Sunday, August 1, 2021

4-H Teen Leaders Dance

Amber Morris & Aubrey Seymour stoppe by #1 Country studios to invite youth ages 5-19 are invited to a FREE Back to School Dance sponsored by the Sevier County 4-H Teen Leaders.  It will be held Friday, August 6th from 8:30 until 11 pm in the Weyerhaeuser Building on the UA Cossatot Campus in De Queen.  Drinks and popcorn will be served. A talent show will be held during intermission.  For more information call (870) 582-1685.

Horatio Hometown Connections

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

Aug 14 – Back to School Bash at the old Horatio Park
September 11 – Sidewalk Saturday from 8am-12n
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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Janes is Week 3 Free Gas Winner

Colleen Janes of De Queen was the Week #3 winner of $50 in FREE GAS in #1 Country's Free Gas Friday contest.  Colleen received a check redeemable at the Sevier County Farmers' Co-op.  Be sure to register at our participating sponsors now through September 2nd for your chance to win!

Revels awarded Paul Harris Fellowship

Greg Revels was presented a prestigious Paul Harris Society membership at Monday's De Queen Rotary Club meeting (7/19). The Paul Harris Society membership signifies a pledge of $1,000 per year in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

Shown above are Revels’ granddaughters Bailey Ward and Lorel Morphew, his wife Maribeth Revels, Greg, daughter Sarah Morphew, and former Rotary Disctrict Governor Jerry Mason.

Dunlop receceives second Paul Harris Fellowship

Spike Dunlop was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship X 2 at Monday's Rotary Club meeting. Presenters are Past Rotary District 6170 Governors ZZ Kamruddin and Jerry Mason from Hot Springs Village.

New Sevier County Medical Center building progressing

Sevier County Medical Center CEO Lori House updated #1 Country listeners on the progress being made at the construction site for the new hospital.  

Rotary awards presented

The Rotary Club of De Queen presented their annual membership awards at their noon meeting on Monday, July 12th.  Tammy Huddleston presented the Rotarian of the Year award to Spike Dunlop.  Rotarian of the Year is chosen by a vote of the membership.  Other awards presented included Perfect Attendance, 20 year Membership and Outgoing President.  Incoming President for the 2021-2022 year will be Erica Buenrostro.

20 Year Members

Teresa Brewer, Ceci Bettel and (not pictured) Marian Chandler received 20 year membership gifts.

Perfect Attendance

ZZ Kamruddin, Jerry Daivs, Tammy Huddleston, Spike Dunlop & JP Atkins.

Outgoing President

Tammy Huddleston presented a plaque to JP Atkins.

Week 7 Free Gas Winner

David Porterfield of Lockessburg was the Week 7 in #1 Country's Free Gas Friday contest.  David registered at Baker's Saw Shop and picked up a check for $50 free gas!  Be sure to register at one of our participating sponsors every week until Labor Day.

Week 6 Free Gas Winner

Jay Lindly & Tyler Massey presented our Week 6 Free Gas Friday winner with a $50 check.  Amaris Steele of Horatio, who registered at Julio's Mexican Restaurant, will be able to redeem her check for gas at Cactus Plaza in De Queen.  Remember to sign up at one of our sponsors because we'll be giving away $50 each Friday until Labor Day.

De Queen to host Dixie Youth State Baseball tourney

Kyle Willis announced today(6/23) on #1 Country that the De Queen will host the 8&under, 10&under and 12&under Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament.  The tournament will be held at the De Queen Sportsplex July 9th through 11th. This will be a great opportunity to promote our area by showing these out-of-towners some of our southwest Arkansas hospitality!

Free Gas Friday Week #4

Bengie Barrington of Horatio signed up for #1 Country's Free Gas Friday drawing at the Main Street Kitchen in Horatio.  Her name was drawn as the Week #4 winner of $50 in free gas from Baker's Saw Shop in Lockesburg.  Congratulations, Bengie!

Stay Healthy; win a pool party

Dr. Randy Walker's office is giving away a pool party each week until school starts.  When you visit his office for a preventive service, you will be entered into a drawing for a pool party.  Drawing is held each Tuesday and the party will be scheduled for the following Monday.  Winner of the drawing on 6/22 is Tamara Hinson.


Christy McCullough and Melinda Taggart with the De Queen-Sevier County Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday, June 16th that the 31st annual Tri Lakes Big Bass Tournament has been postponed again.  The tournament has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 17th.  Stay tuned to KDQN for latest updates or visit

controlled burn at Ennis building

The De Queen Fire Department staged a controlled burn Friday night (6/11) to take down the dilapidated structure known as the former Ennis Plumbing building.

It was decided to demolish the building after reviewing the estimates of cost to repair it.

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.

Seymour receives $1200 scholarship

Aubrey Seymour was chosen to receive one of nine scholarships presented by the Arkansas Fair Managers Assocation annually. Selection is based on: Degree of involvement in County, District, and State fairs, Leadership skills, Community involvement, School activities and academics.

Aubrey was the winner of the $1200 Steve Skelton Endowed Scholarship.

A 2021 De Queen High School graduate, Aubrey is the 17 year old daughter of Debbie Seymour and Justin Seymour. She plans to attend Harding University in the fall.