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The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.


Although there is no monetary award, this achievement is acknowledged on any score report that is sent to colleges the following fall. Notifications about AP Scholar Awards are sent to students and schools in September of each year.


Ashdown High School has four students who earned an AP Scholar Award in 2015.


The Award Level of AP Scholar is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.


The Ashdown High School AP Scholars are Alex Coleman, Nekhoe Hogan, Rachel Pounds and Payton Turner.


These students are currently enrolled as freshmen at the following institutions: Coleman at the University of Arkansas; Hogan at Amherst College; Pounds at Henderson State University; and Turner at the University of Central Arkansas.






Aldermen of the De Queen City Council will meet this evening at 6 p.m. in the council room of the De Queen City Hall for a regular meeting.


According to the agenda, a representative from the five organizations that currently have contracts of services with the city will be in attendance to make presentations to the council.


Aldermen will also consider amending the police department's budget. Earlier this year, the De Queen Police Department received two grants for the purchase of vests.


According to Mayor McKelvy, the grants totaled $5,100, but the department will need about $30 more dollars to pay for all new vests.


Mayor McKelvy reported aldermen will also consider shifting $1,500 from the police department's vehicle repairs line item to the department's small equipment and supplies line item, so they can purchase gun locks for four patrol vehicles.






Members of the Horatio Board of Education met September 30th to appoint a new member to serve the remaining term of board member Troy Allen.


Superintendent Lee Smith stated Allen moved out of the district and Sherry Hodges was selected to fill the Zone 4 position.


The Horatio Board of Education will meet Monday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m.






Sevier County Extension 4-H Director Dawn Leeper announced the new Sevier County 4-H year is underway and they have a couple special events planned this month for current and new 4-H members.


Leeper said they have nine clubs in the county, and they are trying to re-establish a club in Gillham.


Leeper said kids can be members of more than one 4-H club at a time.


Leeper said the Sevier County Extension is also sponsoring a Big Buck Contest with the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce.


For more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, call 870-584-3013.






Friday night about 6:30 p.m., Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon arrested an Eagletown, Oklahoma man who was wanted for burglary and theft.


According to a Sevier County Sheriff's office spokesperson, the department received information that the suspect, Delores "Lolo" Berrera was at a residence on Spring Street in Lockesburg.


According to the arrest report, when Berrara was taken into custody, he swallowed a undetermined amount of methamphetamine. Deputy Davignon attempted to get Berrara to cough up the drugs but was unsuccessful.


Davignon also discovered two marijuana joints in a cigarette pack in Berrara's pocket.


Berrara was booked into the Sevier County jail on the two outstanding warrants and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  




SHE DOESN'T BELONG HERE        10/6/15


Sunday night, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputies Greg Davignon and Matt Webb were dispatched to a residence on Cypress Lane in Lockesburg in reference to a trespasser.


The deputies were informed that Amanda Westbrook had called to make a report on behalf of her father, Lester Walker. She stated a female by the name of Ramsey Cherny of De Queen was at her father's house and that she was causing problems.


According to Westbrook, Cherny had been trespassed from her father's property in the past.


Before the deputies arrived at the scene, they were informed that Cherny had left Walker's house and was sitting at the intersection of Highway 71 South and Melrose Road.


When the deputies arrived, they found Cherny and Westbrook. While Deputy Webb was speaking with Westbrook, she handed him her phone and informed him that her father wanted to speak with him.


Walker then told Deputy Webb that he had signed a criminal trespass form on Cherny over a month ago with Deputy Charles Emmerich. He also informed Webb that he wanted Cherny arrested.


Cherny was then taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass.






Twenty-nine Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits graduated Thursday, October 1st at the Arkansas State Capitol.


The class members initially reported for training on May 17th and accumulated 1,085 classroom and practical training hours over the past 20-weeks.


Governor Asa Hutchinson was the keynote speaker addressing the graduates and he was assisted by Colonel Bill Bryant, the Director of the Arkansas State Police, in presenting the new troopers their commissions.


The Honorable Rhonda Wood, Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice, administered the Oath of Commission.


Andrew Pannell of Dierks was among the graduates. He was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop G, in Hempstead County.


Upon reporting for duty at their respective troop headquarters, the new troopers will be placed with a certified departmental Field Training Officer. Each graduate will work in tandem with their training officer for a transitional period prior to being released to their assignment.




Ashdown High School is stirring with excitement about Homecoming 2015, which is themed "Panthers in Pictures!" for this year's activities, with each class choosing a movie to incorporate into their float and banner designs. The entire week of Oct. 26-30 is filled with opportunities for students and the community to show their spirit and support of Ashdown High School and the AHS Panthers, leading up to the Homecoming football contest with Waldron on Friday, Oct 30.

Spirit Dress-Up Days for all Ashdown students gives everyone a chance to participate in competition. Monday, Oct. 26th is Big (If you’ve ever wished to be big, here’s your chance, if you were an adult it might change your circumstance!); Tuesday the 26th is The Avengers (We run towards mayhem to save the day!  Your favorite superhero is on the way!!). On Wednesday, the theme is Grease – (Grease is the word that you heard.  In the 50’s would you have been cool, or a nerd?). Thursday is Halloween! (‘The night HE came home’ was quite a scare, Halloween costumes are what you should wear!  Friday, Oct. 30, of course, is Friday Night Lights; (Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose…Purple and Gold dress is what you should choose!).

In addition to Spirit Dress-Up Days, classes also will challenge each other in competitions throughout the week. Each will create and display a banner in the cafeteria, play against each other in the annual Powder Puff games on Tuesday night, participate in a canned food drive for the Methodist Church food pantry, and enter a float in the Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon.

The Tuesday Night Lights Powder Puff games on Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 in Dick Hays Stadium, are sponsored by the AHS Student Council, and because it is the only fundraiser for the StuCo, every attendee, including participants, will pay a $3 entry charge. The competition is fierce between the teams, and the Powder Puff "cheer-guys" are always entertaining. The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy.

AHS students invite everyone to kick up the spirit and be part of the fun and excitement leading up to Homecoming night in Dick Hays Stadium. Ashdown schools will dismiss at 1:00 on Friday, Oct. 30th so that everyone is free to attend a public pep rally at 1:30 in the stadium, when the Homecoming Court and Senior Panthers will be introduced. The parade through downtown will follow immediately. Coronation of the 2015 Homecoming Queen will be at 6:00, and the Ashdown-Waldron game will kick off at 7:00.

Homecoming is principally a time for AHS alumni to reunite and celebrate. This year, classes that end in "5" will be recognized at all of the public events, and each is encouraged to enter a float in the parade on Friday afternoon, tailgate in the alumni facilities adjacent to the football field, sit together during the Homecoming game, and then attend the Alumni Banquet on Saturday evening, Oct. 31st in the AHS cafeteria. For further information about any of these opportunities, the high school office phone number is 870-898-3562.




The UA Cossatot Board of Visitors met in September and Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole reported that after meeting with the Director of Medical Education and the Director of ARNEC, they discovered the college’s Division of Medical Education was not aligned the way it needed to be, so UA Cossatot will be restructuring the division.


Cole said the Division of the Medical Education will also expand the number RN’s that the school trains by January.


Cole also reported UA Cossatot added credentials for Education, STEM, Medical Science, Administrative Assisting, Accounting, Industrial Electricity and Medical Assisting to ensure the college is offering degrees in areas where students can transfer or join the workforce.


Cole said they will also be deleting certifications and degrees in Aviation, Culinary Arts, Framing, Drywall and Cabinet Making.


Vice-Chancellor Mike Kinkade reported the bid on the Student Commons on the De Queen campus came in at almost $1.5 million dollars over budget.


Kinkade said the college is working on curbing and landscaping on the De Queen campus as funding allows and they are just about finished with the wielding facility on the Ashdown campus.


