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BATTLE OF THE CANS EVENT IN UMPIRE 11/4/16
Student Council President Karli Alexander announced the Umpire High School is conducting a Battle of the Cans food drive now until November 14th.
She said every class has been assigned a room and their goal is to bring enough cans to fill the doorway. Alexander said if a doorway is filled no one will have class in that room on Monday, November 14th. She said all of the food collected will be donated to the Umpire Parent-Teacher Organization to help needy families in the area have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Alexander said classes can't pre-check their totals, but it will take about 200 cans to fill a doorway.
For more information, contact the Umpire High School at 870-583-2141.
COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ENCOURAGES COUNTY RESIDENTS TO GET PNEUMONIA SHOT 11/4/16
Jason Lofton is the Sevier County Health Officer and he is encouraging county residents 65 and older to get a pneumonia shot.
Lofton also discussed some of the misconceptions surrounding the pneumonia vaccine and there are some disagreement in the medical community concerning the 23-vaccine about whether patients need a pneumonia injection every 5-years.
Lofton said senior adults can also receive the pneumonia shot when they get their flu injection, because the pneumonia vaccine a bacteria and not a virus.
Lofton said patients can speak to their health provider about the pneumonia shot or they can contact his office at 642-4000. Lofton will also be posting some information about the pneumonia injection on the Wellness Centers' Facebook page.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE OFFERING PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 11/4/16
Little River County Extension Agent Sherry Beaty-Sullivan announced she will be leading a pesticide applicator training meeting on Monday, November 7th at 6 p.m. in the Millwood Room on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.
Sullivan said the Little River County Extension Office is also getting ready for the Four-States Cattle Conference on December 13th in Texarkana. She also asked participates to pre-register for the cattle conference because they will be providing a meal.
Sullivan also reported the Little River County Extension Office has started two new 4-H clubs. One is a Cloverbud club in Ashdown and the other is a Citizenship and Leadership club in Foreman.
For more information about any of these programs, contact the Little River County Extension Office at 870-898-7225.
MORE AREA STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO ARKANSAS PURPLE CIRCLE CLUB 11/4/16
Tyler Johnson of De Queen, Trace Kennemore, Madison McAllister and Rylee Youngblood of Ashdown were all inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club on Saturday, October 29th.
Johnson had the Grand Champion AOB-Exotic Bull at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show; Kennemore of the Ashdown FFA had the Grand Champion AOB - English Heifer; McAllister of the Ashdown FFA won the Senior Commercial Sheep Showmanship Award; and Youngblood of the Little River County 4-H had the Division Champion Market Hog.
The awards were presented by Arkansas Farm Bureau Vice President Rich Hillman.
The Purple Circle Club is an awards program that recognizes junior livestock exhibitors who earned championship honors at the Arkansas State Fair. It is sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS AT FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD IN BROKEN BOW THIS SUNDAY 11/4/16
Sunday, First Assembly of God Church of Broken Bow will be holding two special programs. Sunday morning, Blake and Jenna Bolerjack will be in concert at 10:30 and Oklahoma pastor and State Representative, Dan Fisher, will be presenting the program Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment, Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.
Blake and Jenna are a modern gospel duo that communicates their faith through music with gentleness and a testimony of love and commitment through their marriage.
Blake and Jenna will share music that will span the generations, as they inspire and encourage their listeners as they share their testimony about Jenna's recent cancer diagnosis and God's faithfulness through this trial.
COSSATOT RIVER SUPERINTENDENTS FARM SELECTED AS AN ARKANSAS CENTURY FARM 11/3/16
This past Tuesday, Cossatot River School District Superintendent Donnie Davis and his family joined hundred's of people at the Arkansas State Capitol for the 2016 Century Farm Inductee Ceremony.
Davis told KDQN that his family settled on their farm in Lodi, Arkansas in 1885 after William T. and Mary Frances Whisenhunt White were granted homestead acreage.
Davis and his family were inducted into the Arkansas Century Farm Program along with 43 other farm families who own and operate farms that have been in their families for 100 years or more.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department started the Arkansas Century Farm program in 2012, to honor Arkansas farm families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.
Davis said his mom still lives on their farm and was able to attend the ceremony.
The Arkansas Century Farm program is a voluntary program and places no restrictions on the farm, nor does it offer any legal protection. However, Davis said his family was presented a metal sign that will be placed on their farm and some certificates stating their farm is a part of Arkansas Century Farm Program.
Since 2012, over 300 Arkansas farms and families have been inducted into the Century Farms Program, if you would like more information about the program, visit the website: AAD.Arkansas.gov/centuryfarmprogram
DRIVERS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR DEER 11/3/16
According to a recent State Farm insurance report, auto accidents involving collisions with deer appear to be on the rise in Arkansas, and drivers are being encouraged to be on the lookout for deer crossing roadways this time of year when deer are in rut.
According to the report, there were 22,100 claims filed in Arkansas in 2015-2016 involving vehicular collisions with deer and elk, which is up almost 3,000 claims from 2006-2007.
Cory Gray is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's deer program coordinator and he said if you see a deer on the side of the road, to slow down and don't swerve in order to avoid the deer.
Gray said deer usually move during the mornings around sunrise and in the evenings around sunset. He said these are the times that deer feed and when they are most active. Gray said there is also an increase in deer movement during the months of October, November and December.
If you have a collision with a deer, contact the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's radio room at 1-800-482-9262. All deer that are killed, even in an automobile collision, need to be reported. Once reported, the driver can keep the deer for processing.
Gray also noted that chronic wasting disease and hunting regulations have changed in the 10-county chronic wasting disease management zone. He said if a deer is hit by a car and killed in that zone, it can be kept after it is reported, but the whole deer cannot be transported out of the zone.
Gray said if the deer is just injured and you need help with it, contact the commission's radio room and they will dispatch a wildlife officer to the scene.
TOUR DE QUEEN 11/3/16
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey announced Thursday morning that the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride is this Saturday at 9 a.m., but you can still register up until 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The cost is $30, however veterans can ride for free and proceeds will be donated to a Veteran’s Advocacy program.
Massey said 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 De Queen Lake. Volunteers will mark various locations along the route as turn-around points and rest stops.
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 and the event will go on rain or shine.
Registration forms can still be picked up at the De Queen Bee, the KDQN studio, Bear State Bank, First State Bank and the De Queen City Hall.
Massey also stated the chamber's annual Shop at Home campaign will kick off soon and the De Queen Christmas parade is Saturday, December 3rd at 6 p.m.
Massey said downtown merchants are
being encouraged to stay open for extended hours during and
following the parade. The chamber is also inviting businesses,
churches, groups or organizations to set up booths on the square
during the parade at no cost.
FOUKE MONSTER MOVIE DEBUTS NEXT SATURDAY 11/3/16
On Saturday, November 12th, the crew and some of the subjects of the new film, Boggy Creek Monster, will unveil their creation at a free screening at the Fouke Middle School at 5 and 8 p.m.
Small Town Monsters, and director, Seth Breedlove, who also produced the film will be present, selling T-shirts, DVDs and other Bigfoot-centric items. Lyle Blackburn, who co-produced the film and wrote "The Beast of Boggy Creek" will also be available for autographs and to answer questions.
Boggy Creek Monster will be released on DVD and streaming services on November 11th. Small Town Monsters is an award-winning production company behind two other documentaries tracking bizarre creature accounts from around the country. "The Beast of Boggy Creek" is a feature-length documentary entirely funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign that was launched last February which focuses on the legendary, Bigfoot-like, Fouke Monster.
Boggy Creek Monster is an in-depth examination of a topic that has long fascinated horror fans and Bigfoot enthusiasts alike. According to the producer, the Legend of Boggy Creek took an adventurous and fun look at the subject, while this film will dig deep into the mysteries behind the Fouke Monster, which is a creature that is said to stalk the bottomlands and swamps of South Arkansas.
POLK COUNTY SHOOTING SUSPECT APPREHENDED IN OKLAHOMA 11/2/16
Forty-six year old Ed Martin of Mena has been apprehended by police in Oklahoma after being identified as the suspect that's wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred just outside Mena on Monday, October 31st.
Martin was apprehended by police in Leflore County after authorities found Martin's 2013 maroon Chevy Malibu in a ditch near Spiro, Oklahoma. A short time later, Martin was taken into custody without incident.
Martin is currently being held in the Leflore County jail waiting to be extradited back to Polk County.
Martin is the suspect in a shooting that injured a 42-year-old white male that was transported to the Mena Regional Health System, before being transferred to another hospital for surgery.
FORMER LITTLE RIVER COUNTY JAILER PLEADS GUILTY OF FURNISHING PROHIBITED ARTICLES 11/2/16
A former Little River County jailer who was accused of sexually assaulting a prisoner pleaded guilty Tuesday to furnishing prohibited articles.
According to court records, the sexual assault charge was dismissed because the alleged victim, 36-year-old Steven Carmack, of Little River County committed suicide.
Forty-four year old Mary Ann Gibson pleaded guilty to furnishing prohibited articles to Carmack while he was a prisoner in the Little River County Jail. She was sentenced to five-years of probation.
Gibson also received a $500 fine, and will have to pay court cost. The Class C felony charge carries a potential sentence of five to 20 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Ninth Judicial District Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir said he had to dismiss the sexual assault case because there was not enough evidence to go to court without the victim who was deceased.
The alleged incidents involving Carmack and Gibson occurred from May through August of 2015, when Gibson was working as the jail administrator for the Little River County Sheriff's Office. Carmack was serving time for failure to pay child support.
While Carmack was a prisoner, Gibson would let him out of his cell and they would sit outside the courthouse on a bench and she would bring food from area restaurants and they would eat together either in Gibson's office or outside on the courthouse lawn.
Gibson also provided Carmack with a cell phone and tobacco products.
Carmack's body was discovered by three boys from the Jack's Isle community while they were playing in the woods on March 12th.
Carmack's family had reported him missing on January 31st.
DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL WORKS ON BUDGET TUESDAY NIGHT 11/2/16
Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen heard requests for large ticket items from the supervisors of the Waste Water Department, the Water Department and the Police Department.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said the three departments provided the council with an overview of their budget requests.
Mike Sims reported the Waste Water Department needed a new screw pump and he estimated the cost at over $100,000. Jeff Brown of the Water Department reported the water plant's filter media needs to be replaced, which could cost as much as $80,000.
Police Chief Scott Simmons asked the council to approve new body cameras for the patrol officers and ceramic plates for officers to wear when they are working in a high-risk situation. Simmons only requested plates for the front of the officer’s tactical vests, but aldermen said they would consider purchasing plates for both the front and back.
McKelvy also reported Arkansas Tax Associates found about $36,000 in sales tax that the city should get reimbursed for. He also reported a section of the downtown street lights were retrofitted to LED this past weekend, and the sewer extension project on Highway 71 South is close to being finished.
The next meeting of the De Queen City Council was scheduled for Tuesday, November 15th.
SEVIER COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS EVENT IS FRIDAY 11/2/16
Mac McDaniel of the Sevier County Rescue Unit said the annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser is this Friday at 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Fairgrounds.
McDaniel said they started buying toys years ago, but they only started cooking in 1992. He said he hopes everyone will come out and help the Rescue Unit raise funds so they can purchase toys for children who won't have Christmas presents without the Toys for Tots program.
McDaniel said they will start handing out Toys for Tots applications on the day of the De Queen Christmas Parade and they will try to purchase three gifts per child.
If you would like to make a donation to the auction, contact the Sevier County Housing Authority at 642-2960. If you would like to make a donation and you can't attend Friday's fundraiser, send your check to Toys for Tots, PO Box 884, De Queen, Arkansas, 71832.
AUTO DEALERS ELECT RUSSELL CHAIRMAN 11/2/16
Members of the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association recently elected Derek Russell, of Ford of West Memphis, as the new Chairman of the Board.
Other elected officers included Jamie Cobb of Gwatney Chevrolet in Jacksonville as the Chairman-elect; Gan Nunnally of George Nunnally Chevrolet in Bentonville as the Treasurer; Hunter Bale of Bale Chevrolet in Little Rock as the Regional Vice-Chairman of Region II; Bradford Randall of Randall Ford, Inc., of Fort Smith as Regional Vice-Chairman of Region III; and Jay Dooley of De Queen Auto Group of De Queen as the Regional Vice-Chairman of Region IV.
The Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association is a trade organization that represents over 200 Arkansas franchised automobile and truck dealers.
BOLO ISSUED IN POLK COUNTY FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT 11/1/16
Polk County Sheriff's Office issued a BOLO Monday evening about 9 p.m. for Ed Martin.
Martin is a suspect in a shooting incident that occurred early Monday evening that injured one person. Martin is considered armed and dangerous.
Martin is described as a Caucasian male, 6'2" tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He was last seen driving a maroon Chevy Malibu in the vicinity of Highway 76 East, near Acorn. His direction of travel was unknown at that time.
If you see Martin or have information as to his whereabouts, contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 479-394-2511 or call 911.
ACCUSED KILLER ARRESTED IN PIKE COUNTY 11/1/16
A suspected killer on the run from California is behind bars in Pike County.
Thirty year old Jimmy Ray Ramos of Porterville, California, aka Ronny Ramos, is wanted in California in connection with a fatal stabbing and is currently being held in the Pike County Detention Center in Murfreesboro pending his extradition.
According to the arrest warrant, the Pike County Sheriff's office received a call from a homicide investigator in California on October 6th informing them that there was an outstanding warrant along with a $1,000,000 bond for a fugitive who was possibly hiding in Glenwood.
