Friday, May 14, 2021


Hundreds of senior citizens have made their home in Sevier County and we want to thank them!  All residents 55 and older are welcome at the Senior Citizen Appreciation Day scheduled for the courthouse lawn on Friday June 4th.  There will be free food, entertainment, door prizes and wellness checks.

Event Flyers Are Now Located on the Upcoming Events Page

KCS Train derails near De Queen

A couple of box cars carrying wood chips on the KCS tracks derailed near the old Pilgrim Hatchery on Hwy 329 in De Queen Tuesday evening (5/11).  Crews worked into the night to clear the debris from the highway and finally got it opened back up around 4 pm Wednesday.

Ashdown Scholarship Tea

The annual Ashdown Scholarship Tea was held on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the Helen Parker Gym. Sixty-one scholarships of over $ 36,000 were given to 32 Ashdown High School Seniors.

These alumni fund scholarships are funded through contributions by former students of Ashdown High School, businesses, and other individuals in honor or memory of friends and loved ones. Donations for these scholarships are tax deductible and may be sent to Ashdown Scholarship Committee, Ashdown Public Schools, 751 Rankin St., Ashdown, AR 71822.  Call 903-826-4434 if you have any questions.


DMS Good Citizens for the month of April are: Tristan Marrufo, Victoria Saldivar, Charles Collins & Kyleigh Faulkenberry. Let these hard-working students know how proud you are of them!

Senior Citizens Appreciation Day

Sevier County Arkansans will agree with Judge Greg Ray and Angie Walker that “There's no place like home…” in Sevier County. All Sevier County residents over the age of 55 are welcome to the Wizard of Oz themed Senior Citizen Appreciation Day on Friday, June 4th from 9 am to 1 pm on the courthouse square.  Participants will treated to a healthy meal, entertainment and free health screenings.  

Local songwriter visits studio

Broken Bow native and songwriter Wyatt Dillon visited with the Morning Brew Crew on Thursday, May 5th.  He wowed the listeners with a preview of a couple of his his latest songs.  

You can follow Wyatt on Facebook at



De Queen-Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Callie Miller announced Thursday (4/28) that Christy McCullough is the new Executive Director of the Chamber.  

The next big event coming up for the Chamber is the annual Tri Lakes Big Bass Tournament on May 29th.  For more information contact the Chambner at (870) 584-3225.

DHS Show Choir Performs at Rotary on 4/26

The group is under the direction of Stefani Jones.  Tryouts were held this week and the show Choir will grow from 16 to 25 members next year. They are available to perform for events and civic clubs.  They are making plans for a trip to  Washington, DC in 2022.


The Livestock team evaluates and ranks cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats. They study Expected progeny differences or EPDS and use them in a given scenario to choose the best animals to keep as breeding pieces on their farms. Then they stand before strangers and articulate from memory the reasons that they made their choices. This team attends many summer camps and travels countless miles in the spring attending practice contests in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and Arkansas. This year looked a little different as they sat in the classroom and looked at stock virtually more than any of them wanted too. But their tenacious work paid big dividends as they were named the 2021 State Champions. They were second in the virtual state qualifying contest that took them to state for eighth year in a row. Our livestock team members were: Gabbi Litchford, Raylee VanVoast, Madison Bagley, Hunter Frachiseur, Megan Midgett, Blake Sawyer and coach Nicki Litchford. Madison, Gabbi, Hunter and Raylee went on to mark as the senior team at the state contest where Madison Bagley was 2nd high individual, Hunter Frachiseur was 4th high, Raylee VanVoast was 15th, and Gabbi Litchford was 19th. They will compete in the National Competition this Fall.

Hunter Frachiseur, Gabbi Litchford, Raylee VanVoast, and Madison Bagley

Ashdown High School FBLA students Advance to National Competition

Congratulations to Ashdown High School students Audrey Kate Bishop and Caroline Wrinkle who placed 4th in State in FBLA Intro to Business Presentation! They will advance to National Competition in June!

(l-r) Audrey Kate Bishop and Caroline Wrinkle

Photo courtesy of Ronda Pounds

AHS Senior named AR Governor's Distinguished Scholar

Ashdown High School Senior Robin Roy was named an Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholar for Little River County this year. In order to even be considered for the honor, a minimum composite score of 32 in the ACT must be made AND either a 3.50 academic grade point average or selection as a National Achievement Finalist or National Merit Finalist. “This is a scholarship program to promote academic excellence and to encourage the state’s most talented graduates to enroll in Arkansas post-secondary educational institutions is created and established which shall be cited as the Arkansas Governor’s Scholars Program.” According to a press release, “This is a prestigious award offered by the State of Arkansas and available for a span of four academic years. It can be used at any approved Arkansas public or private college or university. The scholarship can be used for tuition, mandatory fees, room and board.”

