DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL SET ANNEXATION ON AGENDA FOR TUESDAY 4/15/14
Aldermen of the De Queen City Council
will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the council room of the De Queen City
Hall and annexation is on the agenda.
According to the agenda, Mayor Billy
Ray McKelvy scheduled a long-range planning session that includes
subdivision rules, housing and growth and annexation.
Last month, Alderman Teresa Bunyard
stated that she had a few questions after the regular meeting had
adjourned and one of those questions dealt with annexation.
Mayor McKelvy provided a note in the
council's packet that these questions should be asked in a public
meeting, so he scheduled this portion of the meeting even though the
council may not vote on any of the issues.
Aldermen will be asked to consider
passing a resolution to hold a public hearing on the closing of an ally
between Stilwell and Lockesburg Street. They will also consider a budget
request for a 2 and half inch missile boring machine.
HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW 4/15/14
Horatio High School will be hosting
its 11th annual Art Show on Tuesday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. in the
practice gym at the high school.
Horatio High School juniors, Audrey
Smith and LeAnn Carlisle stopped by the KDQN studios to invited area
residents to attend the event.
Smith and Carlisle stated that there
will be between 40 to 50 pieces of art that students will be displaying
and some of the art is for sale.
POWER OUTAGE TO CITY OF DIERKS 4/12/14
The City of Dierks experienced a
citywide power outage Monday that forced the closing of the Dierks
Media Relations spokesperson Scott
McCloud of SWEPCO explained that at 1:45 a.m. Monday morning lightning
damaged the main transformer at the substation during the thunderstorms
that pasted through the area Sunday night and Monday morning.
McCloud reported that SWEPCO crews
were working to restore power, and would be installing a mobile
transformer later today. The mobile transformer is being delivered to
Dierks from Longview, Texas.
McCloud stated the power outage was
affecting over 600 SWEPCO customers in the area and they apologize for
SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE INVESTIGATING SOME PRYING SITUATIONS
Members of the Sevier County Sheriff's
Office are investigation several residential burglaries that have
On April 10th, David Taylor of 405
Messer Street in Horatio reported that someone broke into his camper
trailer and stole his medication.
Taylor said he was in the hospital
from April 8th to the 10th and when he returned home, he discovered that
116 Hydrocodone pills were missing.
In another incident, Deputy Clayton
Yates was dispatched to 306 Hazard Street in Horatio on April 13th to
take a report from Shaw Johnson about another case of residential
Shaw reported that sometime between
noon on April 12th and 3 p.m. April 13th, someone broke into her trailer
Shaw said they stole the TVs out of
her living room and bedroom along with a 5-disc cd player and a small
black jewelry box.
Both victims reported that someone
pryed open the door to gain access to their homes.
Authorities say there was a third
incident last week with similar circumstances and they are checking to
see if there is a pattern.
Authorities are also seeking the
public's help in identifying the person or persons that are responsible
for these incidents. If you have any information, you are being asked to
contact the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at 870-642-2125.
STATE ASKS FOR CONTINUANCE IN EUROPE CASE 4/15/14
Jimmy Europe was scheduled for trial
this week, but Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir asked the court for a
continuance, so Judge Tom Cooper set a new pre-trail date of July 31st
and a trial date of August 20th.
While standing before Judge Cooper,
Europe stated that he had been in jail for nine months and requested to
see the evidence that the state has against him.
Judge Cooper responded by asked
Chesshir if he had turned over all of the state's evidence to the
defendants lawyer. Chesshir stated that he had and the defendants lawyer
stated that he had even showed it to Mr. Europe on a couple of
Before leaving the courtroom, Europe
reiterated the pointed that he didn't want a continuance, but wanted to
go to have a speedy trial.
Three other defendants plead guilty
before Judge Cooper last Thursday.
Jeffrey Hendrix plead guilty to 3rd
degree escape and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to three-years
probation and a $2,000 dollar fine.
When asked what he was guilty of,
Hendrix explained that he had been in jail in November 2013 for failure
to pay some fines. He told Judge Cooper that he was helping put
Christmas lights up at the Sevier County Courthouse and decided to run
Hendrix informed Judge Cooper that he
shoulder blocked a member of the De Queen Police Department and was
charged with the resisting arrest.
Prosecutors informed Judge Cooper that
Hendrix did not have any priors and asked for him to be sentenced under
Act 346, which will allow for Hendrix's conviction to be sealed once he
completes his sentence.
Joshua Earl agreed to a plea deal from
the prosecutor's office and was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas
Department of Corrections with 20 years suspended on two counts of
residential burglary and theft of property. He was also fined over
Earl informed the court that on or
about October 26th, he broke into a house and took some tongue and
groove lumber and then the next day broke into another house and stole a
Prosecutors reported that Earl had
co-defendants in these incidents and that they would be jointly paying
off the fines.
Nelson also plead guilty in Circuit Court last week to the charge of
failure to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to four-years in
the Arkansas Department of Corrections with two-years suspended because
he failed to register with the De Queen Police Department of his status
by September 2013.
The reason Nelson has to register is
he was convicted of sexual assault in the second degree about nine years
BENEFIT DRIVE FOR THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 4/15/14
Area residents are conducting a
benefit drive to support the Arkansas Children's Hospital.
The group is collecting shampoo, soap,
tooth paste and tooth brushes, deodorant, lotions and body wash in
travel size containers.
The drive will help families who find
themselves staying with children at the hospital who are receiving some
form of treatment, whether it is an emergency or for long-term
Items may be dropped off at Diamond
Bank, the Sevier County Library in De Queen, the KDQN studios, Custom
Graphics, First National Bank and Uptown Girl Boutique.
Items will be collected until
Saturday, April 19th and then delivered to the Arkansas Children's
JACKSON NAMED ASHDOWN'S 2014 DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR 4/15/14
Jeanne Jackson was named the Ashdown
School District 2014 Teacher of the Year and was honored during the 2014
Little River County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, April 3rd.
Jackson has taught for 23 years at the
Ashdown High School and stated that she has never had a desire to teach
She's taught Oral Communications,
Psychology, Drama and ACT Prep. She's also led a media class called
Pantherzone TV and served as a Braille assignment coordinator.
Jackson has served as a Leadership
Team member, the ACSIP chair, AdvancEd chair, Instructional Lead Teacher
and program director of the 21st Century Afterschool Program for grades
Kindergarten through fourth grade for two years.
Jackson has served the Arkansas
Leadership Academy Teacher Leader Institute for 12 sessions, first as a
graduate and then as a facilitator and teacher learning coach.
Ashdown High School Principal Tim
Erwin described Jackson as a caring individual who truly nurtures her
students. He went on to say that she is hardworking, loyal and
determined and one of the best educators that he ever had the pleasure
of working with. He stated her students notice her desire for them to
succeed and therefore strive to be better people.
ARKANSAS GOP TO INTERVENE IN VOTER ID LAWSUIT 4/15/14
A state judge is allowing the Arkansas
Republican Party to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots
are handled under the new voter ID law.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox
granted the party's request Monday to help defend the state Board of
Election Commissioners over the rule that gives more time to absentee
voters who don't submit copies of their photo IDs with their absentee
The Pulaski County Election Commission
claimed that the state panel overstepped its bounds with the new rule.
Fox said he hopes to handle the case
quickly and gave both side a Friday deadline to file motions for summary
judgment and an April 23 deadline to file replies to the motions.
COTTON CALLS FOR DEBATES WITH PRYOR IN SENATE RACE 4/15/14
U.S. Representative Tom Cotton is
calling for a series of five debates with Senator Mark Pryor as Cotton
challenges Pryor in the U.S. Senate race.
Cotton, a Republican, said Sunday that
he wants the debates in five different regions of the state and without
moderators or panelists asking questions. Cotton called for opening and
closing statements with he and Pryor, a Democrat, asking each other
questions and giving rebuttals.
Pryor responded through a spokesperson
with a news release saying that he is looking forward to a debate at the
appropriate time and in a format in which voters could hear from the
MALICIOUS IN LAW CAN INCLUDE RECKLESSNESS IN ALBERT PIKE CASE
The Arkansas Supreme Court is siding
with the relatives of the 20 people that were killed in the flash floods
that took place at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, by agreeing with
their definition of malicious conduct under a state law.
A federal judge had halted 11 separate
suits that were filed against the federal government over the flooding
while she asked the high court to interpret the state law.
The U.S. government had argued that a
state law bars lawsuits against landowners who don't charge a fee for
recreational use. The law makes an exception if the landowner
maliciously fails to warn people about conditions or activities that are
known to be dangerous.
The court's opinion last week stated
the malicious conduct under the state law includes conduct in reckless
disregard of the consequences from which malice may be inferred.
ASHDOWN CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS RAILROAD CROSSINGS 4/14/14
A workshop session has been scheduled
for 5 p.m. today at the Ashdown City Hall to discuss proposals
concerning dangerous railroad crossings in Ashdown.
There have been four deaths at the
crossings in Ashdown since 2009. The latest death was in November of
A 2011 report from the Arkansas
Department of Transportation said the Locke Street crossing has an
average of 3,837 vehicles cross it a day.
Representatives from the Kansas City
Southern Railway and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation
Department will be in attendance along with the Ashdown City Council and
the public is invited to attend.
Kansas City Southern has stated in the
past they will partner with the city and state to solve the problems
with the railroad crossings within the Ashdown city limits.
KCS has offered the city money in the
past to close several crossings. According to a KCS representative, the
city could use the money for any purpose that they want.
The state transportation department
stated that the crossings are dangerous, but people are ignoring safety
rules, which are there to protect drivers.
In the past, citizens have voiced
their objection to closing the Locke Street crossing which is the
heaviest traveled crossing.
