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Stephen Sloan, graduate of De Queen High and employed with De Queen School System since 2000, was hired Wednesday as the Head Football Coach for the De Queen Leopards.

Coach Sloan stopped at KDQN Thursday Morning to talk about the upcoming changes to the Leopard Football Program.

Pictured left to right: Brew Crew Host Jay Lindly, Athletic Director Bob Sikes, Coach Sloan and KDQN's News Director Jim Pinson.


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The Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the Arkansas Biosciences Institute sponsored a Brain Bee as part of Brain Awareness Week. The Brain Bee is a live question and answer competition testing the neuroscience knowledge of high school students. Last year the student that won the state competition went on to win the national championship. Afterwards, the student went on to compete internationally and placed fourth.

Two De Queen High School Sophomore's competed in Little Rock last week. Ailian Ocampo and Sierra Noey finished in the top twenty. Both students hope to compete again next year.




De Queen Junior High School Good Citizens

Front Row (L-R): Lizbeth Osura & Karah Harding
Back Row (L-R): Gage Woods & Shaylan Loyd




DHS Students of the month:


Sophomores Perla Cervantes and Jacky Baro; Juniors Reisa Bakenhus and Angel Vega and Seniors Tori Roberson and Adrian Hernandez.


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Ashdown High School Band Member Hunter Billingsley was selected and performed over the weekend at the Arkansas All State Band Convention held in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Band students from all around the state were selected in January from their local regions based on prepared music, sight reading and scales. After 2 1/2 days of rehearsal, students played concerts for family members, friends and band directors.


"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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961 East Collin Raye Drive - De Queen

PETTIT MACHINERY has been a part of the De Queen business community since 2015, when it purchased the former Southwest Arkansas Equipment. Pettit Machinery offers sales, service and parts for a wide variety of John Deere tractors, lawn mowers, utility vehicles and other equipment. Store Manager Jon Kight and his crew have over one hundred years combined experience in selling, servicing and acquiring parts for John Deere products. Check out Pettit Machinery's website at for ongoing sales promotions or visit the business' Facebook page. Located at 961 E. Collin Raye Drive, Pettit Machinery is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Pictured from left to right are Ronnie Powell, Leon Meeks, Donna Huckaby, Colton Blackmon, Cesar Marrufo, Jon Kight, William Powell and Shawn Churchwell. Call (870) 584-7222.



503 East Collin Raye Drive - De Queen


RAWLS FURNITURE is celebrating its fourth year in De Queen and more than 20 years at its location in New Boston, Texas. Located at 503 E. Collin Raye Drive in De Queen and at 103 N. McCoy Blvd. in New Boston, Rawls furniture offers a large selection of furniture, mattress sets and appliances. Rawls Furniture prides itself on offering high quality products at affordable prices. Owner Robert Rawls said the store offers a 12-month same as cash policy and is currently hosting a sale during which customers who purchase a Corsicana queen mattress set will receive a free platform bed valued at $400. Rawls Furniture also offers a wide variety of La-Z-Boy recliners and sofas. Stop by 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Call (870) 642-2202 or visit or on Facebook. Pictured from left to right are Robert Rawls, Pedro Ruvalcaba and Tyler Massey.




Congratulations to the Ashdown Junior High 7th Grade Quiz Bowl Team on their 4th place finish at the Murfreesboro Invitational Quiz Bowl Tournament.

Seated: Alexis Johnson, Emma Isham, Hanna Denton

Standing: Ben Adkison, Landon Wright, Will Bishop, Jacob Formby, Dillon Rose




The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation recently announced that Victor J. Rojas of De Queen has been named a 2017 Truman Scholarship Finalist. Rojas who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education through Southern Arkansas University will travel to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee next month for a panel interview.


Gary Tabler, resident of Ben Lomond, entered KDQN's Valentine's Day Sweetheart Giveaway contest. As a result of his "Sweetheart Story" he was chosen by listeners and Face Book friends as the winner of a Gift Basket from Diana's Clothing and Gifts.

Mr. Tabler shown here with his "Sweetheart"  Rosalie have been married 41 years.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Tabler!!! 




Bobby Little of De Queen, shown here with his 5 Generation Family which include left to right: 


Bobby Little, with daughter Nancy Wells,  Nancy's  son: Shannon Wells, Shannon's daughter, Shanna Whisenhunt and her daughter, Kenliegh Whisenhunt. All family members from De Queen and Horatio.






The 5th/6th grade team from Jo Ann Walters Elementary in Dierks has done it again!  At the Murfreesboro Invitational Quiz Bowl tournament held Feb. 9, the team competed against 17 other teams.  They eventually met Arkadelphia in the finals and narrowly missed claiming the top spot - by only 5 points. 


Team members are Sydney Mounts, Rustin Simmons, Captain Mackay Smith, Jenna Bray, and Lillian Glass.


Ashdown High School Panther Theatre students travelled to Historic Washington State Park to re-enact a courtroom dramatization of an actual court case from Hempstead County in 1844. Panther Theatre will perform a similar style production at Little River County Courthouse for the county's 150th year celebration on March 2 and 3. Performance times will be 7:00 p.m. both evenings. Seating is limited so please call the LRC courthouse at 870 898 7210 for ticket information.










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"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


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."


Park Interpreters Shelley Flannery and Tori Carson

Check out the State Park's Activities at: 



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.

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 05/03/16

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 599.0 610.79 0.31 7000
De Queen Lake 437.0 466.34 0.31 M
Gillham Lake 502.0 541.57 -1.08 M
Dierks Lake 526.0 545.66 0.24 M
Millwood Lake 259.2 265.36 1.41 M
Lake Wright Patman 226.0 251.99 0.59 3992
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 403.33 10.28 4400
Toledo Bend 172.00


0.08 31869

 For current Gage Stations and Tributary levels click here:    NOAA    


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