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Teresa Morris of the Arkansas Department of Health announced the annual Sevier County mass flu clinic is Thursday at the Sevier County Health Unit from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Little River County mass flu clinic is Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Little River County Senior Adult Center in Ashdown.


Morris said they have already been to several schools, but will be at Horatio and Ashdown next week.


Vaccinations will be provided free of charge, but if you have insurance, the Arkansas Department of Health will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of the injection.


If you would like to participate in the clinic, stop by the local health unit and pick up a consent form. If you have the form filled out and reviewed prior to the clinic, it will speed up the process on the day of the mass clinic.


Morris explained the flu vaccine is a dead virus and will not give anyone the flu and this year's vaccine consists of four-strains. Morris said the shot won't stop you from getting the flu, but it will ensure you have a milder case.


The Sevier County mass flu clinic is scheduled for Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sevier County Health Unit. For more information, call 870-642-2535.


The Howard County mass flu clinic is a drive thru clinic on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard County Farmer’s Market. For more information, call 870-845-2208.


The Little River County mass flu clinic is scheduled for Friday at the Little River County Senior Adult Center in Ashdown from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 870-898-3831.


The Pike County mass flu clinic is scheduled for Friday at the Pike County Senior Adult Center in Glenwood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 870-285-2535.


The Ashdown School District will hold a district wide flu clinic on Tuesday, November 1st. The consent forms will be sent home this week.


Ashdown’s Junior High School nurse, Debbie Turner, reported the Center for Disease Control, no longer recommends the flu mist, so only shots will be given this year.


Morris also stated if you can't attend one of the mass flu clinics, you can contact your local health unit and schedule an.





A Horatio man who has been accused of raping a woman that he met at a Texarkana, Arkansas nightclub is currently on trial in Miller County.


The trial of 46-year-old Gary Bevis, Sr. started Tuesday with  testimony from the alleged victim.


She told the members of the jury that the night started with a trip to a Halloween costume store with some friends. She said they then stopped at a bar in Atlanta, Texas.


She said they left after one beer and went to the Electric Cowboy around 9:30 p.m. She said while at the club, she ran into a man that she knew and accepted an invitation from him and his wife to visit their home in Mandeville around 1:30 a.m.


She testified that there wasn't room for her in their vehicle and Bevis offered to give her a ride. She said she only accepted after her acquaintance nodded his approval.


The woman testified that Bevis first drove to the wrong trailer park and then he drove to Mr. D's nightclub.


James Dansby testified he was working security Halloween night at Mr. D's. and he noticed Bevis and the victim at the door around 4 a.m.


Dansby said the woman asked him if he could give her a ride, because she didn't feel safe with Bevis. He testified that he told her he couldn't drive all the way to Atlanta, but he would give her his number, so she could call him when she got home.


Dansby said he noticed Bevis and the victim drive off in a maroon Toyota truck.


The woman testified Bevis then pulled over on the side of the road and began to assault her. She said her phone rang while Bevis was assaulting her and she told Dansby that she was being beaten and raped.


However, Dansby testified his phone rang while he was driving home and he turned around and started driving to where he thought she might be.


The woman also testified that Bevis left his shirt and belt when he left her, but under cross-examination she said she could not remember who called who.


Dansby said he saw Bevis truck and followed it to Ashdown, while speaking with an emergency dispatcher. He said Bevis was pulled over in Ashdown.


Ashdown Police Officer Casey Flemming testified that he and his captain were notified that a truck wanted in connection with a sexual assault was possibly headed toward Ashdown and they stopped a maroon Toyota that matched the description they had been given.


Flemming said Bevis was arrested for driving while intoxicated and he was not wearing a shirt or belt.


Texarkana Police Officer Les Colley testified that he found the alleged victim on the side of Mandeville Road in Miller County wearing a skeleton costume shortly before 6 a.m. on November 1st. He stated when he found the woman there was a shirt and belt nearby. He said the belt had the letter "B" on it.


If convicted of rape, Bevis faces 10 to 40 years or life in prison.





Halloween is less than a week away and De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy announced all Halloween activities in the City of De Queen will be held on Monday, October 31st. He also mentioned its Red Ribbon Week and that the Avon Cemetery made Arkansas Haunted Road Trip list in his weekly Around Town Report.


De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey announced the annual De Queen Kindergarten parade of Halloween costumes will be held Monday at 9 a.m. on the square in downtown De Queen. He said the Parkhill Preschool Halloween parade around the school is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. and kids 12 and under are invited to Trick or Treat on the square from 5:30 to 6.


Massey said area businesses, organizations, churches and individuals are welcome to set up booths throughout the downtown area and pass out candy.


Massey also reported Smiles of Arkansas Dental is hosting a Halloween event called Zombieville Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Smiles of Arkansas parking lot. He said there's going to be candy corn bowling, pumpkin toss, a mummy run and piñatas, as well as other activities.


McKelvy stated the American Legion Post number 54 announced they will be handing out Halloween treats from 6 to 8 p.m. at 513 North 8th Street in De Queen.




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The execution of a search warrant in Mineral Springs led to the arrest of three individuals along with the recovery of suspected narcotics and drug paraphernalia.


Howard County Sheriff Bryan McJunkins said 24-year-old Eddie Charles Reed and 29-year-old Danial Taylor, both of Mineral Springs, along with Ashley Rolland of Louisiana.


