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The De Queen School District was host to Senior Special Agent, Doug Estes and Special Agent Ryan Jacks, from the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division of Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.  Agent Estes oversees the Central Arkansas Task Group located within Internet Crimes against Children Task Force. He currently holds federal credentials from the US Marshals and Department of Homeland Security, and serves as a Task Force Officer with Homeland Security Investigations. Together the agents presented Internet Safety and Cyber-bullying programs to grades 3-12. 

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Former Manager Casey Thompson

Training new Assistant Manager Kaianna Donato.



The AHS Serenity Café Coffee Shop continues its operations under the Small Business Operations Marketing classes at Ashdown High School under new student management. The following student managers have been named this year. Co-Managers are Mia Johnson and Tishonna Thompson. Co-Assistant Managers are Jasmine Smith and Kaianna Donato.Casey Thompson and Gregory Shumake, Manager and Assistant Managers for the past 2 years have been involved in training the new students and managers. 

AHS Serenity Café invites the public to come by. They are open at 7:30-8:45 daily and after school at 3:30-4:30. They are also open during home football games. They are located across from the football field in the Old Band Hall. New seasonal drink is the  Pumpkin Nut Steamer.



Last Friday, UA Cossatot hosted Manufacturing Day on the De Queen campus. Students from Murfreesboro High School and Horatio High School (shown) attended and met with representatives from Husqvarna, Weyerhaeuser, and Domtar.   Students learned the average pay in America for manufacturing jobs is $77,000 a year and many jobs are available in the sector.  James Jones, Program Director for the college's Industrial Technology department, demonstrated  some of the different tasks learned in the program to prepare students for the workforce.  

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Pictured left to right are Jessica Williams, Daniel Villeda, Patricia Martinez, Alex Alavarado, Susy Balderas, Tyler Thornton, Erykah Boehler, Brandon Peck, Danielle Duggan, Jessie Parker, Tara Montgomery, Riley Johnson, Krishna Patel, Erick Camacho, Kai Smith, Nathan Gonzalez, Cecily Tun, Cirilo Resendiz, Kendall Wood, Ranferi Martinez, Captain Alejandro Hernandez, Queen Kylie Bowens, Captain Victor Hilario, Elizabeth Velazquez, David Gomez, Tyler Smith, Darius Grant, Rudy Esquivel, Caitlyn Oglesby, Tyler Peck, Destiny Kimmel, Brayan Feregrino, Anna Grace Cauley, Alan Barrera, Stephanie Bell, Cody Stephens, Miriam Rodriguez, Hugo Martinez, Bradi Young, and Silvano Gomez. 



De Queen High School held the 2015 Homecoming on October 2nd.

"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."

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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."

De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Member Spotlight
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Wilkerson Funeral Home
403 West Stilwell Avenue – De Queen


Since 1929 the Wilkerson family has been serving the families of our area.  They understand that during difficult times your family deserves professionalism and dependability. 


With 86 years of experience Wilkerson Funeral Home can help your family through a difficult and emotional time. 


They will be glad to answer any questions you may have about funeral services or pre-arrangement plans. 


Wilkerson Funeral Home can be reached by phone at 870-642-2218 or email, or visit them on-line at


Sevier County Museum

707 Walter J Leeper Drive – De Queen



It’s time again for Hoo Rah Days  in the Herman Dierks Park in De Queen.  For the 26th year, Hoo Rah Days has been the main fundraiser for the Sevier County Museum.  Located at 707 Walter J. Leeper Drive in De Queen the museum has been open for 29 years.  It offers exhibits about the history of Sevier County as well as a variety of history books, cookbooks, t-shirts and more for sale.  There is also a replica and working train set in the museum showing the D & E Railroad in Sevier County.   Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Call the museum at 870-642-6642 for more information.


DHS Homecoming Queen Kylie Bowens is pictured with captains Alejandro Hernandez and Victor Hilario.  Ellis Anne Lynch and Tyson Clay served as crown bearers.

Hoyt Family Clinic
145 Hwy 71 North ~ De Queen

Hoyt Family Clinic is located at 145 Hwy 71 North in De Queen.  Dr. Hoyt has been in practice in our area for over 30 years and has 4 employees.  


The Hoyt Clinic provides primary care for adults.  Dr. Hoyt and his staff pride themselves by offering quality care in a personal, caring atmosphere.  


The clinic is open Monday thru Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Fridays.  


If you are in need of an adult primary care physician, go by and see Dr. Hoyt and his staff or give them a call at 870-642-5600. 


Oh Snap Boutique and Studio
405 E Collin Raye Drive, Suite C – De Queen

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Oh Snap Boutique and Studio as a new member with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 18th at their location at 405 E Collin Raye Drive, Suite C in De Queen.

Oh Snap Boutique has trendy junior and women’s clothing, shoes, and jewelry. They also have a good supply of unique razorback items.

