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ASHDOWN PIZZA PATROL          11/21/14

Pizza Patrol is on its way!  The revolving yellow light on top of the van attracts the neighborhood as another Margaret Daniel Primary student is surprised with pizza for the whole family -- a reward for perfect attendance, including no tardies or early check-outs, during a nine-weeks period.

MDP Principal Kay York, along with any of her staff that can, deliver fresh, hot pizzas four times a school year as a way to encourage the K-1 students at her school to recognize that being at school every day and on time is "a big deal"!  For about eight years now, the Pizza Patrol has been rolling.

York and her Leadership Team realize that not only is attendance and punctuality a life-long attribute, but also that it affects the school report card, where average daily attendance is measured.  Each grading period during lunch time, all students who have earned perfect attendance are presented a certificate.  From those twenty or so students, a winner is drawn to receive the surprise visit from the Pizza Patrol.

The evening of the visit is pre-planned with the parents, and the pizzas have the students' favorite toppings, along with a liter drink. "We pile into my car or the school van, along with balloons, hot pizza, and a personalized banner, and we are off!" says York.  

The experience is always fun, York guarantees.  She remembers going to small communities to make deliveries, where "all the neighbors peek out watching the approaching Pizza Patrol, along with family pets and barefoot children and cousins."  Deliveries have been made to "the far corners of our district -- Ogden, Pruitt's Ranch, Red Bluff, Gifford Hill, almost to Winthrop . . . even a senior high basketball game when we couldn't find the child at home!"

This month the Pizza Patrol delivery was very special when first grader Kentrimya Barber's name was drawn for the reward.  She and her sister Keneica in kindergarten both received certificates for perfect attendance, no tardies, and no early check-outs, so when Kentrimya's name was drawn, both girls got to enjoy pizza.

York says that she really appreciates that perfect attendance is indeed a family joint effort, so the Pizza Patrol becomes a family celebration. "We have found that good attendance is a family trait," she continues, "and many parents do not miss work either.  A great attribute when employers are hiring!"


Pizza Patrol delivers!  The Barber sisters, Kentrimya and Keneica, both earned perfect attendance certificates for the first nine-week grading period, and it paid off!  Pictured delivering hot pizzas are (left to right) Margaret Daniel Primary teachers Mallory Wharton, Katelyn Dudley, and Rosalie Tabler.

 Carolyn Henderson, Public Relations Coordinator/Teacher, Ashdown School District


Ashdown Drama Students to Present "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

What could be more "Christmas" than Charlie Brown's sweet little tree with one ornament?  A Charlie Brown Christmas a seasonal favorite about the true meaning of Christmas, and now the drama students of Ashdown High School will bring it to life on stage for their peers and for the public.

A Charlie Brown Christmas will be performed on Sunday, December 7 for the public community at 2:00 in the AHS auditorium and again for the high school, junior high, and elementary students on December 8 and 9.  Admission is $2 for students and $5 for adults.

Written by Charles M. Schulz, with television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson and stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer,  the classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas was first shown in 1965 and has been part of the holiday tradition ever since.  The stage adaptation was completed in 2013.

"We would like to invite everyone," says AHS drama teacher and stage director Jennifer Walker, "to come see this very special performance where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts characters grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.


Rex Herring, County Extension Agent will conduct two Private Applicator Training (PAT) sessions on Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 and 5:30 pm at the Agriculture Building at UA Cossatot College campus in De Queen.


Anyone whose PAT license has expired or those who do not have a license and need to be certified to purchase restricted products for farm or ranch use should attend one of the meetings.  For more information, call the Sevier County Extension office at (870) 584-3013.  You do not need to pre-register to attend.


The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.


UA Cossatot will host the public for an opportunity to see why Community College Work$, the week of December 2. 

This is a statewide initiative of the Arkansas Community Colleges Association to create awareness of how important community colleges are not only to the education in Arkansas but also the local economy.  Governor Beebe is expected to make a proclamation, declaring it Community College Work$ in Arkansas.  UA Cossatot will host three events on each of the three main campuses.  They will feature different areas at each campus and tours will be available. 

De Queen Campus in the New Automotive/ Radio Broadcast Building
Tuesday, December 2         9:30 – 11:30
Featuring our new Nursing Simulation Lab

Ashdown Campus
Wednesday, December 3    9:30 – 11:30
Featuring our new Industrial Technology facilities

Nashville Campus
Thursday, December 4    9:30 – 11:30
Featuring Cosmetology and Welding programs


Support Small Business: Shop Locally    11/21/14

Holiday shopping season unofficially kicks off in a few days. Senator John Boozman is a cosponsor of the Senate-passed resolution that supports Small Business Saturday.

In this column, Senator Boozman talks about the importance of Arkansas small businesses and encourages citizens to reinvest in the community by shopping at local stores this Christmas season.

"Christmas commercials are a reminder that the holiday season is here. If your list of things to do looks my wife Cathy’s, it includes putting up decorations, baking and shopping. As we look for the perfect presents for our family and friends, retailers are looking for ways to get us in their stores. The holiday shopping season is key for many retailers’ that rely on this time of year for big profits. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans expect to spend almost $80 more this year on holiday shopping.

Small businesses are joining the post-Thanksgiving shopping blitz with Small Business Saturday. This national initiative encourages support of our local businesses during the holiday season. Small Business Saturday is big business. Last year, shoppers spent $5.7 billion at locally owned shops and restaurants on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. That’s an increase of more than three percent from 2012 according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express. In its fifth year, Small Business Saturday is projecting even bigger successes.

This day recognizes the local businesses and neighborhood retailers and the importance they play in our communities. Money spent in our small businesses gets reinvested in the community, draws attention to local merchants and could ultimately lead to more new jobs. In this economy, small businesses have struggled and they need our support. By taking the small step of shopping locally this holiday season, we can make a big impact on our communities.

Small businesses are the engines of our economy. They employ half of the workforce in our country and make up 99 percent of all U.S. businesses, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). The retail sector, the industry that benefits most from Small Business Saturday, directly employs more than 250,000 Arkansans.

As a cosponsor of the Senate-passed resolution that supports Small Business Saturday and recognizes the importance local businesses and neighborhood retailers play in the community, I am also supporting policies to create a climate that encourages growth for these job creators. This can be accomplished by preventing the inefficient, ineffective and unnecessary regulations that are keeping our small businesses from expanding, reforming our tax code to make it more fair and easier for all Americans to understand and cutting spending to address the debt. These are good starting points that would provide predictability so owners can make good decisions about planning for growth.

We can help our communities grow by supporting our locally owned small businesses this Christmas season. These are owned and operated by our neighbors, church family and budding entrepreneurs who want a piece of the American dream. Let’s help their dreams because reality and continue the success of Small Business Saturday. I hope you will join me in putting our small businesses on your shopping list this Christmas season."




Little River County Clerk Deanna Sivley wants to remind voters in the City of Foreman that early voting is currently underway in the races for mayor and alderman ward 2, position 1.


Early voting is underway for the run-off election. Foreman residents may cast their ballots early from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. today and Monday, November 24th at the Foreman Community Center.


Polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25th in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Foreman. According to the Little River County Clerk's office, this will be the only polling place on Election Day.


Residents of Foreman will be choosing between Judy D. Adams and William "Bill" Harp for the office of mayor and Estes Thompson and Whit Hinton for the office of Alderman, Ward 2, Position 1.






De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley stopped by the KDQN studios Thursday morning and reported that the district's 3rd annual Senior Adult Thanksgiving meal was a huge success.


Whatley encouraged everyone to support the De Queen Leopards and Lady Leopards basketball teams and introduced Bret Burgess and Richard Bell as the junior high coaches and Jason Barker and Beau Brickell as the high school coaches.


Whatley said progress reports will be mailed this Friday and she said the middle school and junior high students will have reading board projects due the 5th of December and the Thanksgiving break would be a good time for them to work on their projects.


Whatley said if there are any sophomores who would like to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership event on the campus of Henderson State University June 12 through June 14th, 2015 should contact the high school councilor for more information.


For more information about events on the campuses of the De Queen School District, contact your child's school office or the administration office at 584-4312.






Every Thanksgiving, members of the Horatio Band Booster host a bake sale to raise funds for the Horatio High School band program.


Kimberly Willis, McKayle Swan and Damien Rehm announced Thursday morning that they were currently taking orders for this year's bake sale.


Swan said the bake sale will be held in the Horatio Elementary cafeteria from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Rehm said they would be making pecan, pumpkin and apple pies along with homemade rolls.


If you would like to place your order in advace call 870-784-0317 or go the Horatio High School Band Facebook page. They will be taking pre-orders until Friday afternoon.






A Howard County jury sentenced 39-year-old Adrian Wooten to 100 years in prison for the rape and beating of a 79-year-old woman and her 14-year-old great-granddaughter.


According to the 9th Judicial District Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir, the attacks occurred in the grandmother's home in Tollette and the attacks were so brutal the assault broke the woman's bed.


Seven men and four women returned the verdicts of guilty Wednesday afternoon following the three day trial.


Wooten will be required to serve 70 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, according to Chesshir.


Wooten told authorities that he intended to rob the woman, but some money was found on a table in the bedroom.


Wooten attempted to elude officers and hid at the Tyson plant in Nashville, but was eventually discovered and taken into custody.


Chesshir reported that Wooten had a criminal history including a conviction in Texarkana of a terrorist act for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.


In 1997, Wooten was sentenced to nine years for residential burglary in McCurtain County, Oklahoma.





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The Sevier County Sheriff's Department received several calls during the months of August and September related to residential burglaries and thefts.


Sevier County investigators shared information with law enforcement agencies in the surrounding area concerning these cases and developed Michael Wester as a person of interest.


Wester was arrested by the De Queen Police Department's Sergeant Gary Cunningham on an outstanding warrant and Sevier County Investigator Robert Gentry obtained consent to search the vehicle that was being driven by Wester at the time of his arrest.


Gentry discovered a suspected controlled substance that was believed to be methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and firearms. One of the firearms was confirmed to have been stolen from Little River County.


Gentry then applied for and received a search and seizure warrant and discovered other items that were consistent with reports made in other counties.


Investigator Jaff Wahls followed up on some information and recovered a cargo type trailer that was stolen east of De Queen. When Wahls recovered the trailer, it contained several items that are believed to have been stolen.


Investigators are currently working to determine the origin of the items, but while working this investigation, several burglaries in Sevier, Little River, Montgomery and Polk counties have been cleared and possible related cases are still under investigation.


In a separate case, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office was notified by Jonathan Helms that his business Tri-Lakes had been burglarized on September 20th.


Investigators were following up on some leads and a concerned citizen provided them with some information that led to the recovery of a couple items taken during the Tri-Lakes burglary.


The items were traced back to Joey Rymer of De Queen.


Items were recovered and returned to the Helms and Rymer was arrested on November 3rd on an outstanding warrant.


Additional theft by receiving charges were sought for the recovered items. On November 7th, Rymer was arrested and charged with commercial burglary for his involvement in the Tri-Lakes case. He is currently being held in the Sevier County jail on a $50,000 dollar bond.






