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"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."
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The 26th annual Tri Lakes Bass Tournament has been postponed due to high water levels at the boat ramps. The event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, June 27th.


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Jacob Bunyard

Bunyard named DHS 2015 VALEDICTORIAN

Through determination, dedication and many hours of studying, Jacob Bunyard climbed his way to the top of the academic ranks at De Queen High School and is this year's top graduate. 

Jacob is the son of Jay and Teresa Bunyard.


Horatio's graduation ceremony Tuesday featured two valedictorians again this year:  Megan Perez and Audrey Smith.

Smith is the daughter of Morris and Kathy Smith of Horatio. Perez is the daughter of Gala Richardson and Phillip Perez, also of Horatio

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The 5th annual One Less 5K is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th. It will be held at the De Queen Track & Field. Registration will begin at 7 am.

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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."

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Sevier County Judge Greg Ray & De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy stopped by the KDQN studios this morning to give an update on road conditions around the county. They stated that a few of the county roads have been closed due to flooding conditions, and several others have reports of standing water. Pay close attention to road conditions in the area this morning if you have to be traveling. Remember "Don't Drown, Turn Around."




UA Cossatot announced that registration is now open for the 2015 Continuing Education Classes. Classes that will be offered this summer include Truck Driver Training Program, Nursing Assistant Training Program, Fitness Kickboxing Program & Basic Photography + Photoshop Class plus many others! For more information or to register, contact Zebbie Minton at 870-584-4471.

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The De Queen Rotary Club recently received a Rotary District 6170 grant.
With that grant they graciously purchased three insulated food carriers and
twelve new serving utensils for the De Queen Senior Citizens Center.
Southwest Arkansas (De Queen Senior Center) Development Council would like to
thank the Rotary Club for their generous donation.



Pictured are: L-R Shanae Floyd, CRH Booster Club Treasurer and Tina McKee, Tyson Foods, Grannis Plant Product Coordinator. 


Tyson was pleased to recently support the Cossatot River School Athletic Department with a combined donation of $500 for the State Basketball Tournament Program and the Baseball Field Banner Program.  Tyson is proud to encourage and support our local school athletics.





Five students from the Ashdown Junior High Science Club won medals at the Destination Science competition at Mena on May 6.  Pictured are (front - l to r) Chelbi Gathright and Robin Roy, who placed first in their division for multimedia presentation; (back - l to r) Tyrun Willis and David Dennis, who placed first in their division for multimedia presentation, and Cody Barton, who placed second in his division for his marshmallow catapult.




Oscar Hamilton Elementary STELLAR Students for the month of May are:

Back row: Kaylyn Maynard, Carson Crumpton, Kullen Bookout, Caleb Klitz, A. J. Walker

Front row: Kaden Segraves, Logan Lansdell, Brody Bearden, Jaxon Gauldin, Destiny Conatser, Addie Harvey, Aidan Lopez




JP, Greg White & Jay


Former De Queen Graduate Greg White will be hosting the "Deeper than Skills Football Camp" June 2nd-4th. The camp will be for students entering the 3rd - 12th grades. Price will be $75 per camper, $125 for 2 sibling or $175 for 3 siblings. Registration forms need to be turned in by May 22nd. For more information, contact Greg White at 870-557-6051.


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Oscar Hamilton Elementary STELLAR Students for the month of April are:

Back row: Trinity Tallant, Riley Martin, Makiya Walker, Lucas Womble, Jayda Nelson

Middle: Kyla McElroy, Ashlyn Guthrie, Jade Hardwrick, Ashten Cody

Front: Karsyn Roan, Jaleney Mendoza, Kamrynn Knighten, Layla Bates




Angie Walker & Judge Greg Ray


Angie Walker and Judge Greg Ray visited #1 Country studios Friday, May 1st to promote two events coming up in May.  May 22nd is the date for the 34th annual Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation day celebration on the courthouse square in downtown De Queen and Saturday, May 23rd is the 26th annual Tri Lakes Big Bass Tournament sponsored by the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce.





Longtime De Queen resident Verlaine Jones attended the announcement celebration in Hope on Tuesday, May 5th when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced he would be running for President in 2016.


Verlaine and her husband, Haskell, hired Mike for his first job at KXAR in Hope when he was a teenager.



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Charleigh Elyssa Stewart



She’s a precious little angel sent from above

Wrapped in pink and surrounded by love! 


Bradley and Sarah Stewart of Russellville, AR would like to announce the birth of their baby girl! Charleigh Elyssa Stewart was born at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center on April 9, 2015, at 12:39 AM, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces, measuring 19 inches long. 


Paternal grandparents are Jim and Sharon Stewart of Horatio, AR.

Maternal grandparents are Richard and Lisa Dawson of London, AR. Maternal great grandparents are Charles and Marilyn Brown of Lamar, AR.


