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Back row L-R:  Lucy Trejo (junior), Misty Goings (senior), Itzel Bautista (senior), and Emma Kersey (sophomore).
Front row L-R:  Maria Nichols (sophomore) and Halley Gentry (sophomore)

dreams do come true


The 41st Annual Miss DHS Pageant themed" Dreams Do Come True" will be held at the De Queen high School auditorium on Saturday, January 27th. Mini & Little Miss DHS contest will start at 5:45 and the Miss DHS Pageant will begin at 7:00.

Admission price is $5 each with proceeds going to the Junior Class.



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4th grade Student from L.F. Henderson Intermediate School (Ashdown) sing at Little River Nursing Home. Students are led by teacher Donna Gabbard.

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Student Ambassadors Alex Alvarado and Brooke Scott



Registration for the spring semester at UA Cossatot is open until Wednesday, January 17th, but classes will begin on January 1tth.

UA Cossatot's Marketing Coordinator, Daniel Martinez, announced Cossatot selected nine students as Student Ambassadors this year. He said the ambassadors will facilitate service projects, recruit potential students and organize student activities.


For more information, contact UA Cossatot by calling 870-642-2115 or visit their website 


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Team members include: Front Row, L to R: Emily Riley, Angelia Vertiz, Jasmin Sanchez, Sinai Trefo, Reed Renfro and Danny Ozura.  Standing, L to R: Carlos Rojo, Jr., Jayden Keels, Jalissa Crow, Maria Campos, Bhumni Patel, Jorge Gonzalez, Degar Espinoza, Noah Reed, Miguel Montero, Ismael Montero and Coach Thomas Sweeten. 


After placing third at Monticello, and second in Mena and Ashdown, the De Queen High School Quiz Bowl team went undefeated and captured a First Place trophy. The team competed on January 9th at the De Queen Mena Educational Co-op's Quiz Bowl Invitational Tournament. There were 13 teams competing for the title.




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"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."



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Ashdown Seventh Graders Write Letters to Arkansas Military Members

Students (l-r): Jayden Fricks, Jonathan McElroy, Randi Gaither, Emily Sellers

Seventh Grade Students in Mrs. Joni Pennington’s class participated in the “March to the Mail” for Arkansas Members of the 1-153rd Infantry Battalion. Each seventh grader wrote a letter expressing thankfulness and gratitude as well as giving encouraging words to Arkansas military service members who have recently served overseas.

AHS Students Study Satire With The Canterbury Tales



Ashdown High School English Teacher Ryan Murry and her Senior English Advanced Placement students studied Chaucer’s use of satire as they read The Canterbury Tales.  In which most of the characters suffered from at least one of the seven deadly sins (wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy or gluttony).


Ceci Bettell


Bank of Lockesburg held a retirement reception in recognition of Ceci Bettell's 45 years of service on Friday, December 15th.


Ceci will officially retire December 31st.  Barbara Dixon has been named to replace her as Branch President & Loan Officer.


Residents who submitted applications to Toys for Tots were allowed to "shop" for toys on Friday, December 22nd at the De Queen Armory.  Volunteers used funds that were raised at the annual Toys For Tots fundraiser in November and private donations to purchase new toys to be distributed to underprivileged children.

Not shown Mac McDaniel

Region 2 Junior All Region Band Clinic


Members of the Ashdown Junior High School Band and ninth graders from the Ashdown High School Band who qualified for Junior High Region based on tryouts on December 2 were able to practice December 15-16 and perform at Lake Hamilton High School with other students from around the Region.

Pictured (l-r) are Blayne Buster (2nd Band 6th chair trumpet),  Reagan Burden (2nd Band 6th chair baritone), Ariel Shumake (2nd Band 11th chair clarinet), Samantha Chandler (2nd Band 3rd chair trombone), Liza Embry (2nd Band 9th chair trombone), Brayden Porter (2nd Band 4th chair French Horn) and Tryston McCandless (1st Band 1st chair tuba)

De Queen Middle School Students of the Month FOR november/december


6th Grade - Jordan Biddle  & Ramiro Bahena


      8th Grade - Benjamin Hudson & Belle Hibbs


2017 Rotary Cup Awarded to Hunter Earney


Coach Stephen Sloan, Hunter Earney, Jay Bunyard


The presentation of the Rotary Cup has been a De Queen Leopards football tradition since 1936. At Monday’s noon meeting of the Club, “The Voice of the Leopards” Jay Bunyard presented the 2017 award to tailback and outside linebacker Hunter Earney.


