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ATTENTION: Information about Sevier County Christmas parades

 

De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey announced all Sevier County Christmas Parades have been postponed until Saturday, December 10th.

 

The Horatio Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m., the Lockesburg Christmas Parade will be at 4 p.m. and the De Queen Christmas Parade will be at 6 p.m.

 

 

ALISHA WILLIAMS BENEFIT TONIGHT AT 5 P.M. DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA        12/2/16

 

Cecilia Miller announced this morning that the friends of Alisha Brown Williams will be holding a soup and chili supper and auction benefit tonight in the De Queen High School cafeteria at 5 p.m. She mentioned how special Williams is to her family and the community.

 

For more information, call 870-584-6700. 

 

 

 

MILLWOOD LAKE AND DAM 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION       12/2/16

Submitted by KMTB

 

Area residents attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Millwood Lake and Dam Thursday morning at the Millwood Overlook.

 

The Millwood Dam and Reservoir was authorized for construction by the Flood Control Act of 1946 and was modified by the Flood Control Act of 1958. It was designed and built by the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and transferred to the Little Rock District in 1980.

 

Construction started in 1961 and was completed for flood control operations in 1966 at a cost of $44 million dollars. It was officially dedicated by John L. McClellan on December 8th, 1966.

 

The lake is a key in the general flood reduction system for the Red River below Lake Texoma. The Millwood Lake has helped restore wildlife to the area and it provides water to nearby areas, while preventing more than $9.7 million dollars in flood damage.

 

In Ashdown, the lake supplies Domtar Communications Paper Division with 50 million gallons of water each day for its operations. The lake also provides drinking water for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas through a water treatment plant that is located in Ashdown.

 

There are 11 recreational areas around Millwood Lake that provide campsites, picnic areas, and boat ramps. Millwood is a known for its fishing, mainly because of the 29,000 acres of submerged timber that provides shelter to largemouth, white, striped, and spotted bass, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill, sunfish, buffalo, carp and crappie.

 

 

DE QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS      12/2/16

 

Friday morning, De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey, and chamber board members, Susan Alspaw and Sharon Baker, announced the first four winners of the weekly drawing for the Chamber Shop Local Campaign.

 

Amanda Culp, Justin Platt and S. Wells all won a gift certificate from Handy Mart and Baker won a wireless speaker from SmartPhone EMT.

 

Massey said local shoppers will receive one ticket for every $10 dollars they spend and their tickets will go into a drawing for a grand prize of a gift basket that contains over a $1,000 in cash and prizes...(Sound Bite #6484-1). - 47-seconds.

 

Massey said shoppers should look for the green chamber signs in the windows or on the doors of chamber businesses that are participating in the program.

 

Massey also announced the Sevier County Christmas parades have been postponed until Saturday, December 10th. The Horatio Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m., the Lockesburg Christmas parade will be held at 4 p.m. and the De Queen Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m.

 

Other events in the area have be postponed for this Saturday include the Broken Bow Downtown Christmas event and tree lightening ceremony, the Sevier County Polar Plunge for the Arkansas Special Olympics and the Holly Jolly Festival in the Town North Shopping Center.

 

The Broken Bow Downtown Christmas event and the Holly Jolly Festival in De Queen have been rescheduled for Saturday, December 10th.

 

 

HORATIO LADY LIONS ANNOUNCE FRIENDS OF HORATIO SOFTBALL SIGN PROGRAM       12/2/16

 

Horatio Lady Lions softball coach, Dustin Bakenhus, announced the team is introducing the Friends of Horatio Softball Sign Program this year to raise funds for upgrades to Lady Lion Yard and new equipment.

 

Bakenhus said the Horatio administration is constructing a billboard in right-centerfield for the banner advertisement signs.

 

Bakenhus said the team wants to make Lady Lion Yard one of the premier facilities in their conference. He said the team wants to purchase a tarp of the entire infield, a new metal fence for the outfield that will be similar to the fence around Lane Field, rebuild the bullpens and purchase a new self loading pitching machine for the indoor facility.

 

Bakenhus said the signs will be $200, the first year and it will cost $100 to renew the sign every year after that. He said you can contact him by calling 784-1090 for more information.

 

Bakenhus said they would like to have the sign orders in by the Christmas Break, but if you need more information, contact the Horatio High School at 832-1900. 

 

 

DE QUEEN LIONS CLUB RADIO AUCTION DECEMBER 8TH AND 9TH       12/2/16

The 42nd annual De Queen Lions Club Radio Auction is Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th at 5:30 p.m. each evening on Your Number One Country 92.1.

The auction will be held at the First State Bank in De Queen on Collin Raye Drive. Bidders can listen to the auction on the radio and call 870-642-4423 to place their bids.

Some of the items that will up for auction include, tool chests, Ruger 22 rifle, lots of Christmas items, toys and more.

 

 

LAKESIDE 4-H ANGEL TREE          12/2/16

The Lakeside 4-Hers have put up their Angel Tree at the Bear State Bank and area residents are asked to pick up an angel and help some child have a merry Christmas.

Angel Tree gifts should be returned to Bear State Bank by December 20th.

 

 

HISTORIC WASHINGTON’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS AND CANDLELIGHT       12/2/16

The 30th Annual Christmas and Candlelight Celebration is Saturday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 10th in the Historic Washington State Park.

Daylight tours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Candlelight tours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature thousands of luminaries. The candlelight tours will also feature music in the church and the WPA Gym.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 6 to 12.

Visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com or call 870-983-2684 for more information.

 

 

REGIONAL I-49 MEETING HELD WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN DE QUEEN      12/1/16

 

Wednesday afternoon, area elected officials, chamber of commerce representatives, business leaders and concerned citizens attended a regional I-49 meeting on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

The meeting was led by Texarkana Chamber of Commerce President Michael Malone and Coalition Executive Director Gard Wayt and Curtis Green, the President of the I-49 International Coalition shared information about the project.

 

Wayt reported the I-49 project is an international project because it will connect New Orleans, Louisiana with Winnipeg, Canada when it is completed. He said the project is about 80 percent finished with another five percent under construction. He said that leaves 15 percent that has yet to be started. Wayt said the majority of that 15 percent is in Arkansas between Fort Smith and Texarkana.

 

Green said the project started in 1986 and affects 12 states. He said when finished I-49 will cross nine interstates and this project is important because of the expansion of the Panama Canal and the construction of I-69 in Texas, which will put an enormous amount of pressure on I-30 through Texarkana and Arkansas.

 

Malone encouraged area residents, chambers of commerces, and municipalities to help get the I-49 project started in Arkansas by contacting their senators and representatives, because the I-49 project will create about 42,000 jobs for every billion dollars spent.

 

For more information, visit the website www.Interstate49.org.

 

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER PLANS FOR SEVIER COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADES          12/1/16

 

De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey announced Thursday morning that due to the likelihood of rain on Saturday, contingency plans have been made for the annual Christmas parades in Horatio, Lockesburg and De Queen.

 

The Horatio Christmas Parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. and depending on rainfall, parade officials say they will make a decision on whether or not to postpone the parade by 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

 

Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth informed KDQN that he would make a decision by 2 p.m. whether or not to postpone the parade.

 

The De Queen Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m., and could be postponed if it is raining. Parade officials said they will make that decision by 3 p.m. on Saturday.

 

Massey said in the event that bad weather forces the postponement of any or all of the Sevier County parades, they will be rescheduled for Saturday, December 10th at their original times of 2 p.m. in Horatio, 4 p.m. in Lockesburg and 6 p.m. in De Queen.

 

If you have any questions, contact Massey at 642-2111.

 

Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Charity O'Donnell announced the Broken Bow Merchants Committee has postponed the Broke Bow Hometown Christmas event in the downtown Broken Bow area that was scheduled for this Saturday due to the 100 percent chance of rain in Saturday's forecast. The event, including the tree lighting ceremony will be moved to Saturday, December 10th.

 

For more information, call the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce at 580-584-3393.

 

 

DRUG INVESTIGATION SEIZES OVER 4 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA      12/1/16

 

De Queen Police Chief Scott Simmons reported on Wednesday, November 30th, officers from the South Central Drug Task Force were able to obtain a search and seizure warrant for a residence in De Queen based on information that they received from the Texarkana, Texas Police Department.

 

Simmons said officers from the De Queen Police Department, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the South Central Drug Task Force executed the warrant on Wednesday and seized approximately four and half pounds of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

Simmons reported two suspects were arrested and the investigation is on-going.

 

 

LIBRARY SNIPPETS       12/1/16

 

Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library System will be hosting the 1st annual Community Christmas Gift Exchange on Monday, December 12th through Thursday, December 22nd.

 

Fisher said to participate patrons should purchase a $5 gender neutral gift and take it to the library to exchange it for a gift that someone else has left. Fisher said then you will have a secret gift to open on Christmas morning.

 

Fisher said the De Queen Library will also have Cocoa with Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 17th at 11 a.m. She said they will be serving hot cocoa and they will have a special guest reading a story and helping with the Christmas crafts.

 

Fisher said don't forget the De Queen Library is displaying interesting things in the 2nd Street windows for passerby's to see. And, the De Queen Library is offering adult activities on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

 

On Saturday, December 17th, the Horatio Library will have a story time at 10:30 a.m. Fisher said all children between the ages of 3 to 8 are invited to enjoy some stories, sing some songs and if they've been nice, they will receive a gift from Mrs. Claus.

 

Fisher announced the last book club discussion of the year at the Lockesburg Library will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. Fisher said they will be discussing Lynn Cullen's book, "Mrs. Poe."

 

The Lockesburg Library will host "A Pirates Night Before Christmas" on Thursday, December 22nd at 3 p.m. for area children and the American sign language for letters of the alphabet have been added to the library's "Letter of the Week" program for preschool children.

 

For more information, about the programs at the Lockesburg Library, call 870-289-2233.

 

And, the Gillham Library has received 30 DVDs from Janice Hobbs and the library now has a complete set of the Land Before Time movies.

 

The Gillham Library is open ever Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

For more information, about the Gillham Library, call 870-386-5665.

 

 

78th CAPITOL LIGHTING CEREMONY IS SATURDAY       12/1/16

 

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin will host the 78th
Anniversary of the State Capitol Lighting Ceremony this Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30 p.m.

 

This year's event will be hosted by North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman who has been a police officer for the City of North Little Rock since 1998; in that time, Norman has become a national star for his dedication as a police officer and as a leading voice for community policing. Norman's social media following of over one million people allows him to share his experiences and the positive impact that he is having on his community.

 

For the remainder of Secretary of State Martin's term, he has chosen to honor those who have dedicated themselves to public service. This year, he will honor firefighters.

 

The 2016 Capitol Christmas ornament features the Arkansas Fallen Firefighter's Memorial. Next year the ceremony will honor police officers and for Martin's final Capitol Lighting Ceremony, he will honor those who are serving, or have served, in the military.

 

This annual event is a holiday tradition that began in 1938, when Secretary of State Crip Hall began the tradition as a gift to the children at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. He himself suffered from polio as a child and wanted to help lift the spirits of children who were suffering from life threatening illnesses.

 

In honor of that tradition, Martin continues to light the entire Capitol Building so it will be visible from the Arkansas Children's Hospital.

 

Weather permitting, the Capitol Lighting will be followed by fireworks and after the fireworks, the public is invited to come into the Capitol for activities and to see all of the Christmas decorations.

 

The Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir will perform on the second floor of the rotunda. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to see all the children in his workshop. And, author Carol Dabney will read "Twas the Mouse Before Christmas" in the Old Supreme Court Room.

 

The Capitol will also be open to the public during the holiday season during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE     11/30/16

 

The Department of Health has confirmed the "Boil Water" Notice issued by Brandon Walraven for the all Little River RDA connections North of HWY 108. This order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of partial loss in normal system pressure.

 

Under the "Boil Water" Notice, all affected customers are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption, and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one (1) minute prior to use. All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water used for making ice.

 

This "Precautionary Boil Water Notice" will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the distribution system and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

 

The "Boil Water Order" was due to a main break.

 

 

2016 HOLIDAY BAZAAR SPONSORED BY THE SEVIER COUNTY CATTLEWOMEN'S ASSOCIATION IS SATURDAY      11/30/16

 

The 2016 Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Sevier County Cattlewomen's Association is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the old De Queen Elementary Cafeteria and Meagan Smith of the Cattlewomen's Association invited area shoppers to the event.

 

Smith said there will be a lot of vendors, plus the Cattlewomen will be selling bowls of soup again this year. She also mentioned they will be giving away about 100 door prizes.

 

Smith said the kids corral will be open again along with Kasey the Cow. De Queen High School students will help supervise the children, while parents shop.

 

Smith said all of the proceeds will be used to fund two scholarships for local seniors. So, stop by the Holiday Bazaar at the old elementary cafeteria this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and support the Sevier County Cattlewomen's Association.

 

 

RAN OUT OF GAS       11/30/16

 

The De Queen Police Department was contacted by an employee of the Murphy Gas Station in front of Wal-Mart on Friday, November 11th and reported someone had driven off without paying for their gas.

 

According to the Murphy employee, the suspect pulled up to the pump and pressed the 'pay attendant' button. The attendant reported, she turned on the pump and informed the suspect he would need to go to the window to pay for his gas, over the intercom.