McJunkins said the search warrant led to the recovery of two bags of suspected methamphetamine, one bag of suspected marijuana, digital scales, and baggies that were used to package and sell the narcotics.


The arrests were the result of an investigation that reportedly saw multiple drug sales that made by different individuals at the residence over the past three months.


Reed is charged with possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and delivery of methamphetamine.


Rolland was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Taylor was arrested at a Nashville industry on a delivery charge resulting from drug sales at the residence.


Officers with the Howard County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, South Central Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife officers and the Mineral Springs Police Department were involved in serving the search warrant.





UA Cossatot faculty and staff attended and received awards during the Arkansas Community College convention last week, in Hot Springs.


Cossatot Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement reported UA Cossatot is a member of the Arkansas Community Colleges, an association with all of the state's technical and two year colleges and each year, the association awards an Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Staff member from each institution. Lewis said Cossatot's Outstanding Staff member is Brenda Young of New Hope.


Young began her career at Cossatot in January 1997 as a student worker and transitioned to a full-time position seven months later. As the college grew, her job responsibilities also grew. Her duties include ensuring that the college follows state guidelines and laws while paying bills and supporting efficient operations.


Lewis announced the Outstanding Faculty member is Kelli Harris.


Harris is an instructor in the Professional Studies Division at UA Cossatot. She teaches primarily agriculture classes and some law classes and also serves as the collegiate FFA advisor. Some of the projects she has taken on include organizing the Colts Classic, which is an annual FFA contest for high school students and operating the college greenhouse.


The Arkansas Community College Association also recognizes a student and former student from each institution.


Lewis said Cossatot honored Lilly Bell-Johnson as Cossatot's Alumni of the Year and Tina Daugherty as Cossatot's Academic All-Star.


Bell-Johnson is a former Cossatot student, but she was also a former employee. Bell-Johnson is currently employed at Weyerhaeuser as the Human Resource Manager for both the Dierks Lumber and Idabel Lumber. She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management through a partnership with Franklin University.


Daugherty is from Nashville and plans to teach K-2 grades while completing her master's degree and eventually, a doctorate in education.


At the conclusion of the conference, Lewis was named the President of the Arkansas Community College Association. Lewis said it was an honor to be nominated and is excited to work with such a great association this coming year.


Lewis was elected two months ago by the ACC Board members. She will serve as President until October 17th, 2017.


She earned her Associate of Arts from Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma, her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and her Master of Science in Operation Management from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.





A Little River County woman accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old Foreman High School junior at a birthday party on January 23rd plead guilty Monday and was sentenced to 47-years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.


Forty-one year old Traci Dierks plead guilty in the Little River County Circuit Court in Ashdown and Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan sentenced her to the maximum of 30-years for the 2nd degree murder of Caitlin Caskey.


Dierks was sentenced to one year in prison for aggravated assault on a student who was struck in the arm when the rifle went off and nine additional years on three counts of aggravated assault for pointing the weapon at other teenagers. Dierks was also sentenced to seven years for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


According to Dierks' attorney, she will be eligible for parole within eight years.


Dierks will remain in the Sevier County jail until she is transferred to prison.





Monday afternoon, a jury of six men and six women was selected in Miller County to hear the case of a Horatio man who allegedly raped a woman after meeting her at a nightclub in Texarkana, Arkansas.


Forty-five year old Gary Bevis is accused of beating and raping a woman that he met on November 1st of 2015 at the Electric Cowboy.


The alleged victim told police that she and Bevis stopped at another nightclub after they left the Electric Cowboy. While there, she and the bartender exchanged phone numbers and she later called him and allegedly told him that she had been beaten and raped.


While driving to where he thought she was, the bartender saw the red truck that the victim and Bevis had left in earlier. He followed the truck into Ashdown where it was stopped by local law enforcement officers.


Bevis was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and booked into the Little River County jail.


About 6 a.m., a detective found the victim on Mandeville Road. At the scene, officers found a shirt and belt with the letter "B" on it that was allegedly left by her attacker. When Bevis was arrested in Ashdown, he was not wearing a shirt or belt.


If convicted of rape, he could be facing 10 to 40 years or life in prison.



2016 AUTUMN COZY QUILT SHOW         10/25/16


The Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild will host their 2016 Autumn Cozy Quilt Show on Saturday, November 12th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg.


There will be a lot of quilts on display, vendors and homemade refreshments.


If you would like to enter a quilted item to be displayed and judged, you may drop them off at the church on Thursday, November 10th, between 6 and 8 p.m. or on Friday, November 11th, between 3 and 6:30 p.m. There is a $3 charge per entry.


Categories include: hand quilted, machine pieced and quilted, children’s or baby, first quilt, retreat, appliqué, antique and miscellaneous.


Admission to the show is free, but the Guild will accept donations at the show. All of the money donated at the show will be used to help local under privileged children at Christmas time.


Guests will be able to vote for their favorite quilt, chat with the quilters, and purchase quilted items, supplies and fabric.


If you have any questions about entries or would like to be a vendor, please call 870-287-5178 or 870-784-4388.





Cossatot River School District Board of Education held a special called meeting on September 29th. Board members voted to approve the district's 2016-17 budget and they accepted a bid of $70,684 from Wilson's Heating and Air to install an air conditioner in the high school gym.


Cossatot River School District Superintendent Donnie Davis stated the district held it's annual public meeting prior to the board's October meeting.


Board members also voted to schedule graduation for the Cossatot River High School on May 15th and May 18th for the Umpire High School.


