachel Faulkner, Tiffany Gray, Betty Reed, PTK advisor Ashley Deen, and Katy Garcia; From Right, top row: Brettny Lynch, Cheryl Byrd, Faith Miller, Wendy Garcia, Veronica Gaona, and Cameron Smith.  Inductees not pictured: Lauren Long, Scotti Musick, Ashley Scott, Alexandria Trotter, Elizabeth Stone, Alex Suarez, Jacqueline Turcios, and Catherine Tuttle. 

 

Current chapter officers: Stephanie Harrison, President, Lisa Castle, Vice President, and Brooke Alexander, Secretary.

 

WICKES RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR OBSTRUCTION OF GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS         10/24/14

 

Wednesday night about 7:47, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 Toyota Tundra with Texas tags for violating the city's noise ordinance.

 

Ordinance 758 states that any noise that can be heard from more than 50 feet is to loud and the Tundra had an issue with its muffler causing it be loud.

 

Browning identified the driver as Fred Urista.

 

Urista had a Texas driver's license, but Browning was informed that the Urista's license was suspended, so he was issued a citation for driving on a suspended driver's license.

 

Browning then inquired if any of the three passengers in the vehicle had a valid driver's license and all three of the men said they did not have a driver's license.

 

However, Browning recognized one of the men and asked him to step out of the vehicle.

 

Browning reported that he remembered the man from a DWI accident involving Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon from August of 2013.

 

In 2013, Browning had transported the suspect who was identified as Andres Cuadra to the Sevier County jail. However, the suspect informed Browning that his name was Javier Gonzalez, Wednesday night.

 

When Browning asked the suspect about the incident in 2013, he responded that he didn't know what Browning was talking about.

 

So, the suspect was detained so Browning could identify him by running his prints through the Arkansas Crime Information Center, but before they arrived at the Sevier County jail, he confirmed that he was Cuadra.

 

A search revealed that Cuadra had warrants from the City of De Queen and the Sevier County. It also revealed nine aliases that he used.

 

Cuadra informed Browning that he had paid a man in Dallas $100 for the fake ID. He was then issued citations for his De Queen warrant and obstruction of government operations. He is being held on a hold from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 

 

 

TYPE O BLOOD SUPPLY CRITICALLY LOW        10/24/14

 

LifeShare Blood Centers is reporting an urgent need for O negative blood donors in order to stabilize the supply. Patient use of O negative blood has exceeded recent blood donations of that type and it has resulted in an immediate need for blood donations.

 

LifeShare Blood Center spokesperson said patients in trauma situations, those with O negative blood and most infants can only receive type O negative blood and because of this, it is vital that LifeShare increases its current supply to support and to be prepared for local patient needs.

 

After a blood donation, testing and processing takes a minimum of 24 hours before the blood is available for patient use. People who are eligible to give blood and know they have an O negative blood type are needed immediately.

 

Anyone who is unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection and donations of all blood types are needed to constantly replenish the blood supply.

 

Donors may go to the LifeShare Blood Center in Texarkana.

 

All donors will receive a mini-physical prior to the donation procedure. The mini-physical will include a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron levels. Potential donors must be 16 or older, meet the height and weight requirements and feel well and healthy at the time of the donation.

 

LifeShare recommends eating a good meal and drink lots of fluid prior to donating.

 

HORATIO SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDS PUBLIC MEETING     10/24/14

 

Earlier this month, the Horatio School District held its annual report to the public prior to the October meeting of the Board of Education.

 

Superintendent Lee Smith reported that the district received over $8 million dollars from a combination of local, state, building, federal, activity and food service funding sources in 2013-2014.

 

Smith reported that the district’s accountability status was Needs Improvement overall, but the district was achieving in the areas of percentage of students tested, graduation rate and Literacy. He also reported the district was accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education, however, the Horatio High School was currently on probation due to the fact that some teachers were teaching in areas that they were not certified in, but that issue has been addressed.

 

Elementary Principal Susan Nelson reported her campus was on schedule to implement the Teacher Excellence Support System, which is a new teacher evaluation program.

 

Nelson also reported the district is planning to renovate the old ALE building and turn it into a literacy lab and research facility for the older students.

 

High School Principal James Dobbins reported that the number of students making a score of four on the state AP exams has increased. He explained that a score of four is the highest score a student can achieve.

 

Following the report to the public, board members approved one student transfer to the De Queen School District, hired a bus driver and approved the routine monthly reports.

 

ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE HALL OF FAME SOLICITING NOMINATIONS    10/24/14

 

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its class of 2014. The nomination deadline is November 14th.

 

The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who are or have contributed significantly to the state’s largest industry, while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development. Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 142 men and women have been inducted.

 

Cal McCastlain is the chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame and he says anyone can nominate a person believed worthy for the honor.

 

McCastlain said the history of Arkansas agriculture is filled with great men and women and the role of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is to honor the worthy individuals who made a profound impact on Arkansas agriculture.

 

The Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock houses the Agriculture Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Farm Bureau.

 

For additional information and online nomination forms go to www.arkansasaghalloffame.org or call 501-228-1470.

 

The induction ceremony for the next class will be March 6th, 2015 in Little Rock.

 

AREA WINNERS AT THE STATE FAIR     10/24/14   

 

Several local 4-H and FFA members received awards at the Arkansas State Fair.

 

Winners in the state fair cattle show included: Luke Smith of Lockesburg who showed the open Charolais grand champion bull, as well as the junior Charolais champion bull.

 

Kaitlin Kitchens of Dierks won the junior Limousine champion bull.

 

In the breeding swine competition, Jacob Moore of Umpire showed the winning open Hampshire reserve grand champion female in the open division and the junior Hampshire reserve grand champion female in the junior division.

 

Rebecca Wood of Lockesburg showed the winning Duroc grand champion boar in the open division and the junior Duroc reserve grand champion boar.

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL WORKING ON 2015 BUDGET       10/23/14

 

Aldermen of the De Queen City Council heard budget request from Police Chief Richard McKinley, Parks Director Gaytha Bakenhus and Mike Sims of the waste treatment department.

 

Chief McKinley requested an increase in his department's equipment and uniform account for the purchase of two new vests. Bakenhus wants to renovate the backstop on field four at the Sportsplex and Sims requested a tank for the storage of chemicals.

 

Other department heads are expected to present their budget requests at the next council meeting on November 11th.

 

Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy asked aldermen to amend the city's 2014 budget by moving funds from the water department's depreciation fund to the equipment line item to pay for some repairs following a lightning strike at the water plant.

 

McKelvy also mentioned that Jeff Brown was the new head of the water department.

 

McKelvy stated the raw water line project was complete but the city's engineer would be presenting a few change orders in the next couple of weeks.

 

Council members also approved making an extra payment on the city's Rural Development loan in the amount of $150,000, which will allow the city to refinance it’s loans in 2017.

