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AREA HIGH SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE GRADUATION DATES        5/4/15

 

De Queen High School will have 137 seniors graduate on Friday, May 15th at 7 p.m. in Leopard Coliseum. Seniors at Cossatot River High School will graduate on Friday, May 15th at 7 p.m. in Stevenson Gymnasium. Murfreesboro High School will have 49 graduates walk on Friday, May 15th at 7 p.m. on the football field.

 

Broken Bow High School’s graduation will be on Saturday, May 16th at 8 p.m. at Broken Bow Memorial Stadium. Mineral Springs’ graduation will be held on Saturday, May 16th.

 

Nashville High School will hold graduation on Sunday, May 17th at 2 p.m. in Scrapper Arena.

 

Forty-eight Dierks High School seniors will graduate on Monday, May 18th at 7 p.m. in the J. & L. Johnson Gymnasium.

 

Horatio High School will have 65 seniors graduate on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m. at Horatio Lions Stadium.

 

95 seniors at Ashdown High School will walk on Thursday, May 21st at 7:30 p.m. at Dick Hayes Stadium.

 

Foreman High School has 43 graduates and they will walk on Friday, May 29th at 7 p.m. at Foreman Memorial Stadium.

 

 

 

CONSUMER ALERT: BE CAUTIOUS WHEN HELPING WITH INTERNATIONAL DISASTERS      5/4/15

 

A recent report on AtlasofGiving.com ranks Arkansas as one of the top 10 states for charitable giving in 2014, and many Arkansans will continue that trend by helping those in Nepal who are suffering in the aftermath of last Saturday's devastating earthquake.

 

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to encourage Arkansans who are looking for ways to help when donating to relief efforts.

 

Rutledge stated scammers often prey on charitable people and Arkansans should arm themselves with the knowledge to tell a reputable nonprofit organization from a charity scam.

 

Rutledge recommends you follow these steps: if you receive a phone or door-to-door solicitation for donations, remember, high-pressure tactics are a red flag that you may be dealing with an unscrupulous charity; do your research - get the organization's name, address, website and phone number; use guidestar.org to compare nonprofit organizations and to get more information; and ask the organization how it will spend your donation.

 

Rutledge also stated that Arkansans should never give out their personal or financial information over the phone or through an email and never send cash.

 

For more information on charitable scams, or to check the status of a specific nonprofit organization contact the Arkansas Attorney General's office Public Protection Division at 1-800-482-8982.

 

 

 

DNA EXPERT TESTIFIES IN HOWARD RE-TRIAL       5/4/15

 

Testimony continued for the fourth day, last Thursday, in the re-trial of 45-year-old Timothy Howard for the 1997, murders of Brian and Shannon Day and the attempted murder of their infant son.

 

For the second day in a row, the Arkansas State Crime Lab Chief Medical Examiner took the stand and testified that Brian Day was shot once in the back of the head.

 

Brian Day's body was discovered in the back of a U-Haul truck on a farm that was owned by a member of Howard's family in Ogden.

 

The medical examiner said Shannon Day died from strangulation. When her body was discovered in a closet, she had a leather strap wrapped around her neck and her hands were also cuffed.

 

The medical examiner also testified that there was no evidence that Shannon Day was pregnant at the time of her death.

 

The jury also heard testimony from two DNA experts concerning DNA that was found in Howard's boots and the Arkansas State Crime Lab fingerprint examiner testified that the fingerprints that were found on some picture frames did not belong to former Little River County Sheriff Danny Russell, Brian or Shannon Day or other members of law enforcement who entered the Day's house the day of the murders.

 

Testimony is expected to continue this week.

 

 

 

PESTICIDE CLASS MAY 11      5/4/15

 

Rex Herring of the Sevier County Extension Office announced Friday morning that he would be hosting a pesticide training class a week from Monday, on May 11th in the Ag building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot at 2 p.m.

 

There is a $10 fee to take the class, but participates do not have to pre-register.

 

Herring said if you have questions, contact the extension office at 584-3013.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY SENIOR CITIZEN CELEBRATION AND TRI-LAKES FISHING TOURNAMENT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND      5/4/15

 

Sevier County Judge Greg Ray and Angie Walker announced Friday morning that the annual Senior Citizen Day Celebration and the Tri-Lakes Fishing Tournament has been scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

 

Walker said the Senior Citizen celebration will be Friday, May 22nd beginning at 9 a.m. on the Sevier County Courthouse square.

 

Walker said this year's event will feature a stick horse race between Jay and JP of the Morning Brew around the square along with the health screenings. Judge Ray also stated his office was accepting door prizes from area businesses.

 

Judge Ray also mentioned anglers can start signing up for the Tri-Lakes Big Bass Fishing Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, May 23rd on De Queen, Gillham and Dierks lakes.

 

Judge Ray said they will start checking boats at 5 a.m. The tournament will begin at 6 and the first check-in is at 7. He also mentioned there will be a "late" early registration event at the chamber office on West Stilwell Ave. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd.

 

For more information about the Tri-Lakes Big Bass Fishing Tournament visit the KDQN.net website or contact the Sevier County Chamber of Commerce by calling 584-3225.

 

 

TWO DE QUEEN RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING     5/4/15

 

On Wednesday, April 29th, De Queen Police Officer J.J. Lopez was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a suspected shoplifting.

 

When Lopez and Lieutenant Sonny Kimmel arrived, they interviewed the Wal-Mart Asset Protection Manager. She reported that about 10:25 a.m., she was notified by the customer service manager that they suspected two females of shoplifting.

 

The asset protection manager was informed that the women had a green camo backpack and when she found them in the store, she observed them place items from the hardware aisle, the deli, the dairy cooler and some reduced baked goods into the backpack.

 

She reported the two then proceeded to the self check out and paid for one item before attempting to leave the store.

 

At that point, the asset protection manager stopped the two women who were identified as 25-year-old Amanda Branscum and 49-year-old Karen Zajac and asked them about the items in the backpack.

 

The total sum of the items stolen was $27.83.

 

Branscum and Zajac were arrested and charged with shoplifting a $1,000 or less.

 

UA COSSATOT HOSTS DE QUEEN MENA EDUCATIONAL SERVICE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY MEETING  05/04/15  

ASHDOWN -  UA Cossatot will hosted the  De Queen-Mena Education Service Cooperative Regional Education & Business/Industry Partnership Meeting on the Ashdown campus last Friday.

The goal of the meeting was to host business and industry leaders to facilitate a conversation of the skills and technical aptitude needed for tomorrow’s workforce.  Local businesses were represented as well as local school district personnel, elected officials, area Chambers of Commerce, and representatives from UA Cossatot.  House Representative DeAnn Vaught was present as well as the State Commissioner of Education, Johnny Key. 

“We are always appreciative to host our partners at the De Queen Educational Co-Op,” said Barry Reed, UA Cossatot’s Director of the Ashdown Campus.  “We also gained knowledge that we can use when it comes to teaching skills that will make our students more successful in the job market.”

Attendees heard from different speakers and participated in a panel discussion.  Lunch was provided by Pilgrim’s.  

 

 

AREA BLOOD DRIVES       5/1/15

 

LifeShare Blood Centers will hold several blood drives next week on the campuses of area high schools.

 

LifeShare is having a blood drive on Monday, May 4th, at the De Queen High School from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the school Atrium; on Tuesday, May 5th at the Umpire High School on the bloodmobile from 1 to 6 p.m.; and on Wednesday, May 6th at the Dierks High School from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on the bloodmobile.

 

About one in seven people who enter a hospital will need a blood product. One blood donation, which is approximately one pint of blood, can save up to three lives.

 

For more information, call 903-794-3173 or visit their website at www.lifeshare.org. 

 

 

 

DE QUEEN DOLPHINS TO HOLD ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING     5/1/15

 

Earlier this week, members, of the De Queen Dolphins swim team, stopped by the KDQN studios to invited area swimmers to an organizational meeting. Team members Alec Lowrey and Ashley Dykes said the meeting is Monday, May 11th at the city pool at 6 p.m.

 

Lowrey and Dykes said there were about 50 swimmers last year, but anyone can sign up if they can swim a recognizable stroke for one length of the pool.

 

For more information, call Coach Teri Chapman at 870-289-2871.

 

 

 

DEFENSE TEAM ASKS FOR MISTRIAL IN HOWARD RE-TRIAL     5/1/15

 

Wednesday afternoon, a defense attorney asked for a mistrial after hearing testimony from the state's medical examiner in the retrial of a man accused of killing an Ashdown couple and attempting to murder their infant son in 1997.

 

45-year-old Tim Howard has spent almost 16 years in prison after being convicted in 1999 by a jury in Little River County for the murders of Brian and Shannon Day. Howard received two death sentences plus an additional 30-years after begin found guilty of attempted capital murder and two counts of capital murder.

 

The defense asked for the mistrial after the state medical examiner failed to provide the defense with a copy of some lab notes that were misplaced in February 2014, but later placed in the crime lab's report.

 

The prosecutor argued the notes didn't amount to evidence that Howard's lawyers could have used to defend him and thus asked the judge to deny the request for a mistrial.

 

 

 

DIERKS SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCEPTS 17 SCHOOL CHOICE TRANSFERS     5/1/15

 

During the April meeting of the Dierks Board of Education, board members approved the transfer of 17 students into the district by way of the Public School Choice Act.

 

Superintendent Holly Cothern informed KDQN that the board also voted to change the district's policies to reflect their approval of the new Public School Choice Act. She said the district will publish the new policy in the board's policies, the student handbooks and the district's website.

 

Board members also approved the re-employment of the district's classified staff members.

 

Cothern reported the district received a letter grade of B for both the high school and the elementary schools. She said this shows the district is doing a good job closing the achievement gap between TAG and non-TAG students.

 

Cothern also announced the district would be receiving an increase in state funding, based on student growth.

 

Cothern said the academic banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 5th and graduation is Monday, May 18th.

 

 

 

TRIAL BY JURY PROGRAM AT WASHINGTON STATE PARK SATURDAY    5/1/15

 

Historic Washington State Park is hosting a brand new "Trial by Jury" program this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

Guests are invited to experience justice in 1880 Washington, as you take part in a new twist on the Trial by Jury series. This trial is a re-enactment of an actual murder trail that took place in the 1874 courthouse.

 

The program also includes a meal, but reservations are required. Cost of the program is $25 for adults and $20 for children under the age of 14.

 

For more information, contact the Historic Washington State Park at 870-983-2684.

 

 

 

VANDERVOORT ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN, PRESCHOOL AND ABC REGISTRATION     5/1/15

 

Vandervoort Kindergarten, Preschool and ABC registration for the 2015-2016 school year will be held Monday through Friday, May 4th through May 8th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Parents of Kindergarten students will register in the elementary office. Preschool and ABC parents will register their children in the Preschool and ABC classrooms.

 

Parents are asked to bring a birth certificate or other legal document, Social Security card, immunization records and physical exam documentation.

 

Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before August 1st. Children, ages two and a half to five, may attend Preschool and children 3 to 5 may attend the ABC program.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Day for students who will be attending the Vandervoort Kindergarten is Friday, May 8th. Students are invited to spend Friday morning at school getting acquainted with the teachers and classrooms before starting Kindergarten in August.

 

Parents may bring their children to school at 9 a.m. and they will need to be picked up at noon. Students will also eat lunch in the cafeteria.

 

If your child has not been enrolled in the ABC or Preschool program, send $3 for lunch or send a packed lunch.

 

 

AHS Trap Shooting Team Wins First Place at Hospice of Hope Top Gun Shootout   05/01/15

Ashdown High School's Trap Shooting Team 1 took first place in the Hospice of Hope Top Gun Shootout on Friday, April 17, in a field of 20 schools at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center near Columbus, Arkansas.

The five-man team from Ashdown High School shot a 231 out of a possible perfect 250, leading one of the event organizers to describe them as "amazing."  The same five-man team, all ninth graders at AHS this year, also won the state championship last year as eighth graders at the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP) Junior State Tournament on June 6, 2014, winning all six rounds in the bracket.

The winning team members are Trevor Myers, Alex Simmons, Logan Henry, Jon Michael Molock, and Jordan Cowling, who are coached by Mike Molock and Ray Henry and were sponsored in the Top Gun Shootout by Domtar.  AHS Shooting Team 2 also competed in the tournament and were sponsored by H. E. Wright & Sons Construction.  Other results from the Top Gun Shootout include Nashville High School - second place, and Caddo Hills and Genoa Central tying for third. 

