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The body of a missing Ashley County man has been found near Gurdon.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 24-year-old Wesley Livingston was found late Tuesday night, after being reported missing just over two weeks ago.


According to the sheriff's office, initial indications were that Livingston's death was self-inflicted and his body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.


Livingston was reported missing after he was last seen around noon on March 10th from the Georgia Pacific mill in Gurdon.


Family and friends of Livingston posted messages on Facebook, asking for prayers and seeking the public’s assistance in locating him. Several sightings of Livingston were reported on Facebook and other social media sites, including a report from Little River County, in the days following his disappearance.






Saturday night, the Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting their annual membership drive and BBQ dinner. Board member Linda Frachiseur stated they will start serving at 5 p.m., but the band Harmony will start performing around 4:30.


Frachiseur stated they will have a variety of auction items from area businesses, but she said if you need any more information you could call her at 584-9592 or Katrina Frachiseur at 642-5569.


Frachiseur said all of the firefighters of the Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department appreciated everyone's support and she stated the funds would be used to upgrade equipment and to provide training.






De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Susan Alspaw mentioned Wednesday morning that the chamber would be hosting its annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th at the De Queen Sportsplex at 1 p.m.


Alspaw said children would be divided into three age categories: from toddlers to 2-years old; ages 3 to 5; and age 6 through the 3rd grade. She also said the Easter bunny would be on hand for photos. Pictures cost $3 each.


Alspaw stated they were moving the egg hunt from the Sevier County Courthouse square to the Sportsplex. She said they will be hiding eggs on fields 2 and 3.


Alspaw said prizes would be awarded in all three age categories and chamber members can donate items such as filled Easter baskets, stuffed animals or bags of candy by Wednesday, April 1st at the KDQN studios or at Bear State Bank.


For more information call Patty Sharp at 584-3225.






The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's "Mandatory Hunter Education" regulation went into effect July 1st, 1985. The regulation makes it unlawful for any person born after December 31st, 1968, to take or attempt to take wildlife with firearms, crossbow, or conventional bow, without first having on their person proof that he or she has satisfactorily completed an approved Hunter Education Course.


The exceptions to this regulation are those hunters whose birth dates are prior to 1969, and hunters less than 16 years of age when under the direct supervision of a licensed adult at least 21 years of age.


If you were born after December 31st, 1968, or if you are just a concerned sportsman or wildlife enthusiast, plan to attend the Hunter Education Course that is being offered on Saturday, April 4th at the Crater of Diamonds State Park-Pavilion in Murfreesboro from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. with a one hour lunch.


You must attend all class sessions to complete the course.


The course includes such topics as firearms safety, conservation, wildlife management, sportsmanship, archery, muzzleloading, first aid and survival, and other hunting information.


The purpose of the course is to inform and educate those enjoying the great outdoors which will lead to safer and more responsible behavior by all outdoorsmen throughout the state.


The course is free, but space is limited to 25 students, so call the Crater of Diamonds State Park to reserve your seat by calling 870-285-3113 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


For information about other Hunter Education Courses that have been scheduled in the area, call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunter Education Office at 1-800-482-5795.






The annual Lockesburg Spring Festival will be this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. in the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park and car show organizer Jo Anna said there's a category for any kind of car you drive in this year's car show including: 1939 and older; 1940 to 1949; 1950 to 1959; 1960 to 1969; 1970 to 1979; 1980 to 1999 and 2000 and newer.


The registration fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show and Jo Anna said you can stop by the Lockesburg City Hall if you want to register.


Jo Anna noted there will be door prizes and the proceeds from the car show will go toward the upkeep and upgrades to the park.


She also mentioned there would be games for the kids, an egg hunt and food and craft vendors.


Park Commissioner Sheila Ruth announced Tuesday night; the co-ed softball tournament has been canceled due to field conditions.


To sign up as a vendor, contact the Lockesburg City Hall at 870-289-3261. The cost is $10 for craft vendors that don't need electricity or $50 if you are a food vendor or need electricity. 






A public information meeting has been scheduled in Ashdown by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to explain the process that will be followed in the development of a watershed-based management plan for the Lower Little River.


Over the course of the next 16 to 18 months, the agency will development a voluntary watershed-based management plan that is designed to help reduce non-point pollution.


The purpose of the plan is to provide a framework for landowners, communities and qualifying organizations that want to voluntarily participate in the watershed program to be able to apply for grants from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and other sources and undertake projects.


The meeting in Ashdown will be April 6th in the Millwood Room on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot at 10 a.m.


Farmers, ranchers, and other watershed landowners, community leaders and representatives of groups and agencies interested in the watershed are encouraged to attend the meeting.


There will be several other public meetings during the development of the Lower Little River Watershed-Based Management Plan.


For more information, call the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission at 501-682-1611.





Saturday afternoon, Sergeant Chad Bradshaw of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to a residence on Locke Street in reference to an unwanted person.


When Bradshaw arrived, he noticed 61-year-old Joe Maxwell sitting on the curb in the parking lot.


Bradshaw went to 180 West Locke and spoke with Betty Neal who reported she wanted Maxwell to stay away from her house.


As Bradshaw was informing Maxwell that Neal didn't want him there, he noticed Maxwell's speech was slurred and that he was unsteady on his feet when he stood up.


Maxwell reportedly informed Bradshaw that he was drunk.


Bradshaw then transported Maxwell to the Sevier County jail and charged him with public intoxication.


Saturday night about 9 p.m., Patrolman Bucky Sawyer observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign.


As Sawyer turned around to make a traffic stop, the vehicle pulled out on Collin Raye Drive and started swerving from the turn lane back to the inside lane.


When Sawyer stopped the vehicle, he noted the driver, 54-year-old Edward Drent, had watery eyes. Sawyer also noticed a bottle of Segrams 7 lying beside his leg.


When Drent was asked how much he had to drink, Drent reportedly said just a little, but it was early.


Drent was administered a series of field sobriety test and he then registered .148 on the portable breath test devise.


Drent was charged with driving while intoxicated.