 

The attendant described the suspect has being a bald, white male who was tall with a heavy build. She also reported he was driving a white, single cab pickup truck.

 

The Murphy employee stated she suddenly realized the suspect had stolen gas before, but it was to late to stop the pump. She said about that time, the suspect got into his truck and drove away.

 

After reviewing some previous reports about stolen motor fuel, Patrolman Jamario Ervin of the De Queen Police Department found a person that matched the description. After making contact with the suspect, Ervin arrested 26-year-old Roy Patterson of De Queen for suspicion of theft of motor fuel.

 

 

GET CAUGHT SHOPPING LOCALLY AND YOU'LL WIN CASH IN BROKEN BOW        11/30/16

 

Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Charity O'Donnell announced the Broken Bow Chamber will kick off it's shop local program on Thursday and run through December 19th.

 

O'Donnell said the "Get Caught Shopping Locally" campaign rewards people who are caught shopping at local chamber businesses in Broken Bow, Idabel and the Hochatown area. O'Donnell said every person who is caught shopping locally will have the opportunity to draw from the chamber box and they could win up to $100.

 

O'Donnell said the chamber will also visit area retail chamber members and take pictures of products that would make good Christmas gifts.

 

O'Donnell said she hopes everyone will shop locally this holiday season, because it's safer and it helps the local economy. She said local businesses support the chamber, local schools, organizations, and activities, and encouraged area shoppers to support those businesses.

 

For more information about the Get Caught Shopping Locally program, contact the chamber office at 580-584-3393.

 

 

SEVIER AND LITTLE RIVER COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICES PROMOTING FOUR-STATES CATTLE CONFERENCE DECEMBER 13TH IN TEXARKANA      11/29/16

 

Sevier County Extension Agent Rex Herring and Little River County Extension Agent Sherry Beaty-Sullivan are promoting the upcoming Four-State Cattle Conference on December 13th in Texarkana.

 

Herring said area experts and producers will be speaking about how to best prepare cattle for the winter months and maximize profitability in an unpredictable market.

 

Sullivan said Paul Beck who is a professor and animal scientist at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope and several others will be speaking at this year's cattle conference.

 

Herring said after lunch, cattle producers from several states will have a panel discussion led by Ryon Walker. He said Walker was an assistant professor and researcher at the Louisiana State University Hill Farm Research Station in Homer, Louisiana. Herring said the panel will discuss strategies that they've used to improve their operations.

 

Herring said the registration fee is $75 per couple or $45 per individual. Sullivan said they would like for participates to pre-register because they will be providing a lunch, beverages and snacks.

 

To register, send a check or money order payable to the "Clark County Extension Office, 640 South 6th Street, Suite B, Arkadelphia, AR 71923, along with your name, organization, phone number, email and mailing address.

 

The conference is set to begin at 8 a.m. For more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office by calling 870-584-3013 or the Little River County Extension Office by calling 870-898-7225 or visit the website www.uaex.edu.

 

 

2016 POLAR PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARKANSAS EVENT     11/29/16

 

Beth Hughes of the De Queen Police Department and Sevier County Sheriff-elect Robert Gentry announced the 2016 Sevier County Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics of Arkansas has been scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at the Oak Grove Beach at the De Queen Lake.

 

Hughes mentioned the police department got involved in the polar plunge last year after participating in the awards ceremony at a Special Olympics event.

 

The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser in which individuals and teams take the plunge into various bodies of water, typically cold water, to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

 

Hughes and Gentry explained how someone can make a donation or participate in this year's polar plunge. Registration will be at 10:30 a.m. and the plunge will take place at noon. Participates may register online at www.specialolympicsarkansas.org/polar-plunge.

 

Gentry also challenged all the volunteer fire departments in Sevier County to participate.

 

For more information, contact Hughes or Dana Gentry at the De Queen Police Department by calling 870-642-2210.

 

 

ARKANSAS AMONG TOP CHARITABLE DONORS ENTERING GIVING TUESDAY       11/29/16

 

A new survey shows that Arkansas is poised to make the most of Giving Tuesday, which is the annual day created to remind shoppers to save some money for their favorite charity.

 

According to the marketing firm WalletHub, even though it is among the smaller and poorer states in the country, Arkansas ranks near the top when it comes to charitable giving. Jill Gonzales with WalletHub says there are a few reasons Arkansans ranked 10th in the country for generosity.

 

Gonzales says another reason she believes the state does so well at charitable giving is that Arkansas students must complete a community service requirement to graduate from high school. She says studies have found that when community service is instilled in students, it remains a lifelong habit when they become adults.

 

Jamie McDonald with the umbrella group Giving Tuesday says, going into its fifth year, it is becoming more established in the mind of the public. She adds that last year's campaign helped raise more than 116 million dollars.

 

WalletHub's Gonzales says the Giving Tuesday program is bringing charitable giving back into style.

 

To find a participating charity in your city or state, go to GivingTuesday.org or search hashtag Giving Tuesday.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES         11/29/16

Area residents can kickoff the final countdown to Christmas with a number of holiday-themed events in the coming days.

The 2016 De Queen Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at 6 p.m. around the courthouse square. Stores and restaurants are being asked to stay open for extended hours so customers will have an opportunity to shop for Christmas and visit during the parade.

This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Lights on Display.” Spectators can also expect to see Santa Clause at the end of the parade.

Churches, businesses and organizations are also invited to set up a booth around the courthouse at no cost. However, booths should be set up by 4 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to stop by the courthouse starting at 4 p.m. to enjoy Christmas music by Harmony, visit the vendor booth and enjoy the Christmas decorations. The community will also have a chance to view the official lighting of the Sevier County Courthouse during the parade.

For more information on participating in the De Queen parade, contact the chamber at 870-584-3225.

The Santa House on the courthouse square will open during the parade from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Additional dates for the Santa House are as follows:
Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 17th from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21st from 3 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, December 22nd from 3 to 5 p.m.
Friday, December 23rd from 3 to 5 p.m.
And, Saturday, December 24th from 10 a.m. to noon.

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is also hosting a Christmas Decorating Contest.

Categories include business and residential.

Awards will be given to a home and business in De Queen and in the county. Winners will receive a $100 cash prize. Judging will be announced on Friday, December 9th on Your Number One Country 92.1 during the Morning Brew radio show during the Shop at Home weekly drawing.

For more information or to nominate a home or business for the decorating contest, contact Patrick Massey at 870-582-5746.

 

 

KCS HOLIDAY EXPRESS MAKING STOP IN DE QUEEN DECEMBER 11TH       11/29/16

Area residents will also have an opportunity to tour the KCS Holiday Express while it stops in De Queen on Sunday, December 11th at 4 p.m.

The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network at scheduled stops. Guests can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. Each event is free and open to the public.

The Holiday Express was created in 2001 as volunteers dedicated more than 8,000 hours to transform the retired rail cars. Today, the cars feature a smiling tank car named Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elve’s workshop; a reindeer stable and a little red caboose.

During the stop in De Queen, KCS volunteers will make a charitable contribution to the Sevier County Salvation Army to help provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need.

 

 

 

BROKEN BOW’S HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS       11/29/16

This Saturday, the Broken Bow Merchants Committee will be hosting several activities this Christmas season.

On December 3rd, the merchants committee will have a Shop Hometown Broken Bow event including vendors, activities, and sidewalk sales in downtown Broken Bow on Broadway Street.

Area merchants wanting to set up a booth or activity on December 3rd needs to contact the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce by calling 580-584-3393. Vendors will set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the Shop Hometown Broken Bow event, the Broken Bow Junior Chamber will hold a soup and chili luncheon and gift wrapping fundraiser for local shoppers.

Saturday night from 5 to 7 p.m. the festivities will move to the Chamber lawn for a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony with local carolers and the actual lighting of the tree at 6:50 p.m. And, Santa Claus will be on hand with goodie bags for the first 200 children.

The Broken Bow Chamber is also kicking off its cash promotional drawing this week. All shoppers have to do is shop at participating chamber businesses who have a chamber box in their stores. Each customer will fill out one ticket per purchase and it will go into the box.

December 15th, the chamber will draw a winning ticket for $1,000 in cash.

The McCurtain County Christmas Parade will be Monday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. and the chamber’s “Get Caught Shopping Locally” campaign kicks off Thursday, December 1st. That means the chamber will be giving away cash to shoppers who are caught shopping at area chamber member businesses.

For more information, contact the chamber at 580-584-3393 or visit the website www.BrokenBowChamber.com.

 

 

 

 

CORPS TO CELEBRATE MILLWOOD LAKE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY       11/29/16

Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers Millwood Project Office are hosting a 50th anniversary celebration at Millwood Lake, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 1st. The celebration will be held at the Millwood Overlook on the east side of the Millwood Dam and immediately adjacent to State Highway 32 East.

Little Rock District Commander, Colonel Robert Dixon, will be the keynote speaker. Other scheduled speakers include: Southwest Arkansas Water District board president, Danny Gray, Little Rock District chief of operations, Kevin McDainels, and the Millwood Tri-Lakes operation project manager Steve Spicer.

At the conclusion of the ceremony a time capsule will be placed to mark the event followed by refreshments.

People traveling from Saratoga to the ceremony should take State Highway 32 East towards Ashdown, for about six miles and turn left into Beard’s Lake and River Run East area.

People traveling from Ashdown to the ceremony should take State Highway 32 East for about eight miles and cross the Millwood Dam, turning right into Beard’s Lake and River Run East area. A shuttle will transport guests to the Millwood Overlook from the Beard’s Lake parking lot. 

 

 

NOT AN EVEN SWAP         11/29/16

 

Last Wednesday, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a possible shoplifter.

 

When Browning arrived, he was informed by a member of the Wal-Mart Asset Protection Team that 33-year-old Alvino Jorge Luna of De Queen had attempted to shoplift a pair of pajama pants, a pair of denim jeans and a pair of house shoes.

 

Luna reportedly told Browning that he was trying to return the items.

 

Browning, however, reported that surveillance footage from Wal-Mart showed Luna walk into the store with a bag that appeared to contain a black pair of shoes.

 

Browning observed Luna visit the woman's sleepwear department, then go to the shoe department and finally walk past a section of men's jeans. Luna was then observed walking down an aisle that was not visible by the security cameras, but when he reappeared on camera, the items that he had been carrying were in the bag.

 

Luna then went to the service desk and returned the items by using two separate receipts from November 6th and November 15th.

 

When Browning searched the aisle that Luna had walked down, he found an old pair of black shoes.

 

Luna reportedly told Browning that he went into the store with the old shoes and took three items and returned them for cash. Luna allegedly said he did it, to get some gas money, so he could get to work.

 

Luna was citied for shoplifting and trespassed from all Wal-Mart property.

 

 

 

 
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SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY IN SEVIER COUNTY        11/28/16

 

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign was started in 1891 by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee to help him fulfill a commitment to feed 1,000 of San Francisco's poorest residents.

 

Six years later, the kettle campaign spread nationwide and is now a Christmas tradition in most communities.

 

Sevier County Salvation Army Service Unit Director Tammy Simmons announced the 2016 Red Kettle Campaign is underway and volunteers bell ringers are needed to help raise funds, so the Sevier County Salvation Army can provide assistance to residents in the Sevier County service area.

 

Simmons said individuals can sign up for a two-hour shift by calling the Salvation Army Store at 642-3463.

 

Or local businesses can sign-up to ring the bells for a whole day. The employees of Bunyard Broadcasting will be volunteering on Tuesday, November 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the De Queen Wal-Mart. Simmons said De Queen Auto Group, Greg Revels, UA Cossatot and the De Queen High School Honor Society also volunteer for a whole day to help raise funds for the Sevier County Salvation Army.   

 

UA COSSATOT IS PARTICIPATING IN #GIVINGTUESDAYAR, THIS TUESDAY       11/28/16

 

Nonprofits across the state are partnering with the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance to promote a day of giving on Tuesday, November 29th, including UA Cossatot.

 

UA Cossatot's Alisha Lewis stopped by the KDQN studios and talked about Giving Tuesday. She stated funds will be used for scholarships to help fill skilled professional positions that are available throughout the state.

 

Lewis said if everyone in Sevier, Little River and Howard counties gave $5 each, then every student that attends UA Cossatot would receive a scholarship.

 

When you donate to a local nonprofit this Tuesday, use the hashtag #GivingTuedayAR on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT REVIEWED FACILITY SURVEY        11/28/16

 

Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders reported the district's Board of Education reviewed a recent facility survey during their November meeting and approved a bonus for all contracted employees.

 

Sanders informed KDQN that the renovation of the old high school is just about finished and he hopes the district will begin consolidating the current administration buildings into one by the end of the year.

 

Sanders reported board members reviewed a facility survey during the November meeting and discovered that parents and teachers agree that the district's primary need is a new elementary building, followed by the renovation of the junior high and the renovation of the district's public facilities.

 

Sanders also mentioned Razorback Asphalt Paving has removed the track surface from the Fred Jester Track and he hopes they will be able to resurface the track before track season begins this spring.

 

Following an executive session, board members accepted the resignations of Josh Fleming, Mandy Davis, and Ann Booth and they voted to hire Christopher McFadden as a long-term substitute to teach Math.

 

Board members also approved a $400 bonus for all contracted employees.

 

The next meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education is Monday, December 12th.