For more information about the
workshop, contact the Ashdown City Hall at 898-2622.
DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PRESENT PROGRAM ON CYBERBULLYING
Bullying is becoming a major problem
in American society and it's been said that adults need to be award of
their children's behavior in order to detect problems before they become
Parents are told to watch for signs of
emotional distress and to notice when their children withdraw from their
friends and favorite activities. Other signs that may reveal that a
child is being bullied either at school on or online are changes in
mood, behavior, sleep or appetite or their grades may start slipping or
they start acting out in anger at home.
Parents are encouraged to talk to
their kids and help them understand what's going on. And, parents should
stay involved in their kids lives.
Tammy Whatley of the De Queen School
District has announced that the De Queen district will be hosting a
cyberbullying workshop next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the De Queen Elementary
Whatley stated that Special Agent Doug
Estes from the Arkansas State Police will be the guest speaker. Estes is
the coordinator for Arkansas’ Internet Crimes Against Children.
For more information, contact your
child's school office.
GOING TO TRIAL 4/14/14
UPDATE: Anthony Lawrence's trial has
been delayed. We will report the new trial date when it becomes
Anthony Lawrence's pre-trial was held
Thursday in the Circuit Court of Sevier County before Judge Tom Cooper.
Lawrence is facing one count of sexual
assault in the fourth degree and one count of attempted sexual assault
in the third degree.
If convicted Lawrence could face up to
12 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and ordered to pay
fines not to exceed $20,000.
Lawrence is out of jail on a $30,000,
but will be back in court on Wednesday, April 16th for a jury trial.
Lawrence who was a probation officer
at the time of the incidents has been accused of engaging in sexual
conduct with someone that is not his wife and who was in the custody of
the Department of Community Corrections as a parolee.
Allegedly, the first incident took
place in the Sevier County Courthouse on December 18th, 2012 and she
informed a member of the South Central Drug Task Force of the incident
and the task force along with the De Queen Police Department and the
Arkansas State Police opened an investigation into the incident.
Then on December 20th of 2012,
Lawrence allegedly attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with the
same victim. The second incident was reportedly recorded by the
authorities and he was arrested on December 20th.
HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL TO HOLD BLOOD DRIVE 4/14/14
Lifeshare Blood Centers is having a
blood drive Wednesday, April 16th from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at
Horatio High School
The blood drive is apart of LifeShares
2013-2014 LifeScholars program, which is designed to honor students who
domonstrate community service and leadership by becoming regular blood
The LifeScholars program provides the
school to earn a scholarship for its students, regardless of the school
size or what athletic classification that they are in.
The community can offer its support to
the students of Horatio High School by participating in the blood drive.
According to LifeShares about one in
seven people who enter a hospital will need blood and one blood donation
can save up to three lives. So every donation has the potential to save
For more information, go to
www.lifeshare.org or call 903-794-3173.
IT'S DISTRACTED DRIVER WEEK 4/14/14
April is distracted driver week and
the Arkansas Coalition Against Texting While Driving coalition is
reminding drivers that when you are behind the wheel that text can wait.
A recent report states that nearly 80
percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some sort of
distracted driver within three seconds of the crash.
Jay Dooley of De Queen Ford mentioned
to KDQN that car dealers all across Arkansas are joining with the
Arkansas Coalition Against Texting While Driving in promoting the idea
of putting the cell phone away while driving.
Dooley reported that nearly half of
all commuters admit to texting while driving and 98 percent say they
text while their driving even though they know it isn't safe.
Statistics show that a driver who is
using their cell phone is four times more likely to be involved in a
motor vehicle accident.
So, Dooley provided drivers with three
steps to stop texting while driving. He suggested people know the risk
of texting while driving, take the pledge not the texting while driving
and speak up when riding with others who are texting while driving.
Dooley brought a contract between
parents and teens that reminds all drivers that Arkansas law bans
texting for all drivers and bans handheld cell phone use for drivers
between the ages of 18 to 20.
A copy of the contract may be picked
up at De Queen Ford or visit the website www.ardrivesafe.org.
PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE EVENT FOR SEVIER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE
The Sevier County Relay for Life Dusk
till Dawn event is scheduled for April 25th at the Sportsplex in De
Queen and teams are making plans for a big finish to this year's
Relay for Life is the American Cancer
Society's signature event. It's an over-night event that is designed to
bring together those who have been touched by cancer. And to help bring
the community together, the Sevier County Relay for Life committee will
paint the town purple this Sunday.
Emmy Bailey encouraged individuals and
businesses to participate in the paint the county purple contest.
Participates are asked to decorate with purple and contact a Relay for
Life committee member and enter their business into the contest. The
winner will be announced at the Sevier County Relay for Life Dusk to
Bailey stated that it was not too late
to form a team that teams were even welcome to show up April 25th to
make their donation to the American Cancer Society.
Bailey announced that people could
still purchase luminaries at the Horatio State Bank, First State Bank
and from Pilgrim's team members.
Bailey said several of the teams never
stop fundraising from one year to the next. She said First National Bank
sells solar bobble heads all year around and Diamond Bank and Horatio
State Bank sells cookbooks.
The Relay for Life Survivor Dinner
will Friday, April 18th at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose building of the
De Queen Church of Christ.
For more information about forming a
team, fundraisers, the Survivor Dinner or the Dusk to Dawn event, call
784-3053, 784-8895 or 784-1692.
AHS SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE ENCOURAGING CONTRIBUTORS 4/14/14
The Ashdown High School Scholarship
Committee will soon be awarding scholarships to 2014 AHS graduates, as
it has since its formation in 1986, and contributors are encouraged to
either continue donations as they have in previous years or become new
scholarship donors and contribute to the success of new Ashdown High
School graduates in their post-secondary endeavors.
According to the scholarship committee
chairperson, Ronda Pounds, they awarded 38 scholarships for a total
value of $15,405, last year. That means the committee has awarded over
$320,188 dollars to 917 students over the course of 28-years.
Pounds also stated that 100 percent of
all donated monies are awarded every year and that all donations are tax
The Scholarship Committee has also
authorized an alumni fund that will allow former students of Ashdown
High School and businesses may contribute to the program in an amount,
at any time. Contributions may also be made in honor or memory of
friends and loved ones.
As in previous years, scholarship
recipients would be announced and scholarships awarded at a tea that is
sponsored by the committee.
This year's tea has been scheduled for
Sunday, May 4th at 2 p.m. in the Ashdown High School cafeteria.
Pounds also stated that all donors
were welcome to attend the tea and they were welcome to participate in
the presenting of the scholarships that they had donated to.
To have a scholarship presented to a
2014 graduate, contributions must be received by April 18th. They may be
mailed to or dropped off at the Ashdown School District Central Office
at 511 North Second Street, in Ashdown Arkansas, 71822.
GIRL GETS $20K FOR DIAMOND FOUND IN ARKANSAS PARK 4/14/14
An Oklahoma City girl has sold a 3.85
carat diamond that she found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park for
Tana Clymer said she planned to use
the money to help pay for college.
Clymer found the diamond in October of
2012 while hunting for diamonds with her family at the Crater of
Diamonds State Park. She says she couldn't believe her good luck and
asked her dad if she was dreaming.
The park is the only diamond-producing
site in the U.S. that is open to the public. Other gems that may be
discovered at the park include amethyst, garnet, jasper and quartz.
The yellow diamond that Clymer found
was a teardrop-shaped stone that was about the size of a jellybean.
TRIO CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING AT WAL-MART 4/11/14
Tuesday evening about 6 p.m.,
Patrolman First Class Levi Browning was dispatched to Wal-Mart in
reference to multiple suspects shoplifting.
Officer Browning spoke with the
Wal-Mart asset protection employees concerning the situation and was
informed that three individuals had been caught concealing items.
22-year-old Evelyn Bevis, 23-year-old
Stephen Pilant and 19-year-old Austin Chaney were all detained for
placing items into bags that they had brought into the store.
Bevis reportedly placed two DVDs and a
package of batteries in her purse, while Pilant and Chaney put hamburger
meat and baby formula in a diaper bag.
After concealing the items, the trio
proceeded to the self check-out counter to purchase other items, but
their card was declined.
As the trio was attempting to leave
the store, they were stopped and taken to the office. Bevis had an
infant with her and store employees allowed her to contact a family
member to pick up the child.
Officer Browning then placed the three
suspects into custody and transported them to the Sevier County jail and
were charged with shoplifting less than $1,000 dollars.
APRIL IS SAFE DIGGING MONTH 4/11/14
De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy made
a proclamation this week declaring safe digging month, because the
city's underground utility infrastructure is unintentionally damaged due
to people's failure to call 811 in order to have underground lines
located prior to digging.
A recent survey that was conducted by
the Common Ground Alliance found that 51 percent of American homeowners
who plan to dig for a variety of home improvement projects will put
themselves and their communities at risk because they don't call 811
before digging around underground utilities.
According to the Common Ground
Alliance an underground utility is damaged every six minutes nationwide
because people start digging before calling.
Mayor McKelvy wants to inform the
citizens of De Queen that if a person damages city utilities, it could
cause a disruption in service, damage the environment, personal injury
or possible even death.
It's recommended that if you plan to
dig over the weekend that you call 811 on Monday or Tuesday to allow
them time to mark the underground utilities before you start digging,
however, Mayor McKelvy announced that residents should maintain visual
diligence while digging around the marked utilities.
COLT BOLT 5K 4/11/14
Coming up this weekend is the UA
Cossatot Foundation's first annual Colt Bolt 5K for scholarships.
Thursday morning, Dustin Roberts,
Shauna Stinnett and Monte Stringfellow stopped by the KDQN studio to
inform our listeners that it's not too late to register for the event.