Aldermen of the De Queen City Council reviewed the proposed 2015 budget Tuesday night and according to Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy, the council should be ready to approve the budget during the December council meetings.


Aldermen discussed contracts of services with the Sevier County Humane Society, the domestic violence center, the Mary and Martha Center, the Sevier County Historical Society and the Sevier County Senior Adult Center and finally proposed installing two culverts at the Mary and Martha Center instead of giving the center funds. The other entities will receive the same amount as last year, but funds will be paid quarterly instead of in one lump sum.


Aldermen agreed to allow the police department to apply for and participate in the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart.


McKelvy stated the program helped up to 20 kids in the community every year and Police Chief Richard McKinley said children will shop with officers from his department, the Sevier County Sheriff's office, the Arkansas State Police and wildlife officers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.


Alderman approved a resolution to participate in the State Aid to Cities Street program. McKelvy said the project will save the city about $75,000.


McKelvy reported that the city's high-speed data line had been installed at city hall and had improved the police departments ability to download the videos from the officers body cameras and Mary Litchford of the Sevier County Senior Adult Center informed the aldermen that she would be retiring at the end of December after working for the Southwest Arkansas Development Council for over 22 years.




2014 4-H CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES     11/20/14


Sevier County 4-H leader Linda Frachiseur informed KDQN that it's time for the 2014 Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 7th from 2 to 4 p.m.


Frachiseur stated this year's tour would feature three homes in De Queen and Lockesburg, including the homes of Brenda Wake in Lockesburg, Gayla Morphew and Nell Wilson in De Queen.


Frachiseur mentioned you can get tickets at the KDQN studios, First State Bank in De Queen and the Horatio State Bank in Horatio.


For more information about the 2014 Christmas Tour of Homes, contact the Sevier County Extension Service at 584-3013.






During the November Lockesburg City Council meeting, City Engineer Andy Franks informed the council that they had received five bids on the city's water project and he recommended that they accept the bid from Goslee Contracting in the amount of $1,797,816 with the contingent that the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission approves of the bid.


Buster and Becky Dellinger then addressed the council concerning the placement and condition of mobile homes in different areas of town.


Council members informed the Dellingers that they had started a new code enforcement program based on state law and residents wanting to locate a mobile home within the city limits would have to adhere to the new guidelines.


Water Manager Danny Ruth presented the council with an analysis on the city's water samples, as well as, a lead and copper analysis. He then presented an estimate from RC Systems covering some work on well number one.


Council members then discussed closing four roads in the Hayes Addition, but voted to table the matter until they could have the city attorney draft an ordinance.






On November 9th, officers with the De Queen Police Department received a report that a vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot at Pruett's Food.


During the course of the investigation, the stolen 1994 Mazda truck was recovered in Oklahoma and information was obtained that led to the arrest of 33-year-old Christopher Hill of De Queen.


Hill was booked into the Sevier County jail for theft by receiving and bond was set at $20,000 for the Class D felony.


If anyone has any further information regarding this case, you are being asked to contact Lieutenant Sonny Kimmel with the De Queen Police Department at 642-2213. 






Arkansas State Troopers are joining forces with the area sheriff’s offices and local law enforcement departments over the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort directed toward seat belt law violators.


The Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign will begin November 24th and continue through November 30th.


In 2012, there were 301 traffic deaths nationally during the holiday reporting period. Sixty percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who died were not wearing a seat belt. In Arkansas, during the same holiday reporting period, ten people lost their lives and 201 were injuried.


Research indicates that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.




HEBER SPRINGS– UA Cossatot nominated Tony Hargrove and Alisha Lewis to be a part of the 2014-15 Arkansas Community College Leadership Institute. 

The Leadership Institute is an intense training held in different areas of the state designed to educate community college staff members on utilizing resources and navigating the waters of higher education in Arkansas.  The classes are taught by former Arkansas Director of Higher Education Dr. Linda Beene who also wrote much of the curriculum.  The first meeting was held at Arkansas State University- Beebe on the Heber Springs campus.

Speakers, who are experts in their fields, presented valuable information to the students regarding human resource law, legislative process concerning higher education, budget and appropriations, as well as skills necessary to be leaders in higher education. 

“One of our most valuable resources is our people- our faculty and staff,” said UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole.  “We must invest in the training of our faculty and staff, who will continue to move us forward in a positive direction.  The Leadership Institute is an incredible opportunity for Tony and Alisha to develop skills necessary to be leaders in their departments and our college.”

The institute consists of four intensive 3-day meetings at college campuses across the state.  College leaders will witness the legislative process in Little Rock in February.

“I have really enjoyed learning more about the legislative process,” said Alisha Lewis, UA Cossatot Director of Public Relations/Marketing and Branding.  “Before I served in higher education, I worked in private industry.  The budgeting process as well as the appropriations was all new to me.  After attending just the first session of the Leadership Institute, I understand more of the history and reasoning behind the processes.”

The 2014-15 class is the 7th group of college leaders to go through the institute. 

“I know colleagues that have attended in previous years,” said Tony Hargrove, UA Cossatot Director of Information Technology.  “Having been both in the classroom and in administration, I was ready to develop my leadership skills in a way that would benefit the college.  I feel the institute did just that.  I am looking forward to the next meeting.” 



Last Friday, November 14th, the De Queen Police Department was contacted about some damaged property.


Around 1 p.m., Patrolman Bucky Sawyer was dispatched to a residence on Jefferson to take a report about a damaged cell phone.


When Sawyer arrived, he interviewed Jennifer Bell who informed him that 23-year-old Michael Dunn had damaged her cell phone. She said that she had been over at Dunn's house and left her cell phone. She said when she went back to get it, it was broken.


Bell reported that she had spoken to another resident of Dunn's home and they told her that Dunn had broken the phone because he was mad.


Sawyer and Officer Wayne Baker went to Dunn's residence and he allegedly informed them that he broke the phone.


Dunn was issued a citation for criminal mischief in the first degree after he reportedly admitted that he knew the phone belonged to Bell when he broke it.






The Chalice Cupboard assisted 82 families during the month of October including 138 adults and 87 children.


The cupboard's bank balance was $360.04, however the ending balance was $1,684.15 thanks to several generous gifts in memory of Thomas Hancock.


Chapel Hill Baptist and St. Barbara Catholic Church donated 93 pounds of food, while some individuals donated 110 pounds. The cupboard purchased another 1,677 pounds.


This month, volunteers would appreciate donations of cereal and canned fruit.


The Chalice Cupboard is located on 5th Street in De Queen and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.






Misty Burke and the members of the Friendship Baptist Church of De Queen will be serving their 3rd annual Thanksgiving Day meal and Burke said they are scheduled to make about 200 deliveries.


Burke said if you would like a meal or if you would like to volunteer to prepare the meal or deliver meals, contact the church at 870-279-0507 or 931-981-0970.






Several defendants accepted plea agreements during last weeks session of the Sevier County Circuit Court.


Luis Martinez was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with one year suspended after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in the fourth degree.


Kerry Allen was sentenced to a total of 38 years with eight suspended for pleading guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a certain person, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.


John Wayne Billingsley was sentenced to 40 years for possession of Xanax, possession of meth, possession of a firearm by a certain person, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Melissa Turner plead guilty to theft of property and was given five years probation.


Joey Rymer and Leah Osburn made their first appearance in circuit court last week. Rymer is being held on a $50,000 dollar bond, while Osburn is being held on a $5,000 bond.


Trial dates were set for Terry Blair, Aaron Smith, Anthony Lawrence, Jonathon Walker, Ardwin Sylvester, Jayme Barnes, Brandon Morrison, Hector Morales, Thomas Parr and Tomas Vasquez.


Charges were dropped against William Edsin and Joseph Winton and a failure to appear warrant was issued for Jamie Blankenship, who has been charged for introducing a controlled substance into the body of another.






Monday afternoon, the Sevier County Quorum Court received a report from the budget committee chairperson Michael Archer.


Archer reported the committee had met four times and had gone over all of the budget requests line item by line item and would be meeting this Friday.


Archer stated the counties revenue was up a little, but expenses were up even more making the process a challenge.


Robin Stacy of the Cossatot Conservation District informed the Quorum Court that the district board distributes the county's Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fine funds for educational purposes.


Stacy presented a report that showed the district had presented funds for 4-H shooting sports, a forestry and land clinic, Arbor Day programs in the De Queen City Park and to the De Queen Science Club.


Teresa Morris of the Sevier County Health Unit informed the Quorum Court that the health unit's phone system had been installed in October and that there were a few more projects to be completed on the new health unit, like paving the parking lot.


Morris also announced that the health unit would be holding a mass flu clinic this Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Judge Greg Ray stopped by the KDQN studios Tuesday morning to ask citizens to park across the street from the health unit during the flu clinic unless they were unable to walk across the street.


Morris said forms are available at various businesses, banks and the KDQN studios and you can either fill it out in advance or at the clinic.


Quorum Court members discussed removing a laptop computer from the inventory list of the sheriff's office, but voted to table the issue until they have a chance to speak with Sheriff Bennie Simmons.






The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce announced the annual Christmas parade has been set for 6 p.m. on December 6th.


This year’s parade theme is “It’s a Magical Christmas” and will feature floats, antique cars, tractors, horses and marching groups.


Santa will arrive during the parade and will visit with children following the parade at Santa’s House on the square.


To pre-register for the parade, call Patty Sharp at 642-2446 by the week of December 1st.


The chamber’s fifth annual Festival of the Trees will be held on the Sevier County Courthouse Square and decorating should be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, December 5th.


For more information or to reserve a tree, contact Renee Logan at 584-3555.


Chamber members are being encouraged to stay open for extended hours so customers will have a chance to shop for Christmas. Vendors are also invited to set up before and after the parade. Free spaces are available for Chamber members, non-profits and churches.


The Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express will be making a stop in De Queen on Friday, December 12 at 4 p.m.






Every administrator likes to brag on their district, but it is especially nice when someone else does it for you.


Recently, the De Queen School District was named one of the best school districts in Arkansas by, which is an independent website that helps people find the best schools, whether they are looking for an elementary school or a college.


In a recent report, reported that the De Queen School District was the 35th best school in the state out of over a thousand public schools. compares the average graduation rate, dropout rate, math and reading proficiency, average SAT and ACT scores along with parent and student surveys to determine a district's overall grade.


The De Queen School District received an overall grade of B.


De Queen right behind the Lake Hamilton School District and in front of Arkadelphia, Mena, Cossatot River, Nashville, Horatio and Ashdown.


Lake Hamilton ranked 34th, Arkadelphia was ranked 43rd, Mena was 51st, Cossatot River was ranked 65th and Nashville was ranked 92nd.'s website said the report indicates the De Queen School District contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources and a diverse set of high achieving students.


Another independent website that gives the De Queen School District high marks is the website,


De Queen School District received a score of 8 out of 10, while the De Queen Elementary and Junior High received a score of 9 our of 10.


Superintendent Bruce Hill stated the district is constantly working to improve but it felt good that other organizations were recognizing the district's hard work.






During the November meeting of the Dierks Board of Education, board members considered recommendations from the certified and classified personnel policy committees concerning the district’s attendance policy.


