EARLY VOTING IN ARKANSAS BEGINS TODAY
voting started statewide today and voters can cast their
ballot in the Sevier County Clerk's Office in the county
courthouse from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. If you are unable to go
to the polling place, you can vote by absentee, by
requesting a ballot from the county clerk's office.
to the state's Secretary of State's office, more than 50,000
Arkansans registered to vote in the last 3-months. That
means there are now 1,754,243 registered
voters in the state.
only 67 percent of Arkansas voters cast a ballot.
Seventy-eight percent voted in 1980.
to the Secretary of State's Office, some elections have been
decided by extremely narrow margins, especially in some
local races. For example, in 2010, two candidates in Stone
County tied twice, both in the primary and in the resulting
runoff election. In 2005, a local initiative in Hot Springs
passed by only 89 votes and in 1998, three municipal
elections were decided by a single vote.
information about election deadlines visit the Secretary of
State's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov.
day is November 8th and the polls will be open from 7:30
a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voter precincts and polling sites are
assigned by county election commissioners based on where you
live. A voter registration card is issued by the county
clerk that shows your voting precinct. You may also visit
the website, www.VoterView.org.
LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMPLETED FOR CITY OF
Mayor Terry Mounts presented the Dierks City Council with
the 2015 Arkansas Legislative Audit during their October
reported the city received a good report with no major
citations, however, it did have a few minor citations
pertaining to the city's accounting software, which they
plan to upgrade by the end of November.
reported construction on the city's new sewer lagoon should
also be completed sometime in November.
the city will continue to be aggressive on their cleanup
efforts and will be contacting some residents in the near
future concerning some ordinance violations.
reported the council's budget meeting that was scheduled for
Monday, December 5th will be rescheduled due to a conflict
with the chamber’s Christmas parade.
November meeting of the Dierks City Council is scheduled for
Monday, November 14th.
ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC
QUAIL MANAGEMENT PLAN 10/24/16
Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Jon Partain announced the
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking private
landowners to participate in the Strategic Quail Management
Plan to help provide habitation for quail in the state.
to the commission's Small Game Team, they hope to reverse
the decline of the northern Bobwhite quail population and
establish long-term stability in the quail population in the
commission hopes to achieve this by promoting the
establishment and enhancement of quail habitat on both
public and private lands to help generate more interest in
started, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking
private landowners to contact the Private Lands Biologist in
Hope by calling 870-777-5580 to set up an appointment.
SWIPING CEDAR 10/24/16
13th, Janice Hobbs reported someone had cut some
cedar trees off some property that joined theirs on Piney
Road to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.
stated the trees were on their hunting lease. She said the
property belonged to John Hendrix.
husband, William and his brother informed Deputy Wendall
Randall that they had found a choker cable, which is used to
drag logs out of the woods, along with several cedar logs on
Wagoner oversees Hendrix’s property and he informed Deputy
Randall that he had not given anyone permission to cut the
Deputy Chris Wolcott reported he had seen 33-year-old Jason
Brooks of De Queen hauling a load of cut cedar logs to a
private mill on Highway 71 North. Deputy Brian Hankins also
reported he had seen Brooks with a load of cedar logs in the
back of a Ford Ranger pickup.
interviewed at the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and
allegedly stated he was having a hard time and had cut the
trees, although he didn’t have permission to do so.
cited for misdemeanor theft of property after Wagoner
reported Brooks had cut about $200 worth of cedar trees.
CITY OF DE QUEEN HAS PIT BULL DOG
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy released a statement reminding city
residents that the De Queen City Council passed an ordinance
in 2008 that prohibits residents from keeping pit bulls
within the city limits.
said Ordinance 949 makes it unlawful to keep American Pit
Bull terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American
Staffordshire Terriers and American Bull Dogs in the city.
It also prohibits dogs whose owner admits or identifies the
dog as being one of those breeds or a dog that is commonly
recognizable or identifiable as such.
are convicted of violating Ordinance 949 can be fined up to
$500 and any owner who fails to remove a dog from the city
limits can be fined up to $500 per day. If an owner reclaims
a dog and then fails to remove it from the city limits, the
animal can be seized and humanely destroyed.
information, contact the De Queen City Hall at 870-584-3445.
CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME 10/24/16
First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department
said members of the De Queen Police Department and the
Sevier County Sheriff's Office will be playing a charity
softball game this Saturday in the Lockesburg City Park
against law enforcement officers from Howard County.
said the teams will be collecting coats, gloves and winter
clothing for children.
be dropped off at the De Queen, Lockesburg or Horatio city
halls, the De Queen Police Department or the Sevier County
Sheriff's Office. Browning said items may also be dropped
off at the game.
said Saturday's game will start at 11 a.m. and they'll be
accepting donations at the gate. He said the proceeds will
be split between the Lockesburg City Park and the Sevier
County Salvation Army.
information, contact the De Queen Police Department at
WESTERMAN WILL HOST A COFFEE
Bruce Westerman will host a coffee on the De Queen campus of
UA Cossatot this Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
is open to the public.
will host a Coffee with your Congressman along with U.S.
Senator Tom Cotton at the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of
Commerce in Hot Springs today from noon to 1 p.m. and at the
Jasper City Hall in Jasper on Tuesday, November 1st
from noon to 1.
ASHDOWN BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSES FUTURE
FACIILITY NEEDS 10/21/16
October meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education, board
members discussed the district's future facility needs.
Superintendent Jason Sanders reported the board will address
that issue during their November and December board
reported the district has also updated its web site and
invited district patrons to visit the site at .
then reported the district will be consolidating its
administration buildings into one at the old high school
after the first of the year.
members approved the purchase of Renaissance Learning for
Accelerated Reader, STAR Math and STAR Reading with Title I
and NSLA funds. Sanders said the district spent $22,093.86
to help improve student test scores.
members voted to terminate the district’s contract with
Renke’s janitorial contract at the high school.
members also elected Chuck Davis as president, Dorothy
Henderson as the board vice-president, and Rosa Bowman as
NOT A GOOD TIME TO BE DRINKING IN THE
evening, Sevier County Deputy Kris Hundley was dispatched to
the Lockesburg City Park in reference to a domestic. He was
also informed that there were some off-duty law enforcement
officers on the scene.
Hundley arrived, he noticed Deputy Greg Davignon and several
other deputies had two men in custody. Hundley was informed
that the officers were playing softball in the park when
they witnessed the suspect, Kevin Fatherree and his wife,
Kristina Fatherree start arguing. They also reported that
they witnessed Kevin grab Kristina and that is when they decided to intervene.
officers approached, they said Kevin threw a beer down and
told them to quote, "bring it on."
said a second suspect, Larry David Russell approached the
officers from behind and attempted to defend Kevin, but
calmed down when he discovered they were all police
restrained and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly
conduct and public intoxication.
charged with public intoxication.
Kimmel, Chad Bradshaw, Levi Browning, JJ Lopez, and David
Higgins of the De Queen Police Department, Deputies Matt
Webb, Thomas Jackson, Davignon, and Nicole Nealy of the
Sevier County Sheriff's office, and Detention Officers Chet
Stubbs and David Lindsey were all at the park when the
HORATIO LIONS POWDER PUFF GAME MONDAY
High School junior class will be hosting a powder puff
football game Monday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the
Horatio Lion Football Stadium.
class members Zack Izzo, Delfina Martinez and Alex Robles
stopped by the KDQN studios and invited area residents to
said members of the Horatio football team will be providing
FOREMAN BOARD OF EDUCATION MOVES FUNDS FROM
BUILDING FUND TO BALANCE BUDGET 10/21/16
Superintendent George Kennedy reported the district is
working to install a new bell and intercom system at the
high school. He said the district's insurance company denied
the district's claim that the system had been struck by
lightening and was not going to pay for the new system.
said the agri department's welding exhaust system has been
installed and students will soon be welding in class.
the Foreman Board of Education voted to transfer almost
$105,000 from the district's building fund to the General
Fund. Kennedy said this will allow the district to balance
it's budget for the 2016-17 school year.