Robin plans to attend Pulaski Tech in their Culinary Arts Program. While at Ashdown High School, she has been on the Quiz Bowl Team, in National Honor Society, Beta Club, and FBLA.

Please enjoy the latest aerial photos of Sevier County Medical Center provided by Monte Bartek.


Country music artist Zach Davis from Royal, AR visited the #1 Country studios on Wednesday, April 15th.  Zach performed a couple of songs off his upcoming album.  You can watch the entire performance by following @KDQN921 on facebook or instagram live.

Ashdown High School Track at Genoa Central Dragon Relays

The Ashdown High School Boys Track Team won the Genoa Central Dragon Relays Thursday, April 8th. Shamar Easter was High Point for the boys. Porsha Randle was High Point (41.5) at the Genoa Central Dragons Relays for the girls.


Photos courtesy of Rhonda Pounds


DHS Seniors Yasmelin Gonzalez and Kenya Martinez both will be attending U A Rich Mountain this fall on Soccer scholarships.  Both plan on majoring in Business. Congratulations, girls!  We're proud to have you represent De Queen.

Final Golden Egg found!!

Espe Mosqueda found the 3rd Golden Egg in this year's contest. She followed the clues to it's hiding place on Old Hwy 71 south of Hwy 27 on Hwy 234. It was on Ashley Camp Road hidden on the northwest bridge approach.  Congratulations Espy!  And “Tthanks” from your Number One County 921 to everyone who played this year !


Carter Day, Blake Ritter, Rhys Parker, and Cole Spigner


Aleya Hill, Keely Turner, Brooklynn Smith, Blaire Gentry, and Jayda Bryan

DMS Good Students for March

De Queen Middle School March Good Citizens
Noe Teran, Gabriela Aguilar, Rylee Vaught & Clint Tunnell


Beth Hughes of De Queen FINALLY found Egg # 2 in this year's Golden Egg contest.  It was hidden under some logs just east of the #1 Country studios. Congratulations, Beth!


Espe Mosqueda, Cynthia Martin and Amanda Baker with CASA of the Ouachita Region visited #1 Country studios in hopes of focusing more attention to the ongoing issue of child abuse. They urge everyone to wear blue on Fridays during month. For more information, call CASA’s De Queen office at (870) 518-4098.

2021 Egg #1 Has Been Found!

Super Sleuths Rick, Salena and Mazie Pruitt with help from Evelin Clark followed the clues last week to find Egg # 1 in #1 Country's annual Golden Egg Hunt.  The egg was hidden under the bridge on Luksuklo Creek on Hwy 70W at Eagletown, OK>

The bridge was renamed to honor Calvin Wilson who was born in Eagletown in 1894.  He served during WWI as one of 19 Choctaw code talkers.  This elite unit served as couriers for military intel during the war in France. Wilson was a member of the 142nd Infantry, Company E.  He was buried at Panki Box Cemetery February 8, 1972.  Wilson's first name was misspelled in military records as “Cabin” instead of Calvin.


Congratulations to Horatio District and Elementary Teacher of the Year Ms. Karen Woods and Horatio High School Teacher of the Year Ms. Vickie DeVore.
Horatio High School Teacher of the Year is Vickie DeVore

“It is a great honor getting to know these talented and dedicated teachers. They are not only assets to Horatio students but also to the education profession. I am proud to serve with Mrs. DeVore and Mrs. Woods.” Zane Vanderpool, Superintendent.


Work is progressing on the new Sevier County Medical Center which will be located on Highway 71 north of De Queen.  

Interviews for the hospital’s CEO/administrator position will begin in mid-April. Chairman Dr. Steve Cole said the board has selected 10 applicants to interview. The board expects to choose the finalist during next month’s interviews and have the position filled by June 1.

The administrator/CEO position will be responsible for overseeing construction of the new hospital as that process completes as well as heading all day-to-day operations once the medical center opens in 2022. 


On March 4th and 5th, the Ashdown High School Wrestling Team competed at state competition held in the Jack Stephens Center on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. Seven team members out of 14 possible weight classes finished 8th overall in state. The team is coached by Chaz Mauger and Mat McLelland.