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Walmart was a busy place Friday afternoon as a few lucky kids got to Shop With a Cop.  Members of the De Queen Police Department, Sevier County Sheriff's office, Arkansas State Police, De Queen Fire Department, Arkansas Game & Fish, and VFW helped the kids pick out Christmas gifts.


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Going straight to the top

If there's something you really want, then you have to go to the source.

Lincoln Woodard shared his wish list with Santa after the De Queen Christmas parade Saturday night.

His papa said he thinks he's been good enough to get whatever he wants!

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Learning for Life, a division of Boy Scouts of America hosted a Career Day at Ashdown’s L.F. Henderson Intermediate School. Community leaders and business owners spoke to the students about their specific fields.

Learning for Life is a national character development program that began more than 25 years ago through the Boy Scouts of America.

LFL curriculum teaches students ages pre-kindergarten through 12 character traits and practical life skills based on the values and ethics of traditional scouting. Program Director Linda Willis recruits people from the community to speak to students in area school districts to bring home the message that education is important to success in life.

Pictured (l - r) Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders, Lucas Kelly ( H&K Electric, Inc.), Nicole Young (Hillis Family Dentistry), Carolyn Castleman (Little River County Historical Society), Weldon Garrison (Garrison Aviation), LaJuana Hinton (Little River County Historical Society), Jamie Smith (Sister to Sister Salon), Learning for Life Directory Linda Willis and Amber Crawford (Sister to Sister Salon).
Not pictured: Kimberley Geiser (Ashdown Police Department), Thad Bishop (Bishop & Bishop Law Firm), and Alicia Prater (Texarkana College Culinary Arts)


Front row (l-r): Raeleigh Grimes, Jaden Altenbaumer, Paxton Parker, Shalyn Peacock and Colyn Grimes
Back row (l-r): Laiken Newton, Autumn Hofmann, Jake Kendrick, Aliyah Anderson, and Brylee Haskins

Ashdown High School Varsity cheerleaders were selected and participated with more than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that represented the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the third annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World®Resort in Orlando, Florida from December 1-3, 2017.




Luke and Deedee Alston of Mena (Polk County) are the 2017 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year. The honor was announced today at the annual luncheon honoring the county and district Farm Families of the Year. The Alstons have two sons, Ryan and Drey.

As Arkansas’ Farm Family of the Year, the Alstons will compete in the 2018 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program. A winner will be named from among 10 southeastern state winners next October in Moultrie, Ga.


Above: Shauna Tipton, Kianna Donato and Alexus Hopkins 

Below:  Alexus Hopkins, Isaac Thomas and Kianna Donato

Isaac Thomas, State FBLA Vice President, Kianna Donato, the Ashdown High School FBLA President and Alexus Hopkins attended the FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference in New Orleans on November 17th-18th. The students and Mrs. Tipton, Advisor, participated in motivational general sessions, professional development and career planning workshops. Isaac Thomas participated in Officer Training along with the State Officer team. All 3 students were District Winners and State Finalists in Competition last year in Little Rock and have been leaders for the AHS Chapter.


The University of Central Arkansas has awarded De Queen senior Caterra Morphew an Achievement Scholarship valued at $24,000.
Caterra is the daughter of Robert and Angela Morphew. She plans to major in Radiology


LITTLE RIVER 4-H'ers gearing up for christmas

Little River County 4-H hosted a Holiday Craft Day on November 20th. There was a great group of youth there crafting up a storm. 4-H'ers ages 5-12 came to the holiday craft day at the UA Cossatot Ashdown Campus.

The 4-Hers will also be hosting a Christmas Gift Wrappin’ Fundraiser December 11th through the 15th of December from 4:30pm till 7:00pm at the UA Cossatot College campus in Ashdown. 

Donations received for this service will be used for 4-H programs.