Cole also announced that UA Cossatot is seeking a full-time workforce development person with the skills to teach industrial technology in industries.






On October 7th through October 18th, Tractor Supply Company customers have the opportunity to purchase paper clovers for $1 or more during checkout.


At the end of the campaign, 70 percent of the funds raised will benefit state and local 4-H youth development program activities, such as local camps and after-school programs and grant scholarships for 4-H youth in the communities where Tractor Supply stores are located. The remaining 30 percent of the total funds will be donated to the National 4-H Council to help connect more young people across America to high-quality 4-H youth development programs.


A spokesperson for Tractor Supply Company stated the Paper Clover fundraiser is a significant part of the company’s support of 4-H programs throughout the 1,300 plus communities that they serve. The spokesperson said Tractor Supply stores are proud to provide essential funding to more than 1,000 county 4-H programs, because these programs make a positive impact on young people that last a lifetime.


The National 4-H Council President stated this event has allowed 4-H to provide thousands of 4-H youth across the country greater access to 4-H programs, for many years.


Tractor Supply raised $913,553 during their 12-day spring Paper Clover campaign and they have raised over $7 million dollars for 4-H programs through the campaign over the past five years.




TOUR DE QUEEN       10/5/15


The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is once again inviting bicyclists from across the region to participate in the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on Saturday, October 24th.


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 the De Queen Lake. Volunteers will be at various locations along the route to mark turn-around points and rest stops.


Residents who live along the bike route are encouraged to keep their dogs in a fence or on a leash until the event is finished.


The ride will begin in front of the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce office at 315 West Stilwell Ave. in De Queen at 8 a.m.


Online registration is available at by searching the Tour de Queen. Pre-registration is $25 and on-site registration is $30.


Registration must be completed by October 17th for the rider to receive an event shirt, so please indicate your size. No awards will be given and this is not a timed race. All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all riders must wear a helmet. The event will go on rain or shine.


Registration forms may also be picked up at the De Queen Bee, KDQN studio, Bear State Bank, First State Bank and the De Queen City Hall and they may be dropped off at the De Queen Bee office at 404 West De Queen Ave.


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






Jamie Marshall is the field director for the Southwest Region of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund and she said the priority deadline to apply for a Single Parent Scholarship in Sevier County is March 20th 2016 and the final deadline is May 1st. The deadline in Little River County is March 20th and the priority deadline for Polk County is December 1st, 2015 and the final deadline is May 1st.


Marshall said to apply for a scholarship you should visit the website and select your county of residence.


Marshall also explained the Single Parent Scholarships may be used for more than just books and tuition and single parent scholarships may also be used to obtain a vocational certificate at a 2-year institution.


For more information about the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, visit the website or call Marshall at 479-287-8213.






Saint Barbara Catholic Church is participating in an after-school Child Nutrition Program.


Starting Tuesday, October 6th until April 27th, the church will be providing free snacks to all children 18 and under. The church will be serving students from 4:45 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 5:15 on Wednesdays.


The program is for all children under the age of 18 regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the snack service.


For more information, contact the Saint Barbara Catholic Church at 870-642-2256.






Teresa Morris of the Sevier County Health Unit announced this week the dates for the area mass flu shot clinics.


The Little River County Mass Flu Clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the health unit at 150 Keller Street in Ashdown. For more information, call 870-898-3831.


the Sevier County Mass Flu Clinic will be Wednesday, October 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Health Unit at 304 North 4th Street in De Queen. For more information, call 870-642-2535.


The Howard County Mass Flu Clinic will be Thursday, October 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard County Health Unit at 201 Hempstead Street in Nashville. For more information, call 870-845-2208.


Morris said if you need more information about one of the mass flu clinics, contact your local health unit.






De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley announced a representative from the Arkansas School of Math and Science in Hot Springs will be visiting with students on Tuesday, October 13th in the high school auditorium at 1 p.m.


Whatley said they will speak with students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher and a list of eligible students will be posted soon.


Whatley also announced the district will be holding parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, October 22nd from 3:30 to 8 p.m.


Whatley also reminded students that their flu shot permission forms must returned to the school office Monday, October 5th. Flu shots will be administered on Tuesday, October 20th.






Brookshire’s has invited school districts in their communities to participate in a chance to win up to $10,000 for their school’s athletic programs.


Ashdown High School is competing in the Blue Division and is currently in first place. Ashdown Media Relations Director Rhonda Pounds said area residents can help Ashdown win by texting ‘Ashdown” to 43101 everyday until October 27th.


Brookshire’s also presented a $1,000 check to the district Friday night at halftime of the Ashdown – Bauxite game.






The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its class of 2015. The nomination deadline is November 6th.


The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansas 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 148 men and women have been inducted.


Butch Calhoun, chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, says anyone can nominate a person believed worthy for the honor.


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.


Additional information and online nomination forms are available at Forms can also be requested by calling 501-228-1470.


The induction ceremony for the next class will be March 4th, 2016 in Little Rock.





UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole announced Thursday morning that UA Cossatot has been awarded two workforce grants to help develop programs that benefit the area's industry needs.


Cole said the first grant is a regional workforce grant for Southwest Arkansas and will used by 2-year colleges in South Arkansas to develop a plan to identify the workforce needs of area industries.


Cole said the second grant is a workforce grant that was presented to the University of Arkansas 2-year colleges. He said this grant is very similar to the other one, but schools in the University of Arkansas system will develop programs that will make it easier for students to transfer to four-year colleges or move into the workforce all across the state.


Cole said the college's new textbook program is going well and he reported the college is currently marking the property lines around the Lockesburg campus and will start installing exterior lighting and security cameras in the near future.






Renee Hendrix of the Ouachita Region CASA program reminded area marksmen that CASA will be hosting a Turkey Shoot October 10th at the Sevier County Shooting Sports Range.


Monti Bartek stated there will be several different divisions during the Turkey Shoot including handguns and rifles and he challenged marksmen from Sevier and Little River counties to come and compete against some marksmen from the Mena area.


Bartek said the event supports a good cause and he asked Hendrix to explain what the CASA program does and she also encouraged area residents to volunteer to be a child's advocate.


Bartek will be donating a Yeti cooler and several other area businesses have donated door prizes for the event.


For more information, call 479-243-9277.






The Sevier County Museum Hoo Rah Days will be Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum complex in De Queen and this year's event will have something for everyone, whether you're looking for a one of a kind craft or wanting to ride in the poker run.


Hoo Rah Days will kick-off Saturday morning with the De Queen Rotary Club's breakfast at 7 a.m. The antique car and truck show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for the car show will start at 9 a.m. and the cost is $20 and it’s an extra $10 for an additional vehicle.


This year, De Queen Motorsports will host a Poker Run. The first bike out will be at 9 and the last bike out will be at 10 and all of the proceeds from these events will benefit the Sevier County Museum.


There will also be several arts and crafts booths and food vendors.


This year, students in the UA Cossatot LPN program will be checking blood pressure and holding a cake walk.


Sarah Vanhoose and Kendra Stevens said they will use the proceeds from their face painting and cake walk to pay for the certification exams.


If you are interested in having a booth at the 26th Annual Hoo Days Celebration, contact the museum at 642-6642.






According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 1.3 million consumers are potentially affected by more than 50 recalls that have been announced for vehicles or parts of vehicles in September alone.


Last Week, General Motors reached a settlement with the United States Department of Justice for faulty ignition switches, which reportedly resulted in at least 124 deaths along with numerous injuries.


Recalls are issued when minimum federal motor vehicle safety standards are not met on items like brakes, tires, lighting, air bags, safety belts and child restraints.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to take a proactive approach to vehicle recalls.


