Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Quiz Bowl Champions

The De Queen High School Quiz Bowl team competed in the Dual Educational Cooperatives Tournament this week. The match was held at The UA Cossatot Nashville Campus on Wednesday, January 8th 2020. The team went undefeated and won the tournament.

Event Flyers Are Now Located on the Upcoming Events Page

Jacob Bunyard Graduates from U of A

Jacob Bunyard of De Queen graduated with honors in December from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a BS in Business Administration degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance.

The son of Jay and Teresa Bunyard, Jacob will begin work with Landmark CPAs in Fort Smith in January.  


Ira “Mac” McDaniel will be retiring as chairman of the Toys for Tots drive in Sevier County after the distribution is completed today (12/20/19).  

He, with the assistance of various other volunteers, has made Christmas a little brighter for underprivileged children in Sevier County for the past 27 years….over 8,000 of them!

Thank you, Mac, and Merry Christmas.

Mac McDaniel & Jerry Davis

De Queen Show Choir

The De Queen High School Show Choir performed several Christmas selections at the December 16th meeting of the De Queen Rotary Club.  The Choir is under the direction of Mrs. Stefanie Jones.

Got Milk?

An eighteen wheeler tanker truck hauling a load of milk overturned Wednesday afternoon, December 18th,  at Melrose and Central Road when he apparently misjudged a curve.    

The accident was worked by AR State Police.

Fire at local nursing home

De Queen Fire Department responded to a call Thursday morning (12/19) to Bear Creek Nursing & Rehab.  No injuries were reported and the fire was quickly extinguished.


Local law enforcement was all hands on “deck the halls” as they purchased gifts for needy children Wednesday(12/18).  Members of De Queen Police Department, Sevier County Sheriff's Office, Forestry Service and ambulance crews were on hand to help the children choose their Christmas gifts.

More photo on Photo Album page.


Four De Queen High School Cross Country students signed letters of intent with various colleges on Tuesday, December 17th at Number One Country studios.  

Front: Anthony Sanchez, Xochitl Florez, and Heidy Galvan.  Back: Coach Dennis Chaney, Miguel Diaz, and Coach Brian Shelton.

More photos on Photo Album page.


Crafting with Claus

The Horatio High School Marketing Class will sponsor 'Crafting with Claus” on Thursday, December 19th from 5:30 until 8:00 pm at the Horatio Practice Gym.

Take your photo with Santa, Ms. Claus and the Elves and then visit the booths with crafts for all ages including painting sessions for teens and adults. Hot dogs and drinks will be available.

Shown L-R: Ben Morphew, Jairo Mendoza, Kenzey Nelson & Maggy Sandoval.

Marquez Ester awarded rotary cup

The Rotary Cup has been presented annually to outstanding student/athletes for over eight decades at De Queen High School.

At Monday’s (12/09) noon meeting of the club, “The Voice of the Leopards” Jay Bunyard presented the award for the 2019 season to tailback Marquez Ester.

See full story on Sports Page.

They Razzle...they Dazzle....They wish you a Merry Christmas!

The De Queen Elementary Razzle Dazzle group spent the morning Thursday, December 5th performing in several businesses around town.  They stopped by the #1 Country studios and gifted our listeners with a medley Christmas songs.

Director of the group is Anissa Manasco. Her “sound man” was Braxton Torres.


Victoria Carson, Interpreter for Cossatot State Park, invited the public to celebrate the holidays with the staff at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area on Saturday, December 14th from 6 until 9 pm.  Activities available will include a Christmas movie, craft, face painting and the trail of lights. A chili dinner by donation will be served by the Wickes Nazarene Church youth group. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures!


Alexis Lampkins with Little River County's AR Department of Human Services told #1 Country listeners that Shop with a Cop for Ashdown area residents will be held on Saturday, December 14th at the Ashdown Walmart.  If you would like to help make Christmas a little brighter for needy children in Little River County, you may drop off your donation at the Ashdown Police Department or Little River County Sheriff's office.  Checks should be made out to “Shop With a Cop”.


The Lakeside 4-H has once again placed an Angel Tree at First State Bank of De Queen.  If you are able to sponsor one of these children by purchasing Christmas gifts for them, go by and pick an angel off the tree. Wrapped gifts need to be returned to the bank by December 20th.


Cynthia Martin with C.A.S.A. said that the holiday time is very difficult for children who have been placed in foster care.   C.A.S.A is asking for donations of Christmas gifts for these children.  Call (479) 234-8566.

