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Wednesday afternoon, the De Queen Board of Education voted to ask voters of the De Queen School District for a millage increase to fund several projects throughout the district.


Ray Beardsley of First Security Financial informed the De Queen Board of Education during a special called meeting that with an 8 mill increase, the district would have $17.46 million dollars for new construction projects, including a new high school.


Beardsley said the district would extend its current 2.3 mills through 2047 and request 8 mills from voters for a total of 35.3 mills, which would be in the lower third of district millages in the state. Currently, the district has the lowest millage in the state.


Board members voted to hold a Special Election on February 9th, 2016 to seek a millage increase.


Superintendent Bruce Hill stated the district will hold some public meetings between now and February to address any concerns district patrons may have.


The new millage would provide $17.46 millions dollars for new construction. $12 million dollars would be used for the construction of a new high school; $600,000 for the Middle School roof; $1 million for a P.E. facility at the Primary; $1 million for four new classrooms at the Primary and Elementary; and $1 million for a multi-purpose building.


Hill said the millage would increase property owners taxes by $21 dollars a month on a home that is appraised at $100,000 and only $12 dollars on a home that is appraised at $50,000. And, he pointed out that all Arkansas homeowners are eligible to receive up to a $350 property tax credit on their homesteads.


The millages for the surrounding districts are: Horatio 44 mills; Cossatot River 44 mills; Dierks 43 mills; Mena 35.9 mills; Ashdown 35.7 mills; and Foreman 35.5 mills.


Hill said he also appreciated the turnout Tuesday night during the public meeting.


The next meeting of the De Queen Board of Education will be December 8th at 5:30 p.m.





Submitted by KMTB – Jonathan Canaday


The Howard Memorial Hospital Board of Directors approved three new growth initiatives during their meeting this week.


Radiology Director Stacy Harberson presented information on developing an outpatient Radiology Center in De Queen at the Walk-In Clinic, which currently has an x-ray room that is not being used. Harberson said Howard Memorial receives a large volume of patients from De Queen and that many patients are unhappy with the turn around time for receiving radiology results.


According to the hospital's chief executive officer, Debra Wright, the space will be leased and will include new digital equipment that's similar to Howard Memorials.


The Walk-In Clinic is open 54 hours a week and about seven additional employees will be needed.


Chief Financial Officer Bill Craig said the hospital expects to break even within one year of operation, with an estimation of just over 5,000 procedures. He said the actual number should be above 7,000 procedures with an average revenue estimate of $230 per procedure.


Wright said the clinic staff would send patients to Howard Memorial for any additional services or screening that might be needed. She also explained this move would help protect Howard Memorials market share in the De Queen area.


It's estimated the project will cost the hospital around $182,000. 





Payton Hibbs and Ethan Wolcott were inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club on October 24th in Little Rock.


Hibbs had the Grand Champion Full-blood Boer Buck and Wolcott had the Grand Champion Toggenburg Junior Doe at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show.


The awards were presented by Arkansas Farm Bureau Executive Vice-President Rodney Baker.


The club is an award program recognizing junior livestock exhibitors who earned championship honors at the Arkansas State Fair.






Tuesday, November 10th, Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer David Hall and Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon were patrolling in De Queen when they observed a suspect that they knew had an active warrant.


Officers made a traffic stop after they observed the truck cross the center line and Officer Hall immediately placed 31-year-old Michael Elmore of De Queen into custody on the outstanding warrant.


Deputy Davignon spoke with the driver of the truck, 21-year-old Raymond Bell of Gillham and the other passenger in the truck, 27-year-old Johanna Souther of De Queen.


Davignon reported he also noticed a 1-year-old child in the floor board of the truck and asked Bell if he could search the vehicle.


After receiving permission from Bell, officers found a glass smoking pipe that is commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, with a white residue inside it. They also found a small zip lock bag that contained two smaller clear plastic bags with suspected meth in them and a clear bag of suspected marijuana under the passenger seat where Elmore was sitting.


Officers continued to search the truck and found a metal marijuana smoking pipe under the driver's seat. While searching Souther's purse, officers found a small black container with a small amount of suspected marijuana and a razor blade in it.


Allegedly, Elmore said all of the items that were found under the seats were his, except for the metal marijuana pipe.


Elmore was taken to the Sevier County jail on the outstanding warrant and charged with possession of methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Bell and Souther were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.






The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade has been scheduled for Saturday, December 5th at 6 p.m. and the chamber is asking stores and restaurants to stay open late, so customers will have the opportunity to shop for Christmas.


The Chamber’s Sixth Annual Festival of the Trees will be held on the Courthouse Square. All trees should be decorated by 5 p.m. Friday, December 4th. Call Zebbie Launius at 584-4471, to reserve a tree or for more information


Vendors will be set up before and after the parade. Free spaces are available for Chamber members, non-profit organizations, and churches.


This year’s theme is “An Arkansas Christmas.” Floats, antique cars, tractors, horses and marching groups are invited to make the parade a great success.


Santa will arrive during the parade and will be in his house following the parade to visit with area children.


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






Brennan, Aubrey and Jacob Seymour of the Lakeside 4-H Club announced their club is accepting applications until November 18th for the 2015 Angel Tree.


Angels will be placed on the tree November 25th and Debbie Jones stated all angels will receive gifts, but the club would appreciate the public's help.


For more information, call Wilma Morris at 642-3352.





Tuesday night, the De Queen Public School District held a public meeting to discuss the facility needs of the district.


Assistant Superintendent Paul Shelton reported the meeting was well attended and everyone had a positive response to the district's recommendations.


Shelton said the meeting focused on 18 million dollars worth of projects throughout the district.


Shelton said they were planning to build a new high school, repair the roof on the Middle School, add some classrooms at the Primary and Elementary and a new P.E. facility on the Primary campus.


The De Queen Board of Education met at noon Wednesday and voted to asked the residents of the De Queen District to approve a millage increase from 27.3 mills, which is the lowest millage in the state to 35.3 mills, which would put the district's millage in the middle of area districts, to fund the proposed projects.






Sevier County Judge Greg Ray informed members of the Sevier County Quorum Court Monday afternoon that the Arkansas Association of County Judges passed a resolution at a recent meeting opposing the transfer of state highways to the counties.


Ray also reported Sevier County is also the only county in Arkansas to be using pavement markers on county roads. He said the county started using the markers during a pilot program about two years ago.


To report road conditions to the County Judge's office call, 642-2425.






Horatio First Baptist Church has been designated a collection center for the shoe boxes for the annual Operation Christmas Child for the Samaritans Purse organization that was founded by Franklin Graham.


Samaritans Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.


Shoe boxes may be filled with toys, clothes, hard candy and hygiene items for children who will not get any other Christmas gifts. But, you can send socks, t-shirts, hats, sunglasses and school supplies. You may also include a personal note and a picture of you and or your family and the child may write back to you.


You are asked not to pack war related items like; knives, toy guns, toy soldiers, or chocolate.


Shoe boxes will be sent all over the world and they will contain information on how to become a Christian in their native language.


Horatio First Baptist Church will be collecting shoe boxes on Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th from 5 to 7 p.m.; on Wednesday, November 18th from 4 to 6 p.m.; on Thursday, November 19th and Friday, November 20th from 5 to 7 p.m.; on Saturday, November 21st from 10 a.m. to noon; on Sunday, November 22nd from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Monday, November 23rd from 9 to 11 a.m.


If you have any questions, contact Liz Trimble at 870-279-1219.






Little River County Judge Mike Cranford reported Tuesday afternoon that the Little River County Quorum Court met Monday morning prior to the county's Veteran's Day Celebration. Cranford said the event is held annually and this year the speaker was Retired Air Force Major Gary O'Day.


Cranford said 2015 was an unusual year, but he feels good about what the county was able to accomplish, even if it isn't always popular.


Cranford said the Quorum Court passed the 2016 budget Monday during their November meeting and it includes a three percent raise for county employees.


Cranford also pointed out this year's budget will have a reasonable carryover for the next year.


Cranford also informed KDQN that the county should start receiving some FEMA payments in the near future.


The December meeting of the Little River County Quorum Court will be December 14th at 10 a.m. 






Celeste Scarborough of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is currently working with the third, fourth and fifth grade students at L.F. Henderson Intermediate School on SNAP education.


SNAP stands for Smart Nutrition, Active People and the program is designed to have at least five nutrition education sessions with the students this year.


The curriculum this year is "Pick a Better Snack."  Pick a Better Snack focuses on nutrition education about fruits and vegetables. Each month, the lesson will highlight a fruit or vegetable, the nutrition behind that fruit or vegetable and discuss the reason we all need to eat a wide variety of colors of fruits and vegetables each day. During each lesson, the children get to taste test the fruits and vegetables.


In September, they tasted fresh sliced zucchini and tomatoes with a side of low-fat ranch dressing. For October, they tasted red, green and purple grapes.


Another focus of the program is physical activity with the goal for children to get up and play for at least 60-minutes every day. During the October lesson with the fourth graders, they were able to use activity cubes to get 15-minutes of exercise in with the nutrition lesson. The kids rolled dice to get a number and activity to do. For example, one may say 12 and the other may say jumping jacks, so the class will do 12-jumping jacks.


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Modern gun deer season begins on Saturday in Arkansas. An estimated 500,000 hunters are expected to be out hunting during opening weekend alone. Eley Talley, a biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission regional office in Perrytown says the deer harvest is going well so far.


Talley says the herd has been healthy and that diseases seen in Texas and Missouri have not yet made their way into the state. He cautions hunters to be careful this weekend and to wear hunter orange.


Deer hunting is a $370 million dollar industry in the Natural State. There is also more than 3 million acres of huntable public land in Arkansas. to view the latest harvest numbers, you may logon to



MINERAL SPRINGS – For the 11th year in a row, UA Cossatot provided lunch to the participants of the Disabled Youth Hunt on the Jones Ranch located near Mineral Springs. 

The hunt is sponsored each year by the Southern Sportsmen Foundation in partnership with the Starch Creek Hunting Club.  The Southern Sportsman Foundation is a group of enthusiasts who share their love of the outdoors with people who have disabilities, including children and veterans.   Each year, they prove to be dedicated to raise funds to help provide exceptional outdoor activities for people who have missed out on the kinds of experiences that can provide memories and enjoyment for a lifetime. 

Each year during the hunt, UA Cossatot provide a grilled hamburger lunch to all of the hunters and the guides. 




Monday afternoon, County Judge Greg Ray informed the members of the Sevier County Quorum Court that Sevier County had received its first reimbursement payment from FEMA for the storm cleanup, last spring. Ray said the county received $35,000 from FEMA but FEMA still owes the county about $200,000.


JPs approved the transfer of $30,000 from the county's asphalt line item to the sand and gravel line item to help repair county roads after the recent rains washed away all the gravel. Ray said he appreciated the county bus drivers for letting him know where gravel is needed.


Quorum Court members also authorized Judge Ray to apply for an Arkansas Economic Development Commission grant for the Provo Community, so the volunteer fire department can build a pavilion.


JPs passed an ordinance to levy the real and personal property taxes for 2015, which will be paid in 2016 and County Treasurer Risa Krantz reported the county owes about $1.4 million dollars on the county jail bonds, but should pay them off about 4 years early.






De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley announced there was be a public meeting in the De Queen High School cafeteria Tuesday night.


The fourth and fifth grade classes will be performing their class plays on Friday, November 13th and Friday, November 20th. Whatley said the fourth graders will be performing "Rock-n-Roll" and the fifth graders will be performing "Go Galileo.”


Next week, the De Queen Middle School will be holding a Career Day event with guest speakers sharing information about their careers.


Superintendent Bruce Hill also announced the De Queen School District will be hosting a senior citizen Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday, November 19th at 11:30 in the elementary cafeteria.


For more information about upcoming events on your child's campus, call the school office.






Mia Johnson is a senior at Ashdown High School and the daughter of Jan Johnson of Ashdown and Trey Johnson of Crockett, Texas. Johnson has been named the outstanding female Scholar-Athlete in the first phase of the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards program.


The program highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.


Johnson was selected as a 2015 school winner. She is a three-year letterman in softball, plays volleyball, is a member of the National Honor Society and will be an Honor Graduate.


Johnson is a member of the Ashdown Church of Christ and plans to attend Southern Arkansas University in the fall.











Little River County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two people in connection with the death of an Ashdown resident last month.


Last month, deputies were notified around 8:30 p.m., on October 9th that there had been a shooting on Highway 32 West in Ashdown. When officers arrived, they found the body of Matthew Stewart sitting in a chair with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.


According to the incident report, 23-year-old Aaron Rhodes and 20-year-old Courtney Clemensen told deputies that Stewart shot himself, but a couple of days later while being interviewed by the Arkansas State Police, Rhodes allegedly changed his story. Reportedly, he told investigators that he accidentally shot Stewart while playing with the gun.


Rhodes allegedly told investigators that Stewart was sitting in a chair in the living room texting on his phone. Rhodes stated he was smoking marijuana and decided to pick up the gun and started playing with it.


Allegedly, the gun went off and the bullet struck Stewart on the top of his head.


According the arrest warrant, Clemensen wiped the fingerprints off the gun and picked up the shell casing before the police arrived.


Rhodes and Clemensen were arrested Friday and Rhodes is being charged with manslaughter and Clemensen is being charged with tampering with evidence.


Clemensen is being held in the Sevier County jail and Rhodes is being held in the Little River County jail.


The incident is still under investigation by the Arkansas State Police. 






The following Sevier County residents filed for office during the filing period for the March 1st, 2016 Primary election and Non-Partisan Judicial Election.


Sevier County Sheriff and Collector: Robert Gentry (D).

County Judge: Greg Ray (D)

County Clerk: Debbie Akin (D)

County Treasurer: Risa Krantz (D)

County Assessor: Judy Smith (D)

Circuit Clerk: Kathy Smith (D)

County Coroner: Ronald Williams (D)


Justice of the Peace:

District 1: Earl Battiest (D)

District 2: Charles Keels (D)

District 3: Roxy Stephens (D)

District 4: David Wright (D)

District 5: Roger Whitmore (D)

District 6: Angie Walker (I)

District 7: Michael Archer (D)

District 9: Greg Wright (I)



Monroe Township: Kim Culp

Bear-Creek Township: Steve Stewart


District 4 Representative:

DeAnn Vaught (R) - incumbent

Fonda Hawthorne (D)






The following Little River County residents filed for office during the filing period for the March 1st, 2016 Primary election and Non-Partisan Judicial Election.


County Judge: Mike Cranford (D)

Circuit Clerk: Lauren Abney (D)

County Clerk: Deanna Sivley (D)

County Treasurer: Dayna Guthrie (D)

County Assessor: Allie Rosenbaum (D)

Sheriff and Collector:

Bobby Walraven (R)

Gary Gregory (D)

Michael Matthews (D)

County Coroner: Roddy Jack III (D)

County Surveyor: Ronald Patterson (D)


Justice of the Peace:

District 1:

Larry Broomfield (D)

Al Austin (R)

Douglas Eyraud (R)

District 2: Larry Cowling (D)

District 3: Keith Pullen (D)

District 4:

Ricky Bowman (D)

Billy Bob Pounds (R)

District 5: Chuck Davis (D)

District 6: Gene Smithson (D)

District 7: Charles Henderson (D)

District 8:

Daniel Linnett (R)

Phillip Penny (D)

District 9: Bobby Furlow (D)



Caney Township: Wes Tudor (D)

Jackson Township: Eugene Hinton (D)

Franklin Township: Larry Phillips (D)

Arden Township: Marcus Pullen (D)

Red River Township:

Charles Neff (D)

Brandon Kennemore (D)

Johnson Township: T.J. Badgett (D)

Lickcreek Township: Austin Ardwin (D)

Wallace and Richland Township: Anthony Bowman (D)


Ashdown City Aldermen elections:

Ward 1 Position 1: Jill Turner (D)

Ward 1 Position 2: Richard Butler (D)

Ward 2 Position 1: Darrin Adkinson (D)

Ward 2 Position 2:

Lorene Pearson (D)

Shirley Jackson (D)

Sylvia Sims (I)

Ward 3 Position 1: Wayne Reed (D)

Ward 3 Position 2: Jimmy Launius (D)




AHS Theatre would like to invite you to our production of Shrek the Musical Jr. You will LOVE the greatest fairy tale 'never told' as it comes to life in a whole new way in this spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek! Join Shrek (played by senior Kyle Kidd) and his loyal steed Donkey (played by sophomore Corvin Cook), as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona (played by sophomore Laiken Newton). Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad (played by junior Tyler Merrell), a gang of fairytale misfits and a biscuit with attitude, and you've got the must see musical comedy - SHREK THE MUSICAL!

The show will last approximately 60 minutes. Ticket prices are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. The performance will take place at AHS Auditorium, Sunday, November 15, at 2 p.m.
Shrek the Musical Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.



Congratulations to Linda Davis for being chosen the 2015 Teacher of the year.   Davis is described by her principal, Keith Fricks as "always positive" and one who "promotes the fun side of school." He says she is a hard worker, but sees the balance to incorporate fun with the work.  Now in her 18th year as a 4th grade teacher in the Ashdown District, she has sponsored 4th grade Student Council since it began as "School Senate Kids" 12 years ago and has led her students in such school activities as Spring Fling, LFH Olympics, Battle of the Books, Multi-Cultural Days, and Wings 'n' Things. 

She incorporates activities into her classes and through Student Council that teach her students to become community servants by leading them in service projects such as Pound Puppies, Bro. Jim Cross's Walk for Christ, Relay for Life, Veterans Day celebrations, and most recently a fundraising drive to improve their school playground facilities.

Her principal gives her credit for having the vision and says it was "her spark that rallied this wonderful community to come together and create a fantastic playground for our kids."

Embracing the importance of technology, this teacher constantly researches ways to improve her students' skills and engage them in the learning process. She realizes that a teacher is more than a person teaching a subject.  A teacher is someone that teaches the whole child. 

Picture:  Ashdown School District Teacher of the Year and Superintendent Jason Sanders




Friday, November 6th, Patrolman First Class Wayne Baker of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a reported shoplifter.


Baker was informed by a member of the Wal-Mart asset protection team that a Hispanic female, 32-year-old Dalia Jimenez, had taken some merchandise and was attempting to conceal them in her purse.


When Jimenez emptied her purse, she produced $120 worth of unpaid merchandise. Jimenez was charged with shoplifting.


Later Friday afternoon, Sergeant Chad Bradshaw of the De Queen Police Department was contacted by Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Davignon who reported he had a white male in custody who had allegedly stolen several pieces of candy from the E-Z Mart at the 70/71 intersection.


According to the incident report, the suspect told Davignon his name was Josh McCollum, but after running his prints, the officers discovered he was 25-year-old James McCollum and he had outstanding felony warrants in Fort Smith.


McCollum was charged with shoplifting and obstruction of government operations.


Saturday afternoon, Sergeant Gary Cunningham was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter.


According to a Wal-Mart asset protection team member, she witnessed the suspect, 37-year-old Dennis Terrel of Ashdown, take off his clothes and put on a pair of red shorts, blue jeans and a hoodie and then put his clothes back on over the stolen items.