Then Sunday morning at about 2:30 a.m., Sawyer and Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon conducted a traffic stop on a SUV that had driven left of center several times.


When Sawyer asked the driver, 19-year-old Luis Fernando, if he had been drinking, he responded no, however, Sawyer reported Fernando's eyes were glassy, bloodshot and watery.


Fernando was administered a portable breath test, which resulted in a .084. Fernando was then taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated.


Officers also arrested a passenger, 19-year-old Cristian Mar for public intoxication.






Dr. Michael Herts of Chosen People Ministries will be presenting the Messiah in the Passover on Sunday, March 29th at 10:45 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lockesburg.


The Messiah in the Passover is a vivid and exciting demonstration, showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of the Passover.


Chosen People Ministries is an over 100-year-old mission that was founded in 1894 by Leopold Cohn who was a Hungarian rabbi who came to believe that Jesus is the Messiah that was promised in the Hebrew Scriptures.


Messiah in the Passover begins with the traditional Passover table, complete with all the articles of this important Jewish celebration. The speaker will explain the symbolic meanings of the various items of the Passover feast and highlight their relationship to the Last Supper that Messiah celebrated with the disciples, giving special emphasis on the redemptive significance of the crucifixion.


Messiah in the Passover gives the Christian community insight into Jewish traditions so that the Jewish roots of Christianity can be better understood. This also helps the Jewish and Christian communities understand their common heritage.


The public is invited. For more information, contact the church at 870-289-2121.






47-year-old Winston Wright of Kaufman, Texas died Monday morning at about 2:45 a.m. when the 2014 Kenworth truck that he was driving struck the railing on the northbound side of the Little River Relief Bridge just south of the Little River.


According to the incident report from the Arkansas State Police, the truck then crossed the road and stuck the railing on the southbound side of the bridge before coming to a stop.


Wright was pronounced dead at the scene by Little River County Deputy Coroner Lindsey Gwinn.






Work on the old Lockesburg High School is moving along and UA Cossatot is not only renovating the campus, but recycling school property.


Barry Reed is the Ashdown and Lockesburg site coordinator and he informed KDQN that Cossatot donated the fuel tanks that were on the Lockesburg campus to the Sevier County Farmer's Co-op.


Sevier County Co-Op Board member, Kenneth Currence, helped remove the tanks and reported they were in excellent condition.


Reed said UA Cossatot will continue to look for items to donate to area groups, like the books that they donated to the Lockesburg branch of the Sevier County Library System.  Reed said they are also planning to hold a rummage sale in the near future, so area residents can own something from the old high school.


Reed also stated the college was making upgrades to the Lockesburg campus, but most of them are underground.


Reed said the college plans to offer pipe welding and truck driving classes on the Lockesburg campus.


For more information, about the Lockesburg campus project contact Reed at 870-584-4471.







For over 27 years, Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Club stores have supported the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by raising more than $750 million dollars.


According to the management staff at the De Queen Wal-Mart, they raised over $14,000 last year and over $46,000 in the last five years.


Last year, the De Queen Wal-Mart hosted its first bass tournament and after its success, they decided to make it an annual event.


This year, Ron Mills and Justin Stewart are helping coordinate the event.


Mills and Stewart explained, this year, they will not only hold a bass tournament, but they will have a kid's tournament as well.


Mills stated the kid’s tournament will be held on the bank and will cost $5 to enter.


Stewart said the entry fee is $50 per person and $10 to enter the big bass contest, but if you register by April 9th, you can save $5 per person.


Mills explained the tournament will benefit the Arkansas Children's Hospital, which is a member of the Children's Miracle Network and you can register at 5 S Outdoors or call Mills at 784-2890 or Stewart at 584-2167.


Ashdown FFAers Treat Faculty to Omelets during FFA Week  03/24/15

Ashdown High School FFA students broke a lot of eggs on March 4! As a matter of fact, eight dozen of them! They treated everyone on the staff of the high school (and a few other extras!) to cooked-from-scratch omelets in recognition of National FFA Week.  Cody Gallagher and his FFA kids are always doing something productive!

It takes a lot of patience to make the perfect omelet!

It also takes a lot of eggs to make a lot of omelets!  Just ask Aubrey Burchfield!

Abby Burchfield and Madison Kidd get really good at omelet making -- after the first 20 or so!

Staff at AHS get to choose their own ingredients to add to their delicious, fresh omelets, cooked up and served by the FFA students

 FFA students who cooked and served all of the staff at Ashdown High School are (left to right) Rebecca Wood, Abby Burchfield, Colton Ard, Madison Kidd, Maddie McAllister, Chelsie Stewart, Dustin Hill, Caitlin Caskey, and Makenna Kuykendall.  The Ashdown FFA is sponsored by Cody Gallagher.




Cossatot River State Park is offering several programs this week during Arkansas' Spring Break.


Tuesday afternoon, Interpreter Andrew Rawlings will lead a springtime hike along the Harris Creek Trail to discover what's growing in the park from 2 to 3 p.m.


Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m., Rawlings will lead a morning stroll along the Waterleaf Trail and from 1 to 2 p.m. Guests may join Rawlings for a walk along the oldest mountain range in North America, the Ouachita Mountains. Then, from 3 to 4 p.m. Rawlings will teach what makes up a river and explain what parts of the river are good for. The river in review event will include a leisurely walk around the low water bridge.


Thursday morning from 9 to 10 a.m., the park will be offering a class on how Arkansas history and black bears are related. Interpreter Shelley Flanary will then lead a nature hike from 1 to 4 p.m. along the Cossatot River.


Then on Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, guest can experience outdoor cooking at its best during the Dutch oven workshop.


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






Tiffany Bowen and Kristy Frachiseur announced last week, that the Cossatot River Agri and Athletic Boosters are sponsoring a donkey basketball game in the old Hatfield gym on Saturday, April 18th at 5 p.m.


Frachiseur stated FFA advisors from Mena and Cossatot River would be competing against the Cossatot River basketball coaches.