Superintendent Holly Cothern says they just made a clarification to the certified policy.


Cothern reported to KDQN that the board approved the purchase of some computers and the elementary school has been approved for a grant from Weyerhaeuser.


Board members then took part in an in-service training.






Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith reported to KDQN that the Horatio Board of Education approved the purchase of a new bus after discovering the district had a shortage in their transportation department.


Lee reported that everything is back to normal on the Horatio campuses this week and he thanked everyone for their patience and understanding concerning last week.


The next Horatio Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9th.






A Mineral Springs man plead guilty to several drug charges in the Howard County Circuit Court last week.


Forty-three year old Jeffrey Jones plead guilty to possession of marijuana with the purpose to deliver after being arrested in June during a raid by the South Central Drug Task Force on his residence.


Jones was arrested after the drug task force discovered some marijuana, digital scales and several other drug items in his home.


Jones was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.






A Dierks man was charged with theft of property and is being accused of stealing a car and then fleeing from the police.


According to the arrest affidavit that was filed by the Dierks Police Department, 34-year-old Danny Simmons was acting strange at the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church on November 9th, later Simmons allegedly left in a 2011 Dodge Charger that was owned by Derek Turner.


The Arkansas Highway Police stopped the vehicle on Highway 71 near Wilton for speeding, but Simmons refused to provide a driver's license and fled from the scene across the Oklahoma state line.


Simmons was arrested by the Oklahoma State Police in McCurtain County.


Simmons was arraigned in McCurtain County on a misdemeanor charge of eluding a police officer. He is being charged with felony fleeing in Little River County and theft of property in Howard County.






During the November meeting of the UA Cossatot Board of Visitors, board members approved a list of policies concerning Instructional Staff Teaching Load, Leave, Title IX and other policy changes that according to Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole brings the college in line with the University of Arkansas policies.


Dr. Cole also presented a report about the actual and perceived value of a UA Cossatot education.


Dr. Cole mentioned that since state revenue support is at its lowest point in the history of the college, he anticipates a future tuition increase, so the college can continue adding new programs like the industrial technology program and the new Medical Simulation lab that was recently completed on the De Queen campus.


Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade reported that the Automotive and Collision complex has been completed and the college will hold an open house on December 2nd


Horatio High School Principal Awarded Administrator of the Year by the AAEA!   11/18/14


Each year the Arkansas Art Education Association selects an outstanding administrator within our state for recognizing and supporting visual arts as an important educational curriculum. This year the AAEA awarded Mr. James Dobbins, Principal of Horatio High School, with the Administrator of the Year.

Mr. Dobbins was presented with a certificate of recognition at an awards ceremony held at the Wyndham Hotel in Little Rock on November 6, 2014. Mr. Dobbins spoke with those in attendance of the ceremony about the importance of the arts and meeting the needs of all students. Mr. Dobbins believes that the arts have a unique ability of reaching and sustaining students who may have difficulty finding a place within cultures of some groups. Congratulations Mr. Dobbins for all that you do in supporting the arts in our school and community.

By: Shirley Tipton Horatio High Art Teacher








ASHDOWN- The UA Cossatot Board of Visitors met last week for the regularly scheduled meeting. 

The minutes from the September meeting were approved as read and changes were approved to the  College Policies listed in the 400 series including:  Instructional Staff Teaching Load Policy, Leave Policy, Family Leave Policy, Catastrophic Leave Policy, Outside Employment/Conflict of Interest Policy, Whistle Blower Act, as well as slight revisions to Title IX Policy, Budgetary Process, Contracting Authority,  Tuition and Fees, Depository of Funds, Student Receivables, Management of Internal Accounts and the Fraud Policy. These policy changes are part of the overall policy manual overhaul which is designed to improve and simplify the college policy manual. 


In addition the Board heard a report from Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole on the actual and perceived value of a UA Cossatot education.  Cole indicated the since state revenue support is at its lowest point in the history of the college, future tuition increases will be necessary to keep building the momentum the college currently has.  Cole also reported on behalf of the Academics department, pointing out the completion of the Medical Simulation lab on the De Queen campus which allows nursing and allied health students the opportunity to gain clinical experience on the college campus.  There have also been advancements in the Industrial Technology program with trainers being asked to present to students and to industry partners. 


Vice Chancellor of Finance Charlotte Johnson gave the financial report. Revenues from this time last year are down.  There is approximately $1.1 million in construction revenues, over $951,000 in grants and restricted programs, $1.9 million in college bank accounts, slightly over $760,000 in certificates of deposit, $33,296 in student club accounts, over $77,000 in endowment funds, and a little over $536,000 in Foundation funds. Chancellor Cole informed the board that the college is running very lean, but continues to be financially sound.

Vice Chancellor of Facilities Mike Kinkade reported that the Automotive/Collision Repair/Radio complex in De Queen is completed and we will have an open house for this project on December 2, along with College Work$ and featuring the Nursing Simulation lab.        





The Chalice Cupboard assisted 82 families last month in Sevier County - 138 adults and 87 children.  distribution of food weighed 1,549 pounds.


The bank balance on October 1st was $360.04.  the balance on October 31st was $1,684.15.  Deposits were $2,160.00.  checks for food purchases were $835.89.


Two churches donated 93 pounds of food:  Chapel Hill Baptist and Saint Barbara Catholic Church.  Individuals donated 110 pounds.  Food purchased totaled 1,677 pounds added to the pantry.


Several generous gifts were given to the Chalice Cupboard in memory of mr. Thomas Hancock.  Memorial gifts are always appreciated.

We also appreciate the help of our regular donors.


Suggested contributions for the remainder of the year:  cereal and canned fruit.


The Chalice Cupboard is located at 315 North 5th Street in De Queen.  Distributions of food are on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. with exceptions noted on the door.


Submitted by Grant Groves

Go Galileo!     11/17/14
A science musical performed by De Queen Elementary fifth graders.

Fifth graders at De Queen Elementary school combined science and music for a creative musical program.  Go Galileo was the name of the program.  All fifth grade teachers and music teacher, Anyssa Manasco collaborated so the students and audience had a fun learning experience. 

Razzle Dazzle opened the program with a song.  Some students dressed as cheerleaders, some as football players, and many others as scientist.  The Salvation Army assisted with supplying white shirts and white lab coats for a true theatrical effect.  The football players ran down the aisles and onto the stage.  Cheerleaders and scientist chanted Go Galileo!

There were several students that sang in small groups and had speaking parts.  The first experiment required audience participation.  A group of primary students got on stage and had to balance a foam cup on their head while scientist shot the cups off with air.  This proved to be successful.  Next, the parents in the front rows did the same.  Brady Mills, Sean Spears and Benjamin Jacobo used a trash can with a hole in the bottom to force air through it to hit their targets.  Mission accomplished.  Another musical number provided students with hoses about two feet in length.  The fifth grade scientists filled the aisles and swung the hose like propellers on a helicopter.  This demonstration was called the science of sound.

Some of the scientists came to the front of the stage and demonstrated that not all balloons pop when a sharp object is forced through it.  They used wooden dowels about a foot long.  A few balloons popped but the rest didn’t lose air.  Alec-Zander Turner and Konner Brums demonstrated dancing raisins and the underwater volcano.  Mary Claire Lynch dressed as a ballerina and performed a solo dance to “Ode to Pluto.”  Scientists debated if Pluto is or is not a planet due to its size.  Students also demonstrated a chemical reaction using Diet Coke and other ingredients.  This truly looked like an experiment from You Tube.  There were songs throughout the program.  The final number involved students pulling strings to make streamers fly through the air.


Hannah Phillips, Elise Dean and Diana Berrera also demonstrated putting a sharp object through a balloon without popping it.

Julissa Cuevas, Isabel Hernandez, Brittney Hernandez, Arlethe Rosas and Haley Strickland demonstrated putting a sharp object through a balloon without popping the balloon.

Alec-Zander Turner and Konner Brums demonstrated dancing raisins and the underwater volcano.

Manuel Soto-Ramirez demonstrated the science of sound.


Brody Mills, Sean Spears and Benjamin Jacobo demonstrated the power of moving air.

Riley Smith, Kyle Williamson, Kaden White, Charley Collins, Drake Click, Samuel Huddleston, Lance Wise, Kailynn Klitz and Ashlyn Phillips participated in the “Power of Air” demonstration.  Scientists used air to shoot the cups off their heads

Story & photos by Tammy Whatley





Officers with the Ashdown Police Department discovered a stolen vehicle parked at a trailer park in Ashdown November 1st while patrolling North Park Avenue.


Officers confirmed the vehicle was stolen out of Texarkana, Arkansas, by Jordan Qualls. Officers went to the residence where the vehicle was parked at and were given permission to come in by the Elisabeth Page who lived in trailer.


While in the residence, officers discovered some suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia along with Qualls.


Qualls was arrested for theft by receiving and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Page was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.






Local county health units have rescheduled the mass vaccination flu clinics.


In Howard County, the flu clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 19th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the health unit in Nashville. The Sevier County, the flu clinic will be held on Thursday, November 20th from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the health unit in De Queen and the flu clinic in Little River County will be Friday, November 21st at the health unit in Ashdown.


If you have insurance, the Arkansas Department of Health will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of the vaccine, but if you do not have insurance, the vaccine will be free.


Southwest Region Health District Manager Teresa Morris said the Sevier County Health Unit was taking appointments for those who would like to get a flu shot sooner. However, if you make an appointment, the flu shot will cost $30 if you do not have insurance.


Morris said a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu and the Arkansas Department of Health reported that last year’s flu season was the worst in Arkansas in terms of flu deaths in the last three decades.






De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt recently informed the De Queen City Council that the Dunlop family had donated some money to the department to purchase smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Pruitt reported that they wanted to provide the citizens of De Queen with the detectors for free and install them if necessary.


De Queen fire fighter Jay Litchford said the detectors provide an early warning if there was a problem with a heating source.


Litchford said he also doesn't recommend using an outdoor heating source indoors.


Litchford said if you plan to use a fireplace it needs to be cleaned and tested.


If you don't have a smoke detector or a carbon monoxide detector contact the De Queen Fire Department at 584-7224.





Tens of thousands of Arkansans are expected to take part in the open enrollment period under the federal Affordable Care Act that began this weekend.


Open enrollment began Saturday and will continue until February 15th. Residents can enroll in the health marketplace, renew or change their existing plan options during this period.


The state says more than 44,000 residents enrolled in the health care marketplace for 2014 plans.


The nonprofit Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which is leading the effort to inform residents about the health care law and the open enrollment period, estimates that tens of thousands of residents will sign up in the marketplace during the second annual enrollment period.


The federal government estimates that 7.1 million Americans have enrolled in the health care marketplace.






Fourteen cadets have completed more than 700 hours of intensive training to become wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.


The group studied at the H.C. “Red” Morris Training Center east of Mayflower on Lake Conway. Graduation ceremonies for the 2014 cadet class were held in October.


Major Jason Parker directs the cadet-training program, with many Arkansas Game and Fish Commission enforcement officers and staff members serving as instructors. Other experts participate in the teaching of specialized topics.


The 14 cadets were chosen from several hundred applicants. Requirements for wildlife officer cadets include college degrees or law enforcement experience.


