DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL APPROVES MORE UPGRADES
FOR WATER DEPARTMENT 4/20/16
night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council,
aldermen voted to allow Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy and Water
Superintendent Jeff Brown to seek bids for a metal building
for the high lift station on Stilwell Avenue. McKelvy said
they are planning to build around the existing building.
also informed aldermen that the city water department had
earned the 2014 Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the
Arkansas Department of Health. He said De Queen was one of
46 water systems that earned this honor.
also reported Kansas City Southern Railroad has announced
they will be making some improvements to the tracks between
Page, Oklahoma and Blanchard, Louisiana this June. McKelvy
said this is a part of a $20 million dollar project by KCS.
members agreed to finish the undeveloped portion of Archer
Street, but they will need to repeal an ordinance dealing
with undeveloped but platted and dedicated lots and streets
during their next council meeting.
also addressed the location of manufactured homes within the
City of De Queen. He said the federal Affordable Housing
Accessibility Act requires city's to allow manufactured
homes in at least one zone. McKelvy said in De Queen
manufactured homes are allowed in R2 zones.
also voted to sell three trucks and a tractor on
2016 COUNTY FARM FAMILIES OF THE YEAR
winners for the 69th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year
Program have been selected. The county winners will be
judged June 6th through 8th to determine the eight district
winners. The district winners will be announced June 14th.
district winners will be judged again by a different set of
judges July 11th through the 14th to determine the state
winner, which will be announced December 8th during the Farm
Family of the Year luncheon.
county winners include: Brett and Teresa Fawcett of Ashdown
in Little River County; Joe and Jill Brinkley of Grannis in
Polk County; and Phillip and Patricia Maben of De Queen in
Ranch is in the Southwest District; the Brinkley farm is in
the Western District; and the Maben farm is in the West
Farm Bureau President Randy Veach said all of the county
Farm Family's of the Year represent the pillars of the
Family of the Year programs begins each year with the
selection of the top farm families in each county and
culminates in December with the announcement of the state
Farm Family of the Year who will then represent Arkansas at
the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the
DE QUEEN PUBLIC SCHOOL REPORT 4/20/16
School District's Public Relations Director Tammy Whatley
wants to remind parents, grandparents and family members of
De Queen fifth graders that the elementary school Science
Night is this Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
said local merchants donated money, supplies and door prizes
for the event.
information about events on the campuses of the De Queen
School District, contact your child's school office.
FOREMAN RESIDENT MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE
FOLLOWING STANDOFF 4/20/16
year old Devin Hawkins appeared before Ninth Circuit Court
Judge Tom Cooper Tuesday in the Little River County Circuit
Court after being arrested last Friday. No formal charges
have been filed, but Hawkins may be charged with misdemeanor
obstructing government operations, resisting arrest and
arrested following an alleged standoff with police on
River County Sheriff Gary Gregory reported Hawkins was
living in a storage building since his house burned down
about a month ago. He said Hawkins was a combat veteran and
suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
charge of attempted escape in the third-degree is being
considered against Hawkins for another incident that's not
related to Friday's standoff.
Cooper set Hawkins bond a $15,000 and ordered him to return
to court on May 10th.
NASHVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT LISTED AS
DEFENDANTS IN MINERAL SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT
submitted by KMTB
civil rights lawsuit that was filed by the Mineral Springs
School District has been amended and lists the Nashville
School District, the Nashville Board of Education and
Nashville Superintendent Doug Graham as defendants.
to court records, the amended lawsuit was filed April 6th.
reported he had not been served as of Monday, but Hempstead
County Judge Haskell Morse reported he has contacted the
county's lawyers in Little Rock and Hot Springs to handle
the matter. Morse said the lawsuit is over 300 pages long.
John Walker filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Mineral
Springs Superintendent, Curtis Turner, Jr. and the members
of the Mineral Spring Board of Education. The members of the
Mineral Springs School Board include: Mike Erwin, William
Dixon, Dorthy Vaughn, Shelia Jackson, Ray Hawkins, Jamie
Jackson and Zemera Newton.
alleges revenue from the SWEPCO Turk Plant was diverted from
the district and sent to the Hope School District. The
lawsuit also includes several allegations, including that
state officials encouraged white students and black athletes
to transfer from the Mineral Springs School District to the
Nashville School District.
JANES RECOGNIZED BY ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU
of De Queen was recognized during the Farm Bureau's
statewide agents and agency managers meeting, March 10th and
11th in Little Rock for her total performance during 2015.
presented the Million Dollar Ring award for her outstanding
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY GENEALOGY SOCIETY TO
STUDY MEANINGS OF COMMON TOMBSTONE SYMBOLS AND ICONS
If you are
like most people, you've wandered through a cemetery and
wondered about the meanings of the designs that are carved
onto old gravestones. There are thousands of different
religious and secular symbols and emblems that have adorned
tombstones through the ages. Symbols also can indicate
attitudes towards death and the hereafter. There are symbols
of fraternal and social organization membership and even
indications of a person's trade, occupation or even ethnic
tombstone symbols are fairly easy to interpret, sometimes it
is not easy to determine their meaning and significance.
April 23rd, the Little River County Genealogy Society will
hear a presentation by Genealogist Nancy Tribbey of
Texarkana concerning cemetery symbolism. The program will
begin at 10 a.m. in the Millwood Room on the Ashdown campus
of UA Cossatot.
is free and open to the public.
information, contact Jennie Stone at 870-898-2974.
ASHDOWN PUBLIC SCHOOL TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING
FOR PROPOSED MILLAGE INCREASE 4/19/15
Superintendent Jason Sanders announced the district will be
hosting a public meeting on Monday, April 25th to discuss
the proposed 3.9 mill increase.
said the district wants to renovate the Margaret Daniel
Elementary School and add about 64,000 square feet and
consolidate the three elementary campuses into one.
reported 3 mills would raise the $12 million dollars that
needed for the construction project and .9 mills would be
used to provide a two to three percent raise for teachers.
Sanders said this would help the district recruit and retain
meeting is Monday, April 25th at 6 p.m. and early voting
will start on Friday, April 29th.
LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL INFORMED OF POSSIBLE
CHARTER SCHOOL COMING TO TOWN 4/19/16
Matt Webb reported Dr. Michelle Burgess held a public
meeting early this month to discuss establishing a charter
school in the City of Lockesburg, during the April meeting
of the Lockesburg City Council.
reported Burgess plans to start the Lockesburg STEM Academy.
He said she can start the school with a few as 30 students,
but the charter needs the approval of the Arkansas
Department of Education. He said the department of ed,
should announce their decision in November. He reported the
school would serve Kindergarten through the eighth grade,
but has a five-year plan to include all grades through the
approved the city's 2014 and 2015 water and sewer audits
with no findings. Mayor Danny Ruth reported that according
to new state regulations, no new water service could be
approved until the customer provides approval from the
Department of Health.
reported city employee James Maish had presented his letter
of resignation effective April 15th.
then voted to approve a stop sign at the intersection of
West Avenue and West Walnut Street.
updated aldermen on the progress of the city's storm siren
grant and the council reviewed a 50/50 grant for new
lighting at the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park ballfields.
Director Shelia Ruth reported ballgames are being held at
the city park every Tuesday and Thursday through the month
of May and teams are also using the field for practice.
to Ruth, Marlon Sharp has agreed to perform during the
city's Fourth of July celebration and aldermen approved a
bid of $3,100 dollars from Air Magic for the fireworks.
CRATER OF DIAMOND STATE PARK HOSTING FAMILY
MOVIE NIGHT, APRIL 30TH 4/19/16
April 30th, area residents can enjoy an evening under the
stars at the Crater of Diamonds State Park campgrounds for
the park's first family movie night at 8 p.m.
evening, the park will host a special outdoor screening of
$4 per person and concessions will be available. Bench
seating is limited, and everyone is encouraged to bring
their lawn chairs or a blanket.
information, contact the Crater of Diamonds State Park at
LOUD AND DISORDERLY 4/19/16
night about 10 p.m., Patrolman First Class Bucky Sawyer of
the De Queen Police Department was sent to Sixth Street in
reference to a verbal dispute between 19-year-old Kevin Bell
and 49-year-old Gwendolyn Bell.
Sawyer was assisted by Patrolman J.J. Lopez and Sergeant
Chad Bradshaw. When the officers arrived they witnessed the
two subjects walking away from the residence hollering at
each and calling each other names while walking down the
middle of the street.
separated the two so they could speak to them, but neither
one would stop yelling at the other, so both were citied for
disorderly conduct and taken to the Sevier County jail.
TOO YOUNG TO HAVE THAT 4/19/16
afternoon about 1 p.m., Patrolman Justin Gentry of the De
Queen Police Department pulled over a vehicle because the
driver was not wearing a seat belt.
to Gentry's report, the driver, 18-year-old Erik Camacho did
not have a driver's license and the passenger, 19-year-old
Alexander Churchwell appeared to be nervous.
if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Camacho
reportedly stated he had some beer in the car. Since, both
Camacho and Churchwell were under the age of 21, they were
arrested and citied for being minors in possession of
reported there were five beer cans in the car.
UA COSSATOT FFA CRAWFISH BOIL IS
Collegiate FFA member TJ Newton announced their chapter will
be holding a crawfish boil fundraiser, this Thursday
beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Cossatot Amphitheater
concession stand. She said they will be selling platters of
3 lbs of crawfish, 2 corn, 4 potatoes and a drink for $17.
stated all of the proceeds will be used for chapter trips
they are still selling plants and vegetables at the
greenhouse every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. She said they
will also be open on Saturday, May 7th.
information, contact Kelli Harris at 584-1218.
ASHDOWN CONTRACTS WITH K-12 CULINARY
CONNECTION FOR THEIR FOOD SERVICES 4/18/16
April meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education, board
members agreed to enter into a contract with K-12 Culinary
Connection for the 2016-2017 school year.
Superintendent Jason Sanders said traditionally district’s
only had two options for their food service programs, but
consultants like Justin Mills are providing district's with
a third option.
said this agreement should save the district money, while
serving more meals.
said he visited with Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith about
Culinary Connection because the Horatio District was using
them this year.
said Domtar recently purchased a switch engine painted in
Ashdown colors and logo to show their Ashdown pride.
members also voted to re-hire the district's classified
staff and they named James Smith the Athletic Director,
while Matt Richardson will serve as the Football Athletic
AREA BIKERS RAISE ALMOST $1,000 FOR SOUTHWEST
ARKANSAS CRISIS AND RESOURCE CENTER 4/18/16
members of the Beacon Hill Bikers Ministry hosted a benefit
bike ride and chicken dinner for the Southwest Arkansas
Crisis and Resource Center. President of the Beacon Hill
Biker's Ministry, Newman Hance, reported they raised $980
for crisis center.
they hope to hold an annual benefit ride for the center.
Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center executive director,
Courtney White stated the center appreciated the group for
shining a spotlight on the center this month because it's
National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
explained the crisis center is supported financially by
several different sources including contracts of services
with the city of De Queen and Sevier County and grants, but
this was a great gesture by the Beacon Hill club members.
If you need
information about the Crisis and Resource Center, contact
White at 870-642-2141.
ARKANSAS' FIRST BEN CARSON READING ROOM TO
OPEN THIS FRIDAY ON THE L.F. HENDERSON CAMPUS IN
generosity of Domtar and their suppliers, the Carson
Scholars Fund has announced they will be opening the first
Ben Carson Reading Room in Arkansas on the L.F. Henderson
campus of the Ashdown School District this Friday with a
grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m.
Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson
Scholars Fund to help create a literacy enriched environment
for children, so they can develop their reading skills. He
said the reading project and the Ashdown School District are
dedicated to promoting reading as a key to unlocking a
child's full potential.
Henderson Principal Keith Fricks stated the district
appreciates the support of Domtar and their vendors in the
school's effort to encourage students to think big.
Carson Reading Room in Ashdown is the first of 10 reading
rooms that will be opened through Domtar's partnership. The
other nine reading rooms are slated to open in May and early
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLISHES SCHOOL
REPORT CARDS 4/18/16
Arkansas Department of Education published its annual school
district report cards late last week. The report provides
information about each school and school district in the
state, including information about teacher qualifications
and discipline. It also gives each school a letter grade
from A to F.
19 schools received a grade of 'F', while 10 schools earned
to the report, the De Queen Primary and Elementary schools
earned 'B's', while the Middle, Junior and High schools
received 'C's'. All of the De Queen Schools received 'B's',
High School received a 'B' and the elementary received a
School District received 'C's' for the Margaret Daniel
Primary, the CD Franks Elementary, the LF Henderson
Intermediate School and the Ashdown High School.
High School earned a 'B' and the Oscar Hamilton Elementary
received a 'C'.
to state education officials, the decrease in the number of
A's and B's and the increase in C's was due to the change in
the state's testing program.
the state moved away from the Arkansas Benchmark and
End-of-Course exams and required district's to give the
PARCC exams in math and English.
the state only one in three students scored at the desired
Levels of 4 and 5 in English and only one in four scored at
the desired levels in math.
to the state a score of 4 meant students were at their grade
level and a 5 meant they had exceeded expectations and
tested above their grade level.
LEGISLATIVE REPORT - BUDGET MEETINGS
the state legislature convened last week to begin working on
the 2016-2017 budget.
Representative DeAnn Vaught reported the outcome of the
budget will depend upon the passage of Senate Bill 121,
which is the appropriation bill of services and operating
expenses for the Department of Human Service Division of
She said SB
121 includes appropriations for long-term facilities, ARKids
First, and hospital and medical services. Vaught explained
SB 121 also funds the services provided by Arkansas Works,
which is the state's version of the private option. Arkansas
Works will use federal funds to purchase healthcare
insurance for low-income residents.
reported the bill failed by two votes on the Senate floor
last week, and was sent back to the Joint Budget Committee,
which is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. The
full House is expected to meet Tuesday afternoon at 1:30.
STANDOFF IN FOREMAN ENDS WITH NO ONE BEING
resident was arrested Friday about 2:15 p.m. after a
standoff with police started Thursday night about midnight.
Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer tased 31-year-old
Devin Hawkins Friday afternoon after he walked out of his
home waving a handgun. Little River County Sheriff Gary
Gregory reported no one was injured during the incident.
to the Little River County Sheriff's office, Hawkins
reportedly started discharging an AR-15 rifle Thursday
night. Authorities reported Hawkins was living in a storage
building that set behind his house that burned down about a
allegedly told some family members that he would not be
taken alive, so local authorities asked for assistance from
the Arkansas State Police SWAT team.
to Sheriff Gregory, Hawkins had been released from the
Little River County jail recently after serving a sentence
on a disorderly conduct charge. He said Hawkins suffers from
post-traumatic stress disorder.
have not been filed at this time, but Hawkins is being held
in the Little River County jail.
ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PRESENTS UP THE
DOWN STAIRCASE, APRIL 24TH AND 25TH 4/18/16
High School theater students would like to invite the public
to their spring production of Up the Down Staircase, which
is based on the work of Bel Kaufman.
goers will be invited to imagine the first day of high
school, as students pour into the classroom, cautious,
testing, and challenging. The first words to greet the new
teacher, Sylvia Barrett is "Hey, Miss."
afterwards, Barrett finds herself the most involved person
in the school. She started a romance and she's involved in a
battle with a discipline-micro-managing administrator. But,
mostly, she is involved in the unexpected, sometimes
heartbreaking problems of her students.
Performances will be held at the Ashdown High School
auditorium on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m. and on Monday,
April 25th at 10 a.m.
is $3 for students and $5 for adults.
information, contact the Ashdown High School at 898-3562.
FORMER DE QUEEN DOCTOR PASSES AWAY IN
Joseph, formerly of De Queen, passed away April 11th at his
home in Searcy.
lived in De Queen for 12 years before moving to Searcy and
starting the Joseph Clinic. He along with Bill Blackwood and
the late Bobby Holcombe developed the JoHoWood residential
area behind Tires Plus.
graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Helena and attended
the University of Arkansas and graduated from the University
of Arkansas Medial School in 1961.
service was held for Dr. Joseph in Searcy on Friday, April
15th at the First United Methodist Church.
HORATIO SCHOOL DISTRICT DISCONTINUES ADVANCE
ED MEMBERSHIP 4/15/16
night during a regular meeting of the Horatio Board of
Education, board members voted to renew their contract with
K-12 Culinary Connection, which has been the district's food
service provider for the past school year. Superintendent
Lee Smith said K-12 Culinary increased the number of meals
the district served while saving the district money.
the board also voted to purchase new band instruments for
the band program.
Superintendent's report, Smith informed the board that the
state increased the district's internet bandwidth, but the
district has to install a system that will connect the high
school to the elementary school.
reported the board voted to discontinue the district's
Advance Ed membership. Smith stated the board felt the
district wasn't benefiting by participating in the Advance
Ed accreditation process.
reported the board hired Stephanie Rowe as the new high
school principal during a special called meeting, Thursday
afternoon. She is currently the principal of the Mineral
Springs High School and she will replace, James Dobbins, who
is retiring at the end of this school year.
BENEFIT BIKE RIDE THIS SUNDAY FOR CRISIS AND
RESOURCE CENTER 4/15/16
Hill Bikers Club will be hosting a benefit ride and chicken
dinner for the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource
Center, this Sunday with the first bike leaving the Town
North Shopping Center at 10 a.m.
White of the crisis center stated April is Child Abuse
Awareness month and all forms of abuse are intertwined. She
said not everyone who is abused or witness’s abuse becomes
an abuser, but most abusers were or witnessed abuse as a
explained the crisis center is supported financially by
several different sources but expressed her appreciation to
the Beacon Hill Bikers Club for supporting the center's
information about the crisis center call 870-642-2141 or
Newman Hance at 692-930-0378.
DE QUEEN AIR EVAC LIFETEAM HOLDS TRAINING FOR
OZAN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT 4/15/16
Queen Air Evac Lifeteam crew of pilot Robert Parrish, flight
nurse Amanda Pannell and Base Clinical Lead Justin Kinkade
recently conducted a Landing Zone and Helicopter Safety
class for the members of the Ozan Volunteer Fire Department.
included instruction on interacting safely with helicopters,
selecting landing zone sites, guiding the helicopter to the
ground and patient loading.
said the class gives Lifeteam members the opportunity to
educate volunteers about what Air Evas does and how they
work with other responders at the scenes of medial
emergencies. He said the landing zone class is very
important because they want everyone involved in an
emergency situation to be safe around the helicopter.
explained that by demonstrating and explaining how the
helicopter operates, Air Evac lessens the fears of
volunteers while heightening their awareness, which will
allow Air Evac to fly directly to the scene of a medical
emergency, thus decreasing the amount of time that it takes
to residents of the surrounding area to receive critical,
DONKEY BASKETBALL GAME AT COSSATOT RIVER
SATURDAY NIGHT 4/15/16
annual Cossatot River Donkey Basketball game is set for 5
p.m. Saturday night at the Cossatot River High School gym.
According to Ag Booster club member Kristy Frachiseur, the
event is a fundraiser for both the Ag and Athletic Booster
said proceeds will be used to cover fair expenses for Ag
students and new equipment for the athletic department.
going to be a concession stand and funnel cakes. She said
they will also be playing musical donkeys and ‘where's the
dress’ at halftime.
athletic team members are Sheriff-elect Scott Sawyer, Mike
Salinas-the Grannis Chief of Police, Brian Richardson,
Marcelo Trinidad, John Newlin, E.J. Tena and Raymond Jewell.
Booster team includes: Clint Bell, Hunter Johnson, Ag
teacher Mr. Morgan, Jamie Bailey, high school principal Mr.
Ford, Reed Bowen and Cullen Hopper.
tickets are still available at the Union Bank for $6 or you
can call Frachiseur at 870-784-1903.
LOCAL 4H MEMBERS ASSIST WITH GRAND OPENING OF
TRACTOR SUPPLY IN ASHDOWN 4/15/16
4-H members assist the new Tractor Supply with their
official Grand Opening on April 2nd in Ashdown. They served
popcorn and assisted customers with coupons, passed out
Tractor Supply hats, and helped customers sign up for door
prizes on iPads.
Supply is also conducting its annual Paper Clover program
through April 23rd. Little River County Extension Agent
Sherry Betty-Sullivan said all of the money raised through
the event supports 4-H programs at the local, state and
information about the Little River County 4-H, contact the
Little River County Extension Office at 898-7225. 4-H is
open to all youth ages 5 through 19.
MINERAL SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS AT NEW
BUILDING FLOOR PLANS 4/15/16
Springs School Board gave approval to move forward with
preliminary plans for the new school construction during
Monday’s board meeting.
Craig Boone presented the most recent floor plan to board
members and said that he had met with the newly hired
construction manager, Kinco. He said the building will be
118,000 square feet and will include a new dining hall and
gymnasium. Boone reported the plans are still be tweaked,
but he would like to be taking bids by July or August, so
the project could start in October.
to Superintendent Curtis Turner, the district's finances are
about 1.6 million dollars ahead of last year.
members voted to re-hire the district's classified staff and
accepted the resignations of Agri teacher Rick Hart, band
director Angela Dunn and secondary math teacher Sherry
Laymon. Carmen Wise was hired to fill the secondary math
ASHDOWN COMMUNITY CLEAN UP IS THIS
Community Spring Cleaning event is this Saturday from 8:30
to 11:30 a.m., but Kayla Wood of Bear State Bank said things
will get started at the bank at 8.
if you have any questions, you can contact her at Bear State
Bank by calling 898-2761 or 898-2758.
event is sponsored by the Little River County Chamber of
DIERKS CITY LAGOON PROJECT ABOUT TO GET
Mayor Terry Mounts reported work on the city's new sewer
lagoon should be getting underway in the near future. He
said they will be holding a pre-construction meeting Friday
morning at city hall. He said work can start anytime after
Friday, but it must be completed by December 31st.
reported aldermen of the Dierks City Council voted to enter
into a franchise agreement with Rich Mountain Electric for
4-percent, which will be paid quarterly.
he also informed aldermen that he plans to get with the
city's animal control officer and try to capture some of the
dogs that are wandering around town.
announced the city may start issuing citations to property
owners that do not clean up their property.
meeting of the Dierks City Council is Monday, May 9th.
LOCKESBURG RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY IN CHILD
PORNOGRAPHY CASE 4/14/16
year old Nolen Reece Baker of Lockesburg entered a guilty
plea to using a computer to access child pornography
Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey.
serving a five-year term of probation since September 2013
in Dallas County. He had been convicted of internet stalking
a child and ordered to register as a sex offender.
In April of
2014, a Sevier County probation officer conducted a home
visit and found several suspected child pornography sites
listed in the computer's browsing history. The computer was
confiscated by the Sevier County Sheriff's Office and turned
over to the U.S. Secret Service for forensic analysis.
As part of
the plea agreement, Baker also forfeited the computer he was
return to court at a later date, but faces up to 10 years in
federal prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both. Hickey
reported with the prior conviction that was related to child
pornography, Baker could face a mandatory sentence of at
least 10 years with a maximum sentence of 20 years.
also arguing that he cannot afford a lawyer, but the court
records show he has two Certificates of Deposit that mature
ARKANSAS SCHOLARSHIP LOTTERY REACHES
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has reached a milestone in its
mission to provide scholarships to Arkansas students. As of
this academic year, the Lottery has provided funding for
200,000 scholarship recipients across the state.
Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley says the state
has one of the lowest percentages of citizens with advanced
degrees and some students would not be able to go to college
at all without the lottery scholarship.
said he encourages both traditional and non-traditional
students in the state to apply for the Arkansas Academic
Challenge Scholarship through the Arkansas Department of
Higher Education before the June 1st deadline.
lottery sales started in Arkansas in 2009, the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $573 million
dollars in net proceeds for scholarships, lottery players
have won nearly $2 billion in prizes and lottery retailers
have earned more than $162 million dollars in commissions.
More than 92 cents of every dollar of lottery revenue goes
to prizes, scholarships and retailer commissions in the
more about the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery or to apply,
visit the website
CITY OF MINERAL SPRINGS RECEIVES GOOD REPORT
ON 2015 WATER SEWER AUDIT 4/14/16
Submitted by KMTB
Springs City Council was informed Monday night that the
city's 2015 water and sewer audit came back with no
exceptions, but it did reveal a slight deficit in funds.
approved a resolution allowing Mayor Bobby Tullis to seek
short term financing for future council approved
expenditures. They also voted to transfer $500 from the
city's general fund to the park's account to pay some
maintenance and custodial work.