 

 

GREAT ARKANSAS CLEANUP COLLECTS MORE THAN 210,000 POUNDS OF LITTER       11/28/16

 

Volunteers participating in the Great Arkansas Cleanup, which is a three-month long event that's hosted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, removed approximately 210,500 pounds of litter during the statewide cleanup effort.

 

The Great Arkansas Cleanup involved more than 7,300 volunteers at 144 events statewide who contributed a combined 42,880 hours toward litter pickup. These cleanups cleared 541 miles of roadway and 1,194 miles of waterway total, as well as 16,251 acres in Arkansas state parks and public areas.

 

Bob Phelps is the executive director of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission and he said the commission appreciates the passion and dedication of its volunteers during the Great Arkansas Cleanup event and all year round. He said it's because of those volunteers that the commission was able to produce such outstanding results and they will continue to keep Arkansas clean and green. Phelps pointed out that volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

 

 

WORK HAS STARTED ON 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION       11/28/16

 

District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught reported more than 2,000 bills were filed in 2015 and before the session ended, more than a thousand amendments had been filed.

 

Vaught said the Regular Session can be extended with a three-fourths vote of the General Assembly, although the session is only scheduled to last for 60-days.

 

Vaught said the 2017 pre-filing period has now started, which gives legislative staff more time to draft legislation. It gives staff members more time to collect sponsor signatures, to allow the presiding officers to consider which committee a bill will be referred to and to allow committees to start working immediately when the session begins.

 

Arkansas is one of 35 states that allows bills to be filed in advance of the session and members of the Arkansas Legislature started filing bills on November 15th.

 

Vaught said since November 15th, more than 20 bills have been filed in the House of Representatives. She said the focus of these bills range from school bus safety to specific tax cuts. Vaught said Arkansans can visit the website www.arkansashouse.org to view the bills that have been filed so far.

 

Vaught said the Speaker of the House assigns bills to the appropriate committee and he will send the bills that have been pre-filed to the appropriate committees on the first day of the Regular Session. The speaker will also announce who will serve as the committee chairs on the first day of the 2017 Regular Session.

 

The 2017 session will begin on January 9th and the House will stream all committee meetings and all floor sessions live on the website, www.arkansashouse.org.

 

 

ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU SETS 82ND CONVENTION       11/25/16

 

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural leaders from across the state will be attending the Arkansas Farm Bureau's 82nd annual convention, November 30th through December 2nd in the Hot Springs Convention Center.

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson, Vilonia's Taylor MnNeel, who just completed a year as president of the National FFA, humorist Shawn Hammontree and Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach will headline the speakers for the convention. Country music artist Barrett Baber, a top 3 finisher in the 2015 season of NBC's The Voice, will perform at the convention. And, a panel hosted by political analyst Roby Brock and insiders Jessica Sabin and Bill Vickery will also be a part of the convention, which is expected to attract more than 1,000 farmers and ranchers.

 

This year's convention theme is "Our Common Ground," and is intended to highlight the areas where the organization's members and Farm Bureau policy create a united voice for Arkansas agriculture.

 

Farm Bureau's annual business session, where voting delegates define the organizations' policy positions on items of importance to Farm Bureau members, will culminate the event. The delegate body will also elect the organization's president and vice president during the business session.

 

The organization will hold a "pack shack" activity, preparing packages of dried rice and vegetables, each of which can become a meal for eight people. The meals will be available for Farm Bureau leaders to take back to their local food pantries. Leaders hope to package 15,000 meals for delivery throughout the state.

 

Special conferences are scheduled to address topics covering livestock, crops, environmental issues, and leadership. Technology, animal welfare, water resources, crop protection and financial planning will also be discussed.

 

The convention will also feature a trade show for equipment and gear used by farmers and ranchers.

 

Winners in several different competitions among Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Rancher members will also be highlighted. Awards will be presented to county Farm Bureaus for their work in support of the organization's agricultural advocacy and membership efforts, along with recognition of the Arkansas Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom teacher of the year, the ag education instructor of the year and its digital agvocate of the year. The top county Farm Bureau women's program and Sew with Cotton contest winners will be named and the organization will recognize the recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY 4-H LEADER'S ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THE 2016 TOUR OF HOMES             11/25/16

 

Sevier County 4-H Leader's Association member Linda Frachiseur said the 2016 Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 2 to 4 p.m. She said this year's tour will feature the homes of Steve and Julia Halter, Dr. Jason and Cindy Lofton and Wade and Esmeralda Sutton.

 

Frachiseur said tickets are $10 each and are available at the KDQN studios, First State Bank and at the Sevier County Extension Office on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

Frachiseur stated the proceeds will be used to provide activities for Sevier County 4-H members.

 

For more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 584-3013.

 

 

TRYING TO FEED THE FAMILY      11/25/16

 

Tuesday afternoon, Patrolman Jamario Ervin of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a possible shoplifter.

 

When Ervin arrived, he was informed by a member of the Wal-Mart Asset Protection Team that she noticed a man with a shopping cart full of food and the food was not bagged. The Wal-Mart employee told Ervin that the man started to push the buggy out the door, but she stopped him and asked to see his receipt.

 

The employee stated that he didn't have a receipt and she escorted him to the store office, where she called the police.

 

Ervin reported the man who was identified as 36-year-old Jack Curry of Grannis. Ervin stated Curry informed him that he took the food because he was trying to feed his children.

 

Ervin charged Curry with shoplifting and transported him to the Sevier County jail.

 

While Curry was being booked into the county jail, Jailer Daniel Lindsey discovered a small blue pill that was in Curry's pocket. He was then charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance and a felony count of furnishing a prohibited article in the jail.

 

 

THANKSGIVING FIRE SAFETY       11/23/16

 

As everyone prepares for Thanksgiving, De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt reminded area residents that they need to use extra caution as they prepare their holiday meals.

 

Pruitt said fried turkey is delicious, but you should read the instructions that come with the fryer and to keep the fryer outside and away from walls.

 

Pruitt said if a pan catches fire on the stove that you should not grab it and try to take it outside, instead cover the fire with a lid. He also said you should never douse a grease fire with water because that will cause it to spread.

 

Pruitt also said the De Queen Fire Department is still providing residents with free smoke alarms.

 

And, on behalf the staff, here at Bunyard Broadcasting, Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

2016 POLAR PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARKANSAS EVENT     11/23/16

 

Beth Hughes of the De Queen Police Department and Sevier County Sheriff-elect Robert Gentry announced the 2016 Sevier County Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics of Arkansas has been scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at the Oak Grove Beach at the De Queen Lake.

 

Hughes mentioned the police department got involved in the polar plunge last year after participating in the awards ceremony at a Special Olympics event.

 

The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser in which individuals and teams take the plunge into various bodies of water, typically cold water, to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

 

Hughes and Gentry explained how someone can make a donation or participate in this year's polar plunge. Registration will be at 10:30 a.m. and the plunge will take place at noon. Participates may register online at www.specialolympicsarkansas.org/polar-plunge.

 

Gentry also challenged all the volunteer fire departments in Sevier County to participate..

 

For more information, contact Hughes or Dana Gentry at the De Queen Police Department by calling 870-642-2210.

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE       11/23/16

District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught reported the Arkansas Department of Human Services oversaw the adoption of more than 700 children, this year.

But, she pointed out that there is still a need for more loving homes because there are another 600 children in the state that are available for adoption.

November is National Adoption Month and now is the time to increase awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the foster care system.

Vaught reported DHS has seen a nearly 30 percent growth in the overall number of children in foster care over the past year, with the increase coming in both the number of children entering care and the slowed rate at which children are leaving  care.

Vaught said this growth is a cause for concern and it’s something the legislature will address during the upcoming session, but she pointed out it is not an issue that can be solved by the government alone.

Vaught pointed out that many of the children who are currently available for adoption were removed from their birth family or legal parent due to neglect, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. However, an adoption cannot take place unless the birth parent or legal parent’s rights have been terminated by the court.

Vaught explained the adoption process can take up to 6 months to compete and it includes a home study and background check. But, what makes an adoption successful is a family that can make a commitment, deal with rejection, look at progress in small steps and simply laugh.

Vaught said in addition to the need for foster parents, there is currently 5,200 children in foster care and only 1,600 homes available to foster children. The most urgent need is for families who are willing to foster teenagers, sibling groups and children who need special accommodations to meet their unique challenges.

Vaught said foster parenting is a serious commitment and it requires giving the gift of unconditional love to children and youth who may have never experienced love of any kind and who may not know how to accept it. She also pointed out that you don’t have to be perfect, to be a perfect parent for a child in care.

If you are interested in finding out more about the procedures visit the Department of Human Services website at humanservices.arkansas.gov.

 

BLACK FRIDAY BLOOD DRIVE IN TEXARKANA        11/23/16

This Friday, LifeShare Blood Center is having a blood drive at the blood center at 1321 College Drive in Texarkana from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. staff members will be serving an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast.

Saving lives during the holiday season only takes about an hour, so, spread the joy of the season by donating blood and help save a life.

All donors will receive a special Holiday t-shirt, and donors will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Gift Card. The drawing will be held at the end of the day.

For more information, call 903-794-3173.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT REVIEWS LEGISLATIVE AUDIT       11/22/16

 

Monday afternoon, Justices of the Peace of the Sevier County Quorum Court met to review the 2014 Legislative Audit and to consider hear several requests.

 

Sevier County Judge Greg Ray said the only finding on the 2014 Legislative Audit was concerning the Sheriff's office continuity of operations’ plan. He said Sheriff Benny Simmons hired the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development Council to prepare a plan and the county will be in compliance.

 

Juanelle Gage of the Sevier County Humane Society provided the JPs with a report concerning how many county residents received a discount during the society's low-cost spay and neuter clinics, this year and Roby Hines of Southwest EMS informed the JPs that his company was updating it’s computer software and that they are planning to upgrade their ambulances after the first of the year.

 

Victor Rojas Jr. also asked the JPs to designate Sevier County has a Purple Heart County. He said there are 32 counties in Arkansas that have the Purple Heart distinction and he said if they approved his request, Sevier County would be the first county in Southwest Arkansas.

 

Judge Ray told KDQN he thought it was a wonderful way of showing area veterans how much Sevier County cares.

 

Ray also explained that the Quorum Court passed an ordinance to levy the county taxes. He said there will be no increase in the county's millage amounts.

 

JPs approved an appropriation for the county treasurer's office in the amount of $950 for the purchase of a new laptop computer and an appropriation for the county sheriff's department in the amount of $22,000 for the purchase of a new camera system for the jail.

 

Ray said the new video system will provide coverage throughout the jail.

 

JPs held a short executive session, but no action was taken.

 

 

  

LOCKESBURG QUILTERS AND CRAFTERS GUILD ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF THE 2016 AUTUMN COZY QUILT SHOW       11/22/16

 

The Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild hosted their 2016 Autumn Cozy Quilt Show on Saturday, November 12th at the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg. According to guild members, there were 98 quilts entered in the show, there were five vendors present and over 90 visitors attended the event.

 

Quilts were judged by Vickie Handley of Vickie's Quilt Shack in Kirby and Patricia Janes who is a well-known quilter from Dierks. Judging was based on design, construction, fabric and color choice, quilting and binding.

 

The winners included: Geneva Hodges in the Machine Pieced and Quilted category; Dorothy Emanouil in the Hand Quilted, Baby and Applique categories; Ed Gallihar in the Antique category; Lisha Nation in the First Quilt category; Sherri Caldwell in the Retreat category and Gayle Irvan in the Miscellaneous category.

 

Other participates who placed during the show included: Donna Golden, Rita Bradley, Sharon Blankenship, Karen Clay, Bonnie Manasco, Joyce Pickens, Amy Benson, Ashley Chandlers, Barbara Jones, Rose Nash and the Framer's Gallery.

 

The winner of the people's choice award went to Lisha Nation of Conway.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADES SCHEDULED FOR FIRST SATURDAY IN DECEMBER         11/22/16

 

Everyone in Sevier County will have the opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit on Saturday, December 3rd, as Horatio, Lockesburg and De Queen will all hold their annual Christmas parades throughout the day.

 

The Horatio Christmas Parade is set to kick off the festivities at 2 p.m. and entries for the parade will be accepted until Thursday, December 1st.

 

According to James Dobbins, floats will line up at the Horatio football field parking lot. For more information or to sign up, call Dobbins at 870-582-1962.

 

Dobbins said cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in the float categories, which includes a religious, business and organizations. Gift certificates will be awarded to the golf cart, ATV and pet category winners.

 

Deb Neel announced the Horatio Museum Association will be holding a fundraiser in the J.L. Walker Fellowship Hall on December 2nd from noon until after the parade.

 

She said the association will be selling soup and cornbread for $3 and fried pies for $1each. She also stated all of the proceeds will benefit the museum.

 

The Lockesburg Christmas Parade will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd.

 

The parade will begin at the city park and the float judging will be held at the city hall. Floats will need to be entered at the city hall and the deadline to enter is Thursday, December 1st.

 

Float categories include: business/commercial, non-commercial, organization, religious and recreational.

 

The Bank of Lockesburg will be serving hot chocolate starting at 3:30 and Santa will visit with children at the bank immediately following the parade.

 

The De Queen Christmas Parade is at 6 p.m. December 3rd and De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey said the chamber is encouraging businesses, churches and organizations to set up booths on the courthouse square. He said Harmony is also scheduled to perform on the square.

