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District 17 Prosecuting Attorney Mark Matloff has determined the officer involved fatal shooting of a McCurtain County, Oklahoma man was justifiable. Matloff reported he determined the shooting to be justifiable homicide and law enforcement officers acted appropriately. 


Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation special agents investigated the officer-involved shooting that occurred on June 21st in Millerton, Oklahoma when a McCurtain County sheriff's deputy and a Valliant police officer responded to a reported domestic altercation on Chickasaw Road.


When officers arrived, they found 37-year-old Daniel Francisco Valenzuela inside the residence with a knife. According to the report, Valenzuela forced his way into the house and ignored commands by the officers to drop the knife.  Valenzuela reportedly threatened the officers and advanced toward them, and the deputy shot him.


Valenzuela was taken to the McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel where he died from his injuries.





During the October meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education, board members elected Dorothy Henderson as the board president, Rosa Bowman as the vice-president and Michael Turner as the board secretary.


High School Principal Kay York presented a presentation about the School of Innovation status. Superintendent Jason Sanders stated Schools of Innovation receive waivers from the state board of education for things like flexible schedules.


Sanders said York has been researching the benefits of a flexible schedule and she's been visiting other districts that have been designated as Schools of Innovation.


Board members voted to purchase Chrome Books from Howard Computers in the amount of $81,936.28. Sanders said the Chrome Books will be used on all four campuses.


Sanders also expressed his and the board's appreciation to the district's Teachers of the Year.


The board also passed a related parties disclosure resolution because Celeste Scarborough is married to a district employee and is employed by K-12 Culinary Connection.





Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen heard budget requests from representatives from the Sevier County Senior Adult Center, the Sevier County Humane Society and the Sevier County Museum.


Joyce Short of the senior adult center reported they are serving hot meals three times a week. She stated the also deliver frozen meals to shut-ins.


Short said no one was serving meals at the De Queen Senior Adult Center on Thursday or Friday, but churches and other organizations were preparing and serving meals on Thursday and Friday in Lockesburg and Horatio.


Last year, the city provided the senior adult center with $10,000 and Short asked the council to consider providing at least that amount again this year.


Martha Fines of the Humane Society reported they hold four spay and neuter clinics a year and they will hold their fourth clinic of this year, in November. She informed the council that they've had three very successful clinics so far this year and they are out of money.


Fines explained the society gives city residents a $20 discount if they have proof of residency inside the city limits, but they won't be able to assist anyone during the November clinic.


Fines said they city gave the Humane Society $2,000 last year and asked them to consider increasing that amount for 2018.


Karen Mills of the Sevier County Museum asked the aldermen to continue budgeting at least $5,000, because they use those funds to pay the museum's insurance premiums.





Area volunteers are hosting the annual Senior Celebration in Idabel this Friday at the Bypass Church of Christ from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Leigh (Lee) Jackson announced area listeners are also invited.


The event is for anyone 50 and older. Jackson said there's going to be free food, the Dalton Street Band and door prizes. She said they will be giving away a $100 dollar bill at 1 p.m.


For more information, call Jackson at 580-212-8847 or Bobby Long at 580-286-1996.





The Arkansas Department of Health, Radiation Control Section, is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure to the encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families.


Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Scientists have long been concerned about the health risk of radon, but never before has there been such overwhelming evidence that exposure to elevated levels of radon causes lung cancer in humans.


EPA estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year nationwide. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.


Doctor William Mason is the medical director for preparedness at the department of health and he said many people downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes because you can't see or smell radon.


Testing homes for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive. Radon test kits can be purchased online or at local hardware and home improvement stores. Prices are as low as $15. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of many common home repairs.


The Arkansas Department of Health is urging Arkansas residents to take action by testing their homes for radon. Radon poses a serious threat to our community's health, but there is a straightforward solution. For more information or radon, radon testing and mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction, call the Radiation Control Section at 501-661-2301 or visit the website





The 2017-2018 De Queen High School Student Council will be participating in the Arkansas Drive Smart: Battle of the Belt program by Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The Program is designed to inform teens about the dangers of texting while driving, distracted driving, and encourage them to wear a seat belt at all times.


The program is student led and will last approximately 4-6 weeks. The council will be completing varied activities each week to bring student awareness to distracted driving and the dangers associated with it.


Some of the activities include: a showing of the “Room to Live” video, notices to parents about the dangers of distracted driving and how to help prevent it, notices to students about teen driving facts, seat belt checks on campus with the help of law enforcement, cell phone use while driving checks with the help of law enforcement, and “buckle-up” road painting to help drivers to remember to buckle-up.


Upon completion of the program, the council hopes to see improvement in distracted driving and use of seat belts at all times. The De Queen High School Student Council encourages everyone to support this program and help us make the roads safer for everyone.

Sara Stewart, M.S.E.
AP World History, World History
DHS Student Council Sponsor






Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen passed a resolution to refinance the wastewater plant loan.


Jason Holsclaw of Stephens, Inc. told aldermen that the city would lower its interest rate to about 3.15 percent and save about $530,000 if they refinanced the city's two wastewater plant loans into one.


Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported it will also lower the city's annual payment and the loan will be paid off a few years earlier.


McKelvy reported the De Queen Fire Department elected new officers last month. He also announced the Planning and Zoning Commission will have a public meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the council room to consider a request from Angie Walker to change the zone at the end of Ninth Street from R-2 to C-2. Walker reportedly wants to develop a manufactured home complex.


McKelvy also reported the city's insurance rate is increasing due to the amount of claims that were filed by city employees.


Aldermen voted to table a resolution that expresses the city's willingness to utilize federal-aid funds to construct a new bridge over Wilson Creek on Cross Trails Road.


McKelvy stated he wants to use federal funds to build the bridge, but wants to wait until after the first of the year to pass the resolution. He said when the council passes the resolution; the city must submit $12,000 to the Arkansas Department of Transportation for engineering fees.





The Ashdown High School Purple Pride Marching Band has been earning first division honors at area marching contest this fall.


Band Director Mark Pounds reported the Purple Pride Marching Band started off the competition season by marching at the Four States Marching Contest in Texarkana on October 7th. The competition was held at Texas High's Grim Stadium and the band received a first division rating along with the percussion section and the drum majors.


Pounds said the band then competed at the University of Arkansas at Monticello in the Kappa Kappa Psi Marching Contest on October 14th and the band received a first division rating as did the percussion section.


Pounds said the percussion section was named the "Outstanding Percussion" section for their classification as well as "Grand Champion Percussion" section overall. The band was named the "Outstanding Band" for their classification.


The marching band is led by drum majors T.J. Gist and Leah Lovell. (More Pictures click here)





Monday, the state Medical Marijuana Commission released the number of license applications that it received for cultivation centers and dispensaries. Authorities reported they received 95 applications for cultivation center licenses and 228 for dispensary licenses.


The commission will award up to five cultivation licenses statewide and four dispensary licenses in each of the eight zones.


Southwest Arkansas is in Zone 8 and there were seven cultivation applications submitted, along with 16 dispensary applications.


In Sevier County, there was one cultivation application and one dispensary application submitted. One dispensary application was received from Pike County and one dispensary application from Howard County.


No one applied for a license to operate either type of business in Little River or Hempstead counties.


Those seeking cultivation licenses paid a $15,000 application fee, and the dispensary applicants paid $7,000. According to the Medical Marijuana Commission, the application is about 1,000 pages long.


The commission is expected to start reviewing applications by December 15th.





The Old Washington Farmer's Market will host a Kids Carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday at 100 Carrol Street in Washington.


The event will have carnival games, face painting, prizes, hayride, candy, a cakewalk and pumpkin painting, which will all be free. Food and drinks will be for sale to support the market.


The carnival is for children 12 and younger.


For more information, contact Sheila Ballard at 870-703-4154 or visit the market's Facebook page.



