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Charlie Daniels Concert photos


Chief Dennis Pruitt and Firefighter Jay Litchford showing support for breast cancer awareness.




Seniors from De Queen High School attended the UA COSSATOT College Day at the Nashville Campus.  There were over 100 that attended.

Today is “Pink Out” day at De Queen Public Schools.  Pink Out is part of homecoming week.  Pink is also our color for October breast cancer awareness.  Whatley challenged Jay and J.P. to wear pink fingernail polish at the Morning Brew Crew program on KDQN.  Whatley painted Jay and J.P.’s pinky pink and they have to wear it the rest of the month

De Queen Junior High’s Lady Cubs come together at the end of practice on Thursday.  Coach Burgess commended them for a good practice.  Basketball season is only a few weeks away for the Lady Cubs.






De Queen Middle School Office Staff participates in Hall Wars

De Queen Middle School Sixth Grade Teachers Rock Out the 80's for this weeks Hall Wars


De Queen Middle School Seventh Grade Teachers Rock Out the 70's for this weeks Hall Wars







De Queen High School assistant principal “Tuffy” Murray Neely takes time to show J.J. Sanchez how to play chords on a guitar

Mrs. Terri Brackett is pictured teaching Algebra I to students at De Queen Junior High School.  She questions students to solve the equation.  Mrs. Brackett is in her fourth year at the junior high.  She has most definitely been an asset for students attending De Queen Public Schools.




The Agri department at De Queen High School is studying how to prevent viruses from attacking canines and other animals.  This animal science class had a hands-on learning experience.  Mr. Morgan Frachiseur brought a litter of Welsh Corgis to class.  The students learned how to mix preventative medicines.  Afterwards, the students learned how to give shots to the puppies.  They discussed the preventitives for corona virus, parvo virus, rabies, and other viruses.


Dalton Harp takes his turn on being a veterinarian. 

Kayla Martin watches as Mr. Frachiseur administers a shot to the Welsh Corgi. 



Sixth grade students at De Queen Middle School are learning how to play musical instruments in band class.  Mr. Jeff Attaway teaches band in grades six through twelve for De Queen Public Schools.


Spirit Day at De Queen Junior High.  The Hall Wars.









First grader Tegan Gilliam welcomes mom Sandy Ricks and great-grandmother Willie Mae Cook.  Willie Mae's five sons and 12 daughters, along with her over 100 grands and great-grands, all have attended or are attending Ashdown Schools.

Zah'Nye Ramnarine enjoyed lots of visitors on Grandparents Day. Standing are (l to r) Mattie Covington, Vanessa Burris, Roy Burris, and Peter Ramnarine, with little bro Bryce standing next to Zah'Nye.  The grandparents also spent time with granddaughter Lovelie Ramnarine in second grade at C. D. Franks Elementary.

A fun visit for second grader Nolen Chandler with (l to r) grandmoms Kayla Chandler and Karen Chauncy and great-grandmom Nelda Chauncy.

First grader Alycia Latson with grandmother Shenice Latson

Donna Delaney (in back) with her grandchildren (l to r) Carter Cash (4th grade), Abby White (kindergarten), and Trenton White (2nd grade).


Second grader Brodie Mitchell loves her grandparents (l to r) David and Tressie Mitchell and Becky Reynolds.


Always time for a little tea party between preK student Makayea Martinez and grandmother Sherian Boatright!

Second grader Kamarie McElroy enjoys spending time with grandmother Montoya McMillan and Richard Day.

Seventh grader Arejeon French with grandmother Alice French

Fourth grader Jonathan Denney with grandmom Nina Walker

Spending time together on the preschool playground are Kaydim Alexander and grandmother Tammy Morris.

Kathrine Smith, Margaret Macon, and Sharla Fricks serve juice and donuts to the grandparents who sign in at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School. Many thanks go the Michael G. Wharton-Palmer, D.D.S. of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for Children who provided the treats.