Bowen said tickets will be $8 at the door but you can save $2 dollars by purchasing tickets in advance from a booster member, at all Union Bank locations, Razorback Discount and Bear State Bank.






District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught reported the Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill last week that could implement the first of its kind school safety network in the country.


The bill passed the House on an unanimous vote.


The bill would require the creation of an app that teachers and school employees would use in the event of an emergency, by pressing one button to contact emergency services, including medical emergencies involving a student or school shootings.


If activated, the Smart 911 system would then alert all teachers and staff in the school of the situation.


The bill would also require that all emergency responders be equipped with floor plans of every school in their district.


Vaught said if the bill passes the Senate and is signed by the governor, the system should be fully implemented by September of this year.


House members passed a bill that requires 7th through 12th grade health courses to offer a section on dating violence. The course would teach characteristics of a healthy relationship and teach definitions of dating violence and abuse.


Vaught said the House also passed House Bill 1599 which requires law enforcement agencies to give suspected victims of domestic violence a document known as "Laura's Card."


The card will contain information about victim's rights and a list of available medical, housing, counseling and financial services.






De Queen High School senior Harmoney Rich has received the Distinguished Freshman Scholarship from Henderson State University for the 2015 Fall semester.


The scholarship is valued at $14,500 per year for a total of $58,000.


Rich is the daughter of Ramona Driver of Gillham and Kelly Rich of Horatio.


Rich plans to attend HSU and major in human resources. She is a member of the De Queen Student Council, the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Teachers of America, Interact Club, and the De Queen Lady Leopard track team. Rich is also the Senior Class President and Vice-President of the National Honor Society.






Move America Forward is asking for donations to send Easter Care Packages to service men and women who are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Currently there are about 15,000 troops serving in Afghanistan and 3,000 American military members are training the Iraqi army to confront ISIS.


According to Move America Forward, the Easter holiday means spring is upon us and every year in Afghanistan, the down-season of winter ends and the warming spring season melts away the snow in the mountain ranges. And when spring and summer arrive, the Taliban come out of their caves and renew their attacks.


So, Move America Forward is encouraging Americans to let our troops know they have not been forgotten.


The care packages will contain candy, cookies, drinks, towels and other personal hygiene items, CDs, "Support the Troops" wristbands and a personal note.


To donate or to request a care package for a service man or woman, visit the website






Sevier County Museum board member Jim Arnold announced the museum would be participating in the Arkansas Gives event on April 2nd.


Arnold said if you don't have a computer, you can stop by the museum between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. or visit the De Queen Public Library to make a donation of $25 or more.

Arnold stated the museum had several activities planned for the near future, like a gospel singing and a blue grass festival, as well as summer programs for kids and of course Hoo-Rah Days.


Arnold said the museum board has plans to expand some of the existing exhibits and to continue offering programs that interest area residents.


Arnold stated the museum will receive donations that designated for the museum along with bonus dollars based on the percentage of donations that are made from Sevier County.


The Arkansas Give program is sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation and you can help the museum meet its goals by donating between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2nd. 


This Week's News:





A National Weather Service SKYWARN class has been set for March 24th in Ashdown.


The class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Little River County Courthouse. An advanced class will be held from 7:45 to 9 p.m.


SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe-weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.


The National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such as HAM radio, to join the program.


The training will cover the basics of thunderstorm development; the fundamentals of storm structure; how to identifying potential severe-weather features and basic severe-weather safety.


The classes are free and are typically about two hours long.






Spring is right around the corner and we're starting to see Easter baskets, candy and stuffed animals in area stores and if you enjoy seeing children hunting eggs, the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to their annual Egg Hunt.


This year's hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th at the De Queen Sportsplex on fields 2 and 3 beginning at 1 p.m.


The hunt is free and will be divided into three age groups: children walking age through two years; ages 3 to 5; and ages 6 through 3rd grade. Children will be required to hunt for eggs by themselves and the Easter Bunny will be on hand to pose for photos with your child for $3.


If you or your business would like to donate items like filled Easter baskets, stuffed animals, or bags of candy to give as prizes. You can drop your donation off at Bear State Bank or the KDQN studios by Wednesday, April 1st.






During the March meeting of the Cossatot River School District, board members approved next year's school calendar after adding make up dates to this school year.


Superintendent Donnie Davis reported the board considered adding a hour a day for 18 days, however, they voted to add most of the make up days to the end of the school year.


Davis said the board approved the 2015-2016 school calendar, but teachers have asked them to reconsider their decision.


Board members accepted several resignations and re-assigned some teachers before re-hiring the district's certified staff. Davis stated some of the resignations were because teachers were changing career paths.


The next meeting of the Cossatot River Board of Education will be Thursday, April 9th at 6 p.m. in the administration building.






Last week, Victor Rojas, Jr. visited the state Capitol and testified before the Senate Education Committee concerning school safety.


Rojas stated that he is working with Senator Larry Teague of Nashville to ensure that all school districts are conducting the required safety drills and following state law concerning weapons on campus.


Rojas said he had spoken with the superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District about students being expelled for having guns on campus.


Rojas is also encouraging law makers to require school districts to provide a section on dating violence in Health class.


Rojas said it was important that districts have polices in place that will allow them to adequately report and handle allegations of sexual assault.


That bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Friday.


Rojas serves on the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice Board.






According to LifeShare Blood Center's donor recruiter, Karen Siefert, LifeShare has a critical need for o-negative blood donations.


Siefert explained that O-negative is a universal donor and LifeShare has experienced a decline in donations due to the winter weather, but patient needs have increased.


Tina Hooper is a spokesperson with LifeShare and she reported in a press release that at least five area hospitals have patients currently using O-negative blood.


The press release stated that less than seven percent of the population is O-negative, which makes every donor vital.


Siefert stated that even though there is a need for O-negative blood, donors with other blood types are being encouraged to donate.


Here locally, donors can donate during a blood drive Monday at the De Queen Regional Medical Center from noon until 4 p.m. or in the Dierks Community on Friday, March 27th from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you are in the Nashville area, you may donate Sunday, March 29th at the Sunset Church of Christ from noon until 5 p.m.