BULLFROG SEASON OPENS ON FRIDAY
is usually one of the most stressful days of the year, but
this year, it also marks the kickoff one of the most
exciting summer pursuits in Arkansas bayous. Friday is
opening day of bullfrog season.
can be found all across the state, but the heaviest
concentrations are usually found along ponds, slow-moving
streams and fish farms in Eastern Arkansas.
froggers don waders or rubber boots to ease along the banks
as quietly as possible, but many slide along in aluminum
johnboats or kayaks to get close to the easily spooked
Game and Fish officials say it's possible to catch a
bullfrog or two during the day, but it's at night when the
real action takes place. Officials stated the eyes of a
bullfrog will reflect the light of a spotlight and daze them
just long enough for froggers to stab them with a gig or
grab them with their hands.
Game and Fish officials say frog gigging is more like
hunting than fishing, but you still need an Arkansas fishing
license to participate. There is also an 18 frog limit per
day, which runs from noon to noon. Frogs may also be taken
by a hand net, hook and line, spear or bow and arrow.
Firearms and air guns are not allowed.
UA COSSATOT FACULTY ATTEND SYMPOSIUM
staff recently attended a symposium concerning the use of
Open Educational Resources in the University of Arkansas
Sims is the Division Chair of the General Education
Department and she served as a panelist for the discussions.
Faculty members Ashley Doughterty and Lynze Greathouse also
attended the meeting.
recently completed the second semester after adopting a new
textbook policy last summer calling for more Open
Educational Resources to be implemented in courses. Some
courses still require a textbook but the college offers them
at a low cost rental thereby reducing the student's textbook
expenses to a minimal cost. Because of the implementation of
the program, Sims was asked to serve on the panel discussion
while other faculty members of eVersity, the University of
Arkansas' Online College, participated in a conversation
that allowed questions and comments from the panelists.
explained Open Educational Resources have a place in
face-to-face classes, as well as, in online environments.
afternoon session, eVersity staff members talked about the
copyright laws and how to best use these open resources in
class without breaking licensing laws.
it was rewarding to be asked how UA Cossatot's experience
has been while using Open Educational Resources. She said
it's another way Cossatot is helping students be successful
in their quest for a higher education degree.
STATE LAWMAKERS RETURN TO LITTLE ROCK FOR
BUDGET BATTLE 4/13/16
after the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives
passed Governor Asa Hutchinson's Arkansas Works bill, it was
signed into law.
Works will replace the program that is currently referred to
as the Private Option, which uses federal Medicaid funds to
purchase private insurance plans for the state's lowest
Works will require unemployed recipients to participate in
work training programs, have a yearly wellness check-up and
anyone making above 100 percent of the federal poverty level
will pay a small premium.
today, lawmakers will debate proposed budgets, including
Governor Hutchinson's plan which would fund the Arkansas
said he won't send lawmakers his proposal to tap into
surplus funds and some general revenue for state's roads,
unless they fund the Arkansas Works program.
are expecting to pass a balanced budget with a 2-percent
growth from last year. They are expected to consider
proposals to increase spending on education and the
Department of Children and Family Services.
to one report, over 200 appropriations have been filed.
To follow the budget process, watch the House proceedings on
the website, www.arkansashouse.org.
ACCIDENT DAMAGES STILWELL'S RESTAURANT
afternoon about 2 p.m., Sergeant Chad Bradshaw of the De
Queen Police Department was dispatched to the intersection
of 3rd Street and Stilwell Ave in reference to a two vehicle
Bradshaw arrived, he discovered one of the vehicles on the
sidewalk in front of Stilwell's Restaurant. The other
vehicle was sitting on 3rd Street with damage to the front
to Cindy Stanley of De Queen, she was traveling North on 3rd
Street. Stanley said she stopped at the stop sign but did
not see anything coming so she proceeded across Stilwell Ave
and that was when Frederick Abney of De Queen hit her 2009
stated Stanley struck his 2007 KIA causing him to spin
around 180 degrees. The car came to a stop on the sidewalk
up against the front window of Stilwell's.
No one was
injured in the accident, but it caused approximately $8,000
worth of damage to Stilwell's Restaurant, but the business
will remain open while repairs are being made.
4 ASHDOWN FBLA STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL
High School FBLA Chapter attended the Arkansas FBLA State
Conference early this month in Little Rock and four members
qualified to compete at the National FBLA Conference this
summer in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thompson, Peyton Reed and Gregory Shumake finished third in
the Entrepreneurship Team competition and qualified for the
national conference. Alex Simmons qualified for nationals by
placing second in the Intro to Financial Math.
Tipton and Melissa Kilgore are the Ashdown High School FBLA
DRUG ARREST RESULTS FROM SUSPENDED
Patrolman First Class Levi Browning attempted to pull over a
blue, 4-door sedan, after confirming the driver, 24-year-old
Cody Romine of Horatio had a suspended license.
reported Romine sped up after turning onto 9th Street.
Browning followed the vehicle to 11th Street where it
stopped and the front seat occupants switched places. The
driver then proceeded to 12th Street before they stopped.
asked to exit the vehicle and informed by Browning that he
had seen him driving. Romine and a female occupant,
23-year-old Kaitlyn Smart of Horatio informed Browning that
she had been driving the whole time.
informed Smart that Romine would not be going to jail for
driving on a suspended license if she told him the truth.
Smart then stated Romine had been driving.
then asked Smart for permission to search a reddish, pink
book bag that was in the passenger's side floor board. Smart
stated the bag was hers, but she said she didn't understand
why he wanted to search it.
went through the bag, she agreed to let Browning search it.
He found a small black camera case that contained multiple
packages of rolling papers, a small plastic bag of seeds, a
clear bag with filters and a smoking device with burnt
residue in it.
speaking with Smart, Browning was informed that a witness
saw Romine put a black pouch down his pants. According to
Browning's report, the pouch contained a smaller bag with
several clear plastic bags in it. One of the bags contained
suspected methamphetamine, while the rest of the bags were
empty. There was also a blue and white smoking device with a
small red canister that contained more suspected meth, along
with some suspected marijuana.
charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug
paraphernalia, two felony counts of possession of drug
paraphernalia, possession of a schedule VI controlled
substance with intent to deliver and possession of
methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver.
charged with two felony counts of possession of drug
paraphernalia, one misdemeanor count of possession of drug
paraphernalia, possession of a schedule VI controlled
substance with the purpose to deliver and possession of
methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver.
DONKEY BASKETBALL GAME AT COSSATOT RIVER HIGH
Saturday night, the Cossatot River Ag Booster Club will be
hosting their second annual donkey basketball game
fundraiser to support both the Cossatot River Ag program,
and the athletic.
member Kristy Frachiseur said the doors will open at 4:30
Saturday night at the Cossatot River High School gym and
advanced tickets are still available.
information or to purchase tickets, call Frachiseur at
SEVIER COUNTY 4H ANNUAL BASS TOURNAMENT
County 4-H annual Bass Tournament is April 23rd on De Queen
Lake at the Oakgrove landing. Justin Stewart stated the
tournament will payout 70 percent of the entry fees and the
other 30 percent will support the programs of the Sevier
to 4-H member Hunter Frachiseur, there is a five fish limit
and they will pay one place for every five boats up to three
said for more information; contact him at 870-584-6555 or
said the big bass pot will pay 100 percent back to the
anglers during the annual 4-H Bass Tournament.
SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT APPROVES CONTRACTS
OF OBLIGATION WITH ADEQ 4/12/16
afternoon the members of the Sevier County Quorum Court
suspended the rules and voted to approve two contracts of
obligation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental
Quality. Justices of the Peace passed an ordinance
authorizing Sevier County Judge Greg Ray to sign two
contracts with the ADEQ and two resolutions entering into
contracts of obligation concerning the county's transfer
station and the county’s class four landfill.
it was necessary, so the county could avoid a fine from the
Monday's regular meeting, JPs approved an appropriation in
the amount of $10,000 for the Cossatot Volunteer Fire
Department. Judge Ray explained the funds were General
Improvement Funds presented by District 4 Representative
DeAnn Vaught for the purchase of wildland personal
approved the purchase of a new security system for the
county courthouse. Judge Ray explained it was cheaper to
purchase a new system than to repair the old one.
County District Court Judge Stephen Tedder reported the
district court had collected about $915,000 in 2015. He said
the City of De Queen was responsible for about $430,000 of
UA COSSATOT HEARS WHITE HOUSE EDUCATION
Vice Chancellor Dr. Maria Markham attended a teleconference
with White House officials last week to hear more about
President Obama's plans for higher education.
outlined the College Promise Campaign and featured Roberto
Rodriguez, who is the Deputy Assistant to the President for
Education, Kyle Lierman who is the Associate Director of
Public Engagement and Senior Policy Advisor of WHO and
Martha Kanter who is the former Under Secretary of the U.S.
Department of Education and Executive Director of the
College Promise Campaign.
Obama's 2015 State of the Union address, he announced his
plan to make two years of community college education free
for responsible students. Since then, leaders in education,
business, philanthropy, nonprofits, and other sectors have
stepped up to highlight the value of a community college
education and build support for College Promise programs
across the country. At least 24 initiatives have been
announced, including new programs in communities like
Oakland, Detroit and Salt Lake City. Dr. Markham explained
there is still a lot of work to do to make College Promise
Campaign a reality.
month of April, the nation will celebrate National Community
College Month. UA Cossatot has been a part of the University
of Arkansas System since 2001 and will celebrate its 40th
graduating class in May.
said will be hosting several events over the next two months
including a college reunion following graduation on
Saturday, May 14th.
information about UA Cossatot, call 1-800-844-4471.
EPA: 6 ARKANSAS WATER SYSTEMS EXCEED LEAD
LIMIT SINCE 2013 4/12/16
shows six Arkansas water systems have exceeded federally
allowable lead limits at least once since the start of 2013.
crisis in Flint, Michigan, where residents have been without
tap water for months, has highlighted how lead-tainted water
can poison children; affect IQ, the ability to pay attention
and academic achievement.
to a published report from the Environmental Protection
Agency, data from the Community Water System that serves
more than 30,000 people in the Greers Ferry area had 25
parts per billion of lead. Harrison Waterworks, which has
nearly 17,000 customers, reported a sample with 17 parts per
Tim Shaw is
the general manager of the Community Water System and he
said the water in the Greers Ferry system is naturally
corrosive, making it more likely to pull lead and copper
from pipes in older homes.
allowable level is 15 parts per billion.
systems with high lead levels are Delight Waterworks,
Houston Waterworks, Keiser Waterworks and the North Howard
Rural Water Association, which serves about 1,000 people in
the Umpire area.
of the Arkansas Department of Health reported state
regulators are required to hold public water systems
accountable for lead levels, even though the lead measured
at private residences often comes from private pipelines.
the Delight Waterworks reported at least one lead sample
above the federal level in nine of 16 sampling periods in
the last 25 years. He said in that same time frame, the
Houston Waterworks reported at least one sample above the
mark in seven of 15 sampling periods.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE HOSTING
HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT 4/12/16
Life of Little River County has announced they will be
hosting a horseshoe tournament on Saturday, April 23rd in
the Ashdown City Park.
to event organizer, Willie Booth, the tournament will
include three age categories: 11 and under, 12 to 18 years
of age and 18 and older. The single elimination tournament
will begin at 10 a.m. and feature 21-point games with a
30-minute time limit. First, second and third place winners
will be awarded prizes.
the entry fee is $10 per person for pre-registration or $12
per person on the day of the event.
River County Relay for Life Director Linda Fielding stated
the county committee will be serving hot dogs and sodas for
$3 and all of the proceeds will benefit the county Relay for
or for more information, call Booth at 870-898-3908 or
Fielding at 903-276-5650.
ARKANSAS RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO SAVE FOR
percent of Arkansas residents are collecting social security
benefits, which places it in the top five of all the states
when it comes to how many residents are either retired or
collecting disability. For about a third of those people,
though, it's their only income.
benefit is $1,344 dollars a month, and Andrew Salata with
the Social Security Administration says the program was
designed to be a safety net, not the sole support for
someone once they stop working. He says signing up for a
retirement account online allows you to see exactly how much
you'll collect when you retire, and that's key because if
you don't think it will be enough you can start another
savings plan early.
59-million Americans collecting social security benefits,
with 673-thousand in Arkansas. Of those, 140-thousand are
the process to collect social security is fairly easy, but
disability benefits are another story. He says those signing
up for it get discouraged about being rejected, but he says
they should keep trying.
disability payments are about 1,160 dollars per month. To
sign up for a personal retirement account, go to
ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL PROM 04/12/16
The Little River County Courthouse Lawn was the place to be
Saturday, April 2nd at 5 p.m. Ashdown High School Juniors,
Seniors and their escorts were dressed in their elegant
attire. The lawn was filled with family, friends, and
community members to watch the students "march" down the
courthouse steps and down the front walk through an flower
draped arch and tulle lined path. Many memories and photos
were made on the grounds.
Students left to make their dinner reservations, but
returned to Ashdown to the high school. The students were
greeted along the front drive, where volunteers valet parked
their vehicles. The students were welcomed into the building
by staff members and followed the beautiful walk way into
the Helen Parker Gymnasium which was transformed into a
ballroom filled with laser lights, disco balls and fabric
lined ceiling and walks. Students danced the night away as
D.J. Fabienne Thrash played a large selection of music.
As the evening came to a close, the prom royalty were
announced. Senior King was RJ Powell and Queen was Kennedy
Cook. The senior court was: Ty Cobb, Austin Cross, Cameron
Soloman, Brinlee Ward, Savanna Woods, Danielle Ford, and
Jaylonia Cook. Junior Prince was Tajhnick Bishop and
Princess was Jasmine Dennis. The junior court was: Joe
Pennington, Bryson Haskins, Zac Spigner, Cole Grimes, Alexia
Rowton, Callie Redfearn, Tye James, and Ishianna Harris.
Kyle Kidd, Ashdown High School KDQN intern
SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT MEETING
County Justices of the Peace will meet today during a
regular monthly meeting in the Sevier County Courthouse
conference room at 2 p.m.
County Judge Greg Ray reported the members of the Quorum
Court will consider removing some items from the county's
property inventory list because they are unusable or
obsolete. JPs will also consider a resolution authorizing
Sevier County District Court Judge Stephen Tedder to destroy
some district court records.
to the agenda, JPs will consider a request from the Cossatot
Volunteer Fire Department for the appropriation of $10,000
so the department can purchase some wildland personal
protective equipment and an automatic external
the Quorum Court will also hear a request to transfer about
$1,200 from the Courthouse Maintenance account to the
Capital Outlay, Machinery and Equipment account for the
purchase of a new security system for the courthouse.
LEGISLATORS RETURNING TO LITTLE ROCK FOR
FISCAL SESSION 4/11/16
wrapping up, a special session on the state's hybrid
Medicaid expansion, Arkansas lawmakers are returning to
Little Rock to pass the state budget.
Asa Hutchinson has proposed a $5.3 billion dollar budget,
which includes a $142.7 million dollar increase in spending.
A bulk of that increase would go toward the Department of
Human Services. The state's Medicaid program would receive
$88 million and $20.4 million would go toward the state's
child welfare programs.
is also proposing a $23.7 million dollar increase for state
to lawmakers, the big issue is funding for the state's
hybrid Medicaid expansion, which lawmakers approved last
week by a wide margin, but still shy of the three-fourths
majority that is needed to support the Medicaid budget.
Representative DeAnn Vaught announced she voted yes on
Governor Hutchinson's Arkansas Works bill.
she feels her vote was what was best for District 4. She
said Arkansas Works will implement work referrals, premiums
for those making over 100 percent of the federal poverty
level and will require recipients to receive wellness
by voting for Arkansas Works it will ensure that federal tax
funds will come back to the state. She explained if
legislators didn't pass Arkansas Works then the state would
have lost about $5 billions dollars over the next 5 years.
without Arkansas Works, the Little River Memorial Hospital
and De Queen Regional Medical Center would possibly close.
FOREMAN HIRES MARK KING AS NEW HEAD FOOTBALL
Superintendent George Kennedy reported the Foreman Board of
Education voted last week to hire Mark King as the next head
football coach of the Foreman Gators.
stated the district received between 15 and 20 resumes, but
felt King was the right person for the job.
Gators were 1-9 last season.
15-YEAR-OLD FINDS DIAMOND WITHOUT A
break, a 15-year-old boy from Bruceton, Tennessee discovered
a 1.01-carat white diamond, which appears to be clear and
almost flawless, with 24 smooth, rounded facets.
Miller stated he searched the internet for an interesting
destination and discovered the Crater of Diamonds State
Park. He said his family arrived the day after a heavy rain
and he said according to his research that meant they had a
good chance of finding a diamond on the surface of the
his family had searched for over an hour in the east drain
area, when he noticed something shiny and half-buried in the
mud. Miller said he thought he had found a piece of glass,
but decided to take it to the Diamond Discovery Center,
"Just in case."
diamond was the second one found on the surface weighing
over one carat the week of spring break, and it was the
third diamond found on the surface during the month of
March. The largest one was a 1.43-carat brown diamond. It
was found on March 24th.
information about the Crater of Diamonds State Park in
Murfreesboro, call 870-285-3113 or visit their website at
ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT HONORS LONG-TIME FOOD
SERVICE WORKER 4/11/16
Rosenbaum was honored Friday, April 8th in the Ashdown High
School cafeteria for her 50 years of service with the
Ashdown School District.
started working in the district in 1966 and has worked for
nine superintendents, several administrators and principals
and in three different administration buildings and she said
she plans to keep working.
School District retiree Judy Dowdy presented a brief and
interesting history of Rosenbaum's work career and Ashdown
Superintendent Jason Sanders presented her with
proclamations from the City of Ashdown, a citation from the
Arkansas House of Representatives and a plaque from the
BEACON HILL BIKERS MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY
SPONSORING CHARITY RIDE AND CHICKEN DINNER 4/11/16
Hance and Carla Wolcott of the Beacon Hill Bikers Motorcycle
Ministry announced their club will be sponsoring a charity
ride and chicken dinner this Sunday in the Town North
Shopping Center. Hance said all of the proceeds will benefit
the Southwest Arkansas Crisis Center.
the cost is $20 per rider and $10 for any additional rider.
He also stated the band, Page One, from Van Buren will be
performing, while everyone enjoys the chicken dinner.
said the ride will start in De Queen and make a loop through
Oklahoma up to Mena and back.
information, call 682-970-0378 or visit the Beacon Hill
Bikers Facebook page.
CONSUMER ALERT: VEHICLE BUYERS BEWARE OF
STORM DAMAGE 4/11/16
thunderstorms have hammered the Natural State the past few
weeks causing hail damage and flooding. These storms may be
quick but can cause lasting and severe damage to vehicles.
dings caused by hail damage seldom affect the mechanics of a
vehicle, but if consumers are planning to participate in one
of the many "hail sales" that are being advertised, they
should be prepared. Buyers should obtain a disclosure of the
damage in writing from the seller and also check with their
insurance company to see how the hail damage may impact
coverage of future repairs.
should also review a vehicle's title for any flood damage
reports. Arkansas law requires dealerships to place a
separate disclosure in the window of cars that have
previously been submerged.
consumer alert from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says
consumers should ask sellers if the car has been damaged by
hail or flood water; inspect the vehicle for water stains
and mildew in the vents and behind the dashboard; have the
car inspected by a mechanic and if the car has significant
damage and is considered a salvage vehicle, it should have a
buyer's notification posted on it and it should cost much
less that a vehicle with a clean title.
information, visit the Attorney General's website at
ArkansasAG.gov or call 1-800-482-8982.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE RUMMAGE
Little River County Relay for Life rummage sale is scheduled
for Saturday, April 16th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
Central Baptist Church in Ashdown, rain or shine.
As part of
the Relay for Life events in Little River County,
individuals and groups may set up a sales booth for a $20
donation. Registered Relay for Life teams may set up a booth
at no charge. Booths may be set-up on Friday, April 15th.
teams have already made plans to host a booth with lots of
goodies, and a bake sale will also be a part of the event.
for a booth, call the event chairman Linda Fielding at
903-276-5650. The county's website is RelayForLife.org/LittleRiverAR,
and on Facebook, search for Relay for Life--Little River
WANT TO BE HEALTHIER? GET OUTDOORS
weather warms up, birds chirp and flowers bloom, so, don't
forget to take some time to enjoy what Mother Nature has to
offer. Research shows it can make you feel better, inside
Kuo has published articles on the benefits of green space
since 2001 and she says people are instinctively drawn to
places where their ancestors thrived, but the current
obsession with electronic devices, poor urban planning and
disappearing open space means most folks are spending less
time outdoors. She says it's especially important for
children to be exposed to greenery, and one of her latest
research projects found symptoms of ADHD were reduced by
using nature as a prescription.
the study found outdoor time has the same effect on kids, no
matter their socioeconomic background. She says city
planners need to keep that in mind when designing living
spaces, particularly public housing. She says tree-lines
streets, grass, gardens and parks need to be included,
because for some kids, it's their only exposure to the
being exposed to greenery also reduces anger, aggression and
research also links the lack of green space to obesity, some
infections and respiratory diseases, cancer, cardiovascular
disease, migraines, depression and anxiety. She says while
nature deficit disorder isn't an official medical diagnosis,
many people find that spending more time in nature just
makes them feel better.
IMPACT: WALKING FOR CHRIST 2016 4/8/16
is the minister at the Ashdown First United Methodist Church
and the Richmond United Methodist Church and for the past
three years, he has completed a 30-mile walk as part of his
Impact Walking for Christ event.
the event has raised over $51,000 and this year's walk will
begin Saturday morning at 6 a.m. at the Ashdown High School.
there will be a fish fry at the high school when he finishes
his walk around 4 p.m. and people can donate by attending
the event or by mailing a donation to the First United
Methodist Church of Ashdown. He said tickets for the fish
fry at $10 each and children can buy a wristband for
unlimited inflatable fun from 1 to 6 p.m. for $5.
some of the funds will be used for improvements at the
Ashdown City Park, Ashdown Matters and other worthy causing
in the Ashdown community.
also selling raffle tickets for $1 each. He said they will
be drawing for a handcrafted Arkansas Razorback bench, an
Apple Ipad Mini2 and a basket of gift cards at the stadium.
he does this to give glory to God and to show that if we all
do our part, we can help one another.
NEXT WEEK IS SPRING CLEAN-UP WEEK IN DE
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy wants to remind area residents that
next week is the city's annual spring clean-up week and
property owners can call the De Queen City Hall to have
their name added to pickup list by calling 584-3445.
said city residents can also take their old electronics or
unused paint to the De Queen Fire Station. He explained the
city takes all of the old electronics to the Federal
Correctional Institute in Texarkana for recycling. He said
these items can also be taken to the solid waste satellite
station at the Sevier County airport anytime. McKelvy said
the satellite station is open Tuesday morning, Thursday
afternoon and on Saturdays.
said if a resident has an old vehicle that needs to be
disposed of, they should contact Baker Sales and Service to
see if it has any salvage value.
said city employees will also be cleaning up areas
throughout the city during clean-up week.
information or to put your name on the pickup list, call
ARE THOSE YOUR PAPERS? 4/8/16
morning, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen
Police Department pulled over a vehicle that had a brake
light out and noticed some rolling papers in the driver's
Browning asked the driver, 40-year-old Michael Skelton of
Lockesburg about the rolling papers and Skelton stated he
rolled his own cigarettes.
Skelton removed a pocket knife from his shorts, Browning
stated he was going to pat him down because he could see
something else in his pocket. Skelton allegedly told Officer
Browning that he didn’t want Browning to pat him down,
because he didn't like to be touched.
short conversation, Skelton agreed to turn his pockets
inside out. When he did, Officer Browning discovered a clear
bag of suspected marijuana and a metal smoking device.
charged with possession of a controlled substance and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL SPRING BREAK
High School students, as well as students from Horatio and
Texarkana and sponsors, recently returned from their annual
trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Islands of
Adventure, with an overnight stay in Destin, Florida.
students and their sponsors from the De Queen area have been
enjoying these incredibly fun as well as educational trips.
visited Disney's Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Disney's
Hollywood Studios and EPCOT Center, which was hosting the
International Flower and Garden Festival. They also enjoyed
the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands
of Adventure, Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, with the
Hogwarts Express and Disney Springs which was formerly known
as Downtown Disney and the Disney Marketplace.
the group has participated in the Youth Education Series
program at Walt Disney World.
program was "Energy and Waves Physics Lab." Students
discovered how energy is transmitted by light and sound
waves, and how these waves affect the Disney Guest
experience and their day-to-day lives. They also discovered
how light and sound can be manipulated.
completing the Energy and Waves Lab the students were able
to articulate a variety of forms of energy. They
demonstrated a compression wave, could define a medium, and
demonstrate how solids, liquids and gasses affect sound.
They could state the factors that may affect the speed of
sound. They learned how white light is composed of different
colors of light and how different colors of light are made
up of different wavelengths. They were also shown how
holograms were created for the dancing ghost in the Haunted
Mansion as well as how many other ""Disney Secrets" are made in
the 3-D show, "Stitch's Great Escape."