Both grandmother Delores Pena and great-grandmother Diega Garcia attended Grandparents Day at LFH for 4th grader Juan Pena and 5th grader Cris Pena. 


Grandmother Shirley Threadgill with grandson eighth grader Warren Smith.

Tammy Robertson visits with third grade granddaughter Karyssa Riley.

Kindergarten teacher Lonni Dollarhide and her students read a book together as grandparents observe.

Seventh grader Xavier Williams (on left) and sixth grader Seth Reed with grandmothers Toni Dossett (on left) and Elaine Reed.




Ashdown Students Accept Rachel's Challenge


At the first FOR Club meeting for Ashdown High School, new members divided into groups to brainstorm ideas for FOR projects.  FYI, the students are not texting on their cellphones; they are searching the Rachel's Challenge website for suggestions.​

A group of FOR Club members at AHS concentrate on possible projects they might put into action and begin their chain reaction of kindness throughout the school and community.

Neil McIntyre, speaker and specialist for Rachel's Challenge organization in Colorado, introduces students at Ashdown High School to Rachel's Challenge and the story of Rachel Joy Scott behind the program.​

McIntyre shares with his audience "a secret" about bullies:  "If someone is acting like a bully, it is usually because (1) they are afraid, (2) they are going through a rough time, and/or (3) nobody has ever reached out to them."​

The Rachel's Challenge assembly during the evening of August 19 was open to public. Greeting and visiting with Neil McIntyre afterwards are (l to r) Suzanne and Cole Platt, McIntyre, Alexis Houck, and Cody and Beckie Flowers.

Neil McIntyre, in addition to motivational speaker, is a professional beatboxer with his own website, which he describes as "Hip-Hop for Families."  He is pictured giving Cole Platt and Cody Flowers a few pointers about how to produce some really cool beats.

Student signatures on this banner at AHS indicate "I accept Rachel's Challenge."  At the end of day one, it held this many signatures; a week later it is crammed! That's a chain reaction!​




Jacey Dupree, a sixth grade student at Ashdown Junior High School, created the winning design for the 2014 Komen Texarkana Kids for the Cure t-shirt contest


Pictured are (l to r) Amber Lawrence, Executive Director of Komen Texarkana; Lindsey Duffey, Race co-chair; Jacey Dupree, 2014 Kids for the Cure t-shirt design winner; Laura LaCroix, Race co-chair; and Debra Moore, Affiliate President.

Fellow sixth graders at Ashdown Junior High School enjoyed pink-iced cookies to celebrate their classmate Jacey Dupree's honor of being the winner of the 2014 Komen Texarkana Kids for the Cure t-shirt design winner.  Cancer survivor Becky Gunter is glad to help pass out the treats

Attending the surprise announcement party for Jacey Dupree, winner of the 2014 Komen Texarkana Kids for the Cure t-shirt design contest, are (l to r - back row) Christy Walls, Kids for the Cure committee member; Amber Lawrence, Executive Director Komen Texarkana; Lindsey Duffey, Race co-chair; (front row) Laura LaCroix, Race co-chair; June Avance, breast cancer survivor; Becky Gunter, breast cancer survivor; Jacey; Anita Ryan, breast cancer survivor; and Ashley Loftin, Kids for the Cure committee member.


Pictured with Jacey Dupree are Kids for the Cure committee members Ashley Loftin (left) and Christy Walls, who made the presentation to Jacey for her special honor.  Jacey's t-shirt design will now be featured on over 800 t-shirts during the 2014 Komen Texarkana Race for the Cure on Oct. 18 at the Four States Fairground.


Vincent Jones, AJHS sixth grader, models the eye decals provided for the students by the Kids for the Cure representatives.  Susan G. Komen Foundation and new balance sports equipment and shoe company teamed up to create the pink decals with the theme "Keep Your Eye on the Cure."