Rutledge suggests consumers visit the website: and use the NHTSA's database to look up recalls by a vehicle's year, make and modal. Consumers may also contact the vehicle manufacturer or car dealer to search for recalls by the vehicle's VIN number and sign up at so you can receive email notifications about new recalls.


According to the Attorney General's office, manufacturers must notify owners of all affected vehicles via mail or phone with information that identify the problems. Rutledge said recall repairs only cover the part or parts that can be replaced or repaired and do not provide the owners with a new vehicle.


For more information contact the Attorney General's office at 1-800-482-8982 or






LifeShare Blood Center is having a blood drive on Monday, October 5th at UA Cossatot in De Queen from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the LifeShare Donor Coach.


According to a press release from LifeShare, about one in seven people who enter a hospital will need a blood product and one donation, which is approximately one pint of blood, can save up to three lives.


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


For more information, visit the website or call 903-794-3173.





Sevier County Museum board member, Jim Bo Arnold, announced this year's Hoo-Rah Day celebration theme will be railroads and he said there will be several activities this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Arnold said the railroad played a big part in the history of Sevier County and there will be a model train on display.


Arnold said the Rotary Club country breakfast will be held from 7 to 10 a.m., arts and craft booths, along with a lot of food vendors.


There will also be knifemaking and blacksmithing demonstrations and a poker run.


Arnold said the annual Hoo-Rah Days is the main fundraiser for the Sevier County Museum.


If you would like to sign up to be a vendor, contact the Sevier County Museum at 870-642-6642.






Seven-year-old Braylee Janes is an all around cowgirl and she has the hardware to prove it.


Janes won her first of 20 belt buckles at the age of 18-months during the Grannis Trail Riders Rodeo and this year, she won her fourth saddle when she took the title of All-Around Cowgirl in the Arkansas Teenage Rodeo Association.


Janes competes in several associations including the Southern Junior Rodeo Association and the Texoma Junior Rodeo Association.  She is the back-to-back All-Around Cowgirl champion in the Southern Junior Rodeo Association and she will be competing in barrels this weekend in the 47th annual Arkansas Finals Rodeo Association in Pine Bluff.


Janes told KDQN that she will be taking two horses, Bubba and Cookie, to Pine Bluff and will decide which one to race when she inspects the arena.


Ben Matheson, Sam Dixon, McKenna Caudle, Natalie Janes, Lee Ann Brooks, Rachael Lowery and Jace Harris will also be competing this weekend for titles, buckles and saddles.






Monday night, the Ashdown Board of Education met in special session to discuss two issues involving the district's athletic department.


During the board's regular September meeting, board members discussed changing the district's practice of only allowing event specific student-athletes into games for free.


In the past, the Ashdown district allowed all student athletes into games for free, but the district's athlete budget continued to wind up in the red. Monday night, board members voted to keep the district's current policy in place and to look at other options this spring for the 2016-2017 school year.


Board member Bradley Day then made a motion to add the color gray to the school colors, but the motion died for lack of a second.


Board members then voted to keep the majority of all athlete uniforms, purple and gold.


Board members also voted to table the election of new officers until all seven board members could be present.






Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth has proclaimed October 1st as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Lockesburg and is encouraging everyone, including all city employees, to wear Pink today in support of the Susan G. Komen National Breast Cancer Awareness.


Mayor Ruth said Pink reminds us that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and the second most deadly form of cancer in the United States, but when breast cancer is detected in its earliest stages, there is a 95 percent survival rate.


According to one study, 204,829 women and 3,027 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and approximately 47,982 women and 704 men will die from the disease.


In Arkansas, it’s been estimated that 2,120 cases of breast cancer will be detected this year and it will result in 624 deaths.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization has designated October 1st as "Go Pink for the Cure Day" to help bring awareness of the importance of women getting mammograms.






Volunteers are needed to participate in the Cossatot River Annual Fall Litter Pickup Saturday, October 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Cossatot River State Park and Keep Arkansas Beautiful in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup.


Park Interpreter Shelley Flanary said litter is a problem in and around the park and it can have a negative impact on the community.


Flanary is inviting area residents to participate in this year's litter pickup effort. She said civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in.


Everyone will meet at the visitor center to sign up and pick up safety equipment and get their location assignments and Keep Arkansas Beautiful t-shirts. Flanary said they will then pick up trash along Highway 278 from Wickes to Umpire and Vandervoort along Highway 246 from Vandervoort Junction to Brushy Creek Access Area, including access roads in the park, campgrounds and beach areas along the river.


Flanary said they will finish at 2 p.m. and the park will be providing lunch for all participants at noon.






Kansas City Southern has released its schedule for the 15th annual Holiday Express train, which will stop in 20 communities in seven states on 24 dates. At each stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. Each event is free and open to the public.


In addition to free, public events, KCS' Holiday Express has a charitable component. Over 15 years, the project has raised well over $1 million dollars to purchase gift cards, which are donated to The Salvation Army at each scheduled stop.


Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the 2015 Holiday Express fundraising campaign may do so online from the Holiday Express section The fundraising campaign will end on October 31st.


The KCS Holiday Express will stop in Ashdown on December 5th at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Main and U.S. Highway 71.


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Early Sunday morning, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was conducting a stationary radar on Highway 70 West near the First Baptist Church, when he observed a white Chevy pickup traveling at a high rate of speed.


According to Officer Browning's radar, the vehicle was traveling at 90 miles an hour.


When Browning initiated his lights and siren, he said the vehicle did not slow down and the pursuit reached speeds between 105 and 120 miles per hour.


Browning said the truck was all over the road and six oncoming vehicles had to get over into the ditch to avoid hitting the truck.


The pursuit continued West on Highway 70 into Oklahoma until the driver attempted to make a right turn and lost control of the vehicle.


As Browning was updating dispatch, he observed the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. As Browning approached the vehicle, he discovered a passenger and ordered him to stay in the truck.


A short time later, the driver surrendered without any further incident.


The driver was identified as 21-year-old Bryce Warren of Mena. The passenger was identified as 22-year-old Shawn Graham.


Both men were taken into custody by the McCurtain County Sheriff's office. Warren was charged with driving under the influence by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and a warrant for Warren has been filed by the De Queen Police Department for the charges of felony fleeing, misdemeanor speeding, reckless driving and improper passing.  


Warren is currently being held in the McCurtain County jail.






Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts reported he sent a letter to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality asking for another extension on the city's new sewer lagoon project.


Mounts said the city is currently working to secure funding for the project through Stephens in Little Rock.


Mounts said if ADEQ approves the city's extension request, the project should be completed by December of 2016.


Mounts stated he has not received a response from ADEQ concerning the extension, but ADEQ did approve the city's request to increase the city's waste water outflow.


Aldermen also approved a pay increase for Jason Brown. Mounts said Brown works in the city's sanitation department and is doing a good job.






One of two Arkansas inmates who are scheduled to be executed on November 3rd filed an application for executive clemency, according to Arkansas Parole Board spokesperson Solomon Graves.


45-year-old Stacey Eugene Johnson filed for clemency on Wednesday and Johnson's application is scheduled for consideration on October 15th. During the hearing, Johnson will get a chance to present his case, the state will put forth a case against clemency and family members of the victim will be given the opportunity to address the parole board.


Johnson was convicted of the 1993 death of Carol Heath in De Queen. She was found beaten, strangled and her throat had been cut. Heath's two children, ages two and six at the time, were home during the killing.


Graves said Monday that he didn't know if any family members planned to testify and the Arkansas Attorney General's office is reviewing Johnson's clemency application to determine if any of it may be released under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.


Inmates scheduled to be executed have until 40-days before their execution date to file a clemency application. Clemency can be granted in two forms, either, a pardon, which is a total forgiveness of the crimes or a reduction in the criminal sentence.