Disney originally envisioned his theme park, his dream was
to create places where people could have fun and at the same
time learn something about the world. The YES program
facilitators take great pride in furthering Walt's dream by
using the theme parks to not only inspire the students to
think differently about the world, but to explore the
endless possibilities that await them back at home, at
school and within their own community.
Shown above: Aurora Gonzales, Alisia
Gonzales, Rachel Camarillo, Lucee Lugo, Karen Trammell,
Jackie Gonzales, Jan Durham, Lynn Wright, Wanda Smith, Mandie Stafford, Brittany Jones, Haylee Rich, Alexi
Gonzales, Manuel Hernandez, Kurt Blocker, Stephen Sloan,
Damien Garcia and Prince Beasley.
SLEEPING ONE OFF IN THE CAR 4/8/16
April 3rd, Sevier County Deputy Brian Hankins was dispatched
to Peach Lane off Highway 41 South in reference to a vehicle
that was in the ditch with a male subject slumped over the
Hankins arrived, Horatio First Responders were on the scene.
They reported the doors were locked and they could not wake
the driver up, but could tell he was still breathing.
reported the vehicle was still running and it was still in
drive. A first responder unlocked the door and Hankins was
able to put the vehicle in park and remove the keys of the
Southwest EMS arrived and checked the driver for injuries.
They reported he appeared to be fine and released him. The
driver was then placed under arrest for suspicion of driving
was identified as Justin Alexander. Before Deputy Hankins
had finished reading Alexander his rights, he requested a
lawyer, refused to sign or take any other field sobriety
was charged with DWI #1 and refusal to submit.
STATE BOARD WORKING TO PROMOTE
accountability and keep the State of Arkansas in compliance
with federal law, the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile
Justice Board has formed a sub-committee to develop a
detailed report that will be submitted to Governor Asa
Hutchinson and the appropriate legislative committees later
Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice Board is responsible
for distributing funds that are granted to the state by the
U.S. Department of Justice's office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention. Funds have been awarded to
community-based programs across the state designed to
prevent juvenile delinquency and to improve the juvenile
High School graduate Victor Rojas is a member of Arkansas
Juvenile Justice Board and he said as a member of the
Governor's Report and Legislative Sub-committee he plans to
be transparent with state officials and the citizens of
Arkansas to ensure that tax dollars are being spent wisely
on services that produce positive outcomes for Arkansas
THE DIRTY SECRET ABOUT ALLERGIES 4/8/16
runny noses and itchy eyes tell us it's allergy season in
Arkansas. From April to June, grass pollen causes problems
from many, then, come fall it will be ragweed and other
plants shedding pollen that causes misery. If it seems like
more people have allergies than ever, that is indeed the
Miller is a blogger and author and studies the causes of
allergies. He says the problem is we're too clean. He and
other researchers call it the "Hygiene Hypothesis." Miller
says we've upset the balance of germs inside us by
prote3cting ourselves more than our ancestors did.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology cites
research that suggests early antibiotic use changes the
bacterial flora, which impacts the development of allergic
diseases like asthma. Other studies suggest we may be using
too may products like acetaminophen to treat children.
we need to back away a little from hand sanitizers and
we're upsetting the natural balance in our bodies and he
says doctors need to stand their ground and not give out
prescriptions so easily.
believes kids should play with other kids, and they should
have a pet early in life because exposure to other germs can
help them avoid allergies later in life.
UA COSSATOT TO HOST UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
SYSTEM BOARD OF TRUSTEE 4/7/16
Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole reported the college is working to
start a Physical Therapy Assistant Program following the
success of their Occupational Therapy Assistant Program,
during the March meeting of the UA Cossatot Board of
said Cossatot has received board approval from the
University Of Arkansas Board Of Trustees, but they are
hoping the Arkansas State Higher Education Coordinating
Board will approve the program in May.
said the nursing program has been recommended for
re-accreditation by the State Board of Nursing and Cossatot
will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary on May 14th. He
said it will not only be the 40th anniversary of the first
graduating class from UA Cossatot but the 40th anniversary
of the first nursing class at Cossatot.
announced UA Cossatot will be hosting the University of
Arkansas System Board of Trustees meeting May 25th and 26th
on the De Queen and Nashville campuses.
will be holding registration for first time students
starting Monday, April 11th. For more information, contact
UA Cossatot at 870-584-4471.
AGFC BEGINS NEW STATEWIDE SEARCH FOR CWD
confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in northern
Arkansas, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is widening
its search to determine if it is in other parts of the
results from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's
original testing phase should be completed this week, but
biologists have already confirmed a larger instance of
chronic wasting disease than anticipated.
phase of chronic wasting disease surveillance will be able
to determine how far the disease has traveled in the state.
Arkansas Game and Fish officials will be taking samples from
any sick or dead deer that is reported throughout the state.
The primary focus will be on road-kill animals.
phase of testing will continue until at least May 20th and
anyone who sees a sick or dead deer or elk should contact
the Arkansas Game and Fish at 1-800-482-9262. Operators are
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Once a deer
or elk contracts chronic wasting disease, the brain begins
to degenerate, they lose weight, lose their appetite and
develop an insatiable thirst. They also tend to stay away
from herds, walk in patterns, carry their heads low,
salivate and grind their teeth.
information, visit the Arkansas Game and Fish website at
MORRIS AWARDED ARKANSAS TECH SCHOLARSHIP
High School senior Aaron Morris has been awarded a
Collegiate Scholars Scholarship from Arkansas Tech
University for the Fall 2016 semester.
the president of the De Queen High School FFA chapter, a
state 4-H Ambassador, and a member of Future Teachers of
America. He is also on the De Queen High School archery and
trap shooting teams. He has been named the De Queen High
School Archer of the Year, two times.
the son of Ronald and Kimberly Morris and a member of the De
Queen Church of Christ.
SIX DHS STUDENTS QUALIFY TO COMPETE IN
NATIONAL FBLA COMPETITION 4/7/16
Queen High School FBLA chapter attended and competed at the
Arkansas State Conference in Little Rock, April 4th and 5th.
students represented De Queen High School and six qualified
for the National FBLA Conference this summer in Atlanta,
placed second in the Agri-Business competition, Jeffery
Davis, Krishna Patel and Prince Beasley placed second in the
Digital Video Production, Cody Lites placed third in Public
Speaking II, and Danielle Duggan placed fourth in the
Electronic Career Portfolio competition.
conference was also attended by Anna Grace Cauley, Tara
Montgomery, Jessica Rogers, Alec Lowery, Josie Vaught, Edgar
Espinoza, Noah Sherry and Jessica Williams.
SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
ANNOUNCES YOUTH TOUR WINNERS 4/7/16
winners were recently selected to participate in the 2016
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.
Dominguez and Josue Castellanos of De Queen High School and
Abigail Taylor of Cossatot River High School were announced
as the representative of the local Southwest Arkansas
Electric Cooperative on this summer's Youth Tour.
The trip is
all expense paid and will involve approximately 44 other
youths from across Arkansas, June 8th through the 16th. They
will tour the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Washington,
Lincoln and Jefferson monuments; the Vietnam Memorial,
Arlington Cemetery and other sights in Washington, D.C.
addition, they will be eligible to compete for a chance to
represent Arkansas on the National Rural Cooperative
Association's Youth Leadership Council.
WHISTLESTOP FESTIVAL TO FEATURE ART BY FOURTH
THROUGH TWELFTH GRADERS 4/7/16
fourth through twelfth grades are invited to "Get on Board"
and participate in the Whistlestop Festival's Youth Art Show
during the 2016 Whistlestip Festival, April 29th and 30th,
will be awarded in three categories: grades four and five;
grades six through eight; and grades nine through 12,
according to Carolyn Henderson.
the art show will be accepted from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, April 27th at 21 East Main Street, next door to
the Two Rivers Museum, and the show will be open to the
public beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 29th and all day
Saturday, April 30th.
must be on paper, preferably matted, and ready to hang with
clamp-style clips, which will be provided by the Little
River Arts Council. No frames, glass or wet paint will be
included, and work must be at least five by seven inches,
but no larger than 18 by 24 inches.
artists may enter two pieces of art, and there are no entry
fees. Artist may also choose their own medium.
Registration and entry packets can be picked up at the Two
Rivers Museum on the corner of East Main and U.S. Highway 71
North in Ashdown, or from the art teachers at the Ashdown,
Foreman or Horatio School districts.
information, call Henderson at 903-826-5627.
Chalice Cupboard Report for
March 2016 04/06/16
The Chalice Cupboard assisted
39 families in Sevier county in march, including 72 adults
and 46 children, totaling 118 people. 1026 lbs. of
food was distributed. 597 lbs. of food was added to
the pantry. This included 345 lbs. of purchased food
plus donations of 252 lbs. First United
Methodist and St. Barbara Catholic churches gave 11 lbs.
Individuals gave 135 lbs. There was a 6 lb. anonymous
The bank balance on March 1,
2016 was $6.752.11. Deposits for the month totaled
$370.00. During March, $255.70 was spent for food to
replenish the pantry supply. The bank balance on March
31, 2016 was $6.866.44.
Individuals living in Sevier
County who need food may receive help at the Chalice
Cupboard at 315 North 5th Street in De Queen on Tuesday and
Wednesday from 2:00 pm until 3:15 pm. Food is given to
those requesting assistance once each three months period of
the year: January-February-March; April-May-June;
July-August=-September; and October-November-December.
Suggested non-perishable items
for those people who want to make a donation are Macaroni &
Cheese and Jell-o. Any money donated will be
used for the purchase of food.
CITY OF DE QUEEN SELLS SANITATION TRUCK TO
PILGRIM'S PRIDE 4/6/16
night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council,
aldermen passed a resolution to sell Pilgrim's Pride a 2003
International sanitation truck for $30,000.
also passed a resolution allowing District Court Judge
Stephen Tedder to destroy some old district court records.
Ray McKelvy reported Tuesday night that the state highway
department opened bids for several projects in March, but
they did not have a bidder for the city’s street paving
discussed changes to the city's mosquito control program and
voted to spray longer this season and purchase some
chemicals to put in areas with standing water. McKelvy said
the most effective way to control the mosquito population is
to educate the public.
DE QUEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT EARNS AN ISO RATING
OF 3 4/6/16
Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt is encouraging all De Queen
homeowners to contact their homeowner insurance providers to
see if the department's new ISO rating of "3" will help
lower their premiums.
the De Queen Fire Department earned a rating of "4" 10-years
ago, but during their recent inspection it was lowered once
the De Queen Fire Department is a combination department
with both volunteer and full-time fire fighters. He said a
lot of factors went into getting the ISO lowered, including
the support of the De Queen City Council and the residents
of De Queen.
some insurance companies don't use the ISO rating, so all
homeowners should check their insurance policies.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy also congratulated the department
for their commitment to serving the City of De Queen.
YOU SHOPLIFTING, "NO, APRIL FOOLS"
April 1st, Sergeant Gary Cunningham of the De Queen Police
Department went to the De Queen Wal-Mart in response to a
Cunningham arrived, a member of the Wal-Mart Asset
Protection Team reported she saw a white man take a pair of
gloves out of the packaging and put them in the bottom of a
shopping cart with some other items that he paid for. But,
he walked out the door without paying for the gloves.
Cunningham was patting down the suspect, 32-year-old Billy
David Hicks of Wellston, Oklahoma, he found a wallet in
Hicks' back pocket that still had the price tag on it.
trespassed from Wal-Mart and charged with shoplifting.
ARKANSAS GIVES - GROW THE LOVE
area residents will have the opportunity to help local
nonprofit organizations that serve and help individuals and
families here in Sevier County.
Martin is the Director of the CASA of the Ouachita Region
and she stated CASA was participating in the Arkansas Gives,
online fundraiser, so they can advocate on behalf of more
children in Sevier County.
Program Director Renee Hendrix stated Casa of the Ouachita
Region is currently advocating on behalf of four children in
Sevier County. She said they need more volunteers in order
to help more children.
said CASA of the Ouachita Region depends on grants to
operate and most of those grants are matching grants. She
said they normally hold a fundraiser in the spring, but this
year they decided to participate in the Arkansas Day of
Giving event on Thursday.
Community Foundation Media Relations Director, Sarah Kinser
said all you have to do to donate is go to the
ArkansasGives.org website between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. this
Thursday and click on county of service and select the
nonprofit of your choice.
residents can also donate to the Sevier County Museum and
the Shattered Homes organization.
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK IS APRIL 10-16
through the 16th is National Library Week and this year's
theme is "Libraries Transform."
mid-1950's, research showed Americans were spending less time
reading and more time listening to the radio, and watching
television. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the
American Library Association and the American Book
Publishers Committee formed a nonprofit citizen's
organization called the National Book Committee.
committee's goals were to encourage people to read during
their leisure time and to improve their income and health
and to develop strong and happy families.
celebrate National Library Week, the De Queen branch of the
Sevier County Library will host a story and craft time for
children on Wednesday, April 13th at 4 p.m.
residents are invited to stop by their local libraries in De
Queen, Horatio, Lockesburg and Gillham on Tuesday, April
12th to celebrate National Library Workers Day to let the
library staff know how much you appreciate them.
SEVIER COUNTY JUDGE ANNOUNCES ROAD
County Judge Greg Ray announced Tuesday morning that Mineral
Road will be closed Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the
installation of a culvert.
suggested traffic detour on Stemple Road.
information, contact the County Judges' office at 642-2425.
DE QUEEN BOARD OF EDUCATION RECEIVES GOOD
night, members of the De Queen Board of Education were
informed the district was doing well financially, as well
Superintendent Bruce Hill presented the board with a copy of
the district's 2014-2015 audit, which contained a few
findings that were related to a new food services system and
delegation of duties.
Superintendent Paul Shelton said it was a normal audit.
members also approved Hill's recommended changes to the
district's salary schedule. Shelton said the recommendations
are intended to help the district retain quality staff
reported the district's expenditures were remaining close to
the same amount as last year, and the balance is expected to
be up by about $750,000 over last year. Shelton said the
district is in good financial shape.
said he’s pleased the state selected the ACT Aspire test.
announced the district is preparing both the football field
and the gymnasium for graduation, which is scheduled for
Sunday, May 22nd at 2 p.m.
ASHDOWN WOMAN'S DEATH STILL UNDER
enforcement agencies in Little River County continue to
investigate the death of an Ashdown woman who was run over
by a Kansas City Southern train, Saturday night.
to the incident report, crew members on the train spotted
53-year-old Mary Blair lying across the railroad, but they
were unable to stop.
A member of
the KCS crew contacted the Little River County Sheriff's
office about 8:45 p.m. and she was pronounced dead at the
scene by Little River County Coroner Roddy Smith.
was sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy.
Blair was treated and released from the Little River
Memorial Hospital prior to the incident.
LEGISLATORS TAKING LONG HARD LOOK AT MEDICAID
Arkansas Legislators will convene at the state Capitol for a
special session, to address changes to the state's
Representative DeAnn Vaught says there are two issues before
the legislature. One is a piece of legislation to create a
program that the Governor is calling Arkansas Works. The
second will address reforms that should provide savings to
the state's Medicaid program.
Option will end on December 31st and currently there are
more than 267,000 Arkansans insured through the program that
uses federal Medicaid dollars to provide private insurance
plans for families making 138 percent of the Federal Poverty
Level or less. Currently that amount is equal to $16,394
dollars for an individual or $33,534 dollars for a family of
Hutchinson's Arkansas Works program would replace the
Private Option. The plan would still use the private
insurance marketplace, but with some major changes.
instance, one of those changes would direct anyone on the
program that does not have an income to go to the Department
of Workforce Services for job training and to search for a
also require participants to receive an annual wellness
would require any participant making over the federal
poverty level to pay a premium at an affordable rate.
Failure to pay would result in a loss of benefits, but not
to Vaught, the special session is expected to last three
days. State legislators will then reconvene on April 13th
for the state's Fiscal Session where they will vote on
appropriations for all of the state agencies and determine a
budget for the state.
you can follow the proceedings on the web at
THURSDAY IS ARKANSAS GIVES DAY 4/5/16
Thursday, Arkansans will have the opportunity to support
their favorite nonprofit organization during a 12-hour
online giving event that is being sponsored by the Arkansas
Kinser of the Arkansas Community Foundation reported the
event raised over $2 million dollars last year and had over
350 nonprofits participating. She said this year there are
over 600 nonprofits participating this year.
the Sevier County Museum participated in the program and
raised $2,200. This year, the museum board hopes to match or
exceed that amount. Museum Board President Gary Walker said
if you would like to make a donation, but don't have a
computer, you're invited to stop by the museum and use one
information, you can call the museum Director Karen Mills at
the Shattered Homes Foundation in De Queen is also
participating. Shattered Homes provides education to
families with drug or alcohol addicted family members and
help them mend.
information, call Shattered Homes at 870-784-0413.
by participating, Arkansans are not only donating to their
favorite nonprofit they will also be helping them earn bonus money and
local nonprofits by making a donation on Thursday between
the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and be a part of something
YOUTH ART SHOW 04/05/16
All students in grades 4 through 12 are
invited to "Get on Board" the Whistlestop Festival Youth Art
Show to be displayed during the 2016 Whistlestop Festival in
Ashdown on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30. Cash prizes
will be awarded in three categories: 4-5 grades; 6-7-8
grades; and 9-10-11-12 grades.
Entries for the art show will be accepted on
Wednesday, April 27, from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at 21 E. Main
Street, next door to the Two Rivers Museum, and the show
will be open to the public for viewing at that location,
beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and all day
Saturday, April 30, during the Whistlestop Festival.
Artwork must be on paper, preferably matted,
and ready to hang with clamp style clips provided by the
Little River Arts Council, sponsor of the youth art show.
No frames, glass, or wet paint will be included, and work
must be at least 5"x 7", but no larger than 18 x 24 inches.
Young artists may enter two pieces of art,
and there are no entry fees. Each may choose his/her own
subject and medium.
Registration and entry packets can be picked
up at the Two Rivers Museum on the corner of E. Main and
Highway 71 N in Ashdown or from the art teachers at Ashdown,
Foreman or Horatio schools. For any further information,
please contact Carolyn Henderson at 903-826-5627.
NEW STUDY SHOWS ARKANSAS PROGRAM IS DOUBLING
COLLEGE COMPLETION RATES 04/05/16
Little Rock, AR – March 31, 2016 –
Today, a new study titled College Count$
demonstrates that low-income students who have participated
in the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) earn
associate degrees or technical certificates at more than
double the rate of the general community college population
in Arkansas. The findings are especially significant
considering that students who participate in CPI must
qualify for public assistance, live at 250 percent or less
of the poverty level and support a family as a custodial
findings are the first phase of research from College
Count$, a joint research project established in April of
2015 by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation
and Annie E. Casey Foundation to demonstrate the potential
for CPI to break the cycle of poverty and provide a return
on investment for participants, their families and the
state. The College Count$ study was conducted by Metis
Associates, a nationally recognized research firm. Research
methods used in the study all comply with the U.S.
Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse
guidelines for evidence-based programs.
Cossatot first implemented CPI in 2006 and has assisted
several thousands of students advance their job skills and
receive degrees and certificates in our area.
“The goal of
Career Pathways Initiative is to remove any barriers to a
student’s success,” said Crystal Bell Hunter, CPI Director
at UA Cossatot. “Pending available funds, we can assist
parents with childcare, transportation, academic fees, and
supplies. Often times, these costs mean the difference
between a student excelling and dropping out. But perhaps
the strongest case for our success is the counseling that we
are able to provide CPI students. We serve as encouragement
and a point of contact for students who find themselves
unsure how to navigate college waters.”
DE QUEEN RESIDENT DIES IN MOTOR VEHICLE
March 30th, 35-year-old Robert Blake Beavers of De Queen was
pronounced dead at the scene of a single vehicle accident on
Highway 41 south of Piney Road about 7:56 p.m. by Sevier
County Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Marshall.
to the accident report, Beavers was driving a 2006 Chevy
Monte Carlo south on Highway 41 when he entered the left
hand curve and left the roadway on the right side of the
road. The vehicle overturned and struck two trees before
coming to rest on the roof of the vehicle.
passenger was transported to the De Queen Regional Medical
Center by Southwest EMS for treatment of injuries.
ARKANSAS DHS WANTS TO REMIND AREA RESIDENTS
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH 4/4/16
Johnson of the Sevier County Department of Human Services
and Alexis Lampkins of the Little River County DHS stopped
by the KDQN studios to remind area residents that April is
Child Abuse Awareness Month. They also mentioned the need
for foster homes in both Sevier and Little River counties.
said Sevier County has seven foster homes and 21 foster
children. Lamkins said Little River County currently has 23
foster children and only one foster home, so children are
being placed in homes outside the counties.
said DHS needs foster parents and if someone is interested
in serving, they should visit the website,
stated DHS also needs volunteers to serve in a variety of
said the Little River and the Sevier County DHS offices are
collecting items for foster care bags. She said items may be
dropped off in boxes that are in the lobbies of the DHS
offices or at Dr. Randy Walker's office in De Queen.
said they need items for infants to 2-years of age like:
bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups, diapers, wipes, shampoo,
body wash, lotion and pajamas. They need combs and
hairbrushes, socks, underwear, shampoo, body wash, soap,
hair ties, pajamas, toothbrushes, and toothpaste for
children ages 2 to 18.
Lamkins said area residents can help make a difference in
the lives of area children by donating or volunteering at
their local DHS office. For more information, call the
Sevier County DHS office at 870-642-2625 or the Little River
County DHS office at 870-898-5155.
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL 4/4/16
night about 6:30 p.m., Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy
Matthew Webb was dispatched to a single motor vehicle
accident at the intersection of Lake Road and North 9th
arrived, the driver was being transported to the De Queen
Regional Medical Center by Southwest EMS where he was
treated for non-life threatening injuries that he sustained
in the accident.
19-year-old Ezequiel Escamillia, reported he blacked out and
when he woke up, his car was in the ditch.
Escamillia's mom informed Webb he had worked the night shift
and may have fallen asleep.
reported the car skidded 85 feet from the intersection and
ended up in the ditch.
LET ME OFF THE BUS 4/4/16
31st, Sevier County Deputy Brian Hankins was dispatched to
the Highway 70/71 East in reference to a disorderly
passenger on a Jefferson Line Bus. According to the incident
report, Sheriff Bennie Simmons pulled the bus over at the
Martinez Auto Sales.
to the incident report, the bus driver informed the officers
that a passenger was upset that she had to ride a Jefferson
Line bus instead of a Greyhound. The driver said about 10
miles outside the De Queen City limits; she started
struggling with him trying to get to the stairs demanding
that he pull over and let her off.
passenger was identified as 22-year-old Ariel Cole of St.
informed Deputy Hankins that she had been on the bus for a
long time and she needed a break. Hankins advised her that
the bus was on a schedule and could only stop at designated
speaking with Sheriff Simmons, the driver agreed to let Cole
back on the bus, if she would sit in the back and not cause
any more trouble.
Hankins reported he followed the bus into De Queen and was
flagged down by the driver at the Tiger Mart. The driver
stated, Cole had started struggling with him again. She was
then arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS 4/4/16
in Arkansas and that means the weather can change at a
moments notice. So, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes is
offering the following tornado safety tips.
alliance recommends families develop a family tornado plan,
so all family members will know where they can take shelter.
They also suggest homeowners install a tornado safe room or
alliance says during a tornado, people should take refuge in
a storm shelter, safe room or in a community shelter that
labeled as the counties official tornado shelter, however,
there is no official shelter in Sevier County.
shelter is available, you should go to the lowest floor of
your home, and get in a small, central, interior room.
Officials suggest getting under a stairwell or in an
interior hallway that does not have any windows.
suggested you crouch down as low as possible to the floor,
face down and cover your head with your arms.
If you are
in a mobile home, it's recommended you get out and get in a
tornado strikes, gather your family together, stay away from
downed power lines, trees and puddles that could hide live
wires. You should also stay out of heavily damaged
structures and listen to your radio for information and
ASHDOWN MAN CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF A TEXARKANA
the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department arrested an
Ashdown man Thursday for his involvement in the shooting
death of a man who was found in his car just after midnight
Wednesday on 18th Street in Texarkana, Texas.
to a Texarkana, Texas police spokesperson, officers arrested
18-year-old Warrick Dunn of Ashdown at an apartment complex
on Locust Street.
to the incident report, 27-year-old Shawn Bush was found
dead from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to the
body shortly after midnight, Wednesday, March 30th.
reported Bush was slumped over in the front seat of his car.
Investigators say they believe robbery was the motive for
LOCKESBURG MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF RECEIVING
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY 4/1/16
Twenty-three-year-old Nathan Karl Thomas of Lockesburg plead
guilty during a plea hearing, Thursday morning before U.S.
District Judge Susan Hickey in Texarkana on two counts of
receiving child pornography.
plead guilty to receiving pornographic images of children on
October 30th, 2014 and December 3rd, 2014.