According to the Pike County Sheriff's office, Sheriff Charlie Caldwell met with the interim police chief of Glenwood, Jerry Lowery and Chief Deputy David Shelby of the sheriff's office to devise a plan to find Ramos.
Officers later confirmed the location of Ramos and took him into custody without incident at a residence in Glenwood.
Members of the Pike County Sheriff's Office, the Glenwood Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police participated in the investigation and arrest.
ARKANSAS HUNTERS FEEDING THE HUNGRY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SPOKE TO DE QUEEN ROTARY 11/1/16
Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry Executive Director Ronnie Ritter spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club on Monday about ways area hunters can help provide venison to local food pantries.
Tuesday morning, Ritter explained how the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry program works to KDQN.
Ritter reported there are 61 processing plants in the state and he is trying to get a processor in Sevier County to participate.
Ritter said Arkansas hunters have provided about 3 million meals for Arkansas's needy families since the program started.
Ritter said they need about $100,000 a year to fund the program and hunters can make a donation of $1, $5 or $10 when they purchase their hunting license.
Ritter encouraged hunters to donate to the program by simply harvesting one extra deer and donating it to a participating processor.
For more information, visit their website at www.arkansashunters.org.
PANTHER PLAYERS PRESENT "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN" 11/1/16
The Ashdown High School Panther Players announced the opening of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" November 12th through the 15th at the Ashdown High School Auditorium.
KDQN Ashdown High School Intern Hunter Billingsley provided a few details for our listeners about this Tony Award-winning musical, which recently enjoyed a Broadway revival.
Show times will be at 7 p.m. on November 12th, 2 p.m. on November 13th and at 9 a.m. on November 14th and 15th. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults and they will be available at the door.
AETN AND DE QUEEN LIBRARY TEAMING UP DURING MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD SWEATER DRIVE 10/31/16
AETN and the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library System have partnered to sponsor a local Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor.
Katie Culpepper of AETN informed KDQN that she and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be in De Queen at the library on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4 p.m. to kickoff this year's sweater drive.
Members of the community are being asked to donate a new or gently worn sweater, coat, hat, scarf and gloves at the De Queen Library from November 1st through the 30th. Items that are collected will be distributed locally by the Sevier County Housing Authority and the De Queen School District. The statewide distribution is conducted by the Arkansas Salvation Army.
Culpepper said Mister Rogers epitomized the mission of educational public service media and AETN is carrying on this legacy through the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive. She said AETN started the sweater drive in 2000 in Conway and expanded the program statewide three-years ago.
Culpepper said the De Queen Library collected over 200 items last year and this year, they hope to collect even more.
Last year, 20 libraries participated in the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive and they collected more than 2,500 sweaters statewide. This year, 30 libraries are participating.
Culpepper said if you are interested in learning more about the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive to call AETN at 501-682-2386.
AETN is Arkansas' statewide public television network that provides educational programs for people from all walks of life. AETN has stations in Little Rock, Mountain View, Arkadelphia, Fayetteville, Jonesboro and El Dorado.
BACK THE BLACK ROBED REGIMENT 10/31/16
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES OPEN BEEF CATTLE WINNERS 10/31/16
The Arkansas State Fair has announced the winners in the open beef cattle show.
Winners in the open division includes Grand Champion Emily McCarley of Umpire for her American female, Reserve Grand Champion Anna Sweat of McCaskill for her American female and Grand Champion Barrett Jackson of Ozan for his American bull. Other regional winners included Grand Champion Kane Faulkenberry of DeQueen in the Brahman category and Reserve Grand Champion Baylie Clay of Glenwood. Maddie Rivas of Horatio was the Reserve Grand Champion in the Beefmaster category and Wyatt Marshall of Horatio was the Grand Champion in the Brangus category.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF LOCKESBURG TO HOST SPECIAL VETERAN’S DAY SERVICE 10/31/16
On Saturday, November 5th, the Women on Mission group of the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg will host a special Veteran’s Day Recognition and Appreciation Service for all Lockesburg area Veterans and Reservist along with their families.
If you are a past or present member of the United States Armed Forces, First Baptist would like to invite you to their special program on Saturday, November 5th at 10 a.m. in the Worship Center. The program will be followed by a brunch in the Fellowship Hall.
For more information or to RSVP, call the church at 870-289-2121 or Wilma Cannon at 870-289-6331.
JURY ACQUITS HORATIO MAN OF RAPE 10/28/16
A Miller County jury acquitted a Horatio man Thursday afternoon who was accused of raping a woman that he met at a Texarkana, Arkansas nightclub last year.
Forty-six year old Gary Bevis, Sr. was acquitted by a jury of seven men and five women after they heard testimony all day Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bevis had been charged with the rape of a woman that he met at the Electric Cowboy. The woman claimed he choked, beat and sexually assaulted her, but the jury said were holes in both Bevis' and the alleged victim's accounts, which left them unable to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
WINNERS OF THE LITTLE RIVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET 10/28/16
Last night, members and guests attended the Little River Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.
Chamber Director Fonda Hawthorne, along with the 2016 President Beverly Glanville and incoming President Danny Young presented the following awards.
The Foreman Teacher of the Year is June Jackson and the Ashdown Teacher of the Year is Jamie Hadaway.
The Tractor Supply Company received the Renovation Award for renovating the old Wal-Mart building and EZ-Mart received the New Construction Award.
Heavenly Sweets, Interior Treats and Flower Boutique was named the Small Business of the Year and Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab was named the Large Business of the Year.
The School, Community, and Non-profit Award was presented to the Ashdown City Park. The Clayton Castleman Public Service of the Year Award was presented to Michael Turner and the Steve Pearce Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Jim Cross.
UA Cossatot also recognized Carolyn Castleman for her year's of dedication and service to UA Cossatot and the UA Cossatot Foundation.
ARKANSAS SCHOLARSHIP LOTTERY TURNED 7 LAST MONTH 10/28/16
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery turned 7-years-old on September 28th. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley spoke to KDQN and said $3 billion dollars has been raised over the past 7-years through the lottery.
Woosley said $700 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to students in Arkansas. In Sevier County 1205 students have received a lottery scholarship, while 796 students have been awarded a lottery scholarship in Little River County.
Woosley said there are 1,900 retailers that sell lottery tickets in the state. He said 92 cents of every dollar goes back into the Arkansas economy.
Woosley said 80 percent of lottery players play the Instant Win games, but the Powerball is now up to $160 million dollars. He also mentioned the lottery has made 52 millionaires in the state including one player from Sevier County.
Woosley also said parents and students should visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education's website to sign up for a lottery scholarship.
For information about the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, visit the website myarkansaslottery.com
CRATER OF DIAMONDS NAMED REGION 4 ARKANSAS STATE PARK OF THE YEAR 10/28/16
The Crater of Diamonds State Park is being honored as the Park of the Year in Region 4.
Arkansas State Park's Director Grady Spann said the Crater of Diamonds State Park is one of the busiest parks in the state. He said the park set records in revenue and visitation. Spann said the park's revenue was up by nearly 22 percent and almost 18,000 people visited the park this year.
The Crater of Diamonds State Park offers visitors a one-in-a-kind experience by allowing them to hunt for diamonds in the 37 and a half acre plowed field.
So far this year, 285 diamonds have been classified as white, 74 as brown and 67 as yellow.
Thirteen diamonds weighing over one carat each have been registered at the park. The largest was a 2.03-carat white gem that was found on the surface of the diamond search area on October 3rd.
Diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow, but the three colors that are found at the park are white, brown and yellow. Park staff at the Diamond Discovery Center provides free identification and certification of diamonds that are found at the park.
The park also has 47 Class AAA campsites and five walk-in tent sites with free Wi-Fi, an enclosed pavilion with air-conditioning and heating, picnic sites, restaurant, gift shop, trails, laundry and the Diamond Springs Water Park.
The Crater of Diamonds State Park also introduced four new workshops this past year. They were Earth Science Day, Wire Tree Crafting, Business Partner Appreciation Day and National Kids to Parks Day.
Park Interpreter Waymon Cox said the $8 admission fee isn't buying a diamond or even a lottery ticket. He said it's buying an adventure, finding a diamond is just a bonus. TripAdvisor reviews report 94 percent of guests report they had an enjoyable experience even if they didn't find a diamond.
For more information about the Crater of Diamonds State Park, call 870-285-3113 or visit their website at craterofdiamondstatepark.com.
ROJAS PARTICIPATES IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH EDUCATION COMMISSIONER 10/28/16
Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key recently held a roundtable discussion in Little Rock concerning the Department of Education's vision for excellence.
According to Key, the department is working with various stakeholders to transform the state's education system so it can lead the nation in "student-focused" education.
Victor Rojas represented the De Queen School District and he stated he hopes the state will use the flexibility that's granted under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act to help districts design innovative programs that will lead to improved outcomes.
Rojas said he felt the state has a constitutional and moral obligation to provide students with the best education system possible.
CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME 10/28/16
Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department wants to remind area residents that the members of the De Queen Police Department and the Sevier County Sheriff's Office will be playing a charity softball game this Saturday in the Lockesburg City Park against members of the Howard County law enforcement community.
The De Queen Police Department and the Sevier County Sheriff's office are also collecting coats, gloves and winter clothing for children until November 16th.
Browning said items may be dropped off at the De Queen, Lockesburg or Horatio city halls, the De Queen Police Department or the Sevier County Sheriff's Office. He said items may also be dropped off Saturday at the game.
Saturday's game will start at 11 a.m. Browning said there's no admission charge but they will be accepting donations at the gate. He said the gate proceeds will be split between the Lockesburg City Park and the Sevier County Salvation Army.
For more information, contact the De Queen Police Department at 870-642-2213.
BOIL WATER NOTICE ISSUED 10/27/16
The Department of health has confirmed the "Boil Water" Notice issued by Brandon Walraven for all connections north of the intersection of HWY 41 & HWY 32, including Arkinda. This order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of partial loss in normal system pressure.
Under the "Boil Water' Notice, all affected customers are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one (1) minute prior to use. All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water used for making ice.
This Notice will be lifted by the Department of Health when 1 set(s) of bacteriological samples indicated that the water is free of bacterial contamination and an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the distribution system.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE WESTERMAN VISITS DE QUEEN 10/27/16
Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman held a town-hall style meeting on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot before touring Romine Oil Company.
During the town-hall style meeting, Westerman discussed 6-points that he and other House Republicans want to do in Congress to help restore confidence in our government.
Westerman said House Republicans have developed a platform entitled "A Better Way" after surveying the American people. He said his constitutes are telling him that they feel the same way about these issues.
Westerman said to see a copy of the House Republicans' vision for a confident America visit the website: better.gop.
Westerman also told those in attendance Wednesday that we need government programs that have a purpose that don't encourage people not to work. He said the only program that has ever helped eliminate poverty, is a job.
If you have any questions, contact one of Westerman's field offices in Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, El Dorado or Ozark.
TESTIMONY CONTINUED WEDNESDAY IN THE TRIAL OF HORATIO MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE 10/27/16
Testimony continued Wednesday in the Miller County Circuit Court in the trial of a Horatio man who is being accused of raping a woman that he met at the Electric Cowboy, last year.
Wednesday, 47-year-old Gary Bevis, Sr. testified that he met the alleged victim at the Electric Cowboy, but he stated he had consensual sex with his accuser.
Bevis said he got lost driving to a man's house that he had given a ride to in the past and ended up at Mr. D's nightclub. He said while the alleged victim was talking to the bouncer, James Dansby, he was chatting with several people at the bar.
Bevis said after they left Mr. D's he was able to find the man's trailer but no one came to the door, so he and the alleged victim started kissing, while sitting on the doorsteps.
Bevis said as he was driving along Mandeville Road, the woman asked him to hold her. Bevis said he pulled off the road and they started making out. Bevis said at one point he got out of the truck, walked around to the passenger side and the alleged victim initiated a sexual act, which led to them having sex.
Bevis said the woman then started screaming at him and he shoved her out of the truck. He said the reason his shirt and belt were on the ground at the scene was because she grabbed them as she was getting out of the truck.
According to Texarkana, Arkansas Detective Paul Nall, he interviewed Bevis on November 1st, 2015 and Bevis admitted he was required to register as a sex offender because he accepted a plea bargain in 1999 to an offense involving his ex-wife's daughter, who was under the age of 14 at the time. He was sentenced to four-years of probation.
If convicted of rape, Bevis could be sentenced to 10 to 40 years or life in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
UA COSSATOT FFA CHILI SUPPER IS TONIGHT 10/27/16
UA Cossatot collegiate FFA member Hunter Johnson stopped by the KDQN studios this morning to remind area residents that the Collegiate FFA's annual chili supper is today in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. He said they will start serving chili at 3 p.m. and you can also purchase a gun raffle ticket for $10 each or 6 for $50 until 6 p.m. tonight.
Johnson said take out bowls will be available for $3.
For more information, call 870-584-1218.
FALL FUNFEST AND LITTLE HEROES 5K IS SATURDAY 10/27/16
This Saturday, Ginger Marshall and her family will host the 2016 Fall Funfest at the De Queen Middle School Gym on Coulter Drive beginning at 10 a.m. Marshall said there will be activities until 4 p.m., including face painting, bounce house, and carnival games.
Marshall said at the conclusion of the Funfest, they will start registering for the Little Heroes 5K and Hero Dash.
Marshall said following the Little Heroes 5K, they will draw for the Hochatown Getaway Raffle. She said tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20.
