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Congratulations to Ashdown High School Student Kohl Kervin on his perfect attendance for 2017-2018! Kohl’s award was provided by Bancorp South.


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Fifth Grade: Amber Harris (runner-up) Altin Kight (5th grade winner)
Kaylee Schriver (runner-up)

Fourth Grade:
Victor Sanchez (4th grade winner), Rayleigh Farley (runner-up), Jake Martin (runner-up)


These De Queen Elementary students will be advancing to the final De Queen Elementary Spelling Bee on Thursday, May 24 at 1:30 in the De Queen High School Auditorium,


Third Grade:
Charlie Collins (runner-up)
Kyleigh Faulkenberry (3rd grade winner)
Emma Bass (runner-up)


(L to R:) Marisol Gonzalez, Dania Castillo, Emma Kersey




Three members of the De Queen High Cheerleading Squad stopped by #1 Country's Studio Friday morning to talk about the Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser being held tonight.


Menu will consist of:

Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Dessert and Drink for $6.00

Serving will begin at 4 pm.


You may order in advance by calling

Shelly Gentry 870 584 6441

Blaire Harp 870 279 0444

or any of the 2018-2019 Leopard Cheerleaders.

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Dana Stringfellow with Sevier County Extension Service receives award for ‘Ouachita District Support Staff of the Year’ by Chi Epsilon Sigma at the Support Staff Conference held in April at the Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale, Arkansas. 


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"I am a former resident of the De Queen area and would like to say THANK YOU for this website! I enjoy reading each section of this site. It's easier to keep up with the the people and the area happenings. :o)"

" I regret I can't catch you on the radio.  Too far away here in Hot Springs. I frequently  read your news pages.  Good job!  My brother put me on to you.  We're long gone from De Queen, but still keep in touch thru your website."

"Keep up the good work. We Enjoy the web page. Thanks"

"I Googled De Queen, Ark. news and found this site last week because a friend died  in an ATV wreck. I'm in Oklahoma and we had no reports of this accident, but you had it covered.  You had the obituary and everything I wanted to know without me having to call the family and ask questions that are hard to ask. I used the Chandler Funeral Home link page. Thanks for your services. It was great."

De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Member Spotlight
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destination science challenge

Destination Science Challenge was held on April 27, 2018 at CMA Iron Mountain.  It is open to grades 3 thru 12, and students must design and construct all parts of the project being used in the competition and record the project in an Engineering Notebook.  This is an annual event sponsored by the De Queen Mena Educational Co-op.  Nineteen students from De Queen Junior High and Senior High participated this year sponsored by Carol Hall.  Seven of the students won awards. 

 Mystery Box Challenge:  1st Place - High school: Jamile Navarette, Eruby Rodriguez, & Reana Roberson
Robotics Maze Challenge:  2nd place - High school:  Guillermo Boquin, Alex Mejia, & Matthew Patterson                                              Multimedia: Web Presence:  1st place - High school:  Bhumi Patel
Egg Drop Challenge:  3rd place - High school: Eruby Rodriguez

De Queen Middle School
april-May Good Citizens

Emily Hilario, Logan Chandler, Pedro Sanchez & Cinthya Buenrostro


Ashdown PPMB Seniors (l-r)

Isaac Cross, Ethan Sullivan, Spencer Johnston, T.J. Gist, Casie Greeson, Camden Teston, Madeline Adkison, Hunter Billingsley, Hannah Crow, Connor Imler, Casey Teehee, Isaac Thomas, and Ryan Hatridge

Following their last spring band concert on May 3rd in the Ashdown High School Auditorium, the Ashdown High School Band Seniors were recognized during a reception and students that were continuing their band experience in college were able to sign their letters of intent with their chosen universities.

Senior Hunter Billingsley will attend Henderson State University as will T. J. Gist, while Casey Teehee and Casie Greeson will attend Southern Arkansas University.