The parole board will have 72 hours after Johnson's hearing to make a recommendation, however, there is no timeline for Governor Asa Hutchinson to accept or reject the parole board's recommendation.






Members of the Little River County Quorum Court and the Ashdown City Council approved the commissioning of a study to qualify the future of an intermodal facility to be located in Little River County at their regular monthly meetings on September 14th.


Intermodal facilities accommodate and interconnect multiple modes of transportation; like rail, ship and truck; in the intrastate, interstate and international movement of freight, including the transfer of cargo from one mode of transport such as rail to another such as truck, while the cargo remains containerized and without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes of transportation.


Statistics show that intermodal freight transport is growing faster than any other mode of transportation, due to increasing environmental awareness and the growing need for reliable, efficient transportation of goods. Intermodal combines the best abilities of different transportation modes to deliver cost-effective service to shippers through intermodal facilities, such as the one proposed for Little River County, which arrange through its facilitators for each piece of the  move from pick up to drop off.


Little River County and Ashdown city officials, are exploring this opportunity to be pro-active in serving industries in the area that have indicated there might be a future interest and or need for an intermodal facility. A key objective of the study will be to determine industries in the region that could benefit from such a facility.


They will also seek to determine a strategic location in the county that has excellent highway and rail access, along with the interest level officials have encountered, led the partners to seek approval for a feasibility study.


Little River County Judge Mike Cranford said the Quorum Court felt now was a good time to start the process.


Cranford said the commissioning of the study to determine prospective locations will begin as soon as funds have been procured to complete the first phase of the study.


Ashdown Mayor James Sutton stated the project would help create jobs and more economic development for both the city and county.


Cranford said the first objective is to get the Arkansas Economic Development Commission involved in the project. He also stated that even though the project is in its infancy, it is important to move swiftly and deliberately to help shippers in the Ark-La-Tex remain competitive.






De Queen High School Student Council members, Danielle Duggan and Emily Rodriguez announced, students are taking part in Spirit Week as they prepare for Homecoming this Friday.


Duggan and Rodriguez Thursday is Color War Day and Friday is dress-up day or Black and Gold day.


FCCLA members Margarita Cabanillas and Julie Gomez announced FCCLA will be honoring Breast Cancer victims during the Leopards Pink Out Night on October 16th. The FCCLA club will also be holding a bake sale on Friday at the Diamond State Bank.


De Queen High School cheerleaders are selling Pink Out t-shirts until Monday, October 5th.




LIBRARY SNIPPETS       9/30/15


De Queen Head Librarian Johnye Fisher stated the De Queen Library is planning a Halloween story and craft day on October 21st at 4 p.m.


Fisher announced the - If All Arkansas Read the Same Book project this year will feature the book, "The Homecoming of Samuel Lake" by Jenny Wingfield.


Wingfield is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and taught school in Hope and Ashdown. Her book is set in rural, south Arkansas in the 1950's.


Fisher said the book will be available at the De Queen Library this Thursday.


Fisher also announced they are also remodeling a portion of the De Queen Library into a small meeting room that will be available to the public. The room will be named the Dailey Room in memory of Ruth and Aubrey Dailey.


Fisher said the Horatio Library will spotlight children Halloween stories in October. The Lockesburg Library will present a children's program entitled, "The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything" on Saturday, October 17th at 10 a.m. The Ben Lomond Library will spotlight the books of Stephen King and the Gillham Library will have crafts for kids on October 10th at 11 a.m. It will be led by Dianne Rosson.


For more information, contact your local library.



This Week's News:






The 71st annual Southwest Arkansas District Livestock Show and Bull Riding is set to begin today in Hope’s Fair Park. 


The fair will kick off with parade at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.  All participants must pre-register by noon on Tuesday, September 29th by calling 870-777-6772.  Following the parade, the fair midway will open with all rides at $1. 


Tuesday will also feature the fair queens’ contest and talent show at 7:30 p.m. in the Coliseum.


Wednesday will feature the fair exhibits beginning at 9 a.m. and the carnival rides will open at 5 p.m. All livestock must be checked in on Wednesday.


Thursday will be arm band day at the fair.  Advance arm bands are available at Super 1 in Hope, and the downtown locations of Farmer’s Bank & Trust and  BancorpSouth. These locations also have advance bull-riding tickets.  The advance armbands are $18 and will be good from 2 to 10 p.m.


Thursday will also feature the “District Fair Jamboree” at 6:30 p.m. on the Tyson Stage featuring talent from across Southwest Arkansas.  In livestock, the hog show is set for 9 a.m. Thursday morning.


Friday, the fair will feature a variety of livestock shows including the sheep and goat shows.  The N.C.B.R.  Bull-riding gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the coliseum and everyone who buys a bull-riding ticket in advance will receive free gate admission Friday and Saturday.


The final day of the fair is Saturday October 3rd.  The cattle, steer, breeding beef, rabbit, and commercial heifer judging will be held beginning at 9 a.m.  Exhibits will open at 11 a.m. and the carnival will open at 1 p.m.  Saturday night, the bull-riding event will continue at 7:30 p.m. in the coliseum.






The Army Corps of Engineers is taking applications from hunters, ages 6 to 15, who want to participate in a special deer hunt November 7th at Millwood Lake. Eight permits will be issued to young hunters who seek to experience the outdoors and have a great place to hunt that is normally closed to hunting.


Applicants must submit a completed application form to the Corps by October 19. A random drawing will be held October 20th to select the eight hunters. Applicants must have parental permission, and be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old on the day of the hunt.


This hunt will provide a great opportunity for youth hunters to hunt near food plots without the pressure of other hunters in the woods. Hunting blinds will be provided.


Hunters must provide their own firearms, and, youth must be skilled enough to safely operate the firearms they bring to the hunt.


Application forms may be obtained at the Corps’ Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office at 1528 Highway 32 east or by calling 501-340-1462.






Members of the Governor's Working Group on Highway Funding are finalizing their findings in lieu of a December 15th deadline to report to Governor Asa Hutchinson.


And according to one report, some of the solutions are causing some concerns for counties like transferring thousands of state highway miles to counties and cities.


According to the Garland County Judge Rick Davis, this unfunded mandate would be devastating to the county's budget, because Garland County currently can only afford to maintain about half of their mileage needs.


Representative Mary Hickerson of Texarkana is a member of the working group and she filed a bill last year that would transfer a road from the state highway system if it ends without connecting to another state highway or has a traffic count of less than 2,000 vehicles per day and is mainly used by local traffic.


According to the Association of Arkansas Counties, Arkansas counties maintain more than 70,000 miles of roadways.


Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said Polk County has a 1,300 mile road system that it cannot adequately address. He said this proposal would add an additional 65 miles to the counties highway system along with some additional bridges.


State Representative Joe Jett of District 56 said that the proposal may appear to be cost-neutral, but counties would need to purchase more equipment and this would require additional local revenue and could possible lead to local tax hikes.


Farm Bureau President Randy Veach said any decision that would decrease maintenance of rural roads would be detrimental to the agriculture industry in the state.


Sevier County Judge Greg Ray stated he would be attended a County Judge's meeting this week and hopes to get an explanation or clarification on the issue.






Morgan Walters of Horatio will be hosting the 5K Green Run this Saturday at 9 a.m. She said the event will begin at AMP Fitness and the registration fee is $25.


Walters said she decided to hold the Green Run in honor of her grandfather who has Muscular Dystrophy. All of the proceeds from Saturday's event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


By participating in the First Annual Brooke Ackley Memorial 5K run/walk on October 10th in the Nashville City Park, runners can support the First Candle organization, which is the leading non-profit group dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies during the first years of their life.


Registration will be held the day of the race at the Dogwood Pavilion from 7 to 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30. The registration fee is $25. However, if you pre-register by Wednesday, September 30th, you will receive a t-shirt.


