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Sevier County Judge Greg Ray announced today that Dog Town Road between Holman Road and Bear Creek Cutoff will be closed Thursday, October 30th between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the replacement of some culverts.


Ray stated traffic will be detoured through Dunn and Holman Roads.


For more information, contact the Ray's office at 642-2425.






A 12-year-old girl from Glenwood died Monday after being hit by a vehicle as she crossed the road on Highway 70.


The Arkansas State Police reported that a 2001 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound and an eastbound school bus was stopped and unloading students, when the incident occurred.


The report states all of the buses emergency lights and signals were activated on the bus and the vehicle failed to yield and struck Jazmin Hernandez as she was crossing the highway.


Hernandez was transported to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, where she died from her injuries.


The accident happened Monday afternoon about 3:25 and was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.






Members of the Little River County Leadership Class will be holding a Draw Down event this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of the University of Arkansas-Cossatot as their community project.


Little River County Chamber Director Fonda Hawthorne explained that the class is required to plan a community project every year and find a way to fund the project. So, this year, they decided to raise funds by holding the Draw Down fundraiser to renovate the city park’s horseshoe pits.


Ashdown School District Superintendent Jason Sanders is a member of the class and he said the pits will be upgraded to the standards that are necessary to host the Arkansas State Horseshoe Championships. He said only two other pits in Arkansas meet the standards and by upgrading the parks existing pits would allow the city of Ashdown to host state tournaments.


Richard Archer is the president of the Arkansas Horseshoe Pitchers Association and he explained that a site had to have at least 20 sanctioned courts and $1,000 for a bid. However, the winning bid gets to keep all the revenue that is made off the concessions, memorabilia and rented booth space.


Sanders said tickets cost $100 and will provide a meal for two, entertainment and participation in the draw down.


Hawthorne stated they are also selling sponsor packages for $250 and those come with two tickets for four meals, and your individual or company name in the program.


The event will also feature a silent and live auction, but for more information call the Little River County Chamber of Commerce at 870-898-7211 or contact a member of the Little River County Leadership class.






The Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild will be hosting their annual Quilt Show on Saturday, November 8th in the Lockesburg School Gym from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Quilts can be displayed by bringing them and registering on Thursday, November 6th between 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, November 7th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lockesburg School Gym. The registration fees are $3 per quilt or entry item.


This year, there will be eight categories including: machine pieced and machine quilted, hand quilted, appliqué, miscellaneous items - like table runners and wall hangings, a children's category including babies, retreat and antique, which would be pre-1980 and a first quilt category.


All quilts will be accepted and vendors are being invited to set up. Vendors should call 870-784-0993 for more information.


Organizers mentioned that they will be having a quilt square contest.


This year's twelve and half inch squares should be a Sun Bonnet Sue's Garden square. This means each square should have something from nature appliquéd on it. Visitors will vote on their favorite square and the winning square maker will take home all the squares entered. Squares may be entered during the quilt registration times or before 9 a.m. the day of the quilt show.


Organizers also stated the tea party will be back, as well as, the stash pile and both are by donation only.


Raffle tickets for the fat quarter bucket are $1 each.


For more information, call Susie at 870-784-0993 or Donna at 870-289-6291.




SEVIER COUNTY 4-H BANQUET       10/29/14


Monday night, the members of the Sevier County 4-H held their annual awards banquet at the De Queen Church of Christ. This year's theme was "Fall into 4-H."


4-H members presented reports concerning 4-H activities and record book winners and participants were presented their awards.


Record book winners included: Evin Frachiseur, Monica Rivas, Abigail Morris, Landon Frachiseur, Brayden Frachiseur, Bo Morris, Parker Stewart, Matthew Maben, Brady Haarmeyer, Payton Blanton, Jacob Seymour, Hunter Frachiseur, Attalee Frachiseur, Amber Morris, Veronica Rivas, Aubrey Seymour, and Sabrina Rivas. Aaron Morris's record book was name the county's Advance Record Book and he received $25 dollars from the Sevier County Co-op. Brennen Seymour's record book was named the County's Beginner Record Book winner and he also received $25 dollars from the Co-op.


Hunter Frachiseur and Brennen Seymour shared reports about the fairs that 4-H members attended.


Hunter reported that 4-H members do more than show livestock at the fairs. He stated 4-H members exhibit arts and crafts, baking, canning flowers, sewing and photography. He also announced the 2015 Sevier County Fair will begin August 22nd.


Brennen Seymour reported that he exhibited the grand champion limosin-flex bull at the Sevier County and Arkansas State Fairs and he was named the reserved champion at the Four States Fair.


Seymour stated there were four members of the Sevier County 4-H that was inducted into this year's Purple Circle. They were Luke Smith, Grace Harris, Amber Morris, Autumn Pickett and Brennen Seymour.


Amber Morris reported on the 4-H camps, including the Quad County Camp and the Cloverbud and Junior Day Camp.


Aaron Morris reported on the 4-H O'Rama's. He said 13 Sevier County 4-H members participated in the district O'Rama and three attended the state O'Rama.


Kayla Hicks said five 4-H members competed in the Sevier County BBQ contest. Hicks was chosen as the top senior winner and she represented the county in the state competition.


Carlee Helms won the county's dairy recipe contest and competed on the state level, where she was the youngest competitor.


And, Attalee Frachiseur explained what a 4-H record book is and said they are summaries of each 4-Her's work and it keeps up with their activities and community service.


