BENEFIT FOR TERRY MCCAULEY
Saturday, April 26 at 5 pm we will be
having a benefit for Terry McCauley. Terry was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer on March 10, 2014. He underwent a major surgery to
remove the tumor along with half of his pancreas, a portion of his
stomach, liver, small intestine, and gall bladder. He will also
begin chemotherapy treatments in a few weeks. He has a very long,
hard road ahead to become healthy again. All proceeds will go to
Terry and Michelle for travel and medical expenses.
The benefit will feature a raffle. The item up for raffle is a 270
Short Mag Browning X Bolt with Leupold Scope. It is $1 for 1 chance
or 6 chances for $5. We will include a list of places you can buy
chances along with a picture of the gun as soon as we can. You do
not have to be present to win. We will be offering a fish dinner
with all the fixings. After everyone eats, we will have a live
auction starting at 6:30 with Auctioneer Nick Fowler. We will also
have door prizes.
All donations and auction items are greatly appreciated!
Please bring your own lawn chairs.
There are also t-shirts for sale for $15.
For more information or to make donations please contact:
Joe Hill: (870) 925-0835
Dustin Young: (870) 451-4623
Brian Reid: (870) 845-9023
Machelle Reid: (870) 451-1072
Amber Bailey (870) 356-8846
Dana Wright: (870) 557-2855
RELAY FOR LIFE SURVIVORS DINNER 4/18/14
Tonight is the Sevier County Relay for
Life Survivors dinner and Linda Franchiseur announced that all cancer
survivors are invited to attend the event along with their caregiver and
Franchiseur explained that the Sevier
County Relay for Life committee would be providing to meal to the
survivor and their caregiver, but families may attend but are asked to
make a donation.
According to Franchiseur, this year's
meal will feature fresh caught catfish that’s been caught by Jimmy and
Lucy Mize, hushpuppies prepared by Sevier County Judge Greg Ray and
chicken strips and fries cooked by Randy Franchiseur.
Survivors will have the opportunity to
win door prizes and will be given a goody bag from the Sevier County
Relay for Life committee. Franchiseur also mentioned that survivors will
be given their survivor t-shirts Friday night for this year's Dusk til
Dawn event, which will be April 25th and 26th at the Sportsplex in De
This year's Survivors Dinner will also
feature a couple of speakers.
Franchiseur encouraged survivors and
their families to attend because Friday night is a time that the
community has the opportunity to honor them for their brave fight.
CITY OF DIERKS RECEIVES FUNDS FOR STREET REPAIRS 4/18/14
Monday morning, the mayor of Dierks
woke up and discovered that the entire city of Dierks was without
Around 1:45, apparently, lightning
struck a transformer in the substation in Dierks and locked out the
entire city. SWEPCO crews worked throughout the day to restore power,
but eventually had to bring a portable transformer from Longview, Texas
to re-establish power Monday night.
Mayor Terry Mounts expressed his
appreciation to the line crews and administration of SWEPCO for
restoring the power and keeping the city informed.
Although the city was without power,
the Dierks City Council was able to hold their regular monthly meeting
Monday night in the old ambulance building.
The old ambulance building and the
Dierks Police Department has been equipped with a generator that kept
the police department's communication system up and running and the two
buildings lights working.
Mayor Mounts stated the meeting didn't
last long, but he was able to inform the council that the city had been
awarded some funds from the Arkansas Highway Department to resurface
Mayor Mounts also mentioned that he
would applying for some funds to replace a couple of bridges on First
and Second Streets that have been out of compliance for some time.
Mounts said the city police would be
cracking down on U-Turns and speeding on Main Street.
Mounts stated that he wanted to warned
folks that the police will be more visible and more aggressive when it
comes to traffic violations on Main Street.
BOIL ORDER FOR PORTIONS OF WICKES 4/18/14
The Wickes Water Department has issued
a boil order until further notice for all of the Wickes Elementary
School campus, all of Council Drive and from the Wickes Elementary
School East on Baker Road to the intersection of County Roads 9 and 10.
The order is the result of a break in
a main water line, which resulted in a complete loss of pressure in the
The order will remain in affect until
two consecutive water samples are within acceptable ranges.
Residents in the affected area should
boil their water for a minimum of one minute prior to use. Water should
be considered unsafe for human consumption, and water that will be used
for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes
should be boiled.
Cossatot River School District
Superintendent Lendall Martin stated that school will be in session
during the boil order period and that the school will provide bottled
water for the students on the Wickes Elementary campus.
BENEFIT FOR TERRY MCCAULEY 4/17/14
Friends and family will hold a benefit
fish fry for Terry McCauley on Saturday, April 26th at the Newhope Fire
Department at 5 p.m.
McCauley was diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer in March and underwent surgery to remove the tumor along with
half of his pancreas, a portion of his stomach, liver, small intestine
and gall bladder. He will begin chemo treatment in a few weeks.
All of the proceeds will help Terry
and his wife Michelle with travel and medical expenses.
There will be a fish dinner, a gun
raffle, a live auction and door prizes.
The raffle will feature a 270 Short
Mag Browning X Bolt rifle with a scope. Tickets are $1 each or 6 chances
for $5 dollars and you do not have to be present to win.
T-shirts will be on sale for $15
After the fish dinner with all the
fixings, a live auction will begin at 6:30 with auctioneer Nick Fowler.
They will also be giving away door prizes.
Everyone is asked to bring their lawn
chairs and enjoy the event.
For more information contact Joe Hill
at 870-925-0835, Dustin Young at 870-451-4623 or Dana Wright at
MC DANIEL JOINS FORCES WITH OTHER AGS TO COMBAT COPPER THEFT 4/18/14
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel met
with Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper, Mississippi Attorney
General Jim Hood and representatives from the Louisiana Attorney
General's office concerning the growing concern of copper theft.
Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture
Butch Calhoun and other representative's of the region's agriculture and
law enforcement communities also attended the meeting.
McDaniel stated that thieves who strip
copper from irrigations systems are causing devastating property damage
that can cripple farmers and he encouraged the states in this region to
work together to prevent the crime.
McDaniel explained that
intergovernmental cooperation was crucial, because thieves often crossed
county and state lines to sell stolen metal.
Arkansas has had enormous success
tracking scrap metal thieves by using a statewide electronic reporting
system that called Metal Theft Investigations System. The system allows
law enforcement and metal recyclers to share information and track
suspicious scrap metal sells.
Arkansas investigators have run over
9,000 scrap metal searches using the system during the first quarter of
the year alone. The state has over 350 law enforcement agencies using
the system and 127 scrap metal recyclers are reporting their
MCNAB TWIN RIVERS FESTIVAL 4/18/14
Ride the McNab Train to the Twin
Rivers Festival April 26th and 27th in downtown McNab.
Events will begin at 9:30 a.m. and
there will be plenty activities for the kids, a trackless train, music
from the Hope High School Jazz Cats, the group the Interstate 30
Bluegrass from Benton, the Silvey Family from Rosston. You can go
"dipping for dollars and enjoy the Corvette Car Show, plus much, much
Don't miss the parade at noon on
Saturday or the auction at 2.
The Hope Boys Gospel Singers, the Cass
County Mass Choir from Atlanta, Texas and the Tollette Mass Choir will
all be performing during the 13th annual Twin Rivers Festival in McNab,
which is just north of Fulton on Highway 355.
PRYOR AND COTTON RAISE OVER MILLION DOLLARS EACH FOR CAMPAIGN
Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor's
campaign announced that he's raised $1.22 million in the first three
months of the year, while U.S. Representative Tom Cotton's campaign has
raised $1.3 million.
According to Pryor's campaign even
though Cotton raised more money in the first quarter, Pryor still has a
larger war chest in his re-election bid.
Pryor reported that he had $4.4
million in the bank, while Cotton has about $2.7 million on hand.
Cotton's campaign reported that it has
raised more than $4.8 million dollars since he announced that he would
be challenging Pryor.
The Arkansas Senate race is one of the
most closely watched races in the nation. Outside groups have already
spent millions of dollars on advertising and neither candidate is facing
an opponent in the May 20th primaries.
Pryor was elected to the Senate in
2002 and was re-elected in 2008, but he didn't have a Republican
Cotton has served one term the U.S.
House of Representatives.
SEVIER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT 4/18/14
Last week in the Sevier County
Circuit Court several cases were dropped by the prosecutors office
before Judge Tom Cooper.
First degree battery charges were
dropped against Tanner and Marvin Caudle, while second degree forgery
charges were dropped against Garry Turner.
Judge Cooper granted continuances in
the cases of Terry Wayne Blair, David Wells, Sr., Anthony Edwards, Leon
Granger, Ashley Trotter and Justiniano Santiago.
A trial date of June 18th was set for
Russell Rogers on the charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and
possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver.
Jose Hernandez was assigned a trial
date of July 23rd for possession of a firearm by a certain person.
Nancy Gonzalez had a trial date of
June 18th scheduled for forgery in the 2nd degree.
Stephen Stumpf changed his plea to
guilty on the charge of theft of property and was sentenced to probation
STICK WITH STUFFED OR CANDY BUNNIES AND CHICKS THIS EASTER 4/18/14
Easter is almost upon us, and while
some parents might be tempted to give their kids live bunnies or baby
chicks, they should remember that bringing any animal into the home
should be a well thought-out decision and not just a holiday whim.
Amanda Mullen who is the director of
the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch says that while rabbits can make great pets,
they are a long-term family commitment.
Mullen adds that chickens and ducks
are considered farm animals and are not allowed as pets in some areas.
She suggests that parents consider getting kids a gift certificate to
the local humane society or a local shelter for Easter.
Mullen says it simply isn't fair to
animals when people treat them like holiday decorations instead of as
new members of the family. She says every year, her ranch takes in
chicks and ducks that people have abandoned after Easter.
Mullen adds that when
it comes to rabbits, it's important to realize that they can live
upwards to 10 years. She says it is not realistic to expect a child
younger than 12 to be the primary caretaker of any animal, so parents
need to accept that the responsibility may fall on them for many years
STUDENTS PLACE HIGH IN COMPETITION 04/18/14
Cossatot students enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing program
recently competed and excelled in the annual Arkansas Licensed Practical
Nursing Association (ALPNA) competitions in Hope.
The competition held
March 20-21was between students enrolled in other programs throughout
the state. The competitions ranged from nursing skills, nursing
knowledge and talent. The following are UA Cossatot winners: Prepared
Speaking – Becky Stivers, Murfreesboro- 2nd place; Aspen Fant, Kirby-
3rd place. Both were invited to speak at the ALPNA convention in the
fall. Medical Spelling – Geordyn Ridley, De Queen-2nd place. Nursing
Skills –Philana Schuetz, Ashdown- 1st place. Medical Terminology –
Kenetha Anderson, Battiest, OK- 2nd place. Mystery Test (a mix of
nursing question from all areas) – Jessica Coffman, Newhope- 3rd place.