The trap shoot fundraiser benefits Hospice of Hope and Texarkana, who are celebrating 30 years of non-profit service this year, and raised approximately $18,000 towards the construction of the new Hospice of Texarkana's Inpatient Care Center, the in-house facility being constructed near the Christus-St. Michael Fitness Center in Texarkana.  "This facility will be a real asset to our community," states Jerry Thomas, Hospice of Texarkana's vice president.

Presenting sponsor for the Top Gun Shootout was SWEPCO, Tyson Foods was food sponsor, and Edward Jones and Century 21 Team Texarkana were premier sponsors.  "Stephanie Brazill and Cindy Marsh with Hospice were instrumental in helping put the event on," says Thomas, who continued, "Ken King, Tom Moore, Pete Snow, Joe Schoen, Judy Gray and Bubba Powers were the committee who worked on this for months."   He expressed appreciation to all team sponsors and all other sponsors for their contributions and for "how much they helped in making this event a huge success."

Shown above:  Ashdown High School Trap Shooting Team 1 members in the picture are (l to r) Trevor Myers, Alex Simmons, Logan Henry, Jon Michael Molock, and Jordan Cowling.

 

Submitted by Carolyn Henderson

 

Arkansas Education Commissioner Visits De Queen Schools   05/01/15

Former De Queen High School graduate Victor P. Rojas coordinated a school visit by state officials.  Education Commissioner Johnny Key, Representative Warwick Sabin, Representative DeAnn Vaught, State Board of Education member Mireya Reith, and Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC) liaison Omar Gallardo visited with principals and teachers at De Queen Public Schools.  The group fielded questions concerning the future on Common Core State Standards and other education topics.  Afterwards, the group toured De Queen’s campuses and observed several classrooms.

Mrs. Reith is the Executive Director of Arkansas United Community Coalition.  This is Arkansas’s first nonprofit organization at the state level that works with immigration issues.  She will continue to serve on the Arkansas State Board of Education through 2018.  Mr. Omar Gallardo is a graduate of De Queen High School.

Rep. Sabin said he enjoyed the visit and would talk with his colleagues on the House Education Committee about arranging a legislative meeting at De Queen Schools. 

The district has been recognized for its high math and literacy scores. The Education Policy Office at the University of Arkansas says De Queen Schools are "high-achieving".


Pictured left to right at De Queen Primary School are Shyamala Naik, Terri Hill, Mireya Reith, Warwick Sabin, DeAnn Vaught, Johnny Key, Victor P. Rojas, Omar Gallardo, Patti Clay, and seated is Alisha Tatum



 

Submitted by Victor J. Rojas & Tammy Whatley

Ashdown school honors volunteers    05/01/15

Teachers and staff at Margaret Daniel Primary School in Ashdown hosted a reception on April 28 to say "Thank you to our wonderful MDP volunteers," states MDP Principal Kay York.  

"We have documented over 120 volunteers for MDP," York continues. "I know there are more.  We have so many community people that help us that I am sure we failed to include."  She also expressed how invaluable the assistance provided by the volunteers is and how they make school better for everyone.  

Pictured attending the reception are volunteers (from l to r) Reverend Milton Dent, Billy Cox, Kathy Smith, Becky Reynolds, Gloria Potts, Nan Beedle, Diane Babb, Martha Wright, Ginger Hillis, Edith Cox, Kiley Cody, Stacy Barker, and Jeane Pearson.

 Submitted by Carolyn Henderson





 
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AGFC CONDUCTING STUDY ON DIERKS LAKE       4/30/15

 

Biologists in southwest Arkansas are currently conducting a study on Dierks Lake in Howard County to determine annual catch rates of crappie.

 

Many crappie were tagged with special blue tags behind the dorsal fin and released in January.

 

Anglers who catch one of these fish are encouraged to do whatever they would normally do with the fish and keep the tag. They can then call the phone number on the tag and answer a few questions about their fishing experience.

 

Results from this study will be used to determine the percentage of crappie removed from the population each year and will be used in the future to help manage the lakes productivity for years to come.

 

 

 

ARKANSAN FINDS 3.69-CARAT WHITE DIAMOND      4/30/15

 

Susie Clark of Evening Shade, Arkansas discovered a 3.69-carat diamond on her second visit to the Crater of Diamonds State Park on April 23rd.

 

Clark found the white diamond near the South Washing Pavilion on the diamond search area on the surface of the field after she asked God, to bless her and let her find a diamond. She said shortly after her prayer, she saw the diamond sticking out of a furrow ridge in the plowed dirt.

 

Since Clark found the teardrop-shaped diamond after saying her prayer, she named it the Hallelujah Diamond.

 

According to Park Interpreter Waymon Cox, the diamond is about the size of a pinto bean. He said the gem is frosted white with a pearlescent metallic shine.

 

The Hallelujah Diamond is the largest diamond found so far this year and it is the largest diamond found since April 16th, 2014 when a 6.19-carat white diamond, which was named the Limitless Diamond, was found at the park. It is also the 122nd diamond found this year.

 

Cox noted the park has experienced a lot of rain over the past couple of weeks, plus the park maintenance staff plowed the search field earlier in the week, which loosens the diamond-bearing soil and helps bring more diamonds to the surface.

 

Cox stated with all the rain, there is a good chance for more diamonds to be found on the surface in the days to come. He explained that diamonds are a bit heavy for their size and they lack static electricity, so rainfall slides the dirt off the diamonds leaving them exposed on the surface.

 

For more information about the Crater of Diamonds State Park, call 870-285-3113 or visit their website www.craterofdiamondstatepark.com.

 

 

 

ARKANSAS EDUCATION COMMISSIONER VISITS DE QUEEN SCHOOL      4/30/15

 

Former De Queen High School graduate Victor Rojas coordinated a school visit by several state officials.

 

Last Friday, Education Commissioner Johnny Key, Representative Warwick Sabin, Representative DeAnn Vaught, State Board of Education member Rireya Reith and Arkansas United Community Coalition liaison Omar Gallardo visited with principals and teachers of the De Queen Public Schools.

 

The group also fielded questions concerning the future of Common Core State Standards and other education topics.

 

Afterwards, the group toured De Queen’s campuses and observed several classrooms.

 

Representative Sabin stated he enjoyed the visit and would recommend holding a legislative meeting of the House Education Committee on the De Queen campuses.

 

The district has also been recognized for its high math and literacy scores by the Education Policy Office at the University of Arkansas. The De Queen School District is ranked as a high-achieving district.

 

Reith is the Executive Director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition, which is Arkansas’ first nonprofit organization at the state level that works with immigration issues. She also serves on the Arkansas State Board of Education.

 

Gallardo is a graduate of De Queen High School.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN GIRL SCOUT SEEKING DESTINATION TRIP       4/30/15

 

De Queen High School junior Destiny Kimmel has been a Girl Scout since she was five years old, so, this year, she has signed up for a Girl Scout Destination trip.

 

Girl Scout Destination trips can either be nationally or internationally. The purpose of the trips is to connect girls from around the world.

 

Girl Scout Destination trips are reserved for Girl Scouts of a certain age and Kimmel signed up for a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Kimmel and 17 other girls will experience the trip together. They will kayak thorough a bioluminescent bay, hike through the cloud rainforest and help restore part of the Old San Juan community.

 

Cost of the trip is around $3,000, not including round trip airfare and Kimmel is seeking donations from area residents to help her fulfill her destiny.

 

Kimmel announced she would be willing to work as a paid intern, but for more information contact her at 582-2310.

 

 

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT REPORT CARDS       4/29/15

 

Earlier this month, the state department of education released a report card for each school district in Arkansas.

 

According to the report, every school in the De Queen School District earned a B, while the Ashdown School District received a D for the Margaret Daniel Primary and CD Franks Elementary, a C for the L.F. Henderson Intermediate School, a D for the junior high and a B for the high school.

 

According to Ashdown School District Superintendent Jason Sanders, the report looks simple because each school is assigned a letter grade, but how the grade was determined is actually a very complex formula.

 

Sanders explained student test scores accounts for only 25 percent of the formula; another 25 percent of the formula depends on how well TAG students are performing.

 

Sanders said the district's graduation rate helped area high schools, even if the high school included 7th through 9th grades and the final part of the report card puzzle deals with the scoring gap between TAG and non-TAG students.

 

Sanders said he understands how the report card looks, but he can assure the parents of Ashdown students, the school is providing a quality education.

 

De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill said he was happy with the score, because it reflects on the work of the district's students, teachers and administration.

 

The Horatio School District received an A for the high school and a C for the elementary, while Foreman received a C for the high school and a B for the elementary.

 

 

 

KIAMICHI OWA-CHITO WILL HOLD THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS AT BEAVERS BEND STATE PARK       4/29/15

 

The Kiamichi Owa-Chito will hold the Battle of the Bands at the Beavers Bend State Park on Thursday, June 18th at 6 p.m.

 

The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting entries until May 1st. At the time bands submit their entry form, they must also submit a $50 entry fee that will be refunded if your band is not chosen.

 

Bands will be notified on or before May 15th whether they have been chosen or not.

 

Only five bands will be chosen to perform to participate in the Battle of the Bands and only one band will win. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and they will have the opportunity to open for Mac Powell on Saturday night.

 

Entry forms may be downloaded from the chamber’s website at www.brokenbowchamber.com.

 

For more information call the chamber director, Charity O’Donnell, at 580-584-3393 or Brad Box at 580-579-9783. 

 

 

 

UA COSSATOT STUDENT IS NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF DISTRICT PTK   04/29/15

 Brettny Lynch, UA Cossatot Student and the Public Relations Secretary for UA Cossatot’s Beta Beta Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, was recently appointed Vice President of the Central District. 

The Oklahoma-Arkansas Region’s Central District has 41 chapters in two states.  Lynch will serve for a one year term. 

Lynch, a Sevier County native, graduated from Lockesburg High School in 2001.  Currently pursuing UA Cossatot’s Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, pre-K through 4th, she plans to utilize Southern Arkansas University’s extension program through UA Cossatot to earn her BA in teaching Pre-K through 6th grade.

“Brettny is the eldest of a dozen siblings and is a natural leader,” said Ally Deen, UA Cossatot’s Phi Theta Kappa Advisor.  “In addition to PTK, she currently serves as a UAC Student Ambassador and is active in her community.”

Lynch and Deen traveled to the PTK Annual International Convention in San Antonio, Texas this past  week. 

 

AHS TRAP SHOOTING TEAM WINS FIRST PLACE AT HOSPICE OF HOPE TOP GUN SHOOTOUT  04/29/15

Ashdown High School's Trap Shooting Team 1 took first place in the Hospice of Hope Top Gun Shootout on Friday, April 17, in a field of 20 schools at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center near Columbus, Arkansas.

The five-man team from Ashdown High School shot a 231 out of a possible perfect 250, leading one of the event organizers to describe them as "amazing."  The same five-man team, all ninth graders at AHS this year, also won the state championship last year as eighth graders at the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP) Junior State Tournament on June 6, 2014, winning all six rounds in the bracket.

The winning team members are Trevor Myers, Alex Simmons, Logan Henry, Jon Michael Molock, and Jordan Cowling, who are coached by Mike Molock and Ray Henry and were sponsored in the Top Gun Shootout by Domtar.  AHS Shooting Team 2 also competed in the tournament and were sponsored by H. E. Wright & Sons Construction.  Other results from the Top Gun Shootout include Nashville High School - second place, and Caddo Hills and Genoa Central tying for third. 

The trap shoot fundraiser benefits Hospice of Hope and Texarkana, who are celebrating 30 years of non-profit service this year, and raised approximately $18,000 towards the construction of the new Hospice of Texarkana's Inpatient Care Center, the in-house facility being constructed near the Christus-St. Michael Fitness Center in Texarkana.  "This facility will be a real asset to our community," states Jerry Thomas, Hospice of Texarkana's vice president.

Presenting sponsor for the Top Gun Shootout was SWEPCO, Tyson Foods was food sponsor, and Edward Jones and Century 21 Team Texarkana were premier sponsors.  "Stephanie Brazill and Cindy Marsh with Hospice were instrumental in helping put the event on," says Thomas, who continued, "Ken King, Tom Moore, Pete Snow, Joe Schoen, Judy Gray and Bubba Powers were the committee who worked on this for months."   He expressed appreciation to all team sponsors and all other sponsors for their contributions and for "how much they helped in making this event a huge success."

 

AHS DRAMA TO PRESENT MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE  04/29/15

An online review describes the two-act murder mystery comedy play "Murder Me Always" by Lee Mueller like this:  "During a very bad performance of 'Murder Me Always' , an actual murder takes place off stage. The Director is shot. The 'fake' play comes to a screeching halt and a 'real' murder mystery begins."