For more information, call 903-794-3173.






One lane of Highway 32 across Millwood Lake will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th to allow crews to inspect the bridge.


Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers Millwood Project Office stated they regret any inconvenience this may cause and ask for the public's cooperation during the closure.


If you are traveling in this area, you can expect delays. You’re also being asked to obey flagmen and to drive cautiously around equipment and work crews.


The closure is being coordinated with emergency services and law enforcement agencies, but for more information call 870-898-3343.






The Sevier County Relay for Life event is scheduled for Friday, May 29th at the De Queen Sportsplex and one group is raising funds by allowing the public to flock their friends.


Emmy Bailey said you can order a small, medium, large or even an extra-large flock of 10 to 40 flamingos to be placed in the yard of a friend or business.


Bailey said flocks will be available for placement through the day of the Relay for Life event.


For a multi-color flock, call Crystal at 580-306-7371 or for a purple flock; call Bailey at 870-784-3053.


Bailey explained that for every $5 dollars that you spend on flocking your friends, you will also receive a luminary to dedicate in honor of or in memory of someone.


Bailey said funds are used for research and they need more teams to help raise funds here in Sevier County.


Bailey stated if you or someone you know is diagnosed with cancer that you may contact the American Cancer Society with any questions you may have.


For more information about the Sevier County Relay for Life or to register a team, call Bailey at 784-3053.



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The De Queen Police Department answered a call to the Dollar General Store in De Queen Thursday at 7:25 pm.

Twenty-one year old Jona Amran of De Queen was the driver of the Chevy SUV that ran through the front of the store. 

Three people were inside the store.  One person was transported to De Queen Medical Center by Southwest EMS for treatment of injuries.







Thursday evening, March 19th about 7:25 p.m., a vehicle ran into the De Queen Dollar General Store.


Patrolman Bucky Sawyer of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to the store and discovered a 2001 Chevy Suburban inside the store.


The driver, 20-year-old Jona Amram, reported that she was applying the brake when her foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas causing the vehicle to suddenly move forward, hitting the building.


Assistant Manager Bryson Mendoza and store employee Gailan Sharp were in the store at the time of the incident along with a customer, Olivia Martinez.


Martinez was transported to the De Queen Regional Medical Center by Southwest EMS with a possible arm injury, however, neither Mendoza nor Sharp were transported for any injuries.


Amram was citied for failure to register and for not having a driver's license.


According to the incident report, the building received about $25,000 in damages and the Dollar General Store will be closed for an undisclosed period of time.





Special Olympics Arkansas will be hosting 50 teams for the 2015 State Basketball Tournament this weekend in Russellville. Southwest Arkansas will be represented by students from Ashdown High School and two adult groups from the Howard County Children and Adult Center in Nashville and Rainbows of Challenges in Hope.


Games will be held on the campuses of Russellville High School, Junior High and the Russellville Boys and Girls Club.


The competition will consist of both traditional Special Olympics Basketball and Project Unify schools competing in Unified Sports Basketball.


Project UNIFY builds and strengthens partnerships between local Special Olympics Programs and participating schools to create “Project UNIFY Schools.” Through Project UNIFY, young people with or without intellectual disabilities are integrated. They play side-by-side on sports teams and come together to discuss topics such as reversing negative stereotypes.


Ashdown Special Education teacher Elisha Stone informed KDQN that she is the advisor of the Ashdown Unify program, but they will not be competing this weekend, however, the Ashdown Special Olympics team will be competing and this is Stone’s first state-wide basketball competition.


Stone said divisioning will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday with tournament competition directly to follow and the public is invited to come out and support all of the Special Olympians. The tournament will continue on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. and should conclude around 2 p.m.






Tuesday evening about 10:30, Patrolman Nicole Nealy and Patrolman First Class Wayne Baker were dispatched to the trailer park on Cottonwood in reference to a woman banging on the door of a trailer.


Carlos Contreras reported 31-year-old Summer Swim appeared to be intoxicated and was banging on his door.


When officers arrived, they observed Swim standing on the porch of Cottonwood trailer 135 with an empty bag of flour in her hands and a container of bologna spilled on the stairs.


Officers noted Swim’s eyes were red and watery and her speech was slurred.


According to the report, when Swim was asked what she was doing, she allegedly stated she was there to see Contreras and cook him cubed steaks.


Swim was them arrested and charged with public intoxication.






Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen approved a resolution to retain Local Government Services to audit the city’s past franchise fee receipts and to negotiate the new agreement in February of 2016.


Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy stated Greg Fender's fee was $4,000 but if he recovers some past due fees or negotiates a better franchise agreement next year, it would benefit the city.


Aldermen tabled a resolution on the 2013 Legislative Audit, but passed an ordinance to reconcile the 2014 city budget.


McKelvy also reported the council passed a resolution to hold a public hearing on April 21st concerning the city vacating some streets around the Pilgrim's Pride processing plant.


Alderman also approved a resolution authorizing District Court Judge Steven Tedder to destroy some old records that have been maintained for the appropriate amount of time. They also reviewed four liens on property that the city condemned and cleaned up.


Aldermen also approved Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt's recommendation to appoint John Gass as a member of the De Queen Volunteer Fire Department.






It's National Ag Week and in Southwest Arkansas poultry is a major contributor to the economy with one in four agricultural jobs being related to poultry, egg production and processing. It also provides one in every four dollars of agricultural labor income.


In Arkansas, there are over 36,000 people employed in the poultry industry.


Here in Southwest Arkansas, poultry workers are employed by or on contract with one of two corporations.


Pilgrim's Pride has over 4,000 family farms throughout the United States and processes more than 34 million birds per week, totaling more than 7 billion pounds of chicken every year.


Here in De Queen, Pilgrim's Pride employs about 1,300 people at the processing plant, which generates $91 million dollars a year in payroll income, contract grower payments, utilities and state taxes.


Pilgrim's Pride has 260 contract growers throughout Southwest Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma, as well as a hatchery and feed mill in Nashville.