Nutrition – Angela Carver, Foreman-2nd place, DeAnn Roden, Foreman- 3rd
place. Pharmacology-- Robin Ridge-Gore, Little Rock-1st place. Talent
show – Best Duet Group- Christy Martz, Lockesburg, Caleb Burrow, De
Queen and Dylon Langlois, Horatio-1st place. Best Group- Lacey Hines,
Lockesburg, Kathleen Carrell, Horatio, Catherine Jones, Lockesburg,
Dominique Masters, Saratoga and Cynthia Kesterson, Lockesburg - 1st
After graduation from the
program, these students will take the NCLEX exam which, upon passing,
will earn them the official title of Licensed Practical Nurse.
PROFESSIONALS SPEAK TO STUDENTS ABOUT CAREER/LIFE CHOICES 04/18/14
were 10, 11, 12 years old, did you know what you wanted to do with the
rest of your life? Most people don't. That is, in part, the purpose of
the Learning for Life Corporation -- an organization that offers seven
programs that focus on character and career education for preparing
youth to be successful in handling the complexities of their futures.
Learning for Life brought area professionals to the classrooms of
students at L. F. Henderson Intermediate and Ashdown Junior High Schools
this year with the goal of informing the youngsters about choices they
have for their futures and choices they should be making now in
preparation. The almost two dozen speakers ranged from engineers to
chefs to medical professionals and more, and students were able to
interact, ask questions and receive solid advice from representatives of
their own community.
Linda Willis, Learning for Life Director through the Caddo Area Council
of Boy Scouts of America in Texarkana, has been bringing such programs
to schools in the area for a number of years and enriching the
communities through teaching children quality character traits and
practical life skills through these programs. Learning for Life, with
its PreK-12 integrated academic and character development curriculum, is
based on values and ethics very similar to the traditional Scouting
program that Willis represents.
Learning for Life programs meet the needs of the broad student
population -- girls, boys, and at-risk youth. By developing quality
character traits and practical life skills that are highly compatible
with the goals of our education system, Learning for Life equips the
whole child: socially, emotionally and academically.
Willis, with the help of school partners, recruits community and career
speakers as classroom guests who encourage students to embrace education
and realize its necessity. By involving local business, civic and
community members in the lives of the young people, a kind of
partnership is forged that is needed to make a profound difference in
the lives of children.
In the Caddo Area Council, Learning for Life serves over 5600 young
people. To learn more about the Learning for Life program and how you
may utilize it, contact Willis at linda.willis@LFLmail.org or call her
Occupational Therapist Brandon O'Neal lets
sixth graders at Ashdown Junior High try out the Dynamometer he
uses with his patients at Little River Memorial Hospital and
Home Health. The Dynamometer tests grip strength.
Chef James Powell shared cookies from his restaurant with fourth
graders at the LFH Career Day. From left to right, the students
are Marcel Turner, Zane Abney, Aonyel Jones, and Zoie Hurd.
THE WORD ANNEXATION BRINGS CROWD TO DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL MEETING
About 13 area residents attended the
De Queen City Council meeting Tuesday night after hearing the topic of
annexation was on the agenda.
Paul Spears spoke up and stated that
he was speaking on behalf of the county residents.
Spears asked the council to show the
residents a plan for where this discussion was going. He and the others
in attendance were informed by Alderman Sterling Daniel that Tuesday
night's meeting was simply a discussion to start developing that plan.
Alderman Pat Minor recommended that a
committee be formed to get ideas concerning the growth of De Queen from
members of the council and concerned citizens. Aldermen Teresa Bunyard
and Cathy Richards will represent the council and Ethel Wommack, Judy
Hicks and Travis Lane volunteered to serve on the committee.
Aldermen discussed the subdivision
regulation book along with the need for housing in De Queen and decided
that they would consider reviewing each construction request on an
Aldermen passed a resolution Tuesday
night to hold a public meeting concerning the closing of an ally behind
Southern LP Gas.
Mayor McKelvy provided the council
with an update on the raw water line project and informed them about the
about a potential sewer line project.
Finally, aldermen approved the
purchase of some trench shoring material at a cost of $4,000, which will
be split between the water and sewer departments’ budget and a two and a
half inch missile boring machine at a cost of $4,500.
Mayor McKelvy explained that the
boring machine will help the city eliminate some street cuts.
SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE TO HOLD DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT 4/17/14
A prescription drug take back event is
scheduled for Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Sevier County Sheriff's office.
The Sevier County Sheriff's office and
the De Queen Police Department are offering this program to prevent
increased pill abuse and theft.
Residents can drop unused, unwanted
and expired medications into the counties med-return box, which is
located in the lobby of the sheriff's office.
According to a sheriff's office
spokesperson, the prescription drug take back day provides a safe way
for the community to dispose of their unwanted medications that they
have in their homes.
According to one statistic, one in
five teens have tried some type of prescription medication in an attempt
to get high.
The drug take back program is designed
to help eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs and help
reduce the hazard that they pose to family members, in a legal and
environmentally sound way.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in
the United States are increasing at an alarming rate, as are the number
of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs being in
Studies show that a majority of abused
prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the
home medicine cabinet.
According to the Sevier County
Sheriff's spokesperson, many residents do not know how to properly
dispose of their unused medication. They often flush them down the
toilet or throw them away. They explained that both of these methods
create other safety and health hazards.
For more information about the April
26th drug take back event in Sevier County contact the Sevier County
Sheriff's office at 870-642-2125 or the De Queen Police Department at
MOBILE HOME A COMPLETE LOSS 4/17/14
Fourteen members of the De Queen Fire
Department responded to a mobile home fire at 116 Ben Ave. Monday
afternoon about 12:41 with four trucks including the city's compressed
When firefighters arrived the mobile
home was completely engulfed by flames according to De Queen Fire Chief
Dennis Pruitt. He said the fire was venting out the front and west side
of the structure.
