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From L- R: Complex HR Manager Donna Duggan presented Tyson’s check for the purchase of the chickens to Kim Frachiseur, Sevier Co. Extension 4-H Program Asst. and Janet Cantrell, Extension Agent, FCS.

Tyson Donates to 4-H BBQ Contest

Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex participated in the 2018 Sevier Co. Extension Office annual 4-H BBQ cooking contest. 48, local 4-H students will compete in the Chicken BBQ cooking contest on March 26th in De Queen, AR. Tyson was happy to provide 48, 3lb. chickens for the students to prepare in the cook off. Kim Frachiseur, Sevier Co 4-H Program Assistant stated that four District Broiler BBQ Activities are held each year prior to the State contest which is held in June at the Annual Poultry Festival. 4-H district activities are held at Batesville, Fayetteville, Little Rock and Arkadelphia and each county may send 5 Juniors (ages 9-13) and 5 Senior (14-19) to compete. State Senior winners for broiler and turkey will represent Arkansas at the National contest held during November at the National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Tyson Foods is a proud supporter of our local area 4-H students involved in this educational organization.


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Tyson Team Members, Cameron Claborn, Coley Harp, Ron Marshall and Mark Myers, loaded the chicken donation for SOS Victim Advocates: Sandra Cofer and Bristy Noah on March 17th.


Tyson Foods, Broken Bow Plant was pleased to make a donation of chicken to the SOS for Families in Idabel. The SOS  (Southeastern Services for Families ) Shelter in Idabel provides domestic abuse services for approximately 25 women and children monthly. Abused or neglected women and/or children are allowed housing and services for up to 30 days at the shelter. If victims are still unable to find a safe home at the end of this time period or if it is still unsafe for them to leave the shelter, extensions are given. Tyson has been a supporter of this worthy and much needed non-profit organization for many years and was pleased to once again to offer support.





The public may purchase vegetable and flower 6-packs beginning March 26th at the UA Cossatot greenhouse located next to the Adams building on the De Queen campus. 

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The Horatio PeeWee Cheer Squad will host a Bingo night to help raise funds for uniforms on Saturday, April 14th. 

It will be fun for the whole family.  Doors open at 4:30 pm.



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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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Sevier County Farm Bureau gave away two ORCA coolers during their February Membership drive.

Winners were: Jena Fowler and Steven Chandler




The Book Fair has arrived at De Queen Primary School’s library. Parents are welcome to visit during school hours and on extended hours this Thursday, March 15th. Pictured is librarian Dedra Mc Castlain with cases of books.




Betty Jean Brewer of De Queen has found Golden Egg #1 in the Golden Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Number One Country and Assorted Sponsors in the area.

Betty found the egg in the Herman Dierks Park after one clue was read on air.

Congratulations Betty!

For your chance to win, stop by participating sponsors, pick up a clue sheet and listen to #1 Country at 7:20am, 12:20pm and 4:20pm each weekday for the 2nd half of the clue.

3 more egg will be hid so keep listening!!!


De Queen Middle School February Good Citizens

From L-R

Ariana Gallardo, Nathan Patterson, Eduardo Cisneros, Martha Jaramillo


Tyson Foods once again assisted the Foster Grandparent Program sponsored by the Mena/De Queen Educational Co-op. This program puts “foster grandparent” volunteers in the local elementary schools where they can work one on one with students and teachers. These volunteers contribute an extra hand to the learning environment in the classroom. Annual workshops for the Foster Grandparent Program is essential for training and development. Carolyn Box, Tyson’s Grannis Plant HR Manager recently presented a $400 check to Mena/De Queen Educational Co-op Director, Terri Williams. Tyson is happy to support educational growth in our local schools.


On February 15, the Ashdown Panthers Special Olympics Basketball Team won the Area 11 Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. Beating the Arkansas High Razorbacks in the final round secured them a spot in the State Tournament which will be held on March 16-17 in Russellville, AR. The team is STATE bound!

Top row - (left to right) Jadyn Milsak, George Allen, Tyler Murchison, Sam Auguste, Tony House, Derek Parks
Bottom row - (left to right) Austin Henry, Terrell Williams, Keaylon Sanders, Lucas Wooden, Brittany Jackson


De Queen Middle School students took advantage of the cold winter weather to pay it forward. Students engaged in the Knitting for Noggins campaign at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Students spent time before school and during lunch knitting hats for patients. A total of 65 hats were completed during December and January. A special thank you to Mrs. Pat Higgins for assisting with the project.


The Ashdown School District and K-12 Culinary Connection partnered together to host the Student Chef Showdown for students in 9th-12th grade. These students came up with recipes that included chicken, kale, celery, Dijon mustard and apples/apple juice. Tryston McCandless won the district contest for Ashdown School District and Deniyah Hemphill got runner-up for the district. These students did an excellent job cooking creative recipes for the panel of judges!

Sysco sponsored the food for the competition. Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock is sponsoring a competition on March 31st for the top district winners.


Curnutt - Youngblood

Callie Elizabeth Curnutt, of Wister, OK, and Justin Scott Youngblood of Watson, OK, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

Callie is a graduate of Wister High School and Carl Albert State College. She is the daughter of Bruce and Francine Curnutt of Wister, OK, and the granddaughter of Loretta Yandell of Hontubby, OK; Bill and Pearl Blevins of Heavener, OK; and the late Edgar and Barbara Curnutt of Mustang, OK.

Justin is a graduate of Wickes High School, Rich Mountain Community College, and Tulsa Welding School. He is the son of Terry and Roberta Youngblood of Watson, OK, and the grandson of the late Robert L. and Lorene Youngblood of Watson, OK, and the late M.C. and Rena Frachiseur of Grannis, AR.

The ceremony will take place Saturday, April 28, 2018.



"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

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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 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

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