Marshall said all of the proceeds from the Funfest and Little Heroes 5k will be donated to the Children's Tumor Foundation to fund a research project. She said they’ve raised over $6,000 and they need $15,000 to fund a project. Marshall said the reason she and her family are so passionate about the Children's Tumor Foundation is because her daughter has NF.
For more information or to make a donation, call 870-584-8674.
A LITTLE LOVIN’ CAN CHANGE A LOT 10/27/16
McDonald’s will once again be collecting for children in need through the Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities, November 1st through the 13th.
Celia and Steve Montgomery own the De Queen McDonald and they said it’s the time of year, when you walk into your local McDonald’s and see “Giving Hands” plastered all over the doors and windows. Montgomery said these hands are a testament to the community’s generosity. She said McDonald’s has always supported children in need, whether, it’s helping them here at home or supporting the nearest Ronald McDonald House where kids in need are a priority.
Montgomery said 365 days a year, a portion of each and every Happy Meal that's sold goes to the Ronald McDonald House Children Charities. She said patrons can also drop their change in the Ronald McDonald House Children Charities drop boxes every time they visit a restaurant.
But, during “Give a Hand” campaign, Montgomery said McDonald customers will be asked if they would like to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Children Charities. If they do, they'll receive a paper Giving Hand to sign and it will then be displayed on the doors and windows.
Hand stickers may be purchased for $1, $3 or $5 donations and all of the proceeds will go to the RMHCC.
Montgomery said 75 percent of the funds donated will stay in the state. She said the RMHCC provides local grants for children and donations will help board families at the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock. She said the Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for families while their child is hospitalized for any lengthy critical stay.
The Little Rock Ronald McDonald House serves more than 800 families each year and keeps the family close, while providing a source of support and a sense of comfort.
A new Little Rock Ronald McDonald House has been built and a grand opening will be held the week of this year’s Give a Hand campaign.
SUCCESSFUL YEAR AT DIAMOND STATE PARK 10/27/16
MASS FLU CLINIC THURSDAY IN SEVIER COUNTY 10/26/16
Teresa Morris of the Arkansas Department of Health announced the annual Sevier County mass flu clinic is Thursday at the Sevier County Health Unit from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Little River County mass flu clinic is Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Little River County Senior Adult Center in Ashdown.
Morris said they have already been to several schools, but will be at Horatio and Ashdown next week.
Vaccinations will be provided free of charge, but if you have insurance, the Arkansas Department of Health will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of the injection.
If you would like to participate in the clinic, stop by the local health unit and pick up a consent form. If you have the form filled out and reviewed prior to the clinic, it will speed up the process on the day of the mass clinic.
Morris explained the flu vaccine is a dead virus and will not give anyone the flu and this year's vaccine consists of four-strains. Morris said the shot won't stop you from getting the flu, but it will ensure you have a milder case.
The Sevier County mass flu clinic is scheduled for Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sevier County Health Unit. For more information, call 870-642-2535.
The Howard County mass flu clinic is a drive thru clinic on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard County Farmer’s Market. For more information, call 870-845-2208.
The Little River County mass flu clinic is scheduled for Friday at the Little River County Senior Adult Center in Ashdown from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 870-898-3831.
The Pike County mass flu clinic is scheduled for Friday at the Pike County Senior Adult Center in Glenwood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 870-285-2535.
The Ashdown School District will hold a district wide flu clinic on Tuesday, November 1st. The consent forms will be sent home this week.
Ashdown’s Junior High School nurse, Debbie Turner, reported the Center for Disease Control, no longer recommends the flu mist, so only shots will be given this year.
Morris also stated if you can't attend one of the mass flu clinics, you can contact your local health unit and schedule an.
HORATIO MAN ON TRIAL IN MILLER COUNTY FOR RAPE 10/26/16
A Horatio man who has been accused of raping a woman that he met at a Texarkana, Arkansas nightclub is currently on trial in Miller County.
The trial of 46-year-old Gary Bevis, Sr. started Tuesday with testimony from the alleged victim.
She told the members of the jury that the night started with a trip to a Halloween costume store with some friends. She said they then stopped at a bar in Atlanta, Texas.
She said they left after one beer and went to the Electric Cowboy around 9:30 p.m. She said while at the club, she ran into a man that she knew and accepted an invitation from him and his wife to visit their home in Mandeville around 1:30 a.m.
She testified that there wasn't room for her in their vehicle and Bevis offered to give her a ride. She said she only accepted after her acquaintance nodded his approval.
The woman testified that Bevis first drove to the wrong trailer park and then he drove to Mr. D's nightclub.
James Dansby testified he was working security Halloween night at Mr. D's. and he noticed Bevis and the victim at the door around 4 a.m.
Dansby said the woman asked him if he could give her a ride, because she didn't feel safe with Bevis. He testified that he told her he couldn't drive all the way to Atlanta, but he would give her his number, so she could call him when she got home.
Dansby said he noticed Bevis and the victim drive off in a maroon Toyota truck.
The woman testified Bevis then pulled over on the side of the road and began to assault her. She said her phone rang while Bevis was assaulting her and she told Dansby that she was being beaten and raped.
However, Dansby testified his phone rang while he was driving home and he turned around and started driving to where he thought she might be.
The woman also testified that Bevis left his shirt and belt when he left her, but under cross-examination she said she could not remember who called who.
Dansby said he saw Bevis' truck and followed it to Ashdown, while speaking with an emergency dispatcher. He said Bevis was pulled over in Ashdown.
Ashdown Police Officer Casey Flemming testified that he and his captain were notified that a truck wanted in connection with a sexual assault was possibly headed toward Ashdown and they stopped a maroon Toyota that matched the description they had been given.
Flemming said Bevis was arrested for driving while intoxicated and he was not wearing a shirt or belt.
Texarkana Police Officer Les Colley testified that he found the alleged victim on the side of Mandeville Road in Miller County wearing a skeleton costume shortly before 6 a.m. on November 1st. He stated when he found the woman there was a shirt and belt nearby. He said the belt had the letter "B" on it.
If convicted of rape, Bevis faces 10 to 40 years or life in prison.
HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES IN DE QUEEN 10/26/16
Halloween is less than a week away and De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy announced all Halloween activities in the City of De Queen will be held on Monday, October 31st. He also mentioned its Red Ribbon Week and that the Avon Cemetery made Arkansas Haunted Road Trip list in his weekly Around Town Report.
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey announced the annual De Queen Kindergarten parade of Halloween costumes will be held Monday at 9 a.m. on the square in downtown De Queen. He said the Parkhill Preschool Halloween parade around the school is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. and kids 12 and under are invited to Trick or Treat on the square from 5:30 to 6.
Massey said area businesses, organizations, churches and individuals are welcome to set up booths throughout the downtown area and pass out candy.
Massey also reported Smiles of Arkansas Dental is hosting a Halloween event called Zombieville Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Smiles of Arkansas parking lot. He said there's going to be candy corn bowling, pumpkin toss, a mummy run and piñatas, as well as other activities.
McKelvy stated the American Legion Post number 54 announced they will be handing out Halloween treats from 6 to 8 p.m. at 513 North 8th Street in De Queen.
TWO MINERAL SPRINGS MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANT 10/26/16
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The execution of a search warrant in Mineral Springs led to the arrest of three individuals along with the recovery of suspected narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
Howard County Sheriff Bryan McJunkins said 24-year-old Eddie Charles Reed and 29-year-old Danial Taylor, both of Mineral Springs, along with Ashley Rolland of Louisiana.
McJunkins said the search warrant led to the recovery of two bags of suspected methamphetamine, one bag of suspected marijuana, digital scales, and baggies that were used to package and sell the narcotics.
The arrests were the result of an investigation that reportedly saw multiple drug sales that made by different individuals at the residence over the past three months.
Reed is charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and delivery of methamphetamine.
Rolland was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Taylor was arrested at a Nashville industry on a delivery charge resulting from drug sales at the residence.
Officers with the Howard County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, South Central Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife officers and the Mineral Springs Police Department were involved in serving the search warrant.
UA COSSATOT RECEIVES AWARDS FROM ASSOCIATION 10/25/16
UA Cossatot faculty and staff attended and received awards during the Arkansas Community College convention last week, in Hot Springs.
Cossatot Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement reported UA Cossatot is a member of the Arkansas Community Colleges, an association with all of the state's technical and two year colleges and each year, the association awards an Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Staff member from each institution. Lewis said Cossatot's Outstanding Staff member is Brenda Young of New Hope.
Young began her career at Cossatot in January 1997 as a student worker and transitioned to a full-time position seven months later. As the college grew, her job responsibilities also grew. Her duties include ensuring that the college follows state guidelines and laws while paying bills and supporting efficient operations.
Lewis announced the Outstanding Faculty member is Kelli Harris.
Harris is an instructor in the Professional Studies Division at UA Cossatot. She teaches primarily agriculture classes and some law classes and also serves as the collegiate FFA advisor. Some of the projects she has taken on include organizing the Colts Classic, which is an annual FFA contest for high school students and operating the college greenhouse.
The Arkansas Community College Association also recognizes a student and former student from each institution.
Lewis said Cossatot honored Lilly Bell-Johnson as Cossatot's Alumni of the Year and Tina Daugherty as Cossatot's Academic All-Star.
Bell-Johnson is a former Cossatot student, but she was also a former employee. Bell-Johnson is currently employed at Weyerhaeuser as the Human Resource Manager for both the Dierks Lumber and Idabel Lumber. She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management through a partnership with Franklin University.
Daugherty is from Nashville and plans to teach K-2 grades while completing her master's degree and eventually, a doctorate in education.
At the conclusion of the conference, Lewis was named the President of the Arkansas Community College Association. Lewis said it was an honor to be nominated and is excited to work with such a great association this coming year.
Lewis was elected two months ago by the ACC Board members. She will serve as President until October 17th, 2017.
She earned her Associate of Arts from Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma, her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and her Master of Science in Operation Management from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY WOMAN SENTENCED TO 47 YEARS IN ADC 10/25/16
A Little River County woman accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old Foreman High School junior at a birthday party on January 23rd plead guilty Monday and was sentenced to 47-years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Forty-one year old Traci Dierks plead guilty in the Little River County Circuit Court in Ashdown and Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan sentenced her to the maximum of 30-years for the 2nd degree murder of Caitlin Caskey.
Dierks was sentenced to one year in prison for aggravated assault on a student who was struck in the arm when the rifle went off and nine additional years on three counts of aggravated assault for pointing the weapon at other teenagers. Dierks was also sentenced to seven years for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to Dierks' attorney, she will be eligible for parole within eight years.
Dierks will remain in the Sevier County jail until she is transferred to prison.
JURY SELECTED IN HORATIO MAN'S TRAIL 10/25/16
Monday afternoon, a jury of six men and six women was selected in Miller County to hear the case of a Horatio man who allegedly raped a woman after meeting her at a nightclub in Texarkana, Arkansas.
Forty-five year old Gary Bevis is accused of beating and raping a woman that he met on November 1st of 2015 at the Electric Cowboy.
The alleged victim told police that she and Bevis stopped at another nightclub after they left the Electric Cowboy. While there, she and the bartender exchanged phone numbers and she later called him and allegedly told him that she had been beaten and raped.
While driving to where he thought she was, the bartender saw the red truck that the victim and Bevis had left in earlier. He followed the truck into Ashdown where it was stopped by local law enforcement officers.
Bevis was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and booked into the Little River County jail.
About 6 a.m., a detective found the victim on Mandeville Road. At the scene, officers found a shirt and belt with the letter "B" on it that was allegedly left by her attacker. When Bevis was arrested in Ashdown, he was not wearing a shirt or belt.
If convicted of rape, he could be facing 10 to 40 years or life in prison.
2016 AUTUMN COZY QUILT SHOW 10/25/16
The Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild will host their 2016 Autumn Cozy Quilt Show on Saturday, November 12th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg.
There will be a lot of quilts on display, vendors and homemade refreshments.
If you would like to enter a quilted item to be displayed and judged, you may drop them off at the church on Thursday, November 10th, between 6 and 8 p.m. or on Friday, November 11th, between 3 and 6:30 p.m. There is a $3 charge per entry.
Categories include: hand quilted, machine pieced and quilted, children’s or baby, first quilt, retreat, appliqué, antique and miscellaneous.
Admission to the show is free, but the Guild will accept donations at the show. All of the money donated at the show will be used to help local under privileged children at Christmas time.
Guests will be able to vote for their favorite quilt, chat with the quilters, and purchase quilted items, supplies and fabric.
If you have any questions about entries or would like to be a vendor, please call 870-287-5178 or 870-784-4388.
COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL BOARD RE-ORGANIZES 10/25/16
Cossatot River School District Board of Education held a special called meeting on September 29th. Board members voted to approve the district's 2016-17 budget and they accepted a bid of $70,684 from Wilson's Heating and Air to install an air conditioner in the high school gym.
Cossatot River School District Superintendent Donnie Davis stated the district held it's annual public meeting prior to the board's October meeting.
Board members also voted to schedule graduation for the Cossatot River High School on May 15th and May 18th for the Umpire High School.
Davis said the board then elected Rusty Youngblood as the board president, Randy Sellers as the vice-president, Mike Fortner as secretary and Nick Strother as disbursement officer.
LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY OF NOVEMBER 8TH BALLOT ISSUES 10/25/16
A spokesperson for the Arkansas Legislature submitted this summary of the ballot issues that will appear on the 2016 General Election Ballot.
Voters are reminded that they will see Issues 4 and 5 printed on the ballot, but the Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down both issues and votes cast for or against these issues will not be counted.