Pruitt stated that firefighters
blanketed the fire with the form and had the fire contained fairly
Pruitt said the city of De Queen
continues to reap the benefits of spending funds for equipment, like the
compressed form trucks for the fire department.
DRUNK DRIVER CAUSES ACCIDENT 4/17/14
Saturday, April 12th, deputies from
the Sevier County Sheriff's office were dispatched to a reported single
vehicle accident on Highway 24 West.
When Deputy Amy Lockaby arrived, she
spoke with the driver of a vehicle that was facing East on the shoulder
of the road in the south bound lane.
The driver of the 1989 Chevy Caprice
was Billie Brown of Winthrop.
Brown reported that she was traveling
south bound when she met a vehicle traveling north in her lane. She
explained that the vehicle collided on the driver's side and the impact
caused her to spin around until the vehicle came to a stop on the
shoulder of the road.
Brown then showed Deputy Lockaby a
truck that was about 20 feet down an embankment on the west side of the
First Responders from Horatio helped
remove the driver of the truck and helped clear him medically.
While being treated the driver, Julian
Gonzalez of Horatio appeared to be unsteady on his feet and had slurred
speech. After conducting a field sobriety test, Gonzalez was charged
with Driving While Intoxicated.
ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BENEFIT FISHING TOURNAMENT 4/17/14
Associates of the De Queen Wal-Mart
are hosting a benefit fishing tournament on Saturday, April 26th at the
Oak Grove Boat Landing on the De Queen Lake.
The entry fee is $50 dollars and there
is an optional Big Bass contest for $10 dollars.
The tournament payback will be 60
percent for the largest stringer and 100 payback for the Biggest Bass.
There will also be a payback for the top three places in the stringer
Fishermen are reminded that all Game
and Fish regulations apply and they can only use artificial bait.
The boat check will be at the Oak
Grove Boat Ramp at 5 a.m. and fishing was be allowed from 7 a.m. until 2
For more information, contact Rick
Joplin at 870-584-8142 or Linda Frachiseur at 870-584-9592.
Participates will be provided lunch at
10TH ANNUAL LITTLE RIVER COUNTY SENIOR CITIZEN CELEBRATION AND HEALTH
April 24th is the date of the 10th
Annual Little River County Senior Citizen Celebration and Health Fair on
the lawn of the Little River County Courthouse.
Organizers will hold a lab in the
courthouse lobby from 7 to 9 a.m. and then the fair and celebration will
kick-off on the lawn beginning at 9 and going until 2 p.m.
There will be free health screenings,
food, entertainment, games, drawings and giveaways. All of the drawings
will be held at noon and everyone 50 and older must register at the
registration table in order to win a prize. Seniors will also receive
their meal tickets when they register. Lunch will be served at 11:30.
Prizes will be giveaway to the oldest
man, the oldest woman and the longest married couple.
So bring your lawn chairs and
umbrellas and enjoy a day dedicated to the senior citizens of Little
The 10th Annual Little River County
Senior Citizen Celebration and Health Fair is being sponsored by the
Little River Health System. For more information contact Vicki Keener at
870-898-5011 ext. 3135.
IMPROVES DE QUEEN’S CAMPUS 04/17/14
De QUEEN– Construction
crews at UA Cossatot are making progress toward the expansion and
parking projects on the De Queen campus.
“If you have driven by
our campus, you have seen all of the heavy machinery working,” said UA
Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole. “We are right in the middle of $3.1 million
dollars in renovation projects and student-learning upgrades and as
these projects near completion we are starting to see our future.”
On the southwest side of
the campus, the automotive and collision buildings have been renovated
and are being improved to accommodate more technological learning. The
new facility will also feature a maintenance warehouse, a student
commons area and an additional broadcast studio for the De Queen campus
college radio station, Ed 88.7 FM. The radio station is being added to
De Queen for the all-new high school Radio Broadcasting program.
“We are excited to make
this kind of investment on the De Queen campus,” said Cole. “As the 4th
largest employer in Sevier County, we are mindful to provide quality
service, facilities, and a collegiate atmosphere for our students,
staff, and stakeholders. We are also thankful that we have Senator
Jimmy Hickey and State Representative Fonda Hawthorne who have supported
us and education in Southwest Arkansas.”
Additional parking spaces
have already been completed adjacent to the Allison Technology Center
and more will be constructed near the entrance of the campus. De Queen
is the largest service area of the three campuses UA Cossatot operates
and has more in-class students who need suitable parking.
“We will host an open
house for the public to tour the new facilities as they are completed,”
said Cole. “We always welcome our stakeholders, future students and
parents to visit and take a tour of our facilities.”
BOIL ORDER IN
EFFECT FOR WICKES 04/16/14
The Wickes Water Department has issued a Boil Order until further notice
for the entire Wickes Elementary Campus, All of Council Drive and from
the Wickes Elementary School east on Baker Road to the intersection of
County Roads 9 & 10.
Cossatot River School Superintendent Lendall Martin said school will be
in session tomorrow, Thursday, April 17th. They will have bottled water
available for Wickes Elementary School students.
VIEW OF THE BLOOD MOON
These pictures of Blood Moon (Lunar Eclipse) were taken from De
Queen, at about 2:30 AM on Tuesday, April 15th by Rev. Ron Newberry,
pastor of First United Methodist Church.
His pictures were also featured on KATV Channel 7 in Little Rock this
CITY OF ASHDOWN STILL AT A 'CROSS' ROAD 4/16/14
Monday night, the Ashdown City Council
held a public meeting to discuss the closing of some railroad crossing
within the city, but after meeting for an hour and a half, the council
could not convince itself to close any crossings.