Attalee said 19 books were submitted this year and 11 of them were submitted by Cloverbuds. Five were submitted by Beginners and one Intermediate record book was submitted for a District award, along with two senior books.


The Sevier County 4-H clubs held a hay ride for their first activity for the new 4-H year and will be holding an ornament making workshop at the Sevier County Fair grounds on Tuesday, November 25th at 6 p.m.


For more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, contact the county extension office.





Area county clerk's are reporting a good turnout for the mid-term election here in Arkansas.


As of Monday morning, Sevier County Clerk Debbie Hughes reported that 324 Sevier County residents had cast their ballots early, while Little River County Deanna Sivley reported 535 early voters.


Early voting will continue this week between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. today through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st, as well as on Monday, November 3rd from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the county clerk's office.


Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4th.


Arkansas' Voter ID law was struck down earlier this month by the Arkansas Supreme Court, and therefore, voters will not be required to provide proof of identity with a photo ID. However, Hughes informed KDQN listeners that voters will be asked for ID by poll workers.


Hughes mentioned there are two contested aldermen races in the City of De Queen and the communities of Gillham and Lockesburg will also be voting sale tax issues.


For more information about the mid-term election, contact the Sevier County clerk's office at 642-2852 or the Little River County clerk's office at 898-7208.






State troopers identified a woman who died Friday afternoon along Highway 27 North in Hempstead County.


Authorities say 18-year-old Tiffany Coonce of Hot Springs, died when she exited a moving vehicle that was traveling north near the intersection of Highway 27 and County Road 34.


According to the incident report, the 2005 Chevrolet was being driven by 27-year-old Justin Shaw of Delight.


Koonce was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hempstead County Coroner's office.






The Little River County Relay for Life will be hosting the Little River County Chamber of Commerce coffee in Foreman this Thursday, October 30th.


Everyone is invited to stop by the Nelda Wilkinson Community Center between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for refreshments and information about the Little River County Relay for Life.


Relay for Life representatives will be on hand to share information about the 2015 Relay for Life "Staying Alive-Fighting Cancer" event, as well as, answer any questions concerning Relay for Life's efforts to end cancer.


For more information, contact Nancy Stuart at 903-276-8711 or Jill Turner at 903-278-1831.






Tyler Johnson of De Queen showed the Grand Champion Bull in the Open Shorthorn Plus division during the Open Cattle Show at the Arkansas State Fair.


Gabbi Litchford of Horatio showed the Reserve Champion Female in the Junior Maine Anjou division.


Brennen Seymour of Horatio won the Champion Bull in the Junior Limousine-Flex division and Allie Marshall of Horatio showed the Reserve Champion Female in the Junior Brangus division.


Ethan Wolcott of De Queen showed the Junior Reserve Grand Champion Doe and Senior Reserve Grand Champion Doe in the Dairy-Goat show.


Trey Mason of Foreman showed the Reserve Grand Champion Boar in the Open Spotted Swine division.


Payton Hibbs of De Queen showed the Reserve Champion Purebred Buck in the junior division of the Boer Goat show.


Brandi Frachiseur of Winthrop and Luke Smith of Lockesburg received a $750 Market Steer Exhibitor Scholarships, while Jacie Wilkerson of Wickes and Landrie Tadlock of Wickes received $750 dollar Market Hog Exhibitor Scholarships.






The Department of Health has confirmed a boil water notice that was issued by Daniel Faulkner for the entire system of the North Howard County Rural Water Association, including the cities of Umpire and Athens


The order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of a partial loss in normal system pressure.


Under the boil water order, all affected customers must be advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption and water that is used for drinking or for food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use.


All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water be used for making of ice.


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


The boil water order was due to a loss of pressure that resulted from water main break.






Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced that it's time for the libraries annual Food for Fines program during the first week of November.


Fisher stated all donated items will be presented to the Chalice Cupboard in De Queen to help provide food to Sevier County residents.


Fisher said the library will take a dollar off any fine for overdue books but the program can not be used for the cost of replacing a lost or damaged book.


Fisher said it did not matter what nonperishable food items were donated as long as they were not out of date.


Fisher also stated the Sevier County Libraries were going to participate in the Mister Roger's Neighbor sweater drive during the month of November.


Fisher also reminded area children that the Library Witch will be at the De Queen Library this Wednesday and the Horatio Library on Friday.


For more information about the Sevier County Libraries, call 584-4364.






It may the end of October, but members of the Sevier County Rescue team is gearing up for another year of providing toys for under privileged children in Sevier County with their annual Toys for Tots fundraiser this Saturday at the Sevier County Fair Grounds.


Rescue team member Mac McDaniel informed KDQN that the Toys for Tots program started in 1980 and they've been holding a fundraiser since 1992.


This Saturday, the Sevier County Rescue team will be preparing chicken dinners and holding an auction to raise funds so they can purchase new toys.


Saturday's event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Fairgrounds and will help get you in the holiday spirit.






Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million dollar prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state.


Arkansas Department of Corrections spokesperson Dina Tyler reported the agency has received proposals or expects to receive proposals from eight entities, including Pike County in Southwest Arkansas.


Pike County Clerk Sandy Campbell says the quorum court has discussed some land with a private owner and some company land around Murfreesboro, but there is also some land in the Glenwood Industrial Park.