LEGISLATIVE UPDATE        10/18/17


According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S., exceeding vehicle fatalities by 50 percent. The report says more than 143 people in America die each day due to a drug overdose. In Arkansas, 1,067 people have died from a drug overdose from 2013 to 2015.


This week, District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced Arkansas law enforcement agencies will be collecting old or expired prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th, as part of the 14th National Drug Take Back Event. In Sevier County, the De Queen Police Department and the Sevier County Sheriff's Office will be collecting medication at a take-back site in front of Wal-Mart in De Queen.


The abuse of medicines by teens often results in medical emergencies or fatal overdoses. Many teens get the drugs from a friend or relative and these drug take back events help get potentially dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes.


Leftover medicine is toxic waste and poses a danger to people. pets and the environment if it's not disposed of properly. If flushed or thrown away it can get into the waterways and affect our drinking water. Unwanted medicines should be disposed of properly like other household hazardous waste.


If you cannot make it to the take back event on October 28th, stop by the Sevier County Sheriff's Office where they have a permanent collection bin.


Vaught said the legislature passed Act 820 this year which mandates that prescribers of dispensed opioids enter information on controlled prescription drugs into the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database. It also requires the Department of Health to contract with a vendor before 2019 to make the PMP interactive and provide same day reporting if funding is available.





Ashdown High School is in its second year of the JAG Program. JAG stands for Jobs for America's Graduates and is a national program that is designed to identify students who possess a significant number of barriers to stay in school, complete a high school diploma, secure an entry level quality job that leads to a career and/or pursue a postsecondary education. JAG programs regularly exceed a 90 percent graduation rate with at least 80 percent of graduates experiencing a positive outcome, such as employment, military enlistment, or by pursuing a postsecondary education, during the 12-month post-graduation follow-up period.


The Ashdown High School program has seen numbers quickly increase. The program went from nine student last year to 22 this semester.


Meagan Garrison is the JAG leader and she said many students want to get into the program, so she expects it to grow even more next year. She said there is currently one class period where students learn about different competencies that are in the National JAG curriculum. These competencies range from basic job skills, job attainment, job survival, leadership and self-development, personal and life skills. All of the skills that are learned are skills that students can take with them after graduation and use them to help them progress in the workforce.


One skill that JAG promotes is working within a team. JAG encourages each chapter to be out in the community working together to help improve society. Garrison said this year JAG students are volunteering to design and put together a haunted house for the Ashdown Elementary Fall Festival. She said the students have been working really hard and they are coming up with one of the best haunted houses that the fall festival has ever seen.


Team managers Karenna Silva, Alyssa Cisco and Carley Lummas are leading the project and Garrison said students are using a process that's designed to work in a real world work situation.


Garrison said she has more plans for the JAG program at Ashdown and it's her goal to help as many students as possible by arming them with the knowledge that they need to succeed in life after high school. She also plans to have guest speakers to motivate them and she wants to get them more involved in the community. 





The Cossatot Senior Adult Center in Wickes will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the center.


New executive director, Courtney White reported they will be serving breakfast for donations only and all of the proceeds will be used to support the programs of the center.


White said the Wickes center is open five-days a week and they provide home delivery to residents who are unable to get to the center for a daily meal. She said the center asks for a $3 donation per meal, but no one is required to pay. She said they also have speakers and programs to benefit area senior adults.


If you need more information about the services that the Cossatot Senior Adult Center offers or if you would like to volunteer, contact White by calling 870-385-2373. The center is located at 7366 Highway 71 South in Wickes.





Melodie Clemmens of the Little River Nursing and Rehab reported the nursing home is sponsoring a fundraiser this Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the Ashdown Auxiliary Police Department's Shop with a Cop program at the Ashdown Police Station on Locust Street.


Clemmens said they will be making Indian Tacos for $7 a plate and they will delivery orders of seven or more. To place an order, call 903-293-6276 or 903-278-4482 to support the Ashdown Police Department's Shop with a Cop program.





Mac McDaniel announced the 8th Annual Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Fund Fish Fry is Thursday in the Weyerhaeuser Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


Jamie Marshall is the field director of the Southwest Region of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. She said plates are $8 each and Darrell Argenbright and his Friends will be performing.


For more information, call McDaniel at 870-642-2960 or Marshall at 479-287-8213.





Tech Support Scams continue to be on the rise as con artists will call, email or send pup-up windows claiming to be a technician from a well-known company like Apple or Microsoft. In these cases, there is no real problem but tech support makes contact claiming to have the fix that your device needs.


These fake techs will claim to see a problem that you cannot see, such as a virus or malware, and request remote access to your devise. The scammer may then tell you the only way that they can fix your computer is by downloading some unnecessary and likely harmful software and that you need to wire them some money to cover the cost of the repair.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and the Federal Trade Commission offer the following tips on how to spot a Tech Support Scam: Rutledge said they will ask for remote access to your computer, which allows them to change your computer settings so you computer is vulnerable to an attack. She said they may install malware which gives them access to your computer and your sensitive data, like your user names and passwords. Rutledge said they may try to sell you some software that's worthless. She said they will also try to enroll you in a worthless computer maintenance or warranty program. Rutledge said they may ask for your credit care information, so they can bill you for some phony services, and they may direct you to certain website and then ask you to enter you credit card number and some other personal information.


If Arkansans are concerned about their computer or other device, they should contact a security software company directly.


For more information, contact the Arkansas Attorney General's office by calling 1-800-482-8982 or visit the website





Monday morning, Sevier County Judge Greg Ray declared a burn ban for the county. He said the two-tenths of an inch of rain that parts of the county received Sunday was not enough to decrease the dangers of a wildfire.


Ray said Polk, Howard, Hempstead and Pike counties have already declared burn bans.


Director of Emergency Services, Walter Smith said if you are burning during the ban, you are liable for any damage that your fire may cause. He also said you can be fined for burning during a burn ban.


De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt said conditions are right for small fires to become big fires very quickly. He also reminded area residents about the dangers of carbon monoxide. He said the fire department has already received one call this fall.


For more information about burn bans in southwest Arkansas, visit the website





The Beacon Hill 7th Day Adventist Church on Red Bridge Road will be holding a Harvest Carnival this Saturday at 7 p.m.


Carla Wolcott said they will have games, prizes, pie and calk walk and a homemade costume contest, but no satanic costumes will be allowed.


Wolcott said the church also distributes clothing to people in need every Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. She said for more information you can call Pat Wolcott at 870-642-4688.


She said if you want to make a donation to the Community Services Ministry, you can drop them off in the bin or contact her at 870-784-0504.





The Arkansas State Police have released their proposed licensing and training requirements for the new enhanced concealed carry handgun licenses in the state.


The first draft includes guidelines for carrying a concealed handgun in bars, public colleges and other places where concealed weapons were previously forbidden. The proposal also includes instruction on handling a mass shooting, as well as a marksmanship test.


The proposal states that enhanced carry permit holders must receive instruction on handling mass shooting situations and they must pass a live-fire proficiency test. Applicants must also receive training on how to interact with police during mass shooting situations and how to avoid injuring innocent bystanders.


The state police say the training program will provide guidance to licensed firearms instructors, who will then independently develop an 8-hour course for enhanced carry permit holders.




Treasure seekers, 5k runners, fall lovers, and ArkLaTex families are invited for a weekend of fall festivities at the UA Cossatot Lockesburg Campus October 20 and 21 starting at 9:00 a.m. each day.

Lockesburg Lions Club, De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce, Lockesburg Volunteer Fire Department, De Queen Medical Center, and University of Arkansas Cossatot organizations are collaborating to create a weekend of family fun at the UA Cossatot Lockesburg Campus.

Friday, October 20, will be Blue Darter Trade Days with vendors selling crafts, collectibles, antiques, and more at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A concession stand will also be open. Vendors wanting to participate can contact Zebbie Launius at 870-584-1178.

Saturday, October 21, will kick off with Blue Darter Trade Days at 9:00 a.m. and fall festivities will begin at 2:00 p.m. Activities include pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, games, and more. There will be a small entry fee per person.