At their photography studio, you can get a head shot, pictures of your newborn and more.  And they do any wedding, and outside shots too.

Open Tuesday thru Thursday 10 to 5, 10 to 6 on Friday, and 10 to 4 on Saturday, they welcome you to their new store.

Check them out on instagram or  facebook  at ohsnap or call them at 870-279-3421.

If you would like to know more about what the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce membership can do for your business, call 870-584-3225.




Dawn Leeper

October begins a new year for the Sevier County 4H. The group has several upcoming events such as the 4H Banquet and a Halloween Hay Ride. If you have a child between the ages of 4 and 19 who is interested in joining 4H, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013.





Ashdown Junior High School held a Parent Night on Tuesday, September 29th from 6-7 p.m.  Parents were able to learn about the Eschool, where parents can check grades and attendance online (link is posted at, Renaissance Home Connect (check your child's AR points at home, information about Accelerated Reader, Night Library, and Remind 101.  Eschool and Renaissance Home Connect parent log in information will also be handed out at Parent/Teacher conferences (October 20th 2-7 p.m.), if they were not able to attend.For any questions, please contact the AJHS School Office at 870-898-5138.




Pictured (l to r) AHS Student, Ty Cobb; Counselor Quincey Rayfield, Prosecuting Attorney Brian Chessir, Board Member Rosa Bowman, Board Member Chuck Davis, County Judge Mike Cranford, Board Member Raymond Latson, State Senator Jimmy Hickey, Board Member Dorothy Henderson,  Quorum Court Member Charles Henderson, Mayor James Sutton, Dr. Mariah Parker, Vice Chancellor of Academics - CCCUA , State Representative DeAnn Vaught, AHS Student Austin Cross, Superintendent Jason Sanders, Principal Kay York and CTE Teacher Amy Silva.  


Representative DeAnn Vaught, and Senator Jimmy Hickey, along with other guests toured Ashdown High School on September 1st.  They were treated to coffee and cold drinks from AHSs Serenity Café


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Vanessa & Roy Burris, Zahnye and Mattie Covington

Ashdown School District recently celebrated Grandparents Day.

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As part of "Bring Your Legislator to School" month, State Representative DeAnn Vaught spoke to Ashdown Elementary students about the Arkansas State Symbols.  They passed around bags of pecans, rice, aluminum, "diamonds", "apple blossoms", saw pictures of milk, a Mockingbird, and even tasted honey.  The students listened well and interacted with Mrs. Vaught as she asked them questions about the symbols.

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Fire Chief, Dennis Pruitt


The De Queen Fire Department is accepting applications to be a volunteer firefighter.  Go by the Fire Station at 115 North Third Street to pick up an application.  You must live within 5 miles of De Queen city limits to be eligible.



Taylor Wake, Danny Young, Dani Jo Young, Principal Teresa Wake, and April Green. 


Ashdown's Bear State Bank provided donuts for the staff of Ashdown Elementary as part of their "Bearing it Forward" program.


Ashdown Junior High Band


Front Row L-R: Amy Newton, Cameron Hamilton, Rylee Burden, Kaya Stultz, Blayne Buster, Emmaleigh Duckett, Kiari Robinson, Trenyce Hemphill, Chelbi Gathright, Memphis Holland


Second Row L-R: Anijah Ramnarine, John Henry Thomas, John Bush, Jared Sims, Tyreese Westbrook, Grant Young, Brayden Porter, Tania Calloway, Mekyia Marks

Third Row L-R: Noah Pounds, Aaliyah Bradshaw, Dillon Reed, Austin Gross, Timothy Wright, Jacey Dupree, Kaley Haines, Zoie Martin, Breana Noble, 


Fourth Row L-R: Reba Mahaffey, Ta Janae Green, T'Nia Washington, Kayla Imler, Aaliyah Bradshaw, Samantha Chandler, Liza Embry, Brianna Allen, Jacolby Williams, Dustin Green


Fifth Row L-R: Ricky Branscum, Xavier Williams, Alex Warren, Xavier Daniels, Levi Gathright, Jeb Parker, Anthony Knudson, Kara Earnest, Marshall Sullivan


Not Pictured:  Nekembe Rhone, Nathan Noble, Javon Allen, Samantha Foster, Damarcus Deloney


A large group turned out Sunday afternoon for the "Back the Badge" event held along Collin Raye Drive in De Queen at the Town North Shopping Center.    Supporters donned t-shirts and held up signs and showing their support of local law enforcement personnel.  The event was organized by Pricilla Baker.



Susan Alspaw & Rex Herring

The Sevier County Chamber of Commerce & 4H are teaming up to hold a Big Buck Bounty. There will be a Biggest Buck Contest and an Ugliest Buck Contest. Entry is $10 for adults & $5 for youth. Sign up sheets will be available at sponsoring locations. For more information call 870-584-2167.