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4-H Bake Sale



Back: Hunter, Raegan & Brayden Frachiseur and Brady Haarmeyer Front: Kambree Haarmeyer



The Goin' Showin' 4-H Club held a bake sale Saturday, May 12th at Walmart.


They raised $1,040.00.  Proceeds will go the purchase of Showmanship belt buckles for the top Junior & Senior showmen at the Sevier County Fair.


Zebbie Lanuius

UA Cossatot Continuing Education Coordinator, Zebbie Launius told #1 Country listeners that the summer course catalog is now available on the UA Cossatot webiste.  Courses  range from Truck Driver and Logging Truck Driver training to Basic Computer classes and Landscaping and Painting with the Girls.

Click here for a complete list and registration form.


Angie Walker & Judge Greg Ray

The annual Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation Day and Health Fair will be held Friday, May 25th on the courthouse lawn.  Theme for this year is Las Vegas, Baby-Don't Gamble with Your Health.  Senior residents are encouraged to take advantage of the many free health screens that will be offered.



A 2-person scramble golf tournament to benefit the mission program at De Queen First Assembly of God Church will be Saturday, May 19th at Cedar Creek Golf Course in Broken Bow.


The event is sponsored by Gentry Chevrolet.


For more information call

(479) 774-2798.


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Sevier County Cattlemen's Association President Greg Wright announced the association's 2018 membership steak dinner is Monday, May 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.


Wright said it's $50 to join the Cattlemen's Association for one-year. If you are a current member or if you want to join the cattlemen's association, call the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013 to RSVP by May 11th.



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Back left to right: Ruby Peppers, Alma Puga, Gamma Lerma, Gerardo Rojas, and Yuliza Tepozatlan.  Front left to right: Alexandra Salina, Chasity Borja, and Reana Roberson.
Not pictured: McKenna Caudle, Kammi Pollard, Emma Kersey, and Thomas Dailey.

De Queen High School students received multiple awards for their artwork in the Cossatot Arts and Crafts Art Show on May 5-6.




Horatio Students participated in the Area 11 Special Olympics Track & Field Games May 9, 2018.The event was hosted this year at the Ashdown High School track and field in Ashdown, AR. Students
competed against other area schools in running, walking, shot put and long jump competitions. Out of the eight students that participated, they collectively won: one 1st place, seven 2nd places, four 3rd places, two 4th places, and two 5th place medals.

Pictured above left to right, front row, 7th grader Dixie Velasquez, 6th grader Jacob Smith, 4th grader Ethan West, 4th grader Mario Velasquez, 4th grader Sharon Flores. Back row, Special Ed. Teacher Rebecca Steward, Special Ed. Teacher Lisa Roberts, 8th grader Jesus Jimenez, Senior Brett Keister, Senior Cassandra Harmon, Special Olympics Team Coach Christine Melendez.



Sydney McDaniel, former intern for KDQN radio, receives a $14,000 Future Leaders Scholarship from University of Central Arkansas.


Congratulations Sydney!


Horatio Elementary Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade celebrated Muffins with Mom on Friday, May 4th

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The Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association held their annual art show and sale on Saturday, May 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 6th from 12:30 to 4 p.m.


Attendees were allowed to vote for their favorite entry.  Winner in the Adult division was "Mollie-Puddin-n-Pie" by Denise Sanders of Keithville, LA.  Winner in the Children's category was "Spring Time" by 3rd grader Kailynn Klitz of Horatio.





(Winners List)


Best of Show
Manning the Squeeze Chute by Carol Bybee


Hunting Buddies
by Lucretia Walker

(You might recognize former Sevier County Sheriff and AG&F officer John Partain & his grandson.)


A fund-raising taco lunch was held at Memorial Baptist Church May 4th with funds going to the Child's Tumor Foundation for research on NF(Neurofibromitosas).  Miley Marshall was diagnosed with NF as an infant.  She and her family are very active in raising funds for research and educating the public about the disease.