Bingo, previously a Lockesburg Senior Class fundraiser, will be hosted by De Queen Medical Center and proceeds will benefit the UAC Student Diversity Association. Lockesburg's legendary Archie’s Chili will also be served on the 21st starting at lunch.

The Chamber’s Running Dead zombie 5k will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the park. Zombies and runners will pay a $30 entrance fee and receive a t-shirt.

At 7:30 p.m. a FREE family feature film will begin in the field behind the Lockesburg Dollar General. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Pets are not allowed.

The fire department will also host a haunted house at their facility beginning at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, visit the Tri-County Fall Fest page on Facebook.




Secondary career students from Nashville, Mineral Springs, Murfreesboro, Kirby, and Center Point invited to learn about available local, manufacturing career opportunities

Ashdown, AR, October 6, 2017—Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (SX: UFS) today announced that representatives from the company’s pulp and paper manufacturing mill in Ashdown, AR, will promote the career pathways available to local students at University of Arkansas Cossatot’s Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 6. Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, such as copy paper and diapers. Domtar’s pulp and paper mill in Ashdown employs nearly 850 people in the local community. The local manufacturing career event coincides with Manufacturing Day, an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs every year on the first Friday in October.


WHAT: Domtar’s Ashdown pulp and paper manufacturing mill be a featured presenter at University of Arkansas Cossatot’s Manufacturing Day Career Event, which includes presentations by local industry representatives, access to industry booths that share information about local manufacturing companies and careers, equipment demonstrations, and hands-on exhibits.

WHO: Secondary career students from Nashville, Mineral Springs, Murfreesboro, Kirby, and Center Point have been invited to attend the event to learn more about manufacturing career opportunities in the local community. Media are also welcome and encouraged to attend this important local community event.

WHEN: Friday, October 6, 8:00-9:30 A.M.

WHERE: University of Arkansas Cossatot, 183 College Dr, De Queen, AR 71832

WHY: The local manufacturing career event coincides with Manufacturing Day, an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs every year on the first Friday in October.

About Domtar
Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.1 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit




A 10-year-old juvenile is in custody following two cases of arson in Wickes and Cove.


Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer said that the first fire occurred in Wickes on September 28th about 5:20 p.m. He said when firefighters arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames and was a complete loss.


Sawyer said the Grannis Police Department investigated the fire and considered it suspicious. The report says the blaze appeared to start in an unoccupied bedroom of the home.


The residents, a husband and wife, along with their grandson then moved into a family members home in Cove.


On October 9th, a fire was called in to dispatch at a home in Cove, just after 9 a.m. When firefighters arrived the home was fully involved and the fire investigation suggests the fire started in an unoccupied bedroom of the home.


The Polk County Sheriff's Office then opened an investigation and arrested the 10-year-old grandson of the occupants of houses. The juvenile has been charged with two-counts of arson.





Last month, facilities expert Gene Hawk and district architect, Craig Boone attended a meeting of the Foreman Board of Education and discussed options for a new high school.


Superintendent George Kennedy reported the district is looking at options but they are still a long way from asking the patrons of the Foreman School District for a millage increase.


Kennedy said the district received a grant from the Ashgrove Foundation for $150,000 and they are moving forward with the construction of a new girls athletic facility.


Kennedy also reported security cameras and radios have been installed on all of the Foreman school buses.


Board members elected Shane Mears as the board president, Will Segraves as vice-president and Wayne Frye as the board secretary.





An area public officer has been named Prosecutor of the Year in the state of Arkansas.


Bryan Chesshir of Nashville received the distinction Thursday during the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association Conference in Fort Smith. Chesshir is the prosecuting attorney for the 9th Judicial District-West, which includes Howard, Sevier, Little River and Pike counties.


Chesshir was selected as president of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association in January.





UA Cossatot's Department of Public Services and Workforce Development and the Division of Skilled and Technical Sciences teamed up with Domtar's Ashdown mill, Weyerhaeuser Company and CertainTeed Gypsum to conduct a Manufacturing Day event on Cossatot's Nashville campus.


High school students from Nashville, Mineral Springs, Murfreesboro, Kirby, and Center Point attended to learn about available local manufacturing career opportunities.


Manufacturing Day occurs every year on the first Friday in October and is a nationally coordinated occasion during which U.S. manufacturers demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.


The event included presentations by local industry representatives, access to industry booths with information about local manufacturing companies and careers, and equipment demonstrations.


Modern manufacturing environments are commonly thought of as dark, dangerous factories designed for low-skilled workers, but Manufacturing Day addresses this misperception by giving manufacturers an opportunity to show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing looks like today.


Manufacturing is technologically advanced, with ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots, and screen technology.


The annual average salary for manufacturing workers is more than $77,000.


Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector. And, 90 percent of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.


The rallying point for a growing mass movement, Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers and educators to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.





Arkansas is part of a Tobacco Nation, a nickname for the dozen states where smoking rates are the highest in the country. A new report from the Truth Initiative, a group established as part of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement, highlights the states that are bucking the national trend of a substantial decline in smoking.


Robin Koval of Truth Initiative says such a significant portion of the country shouldn't be left behind as national progress is made to curb tobacco use.


The report says 22 percent of adults in Tobacco Nation smoke compared to 15 percent in the rest of the United States, lighting up about 500 more cigarettes each year. More than one in four Arkansas adults, 27 percent, smoke on a regular basis, which is one of the highest rates in the nation.


Research shows the tobacco epidemic has a disproportionate impact on people at lower income levels. According to the report, Tobacco Nation residents aren't as well-off financially as the rest of the country, and generally suffer poorer health outcomes. Koval adds the smoking rates in these states are some of the highest in the world.


In the past two decades, the report shows the states that make up the Tobacco Nation have received just over 31 billion dollars in payments from the Tobacco Master Settlement for prevention and control efforts. But the money is often diverted by state legislatures for other priorities. Arkansas received 996 million dollars in settlement funds through 2016, but has only spent 9 million on anti-tobacco programs, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Koval said that's no surprise.


While Arkansas has a statewide ban on smoking in the workplace, it still allows smoking in such public places as bars. However, communities are allowed to pass local smoking regulations.



Arkansas District 4 State Representative DeAnn Vaught and local leaders from city and county government, churches, business, farming community, banks, the Industrial Board and the Chamber of Commerce met for an Economic Development Summit on the UA Cossatot De Queen Campus.

The purpose of the summit was to discuss the future of Sevier County communities, as well as the role that its residents play in growing local economies.

Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Mike Preston was the guest speaker. Preston reiterated that Sevier County is missing many opportunities to inform the rest of the state, the country, and even the world of available land, buildings, technical/skilled trades training and education, as well as a willing and eager workforce that Southwest Arkansas offers.

De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy stated, “I think it was good for members of the community to hear Mr. Preston’s comments on economic development.

He said, ‘Having an adequate and trained workforce is one of the first needs that industries ask about.’ Economic development will take the best efforts of the whole community to meet the challenge.”

After Preston spoke, the floor was open to questions that were directed towards Representative Vaught, Preston, and Southwest Arkansas AEDC representative Cody Slater. Addressed concerns were internet service limitations, access to major highways for trucking industry, and a lack of housing to entice relocation of large industries with employees.

Overall, the summit was successful in the fact that the Arkansas Economic Development Commissioner is now aware that Sevier County is working towards a plan that will focus efforts on making SW Arkansas more visible for industries to establish themselves.