So that's how the murder mystery dinner theatre presented by the drama department of Ashdown High School will begin.  The public performance of the production will be on Thursday, May 7, in the AHS cafeteria at 6:00 p.m, with a full dinner being served.  Admission cost is $10 for adults and $6 for students; reservations may be made by calling 870-898-3562, ext.#1002. 

The drama students will also perform the play for the AHS students at 1:00 on May 7, when tickets will be $6, and a drink, snack and dessert will be served.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at the school office.

The play, since it is a murder mystery dinner theatre, will revolve around the audience, with "Detective Joe Mamet" (played by Logan Trafford) staking out the audience during his investigation.  Other actors in the play will also interact with the audience to discover if "one of these very bad actors is really a very bad person."

Drama teacher Jennifer Walker hopes for a good attendance to see the drama students' spring play and encourages everyone to call for reservations to see this "art imitating life" production.

 

 

LEVEL 4 SEX OFFENDER IN DE QUEEN  04/28/15

Edwin James (Level 4 sex offender)

606 North 2nd Street

De Queen, Arkansas 71832

THIS OFFENDER IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THIS TIME.

This notification is not intended to increase fear. It is our belief that an informed public will be safer. Information is available through many resources, including the state website maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center. More information is available from resources listed on the back of this flyer. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass offenders will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to share this information with the public. If notification ends, the offender will win since they derive power through secrecy.

Four community notification levels apply. The higher the level assigned, the broader the notification to the community. Level 1(low) warrants minimal notice to the community (usually other law enforcement and/or members of the offender’s household only).Level 2(moderate) warrants limited notice to specific groups. Level 3 (high) warrants notification of all community members likely to encounter the offender. Level 4 is reserved for offenders who have a habitual or serious pattern of offending and are deemed sexual violent predators.

The De Queen Police Department and Sevier County Sheriff’s Office are releasing information pursuant to section 13 Act 989 of 1997, known as the Sex and Child Offender Registration and Community Notification Guidelines. This act authorizes law enforcement to inform the public of a sex offenders presence when the release of such information will enhance public safety and protection. Individuals appearing on these notifications have been convicted of an offense requiring registration with the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

INDUSTRIAL LEADERS ​PARTNER TOGETHER FOR ​MORE SKILLED AND TECHNICAL FUTURE 04/28/15

Area students, teachers, and administrators assembled at the CCCUA Barbara Horn Civic Center on Friday, April 24, to hear area industry professionals speak in an Industry Partnership Meeting about career and technical education. Introduced by Career and Technical Education Coordinator Stacy Southerland of the DMESC, newly appointed Arkansas Commissioner of Education Johnny Key  praised teachers, schools, and community colleges in southwest Arkansas saying that these professionals have already been modifying classroom instruction to meet industry needs.

Dr. Steve Cole, Chancellor of UA Cossatot, informed the over 100 attendees that UA Cossatot has worked hard to bring industry education to our area. In the fall of 2015, CCCUA will be offering an Occupational Therapy Assistant program, Physical Therapy Assistant program, Culinary Arts, and HVAC maintenance, along with many others. In further comments, Dr. Cole described how UA Cossatot will be partnering with Ashdown High School, Foreman High School and the Texarkana Area Vocational Center to bring secondary career center educational programs to the UA Cossatot campus saying, “That’s how we change the workforce in Southwest Arkansas.”

After being led through labor and market statistics in the area of Little River, Howard, and Sevier Counties by Ray Henson of Arkansas Career Education, Andrew Parker of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce shared information on the state’s Be Pro, Be Proud initiative  -- educating students at an early age to be proactive in their education -- finding skills over multiple competencies that inevitably will come up every single day in workforce life.

Industry Partnership panel members included Dr. Steve Cole, Chancellor - UA Cossatot; James (JJ) Jackson, Director of Recruiting & Public Relations - Smiles of Arkansas Dental Center; Ken Young, complex HR Manager - Tyson Foods, Inc.; Jimmy Ivers, Training & Organizational Development Manager -Domtar; Sharon Peterson, Complex Human Resource Manager - Pilgrim’s; Clint Nelson, Production Superintendent - Ash Grove Cement Company; Debra Wright, CEO - Howard Memorial Hospital; and Billy Pearce, Quality & Control Supervisor - Weyerhaeuser Company. Also attending were Representative DeAnn Vaught, Little River Chamber of Commerce Director Fonda Hawthorne, and Little River County Judge Mike Cranford, and leading the panel discussion was industry professional Loren Hinton, Radio Broadcasting Instructor for UA Cossatot.

Ray Henson

 

Steve Cole, JJ Jackson, Ken Young, Sharon Peterson, and Clint Nelson

 

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM DEANN VAUGHT       4/28/15

 

4th District Representative DeAnn Vaught reported the 90th Regular Session officially adjourned last week, but legislators are far from completing their service to their constitutes.

 

One hundred and fourteen bills were referred to interim study. Topics to be studied include everything from taxing e-cigarettes to expanding the use of telemedicine in the state.

 

These topics will be considered by the legislators 10 standing committees, once a month during the interim.

 

Several task forces were also established. Task forces will review Health Reform and Common Core education standards, as well as, highway funding, computer science and prison reform measures.

 

In addition, joint committees and the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee and subcommittees will meet frequently. These committees will review changes to rules and regulations of state agencies, in addition to the financial operations of state agencies, departments and institutions.

 

Vaught said she and other legislators are still available to assist their constituents with difficulties arising from government regulations.

 

 

 

KIAMICHI OWA-CHITO ANNOUNCES MAC POWELL TO HEADLINE THIS YEARS FESTIVAL      4/28/15

 

Mac Powell will headline the 43rd Annual Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest on Saturday, June 20th at 8:15 p.m.

 

Mac Powell, the lead singer of the contemporary Christian band Third Day, is now embarking on building a career as a solo country artist also. His release of the country solo album, Southpaw, shows country fans a taste of his warm Georgia draw with both high-octane southern rock and beautifully rendered ballads.

 

This year's festival chairman, Brad Box, asked Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival Facebook fans to vote on who they would like to see at this year's festival, back in the fall and when Mac Powell received the most votes, Box went to work trying to secure him.

 

Mac Powell is a big star in Christian music circles, but he's taking the hard road as a country solo artist. The Alabama native has fronted Christian rockers Third Day for three decades, winning four Grammy Awards and amassing a huge international audience. And while Powell is still fully committed to the group, he stepped outside of those confines in 2012 for a country solo album that displayed his penchant for more traditional Southern sounds. He has recently followed up with 'Southpaw,' his sophomore country solo album. Powell isn't just dipping his toe into commercial country-pop, he's gone all-in with a rootsy album that displays a stronger dedication to the roots of the genre than the majority of what you'll year on country radio today, featuring contributions from Travis Tritt, Darius Rucker and Kristian Bush of Sugarland.

 

Kiamichi Owa-Chita is a three day festival held annually on the 3rd weekend of June at Beaver's Bend State Park. Each night features entertainment and Friday and Saturday feature lots of activities and entertainment, making the weekend a great family gathering. Most of the events and activities are offered free to the public.

 

Kiamichi Owa-Chito is well underway for this year, many of the event entry forms and vendor forms are on the Broken Bow Chamber website ready to be downloaded and filled out. Event organizers are also bringing back the Battle of the Bands Competition this year. The event will be held on Thursday night and the winner of the Battle of the Bands Competition will open for Powell on Saturday night.

 

For more information, visit the chamber website, www.brokenbowchamber.com.

 

 

 

CONSUMER ALERT: BE RESPONSIBLE      4/27/15

 

In an effort to keep our communities safe, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging those who consume alcohol to do it responsibly.

 

April is Alcohol Responsibility Awareness Month and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is asking everyone to learn more about the importance of alcohol responsibility. This month is also a good time to remind Arkansans about the dangers of drinking and driving.

 

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the number of drunk driving fatalities in Arkansas has dropped 27 percent since 2009, but alcohol is still a factor in more than a quarter of all traffic deaths across the State.

 

The Foundation notes that car crashes are one of the leading causes of death among teens, and in 2013, 29 percent of young adults killed in crashes had a blood level of .01 or higher. Also in 2013, Arkansas had more than 120 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, with 16 of those involving impaired drivers under the age of 21. During that same time period, 7,800 Arkansans were arrested for driving under the influence.

 

Rutledge’s office advises parents to begin talking with their children about alcohol consumption when they are old enough to ask questions about what their parents are drinking or ask to taste. The conversation should continue through college to make sure teens and young adults know the health and safety risks of over consumption and impaired driving.

 

Rutledge also offered these tips for consumers who make the choice to consume alcohol: designate a non-drinking driver; don’t let your friends drive impaired; if you’ve been drinking, get a ride home; and if you’re hosting a party, remind your guests to plan ahead and offer alcohol-free beverages.

 

For consumer related questions, contact the attorney general’s consumer protection division at 1-800-482-8982.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY 4-H HOLDS INDOOR O-RAMA      4/27/15

 

Sevier County 4-H held their Indoor O-Rama on April 14th.

 

Aaron Morris presented a speech about how to select the best show goat and Amber Morris presented a demonstration speech where she showed how to make deviled eggs.

 

Aubrey Seymour modeled an outfit in the Fashion Revue-purchased casual category and Attalee Frachiseur modeled an outfit in the Fashion Revue-purchased dressy category.

 

They all will now have the opportunity to compete at the next level in the District O-Rama. The district competition will be held in Gurdon this June.

 

 

The winners from the 4-H Indoor O'Rama pictured L to R: Aaron Morris, Aubrey Seymour, Amber Morris, and Attalee Frachiseur. 

 

 

DIERKS CITY COUNCIL PASSES THREE RESOLUTIONS CONCERNING LEGISLATIVE AUDIT FINDINGS      4/24/15

Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts reported the City of Dierks received its Legislative audit recently and needed to pass a few resolutions to bring the city into compliance.

Mounts explained a Legislative audit is conducted every two years and all of the findings were for minor issues.

Mounts also reported the city’s street overlay project has been completed and he said he plans to re-apply for another street grant.

Mounts said the city also signed a contract with an accounting firm from Arkadelphia to conduct their yearly audits of the city’s water and sewer departments.

The next meeting of the Dierks City Council will be Monday, May 4th in the city building.




NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IS SATURDAY      4/24/15

Saturday, April 25th, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Sevier County Sheriff’s office will be participating in the National Drug Take-Back Day at the sheriff’s office, which is located at 137 Robinson Road in De Queen.

Deputies will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted medications in the state’s 10th Take Back event.

The drop off is completely anonymous and no questions will be asked and medications may be returned in any container or removed from the original pill bottles for increased privacy. Area residents may drop-off prescription medications, over the counter drugs and vitamins and other nutritional supplements.

A sheriff’s department spokesperson said the point of this program is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of medications, while also educating residents about the potential of prescription drug abuse.

It’s also a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet to protect kids, families and the environment by properly disposing of unwanted and expired medications.

According to a study by the Drug Enforcement Agency, medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and medication that is flushed or trashed can end up polluting the water supply.

If you are unable to dispose of your expired or unwanted medications on Saturday, residents may stop by the Sevier County Sheriff’s office anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and dispose of your medications in the med return box in the lobby of the sheriff’s office.



HOO-RAH FOR RELAY EVENT IS SATURDAY     4/24/15

 

Sevier County Relay for Life Chairperson Emmy Bailey announced Wednesday afternoon that Relay for Life would be holding a kick-off event called Hoo-Rah for Relay this Saturday in the old rock gym behind the De Queen Junior High School.

Bailey said there is no admission cost, but it will cost a little to play the games.

 

This year's Survivor's Dinner will be Friday, May 8th at the De Queen Church of Christ.

 

Bailey said they were also still accepting orders for flamingo flocking and if you would like to purchase luminaries or make a donation to Relay for Life, call her at 870-784-3053, or visit the KDQN.net website and print an order form. 

 

 

 

MALLORY MILLER AWARDED DEBRA MCMASTER SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP      4/24/15

 

De Queen senior softball shortstop, Mallory Miller, has been awarded a $500 academic scholarship by the Debra McMasters Memorial Scholarship committee.

 

According to Todd Finley of the Spring Hill School District, McMasters was killed in June of 2010 during the flood at the Albert Pike campgrounds. Finley said McMasters was a math teacher in the Spring Hill School District and the Debra McMasters Scholarship softball tournament was formed to honor her legacy and to help fund scholarships for area softball players.

