Sunday, December 5, 2021

Ashdown High school to host two performances

Ashdown Panther Theater will present two performances of “Elf” on Saturday, December 4th at 6 pm and on Sunday, December 5th at 2 pm.  Cost of admission is $5.

Pictured in no particular order:  chevi Flournoy, Ashlee Waller, Sara Bowman, Marty Lansdell, Dal Ringgold, Jacob Formby and Emilee McDowell.


4-H Santa for Seniors

4-H teen leader Ethan Wolcott is spearheading a drive to provide Christmas presents for 20 senior citizens this year.  Applications for “Santa for Seniors” will be available next week at Simple Simon Pizza and the Sevier County Extension office.  For more information call the extension office at (870) 584-3013.

Lakeside 4-H Angel Tree

Jake & Aubrey Seymour and Katie & Kyle Williamson, members of Lakeside 4-H, told #1 Country Listeners that their club will again sponsor an Angel Tree this year for children aged 14 & under.  Applications may be picked up at De Queen City Hall or at the Sevier County Extension office.  The tree with Angel wishes will be located at Simple Simon Pizza in De Queen.  Those wishing to provide gifts for needy children may choose an angel off the tree, purchase and wrap gifts and return to Simple Simon's by December 17th.

Brothers Keepers shop with a biker

Jay Litchford with Brother's Keepers said that applications are now being accepted for needy children to receive gifts at Christmas.  Toys for Tots, Shop with a Copy, and Shop with a Biker have combined forces to allow local residents to fill out a single application that will allow them to shop for Christmas gifts with a member of one of those organizations.

Applications may be picked up at De Queen City Hall or the Sevier County Extension office.  Deadline to return those applications to one of those entities is Wednesday, December 1st.  Applications will be reviewed and 100 children will be chosen.  Shopping will be Saturday, December 11th.

DMS October Good Citizens

Congratulations to our DMS October Good Citizens. We are proud of you! Excellence is not a skill; it's an attitude!
Pictured L-R: Cecilia Villa 6th grade, Brandon Marrufo 7th grade, Ashley Martinez 7th grade
Not pictured: Kaden Rosas 6th grade

Brokenly Beautiful Group formed to help Foster Children

A new group has been formed to raise awareness about the need for more foster families in Sevier County.  Brokenly Beautiful is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways from donating money to help with necessities, providing a temporary home, “adopting” a child or children for Christmas to donating your time to help with some of the day-to-day paperwork required by the state.

For more information or to volunteer your assistance, contact Connie Davis at (870) 279-1731 or Angie Walker at Walker Family Clinic at (870) 584-3000.

Pictured (l-r): Dawn Leeper & Connie Ward


The De Queen Leopards won the 4A Cross Country State Championship at Oaklawn Park on Friday November 5th.
This is the 5th state championship for the boys program and the 9th overall for the boys and girls combined. The boys came into the season with a great attitude and already in great shape.

Coach Chaney stated “It was a great year from the very first practice till we finished the day at state. The team won several meets and beat some really good schools along the way.  It was truly a special year. We had 6 runners in the top 30 and 3 All State performers. I want to thank our school for all the support they gave us and the parents that followed us along this year and Coach Shelton and Coach Lindsey for all they do but most importantly I want to thank our team for all the hard work and great effort they put in this year.”

Jr High All Region Choir members

Seventh grade members of the DQ Cub Choir that qualified for Jr. High All-Region Choir

(from L-R):Sarai Balderas, RiHanna Grant, Kyleigh Faulkenberry.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.