Ballot Issue #1 is titled “An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution concerning terms, election and eligibility of elected officials.
This amendment addresses the issue of unopposed candidates. If passed, it would allow the General Assembly to pass additional legislation that would declare a candidate elected for a particular office if that candidate is the only candidate for the position after all the deadlines have passed. And, if no other offices or issues are on the ballot, then an election would not be held.
The proposed amendment also defines the term “infamous crime”. Currently, the state constitution states that an individual is ineligible to hold office if convicted of embezzlement, bribery, forgery, or infamous crime. Over the years, the courts have determined what is or is not an infamous crime. Issue 1 would define infamous crime as a felony, abuse of office, tampering, a misdemeanor in which the defendant committed an act of deceit, fraud or false statement.
This issue would also lengthen the term of county elected officials from 2-years to 4-years. If passed, the 4-year terms would not take effect until the 2018 General Election.
Issue #2 addresses the power of the Governor when he or she travels outside of the state. Currently, Arkansas law requires the Lieutenant Governor to assume the power of Governor when the Governor is not physically in the state.
Issue 2 would allow the Governor to retain his or her duties and powers when traveling.
Issue 3 is titled an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution concerning job creation, job expansion and economic development.
It would remove the limitation on the principal amount of general obligation bonds that may be issued under Amendment 82 of the Arkansas Constitution to attract large economic development projects.
Issue 3 would also authorize a municipality to obtain or appropriate money for any corporation, association, institution, or individual to finance economic development projects and to provide economic development services.
A vote for Issue 6 would change the Arkansas Constitution to make the medical use of marijuana legal under Arkansas law and establishing a system for cultivation, acquisition and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes.
Issue 6 lists 17 qualifying patient conditions including cancer, glaucoma, hepatitis C and HIV. Issue 6 also would authorize the Arkansas Department of Health to approve other medical conditions or treatments as qualifying conditions following a public hearing.
Issue 6 would also require that there be no less than 20 but no more than 40 licensed dispensaries in the state and it states that there shall be at least four but not more than eight licensed cultivation facilities. However, there can be no more than four dispensaries in any one county.
Local voters would also be able to prohibit dispensaries and cultivation facilities in their communities through local elections.
State tax revenues would be used to pay for administering the program with any remaining funds being divided among state workforce training and technical school funds, and the state General Revenue Fund.
A vote for Issue 7 would make the medical use of marijuana legal under Arkansas law and establish a system for the cultivation, acquisition and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes.
Cardholders, who live more than 20 miles from a dispensary, would be allowed to grow a limited number of cannabis plants for themselves. The number of dispensaries would be based on the number of pharmacies and there would be one dispensary for every 20 pharmacies. Issue 7 says dispensaries would be non-profit and state tax revenues would pay for the administration of the program and provide access to marijuana for low-income patients.
There are 56 qualifying patient conditions in Issue 7.
Issue 7 is an initiated act which means it could be changed by a two-thirds vote by the legislature. However, Issue 6 is a proposed constitutional amendment, so the legislature would be able to alter sections of Issue 6, but would not be able to reverse the growing or dispensing of medical marijuana.
EARLY VOTING IN ARKANSAS BEGINS TODAY 10/24/16
Early voting started statewide today and voters can cast their ballot in the Sevier County Clerk's Office in the county courthouse from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. If you are unable to go to the polling place, you can vote by absentee, by requesting a ballot from the county clerk's office.
According to the state's Secretary of State's office, more than 50,000 Arkansans registered to vote in the last 3-months. That means there are now 1,754,243 registered voters in the state.
In 2012, only 67 percent of Arkansas voters cast a ballot. Seventy-eight percent voted in 1980.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, some elections have been decided by extremely narrow margins, especially in some local races. For example, in 2010, two candidates in Stone County tied twice, both in the primary and in the resulting runoff election. In 2005, a local initiative in Hot Springs passed by only 89 votes and in 1998, three municipal elections were decided by a single vote.
For more information about election deadlines visit the Secretary of State's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov.
Election day is November 8th and the polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voter precincts and polling sites are assigned by county election commissioners based on where you live. A voter registration card is issued by the county clerk that shows your voting precinct. You may also visit the website, www.VoterView.org.
LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMPLETED FOR CITY OF DIERKS 10/24/16
Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts presented the Dierks City Council with the 2015 Arkansas Legislative Audit during their October meeting.
Mounts reported the city received a good report with no major citations, however, it did have a few minor citations pertaining to the city's accounting software, which they plan to upgrade by the end of November.
Mounts reported construction on the city's new sewer lagoon should also be completed sometime in November.
Mounts said the city will continue to be aggressive on their cleanup efforts and will be contacting some residents in the near future concerning some ordinance violations.
Mounts also reported the council's budget meeting that was scheduled for Monday, December 5th will be rescheduled due to a conflict with the chamber’s Christmas parade.
The November meeting of the Dierks City Council is scheduled for Monday, November 14th.
ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC QUAIL MANAGEMENT PLAN 10/24/16
Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Jon Partain announced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking private landowners to participate in the Strategic Quail Management Plan to help provide habitation for quail in the state.
According to the commission's Small Game Team, they hope to reverse the decline of the northern Bobwhite quail population and establish long-term stability in the quail population in the state.
The commission hopes to achieve this by promoting the establishment and enhancement of quail habitat on both public and private lands to help generate more interest in quail hunting.
To get started, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking private landowners to contact the Private Lands Biologist in Hope by calling 870-777-5580 to set up an appointment.
SWIPING CEDAR 10/24/16
On October 13th, Janice Hobbs reported someone had cut some cedar trees off some property that joined theirs on Piney Road to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.
Hobbs stated the trees were on their hunting lease. She said the property belonged to John Hendrix.
Hobbs’ husband, William and his brother informed Deputy Wendall Randall that they had found a choker cable, which is used to drag logs out of the woods, along with several cedar logs on the ground.
Steven Wagoner oversees Hendrix’s property and he informed Deputy Randall that he had not given anyone permission to cut the trees.
Later, Deputy Chris Wolcott reported he had seen 33-year-old Jason Brooks of De Queen hauling a load of cut cedar logs to a private mill on Highway 71 North. Deputy Brian Hankins also reported he had seen Brooks with a load of cedar logs in the back of a Ford Ranger pickup.
Brooks was interviewed at the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and allegedly stated he was having a hard time and had cut the trees, although he didn’t have permission to do so.
Brooks was cited for misdemeanor theft of property after Wagoner reported Brooks had cut about $200 worth of cedar trees.
CITY OF DE QUEEN HAS PIT BULL DOG ORDINANCE 10/24/16
De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy released a statement reminding city residents that the De Queen City Council passed an ordinance in 2008 that prohibits residents from keeping pit bulls within the city limits.
McKelvy said Ordinance 949 makes it unlawful to keep American Pit Bull terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and American Bull Dogs in the city. It also prohibits dogs whose owner admits or identifies the dog as being one of those breeds or a dog that is commonly recognizable or identifiable as such.
Owners who are convicted of violating Ordinance 949 can be fined up to $500 and any owner who fails to remove a dog from the city limits can be fined up to $500 per day. If an owner reclaims a dog and then fails to remove it from the city limits, the animal can be seized and humanely destroyed.
For more information, contact the De Queen City Hall at 870-584-3445.
CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME 10/24/16
Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department said members of the De Queen Police Department and the Sevier County Sheriff's Office will be playing a charity softball game this Saturday in the Lockesburg City Park against law enforcement officers from Howard County.
Browning said the teams will be collecting coats, gloves and winter clothing for children.
Items may be dropped off at the De Queen, Lockesburg or Horatio city halls, the De Queen Police Department or the Sevier County Sheriff's Office. Browning said items may also be dropped off at the game.
Browning said Saturday's game will start at 11 a.m. and they'll be accepting donations at the gate. He said the proceeds will be split between the Lockesburg City Park and the Sevier County Salvation Army.
For more information, contact the De Queen Police Department at 870-642-2213.
WESTERMAN WILL HOST A COFFEE WEDNESDAY 10/24/16
Congressman Bruce Westerman will host a coffee on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot this Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The event is open to the public.
Westerman will host a Coffee with your Congressman along with U.S. Senator Tom Cotton at the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce in Hot Springs today from noon to 1 p.m. and at the Jasper City Hall in Jasper on Tuesday, November 1st from noon to 1.
ASHDOWN BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSES FUTURE FACIILITY NEEDS 10/21/16
During the October meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education, board members discussed the district's future facility needs. Superintendent Jason Sanders reported the board will address that issue during their November and December board meetings.
Sanders reported the district has also updated its web site and invited district patrons to visit the site at .
Sanders then reported the district will be consolidating its administration buildings into one at the old high school after the first of the year.
Board members approved the purchase of Renaissance Learning for Accelerated Reader, STAR Math and STAR Reading with Title I and NSLA funds. Sanders said the district spent $22,093.86 to help improve student test scores.
Board members voted to terminate the district’s contract with Renke’s janitorial contract at the high school.
Board members also elected Chuck Davis as president, Dorothy Henderson as the board vice-president, and Rosa Bowman as the secretary.
NOT A GOOD TIME TO BE DRINKING IN THE PARK 10/21/16
Wednesday evening, Sevier County Deputy Kris Hundley was dispatched to the Lockesburg City Park in reference to a domestic. He was also informed that there were some off-duty law enforcement officers on the scene.
When Hundley arrived, he noticed Deputy Greg Davignon and several other deputies had two men in custody. Hundley was informed that the officers were playing softball in the park when they witnessed the suspect, Kevin Fatherree and his wife, Kristina Fatherree start arguing. They also reported that they witnessed Kevin grab Kristina and that is when they decided to intervene.
As the officers approached, they said Kevin threw a beer down and told them to quote, "bring it on."
Officers said a second suspect, Larry David Russell approached the officers from behind and attempted to defend Kevin, but calmed down when he discovered they were all police officers.
Kevin was restrained and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Russell was charged with public intoxication.
Sonny Kimmel, Chad Bradshaw, Levi Browning, JJ Lopez, and David Higgins of the De Queen Police Department, Deputies Matt Webb, Thomas Jackson, Davignon, and Nicole Nealy of the Sevier County Sheriff's office, and Detention Officers Chet Stubbs and David Lindsey were all at the park when the incident occurred.
HORATIO LIONS POWDER PUFF GAME MONDAY NIGHT 10/21/16
The Horatio High School junior class will be hosting a powder puff football game Monday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Horatio Lion Football Stadium.
Junior class members Zack Izzo, Delfina Martinez and Alex Robles stopped by the KDQN studios and invited area residents to attend.
Martinez said members of the Horatio football team will be providing halftime entertainment.
FOREMAN BOARD OF EDUCATION MOVES FUNDS FROM BUILDING FUND TO BALANCE BUDGET 10/21/16
Foreman Superintendent George Kennedy reported the district is working to install a new bell and intercom system at the high school. He said the district's insurance company denied the district's claim that the system had been struck by lightening and was not going to pay for the new system.
Kennedy said the agri department's welding exhaust system has been installed and students will soon be welding in class.
Members of the Foreman Board of Education voted to transfer almost $105,000 from the district's building fund to the General Fund. Kennedy said this will allow the district to balance it's budget for the 2016-17 school year.
He also announced the district will be holding its annual public meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Board members elected Shane Mears the board president, Will Segraves as the vice-president and Wayne Frye as the board secretary.
BOOZMAN PROMOTES ARKANSAS TAKE BACK DAY THIS SATURDAY 10/21/16
U.S. Senator John Boozman is encouraging Arkansans to participate in the Arkansas Drug Take Back Day on Saturday and help get expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs out of their homes.
Boozman said prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country and unfortunately Arkansas is not immune to the problem. He said through the drug take back events, Arkansas is providing a safe option for people to dispose of old and unneeded medication, which will help reduce the risk of someone developing an addiction to prescription medication.
There will be more than 130 drug take back collection sites across the state. Boozman said during the April Drug Take Back event, Arkansans disposed of over 25,000 pounds of prescription drugs.
Sevier County residents can take their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to the Sevier County Sheriff's office.
TOUR DE QUEEN 10/21/16
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey recently invited bicyclists from across the region to participate in the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on November 5th. Pre-registration is $25, but registration forms must be completed by Monday, October 24th, after the 24th, registration is $30.
Massey said 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 De Queen Lake. Volunteers will mark various locations along the route AS turn-around points and rest stops.
Online registration is available on www.BikeReg.com by searching for Tour de Queen and veterans are invited to participate for free.
Registration forms can also be picked up locally at the De Queen Bee, the KDQN studio, Bear State Bank, First State Bank and the De Queen City Hall.
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 and the event will go on rain or shine.
For more information, call Massey at 870-582-5746.
PINE RIDGE PARK CLOSED FOR UPGRADES 10/20/16
De Queen Lake Park Ranger, Victor Kuykendall, reported the Pine Ridge Park area has been closed. He said they will be making several upgrades and the Pine Ridge Park will be closed for about a month.
Kuykendall said they will be replacing a culvert, putting in a new bathhouse and upgrading the park's electrical system.
If you have any questions, contact Kuykendall at 870-584-4161.
SEVIER COUNTY CEMETERY ON LIST FOR THE ULTIMATE HAUNTED ARKANSAS ROAD TRIP 10/20/16
Halloween is right around the corner, so what better time to take the Ultimate Haunted Arkansas Road Trip, especially when you can start right here in Sevier County.