Alderman passed a resolution to appoint Caleb Stephens and Paul Minor to the De Queen Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Stephens is from New Boston, Texas and is a graduate of Louisiana Tech. He said he wanted to serve on the fire department so he could give back to the community and get more involved in his new home.

 

Chief McKinley reported that he hired Justin Gentry as a new patrolman.

 

Gentry worked at the Sevier County jail as a jailer and was highly recommended by his supervisors and Sheriff Bennie Simmons.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN LIONS CLUB COLLECTING ITEMS FOR PARENT SURVIVAL PACKS       10/23/14

 

Members of the De Queen Lions Club are partnering with the Arkansas Children's Hospital to provide parents of children who have been admitted into the hospital with survival packs.

 

According to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, many visits are unplanned and most patients are admitted between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Most of the time these visits are unscheduled and often times families are unprepared and without food.

 

So, members of the De Queen Lions Club are collecting travel-sized toiletry items to help make their stay a little less stressful.

 

Lions Club members are shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, body wash, razors, shaving cream, tooth brushes, tooth paste and floss. But, one of the most needed items is cell phone chargers, especially iPhone chargers.

 

So far, the De Queen Lions Club has filled 120 survival packs and they will present them to a representative from the Arkansas Children's Hospital Tuesday, October 28th during their weekly meeting.

 

Although, the Lions Cub is not currently collecting items for the parent survival snack packs, area churches and organizations are encouraged to collect the following items to provide families with a little comfort during these uncertain times.

 

Suggested items including: individually wrapped snack items, like granola bars, nuts, chips, crackers and cookies; individually wrapped breakfast items like breakfast bars and pastries; hot chocolate packets, small bottles of water, individually wrapped hot tea bags and single-serve instant coffee packets.

 

For more information, call the Arkansas Children's Hospital volunteer services at 501-364-1825 or email them at volunteerservices@archildrens.org.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN REGIONAL MEDICAL HOSPITAL HEALTH FAIR THIS FRIDAY      10/23/14

 

Public Relations Director Rhonda Blanton of the De Queen Regional Medical Center stopped by the KDQN studios this week to remind everyone about the upcoming health fair at the hospital. The health will be this Friday.

 

Blanton stated there will be several booths along with some special guests that offer special services in the De Queen area.

 

Blanton said if you are interested in having a booth during the health fair you may contact her at the hospital by calling 870-584-4111. She also stated several booths will have some items for everyone that stops by their booth.

 

Blanton explained that there will be several other groups with booths and this will give the public the opportunity to visit the hospital and receive valuable information concerning their health.

 

 

 

 

COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK       10/23/14

 

Cossatot River State Park interpreter Andrew Rawlings announced this week that it's time for the leaves to start turning and that now is a great time to take a hike and take some nature pictures.

 

Rawlings said he will be leading a hike through the Cossatot Falls this Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. so park guests may enjoy this awesome autumn.

 

Rawlings invited everyone to bring their binoculars, cameras, and phones to capture the beautiful scenery around the Cossatot River.

 

Saturday afternoon from 2 to 3 p.m. Rawlings will host a fire building competition.

 

Participates will demonstrate who has the best survival skills by starting a fire using flint and steel.

 

On Sunday morning from 9 to 10 a.m., Rawlings will lead a hike through the Cossatot Falls in search of birds and then from 2 to 3 p.m., you can help Rawlings feed the park critters at the visitor center.

 

For more information about the activities at the Cossatot River State Park, call 870-385-2201 or check out our website at KDQN.net.

 

 

 

LIFESHARE BLOOD DRIVE IN FOREMAN       10/23/14

 

LifeShare Blood Center will be holding a blood drive on Tuesday, October 28th at the Oscar Hamilton Elementary School in Foreman in the school cafeteria.

 

According to LifeShare about one in seven people entering a hospital need blood and one blood donation can save up to three lives.

 

LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas, including the De Queen Regional Medical Center, the Little River Hospital and Howard Memorial Hospital.

 

 

 

MCDANIEL ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOOL SAFETY INITIATIVE      10/23/14

 

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced the launch of a new school safety training initiative for school districts and law enforcement agencies to help educators and emergency responders be better prepared for an active threat on campuses.

 

Agents with the Attorney General's Special Investigations Division will offer a number of specialized training courses, at no cost to the school employees or law enforcement officials.

 

Special Agents Tony Allen and Jeremiah Terrell will offer several types of training that based on curriculum that was developed at Texas State University. 

 

School employees will be taught how to "Avoid, Deny and Defend" in an active shooter situation. This means participants will learn to first attempt to avoid the danger, then deny entry into a classroom or building and ultimately, defend themselves if necessary.

 

Law enforcement officers will receive Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Techniques or ALERRT training.

 

This training will focus on engagement with an active shooter and first responders will be trained to treat victims in the critical time before additional medical help arrives.

 

 

TWO RIVERS MUSEUM CHILLIN' ON MAIN        10/23/14

 

Members of the Little River County Historical Society will be 'Chillin' on Main' at the Two Rivers Museum today from 5 to 7 p.m. to raise funds for the museum.

 

Society members will be serving homemade chili, taco soup or vegetable soup with all the trimmings and dessert.

 

Tickets are $10 and children under 10 will be $5.

 

Tickets are available at the Two Rivers Museum, the Little River County Courthouse and the Castle.

 

All proceeds will go toward the renovation of the upstairs portion of the museum.

 

For additional information, contact Carolyn Castleman at 870-898-9080 or Clayton Castleman at 870-898-7202.

 

TYPE O BLOOD SUPPLY CRITICALLY LOW 10/28/14

LifeShare will be in De Queen Monday November 3 at Pilgrim’s Pride from 12 – 6pm and Tuesday November 11 at De Queen Middle School 2:30 – 6:30pm.

LifeShare Blood Centers reports an urgent need for O negative blood donors in order to stabilize the supply. Patient use of O negative blood has exceeded recent blood donations of the same type, resulting in an immediate need for blood donations.

“Patients in trauma situations, those with O negative blood and most infants can only receive type O negative blood. Because of this, it is vital to increase the current supply to support and be prepared for local patient needs,” says Karen Siefert, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers. 

After blood donation, testing and processing takes a minimum of 24 hours before the blood is available for patient use. People who are eligible to give blood and know they have an O negative blood type are needed immediately. Persons who are unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection. Donations of all blood types are needed for constant replenishing.

The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with mobile blood drives. To locate a mobile blood drive, call your nearest center or go to www.lifeshare.org.

LifeShare Blood Centers locations:

For center hours, to locate a convenient mobile blood drive, or to make a donation appointment, go to www.lifeshare.org or call the LifeShare location nearest you: Shreveport (318) 673-1471 or toll-free (800) 256-4483 or Texarkana (903) 794-3173 or toll-free (800) 264-5456.