Monday night, members of the Horatio Board of Education voted to seek a postdated warrant through Stephens Inc. in the amount of $200,000.
Superintendent Lee Smith reported the funds will be used to finance some facility needs in the district. He said they plan to replace the lights at Lane Field, build a band facility and storage area at Lions Stadium, and construct a road at the high school that can handle delivery trucks and buses.
Smith explained a postdated warrant is similar to a loan that is offered to several financial institutions.
Smith said the board also voted to allow the Innovation Facilitator, Lisa Kraus to spend the funds from a $20,000 grant that she received from the Arkansas Public School Resource Center for new furnishings in the cafeteria.
Board members approved the purchase of a truck for the agri department and they approved a fundraising campaign to finance the purchase and installation of new scoreboards at Lions Stadium and Lady Lion Yard..
Elizabeth Walker was elected president of the board. Sherri Hodges was elected as vice-president and Jeffrey Irvan was selected to serve as secretary for the 2017-2018 school year.
Lori Kelley from UA Cossatot is one of the 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 1,000 applications were received.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.
Kelley is majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Cossatot. Originally from San Antonio, she has been in Arkansas since 1991 and currently resides in Murfreesboro.
Kelley said she wants to counsel and assist those that are bound by addictions, to help them learn life skills and encourage them to be successful. She said she was proud that she took advantage of the opportunity to earn a higher education. She said she was intimidated at first, but she's met some amazing professors and made some wonderful friends along the way.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. To learn more visit the website
The Sevier County Extension Service announced 4-H members are selling Poinsettias for the holiday season.
4-H Coordinator Kimberly Frachiseur reported 4-H members will be selling red and white Poinsettias for $10 each. She said if you are interested in purchasing a Poinsettia, you can contact the Extension Office at 870-584-3013 or stop by the office in the Adam's building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. She said you can also contact any 4-H member.
Plants will be available for pick up the first or second week of December at the Extension Office.
On October 1st, Sevier County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence on Rink Road in reference to a party where the reporting party said there was underage people drinking and using drugs.
When Deputies David Stinson and Chet Stubbs arrived, Stinson approached the front of the house, while Stubbs went around to the back of the house.
Stinson spoke with Dante Jones on the front porch about the complaint. Stinson stated when Jones stepped outside onto the porch he dropped a beer can and attempted to conceal it with his foot. Stinson reported he spoke to Jones about the underage drinking and drug use.
Stinson reported he informed Jones he was under arrest for being a minor in possession of alcohol and asked him to place his hands behind his back, but Jones refused to comply.
While Stinson and Stubbs were cuffing Jones, another male subject came to the door and told the deputies quote, "get off my homeboy or I will kill you." unquote. Stinson reported while he watched the subject in the doorway, he noticed a firearm in plain view laying against the wall of the residence.
Another minor, 19-year-old Nicholas Butler was also taken into custody for the offense of minor in possession of alcohol.
After another officer arrived, Stinson ordered the subject that threatened to kill the deputies to put his hands up and walk toward the deputies. The subject was identified as Montrey Williams. He was placed under arrest and charged with terroristic threatening
Deputies also arrested Daniel Tinajero for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Earlier this month, Sevier County Jail Administrator Chris Wolcott was honored as the Sevier County Outstanding Deputy of the Year by the Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Wolcott was presented the honor during the Law Enforcement Summit at Camp Robinson in Little Rock.
Wolcott was nominated for his patience and perseverance in the Sevier County Detention Center. Since January 2017, several changes have been made at the detention center including the use of the Northpointe Inmate Classification system and the use of an in-house medical program that's operated by Southern Health Partners. The jail is also offering worship services, 14-inmates were recently baptized. Wolcott also oversees AA meetings, NA meetings, and a residential substance abuse treatment program. Wolcott said the jail will hold a graduation ceremony for inmates who have completed the program on October 26th.
Wolcott stated all of the changes and new programs would not have been possible without the support of Sheriff Robert Gentry and entire staff.



YOUTH NIGHT AT DE QUEEN CHURCH OF CHRIST OCTOBER 22                        10/12/17

The De Queen Church of Christ is hosting a Youth Night on Sunday, October 22nd at 5 p.m.
Pastor Toney Stowers announced the event is open to all youth in the 6th through 12th grades. Stowers was joined by Noah and Luke Reed, Hanna and Alexis Phillips and Amber Morris Thursday morning at the KDQN studios to invite area youth to the event.
Following the worship service, the church is serving hamburgers and hot dogs. For more information, call 870-784-2499 or may visit the church's website at





The third annual Fall Funfest and Little Heroes 5K of Southwest Arkansas is this Saturday in the Herman Dierks Park in De Queen from 3 to 9 p.m.


Ginger Marshall reported the event is a family friendly community event that will include some fall festival activities like carnival games, face painting, bounce house and crafts. She said there will be local food vendors and about 20 raffle items. She said the Hero Dash, 1 mile kids' fun run and the Little Heroes 5K will round out the evening.


Marshall stated they've raised over $7,000 through sponsorships. If you would like to make a donation, contact Marshall by calling 870-584-8674.


Marshall said they were raising funds for the Children's Tumor Foundation. She said they are trying to end NF through research. She said 1 in 3,000 people is affected by NF, which is a genetic disorder.


Marshall said you can register for the Hero Dash and Little Heroes 5K on the day of the event.


She also mentioned the grand prize raffle is a Tailgate Trio. It contains a Holland Companion Grill, an Ozark Trail Premium Cooler Backpack and a $25 gift certificate from Pruett's Food. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20 and you can purchase a ticket from Ginger or Jeffery Marshall. The drawing will be held this Saturday during the Fall Funfest.





The First Baptist Church in Dierks will celebrate it’s 100th Anniversary on Sunday, October 15. Service will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon.


Interim Pastor David Blase stated several former staff members will be in attendance including: Craig Chambers, Gary Bobo, and Ellis Jones. He said the church has about 100 in attendance each Sunday, but they are preparing lunch for about 200 people.


Blase said the church is thankful to the Lord that they have been able to work in the community for the past one hundred years.


The First Baptist Church in Dierks is located on 422 Main Street.





September 29th, Sevier County Sheriff's deputies noticed a blue pickup without a license plate on Tower Road and initiated a traffic stop.


When deputies Chet Stubbs and David Stinson approached the vehicle, they identified the driver as 23-year-old Patrick Weed of Gillham.


As Deputy Stubbs was running a background check, he noticed Deputy Stinson ask Weed to step out of the vehicle. According to the incident report, Weed allegedly told Stinson that he had a firearm in the vehicle.


While searching the vehicle, Stinson recovered a small handgun that was loaded and contained a live round in the chamber. Stinson also found a purple bag that contained a small clear plastic bag with suspected methamphetamine in it, a red straw that contained a white residue on the inside, a white straw that contained suspected cocaine and a small plastic bag of Q-tips.


Stinson also found a blue handkerchief that contained a glass smoking device.


Weed was arrested and charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver and a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia.





When purchasing items through an online auction, Arkansans should be aware that criminals routinely steal money and do not provide the product. It's important to know how to safely and smartly bid on online auction websites to avoid this common fraud.


Scammers might post sales for vehicles, boats and other items that turn out to be fake or already sold. At other times the items being sold are legitimate, but con artists will purchase the item and send a counterfeit check or money order for an amount greater than the asking price to the legitimate seller. The seller will then be told to deposit the payment, deduct the actual sale price and return the difference, leaving the seller on the hook for the entire amount of the check or money order. Other common internet auction scams include wire transfer schemes and second-chance schemes.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recommended consumers keep these tips in mind before placing a bid: contact the seller with any questions about payment options or questions about the item. To review the seller's feedback on the internet auction site. Stay away from or be very cautious when dealing with sellers or purchasers out of your own country. Understand the refund, return and warranty policies of the auction site you are utilizing. Determine the shipping method and charges before you buy. If the seller insists on an escrow service, ensure it is legitimate. You may want to insure your purchased item. And, stay away from unsolicited offers.


For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, call the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-482-8982 or visit the website





Want to know the latest about Arkansas's fall color? or scenic routes for the best viewing? You'll find all this information and more on the website and then click on the "fall color update" icon.


Updated fall color reports are sent to subscribers and posted on each Friday morning. A network of "spotters" keeps the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism apprised of the fall foliage status around the state. These reports are then compiled and posted online.


In addition to the leaf report, you'll also find information on various scenic drives across the state, popular fall color destinations and travel deals and packages to help in planning your trip.