Christmas on the Square

The Sevier County Chamber of Commerce will kick off the Christmas shopping season with Christmas on the Square on Saturday, December 7th.  There will be music, vendors, food, parade and a movie.  Activities begin at 4 pm.  For more information see the flyer on our Upcoming Events page or call the Chamber at (870) 584-3225.  And don't forget the KCS Christmas Train will be in De Queen on Tuesday, December 10th.


Kix Lee of Gillham was recently inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club. Lee had the Grand Champion Charolais Heifer and the Junior Commercial Heifer Showmanship at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Arkansas Farm Bureau Commodity & Regulatory Affairs Vice President Evan Teague presented the awards.


Ashdown High School Senior Aniya Polite is serving as the KDQN Correspondent for the fall semester.

At AHS, she serves as Historian for Beta Club, Vice President of National Honor Society, Skills USA Reporter, Student Council President, a member of Project Prevent Youth Coalition (PPYC), National Tutor Association and co-captain of the Ashdown Pom Squad.


Ashlyn Chambers and Weston Harp, seniors at De Queen High School, were chosen as school winners and are now
to compete a Heisman High School Scholarship.  


The Ashdown High School Drama Club  presented “The Little Mermaid” in two community performances: Saturday, November 16th at 6:00 pm and on Sunday afternoon, November 17th at 2:00 pm.

(L-R front: Amy Newton, Liza Embry, Chelbi Gathright, Carter Bowman. Back: Jay Lindly, Adarrius Hamilton, Grant Young, Tryston McCandless, & Murriel Wylie.

New Sevier County Hospital Board of Governors

The Sevier County Hospital Board of Governors were sworn in by County Clerk Debbie Akin on Monday, November 4th at the county courthouse in De Queen.

Board members include Dr. Steve Cole, Jimna Stinnett, Greg Revels, Dr. Johnathon Hoyt, Brad Patterson and Skip (Felix) Bell. Erika Buenrrostro was also appointed to the seven-member board but has chosen not to fill the seat. A 7th member will be chosen in her place soon.


Horatio Sotelo with Templo de Alabanza said they will be distributing commodities at the First Church of the Nazarene on Hwy 70B in De Queen the second Thursday of each month.  


US Representative Bruce Westerman was the guest of the Morning Brew Monday, November 11th for a special in-studio version of “Westerman Weekly”.  The program airs on Thursdays at 7:30 on KDQN FM 92.1. Congressman Westerman also attended the Veterans' Breakfast at UA Cossatot.


The De Queen Rotary Club invited area veterans to attend their meeting today (11/11).  Ricky Hendricks with American Post 54 in De Queen spoke to the group about services that are available to veterans locally.  The club expressed their appreciation to the veterans for their service and presented small gifts to each one.

noah farm opening facility in De Queen

Richard and Jackie Tyler of Noah Farm has purchased the Husqvarna building in De Queen.  They plan to operate a hemp farming, testing and research facility which will employ 25-50 people beginning around the first of the year. (See full story on Local News page)


Ira “Mac” McDaniel was recognized for his contribution to the Sevier County Toys for Tots organization at this year's fundraiser. The annual benefit was held Friday, November 1st at the Sevier County Fairgrounds. Mac has been cooking for the annual fund-raiser since 1992.  Jimmy Ray and Bud Gentry presented Mac with a plaque to commemorate his years of service to the Sevier County Rescue Unit and Toys for Tots.

Veterans to be honored locally

Ricky Hendricks with VFW Post 54 in De Queen reminded #1 Country listeners of an event that will be held in the surrounding area to honor veterans.

A Veterans' Appreciation Breakfast will be held Monday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. in the Skilled Trades Building on the De Queen Campus of UA Cossatot. For details, email Tommi Cobb at Tcobb@CCCUA.edu.

#1 Country is saluting our veterans by posting their photos online. E-mail to numberonecountry@yahoo.com or drop by our studios at 921 West Collin Raye Drive in De Queen


Darrell Elmore of De Queen was the winner of the Marlin XS7 7mm-08 Rifle with Bushmaster 3×9 scope that was given away by #1 Country on Friday, October 11th.  One digit of the gun's serial number was announced on the air each weekday from September 23rd through October 4th.  Entrants then had to drop off a card with the serial number, their name, address and phone number at one of our sponsor locations.  Then on Friday, October 11th one name was drawn from all the entries.    Shown right are Darrell, Kristi and David Elmore after they claimed the gun at Baker's Bargain House.


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.