 

 

AETN, SEVIER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNER TO HOLD MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD SWEATER DRIVE      10/22/14

 

The Arkansas Educational Television Network and the Sevier County Public Library in De Queen have partnered to sponsor a Mister Rogers Sweater Drives as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor.

 

The drive will be held November 1 through November 29th.

 

Members of the community are being asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters at the Sevier County Library. Sweaters that are collected will then be distributed locally by the Sevier County Housing Authority and statewide by the Arkansas Salvation Army.

 

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" has long been a place where caring and consideration for others and it instills a good feeling in all of us, according to AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly.

 

Weatherly explained Fred Rogers' cardigan sweater has come to represent the gentle spirit, warmth and nurturing of the neighborhood. Mister Rogers himself once said, "All of us, at some time or other, need help, and whether we're giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.

 

To set the tone for a comfortable visit with his young viewers, Rogers always put on a sweater and changed into sneakers to help children settle in for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

 

All of Rogers' sweaters were knitted by his mother and each year, she knitted a dozen sweaters and gave them to family and friends at Christmas.

 

Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher stated the library staff was proud to host the Sevier County Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive. She said the library hosts the Food for Fines drive, each year and this is simply another opportunity to help meet the needs of our neighbors.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN RESIDENT PEPPER SPRAYED AFTER RESISTING ARREST     10/22/14

Saturday, October 18th, Patrolman Bucky Sawyer of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Third Street following a report that a white female was yelling at passing cars.

Sawyer located the suspect at Third and Wallace about 1:35 in the morning.

Sawyer reported that knew the suspect as 48-year-old Janet Mayo and realized she was intoxicated as she approached his patrol car.

After making contact with Mayo, she repeatedly asked Sawyer who he was and he continued to identify himself as Officer Bucky Sawyer. After repeating herself several times, Sawyer informed her that she was under arrest for public intox.

Sawyer then attempted to handcuff Mayo, but she pulled and spun away from him. He then attempted to calm her down and he reportedly informed her that he would not cuff her if she would comply and get in the vehicle, but she continued to resist Sawyer and became more agitated.

Sawyer called for backup and was assisted by Patrolman First Class Levi Browning and Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Davignon.

Sawyer reported that Mayo appeared to calm down while speaking with Deputy Davignon, but then became belligerent again.   

Mayo was then informed that if she did not comply, she would be pepper sprayed. After Mayo made several more advances toward Deputy Davignon, he pepper sprayed her.

Mayo was then advised to get into Officer Browning’s patrol unit so she could receive decontamination, but upon arriving at the jail, she refused the towel that had been soaked in ice water.

Mayo reportedly became belligerent again and was ushered into the drunk tank. She was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.

 

 

 

 

DIERKS BOARD OF EDUCATION HONORS OUT-GOING BOARD MEMBER     10/22/14

 

Following the election of Brad Garner to the Dierks Board of Education, school board members honored out-going member Barry Stuard during their October .

 

Cothern reported that she is continuing to secure bids for video surveillance equipment as a part of the Safe School Environment initiative.

 

Cothern announced that she would be recognizing school employees who she feels are going above and beyond the call of duty, each month during the monthly meeting of the Dierks School Board.

 

 

 

EARLY VOTING UNDERWAY IN ARKANSAS       10/22/14

 

Thousands of Arkansas voters started casting their ballots Monday in a closely watched midterm election that is being highlighted by an expensive U.S. Senate race that could help determine which party will control the Senate next year.

 

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office reported that 21,094 people had cast a ballot by late Monday afternoon. Martin has predicted 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will vote during this midterm election.

 

Sevier County Clerk Debbie Hughes' office reported 60 residents cast their votes in Sevier County on Monday and that there was a steady stream of people casting their votes early.

 

Republican and Democratic party leaders are urging Arkansans to vote early.

 

 

 

ARKANSAS STATE FAIR ATTENDANCE FALLS SHORT OF 2013      10/22/14

 

Officials with the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock say attendance during the final six days of the fair rebounded with improved weather, but attendance fell short of the 2013 numbers.

 

The fair announced Monday that the crowd for Sunday's final day of the fair totaled 50,595 to help bring the total attendance for the 10-day fair to 407,363. The total attendance was 8.6 percent lower than last year's 445,314.

 

Fair officials say they were pleased with the final numbers, but noted the first four days were hampered by rain, thunderstorms and strong winds.

 

This was the 75th anniversary of the Arkansas State Fair.

 

 

ASHDOWN BOARD OF EDUCATION PLEASED WITH CURRENT DIRECTION OF DISTRICT       10/21/14

 

Following the Ashdown School District annual Report to the Public, the Ashdown Board of Education elected new officers and approved the board disclosure resolution, which will allow the district to conduct business with board members who sell items or provide services to the district.

 

Superintendent Jason Sanders reported that he informed the public that the district's enrollment was continuing to increase this semester.

 

Sanders stated that it was a good thing that the enrollment was increasing because some of the district's funding is tied to enrollment numbers.

 

Sanders reported that board members voted to table a discussion to select a district architect for future facility projects, but they would discuss the issue in November.

 

Sanders reported that the district has had a great start to the school year, but everyone in the district was working to ensure they had a successful school year and end on a high note.

 

 

 

CITY OF ASHDOWN AS A NEW CHIEF       10/21/14

 

Newly elected Ashdown Mayor James Sutton appointed Ashdown Police Captain Mark Ardwin as the new chief of police following the retirement of Doyle Crouch.

 

Ardwin is a native of Ashdown and has been in law enforcement for 32 years. He started in May of 1982 as a deputy with the Little River County Sheriffs Office. He was hired to be a patrolman with the Ashdown Police Department in 1987.

 

Former chief of police Crouch was praised by former mayor Carroll McLarty for his service and wished him a long, enjoyable and healthy retirement.

 

Ardwin stated that his goal is to educate the citizens of Ashdown about the working operations of the department, so that people will have a understanding of police procedures and not be afraid of the officers.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET TUESDAY NIGHT      10/21/14

 

During the October 7th meeting of the De Queen City Council, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy informed the aldermen the water plant had been struck by lightning and repairs were being made. Well, tonight, aldermen will be asked to amend the city’s budget to cover the cost of those repair.

 

According to McKelvy, parts and labor totaled $4,097.50, however, while switching to the new water line, they discovered a flash mixer that was not working in a mixing tank.

 

City Engineer Greg Vaughn found a new mixer and impeller for $6,349. The city also owes Vaughn $850 for his work on the project.

 

McKelvy informed the city aldermen that the water department has enough in it's depreciation fund to cover the cost, but the council will need to amend the budget to cover the additional cost.

 

Several department heads will present their budgets and the council will discuss making an additional payment on the city's waste water Rural Development Administration loan.