Terrel was charged with shoplifting and criminal trespass because he’s been trespassed from Wal-Mart on four separate occasions.






During the October meeting of the Foreman Board of Education, Superintendent George Kennedy recommended the board approve the district's new iTunes policy.


According to Kennedy, the policy states if a teacher requests an App that requires payment through iTunes, an App request form must be submitted to the district's technology department and the technology department will purchase the App using the school's email and iTunes account.


Kennedy stated this will allow all purchases to be made through the Apple Volume Purchasing Program for school districts.


Kennedy said the policy also states that teachers may download and install free Apps, but settings on the school iPads may not be changed to allow teachers to make personal App purchases.


Kennedy reported the district is working to establish a leadership team on the Oscar Hamilton Elementary campus and five elementary teachers made presentations during the Arkansas Curriculum Conference earlier this month.






Misty Burke of the Friendship Baptist Church of De Queen announced the church would be holding its Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Day Meal on Thursday, November 26th. She said they will start delivering meals at 10:30 a.m.


Burke said if anyone would like to eat at the church, they are welcome to stop by around 11:30. She said they would like for meal requests to be made by November 18th.


For more information, call the church at 642-5055.






A vehicle was struck by a train last Thursday at the intersection of the KCS Railroad and West Lockes Street in Ashdown, but no one was seriously injured, however, the driver of the vehicle was cited for failure to yield.


According to the police report, a northbound KCS train collided with a 1997 Nissan Maxima about 7 p.m. Thursday evening when 18-year-old Kendrick Wilson of Ogden attempted to cross the tracks in front of the train. Authorities reported Wilson's Maxima was unable to clear the tracks and was struck on the rear passenger side.


KCS reported the train initiated the advance crossing warning horn for 21 seconds before the crossing.


Wilson was treated by Little River County Ambulance Service personnel on the scene, but was not taken to a medical facility.


The train had 50 cars and had a stopping distance of 880 feet from the point of impact.




Grace Harris of Horatio was inducted October 24 into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club in Little Rock.  Harris had the Grand Champion Maintainer Heifer and the Senior Commercial Heifer Showmanship at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Rodney Baker, Arkansas Farm Bureau executive vice president, presented the award.

The club is an awards program recognizing junior livestock exhibitors who earned championship honors at the Arkansas State Fair. It is sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.







Sevier County Department of Human Services Supervisor, Toni Arbour, announced, it's impossible to provide Christmas gifts for all of the foster children in the county without the public's help, due to the department’s limited funds.


Arbour stated county residents may contact the DHS office and request to sponsor a child or children. She said they will provide residents with sizes and the child's wish list.


Arbour said gifts need to be delivered to the DHS office by December 7th, so staff members will be able to deliver the gifts in time for the holidays. She said all gifts will need to have a label on it with the child's ID number and a list of the contents.


Donations may also be made at the Bear State Bank into the Sevier County Cherub Fund.


For more information, call the Sevier County Department of Human Services at 870-642-2623.






Sevier County Clerk Debbie Akin announced one candidate filed on Thursday of last week. Roger Whitmore filed for the position of Justice of the Peace of District 5 as a (D).


As of noon last Friday, Debbie Akin had filed for the position of County Clerk as a (D); Michael Archer filed for the position of Justice of the Peace for District 7 as a (D); and Kim Culp filed for the position of constable for the Monroe Township as a (D).


The 2016 candidate filing period ends at noon on Monday, November 9th and all candidates must furnish written evidence that they have paid all party filing fees and all party pledges to the County Clerk's office.


The Primary election and Non-Partisan Judicial Election is March 1st, 2016. The last day to register to vote in the Primary election is February 1st.






Thursday, November 5th, the Little River County Chamber of Commerce held its 2015 Membership and Awards Banquet in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.


Arkansas Tourism Director Joe David Rice was the guest speaker and he shared information about how tourism helps the economy of the state.


Chamber members also presented awards to the Foreman and Ashdown Teachers of the Year.


Darren Cooper was named the Foreman Teacher of the Year. Cooper is the director of the Foreman marching and concert bands and he teaches vocal music and music appreciation.


Linda Davis was named the Ashdown Teacher of the Year. Davis teaches Fourth grade and has sponsored the Fourth grade Student Council for the past 12 years.


The 2015 Renovation Award was given to the Central Baptist Church.


The New Construction Award went to Shelter Insurance agent Joey Bailey.


The Small Business of the Year is Hillis Family Dentistry and the Large Business of the Year is the Ashdown Public School District. The 2015 School, Community or Non-profit Award was given to the Domtar Community Advisory Team.


Calvin and Lena Seymour of the Ashdown Pound Puppies were named the 2015 Clayton Castleman Public Services Award winners and Wynell Choate was named the 2015 Steve Pearce Citizen of the Year.


 Click Here for winner's photos




Tuesday night, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Wolcott was patrolling in the Beacon Hill and Red Bridge Road area, when he witnessed a Ford Mustang travel across the center line on several occasions. 


Wolcott pulled the vehicle over on Highway 329 just east of De Queen, for suspicion of driving under the influence. Wolcott was assisted by Deputies Greg Davignon and Chad Dowdle.


Deputy Davignon asked the driver, 19-year-old Truett Wilson of Horatio, to get out of the car and take a portable breath test. After the test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .04, Wilson admitted that he had drank a few beers. One of the passengers, 20-year-old Andrea Battiest of Horatio also admitted to drinking.


Deputies Davignon and Dowdle then conducted a search of the vehicle and found two open beer containers under the front seats and a metal marijuana grinder that contained suspected marijuana in the pouch located on the back of the passenger seat.


Wilson allegedly admitted the grinder was his and he was taken into custody and charged with underage driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, minor in possession of alcohol and driving left of center.


Battiest was cited for possession of alcohol and drinking on the highway.


The third passenger was a minor female and she was released into the custody of her uncle.





Sevier County 4-H’ers were honored during the annual Sevier County 4-H Awards Banquet on October 26th at the De Queen Church of Christ.

The banquet theme was ‘4-H Round-Up.’ State 4-H Ambassador and Sevier County 4-H’er, Aaron Morris was the master of ceremonies. He is the son of Ronald and Kim Morris of De Queen. The Cloverbuds opened the program with the pledge of allegiance. The 4-H pledge was led by the junior and senior 4-H members. A slide show detailing all the activities and events that 4-H members participated in from the previous year was presented by all of the 4-H’ers and awards were presented for record books and activity participation.

The activity participation awards went to: Parker Stewart, Paydon Stewart, Pace Frachiseur, Max Rosson, Jacob Seymour, Blake Sawyer, Jake Sawyer, Attalee Frachiseur, Brayden Frachiseur, Hunter Frachiseur, Evin Frachiseur, Landon Frachiseur, Raegan Frachiseur, Brady Haarmeyer, Brennen Seymour, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Morris, Marcus Rosson, Lexy Rosson, Amber Morris, Sydney Hill, Daniel Beck and Aubrey Seymour.

The Record Book Awards were presented to: Brady Haarmeyer, Evin Frachiseur, Hunter Frachiseur, Attalee Frachiseur, Pace Frachiseur, Grant Wilson, Aaron Morris, Aubrey Syemour, Zoe Helms, Brayden Frachiseur, Kynadee Helms, Jacob Seymour, Landon Frachiseur, Raegan Frachiseur, Carlee Helms, Amber Morris, Brennen Seymour and Ethan Wolcott.

A silent auction raised over $1,000 dollars for 4-H activities.


4-H Activity Participation Awards

Front Row L-R:  Parker Stewart, Paydon Stewart, Pace Frachiseur, Max Rosson, Jacob Seymour

2nd Row L-R:  Blake Sawyer, Jake Sawyer, Attalee Frachiseur, Brayden Frachiseur, Hunter Frachiseur, Evin Frachiseur, Landon Frachiseur, Raegan Frachiseur, Brady Haarmeyer.

Back Row L-R:  Brennen Seymour, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Morris, Marcus Rosson, Lexy Rosson, Amber Morris, Sydney Hill, Daniel Beck, Aubrey Seymour


4-H Record Book Awards

Front L-R:  Brady Haarmeyer, Evin Frachiseur, Hunter Frachiseur, Attalee Seymour, Pace Frachiseur, Grant Wilson

2nd Row L-R:  Aaron Morris, Aubrey Seymour, Zoe Helms, Brayden Frachiseur, Kynadee Helms, Jacob Seymour, Landon Frachiseur, Raegan Frachiseur

Back Row L-R:  Carlee Helms, Amber Morris, Brennen Seymour, Ethan Wolcott



Wednesday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day and it’s the day we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and several area schools and organizations are hosting ceremonies to commemorate the day.

Ashdown Senior Melissa Stanton announced this week that the Ashdown Junior High School will host a Veteran’s Day breakfast in the junior high cafeteria from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11th.

And, UA Cossatot will host a Veteran’s Day Celebration on the De Queen campus at the Automotive Building which is located on the far Southwest corner of the campus on Wednesday, November 11th at 10:30 a.m.

Last year, the UA Cossatot celebration was attended by over 100 people who honored our local veterans. Entertainment will be provided by Caroline Collins, fifth grade students from the De Queen Elementary School.

Light refreshments will be served and all veterans are invited along with the public to honor our servicemen and women.





Sevier County Clerk Debbie Akin announced one candidate filed for a local office on Tuesday. Earl Battiest filed for the position of Justice of the Peace, District 1 on the Sevier County Quorum Court,(D).


On Wednesday, Steve Stewart filed for the position of Bear Creek - Constable (D); Ronald Williams filed for the position of County Coroner (D); and David Wright filed for the position of Justice of the Peace, District 4 on the Sevier County Quorum Court (D).


The 2016 candidate filing period ends at noon on Monday, November 9th and all candidates must furnish written evidence that they have paid all party filing fees and all party pledges to the County Clerk's office.


The Primary election and Non-Partisan Judicial Election is March 1st, 2016. The last day to register to vote in the Primary election is February 1st.






Governor Asa Hutchinson announced this week that he intends to grant 12 pardons and restore firearm rights to one person.


An additional 48 clemency requests were denied, including request from inmates and non-inmates.


The 12 applicants that Hutchinson intends to pardon have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and paid all fines that were related to their sentences. However, there is a 30-day waiting period so the governor's office can receive feedback from the public.


Governor Hutchinson announced he intends to pardon two area residents including Jeri Spoo of Nashville. Spoo was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, methamphetamine in 1998 in Howard County. The other resident is Crystal Taylor of Horatio who was convicted in 2005 for forgery in the second degree in Howard County.






Wednesday morning, Lockesburg Lions Club members Susie Thompson and Terry Chapman reported the club is accepting applications from Lockesburg children for their annual Angel Tree program.


Thompson said applications may be picked up at the Bank of Lockesburg, the Lockesburg City Hall, Nadine's Cafe, the Lockesburg Grocery and the Lockesburg branch of the First State Bank.


Thompson stated the club is also selling raffle tickets on an ice chest full of Arkansas Razorback memorabilia, including two tickets to the November 21st Razorback football game.


Thompson said they are also holding a ‘That's my Pan’ fundraiser online.


If you are interesting in joining the Lockesburg Lion's club, Thompson said you should attend one of their meetings.


For more information, call 289-4071.






Sevier County Museum Director Karen Mills announced Wednesday morning that the museum's community theater will present its first play on Saturday, November 14th at 7 p.m. in the Museum Annex.


Mills stated the Hoo-Rah City Players will present the one-act play, "The Monkey's Paw." She said the play is staged around the 1930's and is quite suspenseful.


To purchase tickets for $2 each or for more information about joining the Hoo-Rah City Players, contact the Sevier County Museum at 642-6642.






Arkansas' special youth modern gun hunt is this weekend, November 7th and 8th. Youth between the ages of 6 to 15 may hunt deer with no antler restrictions.


This hunt gives young hunters the opportunity to enjoy the sport of deer hunting. Arkansas Game and Fish commission Deer Program Coordinator Cory Gray said the number of hunters has been declining as video games and other youth activities compete for their time. He said this youth hunt is a great recruitment opportunity whereby children can experience a mentored hunt when there is little or no hunting pressure.


Almost 9,700 deer were harvested during last year's youth hunt weekend.






A Texas woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a high speed pursuit in Little River County.


According to the Arkansas Highway Police, Stacy Simpson was stopped by an Arkansas Highway Police officer for having expired tags. During the traffic stop, the officer was informed that the Suburban's owner was wanted for child abduction and for interfering with child custody.


According to the report, the driver then sped away on U.S. Highway 71 North through Wilton and into Sevier County before turning around on Melrose Lane. The pursuit then continued back into Little River County.


Law enforcement officials were informed there might be children in the vehicle and that the driver might be armed.


Officers conducted a rolling roadblock to stop the vehicle about 4 p.m. near the Ayers Cleaners and EZ-Mart in Ashdown.


Simpson was taken into custody and is being held in the Sevier County jail.


Officers also discovered five girls between the ages of 12 months to 12-years of age in the Suburban. The children were placed in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.


The investigation has been turned over to the Arkansas State Police.





Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, alderman approved an ordinance waiving competitive bidding for the purchase of a 100-HP pump and motor and a 200-HP pump and motor for the high lift station on Stilwell Avenue. Alderman also voted to allow Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt to purchase smoke alarms with a $435 donation from Fred's Department Store.


After aldermen heard the budget requests for the sewer department, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy asked aldermen to consider making an extra payment on the city's sewer loan.


McKelvy also announced the city will be receiving $250,000 in State aid for next summer's street paving project.


After hearing the budget requests from the sanitation department, Alderman Gary Casey stated the city needs to be looking at areas that need to be cleaned or repaired and see if city workers could be doing more to clean up the city. He also suggested city workers start cleaning the drainage ditches to help stop streets from flooding.


Mayor McKelvy reported the state has agreed to give the city 26 8-yard dumpsters, but the city will have to pick them up in Eureka Springs.


Alderman will continue working on the 2016 budget, during their November 17th meeting.






Andy Daniels of Ashdown High School was recognized as an Outstanding Scholar-Athlete in the first phase of the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards program.


Daniels was named the school winner at Ashdown. The Heisman Award highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.


Ashdown High School Principal Kay York stated the district was honored to have Daniels recognized as one of the country's top student-athletes.


Daniels has played varsity football for two-years and baseball for three. He is taking all Honors Classes and will graduate with honors this coming May. He is an active member of the Ashdown First Baptist Church and a member of the Student Activity Leadership Team, an Eagle Scout and a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society.


Daniels plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in engineering next fall. He is the son of Joe and Robin Daniels.







The Sevier County Rescue Unit will be holding its annual Toys for Tots fundraiser this Friday at the Sevier County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m.


Rescue Unit member Mac McDaniels explained how the program started years before he joined started cooking for the fundraiser in 1992.


Mac said the Bill Powers Band will be providing the entertainment this year, but there will still be an auction by Jimmy Ray Gentry after the meal.


Mac said applications will be put out prior to this year's De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade in De Queen, which is Friday, December 5th.


Mac said they provided gifts to about 260 kids last year, but the number of applications increases every year.


For more information, call Mac at the Sevier County Housing Authority at 642-2960.






On Sunday, November 1st, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department observed a vehicle on Vandervoort Street with a brake light out, so he made a traffic stop near the intersection of Ninth and Locke.


The driver was identified as 18-year-old Emilio Rios and Browning reported Rios appeared intoxicated.


After Rios failed a series of field sobriety test, he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.


Later that day, Browning observed a male subject that he knew as Juan Hernandez pulling out of the EZ Mart parking lot at the 70/71 intersection. Browning reported he knew Hernandez was wanted on an outstanding warrant.


When Browning pulled Hernandez over, he confirmed with dispatch that Hernandez had a warrant and he was assisted by Patrolman First Class Wayne Baker.


According to court records, Hernandez was wanted for possession of methamphetamine and he was placed into custody. While officers were conducting an inventory of Hernandez's vehicle, they discovered a smoking device and rolling papers in the center console.


Hernandez was arrested on the outstanding warrant and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.



Submitted by Grant Grove


The Chalice Cupboard assisted 53 families in Sevier County during October, including 102 adults and 49 children, totaling 151 people.  They received food distribution totaling 1,174 lb. from donated and purchased food.


Saint Barbara Catholic Church donated 49 pounds and individuals donated 116 lbs., totaling 165 pounds.  Selected food items purchased for the pantry totaled 494 pounds.  Total food added during October was 659 pounds.


The bank balance on October 1, 2015 was $2,539.77.  Deposits for the month were $35.00.   $488.34 was spend replenishing food items for the pantry.  The bank balance on October 31, 2105 was $2,086.43.


At the present time, one or more persons living in Sevier County may receive needed food at the Chalice Cupboard located at 315 N. Fifth Street in De Queen on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 pm until 3:15 pm.  Food is given to those requesting assistance only once each three months during the period of the year.


First quarter, January through March; second quarter, April through June; third quarter, July through September; or fourth quarter, October through December.


Non-perishable items, such as canned fruit and vegetables, help both young and older people in need.





Sevier County Clerk Debbie Akin announced seven candidates filed for local offices on Monday, including Robert Gentry (D) for the office of Sheriff and Collector; Kathy Smith (D) for the office of Circuit Clerk; Judy Smith (D) for the office of County Assessor; Risa Krantz (D) for the office of County Treasurer; Charles Keels (D) for the District 2 position on the Quorum Court; Roxy Stephens (D) for the District 3 position on the Quorum Court and Angie Walker (I) for the District 6 position on the Quorum Court.


In Little Rock, DeAnn Vaught filed for re-election as a Republican and Fonda Hawthorne of Little River County filed as a Democratic candidate for the District 4 Representative seat.


The 2016 candidate filing period ends at noon on Monday, November 9th and all candidates must furnish written evidence that they have paid all party filing fees and all party pledges to the County Clerk's office.


The Primary election and Non-Partisan Judicial Election is March 1st, 2016. The last day to register to vote in the Primary election is February 1st.





MyPulseNews by Melanie Buck


Polk County Sheriff's Deputies apprehended a shooting suspect out of McCurtain County, Oklahoma Sunday night just north of Hatfield on Highway 71.


According to Chief Deputy Scott Sawyer, the Polk County Sheriff's Department received a call from the McCurtain County Sheriff's Department around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, stating 42-year-old Kenneth Scott of De Queen was wanted for allegedly shooting his girlfriend at a family member's house in Millerton, Oklahoma and for fleeing the scene.


Polk County deputies were given a description of Scott's vehicle and they were informed that he may be headed toward Polk County, because he has some family living there.


Sawyer said around midnight, deputies spotted the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, but Scott led Deputies Seth Smith, Jim Smith and Sawyer on a short pursuit before pulling over. Scott was then taken into custody without any further incident.


Sawyer reported Scott was charged with fleeing and careless driving in Polk County.


According to the McCurtain County Sheriff's Captain Lori Bray, the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office received a call from the McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, stating they were treating a female with a gun shot wound to her right arm around her elbow.


The female was identified as 33-year-old Julie Hice of Ashdown and she informed deputies that she and Scott were in an on-again, off-again relationship.


