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Standing: (L to R) Benny Berry, Nathan Hudson, Ethan Starwalt, Luke Rogers, Skylar Lawrence, Manny Hernandez, Dalton Dowell, Devin Boyles, (Head Cheerleader Destiny Lawrence) Evan Starwalt, Jaylan Boyles  Sitting is Coach Steven Hudson



Coach Steven Hudson and some members of the Sevier County All Stars 12 and under visited with The Brew Crew about an upcoming fundraisers to help with travel expenses to the World Series.

World Series Bingo Night will be held July 29th in the Horatio Elementary Cafeteria. Doors open at 6pm, Bingo starts at 7pm. $10 per card with unlimited play on the card. Concession will be available. Come out and support these young athletes.

They will be representing Arkansas in the Dixie Youth World Series on August 5th in Laurel Mississippi.


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Front row left to right:
Carson McKiever, Mason Marshall, Gage Woods, Easton Leonard,
Brentley Morris, Xander Worthey.

Back Row:
Nathaniel Socash, Blake Pickett, Dayton Ralls, Garet Wilson.

Charlie Marshall, Tony Worthey, Jeff Woods

This team will be headed to Pineville, LA on August 5-11th to play in the
2016 Dixie Boys World Series.




Teresa Bunyard announced Tuesday that she will seek re-election to a ninth term as Alderman, Ward Two, Position One on the De Queen City Council in November.


   In announcing her candidacy, Alderman Bunyard made the following statement: “It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve you on the City Council. My educational background and business experiences have prepared me well to work with budgets and administer grants, as well as understand revenues and expenditures in state and local government. Feel free to call me at 642-3104, as I always pledge to be accessible to listen to your concerns and suggestions. I humbly ask for your vote and continued support.”



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Arkansas Dixie 14U State Champions

Mayson McKiever, Logan Williamson, Mack Carver, Quinshaun Bennett-Hale, CJ Whitfield
Jack Rich, Will Athey, Brennen Seymour, Connor Gammon, Isaiah Williamson

Coaches: Jeff Woods, Jamie Williamson, Tony Worthey, Michael Williamson

They will be headed to Pineville, Louisiana August 5th to represent Arkansas in the Dixie World Series.


"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
Archived spotlights


305 E Collin Raye Drive ~ De Queen



Shelter Insurance Woods Agency, Inc., has been a part of the local business community for over 40 years. The De Queen insurance agency was founded in 1975 by Leonard Woods. His son, Jeff, has managed the agency for the past 22 years. Shelter Insurance offers a variety of insurance policies for auto, home, life and business. Jeff said the agency's focus on customer satisfaction has been a big factor in the business' longevity. "We strive to find out what our customers' needs are and do the best thing possible for them," he said. "If you take care of your customers, they will take care of you." Shelter Insurance is located at 305 E. Collin Raye Drive. Call (870) 584-4542 for more information. Pictured above from left to right are Pollyanna Smith, Jennifer Garcia, Jeff Woods and Debbie Jones.


Don's EZ Storage

1450 West Collin Raye Drive ~ De Queen




Opened 15 years ago, Don’s EZ Storage provides the area with commercial and household storage units.   Don’s EZ Storage is proud to be part of this community and offers different size units available


They offer different sizes of storage units:  (5X10), (10X10), (10X15), and (10X20).  If you need a storage facility, stop by Don’s EZ Storage at 1450 West Collin Raye Drive De Queen, Arkansas or call 870-584-4444.


There is a full time manager on site Monday through Friday 9A.M. until 5 P.M. for your convenience.




Janet Miller of De Queen is the lucky winner of $100 worth of free gas. Her name was drawn from the "Free Gas Friday" box at TJ's.

For your chance to win, look for the "Free Gas Friday" boxes at area businesses. Each week the entries are discarded so remember to fill out your name and phone number each week.

For a list of participating sponsors, listen to The Brew Crew on Number One Country 92.1 FM each morning between 6am and 9am.

Up and coming Country Music Star Shane Owens visits Number One Country

Alabama native, Shane Owens, stopped by Number One Country's studio on Thursday July 14th to visit and perform his new single "Country Never Goes Out of Style."

“I think of myself as a crusader for traditional country music,” says the Alabama stylist with the burnished baritone. “A lot of the music that’s on the radio now is not traditional country. They’ve kinda gotten away from that. I’m country, and there ain’t no other way I can be. That’s just what I am and I think the traditional style is coming back around. At some point in time, this younger generation is going to start catching on. You can already see that they are. I see it at my shows.”

To read more or hear his new single, go to his website at


Shane Haarmeyer, right, host of our sister station KILX 102.1 "The Good Path" visit with LaResea "Dr. Reesie" Woods of Smiles of Arkansas and Sheriff Elect Robert Gentry about the upcoming National Night Out.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office, De Queen Police Department, De Queen Fire Department and other Sevier County Volunteer Fire Departments plus Smiles of Arkansas host the 2016 National Night Out event to be held at the De Queen Sportsplex on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6 until 9 pm.

The purpose of this non-political event is to establish a relationship which will assure good communication between our communities and with our local government agencies.

If you would like to have a booth set up to advertise your business, church or organization or perhaps you wish to donate something such as school supplies: Please contact Beth Hughes (870) 584-8227 or Dana Gentry (870) 279-0499.

Click here for a Vendor Registration Form.


De Queen Flight Nurse Celebrates Career Milestone

Flight nurse Jackie Wright recently celebrated a milestone in her career – her 750th patient flight. Wright is a flight nurse for the De Queen, Ark., Air Evac Lifeteam base.
She started working as a flight nurse for Air Evac in March 2009, and has also taught nursing and history at Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas.
Wright said her co-workers are an important reason why she loves working for Air Evac.


Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex was pleased to donate more than 1,000 pounds of Tyson chicken to the Senior Citizen Center in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. The Center serves meals to area senior citizens in the local community while providing a place for them to gather and fellowship. Tyson Foods is committed to serving seniors in our local community where we live and work. Pictured is Broken Bow Plant HR Manager, Mario Contreras and Donna Riley, Broken Bow Senior Citizen Center Director.


Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently donated over 11,000 pounds of chicken to the Harvest Regional Food Bank of Texarkana, TX. Tyson Foods is committed to Share Our Strength and “No Kid Hungry”.

Photo: L-R: Ryan Satterfield, Harvest Regional Food Bank and Tyson Foods, Broken Bow Plant HR Mgr. Mario Contreras.


Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex was pleased to help sponsor the Grannis Rodeo again this year. The Grannis Rodeo started back in 1968 and continues to excite and entertain fans both locally and those from far away. Hundreds of cowboy and cowgirls look forward to this annual event which is being held August 5th and 6th this year.

Grannis Plant Manager, Tim Norman recently presented a $500 check to Rodeo president, Shelly Johnson.



Ashdown Band Students participate in Henderson State University Band Camp. Students participating:

(Top Row Right) Brayden Porter: 4th Band, 3rd Chair

(Top Row Left ) Tryston McCandless - 3rd Band, 3rd Chair
Jared Simms - 3rd Band, 1st Chair

(Bottom Row Right) John Henry Thomas - 2nd Band, 9th Chair
 Anthony Knudson - 2nd Band, 7th Chair
(Bottom Row Left)
Noah Pounds - 1st Band, 2nd Chair



Dayna Markham                     Ariel Shumake

Dayna Markham (Left) placed 3rd Band, 2nd Chair and Ariel Shumake (Right) placed 2nd Band, 3rd Chair at Band Camp Junior I Week held at Henderson State University.   


Click here for Registration Form

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Eleven Sevier County 4-H’ers attended the Ouachita District 4-H O’Rama in Hope on June 14. Blake Sawyer placed 2nd in junior Bicycle, Aaron Morris placed 2nd in senior Safety Speech, Brennen Seymour placed 3rd in senior Animal Science Speech, Drake Boatright placed 4th in junior Wildlife, Evin Frachiseur placed 4th in junior Fashion Revue–Purchased Casual, Attalee Frachiseur placed 2nd in junior Fashion Revue–Purchased Dressy, Amber Morris placed 3rd in junior Food Fair Speech, Aubrey Seymour placed 2nd in junior Human Development Speech, Brayden Frachiseur placed 9th in junior Bait Casting & Game Fish ID, Marcus Rosson placed 3rd in junior Reel Into Sport Fishing and Hunter Frachiseur placed 4th in Gun Safety & BB Gun Marksmanship.

Front Row (L to R): Raegan Frachiseur, Evin Frachiseur, Brayden Frachiseur, Drake Boatright, Hunter Frachiseur, Landon Frachiseur, Pace Frachiseur Back Row (L to R): Attalee Frachiseur, Blake Sawyer, Aaron Morris, Amber Morris, Aubrey Seymour, Brennen Seymour 


Leslie Simmons won $100 worth of free gas just by dropping her name and phone number in the box at Southeast Feed, one of the "Free Gas Friday" sponsors.

For your chance to win, go to a "Free Gas Friday" sponsor and put you name and phone number in the box. Names are drawn weekly then trashed, so be sure to sign up each week.

For a list of participating sponsors, listen to The Brew Crew on Number One Country 92.1 FM each morning between 6am and 9am.



June 17th and 18th Pilgrims participated in the 57th annual Poultry Festival in Rogers, Arkansas. Pilgrims won the bone-in division and the Grand Champion Cook Team. Prize money was award to the Pilgrims chosen charity: Arkansas Freedom Fund, a support group for Arkansas veterans.

The Winning Team!

Justin Johnson, Chief Cook, Jonathan Dooley, Dianne Barger,

Debbie Meranda, Michael Sullivan, Brittany Webb, Trey Warner, Sharon Peterson, and Mona Parks.


The Southern Athletics out of Texarkana won 2nd Place in the 14 & Under Majors World Series in Orange Beach, AL June 17, 2016.
(front row)
Seth Moss, Jackson Cobb, Andrew LeGrand, Kyle Kreiger, Marshall Cox (back row) Max Ebarb, Tyler Lee, Ben Harmon, Braden Hlavinka, Mack Carver (De Queen)
Coaches- Drew LeGrand, Chris Lee & Mike Cobb




Mildred Walker (center) was recognized for her 22 years of service to Farm Bureau members as a member service representative for Sevier County Farm Bureau. Rich Hillman (left), Vice President, and Warren Carter, Executive Vice President of Arkansas Farm Bureau recently presented the award at the 2016 Arkansas Farm Bureau Member Service Representative Conference in Little Rock. The 80 secretaries receiving awards represented 2,031 years of total service to the counties, ranging from 5 years of service to 48 years.


Jim Pinson, KDQN's News Director, presents to Melissa Billy's  son of Nashville, AR a check for $100. Melissa won the fourth weekly "Free Gas Friday" drawing which is held every Friday during the summer.

To get your name in the drawing, listen to Number One Country, 92.1 each morning between 6am and 9am for a list of participating sponsors.


Richard Bailey was the winner of the

"FREE GAS FRIDAY" drawing held on

June 10, 2016. He registered at

Baker's Saw Shop in Lockesburg.

For your chance to win,

 go to a participating sponsor and register.

Drawings held weekly.


Rhonda Bowling was the winner of the

"FREE GAS FRIDAY" drawing held on

June 3, 2016. She registered at

The Ranch House in De Queen.

For your chance to win,

 go to a participating sponsor and register.

"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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