 

 

 

EARLY VOTING IS UNDERWAY       10/21/14

 

Residents of Sevier County have begun casting their votes during the midterm election here in Arkansas.

 

Arkansas election officials are predicting that 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will cast a ballot during this general election, which is an increase from the last midterm election in 2010, when 47.6 percent of Arkansas' 1.6 million registered voters cast their vote.

 

Sevier County Clerk Debbie Hughes informed KDQN that there has been a steady stream of people voting early this morning and she expects a large turnout for this election.

 

Hughes explained when her office will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and for the next two Saturdays

 

Early voting will end on Monday, November 3rd at 5 p.m.

 

This year's ballot features a heated U.S. Senate race between Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cotton, along with the governor's race with Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson.

 

Hughes stated there are also two contested aldermen races in the City of De Queen and residents in Gillham and Lockesburg will be considering sales tax issues.

 

For more information, Hughes said you may call her office at 870-642-2852.

 

 

 

SCAMMERS TARGET UTILITY CUSTOMERS     10/21/14

 

Utility companies in Arkansas and across the country report an increasing number of instances where scammers attempt to extort electric customers out of cash by posing as representatives of the company and threatening to cut off customers' power.

 

Con artists target small businesses and homeowners, demanding that the consumer pay his or her overdue bill immediately, typically with an untraceable cash card, in order to avoid having their electricity shut off. Recently, an Arkansas-based electric provider discovered that one scammer was using the company's own prerecorded message in a ruse to make the scheme sound more believable.

 

So, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert to let consumers know what to watch for in the event they are targets of this scam.

 

Commercial and residential customers, even those who pay their bills on time, have been contacted by scammers and scam artists may even spoof a caller ID number to make it appear legitimate, and tell customers that they must pay their bill within an hour.

 

McDaniel said there are several ways for consumers to recognize the fact that they may be a target.

 

One, utility companies will not ask for payment on a GreenDot MoneyPak card.

 

Two, utility companies never demand immediate payment. Although, utility companies may place a courtesy call to consumers whose service is at risk of being disconnected, the calls are usually recorded messages.

 

And, three, utility companies won't mind if a skeptical consumer calls back later.

 

Consumers who are contacted by scam artists in this utility-bill scam should contact their electric provider, local law enforcement agency and the Attorney General's office by call 1-800-482-8982.

 

 

 

UA COSSATOT COLLEGIATE FFA GUN RAFFLE       10/21/14

 

UA Cossatot Collegiate FFA chapter is holding a gun raffle and the money raised will help students attend the National FFA Convention, as well as fund the FFA contest that they will hold this spring.

 

UA Cossatot FFA Advisor Kelli Harris reported that members of the Cossatot FFA just returned from the Arkansas State Fair and, students will attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville in about two weeks.

 

Students are selling tickets for $20 each, but they will only be selling 500 tickets until Monday, October 27th prior to their annual chili supper.

 

Harris stated you do not have to be present to win, but the ticket also earns you admission to the chili supper at 6 p.m.

 

If you would like a ticket, contact a member of the UA Cossatot Collegiate FFA.

 

Harris said the winners will pick up their guns at Tires Plus after the drawing, but if you have any questions, you may contact her at UA Cossatot by calling 870-584-4471, ext. 1218.

 

ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL EARNS PLACE IN AMERICA'S MOST CHALLENGING HIGH SCHOOLS, ANNOUNCED BY THE WASHINGTON POST  10/21/14

Ashdown High School has been ranked among America's Most Challenging High Schools, according to a recent announcement by The Washington Post, who conducts the research and compiles the listing.

America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio:  the number of Advanced Placement tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.  Ashdown High School's Challenge Index score was 2.272, which placed them #22 in the 62 schools recognized in Arkansas, #464 of the 894 schools ranked in the South U.S., and #937 of the 1900 public schools named to the list nationwide.  Number 937 of the overall total school districts in the United States makes Ashdown in the top 4% nationally.

Of the ten schools in the southwest quadrant of Arkansas who made the listing, Ashdown is fifth and, statewide, Ashdown is ranked ahead of Springdale, Russellville, El Dorado and Fort Smith. 

Jay Mathews of The Washington Post explains the Challenge Index used to select the schools for the listing:  "We take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. I call this formula the Challenge Index. With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had as many tests in 2012 as they had graduates, were put on the national list."

Mathews continued that "this year, only 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools managed to reach that standard and earn placement on our list."

Highest in the nation was the American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, California, with a Challenge Index score of 21.909, while, incidentally, 77% of its students qualify for subsidized lunches.  Closest in ranking to this school was Uplift Education North Hills Preparatory in Irving, Texas, with a second place score of 15.696.

Holding the #1 ranking in Arkansas is Arkansas School of Math, Science and the Arts in Hot Springs with a Challenge Index score of 4.674. 

The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests. Research has found that even low-performing students who got only a 2 on an AP test did significantly better in college than similar students who did not take AP.

Ashdown High School offers a total of ten AP courses , in addition to nine pre-AP courses at high school and eight at junior high as prerequisites and/or preparation for the AP courses and exams.  The list of offerings includes AP English 11 & 12, AP American History, AP Geography, AP Psychology, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, and AP Biology.

Picture attached:  Proudly displaying the banner proclaiming Ashdown High School as one of America's Most Challenging High Schools are (left) AHS Principal Tim Erwin and Assistant Principal Mark Pounds.  The designation was announced by The Washington Post earlier this school year, and the banner has finally arrived and is prominently displayed in the entry to the high school.

 

BENEFIT FOR WITHEM FAMILY       10/20/14

 

Several benefits have been planned for the Withem family of Arden who lost their home during the tornado that struck Little River County Monday morning.

 

Community members will hold a hot dog benefit dinner for the family on Saturday, October 25th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Arden School House.

 

They will be serving hot dogs for donations only, as well as a silent auction, bake sale and possibly a hay ride.

 

An account has also been set up at the Mil-Way Credit Union to benefit the family and residents are collecting clothing for Roxanne Withem and the 3 children.

 

They are needing jeans size 14-16, 9 junior, boys size 10 and boys size 6 slim. Shirt sizes include women's 1X, ladies medium, boys 12-14 and boys 7-8. Shoes sizes are women's 8.5, 8, men's size 7 and a boys size 13.

 

Clothing may be dropped off at the Central Baptist Church in the Family Life Center, across from the Little River Courthouse in Ashdown between 8 and 5 each day.

 

 

 

BOIL WATER ORDER FOR NHCRW        10/20/14

 

The North Howard County Rural Water Association declared a precautionary boil water order for the entire system including the towns of Umpire and Athens.

 

The order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of a partial loss in normal system pressure.

 

Under the boil water order, all affected customers are being advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption and water that is used for drinking or for food preparation should be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use.