Brayden Cross, Ashdown High School Wrestler was honored at the state wrestling competition with the Victory with Honor Award, a special award for sportsmanship.

Photo Credit for State Wrestling Pictures: Hope Pierce Sallade

l-r: Dal Ringgold, Ernie Merrell, Cole Sallade, Coach Chaz Mauger, Logan Fisher, Brayden Cross, Will Ford, Coach Mat McLelland, Grant Young, and Shane Offutt

Pantherettes Regional Runners-Up

The Ashdown Pantherettes are Regional Runners-up after losing to Centerpoint 48-25 in the championship game of the 3A-Region 4 Tournament at Prescott Saturday.

The Pantherettes will play again Wednesday, March 10 at 4 p.m. in Clinton vs. Clinton in the first round of the state basketball tournament

Ashdown Panthers take third place in ralph gross tournament

The Ashdown High School Baseball team won 3rd place Saturday at the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament in Nashville. Carter Day and Blake Ritter were selected as all-tournament. Day hit .667 with 6 hits including 2 doubles and 5 RBI’s. Ritter hit .500 with 2 doubles, a home run, 4 RBI’s and 2 stolen bases.
Landon Rowe got the win on the mound.

Alex Keilbach and Rowe had 2 hits and Derek Hilton had a 2 out 2 RBI single.

Below left: Blake Ritter

Below right: Carter Day

Photo Credit: Ashdown Public Schools

De Queen Middle School Good Citizens for February 2021


Logan Dallas, Lizbeth Hernandez, Valentin Hernandez & Alondro Calderon

De Queen Youth Soccer

As the weather gets warmer, many De Queen residents' thoughts turn to SOCCER!!

De Queen Parks & Recreation Director, Joslynn Frachiseur, Esteban Ochoa and Franklin Bahena visited with the Morning Brew about the upcoming soccer season.  Registration is going on now for Youth Soccer. Boys and girls age 3 yrs thru 6th grade. Fee is $25 and includes shin guards.  If your child wants to play soccer and cannot afford the shoes, they do have some sponsors who can provide them. Contact the De Queen Parks Department at (870) 642-4140. 

T-Ball Registration for boys and girls age 4-6 is also going on now through March 10th t the Parks Department. Fee is $40 and includes a jersey.

Horatio FFA

The approximately 125 members of the Horatio FFA chapter celebrated National FFA Week by sponsoring several activities this week.  They did everything from hosting themed dress up days to preparing and serving breakfast to the teachers.

The club is very active and always does well in local, district, regional, state and national FFA competitions.

Shown left are Grace Wagner-Sentinel, Megan Midgett-Treasurer, and Payton Allen-Jr. Advisor.

Horatio FFA Officers

Seated L-R Vice President Madison Bagley, President Hunter Frachieur, Reporter Kate Baker. Standing L-R Treasurer Megan Midgett, Sentinel Grace Wagner, Jr. Advisor Payton Allen, Secretary Gabbi Litchford, Chaplain Raylee VanVoast

De Queen FFA

Continuing our coverage of National FFA Week, #1 Country hosted members of the De Queen FFA Chapter in their studios on Thursday, Feb 25th. Chapter advisor Ryan Hanney accompanied President Aubrey Seymour, Secretary Kane Faulkenberry and Vice President Travis Newberry as they summarized some of the activities the De Queen FFA Chapter has been involved in this year.


To help promote National FFA Week, Cossatot River FFA visited #1Country studios on Wednesday, February 24th to tell about some of the activities the chapter has been involved in.

Pictured (l-r):  Chaplain Jacob Richardson, President Kelcy Frachiseur, Vice-President Rendi Warren, Sentinel Josey Johnston, Entertainment Director Marissa Hammer

Winter weather in southwest arkansas

Snow accumulations that last more than one day are rare in southwest Arkansas. The last one occurring nearly 20 years ago. As of Thursday morning, our official snowfall total for the week is 9.2″.  Low temperature both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings was -5 degrees, which is the third coldest recorded temperature ever recorded in the history of De Queen.


Patrick Massey took bottom photo at Cedar Bluff, west of Gillham.

Gage Woods 86th Recipient of Rotary Cup

Gage Woods was awarded the Rotary Cup by the De Queen Rotary Club during a ceremony Monday (2/8/21).

The award is presented annually to outstanding Leopard football players who excel both on and off the field. Gage served as the Leopards quarterback on offense and linebacker on defense for the 2020 football season.