Last month, Blogger Kristen Dummermuth wrote about some haunted sites in Arkansas and she included the Avon Cemetery in Sevier County.
Dummermuth stated the ghost of a mother and her child wander throughout the cemetery grounds. She reported the legend states, a mother sat her child on the mouth of the well as she collected water and the baby fell in and drowned.
Dummermuth said before the well at the cemetery was cemented over, residents said whenever someone drops a rock into the well at night they can hear the baby crying. Some people have also claimed to have seen the mother running through the cemetery looking for her child.
The Haunted Road Trip also includes the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Garfield, the Peel Mansion in Bentonville, the Radar Road Phantom in Rogers, the Tilly Willy Bridge in Fayetteville, the Old Malco Theatre in Hot Springs, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Crossett Railroad Tracks in Crossett, the Hitchhiker on Highway 365 in Woodson, the Empress of Little Rock and the St. Francis County Museum in Forrest City.
Dummermuth said if you love a good road trip and are fascinated by the unknown, make sure to embark upon this haunted adventure to experience some unnatural things in The Natural State.
Check our website, KDQN.net and click on the link for a copy of the map and for more details about the Ultimate Haunted Arkansas Road Trip.
SEVIER COUNTY EXTENSION TALKING ARKANSAS BALLOT ISSUES 10/20/16
For the past couple of weeks, Sevier County Extension, Family and Consumer Science agent, Janet Cantrell has been speaking to various organizations about the 2016 Ballot Issues.
Monday, Cantrell spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club and Tuesday night, she made a presentation to the De Queen City Council.
Wednesday morning, she discussed the issues that Arkansas voters will be casting their votes for and against with KDQN. Cantrell stated all the information that she provided was in the 2016 Voter Guide that was published by the University of Arkansas Extension Office.
Cantrell said there are three issues that were referred to the people of Arkansas by the Arkansas General Assembly and four issues that were referred to the people by petition.
She said Issue 1 is entitled Terms, election and eligibility of elected officials and deals with term limits for countywide officials.
Cantrell said Issue 1 will also prevent elected officials from holding civil office and will define the term "infamous crime.”
Cantrell said Issue 2 would allow the governor to retain his power when he is out of the state.
And, Issue 3 concerns economic development.
Cantrell said Issues 4, 5, 6 and 7 were all challenged in court and 4 and 5 have been removed from the ballot by the Arkansas Supreme Court. She said they will still appear on the ballot but any votes for or against those issues will not be counted.
Cantrell also explained what would happen if both medical marijuana issues were passed by Arkansas voters.
Cantrell said for more information, you can pick up a voter guide at the extension office or print a copy from the website: www.uaex.edu/ballot.
To contact Cantrell, call 870-584-3013.
JOB FAIR AT UA COSSATOT 10/19/16
UA Cossatot will be hosting a Job Fair Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus.
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey reported the college is inviting all chamber members to set up a booth at no cost. He said tables will be furnished by the college.
According to Cossatot, several different industries will be available and they are all interested in employees for full-time and part-time employees, as well as a few internships.
Registration is not required, but for more information call the college at 870-584-4471 or 1-800-844-4471.
COSSATOT RIVER EAST NIGHT OUT 10/19/16
Cossatot River High School's EAST students will be hosting a EAST Night Out on Thursday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in room 401.
Students will display their EAST Lab projects that were completed with the department's 3-D printer, the plotter, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and Sketch Up.
EAST Night Out is a nationwide EAST Open House that will be hosted by over 100 individual communities that have EAST programs. During the EAST Night Out, EAST classrooms will share their student-driven, service-based, technology-infused education projects with their school community, business leaders, media and family.
DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO PURSE PURPLE HEART CITY DISTINCTION 10/19/16
Tuesday night, Sevier County resident Victor Rojas Jr. asked the De Queen City Council to consider passing a proclamation designating De Queen as a Purple Heart City.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported aldermen voted to proceed with the process and asked Rojas to work on obtaining the signs and a plaque from the Military Order of the Purple Heart that will be displayed in the De Queen City Hall.
Rojas said there are currently 32 Purple Heart cities and eight Purple Heart counties in Arkansas.
Mayor McKelvy also updated the council on the De Queen senior adult center. He stated the city owns the building that houses the center and he wants the council to renew the lease with the Southwest Arkansas Area Agency on Aging since they have assumed the day-to-day operations of the center.
McKelvy reported the city currently has a contract of service with the senior adult center in the amount of $10,000 a year.
McKelvy said the executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center reported to the council and asked them to consider renewing their contract of service for the upcoming year.
Aldermen also voted to sell four pieces of equipment and use the proceeds from the sale to purchase something the street department needs.
McKelvy said the council looked at a new clean-up ordinance, but did not vote it. He said the council will consider the ordinance during their November 1st neeting.
DIERKS RESIDENTS DIES IN HEAD-ON COLLISION IN MCCURTAIN COUNTY 10/19/16
Two people died Monday in a head-on collision in McCurtain County, according a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Forty-seven year old Debra Kessler of Eagletown and 43-year-old Roger Ashbrooks of Dierks were killed in the collision and both were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the report, the accident occurred at about 2:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 70 about 5-miles east of Broken Bow. The report says Kessler was driving east on Highway 70 when she went left of center and hit the tractor-trailer that was being driven by Ashbrooks.
HORATIO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT'S 3RD ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE 10/19/16
Horatio Assistant Fire Chief Rich Dorsey said the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department's 3rd Annual Haunted House will be open this Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until midnight. He said they will have concessions and a sitting area for people who want to wait outside for their friends who go through the haunted house.
Dorsey said the department has raised about $7,000 over the past two years. He said they hope to raise more this year because they have expanded the haunted house which should shorten the wait time.
Dorsey said the department uses the funds for several local projects in the community, like purchasing smoke detectors for local residents and helping families get back on their feet after a fire.
This year's haunted house is in a chicken house at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 24 about a mile north of Horatio.
DE QUEEN CHRISTMAS PARADE THEME ANNOUNCED 10/19/16
December is just around the corner and that means the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is once again preparing to host the annual De Queen Christmas Parade.
Chamber officials have announced this year's parade theme will be "Christmas Lights on Parade."
"We think this will give folks a great reason to go all out with lights on their floats," said President Patrick Massey. "We anticipate seeing some awesome parade entries as always."
This year's parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in downtown De Queen. As in previous years, downtown merchants will be encouraged to stay open for extended hours during and following the parade. The chamber also invites any business, church, group or organization to set up a booth at no cost during the parade.
"This is a great opportunity for any organization holding a fundraiser during Christmas," said Massey. "Also, businesses who set up booths around the square will benefit from the thousands of people who come to watch the parade."
For more information, call (870) 584-3225 or (870) 582-574, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Area residents also reminded that the KCS Holiday Express is scheduled to stop in De Queen on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Bring the whole family and enjoy making some great Christmas memories during this holiday event.
HORATIO STATE BANK'S FOREMAN BRANCH APPROVED 10/18/16
President of Horatio State Bank, Ned Hendrix, announced the bank has received approval for its bank application to open a full-service branch in Foreman by both the State Bank Department and the FDIC.
Hendrix said work on the former First National Bank is underway and is expected to be completed within the next 30-days. He said Horatio State Bank plans to use the building as its Foreman branch office.
Hendrix said the Board of Horatio State Bank is excited about the approval and is looking forward to opening the Foreman branch.
Hendrix said they will announce the opening date in the near future.
HORATIO SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDS ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PUBLIC 10/18/16
Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith reported the district held it's Annual Report to the Public prior to their October Board of Education meeting. He said they discussed the district's finances and Title 1 funding, which is provided by the federal government.
Smith said the board voted to help the agri department purchase a trailer. He said the agri department had secured funding for about two-thirds of the purchase price and the board voted to pay the remaining amount.
Smith also updated KDQN on the technology improvements on the Horatio campuses. He said the state's 250 megabytes connection had been installed and the high school had rolled out the iPad Pros to the juniors and seniors, but the district is still waiting on the approval of its E-Rate application.
Smith also mentioned the Horatio Band Boosters are holding some fundraisers this Friday.
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Smith said there will also be a powder puff football game on Monday, October 24th at the Horatio Lion Stadium at 6:30 p.m. He said the freshman girls will take on the sophomores in the first game and then the juniors will take on the seniors.
Smith said for more information on upcoming events and activities in the Horatio School District, visit their website www.HoratioSchools.org.
SEVIER COUNTY SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND 7th ANNUAL FISH FRY 10/18/16
Southwest Region Field Director, Jamie Marshall, told KDQN that the Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Fund will be holding their 7th Annual Fish Fry this Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. She said the plates will be $7 each and Partners in Christ will be performing.
The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund was started in the mid 1980's to help single parents return to school and acquire professional certificates or college degrees that opened doors to better employment for those families.
Marshall said the mission of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is the enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. She said the single parent fund hopes all single parents can have the choice and the opportunity to go to college and complete their degree.
Marshall said to learn more about the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, you should visit the website: www.aspsf.org.
Marshall also stated the deadline to apply for a spring semester scholarship is May 1st, but the priority deadline is March 20th. She said to be eligible, single parents must be a resident of Sevier County, be the single head of household, have sole custody of their children, have low household income, at or near the poverty level and posses a high school diploma or GED. She said students must also be pursuing a career-oriented course of study full-time during the semester for which the scholarship will be used and they must apply for a Pell Grant.
DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TUESDAY NIGHT AT 6 10/17/16
Aldermen of the De Queen City Council are scheduled to meet in regular session Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the council room of the De Queen City Hall.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy informed aldermen that the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service will make a presentation concerning the upcoming ballot issues that are on the November 8th General Election ballot.
McKelvy reported Victor Rojas Jr. will ask the council to designate the City of De Queen as a Purple Heart City in order to honor the brave and patriotic men and women who have been awarded a Purple Heart during their military service.
McKelvy said there are 18 Purple Heart license plate holders in the county.
McKelvy is expected to update the council on the senior adult center lease and the director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center will address aldermen concerning a contract of service for 2017.
McKelvy stated in a letter to the members of the city council that he would like to address a proposed clean-up ordinance, which will essentially restate Arkansas State law concerning clean-up issues.
CONSUMER ALERT: PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK OCTOBER 22ND ACROSS ARKANSAS 10/17/16
The American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates 1.9 million Americans abuse prescription pain relievers annually, with nearly 19,000 lethal overdoses directly related to prescription pain relievers in 2014. The recent report also states that most adolescents who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from a friend or relative, oftentimes from a family medicine cabinet.
But concerns about opioid abuse go beyond painkillers because opioids are considered a gateway drug. Four in five new heroin users started abusing drugs by misusing prescription painkillers, that according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and take any unused or expired medications to one of the more than 100 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22nd.
To find event sites and year-round drop-off locations near you, visit the website artakeback.org. The Sevier County Sheriff's Office has a year-round drop-off location in the lobby on Robinson Road in De Queen.
Rutledge said the following drugs may be dropped off at a drug take back location: opioids, such as OxyContin; stimulants, such as Adderall; depressants, such as Ativan and other prescription medications. Arkansans may also dispose of over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples.
Medications may be returned in the original bottle or in any other container for increased privacy.
Properly destroying these medications protects the environment. Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting waters, which could contaminate food and water supplies. Many medicines are not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic systems. Turning over these medications at Take Back Day events also reduces the risk of accidental poisoning by children, seniors or pets, as well as reduces the risk of drug abuse.
For more information, about consumer-related issues, Rutledge said you can contact her office or follow her on Facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.
DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD 10/17/16
Sunday night about 11 p.m. Sergeant Wayne Baker of the De Queen Police Department was informed by De Queen Fire Chief and reserve officer Dennis Pruitt that a vehicle was driving on the wrong side of the road on Fourth Street.
Officer Baker reported he witnessed a truck turn west on Lake Street and then pull into a residence. When Officer Baker approached the vehicle, the driver provided a Mississippi driver's license identify him as 31-year-old Lester Delgado.
After failing a field sobriety test, Delgado was taken to the Sevier County jail and processed for driving while intoxicated.
RACE TO REMEMBER: SIDS 5K RUN/WALK 10/17/16
This Saturday, area residents will have an opportunity to remember all of the babies who died from SIDS and to help bring awareness to a topic that is hard to talk about.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and Martega Walton and Laura Figueroa have organized a 5K run/walk to shed some light on this issue.
Walton said funds will be donated to Mamies Poppy Plates, which is a non-profit organization that provides memory plates to families who have lost a child.
Walton said the entry fee is $25 and the event will be held at the De Queen Sportsplex. She said registration is from 7 to 8 a.m., a balloon release at 8:30 and the run/walk will begin at 9. Walton said if you want a t-shirt, contact her today.
To register, call Walton at 870-279-0306 or Figueroa at 870-784-3110.
FORMER ASHDOWN RESIDENT SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON 10/14/16
A former Ashdown resident was sentenced to six years in a federal prison for transporting child pornography across state lines on Thursday by a federal judge in Texarkana.
U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey sentenced 43-year-old Patrick Kellam of Broken Bow, Oklahoma after he plead guilty in May.
According to court records, investigators found approximately 1,300 still images and 38 videos of child pornography on Kellam's computer and cellphone. Authorities reported the images were of infants, toddlers and preteens.
Kellam took the material that he downloaded while living in Ashdown with him when he moved to Broken Bow in June of 2013.
Officials with the Arkansas State Police were notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Kellam had attempted to upload images of child pornography to a cloud-based storage service using his Verizon cellphone account and Yahoo email account in 2013.