 

To register for the De Queen Christmas Parade, call the chamber at 870-584-3225.

 

 

 

LOCAL NONPROFITS PARTNER TO PROMOTE #GIVINGTUESDAY AR       11/22/16

 

The Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance has partnered with nonprofits across the state to promote Giving Tuesday on November 29th, after Governor Asa Hutchinson proclaimed the day as Giving Tuesday in the state.

 

While Black Friday promotes holiday shopping, Small Business Saturday promotes shopping at locally owned small businesses, and Cyber Monday encourages online sales, Giving Tuesday highlights opportunities for charitable giving during the holiday season.

 

The Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance is encouraging all Arkansans to celebrate Giving Tuesday by donating to a local nonprofit of their choice.

 

Arkansans are encouraged to make donations to organizations of their choice on this day by visiting ArkansasNonprofits.org and to join the conversation by using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayAR on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

UA COSSATOT STAFF ATTENDS NATIONAL CONFERENCE       11/22/16

 

A member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities for four years, UA Cossatot recently sent two staff members to the annual conference to learn more about how to reach and engage a diverse student population.

 

In 2010, UA Cossatot developed a strategic plan called Cossatot: Project 2016. This served as a road map for the direction of the college and one of the primary objectives was to increase Hispanic enrollment. In the six years since, the Hispanic enrollment is now at 27 percent of the overall student population.

 

UA Cossatot Admissions Advisor, Erika Burenrrostro, said she has attended the National Conference for the past three years and every year she returns to Cossatot with some great ideas for different processes and resources for helping current students as well as reaching potential students.

 

Established in 1986 with a founding membership of 18 institutions, HACU was formed on behalf of the nation's youngest and fastest-growing population. Today, HACU represents more than 400 colleges and universities that are committed to the higher education success of Hispanic students in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Although the member institutions in the U.S. represent less than 10 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions. To become a HSI, a college must be 25 percent Hispanic enrollment.

 

UA Cossatot Director of Student Services, Justin White, said being the only college in Arkansas that is a member of HACU, allows Cossatot to be privy to the research that is being conducted by the organization, which helps the college meet the needs of business, industry and government agencies by providing education and training to tomorrow's workforce.

 

 

DE QUEEN LIBRARY PARTICIPATING IN MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD SWEATER DRIVE        11/21/16

 

Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced the De Queen Library is participating in the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive until November 30th.

 

Fisher said members of the community are being asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters, coats, hats, scarves and gloves at the library. She said the items will be distributed locally by the Sevier County Housing Authority and the De Queen School District.

 

Katie Culpepper said the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive started in 2000 with a sweater drive in the Conway area and they expanded the program three years ago to include the entire state.

 

Culpepper said 20 libraries participated last year, but that number has grow to 30 libraries, this year. She said more than 2,500 sweaters were collected statewide in 2015 and the De Queen Library collected over 200 items.

 

Items may be dropped off at the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library at 200 West Stilwell Ave, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 870-584-4364.

 

 

L.F. HENDERSON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL AND DOMTAR CELEBRATING READING WITH 11TH ANNUAL BEN CARSON READING DAY        11/21/16

 

On Monday, November 14th, Ben Carson Reading Room schools across the country celebrated Ben Carson Reading Day and L.F. Henderson Intermediate School in Ashdown was among them.

 

The Carson Scholars Fund believes it is important for children to see adults engaged in reading and therefore, the Carson Scholars Fund invited local adults to volunteer as guest readers. Fifteen special guest readers from the Ashdown Domtar Facility visited with and read to students in their new Ben Carson Reading Room. The L.F. Henderson Ben Carson Reading Room opened on April 22nd, 2016 and was sponsored by Domtar.

 

Ben Carson Reading Day is a national literacy event which is held every November in conjunction with American Education Week to help raise awareness of the importance of everyday leisure reading.

 

In addition to sponsoring the event, all Ben Carson Reading Room schools received a copy of the book, "Johnny Tremaine" to promote the mission of the Foundation.

 

 

ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU SURVEY SAYS COST OF THANKSGIVING MEAL IS GOING DOWN        11/21/16

 

For the second year in a row, it will cost families less to prepare the classic Thanksgiving meal, due largely to a significant decline in the average cost of frozen turkeys and a gallon of milk.

 

According to Arkansas Farm Bureau's 31st annual survey, it will cost $44.84 for a family of 10, or $4.48 per person, to enjoy the traditional feast. Last year's average was $45.25.

 

The statewide average is based on responses from members of the Farm Bureau Women's Committee and other volunteers who surveyed food prices at nine grocery stores and supermarkets across the state.

 

Arkansas food prices continue to remain more affordable than in other states. American Farm Bureau's national survey of price trends across the country revealed an average price of $49.87.

 

The survey is intended to provide a snapshot of actual prices across Arkansas and the country. The survey period was October 28th through November 8th. The shopping list has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.

 

Travis Justice is the chief economist for Arkansas Farm Bureau and he said he attributes the drop in price to further reductions in the cost of the signature items in the meal.

 

Justice said fresh food item prices were steady with a year ago, but processed food prices showed a slight increase.

 

The survey items consisted of a 16-pound turkey, cubed stuffing, pumpkin pie mix, frozen pie shells, sweet potatoes, brown and serve rolls, frozen green peas, fresh carrots, fresh celery, whole milk, fresh cranberries and whipping cream.

 

Survey averages were taken in Hot Springs, Bentonville, Russellville, Monticello, Nashville, Jonesboro, Lake Village, North Little Rock and Waldron.

 

 

ARKANSAS STATE POLICE STEP UP PRESENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON        11/21/16

 

Arkansans are expected to get an early start on their Thanksgiving holiday travel plans. Beginning Monday, Arkansas State Troopers will team-up with law enforcement officers from local and stet agencies to make sure drivers are obeying the rules of the road, but with an emphasis aimed at violators who are ignoring the Arkansas primary seat belt law.

 

Thanksgiving holiday travel on the nation's roads and highways is typically one of the most dangerous and deadliest. During the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were 341 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide, and 50 percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report regular safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Research has shown that when the lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of a fatal injury to a front seat passenger is reduced by 45 percent.

 

Arkansas state law requires all front seat passengers, not just the driver, to be buckled up. It requires all children under 15 years of age to be properly secured in the vehicle. A child who is less than six years old and who weighs less than 60 pounds should be restrained in a child passenger safety seat. And, if the driver has a restricted license, all passengers in the vehicle must be properly buckled-up.

 

 

BOOZMAN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING INTERNSHIPS       11/21/16

 

U.S. Senator John Boozman is accepting applications from Arkansas college students interested in interning in his Washington, D.C. or his Arkansas offices this spring.

 

Boozman said interning in his Washington or state offices is an excellent opportunity for college students interested in public service to get a firsthand look at the inner workings of Congress while helping make the lives of their fellow Arkansans better.

 

Internships in Boozman’s Washington, D.C. office emphasize both practical and educational aspects of working on Capitol Hill from a first-hand perspective. Interns in the Washington office learn about the legislative process and support the daily operation of the Senate office by working closely with the legislative, communications and constituent services staff members. In addition, interns will provide constituents with private tours of the U.S. Capitol Building.

 

Students may also apply to intern in one of Boozman’s seven state offices where each will have the opportunity to learn about how the office provides constituent services, interacts with the community and serves as a liaison to the Washington, D.C. office. Interns in the state offices will work closely with staff to help individual constituents who have problems with federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration. Boozman’s seven state offices serve the various regions of Arkansas, in Lowell, Fort Smith, Mountain Home, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Stuttgart and El Dorado.

 

Interns will be able to receive academic credit for their work. School credit is required for internships in the state offices and is available for internships in the Washington, D.C. office depending on each school’s requirements for such credit.

 

All internships are unpaid and candidates who are chosen to intern in the Washington, D.C. office will be responsible for paying their travel and living expenses.

 

The spring internship program is open to all area college students who have completed at least two years of college.

 

Interested applicants should visit Boozman’s website at www.boozman.senate.gov, and click on “the apply for an internship” link.

 

The deadline to apply is December 2nd. If you have any questions, contact the intern coordinators, Chris Farrar in the Washington office at 202-224-4843 and Stacey Mattingly in the state at 479-725-0400.

 

 

CONSUMER ALERT: SHOP SAFELY ONLINE         11/21/16

 

As temperatures cool down, Arkansans are beginning to think about the holidays and shopping for family and friends, with many planning to take advantage of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals.

 

Holiday sales reportedly increased more than 3-percent in 2015, to $616.1 billion dollars. And a recent National Retail Federation survey reports consumers are planning to spend nearly $600 on gifts and more than $200 on food, decorations, flowers and greeting cards this year.

 

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to encourage caution while shopping online, and she released the following tips to help keep consumers safe while shopping online:

 

Look for the “lock” icon on the browser’s status bar, and the phrase “Https” in the URL to be sure information is secure to help guard the security of your information as it is transmitted to a website.

 

Check the online merchant’s privacy policy before providing any personal financial information and determine how the information will be used or shared with others.

 

Read and understand refund and shipping policies before you make your purchase.

 

Pay by credit card, which is the most secure payment method because charges can be disputed and consumer liability for theft is limited as long as the consumer promptly notifies the bank or credit card issuer. And, many credit card issuers have “zero liability” policies under which the purchaser pays nothing if their credit card is stolen and used to make unauthorized purchases.

 

Keep personal information private.

 

Be cautious when buying gifts from an online auction.

 

Keep records of online transactions and check for emails from merchants while doing business, and, promptly and thoroughly review monthly credit card and bank statements for any errors or unauthorized purchases.

 

Consumers should also research companies before finalizing the online purchase to ensure it is a credible merchant, and check the anticipated delivery date to make sure it will be delivered in time for the holidays.

 

For more information, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office by calling 1-800-482-8982 or visit the website ArkansasAG.gov.

 

 

 

 

HORATIO BOARD OF EDUCATION ADDS ATTENDANCE POLICY TO STUDENT HANDBOOK        11/18/16

 

Members of the Horatio Board of Education met November 14th and voted to make some changes to the district's policy and procedure manuals.

 

Superintendent Lee Smith stated the board approved the attendance policy for extra-curricular participation that the district has been following but had not been officially approved. He said they also made a change to the district's drug testing policy allowing the district to provide parents with contact information so they can inquire about the results of their child's drug test.

 

Smith said Tammie Dobbins agreed to continue working for the district as the interim elementary counselor until the end of the school year.

 

Monday night, Smith presented his self-evaluation to the board. He said he focused on one of the district's goals, which was trying to improve student attendance. Smith said attendance is improving, but they have not met their goal yet.

 

Smith then informed KDQN that some elementary teachers were recognized for implementing robotics into their classes’ curriculum during the Arkansas Curriculum Conference. He also said the district's robotics team competed in Shawnee, Oklahoma recently and placed in the Top 10. Smith said they have set a goal of getting into the Top 5 during a robotics competition in Tulsa, next month.

 

Board members also approved a $500 Christmas bonus for all district employees.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER SET TO KICK OFF SHOP AT HOME CAMPAIGN        11/18/16

 

De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey announced Friday morning that the chamber is getting ready to kick-off their annual Shop at Home Campaign, next week.


Massey explained how area shoppers can enter the drawing for a gift basket full of about $1,000 in cash and prizes. He said the drawing will be held on Friday, December 23rd.

 

Massey said they will also be drawing for weekly door prizes. He said if any chamber member would like to participate in the annual Shop at Home Campaign, they will need to contact the chamber before Tuesday, November 22nd.

 

Massey said the chamber estimated that over a $1 million dollars was spent at participating businesses, last year.

 

Massey also mentioned the Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at 6 p.m. around the courthouse square. He said the chamber is encouraging area churches, businesses, and organizations to set up a booth on the square.

 

He also said the KCS Holiday Express is scheduled to stop in De Queen on Sunday, December 11th at 4 p.m.

 

For more information, call the chamber at 870-584-3225.

 

 

FOOD FOR FINES AT THE SEVIER COUNTY LIBRARY        11/18/16

 

Sevier County Head Librarian Johyne Fisher wants to remind area patrons that the library is conducting its Food for Fines program until the end of the month.

 

From now until November 30th, patrons who have an outstanding library fine can take nonperishable food items to the library for a $1 reduction per item on their existing overdue fines.

 

Food will be accepted for fines on returned library materials only, but not for replacement fees of lost or damaged items.

 

Fisher said they need beans, Jello, soup, rice, canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, flour, peanut butter, crackers, cereal, jelly and boxed meals.

 

Fisher also wants to remind patrons that the library cannot accept any items that are out of date. 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE SEVIER COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE       11/18/16

 

Sevier County Extension Agent Rex Herring announced the county extension office has several events coming up in the near future.

 

Herring said if you are interested in beekeeping, the Sevier County Extension will be hosting a Basic BeeKeeping class on Monday, December 5th at 6 p.m. in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

To pre-register, call Sevier County Extension at 584-3013 by November 28th.

 

Herring said the extension office will be conducting two Private Applicator Training sessions on Tuesday, December 6th at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. in the Adams Building.


Herring said anyone whose Private Applicator License has expired or anyone who does not have a license and needs to be certified to purchase restricted products for farm or ranch use, should attend one of the meetings. He said for more information, call the extension office. Herring said you do not have to pre-register to attend.

