Wednesday, October 20, 2021

28th Annual Gun Giveaway Winner

Bennie Griffin of De Queen won the Dave Hunter XP 2506 rifle given as the prize in the 28th annual #1 Country Gun Giveaway contest.  Listeners had to get one digit per day for ten weekdays to compile the serial number of the gun and then drop off a card at one of our participating sponsors. 
Sponsors this year included:
* TJs* Harris Drug and Gifts* Southeast Feed* Pruett’s Food* Gentry’s Chevrolet* Baker’s Bargain House* Southern Girls Flowers and Gifts* On Demand* Baker’s Towing & Recovery
* Prime Country Meats
* Rusty’s Welding
* Union Bank
* D&S Carpet & Hardwood Flooring* Green’s Jewelry* Bogeys
* Discount Wheel & Tire* Lambert Lumber* Judy’s Wholesale Furniture & Appliance* James Hodge Dodge

Horatio Happenings

Emily Vaught visited the Morning Brew to remind listeners of the upcoming events happening in Horatio:

October 16th – Harvest Festival in downtown Horatio from 10 until 3

October 30th – Trunk or Treat at the Pit Stop Parking lot – Begins around 5:30

December 4th – Christmas Parade on Main.   Will also have vendor booths and free crafts for the kids.

Planning for 2014 Total Eclipse

Members of the De Queen & Sevier County area attended a meeting sponsored by Create Bridges and the Sevier County Tourism Committee Wednesday, October 16th at the De Queen High School Cafeteria.  Many others viewed the meeting on Facebook.

Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper and commissioner of Natrona County Travel & Tourism Council spoke about how Casper Wyoming embraced the 2017 total solar eclipse welcoming tens of thousands of travelers.

For more information contact her at or visit the website at and search for Eclipse.

Cossatot River School BASKETBALL PROGRAM

Students on the Cossatot River High School basketball teams visited #1 Country studios on Thursday (10/14) and told listeners about their program.

Those pictured include: Victor Trinidad, Pate Taylor, Ben O’Neal, Shanell Brito, Rendi Warrent, Girls Coach Blake Alexander, and Boys Coach Wendell Carwright.

House passes redistricting legislation

In this week’s legislative report (10/8/21), State Representative DeAnn Vaught shared that the House passed legislation outlining new boundaries for Arkansas’ four congressional districts.  HB1982 and SB743 are identical bills that divide the state into new districts.  The 4th congressional district will now include Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Drew, Franklin, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Little River, Logan, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Pike, Polk, Pope, Scott, Sevier, Union, Yell and portion of Pulaski and Sebastian Counties. 

DQTV Stars

De Queen High School has a new media program, under the direction of Beau McCastlain, to teach students the basics of video production including shooting the videos, writing, production and anchoring the show.  This is the second year for the program and students are loving it!  They use the class to promote events at the school and community.

Pictured l-r: Jairo Marrufo, Beau McCastlain, Joe Blaze Bush, Jackie Pham, Hannah Marrufo

Check out the link to the latest production by clicking here.

Dierks Powder Puff Football

Dierks High School will host a powder puff football game on Tuesday, October 12th at Ayers Field in the “Hollar”.  The Junior girls vs Senior girls action will begin at 5:30 pm.  Admission is $5.  No passes or discounts accepted.

Pictured (l-r):  Caleigh Manning, Kamry Kelley, Autumn Greenwood, Kohl Kersey, Eli Sharp and Mackay Smith

National 4-H Week Observance

Kim Frachiseur, Sevier County 4-H Program Assistant for the County Extension Office, told #1 Country Listeners about some of the activities and programs that are planned to commemorate Nationals 4-H week this month.  Her children, Zae and Asher, are both active 4-H members.


Lakeside 4-H

Lakeside 4-H members, Katie, Allie, Daniel & Kyle Williamson told about some of the activities they have enjoyed while being 4-H members.  Kyle and Katie will both show cattle at the Arkansas State Fair in October and Allie and Daniel focus on community service projects.  They are currently collecting candy for the Trunk or Treat and will also provide treats for nursing home residents.


Advisor, Chuck Cross, and two of his students visited with the Morning Brew on about their new Turf Management Class being offered at Ashdown High School this year.  The class is in charge of the football, baseball and softball fields.  Students in this class are able to learn basic agronomy, turf management, lawn care, and small equipment maintenance skills.