Davis said the board then elected Rusty Youngblood as the board president, Randy Sellers as the vice-president, Mike Fortner as secretary and Nick Strother as disbursement officer.





A spokesperson for the Arkansas Legislature submitted this summary of the ballot issues that will appear on the 2016 General Election Ballot.


Voters are reminded that they will see Issues 4 and 5 printed on the ballot, but the Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down both issues and votes cast for or against these issues will not be counted.


Ballot Issue #1 is titled “An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution concerning terms, election and eligibility of elected officials.


This amendment addresses the issue of unopposed candidates. If passed, it would allow the General Assembly to pass additional legislation that would declare a candidate elected for a particular office if that candidate is the only candidate for the position after all the deadlines have passed. And, if no other offices or issues are on the ballot, then an election would not be held.


The proposed amendment also defines the term “infamous crime”. Currently, the state constitution states that an individual is ineligible to hold office if convicted of embezzlement, bribery, forgery, or infamous crime. Over the years, the courts have determined what is or is not an infamous crime. Issue 1 would define infamous crime as a felony, abuse of office, tampering, a misdemeanor in which the defendant committed an act of deceit, fraud or false statement.


This issue would also lengthen the term of county elected officials from 2-years to 4-years. If passed, the 4-year terms would not take effect until the 2018 General Election.


Issue #2 addresses the power of the Governor when he or she travels outside of the state. Currently, Arkansas law requires the Lieutenant Governor to assume the power of Governor when the Governor is not physically in the state.


Issue 2 would allow the Governor to retain his or her duties and powers when traveling.


Issue 3 is titled an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution concerning job creation, job expansion and economic development.


It would remove the limitation on the principal amount of general obligation bonds that may be issued under Amendment 82 of the Arkansas Constitution to attract large economic development projects.


Issue 3 would also authorize a municipality to obtain or appropriate money for any corporation, association, institution, or individual to finance economic development projects and to provide economic development services.


A vote for Issue 6 would change the Arkansas Constitution to make the medical use of marijuana legal under Arkansas law and establishing a system for cultivation, acquisition and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes.


Issue 6 lists 17 qualifying patient conditions including cancer, glaucoma, hepatitis C and HIV. Issue 6 also would authorize the Arkansas Department of Health to approve other medical conditions or treatments as qualifying conditions following a public hearing.


Issue 6 would also require that there be no less than 20 but no more than 40 licensed dispensaries in the state and it states that there shall be at least four but not more than eight licensed cultivation facilities. However, there can be no more than four dispensaries in any one county.


Local voters would also be able to prohibit dispensaries and cultivation facilities in their communities through local elections.


State tax revenues would be used to pay for administering the program with any remaining funds being divided among state workforce training and technical school funds, and the state General Revenue Fund.


A vote for Issue 7 would make the medical use of marijuana legal under Arkansas law and establish a system for the cultivation, acquisition and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes.


Cardholders, who live more than 20 miles from a dispensary, would be allowed to grow a limited number of cannabis plants for themselves. The number of dispensaries would be based on the number of pharmacies and there would be one dispensary for every 20 pharmacies. Issue 7 says dispensaries would be non-profit and state tax revenues would pay for the administration of the program and provide access to marijuana for low-income patients.


There are 56 qualifying patient conditions in Issue 7.


Issue 7 is an initiated act which means it could be changed by a two-thirds vote by the legislature. However, Issue 6 is a proposed constitutional amendment, so the legislature would be able to alter sections of Issue 6, but would not be able to reverse the growing or dispensing of medical marijuana.





This Week's News:






Early voting started statewide today and voters can cast their ballot in the Sevier County Clerk's Office in the county courthouse from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. If you are unable to go to the polling place, you can vote by absentee, by requesting a ballot from the county clerk's office.


According to the state's Secretary of State's office, more than 50,000 Arkansans registered to vote in the last 3-months. That means there are now 1,754,243 registered voters in the state.


In 2012, only 67 percent of Arkansas voters cast a ballot. Seventy-eight percent voted in 1980.


According to the Secretary of State's Office, some elections have been decided by extremely narrow margins, especially in some local races. For example, in 2010, two candidates in Stone County tied twice, both in the primary and in the resulting runoff election. In 2005, a local initiative in Hot Springs passed by only 89 votes and in 1998, three municipal elections were decided by a single vote.


For more information about election deadlines visit the Secretary of State's website at


Election day is November 8th and the polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voter precincts and polling sites are assigned by county election commissioners based on where you live. A voter registration card is issued by the county clerk that shows your voting precinct. You may also visit the website,





Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts presented the Dierks City Council with the 2015 Arkansas Legislative Audit during their October meeting.


Mounts reported the city received a good report with no major citations, however, it did have a few minor citations pertaining to the city's accounting software, which they plan to upgrade by the end of November.


Mounts reported construction on the city's new sewer lagoon should also be completed sometime in November.


Mounts said the city will continue to be aggressive on their cleanup efforts and will be contacting some residents in the near future concerning some ordinance violations.


Mounts also reported the council's budget meeting that was scheduled for Monday, December 5th will be rescheduled due to a conflict with the chamber’s Christmas parade.


The November meeting of the Dierks City Council is scheduled for Monday, November 14th.





Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Jon Partain announced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking private landowners to participate in the Strategic Quail Management Plan to help provide habitation for quail in the state.