The 16-week training course include police fundamentals related to wildlife work, training in proficiency with a variety of firearms, first aid and rescue basics, drug enforcement procedures and physical conditioning.


The new wildlife officers have full police authority, as do the other officers of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.


Assignments of the new officers will fill several existing vacancies in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s enforcement ranks. They will complete their training by going through a field training officer program.


Graduate Caldeen Gunter formerly of Dierks has been assigned to Yell County.






Five defendants accepted plea agreements during the November 7th session of the Sevier County Circuit Court before Circuit Court Judge Tom Cooper.


Jose Hernandez-Perez received three years with two years suspended in the Arkansas Department of Corrections by changing his plea to guilty for possession of a firearm by certain person.


Roy Lee Patterson was sentenced to three years with one-year suspended on the charge of impairing operation of a vital public facility.


Juan Quintana accepted a plea agreement on three counts of theft of property and three counts of breaking and entering. Quintana was sentenced to five-years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with two-years suspended.


Dylan Carter was sentenced to five years probation for three counts of theft of property and a $2,000 dollar fine and 1 year probation for three counts of breaking and entering, while Robert Billingsley was sentenced to three years probation and a $2,000 dollar fine after pleading guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a certain person and the manufacturing of marijuana.


New trial dates were set for Trenton Hamm and Ryan Hawthorne in cases involving the abuse of an adult at the former Brookewood Nursing Center in De Queen and charges against Gregory Sampson were dismissed.






Friday morning, members of the CREW from the 4 C Cowboy Church announced a few upcoming activities and invited the community to participate.


Group leader Ruston Reynolds stated the CREW would be hosting a drive through manger to the cross event from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 19th and 20th and the church is an official collection site for Operation Christmas Child and boxes are being collected this week.


For more information, contact the 4 C Cowboy Church.




Señora Jane Moore's De Queen High School's Spanish II students spent two weeks creating cultural art projects that reflect authentic elements one would see in Mexico from October 31 - November 2 during the traditional custom of Day of the Dead, or Día de los muertos.  All students worked either alone or with others to create pictures, tin art, or 3D art pieces.  On October 31, students invited family members to come to class to eat with them and to enjoy the artwork.  All level 2 students and their guests also voted on their favorite pieces and the following are the winners:
1st place - Jesus Gonzalez and Erika Zamora
2nd place - Italia Bustamante, Esmerelda Verdin, and Krishna Patel
3rd place - Mayra Ferretiz


1st place - Ana Martinez, Maria Dominguez, Raquel Hernandez, and Janelly  Pacheco
2nd place - Yuliani Castillo
3rd place - Miguel Martinez


1st place - Josue Castellanos
2nd place - Adriana Figueroa, Diana Lagunas, and Brenda Alvarez
3rd place - Diana Ramirez and Ana Karen Martinez



Mrs. Chambers, a DHS Art teacher, judged Best In Show and that was awarded to Jose Castellanos for his 3D figurine of Frida Kahlo.

Ashdown Elementary Students Entertained by International Dance Company   11/14/14

Dressed in brightly colored authentic dance costumes and performing dances from Mexico, Spain, Africa, America and Scotland, eight students from Texas Woman's University entertained students from kindergarten through third grade on Oct. 23 in the Margaret Daniel Primary/C. D. Franks Elementary cafeteria in Ashdown.

The ten dance numbers ranged from rhythmic African stomp to Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance) with students clapping in participation.  The TWU International Dance Company, under the direction of Gladys M. Keaton, was provided to the school by TRAHC (Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council) through their ArtsSmart program, which enriches cultural understanding and art appreciation for students.


Author Visit Encourages Young Writers to Use Imagination  11/14/14


Author Jefferson Knapp emphasized to students at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School in Ashdown that the best ideas for their writing can come from their own real lives, creatively mixed with their imaginations


During his third visit since 2011 with the LFH fourth and fifth graders, he related how the characters and story lines for his young readers book series came from a combination of his outdoor childhood adventures and his imagination.  In his six-book series The Kingdom at the End of the Driveway, Knapp used his own boyhood home surroundings, his pets (and even some of his old teachers), and his imagination to create the world of his fantasy series. 


Knapp's first book, The Brave Journey, reached #3 on Amazon in the summer of 2012.  With six books planned for the series, his second book is The Rightful Heir, Book Three is The Ending Feud, and Book Four, The Traveling Carnival, will be released for purchase early in 2015.


Carolyn Henderson, Public Relations Coordinator/Teacher





The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro recently wrapped up one of their most successful months for diamond finds so far this year.


Thirty-three visitors registered 68 diamonds during the month of October, making it the second-biggest month for diamond finds this year. The only month with more finds was June, in which 70 diamonds were registered.


Visitors from 15 states and one foreign country registered diamonds last month.


Forty-two of this month's finds were white gems, 13 were brown, and 13 were yellow.


The total weight of all of the October diamonds was 14.41 carats, which included three diamonds that weighed over one carat each. One of the diamonds was a 2.78 carat yellow gem. It was also the third largest diamond registered so far this year.


Park interpreter Waymon Cox says more than four inches of rain fell on the park in October, which uncovered seven diamonds that were found on the surface of the search area. He said that as of October 31st, 510 diamonds had been registered this year. Cox said that is 55 more diamonds than the total number of diamonds registered in 2013.


For more information about the Crater of Diamond State Park, visit their website at or call 870-285-3116.






Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts said Weyerhaeuser had approached the city about annexing some land just south of the mill into the city limits. Mounts stated all of the land belongs to Weyerhaeuser and will allow the mill to pump its waste water into the city’s lagoon.


Mounts explained the Dierks City Council passed a resolution Monday night that allowed him to apply for some funds from the state highway department that will be used to overlay some city streets.


Mounts reported the council also passed a resolution that will allow the city to be reimbursed from the sell of bonds to build a new lagoon for the waste water treatment plant.


Aldermen set the city millage at 1.7 percent and will meet November 24th at 6 p.m. in the council room of the Dierks City Hall.






Recent weather reports indicate that Arkansas consumers are in for a chill in the upcoming weeks and with the colder weather comes rising heating cost.


Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert to remind Arkansans of a law that protects consumers relying on liquefied petroleum, or LP, gas to heat their homes in the case of a major winter storm, and to provide some advice on keeping your heating expenses down during the cold weather.


Arkansas consumers who rely on LP gas commonly rent tanks from the gas provider and typically, the provider who owns the tank is the only entity that is allowed to fill the tank. However, following the ice storm of 2009, the General Assembly amended the LP gas law to allow other providers to fill the tank if the tank owner cannot make timely delivery.


McDaniel encourages consumers who use LP gas to heat their homes to own their fuel tanks, which will allow them to shop for the best prices from LP gas dealers. It also allows consumers who own their own tanks to get fuel from any provider during inclement weather.


To help consumers conserve fuel and keep heating cost down, McDaniel offered these tips:


Keep curtains open during the day to naturally heat your home and close them at night to retain the heat.


Use a programmable thermostat-to lower the temperature while you are asleep.


Seal your home and add insulation to your walls and attic.


Add weather-stripping around doors and windows.


Set ceiling fans to spin clockwise to re-circulate rising hot air.


Use alternative heating sources like fireplaces and electric space heaters.


And, if using LP gas, consider signing a long-term contract with a provider in order to lock in a specific price over a set period of time.


For more information on home heating issues, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-482-8982 or visit his website at






Outgoing Governor Mike Beebe's offices announced that he plans to pardon his son over a 2003 felony marijuana conviction.


Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said the two-term governor planned to pardon his son, Kyle, who was convicted in 2003 of felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. DeCample said the pardon recommendation would be included in the final pardons that will be issued by the governor early next month.


The state Parole Board recommended the pardon of the governor's son in October.


Kyle Beebe served three years of supervised probation, paid a $1,150 dollars in fines and court costs and had his driver's license suspended because of the conviction.






The Mineral Springs Board of Education reported they are considering improvements to Hornet stadium.


During Monday's school board meeting, board members gave Superintendent Curtis Turner approval to proceed in getting some estimates for new stadium light poles.


Turner said his number one concern was safety as well as better lighting for the area at night. Turner said the poles needed to be replaced and he has plans to remove overhead electric lines and have them buried underground.


The board also approved the purchase of a new copier and an exhaust system for the agriculture building.


The district received $271,000 in local tax money from Howard County, which was down by about $90,000 from last year, according to Turner.


Campsite Chaos by Ken Preuss    11/13/14

A frantically romantic love story.  Zoe thinks a quiet, romantic camping trip in the middle of nowhere would be the perfect opportunity for her easily-distracted boyfriend Perry to finally pop the question. But this idea seems nearly impossible when a steady stream of unexpected guests – from Robin Hood to The Safety Squirrels – shows up! With a new forest-dweller disaster happening every time her boyfriend turns his back, will Zoe ever find a moment for a perfect proposal?

The De Queen High School senior play will take place Friday, November 21st, in the high school auditorium during 7th period from 1:30-2:20PM.  Donations will be taken at the door for the senior trip.

Front row left to right:  Irvin Martinez, Vicente Gutierrez, Emmanuel Escobedo, Lizz Garza, Ana Mejia, Yuliza Aguirre, and Lizbeth Torres.

Second row left to right:  Joseph Burk, Rachel Lipsey, Amanda McDougal, Morgan Sweeden, Brenda Mera, Evelyn Escamilla, and Edgar Pacheco.

Third row left to right:  James Maher, Shane Henthorn, Josh King, Amy Victorio, and Nancy Sandoval.

Fourth row:  Margaret Parker, Ryan Whitley, and Kaylene Smith.

Fifth row:  Jesusa Hernandez and Beth Downs.

Back row:  Harmoney Rich





Modern gun seasoned opened this weekend in Arkansas and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is reporting good harvest numbers so far this year.


As of Wednesday morning, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reported that a total of 3,787 deer had been harvested in Sevier, Little River and Howard counties.


The harvest numbers in Sevier County are 452-doe, 561-bucks and 71-button bucks. In Little River County, the harvest numbers are 565-doe, 491-bucks and 78-button bucks and in Howard County, the numbers are 671-does, 826-bucks and 72-button bucks.


For more information, visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website at






One of the questions that first-time diamond finders asks is, "What is my diamond worth?" Well, no one that works at the Crater of Diamond State Park is trained to put a value on a diamond, so their usual response is, "I don't know, we just register the diamonds as being genuine Crater diamonds."


And, the park doesn't buy or sell diamonds.


According to park interpreter, Margi Jenks, evaluating the value of a rough diamond requires special training and most gemologist are jewelers who have taken the Gemological Institute of America's Graduate Gemologist Program. However, not every jeweler has a GIA degree.


And to properly evaluate a Crater diamond, the gemologist would need to be familiar with rough diamonds and Crater diamonds, because most gemologists only evaluate cut diamonds and some will inform you that they can't put a value on a diamond that is uncut.


Another problem with getting a Crater diamond evaluated, is the fact that Crater diamonds look very different from most rough diamonds, which are mined from other areas around the world.


Some diamond finders have even been told that their Crater diamond is not really a diamond.


