Saturday, May 25, 2019

Bittersweet Goodbye

De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill stopped by #1 Country Studios Wednesday morning (5/22) to say farewell.  He will move from De Queen, Arkansas to Durant, Oklahoma on June 13th after serving the De Queen School District for 13 years.  Many changes have occurred during that time and many improvements to the school facilities will continue to be implemented under the direction of the new superintendent Jason Sanders.  We’ll miss you, buddy!

Ainsley's Angels carry torch for special olympics

Southwest Arkansas Ainsley’s Angels participated for the first time in this area on May 20, 2019 in the De Queen leg of the special Olympics Torch Run. Tessa Dean (shown right) said that a $2,000 donation from Shirley Taggart and $500 from Tres Agaves Restaurant will allow the group to purchase larger sized racing chairs that will accommodate adults. (Full story on Local News page)


De Queen Elementary held its twelfth annual Spelling Bee on Tuesday, May 21st at 1:30 in the De Queen High School auditorium. Nine finalists competed, and fifth grader Mario Gonzalez won when he correctly spelled “prerogative.” Third grader Lewis Baker was runner-up.



A reception will be held for De Queen’s Quiz Bowl team will be held Thursday, May 23rd, 6:00 pm at the Church of Christ Family Center. The team won the title of 5A State Champs and will be leaving soon for the national competition in Washington, DC.


De Queen FCCLA will hold a school-wide yard sale on Saturday, May 18th beginning at 7 am.  Approximately 15 booths will be set up on the high school’s front parking lot with yard sale and baked goods.

Shown L-R are: Pedro Sanchez, Isabel Hernandez, Mirella Hernandez, and sponsor Brittnie Irvin

sevier county senior citizen's appreciation day

The 38th annual Sevier County Senior Citizen’s Appreciation Day will be held Friday, May 24th on the Sevier County Courthouse Lawn in De Queen from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be food, music, door prizes, vendors and awards. This year’s theme is “Super Heroes”, “Super Health.”

Super Heros Angie Walker & Greg Ray


Chamber members and visitors to the Chamber office will notice a new staff member on board! Gail Greene will be assisting in day-to-day operations for our membership and board of directors. She will be familiar to many for her years of service as counselor for the De Queen Schools.

DMS April-May Good Citizens

Good Citizens for De Queen Middle School for April & May were:

Noah Varela, Caitlyn Carter, Laura Mae Harp & Will Collins

UCA awards $2000 scholarship to Grant Ethridge

The University of Central Arkansas has awarded Richard Grant Ethridge a Future Leaders Scholarship valued at $2,000. Grant is the son of Gina Ethridge.
The De Queen High School honor graduate is a member of National Honor Society, Vice-President of Young Democrats, Future Teachers of America, and FCCLA.
During his high school career Grant has maintained a 3.6 GPA and completed over 18 college credit hours. His plans are to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

Dania Castillo receives Arkansas Tech Leadership Scholarship

Dania Castillo, daughter of George and Brenda Ramirez,has been awarded an $8,000 Leadership Scholarship from Arkansas Tech University.
The De Queen High School senior is the cheer captain, member of Future Teachers of America, Track and Field and volunteers at the Mary and Martha Center.
Her plans are to major in Elementary Education.

SAGU presents Sarah Ahumada with $20,000 scholarship

De Queen senior Sarah Ahumada has been awarded a $17,000 Opportunity Scholarship along with a $3,000 cross country scholarship from SAGU (Southwestern Assemblies of God University) She is the daughter of Erika Buenrrostro.
Sarah is a member of FBLA, cross country and soccer.
She plans on majoring in Psychology.

UAFS awards Jon Kevin Villeda $14,000 scholarship

De Queen Honor Graduate Jon Kevin Villeda has been awarded the Academic Excellence and Lion’s Den Housing Scholarships from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.
He is the son of Micaela Rosas and Juan Villeda. Kevin is a member of National Honor Society as well as the De Queen Leopard cross country and track teams. He is also captain of the soccer team.
His plans are to earn a BS in Dental Hygiene.