The other counties that have filed or expected to file, includes Cross and Mississippi counties, and a joint proposal from the counties of Columbia, Ouachita and Union.


The cities of Arkadelphia, Augusta, Marshall and Pindall have also submitted proposals.




TEEN CITIED FOR DWI      10/28/14


About 3 Sunday morning, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department witnessed a vehicle driving left of the center line on Highway 70 west near the First Baptist Church.


When Browning approached the vehicle, he noticed the odor of alcohol and identified the driver as 19-year-old Ramiro Violante.


According to the incident report, Violante apologized after being informed why he had been pulled over.


After taking a portable breath test, Violante was giving a series of field sobriety test and then placed under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and for driving left of the center line.





The town that became the Confederate State Capitol during the Civil War, which is now known as Historic Washington State Park, will be hosting Southwest Arkansas' annual Civil War Weekend on November 1st and 2nd.


During the Civil War Weekend, visitors will walk the streets of a town touched by the hand of war. Re-enactors from across the region will present living history demonstrations.


Special programs will include: a medicine show, the Hempstead Rifle Muster, a Civil War skirmish, a town-ball and a Civil War church service.


Tours and programs will be presented at many of the historic homes and the BW Edwards Weapons Museum and the Blacksmith Shop will be open for tours each day.


Surrey rides will be available as well.


This weekend will offer a fun and educational experience for all ages. For more details, contact the park at 870-983-2684 or visit their website at


Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.






Assistant Fire Chief Rich Dorsey stated the members of the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department decided to hold a haunted house fundraiser this year and he said it's going to rank pretty high on the scare meter.


The haunted house is taking the place of the department's annual fish fry, but they will be selling concessions, both nights.


Dorsey stated if you are looking for a great time, you need to stop by the Horatio Fire Department Halloween or Saturday night.


Firefighters will be working on the haunted house all this week, and if you would like to volunteer, call Dorsey or stop by the Horatio Fire Station at 109 South Main Street in Horatio.






During the month of October, volunteers from all across the nation work to make citizens aware of the domestic violence issue. Abuse is a topic that is not easy to discuss, but it's something that occurs about 960,000 times a year.


Here in Sevier County, the staff and volunteers of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center work to educate the public on a daily basis and Courtney White and Debbie McGuffin spoke with KDQN about domestic violence.


White started by talking about what it takes sometimes for someone to realize that they need assistance, as well as, the long term effects of abuse.


McGuffin talked about how victims can start to heal and some of the characteristics of an abuser.


Southwest Arkansas is fortunate to have the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center in De Queen and if you have questions about abuse whether you are being abused or if you know someone that is being abused then contact the center at 584-3441.






Authorities in Little River County announced the skull that was found by a 6-year-old girl near her home has been identified as 26-year-old Zachary Wagner.


Little River County Sheriff Gary Gregory stated Wagner had been missing since February and had been a suspect in an arson case.


The medical examiner at the Arkansas Crime Lab has not confirmed the cause of death, but made a positive ID, according to a special agent with the Arkansas State Police.


Sheriff Gregory reported that they were looking for people who may have contact with Wagner around the time of his death who may have wanted to harm him. He also added that now the Wagner family has some closure concerning his where abouts.


Wagner was suspected of setting fire to a log truck in East Ogden in February, but he had not been seen since.


Wagner was on parole from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, where he had served time on felony counts of residential burglary and theft, according to court records.


Authorities started searching the area off Little River County Road 251 on October 7th after the girl found the skull next to a tree near her house while she was waiting on the school bus.


According to an earlier report, she picked up the skull and took it home to her parents because she thought is part of a Halloween display.


The parents contacted the Little River County Sheriff's office.


Gregory said some hunting dogs may have brought the skull to the spot. Searchers then found more bones in the woods across the road from the house.






A Hooks, Texas resident has been sentenced to 24 months probation, a $500 dollar fine and $8,992.23 in restitution for stealing money from postal bags in the Foreman Post Office.


29-year-old Steve Williams plead guilty to his role in the theft of money from the Foreman Post Office before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant in the Western District of Arkansas, Texarkana Division.


Williams had been charged with misdemeanor embezzlement and theft.


Williams worked for a transportation company that had a contract with the United States Postal Service and in March of this year, postal inspectors began investigating a report of missing funds from the Foreman Post Office.


Leslie McClain is a postal inspector and public information officer and she explained that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement, crime prevention and security arm of the postal service.


She said postal inspectors are federal law enforcement agents who conduct investigations of postal-related crimes, such as mail fraud and theft, violent crimes against postal employees, revenue fraud, dangerous mail, illegal drugs in the mail and child exploitation that's conducted through the mail.


The investigation started after the Foreman Deputy Marshall, Gina Butler, was called to the post office when a postal carrier returned late and found the back door had been broken into and some postal bags were missing.


Foreman Marshall Alex Mathis stated Williams tried to make it look like a break-in.





ASHDOWN – UA Cossatot inducted 24 members into Phi Theta Kappa last Monday. 


Phi Theta kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. Students earn membership through academic excellence and dedication. UA Cossatot held the induction in the Barbara Horn Civic Center in Ashdown. 