But, Jenks reported that registered Crater diamonds are approximately 10 percent more valuable than all other diamonds because, they are the only certified American diamonds and the Crater's registration card guarantees that these diamonds are not part of the "blood diamond trade," which come from Africa. Therefore, some diamond buyers will pay as much as 10 percent more to ensure that they have purchased an America diamond.


Jenks said most diamonds that are found at the Crater are nice souvenirs, but some are worth a lot of money.


One visitor reported that her half-carat yellow diamond was set in a solitaire ring and was valued at $8,000. God's Jewel diamond is over three and a-half carats and was reportedly sold for $20,000 dollars.


For more information about the value of a Crater diamond, contact an Arkansas gemologist who is familiar with the Crater diamonds by contacting Jenks at the Crater of Diamonds State Park by calling 870-285-3113.






Tuesday evening about 10 p.m., Sergeant Chad Bradshaw witnessed a suspect walking north near the De Queen School District administration building that had a warrant for her arrest.


Bradshaw made contact with 35-year-old Leah Osburne at the corner of 9th and Stilwell Ave and informed her that she was under arrest on the outstanding warrant.


Bradshaw reported that he informed Osburne that if she had anything illegal on her person and she carried it into the jail, she would be charged with a separate charge.


Allegedly, as Bradshaw was transporting Osburne to the Sevier County jail, she informed him that she had a meth pipe in her pocket. When Bradshaw found the pipe, it contained suspected methamphetamine residue in it and she was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia.






Members of the Dierks Chamber of Commerce are selling tickets for a Christmas raffle now through December 8th. The drawing will be held following the annual Christmas parade.


Chamber members are selling tickets for $1 each or six for $5 on a Ruger American Rifle in your choice of caliber, along with a Nikon scope. According to Stacy Janes of the Dierks Chamber of Commerce, the rifle will also be dipped in the camo color of your choice.






Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will host the 2014 Law Enforcement Summit today in Little Rock.


The attorney general's office will recognize the 2014 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and the outstanding officers from each of the state's four congressional districts during a luncheon at noon.


McDaniel will also pay special tribute to Arkansas' law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of the duty. These fallen officers will be honored with commendations of valor.






Members of the Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen will be serving a Thanksgiving Day meal and church member Misty Burke stated the will delivery meals Thanksgiving Day because people need to know others care during the holidays.


Burke reported they served 187 meals last year and it's a blessing to all of the volunteers.


For more information or to place a delivery order call 870-279-0507 or 931-981-0970.






Officials with the Horatio City Hall are asking water customers to conserve water.


Officials reported city crews were working to replace a pump that will improve the city's water pressure situation, but they need the residents of Horatio to use as little water as possible for the time being.


She said, they were sorry for the inconvenience but crews were working to make the necessary repairs at this time.


The boil order for the Horatio Water Works system will remain in effect until the issue with the water pressure is repaired and an adequate disinfectant level is established throughout the city's water distribution system and the Arkansas Department of Health says the water is safe to drink.


Residents are being reminded to briskly boil their water for one minute prior to using it for drinking or food prep. Residents should also throw out any ice cubes that were not made with boiled water.


According to the Horatio Water Works department, the reason for the boil water order and the request to conserve water is due to two water main leaks on Friday, November 7th, which caused a partial loss of pressure in the distribution system.






A federal judge refused to let former Arkansas treasurer, Martha Shoffner, plead guilty to a mail fraud charge Monday after she informed him that she didn't intend to divert campaign contributions to her personal us when she solicited them.


This was the second time in 18 months that U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes had rejected a guilty plea from Shoffner.


Holmes said that he would not accept Shoffner's plea until she admitted that she intended to misuse campaign contributions at the time she asked for them.


Holmes also rescheduled Shoffner's trial date from December 1st, to February 2nd.






De Queen School District Superintendent Bruce Hill announced Wednesday morning that all area senior adults are invited to attend the third annual De Queen Senior Adult Thanksgiving Dinner, Tuesday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.


Hill stated that if a senior adult needs transportation they can call the administration office and they will make arrangements for some transportation.


Hill explained this annual event allowed senior adults to interact with students in the district while enjoying a good meal.


Hill said the event is a community effort and it's the district's honor to host the event each year.


For more information, call the De Queen Elementary School at 584-4311 or the administration office at 584-4312.






During the November 11th meeting of the Winthrop School Restoration Committee, they made plans to host a Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, December 13th.


According to Loren Hinton, the event will be free to children 10 and under and will be held in the school cafeteria from 9 until 11 a.m. Children will be served sausage and biscuits and will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, have their picture made with Santa and make a Christmas craft.


Hinton reported the committee raised over $5,000 during the recent chili supper and bingo night. Funds will be used to restore the Winthrop School building.


The restoration committee will meet Tuesday, December 9th at 7 p.m. in the Winthrop School and everyone that would like to help with the restoration effort is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Hinton or visit the Winthrop School Restoration Committee's Facebook page.




Supt. Lee Smith said that Horatio Schools will resume on Thursday morning at regular time, but will dismiss Thursday and Friday at 1:30 pm.  Students are asked to bring bottled water with them if possible.



The Winthrop School Restoration Committee met Tuesday, November 11th and made plans for a "Breakfast with Santa " event on Saturday December 13th. This free event is for children age 10 and under and will be held in the school lunchroom from 9 till 11 am. Children will be treated to a sausage biscuit and will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, have their picture made, and make a Christmas craft. Plans were also made to decorate the schoolhouse for the holidays.

 The Committee also reviewed their recent chili supper and bingo night in which over $5000 was raised to help with the school preservation effort. Committee members wish to thank area businesses and individuals for their donations, as well as express appreciation to the community for making the fund raiser a huge success.

 Anyone who would like to help with the restoration effort is encouraged to attend the next meeting on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm in the Winthrop School. For more info contact Loren Hinton or visit the Winthrop School Restoration Committee Facebook page.



The De Queen High School will be conducting their annual mini cheer camp November 15th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the De Queen Coliseum and cheer mom Jennifer Martin said the camp was for ages 4 through the 6th grade.


The cost is $35 and every camper will receive a t-shirt.


Registration forms may be picked up and returned to the primary, elementary and middle school offices or forms may be completed brought to the camp on November 15th.


Participates will also need to bring a sack lunch.


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






Students from the De Queen High School EAST lab are working to raise awareness about diabetes during the month of November.


November is National Diabetes Awareness month and Friday is National Diabetes Day, so students will be wearing crazy socks as they "Sock it to Diabetes."


EAST lab students, Kayla Martin, Alex Lowery, Randee Toye and Brady Hanney stopped by the KDQN studios to provide a few details about their project.


Jennifer Martin stated the reason the EAST lab students selected this project was because diabetes affects several of their fellow students and teachers.


Hanney reported that 1 person out of 10 has diabetes and there are two project members that have Type 1 Diabetes. Jennifer Martin announced that Tyler Johnson and Kayla Martin are Type 1 diabetics.


Jennifer Martin stated that it can be a very scary, being the mom of a diabetic.


Martin also stated that students, teachers and the Morning Brew Crew will have their blood sugar tested this Friday.


Students are also selling diabetes awareness t-shirts and the proceeds will be used to benefit diabetic patients in the area that do not have insurance. If you would like to order a t-shirt, contact Stephanie Davis at the De Queen High School by calling 642-2426.






According to the National Weather Service in Shreveport, an abrupt change in the weather came in Tuesday evening and will be hanging around through the upcoming weekend in the form of much colder temperatures.


Colder temperatures are expected in the wake of an arctic cold front with temperatures expected to drop at least 20 degrees behind the boundary of this system with northwest winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts.


Freezing temperatures are expected for portions of the Four States Region tonight, including portions of Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma and Southwest Arkansas.


A freeze warning has been issued for the overnight hours for tonight and those cold temperatures are expected to hang around through the weekend with the coldest night likely occurring Thursday night into Friday morning where widespread freezing temperatures are likely.


Residents are being encouraged to tune into Your Number One Country 92.1 for up to date information.


The American Red Cross has offered these 10 steps that people can take to stay safe during this big chill.

1. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will also help prevent losing body heat.

2. Bring pets indoors and if they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

3. Protect your pipes- run water, even a trickle, to help prevent pipes from freezing and open cabinet doors in kitchen and bathrooms to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.

4. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.

5. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away from it.

6. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

7. Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.

8. If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen that's large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

9. Use generators correctly.

10. Don't hook a generator up to the home's wiring.



sun bonnet Sue’s Garden Quilt Show Winners Announced     11/12/14


Saturday November 8, 2014, the Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild hosted their annual Quilt Show at the Lockesburg ew/Elementary Gym. All the workers and visitors loved this part of the trip down nostalgia lane, and are grateful to the DeQueen School Board for allowing them this special place to hold the Quilt Show. 


This year the theme was Sun Bonnet Sue’s Garden.  Everything stemmed around that theme. The tea party was decorated with garden hats. There were several variations of the Sun Bonnet Sue quilts, antique to brand new.


Walking in the door most guests saw the Challenge Block contest and was asked to vote on it.  People were invited to make a Sun Bonnet Sue’s Garden block.  The winning blocks creator would take home all the blocks and have a special quilt to make.  The most votes went to Donna Golden whose block featured some chickens with her Sun Bonnet Sue. 


From there guests were asked about taking an opportunity to help the guild with some fund raising.  Saturday there was a “Fat Quarter” basket that was won by Wendy Bradshaw.  A quilt made by the Guild will be given away on December 12. 


The vendors that were set up displayed many quilt related items and they were very helpful with suggestions on how to deal with problems, or recommendations to inspire old hands at quilting and help get new ones started with easy projects.  They are a very important part of any quilt show.


This year there were two professional judges that examined the quilts on Friday night. Their input into how to improve skills is invaluable.  Points and bindings, colors and impact were just a few of the things they looked for.  There was a special ribbon for the judges first place award.  Their judge sheets were given on each entry.  No ribbons were hung on quilts until after 1:00 PM Saturday to give those attending the opportunity to vote. 


Those winners were:  Machine pieced and Quilted, Judges 1st  Place – Barbara Jones, 2nd  – Barbara Jones, and 3rd – Beth Allen and Reta Bradley.  Peoples choice, 1st – Judy Glueckstein, 2nd – Barbara Jones, 3rd – Donna Golden. Hand Sewn and Hand Quilted, Judges 1st – Lee Ann Turner, 2nd – Lee Ann Turner, 3rd – Dot Emanouil.  Peoples Choice 1st Place – Lee Ann Turner, 2nd Place – Dot Emanouil, 3rd Place – Lee Ann Turner.  In the Children and Baby Quilt Division, Judges 1st – Linda Bradley, 2nd –Doris Houser, 3rd – Dot Emanouil.  Peoples Choice, 1st – Linda Bradley, 2nd Doris Houser and Eleanor Monigold, and 3rd – Donna Golden.  In the Antique Quilt Division the Judges 1st – Barbara Jones, 2nd – Eleanor Monigold, 3rd – Margaret Pell, Peoples Choice 1st –Donna Golden, 2nd Margaret Pell, 3rd – Barbara Jones.  Our First Quilt winner hands down was Devonda Ford.  Both the judges and the people gave her quilt 1st place winner.  In the Retreat Quilt Division the Judges gave 1st place to Donna Gallaher, 2nd place to Sherri Caldwell, and 3rd place to Rita Bradley.  The People Choice 1st place – Donna Gallaher, 2nd place Donna Golden, and 3rd place to Donna Golden.  In Appliqué the Judges 1st place – Lee Ann Turner, 2nd place – Joy Runyon, and 3rd place to Eleanor Monigold.  The People Choice 1st Place – Joy Runyon, 2nd place – Lee Ann Turner, and a tie for 3rd Place on two of Susie Thompson quilts.  The Miscellaneous Division winners were Judges 1st Place – Rita Bradley, 2nd Place – Linda Bradley, 3rd Place – Donna Golden.  And Peoples Choice 1st Place – Donna Golden, 2nd Place – Rita Bradley, and 3rd Place to Eleanor Monigold.  Congratulations to all the winners.  Every single project entered was a treasure to see and the Lockesburg Quilters and Crafters Guild is grateful to each contributor for sharing their inspiration with all of those who attended, as well as those attendees. 