 

According to the committee, it’s a one-time scholarship that recipients may use during their freshman year of college.

 

Others in the area that received a McMasters Memorial Scholarship were Stephanie Stuart of Dierks and Mattie Jamison of Nashville.

 

 

ASHDOWN BOARD OF EDUCATION HIRES NEW HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL      4/23/15

 

Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders reported he updated the Ashdown Board of Education concerning the use agreement between the district and the Ashdown Alumni Committee about converting the Target building into an Alumni House.

 

Sanders also informed KDQN that Ashdown School Board members, Rosa Bowman and Dorothy Henderson were honored for their service after they were featured in a recent addition of Report Card Magazine.

 

Sanders also announced that Mark Pounds has been hired by the board as the new high school principal.

 

Board members also accepted Sanders recommendation to renew the contracts of the certified and classified personnel.

 

 

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL TO HOLD FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TELE-MEETING       4/23/15

 

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will hold a statewide tele-town hall meeting Thursday at 3 p.m. to educate the public about the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

 

The meeting will be the first in a series of informational meetings, both traditional and webcast, to inform Arkansans about the state's Freedom of Information Act.

 

If you are interested in participating, sign up by emailing foia@arkansasag.gov with your name, telephone number and city.

 

However, individuals don't have to sign up in advance. To participate, call 1-855-756-7520 and enter extension 28434 at the beginning of the presentation.

 

Participates will be given an opportunity to ask Rutledge questions related to the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Print copies of the 16th edition of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Handbook are available upon request from the attorney general's office, and an electronic copy of the handbook is available on the attorney general's website by visiting arkansasag.gov/media-center/foia.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL APPROVES TRUCK SWAP       4/23/15

 

Tuesday night during a meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen approved swapping trucks with Sevier County.

 

Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported the county wants a dump truck that belongs to the city because it has brackets on the frame that the county can mount a snow plow to. The city will receive a flatbed truck from the county.

 

McKelvy stated city department heads also continued to present long-term capital needs to the city council and aldermen approved increasing an appropriation for a concrete paving project behind the fire station from $13,000 to $14,700 and $8,000 for the installation of a fire hydrant on Treating Plant Road.

 

McKelvy also announced there will be a public hearing on May 5th concerning Pilgrim's petition to abandon four sections of city streets around the plant.

 

The streets in question are Third Street from south of Wallace to Red Bridge Road; Red Bridge Road from Third Street to the KCS railroad tracks; Lake Avenue from Fourth Street to Third Street; and Collins Avenue from Fourth Street to Third Street.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY'S ANNUAL 4-H RABIES CLINIC      4/23/15

 

The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed one case of rabies in a skunk this year in Sevier County and the health department is encouraging residents to take advantage of area rabies clinics because Arkansas law requires that all dogs and cats three-months and older be vaccinated against rabies.

 

This year's, Sevier County 4-H rabies clinic has been scheduled for the week of May 4th through May 9th and will be conducted by Dr. Kenny Martin of the De Queen Animal Hospital.

 

The cost is $7 for dogs and cats. Dr. Martin will also be administering the DHLPP shot for dogs and the FVRCP and FELUK shots for cats.

 

This year, the clinic will be held at the Gillham Fire Department on Monday, May 4th from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; on Tuesday, May 5th at the Lockesburg Park Pavilion from 3:30 to 5; on Thursday, May 7th at the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department from 3:30 to 5; in De Queen at the Herman Dierks Park on Friday, May 8th from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 9th from 8 to 11 a.m.

 

For each rabies shot given during the week, a donation will be made to the Sevier County 4-H clubs. But, if you have any questions, you may call the Sevier County Extension office at 870-584-3013 or the De Queen Animal Hospital at 870-642-8387.

 

 

ROTARY ACADEMIC AWARDS     04/22/15

 

The De Queen Rotary Club annually recognizes outstanding students at De Queen High School with the Rotary Academic Awards. Each recipient received a plaque for being named the outstanding student in each subject area. Each student may receive only one award. De Queen High School Principal Roger Busse announced that Jacob Bunyard was the Valedictorian, and Lucee Lugo was the Salutatorian of the Class of 2015 at De Queen High School, and Mr. Busse presented academic awards to the following students at Wednesday’s noon meeting at Fat Chance’s Restaurant:

 

English 12 – Miriam Dominguez

Biology – Maria Dominguez

English Composition – Kaylene Smith

Geometry – Samantha Antley

Spanish II – Nereyda San Juan

Spanish III – Miguel Morales

Spanish IV – Maria Pacheco

A.P. Literature – Shayde Kitchens

Physics – Kenzie Tatta

A.P. Calculus – Cheng Long Lin

A.P. Language & Composition – Jessica Rogers

Chemistry – Jacob Glasgow

A.P. Biology – Jacob Bunyard

College Algebra – Lucee Lugo

Pre A.P. History – Italia Bustamante

American History – DeAnna Johnson

Pre A.P. English 10 – Addison Stewart

English II – Irais Escalante

World History – McKenzie Jones

A.P. Art – Karen Perez

Pre A.P. Biology – Tori Roberson

A.P. U.S. History – Esmeralda Verdin

English 10 – Martha Mosqueda

Trigonometry – Krisha Patel

Algebra II – Jin Lin

 

 

Fiber Optic line to boost Internet service locally     04/22/15

Folks around De Queen have been noticing some cable-installation activity that may result in improved Internet access for the area.

Contractors are installing 26.2 miles of fiber optic cable to connect remote boxes out in rural areas to the telephone office in De Queen. The fiber optic line will be replacing copper wires. In De Queen, the cable is being strung overhead on poles. Out in the rural areas, where it’s practical to dig, lines are being buried. Fiber installation should be complete by August, a company spokesman said by phone last week.

In addition to the fiber optic line, seven of the remote cabinets around the county will be upgraded this fall. Cabinet hardware will be upgraded by end of the year.

The work should result in increased Internet speeds for rural customers.

The project is funded through the Connect America Funds, a federal program to expand robust broadband service to Americans in rural, high-cost areas. Windstream received $60.7 million in Connect America Funds last December. The Sevier County project is part of those funds.

A company spokesman said Windstream is matching the funds received from Connect America.

Here is the statement released by Windstream on Dec. 11, 2014 in regard to the CAF announcement. Source: http://news.windstream.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1591

"Today, the FCC has taken another major step toward expanding robust broadband service to Americans in rural, high-cost areas. We are pleased the Commission acted to better align funding and buildout timeframes with the heightened speed requirement. We thank the Chairman, the commissioners and the dedicated FCC staff for advancing this important program. We look forward to reviewing the text of the order."

Submitted by Mayor Billy Ray Mckelvy

 

TWO DE QUEEN RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES      4/22/15

 

Sunday night, law enforcement authorities arrested two De Queen residents following a 6-month investigation.

 

A spokesperson from the Sevier County Sheriff's Office reported Monday afternoon that 42-year-old Randall Alan Glasgow and 31-year-old Jennifer Caswell were arrested Sunday night after law enforcement authorities received a tip that the two were going to a particular location to pickup suspected methamphetamine.

 

After searching Glasgow's vehicle and interviewing both suspects, authorities obtained a search warrant for Glasgow's residence on Crooked Road in De Queen.

 

The warrant was executed Monday morning about 7 a.m. and turned up a huge amount of meth, numerous firearms, drug paraphernalia, including pipes, digital scales and packaging material for the distribution of meth, several items of stolen property and a large amount of cash.

 

Glasgow and Caswell are being held in the Sevier County jail after being charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of meth with the purpose to deliver, maintaining a drug premises, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving of stolen property.

 

The investigation and arrest was conducted by members of the Sevier County Sheriff's office, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the South Central Drug Task Force, the Arkansas State Police and the De Queen Police Department.     

 

 

 

COMMON CORE LISTENING TOUR MAKING STOP IN TEXARKANA      4/22/15

 

Area residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions about Common Core next month as the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review makes a stop in Texarkana.

 

The team will be at the Texarkana Four States Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5th.

 

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin announced there would be five hearings in Little Rock regarding the Common Core education standards.

 

However, the council has scheduled a listening tour to get opinions from residents all across the state.

 

Diana Lowe of the Texarkana Arkansas School District is a member of the council, which includes educators, parents, business leaders and students from all over the state.

 

The tour also includes stops in Fort Smith and Hot Springs.

 

 

 

COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT IMPLEMENTS IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER POLICY       4/22/15

 

Members of the Cossatot River School Board of Education approved an in-district transfer policy during their April meeting and Superintendent Donnie Davis said the policy will be published in the student handbooks and on the district's website in an attempt to inform parents of the new policy.

 

Davis mentioned the board renewed the contracts of the district's classified staff and the board voted to table the Umpire roofing project after reviewing the two bids that the district had received.

 

Board members also approved the purchase of 27 Dell computers for total cost of $13,864.23.

  

 

 

MOTHER AND SON HAVE SOME WORDS      4/22/15

 

On Friday, April 17th, officers with the De Queen Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Highway 71 North at Dogwood Plaza in response to a reported domestic dispute.

 

When Officer David Higgins arrived, he interviewed 33-year-old Michael Gilvarry who reported that he and his mom, 57-year-old Rebecca Randolf had been arguing in the vehicle.

 

Gilvarry stated his mother hit him in the throat and that he retaliated by hitting her on the right side of the head. He said his mom then stopped the car and told him to get out.

 

Randolf reported her son hit her first and that she retaliated by hitting him in the stomach. She said he reached over and shoved the car into park and grabbed the keys from the ignition.

 

Both, Gilvarry and Randolf were transported to the Sevier County jail and cited for assault in the third degree on a family member.     

 

PUBLIC HEARING MAY 5 ON PETITION TO ABANDON CITY STREETS IN PILGRIM’S PLANT  04/22/15

 The De Queen City Council has scheduled a public hearing at its Tuesday, May 5, regular council meeting to hear a request by Pilgrim’s for the City to abandon ownership of four sections of city streets that run through the plant.

In a letter dated March 2, Pilgrim’s requested that the city relinquish ownership of four sections of city streets. Pilgrim’s owns all property on both sides of the streets that would be affected.

 

Those streets are:

 Third Street from south of Wallace to Red Bridge Road

·         Red Bridge Road from Third Street to KCS Railroad tracks

·         Lake Avenue from Fourth Street to Third Street

·         Collins Avenue from Fourth Street to Third Street

 

Property owners within 300 feet of the affected streets will be notified by letter of the request and the public hearing date.

 

Representatives of Pilgrim’s will be at the hearing to answer any questions. The public is welcome to attend the public hearing on May 5 and make comments. The hearing will be held as the first item during the regular city council meeting.

 

ASHDOWN STUDENT-ATHLETE EARNS AAA SCHOLARSHIP     4/21/15

 

Ten high school seniors have been selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Arkansas Activities Association's 2014-2015 Scholar-Athlete Program.

 

In the girls' division, the winners are: Jada Beth Fricks of Ashdown in track, Nicole Smith of Jonesboro Westside in volleyball, Paige Hill of Sheridan in basketball, Kennady Kremers of Scranton in softball and Emily Carter of Hot Springs in soccer.

 

In the boys' division, the winners are Joshua Kester of Pocahontas in football, Andrew Woodward of Valley Springs in basketball, Huntington Chastain of Magazine in track, Drew Wilson of Trumann in baseball and Seth Murders of Mulberry in swimming.

 

This is the 21st year for the AAA Scholar-Athlete Program.

 

Each student-athlete had to meet the scholastic requirements of a 7-semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher and score at least a 21 on the ACT.

 

Fricks and the other scholarship winners will be honored at a luncheon on Monday, May 18th at the Holiday Inn Presidential Hotel in Downtown Little Rock at 11:30 a.m.

 

 

 

CACA TO HOST 44TH ANNUAL ART SHOW AND SALE     4/21/15

 

Shirley Tipton is the Horatio High School Art teacher and she is also the vice-president of the Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association.

 

Monday morning, Tipton stopped by the KDQN studios to discuss the association's 44th annual Art Show and Sale that will be held May 2nd and 3rd in the historic Old King School Building.

 

Tipton said the Horatio First Assembly of God Church will be providing concessions, serving a variety of food and baked goods.

 

According to Tipton, there will be an adult and student division and artist must deliver their art to the King School on Tuesday, April 28th between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entry fees for the adult division are $5 for association members and $8 for non-members and $1 for students.

 

For more information, Tipton said you can contact the association at 642-2419 or 642-7170.