 

Herring also announced the Sevier County Extension Office will be participating in the Four States Cattle Conference in Texarkana on December 13th.

 

Herring said area experts and producers will speak about how to best prepare cattle for the winter months and maximize profitability in an unpredictable market.

 

He said Paul Beck, a professor and animal scientist at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope, will talk to producers about winter cow nutrition.

 

Beck said warm season grasses, like bermudagrass and bahiagrass, are the main forages in southern Arkansas, but these grasses are in short supply in the colder months, while cattle nutrition requirements go up at the same time. He said this means producers need to focus on diet supplementation in order to ensure that their cattle’s dietary needs are met.

 

Beck has worked at the center for 19 years, where he conducts research on foraging systems and backgrounding diets for growing cattle and the effects of pre-finishing management on finishing performance and carcass quality.

 

The conference is geared specifically toward the four state area including Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. There will be two other speakers at the event including: Derrell Peel, of Oklahoma State University livestock market economist and Oklahoma State University Extension beef cattle specialist, Dave Lalman.

 

Following the speakers, cattle producers from several states will have a panel discussion led by Ryon Walker. Walker is an assistant professor and researcher at the Louisiana State University Hill Farm Research Station in Homer, Louisiana. The panel will discuss strategies they’ve used to improve operations.

 

The conference will be held at the Texas A&M University of Texarkana on University Avenue in Texarkana.

 

Registration is $70 per couple and $45 per individual. The cost of attendance also includes a catered lunch, beverages, and snacks.

 

To register, send a check or money order payable to the “Clark County CES, 640 South 6th Street, Suite B, Arkadelphia, AR 71923, along with your name, organization, phone number, email and mailing address.

 

The conference is set to begin at 8 a.m.

 

For more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013 or visit the website www.uaex.edu.

 

 

ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS ANNUAL CTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE LUNCHEON        11/17/16

 

On October 26th, the Ashdown High School held its fall Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee luncheon in the Ashdown High School Library and area business and industry leaders attended the event, including Stacey Southerland of DMEC, Ashley Aylett, Julie Rhodes, Pat Earnest and Alisha Lewis of UA Cossatot, Danny Young from Bear State Bank, Ray Tipton from Farm Bureau Insurance, Tyler Davis from Diamond State Bank, Russell Wake from the Little River County Hospital, Tammy Waters from Domtar, Terry Snead from KTAK News, Kirk Babb and Reg Jackson.

 

Business teacher Shauna Tipton and the high school FBLA students discussed the school's coffee shop and Microsoft Office Specialist certification opportunities that are available to students.

 

The school based enterprise students discussed the skills that they've learned while working in the campus coffee shop and how they have learned through the mistakes that they've made. They talked about customer service, team work, cash reconciliation, equipment maintenance, learning how to make the different drinks, cleaning duties, responsibility, communication skills and its importance when the coffee shop is busy and health regulations.

 

Tipton also recognized the work of Peyton Reed, Casey Thompson and Gregory Shumake.

 

Business teacher, Melissa Kilgore made a presentation about the school's new Jobs for America's Graduates program. She explained the program provides support to at-risk youth to help encourage them to achieve a high school diploma. Kilgore said along with academic support, the JAG program also provides work-based learning experiences that will help students pursue further education and training that will lead to rewarding careers.

 

Panther Production Staff and advisor Jeanne Jackson discussed the district's new TV production program that has been producing Panther football game scoreboard productions at Dick Hayes Stadium on Friday nights.

 

There was also a special project presentation from the Medical Reserve Corp and Jr. Medical Reserve Corp, by the district's SkillsUSA Health Science Technology Education teacher, Amy Silva and the SkillsUSA officers.

 

According to Silva, the SkillsUSA chapter is planning to work with the Arkansas Jr. Medical Reserve Corp to help provide emergency coverage in the region.

 

FFA advisor and Agri teacher Cody Gallagher reported the district also updated the ag building and equipment. He also introduced students who were honored during the recent livestock showing season.

 

Teachers and administration members also discussed updates to the district facilities, changes to courses and scholarship earnings.

 

 

DIERKS MAYOR SAYS LAGOON PROJECT ABOUT 98 PERCENT COMPLETE        11/17/16

 

Monday night during a meeting of the Dierks City Council, Mayor Terry Mounts reported the city's sewer lagoon project was about 98 percent complete and they should be finished before ADEQ's December 31st deadline.

 

Mounts also presented aldermen with his proposed 2017 budget. He said the only big ticket item that he requested was a new vehicle for the police department. He also reported the city's insurance premiums will remain the same for the first half of 2017.

 

Mounts informed KDQN that the Dierks Christmas parade is Thursday, December 8th at 6 p.m. and the chamber is selling chances on a 9mm Glock pistol for $1 each or 6 for $5.

 

The next meeting of the Dierks City Council is scheduled for Monday, December 5th at 6 p.m. in the Dierks City Hall.

 

 

FOREMAN SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PUBLIC      11/17/16

 

On October 24th Foreman Superintendent George Kennedy presented the district's annual report to the public.

 

Kennedy reported the district is 101 square miles with an assessed value of $40,974,636 dollars.

 

Kennedy said the district’s millage is 35.5 mills and he reported the average daily membership for the last three quarters of last year was 482 students.

 

According to the annual report, the district employs 45 certified employees with two employees earning an additional licensure plan for certification in an area that they are currently teaching, along with 26 full-time classified employees and five part-time classified employees.

 

The starting pay for a first year teacher in the Foreman School District with a Bachelor of Science degree is $31,844 and $36,230 for a first year teacher with a master’s degree.

 

Kennedy stated the district is accredited but cited. The Oscar Hamilton Elementary ESEA status is Achieving, but Needs Improvement and the High School ESEA status is Achieving, but Needs Improvement Focus.

 

For more information about the Foreman School District, visit their website www.foremanschools.org.

 

 

LOCAL RESIDENTS HELP SUPPORT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE      11/17/16

 

Area patrons of McDonald's helped raise funds for the new Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock by donating to the "Give A Hand Drive" from November 1st through November 13th.

 

Steve and Celia Montgomery own six McDonald's including the De Queen and Nashville restaurants and they reported area patrons donated over $3,700 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities during the campaign.

 

Celia stated this year's amount is three-times the amount that their restaurants collected last year. She also reported that the grand opening of a new Ronald McDonald House was held on Wednesday in Little Rock.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY 4-H LEADER'S ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THE 2016 TOUR OF HOMES             11/17/16

 

Sevier County 4-H Leader's Association member Linda Frachiseur said the 2016 Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 2 to 4 p.m. She said this year's tour will feature the homes of Steve and Julia Halter, Dr. Jason and Cindy Lofton and Wade and Esmeralda Sutton.

 

Frachiseur said tickets are $10 each and are available at the KDQN studios, First State Bank and at the Sevier County Extension Office on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

Frachiseur stated the proceeds will be used to provide activities for Sevier County 4-H members.

 

For more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 584-3013.

 

 

CITY OF DE QUEEN CONTINUES TO PREPARE 2017 BUDGET       11/16/16

 

Tuesday night, the De Queen City Council met to discuss the 2017 budget, but before they could finalize the water and waste water budgets, they needed input from an engineer on two large projects.

 

Andy Franks of A.L. Franks Engineering of Texarkana spoke to the aldermen and provided them with an estimate for the water plant filter media project and the waste water plant screw pump project.

 

Franks estimated the cost of the Water Plant project at about $150,000 and the Waste Water Plant project at $250,000. Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported if the city council likes working with Franks, they may contract with him on other projects.

 

McKelvy reported the water department finished the Stilwell high-lift station project after working on it for about a year.

 

Aldermen then heard budget requests from the District Court, the City Park, Cemetery, and Pool, the Street, the Sanitation and Administration departments of the city.

 

McKelvy said there were a few big projects included in the city street and park budgets.

 

McKelvy informed KDQN that the City of De Queen has officially been named an Arkansas Purple Heart City.

 

McKelvy also reported the sewer extension project has been delayed because the pumps will not be delivered until after the first of December.

 

The next meeting of the De Queen City Council is Tuesday, December 6th at 6 p.m. in the De Queen City Hall.

 

 

 

91st GENERAL ASSEMBLY        11/16/16

 

Fourth District Representative DeAnn Vaught reported the Arkansas House of Representatives will include 19 new faces following the November 8th General Election. She said 35 members will be serving their second term and 29 members will be serving their third term.

 

Vaught said for the first time in over 20-years, the House will have 17 members serving a fourth term, because previous term limits had prohibited anyone from serving more than 6 years in the House, but a constitutional amendment that was passed in 2014 lengthened the amount of time that someone can serve.

 

Vaught noted the House will consist of 74 Republicans and 26 Democrats, and a total of 18 women and 82 men make up the state’s House of Representatives.

 

Last week, members-elect selected their seat in the chamber and gathered with their district caucuses to choose the membership of all 10 standing committees and certain select committees. Vaught will serve on the Education committee and the Insurance and Commerce committee.

 

Vaught said House members have also started working to prepare for the issues and challenges that will face the House during the next session. She said Governor Asa Hutchinson has presented his balanced budget, calling for a $50 million tax cut, along with increases in spending for foster care funding and higher education.

 

Vaught said 1,122,000 Arkansans cast a vote during the November 8th General Election, which is almost 64 percent of the registered voters in Arkansas.

 

 

BLOOD DRIVES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON         11/16/16

 

LifeShare Blood Center is hosting a couple of blood drives during the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

On Monday, November 21st, LifeShare will hold a blood drive at Pilgrim's Pride at 401 South 3rd Street in De Queen from 2 to 8 p.m. on the LifeShare Bus.

 

LifeShare will also be holding a blood drive on Friday, November 25th at the LifeShare Blood Center at 1321 College Drive in Texarkana from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and staff members will be serving breakfast to all donors.

 

LifeShare's Karen Siefert said saving lives during the holiday season only takes about 1 hour of our time and every donation can save up to three lives. She encouraged area residents to spread the joy of the season by donating blood and saving a life and then hang around and enjoy an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast.

 

On November 25th, all donors will receive a special holiday t-shirt and they will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Gift Card, that will be drawn at the end of the day.

 

LifeShare Blood Center provides blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and  South Arkansas, including the De Queen Regional Medical Center, the Little River County Hospital and Howard Memorial.

 

For more information, call 903-794-3173.

 

 

ARKANSAS PROGRAM TEACHES PARENTS SAFE SLEEP FOR INFANTS       11/15/16

 

Public health officials in Arkansas are making sure parents and caretakers know how to safely put an infant to sleep so they wake up healthy and alive. The Arkansas Children's Hospital and the state Department of Health have launched a statewide campaign to educate families about the A-B-Cs of Safe Sleep for babies.

 

Beverly Miller with Arkansas Children's Hospital says the state has one of the highest rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the country.

 

Miller says, A, B and C stand for infants sleeping alone, on their backs and in a crib. She says laying infants on their stomach or side, having the child sleep with the parents or sleeping with stuffed animals or toys puts them at risk of suffocation. Miller says infants should sleep in a crib in the room with their parents for at least six months after they are born.

 

Miller says in Arkansas, 60 infants die each year from SIDS and other sleep-related conditions. The death rate is twice as high among African-American infants.

 

She says the program reaches young mothers-to-be-through Safety Baby Showers, where safe sleep techniques are taught. She adds statistics show there are several factors that can indicate a higher risk.

 

Miller says the initial goal of the A-B-Cs of Safe Sleep is to reduce the SIDS rate in Arkansas to below the national average and eventually make it a rare occurrence.

 

Here in Sevier County, Sevier County Health Unit Clinic Coordinator Marci McCullough announced they will be hosting a Safety Baby Shower on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the health unit on Fourth Street.

 

McCullough said they will be offering information about safe sleep, home safety and more and participates will receive shower gifts during the festive, shower-themed atmosphere, along with some refreshments, games and prizes.

 

McCullough said the Safety Baby Shower is being presented in partnership with the Sevier County Coalition and other community partners.

 

For more information or to sign up, call the Sevier County Health Unit at 642-2535.

 

 

DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PLAYS        11/15/16

 

Members of the De Queen High School drama department will be presenting two plays this Thursday in the high school auditorium at 9:45 a.m.

 

At 9:45, students in Sandra Baker's fifth period class will present "How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying."

 

Student directors, Brooke Scott, Jennifer Chavez and Michael Flowers stopped by the KDQN studios to encourage family and friends to attend Thursday's performance.

 

Scott said the senior class will be selling DVDs for $5 each to help the senior class take a senior trip.

 

The cast of "How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying" includes: Tori Roberson, Jorge Salgado, Jennifer Chavez, Daisy Campos, Michael Flowers, Jessica Pallares, Brooke Scott, Saleni Rojas, Diana Lagunas, Ale Zapata, Evelyn De La Cruz, Randee Toye, Savanah Nickerson, Xitlally Huesca, Josie Vaught and Yenifer Leija.

 

Following a short intermission, the seventh period class will present "What Happened After Once Upon a Time."

 

 

FOREMAN SCHOOL DISTRICT PURCHASES INTERCOM SYSTEM FOR HIGH SCHOOL      11/15/16

 

Foreman School District Superintendent George Kennedy reported the district is working to address the need for more bus drivers. He said the district is currently doubling up some routes and the district is looking at ways to recruit and retain new drivers.