The Guild would like to encourage everyone to start on their projects (or finish up some) for next November’s Quilt Show.


Best of Show made by Joy Runyun

Chancellor's Choice made by LeeAnn Turner



Campsite Chaos by Ken Preuss

A frantically romantic love story.  Zoe thinks a quiet, romantic camping trip in the middle of nowhere would be the perfect opportunity for her easily-distracted boyfriend Perry to finally pop the question. But this idea seems nearly impossible when a steady stream of unexpected guests – from Robin Hood to The Safety Squirrels – shows up! With a new forest-dweller disaster happening every time her boyfriend turns his back, will Zoe ever find a moment for a perfect proposal?

The De Queen High School senior play will take place Friday, November 21st, in the high school auditorium during 7th period from 1:30-2:20PM.  Donations will be taken at the door for the senior trip.

Front row left to right:  Irvin Martinez, Vicente Gutierrez, Emmanuel Escobedo, Lizz Garza, Ana Mejia, Yuliza Aguirre, and Lizbeth Torres.

Second row left to right:  Joseph Burk, Rachel Lipsey, Amanda McDougal, Morgan Sweeden, Brenda Mera, Evelyn Escamilla, and Edgar Pacheco.

Third row left to right:  James Maher, Shane Henthorn, Josh King, Amy Victorio, and Nancy Sandoval.

Fourth row:  Margaret Parker, Ryan Whitley, and Kaylene Smith.

Fifth row:  Jesusa Hernandez and Beth Downs.

Back row:  Harmoney Rich




Freezing weather is expected throughout much of Arkansas this week as a front brings temperatures that are much colder than normal for November.


The National Weather Service says the cold front will move through the state tomorrow and the high temperature for Wednesday is expected to be about 15 to 20 degrees below normal, reaching only into the 40s for most areas.


It's expected to be even colder on Thursday with some areas not making it out of the 30s.


The weather service says the weekend could bring some wintry precipitation, but it's still uncertain this far out. However, forecasters are saying a storm system is expected to approach Arkansas from the southwest, which could lead to a wintry mix in the northern parts of the state.






Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on charges of spending campaign funds on personal items.


Shoffner is due to appear in a Little Rock courtroom today to change her plea on charges that allege she misspent over $9,000 dollars in campaign funds on clothing, cosmetics and other personal items. She is scheduled to go to trail in December on these charges.


Shoffner awaits sentencing after she was convicted earlier this year of steering state business toward a bond broker in exchange for $36,000 dollars in cash. Some of the funds were hidden inside a pie box.






The Horatio Water system has declared a precautionary boil water order for its 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 partial loss in normal system pressure.


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


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


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


The boil water order was due to a loss of pressure that resulted from two water main breaks last Friday.


Horatio School District Superintendent Lee Smith announced Monday that there would be no school at Horatio on Tuesday, but classes are expected to resume Wednesday after a new pump is installed by Horatio Waterworks employees.






Sevier County District Court Judge Stephen Tedder announced this morning that today was the regular scheduled day for district court, but the Sevier County Courthouse is closed, so District Court has been rescheduled for Wednesday morning.


If you have any questions, contact Judge Tedder's office Wednesday morning at 584-7311.






President of the Sevier County Humane Society Dr. Floyd Gonzales reported Monday morning that the society had a successful spade and neuter clinic last week.


Dr. Gonzales stated the society is making some big plans for the future, but they need the help of the residents of Sevier County to make the society a strong organization.


Dr. Gonzales said the society was moving forward with its plans to construct a dog park and animal shelter, by clearing the society's property and building a fence.


Dr. Gonzales informed KDQN that the society would be selling bonds for $250 each to help construct the shelter, but would also accept donations in any amount.


Dr. Gonzales said children that are raised in a home with a dog has a stronger immune system, as well as other benefits, but he recommended having your pet spade or neutered to help control the pet population in Sevier County.


For more information about the Sevier County Humane Society, contact Dr. Gonzales at his office by calling 642-8640.






The May 2014 nursing graduates have received their results from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Licensure Exam.


One-hundred percent of the UA Cossatot nursing students passed the exam.


The UA Cossatot nursing program is a part of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium, which is made up of eight community colleges.


UA Cossatot had the highest number of nursing students to pass the exam of all of the schools in the consortium.


Kim Dickerson is the UA Cossatot Medical Education Division Chairperson and she explained that the exam's difficulty was increased last year, but students were prepared for the degree of difficulty and even surpassed expectations regarding their performance.


Dickerson stated UA Cossatot was proud of the program's success and she said Cossatot has some of the highest pass rates, not just in the consortium, but in the state and nation, thanks to the diligent work of the department’s instructors and clinical staff.


Students enrolled in the ARNEC program earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are then eligible to sit for the state board of Nursing Licensure Exam. Upon passing the exam, students receive a Registered Nurse license.





If you want to memorialize your unforgettable first Arkansas hunting and fishing moment, well, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is recognizing those experiences with first deer, first fish, first turkey and first duck full-color certificates.


When you’ve accomplished the memorable event, click on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website to access the fillable PDF document. Fill it out online, print it out on your color printer and present it to the successful hunter or angler.






Nearly 880 public schools in Arkansas were classified as needing improvement because they didn't meet their achievement goals on state exams.


The annual accountability report by the state's education department was released Tuesday. Eighty-four more schools than last year were categorized as needing improvement.


De Queen School District Assistant Superintendent Paul Shelton informed KDQN that it's hard to show growth when the district has high test scores.



The state doesn't penalize such schools though those that need the most improvement must develop plans to get there.


Out of more than 1,000 public schools, only 67 were categorized as achieving schools down from 137 last year.


The report says 85 schools will stay classified as focus needs improvement schools because of the achievement gap among their students.


Almost 40 schools will remain as priority needs improvement. They were among the lowest five percent of school in terms of achievement in 2011.


Shelton stated the district was working hard to ensure that every student receives the highest quality education and the state is working on changing the current evaluation system.


The only public school in Arkansas to achieve exemplary status this year was Bergman High School in Boone County in northern Arkansas. In 2013, there were nine exemplary schools.






The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce announced today that the annual Christmas parade has been set for 6 p.m. on December 6th.


This year’s parade theme is “It’s a Magical Christmas” and will feature floats, antique cars, tractors, horses and marching groups.


Santa will arrive during the parade and will visit with children following the parade at Santa’s House on the square.


To pre-register for the parade, call Patty Sharp at 642-2446 by the week of December 1st.


The chamber’s fifth annual Festival of the Trees will be held on the Sevier County Courthouse Square and decorating should be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, December 5th.


For more information or to reserve a tree, contact Renee Logan at 584-3555.


Chamber members are being encouraged to stay open for extended hours so customers will have a chance to shop for Christmas. Vendors are also invited to set up before and after the parade. Free spaces are available for Chamber members, non-profits and churches.


The Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express will be making a stop in De Queen on Friday, December 12 at 4 p.m.






Officials with the Arkansas Department of Health has scheduled vaccine clinics for areas throughout the state as the flu season begins to ramp up.


Mass flu clinics were pushed back this fall because there was a delay in the shipment of the vaccines from the manufacturers and clinics are being scheduled for November and December throughout Arkansas.


Recent data from the health department shows sporadic cases of the flu and the department says it's received reports of more than 200 positive influenza tests in Arkansas since September 28th.


Sharee McKinnon said the flu shot is safe and effective and health department officials recommend that everyone 6-months and older get a flu shot.


The Arkansas Health Department will hold a flu clinic at the Howard County Health Unit on Wednesday, November 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.; at the Sevier County Health Unit on Thursday, November 20th from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the Little River County Health Unit on Friday, November 21st from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.


For more information, call the Sevier County Health Unit at 870-642-2535.






Southern Arkansas football junior offensive lineman John Miller, formerly of De Queen, has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Three First-Team according to the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.


As an Academic All-District First-Team selection, Miller will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.


Miller is a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Muleriders and has a 3.77 cumulative G.P.A. in Engineering/Physics at Southern Arkansas.


On the field, Miller has anchored an offensive line that has been the wall of defense for one of the most prolific offenses in Division II over the last three years. A starter in 29 consecutive games, Miller started the first four games at left guard before moving to right tackle, where he has started the past four games.






Carolanne Pinegar is the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at the Horatio High School and she was recently named the 2014 New Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.


Horatio Superintendent Lee Smith stated that the district was very proud of Pinegar for earning this honor.


Pinegar received her bachelor of science in family and consumer sciences from Henderson State University in 2009 and her master of arts in teaching from Southern Arkansas University in 2013.


Pinegar taught at Arkadelphia from 2012 to 2014 before joining the faulty at Horatio this summer.






Friday morning, Monte Davis and Raymond Morris of the Sevier County Cattlemen's Association drew the name of Michael Hicks of De Queen as the winner of either a Weatherby rifle or $400 cash.


Davis who is the president of the Sevier County Cattlemen's Association stated they held the raffle to raise funds for the cattlemen’s scholarship program, as well as, other programs throughout the county.


Davis said the Sevier County Cattlemen's Association meets the third Monday of each month in the agri building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.


If anyone is interested in joining the cattlemen's association, contact Morris at 642-3352 or Davis at 784-2780.






All right, deer hunters, you’ve downed a nice buck and your buddies are telling you it may be a Boone and Crockett deer, but how do you get into the record book?


Well, you have to have it officially measured and submit it to the Boone and Crockett Club.


Minimum scores for making the Boone and Crockett book are 160 for typical white-tailed bucks and 185 for non-typical bucks.


For rough scoring on your own, use a steel tape and not a cloth tape that could stretch.


First, measure the length of both main beams. Measure the tip to tip spread, the greatest spread and the inside spread of the main beams. Measure the length of each of the points. Then, make four circumference measurements of the main beam.


Boone and Crockett say all antler racks have only four circumference measurements, regardless of the number of points on the main beams.


You should start at the smallest point between the base and the first point and record the measurements between all main points.


Add up your measurements, and you will have a “green score.” Official Boone and Crockett measurements must be taken after antlers air dry at room temperature for 60 days.