Roberts stated the race will take
place tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in the lower parking lot.
Stringfellow stated that the De Queen
Police Department would be providing traffic control for the runners,
but volunteers were welcome to help out at the start and finish lines.
Roberts and Stinnett mentioned the
event was to raise funds for academic scholarships and they will be
giving away prizes, including $500 tuition waivers to race participates.
For more information about the Colt
Bolt 5K, contact UA Cossatot at 870-584-4471.
DE QUEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO A COUPLE CALLS WEDNESDAY
Wednesday afternoon proved to be a
busy day for members of the De Queen Fire Department.
Twelve firefighters responded to a
small brush fire at 172 Chapel Hill Road about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon,
but had the fire extinguished within 14 minutes.
The property owner, Robert Shotz,
reported that he was burning some brush and it got away from him a
About an hour later, 17 firefighters
responded to a car fire at the De Queen High School baseball field
behind the high school.
The owner of the car is Ramona Driver
When firefighters arrived, the car was
fully engulfed in flames and was under control within 40 minutes, but
firefighters remained on the scene until the car was completely cool.
The cause of the vehicle fire remains
UA COSSATOT ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERS MOVING COLTS HOME ARENA
UA Cossatot administration is
considering it's options when it comes to the official home of the Colts
The UA Cossatot rodeo team was created
in 2010 and has had three different arenas that they have used for
practice the past four seasons and currently, the team is using the
Sevier County Fairgrounds and Arena.
UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole
stated that the college has a great relationship with the Sevier County
Fair Board and the fair board has help create a win/win relationship for
the collegiate rodeo program.
However, the UA Cossatot
administration feels that for the rodeo program to expand and continue
to attract talented students that a more secure facility that is owned
solely by the college is needed for the housing of animals and for
Dr. Cole reported that there is a
small parcel of land in De Queen that is owned by the college, but the
landscape will not support an arena. However, the college owns land in
Howard County that is suitable for a suitable facility.
Dr. Cole stated that the college was
exploring the options and considering what is best for the future of the
UA Cossatot Colts rodeo team.
He went on the say that students
invest a great deal in the livestock and other materials that's required
for competition and rodeo recruits look at a schools facilities when
deciding where they will attend college.
Dr. Cole also stated that the college
has been unable to acquire any land in the De Queen area that they can
own and develop, so they are looking at other options.
The men's UA Cossatot Colts rodeo team
recently placed fourth at the Mississippi State Valley College Rodeo in
West Point, Mississippi and Brody Braden and Tanner Caudle are leading
the Ozark standings in team roping.
Currently, the UA Cossatot rodeo team
is trying to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper,
Wyoming, which will be held June 15th through the 21st.
ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST REPRESENTATIVE TOM COTTON DISMISSED 4/11/14
An ethics panel has dismissed a
complaint that accused Arkansas congressman and Republican U.S. Senate
hopeful Tom Cotton of illegally soliciting contributions during a radio
interview at his office in the U.S. Capital.
His campaign released copy of a March
13th letter from the House Ethics Committee dismissing the state
Democratic Party's complaint. Democrats complained that Cotton violated
rules barring congressman from soliciting donations while inside the
The letter stated that the panel
unanimously voted to dismiss the case.
However, former Arkansas Chief Justice
Jack Holt filed a new complaint Wednesday against Cotton.
Holt is asking the Office of
Congressional Ethics to consider whether Cotton broke House rules by not
specifying clients for whom he provided consulting services.
Cotton's campaign says the new
complaint is without merit.
MORE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE RECORDS TO BE RELEASED 4/11/14
The National Archives plans to release
more documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on
The White House papers are being
closely monitored by media organizations and historians as former
secretary of state and U.S. senator Hillary Rodham Clinton considers a
second presidential campaign.
The documents have covered the Clinton
administration's ill-fated health care overhaul plan, the Republican
victories during the 1994 midterm elections and steps that Hillary
Clinton's aides took to enhance her public image. More than 10,000 pages
of records have been released since February.
The papers are being released to the
Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
PENNIES FOR PLAYGROUNDS 4/11/14
Members of the De Queen Primary School
PTO is holding a Pennies for the Playground contest for all the students
at the De Queen Primary.
Jennifer Martin mentioned that the PTO
plans to cover the playground with a recycled rubber product, but that
is a long-term goal. She stated that they also purchase soccer balls and
other items for students to play with.
Martin stated that the class that
raises the most money will celebrate with a popcorn party.
Penny jugs are sitting outside the
primary office, one for each grade and students can drop their change
into the jugs until Thursday, May 15th.
RULES AND HAZARDS OF DIAMOND HUNTING 4/11/14
When visiting the Crater of Diamond
State Park, park interpreters will talk about two rules and two hazards.
One of the rules will increase your
chance of finding a diamond and the other rule and hazards help keep
visitors safe while searching for diamonds on the search field.
The first rule is about digging holes.
Park staff are happy for you to dig a hole, but their are ecstatic when
you fill that hole back in.
The second rule states that visitors
are allowed to take home up to a 5 gallon bucket of rocks so they can
put them in their rock gardens at home or they can take a 5 gallon
bucket of sifted gravel, but not unsifted dirt.
Park Interpreter Marji Jenks reported
that about half or two thirds of the parks registered diamonds are
discovered at home.
Now the first hazard is about the deep
holes that someone has left on the search field. Jenks explained that
after it rains the uncompacted dirt in those holes, turns into quick-mud
and unsuspecting visitors that step into those holes will sink up to
their knees in mud.
The second hazard deals with Arkansas'
The search area is not a good place to
be caught in a thunderstorm because there isn't a good place to take
shelter. So guests need to remain alert when inclement weather is in the
area and give themselves plenty of time to reach the shelter of the
Diamond Discovery Center or visitor center.
STUDY SHOWS PERCENTAGE OF UNINSURED KIDS IN ARKANSAS DECLINING
A new study shows that the percentage
of children without health insurance in Arkansas declined between the
years 2008 to 2012.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
report shows that the percentage of kids who were uninsured in the state
dropped from 8.8 percent in 2008 to 5.9 percent in 2012, which is the
most recent year that data was available.
Researchers say that nationwide, the
percentage of uninsured children declined from 9.7 percent to around 7.5
percent during the same time period.
In Arkansas, the report also found
that children in low-income families had significant gains in insurance
coverage and that minority children made the greatest gains in insurance
Spring Break Trip to Disney World 04/11/14
De Queen High School students and sponsors recently
returned from their annual trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios
and The Islands of Adventure. Since 2001 students and their sponsors
from the De Queen area have been enjoying these incredibly fun as well
as educational trips during spring break. The group visited Disney’s
Animal kingdom, Magic kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT,
which was hosting the International Flower and Garden Festival. The also
enjoyed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of
Adventure, Downtown Disney and the Disney Marketplace.
Each year the group participates in a Youth
Education Series (Y.E.S.) program at Walt Disney World. This year’s
program was “Energy and Waves Physics Lab 301”. They embarked on an
adventure where they explored the physics of lighjt and sound through
select attractions at the Magic Kingdom and saw optics and acoustics in
action. When you put the phytsics of light and sound into focus for
students, they discover the wide range of energy waves found in the
Electromagnetic Spectrum and the practical uses of electromagnetic
waves. In the 3 hour academic adventure the students experimented with
ultraviolet (UV) light, fluorescence and optics to see how they can be
manipulated to create the immersive environment of Disney attractions.
During this interactive field study, students did
- Discovered that
sound travels in a compression wave
- Learned that the
medium in which sound travels affects the transmission of the sound
- Learned that the
frequency of a sound wave affects what is heard
- Gained knowledge
of the various factors that affect the speed of sound
- Examined the
wide range of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Learned the
parts of a wave, discovered that light waves vary in lengthy and
make up only a small portion of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Explored how
light can be refracted, reflected, and absorbed, as well a s
manipulated to create illusion and other effects
- The mystery of
The Haunted Mansion ballroom scene is unlocked as students went
behind-the-scenes and discovered the science behind the magic
- Learned that
through the knowledge of acoustics, sound can be produced,
manipulated, and controlled
- Discovered that
optics and light can be manipulated and controlled
- Came to realize
that the brain stores memories and emotions that are associated with
- Discovered how
Disney Imaginers use the properties of light and sound in designing
When Walt Disney originally envisioned his theme
parks, his dream was to create places where people could have fun, and
at the same time, learn something about the world around them. The Y.E.S.
Program facilitators take great pride in furthering Walt’s dream by
using the Theme Parks to not only entertain students, but to inspire
them to think differently about the world and to explore the endless
possibilities that await them back at home, at school, and within their
This program began as the Magic Kingdom Park
opened. The students also experienced Stitches’ Great Escape and
Mickey’s Philharmagic, as part of their program. Trained and
knowledgeable Disney youth Education Series Cast members facilitated
this high quality and educationally sound program, while never
forgetting that fun is a vital part of learning.
Students and sponsors pictured at Universal Studios
include in the front row left to right: Andrea Vega, Hannia Martinez,
Christian Maldonado, Karen Villeda, Karen Perez, Nallely Tun, and Ester
Gomez. Back row left to right: Rosy Martinez, Yasmin Rojo, Karla Munoz,
Karen Trammell, Kurt Blocker, Jan Durham, and Wanda Smith.
DISTRICT COURT AMNESTY PROGRAM ENDS THE END OF THIS MONTH 4/10/14
District Judge Steven Tedder is
reminding residents that have outstanding warrants for failure to appear
in District County for traffic violations that they need to take
advantage of the court's amnesty program this month.