According to the Poultry Federation, Arkansas ranks 2nd in the nation for pounds of chicken produced and Sevier County ranks 5th in the state.


A spokesperson from Pilgrim's Pride stated the company had been in Sevier County since 1954 and they plan to be a fixture in the community for another 60 years or more. The spokesperson said they feel they help others, because they feed people.






UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole announced the University Of Arkansas Board Of Trustee approved Cossatot’s plan to close its bookstore during their quarterly meeting this week.


Cole stated this will make UA Cossatot an even better value for its students.


Cole said by using open resources it will save students money and if the class requires a textbook, the college will rent it to the students for no more than $30 a semester.


Cole said UA Cossatot’s goal is to make earning an education more affordable and this new program is a step in the right direction.


Cole said they will start the new program this fall, but a two for one program will begin during the summer sessions.


To register for classes at UA Cossatot, contact the admissions office by calling 1-800-844-4471.






About 3:20, Tuesday afternoon, officers with the De Queen Police Department were dispatched to Coulter Drive to take an accident report.


When officers arrived, they interviewed Linda Quinn who was traveling East on Coulter Drive. She reported that she had to slow down to stop because the traffic was stopping in front of her.


Quinn reported that as she slowed down her Toyota Camry was struck from behind by a 2011 Chevy pickup.


The minor driver of the truck then panicked and left the scene of the accident.


A short time later, officers located the pickup as the driver was pulling into a driveway on DeQuincy Ave.


After interviewing the minor driver, he was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and for not having a driver’s license.  







Local pharmacist and business owner, Renee Logan, said the Arkansas Legislature is considering a trio of bills that could have a major impact on her business and she will be traveling to Little Rock this week to testify before a state Senate committee about the bills.


Logan told KDQN the bills involve the regulation of Pharmacy Benefit Managements, which are called PBMs who control what pharmacists are paid by insurance companies.


Logan said Senate Bill 688 would require PBMs to update their refund rates every week and require them to provide their formulas for reimbursements.


Logan said residents could go to to email senators and representatives concerning these bills.




MAYHAW 101 CLINIC      3/19/15


This Saturday, Paul McLaughlin and the Louisiana Mayhaw Association will be holding the 3rd Annual Mayhaw 101 Clinic in El Dorado and McLaughlin explained what the purpose to educate people about mayhaws.


McLaughlin stated that they were adding several different things this year, like moving the clinic to the El Dorado Convention Center as well as a cooking contest.


Jackie McLaughlin stated the overall winner will receive $250. To enter, she said they would need to provide two copies to their recipe, one with your name and one without. Jackie said the contest rules are on the website


McLaughlin said after the clinic, participates can take a tour at the Moro Bay State Park to see mayhaw trees in the wild and mayhaw trees and other items will be on sale at Paul's mayhaw orchard during the orchard tour.


For more information about the 3rd Annual Mayhaw 101 Clinic call 870-814-9168.






One lane of Highway 32 across Millwood Lake will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th to allow crews to inspect the bridge.


Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers Millwood Project Office stated they regret any inconvenience this may cause and ask for the public's cooperation during the closure.


If you are traveling in this area, you can expect delays. They are also asking motorist to obey the flagmen and to drive cautiously around equipment and work crews.


The closure is being coordinated with emergency services and law enforcement agencies, but for more information call 870-898-3343.






Public School Choice in Arkansas allows students to attend a public school in a district other than the one in which they reside, but they must file an application by June 1st, 2015, in order to qualify for provisions under the Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013.


Pursuant to standards adopted, a nonresident district may reserve the right to accept or reject applicants based on capacity of programs, class, grade level or school building.


Likewise, a nonresident district's standards may provide for rejection of an applicant based upon the submission of false or misleading information to the above listed request for information when that information directly impacts the legal qualifications of an applicant to transfer pursuant to the School Choice Act. However, a nonresident district's standards shall not include an applicant's previous academic achievement, athletic or other extracurricular ability, handicapping conditions, English proficiency level, or previous disciplinary proceedings, except that an expulsion from another district may be included pursuant of Arkansas law.


Priority will be given to applicants with siblings attending the district.


The nonresident district shall accept credits toward graduation that were awarded by another district and award a diploma to a nonresident district's graduation requirements.


Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Superintendent of Schools no later than June 1st for a child to be able to enroll for the fall semester. Transfers shall be granted on a nondiscriminatory basis. Students who have been accepted and enrolled in previous years do not have to reapply as approved transfers remain valid for as long as the student attends public school.


The following districts comply with this announcement: Ashdown, Caddo Hills, Cossatot River, De Queen, Dierks, Foreman, Horatio, Mena, Mineral Springs, Mount Ida, Nashville and Ouachita River.





Sevier County will celebrate with crazy socks on Friday        3/19/15


Stephanie Lynch has two daughters with Down Syndrome and she stopped the KDQN studios this week to encourage the residents of De Queen to wear crazy socks this Friday along with the students of the De Queen Primary to help raise awareness for people with Down Syndrome.


Lynch said Romine Oil Company and TJ's would be holding a gas give-a-way on Friday, but the only way you will be eligible is by wearing crazy socks. She said you could post a photo on the Romine Oil Facebook page or go inside TJs and show them your crazy or miss-matched socks.


So, whether you wear crazy socks on Friday or not, take the opportunity to support those with Down Syndrome.







Last week during the March meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education, Superintendent Jason Sanders updated the board on some legislation that is being considered in Little Rock.


Sanders told KDQN that some of these bills will have an impact on education in the state for the next 10 years.


Sanders said some of the private or charter school bills could effect funding for public schools.


Sanders also mentioned the district was working with UA Cossatot in an attempt to offer three courses of study on the Little River campus of Cossatot to benefit the students of Ashdown High School.


Board members voted to accept Sanders recommendation to expel two junior high students for the remainder of this semester and the fall semester of the 2015-2016 school year.


Board members approved the purchase of 45 HP Chromebooks and 45 Google Chrome Management programs and approved the roof renovation project at the high school.


Sanders also reported that the board accepted the resignation of high school Principal Tim Erwin.