One of the
images was of a 15-year-old girl from Texarkana whom he
communicated with via an App called Kik Messenger. Court
records show Thomas met the girl in person in January of
2014 and that she sent him several sexually explicit photos
count concerns a video that Thomas received from a female
friend that show his associate molesting a 2-year-old boy.
Twenty-four-year-old Haidy Branson was sentenced to 21 years
in federal prison in August for sending videos of her
molesting the boy from a location in Bowie County, Texas.
Branson will be required to register has sex offenders upon
their release from federal prison.
be sentenced at a later date. Thomas could face up to 40
years in prison.
GRAZING SCHOOL FOR AREA FARMERS SET FOR APRIL 5TH
River County and surrounding area livestock producers are
invited to learn how they can shave some dollars off their
expensive winter feeding during a grazing school on Tuesday,
April 5th from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Jerry Christie farm on
Staggs Drive in Nashville.
Kenny Simon will discuss "Alternative Forages;" Paul Beck
will compare haylage versus hay; John Jennings will discuss
correcting problem fields and local county extension agents
will discuss different types of hay.
information or to register, call Sherry Beaty-Sullivan at
the Little River County Extension Office at 870-898-7225.
All of the
featured speakers are from the University of Arkansas
System, Division of Agriculture.
RICH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN MENA MAY JOIN U OF A
at Rich Mountain Community College in Mena are considering
merging with the University of Arkansas System.
Mountain President Phillip Wilson reported a merger would
provide his college's students with more programs to choose
from in addition to what he called a prestigious diploma
with the UA brand on it.
Mountain is the smallest community college in the state with
an enrollment of 932 students.
22 community colleges in the state. Twelve are independent
institutions, five are already part of the University of
Arkansas System, four are affiliated with the Arkansas State
University System and one is an arm of Southern Arkansas
University in Magnolia.
3RD ANNUAL SPRING CLASSIC GOLF EVENT IS APRIL 16 4/1/16
Assembly of God Minister Johnathan Reynolds announced Friday
morning that the 3rd Annual Spring Classic Golf Scramble is
Saturday, April 16th. He said the event will begin with a
shotgun start at 9 a.m.
said the proceeds will be donated to the Speed the Light
Ministries of the First Assemblies Denomination. He said
some of the funds will be used here locally to minister to
young people in De Queen and Sevier County.
said this year's event is once again sponsored by Gentry
information or to register for the event, contact the De
Queen First Assembly of God Church at 584-3435.
SEVIER COUNTY 4-H ANNUAL BASS TOURNAMENT 4/1/16
County 4-H members Aaron Morris and Hunter Frachiseur
announced the date for the annual Sevier County 4-H Bass
Tournament, Friday morning.
said the tournament will be held on the De Queen Lake at the
Oak Grove Landing on Saturday, April 23rd. He said the entry
fee is $40 per boat and the tournament will run from safe
light to 3 p.m.
the Sevier County 4-H Ambassador and he explained the
tournament helps Sevier County 4-H members attend different
events around the state.
information or to sign up for the bass tournament, call
Justin Stewart 870-584-6555.
SEVIER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE 4/1/16
County Relay for Life survivor's dinner has been scheduled
for May 6th at the De Queen Church of Christ and Relay for
Life committee member Linda Frachiseur said all county
survivors are invited to the event.
is the county's executive director and she said area
residents can buy chances for a raffle being held by the
Horatio State Bank Relay for Life team. She said the winner
will be announced during the main event on Friday, May 13th.
said Sevier County residents can pay up to $50 dollars to
have a friend's yard flocked with as many as 40 flamingos.
To flock a friend call Frachiseur at 784-1692 or Bailey at
teams and individuals can sign up at the Sevier County Relay
for Life Facebook page. She said county teams are also
selling luminaries in memory of or in honor of loved ones
for $5 each. She said you can also order a luminary on the
county's Facebook page or by texting 870-200-1649.
information, contact Bailey at 784-3053.
FOREMAN SCHOOL DISTRICT AWARDED THREE GRANTS
FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS 3/31/16
March meeting of the Foreman Board of Education,
Superintendent George Kennedy reported the district had
received three different grants for various projects.
said the high school media specialist, Tracie Kent, applied
for a grant through the Lowe's Toolbox Education program and
she was awarded a $4,965 grant that will be used to create a
garden area at the main entrance of the high school.
said the district received a $4,000 dollar grant from Lowe's
for the purchase of some preschool playground equipment. He
said the equipment should be delivered by April 7th.
teacher Kristie Smith was awarded a $1,500 grant from the
National Book Bank. Kennedy said the district plans to
purchase a book for all 296 elementary students.
reported the Arkansas Department of Education approved the
district's application to refund their existing bonds, which
will save the district about $30,000.
members also voted to accept the letter of resignation of
high school football coach, Neil Evans.
ARKANSAS 529 GIFT PROGRAM 3/31/16
Representative DeAnn Vaught reminded area residents that
they should take advantage of the Arkansas 529 GIFT program
and provide their child with the gift of a college
education. She said the State of Arkansas will also reward
parents who are saving for their child's education by
allowing them to deduct up to $5,000 of their 529 plan from
their state adjusted gross income.
were established to help parents and grandparents save money
for college that can be used at schools across the country
and some institutions abroad. State 529 Director Beth Anne
Rankin explained the program's name refers to the Internal
Revenue Code section that discusses college savings tools.
college tuition triples every 17 years. But the numbers
continue to show it's a worthwhile investment. According to
the U.S. Census Bureau, college graduates will earn an
average of $1 million dollars more over their lifetime than
a high school grad.
saving even a little can be more cost effective than
borrowing. While most families combine some level of saving
and borrowing when paying for college, she said putting
aside money early and often is a good way for families to
build their savings. Rankin said families can start a 529
account will as little as a $25 investment.
some Arkansans may even qualify for a matching grant of up
to $500 a year if they meet the income requirements.
plans are not limited to just parents. Any adult can open an
account for anyone they would like to help save for college.
And if your designated beneficiary decides not to go to
college, you can either, keep the money invested until a
later time, change the beneficiary, or withdraw the funds
and be subject to a 10 percent penalty.
529 GIFT accounts can be opened by visiting the website,
GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP IN ARKANSAS CONTINUES
THROUGH APRIL AND MAY 3/31/16
committed to cleaning up their communities in an effort to
enhance its appearance, inspire civic pride and attract
tourism can volunteer during local Great American Cleanup
events across the state through the months of April and May.
are needed to participate in Gillham's Keep Arkansas
Beautiful event on Saturday, April 9th.
Rosson is the event organizer and she stated they will have
everything volunteers will need to pick up litter on all of
the streets and Highway 71 within the city limits of Gillham.
anyone can volunteer, from church groups to individuals. She
said everyone is welcome to organize a cleanup team and
can stop by the Gillham branch of the Sevier County Library
between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 9th to pick up
trash bags, gloves and vests.
HUNTER EDUCATION CLASS IN PROVO
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's mandatory hunter
education regulation went into effect July 1st, 1985. The
regulation makes it unlawful for any person born after
December 31, 1968, to take or attempt to take wildlife with
firearms, crossbow or conventional bow, without first having
on their person proof that he or she has satisfactorily
completed an approved Hunter Education Course.
exceptions to this regulation are those hunters whose birth
dates are prior to 1969, and hunters less than 16 years of
age when under the direct supervision of a licensed adult at
least 21 years of age.
If you were
born after December 31st, 1968, or if you are just a
concerned sportsman or wildlife enthusiast, plan to attend
the Hunter Education Course that's being offered on
Saturday, April 9th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Provo
Community Building. The class is limited to the first 50
students and everyone must pre-register online at
will cover firearm safety, conservation, wildlife
management, sportsmanship, archery, muzzleloading, first aid
and survival, and other hunting information. The purpose of
the course is to inform and educate those who enjoy the
great outdoors, which will lead to safer and more
responsible behavior by all outdoorsmen throughout the
is free, but for more information, contact T.J. Newton at
582-1328, Lynn Newton at 584-5513 or Emmy Bailey at
CONSUMER ALERT: SCAMMERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
CREDIT CARD CHIP CONFUSION 3/31/16
have found a new way to target Arkansans while retailers and
banks continue to make the switch from magnetic stripe
credit and debit cards to the chip cards.
confusion surrounding this transition has made a prime
environment for con artists. It has been reported that
scammers will pose as credit card companies and contact
consumers through email, informing them that a new card is
ready but they need to update their account information
before the card can be sent.
consumer opens the link and enters his or her personal
financial information, it will likely be taken and used to
commit fraud. In some cases, the link itself could install
malware on the device and then monitor online activities and
steal passwords, log-in information or account numbers.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following tips
to minimize the risk of falling victim to this scam: she
said you shouldn't respond to any emails or phone calls
requesting a credit card number or the update personal
information. She said if you receive one of these types of
calls, that you should hang up and contact the credit card
company to confirm if the call was legitimate. Rutledge said
you should not open an email link without verifying the
link's authenticity. And, you should look for the lock icon
on the browser's status bar and "https" in the URL address
to be sure the information is secure during the
that is embedded in the new debit and credit cards will
provide ways to prevent credit card fraud. The technology
creates a unique transaction code that cannot be used again;
therefore, any stolen transmission numbers would be void and
criminals would be denied if they attempted to forge a
estimated that 90 percent of counterfeit card fraud could be
eliminated by using the chip cards.
If you have
any questions, contact the Attorney General's office at
1-800-482-8982 or visit the website, ArkansasAG.gov.
RICH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN MENA MAY
JOIN U OF A SYSTEM 3/31/16
at Rich Mountain Community College in Mena are considering
merging with the University of Arkansas System.
Mountain President Phillip Wilson reported a merger would
provide his college's students with more programs to choose
from in addition to what he called a prestigious diploma
with the UA brand on it.
Mountain is the smallest community college in the state with
an enrollment of 932 students.
22 community colleges in the state. Twelve are independent
institutions, five are already part of the University of
Arkansas System, four are affiliated with the Arkansas State
University System and one is an arm of Southern Arkansas
University in Magnolia.
COSSATOT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERSHIP
DRIVE IS SATURDAY 3/30/16
Frachiseur of the Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department
announced Wednesday morning that the department's annual
membership drive and BBQ dinner is this Saturday at the fire
station, which is located on Highway 70 East.
stated there's going to be a live and silent auction and if
you can't attend the BBQ dinner, you can mail your
membership dues of $25 to the fire station or contact her or
also said the band, Harmony will be performing throughout
information, call 584-9592 or 642-5569.
APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING PREVENTION
putting a renewed emphasis on education and enforcement of
the state's distracted driving laws. Highway Safety
authorities are joining national operations intended to stop
County Sheriff's Office and the De Queen Police will join
other law enforcement agencies across the nation by
participating in the "U Drive, U Text, U Pay" campaign to
stop distracted driving.
law prohibits the use of a hand held cell phone for texting,
typing, email or accessing the internet while driving,
regardless of the driver's age. It is also a "primary
offense" law, which means a state trooper, police officer or
sheriff's deputy can initiate a traffic stop without
observing any other violation.
should be aware of all state laws related to distracted
driving, particularly related to the prohibition of using a
hand-held cell phone while traveling through school or
highway work zone. All drivers under the age of 18 are
prohibited from using a cell phone while operating a motor
vehicle. Driver 18 to 20 years using a cell phone are
required to use a hands-free device.
national distracted driving effort focuses on ways to change
the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement,
public awareness and education which are the same tools that
have been used to curb drunk driving and increased seat belt
information on distracted driving issues, call 501-618-8136
or visit the website
BEACON HILL BIKERS MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY
SPONSORING CHARITY RIDE AND CHICKEN DINNER 3/30/16
Hance and Carla Wolcott of the Beacon Hill Bikers Motorcycle
Ministry announced Wednesday morning that the ministry will
be sponsoring a charity ride and chicken dinner on Saturday,
April 17th at the Town North Shopping Center. Hance said all
of the proceeds will benefit the Southwest Arkansas Crisis
the cost is $20 per rider and $10 for any additional rider.
He also stated the band, Page One, from Van Buren will be
said the ride will start in De Queen and make a loop through
Oklahoma up to Mena and back.
information, call 682-970-0378 or visit the Beacon Hill
Bikers Facebook page.
GLASGOW EARNS PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP FROM
Glasgow of De Queen High School has been selected to receive
the Presidential Scholarship from Southern Arkansas
scholarship includes $5,500 per semester and has a four-year
value of $44,000. SAU is one of the fastest growing and most
affordable universities in Arkansas and it was named the
sixth most affordable small college in the United States by
Bestvalueschools.com. And, according to the U.S. Department
of Education, SAU has the highest return on investment among
all Arkansas universities.
SAU maintains a low cost for students; quality and student
success are still top priorities of the school.
repeatedly surpassed enrollment records in part because of
its comprehensive list of undergraduate and graduate degree
programs, which includes new degrees like the B.F.A. in
Music Theatre, Engineering, Computer Game and Animation
Design, Business Entrepreneurship and Wildlife and Marine
the son of Bob and Angelina Ward.
IF YOU DON'T STOP; THEY WILL STOP YOU
Thursday, Patrolman J.J. Lopez of the De Queen Police
Department witnessed a vehicle not stop at a stop sign on
spoke to the driver, 33-year-old Kara McCain of De Queen,
she informed him that the vehicle had a manual transmission
and she wasn't very good at driving it and that was why she
didn't stop at the stop sign.
getting permission to search the vehicle, Officer Lopez and
Patrolman First Class Wayne Baker discovered a small black
container in McCain's purse that contained suspected
Nicole Nealy was then asked to assist with the traffic stop,
so she could search McCain. Nealy found two empty needles
and one loaded needle containing suspected methamphetamine
in McCain's jacket.
then arrested and charged with felony possession of meth,
four counts of felony possession of drug paraphernalia and
citied for failure to stop at a stop sign.
SEAT BELT MAY KEEP YOU FROM GOING TO
morning, Patrolman Justin Gentry of the De Queen Police
Department observed a man not wearing his seat belt on
Collin Raye Drive.
Gentry reported when he approached the vehicle he could
smell marijuana, so he had dispatch run a background check
on the driver, 28-year-old Ryan Grusendorf of Norman,
Oklahoma. Officers informed Grusendorf that they suspected
there was marijuana in the vehicle and asked for permission
to search his vehicle.
officers started their search, Grusendorf allegedly stated
there was marijuana in a bag in the passenger floorboard.
to the incident report, the bag contained several glass jars
containing marijuana. Officers also found five black
containers, three more glass jars and a plastic bag,
containing marijuana or marijuana residue. There was also
two empty cigarette packs with burnt marijuana roaches
reportedly stated he had brought the marijuana back from
Colorado. He was charged with possession of marijuana and
possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also citied for not
wearing his seat belt.
SEVIER COUNTY 4H SELLING CHANCES FOR
County 4-H leader Linda Frachiseur reported the county 4-H
clubs will be drawing for the winner of an AR-15 this
Friday, but you can still purchase a ticket today and
information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at
ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT FINALIZING PLANS FOR
OLD MAIN RENOVATION 3/29/16
Superintendent Jason Sanders reported he plans to recommend
a bid for the renovation of the Old High School to the
Ashdown Board of Education during their April board meeting.
He said they hope to consolidate their administration
facilities into one on later than January of 2017.
said the board voted to take $79,000 from the district's
building fund to repair the roof on the high school
auditorium and they voted to re-hire the certified staff for
the 2016-2017 school year. However, Loretta Price will move
from the LF Henderson campus to the elementary campus as the
counselor; Quincy Rayfield will move from the high school
campus to the LF Henderson campus as counselor and Susan
Fleming will be the new high school counselor.
and Dee Dee Ward informed the district that they plan to
retire at the end of the school year and Billy Jack Helms
and James Welchel resigned.
said the board also voted to use Arch Ford Cooperative
Alternative Learning Services for their alternative learning
resource to help a variety of students in different academic
informed KDQN that the reason the board approved the Arch
Ford recommendation was because of their support services.
members also voted to purchase video and classroom equipment
from the ACE Sign Company at a cost of $66,140.41 for the
operation of the new digital scoreboard.
DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AWARDED
High School senior Tara Montgomery was awarded a $1,000
Freshman Academic Scholarship from the University of
Arkansas in Fayetteville.
is the daughter of Wayne and Celia Montgomery. She is a
member of the Kern Heights Baptist Church and an active
member of the DHS student council, FBLA, Interact Club and
fall, Montgomery plans to study Dental Hygiene at the
University of Arkansas.
Jeffery Davis has been awarded the Henderson State
University Distinguished Freshman Scholarship, which is
valued at $58,000.
Davis is a
member of the Future Business Leaders of America, National
Honor Society, President of the Interact Club, captain of
the De Queen High School Quiz Bowl team, and yearbook staff.
Davis is also a youth leader in the Awana program at the
Center Point Baptist Church, a member of the De Queen High
School golf, archery and trap shooting teams. He was also
chosen to attend Arkansas Boys State.
Davis is the son of Alan and Stephanie Davis and he plans to
major in chemistry this fall at Henderson.
Italia Bustamante has been awarded the Arkansas Tech
University Second Century Scholarship, valued at $20,400; a
$12,000 scholarship from the University of Central Arkansas
and the Southern Arkansas University Blue and Gold
Scholarship, which is worth $26,400.
is the daughter of Osbelia and Angel Bustamante and she
plans to major in physical therapy.
is a member of the Spanish Club, the Interact Club, the
Young Democrats and the National Honor Society. She also
volunteers at the St. Barbara Catholic Church.
MINERAL SPRINGS MAN RELEASED FROM JAIL ON
$10,000 BOND 3/29/16
Fifty-five-year-old Maverick Dean Bryan of Mineral Springs
was released Monday following a federal detention hearing in
Texarkana. Bryan has been charged with threatening to hang
seven Arkansas mayors.
Agent Peyton Tucker testified that Bryan's handwriting
matched the handwritten letters that were sent to the mayors
of Ashdown, Lewisville, Prescott, Nashville, Murfreesboro,
Hope and De Queen on or about January 5th, 2015. The letters
stated Bryan would hang the mayors from a tree if they
wouldn't put prayer and the Ten Commandments back in the
public schools and eliminate the common core curriculum.
the letters were signed Lieutenant Gary Owens, which is the
same name used in a Thrifty Nickel ad. Tucker said a FBI
source contacted Bryan through the ad and met with him in
currently on probation for being a felon in possession of a
firearm after he was arrested by the Howard County Sheriff's
Office for wearing a .44 caliber pistol in a western style
holster in public.
when FBI agents searched Bryan's home in March, they found a
12-gauge shotgun leaning against the door frame of his
Probation Officer Amanda Jordan testified Bryan had been
convicted of interstate motor vehicle theft in 1987. She
said he has been arrested twice for illegally possessing
guns since 1987.
released on a $10,000 bond. He was also ordered to be
nowhere near a gun. He has to stay in the federal district
where his charges are pending and he must have no contact
with the mayors that they allegedly threatened to hang.
Bryan's case is scheduled for a jury trial in May in
Texarkana. If convicted, Bryan could face up to five years
in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 for each count.
REGULAR ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CLOSING
MARCH 31 3/29/16
Southwest Arkansas Development Council announced Monday
afternoon that the regular Low Income-Home Energy Assistance
Program will close on Thursday, March 31st.
to SWADC, the Low Income-Home Energy Assistance Program
provides limited benefits and area residents do not need a
shut-off notice to apply. However, the Crisis Intervention
Program will remain open until all of the funds have been
depleted or the program closes.
Intervention Program helps residents who need emergency
utility assistance because they have received a shut-off
notice or their utilities have been disconnected.
programs provide assistance, once-a-year, so if you have
applied for assistance through the Low Income-Home Energy
Assistance Program this year, you are not eligible for
Applications will be accepted on Mondays and Wednesdays from
1 to 4 p.m. at the De Queen Senior Adult Center on Haes
Avenue in De Queen.
SEVIER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION HELD
MONDAY AFTERNOON 3/29/16
County Democratic Committee held their county convention
Monday afternoon in the conference room of the Sevier County
Courthouse to confirm the county delegates to the Democratic
State Convention and to elect two county representatives to
the State Democratic Committee.
Patti Chaney, Virginia Dowdle, Sandra Dunn, John Gore,
Lucinda Hale, Alma Hunter, Jean Killian, Risa Krantz,
Cynthia Mickle, Greg Ray, Victor Rojas, Judy Smith, Kathryn
Smith, Robin Stacy, Harvey Stephens, Roxy Stephens, Gary
Walker and Betty Williams were confirmed as delegates to the
Arkansas Democratic Convention.
chairperson Killian stated Dunn and Walker were elected as
the Sevier County representatives to the State Democratic
Committee and Mickle had filed to be a delegate to the
Democratic Special meeting to elect the state's delegates to
the National Democratic Convention.
said committee members also voted to donate $500 to Connor
Eldridge's campaign for the U.S. Senate and $500 to Fonda
Hawthorne's campaign for the District 4 State Representative
to the Arkansas Democratic website, the special meeting to
elect the Arkansas delegates to the National Convention is
scheduled for June 11th at 9 a.m. in Little Rock.
WORK ON LITTLE RIVER BRIDGE SET TO BEGIN
County Judge Greg Ray informed KDQN Monday afternoon that
work on the Little River Bridge is set to begin possibly
within the next few weeks.
the Arkansas Department of Transportation held a bid opening
last week and awarded the bid to the Jensen Construction
Company of Des Moines, Iowa.
five bids were presented for the project which will cost
over $13.9 million dollars and should take about two to
three years to complete.
stated the project should help boost the local economy with
construction crews shopping and staying in the area while
the bridge is under construction.
AREA ACCIDENTS CLAIM TWO LIVES 3/28/16
a 21-year-old Ashdown man was pronounced dead on the scene
of a rollover accident on Highway 71 north of Texarkana,
according to the Arkansas State Police.
to the accident report, Matthew Harris was pronounced dead
on the scene by Coroner Joshua Hawkins after he was thrown
from his vehicle when it left the roadway and overturned.
The accident happened about 6 a.m. Friday morning.
to the report, Harris was traveling northbound in a 1996
State Police also investigated a fatal accident on Thursday
morning on Highway 27 in Sevier County.
to the accident report, 23-year-old Preston Lamay of
Lewisville was traveling east on Highway 27, when his BMW
left the roadway. The vehicle overturned and struck a tree.
pronounced dead at the scene by Sevier County Coroner Rusty
DE QUEEN BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO CONDUCT
DRUG TESTING 3/28/16
Friday before Spring Break, members of the De Queen Board of
Education met during a special called school board meeting
to discuss drug testing students.
to Superintendent Bruce Hill, the board unanimously voted to
drug test students who are involved in any extra-curricular
activity and students who drive on campus.
drug testing students could cost between $10 and $20 dollars
per student, per test.
the district is currently gathering drug policies from other
districts and will present a policy for the boards’ approval
during their April or May meeting. Hill said he worked in
the Idabel School District when they started drug testing
about 10-years ago.
a drug policy may not stop a student from using drugs that
uses on a regular basis, but it will give students who may
be recreational users a reason to say no, simply because
they want to be a part of a team or organization within the
DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR HELPING AREA
FOOD PANTRIES 3/28/16
attending America Sings in Orlando, Florida earlier this
month, the De Queen High School show choir, Center Stage,
will present two special performances for the students of
the De Queen Primary and Elementary schools this week to
help two local food pantries fill their shelves.
Orlando, students saw the sights and performed for thousands
of other students. They also helped make 'Kits for Kids'
that were handed out to children in the Orlando area.
they will help area residents by asking students to bring
non-perishable food items as admission to the performances.
Stage will perform for the Primary students on Tuesday at
10:30 a.m. in the high school auditorium.
members are asking all kindergarten students to bring a box
of Macaroni and Cheese; first grade boys are being asked to
bring one can of beans; first grade girls should bring a can
of corn; second grade boys should bring a can of green peas
and second grade girls should bring a can of green beans.
Stage will perform for the elementary students on Wednesday
at 10:30 a.m. and they are asking third grade boys to bring
one package of Ramen Noodle soup; third grade girls should
bring one can of soup; fourth grade boys are being asked to
bring a box of saltine crackers and fourth grade girls are
being asked to bring jars of peanut butter or jelly. Fifth
grade boys should bring one can of pasta and fifth grade
girls should bring one can of fruit.
information, contact Stefani Jones at the De Queen High
School at 642-2426.
SEVIER COUNTY MUSEUM PARTICIPATING IN
ARKANSAS GIVES FUNDRAISER 3/28/16
to the president of the Sevier County Museum, Gary Walker,
the museum is alive and well, but they need more financial
support from the community.
reported the City of De Queen and the Sevier County Quorum
Court has helped support the museum for the past several
years, but each governmental body cut the museum's budget by
$1,000 for 2016. He said the City of De Queen budgeted
$4,000 and the Quorum Court budgeted $5,000, this year.
the museum director, Karen Mills, worked three days a week
last year without pay to help reduce the museum's expenses.
