Saturday, July 20, 2019

HEAVY RAINS CAUSE FLOODING

Our sister stations in Nashville, AR reported that as of 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service in Shreveport said 8.04 inches of rain was recorded at the Dierks Lake Dam. Rainfall totals approaching or possibly exceeding 12 inches have occurred to the east of Center Point & north of State Highway 26. Several streets and highways in Nashville, Dierks, Center Point, in Pike County and surrounding areas are closed due to flooding. Turn Around Don’t Drown!

LOCAL FRED'S STORES CLOSING

Fred’s, Inc. has announced that it will be closing stores in Nashville and De Queen. The company says it will be closing 129 retail stores, leaving only 80 stores remaining. All 166 pharmacies will remain open at this time. Company officials said they expect proceeds from the inventory clearance sales to be enough to repay outstanding indebtedness under its revolving credit agreement. Official closing dates have not been announced for De Queen or Nashville at this time.

RUMBLE IN THE PARK

The Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club has announced the 3rd Annual “Rumble in The Park” poker run for August 10th, 2019. The poker run and live auction serve as a fundraiser to help kids of Sevier County and promote community fun. The cost is $20 per hand and includes a meal. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the event will be held at The Herman Dierks City Park in De Queen.   Everyone is welcome and riding a motorcycle is not required. Automobiles are welcome. Call Jerry Ligon, Brother’s #34 president for more information, at 870-784-6283.

Sevier COUNTY RODEO PAGEANT

The Sevier County Rodeo Pageant will be held on Saturday,August 3rd at the Sevier County Fairgrounds.  Deadline to enter is Noon Saturday, July 27th.  Fee is $45. Must be a Sevier County resident.  Call Amanda Hundley for more information.  Click here for rules and an entry form.

GREG REVELS NAMED ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR

Local Certified Public Accountant Greg Revels was named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-2019 at Monday’s noon meeting of the De Queen club.

Revels has been a Rotarian for a number of years.  he’s involved in several club projects and organizes the Rotary 5K fundraising run each year.

Club Secretary Tammy Huddleston presented the plaque to Revels.

ARCHAELOGICAL SOCIETY DUG SEVIER COUNTY!

The University of Arkansas Archaeological Survey Team and the Arkansas Archaeological Society came to UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus during the month of June, to research some site locations in De Queen and Lockesburg.  Their research has now concluded, and an evening presentation was given at UA Cossatot on June 21, 2019 by University of Arkansas Station Archaeologist, Dr. Carl Drexler.  He spoke about the groups experience in Sevier County and what they discovered. (More on Local News Page)

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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE READING, SIGNING & CELEBRATION

Historic Washington State Park held a reading, signing, and celebration of the Declaration of Independence on Thursday, July 4. The free event will be held again on Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Afterwards, sign your own “John Hancock” to a copy of the Declaration that you may take home.

Hail.....yes!

As severe weather swept through the area last night (6/19), reports of marble-size to softball-size hail was reported from Haworth, OK to Vandervoort, AR.  Shown is a clump of hail that fell in Vandervoort.  There were tornado warnings, reports of damage from straight line winds, uprooted trees and downed power lines as well.

4-H ASSISTS SHERIFF'S OFFICE WITH BLOCK PARTIES

The Sevier County 4-H Teen Leaders will assist the Block Party planning committee with the events that are scheduled for three different locations in Sevier County. The first block party was held at the Gillham Fire Department on June 25th.  Ethan Wolcott and his mother, Tonya, told #1 Country listeners that the next two events are planned for July 23rd and August 27th They will have food, games and fun for the entire family…and it’s completely free!  If you would like to have a booth at one or all of the block parties, contact a member of the planning committee: Lynette Gilmore, Hattie Vance, Leslie Daniels or Tonya Wolcott.

FREE GAS FRIDAY WEEK 4 WINNER

Olivia Wigley registered for #1 Country’s Free Gas Friday contest when she was shopping at Pruett’s Food in De Queen.  Her name was drawn as the winner of $50 free gas in week 4 of the summer-long promotion.   Be sure you register each week when you see the Free Gas Friday boxes at local businesses and we just might be calling you!