According to the commission's Small Game Team, they hope to reverse the decline of the northern Bobwhite quail population and establish long-term stability in the quail population in the state.


The commission hopes to achieve this by promoting the establishment and enhancement of quail habitat on both public and private lands to help generate more interest in quail hunting.


To get started, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking private landowners to contact the Private Lands Biologist in Hope by calling 870-777-5580 to set up an appointment.



SWIPING CEDAR        10/24/16


On October 13th, Janice Hobbs reported someone had cut some cedar trees off some property that joined theirs on Piney Road to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.


Hobbs stated the trees were on their hunting lease. She said the property belonged to John Hendrix.


Hobbs’ husband, William and his brother informed Deputy Wendall Randall that they had found a choker cable, which is used to drag logs out of the woods, along with several cedar logs on the ground.


Steven Wagoner oversees Hendrix’s property and he informed Deputy Randall that he had not given anyone permission to cut the trees.


Later, Deputy Chris Wolcott reported he had seen 33-year-old Jason Brooks of De Queen hauling a load of cut cedar logs to a private mill on Highway 71 North. Deputy Brian Hankins also reported he had seen Brooks with a load of cedar logs in the back of a Ford Ranger pickup.


Brooks was interviewed at the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and allegedly stated he was having a hard time and had cut the trees, although he didn’t have permission to do so.


Brooks was cited for misdemeanor theft of property after Wagoner reported Brooks had cut about $200 worth of cedar trees.





De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy released a statement reminding city residents that the De Queen City Council passed an ordinance in 2008 that prohibits residents from keeping pit bulls within the city limits.


McKelvy said Ordinance 949 makes it unlawful to keep American Pit Bull terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and American Bull Dogs in the city. It also prohibits dogs whose owner admits or identifies the dog as being one of those breeds or a dog that is commonly recognizable or identifiable as such.


Owners who are convicted of violating Ordinance 949 can be fined up to $500 and any owner who fails to remove a dog from the city limits can be fined up to $500 per day. If an owner reclaims a dog and then fails to remove it from the city limits, the animal can be seized and humanely destroyed.


For more information, contact the De Queen City Hall at 870-584-3445.



CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME         10/24/16


Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department said members of the De Queen Police Department and the Sevier County Sheriff's Office will be playing a charity softball game this Saturday in the Lockesburg City Park against law enforcement officers from Howard County.


Browning said the teams will be collecting coats, gloves and winter clothing for children.


Items may be dropped off at the De Queen, Lockesburg or Horatio city halls, the De Queen Police Department or the Sevier County Sheriff's Office. Browning said items may also be dropped off at the game.


Browning said Saturday's game will start at 11 a.m. and they'll be accepting donations at the gate. He said the proceeds will be split between the Lockesburg City Park and the Sevier County Salvation Army.


For more information, contact the De Queen Police Department at 870-642-2213.





Congressman Bruce Westerman will host a coffee on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot this Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.


The event is open to the public.


Westerman will host a Coffee with your Congressman along with U.S. Senator Tom Cotton at the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce in Hot Springs today from noon to 1 p.m. and at the Jasper City Hall in Jasper on Tuesday, November 1st from noon to 1.





During the October meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education, board members discussed the district's future facility needs. Superintendent Jason Sanders reported the board will address that issue during their November and December board meetings.


Sanders reported the district has also updated its web site and invited district patrons to visit the site at .


Sanders then reported the district will be consolidating its administration buildings into one at the old high school after the first of the year.


Board members approved the purchase of Renaissance Learning for Accelerated Reader, STAR Math and STAR Reading with Title I and NSLA funds. Sanders said the district spent $22,093.86 to help improve student test scores.


Board members voted to terminate the district’s contract with Renke’s janitorial contract at the high school.


Board members also elected Chuck Davis as president, Dorothy Henderson as the board vice-president, and Rosa Bowman as the secretary.





Wednesday evening, Sevier County Deputy Kris Hundley was dispatched to the Lockesburg City Park in reference to a domestic. He was also informed that there were some off-duty law enforcement officers on the scene.


When Hundley arrived, he noticed Deputy Greg Davignon and several other deputies had two men in custody. Hundley was informed that the officers were playing softball in the park when they witnessed the suspect, Kevin Fatherree and his wife, Kristina Fatherree start arguing. They also reported that they witnessed Kevin grab Kristina and that is when they decided to intervene.


As the officers approached, they said Kevin threw a beer down and told them to quote, "bring it on."


Officers said a second suspect, Larry David Russell approached the officers from behind and attempted to defend Kevin, but calmed down when he discovered they were all police officers.


Kevin was restrained and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.


Russell was charged with public intoxication.


Sonny Kimmel, Chad Bradshaw, Levi Browning, JJ Lopez, and David Higgins of the De Queen Police Department, Deputies Matt Webb, Thomas Jackson, Davignon, and Nicole Nealy of the Sevier County Sheriff's office, and Detention Officers Chet Stubbs and David Lindsey were all at the park when the incident occurred.





The Horatio High School junior class will be hosting a powder puff football game Monday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Horatio Lion Football Stadium.


Junior class members Zack Izzo, Delfina Martinez and Alex Robles stopped by the KDQN studios and invited area residents to attend.


Martinez said members of the Horatio football team will be providing halftime entertainment.





Foreman Superintendent George Kennedy reported the district is working to install a new bell and intercom system at the high school. He said the district's insurance company denied the district's claim that the system had been struck by lightening and was not going to pay for the new system.