From left, bottom row: PTK co-advisor Jimmy Arnold, Cheryl Allen, Samantha Edgar, Reyna Lopez, Caroline Spain, Donna Gaddis, Kortney Ashley, Rachel Faulkner, Tiffany Gray, Betty Reed, PTK advisor Ashley Deen, and Katy Garcia; From Right, top row: Brettny Lynch, Cheryl Byrd, Faith Miller, Wendy Garcia, Veronica Gaona, and Cameron Smith.  Inductees not pictured: Lauren Long, Scotti Musick, Ashley Scott, Alexandria Trotter, Elizabeth Stone, Alex Suarez, Jacqueline Turcios, and Catherine Tuttle. 


Current chapter officers: Stephanie Harrison, President, Lisa Castle, Vice President, and Brooke Alexander, Secretary.




Wednesday night about 7:47, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 Toyota Tundra with Texas tags for violating the city's noise ordinance.


Ordinance 758 states that any noise that can be heard from more than 50 feet is to loud and the Tundra had an issue with its muffler causing it be loud.


Browning identified the driver as Fred Urista.


Urista had a Texas driver's license, but Browning was informed that the Urista's license was suspended, so he was issued a citation for driving on a suspended driver's license.


Browning then inquired if any of the three passengers in the vehicle had a valid driver's license and all three of the men said they did not have a driver's license.


However, Browning recognized one of the men and asked him to step out of the vehicle.


Browning reported that he remembered the man from a DWI accident involving Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon from August of 2013.


In 2013, Browning had transported the suspect who was identified as Andres Cuadra to the Sevier County jail. However, the suspect informed Browning that his name was Javier Gonzalez, Wednesday night.


When Browning asked the suspect about the incident in 2013, he responded that he didn't know what Browning was talking about.


So, the suspect was detained so Browning could identify him by running his prints through the Arkansas Crime Information Center, but before they arrived at the Sevier County jail, he confirmed that he was Cuadra.


A search revealed that Cuadra had warrants from the City of De Queen and the Sevier County. It also revealed nine aliases that he used.


Cuadra informed Browning that he had paid a man in Dallas $100 for the fake ID. He was then issued citations for his De Queen warrant and obstruction of government operations. He is being held on a hold from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.






LifeShare Blood Centers is reporting an urgent need for O negative blood donors in order to stabilize the supply. Patient use of O negative blood has exceeded recent blood donations of that type and it has resulted in an immediate need for blood donations.


LifeShare Blood Center spokesperson said patients in trauma situations, those with O negative blood and most infants can only receive type O negative blood and because of this, it is vital that LifeShare increases its current supply to support and to be prepared for local patient needs.


After a blood donation, testing and processing takes a minimum of 24 hours before the blood is available for patient use. People who are eligible to give blood and know they have an O negative blood type are needed immediately.


Anyone who is unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection and donations of all blood types are needed to constantly replenish the blood supply.


Donors may go to the LifeShare Blood Center in Texarkana.


All donors will receive a mini-physical prior to the donation procedure. The mini-physical will include a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron levels. Potential donors must be 16 or older, meet the height and weight requirements and feel well and healthy at the time of the donation.


LifeShare recommends eating a good meal and drink lots of fluid prior to donating.




Earlier this month, the Horatio School District held its annual report to the public prior to the October meeting of the Board of Education.


Superintendent Lee Smith reported that the district received over $8 million dollars from a combination of local, state, building, federal, activity and food service funding sources in 2013-2014.


Smith reported that the district’s accountability status was Needs Improvement overall, but the district was achieving in the areas of percentage of students tested, graduation rate and Literacy. He also reported the district was accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education, however, the Horatio High School was currently on probation due to the fact that some teachers were teaching in areas that they were not certified in, but that issue has been addressed.


Elementary Principal Susan Nelson reported her campus was on schedule to implement the Teacher Excellence Support System, which is a new teacher evaluation program.


Nelson also reported the district is planning to renovate the old ALE building and turn it into a literacy lab and research facility for the older students.


High School Principal James Dobbins reported that the number of students making a score of four on the state AP exams has increased. He explained that a score of four is the highest score a student can achieve.


Following the report to the public, board members approved one student transfer to the De Queen School District, hired a bus driver and approved the routine monthly reports.




The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its class of 2014. The nomination deadline is November 14th.


The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who are or have contributed significantly to the state’s largest industry, while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development. Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 142 men and women have been inducted.


Cal McCastlain is the chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame and he says anyone can nominate a person believed worthy for the honor.


McCastlain said the history of Arkansas agriculture is filled with great men and women and the role of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is to honor the worthy individuals who made a profound impact on Arkansas agriculture.


The Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock houses the Agriculture Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Farm Bureau.


For additional information and online nomination forms go to or call 501-228-1470.


The induction ceremony for the next class will be March 6th, 2015 in Little Rock.




Several local 4-H and FFA members received awards at the Arkansas State Fair.


Winners in the state fair cattle show included: Luke Smith of Lockesburg who showed the open Charolais grand champion bull, as well as the junior Charolais champion bull.


Kaitlin Kitchens of Dierks won the junior Limousine champion bull.


In the breeding swine competition, Jacob Moore of Umpire showed the winning open Hampshire reserve grand champion female in the open division and the junior Hampshire reserve grand champion female in the junior division.


Rebecca Wood of Lockesburg showed the winning Duroc grand champion boar in the open division and the junior Duroc reserve grand champion boar.



This Week's News:





Aldermen of the De Queen City Council heard budget request from Police Chief Richard McKinley, Parks Director Gaytha Bakenhus and Mike Sims of the waste treatment department.