The City of Ashdown has five railroad
crossings and according to the Arkansas Department of Transportation
there is traffic across all five of them and therefore the city council
sees each of them as vital to the citizens of Ashdown.
However, Kansas City Southern Railway
and the Arkansas Department of Transportation would like to see two if
not three crossings closed sometime in the near future.
Steve Weston of the Arkansas
Department of Transportation informed the council that if a decision
could be made, he would present a recommendation to the Transportation
Department during their June meeting and get the ball rolling.
Alderman Darren Adkison stated that he
wanted to see Locke Street to remain open because people were accustomed
to using it. He also stated that he felt KCS was not a good corporate
partner to the city of Ashdown because they were not willing to make an
KCS has offered the city of Ashdown
between $100,000 and $300,000 dollars to close two crossings. However,
KCS Representative Alan Pepper informed the council that KCS would help
the state finance the upgrades to the crossings that remained open, if
the council voted to close two crossings.
Pepper stated that fewer crossings
meant fewer accidents.
Four people have been killed at the
Locke Street crossing since 2009.
ASHDOWN CITY COUNCIL HOLDS REGULAR MEETING FOLLOWING PUBLIC
The crowd that attended the public
meeting with the Arkansas Department of Transportation and Kansas City
Southern Railways stayed for the regular monthly meeting of the Ashdown
City Council Monday night to see if any action would be taken concerning
the railroad crossings, but nothing happened.
After being informed that the city's
sales tax was up for the first quarter of the year, members of the city
council didn't even discuss the crossing situation.
Mayor Carroll McLarty mentioned that
it was an Ashdown problem not a KCS problem and moved on with the
Under new business, the council passed
an ordinance for the financing of a grader.
City Clerk Kirk Mounts informed the
council that the bank and the state auditors required that the council
pass the ordinance. He said the city was financing $79,850 dollars for
five-years at 3 percent interest with the First National Bank in Ashdown
and that the payments would be $1,434.93 a month.
Councilmen approved paying $9,913.82
in unemployment tax for a former employee and to pay the outstanding
balance for the repairs to a control panel at the city pond.
SEVERAL IMPROVEMENTS APPROVED FOR JAIL BY QUORUM COURT 4/16/14
Monday afternoon, the Sevier County
Justices of the Peace approved several improvements to the Sevier County
Sevier County Judge Greg Ray reported
that the jail would purchase a back-up camera system and have rails
installed on the second floor of the three cell pods to help keep
inmates from jumping or falling.
Sevier County Sheriff Bennie Simmons
informed the Quorum Court that the jail will still use the old camera
system, but the new system will provide more coverage without the lag of
the old system.
JPs also approved $900 for a floor
buffer that will be used in the lobby and office portion of the jail.
Vic Smith was re-appointed to the
Sevier County Housing Board.
Members of the Quorum Court reviewed a
list of items that would be removed from the county's inventory list and
approved an ordinance to amend the final budget for 2013.
As JPs reviewed the 2012 fiscal audit,
Judge Ray explained the only finding that was in the audit. Ray
explained that Sheriff's Simmons department was working to eliminate the
Southwest EMS presented its quarterly
report to the Quorum Court and informed them that they had started
working on their new building, which will be behind the De Queen
Regional Medical Center.
HORATIO HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT 4/16/14
The Horatio Board of Education has
announced that they have hired Lee Smith as the new superintendent of
the Horatio School District, effective July 1st.
Smith has been in education for 18
years and was an agriculture teacher for 13 year.
Smith is currently employed by the De
Queen-Mena Educational Coop as a Career Tech.
Smith is married to Dee Ann and they
have two children, Leigha and Garrett.
WICKES ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION 4/16/14
The Wickes Elementary School will be
having pre-registration and screening for next year's Kindergarten
If you have a child, or know of a
child who will be five on or before August 1st, 2014, you are asked to
stop by the elementary school and register them.
Applications will accepted and
screenings conducted on April 29th, 30th and May 1st or you may stop by
the elementary office anytime between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:30
Parents or guardians will need to
provide the child's birth certificate, social security card or military
identification, and a current shot record. Children will also be
required to have a current physical on file for the 2014-2015 school
Students who are attending Wickes'
Pre-K will be screened during the school day, but students who aren't
currently enrolled in the Wickes Pre-K program will need to be screened
when they register.
It will take approximately 30-minutes
to complete the screening process.
Friday, May 2nd will be Pre-K Day and
next year's kindergarten students will be allowed to come to the
Kindergarten from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch for Pre-K students will be $3.
Current Kindergarten students will not
be in class on May 2nd.
If you have any questions regarding
these dates, contact the Wickes Elementary office at 870-385-2346.
ASSOCIATION FOR A GREATER YARBOROUGH MEETING 4/16/14
The Association for a Greater
Yarborough will hold its quarterly meeting on April 28th at 6 p.m. in
the Yarborough Community Center.
The candidates that are running for
office in Little River County will be on hand to discuss their
qualifications for the office that they are seeking.
The Corps of Engineers will be making
a presentation to the Association for their participation in the Wounded
If you would like to learn CPR, attend
this meeting and find out more about who, where and when.
May 10th, the Greater Yarborough
Community will be holding a community garage sale and the association
will be finalizing plans on the 28th.
All new community members are invited
DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL SET ANNEXATION ON AGENDA FOR TUESDAY 4/15/14
Aldermen of the De Queen City Council
will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the council room of the De Queen City
Hall and annexation is on the agenda.
According to the agenda, Mayor Billy
Ray McKelvy scheduled a long-range planning session that includes
subdivision rules, housing and growth and annexation.