The case is still under investigation and has been turned over to the McCurtain County's Domestic Violence Division.


According to the McCurtain County District Attorney's office, Scott has been charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and is being held on a $250,000 bond.






De Queen Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley announced the senior class play will be this Thursday at 12:45 p.m. and Friday night is Senior Night at the Leopard and Bulldog football game.


Some other upcoming events in the De Queen district are the Fourth grade musical, "Rock-n-Roll" on Friday, November 13th at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium and the De Queen Middle School will have a Career Day, on Wednesday, November 18th with several guest speakers visiting with students about their careers.


For information about activities on the campuses of the De Queen School District, contact your child's school office.






De Queen Board of Education President Randy Hedge announced Monday night during the board's monthly meeting that Board Member Skip Bell has earned the Arkansas School Board Association's Pinnacle Award.


According to Superintendent Bruce Hill, Bell has earned over 200 hours of school board member training. Bell has served on the De Queen and Lockesburg school boards for 20 years.


Superintendent Hill told KDQN that De Queen has a dedicated school board and he stated the district is very proud of Bell's accomplishment.


Band Director Jeff Attaway presented three bids for new band instruments to the board and board members approved the bid from Conn Selmer for the amount of $103,000. Hill said this will give every band student a new instrument.


Hill also announced the district will be hosting a community wide senior adult Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday, November 19th at 11:30 a.m. in the De Queen Elementary cafeteria.


Board members also accepted Hill's recommendation to purchase the district's Errors and Omissions Insurance from the Arkansas School Board Association.






A Little River County jail administrator has been arrested and charged with sexual assault in the fourth degree and furnishing prohibited articles for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.


Former jail administrator Mary Gibson allegedly let Steven Carmack who is an inmate in the Little River County Jail out of his cell on several occasions between May and August of 2015.


According to the allegation, Gibson would let Carmack out of his cell after 5 p.m. and the two would walk to an area in the jail to smoke cigarettes and kiss.


The affidavit states Gibson also furnished Carmack with food that she purchased from the Olive Garden, Long John Silver and Herbs. It also alleges she let Carmack out of his cell and they would have dinner together on the courthouse lawn.


Little River County Sheriff Gary Gregory announced Gibson has been suspended without pay and is being held in the Lafayette County jail on a $20,000 bond. 






The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce's annual Tour de Queen is this Saturday at 8 a.m. beginning at the chamber office on Stilwell Ave. There will be a 15, 25, 36, and 47 mile ride and the registration cost is $30.


Chamber co-chairman of the Tour de Queen Patrick Massey asked residents along the bike route to please put up their dogs and for drivers to watch for bike riders.


Massey said there will be no awards given because this event is not a timed race. He also said all riders must wear a helmet and all riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


For more information, contact Massey at 582-5746.






During the October meeting of the Dierks Board of Education, Superintendent Holly Cothern reported she was considering using portable buildings to use as two classrooms. After a short discussion, board members advised Cothern to submit a bid for the portable buildings and to secure an estimate to have the buildings moved.


Board members also approved two resolutions allowing the district to conduct business with Rea-Mac Construction, which is owned by board president Todd Moore and the Glass Shop, which is owned by board member Jeffrey Mounts.


Board members also finalized the district's professional development policy, as well as the transfer of one student to the Horatio School District.






The 2016 candidate filing period is underway and will continue until Monday, November 9th and candidate forms can be found on the Arkansas Secretary of State website at


All candidates will be required to file written evidence for payment of all party filing fees and all party pledges to the County Clerk before noon on Monday, November 9th. Other forms will be completed in the Clerk's office after the filing fees have been paid.


The filing schedule for Sevier County Democrats will be today through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon and on Monday, November 9th from 11 a.m. to noon. The filing fee for democrats will be as follows: for the offices of County Judge and Sheriff, $1,200; Circuit Clerk, County Clerk, Treasurer and County Assessor, $1,000; Justice of the Peace, $57; Constable, $10; County Coroner and County Surveyor, $15; and Central Committee Member, $10.


For more information about the filing for county offices with the Democratic Party in Sevier County, call 870-279-1306.


The Preferential Primary and Non-Partisan Judicial Election is set for March 1st, 2016 and the deadline to register to vote in the March 1st election is February 1st, 2016.






On Thursday, October 29th, a pursuit ended in a field off Summerhill Road in Texarkana that started in Little River County after the suspect lost control of his vehicle and got stuck.


The pursuit of 31-yearold Kendaris Burris of Ashdown started when officers with the Little River County Sheriff's Department and the Ashdown Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop because they suspected Burris was wanted on felony warrants.


Burris reportedly led officers onto County Road 2320 off Highway 71 and then proceeded onto Summerhill Road.


Arkansas authorities were assisted by members of the Bowie County Sheriff's Office, the Texarkana, Texas Police Department and the Texas State Police.


Burris was arrested by Officer Josh Armstrong of the Texarkana Police Department after he witnessed Burris running from the disabled vehicle.


Burris has been charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest and on an Arkansas parole violation warrant.






Investigators with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office are looking for suspects who broke into the UA Cossatot Lockesburg campus.


Around October 6th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Wendell Randall took a report from Vice-Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade.


Kinkade reported a maintenance employee went into the old Lockesburg High School building to pick up some supplies that they were going to use for some repairs and discovered the building had been broken into.


Kinkade stated when he arrived they entered several rooms and there was broken glass, books scattered around the rooms and paint poured out on the floor. He said they also found a door on the West side of the building that was open.

Investigators took photos of the damage along with a chalkboard that had several names and miscellaneous things written on it.


The incident is still under investigation and if you have any information concerning this incident, you are being asked to contact the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at 642-2125.






Dee Sanders will be hosting a seminar on Saturday, November 14th from 2 to 5 p.m. in the De Queen High School Auditorium for families who are dealing with family members with drug and alcohol problems entitled Shattered Homes, Defeating the War on Families.


Sanders said volunteers from the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center will be there to discuss the variety of services that they offer here in Sevier County.


Sanders said she hopes to have some people share their personal stories of success when it comes to dealing with family members with drug and alcohol issues.


For more information, visit the website or call 784-0413.






67-year-old Darrell Brown of Horatio passed away Saturday morning in a Little Rock hospital from complications from bladder cancer.


Brown was the first black player to ever suit up for the Arkansas Razorback football team when he walked-on during the 1965 season. Brown played one year and then suffered an injury which led him to focus on his academic studies. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1969 and he graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1972.


After graduating from the university, he set up his law practice in Little Rock where he became a civil rights leader.


Brown also served as the special prosecutor in one of the most notorious criminal investigations in Pulaski County.


Brown had moved back to Horatio prior to his death. 






Thursday, October 29th, UA Cossatot held a luncheon on the De Queen campus to thank area scholarship donors and dignitaries. Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole stated UA Cossatot is a top flight two-year college and he said it was because of the students, donors and the communities that the college serves.


Thursday afternoon, Arkansas Senator Jimmy Hickey and State Representative DeAnn Vaught toured the Ashdown campuses new welding and culinary departments.


Dr. Cole said the welding program on the Ashdown campus has been a work in progress for several years and the college displayed its commitment to the welding program by constructing the new building on the Ashdown campus.


For more information about degrees and certificates at UA Cossatot, visit their website at 



RED BARN BROKEN INTO        11/2/15


On Tuesday, October 27th, the Red Barn on Highway 27, just off Highway 71 was broken into, according to the owner Jimmy Norman of Lockesburg.


Last Tuesday, Norman contacted the Sevier County Sheriff's office and reported someone broke into his business between the time he was there Monday and when he arrived Tuesday morning.


Norman reported when he arrived he discovered a vintage Coke machine was missing from behind the barn. He also found a pile of broken wood that appeared to be from his building on the ground next to the west corner of the building.


He said when he inspected the building closer, he noticed the nails and screws had been removed and there was a hole in the back of the building.


When Norman went inside the building he discovered several items missing including some depression era glassware, DVD movies, video games and antique Timex display case and a lot of other items.


According to the Sevier County Sheriff's office, the incident is still under investigation and if anyone has any information about this incident, you should contact the sheriff's office at 642-2126.






Superintendent Jason Sanders and the Ashdown School District were informed Wednesday that they had won the 2015 Brookshire's ExtraPoint program grand prize of $10,000 dollars for the district's athletic program.


According to Brookshire's, Ashdown residents texted the word 'ASHDOWN' to the number 43101, 11,351 times over the past nine weeks.


Sanders stated he will visit with the district's Leadership Team to determine how they will use the money.


The manager of the Ashdown Brookshire’s store presented Sanders a check Friday night during the Panther’s Homecoming Football game.


The Ashdown School District will hold a public meeting Monday, November 9th at 6 p.m. to discuss the district's 6-Year Masterplan concerning facility recommendations. The meeting will be held in the Support Center on Front Street.





The Civil War was one of the most trying times in our nation’s history. During the Civil War Weekend at the Historic Washington State Park, Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will walk the streets of a town touched by the hand of war.

Park interpreters will interpret the many conflicts of the area when Washington was Arkansas’ Confederate State Capitol.

Re-enactors from across the region will present living history demonstrations, including combat scenarios, throughout the weekend. Guided tours of the many historic homes and buildings of the town will be available, as well as surrey rides.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, contact the Historic Washington State Park by calling 870-983-2684 for visit them on the web at




Carolyn Jones of the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library announced the library’s Food for Fines program will begin November 2nd. She said the library is also partnering with the Arkansas Educational Television Network and holding a Mister Rogers Sweater Driver for the second year in a row.

Katie Culpepper of AETN told KDQN that the sweater drive was a great way to honor the memory of Mister Rogers.

Culpepper explained it’s a sweater drive because Mister Rogers wore a sweater on his show, but people can donate any type warm clothing.

Jones said the De Queen Library collected over 200 items last year and they hope to collect twice that much this year.

For more information, contact the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library.





The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Fall Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, November 7th. The program begins at noon and will continue through 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The program will feature several old favorites as well as a new group.

The always popular Hartley Family from Arkadelphia will be returning and the Hempstead County Melody Boys will once again perform. New this year, however, will be Lindley Creek from Missouri.

The program will be held in the Fair Park Community Center. Chairs will be provided and a concession stand will be serving char-grilled hamburgers, R.C. Colas, Moon Pies, popcorn and more.

The Fair Park Community Center is located on Jones Street on the south side of the park. It can be accessed either off Jones Street or Park Drive off state highway 174 south.

For more information on the festival call the chamber at 870-777-3640 or Mark Keith at 870-826-6737.



The UA Cossatot Rodeo team competed this past weekend, the fourth rodeo of the semester, at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, MO.

The team has three returning members, Marissa Robbins, Mena; Tanner Caudle, Horatio; and Jace Woods, Conway.  The new team members are Dillon Vaught, Mena; Scout Smith, Smithville, OK; Morgan Sweeden, De Queen; and Jared Sullivan, Enola. 

“We are still coming together as a team,” said UA Cossatot Rodeo Coach, Valerie Stone.  “We have had a few students advance to the short go this semester but we are putting in a lot of hours in the practice arena.  We certainly plan to return to the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.”

The Southern Arkansas University Rodeo, the last rodeo of the fall semester, is November 5-7 in Magnolia. 

“We are looking forward to a great rodeo in November and then have a break over the holidays to get ready for the final five rodeos of the season.  Our team traditionally does well during the second semester.  I expect the team to really shine next semester.”  






Ginger Marshall announced this morning that the Fall FuNFest and Awareness Walk has been moved from the De Queen Sportsplex to the Ninth Street gym due to the possibility of inclement weather tomorrow.


Marshall stated her daughter as NF1. She explained NF is a genetic condition, but for more information, she said you can visit the website


Marshall said her family holds one major fundraiser a year, but this year, they held a coin drive at the De Queen Schools and raised $1,700 for research.


The Fall FuNFest and Awareness Walk will begin at 9 a.m. and they will be serving BBQ sandwiches from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.






The First Presbyterian Church of De Queen has been a fixture for generations. However, that presence will be coming to an end on Sunday at 4 p.m. At that time the Presbytery of the Pines will hold a service celebrating the life and witness of the church before declaring the congregation officially dissolved, which is a term used when a church is closed.


Dan Hignight is the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery and he said the De Queen congregation has been a vital part of the community for as long as anyone can remember. He said the members have been active in nearly every aspect of the community and most recently, they have been active in the food bank that is being operated out of the former pastor's house.


Hignight said he knows the faith that was instilled over the years among the people will continue, even if the congregation isn't here. He said like many old main-line denominations, the First Presbyterian congregation has aged and lost numbers, and simply can't continue to support itself.


Hignight said this was the first congregation that he worked with and this is a particularly touching time for him. He said he came to De Queen in the summer of 1978 to work with the youth and children and he has nothing but fond memories of the congregation and the town.


Hignight said the public is invited to participate in the celebration service and show their support to the members.






Horatio High School seniors, Stephanie Rivas and Cassidy Sharp, stopped by the KDQN studios to invite area residents to have supper with the Class of 2016 tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, which is right across the street from the Horatio High School football field. After the supper, the senior football, cheerleader and band members will be honored prior to the game against Glen Rose.


Rivas stated the supper is a fundraiser for the senior class events such as graduation, a class day and a one-day class trip.






Several De Queen residents were arrested late last week on drug and felony charges.


According to the De Queen Police Department, on Thursday, October 22nd, officers were asked to accompany a parole officer for a home visit at a residence at 316 North Fourth Street. There they located the resident and parolee, 29-year-old Shane Branscum.


Police allege that, during a search of the residence, they uncovered a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, as well as, drug paraphernalia.


Branscum was arrested without incident and transported to the Sevier County jail.


Another resident, 30-year-old Jennifer Emfinger, was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, she reportedly admitted to stealing a cell phone from a Pruett's Foods employee while standing in line at the check out. She received an additional charge of misdemeanor theft of property.


During the investigation, officers determined Branscom had been cashing checks belonging to his grandmother without her permission. He was also charged with six felony counts of forgery.


On Saturday, October 24th, officers arrested a third resident of the home, Branscum's mother, Karen Zajac, on an outstanding Oklahoma felony warrant 






The City of Ogden recently received a matching fund grant in the amount of $9,225 through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant program for the purchase and installation of a storm warning siren.


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and a representative from the state's Rural Development Commission and Economic Development Commission Division of the Rural Services attended the ceremony, which was held in the Governor's Reception Room at the state Capitol.


The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development commission to administer the Rural Community Grant program in three cycles each year. Incorporated towns and cities with less than 3,000 people and unincorporated rural areas are eligible to apply for grants up to $15,000.


The deadline to apply for a 2016 second cycle grant is December 4th. For more information, visit





Fall brings cooler temperatures, trees changing colors and Halloween. Many children and families enjoy the excitement and activities surrounding Halloween, including costume parties, haunted houses, hay rides, and, of course, trick-or-treating. But sometimes the excitement of these activities can cause people to forget to be careful.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to remind families of precautions to take to have a safe, fun trick-or-treating outing.

Rutledge released the following tips for parents to help them avoid the unexpected and unnecessary Halloween scares:

Always select flame-resistant materials, masks, beards and wigs and try to avoid baggy sleeves and billowing skirts.

Choose costumes with light or bright colors whenever possible, or trim a darker costume with reflective tape.

To avoid falling, choose costumes that fit well and do not drag on the ground.

Make sure masks fit securely, have adequate ventilation and provide unobstructed views.

Swords, knives and other accessories should be made of soft and flexible materials.

Take children to familiar neighborhoods and approach only homes with outside lighting.

Remind children of everyday safety rules, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, and to look both ways before crossing the street.

Adults should always accompany small children to caution them against running into streets and across lawns or driveways.

Encourage children to wait until they get home to eat candy so adults can inspect the goodies and parents should throw away any treats that are not commercially wrapped or appear to have been tampered with.

Rutledge also wants to remind motorists to keep an eye out for children darting out from between parked cars or walking on roadways or curbs. Drivers should also enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully and watch attentively for children in dark clothing at dusk.




Ruby Vallee is a Cub Scout leader of Pack 54 and she announced they’re selling popcorn and they will be holding their annual Scouting for Food drive.

Vallee said Pack members are selling popcorn to help fund educational trips that scouts take to earn their badges.

Vallee said they were selling several varieties of popcorn and people can also purchase popcorn U.S. military personnel.

Vallee said scouts will be setting up tables in the community over the next several weeks to collect Food for Scouts and to sell popcorn. She said there are currently 20 Cub Scouts in the Pack 54.





Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen heard from three department heads concerning their proposed 2016 budgets.


However, before aldermen started hearing budget request, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported the De Queen Fire Department will be signing automatic mutual aid agreements with the Horatio and Cossatot Volunteer Fire Departments.


Water Superintendent Jeff Brown said the installation of the new SCADA system should start in November and the new 100 horsepower pump and motor is expected to be delivered by mid-January.


Brown also stated the Magnolia water tank will be inspected and cleaned in 2016. Mayor McKelvy said city water tanks are supposed to be inspected every five-years.


Aldermen also approved the purchase of a new concrete saw and a 200 horsepower pump and motor for the Stilwell high-lift station. McKelvy said they wanted to get the new pump ordered because it will take about eight-weeks for it to be delivered.


Assistant Chief of Police Scott Simmons reported the police department is asking for a $5,000 dollar budget increase to cover the cost of housing prisoners in the Sevier County jail. Mayor McKelvy said it will still cheaper than the city operating a jail of its own.

Gaythy Bakenhus reported the park; cemetery and pool needed a few upgrades, like a new mower and a new tractor.


The De Queen City Council will meet Tuesday, November 3rd to discuss the proposed budgets of the other department heads of the city.





The next time your phone rings, you may want to answer with caution because there is a phone scam being reported in the area concerning the IRS and a lawsuit.


Several area residents have reported they've received a phone call from someone saying they are with the Internal Revenue Service. The caller informs the resident that the IRS is suing them over a past due amount.


Area residents are being reminded that they know this is a scam because the IRS does not contact citizens by phone to notify them of a balance due.


Some of the calls are automated and are being left on answering machines. If residents return the call, they could receive a large phone bill.


The IRS issued a statement on its website that says they do not initiate calls to taxpayers and they do not request PIN numbers, passwords, or credit card information.


If you receive an unsolicited phone call or email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function, report it to


Any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident should be reported to the Treasury Inspector General Administration.






Terrance Allen and his band of area wrestlers will be presenting Halloween Mayhem this Saturday at the National Guard Armory in De Queen as a benefit for Sherry Nelson.


Allen said Saturday's event will feature a Trick or Treat Battle Royal and all of the proceeds will benefit Sherry Nelson who is in need of a liver transplant.


Tickets are $15 for reserve seats, which are the first three rows; general admission is $10; kids 6 and up are $5 and children 5 and under are free.


Allen said the doors will open at 7 p.m. and bell time is 7:30. For more information, call 870-279-5506 or 479-216-2630.




TRYING TO HIDE A COLD ONE       10/29/15


Sunday morning around 2 a.m., Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was asked to assist Patrolman David Higgins on a traffic stop.