 

 

 

EIGHT SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS COUNTIES RECEIVE TURNBACK FUNDS FROM STATE      4/21/15

 

Arkansas turnback funds totaling $764,543.16 has been designated for eight counties in Southwest Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston.

 

Turnback funds include both collected taxes and excess proceeds from the sale of property, according to Thurston’s office.

 

The funds are sent to the counties and disbursed to help fund county services.

 

Sevier County will receive $103,668.90; Little River County will receive $18,033.79; and Miller County will receive $264,895.51.

 

Howard County will receive $29,523; Hempstead County will receive $84,413.56; and Pike County will receive $17,002.13.

 

 

 

LITTLE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION HOSTS MISSION EVENT IN ASHDOWN     4/21/15

 

First Baptist Church of Ashdown will be hosting a missions event on Saturday, April 25th for the Little River Baptist Association.

 

The Acts 1:8 event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

 

Eight teams will conduct prayer walks, hold children’s activities, visit with senior adults, conduct door to door evangelistic efforts, do yard work, hold a block party, participate in a jail ministry and hold a free car wash from 10 to 2.

 

Participates will be asked to choose from three of the eight teams in case their first choice is full.

 

Lunch will be provided and a celebration rally will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ashdown.

 

Children age 12 and under are invited to participate but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and work on the same team as their parent. Youth ages 13 to 17 must have one adult sponsor per four youth and at least one adult must serve with each youth team.

 

For more information, contact the Little River Baptist Association at 870-845-3236 or call the First Baptist Church of Ashdown at 898-5196.

 

 

 

UA COSSATOT SOCCER COLTS TO HOST SOCCER CAMP      4/21/15

 

UA Cossatot soccer supporter Ericka Buenrrostro announced the UA Cossatot Colts soccer team will be holding a youth soccer camp May 16th and 23rd.

 

Buenrrostro stated league play starts in September and the proceeds from the camp will help cover the team’s travel expenses.

 

Buenrrostro said the camp will be lead by members of the UA Cossatot Colts soccer team and the cost of the camp is $25 per player.

 

The camp for first and second graders will be held on May 16th and the camp for third through fifth graders will be held on May 23rd.

 

 

DEDICATION OF NEW HORATIO LIONS BASEBALL SCOREBOARD    04/20/15

Dedication of the new Horatio High School Baseball Scoreboard was held Thursday, April 16, 2015 prior to the start of the Dierks Outlaws vs. Horatio Lions Game

Area businesses and organizations who provided funding for the new Scoreboard at Lane Field were recognized as a contributor, and a representative was allowed to throw out a ceremonial 1st pitch.

The Horatio High School Lions Baseball team expressed their thanks stating, "We are very grateful for your contribution toward the purchase of our scoreboard and appreciative of your support throughout the years.  Thank you!"

Pictured are-Left to Right: Horatio Lions Baseball Coach- Lance Spigner; CCCUA - Alisha Lewis; Annual Devoe Bollinger, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament- Charlotte Izzo; Horatio State Bank- C.E. “Ned” Hendrix III, Liz Hendrix Trimble, Todd Trimble; not pictured- Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Nashville. 

 

 

AREA AGENCY ON AGING OF SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS TO PRESENT MEDICAL ETHICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND FAMILY CAREGIVERS WITH JOHN ROSS AND LISA SHOALMIRE      4/20/15

 

The Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Arkansas and the UA Cossatot are proud to present a workshop on Medical and Legal Ethics for Health Care Providers and Family Caregivers on Friday, May 8th on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.

 

Elder Law Attorney's, Lisa Shoalmire and John Ross will cover such important topics as Powers of Attorney, End of Life Issues, Competency and Guardianship, VA Benefits and Medicaid Qualifications, and Estate Planning.

 

The workshop is approved by the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care for five and half continuing education hours.

 

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Room of the Skill Trades Building, with the workshop beginning at 9 and closing at 3:10 p.m.

 

Cost is $10 for those not wanting continuing education units or $20 for professionals seeking the continuing education hours. Registration should be submitted by Monday, May 4th, but for more information call 1-800-272-2127 or email Nancy Bailey at nbailey@aaaswa.net.

 

 

 

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY - APRIL 25TH      4/20/15

 

When kids first experiment with drugs, they usually don't get them from a dealer.

 

That's why the Sevier County Sheriff's Office will be hosting another Prescription Drug Take Back Day event on Saturday, April 25th in the lobby of the sheriff's office from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

Chief Deputy Chad Dowdle stated the event is completely anonymous and there will be no questions asked.

 

This event is to get unused, expired and unwanted prescription, over the counter and vitamins or other nutritional supplements out of local medicine cabinets.

 

According to a study that was published in April of 2013 by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation, more than 40 percent of teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug obtained them from their parents' medicine cabinets.

 

In the same study, 56 percent of teens described getting prescription drugs from their parents' medicine cabinets as "easy."

 

Since the state began helping residents rid their medicine cabinets of unwanted medications, Arkansans have destroyed over 62 tons of pills, thereby removing the potential for diversion and contributing to a significant reduction in the rate of Arkansas youth prescription drug abuse over the past three years.

 

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY CHAMBER AWARD WINNERS      4/20/15

 

Little River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Fonda Hawthorne informed KDQN that this year's Chamber Awards banquet was a huge success.

 

Hawthorne said this year's event was held at the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot and it featured awards presented to the Little River County Teachers of the Year and business awards.

 

The Ashdown Teacher of the Year was Becky Aylett and the Foreman Teacher of the Year was Jamie Smith.

 

The Little River County Renovation of the Year Award was presented to UA Cossatot and the Pleasant Manor Nursing and Rehab Center. The Small Business of the Year Award went to Southerland’s Country Store in Foreman and the Large Business of the Year went to Brookshire’s Grocery in Ashdown.

 

Hawthorne said this year's banquet featured the newly named Clayton Castleman Public Service Award and the Steve Pearce Citizen of the Year Award.

 

The Clayton Castleman Public Service Award was presented to the late county judge’s widow, Carolyn Castleman.

 

And, Charles Henderson was named the Steve Pearce Citizen of the Year.

 

Hawthorne also mentioned that coming up Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd is the annual Whistle Stop Festival.

 

For more information about the annual Whistle Stop Festival, call the chamber office at 870-898-2758.

 

 

 

LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD WITH SEWER PROJECT      4/20/15

 

During the April meeting of the Lockesburg City Council, aldermen voted to approve a resolution authorizing and providing for the indebtedness for the purpose of providing a portion of the cost of acquiring constructing, enlarging and improving the waste water system.

 

Robin Rice of A.L. Franks Engineering reported the city's sewer project is slated to begin later this month.

 

Aldermen also decided to advertise for an experienced waste water operator and asked Aldermen Bill Roberts to compile a list of improvements that need to be made to the City Hall building, so the council can advertise to receive bids for the project.

 

Aldermen voted to allow Mayor Danny Ruth and Park Commissioner Sheila Ruth to attend the 81st Annual Summer Conference in Little Rock and the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District's Park Workshop and Small Communities Committee Meeting in Magnolia.

 

Mayor Ruth announced that he was going to proclaim May as National Historic Preservation Month in the city of Lockesburg at the request of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. 

 

 

 

MINERAL SPRINGS BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CONSIDER BUILDING PROJECT    4/20/15

The Mineral Springs Board of Education approved adding five days to the end of the school year to make up for the days the district missed due to inclement weather this winter during their April board meeting.

Superintendent Curtis Turner reported the last day of school will now be June 5th.

However, Turner also spoke with the board about the possibility of constructing a new school plant. He said a study of the campus will be conducted and the board could vote to hire an architect to begin some preliminary discussions.

Board members voted to uphold the expulsion of three students and they renewed the classified staff contracts along with hiring three new employees.

The new hires include Reshad Sims who will coach football along with his teaching duties, Kim Esters and Paula McClelland who were hired to be elementary teachers. 

 

 

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY CONDUCTING A RURAL CLASS IV PICKUP APRIL 24TH      4/17/15

 

Little River County Judge Mike Cranford informed the Little River County Justices of the Peace that the county would be conducting a Rural Class IV pickup on Friday, April 24th during the April meeting of the Little River County Quorum Court.

 

Cranford said to have your name put on the pickup list, residents should call 870-898-7285, 870-898-5670 or 870-898-7202.

 

Cranford also informed the Quorum Court that county crews were working to repair some county roads, while also cleaning out some ditches because water is a primary reason for some of the county road conditions. Cranford said this was an important project because right now everybody in Little River County lives down a bad road.

 

Cranford explained to JPs that the purpose of grading a gavel road to the remove the holes and make them passable and roads were easier to grade then patch.

 

Cranford also announced the Little River County Farmer's Market will open on Friday, May 1st. The market will be open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 a.m. and will remain open until the vendors sell out.

 

 

 

MCLELLAND NAMED CRYSTAL AWARD WINNER       4/17/15

 

De Queen High School senior Marjle McLelland was named the 2015 recipient of the De Queen Rotary Club's Crystal Cup.

 

The Rotary Club has presented the Crystal Cup to an outstanding female senior athlete since the year 2000 and Rotary Secretary Tammy Huddleston presented this year's award to McLelland who received a plaque for her accomplishment.

 

McLelland played basketball and soccer. She ran cross country for two years and is currently competing for the De Queen High School track team and she was a Leopard cheerleader for three years.

 

McLelland said she plans to attend the University of Arkansas and will be trying out for the U of A track team this summer.

 

According to all of McLelland's coaches, she was not only on the team, but she was a major contributor in every sport.

 

McLelland thanked the Rotary Club for the honor, but she then thanked all of her teammates for motivating her to be the best she could be.

 

McLelland is the daughter of Randy and Heather McLelland.

 

     

 

SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING      4/17/15

 

On Friday, April 10th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Dowdle was dispatched to a residence on Melrose Street in Lockesburg in reference to an accidental shooting.

 

When Deputy Dowdle and Deputy Brian Hankins arrived, they discovered 24-year-old Logan Arter standing outside and 29-year-old Brandi Arter sitting in a recliner in the living room.

 

Brandi Arter reported that Logan had purchased a .22 after he got off work and he was in the process of showing her how the gun functioned when it went off.

 

According to paramedics, Brandi had an entry wound on the top of her right breast and an exit wound at the bottom. The bullet then entered her right abdomen area and exited the lower right abdominal area.

 

Logan reported that he was showing Brandi that when you load a clip into the gun. You should keep the gun on safety, so it wouldn’t fire. He said he was standing over Brandi and when he released the slide, the gun went off.

 

Logan said he immediately called 911 and placed the gun and clip on the table in the living room.

 

Brandi Arter was taken by ambulance to the helipad in Lockesburg and air lifted to St. Michaels Hospital in Texarkana.

 

 

 

UA COSSATOT PRESENTS DIVERSITY FEST 2015     4/17/15

 

UA Cossatot will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Diversity Fest 2015 at the UA Cossatot Amphitheater with live music, folkloric dancing, a dog show and lots of food and games.

 

UA Cossatot Foundation Executive Director Dustin Roberts and Career Specialist Erika Buenrrostro mentioned the college will be raising money to fund scholarships for students who do not qualify for pell grants, while paying out-of-state tuition.

 

For more information, Buenrrostro said you can contact the college.

 

Last year about 500 people attended Diversity Fest and Roberts stated they were expecting even more this year. For more information, visit the UA Cossatot website at www.cccua.edu. 

 

 

Kelly Stone Gamble to speak on writing and publishing a novel   04/17/15 

 

Idabel, OK - Kelly Gamble of Southeastern Oklahoma State University McCurtain County Campus in Idabel, Oklahoma will be presenting Writing is the Easy Part, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The presentation, followed by an excerpt reading from her novel, They Call Me Crazy, and a book signing, will begin at 5:00 p.m.in the auditorium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, McCurtain County campus in Idabel, Oklahoma and is free to the public.

 

Kelly Gamble grew up in a small Midwestern town, which was the inspiration for the fictional Deacon, Kansas. In addition to writing novels, her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Red Earth Review, Tower Journal, Family Digest and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her fiction has won awards from Writers Weekly, Writers Courtyard, Women on Writing and the Ground Zero Literary Project. She holds a B.A. in Integrated Studies of History and Business from Nevada State College, a M.A. in Humanities from California State University, and a M.F.A in Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Gamble has been on the faculty at Southeastern Oklahoma State University since fall of 2014, and has held an adjunct position at College of Southern Nevada since spring of 2011.