 

All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water be used for the making of ice.

 

This precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the distribution system and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

 

The boil water order was due to a loss of pressure that resulted from a water main break Friday afternoon.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN CHEERLEADERS CALLING FOR A PINK OUT OCTOBER 31ST     10/20/14

 

The De Queen High School cheerleaders have declared a Pink Out for Friday, October 31st during the Leopard football game against the Magnolia Panthers.

 

Currently, the cheerleaders are selling "Think Pink; Bleed Black and Gold" t-shirts for $15 each, but orders will only be taken until Monday, October 20th.

 

For more information, contact the High School Cheerleading Sponsor Cheryl Floyd by calling the De Queen Middle School at 642-2428.

 

The cheerleaders will also be conducting their annual mini cheer camp November 15th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the De Queen Coliseum.

 

The camp is for ages 4 through the 6th grade. The cost is $35 and every camper will receive a t-shirt.

 

The mini cheerleaders will perform Thursday, November 20th during the De Queen basketball game.

 

 

 

FORMER DE QUEEN RESIDENT NAMED MRS ARKANSAS STATE FAIR     10/20/14

 

Former De Queen graduate Vanessa Simmons was named the 2014 Mrs. Arkansas State Fair Queen this past Saturday, October 11th in Little Rock during the Arkansas State Fair and represent Arkansas for the next 12-months.

 

Simmons is married with one child and will be graduating from Southern Arkansas University in May.

 

Simmons is the daughter of Victor and Denise Sanchez.

 

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY LEADERSHIP CLASS TO HOLD DRAW DOWN EVENT NOVEMBER 1ST      10/20/14

 

Jason Sanders is the superintendent of the Ashdown School District and he is a member of the Little River County Leadership Class and he announced that they will be holding a Draw Down event on Saturday, November 1st as their community project.

 

Sanders said the event is a fundraiser to upgrade the horseshoe pits at the Ashdown City Park.

 

Sanders then explained that during the Draw Down, they will pull out 10 tickets and then another 10 tickets until they are down to the final 10 tickets.

 

Sanders said the event will include a meal and entertainment.

 

Sanders mentioned where you can get a ticket at the Little River County Chamber of Commerce and the Ashdown School District Administration building.

 

And, Sanders said they are also selling sponsorship packages for $250 and it will include two tickets and the company name in the program and four meals.

 

For more information call the Little River County Chamber of Commerce at 870-898-2758.

 

 

 

AGFC STOCKS ALMOST 1.7 MILLION FISH DURING SEPTEMBER     10/20/14

 

It's starting to feel like fall in Arkansas and there's no better time to hit the state's fisheries and enjoy Arkansas' bountiful angling opportunities.

 

Fisheries crews from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocked almost 1.7 million fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during September. The total stocking weighed 105,200 pounds. Crews stocked trout, bream and catfish.

 

De Queen Lake was stocked with 3,240 yearling channel catfish, Dierks Lake was stocked with 2,760 yearling channel catfish and Gilliam Lake was stocked with 1,440 yearling channel cat.

 

 

 

HOME FIRE PREPAREDNESS       10/20/14

 

Most people in Arkansas know that smoke-detector installation and testing is important, but according to a new survey, most people are mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home.

 

Research from the American Red Cross shows folks think they have five minutes, but it's really only two minutes. A new Red Cross "Home Fire Preparedness Campaign" kicked off this month to set the record straight.

 

Red Cross spokesperson Anne Borrego says home fire drills may be the only way to beat the clock, and save lives.

 

According to the survey, nearly seven in 10 parents believed their children knew what to do if their house caught on fire, but fewer than one in five families with children have practiced a home fire drill.

 

It's also recommended that smoke detectors be installed in each bedroom and regularly tested. Nationally, about 2,300 people die in house fires each year and 13,000 are injured.

LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL PASSES ORDINANCE CONCERNING WATER AND SEWER PROJECT       10/17/14

 

Tuesday night, the Lockesburg City Council held a public meeting concerning the city's water and sewer project.

 

Michael Moyers, Jr. briefed those in attendance about Ordinance 2014-7 that authorizes the construction of betterments and improvements to the water facilities of the water and sewer system for the city. The ordinance also authorized the issuance of bonds for the purpose of financing the project and other matters that are related to the project.

 

Following the public meeting, aldermen voted to adopted the ordinance.

 

Aldermen then approved two water bill adjustments, however, one will be put on hold for three months so an average billing could be determined because the customer is new.

 

De Queen Code Enforcement Officer Ray Sowell addressed the Lockesburg City Council about code enforcement and beautification for the city.

 

Aldermen then hired Sowell to help the city develop a code enforcement program.

 

 

 

MARY AND MARTHA FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY       10/17/14

 

This Saturday, the Mary and Martha Center will be holding a Fall fundraiser at the new center on the corner of Coulter Drive and Rockefeller Street near the Sevier County fairgrounds.

 

De Queen High School senior Lucy Lugo explained that the center was building a new building and the fundraiser would help them complete their building.

 

Lugo stated there would be a lot of activities for children for just $3 admission and they are selling pumpkins and wooden art.

 

Lugo also mentioned that residents may also donate to help the center paint the inside of the building. The center is seeking donates of $75 for a five-gallon bucket of paint.

 

Lugo stated the center currently meets at the First Baptist Church after school program that helps a lot of students in the community, as well as providing an after school snacks to area children.

 

If you are interested in donating to the Mary and Martha Center, you may mail a donation to PO Box 473 or call Olivia Romine at 582-2207 or Robin Cribb at 584-2227.

 

 

 

POND CREEK SUBJECT OF COMPATIBILITY REPORT       10/17/14

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the availability of four Draft Compatibility Determinations for Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge for public review and comment.

 

These determinations encompass fishing, horseback riding, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, interpretation and commercial forest management on the refuge.

 

The public comment period will extend from October 8th to October 22nd. Interested parties are asked to review the draft determinations and provide written comments to the Refuge manager.

 

A compatibility determination is the end result of a process whereby the Refuge Manager reviews a proposed use on the refuge and helps determine whether the use is compatible with the purpose for which the refuge was established.

 

The Draft Compatibility Determinations are available on-line at fws.gov/pond-creek or you may obtain them at the Pond Creek headquarters visitor center in Lockesburg.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY 4-H CLUBS REORGANIZING       10/17/14

 

Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service’s Rex Herring announced this week the Sevier County 4-H clubs were reorganizing and they were seeking new members and leaders.

 

The purpose of the 4-H clubs is to give youth ages 5 to 19 an opportunity to participate in the youth development educational programs of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

 

Youth in 4-H clubs learn life skills, enhance leadership skills, and increase their self-esteem while serving in a number of community service projects. Youth in 4-H clubs have the opportunity to compete in a number of competitive activities, attend camps and earn scholarships for education.