 

Oscar Hamilton Elementary Principal Pat Tankersley reported the district is participating in the Harvest Regional Food Bank's backpack program. She said the program provides students with a backpack of food that is nutritious and easy to prepare.

 

Kennedy said the district understands the importance of nutrition to the academic success of students. He said they are also offering grab and go breakfast sacks for students.

 

Kennedy reported the district received $16,000 from the district's insurance company and that amount will be applied to the cost of purchasing and installing a new bell and intercom system at the junior and senior high school. He said the board accepted a bid of $44,144.75 from KLC Video and the work in underway.

 

The Foreman Board of Education will hold their November meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the Oscar Hamilton Elementary Library.

  

 

BROOKSHIRE GROCERY COMPANY HOSTS 35TH ANNUAL SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE       11/15/16

 

Brookshire Grocery Company is once again working to provide food for people in need through its 35th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive.

 

Beginning on Wednesday and continuing through December 21st, Brookshire's, Super 1 Foods and FRESH by Brookshire's stores throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to be distributed through local service organizations and food pantries to people in need. Customers may purchase and donate pre-assembled "grab bags" for $5 or scan coupons for $1 or $5 that will be used to purchase additional food items.

 

The goal is to provide a week's worth of food to approximately 15,000 households throughout the company's market area. Recipients will receive a box of non-perishable food items such as canned meat and vegetables, peanut butter, dried beans, rice and pasta, sugar and four, along with a coupon for a free roasting hen.

 

For more information, contact the Brookshire's store in Ashdown by calling 870-898-3301.

 

 

 

LOGAN HALL SIGNS WITH UCA MONDAY MORNING       11/14/16

 

Monday morning, De Queen High School senior Logan Hall signed a National Letter of Intent at the KDQN studios to high jump for the University of Central Arkansas.

 

Hall said he started high jumping in January and his personal record is 6'9", which broke the school record of 6'5”.

 

Hall currently has a 3.61 grade point average and he scored a 30 on his ACT. He played for the De Queen Leopards football team for 3 years. He was named an All 5A South conference player as a junior and he had 18 receptions for 283 yards and three touchdowns and 56 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery this season. Hall is also involved in several campus organizations.

 

Hall's parents are Charlie and Kristy Hall and Charlie said Logan has always had a competitive spirit and a drive to succeed.

 

Hall's grandfather Larry "Speedy" Hall was also a track athlete in De Queen and he broke several track records in the early 60s.

 

Hall's high school track coach Jonathon Lindsey said he was very proud of what Logan's accomplished in a short period of time.

 

Hall plans to major in education and coaching at UCA.           (More photos)

 

 

 

MOBILE PANTRY TO BRING FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED IN SEVIER COUNTY      11/14/16

Harvest Regional Food Bank is returning to Sevier County with its Mobile Pantry on Wednesday, November 16th from 10 a.m. to noon at the First United Methodist Church in Horatio.

Harvest Regional Food Bank Executive Director Camille Wrinkle said there are some communities in the food bank’s rural service area that is not fully served by one of the food bank’s partner agencies. She said to make sure those residents are served, the food bank serves them directly through the mobile food pantry.

Harvest Regional Food Bank will distribute pantry boxes and USDA commodities. However, volunteers are needed to help load boxes into cars. Wrinkle said if you can volunteer, please, call the food bank at 870-774-1398.

Recipients must provide a photo ID verifying their age and residence in Sevier County. Distribution is limited to one per household and cannot be picked up for others. Senior adults 65 and older will be served first starting at 10 a.m., followed by anyone 65 and younger.

USDA commodities will be available for those who meet the income requirements and do not receive commodities at another location.

Food boxes will include an assortment of canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, fruit juices, spices and other items.

 

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK NOVEMBER 14-21         11/14/16

 

The National Collection Week for the Operation Christmas Child program is November 14th through the 21st and thousands of shoe boxes are currently being packed throughout Southwest Arkansas to send to needy children in 155 countries, including the United States.

 

Beverly Starr of Nashville is the Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinator and she said the shoe box gifts communicate love and hope, as well as the Christian message, to the children.

 

The collection center for Southwest Arkansas is in the Family Activities Center of the First Baptist Church in Nashville.

 

Individuals and groups may drop off their shoe boxes today until 5 p.m., on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Monday, November 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Here in Sevier County, shoe box donations may be dropped off at the First Baptist Church of Horatio:

 

today and Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m.; on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.; on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.; on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon; on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Monday, November 21st from 9 to 11 a.m.

 

Operation Christmas Child is a division of Samaritans Purse which is led by Franklin Graham.

 

If you have questions about the collection site in Horatio, call Liz Trimble at 870-279-1219.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS SERVE ON FARM BUREAU STATE RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE       11/14/16

 

Arkansas Farm Bureau State Board member Bruce Jackson of Lockesburg and Earl Pepper of De Queen were among the 85 Farm Bureau leaders who participated in the State Resolutions Committee meeting on November 2nd and 3rd in Little Rock.

 

The committee refined and consolidated policy proposals into a set of formal recommendations to be considered by voting delegates during the business session of the Arkansas Farm Bureau State Convention, which will be held November 30th through December 2nd at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

 

 

TRAVELING DISPENSARY         11/14/16

 

Early Saturday morning, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department observed a maroon SUV drive left of the center line on Collin Raye Drive.

 

Officer Browning and JJ Lopez identified the driver as 23-year-old Eliazar Palma-Behena of De Queen. While speaking with Behena, Officer Browning noticed he had slurred speech and he could smell freshly sprayed air freshener and a can of Fabreeze sitting in the backseat.

 

According to the incident report, Behena informed the officers that he had drank four beers about two hours before he got pulled over. Behena also would not submit to a search of his vehicle.

 

Behena did not have a driver's license, proof of insurance or vehicle registration, so Officer Browning issued Behena citations for no Driver's License and no Proof of Insurance.

 

While inventorying the vehicle, Browning discovered a large amount of marijuana under and behind the driver's seat. Officers also found a large bag of marijuana in Behena's pants pocket along with a Xanax pill in his jacket pocket. Officers also found 17 units of suspected LSD and an expired driver's license.

 

Browning found a marijuana grinder, another bag of suspected marijuana and multiple clear bags in Behena's book bag.

 

Behena was charged with a felony count of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance that is not methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, a felony count of possession of schedule IV or V controlled substance with the purpose to deliver, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver and a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

TWO COSSATOT STAFF MEMBERS GRADUATE FROM ACC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE        11/14/16

 

Two UA Cossatot staff members, Emily Newlin and Crystal Sims, recently graduated from the Arkansas Community College Leadership Institute.

 

The graduation ceremony was held at the annual conference of the Arkansas Community Colleges. The Institute is an intense training held in different areas of the state designed to educate community college staff members on utilizing resources and navigating the waters of high education in Arkansas. The classes are taught by former Arkansas Director of Higher Education Dr. Linda Beene who also wrote much of the curriculum.

 

Speakers, who are experts in their fields. presented valuable information to the students regarding human resource law, legislative process concerning higher education, budget and appropriations, as well as skills necessary to be leaders in higher education.

 

UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole said one of the college's most valuable resources is it's people, both the faculty and staff. He said the college must continue investing in the training of its faculty and staff, so they can help move the college forward in a positive direction.

 

Cole said the Leadership Institute was an excellent opportunity for Newlin and Sims to develop the necessary skills for them to become leaders in their departments at Cossatot.

 

The institute consists of four intensive 3-day meetings at college campuses across the state. College leaders witness the legislative process in Little Rock in February.

 

Newlin said she enjoyed learning more about the legislative process. She said before she started working in the higher education field, she worked in the non-profit sector. Newlin said after she attended the Institute, she now understands the history and reasoning behind the appropriation process.

 

The 2015-16 class is the 8th group of college leaders to go through the institute.

 

Sims is the Division Chair for General Education at Cossatot and she said she will value the skills that she learned while attending the institute. She said the meetings helped her develop her leadership skills in a way that will benefit the college in her new position as Division Chair.

 

 

 

ANGEL TREE APPLICATIONS        11/11/16

 

Lakeside 4-H Club and the Lockesburg Lion’s Club are accepting applications for their 2016 Angel Tree programs.

 

Wilma Morris of the Lakeside 4-H Club reported the Angel Tree program is a rewarding experience that all of the 4-H members enjoy participating in.

 

Morris said applications may be picked up at the KDQN studios, Bear State Bank, First State Bank and Rivas Garage. Applications must be filled out and returned by November 18th.

 

For more information about the Lakeside 4-H Angel Tree program, call Morris at 870-642-3352.

 

Lockesburg Lions Club Angel Tree program applications may be picked up at the Bank of Lockesburg, the Lockesburg Grocery, the Lockesburg City Hall or Library and the Lockesburg Post Office. Applications and proof of income must be returned to the Bank of Lockesburg by November 18th.

 

 

ASHDOWN'S VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION IS MONDAY       11/11/16

 

A representative for the Wounded Warrior Project will be the guest speaker during the Little River County Veterans Day  Celebration at 11 a.m. Monday on the courthouse lawn in Ashdown.

 

The guest speaker will be Charles Reed of Shreveport, Louisiana, who is a peer mentor for the Wounded Warriors Project.

 

Reed served as a U.S. Marine and in the Army National Guard.

 

Reed was injured while serving as a medic in Iraq.

 

 

DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PUBLIC      11/11/16

 

Monday night, the De Queen Public School District held its annual report to the public.

 

Assistant Superintendent Paul Shelton reported the district is 381 square miles with an assessed value of $132,597,763 dollars.

 

Shelton said the district’s millage is 27.3 mills and each mill raises about $107,000 dollars.

 

Shelton reported the average daily membership for the last three quarters of last year was 2,403 students. The present student enrollment is 2,387 and the district receives $6,646 dollars per student and the district spends $9,044 per student.

 

According to the annual report, the district employees 158 certified employs and 198 classified employees making a total of 356 employees.

 

The starting pay for a first year teacher in the De Queen School District with a Bachelor of Science degree is $38,200 and for a first year masters is $40,700 and the district has an overall average teacher’s salary of $46,119.

 

Enrollment in the De Queen Primary School is 618 students, 579 students in the De Queen Elementary School, 339 students in the De Queen Middle School, 371 students in the De Queen Junior High and 480 students in the high school.

 

Shelton also reported all the De Queen Schools are accredited and have an ESEA status of achieving.

 

 

 

TOUR DE QUEEN HUGE SUCCESS

Submitted by The De Queen Bee

 

DE QUEEN – The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce held its sixth annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on Nov. 5. The ride featured various routes up to 47 miles in length and took riders through scenic areas of De Queen and the surrounding area.

 

 

Forty-seven bike riders participated in this year's event, including participants from Texarkana, Idabel, Okla., and Fort Smith. Attendance this year was the largest since the bike ride began.

 

"Bringing in people from out of town is one of the goals we shoot for with this event," said Patrick Massey, vice-president of the chamber and chairman of the Tour de Queen Bike Ride. "Several of the riders stayed at local hotels, ate at local restaurants and did some local shopping as well. We hope events like this benefit not just the participants, but the local economy as well."

 

Plans are already underway for next year's bike ride. Organizers hope to attract even more riders, especially among local and out-of-town youth.

 

"Everyone seems to enjoy this ride, and even the riders from Fayetteville said this is one of the prettiest routes they ride," said Massey. "We hope we can turn this into an even bigger event next year."

 

Volunteers who assisted during the bike ride included Susan Alspaw, Lawrence Wishard, Armando Lopez, Eric Smith, Tyler Massey, and Caitlyn and Patrick Massey.

 

Pruett's Foods and Wal-Mart donated water and fruit for the event.

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE OFFERING PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING ON DECEMBER 13TH          11/11/16

 

Little River County Extension Agent Sherry Beaty-Sullivan announced she will be leading a pesticide applicator training meeting on Tuesday, December 13th at 6 p.m. in the Agri Building on the Foreman High School campus.

 

Sullivan stated the new certification registration fee does not affect the price that a participate will pay the Arkansas State Plant Board for their license and they will still need to fill out the Plant Board's license application and include all appropriate fees.

 

Sullivan said applicators are required to take an approved training class once every five years. She said if you need to know how much time you have left on your certification; you can contact the Plant Board at 501-225-1598.

 

Sullivan said the Little River County Extension Office is also getting ready for the Four-States Cattle Conference on December 13th in Texarkana.

 

Sullivan said she would like for participates to pre-register for the cattle conference because they will be providing a meal.

 

Sullivan also reported the Little River County Extension Office has started two new 4-H clubs. One is a Cloverbud club in Ashdown and the other is a Citizenship and Leadership club in Foreman.

 

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Little River County Extension Office at 870-898-7225.

 

 

 

AREA VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATIONS        11/10/16

 

Area schools will be hosting several Veterans’ Day Celebrations this week.

 

Cossatot River High School FFA members will be honoring veterans by serving them breakfast Friday morning from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Agri building and all veterans and active military personnel are invited to attend.

 

In Ashdown, the junior high school will be hosting a Veteran's Day breakfast on Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Veterans will be served sausage and biscuits, assorted muffins, fruit, coffee, juice and milk at no charge.

 

Veterans are also being invited to drop by the Ashdown Elementary from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for some refreshments. Veterans are also being encouraged to visit with students in their classrooms.

