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Bill Lee, member of the Southwest Arkansas Radio Club of Sevier County stopped by #1 Country Studios to talk about ham radios.

He stated the club will be meeting at the Sportsplex at 1pm on Saturday, June 23rd and anyone interested in ham radio are invited to come out and visit.


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Michael Christianson and Rosa Valesquez stopped by #1 Studios to let the public know they have heard the rumors and they ARE NOT CLOSING!

De Queen Medical Center is staffed and ready to take care of your medical needs. Call them at 870 784 4111 with questions about all the services they offer.


Saylor Turner, of Foreman, won 1st place at the Owa Chito Festival Art Contest in her age division.

Saylor is the Daughter of Brent and Abbye Turner of Foreman. Proud grandparents are Lynn and Kathy Turner of Foreman and Tom and Debbie Ernest of Horatio.


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There was a two-vehicle accident just before noon on Saturday, June 16th that sent a Lockesburg man to the hospital with serious injuries.


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"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."


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Rotary Club Awards Two Paul Harris Fellowships

The De Queen Rotary Club awarded two Paul Harris Fellowships at their weekly meeting on Monday. The Club presented two $1,000 donations to the Rotary Foundation in honor of Elizabeth Kruithof of Bossier City, Louisiana and in honor of Jacob Bunyard of De Queen.



Tyson Foods’ Grannis/Broken Bow Complex Controller Belinda Williamson presented a $1000 donation to Vandervoort Picnic Committee members Ericka Hopper and Hank Sandefur on June 18, 2018. Tyson supports community events like the annual fireworks display held at the Vandervoort Park in celebration of our Country’s Independence.


This truck loaded with 40,000 lbs of paper ran off the road on Hwy 71 South of De Queen near B & B Junction around 3 am Wednesday, June 13th. 

Baker's Wrecker Service pulled the truck out and then hooked one of their tractors to the loaded trailer to get it out. 

Clean up wasn't completed until around 6 pm. 


The 2018 'Let Freedom Ring' pageant is set to take place on Saturday, June 30th, 11:00 am, at the De Queen High school cafeteria. Register for the pageant Saturday, June 16th at the Colin Raye House in De Queen from 10a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 16th .

The cost of admittance is $5, and children under age 5 can attend at no charge. For more information contact Blaire Harp at 870-279-0444.


Lisa Taylor, April Campbell and Michael Gerfin

The fourth and final installment of the Sevier County Community Forums was held at the UA Cossatot Lockesburg gymnasium, Monday June 11th.

The forums were orchestrated by Lisa Taylor, who serves as Sevier County's economic development coordinator. Taylor was assisted by April Campbell and Michael Gerfin of AEDI who facilitated the meeting.


Walker joins UA Cossatot Board of Visitors

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees ratified the appointment of Angie Walker to the University of Arkansas Cossatot Board of Visitors. 

In 2013, she and her husband Dr. Randy Walker relocated to De Queen to establish Walker Family Practice Clinic to care for the residents of Sevier County.

Walker also serves as an active board member for the First State Bank of De Queen, the Industrial Park Board, and Aledade. She is also a Sevier County Justice of the Peace, 6th District.

Walker will serve on the Board of Visitors until June 30, 2019, and will represent Sevier County.


Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex awarded its 2018 Grower Scholarship to Bradi Young. Bradi is a 2018 graduate of De Queen High School and the daughter of Brent and Laci Young of De Queen. Bradi and her family were presented the $1000 scholarship on June 12th by Tyson Live Production Manager Richard Pearce. Bradi will attend the University of AR in Fayetteville this Fall to pursue her education in the medical field. Congratulations from the Tyson Foods Family.


Roger Ashbrooks and Mrs. Robert Sumrell were winners of $50 in free gas.

Dropping their name and phone number into the Free Gas Friday box at participating sponsors was all they did to win.

Listen to #1 Country mornings during "The Morning Brew" to hear a list of sponsors so you can also enter.


Dr. Steve Cole, Chancellor of UA Cossatot, stopped by #1 Country Tuesday morning to talk about the many classes being offered to students.

The University of Arkansas Cossatot is expanding its Industrial Maintenance programming in Fall 2018 to serve high school and college students. They are also offering Summer 2 Courses, (4 week summer classes.) along with many other courses being adapted to the needs of the area.

More information can be found on their website, or call the college at 870 584 4471.

39th annual Sevier County senior citizens appreciation & Health Fair is a wrap!

Over 286 seniors took advantage of the free health screenings and information provided by 50 vendors at the Sevier County Citizens Appreciation Day and Health Fair held on the courthouse lawn Friday. May 25th.

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Drawing will be held at last home Football Game

Drawing will be held at last home Football Game

Judge Greg Ray

Just days after Code Red went live in Sevier County, the system was tested as numerous severe thunderstorm and tornado alerts were issued by the National Weather Service for our area.

Friday Night, April 13th Sevier County residents who had signed up for the Code Red service, received phone and message alerts on their cell and home phones advising them of the storms that were approaching the area.

Click HERE to sign up


Juanelle Gage & Martha Fines

The Humane Society of Sevier County announced the dates for their 2018 Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics.

Remaining 2018 clinics will be September 4, 5 & 6 and November 13, 14 & 15.  Call for an appointment before they fill up!

(870) 584-9096 


"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


Crisis Center Board President Hannah Stripling & Executive Director Debbie McGuffin

Debbie McGuffin, executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center, the center is open in their new location in the Town North Shopping Center.

They currently have several fund-raising projects going.  McGuffin stated financial assistance is needed, but the agency really needs volunteers and the support of the community.


For more information, call 870-642-2141 or if you need help call the hotline at 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

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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 need.

If you would like to donate your money or time, contact Grant Groves at 642-3420.  Items may be dropped off at Chalice Cupboard during the times listed above or at the Sevier County Library during their regular hours.


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 11/16/17

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Lake 599.0 591.62 0.00 375
De Queen Lake 437.0 436.75 -.01 24
Gillham Lake 502.0 499.67 -.03 16
Dierks Lake 526.0 524.41 -.02 6
Millwood Lake 259.2 258.13 -.01 175

 For current water levels click here:    Corps of Engineers  


Current River levels: Click Here


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