Some of the state's more popular scenic drives are nationally designated routes. These include the Talimena National Scenic Byway, which traverses the top of Rich Mountain in western Arkansas and the Great River Road National Scenic Byway and the Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway, both of which cut through the colorful hardwoods of the St. Francis National Forest in eastern Arkansas.


[For more information, visit





Monday night board members of the De Queen Board of Education got started on the new high school project by visiting with the district's architect and financial advisor.


Architect Craig Boone of Architects Plus spoke to the board about the difference between hard bidding the $15 million dollar project and using a construction manager. Boone recommended the district use a construction manager.


Board members voted to start advertising for construction management firms. Superintendent Bruce Hill said the district hopes to start interviewing construction managers by December.


Board members also heard a recommendation to split-sell the district's bonds from the district's financial advisor, Ray Beardsley of First Security. Hill reported First Security will sell $6 million in bonds this month and the rest in December or January.


Hill also gave a report about other projects in the district, including resurfacing the track, the Middle School roof project and the installation of A/C in the Coliseum.


After hearing a report from Stephani Jones about the show choir’s trip to Washington D.C., the board voted to provide $8,000 to help cover the cost of the trip.


Board members voted to set the 2018 School Election for May and they voted to keep the board officers the same for another year. Randy Hedge is the president. Sandy Huntsberger is the vice-president and Gloria Caldwell is the secretary. Skip Bell will also be the district's representative at the Annual Arkansas State Board Association Conference in Little Rock.


Hill informed the board they have received a request from a church in Lockesburg to purchase or lease the new Lockesburg gymnasium, but Hill asked the board to table the request until he could check with the district's lawyer to see if it's legal to sell the property.





Monday afternoon, Sevier County Justices of the Peace voted to approve the purchase of a new phone system for the county jail.


The Quorum Court has discussed the issue for the past two months and finally received the documentation that they had requested and voted to approve the proposal for a new system.


Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry informed the JPs that he wanted a call system that would decrease the number of calls the dispatchers have to answer on a daily basis. He reported most of the calls that the jail receives is inmate related and can be handled by the jailer in the tower. He explained the new system will allow the dispatchers to handle emergencies and radio traffic between deputies.


Gentry also stated the new phone system will come with a dedicated 50 MB fiber optic line, which will allow the jail and courtroom to conduct tele-arraignments, thus saving the county money on prisoner transports to and from court.


Gentry presented a side by side cost comparison of the jail's existing phone bill and the new system. The new system will only cost about $10 more a year and will include phone, fax and Internet.


Janelle Gage of the Sevier County Humane Society gave a report to the Quorum Court about the society's low-cost spay and neuter clinics. She reported they treat about 120 to 135 animals during a three-day clinic. Gage said they will have their last clinic of the year in November.


JPs also voted to pass a resolution which will allow County Judge Greg Ray to sign of Contract of Obligation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Control concerning the county's Class 4 Landfill.





It's estimated that this year alone, more than 2,000 Arkansans will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Statistics also tell us that 420 Arkansans may die as a direct result of the disease.


Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. And, and many of you know, October is breast caner awareness month. So, it's a good time to remind Arkansans about the importance of mammograms for early detection and lifestyle changes that could help prevent cancer.


The United State Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, you should have a mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, you should talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.


If you can't afford a mammogram, you may qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram through the CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. To learn more, call 1-800-CDC-INFO. This year, the legislature passed legislation in hopes of increasing the accessibility of new technology that could help save even more lives. Act 708 requires insurance companies to cover the cost of a breast ultrasound or 3-D mammogram without charging a co-pay or deductible.


States that have demanded that insurance companies treat ultrasounds and 3-D mammograms the same as traditional mammograms have seen a reduction in deaths and the number of biopsies that are needed.


Not all clinics in the state currently offer the technology, but to help lower your risk of breast cancer, the CDC recommends the following tips: keep a healthy weight; exercise; don't drink alcohol or limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one a day; avoid exposure to chemical that can cause cancer; breastfeed your babies; try to reduce your exposure to radiation during medical tests like mammograms, x-rays, CT scans or PET scans; and if you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives, ask your doctor about the risks and fins out if it is right for you.





Monday morning, Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry released the monthly activity report for the deputies of Sevier County Sheriff's office.


Gentry reported deputies conducted a total of 216 traffic stops, issued 213 warnings and wrote 21 citations, while patrolling a total of 27,376 miles throughout the county. He said they also worked 19 accidents and made 46 arrests.


Gentry said a total of 80 inmates were booked into the county jail and this month's community service took place Graves Chapel, Pine Ridge, Dike, Dogtown, Robinson, King, Ladd Bridge, Johnson Bridge, Central, Melrose, Pendergrass, Fisher, Stringtown, Millwee Crossing, South Spring, Provo and Rink Roads along with the dumpster area on Rink Road.


Gentry also reported 12 inmates are participating in the department's residential substance abuse treatment program.





Last Friday, District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught and UA Cossatot hosted an Economic Development Summit for both Sevier and Little River counties. The guest speaker was Mike Preston who is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.


Preston reported he was excited about the recent economic development in the state. He said he contributed the development to Governor Asa Hutchinson who says if we get economic development right, everything else will take care of itself.


Preston said Arkansas is a well-kept secret and his job is to share that story.


Preston said since Hutchinson became governor, three Chinese companies have opened manufacturing facilities in Arkansas.


Preston said the state does not have a product to offer these foreign companies; they just market sites in all 75 counties that they are aware of. In Sevier County, county representatives listed eight properties that will be listed with the state and displayed on the state's website for future consideration.


Those in attendance were told the EPI building in De Queen was recently sold to a company in New Boston, Texas that plans to use the building as a warehouse.


Preston said Sevier and Little River counties also offered workforce training and could develop training programs that may attract other manufacturing companies to the area.


UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole reported the college, the Sevier County Quorum Court, the Sevier County Rural Development Committee and the Sevier County Industrial Board are partnering together and hiring a economic development person for Sevier County beginning in January.








October 4th, a Grannis Police Officer made a traffic stop and discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen and requested assistance from the Sevier County Sheriff's Office.


When Sergeant Greg Davignon arrived, Grannis Police Chief Price informed him that the black Nissan that 18-year-old Christopher Ortega was driving had been reported stolen from Grannis on September 25th.


Davignon took Ortega into custody and while being interviewed at the Sevier County jail, Ortega allegedly admitted to taking the car without permission.


Ortega has been charged with theft by receiving.





On October 3rd, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Kristen Reed was dispatched to the Dollar General store in Horatio in reference to a possible shoplifter.


When Reed arrived, she was informed that two male suspects were in the store and the reporting party thought they were shoplifting. He described the two men for Reed and told her that there were other people with them, but they were outside in a green SUV.


Reed contacted Deputy Nicole Nealy and she drove past the store. Nealy reported she saw the suspects vehicle with the two suspects standing beside it. She then advised dispatch that the two suspects who were expected of shoplifting started walking south and the other two subjects started walking north.


Deputy Wendell Randall detained the two subjects who were walking north and Nealy detained the two suspects who were walking south.


After returning the suspects to the store and watching the surveillance video, both James McCullom and 24-year-old Austin Moore of De Queen were taken into custody and charged with shoplifting. 






Amber Morris and Aubrey Seymour are members of the Sevier County 4-H program and they are collecting items to help patients and families at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.


They are collecting personal hygiene items for family members who are staying with patients at the hospital, as well as new toys for the patients.


Morris and Seymour said they will be collecting items until Friday, October 13th and then they will take the items to Little Rock. They said you may drop off items at the First State Bank in De Queen and the Shelter Insurance office in De Queen.


For more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013.








Zebbie Launius of the Lockesburg Lions Club and Daniel Martinez of UA Cossatot and the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce announced there will be several events and activities during the upcoming Blue Darter Trade Days.


Launius stated the hours for the trade days is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st. She said there will be several vendors and they'll be serving Archie's chili in the cafeteria.