 

And this is a list of the Sevier County 4-H clubs along with the leaders name, phone number and meeting time and place:

 

  1. Chapel Hill 4-H Club is led by Carla Cowling. Her number is 584-6524 and they meet at various times.

  2. Michelle Sawyer is the leader of the Happy Face 4-H Club along with Christy Hicks and their numbers are 784-8931 and 584-6337. The Happy Face club meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Leroy Nunn’s house on Highway 329.

  3. Wilma Morris leads the Lakeside 4-H club and they meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in De Queen. Morris’ number is 642-3352.

  4. Loretta Rivas is the leader of the Lone Oak 4-H club and they meet the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 P.M. at Rivas’ home. Her phone number is 870-832-2555.

  5. Kim Morris leads the Lucky Clovers 4-H club and they meet on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the De Queen Church of Christ. You can reach Morris at 642-7913.

  6. Emilee Vaught is the leader of the Froglevel Hoppers 4-H club and they meet the first Monday of the month after school at the Horatio High School in the Agri room. You may contact Vaught at 832-5492.

  7. Kim Morris is also the leader of the Shooting Sports Club and they meet at various times.

  8. Harrell Sherwood leads the Teen Leaders 4-H club and they meet the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building. You may contact Sherwood at 784-1386.

  9. And, Katrina Frachiseur is the leader of the Goin’ Showin’ 4-H club and they meet the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building. You can call Frachiseur at 642-5569.

 

For more information about the meeting times, 4-H club membership or program benefits, contact the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service which is located in the Agri Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot or call 584-3013. 

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT       10/17/14

 

Last week, in the Sevier County Circuit Court, Marco Vasquez was convicted by Circuit Court Judge Tom Cooper for sexual assault in the fourth degree.

 

According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Erin Sprick, Vasquez's charges were reduced to a misdemeanor under the facts of the case. He had been charged with sexual assault in the second degree, which was a felony.

 

Vasquez was given credit for time served in the Sevier County jail and he must register as a sex offender.

 

Judge Cooper issued two Failure to Appear warrants for Ezekiel Christie and James Marsh.

 

Christie has been charged with theft by receiving, aggravated assault and fleeing, while Marsh has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by receiving.

 

A trial date of November 19th was set for Aaron Moreland for the charge of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

Four defendants received a trial date of February 25th. They were Kerry Bond who plead not guilty to theft of property. Kalyn Shope plead not guilty to possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of Hydro. Charity Kyle plead not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and Anthony Reed plead not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance-marijuana with the purpose to deliver and possession of meth or cocaine with the purpose to deliver.

 

 

 

TWO DE QUEEN RESIDENTS FINISH CHICAGO MARATHON      10/17/14

 

Chicago hosted the running world last Sunday as nearly 45,000 runners took to the streets for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

 

Runners snaked through several Chicago neighborhoods on a grand tour of the city, which continues to make its way to the forefront of the running scene.

 

The Chicago Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors along with Boston, New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo.

 

Two local runners, Jason Barker and Lacey Young, qualified to run in this year's race. The Chicago Marathon was Barker's second Major marathon after running in the Boston Marathon in April and it was Young's first.

 

Young has qualified for the Boston Marathon and will run there in April of 2015.

 

Young finished the Chicago Marathon in 3-hours, 13-minutes and 34-seconds, which put her at the 2,251st place overall and the 287th female to cross the finish line. That means, Young was in the top 5-percent overall male and female and in the top one-and-a-half percent of females.

 

Barker finished the race in 3-hours, 13-minutes and 2-seconds, which put him at the 2,190th place overall and 1909th male to cross the finish line. This puts him in the top 5-percent of all runners and in the top 10-percent of male runners.

 

 

 

YARBOROUGH COMMUNITY MEETING       10/17/14

 

The Association for a Greater Yarborough will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 21st at 6 p.m. at the Yarborough Community Center.

 

Elections will be held for three board members and if you have someone in mind, you asked to please attend and nominate them.

 

Board members will be hosting three elected officials from Little River County who have worked to improve the community of Yarborough to show their appreciation for their service.

 

The Yarborough community will be providing housing and a dinner for the Wounded Warrior's from Fort Sill, Oklahoma in November.

 

Housing will be provided from November 19th thru November 22nd by two local families. The dinner will be on Saturday, November 22nd at the community center.

 

The Lion's Club of Ashdown will be providing breakfast for three mornings, but all community members are invited to help make this event a success for these American heroes.

 

Everyone is invited to attend Tuesday's meeting to help make the Yarborough Community a wonderful place to live.

 

 

GREAT SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL  10/17/14

On October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m., people across North America and around the world participated in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill, including students at Margaret Daniel Primary School in Ashdown.

The main goal of #ShakeOut is to get people prepared for major earthquakes and use the event as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

Every continent on the planet experiences earthquakes; the U.S. Geological Service estimates there are several million earthquakes a year globally and, while a vast majority of these are very small or undetected, about 100,000 quakes per year are felt.

All 50 U.S. states and territories have earthquakes so the ShakeOut is an opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. Anyone who participates is instructed, wherever he may be, to Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds. ShakeOut also has been organized to encourage everyone to update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

Michelle Balderas and Bryson French, students in Courtney Hankins' kindergarten class at Margaret Daniel Primary School in Ashdown, obey the Great ShakeOut instructions to "Drop, Cover and Hold On."

Waiting for the sixty-second signal, Maddox Merrell (front) and Brooklyn Hendrix hold on to the table legs during the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at exactly 10:16 on Oct. 16 at MDP in Ashdown.  The goal is to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" for at least 60 seconds.

 

 

 

ADCOCK’S LICENSE SUSPENDED        10/16/14

 

Former Mineral Springs School District Superintendent Max Adcock’s educator’s license was suspended for one year last week by the Arkansas Board of Education.

 

According to Cheryl Reinhart who is an attorney for the Arkansas Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards Board, the board also permanently rescinded Adcock’s administrator’s endorsement and assessed him a $100 dollar fine.

 

The board’s decision comes two months after the Arkansas Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards Board recommended the state board of education impose a seven-year suspension on Adcock’s license.

 

Reinhart stated Adcock’s suspension went into effect immediately, which means Adcock will not be able to hold a position that requires a teaching license until October of 2015 and he has been permanently barred from serving as a school administrator.

 

 

 

CITY OF DIERKS VOTES TO CONSTRUCT NEW LAGOON       10/16/14

 

Monday night, the Dierks City Council passed an ordinance, a resolution and approved the construction of a new waste water lagoon.

 

Mayor Terry Mounts informed KDQN that the ordinance concerned the protection of the city's drinking water source and the resolution gave Mayor Mounts the authority to sell an unused trash truck.