He said she has agreed to do the same this year, however,
the cost to keep the museum doors open is about $18,000 a
the museum board also needs volunteers to help with the
maintenance, cleaning and yard work.
one way, the community can help is by making a donation
through the Arkansas Gives program, which is sponsored by
the Arkansas Community Foundation.
helps Arkansas nonprofits raise money and Walker said the
organization will add $1 million dollars to whatever the
nonprofits raise and divide it up proportionately.
Walker said last year was the first time the event was held
and the Sevier County Museum raised $2,200. He said this
year's event is April 7th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The minimum
donation is $25 and if you don't have a computer, area
residents can stop by the museum to use one of theirs.
information, call Mills at 870-784-0039.
TROY BUCK FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP DINNER AND
is invited to a dinner and auction May 6th in Arkadelphia to
raise money for the Troy Buck Family Scholarship endowment.
The endowment will provide annual scholarships for students
studying agriculture at Southern Arkansas University in
along with a live and silent auction, will be held at the
Arkadelphia Recreation Center on Twin Rivers Drive in
Arkadelphia. Individual tickets are $35 each and can be
purchased Centerpoint High School.
scholarship honors the Troy Buck family of Alpine. Buck is a
long-time vocational agriculture teacher in Arkansas and a
member of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame. Buck was
recently recognized by Farm Credit as one of 100 leaders who
are changing rural communities and agriculture for the
Buck has guided vocational agriculture programs in Hope and
Amity and for the consolidated Centerpoint School District.
He has helped shape the futures of thousands of students,
including state FFA officers and numerous state competition
One of his
most significant achievements was the completion of the
student-run Centerpoint High School meat processing lab and
school farm. In 2000, Centerpoint's vocational-agricultural
program was named the Outstanding Ag Program in America.
been named the state's Agri Teacher of the Year, three times
and he was awarded the Pioneer Award by the Arkansas
Department of Vocational Education in 1982.
as a member of the board of directors for Arkansas Farm
Bureau and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas. In 2004, he was
awarded the Dan Pilkinton Award for Outstanding Service to
Public Education by the Arkansas School Boards Association.
information, call Justin Reynolds at 501-228-1217
ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES
2016 SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM REQUEST FOR
Arkansas Agriculture Department is now accepting
applications for funding through the United State Department
of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Grants
administered through the program will help fund
opportunities to enhance Arkansas' specialty crop industry,
including fruits, vegetables, floriculture and nuts.
applicants include non-profit organizations, local, state,
and federal government entities, for-profit organizations
and colleges and universities. To be eligible projects must
solely enhance the competitiveness of an Arkansas specialty
crop, and they must benefit a specialty crop segment as a
may include projects such as: research, promotion,
marketing, nutrition, food safety and security, education,
increased knowledge and consumption, improved efficiency and
reduced costs of distribution systems, conservation, product
development, good agricultural practices, good handling
practices, and good manufacturing practices.
will receive about $294,000 for the 2016 fiscal year.
Applications must be submitted to the Arkansas Agriculture
Department by May 4th.
information, call 501-219-6324.
PAYING BY SMARTPHONE? BE CAREFUL
payments for goods and services are becoming increasingly
common. The Arkansas Attorney General's office says
financial identity fraud occurs when anyone uses another
person's identifying information in an attempt to open a
credit card or debit account without that person's
permission. It also happens when someone uses a scanning
device that copies or changes the information on a plastic
card's black magnetic strip.
with the Consumer Federation of America says it's important
to know just what information is collected when making a
payment with a smartphone or other device.
smartphones, tablets, and other devices contain lots of
sensitive information. From mobile payments, she says
thieves can find out account numbers and passwords, as well
as your location, who you do business with, what you spend,
and what you buy.
you should closely examine each app you download to make
mobile payments and monitor the information it passes along.
Grant says it's important to take steps ahead of time to
protect your personal information if you lose your device.
crime in Arkansas to use another person's identifying
information without his or her consent for any unlawful
purpose. Anyone who, for example, uses it to avoid criminal
prosecution, harasses someone else, or to try to obtain
anything of value commits the crime of non-financial
identity fraud, and faces up to six years in prison.
DE QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
EASTER EGG HUNT IS SATURDAY AT 2 3/25/16
Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick
Massey announced Friday morning that the chamber of commerce
will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at the De
Queen Sportsplex at 2 p.m.
The hunt is
free and will be divided into three age categories but
children will be required to hunt for eggs on their own.
According to chamber member Shane Haarmeyer, the Easter
Bunny will be on hand to pose for pictures for $3.
mentioned the De Queen First Assembly of God Church will be
holding their 10,000 egg-stravaganza at 10 a.m. He said
there will be lots of prizes, including some money-filled
information, contact Massey at the De Queen Bee at 642-2111.
DE QUEEN FFA HOLDING CATTLE SHOW AND CHICKEN
DINNER FUNDRAISER ON SATURDAY 3/25/16
Carver and Brandy Frachiseur announced this morning that the
De Queen FFA chapter will be holding a cattle show and
chicken dinner fundraiser Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at
the Sevier County Fairgrounds. Plates are $8 each and they
will start serving at 11:30.
All of the
proceeds from both the cattle show and the chicken dinner
will go to support the De Queen FFA programs.
STORAGE TANKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE SETS
Arkansas Petroleum Storage Tank Advisory Committee will meet
at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29th at the Arkansas Department
of Environmental Quality Headquarters Building in North
Little Rock to consider requests for reimbursements for
cleanup operations involving petroleum product releases in
Batesville, De Queen, Dermott, Helena and Trumann.
committee will also hear reports on the ADEQ's Regulated
Storage Tank Program guidelines for cleanup reimbursements;
cost-recovery efforts involving the Trust Fund; and the
reorganization of the ADEQ's former Regulated Storage Tank
Division as part of the new Office of Land Resources at the
Tank Advisory Committee advises and assists ADEQ and the
Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission concerning
administration of the state Regulated Storage Tank Program.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE RUMMAGE
Little River County Relay for Life Rummage Sale is scheduled
for April 16th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Baptist
Church in Ashdown.
As part of
the Relay for Life events of Little River County,
individuals or groups may set up a booth for a $20 donation.
Registered Relay for Life team may set up at no charge.
Booths will be set up on Friday, April 15th.
Annual Relay for Life of Little River County main event will
take place on Friday, May 13th at the Fred Jester Memorial
Track on the Ashdown High School campus.
ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Survivor Lap
around the track at 6:30 and the Caregiver Lap at 6:45. A
variety of events will fill the evening until midnight,
including recognition of the Relay for Life teams, a
Luminary Ceremony, a slideshow, entertainment and family
games and activities.
a team, donate as a sponsor, or participate in any other
Relay for Life event call Linda Fielding at 903-276-5650.
ARKANSAS TO BEGIN DRUG SCREENING FOR WELFARE
screening and testing is expected to begin in less than two
weeks in Arkansas for the heads of families who apply for
and receive government welfare.
for government aid will answer a questionnaire regarding
drug use, and if the answers raise concerns, the applicant
will be asked to take a drug test.
refuse testing will be denied benefits for six months. Those
who test positive can receive aid as long as they follow
treatment or recovery plans. Applicants who continue testing
positive, or fail to complete the program, are excluded from
receiving the funds directly and the benefits will be sent
to the person's family.
claim the program will improve the quality of the workforce,
send those in need to drug treatment, and safeguard
government money from being spent by drug users.
argue the program could cost too much for its return. The
program has been estimated to cost from $1.45 million to
$1.7 million dollars a year, while providing $40,000 in
savings, by finding people who are ineligible for benefits
because of drug use.
legislators believe this program will distract state leaders
from important issues like roads and jobs, while increasing
the size and cost of state government.
22 ARKANSAS DEER AND ELK TEST POSITIVE FOR
CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE 3/25/16
Game and Fish Commission officials reported this week that
22 deer and elk have tested positive for chronic wasting
disease in the state.
tissue samples, from 49 deer and elk were taken in and
around the 125,000 acre focal area, were sent to a lab in
Madison, Wisconsin for testing. Out of the 18 positive deer
samples, four were found just outside the Arkansas Game and
Fish Commission's focal area. Those deer were either found
dead or were killed by vehicles.
So far, all
of the positive test samples have been from Newton and Boone
animal that was confirmed to have chronic wasting disease in
Arkansas was a two-and-a-half year old female elk. It was
killed on October 6th by a hunter near the Buffalo National
River during elk season.
As of March
24th, 260 deer and 18 elk have been taken for sampling.
Arkansas officials expect results from another large batch
of samples next week.
to a press release, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
will continue its efforts to sample elk that appear to be
sick from throughout the known elk range.
to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Chief of Wildlife
Management Brad Carner, landowners will continue to be
helpful in allowing the game and fish commission access to
To report a
sick deer or elk, call 1-800-482-9262.
LESSON ON RECYCLING NEEDED IN ARKANSAS
effort underway in Arkansas to get people to recycle
Disbrow is the regional spokesperson for Waste Management
and she says more clutter is tossed out while people are
doing spring cleaning projects. She says too many things are
being thrown into the recycle bin when they actually belong
in the garbage can. She says people are eager to help by
recycling but throwing the wrong things away actually hurts
says keep it simple as you recycle; cans, bottles, paper and
plastics; and always consider whether an item can be donated
before tossing it out. She also cautions people to keep all
electronics and hazardous waste out of trash bins, because
these can cause contamination at landfills.
says the best way to avoid having too much trash is to avoid
creating it in the first place.
small steps like that save money and goes a long way toward
protecting the environment. Disbrow added there are other
benefits of spring cleaning for the yard and garden, too.
says batteries or anything with a cord on it doesn't belong
in the recycling bin.
DE QUEEN LEOPARD HIT-A-THON IS TODAY
Baseball coach Beau McCastlain reminded area Leopard
baseball fans that their annual Hit-a-thon is today at 5
p.m. He said the 2016 Leopards will play against former
players in an alumni game tonight about 6:30.
said between 20 to 22 former Leopards have returned to
participate, including some with college and minor league
admission to tonight's events, but donations of water,
Gatorade, and snacks would be appreciated. He said some
baseball moms will also be selling bowls of chili and all of
the proceeds will benefit the Leopard baseball program.
FOREMAN CITY COUNCIL APPROVES SHERIFF'S
night during a meeting of the Foreman City Council, aldermen
approved a merger between the Foreman Marshall Service and
the Little River County Sheriff's Office by a 4 to 1 vote.
Adams was informed earlier this month that the passage of
the merger required a two-thirds vote, which meant four
members of the city council or three aldermen and the mayor
had to vote for the passage of the resolution.
was tabled by the Little River County Quorum Court during
their March meeting, but Little River County Judge Mike
Cranford appointed a committee to study the matter. The
Quorum Court will reconsider the matter during their April
Adams also reported the Foreman Volunteer Fire Department was
awarded a $34,000 block grant for the purchase of new
Adams stated the county provided some gravel to the city and
the city will use it to widen the street by the elementary
school before the Arkansas Highway and Transportation
Department overlays the street.
Adams said the council also appointed Bill Hart to fill a
vacancy on the city council during their March meeting.
Adams said Hart will fill the seat vacated by Whit Hinton.
HOWARD COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD APPROVES NEW
TESTING SERVICE FOR DE QUEEN 3/24/16
Submitted by KMTB
The Howard Memorial Hospital Board of
Directors approved a new testing service in De Queen during
their monthly meeting on Tuesday.
Board members heard a presentation from Rehab
Services Director Paul Cox about offering physical ability
testing for the Pilgrim’s
Pride plant in De Queen. He said the service would be
contracted through the testing equipment provider BTE.
According to Cox, the testing helps ensure
employees are able to safely perform the essential functions
and physical demands of their jobs.
The new service is projected to bring a
yearly profit of $19,000.
the service will be offered at Dr. Randy Walker’s
office in De Queen and will begin sometime in April.
ASHDOWN JUNIOR CLASS ANNOUNCES DATE OF PROM
GRAND MARCH 3/24/16
High School junior class announced the 5th annual Prom Grand
March is Saturday, April 2nd at 5 p.m. on the steps of the
Little River County Courthouse.
grand march was planned by former Ashdown teacher Nancy
Stuart in 2012 and has become a prom favorite, by utilizing
the grounds of the historic courthouse as a photo backdrop.
Royalty Court will consist of 10 juniors and 10 seniors. The
junior class will elect a Prince and Princess with four
attendants and the senior class will elect a King and Queen
with four attendants. The court will be presented at the
march and the prince, princess, king and queen will be
announced at the prom.
Class Royalty Court includes: Jasmine Dennis, Ishionna
Harris, Tye James, Callie Redfearn and Alexia Rowton;
Tajhnick Bishop, Cole Grimes, Bryson Haskins, Joe Pennington
and Zac Spigner.
Class Royalty Court includes: Meghan Brown, Kennedy Cook,
Danielle Ford, Brinlee Ward and Savanna Woods; Ty Cobb,
Austin Cross, Brandon Northcross, R.J. Powell and Cameron
Parker Gym will be the setting for the Community/Alumni Prom
on Friday night and Saturday night for the Junior/Senior
Community/Alumni Prom on Friday is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and
there is no admission.
night's prom is from 9 p.m. to midnight.
EMPLOYEES WITHOUT PAID SICK DAYS MAY BE A
HAZARD TO ALL 3/24/16
dilemma faced by working families in Arkansas and all across
the nation, what to do about work when someone is sick, and
a new report finds the decision has consequences for
to the report, people who were sickened by eating at the
popular restaurant chain Chipotle's because employees
continued to work while sick. And, the company blamed the
virus outbreak on those workers.
author LeaAnne DeRigne of Florida Atlantic University says
the U.S. lags behind 22 other countries that make employers
provide paid sick days.
found that families without sick leave benefits, including
those with children, are twice as likely to delay
health-care treatment. DeRigne says timely care is important
for making sure conditions don't get worse and end up
costing a lot more than a day's wages.
states, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Oregon,
require employers to offer paid sick benefits. DeRigne says
that leaves 49-million workers without sick days. She says
when workers in jobs dealing with the public, such as food
service, child care, retail and others show up to work sick,
it can create a public health issue.
keeping sick kids out of school helps keep other kids from
getting sick, so workers need paid time off to stay home
with children. The study also found people in low-wage jobs
without benefits are most vulnerable, and workers who are
ill also are more prone to injuries and mistakes.
CITY OF LOCKESBURG SEEKING GRANTS FOR SEVERAL
Mayor Danny Ruth reported the City of Lockesburg is
currently seeking grants for several projects.
the current Senior Citizen Building is in need of repairs
and he has applied for a grant from the Southwest Arkansas
Planning and Development District in Magnolia to build a new
building on some property that the city recently purchased.
Ruth said a
grant was recently sent to Little Rock to fund the purchase
of two storm sirens for the city. He said the two sirens
will cost about $44,000.
reported aldermen will vote to approve the sidewalk project
and the city council will hold a public meeting in the near
future concerning the city's sewer pond project.
announced the water project is complete but he is making a
punch list of items that the construction company will need
to comeback and resolve before the city signs off on the
project as complete.
presented aldermen with information about a self-contained
breathing apparatus. He said the Arkansas Health Department
requires every city to have one at the water plant because
they treat the water with chlorine. According to the minutes
of the meeting, the council tabled the issue until they
could review the material.
UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole updated the council on the
progress of the renovations being done at the UA
reported all of the demolition work was finished and some of
the outside lighting and security cameras have been
GILLHAM LITTER PICKUP EVENT SET FOR APRIL
are needed to participate in Gillham's spring community
improvement event on Saturday, April 9th at 9 a.m. The
cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Keep America
Beautiful: Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, which is an
annual spring statewide litter pickup campaign that's
promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful.
Rosson of Gillham said the community of Gillham can
accomplish so much more when they work together to keep
their community beautiful.
this year's local coordinator and she explained litter makes
a negative impact on a community and during this year's
Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, local residents can help
make Gillham a vibrant example to other area communities.
everyone is being encouraged to participate in this year's
community improvement effort. Civic and service
organizations, churches and youth groups, school groups and
clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods and
businesses can organize a cleanup team and pitch in.
should meet at the Gillham Library on Saturday, April 9th
anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. According to Rosson, the
goal is to clean all the streets and Highway 71 within the
city limits of Gillham. She said trash bags will be
distributed at the library. Rosson said they will also have
gloves, vests, and t-shirts on a first come, first serve
MILLIGAN RELEASES EARLY 2016 INVESTMENT
regular quarterly meeting of the State Board of Finance,
Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan released the early
results for the returns on the investment portfolio for
January and February 2016.
announced his office receipted $28.2 million in returns on
interest for 2015, which is nearly an $8 million dollar or
40 percent increase over each of the three previous years.
and February of 2016, the office receipted $11.9 million
dollars in interest returns, which is 42 percent of the
amount earned in 2015.
said these results reflect the hard work of his office in
utilizing every investment tool at their disposal to help
secure the greatest and safest return for the State.
MINERAL SPRINGS SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION TO
RELOCATE TO SARATOGA DURING CONSTRUCTION 3/23/16
submitted by KMTB
spring break, the Mineral Springs School District has plans
to reopen the administration offices at Saratoga on Monday.
Superintendent Curtis Turner says all of the phone lines
have been moved and the address changed. The pre-school, ABC
program, and Headstart program will also be relocated to the
this may be a slight inconvenience to bus students back and
forth; however it’s necessary for the district to move
forward with the construction of a new high school.
buildings around the current administration office will be
demolished to allow space for the new building.
WATCH YOUR MEDS AROUND TODDLERS 3/23/16
are intended to keep families healthy, but used improperly,
they can lead to life threatening situations. It's National
Poison Prevention Week, and a new report from "Safe Kids
Worldwide" says each year, more than 59,000 children are
taken to an emergency room after getting into medicine.
President and CEO Kate Carr says that's one child every nine
minutes, and sometimes the visit involves the ingestion of
other health related products.
to the report, nearly half the time a child got into a
medication, it belonged to a grandparent. So, Carr advises
anyone with children around to be diligent about keeping
medicines out of the sight and out of the reach of little
their curious nature, Carr says one and two-year-olds are at
highest risk for medicine poisoning. And she says they're
sometimes finding it in unexpected places.
that medication should always be given as directed and kept
in its original container. If a poisoning of any kind is
suspected, specially trained professionals are available
through the Arkansas Poison Center. The number to call is
1-800-222-1222, from anywhere in the state.
MINERAL SPRINGS MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO
THREATENING SEVEN ARKANSAS MAYORS 3/22/16
Springs man pleaded not guilty to threatening seven Arkansas
mayors through letters that were sent through the mail on
year-old Maverick Bryan was charged with seven counts of
mailing threatening communication. According to the U.S.
Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Kenneth Elser,
Bryan mailed letters containing a threat to injure the
mayors of Hope, Nashville, De Queen, Ashdown, Lewisville,
Prescott and Murfreesboro.
to Elser, the FBI, the United States Postal Inspection
Service and the Howard County Sheriff's Office are
investigating the case.
next hearing is scheduled for March 28th at 10
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE
IS APRIL 5TH 3/22/16
of 11 Arkansas counties who suffered damage for the severe
storms of December through January have only until Tuesday,
April 5th to register for federal disaster
assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and
the U.S. Small Business Administration.
can include money for rental assistance, essential home
repairs, personal property loss and other serious
disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
in Little River and Sevier counties may be eligible for
step is to register by calling 1-800-621-3362 or visit the
free lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business
Administration are available to help with residential and
business losses of all sizes, private non-profit
organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or
rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or
disaster-damaged personal property. Applying for these loans
is also a way to qualify for other avenues of assistance.
offers online an application through the website
disasterloan.SBA.gov. Survivors can contact the SBA’s
Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at
1-800-659-2955 or visit the website
OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER 3/22/16
Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon pulled over a
silver SUV after observing it cross the center line several
Davignon approached the vehicle, he noticed the smell of
burnt and raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
Davignon then contacted De Queen Police Officer Nicole Nealy
for assistance because the driver of the vehicle was a woman
and he had made the stop inside the city limits of De Queen.
arrived, she confirmed the odor of marijuana and asked the
driver, 60-year-old Annette Davis of Waldron for permission
to search her vehicle.
searching the vehicle, officers found four marijuana joints
and a glass smoking pipe.
arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
SEVIER COUNTY PLAYER WINS $100,000 IN THE
STRIKE IT RICH GAME 3/22/16
Blankenship of Lockesburg is $100,000 richer after winning
the prize in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's $5 Strike It
Rich instant game.
purchased his winning instant ticket at the Murphy USA on
East Collin Raye Drive in De Queen.
said he told his mom and dad first. He is in college and an
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery scholarship recipient. He said
this prize will go a long way to help with his other college
expenses and some needed photography equipment.
SUSPECT PICKED UP IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY FOR
DRUGS, WANTED IN SEVIER COUNTY 3/22/16
Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon discovered a
suspect wanted in Sevier County on a failure to comply
warrant was being held in the Sevier County jail after being
arrested in Little River County for drug possession.
reported he had stopped 37-year-old Leah Osburn on the 16th
of August for driving left of the center line in Lockesburg.
report states Osburn was charged with possession of
methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
However, Osburn did not comply with a court order and a
warrant was issued for her arrest.
to jail records, Osburn was picked up in Little River County
on the warrant and charged with a new count of felony drug
possession. She is currently being held in the Sevier County
jail on a $50,000 bond from the Little River County Circuit
Court. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March
DE QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
EASTER EGG HUNT IS SATURDAY AT 2 3/21/16
Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick
Massey announced, Monday morning that the chamber will hold
it's annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, March 26th at the
De Queen Sportsplex at 2 p.m.
The hunt is
free and will be divided into three age categories: children
walking age through two-years; ages three to five; and ages
six through the third grade.
will be required to hunt for eggs on their own and the
Easter Bunny will be on hand to pose for pictures with your
child for $3.
LOCKESBURG RESIDENT ACCUSED OF FAKING MENTAL
Twenty-three year-old Nathan Karl Thomas of Lockesburg has
been accused of faking a mental illness while awaiting trial
on child exploitation and pornography charges.
been charged with nine-counts of enticing a 15-year-old girl
that he transported across state lines and photographed in
evaluated at a facility in Colorado and according to the
doctor’s report; they believe he’s faking a mental illness
to avoid prosecution.
Attorney Jonathan Ross reported Thomas took six-specific
tests to assess his mental state, which showed he was
pretending to suffer from a mental illness. Ross pointed out
that the rocking motion that Thomas engages in during court
hearings is another fake symptom.
District Judge Susan Hickey announced the court has found
Thomas to be competent and his case will proceed to trial
to the affidavit, Thomas allegedly communicated with a
15-year-old Texarkana girl in an Internet chat room. The
complaint states the girl admitted to exchanging images of
child pornography with an unnamed male friend at his
also provided the investigators with a cellphone that she
used to communicate with Thomas. The phone allegedly
contained sexually explicit text conversations. The girl
described Thomas as a 22 or 23-year-old white male who lived
near De Queen.
to court records, authorities recovered a cellphone while
searching Thomas' house on Provo Road in Lockesburg on
contained the contact number of the female and two
pornographic images of the 15-year-old Texarkana girl.
of Thomas' indictments accuses him using a computer to
entice a juvenile to engage in sexual activity between
January 1st, and June of 2014. Count two alleges Thomas
transported the girl across state lines from January 1st to
June 2014 for sex. Counts three, four and five allege Thomas
produced child pornography during 2014. Count six alleges
Thomas received child pornography. Count seven says Thomas
allegedly received child pornography depicting a child under
the age of 16, while counts eight and nine allege Thomas
possessed child pornography involving a child under the age
faces life in prison if convicted and jury selection in the
case has been set for April 11th.
ASHDOWN STUDENTS TOUR ARKANSAS ART
School District students recently toured the Arkansas Arts
Center Go Gallery Art Mobile.
were greeted by the ArtMobile host who guided them in the
ways they could view art and see the art for its colors,
style, subjects, and theme. After discussing the art,
students were given cards to help them locate another piece
of art in the center and view it using the examples they had
ArtMobile has been serving the state for over 50 years as
one of the nation’s few mobile art museums. This unique
space features curated exhibits from the Arkansas Arts
Center’s permanent collection.
diverse media are carefully selected each touring season for
their artistic integrity and education value. The theme for
this season is “Animals-Familiar and Fantastic.”
people in their own communities, the ArtMobile has allowed
the Arkansas Arts Center to fulfill its mission of providing
quality art experiences to the entire state.