Last month, Alderman Teresa Bunyard
stated that she had a few questions after the regular meeting had
adjourned and one of those questions dealt with annexation.
Mayor McKelvy provided a note in the
council's packet that these questions should be asked in a public
meeting, so he scheduled this portion of the meeting even though the
council may not vote on any of the issues.
Aldermen will be asked to consider
passing a resolution to hold a public hearing on the closing of an ally
between Stilwell and Lockesburg Street. They will also consider a budget
request for a 2 and half inch missile boring machine.
HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW 4/15/14
Horatio High School will be hosting
its 11th annual Art Show on Tuesday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. in the
practice gym at the high school.
Horatio High School juniors, Audrey
Smith and LeAnn Carlisle stopped by the KDQN studios to invited area
residents to attend the event.
Smith and Carlisle stated that there
will be between 40 to 50 pieces of art that students will be displaying
and some of the art is for sale.
POWER OUTAGE TO CITY OF DIERKS 4/12/14
The City of Dierks experienced a
citywide power outage Monday that forced the closing of the Dierks
Media Relations spokesperson Scott
McCloud of SWEPCO explained that at 1:45 a.m. Monday morning lightning
damaged the main transformer at the substation during the thunderstorms
that pasted through the area Sunday night and Monday morning.
McCloud reported that SWEPCO crews
were working to restore power, and would be installing a mobile
transformer later today. The mobile transformer is being delivered to
Dierks from Longview, Texas.
McCloud stated the power outage was
affecting over 600 SWEPCO customers in the area and they apologize for
SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE INVESTIGATING SOME PRYING SITUATIONS
Members of the Sevier County Sheriff's
Office are investigation several residential burglaries that have
On April 10th, David Taylor of 405
Messer Street in Horatio reported that someone broke into his camper
trailer and stole his medication.
Taylor said he was in the hospital
from April 8th to the 10th and when he returned home, he discovered that
116 Hydrocodone pills were missing.
In another incident, Deputy Clayton
Yates was dispatched to 306 Hazard Street in Horatio on April 13th to
take a report from Shaw Johnson about another case of residential
Shaw reported that sometime between
noon on April 12th and 3 p.m. April 13th, someone broke into her trailer
Shaw said they stole the TVs out of
her living room and bedroom along with a 5-disc cd player and a small
black jewelry box.
Both victims reported that someone
pryed open the door to gain access to their homes.
Authorities say there was a third
incident last week with similar circumstances and they are checking to
see if there is a pattern.
Authorities are also seeking the
public's help in identifying the person or persons that are responsible
for these incidents. If you have any information, you are being asked to
contact the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at 870-642-2125.
STATE ASKS FOR CONTINUANCE IN EUROPE CASE 4/15/14
Jimmy Europe was scheduled for trial
this week, but Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir asked the court for a
continuance, so Judge Tom Cooper set a new pre-trail date of July 31st
and a trial date of August 20th.
While standing before Judge Cooper,
Europe stated that he had been in jail for nine months and requested to
see the evidence that the state has against him.
Judge Cooper responded by asked
Chesshir if he had turned over all of the state's evidence to the
defendants lawyer. Chesshir stated that he had and the defendants lawyer
stated that he had even showed it to Mr. Europe on a couple of
Before leaving the courtroom, Europe
reiterated the pointed that he didn't want a continuance, but wanted to
go to have a speedy trial.
Three other defendants plead guilty
before Judge Cooper last Thursday.
Jeffrey Hendrix plead guilty to 3rd
degree escape and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to three-years
probation and a $2,000 dollar fine.
When asked what he was guilty of,
Hendrix explained that he had been in jail in November 2013 for failure
to pay some fines. He told Judge Cooper that he was helping put
Christmas lights up at the Sevier County Courthouse and decided to run
Hendrix informed Judge Cooper that he
shoulder blocked a member of the De Queen Police Department and was
charged with the resisting arrest.
Prosecutors informed Judge Cooper that
Hendrix did not have any priors and asked for him to be sentenced under
Act 346, which will allow for Hendrix's conviction to be sealed once he
completes his sentence.
Joshua Earl agreed to a plea deal from
the prosecutor's office and was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas
Department of Corrections with 20 years suspended on two counts of
residential burglary and theft of property. He was also fined over
Earl informed the court that on or
about October 26th, he broke into a house and took some tongue and
groove lumber and then the next day broke into another house and stole a
Prosecutors reported that Earl had
co-defendants in these incidents and that they would be jointly paying
off the fines.
Nelson also plead guilty in Circuit Court last week to the charge of
failure to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced to four-years in
the Arkansas Department of Corrections with two-years suspended because
he failed to register with the De Queen Police Department of his status
by September 2013.
The reason Nelson has to register is
he was convicted of sexual assault in the second degree about nine years
BENEFIT DRIVE FOR THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 4/15/14
Area residents are conducting a
benefit drive to support the Arkansas Children's Hospital.
The group is collecting shampoo, soap,
tooth paste and tooth brushes, deodorant, lotions and body wash in
travel size containers.
The drive will help families who find
themselves staying with children at the hospital who are receiving some
form of treatment, whether it is an emergency or for long-term
Items may be dropped off at Diamond
Bank, the Sevier County Library in De Queen, the KDQN studios, Custom
Graphics, First National Bank and Uptown Girl Boutique.
Items will be collected until
Saturday, April 19th and then delivered to the Arkansas Children's
JACKSON NAMED ASHDOWN'S 2014 DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR 4/15/14
Jeanne Jackson was named the Ashdown
School District 2014 Teacher of the Year and was honored during the 2014
Little River County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, April 3rd.