If you have any questions about the Green Run, call Walters at 870-784-2867 or the Brooke Ackley Memorial 5K by calling Jamie Ackley 870-356-7957 or Donna Webb at 870-845-2208.






Crater of Diamonds State Park Interpreter Waymon Cox announced this week that visitors from all over the world have visited the park and searched for diamonds this summer. He said some found a rock or mineral treasure to take home, while others made memories on the parks walking trails, at the Kimberlite Cafe, and the Diamond Springs Water Park.


Cox said, unfortunately, some left some litter and it ruins the beauty of the park and can have long-lasting negative effects on the environment.


Therefore, on Saturday, October 3rd, the Crater of Diamonds State Park will host the 8th Annual Great Crater Cleanup, in conjunction with the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission's Great Arkansas Cleanup.


Registration will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center and the cleanup will take place until 3:30. After the cleanup, volunteers are invited to meet in the Visitor Center Theater for some refreshments and a drawing for some prizes.


Gloves and trash bags will be provided, and Great Arkansas Cleanup t-shirts will be given away while supplies last. All ages are invited to attend.


For more information, contact the Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113.






This year the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is recognizing one of the most impressive groups of scholar-athletes in the history of college football and one of the semifinalists is former De Queen Leopard and current SAU Mulerider John Miller.


The National Football Foundation will announce the 15 finalists on October 29th, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 58th annual awards dinner on December 8th.


The award is named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, who was a former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the National Football Foundation's Gold Medal. Today, the Campbell Trophy is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000.


Student-athletes are nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, and candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility. They must maintain a 3.2 grade point average and have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.



31st ANNUAL PROVO RODEO AND BBQ       9/28/15


October 10th, the Provo Volunteer Fire Department will be holding it’s 31st Annual Rodeo and BBQ.


Assistant Fire Chief Emmy Bailey said it's more than just a rodeo. They will be serving BBQ and fish dinners and the band Harmony will be performing at noon.


Member TJ Newton said the cost to participate in the kids rodeo is $3 for some events and $5 for others.


Newton said department members are also selling raffle tickets on your choice of guns, and, Newton said all of the proceeds help the Provo Volunteer Fire Department serve the Provo community and the surrounding area.


For more information or tickets, call Bailey at 870-784-3053 or Newton at 870-582-1328.






Members of the De Queen FFA are selling chances on a whole hog as a fundraiser for their trip to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, October 28th, 29th and 30th.


FFA members Kayla Martin and Veronica Rivas provided KDQN with a few details about the fundraiser.


To purchase tickets contact an FFA member or call the De Queen Animal Hospital at 642-8387 or FFA advisor Morgan Frachiseur at 582-4287.






Wednesday, September 23rd, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was informed of a possible break-in at the North Park Pharmacy.


When Browning arrived at the pharmacy, he conducted a security check of the area and discovered the glass in the west side door had been broken.


Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Kris Hundley joined Browning in conducting a secondary sweep of the building. While searching the building, Browning found a rock that was possibly used to break the glass.


Investigator Sonny Kimmel reported Pharmacist Gary Greene said it did not appear any medications were taken and a shotgun that was leaning against a wall appeared to be untouched. However there were two quarters lying on the floor near the cash register.


Kimmel reported the incident is still under investigation and if you have any information, please contact the De Queen Police Department at 870-642-2213. 






Tuesday, September 22nd, Patrolman First Class Bucky Sawyer of the De Queen Police Department was sent to the EZ Mart on 9th Street in reference to two men who appeared to be drunk.


Officer Sawyer and Patrolman First Class James Gilbert arrived and spoke with 35-year-old Adrian Mitchell and 37-year-old David Smith. The officers reported they could smell alcohol and asked the two men if they had been drinking.


Mitchell and Smith stated they had been drinking and Officer Gilbert reported seeing an open beer can and liquor bottle sitting in the vehicle.


When asked where they were going, Mitchell said they were headed to the state line to get more beer and another bottle.


Following a portable breath test and a series of field sobriety tests, Mitchell was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was also cited for not having a valid driver's license.


Smith was cited for drinking on the highway and released.






Livestock producers in Southwest Arkansas are being encouraged to take advantage of free water quality sampling being offered by SAU’s Natural Resource Research Center in Magnolia. The NRRC is a key partner in the Controlled Access and Livestock Fencing or CALF Initiative, which aims to work with livestock producers to control cattle access to streams for the betterment of their operations and the environment.


As part of the initiative, the NRRC is providing free water quality sampling for eligible producers.


If your cattle drink from free flowing rivers or streams, then you might want to consider testing that water for bacteria, sediments, heavy metals, pH and more as they all have the potential to affect livestock health and weight gains.


According to the director of the NRRC, there are no obligations or commitments required to participate in the water sampling. Producers only need to call and make a request and if their cattle are drinking or loafing in a stream or river, the NRRC will send a student to collect a water sample.


The results of the test will not be made public. The results will simply be used by the landowner to make informative decisions regarding their cattle operation.


The CALF Initiative has been underway in Southwest Arkansas for a little more than a year and interest by livestock producers has been steadily growing.


The program is designed to improve the water quality in Arkansas by working voluntarily with cattle producers on managing livestock access to streams and rivers.


To participate in the water quality sampling, or if you are interested in reducing stream-bank erosion and limiting cattle loafing in streams and rivers, call 870-473-2869. Water quality sampling is available to producers in Polk, Sevier, Little River, Hempstead, Howard, Pike, Clark and Nevada Counties. 




HODGES PLEADS GUILTY          9/28/15


On September 20th, Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Jackson was patrolling on Highway 41 South in Horatio, when he observed a white car with paper tags that he could not read.


When Jackson pulled the vehicle over, a white male jumped out of the car and started running.


The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Trevor Hodges.


When Jackson took Hodges into custody, Hodges informed Jackson the reason he ran was because he thought he had a parole violation.


Hodges was arrested on the misdemeanor warrant and charged with fleeing. Hodges plead guilty to fleeing during his first appearance.






The first segment of Arkansas’ alligator season was a rousing success for James Pelt of Camden. Pelt bagged a state record gator that measured 13 feet 10 inches. The previous record was 13 feet 9 and three-quarter inches.


The season began 30 minutes after sunset on Friday, September 18th and ended 30 minutes before sunrise on Monday, September 21st.


Area hunters who were successful during the first segment was Marsha McCorkle of Fulton, Jesse Hinton of Ashdown with a 12 feet 4 inch gator from Millwood Lake, Jacky Simmons of Lockesburg with a 9 feet, 2 inch gator from private lands, Anthony Dinger of De Queen with a 7 feet 4 and three-quarter inch gator from private lands and Jade Hughes of Nashville with a 7 feet 8 inch gator from private lands.






Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently announced the locations of her mobile office for early October.


Rutledge’s mobile office will be in De Queen on Thursday, October 1st the mobile office at the Sevier County Courthouse from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


The Attorney General's mobile offices assists constituents who are having consumer issues and to help them file consumer complaints against scam artists. Staff members will also be available to answer questions about the office and the other services it provides.


Rutledge created the initiative so her office and staff would be more accessible to everyone, and not just those who call the Little Rock home.


For more information about services that are provided by the Attorney General's Office, visit or call 1-501-682-2007.





The Department of Health has confirmed a boil water notice issued by Robert Chism for the entire system of the North Howard Rural Water Association. This order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the presence of E. Coli Bacteria in the distribution system.

Under the boil water order, all affected customers must be advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption and water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use. All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water 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 main break.





The Department of Health has released the boil water notice for the City of Lockesburg that was issued earlier this week by Mayor Danny Ruth for the entire system. 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 complete loss of system pressure.


Water samples taken on Tuesday were found to be safe and a satisfactory disinfectant level has been established throughout the distribution system. Therefore, the water is considered safe for human consumption and the boil water notice has been lifted.