Tour was coordinated by Ashdown’s Target Instructor, Hope
CONSUMER ALERT: FREE GIFT CARDS COST YOUR
shoppers across the Natural State are being targeted by con
artists in an attempt to steal personal and financial
information about these consumers.
are mailing fake gift cards, some for as much as $500, for
popular retailers. Arkansans are told all they have to do is
call the phone number on the card to activate it. But when
the victim calls the number provided, the person on the
other end of the line asks personal, financial questions.
other reports of a related scam have surfaced. Gift cards to
retail businesses are being offered through email and social
media, where a link is provided that takes potential victims
to a website asking for similar personal information.
General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to warn
Arkansans to never give out personal information to an
unknown party or untrustworthy website.
encouraged Arkansans to never provide personal information
in response to an unsolicited request; do not open or
respond to unsolicited mail offering free gifts; contact the
retailer directly; report suspected gift card scams; and if
you have fallen victim to this scam, contact your financial
institution immediately to protect your accounts, block your
cards, fill out a fraud affidavit and take other protective
information, contact the Attorney General's office at
1-800-482-8982 or visit the website ArkansasAG.gov.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE REQUESTING
PHOTOS FOR SLIDESHOW 3/21/16
Life of Little River County is offering a special
opportunity to honor loved ones who have fought the brave
fight against cancer. During the Relay for Life event on May
13th, a slideshow featuring victims of cancer
will run continuously, and the team is requesting pictures
to be included.
honored include survivors who have fought and defeated the
vicious disease, along with victims who fought bravely but
lost the battle against the relentless foe of cancer. The
slideshow will begin during the Luminary Lighting Ceremony
at dark and run throughout the evening until the event’s
conclusion at midnight.
submissions are to be delivered to Milissa Kilgore at
Ashdown High School. For your convenience, pictures may also
be sent by email to
email@example.com. It is very important that
each picture be labeled with the full name of the honoree
and if the recognition is “In Honor of” for survivors or “In
Memory of” for deceased honorees. The $5 charge for
inclusion will be added to the American Cancer Society funds
raised by the Relay for Life teams.
event for Relay for Life of Little River County has been
themed “In the Center Ring-A Cure for Cancer,” will begin at
6 p.m. at the Fred Jester Memorial Track at the Ashdown High
School, where participating teams and other supporters will
celebrate what survivors have overcome and remember those
who are have fought or are fighting cancer now. The goal of
this event is to inspire Relay participants to take action
against a disease that has taken too much from us all.
information about ways to participate, visit
www.relayforlife.org/littleriver or call Linda Fielding
at 903-276-5650. Also check the Facebook page, “Relay for
Life-Little River County, AR.”
UMPIRE STUDENT SELECTED AS WINNER IN GOVERNOR
ART COMPETITION 3/21/16
ninth grade student, Emily McCarley, has been selected as a
winner in the 2016 Governor's Young Artist Competition.
entered two photographs in the different perspective and
transportation categories. The photographs will be displayed
at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion from April 4th to the
was permitted to submit 15 entries. Seven of McCarley's
entries were chosen as winners. Her photographs were of the
Cossatot River Bridge.
Governor and First Lady will honor McCarley and her parents
during a winner's reception at the Governor's Mansion on
Saturday, April 30th.
HORATIO DISTRICT SEEKING WAIVERS FROM
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 3/18/16
night during the Horatio Board of Education meeting, board
members approved a resolution to allow the district to apply
for some waivers from the Arkansas Board of Education.
Superintendent Lee Smith said the board felt they qualify
for a district of innovation status.
the board approved the district's 2014-2015 Legislative
audit which contained only one finding that was related to
the district conducting business with a local company that
had a family member working in the district.
the board also approved the purchase of a 77-passenger, 2017
Bluebird bus and the board heard a presentation from the
district's art teachers, Lisa Kraus and Jennifer West.
the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce selected the
Horatio School District as the Large Business of the Year.
Smith said everyone in the district was proud of that honor.
meeting of the Horatio Board of Education will be Monday,
LITTLE RIVER QUORUM COURT TABLES LAW
ENFORCEMENT MERGER 3/18/16
morning, the Little River County Justices of the Peace
tabled the merger between the Little River County Sheriff's
Office and the Foreman Marshall Service until next month.
River County Judge Mike Cranford said the JPs had some
questions about the finances. He also explained the measure
had to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Foreman City
Council, which means four-members of the council or
three-members and the mayor must vote for the measure. He
said it was passed by a 3 to 2 vote and the Foreman City
Council will reconsider the issue on Monday.
said Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders made a
presentation to the Quorum Court concerning the district's
upcoming Special School millage election and they approved a
resolution to enter into a contract of obligation with the
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He said the
resolution was necessary so the county can renew its
landfill license in April.
Cranford said JPs will reconsider the merger between the
sheriff's office and the Foreman Marshall's office during
their April meeting.
MINERAL SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT HIRES
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER 3/18/16
Springs School District continues to make plans for the
start of construction on a new high school building.
during the Mineral Springs Board of Education meeting, the
board hired Kinco Construction of Springdale as their
Superintendent Curtis Turner discussed financing options
with the board and said the district had the option of
either borrowing funds or restructuring the district’s
existing debt. He said restructuring the district’s existing
debt would require voter approval, however it’s not a
estimated cost of the high school construction project is
$17 million dollars.
the architectural rendering of the proposed project is
almost complete. And, he hopes to get approval from the
state board of education their May meeting.
reported the district is also on the state board of
education’s April agenda because the district’s appeal of
their current academic distress designation was not reviewed
during the state board’s March meeting. He said their appeal
was postponed until the state boards next month.
Mineral Springs City Council meeting, aldermen voted to
partially abandon the street that runs through the current
proposed high school construction zone.
NO DRIVER'S LICENSE LEADS TO DRUG ARREST
morning about 10:45, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of
the De Queen Police Department noticed a vehicle on Ninth
Street with an expired temporary tag.
Browning asked to see the driver's ID, he produced a valid
insurance card, but he did not have his driver's license
with him. The driver was identified as 34-year-old Robert
Brown of Nashville, Tennessee.
gave officers permission to search his vehicle, they
discovered a small black bag that contained a smoking pipe
with burn marks on it and a hotel card under the driver's
taken into custody and the other occupants of the vehicle
were detained because of the drug paraphernalia.
reportedly told officers the pipe did not belong to him. He
said he found the bag earlier when he was walking to the
store to get cigarettes in Oklahoma.
admitted he put the bag under the seat and was charged with
two counts of felony possession of drug paraphernalia. The
other three occupants were released.
PICKED UP ON A WARRANT 3/18/16
afternoon, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De
Queen Police Department and Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy
Greg Davignon were patrolling on Fifth Street when the
observed a suspect whom they knew had a warrant for his
officers drove toward him, the individual ran into a house.
Davignon went toward the back of the house, while Browning
asked the owner of the house, Jeffrey Hendrix, if he could
search the house for the suspect.
found the suspect, 37-year-old Michael Bowers of De Queen in
Bowers was taken into custody, he asked if he could have a
cigarette and grabbed for his pack of Newports. When Deputy
Davignon looked inside the pack, he discovered a small
plastic bag that contained a white powder and four white
pills that Bowers reportedly said were hydros and Tylenol.
the police station, Bowers admitted that he didn't have a
prescription for the pills and that he gotten them from a
charged with possession of a controlled substance with the
purpose to deliver and felony possession of drug
TROY BUCK RECOGNIZED BY FARM CREDIT IN
NATIONAL SEARCH FOR TOP 100 PEOPLE SHAPING RURAL AMERICA AND
has been a long-time vocational agriculture teacher at
Centerpoint High School and he has been selected as one of
the Top 100 people shaping rural America and Agriculture.
Buck was named as one of the top ten leaders, nationally, in
the Agriculture Education and Community Impact category.
the other honorees were announced at a National Ag Day event
at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
guided vocational agri programs in Hope and Amity and for
the consolidated Centerpoint School District. He helped
shape the futures of thousands of students, including
mentoring state FFA officers and numerous state competition
he wants to see young men and women learn the values and
skills that are necessary to be well trained, productive
citizens. He said he would like for all of his students to
be a productive, gainfully employed person tens years after
create the student-run Centerpoint High School meat
processing lab and school farm. In the year 2000,
Centerpoint's vocational-agri program was named the
Outstanding Ag Program in America.
been honored as the state's Agriculture Teacher of the Year,
three-times; in 1982 he was awarded the Pioneer Award by the
Arkansas Department of Vocational Education. In 1992, the
Amity FFA won the national Building our American Communities
award for restoring the old school building and turning it
into the Alpine Community Center.
ARKANSAS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING STABBING
IN DE QUEEN 3/17/16
by the staff of the De Queen Bee
agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation
Division were contacted by the De Queen Police Department on
Wednesday, March 9th to investigate the death of 25-year-old
Stephen C. Pilant of De Queen.
body was discovered by local police in the doorway of his
apartment, located at 102 East De Queen Avenue with stab
wounds. The body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime
Lab for examination and determination of the manner and
cause of death.
have occurred and the investigation remains open pending a
final report from the State Crime Lab.
FINAL CHANCE TO MEET FEMA EXPERTS WITH TIPS
ON REDUCING DISASTER DAMAGE 3/17/16
only a few days left to meet with FEMA specialists at Bailey
Discount Building Supply in De Queen to learn how to lessen
the impact of disaster related property damage.
will be available Friday and Saturday to talk to any
Arkansas resident who is interested in building or
remodeling their property to better withstand heavy rain,
wind and flooding.
specialists will offer "how-to" information on both
retrofitting buildings to make them more resistant to
weather damage, as well as ways to elevate utilities against
flooding. They will also provide tips on how to clean and
prevent mold and mildew.
be Bailey Discount Building Supply from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
on Friday, March 18th and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday,
offers a number of free online resources for home and
property owners. To get started, visit www.fema.gov/safer-stronger-protected-homes-communities
MOUNTAIN HARBOR TAKES A HIT BUT REMAINS
moved through Montgomery County Sunday afternoon that
according to Bill Barnes of Mountain Harbor and the National
Weather Service developed right above the resort.
no one was injured in the storm, due to the resorts storm
protocols. He said after the storm moved through the area,
he started receiving reports of the damage.
clean up work started immediately. He said Entergy brought
in extra crews and had the power restored by Tuesday.
Mountain Harbor was able to get back up and running due to
the cooperation of county officials and a host of
Mountain Harbor is open for business, but for more
information, you should call Mountain Harbor resort at
870-867-2191 or visit their Facebook page.
TRIAL DATE SET FOR JAILER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL
ASSAULT OF AN INMATE 3/17/16
Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan set a trial date of May
23rd in the Little River County Circuit Court for a former
female Little River County jail administrator who has been
accused of sexually assaulting an inmate.
Forty-four-year-old Mary Gibson has been accused of
fourth-degree sexual assault of a male inmate and furnishing
prohibited articles to the same prisoner, according to court
acts occurred between May and August of 2015. According to
county records, Gibson was a jail administrator and the
victim was serving time for failure to pay child support.
Gibson would let the inmate out of his cell, usually after 5
p.m. and they would sit outside on a bench, smoking
cigarettes and kissing. She also allegedly provided the
inmate with food from several restaurants in Ashdown, so
they could eat together in her office or on the courthouse
cameras inside the jail allegedly show Gibson and the
inmate, sitting next to each other, talking.
VISIT ART MOBILE 03/17/16
Ashdown School District
students were able to tour the Arkansas Arts Center Go
Gallery Art Mobile. Students were greeted by the ArtMobile
host who guided them in the ways they could view art and see
the art for it's colors, style, subjects, and theme. After
discussing the art, students were given cards to help them
locate another piece of art in the center and view it using
the examples they had been given.
The Artmobile has been serving the state for over 50 years
as one of the nation's very few mobile art museums. This
unique space features curated exhibitions of works from the
Arkansas Arts Center's permanent collection. Works from
diverse media are carefully selected each touring season for
their artistic integrity and education value. The theme for
this touring season is "Animals - Familiar & Fantastic".
By reaching people in their own communities, the Artmobile
has allowed the Arkansas Arts Center to fulfill its mission
of providing quality art experiences to the entire state.
The Ashdown Tour was coordinated by Ashdown TARGETS'
Instructor, Hope Pierce.
BODY FOUND HANGING IN TREE IDENTIFIED
River County authorities say the body that was found hanging
in a tree last Saturday night by three boys who were playing
in the woods near Jack's Isle community has been identified
as the alleged victim of a sexual assault by a former Little
River County jail administrator when he was incarcerated.
State Police announced the state crime lab had confirmed the
identity of the body as 36-year-old Steven Chad Carmack of
Little River County.
to the Little River County Sheriff's Office Carmack's death
appears to be a suicide and had been hanging in the tree for
about two weeks.
office spokesperson reported Carmack's family reported him
missing on January 31st.
to the initial report, the three boys, ages 16, 12 and 8
were playing in the woods when they discovered the body. One
of the boys took a photo and showed it to his parents.
contacted the Little River County Sheriff's Office at 8:30
p.m. Saturday, March 12th.
was found about 100 yards from the last section of houses in
the Jack's Isle community, which is on the southwest side of
DIERKS BOARD OF EDUCATION RE-HIRES CERTIFIED
the Dierks Board of Education met Monday evening and voted
to re-employ the district's certified staff. However,
Superintendent Holly Cothern reported the district is
accepting applications for a Special Education teacher at
the elementary school.
also reported the district replaced the security doors on
both campuses and are adding a new video security system.
said the board reviewed the district's Legislative Joint
Audit Report and approved a proposed change to the
district's board policies concerning certified staff.
members voted to purchase a new scoreboard for the baseball
field. Cothern said the district received donations to fund
said the district will be financing the purchase of a new
77-passenger bus from Midwest Bus Sales through a lease
purchase agreement with First Security, Beardsley Public
members also approved the 2016-2017 school calendar. Cothern
said students will report to class on August 15th and the
last day of school will be May 26th, 2017.
FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS BY APRIL 18
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration is
reminding taxpayers that they have three extra days this
year to file their income tax returns.
deadline for filing is April 15, however that day falls on
Emancipation Day, this year, which is being celebrated in
deadline for filing both state and federal tax returns has
been moved to midnight, Monday, April 18th.
FIVE FLU RELATED DEATHS IN ARKANSAS
health officials are reporting five flu related deaths in
the state. The reports date back to October of 2015 until
to the Center for Disease Control, flu season usually peaks
between December and March. Nationally, 25,000 to 50,000
people die from the flu virus each year. Over 70 deaths were
reported in Arkansas last year.
officials reported it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine if
you haven’t already, but remember it takes two weeks to
develop immunity after getting the shot.
Sevier County health department at 642-2535 for more
ROJAS SUPPORTS USING FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP
HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS 3/16/16
Rojas is a member of the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile
Justice Board and he has expressed his support for using
federal juvenile justice funds to help victims of human
trafficking and to resolve the shortage of shelter beds for
runaways in Arkansas.
trafficking has been identified as a heinous crime which
exploits the most vulnerable in society. The National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that one in
seven of the endangered runaways reported to its hotline is
2013 were likely victims of sex trafficking.
Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice Board is responsible
for overseeing the distribution and use of federal juvenile
justice funds to support youth development programs and
improvements to the state's juvenile justice system.
it's essential that we identify the victims of human
trafficking and provide them with the appropriate support
and services. He said he applauded the Division of Youth
Services for meeting with the FBI to formulate a plan to
accomplish this task.
SEVIER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE SEEKING NEW
Linda Frachiseur of the Sevier County Relay 4 Life announced
the county's survivor dinner would be May 6th at the De
Queen Church of Christ and the relay's main event would be
held at the De Queen Leopard football field on May 13th.
is the county's executive director and She said county
residents can pay up to $50 dollars to have a friend's yard
flocked with as many as 40 flamingos. To flock a friend call
Frachiseur at 784-1692 or Bailey at 784-3053.
teams and individuals can sign up at the Sevier County Relay
for Life Facebook page.
local teams raise funds because the American Cancer Society
uses funds for research to help find a cure for cancer. She
said they also teach cancer patients about treatment
options, how to cope with side effects. Bailey said the
American Cancer Society also provides help to caregivers.
information, contact Bailey at 784-3053.
LEVEL THREE SEX
Sevier County Sheriff’s Department is releasing the
following information pursuant to Section 13 of Act 989 of
1997. The Sex and Child Offender Registration and the
Community Notification Guidelines promulgated by the
Commission on Child Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence,
which authorize law enforcement agencies to inform the
public of a sex offender’s release when the release of such
information will enhance the public safety and protection.
The individual who appears on this notification has been
convicted of an offense that requires registration with the
Arkansas Crime Information (ACIC). Further, his/her previous
criminal history places him in a classification level that
reflects the potential to be a repeat offender.
This offender has advised the Sevier County Sheriff’s
Department that he will be living on the location below.
HE IS NOT WANTED BY
THE POLICE AT THIS TIME. THE NOTIFICATION IS NOT
INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN
INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC.
Sex offenders have lived in our community but it was not
until passage of the Sex Offender Registration Act that law
enforcement even knew where they were living. Depending on
Risk Level law enforcement is now able to share certain Sex
Offender information with you. Citizen abuse of this
information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex
offenders will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could
potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community
notification. We believe the only person who wins if
community notification ends is the sex offenders. Since sex
offenders derive their power through secrecy.
Act 989 of 1997 requires community notification to all
institutions, agencies, establishments or residents that
primarily serve individuals likely to be victimized or that
are likely to encounter the offender. Neighborhood
notification to a private residence indicates the offender
lives within three block proximity of each notified home.
SEX OFFENDER: Terry Wayne
Bowman LEVEL: 3
AGENCY ISSUING NOTIFICATION SHEET:
Date of Birth: 02/25/1969 Hair:
Black Eyes: Blue
Address: 103 Funderburk Ln Horatio AR.
Sevier County Sheriff’s De Queen, Arkansas 71832 PHONE
BODY FOUND HANGING FROM TREE IN LITTLE RIVER
found a body hanging from a tree Saturday night near the
Jack's Isle community in Little River County.
to the Little River County Sheriff's Office, the case is
being investigated as a suspicious death and the sheriff’s
office has asked the Arkansas State Police to conduct the
to the report, the three boys, ages 16, 12 and 8 were
playing in the woods when they discovered the body. One of
the boys took a photo and showed it to his parents.
contacted the Little River County Sheriff's Office at 8:30
p.m. Saturday, March 12th.
was found about 100 yards from the last section of houses in
the Jack's Isle community, which is on the southwest side of
say the body may have been hanging from the tree for about
two weeks. The body has been sent to the Arkansas State
Crime Lab for an autopsy to determine the cause of death and
to identify the person.
SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT APPROVES
APPROPRIATION FOR SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ACOOP PLAN
afternoon Sevier County Judge Greg Ray informed the members
of the Sevier County Quorum Court that the county submitted
a request to FEMA in the amount of $187,000 for cleanup
Treasurer Risa Krantz reported the county made the March
payment on the county's jail bond. She said the county has a
balance of just over $1.2 million dollars.
said the bond should be paid off early, but there are some
issues at the jail that need to be addressed now.
said Justices of the Peace approved an appropriation in the
amount of $5,000 to cover the cost of hiring the Southwest
Planning and Development District to help the Sevier County
Sheriff's Office develop their ACOOP plan. He said they also
approved an appropriation in the amount of $8,832 to
increase the county's level of liability coverage.
said the Little River County bridge project is scheduled to
go to bid later this month. He said the project is expected
to cost around $13 million dollars and take between two and
three years to complete.
2016 SEVIER COUNTY POLAR PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL
OLYMPICS IS THIS SATURDAY 3/15/16
past several months, Elizabeth Tompkins and the organizers
of the Sevier County Polar Plunge have been trying to set a
date for their plunge, but inclement weather and high water
prevented it, until now.
informed KDQN Tuesday morning that this year's Polar Plunge
for the Special Olympics of Arkansas will be held this
Saturday at the Oak Grove swim beach on the De Queen Lake.
She said registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the plunge
will take place at noon.
said all of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympic
athletes in Southwest Arkansas.
said they are still accepting corporate sponsorships and she
is encouraging plungers to ramp up their efforts to collect
sponsorship is $2,500; an iceberg sponsorship is $1,000; an
artic ice sponsorship is $500; and, a snowflake sponsorship
plungers will receive a t-shirt with a $50 donation.
would like to donate to the Sevier County Polar Plunge,
listeners can make a donation at the KDQN studios, but for
more information, contact Tompkins at 784-3822.
APPLICATIONS FOR MASH CAMPS AVAILABLE
Applications are now available to high school students for
the summer MASH camps. These camps will be located at 34
medical facilities throughout Arkansas. Two new host
facilities have been added this year. They are the De Queen
Regional Medical Center and the Black River Technical
College in Pocahontas.
two-week MASH camps are designed to expose high school
juniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations.
Farm Bureau's rural health specialist, Jennifer Victory,
said the MASH program gives students an inside look at
various medical professions and is designed to spark a
students' interest in the medical field. She said a large
number of the camps are held at rural medical centers and
attract local students with a rural background.
said the idea is that future medical students from a rural
background are more likely to return to their roots.
Applications are available through the local school
counselor offices or by contacting the MASH director at each
medical facility or by visiting the website
director at the De Queen Regional Medical Center is Ramona
Driver and she may be reached by calling 584-4111.
SEVIER COUNTY CATTLEMEN HOSTING AREA 3 SPRING
County Cattlemen's President Greg Wright announced Sevier
County will be hosting the 2016 Area 3 Spring Conference,
March 22nd at the De Queen High School cafeteria at 6:30
non-cattlemen members may sign up for the spring conference
by contacting the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association in Little
Rock at 501-224-2114.
the area spring conference is designed to update local
associations about association's business, membership,
leadership and industry news. He said non-members can also
signup for a cattlemen's membership during the conference.
mentioned the Sevier County Cattlemen's Association will
host a field day event in May. He said more details will be
information, call 784-1233.
SPEED THE LIGHT GOLF TOURNEY APRIL
First Assembly of God Minister Johnathan Reynolds announced
registration is open for the church's 3rd Annual Spring
Classic Golf Tournament.
said the registration fee is $120 per team and that covers
their green fees, a cart, lunch and a goodie bag.
said all of the proceeds from the event will be donated to
the Speed the Light Ministry or used for local youth
or for more information, contact the church at 584-3435.
ASHDOWN JUNIOR HIGH TRAP TEAM TAKES FIRST
PLACE AT GRANDVIEW 3/14/16
March 5th, the Ashdown Junior Trap Shooting team took first
place during the University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana
Foundation's 9th annual Pulling for Education Trap shoot at
the Rick Evans Grandview Shotgun Range.
teams competed in the competition, including 34 high school
and junior high teams.
Junior High team members include: Logan Russell, Jake Day,
Cole Smith, Taylor Schmidt and Colby Dellinger. Their
overall score was 101 out of 125.
Schmidt tied for Top Shooter in the Junior Division, by
breaking 24 out of 25 targets.
place team was also from Ashdown, they shot 95 out of 125.
This team includes: Hunter Poole, Dawson Hearn, Braden
Jackson, Braden Gentry and Braden Gibson.
Senior High team also won first place with a score of 237
out of 250. The senior high team members are Trevor Myers,
Drake Hile, Koda Aylor, Jon Michael Molock and Logan Henry.
won the Top Shooter award by breaking 49 out of 50 targets.
for Education Trap Shoot is a fundraiser for the UAHT
FREE LEADERSHIP TRAINING TUESDAY ON THE
NASHVILLE CAMPUS OF UA COSSATOT 3/14/16
Launius stated UA Cossatot will be offering a free
leadership seminar Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the
Nashville campus in rooms 101 and 102.
Gilbert will present an educational, interactive leadership
development exercise entitled Own It and Win. Gilbert uses
real life examples to quickly restore profitability to an
unprofitable company by using basic and new leadership
tools. He says to accomplice this; companies must replace
employee-follower thinking with the leader-owner mindset at
every level of leadership.
said pre-registration is not required, but for more
information, contact her at 584-4471.
said for a complete list of continuing education classes,
visit the UA Cossatot website cccua.edu or kdqn.net and
click on the news tab.
information about the programs and degrees at UA Cossatot,
HARVEST REGIONAL FOOD BANK BRINGING MOBILE
PANTRY TO SEVIER COUNTY 3/14/16
Regional Food Bank is returning to Sevier County with its
Mobile Pantry on Wednesday, March 16th at the First United
Methodist Church in Horatio.
Wrinkle is the executive director of the Harvest Regional
Food Bank and she said there are several communities in
their rural service area that is not serviced by a local
partner agency. Wrinkle said to make sure residents in these
areas are served, the food bank delivers pantry boxes
directly to the residents.