Chief McKinley requested an increase in his department's equipment and uniform account for the purchase of two new vests. Bakenhus wants to renovate the backstop on field four at the Sportsplex and Sims requested a tank for the storage of chemicals.


Other department heads are expected to present their budget requests at the next council meeting on November 11th.


Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy asked aldermen to amend the city's 2014 budget by moving funds from the water department's depreciation fund to the equipment line item to pay for some repairs following a lightning strike at the water plant.


McKelvy also mentioned that Jeff Brown was the new head of the water department.


McKelvy stated the raw water line project was complete but the city's engineer would be presenting a few change orders in the next couple of weeks.


Council members also approved making an extra payment on the city's Rural Development loan in the amount of $150,000, which will allow the city to refinance it’s loans in 2017.

Alderman passed a resolution to appoint Caleb Stephens and Paul Minor to the De Queen Volunteer Fire Department.


Stephens is from New Boston, Texas and is a graduate of Louisiana Tech. He said he wanted to serve on the fire department so he could give back to the community and get more involved in his new home.


Chief McKinley reported that he hired Justin Gentry as a new patrolman.


Gentry worked at the Sevier County jail as a jailer and was highly recommended by his supervisors and Sheriff Bennie Simmons.






Members of the De Queen Lions Club are partnering with the Arkansas Children's Hospital to provide parents of children who have been admitted into the hospital with survival packs.


According to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, many visits are unplanned and most patients are admitted between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Most of the time these visits are unscheduled and often times families are unprepared and without food.


So, members of the De Queen Lions Club are collecting travel-sized toiletry items to help make their stay a little less stressful.


Lions Club members are shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, body wash, razors, shaving cream, tooth brushes, tooth paste and floss. But, one of the most needed items is cell phone chargers, especially iPhone chargers.


So far, the De Queen Lions Club has filled 120 survival packs and they will present them to a representative from the Arkansas Children's Hospital Tuesday, October 28th during their weekly meeting.


Although, the Lions Cub is not currently collecting items for the parent survival snack packs, area churches and organizations are encouraged to collect the following items to provide families with a little comfort during these uncertain times.


Suggested items including: individually wrapped snack items, like granola bars, nuts, chips, crackers and cookies; individually wrapped breakfast items like breakfast bars and pastries; hot chocolate packets, small bottles of water, individually wrapped hot tea bags and single-serve instant coffee packets.


For more information, call the Arkansas Children's Hospital volunteer services at 501-364-1825 or email them at






Public Relations Director Rhonda Blanton of the De Queen Regional Medical Center stopped by the KDQN studios this week to remind everyone about the upcoming health fair at the hospital. The health will be this Friday.


Blanton stated there will be several booths along with some special guests that offer special services in the De Queen area.


Blanton said if you are interested in having a booth during the health fair you may contact her at the hospital by calling 870-584-4111. She also stated several booths will have some items for everyone that stops by their booth.


Blanton explained that there will be several other groups with booths and this will give the public the opportunity to visit the hospital and receive valuable information concerning their health.







Cossatot River State Park interpreter Andrew Rawlings announced this week that it's time for the leaves to start turning and that now is a great time to take a hike and take some nature pictures.


Rawlings said he will be leading a hike through the Cossatot Falls this Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. so park guests may enjoy this awesome autumn.


Rawlings invited everyone to bring their binoculars, cameras, and phones to capture the beautiful scenery around the Cossatot River.


Saturday afternoon from 2 to 3 p.m. Rawlings will host a fire building competition.


Participates will demonstrate who has the best survival skills by starting a fire using flint and steel.


On Sunday morning from 9 to 10 a.m., Rawlings will lead a hike through the Cossatot Falls in search of birds and then from 2 to 3 p.m., you can help Rawlings feed the park critters at the visitor center.


For more information about the activities at the Cossatot River State Park, call 870-385-2201 or check out our website at






LifeShare Blood Center will be holding a blood drive on Tuesday, October 28th at the Oscar Hamilton Elementary School in Foreman in the school cafeteria.


According to LifeShare about one in seven people entering a hospital need blood and one blood donation can save up to three lives.


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






Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced the launch of a new school safety training initiative for school districts and law enforcement agencies to help educators and emergency responders be better prepared for an active threat on campuses.


Agents with the Attorney General's Special Investigations Division will offer a number of specialized training courses, at no cost to the school employees or law enforcement officials.


Special Agents Tony Allen and Jeremiah Terrell will offer several types of training that based on curriculum that was developed at Texas State University. 


School employees will be taught how to "Avoid, Deny and Defend" in an active shooter situation. This means participants will learn to first attempt to avoid the danger, then deny entry into a classroom or building and ultimately, defend themselves if necessary.


Law enforcement officers will receive Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Techniques or ALERRT training.


This training will focus on engagement with an active shooter and first responders will be trained to treat victims in the critical time before additional medical help arrives.





Members of the Little River County Historical Society will be 'Chillin' on Main' at the Two Rivers Museum today from 5 to 7 p.m. to raise funds for the museum.


Society members will be serving homemade chili, taco soup or vegetable soup with all the trimmings and dessert.


Tickets are $10 and children under 10 will be $5.


Tickets are available at the Two Rivers Museum, the Little River County Courthouse and the Castle.


All proceeds will go toward the renovation of the upstairs portion of the museum.


For additional information, contact Carolyn Castleman at 870-898-9080 or Clayton Castleman at 870-898-7202.