When Browning arrived, he was informed by Higgins that the backseat passenger was attempting to conceal something. Browning approached the vehicle and suspected the occupant in the backseat was intoxicated.


The passenger was identified as 20-year-old Eric Flores of De Queen and Browning asked him to get out of the car. When Flores got out, Browning noticed an open beer can sitting in the passenger seat rear pocket and Officer Higgins noticed some beer cans under the seat.


Flores was taken into custody and cited for drinking on the highway.




The UA Cossatot Rodeo team competed this past weekend, at the Three Rivers Community College Rodeo in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The event was the fourth rodeo; the team has competed in this semester.


The team has three returning members. They are Marissa Robbins of Mena; Tanner Caudle of Horatio; and Jace Woods of Conway. The new team members are Dillon Vaught of Mena; Scout Smith of Smithville, Oklahoma; Morgan Sweeden of De Queen; and Jared Sullivan of Enola.


UA Cossatot Rodeo Coach Valerie Stone stated the team is still coming together, but they’ve had a few students advance to the short go this semester, and they are putting in a lot of hours in the practice arena.


Stone said the team hopes to return to the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.


The Southern Arkansas University Rodeo, in Magnolia, is November 5th, 6th and 7th and will be the last rodeo of the fall semester.


Stone said the team is looking forward to a great rodeo in November and then take a break during the holidays to get ready for the final five rodeos of the season. She said the Cossatot Colts traditionally do well during the spring semester and she expects them to shine.





Early Saturday morning, De Queen Police Officer David Higgins was conducting a security check off Highway 70 West, when he discovered a vehicle parked on a dead end road behind the First Baptist Church with several occupants in it.


Higgins approached the vehicle and immediately recognized the odor of marijuana.


The driver, 18-year-old Phillip Web of De Queen allegedly stated he had not been smoking, but when he was told to hand the marijuana to Higgins, he and the front seat passenger, 18-year-old Matthew Martin handed him a small plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, a plastic sack that contained two marijuana smoking devices and a marijuana processing tool.


Higgins was assisted by Officer Nikki Nealy and Patrolman First Class Levi Browning.


Allegedly, Web stated the marijuana and one of the smoking devices was his and Martin said the processing tool and the other smoking device belonged to him.


Another passenger, 18-year-old Saul Camacho allegedly admitted to buying the marijuana. A third passenger, 18-year-old Joshua Alvarado, was also arrested.


Web and Martin were cited for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Camacho and Alvarado were citied for possession of a controlled substance.






Early Monday morning, officers with the Ashdown Police Department were involved in a pursuit of suspected shoplifters from the Wal-Mart in Ashdown.


According to the incident report, Wal-Mart employees reported three people stole some electronic merchandise.


Captain Bobby Walraven of the Ashdown Police Department reported officers located the vehicle traveling south on Highway 71 about 4:15 in the morning and attempted to make a traffic stop.


Walraven said the vehicle refused to stop and officers pursued the car south, until the vehicle reached the curve just north of the weigh station scales and the driver lost control of the vehicle.


According to the incident report, the vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times, ejecting all three occupants.


All three suspects were taken to Texarkana hospitals in serious condition.


Two of the occupants were transported by ambulance, but the third had to be airlifted.


The driver of the 2008 Hyundai was identified as 24-year-

old Diondre Holley of Naples, Texas. The passengers were 39-year-old Staci Washington of Texarkana, Texas and 26-year-old Robert Wilkerson of Crittenden, Arkansas.


Officers recovered electronic equipment that was allegedly stolen from the Ashdown Wal-Mart and located some drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.


All three suspects were wanted out of Texas. Two were wanted on misdemeanor warrants, while one was wanted on a felony warrant.




2015 SEVIER COUNTY 4-H BANQUET        10/28/15


Monday night, leaders of the Sevier County 4-H program honored the 4-H members during their annual banquet at the De Queen Church of Christ.


During the banquet, 4-Hers of all ages talked about the various activities that they participated in, like the hayride, 2014 banquet and Science Day.


They also shared their experiences during the County and District O-Rama competitions.


Aaron Morris talked about the State O'Rama, Teen Leaders Conference and his trip to the state Capitol.


Amber Morris reported several 4-Hers participated in the Shooting Sports program along with some community service activities.


Sevier County 4-H President Michele Sawyer then presented the Record Book Winners a hoodie for their hard work.


For more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 584-3013.

4-H Record Book Winners

4-H Participation Awards





The Little River County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership and Awards Banquet is Thursday, November 5th at 5:30 p.m. in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.


Chamber Director Fonda Hawthorne said the reason they moved the banquet to the fall was so it would not interfere with spring activities.


Hawthorne said tickets and table sponsorships are still available and if you would like to order tickets, call the chamber office at 898-2758.






Are you familiar with the words: caliber, conservation and hypothermia? If not, you need to attend the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hunter education course to be held at the Provo Community Building at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 31st.


Instructors will discuss conservation, sportsmanship, archery, muzzleloading, survival and first aid and firearms safety.


Participates must attend all sessions and successfully complete a written examination to receive a hunter education graduate card.


For more information, contact TJ Newton at 582-1328 or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunter Education Office toll-free at 1-800-482-5795.






The Umpire Schools are observing Red Ribbon Week, this week.


Thursday, students will announce they are too bright for drugs during color day when classes choose a color to represent them. And, Friday, students will dress up in costumes for zombie day, while saying Boo to Drugs.


Counselors are also encouraging parents to talk with their children about the importance of saying no to harmful drugs and alcohol.


The 2015 Fall Festival will be Friday, October 30th at 6 p.m. on the Umpire campus.


They'll have bingo, a football throw, a haunted house, a cake and pie walk, and a silent auction of Wildcat and Razorback items.


At 8 p.m., each class will present their King and Queen and the Senior High and Elementary King and Queens will be crowned.


For more information, call 870-583-2141.






De Queen Head Football Coach Justin Kramer informed KDQN that last Friday's bus accident put things in perspective, but also revealed several issues that need to be addressed by the Arkansas Athletic Association.


Kramer stated he was informed that there had been an accident involving a Hot Springs Lakeside bus just after the team returned to the field house from their team meal.


Kramer said he was informed about an hour later that several players and an assistant coach had been injured and the game was going to be postponed.


Hot Springs Lakeside rescheduled this Friday's game for Saturday afternoon, but Coach Kramer said his Leopards will have to play two games in five days and that effects practice, rest and treatment times.


This is the second bus accident this football season. The first accident took place after a game and involved the Heber Springs football team. That accident involved a deer that ran out in front of the bus and neither accident was the result of driver fatigue or error.


But, Coach Kramer thinks the triple A should consider less travel for athletic teams.






A Pike County jury made up of ten women and two men found Dustin Hembey, of Delight, guilty of possession of a firearm by a certain person on Thursday, October 22nd. The jury sentenced Hembey to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and a fine of $15,000.


Hembey was also charged as a habitual offender, meaning he has been convicted of more than one felony and this allowed the sentence to increase from a maximum of 20 years to a maximum of 30 years.


The charges originated on September 13th, 2014 when Hembey called the Pike County Sheriff's office to report that his mother had fallen and hit her head. Medics and officers were dispatched to the residence.


Deputy Shaun Furr arrived at the residence and was advised by medics that Mrs. Hembey's injuries were not consistent with the nature of the call. Furr then contacted Detective Sergeant Clark Kinzler to assist at the scene.


Detective Kinzler arrived at the residence a short time later and asked Hembey for consent to search the residence. Hembey agreed to the search and began escorting the detective and other officers through each room of the house.


Hembey took the officers into the back bedroom at the south-east corner of the residence. He identified the room as being his bedroom.


Upon completing the walk through, Detective Kinzler began to photograph and process the scene. While processing, Kinzler observed a box of Remington 22 ammunition on the nightstand in the bedroom that Hembey had identified as his. Kinzler then observed what appeared to be a 22 rifle stacked in the corner.


A criminal history of Hembey showed that he had two previous felony convictions, including one for possession of a firearm by a certain person. Kinzler then placed Hembey under arrest and charged him with the offense of possession of a firearm by a certain person.






Horatio Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Rich Dorsey announced the department will be holding it’s second annual ‘Screams of the Night’ haunted house this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Dorsey said they expanded this year's haunted house to over 30 characters and 21 themed rooms. Dorsey said it will take the average person about 35 minutes to go through this year's Screams of the Night.


Dorsey said this fundraiser allows the department to conduct school safety programs and to purchase smoke alarms for Horatio residents.


Dorsey stated last year, they opened the haunted house on Friday and Saturday nights. This year, they will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5 per trip through the haunted house or $20 for unlimited trips, all three nights.


For more information, contact the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department at 832-2511. 






JUST TAKING A FEW ITEMS       10/27/15


Friday, October 23rd about 6 p.m., De Queen Police Officer David Higgins was dispatched to the Dollar General store in reference to a reported shoplifter.


When Higgins arrived, a store employee informed him that a female suspect took a Mountain Dew out of the cooler and put it in her purse and left the store without paying for it. Higgins was informed the suspect left in a white Buick with handicap tags.


Officer Nikki Nealy stopped the vehicle in the Town North parking lot and escorted the suspect back to the Dollar General store.


Higgins reviewed the store's security footage and witnessed the suspect who was identified as 41-year-old Heather Ballew of De Queen, take the Mountain Dew and put it in her purse.


Higgins then reviewed Ballew's receipt and noted it did not have a Mountain Dew on it, however, he also did not find a Mountain Dew in her vehicle.


Ballew was arrested and questioned at the police station. She allegedly admitted to putting the Mountain Dew in her purse, but she said she took it out of her purse and left it in the store.


Ballew was cited for her second offense of shoplifting and trespassed from all Dollar General Stores in the state.


Saturday night, Higgins was dispatched to Wal-Mart to take a report of shoplifting.


When Higgins arrived, he was informed that a member of the Wal-Mart Asset Protection team had stopped a couple of suspected shoplifters outside the exit doors. The two suspects were taken to the store office where they were questioned by Officer Higgins.


When they were inside the office, 20-year-old Kenneth McCormick of Grannis allegedly removed a speaker and its accessories, a toothbrush and men's socks out of 21-year-old Ariel Dinkins' purse.


McCormick allegedly stated that Dinkins repeatedly asked him not to take the stuff, but he did it anyway.


Both McCormick and Dinkins were cited for shoplifting under $1,000 dollars.






The Sevier County Rescue Unit will be holding a Toys for Tots fundraiser on Friday, November 6th at the Sevier County Fair Grounds at 5 p.m.


Mac McDaniel stated the program started before he was member of the Sevier County Rescue unit, but he helped start the fundraiser in 1992.


Mac said the Bill Powers Band will be performing this year, but the meal will pretty much remain the same and there will be an auction following the meal.


Mac said applications will be put out just prior to the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade on Friday, December 5th. He said they provided gifts to about 260 kids last year, but the number increases every year.


For more information, call the Sevier County Housing Authority at 642-2960.





Arkansas residents with Blue Cross and Blue Shield were recently notified by St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, Texas that the hospital would no longer be apart of the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield network.


District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught released a statement earlier last week stating the reason St. Michael’s Hospital was leaving the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield network was because  negotiations between Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and St. Michael’s had broken down, and therefore, the hospital would no longer be a part of the insurance companies Arkansas network.


However, she said Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield members would still be able to go to St. Michael’s but their billing will be based on Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield's network prices.


Max Greenwood of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield recommended all Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield members call their customer service number to find out how this new arrange will effect you.






De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy announced last week that Halloween will be celebrated in the city of De Queen on Saturday, October 31st, but some children’s activities will be held on Friday, October 30th.


De Queen Public School Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley stated the Kindergarten Parade will begin at 9 a.m. October, 30th.


Whatley said about 275 kids will participate in this year’s kindergarten parade and all merchants are invited to hand out candy downtown.


The Parkhill Preschool Parade will be Friday, October 30th about 1 p.m. De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Susan Alspaw said about 200 children participate in the Parkhill Preschool parade.


Alspaw said trick or treating downtown will take place Saturday, October 31st at 5:30 p.m. around the courthouse square. She also stated this event is for children 12 years of age and younger.






Sevier County Health Unit Director Teresa Morris and Sevier County Judge Greg Ray announced this week that the county mass flu clinic will be Wednesday, October 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Health Department on North Third Street in De Queen.


Morris and Ray said county residents can get shots at various locations, but everyone needs to get a flu shot.


Morris said if you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment before the mass flu clinic, call the health unit at 642-2535.


Morris reported the health department administered 1,100 injections at the De Queen Public Schools and 72 injections during the Little River County Mass Flu Clinic this week.


Morris said the area county health units are also giving 10 to 15 shots a day.






Carolyn Jones of the Sevier County Library System announced this week that the library will be conducting it’s annual Food for Fines food drive November 2nd through the 7th along with the Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive.


Head Librarian Johnye Leathers Fisher said the library will reduce a person’s overdue fine by one dollar for every food item that you donate to the food drive during the Food for Fines food drive.


Fisher said food will be accepted for fines on returned library material only and not on replacement fees for lost or damaged items. She also asked patrons to check the expiration date on all donated items, because the library can not accept any items with expired dates.






De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Susan Alspaw and the chamber co-chairman of the Tour de Queen bike ride, Patrick Massey announced Friday morning that this year's Tour de Queen will be postponed until November 7th.


Massey asked area residents to put up their dogs and for motorists to slow down on the day of the race.


For more information, contact Massey at 582-5746.






Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this week that her office is accepting applications for interns during the spring semester, which will begin on January 4th, 2016.


Rutledge said internships offer students a fulfilling learning opportunity and a look into the real-world job market. She said interns in the Attorney General's office have the chance to work with some of the top lawyers and professionals in the state.


Applicant packet information is available under the employment section at The deadline to apply is December 1st.


Some interns may be able to arrange for college credit for their internship, depending upon the requirements of their college or university.


If you have any questions about the intern program, contact the Human Resources Department at






State highway funding remains a challenge and a task force that was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson is working on recommendations, but some of them are already receiving some resistance.


One idea is to transfer some of the state highways to the county level. Another scenario may include redirecting tax money from other funds or using the grocery tax reduction and income tax cuts to offset a diesel fuel tax increase.


Senator Larry Teague of Nashville says the issue is often discussed and so far there has not been a viable solution. He said, he thinks everyone understands that the state needs more money for highways.


Teague pointed out that there were a couple of options that are being considered. He said one option is raising the fuel tax or sales tax, because during the last couple elections voters said they supported spending money on highways.


Teague said they could also move funds from other state departments and regular spending, but he said he didn't know how they could do that and continue to meet their constitutional obligation to fund K-12 education.


Another option that is being discussed by the task force is redirecting $17 million of sales tax from general revenue to highway funding.


Hutchinson created the task force after he opposed an effort during the last Legislative session to gradually transfer tax revenue from automobile related items to the highway system.






Last week, the UA Cossatot Police Department hosted an advanced law enforcement rapid response training class for area law enforcement members.


Cossatot Police Chief Monti Stringfellow stated the class was offered by the Alerrt group from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas through a grant provided by the Bureau of Justice Administration at no cost to local law enforcement agencies.


Stringfellow stated the terrorism response tactics class was a level two class dealing mainly with saving the lives of innocent victims following the neutralization of a shooter.


Stringfellow said officers were trained to treat the wounded, establish casualty collection points, conduct triage and integrate responses with EMS and Fire personnel.


The local class was attended by members of the Sevier County Sheriff's office, the Little River County Sheriff's Department, members of the Mena Police Department and the Arkansas State Police.




I DON'T WANT TO TAKE A TEST        10/23/15


Saturday, October 17th, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning conducted a traffic stop after witnessing a truck drive left of the center line on Highway 70 B.


When Browning approached the truck, he identified the driver as 43-year-old David Nickerson of De Queen.


Browning noted Nickerson had blood shot eyes and he was unsteady on his feet. When Nickerson was asked how much he had to drink, he allegedly responded, "probably more than I should."


Nickerson took a portable breath test and he then participated in a series of field sobriety test. After placing Nickerson in custody, Browning found a half-empty Coors Light bottle in the middle console that was still cold.


At the Sevier County jail, Nickerson refused to take another breath test and he was issued a citation for driving while intoxicated, refusing to submit to chemical test, drinking on the highway and for driving left of center.     



new 4-h club forming in sevier county    10/23/15


There will soon be a new 4H starting in Gillham. An informational meeting will be held on October 29th at 6:30 in the Gillham Fire Station. Anyone interested in getting their kids into 4H or is just curious about the program is welcome to attend. For more information call Susan Shelton 870 582 4410 or Dianne Rosson 870 582 1738.

Regular meetings of this 4H group will meet on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 in the Gillham Fire Station.



10 cadets complete wildlife officer training in Mayflower   10/23/15


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


The group studied at the H.C. “Red” Morris Training Center east of Mayflower on Lake Conway. Graduation ceremonies for the 2015 cadet class will be held Oct. 29 at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway.


Major Jason Parker directs the cadet-training program, with many AGFC enforcement officers and staff members serving as instructors. Other experts participate in the teaching of specialized topics. The 10 cadets were chosen from several hundred applicants. Requirements for wildlife officer cadets include college degrees or law enforcement experience.


The 16-week training course includes police fundamentals related to wildlife work, training in proficiency with a variety of firearms, first aid and rescue basics, drug enforcement procedures and physical conditioning. The new wildlife officers have state commissions as officers with full police authority, as do the other wildlife officers of the AGFC.


Assignment of the new officers will fill several existing vacancies in the AGFC’s enforcement ranks. They will be assigned to wildlife officer positions across the state, working under experienced officers.


The 2015 graduates and their county assignments are:

Bradley Huggins, Ashley

Kristopher McCrea, Lee

Jeremy Conner, Yell

Kenneth Nelson, Searcy

Ryan Walker, Bradley

Bernardo Soliz, Sevier

Neva Randel, Crawford

Dalton Shaw, Clay

Miles French, Columbia

Brandon Williams, Phillips


Courtesy of Jonathan Canady, Southwest Arkansas Radio





The De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library is partnering once again with the Arkansas Educational Television Network to sponsor a Mister Rogers Sweater Drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. Katie Culpepper of AETN stated the sweater drive is an excellent way to honor Mister Rogers by helping our neighbors.


Culpepper said they want sweaters, but will accept other warm items of clothing.


Head Librarian Johnye Leathers Fisher said the library will distribute the donated items to the Sevier County Housing Authority and the De Queen Public School District.


Culpepper explained that many of the sweaters that Mister Rogers wore on his children's show were knitted by his mother.


Fisher said the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library will be accepting items from November 2nd through November 30th. She said there are 20 libraries across the state participating and Culpepper thanked everyone for making a difference in their community.


For more information, contact the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library at 584-4364.






The Arkansas Parole Board recommended that a death row inmate's request for clemency be denied on Tuesday.


Stacey Johnson had requested clemency on October 15th, but the decision is now in the hands of Governor Asa Hutchinson.


Johnson was convicted in the 1994 beating, strangling and slitting the throat of a 25-year-old mother named, Carol Heath of De Queen. Her kids who were two and six at the time of their mother's death, were present when she died.