Zebera Kay Minton
Keith “Sheriff” Launius


Keith “Sheriff” Launius and Zebera Kay Minton are excited to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. 


The bride-to-be is the daughter of James and Sondra Graves and mother of Zane Minton all of Lockesburg.  She is employed as the Coordinator of Continuing Education with UA Cossatot.


The prospective groom is the son of Thomas and Jeanette Launius of Nashville.  He is a self-employed cattle rancher.


The couple plans to make their home in Mineral Springs after the wedding ceremony.  All family and friends are invited to celebrate with the couple at the wedding held at Crosspoint Cowboy Church in Nashville, Arkansas on June 12th at 7:00PM. 


Miss Rania Saleem


Dr. Sean Woods



Ray and Joyce Sonnier of De Queen proudly announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their grandson Dr. Sean Woods to Miss Rania Saleem both of Little Rock.


 Dr. Woods is the son of James Woods and Sandra Woods and Friedbert Schmitt. Miss Saleem is the daughter of Dr. Nazar Numan and Dr. Rund Hammoudi.


 The couple will reside in Atlanta, GA where the groom will practice medicine at Emory Children’s Hospital. The bride will be employed in systems engineering.


A June 6th wedding is planned.


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Horatio 6th Graders showed their "Lion Pride" at the Battle of the Books held on April 29, 2015 at the De Queen Mena Coop.

Front row won 1st Place- Luke Ernest, Kaitlyn Stafford, Tori Deen.  Back row won 3rd Place- Haylee Leeper, Sydney McMahan, Marissa Williamson

Front row won 3rd Place- Kaytlyn Brower, Trey Overturf, Danielle Beck, Gabbi Litchford.  Back row won 2nd Place- Brylee Braden, Sydney Casteel, Madison Bagley



L to R: Aaron Morris, Aubrey Seymour, Amber Morris, and Attalee Frachiseur. 


Sevier County 4-H held their Indoor O-Rama on April 14th.


Aaron Morris presented a speech about how to select the best show goat and Amber Morris presented a demonstration speech where she showed how to make deviled eggs.


Aubrey Seymour modeled an outfit in the Fashion Revue-purchased casual category and Attalee Frachiseur modeled an outfit in the Fashion Revue-purchased dressy category.


They all will now have the opportunity to compete at the next level in the District O-Rama. The district competition will be held in Gurdon this June.



De Queen High School senior Marje McLelland was named the winner of the De Queen Rotary Clubs Crystal Award winner. The Rotary Club presents this award to the outstanding Senior athlete each year.

Club Secretary Tammy Huddleston and Marje McLelland 



Congratulations to the Foreman Junior High Boys Track & Field   District Champs!  And to Coach John Hall, Track Coach of the Year



Pictured are (front - l to r) team members Ty Gentry, Drake Hile, Logan Russell, Taylor Schmitt, and Jake Day; Caleb Coulter - Natural Resources Program Technician at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie; (back) coaches Josh Smith, Tracy Gentry, Adam Dellinger, and Stacy Day


The Ashdown Junior High Trap Shooting Team won third place in the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Shotgun Range 6th Annual AYSSP Local Tournament on Saturday, April 4.  Over 20 schools participated in the tournament, with the AJHS team being one of 72 five-man squads competing in the junior and senior divisions combined.



New recording artist, C.J. Garton visited #1 Country studios on Tuesday to promote his new single "Away I Go".  Raised in Bristow, OK, C.J. now resides in Nashville, TN.


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The elementary quiz bowl team from Dierks won the Murfreesboro Invitational Quiz Bowl held on April 23. 14 teams vied for the rights to receive the championship trophy, and the Dierks team was victorious.
Seated l to R- Kamry Kelley, Macy Eckert, Kaden Helms, Emily Gordon, Kohl Kersey. Standing - Kai Oglesby, Darci Jones, Jason Eudy, Steven Dixon.





Little River County Judge Mike Cranford administering Oath of Office to State Representative DeAnn Vaught upon her for my appointment to the Arkansas Task Force on Substance Abuse Treatment Service


Carrie Craver, a sophomore FFA member of De Queen High School, was high point individual at the Sevier and Polk County Conservation Contest held April 8th, at the Gillham Lake.  Numerous FFA Land and Forestry teams from schools around the state competed.  Carrie scored the most points in the Land contest, leading her team to place 1st in Sevier County and 2nd overall.



De Queen senior Jessica Miller, daughter of Doug and Cecilia Miller has been awarded and Achievement Award at Southern Arkansas University.  The scholarship has a 4 year value of $8,000.  Jessica is a member of 4H, FBLA, FFA, Interact, Yearbook, Basketball, Archery, softball manager and First Baptist Church.

She plans to major in Nursing.