Shown: l-r Chuck Cross,  Sara Bowman, Alex Keilbach and Jaxon Jester.

De Queen FFA has busy fall planned

Benjamin Moniezski and Kane Faulkenberry (pictured l-r) from the De Queen FFA chapter visited with the Morning Brew on Monday (9/27).  The guys mentioned they have a couple of important livestock shows coming up in October.  They will participate in the Arkansas Youth Expo October 3rd through 6th and the Arkansas State Fair October 13th through 23rd in Little Rock.   De Queen FFA advisors are Ryan Haney, John Frachiseur & Morgan Frachiseur.

Recognizing 35 years of Broadcastiing

De Queen Public Schools Athletic Director Lance Pinkerton surprised Jay Bunyard prior to the De Queen-Nashville game on September 10th by presenting Jay with a plaque honoring him for his 35 years of radio play-by-play for Leopard football.

Bransons donate to Sevier County Medical Center

Mike and Lorena Branson of Gillham recently presented the Sevier County Medical Center Foundation with a $5,000.00 donation. Chairman Bruce Jackson thanked the Bransons for their generous donation and stated that donations such as this will support the purchase of important resources to help provide care for the patients and families of Sevier County.

If you would like information about the Sevier County Medical Center Foundation, check out their Facebook page or contact any Board Member.

Ashdown High School Drone Students pass UAS Safety Test (TRUST)

AHS drone students Randi Gaither, Conner Ballanger, and Matthew Reed passed the Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) today and received their certificates.

LtoR: 1st row Nate Burnham, Chad Authement, Jason Coy, Rodrick Grimes, Jaelyn Wolf, Reagan Anderson; 2nd row Tristan Penney, Will Neal, Kenny Brown, Krista Foley, Emerlee Villagran; 3rd row Logan Tomlinson, Ty Reed, MJ Hurd, Gunner Riggs, Ms. McCormack.

Free Trunk or Treat October 30th

Alicia Rivas Gonzalez announced plans for the 3rd annual Truck or Treat in De Queen on Saturday, October 30th.  The fun event for children of all ages will be held from 4 until 6 pm at the De Queen Sportsplex.  The public is invited to participate by decorating their car or setting up a booth to pass out candy to the costumed children.

If you don’t want to man a booth or car, you may still participate by donating bags of wrapped candies to be passed out.  Drop off your candy donation at KDQN studio, Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts, The Ranch House, De Queen Auto Group, Leopard Nutrition or Meraki Beauty Salon.

To register contact Alicia at (870) 584-0628.

Cossatot River School Archery Program

Cossatot River School district offers Archery to their students 4th through 8th grades as part of their extracurricular activities.

Coaches Sharon Miles, Shelly Speight, Tina Jew and Samantha Boyette stopped by #1 Country Studios to share information about the program.

According to the National Field Archery Association website, a Cambridge study suggests that extracurricular activities provide a safe environment for adolescent growth while preventing bad habits like smoking and drinking. “Not all kids like team sports. Individual sports such as archery may give these kids a place to shine…”

Work is progressing on new hospital

Monte Bartek shared some new photos of the work being done on the new hospital in Sevier County.


Horatio Hometown Connections

Emily Vaught with the Horatio Hometown Connections group visited with the Morning Brew about several events that are scheduled in Horatio:

October 16th – Fall Festival with a car show and vendors  10a-5p
October 30 – Trunk or Treat

If you would like more information about any of these events, contact Emily at or visit their Facebook page for Horatio-Hometown-Happenings.



Cossatot River Trail Run

Cossatot River State Park will hold their popular Half Marathon on Saturday, October 23rd.  On site registration begins at 6 am with the run to begin at 8.  

Pre-register at for $40.00 adult registration (through 10/21 at 11:59 PM  or $20.00 youth registration (18 and under) through 10/21 at 11:59 PM.

T-shirts will be provided for registered runners.  For more information call the park at (870) 385-2201.

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2024 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE, a website dedicated to the event, lists Gillham as the location in Arkansas with the greatest length of totality at four minutes, 18.7 seconds.

Because Gillham is going to be one of the best places in the country to view the 2024 total solar eclipse, which will occur on the afternoon of April 8, 2024, the Sevier County Tourism Committee is planning a festival to mark the occasion. If you would like to be a part of the festival planning committee, contact Keisha McKinney at (214) 236-1113.