Regional Food Bank will distribute pantry boxes and USDA
commodities at the First United Methodist Church from 10
a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 16th.
said senior adults 65 and older will be served first,
starting at 10 a.m.
are needed to help load boxes into cars and if you can
volunteer, contact the food bank at 870-774-1398.
must bring a photo ID verifying their age and residence in
Sevier County. Distribution is limited to one per household
and residents can not pick up a box for someone else. USDA
commodities will be available for those who meet income
requirements and do not receive commodities at another
location. Full income guidelines can be found on the
website, www.harvestregionalfoodbank.org under programs.
will include an assortment of canned fruits and vegetables,
rice, pasta, fruit juices, spices and other items.
HISTORIC WASHINGTON HOSTS 48TH ANNUAL JONQUIL
of spring is heralded each year with a bounty of beautiful
jonquils at Historic Washington State Park and area
residents are invited to enjoy the jonquils by shopping with
over a hundred arts and craft vendors during the 48th annual
Jonquil Festival, March 18th through the 22nd.
time to tour the historic homes and grounds of the 19th
century town, listen to live music, and enjoy festival food.
admission is free, with a $5 parking fee, guided tours of
the museums are $9 for adults, $6 for children (6 to 12),
age 5 and under are free.
information, call 870-983-2684.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY TO HOLD PESTICIDE
COLLECTION EVENT 3/14/16
River County producers will have the opportunity to dispose
of their outdated and unused pesticides during a collection
event on Tuesday, March 29th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
Little River County Fairgrounds in Foreman.
pesticide collection is free and is made available through
funding from the Arkansas Abandoned Pesticide Trust Fund.
Products that will be accepted are outdated, discontinued or
unwanted agricultural pesticides. These pesticides may
include older products that are more toxic, such as
arsenicals, DDT, silvex, heltachlor, dieldriin, lindane, and
pesticides cannot legally be used or disposed of through
usual means, such as landfills. If you have pesticides that
fall into this category, plan on taking your pesticide to
of this collection is to promote a safer and cleaner
environment by reducing the amount of pesticides that could
potentially contaminate the drinking water, groundwater,
streams, rivers, and lakes across the state. To date the
pesticide collections have brought in over 2.3 million
pounds of unwanted materials from 75 counties.
If you are
interested in taking your pesticides to the event, contact
the Little River County Extension Office at 898-7225 to
pre-register or to receive information on how to safely
transport chemicals to the event location.
MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE TUESDAY AT DE QUEEN
CHURCH OF CHRIST 3/14/16
of the De Queen Church of Christ, Tony Stowers, announced
Monday morning that the church was hosting a memorial blood
drive on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of Layne
said there will be a taco bar during lunch and a dessert and
drink table all day.
said the Woods are a special family and this is a way to
keep Layne's memory alive.
information or to make an appointment, call the church at
THOUSAND WILL LOSE SNAP BENEFITS APRIL 1
estimates about 12,000 unemployed Arkansas residents will
lose their food stamp benefits on April 1st because the
federal government has reinstated work requirements. Food
assistance benefits will now be limited to three months for
able-bodied, childless adults from the ages of 18 to 49 if
they aren't employed, in school, or participating in a
volunteer or job-training program.
Townley with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance says those
with jobs have to work at least 20 hours a week in order to
qualify for SNAP, but she says that's often easier said than
were actually put in place in 1996, but states with high
unemployment got waivers, and that included Arkansas. And
while some Arkansas counties still qualify for the waiver,
the state chose not to ask for it.
says her agency is spreading the word to food pantries that
they may see an increase in people needing help.
with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says that
lost benefit can hit those who need it the most.
states should provide job training assistance, but most
don't because it's too expensive.
says only a handful of counties in Arkansas offer job
training for people who need SNAP benefits.
to the latest census figures, Arkansas is tied with
Mississippi as the most food insecure state in the nation
with 19.2 percent of residents having an insufficient amount
of food sometime in the last 12 months.
TRYING TO PREVENT AN OUTBREAK OF ZIKA IN
Representative DeAnn Vaught reported the Arkansas Department
of Health recently revealed their plan to monitor and
prevent an outbreak of the Zika virus in the state.
spread by mosquito bites, but so far no mosquitoes in the
state have tested positive for the virus. Vaught said the
health department is currently doing active surveillance on
the mosquito population and testing on a regular basis.
officials also announced there are no current infections in
Arkansas and to date, only one Arkansan has been diagnosed
with the virus and that person had recently traveled out of
areas of active Zika transmission include most of Central
and portions of South America.
the virus is a particular concern to pregnant women because
of the association with birth defects. The health department
is asking pregnant women to consider postponing travel to
countries where the virus is active. They say if you are not
pregnant and traveling to those areas, you should protect
yourself by using repellant with DEET or other mosquito
repellants. The health department also suggests when you
return to avoid mosquito bites for the first 10 days after
returning home to help prevent the spread of the virus to
mosquitoes in Arkansas.
officials say 80 percent of people who get the virus will
not have any symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever,
rash, joint pain or red eyes. Illness is usually mild with
symptoms lasting several days to a week.
information on how to protect you and your community from
the Zika virus, visit the Arkansas Department of Health
website at www.healthy.arkansas.gov.
LITTLE RIVER RELAY
FOR LIFE 03/14/16
Relay for Life of Little River County AR is
offering a special opportunity to honor loved ones who have
fought the brave fight against cancer. During the Relay for
Life event on May 13, a slideshow featuring victims of
cancer will run continuously, and the team is requesting
pictures to be included.
Those being honored include survivors who
have fought and defeated the vicious disease, along with
victims who fought bravely but lost the battle against the
relentless foe of cancer. The slideshow will begin during
the Luminary Lighting Ceremony at dark and run throughout
the evening until the event's conclusion at midnight.
Picture submissions are to be delivered to
Melissa Kilgore at Ashdown High School. For your
convenience, pictures may also be sent by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. It is very important that
each picture be labeled with the full name of the honoree
and if the recognition is "In Honor of" (for survivors) or
"In Memory of" (for deceased honorees). The $5 charge for
inclusion will be added to the American Cancer Society funds
raised by the Relay for Life teams.
The main event for Relay for Life of Little
River County AR, themed "In the Center Ring -- A Cure for
Cancer," will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Fred Jester
Memorial Track at Ashdown High School, where participating
teams and other supporters will celebrate what survivors
have overcome and remember those who are have fought or are
fighting cancer now. The goal of this event is to inspire
Relay participants to take action against a disease that has
taken too much from us all.
For more information about ways to
www.RelayforLife.org/LittleRiver AR or call Event Chair
Linda Fielding at 903-276-5650. Also check Facebook page
"Relay for Life -- Little River County, AR."
RELAY FOR LIFE
HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT 03/14/16
Relay for Life of Little River County
announces its first Annual Relay for Life Horseshoe
Tournament to be held on April 23 at the Ashdown City Park.
The tournament will include three age groups:
11 & under, 12-18, and 18 & over. The single elimination
tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. and feature 21-point
games with 30-minutes time limits. First, second and third
place winners will be awarded prizes, amounts of which will
be determined by the number of entrants.
Entry fees are $10 per person for
pre-registration or $12 per person on the day of the event.
Hot dogs and soda will be offered for $3. All proceeds
benefit the Relay for Life of Little River County AR.
Everyone is encouraged to be part of the fun while taking
action to support the fight against cancer, a disease that
has taken too much from us all.
To register or for more information, call
Willie Booth at 870-898-3908 or Linda Fielding at
ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE 03/14/16
The Ashdown High School
Scholarship Committee will soon be awarding scholarships to
2016 AHS graduates, as it has since its formation in 1986,
Contributors are encouraged to either continue donations as
they have in previous years or become new scholarship donors
and contribute to the success of new Ashdown High School
graduates in their post-secondary endeavors.
"Last year, we awarded 46 scholarships with a total value of
$23,750," states Ronda Pounds, chairperson of the committee.
"This brings the total scholarships to over $345,311 awarded
to 963 students over the course of our 30-year history."
Pounds also states that 100% of all donated monies are
awarded every year and that all donations are tax
The Scholarship Committee has also authorized an alumni fund
through which former students of Ashdown High School and
businesses may contribute to the program in any amount and
at any time. Such contributions may be made in honor or
memory of friends and loved ones.
As in previous years, scholarship recipients will be
announced and scholarships awarded at a tea sponsored by the
committee. The date for this year's tea is Sunday, May 1st
at 2:00 p.m. in the Ashdown High School Cafeteria. "All
donors are welcome at the tea," Pounds continues, "and
welcome to participate in presenting the scholarship they
are giving if they would like."
To be awarded to 2016 AHS graduates, contributions must be
received by April 15. They may be mailed to or dropped off
at the Ashdown School District Central Office at 511 N.
Second Street, Ashdown, Arkansas 71822.
2016 ASHDOWN HIGH
SCHOOL PROM 03/14/16
The junior class of Ashdown
High School would like to invite the public to the 5th
annual Prom Grand March on Saturday, April 2, at 5 p.m. on
the steps of the Little River County Courthouse. The first
Grand March originated in 2012 by retired Ashdown teacher
Nancy Stuart . Now, the march has become a tradition
utilizing the beautiful grounds of the historic courthouse
as a favorite photo setting . The promenade of AHS juniors
and seniors in all their prom finery is the perfect "photo
op" for friends and relatives to view the procession. The
Prom Royalty Court will consist of ten juniors and ten
seniors. The junior class will elect a Prince and Princess
with four attendants and the senior class will elect a King
and Queen with four attendants. The court will be presented
at the march and the prince, princess, king and queen
announced at the prom.
The Junior Class Royalty Court are:
Jasmine Dennis, Ishionna Harris, Tye James, Callie Redfearn,
and Alexia Rowton
Tajhnick Bishop, Cole Grimes, Bryson Haskins, Joe
Pennington, and Zac Spigner
The Senior Class Royalty Court are:
Meghan Brown, Kennedy Cook, Danielle Ford, Brinlee Ward, and
Ty Cobb, Austin Cross, Brandon Northcross, R.J. Powell and
Those attending the Prom March are encouraged to bring a
lawn chair for comfort and enjoyment.
The Helen Parker Gymnasium will be the setting for the
Community/Alumni Prom on Friday night and Saturday night for
the Junior/Senior Prom.
The Community/Alumni Prom on Friday, April 1st is from
7-8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be
music playing from each decade. Dancing is welcomed. This is
your opportunity to see the transformation of Helen Parker
Gymnasium and enjoy an evening of dancing and reminiscing.
Come see what the students and sponsors did to create this
magical night. No cost.
On Saturday night, there will be free valet parking provided
by community volunteers, refreshments provided by First
United Methodist Church, and a bag/coat check available as
well as a photo booth with free customized pictures. There
are all new decorations, as well as, dance and laser
lighting! The "Ashdown Flash", Fabienne Thrash (1974 AHS
Graduate) will DJ the event. Cost is $20/ single and
PULLING FOR EDUCATION TRAP
The University of Arkansas
Hope-Texarkana Foundation held the 9th Annual Pulling for
Education Trap shoot Saturday at the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission's Rick Evans Grandview Shotgun Range on March
5th. The competition had 44 teams, including 34 high school
and junior high teams. The junior high competition was
sponsored by Alliance Insurance and dominated by Ashdown
School teams who won first by shooting a 101 out of 125.
First place junior
team (pictured above and in order) consisted of
Logan Russell, Jake Day, Cole Smith, Taylor Schmidt,
and Colby Dellinger.
Jake Day and Taylor Schmidt tied for Top Shooter in
the Jr. Division both breaking 24 out of 25 targets.
The second place team in the shoot was also from
Ashdown, they shot a 95 out of 125.
(pictured l to r) Hunter Poole, Dawson Hearn, Braden
Jackson, and Braden Gentry. Not pictured is Braden
senior high division, sponsored by BancorpSouth, Ashdown
team members (pictured l to r) Trevor Myers, Drake Hile,
Koda Aylor, Jon Michael Molock and Logan Henry, won first,
shooting a 237 out of 250.
Logan Henry won the Top Shooter award for the Sr. division
breaking 49 out of 50 targets.
The “Pulling” for Education Trap shoot was hosted by State
Senator Larry Teague and Representative Brent Talley.
Sponsors for the event included AEP-SWEPCO and Arkansas Farm
Bureau, who have helped with the event all nine years. The
“Pulling” for Education Trap Shoot is a fundraiser for the
SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND 3/11/16
here at KDQN would like to remind area residents to set
their clocks forward one-hour before going to bed Saturday
Arkansas will officially change on Sunday, March 13th at 2
a.m. in the morning.
saving time is the practice of advancing our clocks during
the summer months by one hour so we can experience an extra
hour of daylight in the evening, while sacrificing normal
SIMMONS NAMED POLICE CHIEF-IN-WAITING
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy informed KDQN Thursday that Captain
Scott Simmons of the De Queen Police Department had been
named the Chief-in-waiting.
said he named Simmons the acting chief on Chief Richard
McKinley's last day on the job, which was Friday, February
informed the De Queen City Council last week that he had
received three applications from within the De Queen Police.
He reported Simmons, Investigator Sonny Kimmel and
Lieutenant Chad Bradshaw applied for the position.
interviewing the three applicants, McKelvy said he felt
Simmons was the right person for the job.
will officially become the Chief of the De Queen Police
Department on July 1st when Chief McKinley officially
retires from the City of De Queen.
LIGHTNING STRIKE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOUSE FIRE
Authorities in southwest
Arkansas say a lightning strike caused an explosion that
destroyed a storage building and home, but no one injured.
the blast happened about 1
a.m., Wednesday morning at a home in a rural area of Little
River County on the Southside of Millwood Lake. Authorities
say lightning struck a storage building that contained
Yarbrough Volunteer Fire
Department Chief Jeff Plowman says the exploding gasoline
caused the storage building to catch fire. The fire then
spread to the house. Plowman reported the home's occupants
were able to escape the house unharmed.
AHS SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE 3/11/16
High School Scholarship Committee will soon be awarding
scholarships to 2016 Ashdown High School graduates, as it
has since its formation in 1986.
Contributors are being encouraged to either continue making
donations as they have been doing in the past or to become a
new scholarship donor and contribute to the success of new
Ashdown High School graduates in their post-secondary
to the chairperson of the scholarship committee, Ronda
Pounds, the committee awarded 46 scholarships in 2015 with a
total value of $23,750. She said the committee has awarded
over $345,311 to 963 students over the past 30 years.
stated that 100 percent of all donated monies are awarded
every year and that all donations are tax deductible.
Scholarship Committee has also authorized the alumni fund
through which former students of Ashdown and businesses may
contribute to the program in any amount and at any time.
Such contributions may be made in honor of or in memory of
family or friends.
previous years, scholarship recipients will be announced and
scholarships will be awarded at a tea that is sponsored by
the committee. The date of this year's tea is Sunday, May
1st at 2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
all donors are welcome to attend the tea and they are
encouraged to present the scholarship that they contributed
scholarships to be awarded to the 2016 Ashdown graduating
class, contributions must be received by April 15th. They
may be mailed to or dropped off at the Ashdown School
District Central Office at 511 North Second Street in
FEDERAL MONEY TO HELP ARKANSAS RESTORE
WATERFOWL, WILDLIFE HABITAT 3/11/16
coming from taxes collected on guns, ammunition and fishing
equipment is being doled out to all 50 states. Officials say
the money will be used to help protect fishing, hunting and
wildlife areas. Arkansas' share is just over $17 million
heads up the Midwestern Division of the Wildlife and Sport
Fish Restoration program and he says the program has been in
place for decades and each state can choose how to use the
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says it will use the money
to renovate 11 wildlife management areas and also create or
restore more than 1,300 acres of waterfowl habitat.
being distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is
just over $1 billion dollars, and it's divided between all
50 states. Hodgson says without it, wildlife would suffer.
He says when the program began decades ago, some species
were being over-hunted.
says the goal of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration
program is to conserve and manage fish and wildlife and
their habitats for future generations.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are also asking the public
to provide feedback on some of the state's wildlife
regulation proposals include adding a youth modern gun deer
hunt for the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Wildlife
Management Area and another is to extend the spring turkey
season to 21 days, opening on the third Saturday in April
annually. The list also includes opening a quail season at
Rick Evans Grandview.
Game and Fish officials say the survey can be found on their
website at agfc.com.
OKLAHOMA MAN DROWNS WHEN VEHICLE SWEPT INTO
County man drowned earlier this week when floodwaters swept
his SUV into a creek after he attempted to cross a low-water
crossing on Lukfata Creek, about two and a half miles south
of Broken Bow.
say the SUV was swept off the road around 9:15 Tuesday
night. County officials say between six to seven inches of
rain fell in a short period of time causing some flash
Michael Liles and his passenger 36-year-old Paul Rymel got
out of the SUV and tried to swim to shore. Rymel made it to
shore and survived.
emergency crews recovered Lyle's body about 100 yards
downstream about two hours later.
to the National Weather Service, more than half of all
flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into
Many of the
deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream.
The National Weather Service says a mere six inches of
fast-moving floodwaters can knock over an adult and it only
takes 12-inches of rushing water to carry away a small car,
while two feet of rushing water can carry away most
to the National Weather Service, these deaths have led to
the creation of the Don't Drown, Turn Around safety
APARTMENT FIRE FORCES EVACUATION
night about 8:25, fire fighters with the De Queen Fire
Department were dispatched to the apartment complex at 214
South Third Street in De Queen.
Dennis Pruitt reported the apartment on the southwest corner
of the building was fully engulfed in flames when they
arrived. He said 16 fire fighters responded to the call with
the fire was contained to that one apartment but other parts
of the building received some smoke and water damage.
people that lived in the building were transferred to the De
Queen Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for smoke
the residents of the apartment complex will be forced to
find a new residence until the building's electrical system
is brought up to code.
building's owner Sabino Flores informed the city code
enforcement officer Thursday morning that he plans to have a
electrician replace the wiring and reopen the apartment
complex as soon as the work is finished.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY AMNESTY PROGRAM
River County Sheriff Gary Gregory announced amnesty is
available for people wanted for failure to appear in
district court or contempt of court in matters related to
cases in the Ashdown or Little River County district courts.
said residents can take advantage of the amnesty program
until April 20th. He said anyone with an outstanding warrant
may contact the Little River County District Court Clerk and
make arrangements to pay their fines.
said this program will help people catch up on their fines
and help the court collect some fines without having to
arrest people and hold them in jail.
information, call 898-7230 or 898-7231.
RELAY FOR LIFE AWARDS PRESENTED TO SEVIER
Frachiseur of the Sevier County Relay 4 Life announced
Wednesday morning that the county's survivor dinner has been
scheduled for May 6th and the relay's main event has been
moved back to the De Queen Leopard football field on May 13th.
reported the Sevier County Relay for Life organization
received five awards from the Mid-South area Relay for Life
organization. Stina Brown is the district representative for
the Mid-South Relay for Life. Brown presented Frachiseur the
Excellence in Caring for Those with Cancer Award; Becky
Matney received the Helping Prevent Cancer Award; Linda
Santiago received the Helping to Seek a Cure Award; LaLonnie
Williamson received the Best Practice Award and KDQN and the
De Queen Bee received the Lighthouse Media Award.
also announced it was not too late to sign up a team for
this year's Relay for Life.
information visit the Relay for Life website and search for
TRIAL DATE SET FOR FORMER ASHDOWN AG
date of June 20th was set for 41-year-old Terry Simmons by
9th Circuit Court Judge Tom Cooper in the Little River
County Circuit Court in Ashdown on Tuesday.
been charged with two counts of theft of property for
allegedly selling or trading shotguns that were owned by the
Ashdown School District's shooting sports team.
At the time
of the alleged theft, Simmons was the shooting sports coach
and agri teacher.
investigation was opened on January 12th, 2015 after Little
River County Sheriff Gary Gregory contacted the Arkansas
State Police about the alleged theft of some shotguns that
were being stored in the sheriff's department gun safe.
to the school district, the guns were used by the shooting
sports team and were purchased in May of 2008 with a grant
from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
to court records, Debbie Greathouse became the director of
the shooting sports program and asked to inventory the
districts 10 shotguns that were being stored at the
sheriff's office. On December 10th, when Greathouse and
Simmons opened the safe, it only contained three guns.
said Simmons brought three shotguns to the office from his
vehicle that he said had been at his house.
to the investigation report, Simmons allegedly sold or
traded three guns and a shotgun at Davis and Jones Pawn in
Ashdown on January 3rd, 2014 and he sold or traded a rifle
and a shotgun at the pawn shop on March 27th, 2014.
State Police investigators confirmed two of the shotguns
that were sold or traded at the pawn shop belonged to the
Ashdown School District.
TAKING A HIKE IN THE WOODS 3/10/16
morning around 9:30, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of
the De Queen Police Department noticed a vehicle with
expired temporary tags while patrolling on Lakeside Drive.
Browning attempted to make a traffic stop, the vehicle sped
up as it drove past the city park through the city shop
gate. After driving around a mound of gravel, the driver hit
a small tree.
then exited the vehicle and ran into some nearby woods.
About 20 minutes later, Captain Scott Simmons advised
Browning that the driver had been located in an opening
behind the city shop. Simmons and Patrolman David Higgins
were able to secure the driver and took him into custody.
searching the vehicle, Browning found a blue glove inside a
gold colored purse. Browning reported there was a loaded
syringe with approximately two units of a blue substance and
a clear bag that contained a green leafy substance in the
was identified as 34-year-old Justin Bice of De Queen.
to Bice's statement, he was at the casino and returned to De
Queen with Alberto Garza and the female passenger who
identified herself as 31-year-old Rebecca Conatser of Broken
Conatser got into the car with a purple coat and a gold
colored bag. He said he dropped Garza off and went to his
dad's shop on Stilwell.
why he fled, Bice said he thought he had a warrant for his
arrest. He also stated he did not know about the drugs.
Sevier County jail, Conatser informed a jailer that her name
was actually Ashley Campbell. She stated she gave officers
her sister's name because she thought she had a warrant for
failure to pay child support. Campbell also stated the purse
belonged to her along with the loaded syringe, however, she
said Bice told her to put the marijuana in her purse.
to police records, Bice was wanted on a white warrant. He
has also been charged with fleeing, misdemeanor fleeing, and
possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.
was charged with possession of a controlled
substance-methamphetamine, possession of a controlled
substance-marijuana, obstructing governmental operations and
felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
March 11 is Deadline to Apply for Disaster
Unemployment Assistance 3/10/16
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Arkansans in the
11-county federal disaster area who became unemployed as
a result of severe storms from late December – January
have until March 11 to file for Disaster Unemployment
Assistance with their local Department of Workforce
The disaster area is Benton, Carroll,
Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Little
River, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties. DUA may be
Individuals who have temporarily lost jobs because
of the disaster and do not qualify for regular
Self-employed individuals who have lost all or part
of their livelihood as a result of the disaster;
Individuals who worked or had been scheduled to work
in the disaster area; and
Employees who were prevented from working because of
an injury or illness resulting from the severe
DUA provides unemployment benefits up to
People who believe they may be eligible
should bring a photo ID, Social Security card, the name
and address of their last place of employment, and
documents verifying income.
Additional information is available by
calling 866-392-7284 or going online to
Out-of-state residents may call 800-461-9941.
MINERAL SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT FILES SUIT
AGAINST THE STATE 3/9/16
Springs School District leaders filed a lawsuit against
Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key, the state board
of education, the Arkansas Department of Education and
Hempstead County on Monday, February 29th alleging Arkansas
officials "knowingly diminished" the quality of education
for black students in the district after it was "wrongly"
placed on the state's fiscal distress list in 2013.
Representative John Walker of Little Rock filed the lawsuit
on behalf of the Mineral Spring Board of Education and
Superintendent Curtis Turner.
Walker contends state officials encouraged white students and
black athletes to transfer from Mineral Springs to the
also asks U.S. District Judge Price Marshall to find that
the district was deprived significant financial and
educational resources between 2004 and the present. Walker
stated the loss of those resources resulted in denying equal
education opportunities to the Mineral Springs students.
asking the judge to restore benefits that were denied to the
district which has 420 students, 79 percent of whom are
black. The reimbursement amount includes $210,000 in state
funds based on the percentage of students who qualify for
free and reduced-price school meals.
also alleges county officials diverted tax revenue and
revenue in lieu of taxes that was paid by SWEPCO to the Hope
reported he was asked to take the position of superintendent
in Mineral Springs while he was the superintendent of the
Eureka Springs School District by then-Education
Commissioner Tom Kimbrell.
wrote in an affidavit that why he asked Kimbrell why the
state didn't close the Mineral Springs District and combine
it with the Nashville School District, Kimbrell reportedly
said it wouldn't be fair to the Nashville superintendent.
told the district was projected to end the 2012-2013 school
year with a deficit of $147,000, but he and federal programs
director Wendy Reed found over $120,000 in unidentified
funds within a matter of days after taking over the
the state has not assisted the district for the purpose of
improving the district's academic achievements, and he
doesn't expect the state to approve the district's
ASHDOWN TEENAGER KILLED IN ACCIDENT
Eighteen-year-old Mason Gross of Ashdown was killed and two
other Ashdown residents were injured in an accident near
Alleene at the intersection of Highway 234 and Highway 108,
to the accident report from the Arkansas State Police,
18-year-old Colton Ard of Ashdown was driving south on
Highway 234 when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the
intersection. Ard's 1993 Jeep struck a 2012 Dodge pickup
that was being driven by 52-year-old Lawrence Chandler of De
State Trooper Travis Hale reported Gross was pronounced dead
at the scene by Little River County Coroner Roddy Smith at
8:35 p.m. Ard and the other passenger, 18-year-old Dustin Hill
of Ashdown were taken to Christus-St. Michael Medical Center
Gross was a
student at Arkansas Tech in Russellville, while Ard and Hill
are students at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.
