Friday, September 24, 2021

Recognizing 35 years of Broadcastiing

De Queen Public Schools Athletic Director Lance Pinkerton surprised Jay Bunyard prior to the De Queen-Nashville game on September 10th by presenting Jay with a plaque honoring him for his 35 years of radio play-by-play for Leopard football.

Bransons donate to Sevier County Medical Center

Mike and Lorena Branson of Gillham recently presented the Sevier County Medical Center Foundation with a $5,000.00 donation. Chairman Bruce Jackson thanked the Bransons for their generous donation and stated that donations such as this will support the purchase of important resources to help provide care for the patients and families of Sevier County.

If you would like information about the Sevier County Medical Center Foundation, check out their Facebook page or contact any Board Member.

Ashdown High School Drone Students pass UAS Safety Test (TRUST)

AHS drone students Randi Gaither, Conner Ballanger, and Matthew Reed passed the Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) today and received their certificates.

LtoR: 1st row Nate Burnham, Chad Authement, Jason Coy, Rodrick Grimes, Jaelyn Wolf, Reagan Anderson; 2nd row Tristan Penney, Will Neal, Kenny Brown, Krista Foley, Emerlee Villagran; 3rd row Logan Tomlinson, Ty Reed, MJ Hurd, Gunner Riggs, Ms. McCormack.

Ashdown High School JAG Employee of the Month

The Ashdown High school JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) program has its first JAG employee of the month. Senior, Chris Cherry was selected for September.

His manager, Toni Lansdell said, “He's a hard working, smart, fun kid. He covers shifts and pumps up the team to be in good spirits. He is always on time and ready to go right to work when he gets to Sonic. Just an all around great team player. We love him!”

JAG specialist, Meagan Garrison feels the exact same way. “Chris always comes to class ready to work with a smile on his face even if he worked late the night before. He is much deserving of this award!”


The Horatio Girls Basketball team will hold a fund-raising chicken dinner on Friday, September 17th beginning at 3:30 prior to the Horatio vs Foreman football game. The dinner will be held at the First Assembly Fellowship Hall directly across from the football field.  The girls said you may dine in or get meals to go for just $8 per plate.

Pictured (l-r)  Kaiden Dockins, Lauren Emerson, Raylee VanVoast & Mallori Marshall.

It's Spirit week at DHS

De Queen High School students are getting ready for Homecoming Friday night by dressing up for each day Spirit Week.  Themes for the week are:  Monday-Superhero; Tuesday-Twin Day; Wednesday-Pajama Day; Thursday-Color Wars–Seniors wear Pink, Juniors wear Blue, and Sophomores wear Red; Friday-Black & Gold Day.

Photo: L-R Jesus Maruffo, Jafet Sotelo, Abigail Barker & Jackie Pham.

Free Trunk or Treat October 30th

Alicia Rivas Gonzalez announced plans for the 3rd annual Truck or Treat in De Queen on Saturday, October 30th.  The fun event for children of all ages will be held from 4 until 6 pm at the De Queen Sportsplex.  The public is invited to participate by decorating their car or setting up a booth to pass out candy to the costumed children.

If you don't want to man a booth or car, you may still participate by donating bags of wrapped candies to be passed out.  Drop off your candy donation at KDQN studio, Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts, The Ranch House, De Queen Auto Group, Leopard Nutrition or Meraki Beauty Salon.

To register contact Alicia at (870) 584-0628.

Cossatot River School Archery Program

Cossatot River School district offers Archery to their students 4th through 8th grades as part of their extracurricular activities.

Coaches Sharon Miles, Shelly Speight, Tina Jew and Samantha Boyette stopped by #1 Country Studios to share information about the program.

According to the National Field Archery Association website, a Cambridge study suggests that extracurricular activities provide a safe environment for adolescent growth while preventing bad habits like smoking and drinking. “Not all kids like team sports. Individual sports such as archery may give these kids a place to shine…”

Work is progressing on new hospital

Monte Bartek shared some new photos of the work being done on the new hospital in Sevier County.



Members of the Collin Raye Concert Committee recently made a donation of $5,000 to the Sevier County Medical Center Foundation.

Co-Chairs Bonita Smith and Patty Sharp said “our community always comes together when help is needed and making this donation to the foundation to support healthcare in our community is our way of showing support for the hospital.”

Those present at the check presentation included Ned Hendrix, Gayla Youngblood, Patty Sharp, Bruce and Sandra Jackson, De Queen Mayor Jeff Brown, John and Evelyn Helms, Bonita Smith and Scott Simmons.

Two more winners claim free gas

Two more winners claimed their checks for $50 in free gas in #1 Country's Free Gas Friday promotion.  Lacy Cunningham of Broken Bow registered at James Hodge Dodge in Idabel and Laqueita Whitely of Grannis registered at Pruett's Food in De Queen.

Last drawing for the summer will be Friday, September 3rd, so be sure you get registered by noon Thursday.

Aerial view of Leopard Stadium

Here's an aerial view of Leopard Stadium with the new astro-turf, digital scoreboard and updated bleachers.

First home game is September 10th against Nashville.


Photo courtesy of Tiffany Maurer, Sevier County Economic Development Director

Leopard Stadium gets a facelift!

Fans attending the Leopard football games this year are in for a treat! New astroturf was installed over the summer and it really changed the look of the stadium.  Team that up with the new digital scoreboard and work done on the seating and fans will enjoy the Leopard home games even more.

Another Free Gas Winner

Melissa Billy of Nashville picked up a $50 for her husband, Raymond in #1 Country's Free Gas Friday contest.  Raymond registered at D & S Carpet in Nashville and will be able to redeem his check at TJ's.  Contest continues through Labor Day, so be sure to register each week at one of our participating sponsors.

84th Annual Sevier County Fair Rodeo

The 84th annual Sevier County Fair & Rodeo is happening in De Queen August 28 through September 4th.   The Rodeo Royalty pageant will be Saturday, August 28th at 8 am, followed by the Fair Pageant & Talent contest at 10 am.  Enjoy the livestock, exhibits & carnival rides provided by Hip Hop Amusements beginning Monday the 30th.  The Dodge Ram Rodeo will be Friday and Saturday nights at 8.

Horatio Hometown Connections

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

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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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.