Kennedy said the agri department's welding exhaust system has been installed and students will soon be welding in class.


Members of the Foreman Board of Education voted to transfer almost $105,000 from the district's building fund to the General Fund. Kennedy said this will allow the district to balance it's budget for the 2016-17 school year.


He also announced the district will be holding its annual public meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.


Board members elected Shane Mears the board president, Will Segraves as the vice-president and Wayne Frye as the board secretary.





U.S. Senator John Boozman is encouraging Arkansans to participate in the Arkansas Drug Take Back Day on Saturday and help get expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs out of their homes.


Boozman said prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country and unfortunately Arkansas is not immune to the problem. He said through the drug take back events, Arkansas is providing a safe option for people to dispose of old and unneeded medication, which will help reduce the risk of someone developing an addiction to prescription medication.


There will be more than 130 drug take back collection sites across the state. Boozman said during the April Drug Take Back event, Arkansans disposed of over 25,000 pounds of prescription drugs.


Sevier County residents can take their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to the Sevier County Sheriff's office.



TOUR DE QUEEN         10/21/16


De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey recently invited bicyclists from across the region to participate in the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on November 5th. Pre-registration is $25, but registration forms must be completed by Monday, October 24th, after the 24th, registration is $30.


Massey said riders will be able to choose routes of various lengths, including 15 miles, 25 miles, 36 miles and 47 miles. The routes will take riders through scenic areas around De Queen, including Chapel Hill and De Queen Lake. Volunteers will mark various locations along the route AS turn-around points and rest stops.


Online registration is available on by searching for Tour de Queen and veterans are invited to participate for free.


Registration forms can also be picked up locally at the De Queen Bee, the KDQN studio, Bear State Bank, First State Bank and the De Queen City Hall.


No awards will be given and this is not a timed race. All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all riders must wear a helmet and the event will go on rain or shine.


For more information, call Massey at 870-582-5746.




December is just around the corner and that means the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host the annual De Queen Christmas Parade.

Chamber officials announced this week that this year’s parade theme will be “Christmas Lights on Parade.”

Chamber President Patrick Massey said the chamber hopes this will give people a reason to go all out with lights on their floats. He said the chamber is anticipating an awesome parade.

This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 6 p.m. in downtown De Queen. As in previous years, downtown merchants will be encouraged to stay open for extended hours during and following the parade. The chamber is also inviting businesses, churches, groups or organizations to set up booths at no cost during the parade.

Massey said this is a great opportunity for organizations to hold a fundraiser during the holiday season. He said businesses who set up booths around the square will also benefit from the thousands of people who will be attending this year’s parade.

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

Area residents are also reminded that the KCS Holiday Express is scheduled to stop in De Queen on Sunday, December 11th at 4 p.m. So make plans to bring the whole family and enjoy making some great Christmas memories during this event. 



Aldermen of the Lockesburg City Council voted to increase water rates to $23.27 for the first 1,000 gallons and to increase sewer rates from $19.43 to $21.20, so the city can receive financing for a new sewer line from the Holly Lane lift station to the city’s sewer pond.

The rate increase was suggested by the city’s engineer, Andy Franks of A.L. Franks Engineering. He reported he had researched and found funding for the sewer line, which allow the city to complete and enlarge the sewer line at a cost of $300,000.

The sewer line project will be funded by a grant from the USDA.

Franks also agreed to draw preliminary plans for a new senior citizens building.

Aldermen also decided to move the school bus stop to the senior citizen building from the City Shop. Aldermen said the senior adult building was not being used at that time of day and there was enough room so the kids would not have to be in a busy street.

Aldermen rejected a building permit for a mobile home because the building permit form had not been completed, the mobile home was not up to code and the lot does not have a sewer system.

Alderman also changed the city’s Noise Ordinance from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.



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

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

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

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

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

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




De Queen Lake Park Ranger, Victor Kuykendall, reported the Pine Ridge Park area has been closed. He said they will be making several upgrades and the Pine Ridge Park will be closed for about a month.


Kuykendall said they will be replacing a culvert, putting in a new bathhouse and upgrading the park's electrical system.


If you have any questions, contact Kuykendall at 870-584-4161.





Halloween is right around the corner, so what better time to take the Ultimate Haunted Arkansas Road Trip, especially when you can start right here in Sevier County.


Last month, Blogger Kristen Dummermuth wrote about some haunted sites in Arkansas and she included the Avon Cemetery in Sevier County.


Dummermuth stated the ghost of a mother and her child wander throughout the cemetery grounds. She reported the legend states, a mother sat her child on the mouth of the well as she collected water and the baby fell in and drowned.


Dummermuth said before the well at the cemetery was cemented over, residents said whenever someone drops a rock into the well at night they can hear the baby crying. Some people have also claimed to have seen the mother running through the cemetery looking for her child.


The Haunted Road Trip also includes the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Garfield, the Peel Mansion in Bentonville, the Radar Road Phantom in Rogers, the Tilly Willy Bridge in Fayetteville, the Old Malco Theatre in Hot Springs, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Crossett Railroad Tracks in Crossett, the Hitchhiker on Highway 365 in Woodson, the Empress of Little Rock and the St. Francis County Museum in Forrest City.


Dummermuth said if you love a good road trip and are fascinated by the unknown, make sure to embark upon this haunted adventure to experience some unnatural things in The Natural State.


