Wednesday, March 3, 2021

De Queen Youth Soccer

As the weather gets warmer, many De Queen residents' thoughts turn to SOCCER!!

De Queen Parks & Recreation Director, Joslynn Frachiseur, Esteban Ochoa and Franklin Bahena visited with the Morning Brew about the upcoming soccer season.  Registration is going on now for Youth Soccer. Boys and girls age 3 yrs thru 6th grade. Fee is $25 and includes shin guards.  If your child wants to play soccer and cannot afford the shoes, they do have some sponsors who can provide them. Contact the De Queen Parks Department at (870) 642-4140. 

T-Ball Registration for boys and girls age 4-6 is also going on now through March 10th t the Parks Department. Fee is $40 and includes a jersey.

Event Flyers Are Now Located on the Upcoming Events Page

Horatio FFA

The approximately 125 members of the Horatio FFA chapter celebrated National FFA Week by sponsoring several activities this week.  They did everything from hosting themed dress up days to preparing and serving breakfast to the teachers.

The club is very active and always does well in local, district, regional, state and national FFA competitions.

Shown left are Grace Wagner-Sentinel, Megan Midgett-Treasurer, and Payton Allen-Jr. Advisor.

Horatio FFA Officers

Seated L-R Vice President Madison Bagley, President Hunter Frachieur, Reporter Kate Baker. Standing L-R Treasurer Megan Midgett, Sentinel Grace Wagner, Jr. Advisor Payton Allen, Secretary Gabbi Litchford, Chaplain Raylee VanVoast

De Queen FFA

Continuing our coverage of National FFA Week, #1 Country hosted members of the De Queen FFA Chapter in their studios on Thursday, Feb 25th. Chapter advisor Ryan Hanney accompanied President Aubrey Seymour, Secretary Kane Faulkenberry and Vice President Travis Newberry as they summarized some of the activities the De Queen FFA Chapter has been involved in this year.


To help promote National FFA Week, Cossatot River FFA visited #1Country studios on Wednesday, February 24th to tell about some of the activities the chapter has been involved in.

Pictured (l-r):  Chaplain Jacob Richardson, President Kelcy Frachiseur, Vice-President Rendi Warren, Sentinel Josey Johnston, Entertainment Director Marissa Hammer

Winter weather in southwest arkansas

Snow accumulations that last more than one day are rare in southwest Arkansas. The last one occurring nearly 20 years ago. As of Thursday morning, our official snowfall total for the week is 9.2″.  Low temperature both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings was -5 degrees, which is the third coldest recorded temperature ever recorded in the history of De Queen.


Patrick Massey took bottom photo at Cedar Bluff, west of Gillham.

Gage Woods 86th Recipient of Rotary Cup

Gage Woods was awarded the Rotary Cup by the De Queen Rotary Club during a ceremony Monday (2/8/21).

The award is presented annually to outstanding Leopard football players who excel both on and off the field. Gage served as the Leopards quarterback on offense and linebacker on defense for the 2020 football season.

He is the 86th recipient of the Rotary Club since its inauguration in 1936.Gage is the son of Jeff and Allison Woods.

Pictured presenting the award is De Queen Rotarian Jay Bunyard.

Number one country football squares contest

Jimmie Green from Foreman is the winner of  Number One Country's Football Squares Contest this year!

We gave out squares between January 18th and February 5th to the lucky 10th caller who picked up their play sheets at one of our participating sponsors:

James Hodge Dodge, Julio's Mexican Restaurant, D & S Carpet, Union Bank of Mena in Wickes, Gentry Chevrolet, Baker's Bargain House, Harris Drug, Southtown True Value, TJ's, Shuck Me, H & H Nutrition, Ricky's Body Shop, Pruett's Food, H & R Block, James Hodge Ford, and Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts.

Jimmie's numbers were NFC 1 and AFC 9.  So, with the final score of Tampa Bay 21 and Kansas City 9, Jimmie was the winner of the $500 prize!


AJHS Robotics Team Receives Grant

Mrs. Dee Ann Ward and the AJHS Robotics Team were presented a grant from the Margaret Daniel Education Foundation for $859.42. They will purchase the game field and equipment needed to compete in the VEX Robotics League. The Margaret Daniel Education Foundation presents grants to Ashdown Public School Teachers for “out of the box” and “innovative” ideas which enhance the educational experience for students.

Braydon Porter and Rachel Vice qualified to try for All-State, which will also have virtual tryouts this year.

Ashdown High School All Region Band Members

The 2021 All Region Tryouts were held at  Lake Hamilton High School.  Ashdown High School Band members who made all region for Region 2 were (l-r): Matthew Vaught, Braydon Porter, Tryston McCandless, Rachel Vice, Caylee Turner, and Liza Embry.

Rachel Vice – 1st band, 2nd chair – Bass Clarinet
Braydon Porter – 1st band, 3rd chair – French Horn
Caylee Turner – 2nd band, 4th chair – Trumpet
Matthew Vaught – 2nd band, 9th chair – Trumpet
Liza Embry – 2nd band, 6th chair – Trombone
Tryston McCandless – 2nd band, 2nd chair – Tuba

De Queen middle school good citizens

Four students were chosen as the De Queen Middle School January Good Citizens of the month.  They are:

L-R Addison Gray, Ty Wagner, Elajay Ferretiz & Alorah Cox


Ashdown High School was recently notified that they have been designated a School of Innovation (SOI). The designation is based upon AHS reaching goals set by the Department of Education and by providing evidence that they had reached these goals from data and a site visit last February.

Memorial Bench at De Queen Library

Sevier County Librarians pose next to a memorial bench installed at the De Queen Library in memory of Annette Eastwood. Eastwood served as a librarian in De Queen for three decades. A ceremony was held with family and friends yesterday to dedicate the bench and honor Eastwood’s legacy to the library system.

Pictured from left to right: Blackmon Oil, Inc. President David K. Blackmon and De Queen Public Schools Superintendent Jason Sanders displaying the Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance Promotional Flyer

Tiger Mart and ExxonMobile Team Up for De Queen High School

Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program received a nomination for De Queen High School to receive a $500 grant from the local De Queen Tiger Mart. Exxon Mobil has a long history of supporting educational programs and De Queen Public Schools is honored to receive the nomination from the Tiger Mart team. The donation will be used for the maintenance and support of De Queen High School in the areas of Math and Science. The generous gift is another example of our local community stepping in to fill the gap for our Leopard family.

Hurd chosen as Broadcast Intern

Ashdown Junior Zoie Hurd has been chosen as the KDQN/KILX broadcast training intern for the Fall 2020 semester.  This program is approved by the Arkansas Broadcasters Association and  provides the opportunity for high school students with an interest in broadcasting to receive some experience in the field they may choose to pursue.  Zoie will gather information and send regular reports about the events and happenings at Ashdown Schools as well as the community of Ashdown.  Congratulations, Zoie…and welcome aboard!


The American Legion Charles E. Brown Post 54, headquartered here in De Queen, is seeking to find the rightful home for a number of foot stones its members have found over the years. They're hoping area residents will help them locate the final resting place of the servicemen and women named on these markers.
For more information on this project, or for anyone interested in learning more about the American Legion, can contact Hendricks at (870) 584-8051.

Post 54 Chaplain-Rick Gregory, Veterans Service Officer-Michael Chenoweth, Commander Ricky Hendricks