Tedder explained that he is attempting
to resolve these cases before the defendant has to spend some time in
Tedder stated that he tries to be fair
and consistent but folks need to make an effort to pay their fines.
Tedder said he offers the amnesty
program every year around tax time, so people can be off any outstanding
Tedder mentioned that there is not a
single week in District Court that he doesn't have to sentence someone
to jail for not paying their fines and he wants people to take this
opportunity to avoid jail time.
Tedder also stated that if you get a
ticket, you don't have to go to court, you can simply go to the District
Court Office on the second floor of the Sevier County Courthouse and
fill out the proper paperwork and either pay your fine or set up a
If you have any questions about the
amnesty program, contact the District Court Clerk at 584-7311.
GOVERNOR BEEBE ANNOUNCES INTENT TO PARDON DIERKS RESIDENT 4/10/14
Governor Mike Beebe announced this
week that he plans to grant 10 pardons, including one for a Howard
County resident. Governor Beebe's office announced that 32 additional
clemency requests were denied.
The ten applicants intended for
pardons have completed all of their jail time, fulfilled all parole and
probationary requirements and paid all fines that are related to their
However, there is a 30-day waiting
period so that Beebe's office may receive feedback from the public on
the pardons before the final action is taken.
Governor Beebe intends to grant
pardons to Johnny Kesterson of Dierks. Kesterson was convicted of
burglary in 1967 in Howard County. According to the Governor's office,
Kesterson has fulfilled all the terms of his sentence and there have
been no further criminal-law violations. There’s no law-enforcement
objection to Kesterson's application.
Pardons will also be granted to Jimmy
Blackwood, Sr. of Camden, Brian Earls of Benton, Tyrel Kempson of
Shirley, Tony Moses of Van Buren, Jarrod Petrus of Hazen, Robert
Richards, Jr. of Lewisville, Jordan Riddle of Conway, Adam Willfond of
Atkins and Roderick Hyre, Jr. of Oak Grove, Missouri.
LOCKESBURG CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH WATER PROJECTS 4/10/14
A representative of Al Franks
Engineering, Robin Rice, presented the Lockesburg City Council with two
resolutions for them to approve as they move forward with the city's
projects, Tuesday during the council’s regular monthly meeting.
One resolution authorized Mayor Danny
Ruth and the City Recorder/Treasurer to sign documents regarding the
city's revolving loan through the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
and the other stated the city's intent to move forward with the water
system improvement project through the issuance of bonds.
Rice informed KDQN that it will be
about a year before construction on the project begins and that it
should be completed by 2016.
Chairperson of the park commission,
Sheila Ruth, reported that the work on the stage was just about complete
and that registration for the car show that is scheduled for the park on
Saturday, April 19th is going well.
Mayor Danny Ruth informed the council
that SWEPCO will be installing a second transformer behind the stage,
which will allow the park commission to set up vendor outlets in the
Mayor Ruth said it would cost $4,400
to set the transformer, but SWEPCO will allow the city to pay that
amount out by adding about $75 a month to its electric bill.
Sheila Ruth reported that Weyerhaeuser
had presented the park with a $7,500 grant to add the vendor outlets and
Sheila Ruth stated that Weyerhaeuser
had been good to the park commission and that they had provided a couple
of grants for the park in the past.
Sheila Ruth also mentioned several
projects that the park commission would be discussing during their
meeting later this week and she informed the council that the park would
be hosting a 6 and under baseball tournament April 18th and 19th.
Mayor Ruth reported that the pipe in
the old well-house needed to be replaced. He estimated that it would
cost about $7,000 for the pipe and stated that the city workers would
install it to save the city some money. He also asked Rice if the city
could finance this project along with the city’s water construction
project. Rice informed the council that she would check into it and
report back to them.
Mayor Ruth reported that the city's
backhoe was damaged in an accident. The insurance company estimated the
damage at $4,136.90. Ruth said the backhoe will be repaired but it is
still operational and the damage was to the fender and door.
Council members also approved the
purchase of a new heavy duty box blade for $1,400 and authorized the
mayor to get bids for a portable carport to cover the city's generator
at the new well site.
MINERAL SPRINGS APPROVES VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY COORDINATOR POSITION
The Mineral Springs City Council gave
approval for a local resident to volunteer as the town's activity
coordinator during their regular meeting earlier this week.
Linda Johnson presented a proposal to
the council and stated that she would be willing to coordinate
activities in town, similar to a chamber of commerce.
Johnson said she plans to hold three
trade days during the year on the first Saturday of the month. Other
activities will be a town clean-up, fundraisers and to promote
beautifying the city.
The position will be on a volunteer
basis and council member Steve Dixon stated that he appreciated Johnson
for stepping up and taking an active role in improving the town.
The council also voted to change the
city employees' paycheck schedule from the 15th and 30th to every two
weeks on Friday.
Information from Jonathan Canaday of KMTB 99.5
REWARD BEING OFFERED FOR ARREST OF SUSPECT SHOOTING ALLIGATORS
A reward of $6,500 dollars is being
offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot
two alligators in the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest
Refuge officials say an alligator was
shot on March 18th near the bridge close tot eh Ashley's Camp on the
Little River and a second alligator was killed on April 5th.
Pond Creek officials are asking for
the publics help in apprehending the suspects that killed the animals.
Animals living on the Pond Creek
Refuge are protected and alligators are also protected under state and
The incidents are being investigated
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish
If you have information about these
incidents, you should contact the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's
poaching hotline at 1-800-482-9262 or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office at Pond Creek at 870-289-2126.
The reward is being offered by the
Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Jim Williamson of the Texarkana Gazette
ROSS SAYS HE BACKS ARKANSAS MINIMUM WAGE PROPOSAL 4/9/14
Democratic candidate for governor Mike
Ross says that he supports a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage.
Ross announced last week that he backs
a proposal that supporters hope to get on the November ballot.
Supporters must submit 62,507 signatures by July 7th to qualify the
measure for the ballot.
The proposal would raise the state's
current minimum wage from $6.25 per hour to $7.50 on January 1st, 2015,
then to $8 per hour on January 1st, 2016 and finally to $8.50 per hour
on January 1st, 2017.
Arkansas is one of four states where
the minimum wage is lower than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an
Ross is the second high-profile
Democrat to back the measure. Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor also
endorsed the proposal earlier this year.
SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT 4/10/14
Last Thursday in the Sevier County
Circuit Court one defendant plead guilty, while another was charged with
an additional charge.
Joshua Dement changed his plea to
guilty upon factual basis to the charge of possession of a controlled
substance and was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of
Corrections with one-year suspended. He will also receive credit for
time served in the Sevier County jail.
However, Edward Williams had his bond
revoked due to a new charge of battery in the 2nd degree.
Williams was being held in the Sevier
County jail on three counts of theft of property and three counts of
breaking and entering when he was involved in an incident where a jailer
According to the prosecutor's office,
Williams had refused to go back to his cell, when he tripped a jailer,
which broke the jailer's leg. (KDQN had previously reported that
Williams had been into an altercation with a fellow inmate, but that was
Williams is also facing charges in
A failure to appear warrant was issued
for Bendigo Greenwood. Greenwood was to appear after he failed to keep
the conditions of his probation.
Greenwood was convicted of theft of
property in January of 2013 and sentenced to pay a fine. $500 has been
paid, but a balance of $2,310 remains on the fine.
Lena Harvey was transferred to drug
court, Tuesday. She will be supervised in Miller County. She had been
charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a
Roy Gilmore had a pre-trial date set
for May 2nd and a trial date of May 21st in his case. He is being held
on a $25,000 bond for the charge of terroristic threatening in the 1st
Gilmore had threatening an Arkansas
state employee that was attempting to collect state sales tax from him
in December of 2013.
Authorities in San Antonio, Texas
picked up 37-year-old Marco Vasquez after he was stopped for a traffic
violation. After discovering that Vasquez had an outstanding warrant in
Sevier County he was extradited back to De Queen last Wednesday.
Vasquez made his first appearance in
Circuit Court last week, but will return this week to enter a plea and
have his trial date set.
Vasquez is being charged with
attempted sexual assault in the 2nd degree and his being held on a
According to the prosecutor's office,
Vasquez is being charged for being a person over the age of 18 who
attempted to engage in sex with a minor by force able compulsion.
SEVIER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN SERVE UP FOOD AND POLITICS 4/9/14
Last night, the Sevier County
Democratic Women held their beans and bread supper in the community
center of the Herman Dierks Park. Candidates running for the Democratic
nomination for governor, attorney general, U.S. Congress District 4
seat, Arkansas House of Representative District 20 seat and local
candidates visited with local residents about the opportunity of serving
the state of Arkansas and Sevier County.
Local candidates introduced themselves
and thanked the Democratic Women for their support.
Sevier County Circuit Clerk candidates
Patty Chaney and Kathy Smith asked those in attendance for their support
as they campaign for the Circuit Clerk's office.
Former Congressman Mike Ross spoke
about his positive vision for Arkansas if he is elected governor and,
Nate Steel of Nashville discussed the purpose of the Arkansas attorney
Sevier County Clerk Debbie Hughes
reminded everyone that earlier voting will begin May 5th and the Primary
election will be Tuesday, May 20th.
James Lee Witt
DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT HIRES ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT 4/9/14
Members of the De Queen Board of
Education accepted Assistant Superintendent Judy Jenkins letter of
retirement last month and voted to hire Paul Shelton as the district's
next assistant superintendent.
Jenkins mentioned to KDQN that she now
plans to take a family vacation but has a bucket list of things that she
would like to serve as a consultant or get back into the classroom on a
higher education level.
Superintendent Bruce Hill stated that
the district would never replace Judy, but felt like Shelton was going
to be a great fit.