In June of 2015, Kellam was interviewed by Homeland Security investigators at his home in Broken Bow and arrested for transporting the images across state lines.
In addition to the six year prison sentence, Kellam was also sentenced to 15 years of supervision by a federal probation officer. He is forbidden to have any unsupervised contact with a minor and is not allowed to enter a school, theme park, playground or other places where children congregate.
HORATIO BAND BOOSTER UPCOMING AND ONGOING FUNDRAISERS 10/14/16
Horatio Band Booster member Kurt Conner announced this week that the booster club is holding several fundraisers over the next few weeks to raise funds for the Horatio band program.
Conner said booster club members are currently selling raffle tickets on 10-guns. He said they have sold around 300 tickets and only have about 250 left at $20 a piece.
Conner said booster club members will be hosting a tailgate fundraiser at the Horatio Elementary School parking lot on Friday, October 21st. He said they will be selling plate for $7 each, right up to kickoff at 7 p.m.
Conner said they will also be holding a bake sale at the Wal-Mart in De Queen on Saturday, October 29th.
This year, the band competed in the Showcase of Bands contest in Little Rock. The band earned a 2nd division award along with the color guard, while the percussion and drum major earned 1st division awards.
To purchase raffle tickets, meals or place a baked goods order, call 870-784-3163 or visit their website horatiobandboosters.org.
HORATIO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT GEARING UP FOR THEIR 3RD ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE 10/14/16
Horatio Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Rich Dorsey announced the department will be holding their 3rd Annual Haunted House fundraiser this month. He said this year's haunted house will fill a 400-foot chicken house located at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 24 about a mile north of Horatio.
Dorsey said they will be finished designing the haunted house on October 15th and, they will hold a volunteers meeting on Sunday, October 16th at 5 p.m. if you would like to work in the haunted house.
Dorsey said the haunted house will be open on Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 27th, 28th and 29th from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Dorsey said the cost is $8 per person or $15 per pair. He said there will also be a sitting area where people could wait on their friends, if they didn't want to go through the haunted house.
For more information, call Dorsey at 870-279-2161 or visit the Horatio Fire Department's Facebook page.
LOCKESBURG FALL FESTIVAL 10/14/16
The City of Lockesburg will be hosting a Fall Festival this Saturday in the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park starting at 11 a.m.
Park Commissioner Sheila Ruth announced there will be activities for children until 5 p.m. She said the event will conclude around 5 p.m. but everyone is encouraged to go to the Lockesburg Fire Volunteer Fire Department to enjoy a chili supper at 6 p.m. and a haunted house at 7. She said the event is a benefit for Lockesburg resident Lei Hill.
The haunted house cost $4 per entry and the chili supper is by donation only.
AREA MASS FLU CLINICS 10/13/16
Area mass flu vaccination clinics have been set for later this month by the local health units.
The vaccinations are provided free of charge, if you have insurance the Arkansas Department of Health will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost.
If you would like to participate in the clinic, stop by your local health unit for a consent form. If you have the form filled out and reviewed, it will speed up the process on the day of the mass clinic.
The Sevier County mass flu clinic is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sevier County Health Unit. For more information, call 870-642-2535.
The Howard County mass flu clinic is scheduled to be a drive thru clinic at the Howard County Farmer's Market on Thursday, October 27th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 870-845-2208.
The Little River County mass flu clinic has been scheduled for Friday, October 28th at the Little River County Senior Adult Center in Ashdown from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 870-898-3831.
And, the Pike County mass flu clinic has been scheduled for Friday, October 28th at the Pike County Senior Adult Center in Glenwood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 870-285-2535.
2ND ANNUAL BROOKE ACKLEY MEMORIAL 5K WALK/RUN FOR SIDS AWARENESS IS SATURDAY 10/13/16
The 2nd Annual Brooke Ackley Memorial 5K walk/run for SIDS Awareness is scheduled for this Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Nashville City Park.
Donna Webb of the Howard County Health Unit explained how the event started a little over 12-months ago.
The registration fee on the day of the race is $30 and runners and walkers can check-in between 5 and 6 p.m.
Webb said last year, they donated the funds to the First Candle organization, which is a non-profit organization that's committed to eliminating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome through education, advocacy and research, while providing compassionate support to grieving families. She said this year, the money will be used locally to support some local programs.
For more information or to register for the event, call 870-845-2208, 870-583-6106 or 870-356-7957. Everyone is also asked to bring a candle to light in memory of all the babies who have been lost to SIDS.
ANNUAL LITTLE RIVER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS BANQUET 10/13/16
Little River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Fonda Hawthorne informed KDQN that this year's annual Chamber of Commerce Member and Awards Banquet will feature Retired Air Force Major Gary O'Day as the speaker and several awards will be presented to county businesses, individuals and organizations.
Hawthorne said this year's banquet will be held on Thursday, October 27th at 6 p.m. in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.
Hawthorne also stated the chamber is accepting donations for it’s annual silent auction, if you would like to donate contact the chamber office.
To purchase tickets or to make a donation, call 870-898-2758.
SEVIER COUNTY 4-H CLUBS REORGANIZING 10/13/16
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 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 in 4-H clubs 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 meeting time and place:
1. The Chapel Hill Club is led by Carla Cowling and they meet at various times. Cowling's contact number is 870-642-4232.
2. The Happy Face Club is led by Michelle Sawyer and Christy Hicks and they meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the home Leroy and Sandra Nunn on Highway 329. Sawyer's contact number is 870-784-8931 and Hicks' contact number is 87-584-6337.
3. Lakeside 4-H Club is led by Wilma Morris and they meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Building in De Queen. Morris' contact number is 870-642-3352.
4. The Gillham Tigers Club is led by Dianne Rosson and they meet the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Gillham Volunteer Fire Department. Rosson's contact number is 870-582-1738.
5. The Froglevel Hoppers Club is led by Stacia Cranford and they meet the first Monday of the month after school at the Horatio High School in the Agri room. Cranford's contact number is 870-279-1119.
6. The Shooting Sports Club is led by J.P. Atkins and they meet at various times. Atkins contact number is 870-584-9557.
7. The Teen Leaders Club is led by Harrell Sherwood and they meet the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in De Queen. Sherwood's contact number is 870-784-1386.
8. The Goin' Showin' Club is led by Katrina Frachiseur and they meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in De Queen.
9. The Legacy 4-H After School Club is led by Susan Shelton and they meet after school at the Legacy Academy. Shelton's contact number is 870-582-4410.
For more information about meetings, 4-H club membership or program benefits, contact the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service office at 870-584-3013. The extension office is in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.
PUBLIC MEETING HELD TUESDAY AT SENIOR ADULT CENTER 10/12/16
Tuesday morning, local elected officials and concerned citizens of Sevier County met at the Sevier County Senior Adult Center to discuss the future of the program.
Craig Cloud is the director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services. He said he asked the Southwest Area Agency on Aging to assume the operation of the county senior adult centers that were being operated by the Southwest Arkansas Development Council.
Cloud assured everyone in attendance that the county senior adult centers were not closing, but they would only be open 4-days a week until Ruthie Langston of the Area Agency on Aging could determine if there was enough funding to open the centers, 5-days a week.
Cloud said SWADC employees who applied to work for the Area Agency on Aging will attend a new employee orientation meeting in Hope on Monday, October 17th, but Sevier County Judge Greg Ray reported the center will be open.
Ray said Pilgrim's will be preparing chicken and the First Baptist Church will be providing all of the sides. He also stated volunteers will be serving the senior adults, while the employees were in Hope.
Cloud also announced that he will be working with the state legislature this January to change the funding formula that the state uses to support the county senior adult programs.
Cloud said he was passionate about the senior adult programs, because the senior adult centers are critical to our society and key components in the local communities.
Langston reported the centers will closed on Friday until further notice.
SWADC board member and former Sevier County Judge Dick Tallman expressed his gratitude to the Area Agency on Aging for taking over the area senior adult centers. He also stated that he hoped this incident will help bring attention to the senior adult funding situation.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE OFFERING ANNIE’S PROJECT PROGRAM NOVEMBER 1ST 10/12/16
Little River County Extension Agent Sherry Beaty reported the Little River County Extension Office is hosting the Annie’s Project program in Southwest Arkansas, every Tuesday and Thursday from November 1st to November 17th.
Beaty said they need a minimum of 20 ladies to sign up by Friday, October 28th for the program. The cost is $40 per person for all six-sessions and that includes a meal, each night. Participates will also receive a portfolio and other goodies.
Beaty said the sessions will be held on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot in the Millwood Room at 6 p.m.
The first session on Tuesday, November 1st is about the Human Resource Risk. The session on Thursday, November 3rd will cover Legal Risk – Land ownership and leasing. The session on Tuesday, November 8th is about Legal and Financial Risk – Estate Planning and Balance Sheets. The session on Thursday, November 10th will be about Production Risk – Organizations that offer support. The session on Tuesday, November 15th will cover Market Risk – Understanding and Using Commodity Markets and Thursday, November 17th will be ladies choice.
For more information, contact the Little River County Extension Office at 870-898-7224.
MINERAL SPRINGS STARTING TO CRACKDOWN ON ATVS 10/12/16
Mineral Springs Police Chief Jeff Witherspoon reported the City of Mineral Springs will soon begin issuing citations to drivers of all-terrain vehicles that are being driven on public streets.
Monday night, the city council authorized the purchase of signage to display at the city limits banning ATV use. Witherspoon says there is already a state law that prohibits the usage of ATVs on city streets, unless they are being used in farming or hunting operations to get from one place to another. He says the problem has mainly been 4-wheelers and is concerned about young children operating them.
State law also prohibits anyone under the age of 12 from operating an ATV.
The council voted to amend several ordinances. One authorized the City Recorder-Treasurer position to become a full-time position, beginning in January. Two new ordinances were approved. One authorized a nonrefundable connect fee for all new water customers. The other authorized a slight increase in garbage fees for customers and businesses using dumpsters. Early this year, the council approved an increase in the garbage rates for residential customers.
Council members also approved a year end bonus of $1,000 for all full-time employees and a $500 bonus for the city’s two part-time employees. They also increased the sewer superintendent’s salary to $11.50 per hour starting in January.
Council members also authorized the purchase of a water tank for the fire department’s new fire truck at a cost of $12,500. The fire department will pay $10,000 of that amount with Act 833 funds and funding from the fire department dues account.
FOUKE MONSTER DOCUMENTARY TO BE PREMIERE AT FOUKE MIDDLE SCHOOL 10/12/16
A new film chronicling the frightening history of the Fouke Monster entitled “Fouke Monster of Boggy Creek” will premiere on November 12th at the Fouke Middle School.
The film is based on the Boggy Creek Monster and is co-produced by author and television personality, Lyle Blackburn and directed by Seth Breedlove.
The file is a feature length documentary that takes an in-depth look at a rash of bizarre creature sightings that occurred in Arkansas in the early 70’s that inspired a film called The Legend of Boggy Creek.
The film “Fouke Monster of Boggy Creek” is the third in a series called Small Town Monsters. A preview of the film will be shown in Ohio during the Monster Day festival.
FRIEND OF FARM BUREAU TO BE AWARDED TO MEMBERS OF ARKANSAS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION 10/12/16
All six members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation have earned Friend of Farm Bureau distinction, and will be recognized with the honor over the next two weeks in ceremonies to be held across the state.
U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, plus House of Representatives members Rick Crawford, Steve Womack, French Hill, and Bruce Westerman each demonstrated support for agriculture and exceeded the required voting threshold on issues of importance, according Randy Veach, the president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau.
The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given at the end of each Congress to those nominated by Arkansas Farm Bureau and approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. Voting records on key legislative issues important to agriculture are considered in the nomination. Among the issues considered were regulatory and tax reform, transportation and infrastructure legislature and international trade.
Veach said Arkansas is fortunate that all six members of the state’s congressional delegation understand the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy.
Veach said this award is based on several measurements: the member’s voting records on AFBF’s priority issue established by the Board of Directors, the number of bills a member has sponsored and co-sponsored, specific leadership role for Farm Bureau on priority issues, and how accessible and responsive that member has been to Farm Bureau members and leaders.
Events to officially present the awards are set for the following sites: Representative Womack will be honored today in Bentonville; Senator Boozman will be honored Thursday in Little Rock; Senator Tom Cotton will be honored on October 21st at 9 a.m. in Little Rock; Representative Crawford will be honored on October 24th at 10 a.m. in Jonesboro; Representative Hill will be honored on October 24th at 3 p.m. in Little Rock and Representative Westerman will be honored on October 25th at 10:45 a.m. in Arkadelphia.
HOPE/HEMPSTEAD COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FALL BLUEGRASS SHOW 10/12/16
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Fall Bluegrass Show is set for Saturday, November 5th at the Fair Park Community Center.
The program begins at noon and will feature three groups. These include the Hempstead County Melody Boys from Hope, High Mountain Grass from Magnolia, and the Hartley Family from Arkadelphia.
Admission is free and the chamber will maintain a concession stand featuring char-grilled hamburgers, R.C. Colas and homemade snacks.
The Fair Park Community Center is located on the south side of the Fair Park off Jones Street just off state highway 174 South.
For more information, call 870-777-3640 or visit the website hopemelonfest.com.
TODAY IS ARKANSAS VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR NOVEMBER 8 ELECTION 10/11/16
Today is the last day in Arkansas to register to vote in the November 8th general election, and there is a push to get the maximum number of voters signed up. In addition tot he hotly contested presidential election, there will be numerous state and local races on the ballot, as well as a number of constitutional amendments, including two to legalize marijuana for medical use.