The next meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, April 13th at 6 p.m. in the district's Support Services Building.






Lockesburg city officials announced Monday morning that the USDA had approved the city for additional funds for the city's waste water project.


During the March meeting of the Lockesburg City Council, aldermen voted to accept the bid of Kampco in the amount of $630,263.16 if the USDA approved the city's request for additional grant money.


City officials said the waste water project will now precede along the water project which has suffered some delays do to the recent inclement weather.


Robin Rice of A.L. Franks Engineering reported that she had requested some adjustments to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department in connection with the city's sidewalk project.


Rice said she had added some flat and asphalt for the park and the walking bridge along with lighting for the walking bridge.


Rice reported the changes will cost about $440,900, which means the city's 20 percent of the project would cost about $185,337.50.


Fire Chief Doug Currence reported the volunteer fire department's new turnouts had arrived, but only five pair of boots came with the turnouts. So, they will be placing a future order for new boots.


Park Commissioner Shelia Ruth reported several venders had signed up for the Spring Festival and Car Show which will be held on Saturday, March 28th.


Aldermen also approved the bid from Air Magic Fireworks for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration in the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park. 




HIT AND RUN       3/18/15


On Friday, March 13th, Sergeant Gary Cunningham of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to the Wal-Mart parking lot in reference to a hit and run accident.


According to the incident report, an eyewitness reported that he was sitting in his vehicle and saw a red pickup truck hit a white truck that was sitting in the parking lot. They reported the driver went into Wal-Mart and then left without notifying the owner of the other vehicle.


The witness also stated the red truck turned East on Highway 70/71.


A deputy with the Sevier County Sheriff's office stopped the vehicle near the De Queen Country Club and had them to return to the Wal-Mart parking lot.


The driver of the red truck was identified as Marion Rose and he reportedly told the officers that he knew he had hit the other vehicle but left because he didn't see any damage.




MISSING PERSON       3/18/15


A $5,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of 24-year-old Wesley Livingston. Livingston is the son of Terry and Mary Livingston of Hamburg.


According to fliers that have been posted throughout the area, Livingston was working at the mill in Gurdon on Tuesday, March 10th during a plant shut down.


According to his employer, Livingston's co-workers had finished lunch about 1 p.m. and were walking back to the job site when they saw him putting a bottle of Tylenol back in the truck. They reported he was complaining of a headache just prior to his disappearance.


Several people have reported they saw him in the Hope area and in the Ashdown area.


Livingston is 5'8" tall and weighs 175 lbs. When he left the mill, he was wearing jeans, a dark gray shirt, work boots, a yellow safety vest and a hard hat.


Friends and family are asking for the public's assistance from Gurdon to Ashdown, Foreman and Oklahoma.


Because Livingston may be confused or disoriented, authorities are asking you to simply keep a visual contact with him and to contact 911, but do not approach him.






Southwest Arkansas and the entire state is part of the southern pine-belt which extends from East Texas to the Carolinas.


According to a study that was initiated by Senator Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas ranks fourth in the production of timber and is one of the state's main cash crops.


And according to the latest stats from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, over 24,000 people are employed in the forestry division and is the leading employer in South Arkansas. This includes log truck drivers, tree planting crews and people who work in the paper mills and sawmills.


The forestry industry also provides over $1.4 million dollars in annual wages.  


In Arkansas, there are 18.6 million acres that are planted in commercial timberland, providing timber for global companies like Weyerhaeuser and Domtar.


Weyerhaeuser is one of the world's largest forest product companies and employs people that grow, harvest and sell trees while manufacturing products from timber that is essential to everyday life.


Weyerhaeuser plants trees, manage forests, and harvest trees to make useful products. In 2013, Weyerhaeuser planted 72 million seedlings and they manage over 20 million acres of timberland throughout the United States.


Domtar is working to increase its use of certified fiber while decreasing the companies direct greenhouse gas emissions.


Domtar has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and follow the guidelines of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative to ensure that there will be timberland for future needs.


Arkansas forestry industry is also making improvements to their practices to maintain the state's natural resource in an effort to provide the products that we use everyday. 





Crews have begun renovation and clean up at the old Lockesburg High School.

UA Cossatot recently donated the fuel tanks previously used at Lockesburg High School to the Sevier County Co-Op in Lockesburg as part of the effort to clean and recycle the school property.

Pictured left is Kenneth Currence, Chairman of the Sevier County Co-Op Board helping remove the tanks, which were still in excellent condition.

The fuel tanks were previously used to provide fuel to the fleet of buses. Barry Reed, who serves as the UA Cossatot Director of the Ashdown and Lockesburg campuses is managing the removal of the tanks as well as the recycling efforts of the maintenance staff.


Photos courtesy of Alisha Lewis


YOU'VE BEEN FLOCKED!!!    03/18/15


The Sevier County Relay for Life Walk will be Friday, May 29th at the De Queen Sportsplex on Hwy 70 West.

One of the ways the group is raising funds this year is by allowing the public to “Flock” their friends.  You can order a Small, Medium, Large or Ex-Large Flock with ten to forty flamingos to be placed on your friend’s yard or at their business.  A potted flamingo is also available for office desks.  Prices range from $10 to $50 donation.  The flock will remain in place for three days. 

These flocks will be available for placement through May 29th.

If you want to guarantee you won’t get flocked, Anti-Flocking Insurance is available for $10 donation.

Call or text Crystal for multicolored flocks at (580) 306-7371, Emmy for purple flamingos at (870) 784-3053, or click here for an order form.

Emmy Bailey shows one of potted flamingos the Sevier County Relay for Life has available for you to send to your "favorite" person's office. 



NATIONAL AG WEEK       3/17/15


It's National Ag Week and March 18th is National Agriculture Day. This week, we will recognize and celebrate the abundance that we have that's provided by agriculture.


During this week, we attempt to provide our listeners with an understanding of how, fiber and renewable resource products are produced in our area.


We will also emphasize the role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy. For instance, in Arkansas, agriculture accounted for $20.1 billion dollars to the Arkansas economy in 2012.