Jackson has taught for 23 years at the
Ashdown High School and stated that she has never had a desire to teach
She's taught Oral Communications,
Psychology, Drama and ACT Prep. She's also led a media class called
Pantherzone TV and served as a Braille assignment coordinator.
Jackson has served as a Leadership
Team member, the ACSIP chair, AdvancEd chair, Instructional Lead Teacher
and program director of the 21st Century Afterschool Program for grades
Kindergarten through fourth grade for two years.
Jackson has served the Arkansas
Leadership Academy Teacher Leader Institute for 12 sessions, first as a
graduate and then as a facilitator and teacher learning coach.
Ashdown High School Principal Tim
Erwin described Jackson as a caring individual who truly nurtures her
students. He went on to say that she is hardworking, loyal and
determined and one of the best educators that he ever had the pleasure
of working with. He stated her students notice her desire for them to
succeed and therefore strive to be better people.
ARKANSAS GOP TO INTERVENE IN VOTER ID LAWSUIT 4/15/14
A state judge is allowing the Arkansas
Republican Party to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots
are handled under the new voter ID law.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox
granted the party's request Monday to help defend the state Board of
Election Commissioners over the rule that gives more time to absentee
voters who don't submit copies of their photo IDs with their absentee
The Pulaski County Election Commission
claimed that the state panel overstepped its bounds with the new rule.
Fox said he hopes to handle the case
quickly and gave both side a Friday deadline to file motions for summary
judgment and an April 23 deadline to file replies to the motions.
COTTON CALLS FOR DEBATES WITH PRYOR IN SENATE RACE 4/15/14
U.S. Representative Tom Cotton is
calling for a series of five debates with Senator Mark Pryor as Cotton
challenges Pryor in the U.S. Senate race.
Cotton, a Republican, said Sunday that
he wants the debates in five different regions of the state and without
moderators or panelists asking questions. Cotton called for opening and
closing statements with he and Pryor, a Democrat, asking each other
questions and giving rebuttals.
Pryor responded through a spokesperson
with a news release saying that he is looking forward to a debate at the
appropriate time and in a format in which voters could hear from the
MALICIOUS IN LAW CAN INCLUDE RECKLESSNESS IN ALBERT PIKE CASE
The Arkansas Supreme Court is siding
with the relatives of the 20 people that were killed in the flash floods
that took place at the Albert Pike campground in 2010, by agreeing with
their definition of malicious conduct under a state law.
A federal judge had halted 11 separate
suits that were filed against the federal government over the flooding
while she asked the high court to interpret the state law.
The U.S. government had argued that a
state law bars lawsuits against landowners who don't charge a fee for
recreational use. The law makes an exception if the landowner
maliciously fails to warn people about conditions or activities that are
known to be dangerous.
The court's opinion last week stated
the malicious conduct under the state law includes conduct in reckless
disregard of the consequences from which malice may be inferred.
ASHDOWN CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS RAILROAD CROSSINGS 4/14/14
A workshop session has been scheduled
for 5 p.m. today at the Ashdown City Hall to discuss proposals
concerning dangerous railroad crossings in Ashdown.
There have been four deaths at the
crossings in Ashdown since 2009. The latest death was in November of
A 2011 report from the Arkansas
Department of Transportation said the Locke Street crossing has an
average of 3,837 vehicles cross it a day.
Representatives from the Kansas City
Southern Railway and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation
Department will be in attendance along with the Ashdown City Council and
the public is invited to attend.
Kansas City Southern has stated in the
past they will partner with the city and state to solve the problems
with the railroad crossings within the Ashdown city limits.
KCS has offered the city money in the
past to close several crossings. According to a KCS representative, the
city could use the money for any purpose that they want.
The state transportation department
stated that the crossings are dangerous, but people are ignoring safety
rules, which are there to protect drivers.
In the past, citizens have voiced
their objection to closing the Locke Street crossing which is the
heaviest traveled crossing.
For more information about the
workshop, contact the Ashdown City Hall at 898-2622.
DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PRESENT PROGRAM ON CYBERBULLYING
Bullying is becoming a major problem
in American society and it's been said that adults need to be award of
their children's behavior in order to detect problems before they become
Parents are told to watch for signs of
emotional distress and to notice when their children withdraw from their
friends and favorite activities. Other signs that may reveal that a
child is being bullied either at school on or online are changes in
mood, behavior, sleep or appetite or their grades may start slipping or
they start acting out in anger at home.
Parents are encouraged to talk to
their kids and help them understand what's going on. And, parents should
stay involved in their kids lives.
Tammy Whatley of the De Queen School
District has announced that the De Queen district will be hosting a
cyberbullying workshop next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the De Queen Elementary
Whatley stated that Special Agent Doug
Estes from the Arkansas State Police will be the guest speaker. Estes is
the coordinator for Arkansas’ Internet Crimes Against Children.
For more information, contact your
child's school office.
GOING TO TRIAL 4/14/14
UPDATE: Anthony Lawrence's trial has
been delayed. We will report the new trial date when it becomes
Anthony Lawrence's pre-trial was held
Thursday in the Circuit Court of Sevier County before Judge Tom Cooper.
Lawrence is facing one count of sexual
assault in the fourth degree and one count of attempted sexual assault
in the third degree.
If convicted Lawrence could face up to
12 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and ordered to pay
fines not to exceed $20,000.
Lawrence is out of jail on a $30,000,
but will be back in court on Wednesday, April 16th for a jury trial.
Lawrence who was a probation officer
at the time of the incidents has been accused of engaging in sexual
conduct with someone that is not his wife and who was in the custody of
the Department of Community Corrections as a parolee.