Requirements for submitting a deer for the record book include: an original score chart signed and dated by a Boone and Crockett official measurer; a check for $40 to cover the non-refundable entry fee; a clearly focused, close-up photograph of the front, left side and right side of the antlers; an entry affidavit signed by the hunter, the hunter’s signature must be witnessed by a Boone and Crockett official measurer or a notary public; a hunter, guide and hunt information form completed by the hunter and a copy of the hunting license and tag for the deer.


Boone and Crockett official measurers in Arkansas can be found on the Boone and Crockett website.






The Two Rivers Museum in downtown Ashdown will once again host its annual Land of Trees for the sixth year in a row.


According to event organizer Carolyn Castleman, this year’s theme is “All I Want for Christmas Is” and is sponsored by the Little River County Historical Society.


Castleman explained the trees will be furnished or you can bring your own tree and there are about 20 spots available and the trees will remain up until the end of December.


Businesses, organizations or individuals who want to have a tree can start decorating on Wednesday, November 12th and will need to be done by noon on Thursday, November 20th.


The Land of Trees will be open to the public during normal museum business hours from Friday, November 21st through the month of December. Admission is free and will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


Trees will be judged and awards will be presented for first, second and third place, as well as, a People’s Choice Award, a Judges Award and the Mayor’s Award.


If a business would like to sponsor a tree or if you have any questions about the Land of Trees, contact Castleman at 870-898-9080.



On Oct. 30, Ann Hudson, Area 11 Field Representative for Special Olympics Arkansas, visited Ashdown Junior High School, where she attended a school-wide pep rally held before an AJHS football game. But Hudson's reason for attending a football pep rally wasn't because of a football game -- she instead came to introduce the AJHS Unified Special Olympics Team and talk to the students about Project UNIFY. Ashdown Junior High is the first junior high school in the state of Arkansas to participate in Project UNIFY.

Through a variety of activities related to Special Olympics, Project UNIFY offers students without intellectual disabilities opportunities to support others who have intellectual disabilities and to build relationships between them. The activities include teaching sport skills, organizing events, fundraising, and peer coaching/volunteering, all the while raising public awareness of needs of the disabled.
Ashdown Junior High has formed a Youth Activation Council, a group of young people with or without intellectual disabilities who will be educated, motivated and activated to commit to the UNIFY vision of promoting school communities where all young people are agents of change. UNIFY fosters acceptance, respect, dignity and advocacy for the intellectually disabled, thereby for anyone who is perceived as different.

The Youth Activation Council members are leaders in their school who promote respect and acceptance for all students. AJHS's Youth Activation Council, led by Brett Bond - Student Leader; Keaylon Sanders - Athlete Spokesperson; and Elisha Stone - Sponsor and special education teacher at AJHS, challenges peers to create a healthier, more tolerant school environment.
The council members serve as ambassadors for Special Olympics, which includes participation in bowling, basketball, and Track & Field athletic events and the popular Polar Plunge in February to raise money for Area 11 Special Olympics.

"The AJHS Project UNIFY team and Youth Activation Council plans to increase disability awareness through our school and community," says Stone, "by participating in various disability walks and activities, hosting rallies and poster campaigns . . . as well as hosting a cookout/bake sale to raise money for our local team."

"Members of our Project UNIFY team will be participating in the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome this Saturday [November 8] in Hot Springs," Stone continued.


Sixth grader Jadyn Milsak and other AJHS Unified Special Olympics Team members show off their creativity and their new team shirts declaring "Paw Power!"

The Ashdown Junior High Unified Special Olympics Team poses for a group picture before being introduced by Ann Hudson, Area 11 Field Representative for Special Olympics Arkansas, at a school pep rally.  The team is made up of students who will participate and support those with intellectual disabilities through a variety of activities related to Special Olympics.

Top Picture: Two student coaches of the Ashdown Junior High Unified Special Olympics Team carry their banner as the remainder of the team waits to be individually introduced at an AJHS pep rally. Ashdown Junior High is the first junior high school in the state of Arkansas to participate in Project UNIFY.


L. F. Henderson Intermediate School in Ashdown will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from November 13-20 in the school library.  Shopping hours are from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. on November 14-20, with special activity on November 13 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. during Parent-Teacher Conference hours.

The Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read, with a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Before visiting the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help find the right books for your child.  For more information, visit or visit the school website for a link to the book fair site.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, the school invites you to visit the online Book Fair at from November 10-30 and order from there.  All items ordered online include free shipping to the school and will be delivered to your child.  

"We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!" says LFH Principal Keith Fricks.  "Remember, all purchases benefit our school."



 DE QUEEN – The May 2014 nursing graduates have received their results from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX).  


A full 100% of the nursing students from UA Cossatot passed the exam.  Students are part of the Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC).  There are eight community colleges that comprise the consortium.  UA Cossatot students had the highest number of students pass the exam of all other schools in the consortium.  The exam increased in difficulty in 2013.  The consortium, as a whole, was prepared for the degree of difficulty and surpassed expectations regarding student performance.     


“We are very proud of the program success at UA Cossatot,” said Kim Dickerson, UA Cossatot Medical Education Division Chairperson.  “Our instructors and clinical staff work diligently so that our students are prepared for the exam.  We consistently have some of the highest pass rates, not just in the consortium, but also in the state and nation.” 


Students enrolled in the ARNEC program earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and are then eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam.  Upon passing the exam, students receive a Registered Nurse license.   




Southwest Arkansas Development Council will be distributing commodities November 12th and 13th in Sevier and Little River Counties.


Mary Litchford of the Sevier County Senior Adult Center announced commodities will be distributed November 12th at the Horatio Senior Center from 9 a.m. until noon and at the De Queen Senior Center from 1 to 4 p.m. and on November 13th in Ben Lomond from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and the Lockesburg Senior Center 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Commodities will be distributed in Little River County on November 12th from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Ashdown and Foreman Senior Centers.


Litchford stated that if you are picking up commodities for someone else you must have a signed statement and you will need an ID.


Everyone will be asked to update their household information including: the names, address, social security numbers, birthdays, household size and household income.


Volunteers are needed to help sack and hand out commodities in Little River County on November 10th and 12th.


Litchford said this is a regular commodity distribution and clients can only receive one distribution per household and they can only get commodities at one center.






Park Interpreter Andrew Rawlings of the Cossatot River State Park announced the park would be hosting a journey stick hike this Sunday, November 9th from 10 to 11 a.m.


Rawlings named some of the park animals that are housed in the Visitor Center and said guests can help feed the critters Sunday afternoon between 2 and 3 p.m.


Rawlings said the park will be hosting a autumn stroll and autumn adventure the weekend of November 15th.


On Saturday, guests can watch nature get ready for winter, while deer are moving and squirrels are packing nuts and then hike down the River Corridor Trail to discover the smells of autumn, while playing some games and looking for a Elf house or two.


On Sunday, November 16th, the park will host a marshmallow roast from 6 to 7 p.m. at the visitor center.


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






About six years ago, Jimmy Ward of Dierks decided that he wanted to spread a little Christmas cheer to the residents of Dierks. So, Ward mentioned his idea to his wife and he started playing Santa Clause at the Dierks Nursing and Rehab Center.


Ward collects six to eight inch stuffed animals and he hands them out.


Ward is now seeking new or gently used stuffed animals so that he can share the Christmas spirit and he stated explained that was hoping to expand his giving to nursing homes in De Queen and Nashville, but he would need more elves to provide the stuffed animals.


To contact Ward or make a donation, call 870-279-2047.






The Millwood Lake Focus Committee and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Millwood Lake are working together once again to host the 2014 Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt, November 20th through November 22nd.


Focus Committee member Jim Stanton said the project is expensive, but the committee has been working to raise funds to help provide the soldiers out-of-state hunting licenses, meals and lodging. He also mentioned how someone can donate to help offset the expenses.


Stanton stated The Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Sills, Oklahoma will bring soldiers to Millwood Lake to facilitate the healing and rehabilitation of these soldiers and return them to active duty if possible or prepare them for life as a veteran in their communities.


For more information about the Wounded Warrior Hunt, contact Stanton at 870-898-3534 or Brooke Kervin with the Corps of Engineers by calling 501-340-1462.





Tuesday night, the De Queen City Council met with four department heads to discuss their budget requests for 2015.


Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt informed aldermen that he cut his budget by $40,000 from this year, by budgeting less for maintenance of structures and improvements due to the upgrades made this year.


Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported that he and Pruitt had discussed selling Rural Fire Memberships to residents that are in the De Queen Fire District but not in the city limits.


McKelvy then introduced the new head of the water department, Jeff Brown.


Brown presented a budget that was a couple of million dollars less than the 2014 budget. He said the current budget contained the $2.7 million dollar raw water line project that was completed this fall.


Mike Van Houtan of the street department was able to cut his budget request by about $60,000 while asking for a new skid steer and bush hog.


Mayor McKelvy also informed aldermen that he planned to apply for a grant to help pave some streets around the city.


McKelvy also presented a request from the Pilgrim's Pride plant manager to close some city streets around the plant.


Van Houtan also budgeted for the purchase of a new sanitation truck. He stated he planned to sell the city's 2003 model truck and use the 2010 model as a backup.


Aldermen passed a resolution approving the additional $150,000 payment on the city's USDA Rural Development loan and an ordinance allowing retired city employees participate in the city's insurance program.






Foreman School Superintendent George Kennedy reported that October's board of education meeting was pretty routine, but he was able to recognize the achievements of Jessie Smith who has been named a semi-finalist for the 2015 National Merit Scholar program.


During the district's annual report to the public, Kennedy informed those in attendance that the district had been placed on the state's Needs Improvement-Focus list.


However, Kennedy pointed out that the Foreman test scores were at or above the state average and he also mentioned that the district would be implementing more technology to help improve test scores.


The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th.






Last week in the Sevier County Circuit Court, two defendants changed their plea to guilty and trial dates were set for six.


John Halper accepted a plea agreement from Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir on the charge of abuse of an adult.


Halper received three years probation for his guilty plea.


Halper had been charged in April of this year for abusing a resident of the Brookwood Nursing Center.


Benjamin Butler changed his plea to guilty on the charge of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.


Butler's sentence was deferred until the completion of drug court.


A trial date of January 14th was set for James Culp, Raylon Brown, Michael Wester, Karla Pacheco and Brett Hall.


Culp is facing charges on five counts including the manufacturing of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug premises, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a certain person and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.


Brown has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of meth or cocaine with the intent to deliver.  


Wester is facing three counts of theft of property, residential burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a certain person, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of meth or cocaine.


Pacheco is being charged with perjury and Hall has been charged with disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of scheduled I or II controlled substance not meth or cocaine.


Joseph Blankenships trial for possession of drug paraphernalia was set for March 18th.






Sevier County Head Librarian Johnye Fisher announced the De Queen Library will be closed November 27th and 28th in observance of Thanksgiving, but the library is looking for donations of new or used audio books on CD. Fisher stated they were looking to expand the audio book section in the library.


She also wanted to remind patrons that they could donate nonperishable food items to the Chalice Cupboard through the library this week during their annual Food for Fines food drive.