Arkansas' dependency on agriculture is greater than the surrounding states. Arkansas share of the state economy is 3.7 times greater than in Texas, 2.5 times greater than in Louisiana and 2.2 times greater than in Oklahoma.


Arkansas is also in the top 25 states in the production of 23 agricultural commodities.


Arkansas is number one in rice production, number two in broilers, number three in catfish, number four in cotton, cottenseed and turkeys. Arkansas is number 10 in chicken eggs, number 13 in beef cows, number 21 in hogs and pigs and number 22 in hay.


Arkansas had 44,600 farms on 13.8 million acres in 2013.


This week, we will spot light the beef industry, the poultry industry and the timber industry.






De Queen Regional Medical Center Administrator Jeremy Icenhower informed KDQN Monday morning that the hospital would be holding a brown bag special fundraiser for the family of Leslie Conn who is the manager of the hospital's radiology department.


Icenhower stated Conn's husband was accidentally shot in the face Sunday as he was removing a firearm from the gun safe in his home.


Icenhower said he was air lifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock where he is in the Intensive Care Unit. Icenhower went on to say doctors expect him to recover, but it has put a huge financial burden on the family. So, the hospital staff decided to sell hamburgers and cheeseburgers along with chips and a dessert for $5 and donate the proceeds to the family.


Icenhower stated they will be taking orders until noon on Wednesday and they will deliver meals on Friday to Dierks, De Queen and Horatio and anywhere you can hear KDQN.


To place an order, call the hospital at 584-4111.





The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the Cossatot Conservation District wants to remind all owners of poultry feeding operations that the annul registration for PFO's began on January 1st in accordance with the Arkansas Poultry Feeding Operations Registration Act. The last day to register is Tuesday, March 31st and affects any poultry feeding operation with 2,500 or more confined fowl.


The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission administers the registration program for the purpose of collecting information on the number and type of poultry, and practices of poultry feeding operations in the state.


The program is designed to preserve Arkansas' economy and water quality through registration, training and research.


The goal of the program is to reduce the overabundance of phosphorus and nitrogen that threaten the state's water resources, while minimizing the impact on fertilizer users.


Each poultry producer will register their operation through the Cossatot Conservation District. There is an annual $10 registration fee per operation payable to the district.


For more information contact the Cossatot Conservation District at 870-584-3111 ext 3.






A National Weather Service SKYWARN class has been set for March 24th in Ashdown.


The class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Little River County Courthouse. An advanced class will be held from 7:45 to 9 p.m.


SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe-weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.


The National Weather Service encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such as HAM radio, to join the program.


The training will cover the basics of thunderstorm development; the fundamentals of storm structure; how to identifying potential severe-weather features and basic severe-weather safety.


The classes are free and are typically about two hours long.






Spring is right around the corner and we're starting to see Easter baskets, candy and stuffed animals in area stores and if you enjoy seeing children hunting eggs, the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to their annual Egg Hunt.


This year's hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th at the De Queen Sportsplex on fields 2 and 3 beginning at 1 p.m.


The hunt is free and will be divided into three age groups: children walking age through two years; ages 3 to 5; and ages 6 through 3rd grade. Children will be required to hunt for eggs by themselves and the Easter Bunny will be on hand to pose for photos with your child for $3.


If you or your business would like to donate items like filled Easter baskets, stuffed animals, or bags of candy to give as prizes. You can drop your donation off at Bear State Bank or the KDQN studios by Wednesday, April 1st.






Last week during the March meeting of the Dierks Board of Education, board members voted to re-hire the certified staff for the 2015-2016 school term.


Superintendent Holly Corthen informed KDQN that the board voted to add five days to the school calendar to make up for the days they missed this winter.


Cothern reported the district had received the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee's report and there were a couple of issues on the report that the district has moved to resolve so they will not be on future audits.


Cothern reported the first day of PARCC testing presented some technical issues, but testing went smooth after that.


The next meeting of the Dierks Board of Education will be Monday, April 13th at 6 p.m.






The Sevier County Produce in the Park will hold a general meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Herman Dierks Park Pavilion and market coordinator Angela Smith announced this meeting is to see where the area growers are so far this season.


Smith said the Sevier County Farmer's Market is a local growers market and is for growers and crafters from any county that touches Sevier County, including Howard, Little River, Polk and McCurtain counties.


If you have a garden, raise honey bees, have poultry for eggs, are a home crafter, produce farm raised meat and/or dairy products and have an interest in selling your items at the Sevier County Farmer's Market this season.


Smith said the market will be open every Wednesday and Saturday in the Herman Dierks Park Pavilion beginning at 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. or they are sold out.


Smith explained that you can sign up to participate in the Sevier County Produce in the Park for the season for $50 or for $5 a day.


If you would like to participate in this year's Produce in the Park make plan to attend the spring meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Herman Dierks Park Pavilion.



ASHDOWN, Ark. – One lane of Highway 32 across Millwood Lake will be closed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 to conduct an inspection of the bridge. 

Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers Millwood Project Office said they regret any inconvenience this may cause and ask for public cooperation during the closure.  If you are traveling in this area expect delays, obey flagmen, and drive cautiously around equipment and work crews.


The closure is being coordinated with emergency services and law enforcement agencies.

For more information about Millwood Lake call 870-898-3343.

Little Rock District news and recreation information can be found at



A former De Queen resident was sentenced to 40 years in prison after he pled guilty on Tuesday to the 2013 killing of a Texarkana interpreter.

Miguel "Angel" Martinez, 25, received the sentence after pleading guilty to a homicide charge during the March 10 session of the Miller County Circuit Court.

Martinez was initially arrested in November, 2013 in Tulsa, Okla. after authorities issued a nationwide warrant for his arrest. Martinez is convicted of killing 57-year-old Jamie Barrios, who worked as a Spanish language interpreter in Texarkana. According to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, an autopsy by the Arkansas State Crime lab determined that Barrios died from severe head trauma.

Authorities say a motive for the killing is still unclear, though the arrest affidavit claims Martinez called his mother after the killing and said he had “just lost it.”