Shelton has been the superintendent of
the Caddo Hills School District for the past five years and as worked
with the district’s federal programs, which will be his area of focus in
the De Queen District.
Hill also expressed his appreciation
to several experienced teachers that will be retiring from the district
this year. He reported that Marsha Lofton, Judy Clowers, Karen Trammell,
Marybeth Harmon, Kathryn Coulter, Peggy Hill, Sandra Jackson, and Brenda
Dickerson were all retiring.
Hill mentioned that the board also
approved the hiring of Brian Hanney as a Vo-Ag teacher and Amy Wedehase
as a classroom teacher.
Friends of the De Queen School
District plaques were presented to Charles Turner and Cindy Hale for
service to the students of the De Queen School District.
Hill also informed the board that the
Lockesburg Scholarship lawsuit was all but finished and that progress
was being made on the baseball/softball dressing rooms and the old
elementary school building.
Board members upheld the
recommendation to expel two students. One has been expelled for the
remainder of the year and the other was expelled for one-year.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE K9 UNIT PARTICIPATES IN RESCUE
Vinn Stuart of Foreman and her search
and rescue dogs participated in a collapsed building rescue scenario
this past weekend at the old Howard Memorial Hospital building in
Nashville. The training exercise was conducted by the Howard County
Search and Rescue unit.
Stuart works with the Little River
County Sheriff's office as a reserve deputy and provides her K9's
services for various search and rescue scenarios.
Stuart and her K9s joined the Howard
County Search and Rescue unit and the Four States Search and Rescue team
in conducting a two team search for a missing person. They have also
traveled throughout the state to assist in search and rescue situations.
Search and rescue teams conduct a
variety of training exercises throughout the year, including water
rescues, disaster response, incident support and wilderness training.
DATES SET FOR DIERKS PINE TREE FESTIVAL 4/9/14
The Dierks Chamber of Commerce set the
date for the 2014 Pine Tree Festival for August 1st and 2nd.
The 42nd annual Pine Tree Festival
will close by featuring the second annual bull fighting event on
Saturday night. Friday night's entertainment will feature the Midnight
Hurricanes, the gospel band Harmony of Wickes and the Cross Point Cowboy
The festival will also include
activities for the kids, food and craft vendors and a carnival.
You can follow the festival on
Facebook at facebook.com/pinetreefestival or contact the Dierks Chamber
of Commerce with any questions.
ARKANSAS POLICE JOIN EFFORT TO END TEXTING AND DRIVING 4/9/14
Law enforcement agencies across
Arkansas are joining a national effort to stop texting while driving.
Arkansas State Police announced Monday
that the crackdown is part of a six-day national program that begins
Thursday, April 10th.
The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign
combines officers watching for drivers who are texting along with a
national advertising and media plan that's designed to inform the public
about the stepped up patrols and a driver's responsibility to obey the
Arkansas law prohibits texting while
driving and is a primary offense, which means a law enforcement officer
can make a traffic stop without seeing any other violation.
Violators can be fined up to $100
The campaign is a national initiative
that is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
DE QUEEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSING THE GAP 4/8/14
Last week, the De Queen School
District held a Closing the Achievement Gap meeting in the
Program coordinator Tammy Whatley
explained that the purpose of the meeting was to close the gap between
students that fall into several different sub-groups; like English as a
Second Language students, low-income students and minority students.
During the meeting, each campus
discussed the programs that they are using to ensure that students at
achieving at their highest level.
And, Whatley pointed out proof that
the De Queen district is closing the gap and teaching students. She
listed several awards that each campus in the De Queen School District
has received by having students score high on standardized test.
This week, students will be taking the
Benchmark test and Whatley made some recommendations so that students
perform at their highest level. Whatley reminded students to get lots of
rest and eat a good breakfast each day and try to do their best on every
This week, students are testing and
those test will reveal the work and effort that each student, teacher
and administrator is putting into the education of its students. Good
luck to all area students.
REFUSED TO SUBMIT BUT STILL CHARGED WITH DWI 4/8/14
Saturday afternoon about 3:30,
Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department
observed a red Chevy Blazer traveling east on Red Bridge Road at a high
rate of speed. The driver then slammed on his brakes.
After regaining control of the vehicle
before they reached the railroad tracks, the vehicle turned north onto
Poulan Drive and almost struck another vehicle.
After Browning pulled the vehicle
over, he reported that he smelt alcohol from inside the vehicle. He also
reported that he noticed that the driver, 42-year-old Martin Martinez,
has watery, glassy eyes.
Browning also observed an open beer
can inside the vehicle. There was also an open 12-pack on the
Martinez was administered a standard
field sobriety test, but Martinez was unable to complete the test, so he
was placed into custody and transported to the Sevier County jail.
Officers attempted to administer a
blood alcohol test at the sheriff's office, but he was unable to comply.
Martinez was processed for DWI #2,
refusal to submit and cited for careless and prohibited driving.
REPORTED ATTEMPTED BREAKING AND ENTERING 4/8/14
On Saturday, April 5th, Sevier County
Sheriff's Deputy Amy Lockeby was dispatched to 789 Williamson Loop in
reference to a reported attempted breaking and entering.
74-year-old Joan Monnerjahn informed
Deputy Lockeby that she had left her house about 1:30 and when she
returned about 3 hours later, the sliding glass door was open and off
Monnerjahn explained that she kept a
stick in the track to help keep someone from being able to open the
She also reported that her son-in-law
had been by the house about 2 and everything appeared to be ok then.
An inspection of the home revealed
that all of the winders and doors were still secure, except for the
sliding glass door.
A witness reported that he had
received a call from a neighbor that reported they saw someone running
from an abandoned house between theirs' and Monnerjahn's.
The eye witness reported that at about
4:30, they saw a man coming out of the woods. He described him as being
between 5 feet 9 inches tall and 6 feet 1 inch about 170 to 180 pounds.
He also stated that the suspect was wearing a white and blue striped
shirt, blue jeans and a red ball cap.
It is believed that the suspect got
into a silver car.
The car was possible an early 2000's
model and maybe a Ford. The witness stated that it was a two-door and
that the suspect got in on the driver's side.
If you have information concerning
this incident, you are being asked to contact the Sevier County
Sheriff’s Office at 642-2125.
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES AN UNATTENDED DEATH 4/8/14
Friday, April 4th, authorities were
dispatched to 151 Bingham Road in reference to an unattended death.
Deputy Clayton Yates reported that he
spoke with Lucinda Bingham after he arrived and she informed him that
she had spoken to Darrell Leeper earlier in the day.
Bingham told Yates that Leeper had
needed some formula for a calf and around noon she went out to the barn
to let her horse out and she discovered Leeper lying face down in a pool
Binghan said she moved his face out of
the water and dialed 911.
Travis Bingham reported that Leeper
had told him that he felt ok but was a little weak and short of breath.
Leeper had also informed him that he had experienced some chest pain
Leeper was supposed to contact Travis
Bingham when he finished bottle feeding a calf, but Leeper never called
SUPPORT IS GROWING FOR CLEAN WATER ACT 4/8/14
A change in federal clean water rules
appears to be popular with some major stakeholders, especially farmers,
hunters and anglers.
Two federal court decisions had
muddied the rules on where the Clean Water Act applies, but a new
revision has been proposed to clarify the issue.
Jan Goldman-Carter who is with the
National Wildlife Federation says folks who deal with the Clean Water
Act are happy to have the issue resolved. She describes the confusion as
a complicated mess.
The revision doesn't add any new
regulations on farms, and outdoor groups say they're glad clean water
rules would apply to many wetlands and headwater streams. The EPA is
taking comments on the proposal.
The EPA says nearly half of Arkansas
streams are small headwaters, where much of the state's drinking water
Outdoor organizations and rural folks
say Arkansas' 1.8 billion dollar recreation economy also depends on
small waterways. Ellen McNulty is a third generation farmer near
Stuttgart, which she calls the rice and duck capital of the world.
Without small wetlands in the northern midwest, she says they might not
get any duck hunters.
Many farmers had
voiced concerns that for them, Clean Water Act rules could grow to
become burdensome. But Steph Larsen who is a farmer, who also works with
the Center of Rural Affairs, says her sense is that farmers are relieved
to learn that isn't the case with the new proposal.
ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST 2014 SPECIAL OLYMPICS
AREA GAMES 04/08/14
The Special Olympics Area Games for school-aged athletes
will be held at the Ashdown High School Fred Jester Memorial Track Field
on April 29, 2014. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m.
School-aged athletes with special needs will compete in a
variety of track and field style events. Every athlete will receive
awards after each individual event. All parents, friends and community
members are invited and encouraged to come and cheer the athletes on or
even serve as a day volunteer.
This is the first year for the Ashdown District to host
the area games for Special Olympics of Arkansas Area 11, which includes
Little River, Sevier, Howard, Hempstead and Miller Counties. Dozens of
Special Olympics athletes from schools in all those counties will be
participating in the single day event at the Fred Jester Memorial Track.
The Ashdown special needs teachers and staff would like
to provide a hot dog lunch for each participating athlete. Anyone who
would like to donate food items or money -- or to be a day volunteer to
help with the event -- may please contact Elisha Stone at 870-898-4448
Special Olympics is the world's largest sports
organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,
providing competitions to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170
countries. The motto of Special Olympics athletes is "Let me win. But
if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
ASHDOWN STUDENT SELECTED FOR
HENDERSON 100 04/04/14
CONCEALED CARRY CLASS TO BENEFIT EMMA LYLE 4/7/14
Family and friends of Emerson Kay Lyle
continue to find ways to provide for her needs and help her family with
their expenses while trying to care for her in a children's hospital in
Emma is the daughter of Zach and
Whitley Currence and Chance Lyle. Her grandfather Doug Currence
contacted KDQN to give an update on her treatment and condition.