announced the district will be holding its annual public
meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
members elected Shane Mears the board president, Will
Segraves as the vice-president and Wayne Frye as the board
BOOZMAN PROMOTES ARKANSAS TAKE BACK DAY THIS
Senator John Boozman is encouraging Arkansans to participate
in the Arkansas Drug Take Back Day on Saturday and help get
expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs out of
said prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug
problem in the country and unfortunately Arkansas is not
immune to the problem. He said through the drug take back
events, Arkansas is providing a safe option for people to
dispose of old and unneeded medication, which will help
reduce the risk of someone developing an addiction to
be more than 130 drug take back collection sites across the
state. Boozman said during the April Drug Take Back event,
Arkansans disposed of over 25,000 pounds of prescription
County residents can take their expired, unused, and
unwanted prescription drugs to the Sevier County Sheriff's
TOUR DE QUEEN 10/21/16
Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick
Massey recently invited bicyclists from across the region to
participate in the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on
November 5th. Pre-registration is $25, but
registration forms must be completed by Monday, October 24th,
after the 24th, registration is $30.
riders will be able to choose routes of various lengths,
including 15 miles, 25 miles, 36 miles and 47 miles. The
routes will take riders through scenic areas around De
Queen, including Chapel Hill and De Queen Lake. Volunteers
will mark various locations along the route AS turn-around
points and rest stops.
registration is available on
www.BikeReg.com by searching for Tour de Queen and
veterans are invited to participate for free.
Registration forms can also be picked up locally at the De
Queen Bee, the KDQN studio, Bear State Bank, First State
Bank and the De Queen City Hall.
will be given and this is not a timed race. All riders under
the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all riders
must wear a helmet and the event will go on rain or shine.
information, call Massey at 870-582-5746.
QUEEN/SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PREPARING FOR ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS PARADE 10/20/16
December is just around the corner and that means the
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is preparing to
host the annual De Queen Christmas Parade.
Chamber officials announced this week that this year’s
parade theme will be “Christmas Lights on Parade.”
Chamber President Patrick Massey said the chamber hopes this
will give people a reason to go all out with lights on their
floats. He said the chamber is anticipating an awesome
This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at
6 p.m. in downtown De Queen. As in previous years, downtown
merchants will be encouraged to stay open for extended hours
during and following the parade. The chamber is also
inviting businesses, churches, groups or organizations to
set up booths at no cost during the parade.
Massey said this is a great opportunity for organizations to
hold a fundraiser during the holiday season. He said
businesses who set up booths around the square will also
benefit from the thousands of people who will be attending
this year’s parade.
For more information, call 870-584-3225 or email the chamber
Area residents are also reminded that the KCS Holiday
Express is scheduled to stop in De Queen on Sunday, December
11th at 4 p.m. So make plans to bring the whole family and
enjoy making some great Christmas memories during this
LOCKESBURG RESIDENTS TO SEE WATER AND SEWER RATE IN 2017
Aldermen of the Lockesburg City Council voted to increase
water rates to $23.27 for the first 1,000 gallons and to
increase sewer rates from $19.43 to $21.20, so the city can
receive financing for a new sewer line from the Holly Lane
lift station to the city’s sewer pond.
The rate increase was suggested by the city’s engineer, Andy
Franks of A.L. Franks Engineering. He reported he had
researched and found funding for the sewer line, which allow
the city to complete and enlarge the sewer line at a cost of
The sewer line project will be funded by a grant from the
Franks also agreed to draw preliminary plans for a new
senior citizens building.
Aldermen also decided to move the school bus stop to the
senior citizen building from the City Shop. Aldermen said
the senior adult building was not being used at that time of
day and there was enough room so the kids would not have to
be in a busy street.
Aldermen rejected a building permit for a mobile home
because the building permit form had not been completed, the
mobile home was not up to code and the lot does not have a
Alderman also changed the city’s Noise Ordinance from 10
p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
MOBILE PANTRY TO BRING FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED IN SEVIER
Harvest Regional Food Bank is returning to Sevier County
with its Mobile Pantry on Wednesday, November 16th from 10
a.m. to noon at the First United Methodist Church in
Harvest Regional Food Bank Executive Director Camille
Wrinkle said there are some communities in the food bank’s
rural service area that is not fully served by one of the
food bank’s partner agencies. She said to make sure those
residents are served, the food bank serves them directly
through the mobile food pantry.