 

To learn more about this presentation, please contact Kendra Gross (580) 376.5213 or KGross@se.edu

 

DE QUEEN HIGH SPRING BREAK TRIP  04/17/15

De Queen High School students and sponsors recently returned from their annual trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and The Islands of Adventure, with an overnight stay in Destin, Florida. Since 1995 students and their sponsors from the De Queen area have been enjoying these incredibly fun as well as educational trips.

The group visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood studios and EPCOT Center, which was hosting the International Flower and Garden Fest5ival. They also enjoyed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, with the Hogwarts Express and the new Disney Springs formerly Downtown Disney and the Disney Marketplace.

Since 2001 the group has participated in a Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) program at Walt Disney World. This year’s program was “Exploring Careers in the Zoological Sciences”. They embarked on an adventure which began with a safari on Kilimanjaro Safari which simulates an open-sided safari ride through the savanna of East Africa. They continued behind the scenes to explore “wild” careers in zoology and discovered the innovative ways that Disney staff promotes animal care and well-being. They studied the various animal science roles – from animal behaviorist to nutritionist – at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Throughout this 3-hour field study students investigated the different people that it takes to care for the animal within the park, learn their responsibilities and the value of their individual contribution to the operation.

During the interactive field study, students learned the importance of maintaining a genetically diverse population of captive animal and the roles of zoos in managing that biodiversity. They discussed how the animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom act as ambassadors for their species by raising awareness to help prevent extinction, and they learned to think critically about the role that they can play in conservation on both a community and global level. The students and sponsors rode to Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Conservation Station to visit where surgery and medical attention is given to the animals and to the elephant barn to see where the elephants are taken each night. They also toured the kitchen where the individual animal’s food is prepared daily.

When Walt Disney originally envisioned his theme park, his dream was to create places where people could have fun and at the same time learn something about the world. The Y.E.S. Program facilitators take great pride in furthering Walt’s dream by using the theme parks to not only inspire the students to think differently about the world, but to explore the endless possibilities that await them back at home, at school and within their own community.

Students and Sponsors Pictured:

Jorge Salgado, Jesusa Hernandez, Aylin Cruz, Dahien Garcia, Brenda Mera, Christian Maldonado, Karen Perez, Estiven Garcia, Carmen Rafael, Nallely Tun, Evelyn Escamilla, Karen Villeda, Tessa Walthour, Tori Roberson, Jan Durham, Emily Rodriques, Stephen Sloan, Irvin Martinez, Brady Hanney, Prince Beasley, Karen Trammell, Wanda Smith, and Kurt Blocker.

 

Attorney General’s Office to Launch Intern Program   04/16/15

Rutledge says, ‘internships can be invaluable for college students’

 

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that her office is launching an intern program for college students seeking to learn more about a career in government and public service.

“Internships can be invaluable for college students to gain real-world experience as they try to decide their career path,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “An internship in the Attorney General’s Office will encourage careers in public service and offer students the opportunity to directly impact people across the State. The Attorney General’s Office already has a well-established law clerk program, but our internship program will benefit students not necessarily interested in law school or not yet in law school.”

 

Departments include: Civil, Communications, Community Engagement, Criminal, Finance, Information Technology, Medicaid Fraud Control, Opinions and Public Protection.

 

Applicant packet information is available under the employment section at ArkansasAG.gov.

 

2015 internship deadlines:

 

  • Deadline to apply for the summer session is May 1. Summer session will run from June 1 to Aug. 7.

  • Deadline to apply for the fall session is July 1. Fall session will run from Sep. 1 to Dec. 11.

 

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

 

Those with questions about the Attorney General’s Office intern program should contact the Human Resources Department at (501) 682-2007 or internship@ArkansasAG.gov.

 

 

UA Cossatot Student Ambassadors    04/16/15

 

LITTLE ROCK - UA Cossatot Student Ambassadors took the Heifer Ranch Global Challenge in Perryville, AR during Spring Break.

 

Students learned about poverty and hunger that affects the majority of the world, as well as practical ways to contribute to the solution of these problems individually. Heifer International staff also provided team building activities that allowed the Ambassadors to learn their counterparts' strengths and weaknesses.

 

"The group really pulled together as a team during the week,” said UA Student Ambassador Sponsor Emily Newlin.  “I was constantly impressed by the personal talents, skills and leadership abilities that our student leaders showed off in each activity. 

 

In addition to staying overnight in third-world mock villages, the students and sponsors prepared meals, fetched water and did chores that coincided with the country they resided in.

 

To wrap up the trip, the students visited Petit Jean State Park. After a night in the park's cabins, a four-mile hike and meal in the park lodge; they traveled back to their respective towns with a new appreciation for their country, state, school, homes and families.

 

 

 

DE QUEEN STUDENTS PLACE IN FBLA STATE COMPETITION     04/16/15

The De Queen High School Future Business Leaders of America had nine members who competed in the State FBLA Competition in Little Rock on April 13 and 14th.

FBLA members who competed were:  Jessica Miller, Jacob Bunyard, Shane Blankenship, Habram Martinez, Danielle Duggan, Tara Montgomery, Jessica Rogers, Anna Grace Cauley, and Cody Lites

The FBLA Advisers are Jennifer Collier and Chad Lites.


LEFT: Cody Lites, a sophomore, placed 2nd overall in Public Speaking I.  Cody will now advance to compete in the National FBLA Competition at Chicago, IL on June 29 – July 2

ABOVE: Anna Grace Cauley and Jessica Rogers, both juniors, placed 5th overall in Emerging Business Issues.

 FRONT ROW l to r:  Danielle Duggan, Tara Montgomery, Anna Grace Cauley, Jessica Rogers
BACK ROW l to r: Jacob Bunyard, Habram Martinez, Jessica Miller, Shane Blankenship, Cody Lites

 

Farm Bureau Ag Safety Poster contest winners announced   04/16/15

Contest promotes theme, “Ride Like a Pro, Wherever You Go”

 

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Farm Bureau has announced the winners of its annual safety poster contest. It coincided with Ag Safety Awareness Week March 1 - 7, and was designed to increase awareness of potential hazards on farms and ranches. The posters depicted this year’s theme, “Ride Like a Pro, Wherever You Go.”

 

In the first and second-grade category, Easton Cantrell, a second-grade student at Deer Elementary in Newton County, won first place. Easton is the son of Derek and Lorie Cantrell. Kailynn Gober, a second-grade student at Gurdon Primary school in Clark County, won second place. Kailynn is the daughter of Kathryn Gober. Brance Williams, a second-grade student at Hazen Elementary in Prairie County, was third. He is the son of David and Angie Williams.

 

In the third and fourth-grade category, Dusty Davis of Mena, a fourth-grader at Holly Harshman Elementary in Polk County, took first place. Dusty is the son of Dalon and Jennifer Davis. Third-grade student, Lily Davis of Prairie Grove Intermediate school in Washington County, won second place. Lily’s parents are Scott and Cassie Davis. Lily Parson, a fourth-grade student at Hazen Elementary, was third. Her parents are Terry and Erica Parson.

 

In the fifth and sixth-grade category, Teresa Bell, a sixth-grade student at Wickes Elementary in Polk County, won first place. Teresa’s parents are Mary Bell and Chance Bowline. Emma Johnson, a fifth-grader at Swifton Elementary in Jackson County, took second. She is the daughter of Jacky and Ginger Johnson. Third place went to Alexandria Breedlove, a fifth-grade student at Deer Elementary. Alexandria is the daughter of Amanda Breedlove.

 

The contest attracted 52 entries from elementary schools in 23 counties. Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 are awarded to the top three winners in each category.

 

 

Rutledge Announces Child Safety Poster Contest Winners   04/16/15

 

1,171 entries; North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Cabot, Mena, West Memphis, Little Rock and Southside claim winning posters

 

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the winners of the 2015 Child Safety Poster Contest, which is sponsored annually by the Attorney General’s Office. This year’s poster theme was Bring Our Missing Children Home. Rutledge released the following statement:

 

 “I want to congratulate this year’s winners of the Child Safety Poster Contest. There were a record number of participants with 1,171 entries. Students from across the State submitted posters with the winners coming from North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Cabot, Mena, West Memphis, Little Rock and my own elementary school, Southside in Independence County. These students did an excellent job highlighting this year’s theme, and I am extremely impressed by the talent of our young Arkansans.”

 

Attorney General Rutledge also extended her appreciation to the three contest judges, Melinda Faubel with AT&T, Cynthia Hass with the Arkansas Arts Council and Paul Leopoulos with the Thea Foundation. AT&T also helped sponsor the contest, BK Moulding donated supplies to mat each poster and the Thea Foundation is hosting this evening’s reception, where the winning entries will be on display.

 

This evening’s reception at the Thea Foundation, located at 401 Main St. in North Little Rock, is open to the public and media. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

 

2015 winners:

 

Kindergarten

Carter Brown, Stagecoach Elementary School (Cabot), 1st Place

Rhamiya Smith, Faulk Elementary School (West Memphis), 2nd Place

Arabella Johnston, Lakewood Elementary School (North Little Rock), 3rd Place

 

1st Grade

Tevarious Jones, Faulk Elementary School (West Memphis), 1st Place

Sasha Walker, Edgewood Elementary School (Pine Bluff), 2nd Place

Jacob Acosta, Eastside Elementary School (Cabot), 3rd Place

 

2nd Grade

Fatima Adame, Faulk Elementary School (West Memphis), 1st Place

Rylee Lemley, Southside Elementary School (Independence County), 2nd Place

Elizabeth Hardcastle, Southside Elementary School (Independence County), 3rd Place

 

3rd Grade

Vincent DeLuca, Carver Elementary School (Little Rock), 1st Place

Kiylee Hughes, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 2nd Place

Lina Mesa, Stagecoach Elementary School (Cabot), 3rd Place

 

4th Grade

Mason Smith, Magness Creek Elementary School (Cabot), 1st Place

Matiyah Rowland, Carver Elementary School (Little Rock), 2nd Place

Jadyn Cook, Lakewood Elementary School (North Little Rock), 3rd Place

 

5th Grade

Sarah Grenier, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 1st Place

Amanda Booth, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 2nd Place

Isabella Balkenhol, Holly Harshman Elementary School (Mena), 3rd Place

 

The winning fifth grade poster, submitted by Sarah Grenier, will be entered into the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 

Information about the 2016 contest will be announced later this year.

 

 

 

Boozman, Cotton, Hill Announce Little Rock Recruitment Center Shooting Victims Will Receive Purple Heart   04/16/15

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Second District Representative French Hill, today announced that the Army has determined that two servicemembers attacked outside of a Little Rock Army recruiting center in 2009 will be awarded the Purple Heart.

Private William Long of Conway was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded when a terrorist opened fire on the recruiting center on June 1, 2009.

“I am pleased that Private Long and Private Ezeagwula will receive the Purple Heart they rightfully deserve. They were targeted for the service, devotion and dedication to our country in a war where the frontlines against terrorism extend within our nation. Awarding Privates Long and Ezeagwula the Purple Heart for their service and sacrifice is simply the right thing to do,” Boozman said.
 

"The Army’s decision to award the Purple Heart to the victims of the Little Rock Recruiting Center attack is long overdue,” said Cotton. “I am pleased these two young men will finally get the recognition they deserve. The war on terror is a global war—our enemies know no boundaries. Private William Long and Private Quinton Ezeagwula and their fellow soldiers who put their lives on the line to protect us from these enemies are all heroes—no matter the front on which they fight.”

“The Army’s announcement today to award the Purple Heart to Privates Long and Ezeagwula concludes a nearly six year pursuit of justice and recognition for the families and victims of the 2009 terrorist attack at the Little Rock military recruiting station. This announcement is long overdue and finally gives these brave men the heroic level of recognition they deserve. I am truly appreciative of the efforts of our entire Congressional delegation who worked hard to make this happen; especially my predecessor in Congress and our current Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin whose tireless efforts ensured the sacrifice of these young men was fully recognized and honored ,” Hill said.

The Army’s determination was the result of a provision—written by Boozman—in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) [Public Law 113-291] which authorizes the award of Purple Heart to servicemembers killed or wounded in an attack that specifically targets a servicemember because of their status as a member of the nation’s Armed Forces or is carried out by a foreign terrorist organization.

That provision, Section 571 of the FY 2015 NDAA, clarifies that an attack carried out by an individual will be considered an attack by a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) if the individual or entity was in communication with a FTO before the attack, and if the attack was inspired or motivated by a FTO.

Actions and statements by Abdulhakim Muhammad, the man who pled guilty to charges of capital murder and attempted capital murder for the shooting at a Little Rock military recruiting station, met these criteria.