 

Veterans may wear their uniform, bring their medals or just stop by and introduce themselves.

 

Friday morning, the Umpire School Student Council will be hosting area veterans and their spouses during a breakfast that will be prepared by FCCLA students at 9 a.m. in the high school lobby.

 

There will also be a brief program following breakfast in the Rock Building at 10:20.

 

And, the UA Cossatot employees would like to honor the local veterans by hosting a breakfast in the Educational Resource Center in the Kimball Building this Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

 

Veterans will also be honored during Cossatot River High School home basketball game Friday evening with a special halftime event, including a slideshow and a Veterans Day meal.

 

Veterans will be served BBQ chicken free of charge and they will receive free admission to the games. Meals will be provided to non-veterans for a small donation and all of the proceeds will be donated to a local veteran's organization. Students will start serving the meal at 4:30 p.m. and the basketball games begin at 5:30.

 

And finally, the American Legion Post #54 will be handing out poppies for donations at the De Queen Wal-Mart on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Legion Post members will be handing out the poppies because, veterans, like the red poppy, have survived courageously through battle and disability, and despite the destruction of war, the renewal of life offers another chance for them. To the fallen veterans, a life that was given in service of our country will never be forgotten.

 

 

VETERANS ALERT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL LESLIE RUTLEDGE       11/10/16

 

Arkansans are gathering across the state Friday to honor America's veterans and the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedoms, but scammers only see this as another opportunity to take advantage of people by tricking them out of the hard-earned money.

 

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to educate veterans and their families about popular scams and ways to spot them to avoid becoming a victim.

 

Rutledge released the following list from AARP of popular scams that target military veterans:

 

Scammers will pose as Department of Veterans Affairs officials and call to update information in an attempt to get personal or financial information, including credit card numbers, so they can steal the veteran's identity.

 

Scammers will also encourage veterans to take advantage of a benefit buyout plan, but you should always have an attorney review the terms of the plan beforehand because scammers could offer a lump sum that is only a fraction of the veteran's actual future pension payments.

 

And, scam artists are posing as soldiers about to be deployed or as a family member of a service member who was killed in action and say they need to sell a vehicle or some other large item quickly and that they are willing to sell it at a cheap price. But, once the scammer has the money, they disappear.

 

Veterans and all consumers should remember to never wire money to someone you don't personally know and you should never give out banking information.

 

Arkansas military service members, veterans and families can file consumer complaints with the Attorney General's office on the website ArkansasAG.gov or by calling 1-800-482-8982.

 

 

 

ARKANSAS MUST DEVELOP REGULATIONS FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS       11/10/16

 

Now that Arkansas has approved the use of medial marijuana, state officials are scrambling to put a framework in place to accommodate the new law.

 

Arkansans approved Issue 6, one of a wave of cannabis-related initiatives across the country on Election Day. In all, eight states approved measures allowing marijuana use for either medical or recreational purposes.

 

Marisha DiCarlo with the Arkansas Department of Health says even though the measure passed, it's probably not a good idea to light up a joint just yet.

 

DiCarlo says the state health department has 120 days to develop regulations, establish a department to regulate medical marijuana, and develop a budget. She says once things are up and running, the state will issue registry cards to qualified patients and designated caregivers and maintain a listing of approved dispensaries.

 

Marijuana advocates say Arkansas is part of a national movement to approve its use. Paul Armentano with NORML says states quickly are adopting marijuana use laws.

 

He says the next step is to get the federal government to drop its ban on marijuana, which he calls a pointless policy.

 

State officials will post information on their progress on the health department's website and will operate a telephone hotline to answer questions.

 

 

LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL APPROVES EMERGENCY CLAUSE FOR ORDINANCE 2016-1         1/10/16

 

Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the Lockesburg City Council, aldermen approved the emergency clause for an ordinance establishing rates for services rendered by the Lockesburg water and sewer system.

 

Last month, aldermen voted to increase water rates to $23.27 for the first 1,000 gallons and to increase sewer rates from $19.43 to $21.20. The extra funds will be used to secure a grant from the USDA so the city can install a new sewer line from the Holly Lane lift station to the city’s sewer pond.

 

According to Andy Franks of A.L. Franks Engineering, the project will cost about $300,000.

 

Aldermen then passed a policy stating the city will no longer accept cash in the drop box for water bills. According to the new policy, the City of Lockesburg will only accept a check or money order as payment for a water bill if it is left in the drop box.

 

Mayor Danny Ruth provided aldermen with a cost proposal to run a water line to a residence that is south of town, just outside the city limits. Aldermen decided to give the property owner the option of being annexed into the city and the city paying the cost for installing the water line or remain outside the city and the property owner pay for the installation.

 

Ruth also informed the council that the state changed the city's water tank inspection schedule from annually to biannually, which should save the city some money.
 

Aldermen also approved two building permits.

 

One was for Rusty Williams who plans to add an office to his shop building and the other was for the First Baptist Church for the construction of a storage building.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY HEALTH UNIT TO HOST A SAFETY BABY SHOWER       11/10/16

 

Marci McCullough is an Registered Nurse and Clinic Coordinator at the Sevier County Health Department and she invited area Pregnant women and postpartum women with children up to a year old department's Safety Baby Shower which is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the health unit on Fourth Street in De Queen.

 

McCullough said they will be offering information about home safety, safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma and child passenger safety.

 

Sevier County Health Unit Director, Deborah Hedge stated each participate will receive a new car seat and it will be professionally installed for them.

 

McCullough also said participates will receive shower gifts including various home safety products and instructional DVDs in a festive, shower-themed atmosphere, complete with refreshments, decorations, games and prizes.

 

McCullough said they will be holding the shower on World Prematurity Day to help bring awareness to Arkansas' rising premature birth rate.

 

According to the March of Dimes report, the state's premature birth rate increased to 10.8 percent from 10 percent last year.

 

Ed McCabe is the chief medical officer for the March of Dimes and he says that this is unacceptable in a country with some of the best health care in the world.

 

McCabe says early births cost the nation $26 billion dollars a year in avoidable medical and social costs. He adds that children who survive an early birth are likely to face a lifetime of serious health problems based on their mother's choices during pregnancy.

 

McCabe sees the increasing rate of premature births as a major public health issue.

 

McCullough said the Safety Baby Shower is being presented in partnership with the Sevier County Health Unit, the Sevier County Coalition and many other community partners.

 

McCullough said space is limited and to sign up contact the Sevier County Health Unit by calling 870-642-2535.


 

THE TALLEYS IN CONCERT THIS FRIDAY         11/10/16

 

The Talleys will be in concert this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ridgeway Baptist Church in Nashville.

 

The Talleys are one of Christian music's most beloved and respected families. Their commitment to excellence and creativity in music has been their trademark since their illustrious career began, and their clear communication of the gospel is a defining characteristic of a Talley concert.

 

The Talleys began in 1984 and enjoyed many years of success, including a Dove Award and numerous Singing News Fan Awards. Following a three-year hiatus, the Talleys began performing together in 1996 with the current lineup of Roger, his wife, Debra and their daughter, Lauren.

 

The Talleys have appeared on the Gaither Homecoming video series and concert tour, as well as In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley and John Hagee Ministries. They have appeared on RFD-TV's "The Music City Show," and have toured overseas.

 

The Talleys are a self-described "normal family," but whether they grace a concert hall, a church platform or enjoy a ball game on TV at home, they are dedicated to God and family.

 

The church is located at the corner of Peachtree and Hearn on the Prescott Highway. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken. If you need more information, call 870-557-3597.

 

 

ELECTION COVERAGE      11/09 /16


State Representative DeAnn Vaught was re-elected to her second term in the Arkansas House of Representatives - District Four by a margin of 6,802 – 2,485 over former State Representative Fonda Hawthorne. 73% of the registered voters turned out in Little River County, where Vaught defeated Hawthorne 3,441 – 1,693. In Howard County, Vaught defeated Hawthorne 394-50. And in Sevier County, Vaught defeated Hawthorne by a margin of 2,967 – 742.


In House District 20, John Maddox of Mena defeated Henry T. Nielsen by a margin of 8,855-1,672.


District 20 includes the Gillham area in Northern Sevier County where Maddox won by a margin of 619-130.
Back to Little River County, challenger Bobby Walraven defeated incumbent Sheriff/Collector Gary Gregory 2,724 – 2.473.


The Intoxicating Liquor Sales Issue in Little River County passed by a margin of 3,068-2,088. The proposed one mill increase for the Little River County Library System failed by a margin of 3,098 – 1,998.


In the Justice of the Peace races on the Little River County Quorum Court: In District One, Austin defeated Broomfield 298-253. In District Four, Pounds defeated Bowman 316-296. And in District Eight, Penny defeated Linnett 285-153.


In City Council races: Loren Parson defeated Sylvia Sims 270-141 in Ashdown Ward 2, Position 2. And Bill Harp defeated Elbert Bradley 245-154 in Foreman Ward 2, Position 1.


In statewide issues: The Medical Marijuana Amendment- Issue 6 - passed with 53% of the vote. This measure will allow patients suffering from a host of ailments to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries. Issue 1 to amend term limits for county officials passed easily with 70%. Issue 2, which allows the Governor to retain his powers if he leaves the state, passed easily with 73%. And, Issue 3 which allows the issue of economic development bonds passed easily with 65%


Senator John Boozman was re-elected easily statewide with 60% of the vote. Fourth District U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman was re-elected with 74% of the vote.


Arkansas gave its six electoral votes to Donald Trump, who carried the Natural State with 61% of the vote.

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY VOTES APPROVE ALCOHOL SALES        11/9/16

 

Tuesday night, Little River County voters approved the sell of alcohol by almost 1,000 votes.

 

According to the Kirk Babb, the spokesperson for the Vote for Growth committee, this was the first time in 70 years that the residents of the county had voted on the issue.

 

Now, the Ashdown City Council and the Little River County Quorum Court will decide if a special sales tax will be placed on the sell of alcohol. According to Babb, it will take a few more months before all of the details are sorted out.

 

With the approval of alcohol sales, businesses like EZ-Mart, Wal-Mart and Brookshire's will be able to apply for a liquor permit from the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

 

State law restricts the number of liquor stores that are allowed in the county. State law allows one liquor store per 5,000 residents. Little River County has a population of 13,171 and that will allow two liquor stores in the county.

 

According to a study by the University of Arkansas, if Little River County had been wet in 2015, it would have generated about $2.3 million dollars in alcohol sales, providing an additional 1.9 percent in county sales tax revenue. That would have provided more than $100,000 in additional county and city sales tax revenues.

 

The study also reported it would have created 11 local jobs and provided over $325,000 in labor income.

 

 

WALRAVEN DEFEATS INCUMBENT GREGORY IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE       11/9/16

 

Ashdown Police Captain Bobby Walraven was elected as the Little River County Sheriff and Collector on Tuesday.

 

Walraven received 2,724 votes to incumbents Gary Gregory's 2,473 votes and is the first Republican sheriff ever to be elected in Little River County.

 

Walraven told KDQN after the election that he plans to bring some experience to the sheriff's department.

 

Gregory was originally elected in 2012 and served for the past 4 years.

 

4-H Awards Banquet Held     11/09/16

Sevier County 4-H held their annual 4-H Awards Banquet October 3. There were 35 youth and 48 adults present.

The 4-H’ers who completed a Record Book for the past year were awarded with a 4-H sweatshirt. Record Books are done in a certain project area and gives an overview of their past year in 4-H. A 4-H T-Shirt was awarded to 4-H’ers that competed in county-wide activities and competitive events such as O’Ramas, Chicken BBQ, and Dairy Food Recipe Contest to name a few.

Leaders were recognized for their volunteer service to 4-H since they play an important role in the youth program development. They provide education and mentorship for the youth and also help plan and support our county-wide activities. Those leaders who were recognized are Dianne Rosson, Maranda Reynolds, and Susan Shelton for 1 year of service, Debbie Jones for 5 years of service, and Raymond and Wilma Morris for 40 years of service to Sevier County 4-H.

Sevier County Extension Service would like to thank all Sevier County 4-H leaders, youth, parents, and Sevier County 4-H Foundation for their continued support of the 4-H Program.

 

 

Bottom L to R: Pace Frachiseur, Kolton Dockins, Monica Rivas, Raegan Frachiseur, Katie Williamson, Kyleigh Midgett, Alley Stinson, Jake Sawyer, Kyle Williamson, Jacob Seymour, Kaidon Davis

Middle L to R: Drake Boatright, Brayden Frachiseur, Attalee Frachiseur, Hunter Frachiseur, Kaidyn Dockins, Megan Midgett, Evan Wolcott, Blake Sawyer, Brady Haarmeyer, Landon Frachiseur, Kynadee Helms

Back L to R: Darian McBroom, Andrew Shelton, Allyson Shelton, Abbi Stinson, Amber Morris, Ethan Wolcott, Kane Faulkenberry, Brennen Seymour, Veronica Rivas, Danielle Beck, Madison Bagley, Aubrey Seymour, Carlee Helms, Zoe Helms

 

 

 

DE QUEEN RESIDENT KILLED IN FATAL ACCIDENT IN OKLAHOMA       11/8/16

 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported one man was killed Monday morning when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line and struck a semi-truck head-on on U.S. Highway 70 West about 15 miles east of Broken Bow.