Harvest Regional Food Bank will distribute pantry boxes and
USDA commodities. However, volunteers are needed to help
load boxes into cars. Wrinkle said if you can volunteer,
please; call the food bank at 870-774-1398.
Recipients must provide a photo ID verifying their age and
residence in Sevier County. Distribution is limited to one
per household and cannot be picked up for others. Senior
adults 65 and older will be served first starting at 10
a.m., followed by anyone 65 and younger.
USDA commodities will be available for those who meet the
income requirements and do not receive commodities at
Food boxes will include an assortment of canned fruits and
vegetables, rice, pasta, fruit juices, spices and other
PINE RIDGE PARK CLOSED FOR UPGRADES
De Queen Lake
Park Ranger, Victor Kuykendall, reported the Pine Ridge Park
area has been closed. He said they will be making several
upgrades and the Pine Ridge Park will be closed for about a
they will be replacing a culvert, putting in a new bathhouse and
upgrading the park's electrical system.
If you have any
questions, contact Kuykendall at 870-584-4161.
SEVIER COUNTY CEMETERY ON LIST FOR THE ULTIMATE
HAUNTED ARKANSAS ROAD TRIP 10/20/16
right around the corner, so what better time to take the
Ultimate Haunted Arkansas Road Trip, especially when you can
start right here in Sevier County.
Blogger Kristen Dummermuth wrote about some haunted sites in
Arkansas and she included the Avon Cemetery in Sevier County.
stated the ghost of a mother and her child wander throughout the
cemetery grounds. She reported the legend states, a mother sat
her child on the mouth of the well as she collected water and
the baby fell in and drowned.
before the well at the cemetery was cemented over, residents
said whenever someone drops a rock into the well at night they
can hear the baby crying. Some people have also claimed to have
seen the mother running through the cemetery looking for her
Road Trip also includes the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs,
the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Garfield, the Peel
Mansion in Bentonville, the Radar Road Phantom in Rogers, the
Tilly Willy Bridge in Fayetteville, the Old Malco Theatre in Hot
Springs, Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Crossett
Railroad Tracks in Crossett, the Hitchhiker on Highway 365 in
Woodson, the Empress of Little Rock and the St. Francis County
Museum in Forrest City.
if you love a good road trip and are fascinated by the unknown,
make sure to embark upon this haunted adventure to experience
some unnatural things in The Natural State.
website, KDQN.net and click on the link for a copy of the map
and for more details about the Ultimate Haunted Arkansas Road
SEVIER COUNTY EXTENSION TALKING ARKANSAS BALLOT
For the past
couple of weeks, Sevier County Extension, Family and Consumer
Science agent, Janet Cantrell has been speaking to various
organizations about the 2016 Ballot Issues.
Cantrell spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club and Tuesday night,
she made a presentation to the De Queen City Council.
morning, she discussed the issues that Arkansas voters will be
casting their votes for and against with KDQN. Cantrell stated
all the information that she provided was in the 2016 Voter
Guide that was published by the University of Arkansas Extension
there are three issues that were referred to the people of
Arkansas by the Arkansas General Assembly and four issues that
were referred to the people by petition.
She said Issue
1 is entitled Terms, election and eligibility of elected
officials and deals with term limits for countywide officials.
Issue 1 will also prevent elected officials from holding civil
office and will define the term "infamous crime.”
Issue 2 would allow the governor to retain his power when he is
out of the state.
And, Issue 3
concerns economic development.
Issues 4, 5, 6 and 7 were all challenged in court and 4 and 5
have been removed from the ballot by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
She said they will still appear on the ballot but any votes for
or against those issues will not be counted.
explained what would happen if both medical marijuana issues
were passed by Arkansas voters.
for more information, you can pick up a voter guide at the
extension office or print a copy from the website: www.uaex.edu/ballot.
Cantrell, call 870-584-3013.
JOB FAIR AT UA COSSATOT 10/19/16
will be hosting a Job Fair Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus.
County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey reported the
college is inviting all chamber members to set up a booth at no
cost. He said tables will be furnished by the college.
Cossatot, several different industries will be available and
they are all interested in employees for full-time and part-time
employees, as well as a few internships.
not required, but for more information call the college at
870-584-4471 or 1-800-844-4471.