Two fundraisers have been held over
the past couple of months. A fishing tournament was held on the De Queen
Lake and they raised about $11,000 and in March, they held a softball
tournament and auction, Doug Currence stated he was pleased with the
results of both events. He stated that they raised about $16,000 at the
Lockesburg dinner and auction, along with the softball tournament.
Doug stated that a classmate of his
asked if he could hold a concealed carry class to help raise funds for
Emma and her family.
Joey Hargrove will be leading a
concealed carry class on Saturday, May 3rd beginning at 8
a.m. at the community center at the Herman Dierks Park in De Queen. The
shooting portion of the class will be held at the 4-H shooting range
north of De Queen.
The cost will be $100 with a $50
deposit and all proceeds will benefit Emma and her family.
For more information or to register,
contact Doug at 870-582-5682 or email him at
For more information about Emma and
her fight, following the family on Facebook at facebook.com/EyesOverEmma.
FOREMAN HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT 4/7/14
March 31st, the Foreman Board of
Education met in regular session and voted to hire David Clark as the
next superintendent of the Foreman School District.
Clark was offered a three-year
contract with a salary based on a 1.95 multiplier. Board members voted
to pay Clark's moving expenses, but not to exceed spending $5,000.
Clark was present Monday night and
expressed his excitement to being a part of the district.
But, the board met Thursday, April 3rd
during a special called meeting and voted to rescind their offer of
employment to Clark.
Current Superintendent Jason Sanders
addressed the one formal finding on the district's legislative audit
with the board and informed them that the district gets written up for
the finding of internal controls and segregation of duties every year.
He explained that it would be hard for
a district the size of Foreman to hire the number of employees that is
needed for each duty.
Board members also addressed the
supplemental findings of the audit.
Board members approved Sanders'
recommendation to hire Lisa Frady as the credit recovery and summer
school coordinator. She was also hired as a classroom teacher for the
2014-2015 school year.
Sanders presented the board with two
Personnel Policy Committee recommendations.
The first recommendation concerned pay
for teachers that hold a National Board Certification. Sanders
recommended tabling this item until July since it involved school
The second recommendation was from the
classified Personnel Policy Committee regarding the position of IT
Maintenance Director. Board members voted to hire Blake Walker on an
hourly contract effective immediately until June 30th at $15 per hour
for 40-hours a week.
ACCIDENT RESULTS IN DWI-DRUGS ARREST 4/7/14
About 4 p.m. Thursday, Officer David
Higgins of the De Queen Police Department assisted Captain Scott Simmons
with a motor vehicle accident on Stillwell Ave.
Officer Higgins reported that when he
asked the driver of the vehicle, 50-year-old Charlotte House to describe
the accident, he could not understand her due to her slurred speech. He
also noted that House was unsteady on her feet.
After administering field sobriety
test, Higgins informed House that she was under arrest for DWI-drugs.
AREA EXPERIENCES HIGH WINDS 4/7/14
Thursday night high winds moved across
the area causing trees to fall onto power lines, structural damage and
The National Weather Service says no
tornadoes have been confirmed in these storms that hit the state in the
overnight hours. As of Friday morning, there were no reports of injuries
However, firemen from the De Queen
Fire Department were called on to assist a motorist that had run into a
downed tree on Highway 329.
The driver of the vehicle hit the tree
and some live power lines fell across the vehicle, trapping the
passengers in the vehicle. Firefighters were able to remove the line and
tree limbs. They also cleared trees from Fourth and Sixth Streets.
Power was knocked out to at least 50,000 customers statewide, while at 9
a.m. SWEPCO reported to KDQN that they still had 1,825 customers without
power in the De Queen, Lockesburg, Nashville, Dierks, Murfreesboro,
Texarkana and Ashdown areas.
A SWEPCO media relations spokesperson
announced that crews were still assessing damage and trying to restore
power to the remaining customers. They stated that additional crews from
other service areas would be arriving later today.
SWEPCO is working to restore power as
quickly and as safely as they can. They also said that SWEPCO crews
would be working throughout the day and into the evening, but power may
not be restored until Saturday for some.
BREAKER BOX CAUSES FIRE 4/7/14
Twenty members of the De Queen Fire
Department responded to fire at 1219 North 6th Street Wednesday
afternoon about 8 p.m.
When firefighters arrived they
discovered the side of Jose and Antonia Magana's house in flames. The
fire started when the breaker box on the outside of the house shorted
Jose reported that he was outside when
the fire started and it looked like fireworks shooting out of the
Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt reported that
the short even caused the SWEPCO's breaker on the pole to lock out and
left several residents without power until it was restored.
CHANGES TO SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS 4/7/14
Children who will be 11 years of age
or older on or before September 1st of each school year will be required
to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in
This new requirement is anticipated to
be effective September 1st, 2014.
Previously a Tdap shot was required
for students entering the 7th grade. Only one Tdap is required, so
children who have already received the shot will not need another one.
Students who will be 11-years-old on or before September 1st will have
until October 1st to meet the new shot requirement.
The purpose of the change is to better
protect Arkansas school children with the highest rates of pertussis.
Pertussis is also called whooping
cough and it is a highly contagious that can cause uncontrollable,
violent coughing fits, which often makes it hard to breathe. In some
cases, it can result in death.
In 2013, there were 466 cases of
pertussis in Arkansas, which is up from 80 cases in 2011.
There are other changes to the
requirements for children that attend childcare facilities, such as
daycares, in Arkansas.
In addition to the other requirements,
children in childcare will need one or two Hepatitis A shots, depending
on their age. Children will need one to four Polio shots, depending on
their age and they will need to wait at least six months after the third
polio shot before getting the fourth one.
The complete immunization requirements
can be found on the Arkansas Department of Health's Rules and
Regulations webpage at www.healthy.arkansas.gov.
These shots are available through
local health units and through primary care doctors. If you have
insurance, they ask that you bring your insurance cards with you to the
health unit. If you do not have insurance, or your insurance does not
pay, the local health unit will provide the vaccines to your child at no
cost to you.
Parents or guardians will need to give
a copy of their child's shot records to the childcare director or school
nurse to show that their child has received the required shots.
COURT ASKED TO ORDER COMPANY TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTS 4/7/14
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed
a petition in the Pulaski County Circuit Court this week seeking to
compel an out-of-state credit repair company to respond to his requests
for information about the company's business practices.
McDaniel asked the court to prohibit
CMCS Services LLC from doing business in Arkansas until it responds to a
Civil Investigative Demand that was issued by the Attorney General's
Consumer Protection Division in December.
CMCS is based in Fort Worth, Texas and
is responsible for signs that are located in Arkansas that advertises a
100 percent guarantee to repair bad credit.
CMCS pledges on its website that it
will remove negative information from consumers credit scores, although
McDaniel noted that there is really no easy or quick way to repair
accurate negative credit history. He says the best approach to restoring
good credit is through timely payments of credit balances.
McDaniel reminded Arkansas consumers
that they themselves can do almost anything that a credit repair
organization can do, but usually at little or no cost.
FISHERMAN GOT CAUGHT TAKING BAIT 4/4/14
Wednesday afternoon, Officer David
Higgins of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart in
reference to a shoplifting call.
According to the report, a Wal-Mart
employee observed 28-year-old Clinton Shope of Horatio select some
Shope then went to the domestic
department. When he got there, he opened the packages and placed the
lures in his pocket.
Officer Higgins took Shope into
custody and he was cited for shoplifting of items with a value of $1,000
IT'S LETS GO MONTH AT THE COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK 4/4/14
April is Let's Get Outside Month and
Cossatot River State Park Interpreter Shelly Flanary invited area
residents to visit the park this month.
Flanary mentioned a few activities
that guests can get involved in; like the National Celebration of
Military Child Day and weekly activities like feed the critters. She
also mentioned that April 13-19 is National Environmental Education Week
and April 21-29 is National Parks Week and Earth Day is April 22.
Flanary stated that park was also
preparing for their Spring Festival on May 10th.
For more information about the
programs at the Cossatot River State Park go to our website, KDQN.net or
visit the Arkansas State Park website at arkansasstateparks.com. You can
also call the park at 870-385-2201.
TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST BY DPD 4/4/14
About 10 p.m. Tuesday night, Officer
Wayne Baker observed a car turn East onto Coulter Drive from 6th Street
with only one working headlight.
After making a traffic stop, Officer
Baker discovered that the driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Demetri
Parker, was driving on a suspended license.
Baker was also informed that Parker
had previously been arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Baker asked for and received
permission to search the vehicle, where he located a brown paper towel
between the front seats, wrapped around a plastic bag that contained a
green leafy substance.
According to the report, the suspected
marijuana weighed about 1.8 grams.
Parker was arrested and charged with
misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana,
driving on a suspended license and for not having proof of insurance.
Parker also received a warning for the
SNIPPETS FROM THE SEVIER COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM 4/4/14
Staff from the Sevier County Library
participated in the Community Fair at the De Queen ABC Program at Park
Hill on March 20th and informed those in attendance what all the library
system had to offer. They also handed out information about the
library's Summer Reading Program.
Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced
that DVD's from the library's Yearbook Project should be arriving soon.
The Sevier County Library worked with
the Oklahoma Correctional Industries in Lexington, Oklahoma to transfer
yearbooks of De Queen High School to DVDs. Fisher stated they still need
copies of the 1928 to 1949 and the 1986 De Queen High School yearbooks
to complete their collection. The library plans to sell the DVDs as a
Fisher mentioned that April 6th
through 13th is National Volunteer Week and it is about inspiring,
recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to
engage their communities.