Martinez said they will have several activities during the Fall Fest including a Pumpkin Patch and 5K run. It's $7 per person to visit the pumpkin patch. He said they will also have hay rides and a petting zoo at the patch.


Martinez said they will also be showing the movie Hocus Pocus Saturday night in the field between the Lockesburg City Hall and the old Lockesburg High School. He also stated the Lockesburg Volunteer Fire Department will have a haunted house.


Members from the Sevier, Little River and Howard county farmer's markets will be in attendance at the Trade Days and they will be playing Bingo in the cafeteria.


The Blue Darter Trade Days and Fall Festival are being sponsored by the Lockesburg Lions Club and the UA Cossatot Foundation. For more information or to reserve booth space, call Launius at 870-584-9966.





On September 25th, the Dierks Board of Education voted to re-organize the board and elect officers for the 2017-2018 school year. This year's board president is Dillard McSpadden. The vice-president is Jeffrey Mounts and the secretary is Trey Eckert.


Board members approved the athletic budget and board members approved the purchase of two sets of baseball uniforms at an estimated cost of $5,000.


High School Principal Jody Cowart informed the board that Diamond Bank has agreed to replace the scoreboards in the gym.





Wednesday, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Harper and Sergeant Greg Davignon were dispatched to the Rock Hill area in Lockesburg after receiving a report about a reckless driver.


The driver was identified as 32-year-old TJ Davis of Lockesburg and he was reportedly driving a black pickup.


When Harper and Davignon found Davis' truck, it was stopped in the middle of Highway 24. Davis then reportedly turned left onto South Park Avenue.


When deputies made the traffic stop, Davis appeared to be intoxicated and became belligerent when he was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. Davignon reported Davis started cursing the deputies and then started threatening them and their families.


Davis allegedly stated that he would not be in jail forever and he knew where they lived.


Davis was transported to the Sevier County jail and charged with possession of marijuana and terroristic threatening.





Amanda McKee is working to bring awareness to a rarely diagnosed disease among children, called PANDAS, which stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with streptococcal Infections. She informed KDQN that her son contracted PANDAS at the age of three but wasn't diagnosed until he was older. McKee said she recommends you have your child tested for PANDAS if they have been given multiple diagnoses, but nothing seems to be working.


McKee said her son was diagnosed with PANDAS this past April at the Saline Memorial Health Foundation in Benton, but had to go to Oklahoma to get a formal diagnosis because Arkansas currently doesn't recognize PANDAS as a childhood disease.


McKee said her son is being treated with antibiotics, but they are not seeing the results they want and he may need IVIG treatments..


McKee said PANDAS effects 1 in 200 children and most doctors are not aware of the disease. She said Monday, October 9th is PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day and she will be speaking with legislators on Tuesday.


To help, McKee said you can donate blood during a LifeShare blood drive on Monday, November 13th from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the De Queen Medical Center or you can make a monetary donation to the Saline Memorial Health Foundation, so other children can have the Cunningham Panel test.


McKee said they are also selling PANDAS Awareness t-shirts for $22 each. For more information visit the website





Tuesday night, during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy stated Steve Frisbee of ArDot visited with the De Queen Lions Club on Tuesday about some projects in Sevier County.


Frisbee stated the department was planning to widen U.S. 70 east of De Queen to five-lanes and to construct a new bridge over the Saline River on U.S. 70 in the near future.


McKelvy said he had also contacted the Arkansas Department of Transportation about some possible bridge projects within the city.


McKelvy reported he asked ArDot to consider building a bridge on Cross Trails Road over Wilson Creek through the department's bridge replacement program.





Mac McDaniel announced the 8th Annual Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Fund Fish Fry is Thursday, October 19th in the Weyerhaeuser Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


Jamie Marshall is the field director of the Southwest Region of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. She said plates are $8 each and Darrell Argenbright and his Friends will be performing.


For more information, call McDaniel at 870-642-2960 or Marshall at 479-287-8213.





Fall is finally here. Temperatures are cooler, and leaves are already turning brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. It's a great time to go outside, but the sight of trash in our parks and natural areas can often ruin a fun experience.


The Crater of Diamonds State Park is hosting its 10th annual Great Crater Cleanup, in conjunction with the fall Great Arkansas Cleanup campaign on Saturday, October 14th to help restore the beauty of the outdoors and create fond memories for visitors to the park.


Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the park visitor center. Gloves and trash bags will be provided and Great Arkansas Cleanup t-shirts will be given away while supplies last. After the cleanup, all volunteers are invited to meet in the visitor center theater for refreshments and a prize drawing.


Attendees should dress for outdoor work, wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring drinking water. For more information, contact the Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113.






Tuesday night during a meeting of the Lockesburg City Council, aldermen voted to approve the Lockesburg Volunteer Fire Department's Standard Operating Guidelines and department bylaws.


Fire Chief Doug Currence also provided aldermen with two bids for improvements to the current fire station. Currence reported he had spoken to a third company but had not received a bid from them yet. Aldermen voted to table the matter until the third bid has been received.


Mayor Danny Ruth reported several trees have been removed from the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park. Aldermen then voted to hire Jeff Hefner to remove some more dead and sick trees from the park at a cost of $1,450.


Aldermen also voted to invest $90,000 with the State of Arkansas and to consider future investments with the state after the first CD matures.


Mayor Ruth announced he will be attending a Grant Award Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion on Tuesday, October 10th to receive the grant money for the Lockesburg Senior Adult building.






Monday night during the annual Sevier County 4-H awards banquet, I visited with some of the members of the Happy Face 4-H club and they shared with me what they like about 4-H.


Wednesday morning, members of the 4-H Teen Leaders club stopped by the Number One Country studios and invited area youth to join 4-H.


Teen Leader Brennen Seymour said the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Office will host a fall festival this month and everyone is invited to attend and learn more about 4-H. Members Ethan Wolcott, Amber Morris, and Kaydee Cowling talked about different aspects of the 4-H program.


For more information about the 4-H program in Sevier County contact the extension office at 870-584-3013.





The annual Hoo Rah Festival is this Saturday in the Herman Dierks Park and in front of the Sevier County Museum, in De Queen. This year's theme is 'Celebrating our Churches" and according to Jim Arnold, a Sevier County Museum board member, the information booth will be in front of the little church in the village, this year.


Arnold told KDQN that the festival will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the annual Rotary Club breakfast inside the Senior Citizen Center and the festival will continue until 5 p.m. when they announce the winners of the raffle drawings.


To sign up for the talent show, contact Nancy Hobbs at 903-276-5051. For more information about the car show, contact Gary Mills at 430-200-8703. And, for more information about the 5K run/walk, contact Teri Chapman at 479-234-1676.


Freddie Brenneman said area bikers can participate in the 3rd annual Hoo Rah Poker Run, this Saturday. He said the last bike out will be at 10 a.m. and the last bike will be in by 1 p.m. He said for more information you can call him at 870-642-6511.


If there is inclement weather on Saturday, October 7th, the festival will be postponed until Saturday, October 14th.





Students in the UA Cossatot Nursing Program will have a booth at the annual Hoo Rah Festival this Saturday.


Jaisee Bailey said nursing students will be selling chances on a micro-blading eyebrow session. She said they will only sell 150 tickets for $10 each. Bailey said they are also selling bedsheet sets and bamboo pillows.


Bailey said they will have a bake sale and calk walk during the Hoo Rah Festival. She said they will also be raffling off a photo session, a men's hunting basket and a woman's hair cut and products package. Bailey also stated they will have a silent auction for a wreath.


Bailey said all of the proceeds will be used to pay for conferences and to help students pay for their NCLEX exam.


For more information or to purchase tickets, call 870-784-5041 or 870-582-4158.





Secondary career students from Nashville, Mineral Springs, Murfreesboro, Kirby and Center Point will be attending UA Cossatot's Manufacturing Career event on Manufacturing Day this Friday on the De Queen campus of Cossatot from 8 to 9:30 a.m.