2015 BIG BUCK BOUNTY CONTEST        9/25/15


Last week, De Queen and Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Susan Alspaw and Sevier County Extension Agent Rex Herring announced the two organizations would be sponsoring the 2015 Big Buck Bounty to support the county 4-H clubs.


4-H State Ambassador Aaron Morris said bow season starts this weekend and area hunters need to sign up for the Big Buck Bounty before they harvest that monster buck.


Morris stated hunters will need to take their trophy to 5S Outdoors so it can be officially scored.


Morris said youth and adults can sign up for the big buck contest, but the ugliest buck contest is for youth only. For more information, call 584-2167.






An Oklahoma man was taken into custody after two people were taken to an area hospitals with gun shot wounds, Wednesday evening.


According to the Texarkana, Texas Police, 22-year-old Patrick Clifton Jordan of Broken Bow, Oklahoma was taken into custody after he allegedly pulled out a small caliber handgun and fired several times in the parking lot of the Silver Star Smokehouse and Saloon.


The two victims were identified as 21-year-old Summer Varley and 21-year-old Jordan Royal.


According to eye witnesses, a group of people left the restaurant after two men entered that they knew. A few minutes later, the two men followed the group outside and confronted them in the parking lot.


The incident report states a fistfight started between the man who was with Jordan and a man from the larger group. According to witnesses, Jordan then pulled out the handgun and fired multiple times, hitting the man who was involved in the fistfight and a woman.


According to the report, Varley was shot in the shoulder and Royal was shot in the upper leg. Varley was reportedly treated and released from a Texarkana hospital, but Royal remained in the Christus St. Michael Hospital for observation.


According to the police, Jordan was waiting in the parking lot when they arrived and he was taken into custody. Jordan has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and is being held in the Bi-State Jail on a $200,000 bond.






According to a recent study, nearly 40,000 people die from drug overdoses each year, with more than half of those because of abuse of prescription drugs. the National Institution on Drug Abuse reports that 62 percent of teens abuse prescription drugs because they are easy to obtain from their parents' medicine cabinet.


This Saturday is the 11th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and the Arkansas Attorney General's Office is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of the State Drug Director, along with 104 law enforcement agencies across the state, to coordinate local drop off events.


Here in Sevier County, residents may take their unwanted and unused prescription medication to the Sevier County Sheriff's office at 137 West Robinson Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Sevier County Sheriff's Investigator Robert Gentry said it can be dangerous to keep unused prescription medication. He said these pills need to be properly disposed of to avoid them falling into the wrong hands and harming loved ones or the environment. Gentry said Saturday's event will allow residents to drop off any unwanted medications with no questions asked and they will be properly disposed of.


According to Gentry, the following medications may be dropped off: Opioids, like OxyContin, Stimulants, Depressants, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medicines, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, liquid medicines and medicine samples, as well as other prescription drugs.


Properly destroying these medications will also protect the environment, because medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting the water.


Gentry said by turning over these medications during the Drug Take Back event, it will also reduce the risk of accidental poisoning by children, seniors or pets and it will help reduce the risk of drug abuse.






Cossatot River Superintendent Donnie Davis reported the Cossatot River Board of Education purchased a new reading system to help students bring up their reading scores.


Davis stated there will be a yearly upgrade fee next year, but the initial start up cost was over $40,000.


Davis said the district approved the Minority Recruitment Plan and said the district is attempting to attract more certified Hispanic teachers.


Davis also reported the district is working on a plan concerning future facility needs.


Board members also hired two bus drivers, a para-professional for the Vandervoort Elementary campus and they accepted the resignation of Denise Cook.


The Cossatot River Board of Education will hold a public meeting on October 15th at 6 p.m. in the Cossatot River High School library.






Little River County Judge Mike Cranford announced Thursday morning that based on information from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Little River County is now under a burn ban, until further notice.


For more information, contact Little River County Judge Mike Cranford at 870-898-7202.





Courtesy of KMTB


Most of the Howard County Quorum Court meeting this month revolved around an exclusive franchise agreement for the Howard County Ambulance Service.


Dierks area JP Cotton Cothren made a motion that was seconded by JP Kerry Strasner of Umpire to deny an exclusive agreement, however, the motion failed with only Cothern and Strasner voting for the motion.


Mineral Springs JP Jeanie Gorham made a motion to extend the county's current agreement with the Howard County Ambulance Service for four years.


The new agreement does not include an exclusive service area for the Umpire, Athens and Dierks Fire Department service areas.


The new agreement will allow another ambulance service to operate in the northern part of the county, should a provider choose to do so.





The De Queen High School Student Council introduced the 2015 De Queen High School Homecoming Court. The 2015 Homecoming game will be played October 2nd against Watson Chapel High School.


Homecoming festivities will begin with a Homecoming Parade through downtown De Queen at 1:15 p.m. This year’s theme is “Once a Leopard Always a Leopard.” The parade will arrive at the high school at approximately 1:45 and the coronation ceremony and pep rally will begin at 2:15 in the De Queen High School Coliseum.


The evening Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Leopard Stadium and the game will follow at 7.


This year’s homecoming court will include: Ellis Anne Lynch as the Crown Bearer and Tyson Clay as the Football Bearer.


This year’s Homecoming Queen is Kylie Bowens.


Senior Maids include: Susy Balderas, Erykah Boehler, Krishna Patel, Stephanie Bell, Danielle Duggan, Destiny Kimmel, Tara Montgomery, Caitlyn Oglesby, Anna Grace Cauley, Elizabeth Velazquez, Jessica Rogers, Kai Smith, Tyler Smith, Cecily Tun and Kendall Wood.


The Junior Maids are Patricia Martinez and Miriam Rodriguez. The Sophomore Maids are Jessica Williams and Bradi Young.






Early Wednesday morning, De Queen Police Officer J.J. Lopez observed a silver Ford truck driving slowly on Lakeside Drive.


When Lopez approached the truck, he attempted to make contact with the passenger who was talking on the phone. The driver was identified as 42-year-old Brian Cook and he explained he was eating a snack and that was the reason he was driving so slow.


Cook and his two passengers informed Lopez that they were from Wright City, Oklahoma and they were in De Queen to buy cigarettes.


After Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon arrived he asked Cook if he had any weapons and Cook said yes and handed Davignon a knife from his back pocket.


After getting permission to pat Cook down, Davignon discovered another knife and a set of metal knuckles. While searching the truck, officers found a machete and a loaded .45 caliber pistol in a lunch box. The firearm had one live round in the chamber and one live round in the magazine.


Lopez's incident report also noted the lunch box also contained a mask.


Cook was taken into custody and charged with possession of a firearm by a certain person and criminal use of a prohibited weapon.





When people hear the words hospice care, they think about an end-of-life situation. Brad Sullivan of the Little River Health Hospice system says that is correct but there is so much more to it than that.


Sullivan explained hospice provides comfort care, but it also provides social, spiritual and relationship care. And he said volunteers can help when it comes to comforting a patient.


Sullivan said many people think it would be sad to serve as a hospice volunteer, but he said they don't realize how wonderful it is to be there for people when they need you the most.


Currently, the Little River Health Hospice is seeking volunteers and Sullivan said they would like for about 5 percent of hospice care to be provided by volunteers.


Sullivan said a volunteer must pass a background check, provide references and have a valid driver's license, but Hospice will provide all of the necessary certification.


Sullivan said volunteers set their own schedule and some impact is better than no impact at all.


For more information about becoming a Hospice volunteer, call the Hospice office at 1-870-898-4105 or stop their office at 450 West Locke Street in Ashdown.





Courtesy of KMTB


An Umpire man has been arrested on a charge of terroristic threatening in the first degree.


