Thursday, November 26, 2020


Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club will hold their Wheel of Fortune drawing on Saturday, December 5th.  Monies raised from this raffle will be used to help purchase Christmas gifts for area children.  If you would like to donate to the cause, contact Tim Litchford 584-8835, Jerry Ligon 784-6283 or Jay Litchford 584-9241.


Event Flyers Are Now Located on the Upcoming Events Page


Month of November

Sophomores: JD Brinkley & Sofia Abril Juniors: Will Dykes & Sydney Casteel Seniors: Irata Kelen & Janae Tirado.


Month of October

October Students of the month sponsored by McDonald’s. Sophomores: Joe Bush (not pictured Kyla Ferguson), Juniors: Elise Dean & Luke Reed, Seniors: Jack Bunyard and Sara Victoriano.


Month of September

September Students of the Month: Sophomores Kane Faulkenberry & Annabelle Lindsey; Juniors Clyde Chandler & Litzi Flores( not pictured); Seniors Gunner Bradshaw & Carlee Helms.


Ashdown High School Senior Aleya Hill signed her letter of intent to play softball for Louisiana Tech University on Wednesday, Nov. 11,

Aleya has been a member of the Ashdown Panther Track team and is a three-year letterman of the Pantherette Volleyball team. She is also a three-year letterman of the softball team as well as a three-year letterman of the Ashdown Pantherette Basketball team.


Alexis Lampkins, Supervisor of Department of Children and Family Services in Little River County announced that the Ashdown Police and Sheriff's Departments will hold their annual Shop With a Cop event again this year.  Donations are being sought to help provide Christmas gifts for needy children in Little River County.  Please mail your donation to the Ashdown Police Department P.O. Box  703, or the Little River Collector's office, 351 N 2nd Street, Suite 2 in Ashdown.  Checks should be made out to “Shop With a Cop”.  For more information contact Alexis at (501) 351-8033.


Noel Bard was sworn in as the newest member of the the De Queen Industrial Park Public Facilities Board on Tuesday, November 10th during their regular meeting. Bard was appointed to fill Gary Golden's unexpired term ending February 2021.

Here Comes Santa Claus!

With the date for the annual De Queen Christmas Parade approaching, the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is finalizing plans for a Covid-safe event.  The parade is scheduled  for Saturday, December 5th at 6 pm.  This year's parade will feature stationary floats with the public remaining in their vehicles as they drive through Herman Dierks Park.  If you or your group is interested in entering a float, call Ms. Sue at (870) 584-3225 weekdays between 10 & 2 and let her know what category you are entering.

Groundbreaking for New Hospital Nov. 6th

The Sevier County Medical Center Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new hospital on Hwy 71 north of De Queen on Friday, November 6th at 11 am.   Nearly 100 people attended the event and heard from state and local dignitaries about the benefit area citizens can expect when the new hospital opens in Spring 2022.


For the first time in nearly 30 years, the band walked away from its annual regional competition with a perfect performance and a chance at the state championship.

A regional assessment judging team visited De Queen on Tuesday, October 20th. After watching the marching band perform at Leopard Stadium, the judges provided the Leopards Marching Band with straight 1 superior ratings – the best possible.

De Queen school officials said the Leopards Marching Band has not received complete straight 1 superior ratings since the 1990s.

The state competition will be held Nov. 3.

Band Director, Chris Richard


De Queen area businesses will host a Halloween “Trunk or Treat” Saturday, October 31st at the De Queen Sportsplex.  The group is asking for businesses to decorate their vehicles and help distribute candy to local children.  Businesses and individuals who would like to participate without decorating a vehicle, may donated bags of wrapped candy.  Drop off at Avanna's Boutique, Peak Therapy,  Meraki Hair Studio, Top Line Embroidery, De Queen City Hall or Healthcare Express.  for more information contact Alicia at (870) 784-0628.


Jacob Bunyard and Jason Sanders were inducted as new members of the De Queen Rotary Club at Monday's noon meeting (10/19) . Jacob is the Financial Compliance Officer and Accountant at First State Bank. His sponsor is Greg Revels. Jason is the Superintendent at De Queen Public Schools. His sponsor is ZZ Kamruddin.


Marilyn Pressley of De Queen won the Thompson Center Venture 6.5 Creedmoor Bolt Action rifle given away on Friday, October 16th by your #1 Country KDQN.  The annual gun give away was sponsored by Harris Drug Store, James Hodge Dodge, Simply Chiropractic, Shuck Me, Pruett's Food, Baker's Bargain House, Union Bank of Mena-Wickes Branch, TJ's, James Hodge Ford, Bogey's Liquor, Pam & Company, Southeast Feed, Groom and Board, Jim's Boot Shop & Zeb's Lunch Counter, Smith's Quick Lube, Kight's Service Center, Horatio State Bank and D & S Carpet.

Screams in the night!!!

“Screams of the Night” Haunted House in Horatio. The 7th annual haunted house hosted by the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department will be held Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31. The event is open nightly from 7 p.m. to midnight. The haunted house is located at the intersection of Highway 24 and Highway 41 on 120 Headstream Road.


County Extension agent Rex Herring and 4-H Distric  Vice President Aubrey Seymore visited with the Morning Brew about some of the activities 4-H is usually involved in.  Many activities this year were curtailed due to Covid 19, but they stressed that 4-H is still accepting new members.  If you are interested in joining 4-H contact the Sevier County Extension Office at (870) 584-3013.