Domtar Corporation will have representatives from the company's pulp and paper manufacturing mill in Ashdown to promote the career pathways that are available to local students. Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, such as copy paper and diapers.


Domtar's Ashdown Mill employs nearly 850 people in the local community.


The manufacturing career event on Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing that's meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.





Feral hogs are a growing problem in Arkansas and across the United States. Feral hogs have an estimated total population between four and five million across approximately 39 states and cause approximately $1.5 billion dollars annually in agricultural and ecological costs.


The Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force is seeking input from Arkansans regarding the registration and potential restrictions on authorized uses of Kaput Feral Hog Bait as a viable method of control in eradication efforts. Feedback is being solicited through October 22nd.


Arkansans can submit responses by completing an online survey at or by sending comments to Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward at: Comments received will be presented to the Feral Hog Eradication Task Force at their next meeting on October 25th.


The Feral Hog Eradication Task Force strongly suggests that Arkansans submit comments or complete the survey only after reviewing the product manufacturer's label for Kaput Feral Hog Bait.


The bait formulation in this product is warfarin-based and has demonstrated efficacy against feral hogs at a formulation strength one-fifth the concentration of warfarin that has been registered for controlling rodents in the U.S. for more than 60 years. Kaput Feral Hog Bait is currently the only toxicant approved by the EPA for the control of feral hogs. However, it is not currently registered for use in any other state in the country.


The Feral Hog Eradication Task Force was created by Act 1010 of the Arkansas Legislature during the 2017 general session and was directed to create a plan for the eradication of feral hogs in Arkansas.





Tuesday night, the De Queen City Council held a regular meeting to discuss several topics from re-zoning a two-acre parcel of land to the budget, but no action was taken.


Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy informed aldermen that the screwpump project at the sewer plant should be completed in about a week. He also told the council the project came in under budget.


McKelvy then told aldermen that the City Planning and  Zoning Adjustment Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 19th at 6 p.m. in the De Queen City Hall to consider a zone-change for Angie Walker. McKelvy said Walker was asking the city to change the zone at the end of Ninth Street from R-2 residential to C-2 commercial.


McKelvy said the automatic meter reading project should be completed Friday. He said the water department read about 2,400 meters this month in two-hours with the new system.


Aldermen also discussed the possibility of re-financing the city's sewer plant bonds. McKelvy said the city would save almost $500,000 in interest and the city's yearly payments would be lowered.


Aldermen discussed wages for city employees as they started their budget talks. They also discussed the need for an ordinance regulating small and tiny homes within the city limits and in McKelvy's around town report, he stated the fall clean-up week in De Queen is October 9th through the 13th.


The next meeting of the De Queen City Council is Tuesday, October 17th at 6 p.m.



SEVIER COUNTY 4-H BANQUET        10/4/17


Monday night, the Sevier County 4-H program held its annual awards banquet at the De Queen Church of Christ.


4-H member Amber Morris informed those in attendance about the county's Outdoor O'Rama and Indoor O'Rama. She also mentioned several 4-H members competed at the District O'Rama and the State O'Rama on the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas.


Brayden Frachiseur discussed the county's chicken BBQ contest. He stated the top ten went on to the district competition. The top two finishers in the senior division moved on to compete at the state contest. Amber Morris was selected has an alternate for the senior division and Hunter Frachiseur placed second in the junior division.


Aubrey Seymour reported the county 4-H clubs attended a swimming party, a Painting with Nancy event, toured the Sevier County jail and participated in fair season.


Hunter Frachiseur gave a report about the Cloverbud and Junior Day Camps at the Cossatot River State Park.


Veronica Rivas discussed 4-H's You Rocked It Day. Blake Sawyer reported on the Star County Camp and Brennen Seymour invited other teen 4-H members to attend the annual Teen Leaders Camp next summer.


Several 4-H members received a t-shirt for participating in 1 competitive contest and by attending two of the county's seven non-competitive activities during the year.


4-H members received a pull over windbreaker if they turned in a record book. The record book winners were Kane Faulkenberry, Aubrey Seymour and Veronica Rivas.


Brayden Frachiseur, Jacob Seymour and Reagan Frachiseur received Wal-Mart gift certificates for attending seven out of the eight county activities.


4-H leaders announced at the conclusion of the banquet that the county 4-H program raised $1,490 during their silent auction.


For more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, call the Sevier County Cooperative Extension office at 870-584-3013.





The employees of the Bank of Lockesburg announced they will be holding a food drive for the Senior Citizen Center in Lockesburg until the last week of November.


According to Barbara Dixon, the vice-president of the  Bank of Lockesburg, volunteers are cooking meals in Lockesburg every Thursday and Lockesburg churches and businesses are taking turns on Friday to make sure the senior residents of Lockesburg get meals 5-days a week.


Dixon said this food drive will help the volunteers by providing the items that they need.


All donations need to be dropped off at the bank and they listed the non-perishable canned food items and dry goods that are used the most at the center.


They are requesting cream corn, whole kernel corn, green beans, baked beans, English peas, purple hull peas, turnip greens, mixed vegetables, corn muffin mix, corn meal mix, self-rising flour, gravy mix, cake mixes, including yellow, white and chocolate, dish detergent, dish towels, paper towels, toilet tissue, carry out trays, napkins 17x17, Reynolds wrap, Saran wrap, coffee, cooking oil, Pam spray and sweet relish.


If you have any questions, contact the Bank of Lockesburg.





Arkansas — United States House of Representatives Candidate Lee McQueen is pleased to announce that she has filed to enter the 2018 race to represent the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas.

McQueen, an Independent Progressive, intends to run her grassroots-inspired congressional campaign for Arkansas's 4th District free from corporate money and influence all the way to Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

During the next year, Lee plans to travel District 4 and visit cities such as Texarkana, Hope, Arkadelphia, Magnolia, Monticello, El Dorado, Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Mount Ida, Waldron, Clarksville, plus towns in-between, to speak to as many citizens as possible about their concerns and their issues and what they require from a congressional representative.

Lee says, "Let's Run for Congress!"

Healthcare, education, and housing for all; good jobs and living wages; responsible businesses and strong tax base; renewable energy development and infrastructure modernization; safety and security with respect for civil liberties; foreign policy with respect for diplomacy and human rights; integrity and trust in the electoral process; plus active civic engagement are only a few examples of what make strong, prosperous, healthy, happy, productive communities.

Election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. You can learn more about Lee McQueen and her "An Arkansas for All" campaign by visiting



With fall weather finally working its way through the Mid South, and the new school year well underway, Arkansas 4-H, along with 4-H organizations across the country, is celebrating its legacy of forging future leaders through learned responsibility, challenges and engagement during National 4-H Week.


Angie Freel is the Interim Associate Department Head for 4-H and Youth Development for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and she said the focus of 4-H is leadership. Freel said its the kids who do the real work of 4-H and they're the ones who make the best better.


This year's theme is "True Leaders."


And the Lakeside 4-H club is leading by example. They are currently collecting personal hygiene items for patients and their families at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. They are also offering a free Wal-Mart gift card to the first person that drops off a donation at the shelter insurance office in De Queen.


If you need more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, contact Kimberly Frachiseur at the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Office by calling 870-584-3013.





This morning members of the Sevier County Goin' Showin' 4-H club shared some information about their club.


Hunter Frachisuer stated the Goin' Showin' club was busy year round getting ready for fair season. He said they attend the Sevier County Fair, the 4-States Fair in Texarkana, the Southwest Arkansas District Fair in Hope and the State Fair of Arkansas in Little Rock.


Addalee Frachiseur, Braden Frachiseur and Kate Baker talked about raising money to sponsor the trick rider during this year's county rodeo, all of the activities that they participate in through the county 4-H program and the fact that they are raising money for the Paula Morris Memorial Scholarship fund.


Other members of the Goin' Showin' club are Reagan Frachiseur, Landon Frachiseur, Pace Frachiseur, Brady and Camary Haarmeyer.





