Tuesday, September 17, 2019

BURN BAN FOR SEVIER COUNTY

Sevier County Judge Greg Ray along with Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt and Office of Emergency Services Manager Walter Smith announced Tuesday, September 17th that a Burn Ban was in effect until further notice for Sevier County.  Chief Pruitt stated that any fire calls resulting from outdoor burning may result in tickets being issued and vines levied.  OEM Smith also reminded Sevier County residents that there will be a “Drive By”  flu immunization clinic at the De Queen Fire Station on Friday, September 27th from  7:00 to 3:30.

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American Legion Post 54

James Jacobs with American Legion Post 54 in De Queen invited area veterans to their meeting Saturday, September 21st, 10 am.  Speaker will be a state veterans’ services representative.   The Legion Post is located at 513 North 8th Street in De Queen.

ARVEST BANK INVESTS IN COMMUNITY

Arvest Bank employees presented a $4,500 check to the De Queen Police Department for their K-9 Unit on Friday, September 13th in De Queen.

Raptor is a two year old Belgin Malinois (pronounced Mal-in-wah).  He and Patrolman/K9 Officer Jarrin Platt attended two weeks of training the K-9 Academy in Little Rock.

The team is trained in narcotics detection, tracking and bite.

Annual Sevier County Farm Bureau Meeting Held

Around 200 Sevier County Farm Bureau members attended Tuesday’s annual meeting at the De Queen School Cafeteria.

Farm Bureau President Bruce Jackson presented the Farm Family of the Year award to the Josh Morris family of Gillham.

Sevier County 1% Hospital Tax Election

Sevier County residents will be asked to vote on the 1% Hospital Sales Tax in the special election to be held October 8, 2019. This is an important decision for Chamber members to consider. Sevier County Economic Development officer Lisa Taylor and De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Director Suzanne Babb told #1 Country listeners that there are several opportunities to get this information and have questions answered at scheduled public meetings:
All are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m.
Sept 9, Mon, De Queen School Cafeteria
Sept 10, Tues, Horatio Elementary School Cafeteria
Sept 16, Mon, In Spanish, De Queen School Cafeteria
Sept 17, Tues, De Queen Mena Coop Conference Room, Gillham
Sept 30, Mon, Lockesburg Senior Citizens Center
Click Here for a Fact Sheet and sample ballot example. Call 870-584-3225 or go by 315 W. Stilwell (downtown De Queen).

18th ANNUAL HOO RAH DAYS BEAUTY PAGEANT

The 18th Annual Hoo Rah Days beauty pageant will be held Saturday, September 14th at the De Queen High School Auditorium.  Registration is from 8:30 until 9:30 with the pageant beginning at 11 am. Crowning will be at 2:30 pm.  For more information contact Jackie Beasley at (870) 279-1787.  Click HERE for entry form.

CHURCH MEMBERS GET EMERGENCY TRAINING

On Thursday, August 29th, Members of First Baptist Church, De Queen Church of Christ, Memorial Baptist Church, First Assembly of God and St. Barbara's Catholic Church in De Queen received training how to use their new Automated External Defibrillators that were donated by Simple Simon's Pizza and Dr. Randy Walker. Instructor Jay Litchford also provided Stop the Bleed training.

FREE GAS WEEK #12 WINNER

Week #12 of Number One Country's Free Gas Friday giveaway has come and gone.  The name of Robert Levesque of Horatio was drawn from among the entries at our participating sponsors.  He had registered at Gentry Chevrolet.  Bob received a check for $50 gas from the Sevier County Co-Op.  Last drawing will be August 30th.

CHILDREN'S HEALTH FAIR

A health fair was held at First Assembly of God church in De Queen on Wednesday, August 7th.  Officials say 132 kids and 72 adults participated.

Over 10,000 supplies collected

Dr. Randy Walker's office collected over 10,000 school supplies that were distributed to De Queen and Horatio Elementary students on the first day of school.

DHS BAND ready for new year

Jafet Sotello, Assistant Band Director Jeff Attaway and Anna Stinnett visited #1 Country Studios Tuesday morning (8/14).  Sotello stated that even though their numbers are down this year, the band is ready for the new school year.

The band will perform at the scrimmage game this Friday night (8/16) at Leopard Stadium.

DHS GOLF TEAM

Even though school has just started, the DHS Golf team has had several matches. Jared Hickson said he was looking forward competing to this year.

"""PLANE""

A small airplane crashed Sunday afternoon in a pasture in the Chapel Hill community just west of De Queen.

The crash was reported to authorities at 4:45 Sunday afternoon. The crash site was less than a mile from the Sevier County Airport near Highway 70 West.

John Tackett, 67,  of De Queen was killed in the crash.  Joe Greer, 77, of Horatio suffered broken bones and cuts but is expected to recover.

ROGERS & SERRANO REPORT ON BOYS & GIRLS STATE

Jordan Rogers and David Serrano, seniors to be at De Queen High School, told the Rotary Club Monday about their experiences at Girls Sate in Searcy and Boys State in Conway this summer. The Rotary Club sponsored their trips.

ANOTHER $50 GAS WINNER

Ronald Stapp of Dierks entered his name in Number One Country's Free Gas Friday drawing when his son bought a Bad Boy mower from Baker's Saw Shop in Lockesburg.  His name was drawn to win week eleven's $50 in gas from the Sevier County Farmer's Co-op.

Shown right is Ronald Stapp and his grandson Jackson.