Land Team left to right:  Logan Hall Antonette Worthey, Carrie Craver, Emily Rodriguez


The De Queen FFA chapter recently competed at the Sevier/Polk County Conservation Contest. 

The club's teams did very well.  The Land team placed first in the Sevier County Division and 2nd. Overall.  The Forestry team also placed 1st in the Sevier County Division.




Forestry Team:  left to right:  Lucas Dorsey, Trent Gentry, Brandon Hagood, Tristan Steiner, Canaan Gideon, Ty Renfro   Advisor : Ryan Hanney




Sevier County Department of Human Services Child Abuse Awareness Display in front of the Sevier County Courthouse.

Division of County Operations, Division of Children and Family Services and Arkansas State Police – Crimes Against Children Division took part in placing the blue ribbons in front of the Sevier  County Courthouse on April 8, 2015. The purpose is to help raise the community’s awareness of child abuse in Sevier County.

Pictured  from Left to Right are Laurie Alexander (CACD), Jennifer Clark and Sherry McGowan (DCFS). Not pictured is Mary Runnels (County Administrator)





UA Cossatot Student Diversity Association were among students from across Arkansas who were invited by Arkansas Citizens First Congress to Youth Advocacy Day on March 24th and 25th at the Arkansas State Capitol. Students learned how political processes works, attended legislative committee meetings and met with their community's lawmakers.




Rosalma Martinez has received a Collegiate Scholars award (1500 dollars) from Arkansas Tech University beginning with the fall 2015 semester. She is a senior at De Queen High School. Rosalma is the daughter of Martha martinez and the Granddaughter of Rafael and Fausta Martinez. She is the Interact President, Young Democrats Vic President, a member of the show choir and FCCLA.




Yanira Marrufo has been awarded the Chancellor's Leadership Corps Scholarship from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  This scholarship has a 4 year value of $32,000.   She is a senior at De Queen High School and the daughter of Lorenzo and Maria Marrufo.  Yanira is a member of the archery team, tennis team and Future Teachers of America.  She also attends Praise Temple Church and the Mary and Martha Center.  Her plans are to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.



~Front~ Adam Pieratt, Orey Chandler, Jackson Armstrong, Brody Pennington.

~Middle~Dylan Ainsworth, Taylor Gourley, Jaydon Hostetler (Nashville), Ty Gordon (Nashville), Cameron Lane (Blevins), Bryson Rhodes, Mack Carver (De Queen).

~Coaches~ Brad Lane, Brandon Rhodes, Jim Pennington, Tate Gordon


The 2015 1st Leg Everett GMC Triple Crown (Wally Hall) 13 Year Old Open Division Champions was the High Performance Baseball team.





The first grade team from Margaret Daniel Primary in Ashdown won first place in the Battle of the Books competition at the De Queen-Mena Educational Cooperative last month.  Pictured below are the winning team:  (Front row - l to r) Makhi Lewis, Zah'nye Ramnarine, Madison Ceynar, (back row) Lily Babb, Camryn Blankenship, Fredrick Hunter, Brooklyn Markle, and Hunter Ross.  The team is coached by Phyllis Veazey and Brenda Tate.





Aaron Morris a member of Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, Shooting Sports Club, and 4-H Teen Leaders Club attended the Arkansas 4-H Day at the Capitol on March 18, 2015.  While there Aaron got to hear Governor Asa Hutchison speak about the importance of 4-H and its youth development programs, tour the capitol, set in the Gallery during a session of the Arkansas Senate, and meet our local Representative DeAnn Vaught.  Roughly 300 4-H’ers from all over Arkansas spent the day at the capitol.





Photo:  L-R Donna Duggan, Tyson Foods, Complex HR Manager and Bryan Chesshir, Prosecuting Attorney, 9th Judicial District West.


Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently made a $1500 donation supporting the South Central Drug Task Force.  The DTF covers seven counties in Southwest Arkansas (Sevier, Hempstead, Nevada, Lafayette, Little River, Howard and Pike).  This law enforcement agency will use donations to purchase a narcotic detecting dog. The K9 will be used in all counties and is an important tool used to fight the war on drugs.  Tyson Foods is proud to be a part of the effort aimed at keeping our communities a safe place to live and work.



The Lakeside 4H Club is selling chances on a Rod and Reel. Chances are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 15 for $10. Tickets can be purchased at 5S Outdoor, Tires Plus & Rivas Garage. The drawing will be held on Mother's Day.



Emmy Bailey shows one of potted flamingos the Sevier County Relay for Life has available for you to send to your "favorite" person's office.    You can also send a flock of flamingos to decorate their yard for three days.  Cost ranges from $10 to $50 with all proceeds going to Sevier County Relay for Life.
This year's Relay is set for Friday, May 29th at the De Queen Sportsplex.

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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.



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.



"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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