Sevier County Fair Pageant Winners

Contestant Sarah Tollett, Most Beautiful, Best Fashion, Best Personality, Best Smile Bristol Lee, 2014 Little Ms. Tiny Baby Hadleigh Jones

2014 Little Mr. Tiny Baby, Conner Wolcott

Little Miss Baby 2014, Khloe Wishard 

2014 Little Ms. Western Jaycee Platt

Most Beautiful, Best Fashion Caselyn VanVoast, Best Smile Avaianna Vazquez, Sunni Mason, Jaycee Platt, Best Personality and 2014 Little Ms. Petite Mika Baker


Best Fashion, Best Smile, 2014 Little Miss Sevier County Myleigh Marshall, Most Beautiful, Best Personality Isabella Baker

Best Smile Paige Eason, Most Beautiful, Raylee VanVoast, Jaycee Vanhoose, Best Dress, Best Personality, 2014 Young Jr Miss Jalyn Pickett


Jr. Talent Winner, Kate Baker, Vocal Solo Winner Danielle Duggan. Danielle will represent Sevier County at the District and State Fair Pageants.

2014 Jr. Miss Kenzie Nelson


2014 Sevier County Princess, Kaylee Morgan. Kaylee will represent Sevier County at the District and State Fair Pageants


2014 Sevier County Queen, Marjle McLelland. Marjle will represent Sevier County at the District and State Fair Pageants. 


Miss Stickaroo, Jaycee Platt

Mr. Stickaroo, Pace Frachiseur

 Hadley Dixon

Heather Bradshaw

Bailey Denton

Students from De Queen Public Schools are in choir under the direction of Mrs. Stefani Jones.  She is teaching rhythm method to her third period class.  This is Mrs. Jones second year at the high school.  Previously, Mrs. Jones taught at De Queen Elementary.  Mrs. Jones and the high school choir will perform musicals in the high school auditorium and other places in the community this year.

Protecting our students is our first priority


AJHS Cheerleader Von Joy Thomas helps  students and parents find classrooms at the Open House on August 14. 

Angie Cooks serves snocones to students and parents at the LFH Open House


New second grade teacher Jennifer Richardson meets the Raley family - dad  Joseph with sons Kayne and Nicolai -- as Nicolai registers for her classroom

"Good Thinking" reads the hat worn by  Harlee Harris, who has just registered for first grade with her mom Shaena Jones.


Kayci Krause, with mom and dad Kelly and Jason  Krause, check through her school supplies as she sets up in Mrs. Aylett's third grade classroom.

Roy Burton hands out paper work to parents at the AJHS Open House.  Classes began August 18.

Lonni Dollarhide (center) welcomes Kadance Cochran, with mom Tracy, to her kindergarten classroom at the MDP Open House


Roger House II fills out forms to enter Trey House into sixth grade at AJHS.

Aren't seniors supposed to be SAD about registering for their last year in high school?  Evidently not, according to (front - l to r) Charity Nelson, Shelby Tipton, Cortnie Greeson,  (back) Nekoe Hogan, Aphen Beard, Mandi Burgess, and Zane Lovell.

Getting chummy with the Panther mascots during the Meet the Teacher Night at Margaret Daniel Primary School are (l to r) Blake Mays, Cheyanne Mays, Lilly Mays, and Nicholas Chesser







AJHS Instructional Facilitator Eliza Simmons meets Micah Sanders, son of new Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders, at a reception to welcome Sanders and his family

AHS math teacher Debra Garrett introduces herself to new Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders.


Arkansas State Representative Jimmy Hickey greets Jason Sanders at a reception in Sanders' honor.  Sanders officially began his duties as Ashdown School Superintendent on July 1. 


New Ashdown School Superintendent Jason Sanders is welcomed by first grade teacher Brenda Tate

The Matt Richardson family (on left) and the Jason Sanders family meet and visit at the superintendent's reception on July 17.