The De Queen High School Student Council announces the 2015 DHS Homecoming Court. The De Queen Leopards Football team will be playing their homecoming game against Watson Chapel High School on October 2, 2015. Homecoming festivities begin with a Homecoming Parade themed "Once a Leopard Always a Leopard” downtown at 1:15 p.m. The parade will continue to the High School at approximately 1:45 p.m. An afternoon ceremony and pep rally will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the De Queen High School Coliseum. Evening Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 6:30 pm at Leopard Stadium and the game will follow at 7:00 p.m.


Shown Left-Front row: (left to right) Soph. Maid Jessica Williams, Soph. Maid Bradi Young, Queen Kylie Bowens, Jr. Maid Patricia Martinez, Jr. Maid Miriam Rodriguez

 2nd row: (left to right) Sr. Maid Susy Balderas, Sr. Maid Erykah Boehler, Sr. Maid Krishna Patel, Sr. Maid Stephanie Bell, Sr. Maid Danielle Duggan

3rd row: Sr. Maid Destiny Kimmel, Sr. Maid Tara Montgomery, Sr. Maid Caitlyn Oglesby, Sr. Maid Anna Grace Cauley, Sr. Maid Elizabeth Velazquez, Sr. Maid Jessica Rogers

4th row: Sr. Maid Kai Smith, Sr. Maid Tyler Smith, Sr. Maid Cecily Tun, Sr. Maid Kendall Wood 

Shown Above- Crown Bearer Ellis Anne Lynch and Football Bearer Tyson Clay


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Doors open at 7 pm ~ Bell time 7:30 pm
For tickets call (870) 279-5506 or (479) 216-2630

Alyssa Michelle Helms
Nathan Lee Stone

Alyssa Michelle Helms and Nathan Lee Stone, were united in marriage September 4th, 2015 in front of family and friends at the Salt Creek Lodge in Idabel, Oklahoma. Alyssa is the daughter of John and Evelyn Helms of De Queen, Arkansas. Nathan is the son of Richard and Peggy Stone of Dierks, Arkansas.  Brother Brent Coffey officiated at the ceremony. Daughters Kylie and Kaylee, served as the couple’s flower girls. The family resides at their home in Idabel, Oklahoma.



As the AHS juniors and seniors began the 2015-2016 school year, they were challenged by motivational speaker, Paul Vitale to “Make Today Count”. (More)



Arkansas State Representative DeAnn Vaught spoke to students at De Queen High School on September 4.  Vaught says she plans to visit all the schools in her district this month to give them a little insight about what she does as a state representative. 






"Like a good neighbor," Jim Bob Hambleton with State Farm Insurance in Ashdown showed his support of the Ashdown School District by sponsoring magnet-backed schedules of 2015-16 school events in the district.  Magnets are available  to every student and employee in the district, thanks to Hambleton and media production company Five Star Sports, which also has an Ashdown connection.  Hometown boy and Ashdown alumnus Dickie Johnson is Senior Vice-president of Recruitment and Public Relations for Five Star Sports, based in Fayetteville.  Thank you Mr. Hambleton and Mr. Johnson for one again supporting Ashdown Public Schools!


2015-16 De Queen High School FFA Officers


Front row (L-R) Antonette Worthey, Historian; Carrie Craver, Reporter; Brandi Frachiseur, Secretary; Kayla Martin, Treasurer; and Veronica Rivas, Sentinel.


Middle row (L-R) FFA Sponsors Mr. Morgan Frachiseur, Mr. John Frachiseur, and Mr. Ryan Hanney.


Back row (L-R) Aaron Morris, President; Tyler Johnson, Vice-President; Emily Rodriguez, Parliamentarian; and Quinton Thornton, Junior Adviser.





Members of the De Queen High School cheerleading squad announced Tuesday morning that if business owners would purchase the material, the cheerleaders  were ready, willing and able to  decorate their windows, so they can show their support for the Leopards.


For more information about the window decorating, contact the De Queen High School at 642-2426.



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


"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.



Andrew Rawlings

'Tis the season for paddling on the Cossatot River. The parks first kayak tour will be April 24, 25 & 26th. For more information call 870-385-2201.



Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center, formerly Southwest Arkansas Domestic Violence Center, is still open for business providing a sympathetic ear, guidance, and shelter for victims of abuse. 
The hotline number that is good 24/7 is (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."


Davy Ashcraft- Cossatot River State Park Officer

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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.

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"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 9:00 am 05/21/15

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 602.5 624.79 3.20 200
De Queen Lake 437.0 464.16 0.35 M
Gillham Lake 502.0 548.11 1.87 M
Dierks Lake 526.0 545.03 0.12 M
Millwood Lake 259.2 267.8 -0.63 M
Lake Wright Patman 226.2 230.15 -0.04 9760
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 403.45 -0.08  
Toledo Bend 172.00



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