 

However, Mounts said the council then addressed the fact that the city had been out of compliance with the department of health for some time.

 

Mounts stated the council considered a couple of options, but agreed with the city's engineer that an additional lagoon was the best option.

 

Mounts explained the city will sell bonds to finance the project, which will cost about $315,000.

 

Mounts also stated he will be meeting with a representative from the Arkansas Rural Water Association later this week to hear their recommendations when it comes to a water and sewer rate increase.

 

Mayor Mounts also wanted to remind residents that the city of Dierks will celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 30th.

 

 

 

COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK      10/16/14

 

It's Fall, but there are still a lot of things happening at the Cossatot River State Park and new park Interpreter Andrew Rawlings stopped by the KDQN studios to mention a few upcoming events.

 

Rawlings said this year's Half-Marathon Trail Run was going to be limited to 100 runners and there were only a few spots left for this Saturday's event.

 

To register, go to getmeregistered.com or call the park at 870-385-2201. The cost is $40 and all runners will receive a t-shirt.

 

Park guests can also take a hike with Rawlings on Sunday at 10 a.m.  up to Goats Bluff to view the Fall foliage.

 

Rawlings also reminded area residents that the park will be offering hunter education classes on Monday, October 27th through Wednesday, October 29th from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly.

 

Rawlings said there will also be a Dutch oven workshop on Saturday, November 1st.

 

But, Rawlings was real excited about the park's guided kayak tours.

 

For more information about the upcoming events at the Cossatot River State Park, call 870-385-2201 or visit our website at KDQN.net.

 

 

 

GOVERNOR APPOINTS TWO WITH TIES TO DE QUEEN      10/16/14

 

Governor Mike Beebe announced this week 26 appointments to state boards and commissions, including two with ties to the city of De Queen.

 

Beebe appointed Cindy Hale of De Queen to the Arkansas Arts Advisory Council. Her appointment will expire June 30th of 2016.

 

Hale is replacing Anne Douglas.

 

Beebe also appointed Dr. Michael Buffington of Fayetteville to the Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture and Related Techniques. His appointment will expire in July of 2017 and he replaces Dr. Jonathan Norcross.

 

Dr. Buffington is formerly of De Queen.

 

 

 

MOBILITY IMPAIRED HUNT SET FOR NOVEMBER AT POND CREEK       10/16/14

 

Applications for the Pond Creek mobility impaired hunt are now being accepted. The hunt will take place November 6th and 7th. All interested applicants must contact the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge by Friday, October 17th.

 

Applicants must be confined to a wheelchair, missing an arm or leg or classified as terminally ill and must have a doctor’s verification.

 

The drawing will be held on Friday, October 24th.

 

For more information, contact the Pond Creek office at 870-289-2126.

   

 

 

NEW MINERAL SPRINGS BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES 10 PERCENT RAISE FOR TEACHERS     10/16/14

 

Monday night, the newly elected Mineral Springs Board of Education approved a 10 percent raise for all Mineral Springs School District employees.

 

Superintendent Curtis Turner recommended the raise to reward the employees that stayed at the district during its recent bouts with fiscal distress and to help the district remain competitive with other districts in the area.

 

The raise will be retroactive to July 1st of this year. The increase is expected to cost the district about $365,000 a year.

 

Turner reported the district has a balance of over $6 million dollars in part to a correction in the way local tax revenues are calculated and a $20 million dollar increase in local assessments.

 

The raise will increase the base salary of a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree from $29,244 to $32,168 dollars per year, while teachers with 15 or more years of experience and a master’s degree will now earn $45,243 compared to $41,130 that they made before.

 

Turner’s salary was increased by $1,000 a year, making his yearly salary $100,000. 

 

AJHS RECEIVES $2500 GRANT FROM DOLLAR GENERAL TO SUPPORT YOUTH LITERACY 10/15/14

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Ashdown Junior High School a $2,500 grant to support youth literacy.

The grant will furnish a Literacy Lab for the sixth through eighth graders at the junior high, according to AJHS Instructional Facilitator Eliza Simmons, who wrote the grant proposal.  Simmons states that the goal of the lab is three-fold:  "to increase our IEP (individualized education plan) students' scores on the STAR Reading Test, . . . to increase our school library circulation by 15%," and to provide students with "a safe, comfy place to enjoy reading and develop a passion for learning." 

"Reading improves thinking skills, fosters imagination, and creates life-long learners," Simmons continues.  "I envision this literacy lab to be a place where our students can grown as readers, writers, and speakers."  The lab, as Simmons describes it, will include computers for researching and writing, listening stations for hearing voice inflections of a fluent reader, printers to publish students' original writing, a microphone/presentation stand for students to deliver reports and viewpoints, and a place to sit and talk about what they have read.   

"Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's chairman and CEO.  "At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it's exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning make in people's lives."

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education since its inception in 1993.  In the past 21 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

 

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONFIRMS TORNADO IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY       10/15/14

 

The National Weather Service confirmed that it was an EF-2 tornado that touched down in the Ashdown area Monday morning, killing one and injuring three others.

 

The twister was estimated to have packed winds of 111 to 135 miles per hour and lifted a mobile home just off of Highway 32 from its foundation and carried it 50 feet before it fell back to the ground and exploded.

 

According to the Little River County Sheriff's office, Eddie Witham died from his injures during the storm, while his wife, Roxanne is reportedly in critical condition and has undergone surgery at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana.

 

The three children reportedly suffered cuts and bruises. The children ranged in age from seven to 13-years-of-age.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY MASS FLU CLINIC POSTPONED     10/15/14

 

The Sevier County Mass flu clinic that was scheduled for October 22nd at the Sevier County Fairgrounds has been postponed due to a delay in the shipment of the flu vaccine's from the distributor.

 

Sevier County Health Unit Director Teresa Morris announced that a new flu clinic date will be announced as soon as it is rescheduled.

 

The Arkansas Department of Health is recommending that residents get a flu vaccine from wherever they are available, such as pharmacies and other health care providers.

 

The department says it is very important for pregnant women to get a flu shot and individuals wishing to get a flu vaccine at the Sevier County Health Unit should call 870-642-2535 to ensure that vaccine is available.

 

The flu is easily spread through coughing and sneezing and by touching a hard surface with the virus on it and then touching the nose or mouth. While the vaccine is critical to preventing the flu, it is still important to wash your hands often, avoid those who are sick, cover your cough and stay home if you are sick.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT HEARS REPORT FROM SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS CRISIS CENTER     10/15/14

 

Courtney White of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center made a presentation to the members of the Sevier County Quorum Court Monday afternoon in an effort to secure financial backing for the center from the county.

 

White explained that reason for her request was because the Arkansas Department of Finance had cut the center's budget by $50,000 and was requiring the center to raise that amount to demonstrate that the center had the support of the communities that it serves.