Johnson's execution had been set for November 3rd, but the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay of all executions. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge reported the Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with the State's argument that the Circuit Court did not have jurisdiction to stay the executions; however, the Supreme Court choose to enter its own order pending the outcome of litigation in the lower court. 






Small, non-farm businesses in 10 Arkansas counties and a neighboring county in Oklahoma are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. These loans are designed to offset economic losses caused by the recent drought.


The primary counties in Arkansas are Calhoun and Sevier but includes Bradley, Cleveland, Dallas, Howard, Little River, Ouachita, Polk and Union counties and McCurtain County in Oklahoma.


Tanya Garfield of the Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations said the loans cover both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses and businesses directly impacted by the disaster.


Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million dollars to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.


For more information, call 1-800-659-2955. The deadline to apply for these loans is June 14, 2016.






The Sevier County Sheriff's Office released a statement Wednesday morning notifying the public that Michael Seals is a level 3 sex offender and he is living at 353 Fisher Road in Horatio. According to the sheriff's department, this notification is not intended to increase fear, but it is their belief that an informed public is a safer public.


This information is available through several resources, including the state's website that is maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center.


Law enforcement officials also want to remind residents that the abuse of this information by threatening, intimidating or harassing offenders will not be tolerated because such abuse could end law enforcement's ability to share this information with the public.


There are four levels of notification. The higher the level assigned, the broader the notification to the community. A level one offender warrant minimal notice to the community; a level 2 offender warrants limited notice; a level 3 offender warrants notification of all community members who are likely to encounter the offender and a level 4 is reserved for offenders who have a habitual or serious pattern of offending.


This information has been released to the public in pursuant to the Sex and Child Offender Registration and Community Notification Guidelines.


Authorities also wanted to make it clear that Seals was convicted of residential burglary, theft of property and rape and that requires him to register as a sex offender with the Arkansas Crime Information Center, however, Seals is not wanted by law enforcement at this time.






About 7 p.m., Friday, October 16th, De Queen Police Officer David Higgins received a report concerning an accident on Highway 71 North near the Deluxe Inn. Higgins was also notified that the suspects who caused the accident had fled the scene and the reporting party was chasing them on foot.


When Higgins arrived he was informed by the reporting party that he thought the Hispanic male suspect had gotten into a black car in the Tres Agaves parking lot that had just left.


Higgins stopped the vehicle in question, but the suspects were not in the vehicle. When he returned to the scene of the accident, he noticed a female running to the East of his location between the buildings. When the female suspect did not stop running, Higgins began pursuing her on foot around the back of the H&R Block building and that is when he saw the male suspect in front of her.


When Higgins caught the female suspect, he subdued her on the ground and Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon assisted by pursuing the male suspect.


When Higgins took the female suspect into custody, he discovered she was a minor. He also noted he could smell alcohol. The female suspect was then transported to the Sevier County jail by Sergeant Gary Cunningham and Higgins continued to pursue the male suspect with Davignon.


When Higgins caught up with Davignon, Davignon had the male suspect in custody. The suspect was identified as 59-year-old Luis Aguilar of De Queen.


The minor was citied for public intoxication and fleeing and released into the custody of her grandparents.


After running Aguilar's information, officers discovered he was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of the City of De Queen. He was also cited for driving while intoxicated, for not having a driver's license, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, fleeing and obstructing government operations, because he signed the DWI rights form with the name Luis Leonardo.






Frank Cooper of the Association for a Greater Yarborough announced the association will be holding its quarterly meeting on Monday, October 26th at 6 p.m. at the Yarborough Community Center.


Members will be discussing old and new business items and they will also consider the election of four board members.


Cooper encouraged all Yarborough residents to support the work of the association and help create a greater Yarborough community.






District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced the party filling period for the November 2016 election begins November 2nd and individuals from every corner of the state will file into the rotunda of the state Capitol seeking an elected office.


Vaught explained the filling period usually doesn’t start until January of the election year, but the date was moved up to November when the legislature moved the May primary to March 1st.


Vaught said the deadline to register to vote for the March primary is Monday, February 1st. According to the Secretary of State’s office, many would-be first time voters in Arkansas do not have their votes counted because they’re not actually registered to vote. The Secretary of State’s office said many of them registered, but did not verify their registration status with their county clerks.


The process of voter registration is convenient, but it’s the reasonability of the registrant to ensure the process is complete. Arkansans can check their voter status online at


Vaught said voter turnout is historically lower in November, with only 21 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot in 2012.


Vaught said one of the reason’s for moving the primary to March was to increase voter turnout and to make Arkansas a more important part of the Presidential campaign.






District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced Monday afternoon that a De Queen resident has been appointed to a Legislative task force.


Janelle Barnes of De Queen was appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Jeremy Gillam, to serve on the Legislative Task Force on Abused and Neglected Children. Barnes will replace Judge Rhonda Wood.






A representative of the Sevier County Democratic Party will be available in the courthouse lobby during the following times to accept filings from persons seeking the Democratic nomination for county offices:


Monday, November 2nd from noon until 1 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, November 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th from 11 a.m. to noon and on Monday, November 9th from 11 a.m. to noon.


Candidates must also file documents with the Sevier County Clerk's office no later than noon on Monday, November 9th to complete the filing process.


For more information about filing for county offices with the Democratic Party, call 870-279-1306.






The Chalice Cupboard assisted 43 families with 1114 pounds of food during the month of September, including 91 adults and 62 children.


St. Barbara Catholic Church donated 64 pounds and individuals donated another 12 pounds. Cupboard staff members purchased 797 pounds of food.


At the present time, one or more persons living in Sevier County may receive needed food at the Chalice Cupboard which is located at 315 North Fifth Street on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Food is given to those requesting assistance only once each three-month period of the year.


The Chalice Cupboard staff also announced they have worked out an agreement with the First United Methodist Church and will be able to remain open. Therefore, they're seeking donations of non-perishable food items, such as cereal and canned fruit.






Cossatot River School Superintendent Donnie Davis announced the district will be holding a public meeting November 12th to discuss the district's facility needs.


Davis said the district has completed some projects, but have several other projects that they would like to start.


Davis said the district's board of education approved the new school improvement teams during their October meeting.


Davis also encouraged area residents to attend public meetings.


During the October meeting of the Cossatot River Board of Education, Randy Sellers was elected board president; Rick Frachiseur was elected vice-president; and Rusty Youngblood was elected secretary. 






Last week during a regular meeting of the Lockesburg City Council, Alderman Gayle Gathright resigned because she had moved out of the city limits of Lockesburg.


Aldermen then conducted a brief phone interview with Matt Webb and voted to appoint Webb to the city council to fill the seat previously held by Gathright.


Arkansas State Plumbing Inspector David Johnson spoke to the council about regulations concerning the new water and sewer system. Johnson also identified Mayor Danny Ruth as the Certified Plumbing Inspector for the city.


Aldermen then passed an ordinance to provide plumbing inspections for all plumbing projects in the city. The ordinance also adopted the state’s plumbing code and set the city’s fee schedule for plumbing inspections.


Aldermen accepted a bid from Jeff’s Tree Service for $850 to remove some trees on West Pine, if Jeff’s Tree Service can verify he has insurance.


The next meeting of the Lockesburg City Council will be Tuesday, November 10th.






Are you familiar with the words: caliber, conservation and hypothermia? If not, you need to attend the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hunter education course to be held at the Provo Community Building at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 24th.


Instructors will discuss conservation, sportsmanship, archery, muzzleloading, survival and first aid and firearms safety.


Participates must attend all sessions and successfully complete a written examination to receive a hunter education graduate card, which is honored in all states and provinces where hunter education is required.


This course, which is free, is mandatory for the state of Arkansas as of July 1st, 1985 and all residents born about 1968 must have a hunter’s education card to hunt.


For more information, contact TJ Newton at 582-1328 or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunter Education Office toll-free at 1-800-482-5795.





Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders reported he updated the board of education on the district's renovation projects at the old high school and Alumni Association House during their October board meeting.


Sanders said the district is also working on its Six-Year Master Plan.


Sanders also stated the board of the education approved the district’s Minority Recruitment Plan and they voted to reorganize following the recent school board election.


Sanders said, Chuck Davis was elected president, Dorothy Henderson was elected vice-president and Rosa Bowman was elected secretary.


The next meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education will be November 9th at 6 p.m.






The National Weather Service says the danger of wildfire is high across Arkansas and a fire weather watch is in effect.
The Arkansas Forestry Commission has also declared a high to extreme fire danger for all of Arkansas.

The weather service says warm temperatures, southerly winds and low humidity mean fires can start easily and spread quickly.
A burn ban is in effect for all but the far northern portion of Arkansas and the weather service says outdoor burning is not recommended. Burn bans remain in effect in Sevier, Little River, Polk, Pike, Howard, Hempstead and Miller counties in Southwest Arkansas and McCurtain County in Southeast Oklahoma.

Sunday, members of the Eagletown Volunteer Fire Department were assisted by the Broken Bow and Holly Creek fire departments in battling a blaze on Mt. Fork Church Road, in McCurtain County. Crews from the Oklahoma Forestry Service and Weyerhaeuser contractors also helped suppress the fire.

Sunday's fire threatened several structures and burned over 45 acres of timberland. According to the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office there is a reward being offered for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting this fire.

If you have any information pertaining to any arson, contact the McCurtain County Sheriff's office at 580-286-3331.



Arkansas prison officials say a work release inmate at the Texarkana Regional Correction Center has escaped.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Cathy Frye says 37-year-old Joshua Patterson escaped Monday when he left his job at M&M Milling in Texarkana. Frye says Patterson was not at the site when prison staff arrived at 6 a.m. to pick him up from the job.

Frye says Patterson is serving 16 years for a theft of property conviction in Benton County and that he has family in Independence County.


EAST NIGHT OUT      10/20/15


Tonight, the National EAST Night Out event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Dierks High School EAST classroom. Members of the Dierks High School EAST and the Cossatot River High School East will be holding a combined event.


Dierks EAST Lab facilitator Steve Martin said EAST Night Out is a come and go event where guests will have the opportunity to see some of the equipment and programs that students use. Students will also share their project ideas for the upcoming year.


Martin said this will be Cossatot River's first EAST Night Out event.


The annual EAST Night Out event is a national "open house" to celebrate the EAST programs. It also gives family, friends and the general public the opportunity to see how students are making a difference in their community.


Martin said EAST Night Out will allow EAST students to share the power of student-driven, service-based, technology-infused education with their school, community members, business leaders, media and family. 






Attendance at the 2015 Arkansas State Fair has broken a five-year-old record by just more than 900.


Fair officials said Monday that 43,206 people attended Sunday’s final day of the fair in Little Rock to bring the total attendance for the 10-days to 473,106.


That breaks the record of 472,194 set in 2010 by 912.


Fair General Manager Ralph Shoptaw said great weather that included mostly sunny days and mild temperatures was key to the attendance, in addition to the concert lineup, a free weekend shuttle service and an increased police presence inside and outside the fair grounds.





On, Saturday, October 3rd, the Ashdown High School Purple Pride Marching Band marched in the Four States Marching Contest at Texas High's Grim Stadium and received all first division ratings - band, drum major, percussion and colorguard. 

The PPMB marched October 10th at War Memorial Stadium (Little Rock) in the Showcase of Bands Contest and again received all first division ratings.  The band even received the Outstanding Colorguard Award and Jacob Purifoy received the Outstanding Drum Major Award.

The band is under the direction of Mark Pounds and Chelsa Keathley.

Shown right is Drum Major, Jacob Purifoy




Shown L-R    Emily Hatridge, Amee Parker, Rachel Hurt, Falesia Gibson, Bradley Isenburg, Madison Swilley, Mandi Duncan, Jacob Purifoy, Tyler Young, Madeline Chandler, Anthony Bennett, Melissa Santon, Kyle Kidd, Reagan Teston, Kinley Wright, Erin Royal, and Kaitlyn Corbell





Chalice cupboard report for September    10/19/15


The Chalice Cupboard assisted 42 families in Sevier county in September, including 91 adults and 62 children, totaling 153 people.  they received food distributions totaling 1,114 pounds from donated and purchased food.


Saint Barbara Catholic Church donated 64 pounds and individuals donated 12 pounds, totaling 76 pounds.  Selected food items purchased for the pantry totaled 797 pounds.  Total food added during September was 873 pounds.


The bank balance on September 1, 2015 was $2,027.06.  Deposits for the month were $1,024.00.  $511.29 was spent replenishing food items for the pantry.  The bank balance on September 30, 2015 was $2,539.77.


At the present time, one or more persons living in Sevier County may receive needed food at the Chalice Cupboard located at 315 North Fifty Street in De Queen on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00pm until 3:15 pm.  food is given to those requesting assistance only once each three-month period of the year:  January-February-March/April-May-June/July-August-September/and October-November-December.


Non-perishable food items, such as cereal and canned fruit, help both young and older people in need.





A representative of the Sevier County Democratic Party will be available in the Courthouse Lobby at the following times to accept filings from persons seeking the Democratic nomination for county offices:


Monday, November 2 from 12 noon to 1 pm.

Tuesday through Friday, November 2, 4, 5, and 6 from 11 am to 12 noon.

Monday, November 9 from 11 am to 12 noon.


Candidates must also file documents with the Sevier County Clerk's Office not later than Noon on Monday, November 9 to complete the filing process.

For more information about filing for county offices with the Democratic Party, call (870) 279-1306.





Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts updated the Dierks City Council this week concerning the waste-water treatment facility construction project. He also reported the water and sewer audits have been completed.


Aldermen voted to leave the city property tax rate at 1.7 mills and they will meet November 30 to discuss the 2016 budget.


Mounts then reported the new Weyerhaeuser mill is moving along with several contractors currently on site. He informed KDQN that the project has moved into phase two.


Mounts said about 26 truckloads of steel should be delivered within the next couple of weeks.


According to Weyerhaeuser, the project will cost about $190 million dollars. The new facility will have an annual production capacity of 387 million board feet, which is 25 percent more than the plant’s current capability.


Weyerhaeuser currently employs about 250 people and generates jobs for local loggers who cut and transport timber to the mill.


According to Mounts, the new facility will have four drying kilns, which will be the first piece of new equipment to go into production.


In a supportive role, Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative will build a $1 million dollar transmission line to a $3 million dollar substation that will supply power to the mill.






Angie Walker of Dr. Randy Walker's Family Practice and Allergy Clinic announced they would be hosting a LifeShare blood drive on Friday, October 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon on the LifeShare donor bus.


Walker said all donors will receive a free t-shirt and the first 75 donors will receive a free stadium blanket from Dr. Walker’s office.


Walker encouraged area residents to donate because there is always a shortage of blood during the holiday season.


For more information or to reserve a donation time, call 584-3000.






Debit and credit cards are getting a new look. A computer chip is being added to both types of cards to make consumers’ information more secure.


All major credit card providers are currently sending Arkansans new cards to replace existing credit cards, and banks are issuing new debit cards.


Now, instead of swiping the card to complete the transaction, cards equipped with the computer chip will be inserted or dipped into a slot and left there until the transaction is completed. The buyer will be prompted to remove the card and sign for the payment or enter a pin.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following tips for Arkansans to use during a transaction:

She said when you receive your new credit or debit cards with the computer chip; you should shred or destroy the old cards.

She recommended that you research the new cards and become familiar with the new transaction process.

Rutledge also recommends that you continue to review your financial statements to ensure there are no fraudulent transactions on your account.


For more information about credit cards or other consumer related issues, call the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-482-8982 or visit






Temperatures are getting cooler and the fall colors are amazing and it’s a great time to get outside and photograph Southwest Arkansas.


The Crater of Diamond State Park is offering a digital photography workshop on Saturday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for photographers ages 13 and up.


Photographers will learn camera settings, accessories and composition techniques for taking great fall foliage photos. Participates will need to bring a camera, tripods, and other accessories for an afternoon field trip to some nearby scenic areas.


Space is limited to 15 people, with a minimum of three required. Admission is $20 per person. To register or request more information, call the Crater at 285-3113.


Novices and professionals are invited to learn new skills, share ideas and meet other photographers during Fall Photography in the Park event.






Lucia Ochoa is the former Spanish teacher at Horatio High School and is now teaching at Texas Middle School in Texarkana. But, she is organizing a travelers club trip to Spain in June of 2017 through the EF Tours organization.


Ochoa said the trip will cost about $3,525 and its open to any student 13 and over and their parents. Students will work to raise the funds over the next 20 months through a variety of fundraisers.


Ochoa led a group of Spanish Club students to Costa Rica in 2013.


For more information, email Ochoa at or call her at 870-879-2550.






Deer are on the move and a local driver discovered just how dangerous deer can be when her vehicle left the road, knocked down several fences and struck a tree.


22-year-old Ashlee Yancy of De Queen reported she was driving north on Red Bridge Road when a deer ran out in front of her. She stated she swerved to avoid the deer and left the roadway on the east side of the road.


Yancy’s vehicle struck the north end of the bridge, knocking down the guardrail. Her vehicle continued to travel east for 321 feet through a fence.


Yancy said she blacked out and the vehicle traveled another 949 feet going through two more fences before hitting a tree.


According to the incident report, Yancy caused about $500 dollars worth of damage to the bridge; $500 dollars worth of damage to three fences that belong to Chad Gallagher and about $5,000 worth of damage to her 2003 Hummer H2.






Last week, an employee of the Arkansas Highway Department was struck by a motorist while he was setting out cones to mark a work zone.


The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office was informed that 43-year-old Randy Roden of Horatio was struck with the passenger side mirror of 45-year-old Jeffery Kimmel’s 2005 Nissan Titan just north of Beacon Hill Road on Highway 41.


According to Sheriff’s Investigator Robert Gentry, signs were posted indicting one-lane traffic ahead and cones were on the shoulder of the road all the way to the top of the hill near the Beacon Hill intersection. Gentry reported there was also a highway department vehicle with a strobe light parked on the side of the road.


Kimmel was not cited or arrested for the incident, but Roden was transported to a medical facility for treatment by his supervisor.


Motorists are being reminded to be cautious when they are driving in a work zone and to watch for workers.




STALLED IN THE STREET       10/19/15


Wednesday, October 14th, Patrolman First Class Bucky Sawyer of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to a two vehicle accident around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Ninth Street and Jansen Ave.


Sawyer was told Jesus Martinez of De Queen stated he was driving south on Ninth Street and when he topped the hill, he saw a 2001 GMC Yukon blocking both lanes.


Martinez said he tried to miss the other vehicle but wasn't able to get around it.


Amanda Tramel of De Queen was the driver of the Yukon and she said she had just pulled out of her driveway onto Ninth Street and was traveling north when the vehicle died.


Tramel said she tried to re-start the vehicle, but when it wouldn't start, she tried to turn onto Janson Ave. About that time, the vehicle stopped moving in the middle of the street and that is when she was hit by a 2006 Nissan Altima.


No citation were issued, but about $10,000 dollars worth of damage was done to Martinez' vehicle.






Wednesday, October 14th, members of the De Queen Police Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident at the Highway 70/71 intersection on Collin Raye Drive about 3 p.m.