It's also about demonstrating to the
nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet any
challenges and accomplish any goal. It's also a time to tell the many
volunteers in our lives that we appreciate them.
April 13th through 19th is National
Library Week and this year's theme is: "Lives Change at Your Library."
The week was first sponsored in 1958 and is a time to celebrate the
contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. It's also a time
to promote the use of our public libraries and to support them.
The Lockesburg Library is starting an
Heirloom Seed Program this spring and they are getting started with
seven different rare radish seed varieties.
To get a packet of seeds, all you have
to do is sign up for a library card. Then just grow your radishes and
bring back any extra radishes, photos of your plants or the newly saved
seeds to the library.
Ben Lomond will be planting wild
And don't forget that there are new
books available at the Horatio and Gillham libraries for you to enjoy.
WEYERHAEUSER PROJECT BEING PLANNED IN DIERKS 4/4/14
Tuesday night during the De Queen City
Council, aldermen stated that they had heard Weyerhaeuser was about to
spend $400 to $500 million dollars on a plant project in Dierks and that
the project would be bringing in hundreds of construction workers to the
area. Aldermen discussed ways to inform those workers of services in the
De Queen area.
KDQN contacted Weyerhaeuser's media
contact person for Arkansas, Richard Chapman, and he informed us that
Weyerhaeuser is looking at doing something at the Dierks plant, but it
was still in the early planning stages, but they would continue to
provide Your Number One Country with updates on the project.
AG REJECTS WORDING ON ARKANSAS ALCOHOL BALLOT ITEM 4/4/14
Backers of a proposed constitutional
amendment that would make it legal to produce and sell alcohol in all 75
Arkansas counties will have to try again for approval of the working of
their ballot item.
The state attorney general's office
rejected the wording of the proposed Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage
Amendment earlier this week.
The drive for the amendment is being
organized by attorney David Couch.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's
office announced the wording of the proposal was confusing.
The measure would repeal laws that
allow counties to conduct wet-dry votes and would make alcohol sales
legal all across the state.
ARKANSAS REVENUE SEES BOOST IN MARCH 4/4/14
Arkansas finance officials say higher
than expected tax collections and lower refunds paid out has helped
boost the state's revenue for the month of March.
The Department of Finance and
Administration reported this week that the state's net available revenue
last month totaled $386.5 million. That's $40 million above the same
month last year and $43.3 million dollars above the state's forecast.
The state's revenue for the fiscal
year that began July 1st is above forecast by $78.2 million.
The state's individual income, sales
and corporate income tax collections beat the same month last year and
the department's expectations. Individual income tax refunds paid out by
the state were lower than March of 2013 and below expectations.
CIVIC SERVICE AWARDS 04/03/14
The De Queen Rotary Club recognized
firefighters and police officers of the year at their noon meeting on
Sevier County Judge Greg Ray says
there are nine fire departments that serve the some 591 square miles in
the county. Judge Ray commended the firefighters for being of service 24
hours a day when called upon. Judge Ray recognized Rich Dorsey of the
Horatio Fire Department as the County Firefighter of the Year. Judge Ray
thanked Dorsey for stepping in to serve as interim Fire Chief in Horatio
Sevier County Sheriff Benny Simmons
presented the County Officer of the Year award to Deputy Chuck Emmerich.
Sheriff Simmons says that Emmerich joined the department in August, 2009
after military service. Besides participating in the Shop with a Cop
program, Sheriff Simmons recognized Emmerich for providing his own money
to purchase matchbox cars to give to children.
De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy
says he calls the De Queen Fire Department “The Ghostbusters”, because
they help with anything and everything from finding a lost child to
cleaning up accidental sewer spills. Mayor McKelvy named Jay Litchford
as the De Queen Firefighter of the Year. Litchford, an E.M.T., also has
extensive experience with hazardous materials, which the department
finds very helpful.
Scott Simmons filled in for Police
Chief Richard McKinley, and presented the De Queen Police Officer of the
Year award to Levi Browning. Now in his third year with the Department,
Browning actually came to the position after working as a jailer and
dispatcher with the Sheriff’s Department. Simmons said that other
officers highly recommended Browning for the open position with the
Police Department. Simmons recognized Browning for dealing exceptionally
well with the public.
The Rotary Club presented plaques to
Photos Courtesy of Patrick Massey, De Queen Bee
DE QUEEN CITY
COUNCIL SETS DATE FOR PUBLIC MEETING 4/3/14
Tuesday night, the aldermen of the De Queen City Council passed a
resolution to hold a public meeting prior to their regular council
meeting on Tuesday, April 15th at 5:30 p.m. to consider closing an ally
behind the Southern LP Gas Company so they can have a generator
Mayor McKelvy also informed the council that an independent contractor
had approached him about changing out the light fixtures in city hall
and the fire station. He stated it’s a project being conducted by SWEPCO
and they would pay for the majority of the renovation.
Aldermen approved the disposal of some ticket books that had been
improperly printed some where around the year 2000.
De Queen Police Captain Scott Simmons informed the council that 33
tickets books were unusable and needed to be destroyed. The department
had kept the books in storage until the state auditors told them they
could be destroyed with the council approval.
Mayor McKelvy also informed the council that the city had approved a
permit for the construction of a cellphone tower and that the city-wide
clean-up effort would be next week.
Mike Sims returned Tuesday and to report on the condition of the waste
water treatment plant.
Sims stated that after Pilgrim's installed some new equipment this past
weekend that the water quality had improved, but he cautioned and
reminded them that it had only been one day.
Sims did report that he had already used a tank of peroxide at the plant
last week, because the waste water was so strong. But, on Tuesday, the
water was looking better and the numbers were improving.
Sims said Pilgrim's would be making some more upgrades to their system
that wouldn't be finished until the end of May.
IRS WARNS OF NEW
EMAIL SCAM 4/3/14
The Internal Revenue
Service is warning consumers to be on the lookout for a new email
phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate
Service and include a bogus case number.
The fake emails may include a similar message: “Your reported 2013
income is flagged review due to a document processing error. Your case
has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution
assistance. To avoid delays in processing your 2013 filing contact the
Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
An IRS spokesperson stated that some of these messages look remarkably
convincing, but the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers through
email and that these deceptive communications are especially dangerous
this time of year when people are filing their income tax returns.
Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide
information about the advocate assigned to their case or that let them
review their reported income. The links lead to web pages that solicit
Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or
click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam email to the
IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a Taxpayer Advocate Service associated with the Internal
Revenue Service and they help taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that
have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels.
The IRS, including the TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by
email, texting or any social media.
NEW REPORT SHOWS
SERIOUS ACHIEVEMENT GAPS IN ARKANSAS KIDS 4/3/14
A new national study
of children’s progress by race and ethnicity show Arkansas children,
particularly those of color, are falling behind.
The serious gaps in achievement for Arkansas’ children of color are the
subject of the report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation checked the
progress of America’s kids and found in Arkansas, white children are not
doing especially well, but African-American and Latino children are
doing far worse.
Rich Huddleston with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says
the study found fewer than 40 percent of white 4th graders read as well
as they should, but less than a quarter of Latino and less than 15
percent of African-American fourth graders do.
The numbers for 8th grade math and young adults with degrees show
Huddleston says the state is doing a lot to provide universal pre-K and
prenatal and newborn healthcare, efforts that have proven to work. He
says the Casey Foundation report shows the need to build on that.
The report suggests many reasons why success is harder for children of
color. Laura Speer with the Casey Foundation explains minority children
are more likely to be kicked out of school when they have problems, and
more likely to face criminal prosecutions.
The Census Bureau predicts white children will be the minority of
American kids by the end of the decade.
Huddleston says these changing demographics mean the Arkansas economy,
and healthy and successful families, depend on closing these gaps.
The De Queen School District will be holding a Closing the Achievement
Gap meeting this Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Superintendent's Office and
the public is invited to attend.
HOPEFULS TARGET EACH OTHER’S DC TIES 4/3/14
Democrat Mike Ross
and Republican Asa Hutchinson are regularly trading attacks that accuse
each other of being beholden to Washington as they seek the governor’s
office in Arkansas. But the two both have Washington ties as they try to
tag each other with the insider label.
Ross served 12 years in Congress and was a public face of the Blue Dog
Coalition of Democrats during his time there. Hutchinson is also an
ex-congressman who also worked as a Homeland Security official and a
lobbyist in D.C.
The two are both hyping their Arkansas ties and experience in the state
as the race has turned into a battle over who has more baggage from
their years in Washington.
GOP’S SMALL STATE
EDGE BOOSTS ITS SENATE HOPES 4/3/14
American’s habit of
sorting themselves into Republican and Democratic regions is rewarding
GOP Senate candidates because of their success in small conservation
Republican senators are entrenching themselves in small states that
elected Democratic senators until recently. These states solidly back
GOP presidential nominees.
States are increasingly likely to vote for the same party in Senate and
A political scientist says Senate Republicans benefit because small
states tend to be more conservative.
Each state has two senators. Therefore, a party can prosper by winning
Senate races in numerous small states even if most American doesn’t back
President Barack Obama carried at least 11 of the 15 most populous
states in both his elections. He lost 20 of the remaining 35 states.
ANNUAL QUILT RETREAT IN LOCKESBURG 4/2/14
The Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters
Guild will be hosting their annual Quilt Retreat on Friday, April 11th
and Saturday, April 12th in the Fellowship Hall of the Lockesburg First
Registration and sewing will begin at
Everyone is being asked to bring a
dish for the Friday night potluck dinner, as well as, some snacks.