 

White informed the Justices of the Peace that the center had served 180 victims since January and 70 of those victims were from De Queen and Sevier County.

 

White reported that the center now has a five-member board and they are meeting monthly, but they still need volunteers.

 

County Judge Greg Ray reported that the Quorum Court members then approved a 50 cent raise for the head librarian of the Sevier County Library system, Johnye Fisher.

 

Sevier County Library Board member Debbie Pickering informed the JPs that Fisher had been doing a great job for the past five years and had saved the Library Board money because she was able to do several things that the board had to pay someone to do in the past. She also reported that the library received no recommendations of changes following the 2013 audit, which had never happened before.

 

Judge Ray also reported that the board re-appointed Cathy Tallant to the Sevier County Rural Development Board and confirmed the appointment of Dick Tallman to the board to fill a vacancy.

 

The next meeting of the Sevier County Quorum Court will be Monday, November 17th at 2 p.m. in the courthouse conference room.

 

 

 

SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND FISH FRY      10/15/14

 

Jamie Marshall is a field representative of the Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Foundation and she announced that the foundation would be holding its 5th annual Fish Fry this Thursday.

 

Marshall said you have the choice between chicken or fish and it's only $6 a plate.

 

Marshall said if you are a single parent and considering going back to college that you should apply for the single parent scholarship.

 

For more information about the 5th annual Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Fund Fish Fry, contact Mac McDaniel at 642-2960 or Marshall at 479-287-8213.

 

 

READING COUNTS NIGHT      10/14/14

 

De Queen Elementary will be hosting a Reading Counts Night, this evening from 4 to 6 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria.

 

Parents of third, fourth and fifth grade students, are invited to join their children and read. After, reading a book, students will be able to then take the Reading Counts test over that book and earn some extra reading points.

 

Parents and students will go to the elementary cafeteria, where they will read together and then students will go to the computer lab to take their test.

 

All students are invited to attend Reading Counts Night, but this will be an excellent opportunity for students who are behind on their reading points.

 

 

PRYOR, COTTON ROUND TWO      10/14/14

 

Candidates in Arkansas' heated Senate race stuck to familiar themes during their first debate that was televised last night on the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

 

Senator Mark Pryor accused Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cotton of being beholden to billionaire donors and Cotton cast Pryor as the president's closest ally in Arkansas.

 

Pryor once again accused Cotton of putting his ambition before the state, saying outside groups were investing in his bid in hopes of a payoff.

 

Cotton repeatedly mentioned President Barack Obama and stated the two-term senator represented the president's policies.

 

The two are set to face-off again this evening at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for a debate that will be televised on KATV.

 

This race is one of the most expensive races in the country with the candidates and outside groups spending nearly $34 million dollars.

 

 

 

EDUCATIONAL REVIEW SET FOR FORMER HORATIO GRAD      10/14/14

 

Former Mineral Springs School District Superintendent Max Adcock appeared before the Arkansas State Board of Education on October 9th to appeal the potential revocation of his education licensure in Arkansas.

 

Adcock is a graduate of Horatio High School.

 

According to Cheryl Reinhart who is an attorney for the Arkansas Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards Board, the meeting was in reference to allegations involved under the professional licensure standards stemming from a March 2013, audit letter to the Mineral Springs district by the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit.

 

Adcock appealed the board’s recommendation that his state education licensure be revoked. Adcock was represented during the appeal by attorney Randy Coleman.

 

According to the Arkansas Board of Education website, the hearing noted alleged violations of two standards of professional conduct.

 

One was a violation of Standard 3, which states an educator must honestly fulfill the reporting obligations that are associated with professional practices and a violation of Standard 4, which says an educator that is entrusted with public funds and property, including school sponsored activity funds, must honor the public’s trust with honest and responsible stewardship.

 

 

MINERAL SPRINGS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG POSSESSION       10/14/14

 

A Mineral Springs man has plead guilty to drug possession charges in two cases.

 

49-year-old Ronald Brown was charged with possession of a controlled substance after being arrested during a traffic stop on Monday, October 6th. He also had expired tags.

 

When deputies made the stop, they witnessed Brown throw an object out the driver’s side window. That item was a blue bandana that had been tied together and contained a set of digital scales and a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine.

 

Brown will serve a total of four years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

 

 

 

JUDGE DECLARES SIGNATURES OK IN ARKANSAS MINIMUM WAGE CASE      10/14/14

 

A special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the backers of the proposal to raise the state’s minimum wages had turned in enough valid signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

 

In the lawsuit filed by Little Rock businessman Jackson Stephens Jr., He argued that the Secretary of State’s office erred when it gave canvassers more time to collect the 62,507 signatures that were needed to qualify for the November ballot.

 

In the report that was filed last Friday, Special Master John Robbins determined that Give Arkansas a Raise Now had submitted enough signatures earlier this year to qualify for an extra 30-day period to gather more names.

 

The report will now go to the Arkansas Supreme Court, which has ordered that briefs be submitted this week.

 

If the proposal is approved in November, it will increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by the year 2017.

 

 

 

ONE FATALITY DURING MONDAY MORNING STORMS     10/14/14

 

The National Weather Service from Shreveport is reporting that a survey team from their office will be surveying an area in Little River County where four people were injured and one person later died. The team will determine if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight line winds.

 

Around 6 a.m. Monday morning, a trucker reported that a tornado was on the ground in Arden community which is between Ashdown and Foreman in Little River County.

 

Residents in Sevier, Little River and Howard counties reported high winds and several trees and power lines down throughout the county, but mainly south and east of De Queen.

 

Sevier County Office of Emergency Services Director Walter Smith reported trees and limbs were across the roadways on Highway 70 East, Mount Pleasant Road, Highway 41 South and Highway 329. Other residents reported trees down on Gardner Chapel, Strawberry Hill, Beacon Hill, Piney Road, Bear Creek Cut Off, Farm to Market Road, Central, Provo and Red Bridge Road.

 

About 8:30, Smith reported that about 75 percent of the debris had been cleared from the highways, but trees were still down in the Ben Lomond area.

 

Smith stated he was pleased with the work of the county volunteers.

 

Earlier that morning about 2,000 SWEPCO and REA customers were without power. Crews worked throughout the morning to restore power by repairing down power lines and replacing broken poles.

 

The only school closing was the Horatio Pre-school.

 

Superintendent Lee Smith reported that there was a lot of debris and a down power line near the pre-school and the district elected not to hold classes at the pre-school. However, classes at the elementary and high school started about 30-minutes behind schedule.

 

 

 

VOTERS ENCOURAGED TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES BEFORE GOING TO THE POLLS      10/14/14

 

This November, voters will consider new ethics rules for state elected officials, a statewide alcohol sales and a raise in the state’s minimum wage, along with two other issues.