65-year-old Norley Bickley III of De Queen was driving a 2009 Chevy pickup and struck a 2005 Nissan Altima. According to Bickley, he saw an ambulance and was attempting to get on through the intersection and didn't see the other vehicle. 


The driver of the Altima, 27-year-old Luis Gonzalez reported it was his turn to go and Bickley ran into him, however, Gonzalez was the one citied for not having a valid driver's license and for not having a 4-year-old child in a booster seat.


About two-and-a-half hours later, Bickley was involved in a second accident on Highway 71 South across from the De Queen Country Club.


According to the Arkansas State Police, Bickley pulled onto the south shoulder of Highway 71 and attempted to make a left turn across two lanes of traffic and was struck by a 1996 Mack truck that was being driven by 70-year-old Clifton Ward of Dierks.


Bickley was transported to the De Queen Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Christus St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, Texas where Dr. Erik Jacobson pronounced Bickley dead at 7:13 p.m.






An Ashdown man was killed and four others injured in a two vehicle accident Wednesday evening near Maud, Texas.


According to a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, 29-year-old Jonathan Graves of Ashdown was killed when he failed to yield the right of way, while making a left turn onto Farm to Market Road 2149 from County Road 1102 in his 2004 Toyota Highlander.


According to the spokesperson, Mark Haddock of New Boston, Texas was traveling east in a red Ford F-150 on Farm to Market Road 2149 when Graves pulled out in front of him. There were four occupants in the truck including Haddock.


According to witnesses, Graves' Toyota flipped and landed in the westbound lane near the Red River Army Depot property line.


According to an eyewitness, the truck caught on fire and the blaze spread across the road to the Toyota.


Four people were transported to Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Texas and one person was flown to the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.


Graves' body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy.






Horatio Board of Education met Monday and held their annual report to the public.


Superintendent Lee Smith also reported the Horatio High School had been named a high achieving school by the Office for Education Policy for the school's performance on the End-of-Course Biology exam.


Smith reported the board approved a new policy concerning the school improvement team.


The Horatio Board of Education elected Pollyanna Smith as the board president for the 2015-2016 school year. Elizabeth Walker will serve as vice-president and Jeffrey Irvan will be the secretary.



Henderson to Lead AHS Homecoming Parade as Grand Marshall   10/16/15


The Ashdown High School Student Council is pleased to announce that Mrs. Carolyn Henderson will serve as Grand Marshall of the 2015 AHS Homecoming Parade “Panthers in Pictures” on Friday, Oct. 30.  The parade will exit the AHS campus and cross Rankin Street, proceed west on Burke Street, and continue to First Baptist Church at the corner of Burke and N. Park Avenue, where it will disperse.


Henderson retired in June 2015 after serving the Ashdown School District for 35 years in a variety of capacities.  She began her career as an educator in 1971.  She taught English/Language Arts at every grade level 7-12 for the first 28 years, finishing by teaching senior English and college concurrent AP English & Literature for 11 years.  She served as Public Relations Coordinator for the district for the final seven years, while also teaching Survey of Fine Arts for three years and 4th/5th grade art for three years.


As a teacher for the Ashdown District, Carolyn has always been very involved in students' extracurricular activities, serving as sponsor for AHS Student Council for over 15 years and as a class sponsor for first the sophomore class and then the senior class since 1990.  She has supervised many Homecoming Parade float creations and organized lots of Homecoming Week festivities over the years.  Henderson said, “to me, homecoming is the best week of the year for the students and the community.”


Commenting on her teaching philosophy, “I can truthfully say that I have always based my decisions, as an educator on what I believed was best for the students and not on what was always easiest for me.  My former seniors can attest to that when they recall the ten-chapter autobiographies I made them write, publish, and display for Parent Night.  And, yes, students, I really did read every word of every one of them!  They are one of the things I have enjoyed most from my teaching career.”


Throughout her 35-year career, she has served on numerous committees and teams, including leadership teams, curriculum committees, and handbook committees and chaired the district team in campaigning and winning approval to build the new high school in 2001/2002.   And also had been the District Parent Involvement Coordinator for the last 7 years, district coordinator for the Junior Achievement program sponsored by Domtar, quiz bowl moderator, and moderator for Scripps Spelling Bee. In 2003, she was named the Ashdown District Teacher of the Year.


Along with her teaching career, community involvement has always been very important.  Those activities include serving as a Little River County Chamber of Commerce board member for six years and as an alumnus of Leadership Class III; member and vice-president of the Ashdown chapter of PEO and also of Delta Kappa Gamma; member of Little River Arts Council, Ashdown Scholarship Committee, and   Little River County Retired Teachers Association; member of the Ashdown Community Action Team; member of First Baptist Church since 1980; member of the 2015 National Learning for Life Curriculum Committee and awarded The 2015 Golden Apple Award for this region.  


Carolyn is married to Harrell "Buddy" Henderson (AHS Class of '61) and all three of her children are graduates of Ashdown High School:  Jodi Lewis Martindale, class of '89; Jennifer Lewis Lancaster, class of '93; and Robert "Bo" Lewis, class of '96. 





De Queen Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley announced the district will be holding a district wide pep rally Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Leopard Coliseum as the team prepares to play the Camden Fairview Cardinals Friday night at Leopard Stadium.


She also reported the Arkansas Department of Health will not receive a large supply of flu mist this year and if parents selected mist on their child's flu shot permission form and did not mark, "Do not give if my preference is not available" he or she will receive a flu injection.


If you object to their child receiving a flu shot, contact your child's school office by Monday, October 19th.






The 6th annual Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Fund Fish Fry is today from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.


Plates are $7 each and all proceeds will benefit the Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The Argenbrighht Band will be performing, but for more information contact Mac McDaniel at 642-2960 or Jamie Marshall at 479-287-8213.






On Friday, October 9th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hankins was dispatched to Woodside Road in Lockesburg in reference to a motor vehicle accident.


When Deputy Hankins arrived, Ben Lomond First Responders were on the scene.


As Deputy Hankins approached the vehicle, he witnessed a female, who was identified as Charissa Wood, putting some pills in her mouth. He reported the pill bottle stated it contained Xanax that was prescribed to her. Hankins also reported Wood was unstable on her feet and her speech was slurred.


Hankins then made contact with the passenger, Jason Spigner and when Hankins asked both Wood and Spigner who was driving, they both said Wood.


Members of the Little River Ambulance Service advised Hankins that neither occupant needed to be transported to a medical facility, but both appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.


According to the report, Wood admitted to taking several Xanax earlier that morning. Spigner was taken into custody by Deputy Rodger Ridley for public intoxication.


Wood was then given three different standardized field sobriety test and arrested for driving while intoxicated number two - drugs. 






Cossatot River State Park Interpreter Shelley Flanary announced the park will be holding its 5th annual half-marathon trail run on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the banks of the Cossatot River.


Flanary said runners will be challenged by the mountainous terrain of the Cossatot River State Park. She said runners will be shuttled to the north end of the trail and they will run a one-way route, which is mostly a single track trail. Flanary said there will be three refueling and aid stations on the trail as runners make their way back to the Visitor Center on the south end of the trail.


Flanary said age group awards will be presented.


Sunday morning from 10 to 11 a.m., Flanary will discuss the different characteristics, shapes and forms of pebbles and rocks as guests develop an understanding of the rock cycle, while doing some activities, hunting for rocks and pebbles and playing games.


Sunday afternoon, guests will help feed the park critters from 2 to 3 p.m. in the visitor center.


Monday, October 19th through Wednesday, October 21st, the park will be hosting a hunter's education class from 6 to 9 p.m.


The class is mandatory for anyone born after 1968 before they can hunt with a firearm, crossbow or conventional bow. There is no charge for the class, but you must attend the entire class to complete the course.


Saturday, October 24th, the Cossatot River State Park will host a Wet and Wow Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Flanary said the workshop is for formal and non-formal educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade students. The workshop will offer a collection of innovative, hands-on activities that are educational, easy to use, fun and are correlated to the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and STEM Educational Coalition.


For more information about any of these activities at the Cossatot River State Park, call 870-385-2201.






The Sevier County 4-H clubs are reorganizing and seeking new members and leaders. The purpose of these clubs is to give youth ages 5 to 19 and an opportunity to participate in the youth development educational program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.


Youth in 4-H clubs will learn life skills, enhance leadership skills, and increase self-esteem while serving in a number of community service projects. Youth also have an opportunity to compete in a number of competitive activities, attend camps and earn scholarships for education.


The following is a list of the Sevier County 4-H clubs along with the main leader, their phone number and the meeting time and place:

Carla Cowling is the leader of the Chapel Hill 4-H club. Her number is 642-4232 and they meet at various times.


Michelle Sawyer and Christy Hicks are the leaders of the Happy Face 4-H Club.  Sawyer's number is 784-8931 and Hicks' number is 584-6337. They meet in the home of Leroy and Sandra Nunn at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.


Wilma Morris is the leader of the Lakeside 4-H Club. Her number is 642-3352 and they meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in De Queen.


Loretta Rivas is the leader of the Lone Oak 4-H club. Her number is 832-2555 and they meet once a month on Friday at 6 p.m. at Rivas' house.


Nicki Litchford is the leader of the Froglevel Hoppers 4-H Club. Litchford's number is 584-6761. they meet on the first Monday of the month after school in the Horatio High School agri room.


Kimberly Morris is the leader of the Shooting Sports Club. Her number is 642-7913 and they meet at various times.


Harrell Sherwood is the leader of the Sevier County Teen Leaders Club. They meet the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Farm Bureau building.


Katrina Frachiseur is the leader of the Goin' Showin' Club. Her number is 479-216-1294 and they meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Farm Bureau building.


For more information about meetings, 4-H club membership or program benefits, contact the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service which is located in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot or you may call them at 584-3013.









Carolyn Jones of the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library System announced the library will be hosting a Halloween story time & craft for children on Wednesday, October 21st at 4 p.m.


Jones said the De Queen Library will also open its new meeting room by the first of November.











Area residents need to be aware that the Medicare open enrollment begins today, October 15th and will close December 7th.


According to the Arkansas Insurance Commission, Medicare eligible Arkansans can change from the original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan or change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to the original Medicare.


Arkansans can also switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another. Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or drop their Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.


With so many options, it's nice to know that there is someone in De Queen that will help you make the right choice. Linda Steward of the Helping Hands program has been helping area senior adults select the right Medicare Part D plan since 2006.


Steward's office is next to the De Queen Health and Wellness Pharmacy on Collin Raye Drive and she offers her services free of charge to everyone 65 and older.


Steward said she is willing to help everyone review their current plan and make sure it is the best plan for their needs.


For more information about Stewards Helping Hands program, call 870-642-2400 and leave your name and number and Steward will contact you.


For more information on the state's Senior Health Insurance Information Program, visit the website, or call 1-800-224-6330.



Air Evac Lifeteam recently held its 2015 National Awards Banquet in St. Charles, Mo., and the De Queen base and Senior Program Director Michael Perrin were honored with national awards. The base was named the 2015 Community Service Base of the Year, and Michael Perrin was honored with the 2015 Leadership Award.

The Community Service Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that has shown outstanding community service in its market area. John Markham, director of business development and specialty care services for Air Evac Lifeteam, said the De Queen employees are dedicated to providing access for the communities they serve.

“With dedicated course coordinators and educators, the De Queen base provides multiple American Heart Association classes and continuing education classes to physicians, nursing students, firefighters and paramedics, and personnel at its referring agencies,” Markham said. “The personnel have truly embraced community service within the service area, which has resulted in increased awareness. In 2014, the requests were at an all-time high, and the base is on pace to surpass that mark in 2015.”

Michael Perrin was honored by the company with the 2015 National Leadership Award. A 10-year employee with Air Evac Lifeteam, Perrin said he was thankful, blessed and very excited to be considered and chosen for the prestigious award.

“I love making a difference in people’s lives each and every day,” Perrin said.

Air Evac President Seth Myers said Perrin was nominated by his peers as well as those who report to him.

“They described how his actions spoke volumes, and they feel like they are his only priority when he is coaching or mentoring them,” Myers said. “Time is never a factor even though they know he has plenty to do in his own base service area.”

Air Evac Lifeteam, headquartered in O’Fallon, Mo., is the largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider in the United States, with more than 120 air medical bases across 15 states. Air Evac is the preeminent provider of helicopter emergency medical services to communities in need of rapid medical transport to advanced emergency healthcare. Flight crews, consisting of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to the scene of an emergency, or provide transportation between medical facilities. For more information, please visit, or like us on Facebook.

Picture: The De Queen, Ark., Air Evac Lifeteam base was recently honored as the company’s Community Service Base of the Year. In addition, Senior Program Director Michael Perrin was honored with the national Leadership Award.





District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced Tuesday morning that area farmers in Little River, Sevier and Howard counties are eligible for emergency farm loans.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated Little River County as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.


Farmers and ranchers in Hempstead, Howard, Miller and Sevier counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.


Farmers and ranchers in McCurtain County, Oklahoma and Bowie County, Texas also qualify.


All of the counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on September 30th, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency, provided the eligibility requirements are met. Farmers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.






Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Sevier County Quorum Court, Justices of the Peace voted to establish the minimum salary for newly elected officials in Sevier County.


The salary for County Judge was set at $52,876. The County Clerk salary was set at $43,778. The Circuit Clerk salary was set at $43,552. The County Assessor salary was set at $44,423. The County Treasurer salary was set at $44,423. And, the County Sheriff's salary was set at $51,082.


JPs passed a resolution authorizing County Judge Greg Ray to apply for a grant on behalf of the Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department through the Arkansas Rural Development Commission in the amount of $35,638.


Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department Chief Archie Johnson explained to KDQN the department will use the funds to purchase 13 new sets of turnouts, personal wildfire safety equipment and a defibrillator.


Johnson said the department is also working to lower its ISO rating from a 9 to a 7, which would save residents in the Cossatot fire district about 10 percent on their homeowners insurance.


JPs approved an ordinance to conduct business with Dr. Randy Walker's office, since he is the only physician in Sevier County who is currently providing Department of Transportation physicals.


JPs appropriated $9,526.56 to repair the roof on a hanger at the Sevier County airport. Judge Ray explained 100 percent of the money would be reimbursed to the county.


Judge Ray also asked the Quorum Court to appropriate over $15,000 for the purchase of a new 9-1-1 voice recorder.


Courtney White of the crisis center gave a brief report about the center's work and asked them to consider extending the crisis center's contract of service with the county.






The Arkansas Forestry Commission says wild-fire danger remains high for the southwest portion of the state. Burn bans continue for Howard, Hempstead, Little River, Miller, Pike, Polk and Sevier counties and the forestry commission is urging residents to be careful.


To date, 936 fires have occurred in Arkansas with just under 300 acres burned. Adriane Barnes of the Arkansas Forestry Commission says fire frequency has not spiked due to higher humidity levels.


Barnes also reminded residents that outdoor burning is prohibited at this time.


Barnes explained that humidity is the primary predicting fire weather factor, as it affects the intensity or lack thereof of wildfires. During higher humidity, a wildfire may start, but can be quickly contained because high moisture levels in the atmosphere keep it from gaining energy and speed.


Wind holds a close second in terms of affecting how quickly wildfires can spread.


When vegetation is dry for an extended period of time, and subjected to high temperatures, humidity levels drop below 40 percent and wind gusts reach speeds above 10 miles per hour, conditions are right for wildfire activity in the state.






There are many reasons why someone should have a will. A will is a legal document by which a person indicates how his or her property should be distributed following their death.


A well-prepared will is one of a number of effective tools you can use to make sure your property, called your estate, passes as you wish to your family and loved ones after your death. Your estate consists of property and cash assets that you own. It includes bank accounts, land, furniture, buildings, cars, stocks and bonds, proceeds from life insurance payable to your estate and pension plan benefits payable to you. A will is a deceased person's final voice.


In Arkansas a valid will must comply with these requirements. The maker or testator must be at least 18 years of age. The testator must be of sound mind at the time the will is prepared and the will must be in writing and signed by the testator.


Every adult should make a will to plan and direct the disposition of the fruits of a lifetime of work; to care for the future and welfare of loved ones; to designate a guardian of your choosing for your minor-aged children; to reduce the cost and time for settling your estate following your death; possibly to avoid family quarrels and perhaps continuation of a business.


Wills are legal documents and must be executed with certain formalities. Because legal language is highly technical and because the will must conform to the laws of the state, it is strongly advised to consult an attorney when preparing your will.


To learn more about estate planning area residents are invited to attend a 2-day Estate Planning Workshop on Monday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 5th in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. The program will begin each night with a meal at 5:30 p.m. and the program should conclude each night around 8:30.


A registration fee of $15 per person or $20 per couple will be charged to cover the program costs including the meal and checks should be sent to the Sevier County Extension office by October 23rd. The program is being offered by the Howard, Polk and Sevier County Extension Services and is being sponsored by Bear State Bank and the Bank of Lockesburg.


If you need more information, call 870-584-3013.




On Friday, October 9th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon  observed a suspect that had several active warrants in Sevier County and the City of De Queen on Collin Raye Drive in De Queen.


Davignon reported that he also knew the suspect, 28-year-old Nicholas Britt of De Queen, had a suspended driver's license.


Davignon stopped Britt in the Simple Simon's parking lot. He was assisted by De Queen Police Sergeant Chad Bradshaw.


When Davignon asked the suspect if his name was Nick, the suspect allegedly stated his name was Jon Wilkes and he gave Davignon a date of birth of April 17, 1988.


While searching the vehicle, Davignon discovered several identification cards with the name of Nicholas Britt on them in the glove box. He also found a large amount of suspected marijuana in a clear plastic bag inside a black and gold Nike bag in the rear floorboard behind the driver's seat.


While being questioned at the Sevier County jail, Britt become uncooperative and refused to answer any questions.


Britt was booked on the active warrants and charged with driving on a suspended license, obstructing government operations, possession of a controlled substance - marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.






Dierks Superintendent Holly Cothren reported the Dierks Board of Education was told about some recent active shooter training that the Howard County Sheriff's Office provided the district and that they approved the purchase of doors and buzzer systems for both campuses.


Cothren stated the board voted to start a shooting sports team in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, along with several policy changes.


According to Cothren board members also reorganized following the recent school election.


The next meeting of the Dierks Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, October 19th along with the district's annual report to the public at 6 p.m. in the JoAnn Walters Elementary Library.




DRUNK JEEPING        10/13/15


Saturday, October 10th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Jackson was patrolling on Story Creek Road when he met a Jeep with a LED light bar on. Jackson also reported while he was trying to catch up to the Jeep, he saw a silver can fly out of the passenger window.


When Jackson pulled the Jeep over, he noticed a rifle in the passenger seat. The driver, 37-year-old Stacy Pollard, said the rifle wasn’t loaded.


Deputy Jackson was assisted by Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer David Hall who searched for the can that Jackson reported had been thrown out the window. Officer Hall recovered a can that was allegedly thrown out the window and when he inspected the rifle, he discovered it was loaded.


After Officer Hall had Pollard perform some field sobriety tests, he arrested her for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.