Delgado receives CBU Scholarship

Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN has awarded De Queen Honor Graduate, Pamela Delgado the $60,000 Presidential Scholarship as well as the Opportunity Scholarship valued at $80,000.00.
Pamela is the daughter of Araceli Laguna and Alfonso Delgado. She is a member of National Honor Society, Lady Leopards Cross Country, Track and Soccer teams. Her plans are to major in Biology

Miryana Rafael awarded $132,000 from Christian Brothers University

De Queen honor graduate Miryana Rafael has been awarded an $80,000 Opportunity Scholarship and a $52,000 Maurelian Scholarship from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. She is the daughter of Margarita and Tomas Rafael.

Miryana is a member of National Honor Society, Lady Leopards soccer and cross country team.
Her plans are to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.


De Queen senior Jonathan Buenrostro has been awarded the Henderson State University Red and Gray Scholarship valued at $16,000.00.

Jonathan is the son of Rene and Xochitl Buenrostro. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Leopard football and track teams, and an honor graduate.

He plans to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.


Congratulations to Ashdown Junior High School student Bella Easley who has accumulated 1000 points in Accelerated Reader! Accelerated Reader is software for K-12 schools for monitoring the practice of reading. It was developed by Renaissance Learning, Inc.


Ashley Dykes was named the recipient of the Rotary Crystal Award as the outstanding senior female athlete at De Queen High School at Monday’s noon meeting of the club. Ashley is the daughter of David and Fawn Dykes.Rotary Club President Dustin Roberts presented the award to Ashley Dykes at Monday’s noon meeting of the club (4/22/19).


Chavon Pond was the final winner in #1 Country’s 2019 Golden Egg Contest.  She found Egg #4 in Horatio City Park on Field #2.  It was hidden underneath some wooden steps near the east fence.   Thanks to all our sponsors and to everyone who participated in the hunt this year!

$250 claimed for Egg # 3

Christina Ambriz and her son, Javier, found Egg #3 on Wednesday stapled to the sign at the entrance to the Sevier County Airport west of De Queen.  Christina said she was searching near Dierks after the clue Tuesday. Because Wednesday’s on -air clue told seekers to go  in the opposite direction, she thought Friday’s “train” clue might also be misleading, so she decided to look at the airport.


Mario & Felicia Gonzalez and their sons Mario and Mason turned in Egg #2 Monday afternoon (4/8) to claim the $250 Prize Pool. Felicia said she realized where the egg was hidden after the Bonus Clue Monday morning, so she sent her husband to retrieve it.    Mario found Egg #2 near Eagletown in McCurtain County, OK beside the old Tiner School building. It was inside the old tire next to the utility pole. They waited until after school to turn the egg in so the whole family could be in the picture.



Golden Egg # ! has been found!

Earlene Warrick from Foreman found the first of four eggs in #1 Country’s Golden Egg Hunt this year!! She said she was hunting in memory of her husband who passed away last year.  The Warricks have found six eggs in past 20 years! Congratulations Earlene!! She found the egg in the top of a bush near the first red light in Ashdown.

L.F. Henderson Battle of the Book's Teams Compete

Congratulations to two L.F. Henderson Intermediate Battle of the Book’s Teams who won at the DeQueen Mena Competition on March 26th.

(Shown Left) 3rd grade won 2nd place Cale Cleghorn, Adalie Aylett, Kennedy Standley, Elise Bowman

(Shown Right) 4th grade won 3rd place Shooter Johnson, Gracyn Blankenship, Demond Nettles


The De Queen Middle School Chess Team competed in the Ashdown Invitational Chess Tournament on March 27. Carson Prewett placed first overall in the seventh and eighth grade division. A total of 48 students competed in the tournament.