LifeShare will be in De Queen Monday November 3 at Pilgrim’s Pride from 12 – 6pm and Tuesday November 11 at De Queen Middle School 2:30 – 6:30pm.

LifeShare Blood Centers reports an urgent need for O negative blood donors in order to stabilize the supply. Patient use of O negative blood has exceeded recent blood donations of the same type, resulting in an immediate need for blood donations.

“Patients in trauma situations, those with O negative blood and most infants can only receive type O negative blood. Because of this, it is vital to increase the current supply to support and be prepared for local patient needs,” says Karen Siefert, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers. 

After blood donation, testing and processing takes a minimum of 24 hours before the blood is available for patient use. People who are eligible to give blood and know they have an O negative blood type are needed immediately. Persons who are unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection. Donations of all blood types are needed for constant replenishing.

The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with mobile blood drives. To locate a mobile blood drive, call your nearest center or go to

LifeShare Blood Centers locations:

For center hours, to locate a convenient mobile blood drive, or to make a donation appointment, go to or call the LifeShare location nearest you: Shreveport (318) 673-1471 or toll-free (800) 256-4483 or Texarkana (903) 794-3173 or toll-free (800) 264-5456.





The Arkansas Educational Television Network and the Sevier County Public Library in De Queen have partnered to sponsor a Mister Rogers Sweater Drives as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor.


The drive will be held November 1 through November 29th.


Members of the community are being asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters at the Sevier County Library. Sweaters that are collected will then be distributed locally by the Sevier County Housing Authority and statewide by the Arkansas Salvation Army.


"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" has long been a place where caring and consideration for others and it instills a good feeling in all of us, according to AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly.


Weatherly explained Fred Rogers' cardigan sweater has come to represent the gentle spirit, warmth and nurturing of the neighborhood. Mister Rogers himself once said, "All of us, at some time or other, need help, and whether we're giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.


To set the tone for a comfortable visit with his young viewers, Rogers always put on a sweater and changed into sneakers to help children settle in for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.


All of Rogers' sweaters were knitted by his mother and each year, she knitted a dozen sweaters and gave them to family and friends at Christmas.


Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher stated the library staff was proud to host the Sevier County Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive. She said the library hosts the Food for Fines drive, each year and this is simply another opportunity to help meet the needs of our neighbors.





Saturday, October 18th, Patrolman Bucky Sawyer of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Third Street following a report that a white female was yelling at passing cars.

Sawyer located the suspect at Third and Wallace about 1:35 in the morning.

Sawyer reported that knew the suspect as 48-year-old Janet Mayo and realized she was intoxicated as she approached his patrol car.

After making contact with Mayo, she repeatedly asked Sawyer who he was and he continued to identify himself as Officer Bucky Sawyer. After repeating herself several times, Sawyer informed her that she was under arrest for public intox.

Sawyer then attempted to handcuff Mayo, but she pulled and spun away from him. He then attempted to calm her down and he reportedly informed her that he would not cuff her if she would comply and get in the vehicle, but she continued to resist Sawyer and became more agitated.

Sawyer called for backup and was assisted by Patrolman First Class Levi Browning and Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Davignon.

Sawyer reported that Mayo appeared to calm down while speaking with Deputy Davignon, but then became belligerent again.   

Mayo was then informed that if she did not comply, she would be pepper sprayed. After Mayo made several more advances toward Deputy Davignon, he pepper sprayed her.

Mayo was then advised to get into Officer Browning’s patrol unit so she could receive decontamination, but upon arriving at the jail, she refused the towel that had been soaked in ice water.

Mayo reportedly became belligerent again and was ushered into the drunk tank. She was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.







Following the election of Brad Garner to the Dierks Board of Education, school board members honored out-going member Barry Stuard during their October .


Cothern reported that she is continuing to secure bids for video surveillance equipment as a part of the Safe School Environment initiative.


Cothern announced that she would be recognizing school employees who she feels are going above and beyond the call of duty, each month during the monthly meeting of the Dierks School Board.






Thousands of Arkansas voters started casting their ballots Monday in a closely watched midterm election that is being highlighted by an expensive U.S. Senate race that could help determine which party will control the Senate next year.


Secretary of State Mark Martin's office reported that 21,094 people had cast a ballot by late Monday afternoon. Martin has predicted 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will vote during this midterm election.


Sevier County Clerk Debbie Hughes' office reported 60 residents cast their votes in Sevier County on Monday and that there was a steady stream of people casting their votes early.


Republican and Democratic party leaders are urging Arkansans to vote early.






Officials with the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock say attendance during the final six days of the fair rebounded with improved weather, but attendance fell short of the 2013 numbers.


The fair announced Monday that the crowd for Sunday's final day of the fair totaled 50,595 to help bring the total attendance for the 10-day fair to 407,363. The total attendance was 8.6 percent lower than last year's 445,314.


Fair officials say they were pleased with the final numbers, but noted the first four days were hampered by rain, thunderstorms and strong winds.


This was the 75th anniversary of the Arkansas State Fair.





Following the Ashdown School District annual Report to the Public, the Ashdown Board of Education elected new officers and approved the board disclosure resolution, which will allow the district to conduct business with board members who sell items or provide services to the district.


Superintendent Jason Sanders reported that he informed the public that the district's enrollment was continuing to increase this semester.


Sanders stated that it was a good thing that the enrollment was increasing because some of the district's funding is tied to enrollment numbers.