Officer Hall administered a second set of sobriety tests to Pollard at the Sevier County jail. He then read Pollard her DWI rights, but she refused to sign the form. Pollard also refused to take a breath test.


Pollard was citied for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to test and littering.






The Ashdown High School Small Business Operations and Marketing classes Serenity Cafe Coffee Shop is open and operating under new student management.


Mia Johnson and Tishonna Thompson are the co-managers, while Jasmine Smith and Kaianna Donato serve as the cafe's assistant managers. Casey Thompson and Gregory Shumake were the former manager and assistant manger for the past two years.


Career and Technology Instructor Shauna Tipton developed the on-the-job training program in the school setting with a grant.


Tipton says the cafe helps teach students job skills, management skills and leadership skills, while engaging students in the logistics of starting a small-business. The program stresses personal responsibility, group problem-solving and decision making.


The Serenity Cafe is open from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily. The cafe is also open during home football games. The cafe is in the old band hall.


Tipton said this year, a scholarship will be presented to an Ashdown senior with money that was raised from the operation of the Serenity Cafe.





The Arkansas Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after giving birth to a baby with methamphetamine in his system.


The court handed down the decision on Thursday in the case of 39-year-old Melissa McCann-Arms formerly of De Queen.


McCann-Arms and her son tested positive for the drug after she gave birth in 2012 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was then convicted of introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person by a Polk County jury on January 13th, 2014.


The state's highest court reversed McCann-Arms' conviction and dismissed the case, ruling that there was no evidence that she directly introduced methamphetamine into her baby's system by causing the child to ingest or inhale it.


The court also ruled state law does not criminalize passive bodily processes that result in a mother's use of a drug entering her unborn child's system.


According to court records, McCann-Arms admitted she used meth, but according to the state Supreme Court state criminal statutes limit crimes to fetuses to homicide and the question they had to answer was whether the drugs were transmitted to the child after it was born or before. Chief Justice Howard Brill and Justice Rhonda Wood said there was no evidence that the mother introduced the drugs to the child and the jury had to speculate that she transmitted the drugs to the baby and that was enough to reverse the conviction.






The deadline to pay real and personal property taxes is Thursday, October 15th, after that there will be a 10 percent penalty added to your real and personal property taxes.


The Sevier County Collectors Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Sheriff and Collector Bennie Simmons said Sevier County residents may also drop off their tax statement and payment in the drop box and a receipt will be mailed to them.


The Sevier County Collectors office will be closed October 16 through the 22nd while they compile the delinquent tax roll.


For more information, call 870-642-2127.


Little River County Sheriff and Collector Gary Gregory announced the Little River County Collector's office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. He also stated taxes may be paid online on the website,






Allison Kitchens of the Dierks FFA participated in the livestock show during the District Fair in Hope and claimed the titles of Grand Champion Limousin Heifer and First place LimFlex Heifer.


Dierks 4-H members also claimed several awards.


Chandler Turner was named the Grand Champion Charolaise Plus Heifer. Kendall Turner won the Grand Champion Chi Composite Heifer title. Jacob Moore won the title Grand Champion Hampshire Gilt and Reserve Champion Berkshire Gilt titles. Bryant Janes won the Grand Champion Brahman Bull title. Tyra Fox took Second place in the Charolaise Heifer category and Gavin Bailey won third and fifth place in the Market Lamb categories.




PICKING UP A FEW THINGS        10/12/15


Wednesday afternoon about 12:35, Officer James Gilbert of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a possible shoplifter.


When Gilbert arrived, he was informed that 33-year-old Karna Perez of Wickes had attempted to leave the store without paying for some items that she left in her buggy, while paying for some other items.


Wal-Mart Asset Protection team member reported, Perez paid $102.91 for some items, but left 2 24-case's of Coke that were valued at $8.18 each in her buggy, along with a package of Skittles and a pack of Juicy Drop taffy.


According to the report, a member of the Wal-Mart customer service team confronted Perez but while they were speaking to her, she pushed her buggy out of the store.


Perez was cited for shoplifting and released because she had a 3-year-old child in her care at the time of the incident.






In September, the Ashdown School District received a letter from a Wisconsin based group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation that stated they had received a complaint from an Ashdown student who informed them the band director was leading the band in prayer before they took the field at halftime.


Superintendent Jason Sanders then consulted with a nonprofit organization called Alliance for Defending Freedom and he then called a special called meeting of the board of education to establish the district’s new policy concerning the introductory remarks that will be made by students prior to school events.


Sanders explained to KDQN that the district has not been sued but they have been challenged by the Wisconsin group.


Sanders said the district staff has been educated concerning the law and the district's new policy.


Sanders said although the Freedom of Religion Foundation claims their aim is to protect the constitution, the district can't violate a student’s right by not allowing them to express their faith through prayer.


Sanders said the students understand the situation and responded by holding prayer on the field last Friday night prior to the game.


According to a published report, a lawyer with the Freedom From Religion Foundation has stated they are glad Sanders and the district has agreed to stop the illegal activities.


Sanders also stated the district will use a religion-neutral moment of silence to open school events instead of prayer.






Members of the Horatio FFA recently sold chances for their annual gun raffle and they drew the names of the winners, Friday morning.


The winner of the Remington 770 was Ray Lawson. Sharon Baker won the Savage Axis 270. Adam Jez won the Ruger 10/22. Dana Wright won the Delton AR 15. Janna Thompson won the Smith and Wesson 9mm. James Yandall won the Ruger SR45. Bryan Southerland won the Ruger MK3. Loyd Derington won the Weatherby 12-gauge shotgun. Robb Ray won the Remington 870 and Stacy Smith won the muzzleloader.


Students will use the funds they raised from the gun raffle to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky later this month.






A Wounded Warrior deer hunt will be held October 22nd through October 24th at Millwood Lake for 10 soldiers who are recovering from stress or physical injury, according to Jim Stanton of the Millwood Lake Citizens Focus Committee.


The Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Sill, Oklahoma will bring the soldiers to Millwood. According to Stanton, the mission of the unit is to facilitate the healing and rehabilitation of soldiers, and help return them to duty or prepare them for a successful life as a veteran.


Stanton said the focus committee will facilitate all of the activities, including hunting, meals for three days and lodging for four nights. Stanton said the committee is accepting donations to help with the cost of the event. He said donations may be sent to the Millwood Lake Citizens Focus Committee at 1528 Arkansas Highway 32 East, Ashdown 71822.






The Arkansas Department of Health is announcing plans to provide flu vaccines statewide to prepare for the 2015-16 flu season.
The department says each county health unit in the state will be hosting mass flu vaccine clinics during October and November. The mass flu clinics are typically a daylong event when the health unit and community volunteers provide flu vaccines to as many people as possible.

People should bring their insurance cards to the flu vaccine clinic; however, the vaccine will be available at no charge to those without insurance or if insurance doesn't cover the vaccine.

Sevier County Health Unit Director Teresa Morris announced the area mass flu clinics will be held on Wednesday, October 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little River County Health Unit; on Tuesday, October 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pike County Health Unit; on Wednesday, October 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Health Unit; and on Thursday, October 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard County Health Unit.

Morris said the local health units have received their flu vaccines and the units are able to give flu shots to the public at this time. She said they do not have the flu mist available at this time, but they should get some at a later date.

Morris said residents can call their local county health unit and make an appointment. She also stated that if you have Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance, there is no charge for an early flu vaccine, however, if you do not have insurance there is a $30 charge.

Health department reports show more than 70 people died due to influenza last flu season.

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Ashdown High School's Homecoming this year is "Panthers in Pictures" and each class is choosing a movie to incorporate into their float and banner designs.


The entire week of October 26th through 30th will be filled with opportunities for students and the community to show their school spirit and support leading up to the Homecoming game against the Waldron Bulldogs on Friday night.


During spirit dress-up week, Ashdown students will become 'Big' on Monday; Tuesday, students will become The Avengers as they run towards mayhem that the Bulldogs are causing to save the day; Wednesday, everyone will know Grease is the word and everyone will dress 50's cool or nerdy; Thursday students will be allowed to wear their Halloween costumes; and Friday it's time for 'Friday Night Lights', so everyone will dress in Purple and Gold to show their Panther pride.


Classes will also design a banner that will be displayed in the cafeteria.


Tuesday night Ashdown fans can cheer on the ladies of Ashdown High School in the annual Powder Puff games. Classes will also help the community by competing in the annual canned food drive for the United Methodist Church food pantry. They will also participate in the annual Homecoming Parade by entering a class float.


The Powder Puff games will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Dick Hayes Stadium and the event is a fundraiser for the Ashdown High School Student Council. Admission is $3 and everyone in the community is invited to attend.


For more information, contact the Ashdown High School office at 870-898-3562.






According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, it is getting easier to check your deer by using the commission's website at or on their smartphone app.


Keith Stephens is the chief of communications for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and he said that as soon as a deer is checked, the hunting zone, sex and time are uploaded to the system to give viewers real-time results on this year's deer harvest.


According to the website, bowhunters checked 2,595 deer during the opening weekend. For a look at the deer harvest here in Southwest Arkansas visit,






Ashdown High School Alumni Committee member Susan Simmons announced this week that the ninth annual Alumni Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 31st in the high school cafeteria.


Simmons said this year’s guest speaker will be Joe Robert Davis and Davis is the retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Consolidated Graphics and a 1961 graduate of Ashdown High School.


Tickets for the alumni dinner are $25 per person and that includes a $10 Alumnus due for the coming year. Tickets are on sale until Saturday, October 17th at noon. They are also offering tables of eight.


Only 400 tickets are available and when all of the tickets are sold, sales will be closed.


Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6.


Tickets may be purchases at the Castle Antique, from Betty McDowell, Sandra Furlow, and Susan Simmons. To purchase a table of 8, contact Diane McLarty.


Simmons announced who the featured entertainment will be and she said they will be honoring the Class of 1965.


Simmons stated the Ashdown School District donated the old home economics building to the alumni association and they are accepting donations to make some renovations to the building.


For more information, contact an Alumni Association officer.






Wednesday night about 9 p.m., Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was patrolling south on Ninth Street when he observed a Jeep heading north with the driver not wearing a seatbelt.


While Browning was speaking with the driver concerning the reason for the traffic stop, he noticed a metal pipe sitting in the center console. When Browning asked the driver, 44-year-old Michael Akins of Horatio if there was anything illegal in the Jeep, Akins said no.


After retrieving the pipe, Browning placed Akins under arrest. Akins then informed Browning that there was a bag of marijuana in the console.


Akins was cited for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and for not wearing a seatbelt.






U.S. District 4 Representative Bruce Westerman is scheduled to attend a congressional town hall meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13th in downtown Texarkana.


The meeting is sponsored by the Miller County Patriots, the Little River County Patriots and Hope for America Tea Party.


The town hall meeting will be held in the Osborn building at 216 East Third Street near the Regions bank building.


According to Dwayne Hall who is a spokesperson for the Miller County Patriots, Congressman Westerman will attend for about an hour to answer the public's questions.


Westerman serves on the budget and natural resources committee and the committee on science, space and technology.


The meeting is free and open to the public.


Hall said they will collect written questions and pose them to the congressman as time allows. For more information, call 903-733-4664.





The Chalice Cupboard food pantry in De Queen will close at the end of October.


According to Gary Walker, the pantry has operated since 1996 in a building that was owned by the First Presbyterian Church. The church maintained the building and paid the utilities, so that all donations could be used to buy food.


The church has closed and the property will be sold.


Walker said the cupboard staff would like to thank all of the churches, organizations and individuals who have contributed food and money over the years.


Walker said the staff hopes some organization will be able to provide this service in the future.






Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen approved the appropriation of funds for the purchase of bullet proof vests for the De Queen Police Department.


Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said the department needed to replace some older vest and purchase a few vests for new officers.


McKelvy also reported the new pump at the high lift station on Stilwell Ave has been installed, but he asked the council to order another 100 horsepower pump, since it takes about three months for one to be delivered.


McKelvy said they also ordered a flow meter to replace one at the high lift station that has not been working.


Four of the five organizations that have contracts of services with the city appeared before the council to request funding for next year.


McKelvy reported the contract amounts range from $1,500 to $10,000 and most of the organizations asked for an increase in their funding.


McKelvy said the Humane Society asked for an additional $1,500. He said they plan to offer four spay and neuter clinics next year and they offer a $20 discount to any De Queen residents that have a city water bill.


McKelvy said the Southwest Arkansas Crisis Center and the Sevier County Senior Citizens Center did not request a specific amount, but asked the city to continue providing financial support.






Linda Steward has been helping area senior adults select the right Medicare Part D plan since 2006 and she wants to remind everyone that the open enrollment starts October 15th and will end December 7th.


Steward's office is next to the De Queen Health and Wellness Pharmacy on Collin Raye Drive and she offers her services free of charge to everyone 65 and older.


Steward said she is willing to help senior adults review their current plan to make sure it is the best plan for their needs.


For more information, call 870-642-2400 and leave your name and number and Steward will contact you.






Personnel with the Howard County Sheriff's Office, the South Central Drug Task Force and the Arkansas State Police executed a search warrant Monday night at a home on Tollett Road in northern Howard County.


The home owner, 46-year-old Stan Bailey of New Hope, was taken into custody and has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance -  methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver - methamphetamine and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.


Authorities say they found suspected methamphetamine, assorted pills and firearms at Bailey's residence. He was transported to the Howard County jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond.


A second search warrant was executed at a nearby residence where 40-year-old Jill Sharp of Dierks was arrested and charged with a parole violation, obtaining drugs by fraud and abuse of an endangered or impaired person.


No bond has been set for Sharp.






A new trial date has been set in the case of a former Ashdown teacher, who was the coach and sponsor of the district's skeet shooting club and accused of stealing guns that were used in competition.


41-year-old Terry Simmons is due in court on December 14th. Simmons is been charged with two counts of theft of property for allegedly selling or trading shotguns that belonged to the school district.


Simmons' pre-trial hearing is scheduled for December 8th in the Little River County Circuit Court before Judge Charles Yeargan.


If convicted, Simmons could be sentenced up to six years in prison and or fined up to $10,000.


Simmons has been accused of selling or trading three guns and a shotgun for a Winchester 270 Model 70 on January 3rd, 2014. He allegedly sold or traded another rifle and shotgun for a Browning .243 rifle on March 27th, 2014.


The alleged thefts were discovered when Debbie Greathouse asked to inventory the district's shotguns after she was named the new shooting sports advisor on December 10th, 2014.


An Arkansas State Police investigator reportedly matched the serial numbers on the shotguns that were sold or traded at a local pawn shop with the guns that belonged to the school district.



COINS FOR THE CUBS        10/7/15


Members of the De Queen Leopards Athletic Booster Club have decided to raise some funds for a run-through sign for the De Queen Junior High Cubs.


Booster club member Jennifer Martin stated there are jugs in the Junior and Middle schools and there will be a little friendly competition between the sixth and seventh graders and the eighth and ninth graders.


Martin said the sign will be used by the Cub football team, but other Cub teams will be able to use the sign at their events.


If you would like to make a donation, send your change with a De Queen Middle or Junior High student or drop it off at the school office.






Monday night during the regular monthly meeting of the De Queen Board of Education, FFA advisor Morgan Frachiseur informed the board that 10 FFA students wanted to attend the National FFA Convention later this month in Louisville, Kentucky.


Frachiseur stated students have raised about $4,000, but needed some additional funds for the trip.


Board member Randy Hedge suggested the board approve Frachiseur's request and allow students to attend the convention every three years.


Superintendent Bruce Hill said the district's FFA department was growing by leaps and bounds and stated this will be a very positive trip for these students.


Randy Hedge was elected to serve another term as board president, Sandy Huntsberger was elected vice-president and Gloria Caldwell will serve as the board secretary.


Hill also reported the district's first quarter financial balance was up by about half-a-million dollars from last year.


Board members also heard a request from Band Director Jeff Attaway. Attaway asked the board to approve purchasing new band instruments for every band member. He stated it will cost over a $100,000 to purchase all new instruments for all of the district's band members.


Board members tabled the request until Attaway is able to get some more quotes to satisfy the district’s need for competitive bidding.






October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and the family of Brooke Ackley will be holding a 5K run/walk along with First Candle to help bring awareness to SIDS.


Today, in communities across America, expectant moms will feel their baby's first kick; parents will listen joyfully to their newborn's first cry; and families will celebrate their healthy baby's first birthday.


But, today, 13 babies will also die suddenly and unexpectedly from SIDS.


Six years ago, the Ackley family welcomed twins Brayden and Brooke into the world, but two days before they turned two months old, Brooke passed away from SIDS and this weekend, Brooke's family will host the First Annual Brooke Ackley Memorial 5K Run/Walk and all of the proceeds will benefit the First Candle organization.


The event will be held in the Nashville City Park this Saturday, October 10th. Registration will take place at the Dogwood Pavilion from 7 to 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30. The registration fee is $25 for youth and adults and $10 for children six and younger and all of the proceeds will go to the First Candle organization which educates new moms and dads about SIDS and they offer counseling and hope to grieving families after the loss of a child.


Area residents are also being asked to light a candle in memory of the babies who have been lost during pregnancy or in infancy on Thursday, October 15th at 7 p.m.






During the September meeting of the Foreman Board of Education, Superintendent George Kennedy reported the district had been named a High-Achieving School by the Office for Education Policy based on the district's performance on the End-of-Course Biology Exam.


Kennedy also reported high school teacher Michael Sierra was selected to serve on the Arkansas Department of Education's committee to evaluate the common core standard.


Board members also approved the transfer of over $25,000 from the district's operating fund to the refund savings fund along with several mandatory statements of assurance.






Breast cancer is the number one cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Arkansas. However, mortality rates are on the decline due to early detection and advancements in the treatment of breast cancer.


District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that it's an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. She said although most people are aware of breast cancer, they may have forgotten what steps they need to take to detect the disease in its earliest stages and to encourage others to do the same.


This month is the perfect month to remind Arkansans about the BreastCare program through the Arkansas Department of Health.


BreastCare provides breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for eligible Arkansas women. If you qualify, you can receive mammograms, clinic breast exams and pelvic exams at no cost.


The mission of BreastCare is to increase the rate of early detection of breast and cervical cancer in Arkansas by lowering the barriers to screening that result from the lack of information, financial means and or access to quality services.


The Arkansas Department of Health received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1993 to create the BreastCare program. In 1995, the Arkansas Department of Health received federal funds to provide eligible women with breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.


Since then, thousands of Arkansans have benefited from early detection. Last year alone, the program provided services to more than 9,500 women.


Vaught said that because early stage breast cancer can be treated more successfully and cost-effectively, early detection is critical. A regular screening mammogram is the best tool available to help assure breast cancer is detected early.


Vaught said over 80 percent of the women who received a diagnosis of breast cancer while in the BreastCare program had an early stage cancer.


For more information about the BreastCare program, visit the website





The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.


Although there is no monetary award, this achievement is acknowledged on any score report that is sent to colleges the following fall. Notifications about AP Scholar Awards are sent to students and schools in September of each year.


Ashdown High School has four students who earned an AP Scholar Award in 2015.


The Award Level of AP Scholar is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.