Local resident named to Law Enforcement Task Force

Daniel Martinez of De Queen was appointed to the Arkansas Law Enforcement Task Force . With the nationwide unrest currently, this Task Force will study and analyze the current procedures  for recruiting, training and retaining law enforcement officers in Arkansas.  They will then make recommendations to the Governor on any changes or enhancements they feel are needed to ensure compliance with standards.

De Queen Primary & Elementary Schools Adapting to COVID guidelines

Teri Ann Phillips and Sharon Pigeon visited with the Morning Brew on Monday, October 5th.  They summarized some of the steps the De Queen Elementary & Primary schools are taking to ensure our children are safe while attending classes.  These include wearing face masks, social distancing, sanitizing stations, and disinfecting all common areas.

De Queen Middle School Good Citizens

August-September De Queen Middle School Good Citizens are Ashton Chandler, Kate Lindsey, Adolfo Martinez and Daisy Hernandez.  These winners were chosen by their teachers.  Awards are given for being all around helpful, courteous and upstanding students.

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

Ford Motor Company Master Technican

John Terrell of De Queen has achieved the status of senior master technician with the Ford Motor Company. He has worked for De Queen Auto Group as a technician for more than three decades.
Congratulations, John!


The De Queen FFA will be participating in the Four States Fair & Livestock Show this weekend.  Agri instructor Ryan Hanney along with Kane Faulkenberry and Petyon Blanton told #1 County listeners about some of the events they will be competing in.

Sevier County Courthouse Re-Opening September 9th

Sevier County Judge Ray announced that the Sevier County Courtouse will reopen on Wednesday, September 9th with access through the main east entrance.  Masks are  required.

Admittance on Tuesday & Thursday court days will be by appointment only.

Kidnapping suspect arrested in De Queen thanks to helpful tip from alert citizen and quick response by local law enforcement agencies

David Love of Texarkana, Ark., was arrested in De Queen Wednesday afternoon thanks to a helpful tip from an alert resident and quick response from local law enforcement agencies. Love is wanted in Texarkana on felony charges of kidnapping, rape, burglary and theft of a vehicle.

A Texarkana man wanted on multiple felony charges including kidnapping and rape is behind bars thanks to an alert De Queen resident and Sevier County law enforcement officers.

According to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, the incident began Tuesday after Texarkana officers received a report about a kidnapping in the city. The suspect, a white male named David Love, reportedly assaulted a 15-year-old girl in a home on the 2800 block of Pecan Street in Texarkana. Love was also suspected of stealing a vehicle before or after the incident.

Read the full story of on our Local News page.

Health Fair

Dr.  Jason Lofton and Angie Walker visited #1 Country studios to remind our listeners about the Men's Health Fair and Children's Immunization Clinic that will be held September 30th from 8 am until 8 pm at the Legacy Center, 121 S 3rd Street in De Queen.  Dr. Lofton's office will conduct several different health screenings for men including Prostate Cancer screenings.  Dr. Randy Walker's staff will be administering shots in an effort to make sure all children are up-to-date on their immunizations.


In order to be in compliance with Arkansas Department of Health and AAA guidelines for outside venue activities, there will be several changes to procedures for purchasing tickets for Leopard Football games during the 2020 football season. The Leopard Football season will kickoff with a AAA Benefit Game vs. Waldron on Friday Aug. 21 at Bill Blackwood Stadium. The junior high will kickoff at 5:30 p.m. and the high school teams will kick off at 7 p.m.
A presale of tickets will go on sell starting Tuesday and run through Thursday. Tickets may be purchased at the backside of the press box in the administration parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

● Tickets will be $4 each
● Any tickets left over will be available for purchase at the ticket booth on Friday, but will be on a first come first serve basis.
● Anyone entering must have a ticket.
● AAA guidelines will require everyone who enters to wear a mask

Beau McCastlain & Lance Pinkerton

First State Bank of De Queen donates $200,000
for new digital scoreboard/videoboard at Leopard Stadium

The De Queen School District announced Leopard Stadium will be home to a new and vastly improved scoreboard and video board. Besides serving as a scoreboard for sporting events held at the stadium, the video board will be a huge complement to the new television production program set to unveil this month once school returns.

This is going to be one big, eye-catching addition to Leopard Stadium. The video board alone will measure 31-feet wide by 18-feet tall. First State Bank of De Queen is funding the entire project, which will cost roughly $200,000 once completed. Check out the full story on our Local News page!

Going Big – First State Bank of De Queen and De Queen Public Schools shared an image of what the new scoreboard/videoboard will look like at Leopard Stadium, once completed. The video board is not expected to be ready for the 2020-2021 school year. However, De Queen educator Beau McCastlain said the district hopes to have construction completed and the board operational in time for use at the 2021 spring graduation ceremony. The board will then be used at football games and other events for the 2021-2022 school year.

Will comfortable seating make better students?

Eric Cross, who serves as a coach and teacher for the Ashdown School District, secured a nearly $1,000 grant to provide his students with more comfortable seating. Cross hopes this simple change will bring some big benefits to his students’ educational experiences.

More on Local News page.

Construction of New High School Saves District $315,000

Clark Contractors out of Little Rock has finished construction of the new De Queen High School. At the August 2020 school board meeting, Mr. Jason Sanders shared the good news that the project was completed on time and actually came in $315,000 under the district’s expected budget. Visit for the full story!