De Queen High School October Students of the Month

Sophomores: Bhumi Patel and Ismael Montero, Juniors: Katelyn Patterson and Jacky Baro Senior Veronica Rivas
not pictured senior Jason Tellez


L to R: Stephanie Ringgold and board members Mallory Wharton, Beth Provence and Kari Harger 

Ashdown High School Teacher Stephanie Ringgold receives $319.50 grant from the Margaret Daniel Foundation for high school students to receive mentoring certifications for the extra hours they are committing before and after school to help other students with math. Mrs Ringgold is a national trainer and has seen great things occur from students helping other students. The grant was awarded during the teacher’s professional development day on Friday, November 17th.


Fund Raiser an Act of Kindness

Christians in Action, a group at De Queen Junior High, along with sponsors Terry Carver and Kelly Williams helped to raise money for one of their own, Osvaldo Perez and his family. Osvaldo is a 5th grader who was injured in an ATV accident a while back. This group wanted to demonstrate how to serve others, so they raised money by selling food at school. They raised a total of $426.00 to help the family with medical expenses. Osvaldo is home now getting stronger and stronger every day.

Submitted by Tammy Whatley



Photos submitted by Kimberly Frachiseur

Kim Frachiseur, 4-H Program Assistant with Sevier County Extension Service, hosted a 4-H Turkey Day this past weekend. Richard Pearce from Tyson Foods was the guest speaker and taught youth how to identify different parts of poultry. Pearce showed them the correct names for each part of the bird and the function of each part. Youth then decorated plates and cups with permanent markers and they were placed in the oven to bake. The plates and cups will be used at the Senior Citizen’s Center in De Queen for their Thanksgiving lunch.

(Left:) Aubrey Seymour (left) and Kaydee Cowling decorated plates and cups for 4-H Turkey Day. (Right:) Richard Pearce (standing) talked to 4-H’ers about the different parts of poultry and how each part works. Landon Bennett (seated).


DJHS October Good Citizens

Left to Right: Jairo Nieto-Marrufo, Litzi Flores, America Vega, and Jaxon Tatum


De Queen Middle School October Good Citizens

7th Grade: Elijah Pruitt & Sofia Abril
6th Grade: Olivia Cooley & Max Pinkerton


husqvarna flips the switch








Husqvarna in Nashville hosted a flip-the-switch ceremony Wednesday morning to mark the completion of a solar power installation at Husqvarna Plastics, located north of town on Old Airport Road.





Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club #34, presented a $1,130 check to Mac McDaniel with the Sevier County Rescue Unit for Toys for Tots during their annual benefit held Friday, November 3rd.



Tyler Hill from Henderson State University met with De Queen High School students on Thursday, November 16. Henderson now accepts ACT superscores. 


Coaches Chad Lites and Leslie Simmons look on while Coach Tracy Neely begs "Don't go!" as two Lady Leopard softball players sign Letters of Intent to play college ball.

Jessica Williams signed with University of Louisiana-Monroe and Reisa Bakenhus signed with Arkansas Tech-Russellville.

Jessica is the daughter of James and Melinda Williams.  Reisa is the daughter of Randy and Gaythy Bakenhus.

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Tyson's Texas Cook Team

Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex was proud to be a part of the Hurricane Harvey Relief effort by sending a cook crew to assist the Texas flood victims.

Tyson Team Members from the Grannis/Broken Bow Complex that was on the cook crew were: Nick Strother-Tyson Shop Manager, Chuck Miller-Chaplin, Steve McDougal-Complex RN, Junior Lopez-Broken Bow Plant Supervisor, and Zane Smith- Broken Bow Plant Operations Associates.


Arkansas’ Fourth District Congressman Bruce Westerman was in De Queen Friday for a tour of the Sevier County airport. Rep. Westerman, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said airports like the Sevier County Airport provide rural America with access to critical services from medical transports to aerial firefighting, plus private business and recreational travel. All are important to the economy, as well as the health and safety of rural Americans, the congressman said. Pictured are, from left, Airport Board member Dick Tallman, Rep. Westerman, County Judge Greg Ray and Dan Clinton, engineer for the airport.


"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."


Macy McKee, left, and Itzel Bautista of De Queen High School's FCS program stopped by #1 Country Monday morning to talk about the "See You @ The Pole" Community Wide Prayer Time events they have coming up.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 27th beginning at 7:15am in front of the Jr. High Flag Pole. Breakfast will be provided.

The community is invited to join the De Queen FCS "See You @ the Pole" event.  


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

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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 emergency situations.

If you would like to donate your money or time, contact Grant Groves at 642-3420.


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

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