He is the 86th recipient of the Rotary Club since its inauguration in 1936.Gage is the son of Jeff and Allison Woods.

Pictured presenting the award is De Queen Rotarian Jay Bunyard.

Number one country football squares contest

Jimmie Green from Foreman is the winner of  Number One Country's Football Squares Contest this year!

We gave out squares between January 18th and February 5th to the lucky 10th caller who picked up their play sheets at one of our participating sponsors:

James Hodge Dodge, Julio's Mexican Restaurant, D & S Carpet, Union Bank of Mena in Wickes, Gentry Chevrolet, Baker's Bargain House, Harris Drug, Southtown True Value, TJ's, Shuck Me, H & H Nutrition, Ricky's Body Shop, Pruett's Food, H & R Block, James Hodge Ford, and Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts.

Jimmie's numbers were NFC 1 and AFC 9.  So, with the final score of Tampa Bay 21 and Kansas City 9, Jimmie was the winner of the $500 prize!


AJHS Robotics Team Receives Grant

Mrs. Dee Ann Ward and the AJHS Robotics Team were presented a grant from the Margaret Daniel Education Foundation for $859.42. They will purchase the game field and equipment needed to compete in the VEX Robotics League. The Margaret Daniel Education Foundation presents grants to Ashdown Public School Teachers for “out of the box” and “innovative” ideas which enhance the educational experience for students.

Braydon Porter and Rachel Vice qualified to try for All-State, which will also have virtual tryouts this year.

Ashdown High School All Region Band Members

The 2021 All Region Tryouts were held at  Lake Hamilton High School.  Ashdown High School Band members who made all region for Region 2 were (l-r): Matthew Vaught, Braydon Porter, Tryston McCandless, Rachel Vice, Caylee Turner, and Liza Embry.

Rachel Vice – 1st band, 2nd chair – Bass Clarinet
Braydon Porter – 1st band, 3rd chair – French Horn
Caylee Turner – 2nd band, 4th chair – Trumpet
Matthew Vaught – 2nd band, 9th chair – Trumpet
Liza Embry – 2nd band, 6th chair – Trombone
Tryston McCandless – 2nd band, 2nd chair – Tuba

De Queen middle school good citizens

Four students were chosen as the De Queen Middle School January Good Citizens of the month.  They are:

L-R Addison Gray, Ty Wagner, Elajay Ferretiz & Alorah Cox


Ashdown High School was recently notified that they have been designated a School of Innovation (SOI). The designation is based upon AHS reaching goals set by the Department of Education and by providing evidence that they had reached these goals from data and a site visit last February.

Memorial Bench at De Queen Library

Sevier County Librarians pose next to a memorial bench installed at the De Queen Library in memory of Annette Eastwood. Eastwood served as a librarian in De Queen for three decades. A ceremony was held with family and friends yesterday to dedicate the bench and honor Eastwood’s legacy to the library system.

Pictured from left to right: Blackmon Oil, Inc. President David K. Blackmon and De Queen Public Schools Superintendent Jason Sanders displaying the Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance Promotional Flyer

Tiger Mart and ExxonMobile Team Up for De Queen High School

Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program received a nomination for De Queen High School to receive a $500 grant from the local De Queen Tiger Mart. Exxon Mobil has a long history of supporting educational programs and De Queen Public Schools is honored to receive the nomination from the Tiger Mart team. The donation will be used for the maintenance and support of De Queen High School in the areas of Math and Science. The generous gift is another example of our local community stepping in to fill the gap for our Leopard family.

Hurd chosen as Broadcast Intern

Ashdown Junior Zoie Hurd has been chosen as the KDQN/KILX broadcast training intern for the Fall 2020 semester.  This program is approved by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association and  provides the opportunity for high school students with an interest in broadcasting to receive some experience in the field they may choose to pursue.  Zoie will gather information and send regular reports about the events and happenings at Ashdown Schools as well as the community of Ashdown.  Congratulations, Zoie…and welcome aboard!


The American Legion Charles E. Brown Post 54, headquartered here in De Queen, is seeking to find the rightful home for a number of foot stones its members have found over the years. They're hoping area residents will help them locate the final resting place of the servicemen and women named on these markers.
For more information on this project, or for anyone interested in learning more about the American Legion, can contact Hendricks at (870) 584-8051.

Post 54 Chaplain-Rick Gregory, Veterans Service Officer-Michael Chenoweth, Commander Ricky Hendricks