LINDA RUSSELL RETIRES

Linda Mauldin Russell began working at the De Queen Daily Citizen & Bee when she was a junior in high school  A retirement reception was held at the Bee office today (7/31/19) to honor her 48 years of employment and service to the community.  Linda said she plans to camp, take care of grandbabies, and get things marked off her “honey-do” list.

Ashdown K-5 Students Receive School Supplies

Grants from Domtar and Walmart, along with the Ashdown School District made it possible to provide free instructional school supplies for all students K-5th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. The district values our community partners that help to provide the best possible education for our students and look forward to their continued support.

NEW BIKE/HIKE/WALK TRAIL

The Gateway Trail, sponsored by Legacy Initiatives, is a proposed 3.4 mile loop at Pine Ridge Park. It will be a multi-use trail for hiking, biking, and running.

Dr Lofton says Pine Ridge is an ideal location because there are five restrooms along the trail, a big parking lot, and awesome views of De Queen Lake.

GROUP WANTS TO REINSTATE OVERNIGHT CAMPING

Around 60 people attended the Save Camp Albert Pike Rally on Saturday (7/27/19) to make a plea to the U.S. Forest Service to reopen the site to overnight camping. Marty Walker of Daingerfield, Texas, organizer of the effortsaid he started visiting the campgrounds in the 1960s.

Benefit concert featuring Charley Farley

A benefit concert has been organized for Blake Brinkley, a Horatio resident who was injured in wreck earlier this month.

The concert will be held August 3rd at The UA Cossatot Amphitheater in De Queen beginning at 4:00 p.m. with a meal. Local favorite and Gillham native Charley Farley will headline the show and the concert will open with special guests Greg Gardner and Element at 5:00.

Call 870-784-1348 or 870-279-5109 for more information. Tickets are $15 each and include the meal. We do have them for sale at #1 Country studios Monday thru Friday between 7 am & 4 pm.

KID'S DAY AT GILLHAM VFD

The Gillham Volunteer Fire Department will hold their 4th Annual Kid's Day program August 3rd from 4pm -6pm at the Gillham fire station.  It is free and open to the public. There will be free hot dogs and chips to eat.

This year along with fire prevention they are focusing on escaping a fire.  There will be an escape house for kids and adults to go through with obstacles to simulate escaping the obstacles. Adults will have as much fun as kids they will have a live demonstration and they can play in the water at the end.

Goody bags will be provided for kids up through high school while supply lasts.

7-AAAA MEDIA DAY

Ashdown Coach Matt Richardson and members of the Panthers football team at the 7-4A Media Day Friday, July 19th in Little Rock.

 

 

Photo by Jonathan Canaday

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

Karen Crum and Patti Boone told #1 Country listeners if you've seen the school bus in front of Arvest Bank in De Queen it is to remind the public that they are collecting school supplies to be distributed to students in the Horatio School District July 15th through 26th at Arvest Bank on Collin Raye Drive and on July 27th from 10 until 2 at Walmart.

Sevier COUNTY RODEO PAGEANT

The Sevier County Rodeo Pageant will be held on Saturday,August 3rd at the Sevier County Fairgrounds.  Deadline to enter is Noon Saturday, July 27th.  Fee is $45. Must be a Sevier County resident.  Call Amanda Hundley for more information.  Click here for rules and an entry form.

HEAVY RAINS CAUSE FLOODING

Our sister stations in Nashville, AR reported that as of 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service in Shreveport said 8.04 inches of rain was recorded at the Dierks Lake Dam. Rainfall totals approaching or possibly exceeding 12 inches have occurred to the east of Center Point & north of State Highway 26. Several streets and highways in Nashville, Dierks, Center Point, in Pike County and surrounding areas are closed due to flooding. Turn Around Don't Drown!

LOCAL FRED'S STORES CLOSING

Fred’s, Inc. has announced that it will be closing stores in Nashville and De Queen. The company says it will be closing 129 retail stores, leaving only 80 stores remaining. All 166 pharmacies will remain open at this time. Company officials said they expect proceeds from the inventory clearance sales to be enough to repay outstanding indebtedness under its revolving credit agreement. Official closing dates have not been announced for De Queen or Nashville at this time.

RUMBLE IN THE PARK

The Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club has announced the 3rd Annual “Rumble in The Park” poker run for August 10th, 2019. The poker run and live auction serve as a fundraiser to help kids of Sevier County and promote community fun. The cost is $20 per hand and includes a meal. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the event will be held at The Herman Dierks City Park in De Queen.   Everyone is welcome and riding a motorcycle is not required. Automobiles are welcome. Call Jerry Ligon, Brother's #34 president for more information, at 870-784-6283.

GREG REVELS NAMED ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR

Local Certified Public Accountant Greg Revels was named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-2019 at Monday's noon meeting of the De Queen club.

Revels has been a Rotarian for a number of years.  he's involved in several club projects and organizes the Rotary 5K fundraising run each year.

Club Secretary Tammy Huddleston presented the plaque to Revels.

4-H ASSISTS SHERIFF'S OFFICE WITH BLOCK PARTIES

The Sevier County 4-H Teen Leaders will assist the Block Party planning committee with the events that are scheduled for three different locations in Sevier County. The first block party was held at the Gillham Fire Department on June 25th.  Ethan Wolcott and his mother, Tonya, told #1 Country listeners that the next two events are planned for July 23rd and August 27th They will have food, games and fun for the entire family…and it's completely free!  If you would like to have a booth at one or all of the block parties, contact a member of the planning committee: Lynette Gilmore, Hattie Vance, Leslie Daniels or Tonya Wolcott.