According to the Howard County Sheriff's office, 24-year-old Brady O'Neal was taken into custody by deputies Travis Turner, Dustin Wakefield and Timmy Floyd after they were called to a home on Faulkner Road.


Reports say O'Neal was threatening people at the residence with a kitchen knife.


Howard County Sheriff Bryan McJunkins said O'Neal had left the home before deputies arrived, but he was found sleeping at a nearby residence. When deputies attempted to take O'Neal into custody, he allegedly resisted and deputies used a taser to subdue him.


O’Neal’s bond has been set at $15,000. 






Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith reported the members of the Horatio Board of Education approved a $250 bonus per credit hour for staff members who were providing concurrent college courses.


Smith said the district is also considering participation in the New Tech Network.


Smith said the district did some renovating this past summer, which allowed them to move the pre-school classes into the elementary building.


Smith said the board also approved the demolition of the old art and ISS building.


Board members also agreed to sell a 2001 Chevrolet crew cab truck and they accepted the transfer of six students from the De Queen School District.  






Sevier County Sheriff Bennie Simmons and Deputy Greg Davignon recently went to the home of a De Queen resident who had been released from the Sevier County jail on his own recognizance to revoke his bond.


When Simmons and Davignon arrived at the residence, they saw 26-year-old Michael Higgins walking toward their patrol car.


Higgins was informed that he was under arrest for failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge. However, while Davignon was patting Higgins down, he found a syringe in his front pocket.


During the booking process at the Sevier County jail, deputies found a small clear plastic bag that contained suspected methamphetamine.


Higgins was then charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, meth.






The Cross Point Cowboy Church of Nashville announced they will be holding their 2015 Camp Meeting on Sunday, September 27th and continue each night through Tuesday, September 29th.


The camp meeting will feature messages from Lance Crump of Campbell, Texas. According to a press release, Crump has qualified for the National Finals rodeo five times and is now focused on sharing the gospel and his life experiences with others.


Services will begin at 8:30 Sunday morning and will continue Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening with a meal at 6 and the worship service at 7.


For more information, contact the Cross Point Church at 870-828-1230.


The Cross Point Cowboy Church is located six miles west of Nashville on Highway 371.





Monday night during the regular meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education, Superintendent Jason Sanders informed the board that he had asked the state's facility department to evaluate the L.F. Henderson campus.


Sanders also announced work on the old high school renovation should begin in February or March.


Following a presentation by High School Principal Kay York on the New Tech High School program, Sanders informed the board that he wanted to form a committee to research the New Tech High School program for 60-days.


Board members approved the purchase of a new video security system for the junior high for over $19,000 and the district moved $360,000 into the building fund following a good financial year.


Board members also discussed athletic uniforms and athletic passes, but did not take a vote on either issue.


The board's next meeting is Monday, October 5th in the Student Support building.






Nearly every Saturday through the end of the October, Arkansans can volunteer at a local Great Arkansas Cleanup in communities across the state. Multiple local events have been scheduled in many towns statewide.


Those who would like to organize a litter-pickup event in their community or to volunteer with a local event can visit, email or call 1-888-742-8701 toll-free for more information.


The Great Arkansas Cleanup is a statewide initiative promoted each fall by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission. Thousands of Arkansans volunteer to pick up litter along the state’s roadways and waterways, parks and public areas during this annual event.


Once a community or group signs on to host a Great Arkansas Cleanup event, Keep Arkansas Beautiful will help organize and publicize the effort. Keep Arkansas Beautiful will equip local volunteers with cleanup materials and supplies, such as trash bags, gloves, t-shirts and safety vests.


Last year’s Great Arkansas Cleanup featured 132 local events across the state involving nearly 16,000 Arkansans who collected more than 194,000 pounds of litter and waste from roughly, 1,700 miles of roadways and waterways.


Here in De Queen, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy declared October 12th through the 16th as fall clean-up week.


McKelvy is asking city residents to clean up their property and pick up trash and debris before the winter season begins. He said old computers, cell phones, electronic items and paint may be dropped off at the De Queen Fire Station, but items will only be accepted the week of the city-wide clean-up.


McKelvy said if you have an old car to dispose of, you should contact Baker Sales and Services.


For the disposal of furniture, appliances or other large items, residents should call the De Queen City Hall at 870-584-3445 to be put on the pickup list.






Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge will host a Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, September 26th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Little Bell Lake.

Little Bell Lake is located along Central Road between the Nobles Mound entrance road and the Tram entrance road.


The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will provide 250 pounds of catchable size channel catfish to provide a better opportunity for the fishing derby participants.


Little Bell Lake will be closed to the public for fishing from September 24th until 9 a.m. September 26th. Only youth less than 16 years of age will be permitted to participate in the event. Children participating in the event must be accompanied and supervised by an adult 18 years of age or older.


The event is free of charge, however all participants are asked to check-in with the refuge staff before beginning to fish. All participates are being asked to comply with State regulations and fish limits and must bring their own fishing gear.


There will be prizes given at the end of the event.


Little Bell Lake will be open to all public with a valid fishing license after the youth event. For more information, call the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge Office at 870-289-2126.






Renee Hendrix of the Ouachita Region CASA program announced CASA will be hosting a Turkey Shoot October 10th at the Sevier County Shooting Sports Range.


JP Atkins stated CASA was a program he felt good about working with and stated there will be several different divisions during the Turkey Shoot.


Hendrix explained the CASA program and encouraged area residents that are interested in serving as a child advocate to contact her.


Atkins said the shooting sport supporters will hold a meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Tres Agaves Restaurant about cleaning up the range and to get ready for the Turkey Shoot.


Monti Bartik said he will be donating a Yeti cooler and he also encouraged other businesses to donate prizes for the event.


For more information, call 479-243-9277.



Representative DeAnn Vaught, and Senator Jimmy Hickey, along with other guests toured Ashdown High School on September 1st.  They were treated to coffee and cold drinks from AHSs Serenity Café.   AHS Serenity Cafe is a School Based Enterprise specialty coffee shop operated by the AHS students under the supervision of the Marketing Education Program at AHS.  It was developed through a grant written by Career and Tech. Instructor, Shauna Tipton.  The local officials, and legislators were presented with information on how the School Based Enterprise was formed as well as the job skills, Management skills and leadership skills gained that will transition students from school to college and the workplace.  They were also informed of the scholarships that will be presented this year from the SBE profits.

Principal Kay York and students Ty Cobb and Austin Cross next escorted the guests to Amy Silvas Health Science Technology Education classroom.  Students were observed collecting data on an experiment monitoring the effects of hand washing and surface contamination in the environment on germ growth on potatoes.  Mrs. Silva spoke about the medical classes that are offered at AHS which include:  Introduction to Medical Professions, Medical Procedures, Abnormal Psychology, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology.  Human Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology students also receive concurrent credit through CCCUA.  Also students in Medical Procedures have the opportunity to receive certification in American Heart Association Health Care Provider BLS and also First Aid.  Mrs. Silva also spoke of the opportunities for AHS students that join the local chapter of SkillsUSA.  SkillsUSA is a national organization that is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.  SkillsUSA helps each student excel, providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education.

Student, Ty Cobb spoke about the EAST Program at AHS and the many opportunities that program gives students.

During the 2015 Regular Session the Arkansas General Assembly passed HCR1008.  The Take Your Legislator to School Month was a bipartisan initiative so that legislative members could fully understand what the public schools were facing.  Also, so that they could see what new and innovative ideas educators were using in the classroom.





The Department of Health has confirmed a boil water notice issued by Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth for the entire system. This order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of 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 used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use. All ice cubes should be discarded and only boiled water 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 main break.






Victor Rojas is a member of the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice Board and he is urging U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton to support the reauthorization of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.