Volunteer artist Elizabeth Fields decorates the face of Heather McBride from Redwater, Texas.  Heather came to the Bash with Nancy Davison, lead singer of The Southern Reign who performed much of the day.

Kaylee Turner serves cake at the Country Bash.  She is happy to help LFH get more equipment for their playground, even though she will now be in the sixth grade.

Descendants of Dr. L. F. Henderson, longtime principal and namesake of L. F. Henderson Intermediate School, enjoyed spending the afternoon and helping out at Covert's Country Bash to raise funds for playground equipment at LFH.  Pictured are Dr. Henderson's daughter Tabitha (on right) and son and daughter-in-law Andre` and Nealie Henderson.

Here he goes again!  That's DeShun Rhodes, dietary manager at Little River Nursing Rehabilitation, doing his part to add to the fun!

Sixth grader Chelbi Gathright was one of those who added her beautiful voice to the pleasure of the crowd!

The Doctor himself and his lovely wife Sharon, along with good friend and band director of The Southern Reign, Danny Davison (far left).


The cooks of the day, whipping up some really delicious ribs and chicken, are Phillip Burnham (on left) and Mike Covert, Dr. Covert's son and office manager.

Gabi Lancaster from Redwater hurls a stinger straight to the bull's eye! Splash again!

The House Band entertains the crowd with strong vocalists (from left) Roger, Jr., Mrs. House, and Yolanda. Guitarist Dr. Roger House describes his music as "Pop Gospel." 

Faculty members of LFH served food to help raise donations for their playground. Pictured are Linda and Elizabeth Davis.

LFH Principal Keith Fricks (on left) visits with Dr. Covert during the Bash that will collect almost $3000 for LFH playground equipment.

Local singer Courtney Fyock sings some favorites for her listeners.

Voices for Christ was one of the groups that delighted the crowd on the afternoon of July 3.  Lead singer is James Hamilton, and backing him up are (left to right) Pat Daniels, Shirley Hamilton, and Price Savage.

These local young people call their group God's Purpose, and they truly impressed the audience with their talents and spirit.

Opening the afternoon was a United States Army Color Guard, setting the proper atmosphere for July 4th eve.

L.P. Gas Training Session

Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation Day



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Organizers of the Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation Day   recognized Tommie Brown of Horatio for his many years of performing  with the late Bro. J.L. Walker and other musicians at the annual event. 
Pictured are Sevier County Judge Greg Ray and Tommie's son, Darrell  Brown,  who received the award on his father's behalf.

Courtesy of De Queen Bee staff

Longest Married Couple
Hazel & Bobby Helms of Gillham
74 Years

Oldest Man - Bobby Helms of Gillham 90 years old

Oldest Woman - Edna VanVoast of De Queen.  97 Years old.
Will be 98 June 15th.

Argenbright Band

Best Decorated Booth - Brookewood


Horatio Elementary School

Battle of the Books

at the De Queen-Mena Educational Coop


First Grade Team A. 2nd and 4th place

First Grade Team B

Team A  2nd Grade won 2nd place at the Battle of
the Books  Lexy Elmore, Emma Ray, Trenton Halcombe, and Zoie Cleghorn.

Team B 2nd Grade won 1st place at the Battle of the

Kale Rehm, Kristin Roberts, Cadee Glasgow, Trey Mason


5th Grade won 2nd Place in Battle of the Books

 Sydney McMahan and Haylee Leeper












CCCUA Culinary Arts students Joseph Finigan and Burgundi Tolison prepare their demonstration of chocolate mousse brownies, while barber Antoine Potts gives the sixth graders a little historical background of the well-known barber pole.  The trio informed the students about future careers and getting prepared by making right choices.


Sheriff Gary Gregory and School Security Patrol Officer Stephanie Boyer talk to sixth graders as AJHS about law enforcement careers.


Well Fargo Store Manager and Assistant Vice President Geanenita Kelly tells students at AJHS about careers in banking and financial services.