Sanders reported that board members voted to table a discussion to select a district architect for future facility projects, but they would discuss the issue in November.


Sanders reported that the district has had a great start to the school year, but everyone in the district was working to ensure they had a successful school year and end on a high note.






Newly elected Ashdown Mayor James Sutton appointed Ashdown Police Captain Mark Ardwin as the new chief of police following the retirement of Doyle Crouch.


Ardwin is a native of Ashdown and has been in law enforcement for 32 years. He started in May of 1982 as a deputy with the Little River County Sheriffs Office. He was hired to be a patrolman with the Ashdown Police Department in 1987.


Former chief of police Crouch was praised by former mayor Carroll McLarty for his service and wished him a long, enjoyable and healthy retirement.


Ardwin stated that his goal is to educate the citizens of Ashdown about the working operations of the department, so that people will have a understanding of police procedures and not be afraid of the officers.






During the October 7th meeting of the De Queen City Council, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy informed the aldermen the water plant had been struck by lightning and repairs were being made. Well, tonight, aldermen will be asked to amend the city’s budget to cover the cost of those repair.


According to McKelvy, parts and labor totaled $4,097.50, however, while switching to the new water line, they discovered a flash mixer that was not working in a mixing tank.


City Engineer Greg Vaughn found a new mixer and impeller for $6,349. The city also owes Vaughn $850 for his work on the project.


McKelvy informed the city aldermen that the water department has enough in it's depreciation fund to cover the cost, but the council will need to amend the budget to cover the additional cost.


Several department heads will present their budgets and the council will discuss making an additional payment on the city's waste water Rural Development Administration loan.






Residents of Sevier County have begun casting their votes during the midterm election here in Arkansas.


Arkansas election officials are predicting that 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will cast a ballot during this general election, which is an increase from the last midterm election in 2010, when 47.6 percent of Arkansas' 1.6 million registered voters cast their vote.


Sevier County Clerk Debbie Hughes informed KDQN that there has been a steady stream of people voting early this morning and she expects a large turnout for this election.


Hughes explained when her office will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and for the next two Saturdays


Early voting will end on Monday, November 3rd at 5 p.m.


This year's ballot features a heated U.S. Senate race between Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Representative Tom Cotton, along with the governor's race with Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson.


Hughes stated there are also two contested aldermen races in the City of De Queen and residents in Gillham and Lockesburg will be considering sales tax issues.


For more information, Hughes said you may call her office at 870-642-2852.






Utility companies in Arkansas and across the country report an increasing number of instances where scammers attempt to extort electric customers out of cash by posing as representatives of the company and threatening to cut off customers' power.


Con artists target small businesses and homeowners, demanding that the consumer pay his or her overdue bill immediately, typically with an untraceable cash card, in order to avoid having their electricity shut off. Recently, an Arkansas-based electric provider discovered that one scammer was using the company's own prerecorded message in a ruse to make the scheme sound more believable.


So, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert to let consumers know what to watch for in the event they are targets of this scam.


Commercial and residential customers, even those who pay their bills on time, have been contacted by scammers and scam artists may even spoof a caller ID number to make it appear legitimate, and tell customers that they must pay their bill within an hour.


McDaniel said there are several ways for consumers to recognize the fact that they may be a target.


One, utility companies will not ask for payment on a GreenDot MoneyPak card.


Two, utility companies never demand immediate payment. Although, utility companies may place a courtesy call to consumers whose service is at risk of being disconnected, the calls are usually recorded messages.


And, three, utility companies won't mind if a skeptical consumer calls back later.


Consumers who are contacted by scam artists in this utility-bill scam should contact their electric provider, local law enforcement agency and the Attorney General's office by call 1-800-482-8982.






UA Cossatot Collegiate FFA chapter is holding a gun raffle and the money raised will help students attend the National FFA Convention, as well as fund the FFA contest that they will hold this spring.


UA Cossatot FFA Advisor Kelli Harris reported that members of the Cossatot FFA just returned from the Arkansas State Fair and, students will attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville in about two weeks.


Students are selling tickets for $20 each, but they will only be selling 500 tickets until Monday, October 27th prior to their annual chili supper.


Harris stated you do not have to be present to win, but the ticket also earns you admission to the chili supper at 6 p.m.


If you would like a ticket, contact a member of the UA Cossatot Collegiate FFA.


Harris said the winners will pick up their guns at Tires Plus after the drawing, but if you have any questions, you may contact her at UA Cossatot by calling 870-584-4471, ext. 1218.



Ashdown High School has been ranked among America's Most Challenging High Schools, according to a recent announcement by The Washington Post, who conducts the research and compiles the listing.

America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio:  the number of Advanced Placement tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.  Ashdown High School's Challenge Index score was 2.272, which placed them #22 in the 62 schools recognized in Arkansas, #464 of the 894 schools ranked in the South U.S., and #937 of the 1900 public schools named to the list nationwide.  Number 937 of the overall total school districts in the United States makes Ashdown in the top 4% nationally.

Of the ten schools in the southwest quadrant of Arkansas who made the listing, Ashdown is fifth and, statewide, Ashdown is ranked ahead of Springdale, Russellville, El Dorado and Fort Smith. 

Jay Mathews of The Washington Post explains the Challenge Index used to select the schools for the listing:  "We take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. I call this formula the Challenge Index. With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had as many tests in 2012 as they had graduates, were put on the national list."