COSSATOT RIVER EAST NIGHT OUT 10/19/16
High School's EAST students will be hosting a EAST Night Out on
Thursday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in room 401.
display their EAST Lab projects that were completed with the
department's 3-D printer, the plotter, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro
and Sketch Up.
EAST Night Out
is a nationwide EAST Open House that will be hosted by over 100
individual communities that have EAST programs. During the EAST
Night Out, EAST classrooms will share their student-driven,
service-based, technology-infused education projects with their
school community, business leaders, media and family.
DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO PURSE PURPLE HEART
CITY DISTINCTION 10/19/16
Sevier County resident Victor Rojas Jr. asked the De Queen City Council
to consider passing a proclamation designating De Queen
as a Purple Heart City.
Mayor Billy Ray
McKelvy reported aldermen voted to proceed with the process and
asked Rojas to work on obtaining the signs and a plaque from the
Military Order of the Purple Heart that will be displayed in the
De Queen City Hall.
there are currently 32 Purple Heart cities and eight Purple
Heart counties in Arkansas.
also updated the council on the De Queen senior adult center. He
stated the city owns the building that houses the center and he
wants the council to renew the lease with the Southwest Arkansas
Area Agency on Aging since they have assumed the day-to-day
operations of the center.
reported the city currently has a contract of service with the
senior adult center in the amount of $10,000 a year.
the executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and
Resource Center reported to the council and asked them to
consider renewing their contract of service for the upcoming
voted to sell four pieces of equipment and use the proceeds
from the sale to purchase something the street department needs.
the council looked at a new clean-up ordinance, but did not vote
it. He said the council will consider the ordinance during their
November 1st neeting.
DIERKS RESIDENTS DIES IN HEAD-ON COLLISION IN
MCCURTAIN COUNTY 10/19/16
Two people died
Monday in a head-on collision in McCurtain County, according a
report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
year old Debra Kessler of Eagletown and 43-year-old Roger
Ashbrooks of Dierks were killed in the collision and both were
pronounced dead at the scene.
the report, the accident occurred at about 2:50 p.m. on
U.S. Highway 70 about 5-miles east of Broken Bow. The report
says Kessler was driving east on Highway 70 when she went left
of center and hit the tractor-trailer that was being driven by
HORATIO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT'S 3RD ANNUAL
HAUNTED HOUSE 10/19/16
Assistant Fire Chief Rich Dorsey said the Horatio Volunteer Fire
Department's 3rd Annual Haunted House will be open this Friday
and Saturday from 7 p.m. until midnight. He said they will have
concessions and a sitting area for people who want to wait
outside for their friends who go through the haunted house.
Dorsey said the
department has raised about $7,000 over the past two years. He
said they hope to raise more this year because they have
expanded the haunted house which should shorten the wait time.
Dorsey said the
department uses the funds for several local projects in the
community, like purchasing smoke detectors for local residents
and helping families get back on their feet after a fire.
haunted house is in a chicken house at the intersection of
Highway 41 and Highway 24 about a mile north of Horatio.
DE QUEEN CHRISTMAS PARADE THEME ANNOUNCED
just around the corner and that means the De Queen/Sevier County
Chamber of Commerce is once again preparing to host the annual
De Queen Christmas Parade.
officials have announced this year's parade theme will be
"Christmas Lights on Parade."
"We think this
will give folks a great reason to go all out with lights on
their floats," said President Patrick Massey. "We anticipate
seeing some awesome parade entries as always."
parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in downtown De
Queen. As in previous years, downtown merchants will be
encouraged to stay open for extended hours during and following
the parade. The chamber also invites any business, church, group
or organization to set up a booth at no cost during the parade.
"This is a
great opportunity for any organization holding a fundraiser
during Christmas," said Massey. "Also, businesses who set up
booths around the square will benefit from the thousands of
people who come to watch the parade."
information, call (870) 584-3225 or (870) 582-574, or email
also reminded that the KCS Holiday Express is scheduled to stop
in De Queen on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Bring the whole family
and enjoy making some great Christmas memories during this
HORATIO STATE BANK'S FOREMAN BRANCH
President of Horatio State Bank, Ned Hendrix, announced
the bank has received approval for its bank application
to open a full-service branch in Foreman by both the
State Bank Department and the FDIC.
said work on the former First National Bank is underway
and is expected to be completed within the next 30-days.