Charges of hindering apprehension are still pending against Martinez's mother and sister.

Martinez will serve his sentence in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He will receive credit for the 469 days he spent in custody while his case was pending.

By Patrick Massey, Editor De Queen Bee

Dollar Tree expected to open this May    03/17/15

Construction is underway on the new Dollar Tree store in De Queen.

Contractors started work on the store last month, which is being housed next to Tractor Supply in the former Walmart building on the Highway 70/71 junction. Dollar Tree, whose stores are well known for selling items for no more than a dollar, is also currently building stores in Nashville and Mena.

A contractor working on the De Queen store said the local Dollar Tree will have between eight and nine thousand square feet of floor space.

A tentative opening date has been set for late May at all three stores.

Earlier this week, the company posted a store manager and assistant store manager position on several online employment sites, including and

One source said a Dollar Tree the size of De Queen's will initially hire as many as 35 people to assist once the store opens. This would eventually be trimmed back to 10 to 12 positions once the store's operations settle.

The store is expected to host a grand opening once it opens later this spring.

By Patrick Massey, Editor De Queen Bee



Applications are now available for high school students who are interested in attending M*A*S*H camps this summer.


Camps will be held at 34 rural medical centers throughout Arkansas, including the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Southwest in Texarkana and Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville.


The two-week camps focus on exposing high school juniors and seniors to health care-related professions.


Jennifer Victory is a rural health specialist for Arkansas Farm Bureau and she stated the M*A*S*H program is designed to give students a look into various medical professions and spark their interest in the medical field.


Participates in past M*A*S*H camps have visited various hospitals and health care providers, dissected pig hearts, learned CPR and first aid and more.


County Farm Bureau organizations and Arkansas Medical Mentor Partnership sponsor students so they may attend the camps at no cost.


Applications are available through the area school guidance counselors office or by contacting the M*A*S*H directors.


In Nashville, contact Sonia Bunyard at 870-779-6262 or in Texarkana call Bradi Kelly at 870-779-6040.






Monday night during the meeting of the Dierks City Council, Mayor Terry Mounts reported the state's legislative audit of the city's general fund for the 2013-2014 year had been completed.


Mounts told KDQN that city officials had identified a couple of buildings on Main Street that may need to be condemned if the property owners didn't make an effort to improve their look.


Mounts also mentioned that the city had hired Jason Brown to replace retiring sanitation worker Larry House.


Mounts reported that he was expecting the Arkansas Rural Water Associations evaluation of the city's water and sewer rates. He said after reviewing the association’s recommendation concerning the city’s water and sewer rates, he would then make a recommendation to the city council.


The next meeting of the Dierks City Council will be Monday, April 13th in the Dierks City Hall.






Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith reported the Horatio Board of Education heard several presentations during their March meeting, approved the district's 2015-2016 calendar and voted to give employees a $500 bonus.


Smith stated the board was introduced to the district's Teachers of the Year and they were informed that the district's Alternative Learning program was recently honored by the state of Arkansas.


Special Education teacher Cindy Frachiseur spoke to the board about why they pass certain items that are related to the special education department.


Smith said the board wanted to approve a one-time bonus for the teachers around Christmas, but decided to wait to ensure funds would be available.


Smith said the district would be adding days to the end of the school year to make up for the days that they missed this winter due to inclement weather and he reminded district patrons that they can review the district's Board of Education minutes online at


Board members also accepted the transfer of two students from the De Queen School District and approved the transfer of one student from Horatio to De Queen.






Legislation has been filed that would help family caregivers in Arkansas.


Nearly 500,000 Arkansans play the role of caregiver for an aging parent or family member with a disability and they're not paid for that job. So, legislation was recently filed that is aimed at making things a bit easier.


Herb Sanderson with AARP Arkansas says the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act would ease transitions from hospital to home, where caregivers provide services that used to be traditionally administered by professionals, such as wound dressing changes and injectables.


Sanderson says hospitals support the legislation because quality after-care reduces re-admissions. He said he expects this legislation to receive a hearing soon.


AARP research pegs the value of Arkansas caregiving at 4.5 billion dollars a year. Sanderson describes the legislation as one step in recognizing the enormous commitment.


Another way caregivers are being recognized is through AARP's "I Heart Caregivers" campaign, which encourages caregivers to share their stories at






Every year, thousands of Arkansans are notified by mail, e-mail or phone that they are the winners in a sweepstakes or lottery. These million dollar prize packages or new cars can be tempting, but Arkansans should resist. These scammers usually ask for a processing fee that's related to the prize but it is a ruse to pocket the fee and steal financial information.


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer report to caution Arkansans not to fall victim to these sweepstake con artists.


Callers to the Attorney General's office are reporting that they have received an unsolicited phone call from an individual claiming to be with Publisher's Clearinghouse. The callers are claiming that consumers are winners and that if they pay a one-time fee, a representative of Publishers Clearinghouse will be on the way to present them with their winnings. Most of the time the winnings are described as cash, but sometimes its a car or vacation package. Almost all of these calls request the consumer to wire money to a location outside the United States or provide the scammer with the number of a prepaid debit card.


By indicating that the winnings are ready to be delivered, con artists sound legitimate, but it is highly unlikely that the scammer knows the consumer's address.


Legitimate sweepstakes or lottery winners are hardly ever notified through an unsolicited call, and legitimate businesses, such as Publishers Clearinghouse, would never require winners to wire money to receive a prize.


Regardless of how the consumer is notified, once the consumer turns over bank account information or wires the funds, there is a good chance the consumer will lose more money when their personal financial information is compromised. When money is wired to a foreign country, it is very difficult, if not impossible to get it back.


Rutledge says consumers should never try to collect winnings from a sweepstakes that they don't remember entering. They should never give out the personal financial information and they should never pay any money upfront in an attempt to claim a prize.


Consumers should ignore bogus sweepstakes prizes and immediately call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division to report the call and the number from which it originated.


Consumers can contact the Attorney General's office by calling 1-800-482-8982 or visiting the website


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