H.L. Moody with the Arkansas Democratic Party says if you've waited until today to register, it's still easy to do.
Moody reminds voters that they cannot send in the form online, but must print, sign and mail it by today. He adds that more than 1 million Arkansans voted in the 2012 election, an almost 67 percent turnout, and he hopes the state can top those numbers this year.
Early voting begins on October 24th, and statistics show that 47 percent of all the ballots cast in November 2012 were in either early or absentee voting. Moody believes a heavy turnout favors Democratic candidates.
Moody adds that if you are already registered, it's a good idea to make sure all of your information is correct to avoid delays at the voting booth. Updates can be made online at the Secretary of State's website or through your local county clerk's office.
DE QUEEN DISTRICT TO PROCEED WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL ROOF PROJECT 10/11/16
Monday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen Board of Education, Superintendent Bruce Hill reported the state department of education had approved the district's Middle School roof replacement project. Board members agreed that the district should proceed with replacing the roof at a cost of about $600,000 even though the department of education as not approved funding for the project.
Hill told KDQN that the department of education had also approved the district's new high school, Primary Physical Education facility and four new classrooms for the Primary and Elementary buildings.
Board members also informed Hill that he could proceed with accepting bids for a new sound system for the high school gymnasium. Hill said he had received three bids in the amount of $22,000, $23,000, and $26,000 but they were not for the same equipment.
Hill also reported the district's Free and Reduced lunch percentages. He said the Primary and Elementary are over 80 percent, the Middle School is at 79 percent, the Junior High is 76 percent and the High School is 74 percent. He said the district's National School Lunch Act funds are connected to those percentages.
Board members elected Randy Hedge as the board president for another year, Sandy Huntsberger as vice-president and Gloria Caldwell as the secretary.
The board also approved a request from High School baseball coach Beau McCastlain to take the high school baseball team to Gulf Shores, Alabama to compete in a spring break baseball tournament.
The next meeting of the De Queen Board of Education is Monday, November 7th.
SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT RENEWS AMBULANCE SERVICE CONTRACT WITH SOUTHWEST EMS 10/11/16
Monday afternoon, Sevier County Judge Greg Ray informed the Justices of the Peace that another ambulance service had requested permission to offer services in the county. Ray said the JPs reported they were pleased with the service of Southwest EMS and renewed their contract with the county for another 5-years.
Ray said the JPs also approved a request from the Sevier County Health Department to transfer $825 from their Small Equipment line-item to their Capital Outlay-Machinery and Equipment line-item for the purchase of a new refrigerator.
Ray said the Sevier County Jail had been inspected recently, by the state's Jail Standard Committee and they only found one item that needed to be addressed. Ray said Sevier County Sheriff Bennie Simmons informed the Quorum Court that his department was working on hiring more staff to work with the county's female prisoners.
Judge Ray also informed KDQN that he attended a meeting Monday night in Hope with the Area Agency on Aging and other elected officials concerning the senior adult centers. He said the Area Agency on Aging will assume the responsibility of operating the senior adult centers on Monday, October 17th.
The next meeting of the Sevier County Quorum Court is Monday, November 14th.
THE WEEKEND IS A GOOD TIME TO DRINK 10/11/16
Shortly after midnight, Sunday morning, Patrolman First Class Bucky Sawyer of the De Queen Police Department stopped a vehicle for driving left of the center line and onto the shoulder of the road.
According to the incident report, the driver, 46-year-old Mitchell Riley of Gillham, had bloodshot and watery eyes. Sawyer also reported he could smell alcohol.
Allegedly, Riley told Officer Sawyer that he had drank two beers. Dispatch also informed Sawyer that Riley's driver's license was suspended.
When Sawyer asked Riley to step out of the vehicle, he noticed an 18-pack of Keystone in the passenger floor board with some missing from it. He also observed an open container in the console.
After Riley failed a series of field sobriety test, he allegedly told Sawyer that he had drank around 12-beers.
Riley was then arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was also cited for driving on a suspended license.
VEHICLE AND DRIVER STALLED OUT ON OVERPASS 10/11/16
Last Sunday night, Patrolman David Higgins of the De Queen Police Department noticed a vehicle that had stalled on the overpass.
Officer Higgins pulled up behind the vehicle and turned on his lights for the protection of the driver, but upon approaching the vehicle, he smelt something burning and he noticed the two passenger side tires were flat.
Higgins also observed the driver, 23-year-old Eleazar Palma of De Queen having difficulty standing and walking.
While Officer Higgins was processing Palma, Officer Wayne Baker inventoried the vehicle and discovered two marijuana smoking devices.
After Palma failed a series of field sobriety test, he was taken into custody for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
UA COSSATOT HELD SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT RECEPTION 10/10/16
Last Friday, UA Cossatot held a reception to introduce area supporters of the college to some of the college's scholarship recipients.
UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole said it was a time to salute the college's scholarship recipients, their families and UA Cossatot Foundation donors.
Cole said the college was also celebrating Community College's Work. He said the initiative is designed to help train Arkansas' workforce and is supported by former Governor Mike Beebe and Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Cole also informed those in attendance that Cossatot has launched it's Legacy 2020 campaign.
Foundation Director Dustin Roberts said the Foundation hopes to raise $1 million dollars by the year 2020. He said $31,000 was pledged to the campaign during the first week of the campaign.
Roberts said the first donor was the Bank of Lockesburg, but Cole said the college will be announcing its second donor within the next week.
For more information about the Legacy 2020 campaign contact Roberts at the UA Cossatot Foundation.
UPDATE ON AREA SENIOR ADULT CENTERS 10/10/16
Area residents, churches, non-profit organizations and government agencies are being called upon to help the senior adult centers in De Queen, Ashdown, Foreman, Horatio, Lockesburg, Ben Lomond and Dierks by making donations of food or money to the centers.
Last week, it was announced that the Southwest Arkansas Development Council terminated its operations of the area senior adult centers. The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services will assume the senior adult center operations as of October 17th.
But that means the senior adult centers will need some assistance to ensure direct services do not lapse during for the next week or so.
Area residents are being asked to drop off donations at the senior adult centers Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the De Queen and Ashdown centers and at the Horatio and Foreman centers from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Residents are being asked to donate, white and wheat bread, milk, big cans of green beans, corn, carrots, fruit, and peas; along with hamburger meat, any kind of fresh meat, breaded chicken, bags of sugar, potatoes, rice, corn meal, flour and pinto beans; cabbage, spaghetti sauce and noodles, big boxes of sugar free jell-o, jell-o, sugar free cake mixes, buttermilk, eggs, butter, onions and tea.
For more information, contact the senior adult center in your area.
ARKANSAS HUNTERS SET ALLIGATOR RECORD AT 64
BUSINESS CLASS IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY TO FOCUS ON BUILDING YOUR BRAND 10/10/16
Southern Arkansas University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center will be offering a two-hour, one-day business class titled “Building Your Brand” on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.
The class will run from noon, to 2 p.m. October 18th. The course fee is $30 per student.
The course will focus on planning, cultivating and implementing a business product brand.
For more information, call the SAU Small Business and Technology Development Center at 870-235-5033.
COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT ESL FAMILY NIGHT 10/10/16
Cossatot River School District held an English as a Second Language Family Night to celebrate the diversity of their student body on Tuesday, September 20th.
Cossatot River High School Principal, DeWayne Taylor, discussed the new ESL programs that are being offered on all of the district campuses. He introduced the ESL staff and explained their various roles.
Taylor then introduced Dr. Miguel Hernandez with the Arkansas Department of Education who spoke about the importance of working hard in school to obtain better jobs, because the nation has an ever-increasing need for bilingual professionals.
MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS OCTOBER 15TH 10/10/16
Beginning Saturday, October 15th, Medicare recipients will have the opportunity to shop and compare Part D plans.
This open enrollment opportunity will continue through December 7th. Individuals can do this themselves by going to www.medicare.gov; however, appointments can be made with an Area Agency on Aging Case Manager in a person’s county of residence.
Remember, drug plan insurances change yearly. That means drug costs, including premiums, deductibles, and formularies, change every year. So, don’t forget to check your plan for the coming year.
Use the Medicare Plan finder at www.medicare.gov, or call the Area Agency on Aging to make an appointment for help. Individuals will be seen by appointment only, and it’s recommended that you take all of your medications and proof of insurance with you.
Call the Area Agency on Aging at 870-234-7410 or 1-800-272-2127 today and make an appointment for your free consultation.
DE QUEEN POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THERE IS NO CLOWN PROBLEM IN TOWN 10/7/16
De Queen Chief of Police Scott Simmons announced the De Queen Police Department has received several calls and questions regarding “clowns” in the community. He said there have been no confirmed sightings or incidents involving clowns.
Simmons said there have been numerous rumors in the community and he wanted to lay them to rest.
Simmons suggested parents speak with their children and to assure them that there is no ‘clown’ issue in town at this time. He said if it becomes an issue, his department will notify the public.
FUNDRAISER FOR BEN JACOBO THIS SATURDAY 10/7/16
Ben Jacobo was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia and is currently undergoing chemo and other testing, so his family and friends have decided to hold a fundraiser this Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Nati B Cakes parking lot.
Ben's sister-in-law, Hilda Avilla, said the plates are $8 each. Plates will include grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans or rice, a roll, desert and a drink. She said they will be taking call-in orders and they will deliver within the City of De Queen.
To place an order or to make a donation, call 784-1495 or 784-1988 or stop by Dr. Devlin's office or the Health and Wellness Pharmacy.
All of the proceeds will go toward Jacobo’s medical expenses, and ongoing expenses.
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK IS OCTOBER 9-15 10/7/16
Little River County Extension Agent Sherry Beaty announced her office would be hosting a Winter Feed Meeting and Hay Show on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m. on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.
Dr. Paul Beck will have individual consultations with each producer to discuss their hay analysis and Beaty will lead a seminar on how to improve your hay quality.
Beaty also stated the Little River County Extension Office will host a pilot program called Annie's Project, starting November 1st.
The program is six sessions long and will cover the five risk areas, including, the Human Resource Risk, Legal Risks, Production Risk and Market Risk. The cost is $40 per person and the fee includes a meal for all six sessions, a portfolio and other items.
Beaty said Family and Consumer Science Agent Celeste Scarborough is offering a beginner's sewing workshop on Thursday, October 20th and 27th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Beaty also mentioned the county extension office is trying to re-build the county's 4-H program.
If you need more information, contact the Little River County Extension Office at 870-898-7224.
LOCAL BAIL BOND AGENT ARRESTED FOR STALKING 10/6/16
De Queen Police Chief Scott Simmons reported a De Queen based bail bondswoman has been charged with misdemeanor stalking in the third degree after she was arrested on Tuesday.
De Queen Police Officers arrested 49-year-old Dalena Elias without incident. Elias is also known as Dee Sanders who has operated a bail bond agency in De Queen for over 20-years.
According to the incident report, Elias was taken into custody for allegedly using a GPS device to stalk her son’s ex-wife.
The De Queen Police Department reportedly opened an investigation after they were notified on September 22nd about a suspicious device that had been placed on the woman’s car. Investigators determined the devise was a GPS tracking unit and that it had been placed on the car under the direction of Elias.
ARKANSAS HIGHWAY COMMISSION APPROVES BID FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN SEVIER COUNTY 10/6/16
The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Sevier County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.
The purpose of this project is to replace bridges over Burke Creek and Cossatot Relief on State Highway 71 in Sevier County.
James Construction Group, LLC of Baton Rouge, Louisiana was awarded the contract at $9,477,046.87.
Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Completion is expected in late 2017.
Travel information on Arkansas' highways can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You may also follow the highway department on Twitter @AHTD.
HORATIO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT GEARING UP FOR THEIR 3RD ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE 10/6/16
Horatio Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Rich Dorsey announced the department will be holding their 3rd Annual Haunted House fundraiser this month. He said this year's haunted house will fill a 400-foot chicken house located at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 24 about a mile north of Horatio.
Dorsey said they will be finished designing the haunted house on October 15th and, they will hold a volunteers meeting on Sunday, October 16th at 5 p.m. if someone would like to help frighten their guests.
Dorsey said the haunted house will be open on Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 27th, 28th and 29th from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Dorsey said the cost is $8 per person or $15 per pair. He said there will also be a sitting area where people could wait on their friends, if they didn't want to go through the haunted house.
For more information, call Dorsey at 870-279-2161 or visit the Horatio Fire Department's Facebook page.
RUTLEDGE ANNOUNCES OFFICERS OF THE YEAR 10/6/16
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge awarded the Sevier County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Bernie Soliz and the Little River County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Blake Broomfield.
Rutledge made the announcements at the annual awards and recognition luncheon at the 2016 Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit at Camp Robinson.
Rutledge said she was honored to recognize the outstanding law enforcement officers from all across the state. She said Arkansas' law enforcement officers show constant bravery by putting their lives on the line each and every day and going the extra mile, many times without the thanks that they rightfully deserve. Rutledge said Arkansas' communities would not be as safe without the bravery of those who proudly wear blue.
Rutledge also presented the statewide and regional Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards, along with one officer from each county as the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer.
These awards recognize college or university, municipal, county, federal or State law enforcement officers who go the extra mile. Nominations were accepted from police chiefs, county sheriffs, county judges, mayors, prosecutors and other State law enforcement leaders from across the stat.
UPDATE ON SENIOR CENTER MEAL PROGRAMS 10/6/16
Wednesday, District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught notified the press that the Southwest Arkansas Development Corporation was terminating operations of their senior centers effective October 31st.