The Marshalls expressed their thanks to everyone who participated.  They sold 200 plates and, after expenses, raised almost $1,400 for the foundation.



Juanelle Gage & Martha Fines

The Humane Society of Sevier County announced the dates for their 2018 Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics.

Remaining 2018 clinics will be September 4, 5 & 6 and November 13, 14 & 15.  Call for an appointment before they fill up!

(870) 584-9096 


Judge Greg Ray

Just days after Code Red went live in Sevier County, the system was tested as numerous severe thunderstorm and tornado alerts were issued by the National Weather Service for our area.

Friday Night, April 13th Sevier County residents who had signed up for the Code Red service, received phone and message alerts on their cell and home phones advising them of the storms that were approaching the area.

Click HERE to sign up


may activitIes, programs & tours set for Cossatot River State Park

If you're game for some fun, check out the list of activities, programs and tours scheduled for the Cossatot River State Park in May. 

They've got everything from nature walks and guided Kayak tours to campfire cooking and feeding the critters. 

Click here for a complete list


"Thanks for your this very informative website.  I live in Alexandria, VA  and have been searching for a Sevier County site to keep me informed on my home news." 
"I want to thank you for having this website.  My sister and brother live far away now, but they can keep in touch with things from home with your website.  Keep up the good work and God bless you all."
"Just wanted to let you know how great it is to be able to access the news daily instead of weekly.  You all are doing a great job!"
"Just a note of thanks for keeping these Missouri grandparents 'in the know' with the sports photos and happenings in Lower Arkansas!!!"
"I'm very happy that you all have this website since we don't have a daily newspaper.  I'm Hispanic and every time I read the news, I usually tell my friends what's going on. It would be nice if we could have a Spanish website where someone that doesn't speak English could go in and read it so they can know what's going on in our county and what to watch out for. Congratulations for this website and keeping us informed with the news."


Fire Chief Dennis Pruett  

Fire Chief Dennis Pruett stopped by the KDQN studios to remind residents of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. De Queen residents who need a Carbon Monoxide or smoke detector installed in their home can contact the De Queen Fire Department and they will do it for you.


Judge Greg Ray, Fire Chief Dennis Pruett & Sevier County OEM Walter Smith

Sevier County Officials are asking that all De Queen Residents put their 911 address numbers on their houses and mailboxes. The numbers need to be at least 3 inches so that they are clearly visible from the road. This helps emergency personnel to find your home during an emergency.


Cynthia Martin of the CASA of the Ouachita Region announced there is a need for more CASA volunteers.

For more information, call Martin at 479-243-9277


Crisis Center Board President Hannah Stripling & Executive Director Debbie McGuffin

Debbie McGuffin, executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center, the center is open in their new location in the Town North Shopping Center.

They currently have several fund-raising projects going.  McGuffin stated financial assistance is needed, but the agency really needs volunteers and the support of the community.


For more information, call 870-642-2141 or if you need help call the hotline at 870-584-3441.

"As a De Queen teacher, I would like to say a HUGE "thank-you" for the support you give our students, as well as many others, on your website. It's so great to visit KDQN's site and see faces of our kiddos that are doing great things in our community! Thank you for going out of your way to make us proud of "our kids!"
"I am so VERY pleased with your new web site.  This is what it's about, knowing your town's news and happenings...not that the rest of the world isn't important, but you can get that on TV.  This is what we need.  I love it!  Keep it up!"
"As a resident of Sevier County, I would just like to thank you for the wonderful job that you are doing.  As a person who works out of the country half of his life (currently in Ashdod, Israel), you are the only link for local up to date news that I have.  I especially love being able to tell my wife something that happened before she even hears about it living at home."
"Thanks for the Web site....I was born in De Queen and graduated there.  My dad was a barber for 50 years.  Sure is nice to read what is going on in De Queen."
"The Southwest Arkansas Daily is a great way to feel connected to the community. I live in Little Rock now but I still have family in the De Queen/Wickes area. It's nice to read about current events and even check the local weather. Keep up the great work."
"I would like to thank you for this web site. I hated it when our paper went to once a week but I still bought it just to get the full story on the news. I have not bought a De Queen newspaper since hearing about this web site. THANK YOU!!!!"
"I really enjoy your website, I was gone for a month and was able to keep up with all that was going on in the community...."
"My wife and I grew up in De Queen and graduated from the De Queen High School. I want to say how much we appreciate the information you report about De Queen. We still have a lot of relatives and friends still living there. We thank you for printing the obit of our son. Since the Bee was sold this is one way to stay up to date. Our hearts are still there. Again, thank you very much for reporting". 
"I love your site.  I grew up in De Queen and really miss a lot about it, but your site helps me to  keep in touch! I tell everyone formerly from there about the site as well and they love it too!  Thanks so much and Keep up the FANTASTIC work."