In a December 2014 letter, Boozman, Cotton and former Second District Representative Tim Griffin urged Secretary of the Army John McHugh to award the Purple Heart to Private Ezeagwula and the family of Private Long. Making the case that the criteria had been met, Boozman, Cotton and Griffin wrote: “Throughout his (2011) trial, Muhammad repeatedly admitted that he was a soldier in the cause of war—or jihad—against the United States and that he targeted Privates William Andrew Long and Quinton Ezeagwula because they wore the uniform of the U.S. Army. Additionally, in 2007, Muhammad traveled to Yemen where, as he admitted, he consorted with known members of Al Qaeda including discussing attacks on American military personnel.”
 

 

DIERKS LADY OUTLAW NAMED TO ALL-STAR BASKETBALL TEAM     4/16/15

 

 

Tuesday afternoon, the Arkansas Activities Association announced the roster of the 2015 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball teams and one of the players was a Dierks Lady Outlaw.

 

Adriana Walston will represent Dierks on the west squad.

 

The All-Star game will be played on Thursday, June 25th at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

 

Walston has played basketball for the Lady Outlaws for six years and is the daughter of Shane and Julie Walston.

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS ON THE CAMPUS OF HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL      4/16/15

 

Horatio High School senior T.J. Ferguson announced Wednesday morning several upcoming events on the campus of Horatio High School, including prom, the senior trip and graduation.

 

Ferguson stated activities for seniors will begin this Saturday with the Prom beginning at 8:30 until 11:30 p.m.

 

Ferguson also said for more information about the senior activities at Horatio, you can call the high school at 870-832-2341.

 

 

 

PAROLE BACK IN CUSTODY AFTER FLEEING FROM OFFICERS     4/16/15

 

Officers with the Ashdown Police Department responded to a call from a woman claiming that her husband, Harry Staten Jr., had pulled her out of a moving truck on Sunday, April 12th.

 

Officers were informed by the Arkansas Department of Parole and Probation that Staten was supposed to be wearing an ankle monitor but had apparently taken it off.

 

Officers located Staten at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon and took him into custody, but as officers placed him in the vehicle, Staten was able to get away from the officers and fled on foot into a wooded area behind some nearby residences.

 

Staten was found and taken into custody Sunday night around 8:30 at the River Dale Apartments.

 

According to the incident report, Staten was found in an upstairs room hiding behind a dresser.

 

 

 

PROMOTIONS AT FIRST STATE BANK      4/16/15

 

During a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the First State Bank, board members voted to promote Gary Golden to CEO and Vice-Chairman, Noel Bard was promoted to President of the Sevier County Division and Marc Jackson was promoted to President of the Howard County Division.

 

 

 

Angie Walker was also named as a new member of the First State Bank Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK     4/16/15

 

This Saturday at the Cossatot River State Park, park interpreters will lead a hike up to Goats Bluff from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a hike from the Low Water Bridge to the first bridge along the River Corridor Trail from 2 to 3 p.m. in search of the different ecosystems along the Cossatot River.

 

Then on Sunday, Park Interpreter Andrew Rawlings will lead a bird watching hike from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and then they will be feeding the park critters from 2 to 3 p.m. in the visitor center.

 

But, Park Interpreter Shelley Flanary announced the park would be hosting several special events over the next couple of weeks, like the boater education course on April 20th and 21st and the park was getting ready for its annual Spring Festival on Saturday, May 2nd.

 

Flanary said the park would also be hosting the Cossatot River Headache Run 5K on May 2nd with two heats at 10 and 11 a.m.

 

For more information about the upcoming programs and events at the Cossatot River State Park, call 870-385-2201. 

 

 

 

WRF ANNOUNCES 2015 NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS     4/16/15

 

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation announced Wednesday morning that a De Queen resident has been named to the 2015 Board.

 

Rosa Velazquez of De Queen was named a new board member. She is the executive director of the Arkansas Coalition for DREAM.

 

The Arkansas Coalition for DREAM is a statewide immigrant youth-led organization that works to achieve equal access to higher education in Arkansas.

 

The coalition works to raise the graduation rate of immigrant students by helping provide equal access to higher education by creating opportunities for youth, through one on one training, leadership development and advocating in local communities.

 

Velazquez will serve on the board of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, which for 40 years has helped build and sustain organizations that serve and strengthen Arkansas through grant-making and strategic partnerships.

 

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is working to close the economic and education gaps that leave many Arkansas families in persistent poverty.

 

ASHDOWN RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER  04/16/15

The Ashdown High School volleyball team recently handed over a check for $350 to the Ashdown Junior High EAST lab to add to the EAST team's Relay for Life donation.  The volleyball team raised the funds through t-shirt and beef jerky sales and private donations. 

Little River County's Relay for Life event will be on Friday, May 15, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on the Fred Jester Memorial Track Field at the AHS campus, and everyone is invited to attend and participate.  This year's theme is "Staying Alive -- Fighting Cancer."  To make a contribution, form a team, or learn more information, go to RelayForLife.org/littleriverar. 

Pictured are (front) volleyball team members Emily Mulholland and Allie Anderson with AJHS EAST member Jaden Altenbaumer (center) holding the check and (back) Coach James Welchel, players Jada Beth Fricks, Lakendra Radford, Kayley Miller, and Coach Falon Jones.

UA COSSATOT RODEO TEAM ROPERS PLACE FIRST 04/16/15

 

Martin, TN – The UA Cossatot team ropers Brody Braden and Tanner Caudle placed first in both the long-go and short go to earn the number one spot in the average at the University of Tennessee at Martin College Rodeo held last weekend. 

 

“For the second year, Brody and Tanner swept the UT Martin Rodeo,” said UA Cossatot Rodeo Coach Valerie Stone.  “I am incredibly proud of the entire team and these guys.  Depending on the next two weekends, they still have a chance to be invited to the National Finals Rodeo this summer in Casper, Wyoming.”

 

The team had a time of 6.1seconds in the long-go, 7.0 seconds in the short-go for an average of 13.1 seconds.  The closest competitors to the UA Cossatot Team Ropers earned an average time of 15.7seconds. 

 

The next two weekends will be the last two college rodeos of the regular season.  First the students will travel to Monticello followed by traveling to Senatobia, MS.   

 

 

 

 

HORATIO SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERING RESOURCE OFFICER      4/15/15

 

Superintendent Lee Smith of the Horatio School District reported the board of education voted to re-hire certified staff members and they accepted the resignations of three staff members.

 

Board members approved the district's 2015-2016 technology budget and the district's Wireless Network policy before discussing the district's 2013-2014 legislative audit. Superintendent Smith stated the district received a good audit, but he and the board had to review the minor findings that were listed.

 

Board members then voted to research the hiring of a school resource officer. Smith explained the district was looking at hiring a resource officer to help assure parents that the district is serious about the safety of students, teachers and staff.

 

Before the conclusion of the board meeting, board members also accepted the transfer of one student from the De Queen School District.

 

 

 

RACING DOWN COLLIN RAYE      4/15/15

 

About 6 o'clock, Monday evening, Patrolman Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was running a stationary radar near the De Queen Church of Christ on Collin Raye Drive.

 

Browning reported that the radar locked at 66 miles per hour on a vehicle that appeared to be racing a silver Pontiac G6.

 

Browning initiated his lights and sirens and said the defendant, 19-year-old Jacob Arndt, continued to accelerate.

 

Browning made a traffic stop at the First Baptist Church and cited Arndt for racing on the highway.

 

Browning then had Arndt contact the driver of the other vehicle who was a minor and had him meet him at the college. When the minor arrived at the college, he was also citied for racing on the highway.

 

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY ENTERS INTO A CONTRACT OF OBLIGATION WITH THE STATE       4/15/15

 

During Monday's Sevier County Quorum Court meeting, Justices of the Peace were informed by Sheriff Bennie Simmons that he intended to sell some department vehicles at auction, due to their age and working condition.

 

JPs then voted to approve the list of county property that is considered unusable, obsolete or otherwise has no value to the county. County Judge Greg Ray described what type of items was on the list.

 

JPs approved an ordinance to amend the 2014 operating budget and then approved a request for an additional appropriation of $10,000 from the county's Solid Waste Fund to satisfy the financial requirement of their Contract of Obligation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

 

JPs voted to suspend the rules and consider a couple of items that were not on the agenda.

 

Judge Ray explained the members of the Quorum Court voted to order a new vehicle for the sheriff's department to replace the Charger that was totaled in an accident involving a deputy.

 

JPs then voted to go into an executive session to discuss a personal matter in the sheriff's department, but no action was taken when the Quorum Court returned to open session.

 

 

 

SON, YOU DRIVE, I'M TO DRUNK        4/15/15

 

Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon reported that he made a traffic stop on a blue Chevy pickup after noticing that it did not have a working license plate light, Saturday night, April 11th.

 

When Davignon approached the vehicle, he reported that he smelled alcohol and asked the driver who was a minor to exit the vehicle. The under-aged driver registered .05 on a portable breath analyzer.

 

The father of the minor, 55-year-old Roderick Bevill who was a passenger in the truck, first denied knowing that his son had been drinking, but finally admitted that he knew his son had been drinking and that there were three open beer cans under the seat of the truck.

 

Bevill was citied for drinking on the Highway and for knowingly furnishing alcohol to a minor.

 

 

 

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE CORPORATION REA ANNOUNCES YOUTH TOUR WINNERS        4/15/15

 

According to the President and CEO of Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation REA, Wayne Whitaker, three winners have been selected to participate in the 2015 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

 

Whitaker announced Rex Standridge and Danielle Duggan, both of De Queen High School, and Zack Wolf of Texas High School, as winners of an essay-writing contest to determine who would represent the local cooperative on the Youth Tour.

 

The trip is all expense paid and will involve approximately 44 other youths from across Arkansas. From June 10th through June 18th, the tour will visit the White House, the U.S. Capitol. Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson monuments; the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and other sights in Washington, D.C.

 

In addition, the winners will be eligible to compete to represent Arkansas on the National Rural Cooperative Association's Youth Leadership Council. Arkansas' representative, selected by the tour directors, will attend the council's national meeting and participate in a variety of other cooperative activities throughout the year.

 

 

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATORS IMPROVING ARKANSAS' WORKFORCE     4/14/15

 

Career and technical educators will be partnering with business and industry, as well as post-secondary institutions and the Department of Career Education to decide the future of high school students planning for the workforce.

 

The De Queen-Mena Educational Cooperative will be hosting business and industry representatives from three counties in Southwest Arkansas on Friday, April 24th at the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.

 

Together, they will form a council to provide expertise on how schools can prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the workforce.

 

According to Randy Zook who is the President and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, there are 600,000 high-wage earning jobs left unfilled across the United States and tens of thousands here in Arkansas.

 

Zook said this crisis hinders Arkansas' growth potential.

 

This meeting will allow all of the necessary partners to be in the same room to discuss how they can help students develop the skills, experience and knowledge to fill those positions.

 

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and a member of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce will address the group with information from the current legislative session.

 

About 9:45 a panel will discuss how educators can prepare students in Southwest Arkansas in becoming productive and successful citizens through relationships that are formed with business, industry and post-secondary partnerships.

 

At 11, the educators will have the opportunity to visit breakout sessions with specific pathways of study representing the largest employers, small business managers and other areas of the workforce relevant to the Southwest region.

 

 

 

NEW ARKANSAS LAW CREATES AGRICULTURE SCHOOLS      4/14/15

 

An approved state legislative proposal will prevent small school district from being closed because of low student numbers, however many have asked about the school districts that have already been closed?

 

Well, state lawmakers also passed a bill during this session to establish agricultural schools and the former Saratoga School District is interested in being an agriculture school, but State Senator Larry Teague says he's not sure how the process is going to work.

 

The bill was not written by an educator and it does not include details on funding or implementation.

 

Rural communities believe this bill is good for Arkansas because it will benefit students that do not wish to follow the traditional 4-year college plan.

 

And, the new agricultural school could help revitalize small rural towns.

 

According to the bill, the Department of Career Education and the Department of Education will now develop and administer the K through 12th grade pilot program. Public schools in Arkansas can apply to be a part of the pilot program.

 

 

 

OVERTURF PIE AUCTION      4/14/15

 

Judy Smith of the Overturf Church announced Monday morning that the church would be hosting its annual pie supper this Saturday at 7 p.m.

 

Smith explained the proceeds will be used for the upkeep of the cemetery and church. She also stated everyone will have the opportunity to vote for the prettiest girl and ugliest man in attendance.

 

Smith also encouraged everyone to bring a pie or cake.