Vaught reported the Division of Aging and Adult Services within the Department of Human Services received notice on Thursday, September 29th that SWADC would be terminating its operations of their senior centers, effective October 31st.
On Tuesday, October 4th, Director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services, Craig Cloud, traveled to the area and signed an immediate waiver authorizing the Southwest Arkansas Area Agency of Aging to begin direct services and operations of the affected senior centers.
According to Vaught, this change will affect meals provided directly at those senior centers. However, meals on wheels will not be affected by the change.
Vaught reported she has been meeting with the Division of Aging and Adult Services, reaching out to churches and area elected officials to make sure this transition is as smooth as possible and that the disruption of services will have a minimal impact on the citizens in her district. She stated she has also reached out to the Governor’s office concerning the issue.
Vaught reported a meeting as been scheduled for Monday with elected officials in the affected areas to discuss plans for the future to ensure sustainability of these needed services.
If you have any questions or concerns that are not being addressed, email Vaught at email@example.com or follower her on Facebook.
UA COSSATOT THIRD IN STATE ON GRADUATION RATES 10/6/16
The latest graduation rates calculated for all the two-year schools in Arkansas show UA Cossatot has the third highest.
UA Cossatot has now obtained one of the highest graduation rates in many years; the 37% rate trails only two colleges- ASU-Mt. Home and SAU-Tech. This rate is calculated using data compiled by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System or IPEDS. First-time entering students have a 150% time frame to complete the desired degree and the graduation rate is calculated using this information. While enrollment numbers indicate a student’s desire to earn a higher education, the graduation rate is measured to gauge student success.
“To raise graduation and retention rates,” said Ashley Aylett, UA Cossatot’s Vice Chancellor of Academics. “You have to have many pieces of the puzzle in place and working together smoothly. Our 37% rate is testament to what we are doing for the student from recruitment to graduation.”
Student success at UA Cossatot can also be attributed to increased opportunities for student engagement and updated facilities.
“We have stepped up our game with a more hands-on advising process, more innovation in the classrooms, as well as updating and refreshing our amenities such as our campus buildings, café’s, learning spaces, and technology for the students to use, said Dr. Steve Cole, Chancellor of UA Cossatot. “While 37% is a very high number, we will keep striving for 100%. We may not make it, but it will not be because we didn’t try.”
DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSED SALARY INCREASES FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS 10/5/16
Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen discussed salary increases for several elected officials and employees of the city sanitation department.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said the council discussed salaries for elected officials and they recommended a $1,000 dollar a year increase in the salary of the mayor and city clerk, a $5,200 increase in the salary of the city attorney and a $64.38 increase for aldermen. McKelvy said they also discussed pay raises for the city's sanitation employees if the sanitation department is re-organized from a four-day work week to a five-day work week.
McKelvy said the sanitation department would continue to pick-up trash every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, but they would pick-up brush on Wednesdays.
McKelvy said small brush collections would be offered one time per month for each residence, but if a resident needed multiple collections during a month, they would be charged $25 for each additional trip. He said large brush collections, such as tree deposal, the first load would be free, but it would cost the resident $100 for each additional load.
Aldermen also heard requests from the Sevier County Humane Society and the Sevier County Museum for contracts of services. McKelvy said the Mary and Martha Center sent a written report, but the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center and the Senior Adult Center did not make a presentation.
Sevier County Senior Adult Center Executive Director Jon Mays reported Southwest Arkansas Development Council has lost its funding and the Area Agency on Aging will take over the senior adult programs, as of Monday, October 17th.
Mays said SWADC will continue to offer Medicaid transportation and home health programs in Sevier County, but would not be operating the senior adult meal program.
McKelvy reported the council approved the purchase of a new ice machine for the fire department at a cost of $6,475. He said the money will be shifted from the fire department's storage building line item to cover the cost.
2016 MR. BASS OF ARKANSAS CLASSIC IS THIS WEEKEND 10/5/16
The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce reported the 2016 Mr. Bass of Arkansas Classic will be held this week and fishermen from around the state are visiting the area to compete in the final tournament on the Mr. Bass of Arkansas circuit.
This Thursday, the chamber will host the 2016 Mr. Bass of Arkansas Championship dinner.
Thirty professional and 30 amateur fishermen qualified to fish in the Classic over the course of six regular season events. The Classic Champion will win $20,000 and the Amateur Classic Champion will win $10,000.
On Friday and Saturday, 60 fishermen in 30 boats will fish their choice of the Gillham Lake or the Dierks Lake. Fishermen will be required to remain on the lake they choose for the duration of the day, but they will be able to change lakes from day 1 to day 2. All game and fish rules apply, as well as, slot limits.
Friday and Saturday the weigh-ins will be at the De Queen Sportsplex pavilion and the top 10 pros will advance to fish on the De Queen Lake on Sunday to determine this year's Classic champion. Sunday's weigh-in will be held at the Oak Grove boat ramp on the De Queen Lake.
Tournament organizers and the chamber of commerce are inviting the public to the weigh-ins, all three days.
A spokesperson from the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce stated this event will greatly benefit the local economy. She said several fishermen and their families have visited the area over the past several weeks, fishing on all three lakes, staying in local hotels and eating at local restaurants. She also said the owners of the De Queen Country Club and Lodge reported they are booked up for the event.
ARKANSAS COUNTIES NEED $750 MILLION TO REPAIR COUNTY OWNED ROADS AND BRIDGES 10/5/16
The state's aging transportation infrastructure needs an estimated $750 million dollars to make critical repairs, according to a recent report that identified bridges that were in danger of collapsing and once-paved roads that have been reduced to gravel paths.
County judges, legislators and advocacy groups are working to determine how to pay for the repairs and upgrades to the nation's 12th largest highway system.
The study was commissioned by the Association of Arkansas Counties and they identified nearly 1,200 bridges that are considered to be obsolete or structurally deficient. It's estimated that it would take about $154 million to make the needed repairs to some 50,000 miles of county roads.
Some state officials have proposed a tax increase, but Governor Asa Hutchinson has been reluctant to support it. Hutchinson instead signed a bill into law that uses some state surpluses and treasury investment earnings to raise $50 million a year.
HOMETOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL IS THIS SATURDAY IN BROKEN BOW 10/5/16
The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce's Area Merchants Committee will host the Hometown Music Festival this Saturday, October 8th on Main Street in downtown Broken Bow. The festival will kick off at 11 a.m.
The event will feature vendors selling items; many of them will be homemade. Downtown businesses will be having sidewalk sales. Many organizations will be helping out by offering fundraisers consisting mostly of food items. Many businesses will be doing old fashioned games for the kids. Several events and game will be offered for ages. There will be soap box derby car races, a dunking booth, face painting, a rusty old washer toss, and much more.
Everyone is invited to take their bikes for a "slow race" and musical entertainment and musical games such as Karaoke, musical chairs, and 'TV theme song trivia" will take place throughout the day.
DJ Lyons will be doing dancing contests from 4 to 6 p.m. and then the Main Street Opry will be hosting an old fashioned street dance from 6 to 9.
For more information, contact the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce at 580-584-3393.
NATIONAL 4H WEEK 10/4/16
Sevier County 4H Program Assistant Dawn Leeper reported 80 people attended the 2016 4H banquet last night at the De Queen Church of Christ.
Leeper said 4H members were awarded for participating in the county-wide events and turned in their Record Books.
The Sevier County Extension Office also presented 4H leaders with their 1, 5 and 40 year service pins. Dianne Rosson, Maranda Reynolds, and Susan Shelton were presented their 1-year pins. Debbie Jones received her 5-year pin and Raymond and Wilma Morris were presented their 40-year pins.
Leeper stated this is National 4H Week and the Sevier County 4H is looking for new members and leaders and Tractor Supply in De Queen is participating in their Paper Clover Campaign this month from October 5th through the 14th.
For more information about the Sevier County 4H program, contact Leeper at the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013 or stop by the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
COMMISSIONER OF STATE LANDS JOHN THURSTON REMINDS AREA RESIDENTS OF THE TAX DEADLINE 10/4/16
Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston contacted KDQN this morning to remind area residents that the tax deadline is October 15th, but since the 15th is a Saturday, state property owners
have until the end of business on Monday, October 17th to pay their taxes.
Thurston said tax delinquent property can be sold at a public auction if the taxes are not paid within four to four and a half years. He also reported tax delinquent property owners can redeem their property up to 10-days after the public sale.
Thurston said if a piece of tax delinquent property doesn't sell at a public auction. His office will try and collect the taxes, but eventually they will accept any reasonable offer.
Thurston said don't forget to pay your personal and real property taxes by the 17th of this month and that it has been a pleasure to serve the residents of Arkansas as their Commissioner of State Lands.
For more information, call the Sevier County Tax Collectors Office in the Sevier County Courthouse at 870-642-2127.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ON THREE AMENDMENTS FROM THE
IT'S HOMECOMING WEEK AT DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL 10/3/16
It's Homecoming week at De Queen High School and this year's opponent is the Hot Springs Trojans who are led by former De Queen Football coach Chris Vereen. And, the De Queen High School student council selected the following ladies to represent De Queen High School this week.
This year’s Homecoming Court and senior
Leopard football players are: Sophomore Maid Chasity
Franco-Borja, Junior Maid Noelia Lagunas, Senior Maid
Erika Zamora, Senior Maid Alexa Boyles, Senior Maid
Jennifer Chavez, Crown Bearer Harper Young, Queen Martha
Mosqueda, Football Bearer Cole Earney, Senior Maid
Reagan Wilkerson, Senior Maid Adriana Figueroa, Junior
Maid Bradi Young, and Sophomore Maid Ashley Dykes.
This year, students are encouraged to participate in Spirit Week. Student Council members Cody Lites and Veronica Rivas announced today is character day and students dressed up like their favorite character. They also mentioned the rest of the Spirit Week schedule: Tuesday is college prep day, Wednesday is decade day, Thursday is color war day and Friday is Black and Gold day or dress-up day.
This year's Homecoming theme is "The Homecoming Games" based on the literary series “The Hunger Games” and the student council is encouraging students to donate canned food items all week. They are also encouraging students to block the doors of their classrooms on Friday with canned goods.
The evening Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Leopard Stadium.
COMMISSIONER OF STATE LANDS JOHN THURSTON ISSUES TAX REMINDER TO PROPERTY OWNERS 10/3/16
Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston issued a public reminder today concerning the upcoming deadline to pay personal and real property taxes.
Thurston said it sounds odd to say that the Commissioner of State Lands Office doesn't want your business, but the deadline to pay personal property or real estate taxes in Arkansas is October 15th each year, but this year, the 15th is on a Saturday. He said if Arkansas property owners want to avoid having delinquent property taxes, they must pay their taxes in their county tax collector's office no later than Monday, October 17th.
Property taxes help fund public schools, libraries and emergency service that are essential to Arkansas counties. Failure to pay those taxes on time will result in additional costs.
Thurston explained personal and real property taxes are vital to every county across the state and if you don't pay your taxes, your community will suffer.
Additionally, if taxes are not paid within the following year, real estate taxes may be certified to the Commissioner of State Lands office for collection.
Thurston suggests you contact your local tax collector's office for their hours on the 17th. Several counties also offer online payment options, so contact the collector's office to see what options are available in your area.
If your taxes are delinquent, the Commissioner's office will accept payment in the office until 4:30 p.m. on October 17th. For more information about how to redeem delinquent real estate taxes, contact the Commissioner of State Lands office at 501-683-3053.
COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK PROGRAMS 10/3/16
Cossatot River State Park will be hosting several programs this Saturday, including a skins and skulls program from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Legacy Room inside the Visitor Center and a program about deer from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Visitor Center Amphitheatre.
On Sunday, visitors can participate in a cooking iron demonstration from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Sandbar Picnic area and a presentation about how animals use their shape and color to blend into their surrounding from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Park Interpreter Tori Carson said area runners are invited to sign up at getmeregistered.com for the park's 6th Annual Half-Marathon that will be run along the banks of the Cossatot River.
Carson also announced the Cossatot River State Park will be hosting a Hunter Education Course on Monday, October 24th, Tuesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 27th from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening in the visitor center.
She said participates will have to be present all three nights to receive credit for the class and if you want to sign up visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s website www.agfc.com or call the park at 870-385-2201 for more information.
LIBRARY SNIPPETS 10/3/16
Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced the adult coloring event at the De Queen Library as grown into an adult activities time with games, cards, bingo and coloring, every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Fisher said in celebration of All Hallow's Eve, the De Queen Library will be having a spooky good time on Wednesday, October 26th for children and the first 30 children will receive a free plastic pumpkin, a book, and a snack. Librarian Carolyn Jones will also be reading a book about a lady who wasn't afraid of anything.
October 31st is Books for Treats Day and the library is handing out books instead of candy to show area children that they care about them and to encourage them to read.
Fisher said the Horatio Library will spotlight the books of Sandra Brown during the month of October.
The Lockesburg Library's book club will be discussing "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson on Saturday, October 8th at 10 a.m.
The Lockesburg Library is also providing "Letter of the Week" packets for toddlers and preschool kids who are working through the alphabet. If you are interested in participating in this new program, call 870-289-2233.
The Lockesburg Library will also be having a children's story time on October 15th at 10 a.m. featuring the book, "Room on the Broom."
Fisher said the Gillham Library will be hosting the crafts for kids event on Saturday, October 22nd at 12:30 p.m. Crafts for kids will be led by Dianne Rosson of the Extension Homemakers Club.
For more information about these programs, contact your local library.