Check our website, and click on the link for a copy of the map and for more details about the Ultimate Haunted Arkansas Road Trip.





For the past couple of weeks, Sevier County Extension, Family and Consumer Science agent, Janet Cantrell has been speaking to various organizations about the 2016 Ballot Issues.


Monday, Cantrell spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club and Tuesday night, she made a presentation to the De Queen City Council.


Wednesday morning, she discussed the issues that Arkansas voters will be casting their votes for and against with KDQN. Cantrell stated all the information that she provided was in the 2016 Voter Guide that was published by the University of Arkansas Extension Office.


Cantrell said there are three issues that were referred to the people of Arkansas by the Arkansas General Assembly and four issues that were referred to the people by petition.


She said Issue 1 is entitled Terms, election and eligibility of elected officials and deals with term limits for countywide officials.


Cantrell said Issue 1 will also prevent elected officials from holding civil office and will define the term "infamous crime.”


Cantrell said Issue 2 would allow the governor to retain his power when he is out of the state.


And, Issue 3 concerns economic development.


Cantrell said Issues 4, 5, 6 and 7 were all challenged in court and 4 and 5 have been removed from the ballot by the Arkansas Supreme Court. She said they will still appear on the ballot but any votes for or against those issues will not be counted.


Cantrell also explained what would happen if both medical marijuana issues were passed by Arkansas voters.


Cantrell said for more information, you can pick up a voter guide at the extension office or print a copy from the website:


To contact Cantrell, call 870-584-3013.



JOB FAIR AT UA COSSATOT         10/19/16


UA Cossatot will be hosting a Job Fair Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus.


De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey reported the college is inviting all chamber members to set up a booth at no cost. He said tables will be furnished by the college.


According to Cossatot, several different industries will be available and they are all interested in employees for full-time and part-time employees, as well as a few internships.


Registration is not required, but for more information call the college at 870-584-4471 or 1-800-844-4471.






Cossatot River High School's EAST students will be hosting a EAST Night Out on Thursday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in room 401.


Students will display their EAST Lab projects that were completed with the department's 3-D printer, the plotter, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and Sketch Up.


EAST Night Out is a nationwide EAST Open House that will be hosted by over 100 individual communities that have EAST programs. During the EAST Night Out, EAST classrooms will share their student-driven, service-based, technology-infused education projects with their school community, business leaders, media and family.






Tuesday night, Sevier County resident Victor Rojas Jr. asked the De Queen City Council to consider passing a proclamation designating De Queen as a Purple Heart City.


Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported aldermen voted to proceed with the process and asked Rojas to work on obtaining the signs and a plaque from the Military Order of the Purple Heart that will be displayed in the De Queen City Hall.


Rojas said there are currently 32 Purple Heart cities and eight Purple Heart counties in Arkansas.


Mayor McKelvy also updated the council on the De Queen senior adult center. He stated the city owns the building that houses the center and he wants the council to renew the lease with the Southwest Arkansas Area Agency on Aging since they have assumed the day-to-day operations of the center.


McKelvy reported the city currently has a contract of service with the senior adult center in the amount of $10,000 a year.


McKelvy said the executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center reported to the council and asked them to consider renewing their contract of service for the upcoming year.


Aldermen also voted to sell four pieces of equipment and use the proceeds from the sale to purchase something the street department needs.


McKelvy said the council looked at a new clean-up ordinance, but did not vote it. He said the council will consider the ordinance during their November 1st neeting.






Two people died Monday in a head-on collision in McCurtain County, according a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.


Forty-seven year old Debra Kessler of Eagletown and 43-year-old Roger Ashbrooks of Dierks were killed in the collision and both were pronounced dead at the scene.


According to the report, the accident occurred at about 2:50 p.m. on U.S. Highway 70 about 5-miles east of Broken Bow. The report says Kessler was driving east on Highway 70 when she went left of center and hit the tractor-trailer that was being driven by Ashbrooks. 






Horatio Assistant Fire Chief Rich Dorsey said the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department's 3rd Annual Haunted House will be open this Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until midnight. He said they will have concessions and a sitting area for people who want to wait outside for their friends who go through the haunted house.


Dorsey said the department has raised about $7,000 over the past two years. He said they hope to raise more this year because they have expanded the haunted house which should shorten the wait time.


Dorsey said the department uses the funds for several local projects in the community, like purchasing smoke detectors for local residents and helping families get back on their feet after a fire.


This year's haunted house is in a chicken house at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 24 about a mile north of Horatio.   





December is just around the corner and that means the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is once again preparing to host the annual De Queen Christmas Parade.


Chamber officials have announced this year's parade theme will be "Christmas Lights on Parade."


"We think this will give folks a great reason to go all out with lights on their floats," said President Patrick Massey. "We anticipate seeing some awesome parade entries as always."


This year's parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in downtown De Queen. As in previous years, downtown merchants will be encouraged to stay open for extended hours during and following the parade. The chamber also invites any business, church, group or organization to set up a booth at no cost during the parade.   


"This is a great opportunity for any organization holding a fundraiser during Christmas," said Massey. "Also, businesses who set up booths around the square will benefit from the thousands of people who come to watch the parade."


For more information, call (870) 584-3225 or (870) 582-574, or email


Area residents also reminded that the KCS Holiday Express is scheduled to stop in De Queen on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Bring the whole family and enjoy making some great Christmas memories during this holiday event.






President of Horatio State Bank, Ned Hendrix, announced the bank has received approval for its bank application to open a full-service branch in Foreman by both the State Bank Department and the FDIC.