DIERKS PLEAS NOT GUILTY IN DEATH OF LITTLE
RIVER COUNTY TEEN 3/9/16
Forty-one-year-old Traci Dierks of Little River County plead
not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder,
four-counts of aggravated assault and seven-counts of
contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Tuesday in the
Little River County Circuit Court.
been charged with killing 17-year-old Caitlin Caskey on
January 23rd at the birthday party of Dierks' daughter.
Judicial Circuit Court Judge Tom Cooper scheduled a pretrial
hearing for July 5th and a trial date of July 25th.
to witnesses at the party, Dierks was carrying a rifle
around. They said, she would answer the door, with the rifle
in her hands and ask guests if their parents knew where they
were and if they were going to tell the police she was
serving alcohol to minors.
reported the rifle went off and Caskey was struck in the
to Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir, the four counts of
aggravated assault were based on Dierks pointing and firing
being held in the Sevier County jail with a $100,000 bond.
TRAVEL CENTER ON HIGHWAY 71 GETTING $2.5
MILLION DOLLAR FACELIFT 3/9/16
with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation
Department announced plans to renovate the Red River Welcome
Center on Highway 71.
say the upgrade will cost about $2.5 million dollars. The
project was awarded to Contech Contractors of Texarkana and
dirt work started in February.
building will feature a rock and log construction and will
be built just north of the existing building.
facility will contain a coffee bar, a computer information
desk, sitting areas, and an information desk staffed by
Arkansas Parks and Tourism employees.
existing welcome center will remain open during the
construction phase, but the old center will be demolished
once the new facility is completed. Officials hope to open
the new facility during the summer of 2017.
DE QUEEN BOARD OF EDUCATION PLANS FOR THE
night, Superintendent Bruce Hill informed the De Queen Board
of Education that he and board president, Randy Hedge
attended a meeting with the state's facility committee in
Little Rock to discuss the failed millage and to address the
district's plans for the future.
the district plans to wait and see what projects the state
approves next year before moving forward with any major
the district will also look into constructing a couple of
metal buildings at the football field, to provide dressing
rooms for approximately 300 student athletes.
reported the Office of Civil Rights was very pleased with
the district's ESL program. He said they informed him that
they will be using the De Queen School District as an
example for other districts.
members voted to approve a bid from Mike's Sound Systems and
Design on a new sound system for the football field at a
cost of $19,292.75. They also voted to purchase a used bus
from Midwest Bus Sales for $58,500.
board members also approved the closing of the J.T. Counts
Daycare in Lockesburg at the end of the 2015-2016 school
meeting of the De Queen Board of Education was scheduled for
Monday, April 4th.
ARKANSAS LAW ENFORCEMENT HANDING OUT LAURA'S
seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States,
and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says
one of every three has been a victim of physical violence by
an intimate partner within her lifetime.
the numbers are also high: one in every four men will
experience domestic violence. It's dangerous and very
emotional, and in the midst of it, victims don't always know
how to get out of it, or who to call for help.
Arkansas, there's an effort under way to change that. As
part of "Laura's Card," which was signed by the governor
last year, law enforcement officers are handing out a flyer
to anyone involved in a domestic situation.
General Leslie Rutledge says it puts crucial information
right into the hands of someone who needs help.
Card was one of four domestic-violence laws that were
approved in Arkansas last year. It means officers have to
give a victim the flyer, but only when it's safe to do so
and not when the abuser can see what's happening. Rutledge
says just having the information might prevent that person
from falling victim to abuse again.
says there's been a huge increase in domestic violence in
Arkansas in the last few years and intimate partner violence
accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.
violence affects children, too. One in 15 is exposed to
intense fighting between intimate partners each year, and 90
percent of these children are eyewitnesses to violence.
FREE RIDER 3/8/16
February 5th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon
was patrolling in the Horatio area when he observed a
Hispanic male driving a motorcycle that he knew didn't have
a valid motorcycle endorsement.
stopping the motorcycle, Davignon identified the passenger
on the motorcycle as 18-year-old Luis Vega.
searching Vega's pockets, Davignon found a one-dollar bill
folded in a manner that is used to conceal or contain
controlled substances. Davignon reported he opened the bill
and found some suspected methamphetamine.
allegedly admitted that the substance was ICE.
charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of
was being booked at the Sevier County jail, Davignon
discovered Vega was out on bond from Fort Smith for
possession of methamphetamine. He is scheduled to appear in
the Sevier County Circuit Court on March 10th.
JOINT MEETING FOR LITTLE RIVER COUNTY
GOVERNING BODIES RESCHEDULED 3/8/16
River County Judge Mike Cranford announced Monday afternoon
that a joint meeting of the Little River County Quorum Court
and the Little River Memorial Hospital Board of Governors
will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 6 p.m. in the
Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of UA
Cranford reported the meeting was originally scheduled for March
7th, but had to be rescheduled due to a conflict.
Cranford said the purpose of the meeting is to discuss options
for the future of and the direction of the hospital. A
presentation will be given by BKD of Little Rock, with a
question and answer session to follow.
As with all
Quorum Court and Board of Governors meetings, this meeting
is open to the public.
information, contact the Little River County Judges office
AREA FFA CHAPTERS COMPETING IN DONKEY
BASKETBALL TOURNEY 3/7/16
Caudle, Grace Harris, Morgan Johnson and Marlee Carver of
the Horatio FFA announced their chapter will be hosting a
donkey basketball tournament this Saturday in the Horatio
game gym at 7 p.m.
FFA members representing Horatio, Foreman, De Queen and
Ashdown will be competing for a championship trophy.
advance tickets are on sale now for $6 in advance or $8 at
the door. All children 6 and under are free. You can
purchase tickets from any Horatio FFA member, the Pit Stop
in Horatio, the Horatio, De Queen and Ashdown High Schools.
information visit the Horatio FFA Facebook page or contact
the Horatio FFA advisor Nicki Litchford by calling the
Horatio High School at 832-2341.
DRIVE OUT LUPUS GOLF TOURNAMENT MARCH
Sevier County resident Sandy Tutt informed KDQN that spots
are filling up for the 2016 2-Person Scramble Driver Out
Lupus Benefit Golf Tournament at the De Queen Country Club
on Saturday, March 19th.
she got involved raising funds for the Lupus Foundation of
America after she was diagnosed with Lupus last year. She
said Lupus is hard to diagnosis and affects people in a
variety of ways.
she and her team, Sandy's Soldiers, are also selling raffle
tickets for a chance to win a .22 caliber rifle or a
handmade quilt, as well as, bracelets and peanut brittle.
To sign up
for the golf tournament or to purchase a raffle ticket,
contact Tutt at 903-280-0435 or email her at STUTT_BCDT@yahoo.com.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE SURVIVOR
survivor and guest speaker Detra Tysdal-McCarver reminded
other cancer survivors and their caretakers that "God loves
me and God loves you" during her message of hope and
encouragement at the annual Cancer Survivor's Banquet that
was sponsored by the Little River County Relay for Life and
held at the Ashdown Central Baptist Church.
annually kicks off the county's Relay for Life campaign,
which also includes a sponsorship drive, team registrations
and t-shirt sales, a garage sale on Saturday, April 16th, a
horseshoe tournament on April 23rd, the Paint the County
Purple contest and finally the Relay for Life event on
Friday, May 13th, at the Fred Jester Memorial Track at the
Ashdown High School.
50 cancer survivors, their caretakers, and Relay for Life
committee members and guests attended the event.
who is a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma and Primary
Refractory Lymphoma, shared her story of encouragement and
reminded the attendees of the importance of faith, family
and knowing your body. She shared her memories of "knowing
there was something not right happening" in her body, yet
the doctor could not seem to find anything. She expounded on
the importance of trusting your feelings and being proactive
in seeking a doctor who will heed your concerns.
diagnosed with cancer, McCarver reacted with an attitude of
"Why me?" Then she said to herself, "God, why not me?",
reminding herself that :God loves me."
further encouraged cancer patients to allow family and
friends to help. "Help with chores. Help with the kids. Help
a fitness instructor at Christus St. Michael Health and
Fitness Center and also teaches in the singles ministry of
First Baptist Church Moore's Lane in Texarkana.
conclusion of the banquet, each survivor stood and shared
the number of years that they had been cancer-free and was
presented with a Certificate of Honor and Admiration.
River County Relay for Life is still enlisting sponsors and
teams. This year's theme is "Under the Big Top--In the
Center Ring, A Cure for Cancer."
information or to register, visit the webpage
RelayForLife.org/LittleRiverAR and the Facebook page is
Relay for Life--Little River AR. Linda Fielding is the
Little River Relay for Life director, and she can be reached
SCHOLARSHIP FOR SCHOOL COUNSELOR DEGREE
High School Counselor Ramona Hill is the Secondary
Vice-President of the Arkansas School Counselor Association
and she announced the ArSCA is offering the Hugh Lovett
Memorial Scholarship to students who are enrolled in a
school counseling Master’s Degree program.
scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 for one year.
recipient of the award fails to render at least three full
years of service in education in the state of Arkansas, may
be asked to repay the money to the scholarship fund.
deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 31st
and the winner of the award will be announced during the
association’s summer conference.
will be to submit a completed application, a copy of their
college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. One
recommendation must be from either candidate’s administrator
or graduate advisor.
information, contact Hill at the De Queen High School by
calling 642-2426 ext. 227.
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS MAY QUALIFY FOR SOME
DISASTER AID ON CHILD'S BEHALF 3/7/16
Undocumented immigrants who are parents or guardians of
minor children who are U.S. citizens in the
federally-declared Arkansas disaster area may apply for
disaster aid on behalf of their child, according to FEMA.
of Little River and Sevier counties affected by the severe
storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during
the period of December 26th through January 22nd may be
eligible for disaster aid and are encouraged to register for
assistance with FEMA.
register, go online to www.disasterassistance.gov or call
1-800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available.
collects only the information the agency needs to process
the application. That information is confidential. However,
FEMA shares that information with the state and designated
agencies that provide disaster assistance.
Students at Ashdown Junior
High, were presented a program on Internet Safety by Dwayne
Yarborough from the Arkansas Attorney Genera's office. That
evening, he spoke to parents to educate them on the newest
apps, websites, and social media that students may be using.
Mr. Yarborough is the senior law education instructor in the
Attorney General's office. He is a 20 year veteran of the
Tips for Parents:
Help your child understand that he or she does not own the
phone, it is your property because you bought it and pay the
bill. Use of the phone is a privilege - not a right.
Always know your child's passwords.
Reserve the right to review all texts, call logs, social
media postings, contacts. etc. This is not a matter of
privacy invasion; it is a matter of safety.
Make sure your child knows not to join ANY social media site
without your approval.
Stress the important of answering all calls from Mom or dad.
Enforce a no-phones-during-meals policy, whether at home or
at a restaurant.
Restrict the length of time your child may play games or
browse social media.
Have a set time for your child to give you his or her phone
Stress to your child the importance of being kind and not
posting messages that are untrue, hurtful or inappropriate.
Make sure your child understands that everything posted
online is there FOREVER. Do not allow them to send or
receive inappropriate pictures of themselves or anyone else.
Doing so is always a bad idea and could ruin their
Create an open environment where mistakes are constructively
discussed. Help your child know that there will be
consequences if he or she violates these rules.
Some useful apps for driving teens are: Safely Go and
Canary. Social media apps are constantly changing and being
added, but be aware of those beyond Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and Vine. They are Kik, Snapchat, Meerkat, Tumblr,
and Yik Yak.
And, always remember that communication is key. The best way
to protect children online is to talk with them. Things to
discuss are: inappropriate conduct, inappropriate contact,
inappropriate content and consequences of inappropriate
Helpful resources are CyberTipline.com (800-843-5678),
OnGuardOnline.gov, NetSmartz.org, webwise.ie, and
If you suspect internet crimes again children, please
contact the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
(Arkansas State Police) at 501-618-8373.
Pictured are Dwayne Yarbrough and AJHS Principal, James
LOVING MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE IN SEVIER COUNTY
CIRCUIT COURT THURSDAY 3/4/16
Aaron Loving of De Queen was formally charged with first degree
murder Thursday morning during his first appearance in the
Sevier County Circuit Court.
Loving has been
accused of shooting Amado Gallardo on Sunday, February 28th
following some type of altercation between the two men.
carjacked a vehicle and kidnapped the driver, before being
arrested in the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office parking lot by
members of the McCurtain County Sheriff's office, the Idabel
Police Department and Sonny Kimmel of the De Queen Police
Department who is in Idabel interviewing the kidnap victim,
20-year-old TraShaun Maull.
Attorney Bryan Chesshir also announced Loving has been charged
with kidnapping, aggravated robbery and felon in possession of a
the first degree murder charge, the kidnapping charge and the
aggravated robbery charge all carry 10 years to life sentences.
currently being held in the Sevier County jail on a $300,000
DE QUEEN JUNIOR HIGH STUDENT MAKES FIRST
APPEARANCE IN COURT THURSDAY 3/4/16
De Queen Junior High School student appeared in the Sevier
County Circuit Court Thursday to be formally charged with first
degree terroristic threatening, after being arrested Wednesday
morning on the De Queen campus. Circuit Court Judge Charles
Yeargan announced the young man will be tried as a juvenile.
the De Queen Police Department, school officials received
information that a student had sent a message concerning a
possible terroristic act.
and school officials responded immediately and the juvenile
suspect was taken into custody without any incident.
will remain in a juvenile facility until his lawyer is able to
find a suitable facility for a mental evaluation.
CASTEEL COMPLETES TERM AS PRESIDENT OF THE
ARKANSAS FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION 3/4/16
Casteel, of Wilkerson Funeral Home of De Queen and Dierks
completed her term as President of the Arkansas Funeral
Directors Association by leading the annual convention which was
held in Hot Springs on February 26th and 27th.
Casteel is the
fourth generation of the Wilkerson family to be a licensed
funeral director. Like her father, Trey Wilkerson, and
grandfather, B-Bud Wilkerson, she grew up around the funeral
home and began learning about the funeral business at a young
age. She is a Certified Pre-Planning Consultant, a member of the
De Queen Rotary Club and the First United Methodist Church in De
Queen. She served the AFDA as their 115th president in
2015-2016. She and her husband, Doug, live in Horatio and have
one daughter, Sydney.
Casteel led the
AFDA in a year of reorganization and growth culminating with a
record-breaking attendance at this year's annual convention. She
will now assume the role as Past President and remain on the
board in an advisory position for the next year.
banquet, Casteel reviewed the organization's activities for the
previous year and presented awards and honors to those with
distinguished service in the industry. At the end of the
evening, Casteel was presented with plaques of appreciation from
the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association for her year of
service to the Association by the AFDA President Don Martin and
from the National Funeral Directors Association by Randy
FOREMAN BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO REFINANCE
SCHOOL BONDS 3/3/16
representative from First Security Beardsley Public Finance
presented a schedule of savings to the Foreman Board of
Education if they refinanced the district’s two bonds into one
reported the district has one bond that was issued in 2008. He
said it has an interest rate of 5.25 percent and the other bond
was issued in 2010. He said it has interest rate of 3.93
stated the district could combine the two bonds into one at an
interest rate of 2.86 percent.
voted to submit “Applications for a Permit to Issue Bonds” in
the amount of $380,000 and $250,000 to the Commissioner of
Education and to employ First Security Beardsley Public Finance
as their Fiscal Agent.
Churchill from Excel Energy Group made a presentation to the
board about how much money the district could save by converting
the district’s lighting fixtures to LED fixtures. However, the
board did not make a decision during the February meeting.
also voted to extend the contracts of the high school principal,
Kimberly Cody; elementary principal, Patricia Tankersley; and
athletic director John Hall.
the following eight students were inducted into the National
Honor Society. The students were Kylie Cowan, Tucker Hall, Clay
Whitecotton, Amberly Walker, Amy Elkins, Tometra Williams, Jada
Smith and Jordan Whisenhunt.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER TO
CLOSE SUNDAY 3/4/16
County Judge Mike Cranford announced Thursday afternoon, the
Disaster Recovery Center in Little River County will close
Sunday, March 6th at 3:30 p.m.
The center is
located at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 380 at the
Little River Country Club Clubhouse.
The center will
be open today until 6 p.m.; on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
with FEMA, ADEM and the U.S. Small Business Administration will
be at the center until Sunday.
The SBA is a
federal partner with FEMA and it provides long term recovery
resources for disaster survivors.
the center, register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or
online at www.disaterassistance.gov.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY SHOOTING SUSPECT CHARGED WITH
Forty-one-year-old Traci Dierks of Little River County was
charged with second-degree murder, four counts of aggravated
assault and seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a
minor in the Little River County Circuit Court on Wednesday in
the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Caitlin Caskey.
court records, Dierks was hosting a birthday party for her
daughter and was serving gummy bears that were laced with
witnesses at the party, Dierks was carrying a rifle. They said,
she would answer the door, with the rifle in her hands and ask
the guests if their parents knew where they were and if they
were going to tell the police she was serving alcohol to minors.
reported the rifle went off and Caskey was struck in the chest.
Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir, the four counts of
aggravated assault were based on Dierks pointing and firing the
Dierks is being
held in the Sevier County jail with a $100,000 bond.
March 6 Deadline to Request Public Assistance
Funding for Severe Storm Damage
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — State and local
officials, county agencies and certain private nonprofit
organizations in 32 Arkansas counties have only a few days
remaining to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA)
for federal funds to support the recovery from the severe
storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding and
tornadoes, Dec. 26 – Jan. 22, 2016.
The deadline to submit the one-page RPA is
Sunday, March 6, 2016.
The counties eligible for PA are: Benton,
Boone, Bradley, Calhoun, Carroll, Clay, Crawford, Dallas,
Drew, Franklin, Greene, Independence, Izard, Lawrence,
Little River, Logan, Madison, Marion, Mississippi,
Montgomery, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Randolph, Scott,
Searcy, Stone, Washington, White, Woodruff, and Yell.
Representatives from the Arkansas Emergency
Management Agency, with support from FEMA, held detailed
briefings for officials of governmental organizations, local
officials and private non-profit organizations throughout
the disaster areas to address application procedures,
administrative requirements, funding and program
Public officials and other eligible
applicants who were unable to attend the briefings and want
to file an RPA can download the RPA form at
ADEM/PA/Applicant Packet. They may also call ADEM at
(501) 683-6700 and ask to speak to the Recovery Branch.
Once a RPA is received it is processed by the
state and a FEMA public assistance officer is assigned to
work in partnership with the applicant to provide
comprehensive information, explanations and technical
The public assistance officer focuses on the
eligibility and documentation requirements that are most
pertinent to an applicant. The FEMA project officer and the
applicant then work together to prepare subgrant
Eligible costs include debris removal,
emergency protective measures (such as police, fire and
medical), road and bridge repair, and repair and restoration
of public buildings, utilities and recreational facilities.
STUDENT ARRESTED AT DE QUEEN JUNIOR HIGH
morning, local law enforcement authorities arrested a De Queen
Junior High student for terroristic threatening following an
incident at the school.
According to a
press release from the De Queen Police Department, school
officials received information Wednesday morning that a student
sent a message concerning a possible terroristic act.
officials and members of the De Queen Police Department along
with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office acted upon the threat
immediately and the juvenile suspect was taken into custody
without any incident.
has been charged with first degree terroristic threatening and
is being held in a juvenile facility, where he is awaiting
officials do not believe there is any other threat to students
or faculty members related to the incident.
SPLIT DECISION ON FUTURE OF FOREMAN MARSHAL'S
10th, the Little River County Sheriff's Department presented a
proposal to the City of Foreman to merge the city's marshal
department with the sheriff's office.
Judy Adams explained two marshal's had resigned at the beginning
of the year and she was looking for qualified replacements when
Sheriff Gary Gregory approached her with the proposal.
the proposal, the sheriff's office will provide law enforcement
coverage in the City of Foreman 24 hours a day; seven-days a week
when practical and the city will pay the salaries and benefits
of two deputies, as well as provide equipment, when practical.
also states the city will continue to receive funds from fines
and fees, but will not have to pay for Little River County
Court or dispatcher fees, which will save the city about $15,000
Adams said she presented the proposal to the city council
during their regular monthly meeting, but they tabled the issue.
Adams said a special called meeting was held a week later and
the proposal passed by a 3 to 2 vote.
Adams said the proposal contains a clause that will allow the
city to terminate the agreement after six-months if the council
is not satisfied with the department's coverage.
Jimmy Callahan opposes the agreement and is seeking signatures
from other Foreman residents who do not like the new
arrangement. He said residents can sign the petition at his
store, This N That Home Furnishing on South Madden Street.
must be approved by the Little River County Quorum Court.
Justices of the Peace will meet Tuesday, March 8th in the Little
River County Courthouse in Ashdown. If the Quorum Court approves
the proposal, it is expected to go into effect, April 1st.
TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST 3/3/16
Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police
Department was patrolling on Stilwell Avenue when he noticed a
pickup with an expired temporary tag.
traffic stop, the driver, 40-year-old Jerome Brown of
Smithville, Oklahoma, stated he knew the tags were expired, but
he hadn't had time to take care of that.
asked for IDs from the two passengers. They were identified as
28-year-old Jeremy Lee Hill of Ozan and 29-year-old Charity Kyle of
dispatch, Hill was wanted on an outstanding warrant for carrying
a concealed weapon.
Hill was taken
into custody by Patrolman David Higgins who asked him if he had
anything illegal on his person. Hill allegedly stated he had a
smoking device in his bag and two clear bags with
methamphetamine residue in them.
the vehicle, officers found a black case that contained a
syringe and glass smoking device under the seat between the two
passenger seats. None of the occupants of the vehicle admitted
the case belonged to them, so all three suspects were arrested.
charged with six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Kyle and Brown
were charged with three counts of possession of drug
SEVIER COUNTY FARMER'S MARKET SPRING MEETING IS
Angela Smith of
the Sevier County Farmer's Market stopped by the KDQN studios
this morning to remind area gardeners that the market's spring
meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. at the Herman Dierks Park Pavilion.
Smith said they
will be deciding how much the membership fees will be for the
2016 season. She said a lot of vendors pay $5 a day, especially
if they have certain types of crops.
Smith said the
market is also expanding in an effort to form partnerships with
information, call 642-2718 or visit the market's Facebook page
at Sevier County Farmer's Market - De Queen, Arkansas.
Federal Assistance Tops $1 Million for
Arkansas Recovery 3/3/16
LITTLE ROCK – More than $1 million in aid to date is helping
the residents of 11 Arkansas counties recover from the
severe storms, Dec. 26 – Jan. 22, 2016.
Aid is still available to residents of
Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Faulkner, Jackson, Jefferson,
Lee, Little River, Perry, Sebastian and Sevier counties who
suffered disaster-related damage. They are encouraged to
register for assistance with FEMA before the April 5, 2016
According to FEMA and the Arkansas
Department of Emergency Management, 171 persons have been
approved for disaster assistance as of close of business
Feb. 29, 2016.
That assistance includes $922,237
housing aid to help homeowners and renters:
Rent temporary housing for a limited period
Repair damage from the disaster to a
homeowner’s primary residence that is not covered by
Help replace homes destroyed in the disaster.
The assistance also includes $77,839
to help pay for:
Disaster-related medical and dental costs;
Disaster-related funeral and burial costs;
Clothing, household items, tools required for
work and necessary educational materials;
Moving and storage expenses related to the
Other necessary expenses or serious needs as
determined by FEMA.
Also, $431,200 in low-interest
disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and
private nonprofit organizations has been approved by the
U.S. Small Business Administration.
To register for assistance:
Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). If you are deaf,
hard-of-hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY,
call 800-462-7585. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay
Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
The toll free lines operate from 7 a.m.to 10
p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S.
Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to help
with residential and business losses not covered by
insurance. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private
non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund
repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of
replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.
Applying for these loans is also a way to qualify for other
avenues of assistance.
For more information on SBA programs,
applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer
Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing
or visiting SBA’s website at
Persons with speech disability, are deaf or hard-of-hearing
may call TTY (800) 877-8339.