Allegedly, the first incident took
place in the Sevier County Courthouse on December 18th, 2012 and she
informed a member of the South Central Drug Task Force of the incident
and the task force along with the De Queen Police Department and the
Arkansas State Police opened an investigation into the incident.
Then on December 20th of 2012,
Lawrence allegedly attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with the
same victim. The second incident was reportedly recorded by the
authorities and he was arrested on December 20th.
HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL TO HOLD BLOOD DRIVE 4/14/14
Lifeshare Blood Centers is having a
blood drive Wednesday, April 16th from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at
Horatio High School
The blood drive is apart of LifeShares
2013-2014 LifeScholars program, which is designed to honor students who
domonstrate community service and leadership by becoming regular blood
The LifeScholars program provides the
school to earn a scholarship for its students, regardless of the school
size or what athletic classification that they are in.
The community can offer its support to
the students of Horatio High School by participating in the blood drive.
According to LifeShares about one in
seven people who enter a hospital will need blood and one blood donation
can save up to three lives. So every donation has the potential to save
For more information, go to
www.lifeshare.org or call 903-794-3173.
IT'S DISTRACTED DRIVER WEEK 4/14/14
April is distracted driver week and
the Arkansas Coalition Against Texting While Driving coalition is
reminding drivers that when you are behind the wheel that text can wait.
A recent report states that nearly 80
percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some sort of
distracted driver within three seconds of the crash.
Jay Dooley of De Queen Ford mentioned
to KDQN that car dealers all across Arkansas are joining with the
Arkansas Coalition Against Texting While Driving in promoting the idea
of putting the cell phone away while driving.
Dooley reported that nearly half of
all commuters admit to texting while driving and 98 percent say they
text while their driving even though they know it isn't safe.
Statistics show that a driver who is
using their cell phone is four times more likely to be involved in a
motor vehicle accident.
So, Dooley provided drivers with three
steps to stop texting while driving. He suggested people know the risk
of texting while driving, take the pledge not the texting while driving
and speak up when riding with others who are texting while driving.
Dooley brought a contract between
parents and teens that reminds all drivers that Arkansas law bans
texting for all drivers and bans handheld cell phone use for drivers
between the ages of 18 to 20.
A copy of the contract may be picked
up at De Queen Ford or visit the website www.ardrivesafe.org.
PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE EVENT FOR SEVIER COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE
The Sevier County Relay for Life Dusk
till Dawn event is scheduled for April 25th at the Sportsplex in De
Queen and teams are making plans for a big finish to this year's
Relay for Life is the American Cancer
Society's signature event. It's an over-night event that is designed to
bring together those who have been touched by cancer. And to help bring
the community together, the Sevier County Relay for Life committee will
paint the town purple this Sunday.
Emmy Bailey encouraged individuals and
businesses to participate in the paint the county purple contest.
Participates are asked to decorate with purple and contact a Relay for
Life committee member and enter their business into the contest. The
winner will be announced at the Sevier County Relay for Life Dusk to
Bailey stated that it was not too late
to form a team that teams were even welcome to show up April 25th to
make their donation to the American Cancer Society.
Bailey announced that people could
still purchase luminaries at the Horatio State Bank, First State Bank
and from Pilgrim's team members.
Bailey said several of the teams never
stop fundraising from one year to the next. She said First National Bank
sells solar bobble heads all year around and Diamond Bank and Horatio
State Bank sells cookbooks.
The Relay for Life Survivor Dinner
will Friday, April 18th at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose building of the
De Queen Church of Christ.
For more information about forming a
team, fundraisers, the Survivor Dinner or the Dusk to Dawn event, call
784-3053, 784-8895 or 784-1692.
AHS SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE ENCOURAGING CONTRIBUTORS 4/14/14
The Ashdown High School Scholarship
Committee will soon be awarding scholarships to 2014 AHS graduates, as
it has since its formation in 1986, and contributors are encouraged to
either continue donations as they have in previous years or become new
scholarship donors and contribute to the success of new Ashdown High
School graduates in their post-secondary endeavors.
According to the scholarship committee
chairperson, Ronda Pounds, they awarded 38 scholarships for a total
value of $15,405, last year. That means the committee has awarded over
$320,188 dollars to 917 students over the course of 28-years.
Pounds also stated that 100 percent of
all donated monies are awarded every year and that all donations are tax
The Scholarship Committee has also
authorized an alumni fund that will allow former students of Ashdown
High School and businesses may contribute to the program in an amount,
at any time. Contributions may also be made in honor or memory of
friends and loved ones.
As in previous years, scholarship
recipients would be announced and scholarships awarded at a tea that is
sponsored by the committee.
This year's tea has been scheduled for
Sunday, May 4th at 2 p.m. in the Ashdown High School cafeteria.
Pounds also stated that all donors
were welcome to attend the tea and they were welcome to participate in
the presenting of the scholarships that they had donated to.
To have a scholarship presented to a
2014 graduate, contributions must be received by April 18th. They may be
mailed to or dropped off at the Ashdown School District Central Office
at 511 North Second Street, in Ashdown Arkansas, 71822.
GIRL GETS $20K FOR DIAMOND FOUND IN ARKANSAS PARK 4/14/14
An Oklahoma City girl has sold a 3.85
carat diamond that she found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park for
Tana Clymer said she planned to use
the money to help pay for college.
Clymer found the diamond in October of
2012 while hunting for diamonds with her family at the Crater of
Diamonds State Park. She says she couldn't believe her good luck and
asked her dad if she was dreaming.
The park is the only diamond-producing
site in the U.S. that is open to the public. Other gems that may be
discovered at the park include amethyst, garnet, jasper and quartz.
The yellow diamond that Clymer found
was a teardrop-shaped stone that was about the size of a jellybean.