 

The Overturf Church is located three and a half miles Northeast of Gillham, but Smith said you can just look for the signs.

 

 

 

SPRING SPORTS SPIRIT WEEK       4/14/15

 

De Queen Senior High Student Council members Lucee Lugo, Shayde Kitchen and Mikayla McCoy announced Monday morning that the De Queen Student Council was holding Spring Sports Spirit Week, this week.

 

Lugo stated Monday was Messi Monday, since a soccer player is called a messi.

 

However, Kitchens said it wasn't all about soccer and she mentioned the theme for the rest of the week. She said Tuesday was Team Tuesday, Wednesday is Workout Wednesday, but students must follow the student handbook dress policy, Thursday is Spring Sports War and Friday is Black and Gold Day.

 

Seniors of the De Queen Track teams will be honored on Thursday during the Leopard Relays and the senior soccer players will be honored Friday night during their final home games of the season.

 

 

 

WICKES KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION AND SCREENING      4/14/15

 

Wickes Elementary School will be having pre-registration and screening for next year's 2015-2016 Kindergarten classes.

 

If you have a child, or know of a child who will be five on or before August 1st, 2015, you are being asked to stop by the Wickes Elementary and register them for school. They will be taking applications and screening children on April 28th, 29th and 30th or parents may stop by the elementary office anytime between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Parents are asked to bring the child's birth certificate, social security card and a current shot record. Children entering Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year will be required to have a current physical on file.

 

Students who are attending Pre-K at the Wickes Pre-K Program will be screened during the school day, but students who are not currently enrolled in the pre-K program will need to be screened when they register. So, please allow time for the screening process when you bring you child to registration.

 

Friday, May 1st, will be Pre-K Day at the Wickes Elementary and next year's Kindergarten students will be allowed to come to the school from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch will cost $3

 

If you have any questions regarding these dates, please call the Wickes Elementary School office at 870-385-2346.

 

COUNTY 4-H OUTDOOR O’RAMA HELD  04/13/15


The outdoor activities of the Sevier County 4-H O’Rama were held on March 3, 2015 at the Sevier County Fairgrounds. The outdoor activities consist of: Baitcasting, Bicycle, Gun Safety & BB Shooting, and Reel into Sports Fishing. Any 4-H’er ages 5 to 19 can compete at the county level. Four-H consists of 3 age groups: Cloverbuds (ages 5-8), Juniors (ages 9-14) and Seniors (ages 15-19). Even though the weather was wet and rainy we still had a good turnout. The winners are as follows:


Gun Safety & BB Gun Shooting Activity
Sr. Division – Aaron Morris. Jr. Division – 1. Marcus Rosson, 2. Blake Sawyer, 3. Amber Morris. Other participants in the Jr. Division were Brennen Seymour, Anna Stinnett, Brayden Frachiseur, Hunter Frachiseur, and Attalee Frachiseur. Participants in the Cloverbud Division were Landon Frachiseur, Pace Frachiseur, Jacob Seymour, Raegan Frachiseur, Jake Sawyer, and Matthew Maben.

Baitcasting Activity
Jr. Division – 1. Marcus Rosson, 2. Brennen Seymour, 3. Brayden Frachiseur. Other participants in the Jr. Division were Hunter Frachiseur, Attalee Frachiseur, Amber Morris, Anna Stinnett, and Blake Sawyer. Participants in the Cloverbud Division were Jake Sawyer, Pace Frachiseur, Landon Frachiseur, and Raegan Frachiseur.

Reel into Sports Fishing Activity
Jr. Division – 1. Brayden Frachiseur, 2. Hunter Frachiseur, 3. Brennen Seymour. Other participants in the Jr. Division were Marcus Rosson, Attalee Frachiseur, and Amber Morris. Participants in the Cloverbud Division were Landon Frachiseur, Raegan Frachiseur, and Pace Frachiseur.

Bicycle
Jr. Division – Blake Sawyer. Matthew Maben competed in the Cloverbud Division.
The junior and senior winners for each activity will be able to compete in the next level of competition at the District O’Rama that is held in June each year. If you’d like more information about the 4-H program, please call Sevier County Extension Office at (870)-584-3013.


The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

4-H leader, JP Atkins, going over Gun Safety rules with 4-H’ers.
Pictured L to R: Top: Hunter Frachiseur, Landon Frachiseur, Raegan Frachiseur, and Attalee Frachiseur, Bottom: Brayden Frachiseur.

Picture by: Dawn Leeper, 4-H Program Assistant

 

4-H CHICKEN BBQ HELD  04/13/15


Sevier County 4-H’ers, their parents, and judges braved the cold and rainy weather to compete in the County 4-H Chicken BBQ on March 9, 2015. Each 4-H’er provided their charcoal grill, charcoal, spices, and sauces and cooked a whole chicken. The 4-H’ers are judged on their ability to build, start, and control a charcoal fire, preparing and handling raw chicken, and cooking the chicken. The doneness, flavor, and color was also judged.

Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) that participated in the BBQ were Evin Frachiseur, Raegan Frachiseur, Landon Frachiseur, Jake Sawyer, Brady Haarmeyer, Parker Stewart, Paydon Stewart, and Matthew Maben.

It was a tight competition with the winners and their scores as follows: Blake Sawyer – 290, Aaron Hicks -290, Sydney Hill – 285, Hunter Frachiseur – 285, Amber Morris – 275, Brayden Frachiseur – 285, Attalee Frachiseur – 270, Danielle Beck – 270, and Abby Morris – 210. All scores are based on a perfect score of 300. The top 5 winners go on to represent Sevier County at the District Chicken BBQ.

The 4-H’ers want to thank the judges, Matthew Hooper, Catherine Smith, Judy Smith, Judy Vann-Hamilton, and Abby Lewis that came out and braved the weather with us.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Pictured L to R: Front Row - Brayden Frachiseur, Blake Sawyer, and Hunter Frachiseur. Back Row - Sydney Hill, Amber Morris, and Aaron Hicks

Photo credit: Janet Cantrell, CEA-FCS

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL AGREES WITH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION     4/13/15

 

Aldermen of the De Queen City Council were informed that the Planning and Zoning Commission had voted not to rezone the Turtle Creek subdivision, but gave permission to the new owners to build duplexes.

 

Council members accepted the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation and approved the construction of duplexes in the subdivision, which will allow the new owners to develop the property.

 

Aldermen approved a resolution to set the date for a public hearing for May 5th at 6 p.m. concerning the closing of four sections of street around the Pilgrim's Pride plant.

 

The public meeting will allow property owners adjacent to those streets to voice their opinions.

 

Aldermen also passed an ordinance allowing the city to conduct business with Gary Cummingham's dozer and backhoe company.

 

Cummingham is an employee of the De Queen Police Department and Arkansas law requires the city pass an ordinance in order to use his services.

 

Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy informed aldermen that a concrete slab was poured behind the fire station. He stated the department plans to put a 20X20 storage building on the slab in the future.

 

Aldermen also heard reports from the water, sewer and sanitation department heads concerning long-term needs for their departments.

 

One of the largest requests was a new sanitation truck along with the addition of one employee in the sanitation department and both the water and sewer departments mentioned the need for newer trucks due to the age and condition of the existing ones.

 

No action was taken on the requests but the request will be addressed by the council in the city's 2016 budget.

 

 

 

FIRST QUARTER DIAMOND REPORT     4/13/15

 

According to Crater of Diamonds State Park Interpreter Waymon Cox, 73 diamonds were registered at the park over the first three months of 2015.

 

Arkansans registered 40 diamonds, while visitors from Louisiana, Colorado, Texas, Illinois and nine other states registered 33. Cox said, park staff certified 53 white, 12 yellow, and eight brown diamonds, weighing a total of more than 12 carats.

 

The largest diamond found in the first quarter of the year is a 2.01 carat yellow gem that was found on the surface of the search area in early February. With warmer weather and the end of the school year, the park is looking forward to many more visitors and many more diamonds being found in the months to come.

 

 

 

HORATIO ART SHOW      4/13/15

 

Students in the Horatio High School art classes will be hosting their annual art show on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the new practice gym on the campus of the Horatio High School.

 

Senior art students McKayle Swann and LeAnn Carlisle stopped by the KDQN studios Friday morning to invite the public to their show.

 

Swann mentioned there will be sculptures and paintings by beginning artists and advanced student on display.

 

Swann explained all of the art has been judged and awards and honors will be displayed Tuesday night during the art show.

 

 

 

NWS TO HOLD SKYWARN STORM SPOTTER TRAINING CLASS IN NASHVILLE      4/13/15

 

The National Weather Service in Shreveport will be holding a SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training class in Nashville on Monday, April 20th.

 

A basic class will begin at 6 p.m. at the Carter Day Center and it will be followed by an advanced class at 7:45. Classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

 

In an average year, there are 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes across the United States. These events threaten lives and property.

 

SKYWARN spotters, coupled with Dopler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled the National Weather Service to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

 

SKYWARN storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather.

 

 

 

STEPPED UP STATEWIDE ENFORCEMENT PLAN AIMED AT DRIVERS VIOLATING TEXTING LAW       4/13/15

 

State troopers and local law enforcement officers will be watching more closely in the coming days for drivers who violate the Arkansas texting law.

 

The statewide crackdown by law enforcement officers started today and will continue until April 19th and is part of a national high visibility campaign known as "U Drive U Text U Pay."

 

The campaign combines intense enforcement of laws that prohibit texting while driving along with advertising and media outreach to inform the public about the stepped-up patrols and the driver's responsibility to obey texting laws.

 

Arkansas law prohibits the use of a cell phone for texting, typing, email or accessing the internet while driving, regardless of the driver's age. It is also a "primary offense law," which means an officer or sheriff's deputy can initiate a traffic stop without observing any other violation.

 

For the first offense, a driver can be issued a warning ticket, but for additional violations, fines can range as high as $100.

 

Drivers should be aware of additional state laws related to distracted driving.

 

It is illegal for all drivers to use hand-held cell phones while traveling through school or highway work zones. All drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.

 

For more information on distracted driving issues, visit the website www.distraction.gov.

 

 

 

TREASURER OF STATE ANNOUNCES COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN       4/13/15

 

Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan has launched a statewide tour to spread the word about the state's Arkansas 529 College Savings Program, which is also known as GIFT.

 

This past week, the executive director of the GIFT Arkansas 529 College Savings Program, Beth Anne Rankin, made a stop in Sevier County to visit with County Treasurer Risa Krantz and Chamber board member Patty Sharp.

 

Rankin said the program was started in 1986 by the federal government and Arkansas enacted it’s program in 2005.

 

Rankin stated anyone can participate in the program and that it’s tax free when these funds are used for education because the program was established to allow students to save money to attend any two or four year college, trade or vocational school or graduate school around the country.

 

Rankin said the reason for the statewide tour was to let the citizens of Arkansas know about this tool for paying for a college education.

 

Rankin also announced that one resident in Sevier County who has a GIFT account will have until July 31st to register to win $529 that will be added to their 529 account.

 

For more information, visit the website Arkansas529.org.

 

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATORS IMPROVING ARKANSAS’ WORKFORCE  04/13/15

 

Ashdown, AR  —Career and technical educators will be partnering with business and industry, as well as post-secondary institutions and the Department of Career Education to decide the future of high school students planning for the workforce. The De Queen-Mena Educational Cooperative will be hosting business and industry representatives from three counties in Southwest Arkansas on Friday April 24, 2015 at the Barbara Horn Civic Center at Cossatot Community College Ashdown campus. Together, they will form a council to provide expertise on how schools can prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the workforce.

 

According to Randy Zook, President and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, “There are 600,000 high-wage earning jobs left unfilled across the U.S. and tens of thousands here at home. This crisis hinders Arkansas’ growth potential, hurts Arkansas’ businesses, hurts Arkansas’ cities and towns and hurts Arkansas’s people”. With this meeting, all the necessary partners will be in the same room to discuss how we can help our students to find the skills, experience, and knowledge to fill those positions.

 

The day will begin at 9:00 AM. A representative from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce will address the group with information from the current legislative session. At 9:45 a panel will discuss how educators can prepare students in Southwest Arkansas in becoming productive and successful citizens through relationships formed with business, industry, and post-secondary partnerships. At 11:00, the educators will have the opportunity to visit breakout sessions with specific pathways of study representing the largest employers, small business managers, and other areas of the workforce relevant to the Southwest region.  The meeting will conclude at noon. The participation from our local business has been positive, locally, Pilgrim's Pride will assist by providing refreshment for the meeting.

 

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