Mathews continued that "this year, only 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools managed to reach that standard and earn placement on our list."

Highest in the nation was the American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, California, with a Challenge Index score of 21.909, while, incidentally, 77% of its students qualify for subsidized lunches.  Closest in ranking to this school was Uplift Education North Hills Preparatory in Irving, Texas, with a second place score of 15.696.

Holding the #1 ranking in Arkansas is Arkansas School of Math, Science and the Arts in Hot Springs with a Challenge Index score of 4.674. 

The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests. Research has found that even low-performing students who got only a 2 on an AP test did significantly better in college than similar students who did not take AP.

Ashdown High School offers a total of ten AP courses , in addition to nine pre-AP courses at high school and eight at junior high as prerequisites and/or preparation for the AP courses and exams.  The list of offerings includes AP English 11 & 12, AP American History, AP Geography, AP Psychology, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, and AP Biology.

Picture attached:  Proudly displaying the banner proclaiming Ashdown High School as one of America's Most Challenging High Schools are (left) AHS Principal Tim Erwin and Assistant Principal Mark Pounds.  The designation was announced by The Washington Post earlier this school year, and the banner has finally arrived and is prominently displayed in the entry to the high school.




Several benefits have been planned for the Withem family of Arden who lost their home during the tornado that struck Little River County Monday morning.


Community members will hold a hot dog benefit dinner for the family on Saturday, October 25th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Arden School House.


They will be serving hot dogs for donations only, as well as a silent auction, bake sale and possibly a hay ride.


An account has also been set up at the Mil-Way Credit Union to benefit the family and residents are collecting clothing for Roxanne Withem and the 3 children.


They are needing jeans size 14-16, 9 junior, boys size 10 and boys size 6 slim. Shirt sizes include women's 1X, ladies medium, boys 12-14 and boys 7-8. Shoes sizes are women's 8.5, 8, men's size 7 and a boys size 13.


Clothing may be dropped off at the Central Baptist Church in the Family Life Center, across from the Little River Courthouse in Ashdown between 8 and 5 each day.






The North Howard County Rural Water Association declared a precautionary boil water order for the entire system including the towns of Umpire and Athens.


The order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of a partial loss in normal system pressure.


Under the boil water order, all affected customers are being advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption and water that is used for drinking or for food preparation should be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use.


All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water be used for the making of ice.


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


The boil water order was due to a loss of pressure that resulted from a water main break Friday afternoon.






The De Queen High School cheerleaders have declared a Pink Out for Friday, October 31st during the Leopard football game against the Magnolia Panthers.


Currently, the cheerleaders are selling "Think Pink; Bleed Black and Gold" t-shirts for $15 each, but orders will only be taken until Monday, October 20th.


For more information, contact the High School Cheerleading Sponsor Cheryl Floyd by calling the De Queen Middle School at 642-2428.


The cheerleaders will also be conducting their annual mini cheer camp November 15th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the De Queen Coliseum.


The camp is for ages 4 through the 6th grade. The cost is $35 and every camper will receive a t-shirt.


The mini cheerleaders will perform Thursday, November 20th during the De Queen basketball game.






Former De Queen graduate Vanessa Simmons was named the 2014 Mrs. Arkansas State Fair Queen this past Saturday, October 11th in Little Rock during the Arkansas State Fair and represent Arkansas for the next 12-months.


Simmons is married with one child and will be graduating from Southern Arkansas University in May.


Simmons is the daughter of Victor and Denise Sanchez.






Jason Sanders is the superintendent of the Ashdown School District and he is a member of the Little River County Leadership Class and he announced that they will be holding a Draw Down event on Saturday, November 1st as their community project.


Sanders said the event is a fundraiser to upgrade the horseshoe pits at the Ashdown City Park.


Sanders then explained that during the Draw Down, they will pull out 10 tickets and then another 10 tickets until they are down to the final 10 tickets.


Sanders said the event will include a meal and entertainment.


Sanders mentioned where you can get a ticket at the Little River County Chamber of Commerce and the Ashdown School District Administration building.


And, Sanders said they are also selling sponsorship packages for $250 and it will include two tickets and the company name in the program and four meals.


For more information call the Little River County Chamber of Commerce at 870-898-2758.






It's starting to feel like fall in Arkansas and there's no better time to hit the state's fisheries and enjoy Arkansas' bountiful angling opportunities.


Fisheries crews from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocked almost 1.7 million fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during September. The total stocking weighed 105,200 pounds. Crews stocked trout, bream and catfish.


De Queen Lake was stocked with 3,240 yearling channel catfish, Dierks Lake was stocked with 2,760 yearling channel catfish and Gilliam Lake was stocked with 1,440 yearling channel cat.






Most people in Arkansas know that smoke-detector installation and testing is important, but according to a new survey, most people are mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home.


Research from the American Red Cross shows folks think they have five minutes, but it's really only two minutes. A new Red Cross "Home Fire Preparedness Campaign" kicked off this month to set the record straight.


Red Cross spokesperson Anne Borrego says home fire drills may be the only way to beat the clock, and save lives.


According to the survey, nearly seven in 10 parents believed their children knew what to do if their house caught on fire, but fewer than one in five families with children have practiced a home fire drill.


It's also recommended that smoke detectors be installed in each bedroom and regularly tested. Nationally, about 2,300 people die in house fires each year and 13,000 are injured.


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