Career Day at LFH -- Pictured are (front row - l to r) LFH Counselor Quincey Rayfield, Learning for Life Director Linda Willis, LPN Stephanie Blake, Pharmacist Angela Adkison, Stylist Devona Powell, (back) Attorney Thad Bishop, Family Nurse Practitioner Toni Womble, Chef James Powell, and IT Tech Michael Turner.


As Cindy Metzger, Director of Nursing at Little River Memorial Hospital, talks to students about careers in the medical field, SRT Safety and Recruiting Director Eric Nelson waits for her to demonstrate blood pressure reading.  Both volunteers shared information to AJHS students about career choices, while Nelson also talked to them about the dangers of texting and driving.



De Queen Middle School ended their Benchmark testing with a celebration. On Friday afternoon, students were dismissed from classes at 1:30 for a treat of hot dogs, chips, and soft drinks. They were allowed free time until the end of the day. Students were rewarded for their attendance and hard work during the test. The DMS faculty would like to thank the parent volunteers who helped serve the students.

Little River Political Rally







Dierks Test Busters


Stress Monsters (Kohl Kersey and Jason Eudy) attempt to scare test takers (Jenna Bray and Kamry Kelley).

Wicked Witch( Maddie Van Bibber) attacks Dorothy (Macy Eckert).

Good Witch (Halle Mounts) saves Dorothy and Toto

The Tin Man (Trisston Icenhower), the Scarecrow (Kai Oglesby) and the Cowardly Lion (Kaden Helms) offer Dorothy advice.

Referee (Kohl Kersey) gets ready to start the fight.  Penelope (Kamry Kelley) and her trainer (Darci Jones) wait to begin.

The Test (Jason Eudy) tries to take down Penelope (Kamry Kelley)

Police officers (Halle Mounts and Kai Oglesby) bring in the line-up of suspects (Trisston Icenhower, Macy Eckert, Maddie Van Bibber, and Emily Gordon)


Dr Wally Liles

Retirement Reception


Shirley and Dr. Wally Liles



Approximately 400 people attended the 69th annual Chamber of  De Queen High

Award Photos by De Queen Bee Staff


Commerce banquet held Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the
School Cafeteria.

Carl E. Hendrix Family
Business Family of the Year

Ed Revels
Lifetime Achievement award

Ira "Mac" McDaniel
Citizen of the Year

UA Cossatot
Large Business of the Year

New Construction Award & Best Business Theme Table Decoration

Marty Hooker
Small Business of the Year

Christie Jaquess
Renovation-Beautification award

Janet Dunson
De Queen Teacher of the Year

Labrada Vann
Horatio  Teacher of the Year

Vickie Lacefield
De Queen-Mena Education Co-op Teacher of the Year

Lucie Ochoa
Horatio High School Teacher of the Year

Becky Fawcett
Horatio Teacher of the Year

Bob Ward
De Queen High School Teacher of the Year

The Gift Box Flowers & Gifts
Best Decorated Table

Bancorp South

Bank of Lockesburg

City of De Queen

Diamond Bank

De Queen Medical Center

De Queen Primary School


De Queen School

De Queen School

De Queen School

De Queen School

De Queen School

First National Bank

First National Bank

Horatio School

Horatio State Bank

Horatio State Bank

LJ Marine



Moyer Equipment

Pearce Family
De Queen Abstract/De Queen Medical Equipment
Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts

Pilgrim's Pride

Revels & Company

Sevier County

Special Guests

Smiles of Arkansas

Tires Plus

UA Cossatot

The Wellness Center

Ed Revels DDS

Miss Forman Pageant


Pictures by Lifetouch Studio

Miss Tiny Foreman Winners

Tiny (Left to Right) Alton, Gauldin, Beason, Rodriquez


2014 Miss Tiny Foreman – Torie Suzzane Beason

1st Runner-Up – Navaeh Sue Rodriquez

2nd Runner-Up – Bailey Cheyenne Alton

People’s Choice Winner – Jordan Raine Gauldin

Photogenic Winner – Bailey Cheyenne Alton


Miss Petite Foreman Winners

(Left to Right) Keeney, Guthrie, Broomfield


2014 Miss Petite – Ashlyn Grace Guthrie

1st Runner-Up – Zoee Anne Keeney

2nd Runner-Up – Kaylie Bryann Broomfield

People’s Choice Winner - Ashlyn Grace Guthrie

Photogenic Winner - Ashlyn Grace Guthrie


Miss Young Foreman Winners

Young (Left to Right) McPherson, Hockersmith, Casper, Ridge


2014 Miss Young Foreman – Ashalin Danielle Casper

1st Runner-Up – Angela Michele Ridge

2nd Runner-Up – Natalie Nicole McPherson

3rd Runner-up – Miah Rhnae Hockersmith

People’s Choice Winner – Ashalin Danielle Casper

Miss Pre-Teen Foreman Winners

Pre-Teen (Left to Right) Cowan, Beasley


2014 Miss Pre-Teen Foreman – Callie Elizabeth Beasley

1st Runner-Up – Kelli Ann Cowan

People’s Choice Winner – Kelli Ann Cowan

Photogenic Winner – Callie Elizabeth Beasley

Miss Foreman Jr. High Winners

Jr. High (Left to Right) Carrell, Proctor, Smith, Scott


2014 Miss Foreman Jr. High – Kaitlyn Diane Smith

1st Runner-Up – MacKenzie Nicole Scott

2nd Runner-Up – Chloe Lane Proctor

People’s Choice Winner – Mary Marie Carrell

Photogenic Winner – Mary Marie Carrell


Miss Foreman Winners

Miss Foreman (Left to Right) Lovewell, Turner, Berton, Purtell


2014 Miss Foreman – Cassidy Rae Turner

1st Runner-Up – Lauren Kourtney Lovewell

2nd Runner-Up – Ashley BreAnn Berton

Miss Congeniality – Lauren Kourtney Lovewell

People’s Choice Winner – Emileigh Elizabeth Purtell

Diamond Bank

Community Coffee




De Queen FFA Participates in

Fort Worth Stock Show FFA Event

Jan 29-Feb 3, 2014







Steam Night

Margaret Daniel Primary School


At the Marshmallow Construction site, brothers Dylan (on left) and Hudson Rose use creativity, engineering, and concentration to finish their structure.


Dalton Green, assisted by volunteer Wendy Huddleston, does his share of weaving in the schoolwide woven wall hanging project. The station incorporated several STEAM strategies, including math by counting in and out, motor skills, and art by design and colors.  The completed wall hanging will become part to the auction held during the annual MDP Foundation Dinner on Feb. 15 at the Barbara Horn Civic Center.


Fourth grader Dawson Hearn finished his marshmallow/toothpick masterpiece, while mom Lisa Hearn served as a parent volunteer at the station during STEAM Night.


Mining for chocolate chips is serious business to Faith Pearson.  The Cookie Mining station focused on developing eye/hand coordination for the students.

Lily Chauncy created a heart for Valentine's Day at the Bean Art station of Margaret Daniel Primary's STEAM Night.


MDP first grade teacher Katrina Williamson guides Damon Patton and Nataleigh Wharton in planting a seed and learning about what is biodegradable.


Gabriel Keener and other students learned about the nutritional value of popcorn and water from teacher Brenda Tate at STEAM Night.  Plus it was delicious!


"This feels weird!" Kord Dollarhide seems to be thinking as he experiences the "hair-raising" weird science of the Van de Graff static electricity generator.

Legos + Gears = Fun!  Using a special computer program that instructs and animates the Legos constructions is actually very educational, as well as fun.  First grader Walt Jones makes his Legos machine work while mom Stephanie Jones offers encouragement.


Retirement Reception for
Julia Moore

Sevier County DHS Administration