 

Twenty-two year old Juan Carlos Bolanos-Lopez of De Queen was pronounced dead at the scene after his 2014 Toyota crossed the center line and struck a 2013 Mack truck that was being driven by 44-year-old William Beam of Valliant, Oklahoma.

 

Beam was transported to the McCurtain County Hospital to be treated injuries that he sustained in the accident.

 

According to the incident report, the accident happened at about 4:42 a.m. and officers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are trying to determine why Lopez's vehicle crossed the center line.

 

 

DE QUEEN DISTRICT INFORMS STATE THEY ARE PROCEEDING WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL ROOF PROJECT         11/8/16

 

Monday night, De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill informed the De Queen Board of Education that the district had submitted a letter to the state department of education informing them that the district is going to proceed with its Middle School roof project.

 

Hill informed KDQN that the project has been approved, but they won't know until May if the project will be funded or not by the state.

 

Hill said the middle school also has a drainage issue and they may need to install a gutter system to help with the problem.

 

Hill also reported the district has updated its security camera system. He said the upgrade cost about $93,000 but the district used NSLA funds to cover the majority of the cost.

 

The district's technology director, Nina Land, informed the board that the state was installing a fiber optic cable. She said the new cable will provide the district with 10 Gigs of internet service, which is more than any other district in southwest Arkansas. Hill said the project will cost over $437,000, but it qualifies for E-rate reimbursement and the district's 10 percent will come out of NSLA funds.

 

Hill also announced the district has started its drug testing program.

 

Board members also approved the purchase of a new sound system for the gym. The winning bid was from C & C Audio and Video of Little Rock. Land reported the district used C & C to install the video equipment in the auditorium and cafeteria.

 

The December meeting of the De Queen Board of Education is Monday, December 5th at 5 p.m. in the administration building.

 

 

UA COSSATOT POLICE OFFICERS PARTICIPATE IN RED RIBBON WEEK      11/8/16

 

UA Cossatot Police Officer took part in the Red Ribbon week activities with students from the De Queen and Horatio High Schools who are also enrolled in technical classes at the college.

 

The exercise was coordinated by Waco Jackson who is a Medical and EMT instructor.

 

The demonstration was about interaction with law enforcement before, during and after a traffic stop. Students were told the motorist rights as well as the expectation of the officers. The goal was to educate new drivers and facilitate a better relationship between motorists and the police.

 

 

TRASH ROUTE RUNNING ONE DAY EARLY IN DE QUEEN      11/8/16

 

Friday is Veteran's Day and De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy announced the De Queen City Hall will be closed.

 

McKelvy also reported the city's trash routes will be run one day early this week.

 

The Sevier County Courthouse will also be closed this Friday along with the county library system and the county landfill and satellite stations.

 

The county libraries, landfill and satellite stations will reopen Saturday morning at their regular times.

 

AREA STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO ARKANSAS PURPLE CIRCLE CLUB         11/8/16

 

Ethan Wolcott and Amber Morris of De Queen, along with Grace Harris of Horatio and Kalli Smith of Gillham were all inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club on Saturday, October 29th.

 

Wolcott had the Grand Champion Saanen Junior doe, the Grand Champion Saanen Senior Doe, the Grand Champion Toggenburg Junior Doe, and the Grand Champion Toggenburg Senior Doe at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show.

 

Morris had the Grand Champion Commercial Gilt; Harris won the Senior Commercial Heifer Showmanship Award and Smith won the Junior Exotic Breeding Beef Showmanship Award.

 

The awards were presented by Arkansas Farm Bureau Vice President Rich Hillman.

 

The Purple Circle Club is an awards program that recognizes junior livestock exhibitors who earned championship honors at the Arkansas State Fair. It is sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

 

       Kalli Smith                   Amber Morris                  Grace Harris                       Ethan Wolcott

 

LOVING PLEADS GUILTY         11/7/16

 

Twenty year old Aaron Loving of De Queen pleaded guilty to the charge of first-degree murder Friday for the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Amado Gallardo of De Queen.

 

Loving also plead guilty to kidnapping, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by a certain person before 9th Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan in the Sevier County Circuit Court.

 

Loving was sentenced to 40-years for the first degree murder charge, 10-years for the charge of aggravated robbery, 10-years for kidnapping and six-years for felony possession of a firearm by a certain person.

 

Loving will be required to serve 70 percent of his 40-year sentence on the first degree murder charge and of the 10-year sentence on the aggravated robbery charge before he is eligible for parole.

 

Loving was arrested on February 28th after a local resident reported someone had been shot at a trailer park in De Queen.

 

When officers arrived at the scene, the discovered Gallardo's body with a gunshot wound to the face.

 

According to Gallardo's family, Loving had been staying with him for a couple of nights and Gallardo had asked Loving to leave.

 

While officers were looking for Loving in Sevier County, they were notified by the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office that TraShaun Mall had reported that he had been kidnapped and forced to drive to Oklahoma. He said Loving also stole his car and choked him.

 

A Broken Bow Police Officer located the stolen vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, but Loving fled and a high-speed chase started. The chase ended in the parking lot of the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office where Loving was taken into custody.

 

 

POLLING LOCATIONS IN SEVIER COUNTY        11/7/16

 

Sevier County Clerk Debbie Akin announced the polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday for the 2016 General Election. She also reported about 28 percent of the registered voters in Sevier County have cast their ballots early.

 

The following polling sites will be open in Sevier County on Tuesday:

Bear Creek West at the De Queen Community Building in the Herman Dierks Park

Bear Creek East at the Geneva Baptist Church

Ben Lomond at the Ben Lomond Community Building

Clear Creek 1 at the Central Community Building

Clear Creek 2 at the J.L. Walker Fellowship Hall in Horatio

De Queen North Central at the Kern Heights Baptist Church

De Queen Northwest at the De Queen Church of Christ

De Queen Southwest Kern Heights Baptist Church

De Queen East at the De Queen Community Building in the Herman Dierks Park

Jefferson at the Geneva Baptist Church

Mineral at the De Queen-Mena Educational Co-op in Gillham

Monroe at the De Queen Church of Christ

Paraclifta at the Ben Lomond Community Building

Red Colony at the Lockesburg Methodist Church

Saline West at the Geneva Baptist Church

Saline East at the Lockesburg Methodist Church

and, Washington at the Ben Lomond Community Building.

 

 

POLLING PLACES IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY       11/7/16

 

Polls will open on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. for the 2016 General Election.

 

The following polling sites will be open in Little River County:

Arden Township at the Arden Community Building

Arkinda Township at the King Ryder Church in Winthrop

Ashdown Ward 1 at the Ashdown First Baptist Church in the fellowship hall

Ashdown Ward 2 at the Ashdown Church of Christ in the fellowship hall

Ashdown Ward 3 at the Ashdown Church of the Nazarene in the fellowship hall

Burke Township at the Winthrop City Hall

Caney Township at the Cerrogordo Fire Department

Cleveland Township at the Wilton Schoolhouse

Franklin Township at the Millwood Baptist Church

Foreman Ward 1 at the First Baptist Church in the fellowship hall

Foreman Ward 2 at the First Baptist Church in the fellowship hall

Foreman Ward 3 at the Foreman School Agricultural Building

Jackson Township at the First Baptist Church of Foreman in the fellowship hall

Jefferson Township at the Ashdown Church of Christ in the fellowship hall

Jewell Township at the King Ryder Church in Winthrop

Johnson Township at the Odgen Community Building

Lick Creek Township at the Oak Grove Baptist Church

Little River Township at the Winthrop City Hall

Red River Township at the Richmond Church in Ashdown

and the Wallace/Richland Township at the Wallace Fire Station.

 

 

EARTHQUAKE IN OKLAHOMA FELT IN ARKANSAS       11/7/16

 

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake in central Oklahoma was felt in Southwest Arkansas Sunday evening.

 

According to the Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. about a mile west of Cushing, Oklahoma and was felt in De Queen, Little Rock and Kansas City, Missouri. 

 

Authorities in Cushing reported quite a bite of structural damage in the area.

 

Cushing is called the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World" because it is the home of the Cushing Tank Farm, which is touted as the world's largest oil storage facility.

 

According to the Geological Survey, there have been 19 earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week, including a 4.5 magnitude quake that struck the northern part of the state last week.

 

Scientists have linked Oklahoma's increase in earthquakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production.

 

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has shut down some disposal wells and ordered a reduction in the amount of wastewater that is disposed in others.

 

 

VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATIONS        11/7/16

 

Area schools will be hosting several Veterans’ Day Celebrations this week.

 

The Wickes Elementary of the Cossatot River School District will be honoring Veterans with a special breakfast and musical program on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:15 a.m. in the Holbert Auditorium.

 

At 9 a.m. there will be musical program featuring the students of the Wickes Elementary and the program will also include a slide show presentation at 10 a.m. featuring photos of veterans from the local area. If you have a picture of a veteran, email it to arichardson@cossatot.k12.ar.us to have them included in the school's presentation.

 

At Ashdown, the junior high school will be hosting a Veteran's Day breakfast on Friday, November 11th from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Veterans will be served sausage and biscuits, assorted muffins, fruit, coffee, juice and milk at no charge.

 

Ashdown Junior High School Cafeteria Manager Cindy Blanton said she hopes area veterans will gather to swap war stories and fellowship with students and other veterans.

 

The Umpire School of the Cossatot River School District is inviting area veterans and their spouses to a breakfast that is being sponsored by the Umpire student council and prepared by FCCLA students on Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the high school lobby.

 

There will also be a brief program in the Rock Building to honor all veterans at 10:20. Veterans are also encouraged to stay and visit with the students throughout the morning.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY 4-H CLUBS REORGANIZING        11/7/16

 

The Sevier County 4-H clubs are getting organized for the new year and 4-H Program Assistant, Dawn Fortner-Leeper said the purpose of 4-H clubs is to give youth ages 5 to 19 an opportunity to participate in the youth development educational program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

 

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

 

Leeper announced Monday morning that the Sevier County Teen Leaders Club will be meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Room 205 on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

She said area young people can also join one of the following nine clubs.

 

Leeper said the Chapel Hill Club is led by Carla Cowling and they Chapel Hill Club meets at various times . She said the Happy Face Club is led by Michelle Sawyer and Christy Hicks and they meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the home Leroy and Sandra Nunn on Highway 329. The Lakeside 4-H Club is led by Wilma Morris and they meet the second Tuesday on the month at 7 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Building in De Queen. The Gillham Tigers Club is led by Dianne Rosson and they meet the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Gillham Volunteer Fire Department. The Froglevel Hoppers Club is led by Stacia Cranford and they meet the first Monday of the month after school at the Horatio High School in the Agri room. The Shooting Sports Club is led by J.P. Atkins and they meet at various times. The Teen Leaders Club is led by Harrell Sherwood. The Goin' Showin' Club is led by Katrina Frachiseur and they meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in De Queen. And, the Legacy 4-H After School Club is led by Susan Shelton and they meet after school at the Legacy Academy.

 

Leeper said for more information about meetings, 4-H club membership or program benefits; contact the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service office at 870-584-3013. The extension office is in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

 

ASHDOWN TEACHERS OF THE YEAR        11/7/16

 

Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders announced the Ashdown School District Teachers of the Year this week.

 

Ashdown Junior Highs School teacher Sarah Hadaway was named the junior high and district Teacher of the Year.

 

Sanders said Hadaway was a graduate of Ashdown High School and Texas A&M University and has been teaching for 28 years. He said she taught 2nd grade for 10-years and 4th grade for 3-years. He said she was the lower elementary literacy coach for 3-years and she has taught 7th grade reading and is currently teaching 8th grade.

 

Sanders said Hadaway embraces the Google world and is an advocate for technology in the classroom.

 

Donna Gabbard was named the Ashdown Elementary Teacher of the Year; Janet Phillips was named the L.F. Henderson Teacher of the Year and Ryan Murray was named the high school Teacher of the Year.

 

 

UA COSSATOT LEGACY CAMPAIGN RECEIVES ANOTHER DONATION       11/7/16

 

The UA Cossatot Foundation announced they have received another donation to further the Legacy 2020 Campaign.

 

Tres Agaves Restaurant co-owners Edgar Tejeda, Daniela Aguilar and Daniel Martinez made the donation as part of the Legacy 2020 Campaign and as a result of that donation, the board room on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot will be renamed the Tres Agaves Board Room.

 

Dustin Roberts is the college's Coordinator of Development and he said Tres Agaves has been an incredible partner for UA Cossatot for a number of years. He said they sponsor Diversity Fest and the Colt Bolt 5K, as well as funding scholarships.

 

Roberts said it was also inspiring to see another small business want to support the growth of UA Cossatot.

 

The Legacy 2020 Campaign is focusing on donors and corporations that wish to invest in the growth of the college on all three campuses. For every donation amount there is a naming opportunity that exist for donors who wish to leave a legacy for future students.

 

Martinez said it's a wonderful opportunity to work with the college, because many of their employees have taken classes at the college.

 

Roberts said the Legacy 2020 Campaign is flexible and the foundation can issue an invoice quarterly, annually, or at the time of the initial investment.

 

For more information on the Legacy 2020 Campaign visit the college's website at www.cccua.edu/ua-cossatot-foundation/legacy2020.

 

 

 

 

 

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