He said Horatio State Bank plans to use the building as
its Foreman branch office.
said the Board of Horatio State Bank is excited about
the approval and is looking forward to opening the
said they will announce the opening date in the near
HORATIO SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDS ANNUAL
REPORT TO THE PUBLIC 10/18/16
Superintendent Lee Smith reported the district held it's
Annual Report to the Public prior to their October Board
of Education meeting. He said they discussed the
district's finances and Title 1 funding, which is
provided by the federal government.
said the board voted to help the agri department
purchase a trailer. He said the agri department had
secured funding for about two-thirds of the purchase
price and the board voted to pay the remaining amount.
also updated KDQN on the technology improvements on the
Horatio campuses. He said the state's 250 megabytes
connection had been installed and the high school had
rolled out the iPad Pros to the juniors and seniors, but
the district is still waiting on the approval of its
also mentioned the Horatio Band Boosters are holding
some fundraisers this Friday.
Band Booster Club member Kurt Connor said
the odds of winning one of the 10 guns is one in 55. He
said entrants do not need to be present to win and you
can enter online at www.HoratioBandBoosters.org. Connor
said online ticket sales will end at 1 p.m. on Friday,
but you can buy a ticket at Don’s EZ Pay in De Queen,
Hurricane Tacos in Lockesburg, or by calling
Smith said the band boosters will also be holding a
tailgate cookout this Friday starting at 5 p.m., in the
Horatio Elementary cafeteria. He said plates are $7
each and the menu includes a choice of grilled chicken
quarters, potato salad, and baked beans or chicken
tostadas and homemade salsa. Connors said there will
also be variety of desserts available.
Connor said you can reserve a plate ahead of time by
visiting the website www.HoratioBandBoosters.org or by
joining their Facebook page.
said there will also be a powder puff football game on
Monday, October 24th at the Horatio Lion Stadium at 6:30
p.m. He said the freshman girls will take on the
sophomores in the first game and then the juniors will
take on the seniors.
said for more information on upcoming events and
activities in the Horatio School District, visit their
SEVIER COUNTY SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP
FUND 7th ANNUAL FISH FRY 10/18/16
Southwest Region Field Director, Jamie Marshall, told
KDQN that the Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship
Fund will be holding their 7th Annual Fish Fry this
Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser
Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. She said
the plates will be $7 each and Partners in Christ will
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund was started in
the mid 1980's to help single parents return to school
and acquire professional certificates or college degrees
that opened doors to better employment for those
Marshall said the mission of the Arkansas Single Parent
Scholarship Fund is the enable single parents to attain
self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. She
said the single parent fund hopes all single parents can
have the choice and the opportunity to go to college and
complete their degree.
Marshall said to learn more about the Single Parent
Scholarship Fund, you should visit the website:
Marshall also stated the deadline to apply for a spring
semester scholarship is May 1st, but the priority
deadline is March 20th. She said to be eligible, single
parents must be a resident of Sevier County, be the
single head of household, have sole custody of their
children, have low household income, at or near the
poverty level and posses a high school diploma or GED.
She said students must also be pursuing a
career-oriented course of study full-time during the
semester for which the scholarship will be used and they
must apply for a Pell Grant.
I CALLED 911 AND MADE FAKE REPORT
Early Monday morning, Patrolman First Class Levi
Browning of the De Queen Police Department was
dispatched to Cottonwood drive for a reported gun
The victim was allegedly Roy Patterson and the
reporting party was supposedly Chris Thompson who
was allegedly the brother of Roy Patterson. When
Browning arrived, he spoke to Roy’s mother and she
stated that he was not home and hadn’t been for
According to the incident report, the Sevier County
dispatch attempted to ping his phone and discovered
it was near the De Queen Elementary School, but when
officers searched the area, they could not find him.
Roy’s mother called later and stated that he was
near the Cottonwood entrance, driving erratically in
a white Chevy truck, but when officers arrived he
was not in the area.