Hendrix said work on the former First National Bank is underway and is expected to be completed within the next 30-days. He said Horatio State Bank plans to use the building as its Foreman branch office.


Hendrix said the Board of Horatio State Bank is excited about the approval and is looking forward to opening the Foreman branch.


Hendrix said they will announce the opening date in the near future.






Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith reported the district held it's Annual Report to the Public prior to their October Board of Education meeting. He said they discussed the district's finances and Title 1 funding, which is provided by the federal government.


Smith said the board voted to help the agri department purchase a trailer. He said the agri department had secured funding for about two-thirds of the purchase price and the board voted to pay the remaining amount.


Smith also updated KDQN on the technology improvements on the Horatio campuses. He said the state's 250 megabytes connection had been installed and the high school had rolled out the iPad Pros to the juniors and seniors, but the district is still waiting on the approval of its E-Rate application.


Smith also mentioned the Horatio Band Boosters are holding some fundraisers this Friday.


Band Booster Club member Kurt Connor said the odds of winning one of the 10 guns is one in 55. He said entrants do not need to be present to win and you can enter online at Connor said online ticket sales will end at 1 p.m. on Friday, but you can buy a ticket at Don’s EZ Pay in De Queen, Hurricane Tacos in Lockesburg, or by calling 870-784-3163.

Smith said the band boosters will also be holding a tailgate cookout this Friday starting at 5 p.m., in the Horatio Elementary cafeteria.  He said plates are $7 each and the menu includes a choice of grilled chicken quarters, potato salad, and baked beans or chicken tostadas and homemade salsa. Connors said there will also be variety of desserts available.

Connor said you can reserve a plate ahead of time by visiting the website or by joining their Facebook page.


Smith said there will also be a powder puff football game on Monday, October 24th at the Horatio Lion Stadium at 6:30 p.m. He said the freshman girls will take on the sophomores in the first game and then the juniors will take on the seniors.


Smith said for more information on upcoming events and activities in the Horatio School District, visit their website





Southwest Region Field Director, Jamie Marshall, told KDQN that the Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Fund will be holding their 7th Annual Fish Fry this Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. She said the plates will be $7 each and Partners in Christ will be performing.


The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund was started in the mid 1980's to help single parents return to school and acquire professional certificates or college degrees that opened doors to better employment for those families.


Marshall said the mission of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is the enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. She said the single parent fund hopes all single parents can have the choice and the opportunity to go to college and complete their degree.


Marshall said to learn more about the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, you should visit the website:


Marshall also stated the deadline to apply for a spring semester scholarship is May 1st, but the priority deadline is March 20th. She said to be eligible, single parents must be a resident of Sevier County, be the single head of household, have sole custody of their children, have low household income, at or near the poverty level and posses a high school diploma or GED. She said students must also be pursuing a career-oriented course of study full-time during the semester for which the scholarship will be used and they must apply for a Pell Grant.




 I CALLED 911 AND MADE FAKE REPORT              10/18/16

Early Monday morning, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Cottonwood drive for a reported gun shot victim.

The victim was allegedly Roy Patterson and the reporting party was supposedly Chris Thompson who was allegedly the brother of Roy Patterson. When Browning arrived, he spoke to Roy’s mother and she stated that he was not home and hadn’t been for hours.

According to the incident report, the Sevier County dispatch attempted to ping his phone and discovered it was near the De Queen Elementary School, but when officers searched the area, they could not find him.

Roy’s mother called later and stated that he was near the Cottonwood entrance, driving erratically in a white Chevy truck, but when officers arrived he was not in the area.

About an hour later, a caller stated there was erratic driver traveling south on Highway 71 near the four-way EZ-Mart. Officer Browning found the vehicle near Wal-Mart and made a traffic stop in the
Wal-Mart parking lot.

Officer Browning was assisted by Patrolman First Class David Higgins in taking Patterson into custody. After Patterson was taken into custody, he kept asking what he had done wrong. He was informed that they were told he had been shot and that there may be a gun in play and that Patterson may have shot someone.

Patterson allegedly stated he had made the fake 911 call and used a fake name and that he had lied about being shot.

26-year-old Roy Patterson of De Queen was taken to the Sevier County jail and charged with obstructing governmental operations. He was also cited for driving on a suspended license.




Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge is seeking applications for the 2016 Mobility Impaired Gun Deer Hunt scheduled to occur on November 5th through the 13th on a designated area of the refuge. To qualify, applicants must be mobility-impaired. Mobility-impaired is defined as a permanent physical condition that severely impairs your mobility, which requires the assistance from a wheelchair, braces, crutches, or other similar aids of mobility.

If interested, applicants must send in their name, address, phone number, and Doctor’s verification letter to Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 1958 Central Road, Lockesburg, Arkansas 71846 or Fax an application to 870-289-2127 or email an application to

Applicants for the Mobility Impaired hunt need to be received at Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge by the end of the business day on Friday, October 21st. Applicants can pick specific dates to hunt during November 5th through the 13th or they can pick all dates. The number of days selected per applicant will depend on the number of applicants.

The drawing of applicants will take place on October 24th. Those selected will meet with the refuge staff on October 26th to know where their stand will be and go over the rules. Each applicant will be responsible for their own assistant helping them.

If drawn, applicants must possess a valid deer hunting license and comply with state regulations. The state bag limit applies but a legal buck is any buck deer. The 3-point rule does not apply.