The act was originally enacted in 1974 and was last reauthorized in 2002. According to Rojas, the act has provided direction and support for state juvenile justice system improvements and has contributed to the reduction of juvenile crime and delinquency.


The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act has two goals. The first goal is to prevent at-risk youth from entering the criminal justice system. And the second goal is to help minors who are already in the system become valuable members of society.


Earlier this year, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island introduced the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill proposes "smart on-crime" reforms that will reduce reliance on detention, reduce public costs, and protect public safety. The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 23rd.


Rojas said making the best use of taxpayer dollars, improving public safety, and turning more juveniles away from crime is a program that both parties should be able to support.






The Mineral Springs Board of Education approved a three percent increase to the district's salary schedule. Superintendent Curtis Turner said the increase would be for both certified and classified staff members.


Board members also voted to increase the mileage reimbursement rate from 32 cents per mile to 42 cents per mile to keep in line with the state's rate.


Board members also increased the number of employment days for Cheryl McJunkins, Nancy Hartness and Laural McCarter from 190 days to 210.






De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt announced Monday morning the De Queen Fire Department is taking applications from men and women who want to serve as a volunteer fire fighter.


Pruitt said it takes a special kind of person to serve their community as a fire fighter and they do more than just fight structure fires.


Pruitt said his department is preparing for their ISO inspection. He said in 2005, the De Queen Fire Department improved its rating from a class 6 to a class 4 and with the improvements that the department has made and he hopes to improve that rating this year.


Pruitt said if you are interested in apply you will need to meet a few requirements; for more information, you should stop by the fire department or call 584-7224.






The 71st annual Southwest Arkansas District Livestock Show and Bull Riding is set for September 29th through October 3rd in Hope’s Fair Park. 


The fair kicks off with the parade at 6 p.m. on Tuesday September 29th.  The parade is set to begin on Elm and will go north to Division, turn right on Division and go east two blocks.  The parade turns right on Walnut and goes south one block to 2nd.  The parade then turns left on 2nd and continues eastward to the Pioneer Printers parking lot where it will disband.  All participants must pre-register by noon on Tuesday, September 29th by calling 870-777-6772.  All those with horses must show a current Coggins test. Following the parade the fair midway will open with all rides at $1. 


Tuesday will also feature the fair queens’ contest and talent show at 7:30 p.m. in the Coliseum.


Wednesday will feature the arts & crafts, food preservation, and horticulture open for viewing at 9 a.m.  The rides will open at 5 p.m. Wednesday and all animals must be checked in.


Thursday will be arm band day at the fair.  Advance arm bands are $18 and are available at Super 1 in Hope, and the downtown locations of Farmer’s Bank & Trust and BancorpSouth. These locations also have advance bull-riding tickets.  The advance armbands are $18 and will be good from 2 to 10 p.m.


Thursday will also feature the “District Fair Jamboree” at 6:30 p.m. on the Tyson Stage featuring talent from across Southwest Arkansas.  In livestock, the hog show is set for 9 a.m. Thursday morning.


Friday at the fair will feature a variety of livestock shows including the sheep and goat shows.  The N.C.B.R.  Bull-riding gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the coliseum.  40 bulls will be ridden over the course of the event.   Those who buy their bull-riding tickets in advance will receive free gate admission Friday and Saturday.


The final day of the fair is Saturday October 3rd.  The cattle, steer, breeding beef, rabbit, and commercial heifer judging will be held beginning at 9 a.m.  Exhibits open at 11 a.m. and the carnival opens at 1 p.m.  The bull-riding continues at 7:30 p.m. in the coliseum.





52-year-old Velma Marie Perkins, who had worked at Domtar since 1991, died Friday morning after a rail car incident at the Ashdown mill according to a statement from Domtar Manager of Communications and Government Relations Tammy Waters.


Waters said Domtar is mourning the loss of one of their own employees in a rail car incident and the mill will continue working with the local authorities and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration while they investigate the accident.


Perkins was an equipment helper on the switch engine in the shipping department.






Matthew Powell and Stephanie Jones of the De Queen Show Choir announced the choir is once again raising funds for a trip to Orlando, Florida to attend the America Sings program.


Powell stated the America Sings trip allows show choirs to perform their five song selections as well as participate in a group choir with all of the show choirs attending the event in Orlando.


Jones said the program also focuses on community service.


Jones also said members of the show choir are conducting several fundraisers to raise the $28,000 that needed to cover the cost of their trip and last Friday; they announced Misty Burke was the winner of a new crossbow from Baker's Pawn. Jones said show choir members sold over 500 tickets on the crossbow and will be selling tickets for a fully decorated Christmas tree in the near future.






Little River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Fonda Hawthorne, announced the chamber board of directors voted to move the annual Little River County Chamber of Commerce Membership and Awards Banquet to the fall.


This year, the banquet will be held on Thursday, November 5th.


The chamber will continue to honor individuals, businesses and teachers of the year. The guest speaker will be Joe David Rice who is the tourism director for the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission.


Hawthorne announced there are three table sponsorship rates. A Gold Sponsorship is three tables of eight, a Silver Sponsorship is two tables of eight and a Bronze Sponsorship is one table of eight.


Individual tickets will be two for $50 or one for $30.


If you are interested in purchasing tickets and or being a table sponsor contact the chamber office at 870-898-2758.






The Sevier County Sheriff's Office and the De Queen Police Department are asking area residents to participate in this month's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26th.


The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at 137 West Robinson Road.


A spokesperson with the Sevier County Sheriff's office stated this is a great opportunity for individuals who have accumulated unwanted and unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications. They also stated that people can bring their outdated over-the-counter medications, so they may be properly disposed of also.


The National Take-Back Initiative is designed so to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of medication, while educating the public about the potential for abuse of those medications.


The local event will help keep medications out of the wrong hands and off the streets.


The Sevier County Sheriff's spokesperson said they would encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unused and unwanted medications.






Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the 2016 Child Safety Poster Contest, which is open to all Arkansas students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Preparation and creation of the posters gives parents and teachers an opportunity to explain the many dangers they face and teach student strategies to stay safe. The 2015 contest saw a record number of participants with more than 1,100 students from across the state, and Rutledge hopes that number increase next year.


Rutledge said there seems to be a new and growing danger threatening children. She said she was proud to sponsor the poster contest to teach children, in an interactive way, how to avoid danger and remain safe.


Students are asked to incorporate this year's theme of "Bring Our Missing Children Home."


The entries must be postmarked by January 20th, 2016. Judging will take place in February and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in April.


The winning poster from the fifth grade will be entered into the National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest, which is hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


Contest rules and the entry form can be found at, or you may call the Attorney General's office at 501-682-1020 for more information.






It's September and many people are thinking about football, but for many families September is a time that they team up with other families to fight childhood cancer.


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and each year there are an estimated 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. Approximately one in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday.


Last week, the De Queen School District honored childhood cancer survivors from both De Queen and Nashville with a ceremony before the game and De Queen Head Coach Justin Kramer mentioned how important childhood cancer research is.


Friday night, the Ashdown Panthers helped bring awareness to childhood cancer and Coach Matt Richardson says he doesn't feel like they are doing enough, but he hopes it honors families who are suffering with childhood cancer.


To donate to Childhood Cancer Research visit the American Cancer Society or the American Childhood Cancer Organization websites.






Used Arkansas Game and Fish Commission boats, four-wheelers, tractors, trucks, hunting blinds and more will be auctioned on September 25th at the Joe Hogan Hatchery in Lonoke. The auction will begin at 9 a.m.


The Arkansas Game and Fish hatchery is located at 23 Joe Hogan Lane off U.S. Highway 70 in Lonoke. The equipment will be available for inspection at the hatchery beginning September 24th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the doors will open at 7 a.m., the day of the auction.


For a list of auction items, go to or call David Brewer at 501-760-8510.


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