About an hour later, a caller stated there was
erratic driver traveling south on Highway 71 near
the four-way EZ-Mart. Officer Browning found the
vehicle near Wal-Mart and made a traffic stop in the
Wal-Mart parking lot.
Officer Browning was assisted by Patrolman First
Class David Higgins in taking Patterson into
custody. After Patterson was taken into custody, he
kept asking what he had done wrong. He was informed
that they were told he had been shot and that there
may be a gun in play and that Patterson may have
Patterson allegedly stated he had made the fake 911
call and used a fake name and that he had lied about
26-year-old Roy Patterson of De Queen was taken to
the Sevier County jail and charged with obstructing
governmental operations. He was also cited for
driving on a suspended license.
POND CREEK DEER HUNT FOR MOBILITY IMPAIRED NOVEMBER
5TH THROUGH 16TH 10/18/16
Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge is seeking
applications for the 2016 Mobility Impaired Gun Deer
Hunt scheduled to occur on November 5th through the
13th on a designated area of the refuge. To qualify,
applicants must be mobility-impaired.
Mobility-impaired is defined as a permanent physical
condition that severely impairs your mobility, which
requires the assistance from a wheelchair, braces,
crutches, or other similar aids of mobility.
If interested, applicants must send in their name,
address, phone number, and Doctor’s verification
letter to Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge at
1958 Central Road, Lockesburg, Arkansas 71846 or Fax
an application to 870-289-2127 or email an
Applicants for the Mobility Impaired hunt need to be
received at Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge by
the end of the business day on Friday, October 21st.
Applicants can pick specific dates to hunt during
November 5th through the 13th or they can pick all
dates. The number of days selected per applicant
will depend on the number of applicants.
The drawing of applicants will take place on October
24th. Those selected will meet with the refuge staff
on October 26th to know where their stand will be
and go over the rules. Each applicant will be
responsible for their own assistant helping them.
If drawn, applicants must possess a valid deer
hunting license and comply with state regulations.
The state bag limit applies but a legal buck is any
buck deer. The 3-point rule does not apply.
Questions call Gideon at 870-784-3520 or
DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TUESDAY
NIGHT AT 6 10/17/16
Aldermen of the De Queen City Council are scheduled to
meet in regular session Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the
council room of the De Queen City Hall.
Billy Ray McKelvy informed aldermen that the Sevier
County Cooperative Extension Service will make a
presentation concerning the upcoming ballot issues that
are on the November 8th General Election ballot.
reported Victor Rojas Jr. will ask the council to
designate the City of De Queen as a Purple Heart City in
order to honor the brave and patriotic men and women who
have been awarded a Purple Heart during their military
said there are 18 Purple Heart license plate holders in
is expected to update the council on the senior adult
center lease and the director of the Southwest Arkansas
Crisis and Resource Center will address aldermen
concerning a contract of service for 2017.
stated in a letter to the members of the city council
that he would like to address a proposed clean-up
ordinance, which will essentially restate Arkansas State
law concerning clean-up issues.
CONSUMER ALERT: PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE
BACK OCTOBER 22ND ACROSS ARKANSAS 10/17/16
American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates 1.9
million Americans abuse prescription pain relievers
annually, with nearly 19,000 lethal overdoses directly
related to prescription pain relievers in 2014. The
recent report also states that most adolescents who
misuse prescription pain relievers get them from a
friend or relative, oftentimes from a family medicine
concerns about opioid abuse go beyond painkillers
because opioids are considered a gateway drug. Four in
five new heroin users started abusing drugs by misusing
prescription painkillers, that according to the American
Society of Addiction Medicine.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a
consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to clean out their
medicine cabinets and take any unused or expired
medications to one of the more than 100 Prescription
Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. on Saturday, October 22nd.
event sites and year-round drop-off locations near you,
visit the website artakeback.org. The Sevier County
Sheriff's Office has a year-round drop-off location in
the lobby on Robinson Road in De Queen.
Rutledge said the following drugs may be dropped off at
a drug take back location: opioids, such as OxyContin;
stimulants, such as Adderall; depressants, such as
Ativan and other prescription medications. Arkansans may
also dispose of over-the-counter medicines, vitamins,
pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions,
inhalers, liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof
containers and medicine samples.