Breakfast will be provided on Saturday morning and Saturday's lunch will
Quilters will also need to bring three
yards of a background fabric and three yards of a focal fabric. The
focal fabric may be scraps as long as they measure at least eight-and a
half inch square.
Bring your sewing machine and all of
your tools; like cutters, scissors, rulers, cutting mat and thread.
Guests are being asked to bring a door
prize in a gift bag or wrapped up in a fat quarter.
If you are planning on spending the
night, you will need a sleeping bag, an air bed, sheets and blankets.
The registration fee is $15.
For more information, contact Karen
Clay at 870-289-6254 or Donna Gallaher at 870-289-6291.
CIRCUIT COURT 4/2/14
Angelica Medina plead guilty to a
reduced charge of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia during
last weeks session of the Sevier County Circuit Court before Judge Tom
Medina had been charged with felony
possession of drug paraphernalia in October of 2013. She had originally
plead not guilty and was held on a $5,000 bond.
Medina was ordered to pay a $500 fine
and court cost.
Marlin Caudle Jr. appeared last
Thursday and plead not guilty to battery in the first degree. A June
18th trial date was set by Judge Cooper.
Cooper also set a June 18th trial date
for 18-year-old Kewaun French who plead not guilty last week to the
charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and terroristic
threatening following an incident at the De Queen High School.
French's bond was set at $10,000.
Sean Adams and Joshua Dement, both
plead not guilty and received a July 23rd trial date.
Adams has been charged with delivery
of a controlled substance - marijuana, while Dement has be charged with
possession of a controlled substance. Dement is being held on a $20,000
41-year-old Barbara Kelly made her
first appearance in Circuit Court last Thursday and was formally charged
with possession of drug paraphernalia - methamphetamin or cocaine and
possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver - cocaine,
less than 2 grams.
Kelly is being held on a $30,000 bond
after being arrested on March 20th following an investigation by the
South Central Drug Task Force and the Sevier County Sheriff's Office.
She will make a second appearance in the Sevier County Circuit Court on
Eddie Williams made a first appearance
on the charge of battery in the second degree.
Williams has a trial date of May 2nd
on three counts of breaking and entering and three counts of theft of
property after being arrested on January 30th, but is facing the charge
of battery in the second degree after striking another inmate while
being incarcerated in the Sevier County jail.
Williams will appear back in court
Williams is being held on a $20,000
DE QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Spring is here and area residents are
seeing Easter baskets, candy and stuffed animals in area stores and the
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce will once again host an Egg
Hunt this year on the Sevier County courthouse lawn.
This year's hunt will be held on
Saturday, April 19 beginning at 1 p.m.
The hunt is free and will children
will be divided into three age groups. Children of walking age through
two years of age; age 3 to 5; and age 6 through the 3rd grade.
Children must be able to hunt eggs by
themselves to participate.
This year, the Easter Bunny will also
be on hand to pose for photos with your child for $3.
Businesses are being asked to donate
items to be given as prizes. The chamber will accept filled Easter
baskets, stuffed animals and even bags of candy. Prizes may be dropped
off at the First National Bank or the KDQN studios by Wednesday, April
DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT HOSTS MEETING 4/2/14
The De Queen Public Schools will hold
a Closing the Achievement Gap meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 3rd.
The meeting will be held in the
Superintendent's Office and the public is invited to attend.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS PROMPTS RIDER AWARENESS 4/2/14
A motorcycle accident on Collin Raye
Drive in De Queen on March 28th has prompted authorities to remind
drivers to be aware of cyclist and to remind cyclists of some important
About noon, 20-year-old Leonel Moreno
of De Queen was involved in an accident, while traveling East on Collin
The incident was witnessed by several
drivers and they report that an unknown vehicle pulled out of the
parking lot of Bailey's Discount Building Supply in front of the
cyclists. The report also states that the motorcycle was traveling at a
high rate of speed.
According to the report, the
motorcycle operated applied the brakes and flipped the cycle over the
front wheel, causing the bike to skid down the highway. The motorcycle
finally came to a stop at the far east driveway of Bailey's.
The operator was transported to the De
Queen Regional Medical Center by Southwest EMS and then transferred to
another medical facility by Air Evac.
Moreno was cited by the De Queen
Police Department for not having a motorcycle endorsement on his
According to a spokesperson from the
De Queen Police Department, all motorcycle operators must have a
motorcycle endorsement to operate any motorcycle over 250 cc.
It's also recommended that motorcycle
operators take a safety course. In some states, operators must complete
a skills test before they will issue you a motorcycle endorsement.
Riders should also avoid distractions
and remain hyper-aware of your surroundings. Many times, motorists are
reminded to look twice, but cyclists should remember that not all
drivers are paying attention.
And motorcyclists should never assume
that a driver sees you, so ride defensively and take responsibility to
stay safe around cars.
Weather conditions also play a huge
role for motorcycle operators. Riding motorcycles in the rain is much
riskier than driving a car, because cycles have half the traction of a
car and without the addition of windshield wipers, visibility is
Riders should also remember that when
a rain hits the road, it brings oil and other residue up to the surface
and makes the highway extremely slippery.
Therefore, leave plenty of space for
stopping and go slow.
ARKANSAS SEES RUSH OF LAST MINUTE EXCHANGE SIGNUPS 4/2/14
Arkansas officials reported seeing a
rush of last-minute signups for the insurance marketplace under the
federal health care law as the enrollment deadline ended yesterday.
State insurance officials stated that
a large number of people were calling and dropping by signup events all
around the state on Monday. Monday was the final day to sign up for
coverage on the exchange.
Insurance officials don't expect to
have a tally of the number of people that signed up, until sometime next
Last week, the department reported
that more than 33,500 people had signed up for the exchange, which was
far less than the 250,000 that they had predicted would enroll in the
The figure doesn't include the more
than 106,000 people who signed up for the state's compromise Medicaid
ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS TO 7.1 PERCENT 4/2/14
Officials say Arkansas' unemployment
rate dipped to 7.1 percent in February.
Arkansas Department of Workforce
Services spokeswoman Becky Heflin says the state's unemployment rate has
been steadily dropping since last October. Heflin says employment has
increased while the number of unemployment people continues to drop.
Arkansas' rate is down from January's
rate of 7.3 percent.
Seven major industry sectors showed
gains in February with the government sector posting the highest
increase. The Department of Workforce Services says the 5,100 jobs added
in the government sector primarily came as public schools and
universities returned to full capacity after the holiday break.
Employment in the leisure and
hospitality sector rose by 900 jobs, however the biggest drop came in
the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which saw a decline of
CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE 4/2/14
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
opposed the enactment of Obamacare, but there are a number of changes
that can be made to help lessen the impact that is having on jobs and
hiring across Arkansas and America.
Later this week, the U.S. House of
Representatives will be voting on a measure that would define a
"full-time" employee as someone who works 40 hours a week, which has
been traditional excepted in the United States.
However, Obamacare redefined full-time
employment as being 30 hours per week.
This new definition has forced small
businesses to choose between providing affordable health care coverage
for these new full-time employees or keep their business running.
But, before the U.S. House votes H.R.
2575, the Save American Workers Act, the House leadership is asking
business owners to contact them and share their stories.
H.R. 2575 will restore the traditional
40-hour a week definition of full-time employment and remove the barrier
that many businesses are facing. Some businesses are reducing workers
hours and limiting their wages.
According to a U.S. Chamber of
Commerce report 27 percent of franchise and 12 percent of non-franchise
businesses have already started replacing full-time workers with
To contact your representative go to
the House website at www.house.gov and type in your zip code.
Area chamber of commences are
encouraging their members to contact their representatives and share
UA COSSATOT COLTS
SCORE WELL IN MISSISSIPPI 04/02/14
Queen – The UA Cossatot Colts Men’s College Rodeo team fared well
last weekend at the East Mississippi Community College Rodeo.
Colts Men’s team placed fourth overall in the rodeo held in West Point,
Miss. Leading the way was the team of Brody Braden and Tanner Caudle
winning the Team Roping title. Braden and Caudle won the first round,
as well as, the second round allowing them to win the overall average.
The duo is leading the NIRA Ozark region in Team Roping which is
accumulative from all of the rodeos held throughout the season.
Other UA Cossatot Colt’s rodeo team members competing were: Ryan Surber,
Kane Graham, Whitney DeSalvo, Marissa Robbins and Lacey Singleton. The
team will compete in the remaining two regional rodeos, Northwest
Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS April 3-5 and University
of Tennessee-Martin in Martin, TN April 10-13. The top three students
in each event, and top two men’s and women’s teams from the NIRA’s
eleven regions will qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo held
in Casper, WY held June 15-21, 2014.
Food Assistance at the Chalice Cupboard in March 04/02/14
Last month the
Chalice Cupboard assisted 44 families in Sevier County including 124
people who received food—79 adults and 45 children and youth. The
distributions totaled 1,067 pounds of donated food items, including food
purchased with gifts of money to support the food assistance.
The bank balance on
March 1, 2014, was $481.05. Funds received in February were $522.00.
$488.13 was spent in March for food weighing 660 pounds. The bank
balance on March 31, 2014, was $514.92.
Food added to the
Chalice Cupboard in March weighed 785 pounds. Of this food added to
the pantry 120 pounds were donated by three churches: Chapel Hill Baptist
Church, St. Barbara Catholic Church and First Presbyterian
Church. Boy Scout Troop 54 gave five pounds.
Distributions of food
for residents of Sevier County are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from
2:00 till 3:30 p.m. at the Chalice Cupboard located at 315 North Fifth
Street in De Queen. Recipients of food may be assisted once during the
quarter April, May and June.
For those desiring to
share in this food assistance program, suggested food items during April
are canned vegetables and peanut butter, or funds to help purchase
needed food items.