If you owe an overdue book fine, you can receive a $1 dollar reduction in your fine by donating a non-perishable food item, and she said they would be collecting new or gently worn sweaters through the month of November for the Mister Roger's Neighborhood sweater drive.


Sweaters will be distributed here locally by the Sevier County Housing Authority.


Fisher said the Horatio Library will be displaying children's Thanksgiving books this month and Horatio has received several new novels including books authored by John Grisham, James Patterson and Sandra Brown.


Fisher also stated the Horatio librarian is available to proctor college students taking on-line classes that require supervised tests. Call, 870-832-6882 and set up a time.


Fisher reported the Lockesburg Library is coordinating with the Lockesburg Lions Club by co-sponsoring the Lions International Peace Poster Contest for children 11 to 13. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Understanding."


Library patrons will judge the eligible entries this Thursday and the winner will compete in the Regional Lions Club competition, but all entrants will receive a gift bag for participating.


The Lockesburg librarian said there are three slots open for new book club members. This month, the club is reading "Copper Sun" by Sharon Draper. For more information or to sign up, call 870-289-2233.


Fisher said the Ben Lomond Library would be showing the Louis L'Amour's "The Sacketts" and DVDs about the Indian wars and she thanked Linder Boler, Brenda Wishard and an anonymous donor for the books that were given to the Gillham Library.






In Sevier County 54 percent of the registered voters in the county cast their vote Tuesday night, while 58 percent of the registered voters in Little River County went to the polls and made their voices heard.


Voters in Sevier County cast their votes for; DeAnn Vaught and Nate Bell for the offices of state representatives.


Greg Wright was elected to the Sevier County Quorum Court for District 9.


Kathy Richards was re-elected to the De Queen City Council for Ward 1, Position 1, while Lawrence Wishard was elected to the Ward 1, Position 2.


Both Gillham and Lockesburg passed their sales tax issues.


In Little River County, voters elected DeAnn Vaught as state representative.


In Ashdown voters re-elected Sheriff Gary Gregory and Wayne Reed as alderman for the Ward 3, Position 1.


Foreman residents will vote in a run-off in three weeks for the offices of mayor and alderman Ward 2, Position 1. However, voters elected Donald Gauldin as alderman for Ward 2, Position 2 and Alana Cody as alderman Ward 3, Position 2.


Winthrop selected Joe Jones, Jr. as city marshal and Jennifer Jones as Alderman Position 4.


Statewide voters elected Asa Hutchinson as governor, Tim Griffin as Lieutenant Governor, Leslie Rutledge as attorney general; Mark Martin as Secretary of State, Andrea Lea as Auditor of State, and Dennis Milligan as State Treasurer.


Arkansans will send Bruce Westerman to Washington as the new U.S. Congressman for District 4 and Tom Cotton will serve his first term as U.S. senator.


Arkansas voters approved Issue 1 which provides the members of the Legislature veto power over administrative rule changes that are imposed by state agencies; Issue 2 which will make it tougher for petition-gathers to place an issue on the ballot; Issue 3 which changes Arkansas term limits and Issue 5 which increases the state's minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2017.


Voters rejected Issue 4 which would have allowed the sell of alcohol in all 75 counties.



ASHDOWN PTO 11/05/14

The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) of two elementary schools in Ashdown handed each school a check for $7000 early this week.  The funds have been accumulated over a three-year period of fundraisers, mostly cookie dough sales, and are now being contributed to the two schools to assist in playground upgrades and immediate classroom technology needs.  The PTO is a combination of parents and teachers of both Margaret Daniel Primary and C. D. Franks Elementary Schools, resulting in more successful fundraisers and partnerships.  PTO parents also perform countless hours of volunteerism at both schools and are invaluable assets for the district.

Check presentations were made by members of the PTO Parent Committee, and the oversized checks, which will be displayed in the schools' corridors, were created by the Ashdown Junior High EAST class.  Not attending the presentations was PTO member Jana Smith, who was the "main cookie dough person," according to PTO President Wendy Huddleston.  "She's the hardest working woman I know!" continued Huddleston.  Smith is now actively working to build a PTO program at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School.

Monday, Nov. 3, also marked the beginning of the PTO's most recent fundraiser -- Rada Cutlery. "Rada offers a wide assortment of affordable high quality products manufactured in the USA since 1948," states the PTO brochure.  Students from both schools will be accepting orders until Nov. 17, with pick up before Christmas.

Left: (l to r) PTO Parent Committee member Michelle Baker, CDF Principal Teresa Wake, Committee member Lindsey Tong, and PTO President Wendy Huddleston.

Right: (l to r)  PTO Parent Committee member Kiley Huddleston, MDP Principal Kay York, and Parent Committee members Diane Babb and Jennifer Denton.






DeAnn Vaught                              1916   

Fonda Hawthorne                          984


Sevier County JP District 9 

Greg Wright                                  264

Dana Stringfellow                          258 


De Queen Alderman Ward 1, Position 1

Matthew King                                265          36%

Steven Bruce                                100          13%

Kathy Richards                              375          51%


De Queen Alderman Ward 1, Position 2

Lawrence Wishard                         422  

Sterling Daniel                              190

Bryan Higgins                               151


Gilliam 1 percent sales tax-operating budget

For                                             33   

Against                                        10 


Lockesburg .75 sales tax - .50 operations, .25 UA Cossatot

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Asa Hutchinson                               1908    

Mike Ross                                       1549  


Lt. Governor

John Burkhalter                                1195  

Tim Griffin                                       2169


Attorney General

Nate Steel                                      1761

Leslie Rutledge                                 1631


Secretary of State

Susan Inman                                    1100 

Mark Martin                                      2308     


State Treasurer   

Karen Garcia                                     1228

Dennis Milligan                                   2079


Auditor of State

Andrea Lea                                       2170  

Regina Hampton                                 1139


Commissioner of State Lands

John Thurston                                    2146

Mark Robertson                                   1155


U.S. Congress District 4

James lee Witt                                    1295

Bruce Westerman                                2070


U.S. Senate

Tom Cotton                                        2243

Mark Pryor                                          1176


Issue 1 is an amendment empowering the General Assembly to provide for legislative committee review and approval of state agencies’ administrative rules and distribution.

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Issue 2 is an amendment to allow more time to gather signatures on a state-wide initiative or referendum petition only if the petition was originally filed contained at least 75 percent of the valid signatures required.

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Issue 3 is an amendment regulating contributions to candidates for state or local office, barring gifts from lobbyists to certain state officials, providing for setting salaries or certain state officials and setting term limits for members of the general assembly.

For                                                      1860

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Issue 4 is the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment

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Against                                                 2103

Issue 5 is an Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage.

For                                                      2279

Against                                                 1201




State Representative District 4:

Rep. Fonda Hawthorne                             1905

DeAnn Vaught                                        2139


Sheriff and Collector:

Bobby Walraven                                      2014

Gary Gregory                                          2091


Ashdown Alderman Ware 3, Position 1:

James Oden                                            140

Wayne Reed                                            202


Foreman Mayor:

William Harp                                             113

Elbert Bradley, Jr.                                      75

Judy Adams                                             129

*Run-off between Adams and Harp in three weeks.


Foreman Alderman Ward 2, Position 1:

Estes Thompson                                       88

Whit Hinton                                             143

Jimmy Callahan                                         71

*Run-off between Hinton and Thompson in three weeks.


Foreman Alderman Ward 2, Position 2:

Ladell Hinton                                            140

Donald Gauldin                                          162


Foreman Alderman Ward 3, Position 2:

Alana Cody                                               238

Dennis Bates                                             63


Winthrop City Marshall:

Jason Johnston                                          10

Joe Jones, Jr.                                            36


Winthrop Alderman Position 4:

Jennifer Jones                                            29

Heather Long                                             16





Asa Hutchinson                                          55%

Mark Ross                                                  42%


Lt. Governor:

John Burkhalter                                           39%

Tim Griffin                                                  57%


Attorney General:

Nate Steel                                                 43%

Leslie Rutledge                                            52%


Secretary of State:

Susan Inman                                               35%

Mark Martin                                                 61%


State Treasurer:

Karen Garcia                                                37%

Dennis Milligan                                              56%


Auditor of State:

Andrea Lea                                                  57%

Regina Hampton                                            37%


U.S. Congress District 4:

James Lee Witt                                             43%

Bruce Westerman                                          54%


U.S. Senate:

Tom Cotton                                                  57%

Mark Pryor                                                    39%    






De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley reported that 36 De Queen High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society in October.


Whatley said eighth grade students would be participating in a webcast this Thursday featuring Grammy Award winning musician Usher during a Scholastic reading initiative designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading.


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For more information about any of the activities on the campuses of the De Queen School District, contact your child's school office or call the administration building at 584-4312.






Monday night, members of the De Queen Board of Education heard a presentation by James and Michelle Burgess concerning a charter school in the old Lockesburg Elementary building.


The Burgess' presented a presentation reflecting their intent, plan and strategies for starting a charter school in Lockesburg. They stated they hoped to work with under performing students and help them excel in a STEM program, which would focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses.


Board members didn't take any action on the matter, but asked the Burgess' to conduct some more research into how a charter school would work, while the board seeks advise from its legal council to see what they could do concerning the elementary campus.


Superintendent Bruce Hill reported the high school show choir had risen over $12,000 for their trip to Orlando, Florida.


Hill said the district received a $500 grant for a math or science project.


Hill announced the district's annual Senior Thanksgiving meal would be November 18th at 11:30 a.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.


Hill told KDQN that the district started preparing for the Thanksgiving meal early in the school year.


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






The Pike County man accused of shooting and killing his wife, her mother and her niece in July of 2013 has accepted a plea deal that puts him in prison for life.


44-year-old Timothy Hill was facing the death penalty if convicted.


Monday morning, Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of capital murder and was sentenced to three life sentences in prison without parole.


Hill's estranged wife, 33-year-old Dana Hill was found shot to death inside Hill's home in Delight, July 13th. His nine-year-old niece Autumn Hartsfield and 54-year-old mother-in-law Julie Hartsfield were found in Dana's car in the driveway.


Julie Hartsfield had been shot to death. Autumn was critically wounded. She later died at a Hot Springs hospital.


Investigators say the couple was separated and were the parents of two small children. They say the shootings occurred when Dana came to Hill's home to pick up the children. Deputies say after the shooting, Hill notified a relative, who notified law enforcement officials.


Relatives of the victims were in the Pike County Courtroom Monday morning for Hill's sentencing hearing and say they are satisfied with the plea and the sentence.






Rhonda Wright of Horatio contacted the Sevier County Sheriff's office after coming home from work and discovering her home had been broken into.


Sevier County Sheriff Deputy Michael Barnes reported that when he arrived at Wright's home, he discovered a window busted out in the back of the house on Thompson Street.


Wright informed Barnes that when she arrived home from work, she found the house turned upside down. She noted that tables and chairs were pushed over and it appeared that someone went through her closet.


Wright stated she left the house the way it was and contacted the sheriff's office and went to the EZ-Mart to wait for a deputy.


Wright said she couldn't tell if anything was missing, but thought some jewelry may be missing.


The incident is still under investigation by the Sevier County Sheriff’s office.





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