Questions call Gideon at 870-784-3520 or 870-289-2126.





Aldermen of the De Queen City Council are scheduled to meet in regular session Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the council room of the De Queen City Hall.


Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy informed aldermen that the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service will make a presentation concerning the upcoming ballot issues that are on the November 8th General Election ballot.


McKelvy reported Victor Rojas Jr. will ask the council to designate the City of De Queen as a Purple Heart City in order to honor the brave and patriotic men and women who have been awarded a Purple Heart during their military service.


McKelvy said there are 18 Purple Heart license plate holders in the county.


McKelvy is expected to update the council on the senior adult center lease and the director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center will address aldermen concerning a contract of service for 2017.


McKelvy stated in a letter to the members of the city council that he would like to address a proposed clean-up ordinance, which will essentially restate Arkansas State law concerning clean-up issues.






The American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates 1.9 million Americans abuse prescription pain relievers annually, with nearly 19,000 lethal overdoses directly related to prescription pain relievers in 2014. The recent report also states that most adolescents who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from a friend or relative, oftentimes from a family medicine cabinet.


But concerns about opioid abuse go beyond painkillers because opioids are considered a gateway drug. Four in five new heroin users started abusing drugs by misusing prescription painkillers, that according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and take any unused or expired medications to one of the more than 100 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22nd.


To find event sites and year-round drop-off locations near you, visit the website The Sevier County Sheriff's Office has a year-round drop-off location in the lobby on Robinson Road in De Queen.


Rutledge said the following drugs may be dropped off at a drug take back location: opioids, such as OxyContin; stimulants, such as Adderall; depressants, such as Ativan and other prescription medications. Arkansans may also dispose of over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers and medicine samples.


Medications may be returned in the original bottle or in any other container for increased privacy.


Properly destroying these medications protects the environment. Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting waters, which could contaminate food and water supplies. Many medicines are not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic systems. Turning over these medications at Take Back Day events also reduces the risk of accidental poisoning by children, seniors or pets, as well as reduces the risk of drug abuse.


For more information, about consumer-related issues, Rutledge said you can contact her office or follow her on




Little River County residents plead guilty to manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the shooting death of Matthew Stewart of Little River.

Twenty-three year old Aaron Rhodes plead guilty to a negotiated plea of manslaughter. He was originally charged with 2nd degree murder.

Rhodes was sentenced to 96 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with 24 months suspended by Ninth Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan.

Twenty-one year old Courtney Clemensen was sentenced to 36 months in prison. She was credited with serving 156 days in jail.

Deputies from the Little River County Sheriff’s office were dispatched to the residence of Rhodes and Clemensen on Highway 32 at about 8:30 p.m. on October 9th, 2015, concerning the shooting.

When deputies arrived, they discovered Stewart’s body in a chair with a gunshot wound to the head.

Rhodes and Clemensen originally told deputies that Stewart shot himself, but Rhodes changed his story a couple of days later. He then claimed he accidentally shot Stewart while playing with a gun.

Rhodes said Stewart was sitting in a chair in the living room texting on his phone, while Rhodes was smoking marijuana and playing with a .45-caliber pistol. Rhodes said the gun went off and the bullet struck Stewart on top of the head.

After the shooting, Clemensen wiped the gun down to prevent it “from being processed for fingerprints.” She also picked up the shell casings that were ejected from the gun.





Sunday night about 11 p.m. Sergeant Wayne Baker of the De Queen Police Department was informed by De Queen Fire Chief and reserve officer Dennis Pruitt that a vehicle was driving on the wrong side of the road on Fourth Street.


Officer Baker reported he witnessed a truck turn west on Lake Street and then pull into a residence. When Officer Baker approached the vehicle, the driver provided a Mississippi driver's license identify him as 31-year-old Lester Delgado.


After failing a field sobriety test, Delgado was taken to the Sevier County jail and processed for driving while intoxicated.





An Ashdown man was arrested last Thursday in a residential raid where law enforcement agencies discovered 44 grams of crystal meth that had an estimated street value of $4,450.

A search warrant was served just before 2 p.m. at a residence on Westside Drive, and 38-year-old Steven Deloney was arrested on drug charges.


Officers found $1,100 in cash, a set of scales, 44-grams of meth and three grams of marijuana.

Deloney was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance.

The undercover investigation was conducted by the 9th West Drug Task Force, the Arkansas State Police and the Ashdown Police Department.

Deloney is currently being held in the Little River County jail.




Congressman Bruce Westerman announced last week that he will launch a two-day agriculture tour through the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas.

Westerman said policy discussions should be led by the men and women working in the fields, not dictated by Washington bureaucrats and special interests groups. He said if Arkansas’ Congressional leaders are to support the state’s largest industry, then they must listen to the state’s leaders who know first-hand the challenges and opportunities that exist in agriculture.

Westerman said that is why he is hitting the road this week to visit with some of the state’s ag leaders and producers. He said he will be visiting with farmers and ranchers all across the Fourth District so he can learn more about how decisions made in Washington affect their livelihood.

Westerman will visit the Alford Farms in Lewisville on Wednesday, October 19th along with the McDonald Farm in Lewisville, and the Vaught Farm in De Queen.

On Thursday, Westerman will visit the Peach Pickin’ Paradise in Lamar, the University of Arkansas Fruit Station in Clarksville, and the Tyson Foods rendering plant in Dardanelle.




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