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

Karen Crum and Patti Boone told #1 Country listeners if you’ve seen the school bus in front of Arvest Bank in De Queen it is to remind the public that they are collecting school supplies to be distributed to students in the Horatio School District July 15th through 26th at Arvest Bank on Collin Raye Drive and on July 27th from 10 until 2 at Walmart.

Arkansas Archeological Society to present program about Lockesburg Mounds

Dr. Mel Zabecki, Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Arkansas Archeological Society, visited #1 Country to invite the public to attend “Archeology Talk for the Local Community”.  The  event will be Thursday, June 13th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Lockesburg Gym on the UA Cossatot Lockesburg campus.

Tyson Grannis/Broken Bow Complex Proud Supporter of Collinfest 2019

Mike Taylor with Tyson Grannis/Broken Bow Complex presents a $1,500 check to Bonita Smith and Patty Sharp with the Collin Raye Benefit Concert Committee.  In addition to sponsoring the concert, Tyson employees also prepared and delivered a complete meal to feed the Exile, Ricochet and Midnight Hurricanes bands.

New Lady Leopards Basketball Coach

The Morning Brew crew visited with Lance Weeks who will be  the new Lady Leopards Basketball coach this fall. He and his family will be moving from Oklahoma. Weeks boasts 29 years of experience

Lady Leopards Softball Coach

Caitlin Collins dropped by the #1 Country studios to introduce herself to the community.  She will be the new Lady Leopards Softball Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.  Caitlin is making the shift to Head Softball coach after serving the De Queen School District as assistant coach of the basketball and soccer programs for two years.

$500,000 ECONOMIC GRANT AWARDED

State Representative DeAnn Vaught and Little River County Economic Development Coordinator Vickie Williamson display a $500.000 check from the State of Arkansas for the Intermodel Project in Ashdown.

Kaitlyn Floyd signs letter of intent with SAU

DHS graduate Kaitlyn Floyd signed a letter of intent to run track for Southern Arkansas University at the Number One Country studios on Thursday, June 6th.  Shown front are: Mom Amy,  Kaitlyn, and Dad Anthony Floyd. Back: Marisol Gonzales, Coach Jason Barker, Athletic Director Bob Sikes, Coach Bryan VanWinkle, and Abigail Barker.

COLLINFEST 2019

If you missed this year’s Collinfest, then you missed your chance to see an excellent show at a very reasonable price. Midnight Hurricanes, Ricochet and Exile wowed the crowd at  the UA Cossatot amphitheater Saturday night (5/25) with hit after hit.  The groups were very gracious and signed autographs after the show for everyone who stayed.

40TH DHS CLASS REUNION

The De Queen High School Class of 1979 held its 40th reunion May 31st and June 1st. The Friday activities included a tour of De Queen High School and dinner at Stilwell’s Restaurant. On Saturday, the class gathered at Russ and Dana Willingham’s home on the Mountain Fork River to enjoy dinner and a live band from Mount Pleasant, Texas. Class members attended the reunion from as far away as Alaska, California, Florida, and North Carolina.

Pictured front row left to right: Alan Dorsey, Charles Morris, Tony Whitmore, Terry Williams, Theresa Latimer Sellers, Paula Pearce Smith, Diane Daniel Duncan, Bonnie Huntsberger McNeil, Cindy Krudwig Chewning, Busta Willis, Ginger Tutt Oliver, Lisa Cooley Anderson, Kenneth “Stick” Williams, and Clifford Miller. Pictured back row left to right: Scott Sullivan, Steve Johnson, Steve Stacy, Dee Houser, Joe Robison, Joe Longacre, Doug Miller, Jay Bunyard, Flint Stone, James Hankins, Phillip Harrison, Russ Willingham, Jeff Holmes, and Howard Covington. Not pictured but in attendance were: Teresa Mobbs, Bessie Bell, Elmyra Brown, Tommi Krudwig Cobb, Kelly Nix, Mary Coleman Staten, Kathy Simer Williamson, Doug Guinn, Donna Smith Morris, Josh Wilbanks, and Melissa Smith. Faculty member Dennis Duggan was a special guest of the class.