Medications may be returned in the original bottle or in
any other container for increased privacy.
Properly destroying these medications protects the
environment. Medicines that are flushed or poured down
the drain can end up polluting waters, which could
contaminate food and water supplies. Many medicines are
not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic
systems. Turning over these medications at Take Back Day
events also reduces the risk of accidental poisoning by
children, seniors or pets, as well as reduces the risk
of drug abuse.
more information, about consumer-related issues,
Rutledge said you can contact her office or follow her
GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER AND TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE
Little River County residents plead guilty to manslaughter and tampering
with evidence in the shooting death of Matthew Stewart of Little River.
Twenty-three year old Aaron Rhodes plead guilty to a negotiated plea
of manslaughter. He was originally charged with 2nd degree murder.
Rhodes was sentenced to 96 months in the Arkansas Department of
Corrections with 24 months suspended by Ninth Circuit Court Judge
Twenty-one year old Courtney Clemensen was
sentenced to 36 months in prison. She was credited with serving 156 days
Deputies from the Little River County Sheriff’s office
were dispatched to the residence of Rhodes and Clemensen on Highway 32
at about 8:30 p.m. on October 9th, 2015, concerning the shooting.
When deputies arrived, they discovered Stewart’s body in a chair
with a gunshot wound to the head.
Rhodes and Clemensen originally
told deputies that Stewart shot himself, but Rhodes changed his story a
couple of days later. He then claimed he accidentally shot Stewart while
playing with a gun.
Rhodes said Stewart was sitting in a chair in
the living room texting on his phone, while Rhodes was smoking marijuana
and playing with a .45-caliber pistol. Rhodes said the gun went off and
the bullet struck Stewart on top of the head.
After the shooting,
Clemensen wiped the gun down to prevent it “from being processed for
fingerprints.” She also picked up the shell casings that were ejected
from the gun.
DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD
Sunday night about 11
p.m. Sergeant Wayne Baker of the De Queen Police Department was informed
by De Queen Fire Chief and reserve officer Dennis Pruitt that a vehicle
was driving on the wrong side of the road on Fourth Street.
Officer Baker reported
he witnessed a truck turn west on Lake Street and then pull into a
residence. When Officer Baker approached the vehicle, the driver
provided a Mississippi driver's license identify him as 31-year-old
After failing a field
sobriety test, Delgado was taken to the Sevier County jail and processed
for driving while intoxicated.
MAJOR DRUG BUST IN ASHDOWN 10/17/16
An Ashdown man was arrested last Thursday in a
residential raid where law enforcement agencies
discovered 44 grams of crystal meth that had an
estimated street value of $4,450.
A search warrant was served just before 2 p.m. at a
residence on Westside Drive, and 38-year-old Steven
Deloney was arrested on drug charges.
Officers found $1,100 in cash, a set
of scales, 44-grams of meth and three grams of
Deloney was charged with possession with the intent
to deliver a controlled substance and possession of
The undercover investigation was conducted by the
9th West Drug Task Force, the Arkansas State Police
and the Ashdown Police Department.
Deloney is currently being held in the Little River
WESTERMAN TO LAUNCH AGRICULTURE TOUR
Congressman Bruce Westerman announced last week that
he will launch a two-day agriculture tour through
the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas.
Westerman said policy discussions should be led by
the men and women working in the fields, not
dictated by Washington bureaucrats and special
interests groups. He said if Arkansas’ Congressional
leaders are to support the state’s largest industry,
then they must listen to the state’s leaders who
know first-hand the challenges and opportunities
that exist in agriculture.
Westerman said that is why he is hitting the road
this week to visit with some of the state’s ag
leaders and producers. He said he will be visiting
with farmers and ranchers all across the Fourth
District so he can learn more about how decisions
made in Washington affect their livelihood.
Westerman will visit the Alford Farms in Lewisville
on Wednesday, October 19th along with the McDonald
Farm in Lewisville, and the Vaught Farm in De Queen.
On Thursday, Westerman will visit the Peach Pickin’
Paradise in Lamar, the University of Arkansas Fruit
Station in Clarksville, and the Tyson Foods
rendering plant in Dardanelle.