Park Interpreters Shelley Flannery and Tori Carson

Check out the State Park's Activities at: 



Grant Groves

The Chalice Cupboard in De Queen is open Tuesday & Wednesday from 2 until 4 pm at 315 North 5th Street for distribution of food to individuals in need.

If you would like to donate your money or time, contact Grant Groves at 642-3420.  Items may be dropped off at Chalice Cupboard during the times listed above or at the Sevier County Library during their regular hours.


In Little River County donations may be dropped off at the Department of Human Services office, 90 Waddell Street, Ashdown, AR., M-F, 8am-4:30pm.

 For more information call 870-898-5155.

Reader Comments:
"It is with the most profound sense of of joy this listener wishes 92.1 a Merry Christmas and just needed to say that you'all have provided a needed full service to our community and not to mention the basic survival needs to survive in hard times so many of us are experiencing locally. If we just could do the same it could provide us all with a better life and (Wonderful Christmas). KINDNESS LASTS FOR EVER!"
"I can't imagine how you can manage to keep up with this great web site. Enjoy reading it. Thanks for giving the people something to do than just play games or get on the social media."
"I really enjoy your web site even though I am a thousand miles away from home I am able to catch up on what is going on in my hometown. It helps me stay connected to the place I will always love, and to the people I will always love. Keep up the good work and may God bless the town of De Queen Arkansas and the people there."
"I want to thank you very much for your providing information on Sevier County in the Southwest Arkansas Daily.  My wife and I were born and raised in Horatio and I taught school eight years in De Queen.  So Sevier County was always home even though we haven't lived there since 1972.  Your news is as good as, perhaps better than the De Queen Bee was, and it means so much to be able to keep up with what's going on there."
"I like that you take time to make a special web site."
" Just happened to stumble across the Obituary listing on your web site and wanted to let you know it is really appreciated. Many of us who have long since left De Queen are still interested in our friends we left behind. Since your local paper's web site went south, there was no way to do it. Thank you for picking up the slack on that and all the other news you publish. Wish we could get the Country Breakfast Crew in San Antonio!!!"
"I was born in De Queen in 1937. Have not lived in the area for a long time due to 20 years in the  Navy and 32 years of living in Maine. In October 2005 moved to Clovis, NM. Have family still in the  area and use your web site daily. It was a good site, but is even better now. Thank you so much  for allowing people from away to access your web site. It brings "home" to a lot of people."
"The website is like the newspaper, only better (Not to mention not having to buy the paper).  I can see the lunch menu for my kid's school as well as the calendar.  If I miss the news all I have to do is visit the website.  It's great to have this.  Thank you!!!!!!(P.S. the trophy room is neat, too)"

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Location   updated 7:00 am 11/16/17

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Lake 599.0 591.62 0.00 375
De Queen Lake 437.0 436.75 -.01 24
Gillham Lake 502.0 499.67 -.03 16
Dierks Lake 526.0 524.41 -.02 6
Millwood Lake 259.2 258.13 -.01 175

 For current water levels click here:    Corps of Engineers  


Current River levels: Click Here


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