The Ashdown High School AP Scholars are Alex Coleman, Nekhoe Hogan, Rachel Pounds and Payton Turner.


These students are currently enrolled as freshmen at the following institutions: Coleman at the University of Arkansas; Hogan at Amherst College; Pounds at Henderson State University; and Turner at the University of Central Arkansas.






Aldermen of the De Queen City Council will meet this evening at 6 p.m. in the council room of the De Queen City Hall for a regular meeting.


According to the agenda, a representative from the five organizations that currently have contracts of services with the city will be in attendance to make presentations to the council.


Aldermen will also consider amending the police department's budget. Earlier this year, the De Queen Police Department received two grants for the purchase of vests.


According to Mayor McKelvy, the grants totaled $5,100, but the department will need about $30 more dollars to pay for all new vests.


Mayor McKelvy reported aldermen will also consider shifting $1,500 from the police department's vehicle repairs line item to the department's small equipment and supplies line item, so they can purchase gun locks for four patrol vehicles.






Members of the Horatio Board of Education met September 30th to appoint a new member to serve the remaining term of board member Troy Allen.


Superintendent Lee Smith stated Allen moved out of the district and Sherry Hodges was selected to fill the Zone 4 position.


The Horatio Board of Education will meet Monday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m.






Sevier County Extension 4-H Director Dawn Leeper announced the new Sevier County 4-H year is underway and they have a couple special events planned this month for current and new 4-H members.


Leeper said they have nine clubs in the county, and they are trying to re-establish a club in Gillham.


Leeper said kids can be members of more than one 4-H club at a time.


Leeper said the Sevier County Extension is also sponsoring a Big Buck Contest with the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce.


For more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, call 870-584-3013.






Friday night about 6:30 p.m., Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon arrested an Eagletown, Oklahoma man who was wanted for burglary and theft.


According to a Sevier County Sheriff's office spokesperson, the department received information that the suspect, Delores "Lolo" Berrera was at a residence on Spring Street in Lockesburg.


According to the arrest report, when Berrara was taken into custody, he swallowed a undetermined amount of methamphetamine. Deputy Davignon attempted to get Berrara to cough up the drugs but was unsuccessful.


Davignon also discovered two marijuana joints in a cigarette pack in Berrara's pocket.


Berrara was booked into the Sevier County jail on the two outstanding warrants and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  




SHE DOESN'T BELONG HERE        10/6/15


Sunday night, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputies Greg Davignon and Matt Webb were dispatched to a residence on Cypress Lane in Lockesburg in reference to a trespasser.


The deputies were informed that Amanda Westbrook had called to make a report on behalf of her father, Lester Walker. She stated a female by the name of Ramsey Cherny of De Queen was at her father's house and that she was causing problems.


According to Westbrook, Cherny had been trespassed from her father's property in the past.


Before the deputies arrived at the scene, they were informed that Cherny had left Walker's house and was sitting at the intersection of Highway 71 South and Melrose Road.


When the deputies arrived, they found Cherny and Westbrook. While Deputy Webb was speaking with Westbrook, she handed him her phone and informed him that her father wanted to speak with him.


Walker then told Deputy Webb that he had signed a criminal trespass form on Cherny over a month ago with Deputy Charles Emmerich. He also informed Webb that he wanted Cherny arrested.


Cherny was then taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass.






Twenty-nine Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits graduated Thursday, October 1st at the Arkansas State Capitol.


The class members initially reported for training on May 17th and accumulated 1,085 classroom and practical training hours over the past 20-weeks.


Governor Asa Hutchinson was the keynote speaker addressing the graduates and he was assisted by Colonel Bill Bryant, the Director of the Arkansas State Police, in presenting the new troopers their commissions.


The Honorable Rhonda Wood, Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice, administered the Oath of Commission.


Andrew Pannell of Dierks was among the graduates. He was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop G, in Hempstead County.


Upon reporting for duty at their respective troop headquarters, the new troopers will be placed with a certified departmental Field Training Officer. Each graduate will work in tandem with their training officer for a transitional period prior to being released to their assignment.




Ashdown High School is stirring with excitement about Homecoming 2015, which is themed "Panthers in Pictures!" for this year's activities, with each class choosing a movie to incorporate into their float and banner designs. The entire week of Oct. 26-30 is filled with opportunities for students and the community to show their spirit and support of Ashdown High School and the AHS Panthers, leading up to the Homecoming football contest with Waldron on Friday, Oct 30.

Spirit Dress-Up Days for all Ashdown students gives everyone a chance to participate in competition. Monday, Oct. 26th is Big (If you’ve ever wished to be big, here’s your chance, if you were an adult it might change your circumstance!); Tuesday the 26th is The Avengers (We run towards mayhem to save the day!  Your favorite superhero is on the way!!). On Wednesday, the theme is Grease – (Grease is the word that you heard.  In the 50’s would you have been cool, or a nerd?). Thursday is Halloween! (‘The night HE came home’ was quite a scare, Halloween costumes are what you should wear!  Friday, Oct. 30, of course, is Friday Night Lights; (Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose…Purple and Gold dress is what you should choose!).

In addition to Spirit Dress-Up Days, classes also will challenge each other in competitions throughout the week. Each will create and display a banner in the cafeteria, play against each other in the annual Powder Puff games on Tuesday night, participate in a canned food drive for the Methodist Church food pantry, and enter a float in the Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon.

The Tuesday Night Lights Powder Puff games on Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 in Dick Hays Stadium, are sponsored by the AHS Student Council, and because it is the only fundraiser for the StuCo, every attendee, including participants, will pay a $3 entry charge. The competition is fierce between the teams, and the Powder Puff "cheer-guys" are always entertaining. The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy.

AHS students invite everyone to kick up the spirit and be part of the fun and excitement leading up to Homecoming night in Dick Hays Stadium. Ashdown schools will dismiss at 1:00 on Friday, Oct. 30th so that everyone is free to attend a public pep rally at 1:30 in the stadium, when the Homecoming Court and Senior Panthers will be introduced. The parade through downtown will follow immediately. Coronation of the 2015 Homecoming Queen will be at 6:00, and the Ashdown-Waldron game will kick off at 7:00.

Homecoming is principally a time for AHS alumni to reunite and celebrate. This year, classes that end in "5" will be recognized at all of the public events, and each is encouraged to enter a float in the parade on Friday afternoon, tailgate in the alumni facilities adjacent to the football field, sit together during the Homecoming game, and then attend the Alumni Banquet on Saturday evening, Oct. 31st in the AHS cafeteria. For further information about any of these opportunities, the high school office phone number is 870-898-3562.




The UA Cossatot Board of Visitors met in September and Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole reported that after meeting with the Director of Medical Education and the Director of ARNEC, they discovered the college’s Division of Medical Education was not aligned the way it needed to be, so UA Cossatot will be restructuring the division.


Cole said the Division of the Medical Education will also expand the number RN’s that the school trains by January.


Cole also reported UA Cossatot added credentials for Education, STEM, Medical Science, Administrative Assisting, Accounting, Industrial Electricity and Medical Assisting to ensure the college is offering degrees in areas where students can transfer or join the workforce.


Cole said they will also be deleting certifications and degrees in Aviation, Culinary Arts, Framing, Drywall and Cabinet Making.


Vice-Chancellor Mike Kinkade reported the bid on the Student Commons on the De Queen campus came in at almost $1.5 million dollars over budget.


Kinkade said the college is working on curbing and landscaping on the De Queen campus as funding allows and they are just about finished with the wielding facility on the Ashdown campus.


Cole also announced that UA Cossatot is seeking a full-time workforce development person with the skills to teach industrial technology in industries.






On October 7th through October 18th, Tractor Supply Company customers have the opportunity to purchase paper clovers for $1 or more during checkout.


At the end of the campaign, 70 percent of the funds raised will benefit state and local 4-H youth development program activities, such as local camps and after-school programs and grant scholarships for 4-H youth in the communities where Tractor Supply stores are located. The remaining 30 percent of the total funds will be donated to the National 4-H Council to help connect more young people across America to high-quality 4-H youth development programs.


A spokesperson for Tractor Supply Company stated the Paper Clover fundraiser is a significant part of the company’s support of 4-H programs throughout the 1,300 plus communities that they serve. The spokesperson said Tractor Supply stores are proud to provide essential funding to more than 1,000 county 4-H programs, because these programs make a positive impact on young people that last a lifetime.


The National 4-H Council President stated this event has allowed 4-H to provide thousands of 4-H youth across the country greater access to 4-H programs, for many years.


Tractor Supply raised $913,553 during their 12-day spring Paper Clover campaign and they have raised over $7 million dollars for 4-H programs through the campaign over the past five years.




TOUR DE QUEEN       10/5/15


The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is once again inviting bicyclists from across the region to participate in the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on Saturday, October 24th.


Riders will be able to choose routes of various lengths, including 15 miles, 25 miles, 36 miles and 47 miles. The routes will take riders through scenic areas around De Queen, including Chapel Hill and the De Queen Lake. Volunteers will be at various locations along the route to mark turn-around points and rest stops.


Residents who live along the bike route are encouraged to keep their dogs in a fence or on a leash until the event is finished.


The ride will begin in front of the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce office at 315 West Stilwell Ave. in De Queen at 8 a.m.


Online registration is available at by searching the Tour de Queen. Pre-registration is $25 and on-site registration is $30.


Registration must be completed by October 17th for the rider to receive an event shirt, so please indicate your size. No awards will be given and this is not a timed race. All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all riders must wear a helmet. The event will go on rain or shine.


Registration forms may also be picked up at the De Queen Bee, KDQN studio, Bear State Bank, First State Bank and the De Queen City Hall and they may be dropped off at the De Queen Bee office at 404 West De Queen Ave.


For more information, call Patrick Massey at 870-582-5746.






Jamie Marshall is the field director for the Southwest Region of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund and she said the priority deadline to apply for a Single Parent Scholarship in Sevier County is March 20th 2016 and the final deadline is May 1st. The deadline in Little River County is March 20th and the priority deadline for Polk County is December 1st, 2015 and the final deadline is May 1st.


Marshall said to apply for a scholarship you should visit the website and select your county of residence.


Marshall also explained the Single Parent Scholarships may be used for more than just books and tuition and single parent scholarships may also be used to obtain a vocational certificate at a 2-year institution.


For more information about the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, visit the website or call Marshall at 479-287-8213.






Saint Barbara Catholic Church is participating in an after-school Child Nutrition Program.


Starting Tuesday, October 6th until April 27th, the church will be providing free snacks to all children 18 and under. The church will be serving students from 4:45 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 5:15 on Wednesdays.


The program is for all children under the age of 18 regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the snack service.


For more information, contact the Saint Barbara Catholic Church at 870-642-2256.






Teresa Morris of the Sevier County Health Unit announced this week the dates for the area mass flu shot clinics.


The Little River County Mass Flu Clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the health unit at 150 Keller Street in Ashdown. For more information, call 870-898-3831.


the Sevier County Mass Flu Clinic will be Wednesday, October 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Health Unit at 304 North 4th Street in De Queen. For more information, call 870-642-2535.


The Howard County Mass Flu Clinic will be Thursday, October 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard County Health Unit at 201 Hempstead Street in Nashville. For more information, call 870-845-2208.


Morris said if you need more information about one of the mass flu clinics, contact your local health unit.






De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley announced a representative from the Arkansas School of Math and Science in Hot Springs will be visiting with students on Tuesday, October 13th in the high school auditorium at 1 p.m.


Whatley said they will speak with students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher and a list of eligible students will be posted soon.


Whatley also announced the district will be holding parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, October 22nd from 3:30 to 8 p.m.


Whatley also reminded students that their flu shot permission forms must returned to the school office Monday, October 5th. Flu shots will be administered on Tuesday, October 20th.






Brookshire’s has invited school districts in their communities to participate in a chance to win up to $10,000 for their school’s athletic programs.


Ashdown High School is competing in the Blue Division and is currently in first place. Ashdown Media Relations Director Rhonda Pounds said area residents can help Ashdown win by texting ‘Ashdown” to 43101 everyday until October 27th.


Brookshire’s also presented a $1,000 check to the district Friday night at halftime of the Ashdown – Bauxite game.






The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its class of 2015. The nomination deadline is November 6th.


The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansas who are or have contributed significantly to the state’s largest industry, while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development. Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 148 men and women have been inducted.


Butch Calhoun, chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, says anyone can nominate a person believed worthy for the honor.


The Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock houses the Agriculture Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of commerce and Arkansas Farm Bureau.


Additional information and online nomination forms are available at Forms can also be requested by calling 501-228-1470.


The induction ceremony for the next class will be March 4th, 2016 in Little Rock.





UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole announced Thursday morning that UA Cossatot has been awarded two workforce grants to help develop programs that benefit the area's industry needs.


Cole said the first grant is a regional workforce grant for Southwest Arkansas and will used by 2-year colleges in South Arkansas to develop a plan to identify the workforce needs of area industries.


Cole said the second grant is a workforce grant that was presented to the University of Arkansas 2-year colleges. He said this grant is very similar to the other one, but schools in the University of Arkansas system will develop programs that will make it easier for students to transfer to four-year colleges or move into the workforce all across the state.


Cole said the college's new textbook program is going well and he reported the college is currently marking the property lines around the Lockesburg campus and will start installing exterior lighting and security cameras in the near future.






Renee Hendrix of the Ouachita Region CASA program reminded area marksmen that CASA will be hosting a Turkey Shoot October 10th at the Sevier County Shooting Sports Range.


Monti Bartek stated there will be several different divisions during the Turkey Shoot including handguns and rifles and he challenged marksmen from Sevier and Little River counties to come and compete against some marksmen from the Mena area.


Bartek said the event supports a good cause and he asked Hendrix to explain what the CASA program does and she also encouraged area residents to volunteer to be a child's advocate.


Bartek will be donating a Yeti cooler and several other area businesses have donated door prizes for the event.


For more information, call 479-243-9277.






The Sevier County Museum Hoo Rah Days will be Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum complex in De Queen and this year's event will have something for everyone, whether you're looking for a one of a kind craft or wanting to ride in the poker run.


Hoo Rah Days will kick-off Saturday morning with the De Queen Rotary Club's breakfast at 7 a.m. The antique car and truck show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for the car show will start at 9 a.m. and the cost is $20 and it’s an extra $10 for an additional vehicle.


This year, De Queen Motorsports will host a Poker Run. The first bike out will be at 9 and the last bike out will be at 10 and all of the proceeds from these events will benefit the Sevier County Museum.


There will also be several arts and crafts booths and food vendors.


This year, students in the UA Cossatot LPN program will be checking blood pressure and holding a cake walk.


Sarah Vanhoose and Kendra Stevens said they will use the proceeds from their face painting and cake walk to pay for the certification exams.


If you are interested in having a booth at the 26th Annual Hoo Days Celebration, contact the museum at 642-6642.






According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 1.3 million consumers are potentially affected by more than 50 recalls that have been announced for vehicles or parts of vehicles in September alone.


Last Week, General Motors reached a settlement with the United States Department of Justice for faulty ignition switches, which reportedly resulted in at least 124 deaths along with numerous injuries.


Recalls are issued when minimum federal motor vehicle safety standards are not met on items like brakes, tires, lighting, air bags, safety belts and child restraints.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to take a proactive approach to vehicle recalls.


Rutledge suggests consumers visit the website: and use the NHTSA's database to look up recalls by a vehicle's year, make and modal. Consumers may also contact the vehicle manufacturer or car dealer to search for recalls by the vehicle's VIN number and sign up at so you can receive email notifications about new recalls.


According to the Attorney General's office, manufacturers must notify owners of all affected vehicles via mail or phone with information that identify the problems. Rutledge said recall repairs only cover the part or parts that can be replaced or repaired and do not provide the owners with a new vehicle.


For more information contact the Attorney General's office at 1-800-482-8982 or






LifeShare Blood Center is having a blood drive on Monday, October 5th at UA Cossatot in De Queen from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the LifeShare Donor Coach.


According to a press release from LifeShare, about one in seven people who enter a hospital will need a blood product and one donation, which is approximately one pint of blood, can save up to three lives.


LifeShare Blood Centers supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas, including the De Queen Regional Medical Center, the Little River County Hospital and Howard Memorial Hospital.


For more information, visit the website or call 903-794-3173.





Sevier County Museum board member, Jim Bo Arnold, announced this year's Hoo-Rah Day celebration theme will be railroads and he said there will be several activities this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Arnold said the railroad played a big part in the history of Sevier County and there will be a model train on display.


Arnold said the Rotary Club country breakfast will be held from 7 to 10 a.m., arts and craft booths, along with a lot of food vendors.


There will also be knifemaking and blacksmithing demonstrations and a poker run.


Arnold said the annual Hoo-Rah Days is the main fundraiser for the Sevier County Museum.


If you would like to sign up to be a vendor, contact the Sevier County Museum at 870-642-6642.






Seven-year-old Braylee Janes is an all around cowgirl and she has the hardware to prove it.


Janes won her first of 20 belt buckles at the age of 18-months during the Grannis Trail Riders Rodeo and this year, she won her fourth saddle when she took the title of All-Around Cowgirl in the Arkansas Teenage Rodeo Association.


Janes competes in several associations including the Southern Junior Rodeo Association and the Texoma Junior Rodeo Association.  She is the back-to-back All-Around Cowgirl champion in the Southern Junior Rodeo Association and she will be competing in barrels this weekend in the 47th annual Arkansas Finals Rodeo Association in Pine Bluff.


Janes told KDQN that she will be taking two horses, Bubba and Cookie, to Pine Bluff and will decide which one to race when she inspects the arena.


Ben Matheson, Sam Dixon, McKenna Caudle, Natalie Janes, Lee Ann Brooks, Rachael Lowery and Jace Harris will also be competing this weekend for titles, buckles and saddles.






Monday night, the Ashdown Board of Education met in special session to discuss two issues involving the district's athletic department.


During the board's regular September meeting, board members discussed changing the district's practice of only allowing event specific student-athletes into games for free.


In the past, the Ashdown district allowed all student athletes into games for free, but the district's athlete budget continued to wind up in the red. Monday night, board members voted to keep the district's current policy in place and to look at other options this spring for the 2016-2017 school year.


Board member Bradley Day then made a motion to add the color gray to the school colors, but the motion died for lack of a second.


Board members then voted to keep the majority of all athlete uniforms, purple and gold.


Board members also voted to table the election of new officers until all seven board members could be present.






Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth has proclaimed October 1st as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Lockesburg and is encouraging everyone, including all city employees, to wear Pink today in support of the Susan G. Komen National Breast Cancer Awareness.


Mayor Ruth said Pink reminds us that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and the second most deadly form of cancer in the United States, but when breast cancer is detected in its earliest stages, there is a 95 percent survival rate.


According to one study, 204,829 women and 3,027 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and approximately 47,982 women and 704 men will die from the disease.


In Arkansas, it’s been estimated that 2,120 cases of breast cancer will be detected this year and it will result in 624 deaths.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization has designated October 1st as "Go Pink for the Cure Day" to help bring awareness of the importance of women getting mammograms.