During the last flu season, the Arkansas Department of Health recorded more than 15,000 positive influenza tests. Of those, 62 Arkansans lost their lives.


Each year, 25 to 50 million people are infected with the flu in the United States and more than 250,000 people are hospitalized and 23,600 people die due to seasonal flu.


With the early occurrences of the flu in Southwest Arkansas, the department of health wants to remind Arkansans of the importance of getting a flu shot.


The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that's caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at time it can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot each year. the vaccine takes one to two weeks to start working and is 70 to 90 percent effective in preventing the seasonal flu.


The Arkansas Department of Health has taken an aggressive approach to ensure the vaccine is available to everyone. Mass clinics were held recently in Southwest Arkansas, but in the next few days, the department will starting visiting school district throughout the state offering the vaccine. Parents will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork and return it to their child's school. 


The flu shot is not required for children to attend school, but it is highly recommended.


If you have insurance, the department of health will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of the vaccine, but if you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay for vaccines, there will be no charge.


Following the Center for Disease Control guidelines, only the injectable form of the flu vaccine is available this year.


For extra safety, people you live with or spend a lot of time with should also get a flu vaccine. You are less likely to get the flu if the people around you don't have it.


For a complete list of clinics in your area visit the website,





October 14th, the CASA of the Ouachita Region will host their second annual Battle of the Badges softball tournament at the De Queen Sportsplex to raise funds for the Sevier County CASA program.


CASA representative Renee Hendrix reported the games will begin at 10 a.m. She said a team of Polk County law enforcement officers will play officers from Montgomery County and the winner will take on the defending champs from Sevier County after lunch.


Hendrix said the event is free, but they will be accepting donations to support the CASA program in Sevier County. She said they still need more CASA volunteers to work with children in the foster care system.


Hendrix said if you need more information; call 479-243-9277. She also stated all of the training can be done here in De Queen.


Polk County Sheriff's Deputy TJ Frachiseur stated the Polk County team is getting ready to reclaim their trophy. He also mentioned he was honored to work with an organization like CASA because they help at-risk children.


For more information, call 479-243-9277.




LITTLE ROCK, AR—Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston issued his annual public reminder of the upcoming deadline to pay personal and real property taxes.

“We encourage all Arkansas property owners to avoid having delinquent property taxes,” Thurston said. “The deadline to pay personal property or real estate taxes in Arkansas is Oct. 15 each year, and we hope everyone will meet that deadline by paying before that deadline.”

Since Oct. 15 is a Sunday this year, the deadline is extended to Monday, Oct. 16.

Thurston encouraged property owners to save time by paying remotely. “It’s easy to avoid waiting in line by mailing the correct payment to the county tax collector’s office, and many counties accept payments online, too,” he said.

Property taxes help fund public schools, libraries and emergency services that are essential to Arkansas counties. Failure to pay those taxes on time will result in additional costs.

“These taxes are vital to the counties across this state, and without your tax dollars, your communities will suffer,” Thurston said.

Additionally, if taxes are not paid within the following year, real estate taxes may be certified to the Commissioner of State Lands office for collection.

Please contact your county collector’s office for their hours on the deadline day. Several counties offer online payment options; you may contact the collector’s office to see what options are available in your area.

If your taxes are delinquent, the Commissioner’s office will accept payment in office until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Please contact us at 501-683-3053 for information on how to redeem delinquent real estate taxes.




LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Farm Bureau will join Arkansas veterans, the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arkansas Agriculture Department and other agriculture leaders at Arkansas State University for the inaugural Veterans 4 Ag Summit this Friday, Oct. 6.

“Agriculture is our state’s largest industry, with an economic contribution of around $20 billion a year,” said Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach. “We think our industry presents a wealth of opportunities for Arkansas's 225,000 veterans and we’re proud to join with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Arkansas State University for this important event.”

The Summit is designed to educate and prepare military veterans for potential careers in the agriculture field. It will be held at the Cooper Alumni Center, 2600 Alumni Boulevard, in Jonesboro.

"Arkansas has a large veteran population made up of individuals that are highly trained and well suited for careers in agriculture,” said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward. “Our goal with the Veterans 4 Ag Summit is to ensure that every veteran in Arkansas is aware of available resources and the many career opportunities that exist within this industry. In Arkansas we are proud of our agricultural heritage and we are proud of our military veterans, this summit brings both together."

Nate Todd, director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, pointed out that are engaged in all aspects of the Arkansas economy.

“Veterans come from the problem-solving culture of our military. They are self-disciplined. They are self-starters and early risers; sounds like to me they are good candidates for the farming profession,” Todd said. “We are very happy to collaborate with Secretary Ward, Dean Burcham at Arkansas State University and the Arkansas Farm Bureau on this Veteran Farmers' initiative, that has its origins in the 2014 Farm budget “

At the Summit, leaders in both agriculture and veteran affairs will participate in panel discussions focused on how to get started in agriculture and why veterans are a great fit for careers in the industry. In addition, a showcase of agriculture and veteran’s organizations will provide attendees with networking opportunities and the chance to speak to industry partners one-on-one.

“Veterans are our business. All things that concern Arkansas veterans should involve Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Todd, a retired Army colonel.




The 33rd annual Provo Rodeo and BBQ is scheduled for this Saturday, October 7th. Members of the Provo Volunteer Fire Department will start serving BBQ meals at noon, the parade will begin at 2 and the rodeo starts at 2:30.


Janelle Bradshaw said the Provo Rodeo is geared for children ages 1 to 16, but they will also have some events for the adults.


The books will open at noon and they will close just before an event starts. Some of the events are stick horse speed racing, boot race, calf scramble, horse speed race, barrel racing, and horse pole bending. There's also a wild cow milking contest, a panty race and cow-patty bingo.


The entry fee is $3 or $5 per event.


Bradshaw said they will be having a parade for the first time this year and the band Harmony will be performing from noon to 2 p.m.


Bradshaw said the annual rodeo and BBQ dinner is the only fundraiser that the Provo Volunteer Fire Department as every year. She said they use the funds to purchase equipment like turnouts and to upgrade their trucks and facilities. Volunteer firefighter Emmy Bailey said they are currently building a helipad.


Bradshaw said they are also selling chances on a gun for $1 each or 6 for $5. The winner of the gun raffle will have the opportunity to select a gun from a list of 10-guns from the Buzzard Creek Gunworks in Crossroads.


The Rusty Relics Tractor Club will be displaying their tractors and a concession stand will be available. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.


For more information, contact Bailey at 870-784-3053.



NATIONAL 4-H WEEK         10/2/17


More than 6 million young people across the country are celebrating National 4-H Week, with special events that highlight the things that 4-H offers young people and the young people who work each day to make a positive impact on their communities.


Here is Sevier County, 4-H members will hold their annual 4-H Awards Banquet tonight at 6 p.m. to honor the efforts of county 4-H members.


4-H member Aubrey Seymour reported 4-H was started in 1927 and she provided the KDQN listeners with a little background about the organization.


Brennen Seymour provided a list of upcoming community service projects that Sevier County 4-H members will conduct over the next several months.


Kane Faulkenberry reported on some of the past community service projects.


4-H members also helped clean Bill Blackwood Stadium Saturday morning before the De Queen pee-wee football games started.


If you are interested in joining the Sevier County 4-H contact the Sevier County Cooperative Service office in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot or call 870-584-3013.





During the month of September, the Chalice Cupboard assisted 40 families including 82 adults and 43 children, totaling 125 people.


A total of 1,028 pounds of food was added to the pantry shelves, including 779 pounds of food that was purchased with donated funds. The First United Methodist Church and the Saint Barbara Catholic Church donated 49 pounds, while individuals donated 200 pounds.


Individuals living in Sevier County who need food may receive help at the Chalice Cupboard at 315 North 5th Street in De Queen on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Food is given to those requesting assistance once each three-month period of the year.


Cupboard volunteers also expressed their appreciation for the support that the food pantry receives from local businesses who provide tax exemptions for the purchase of food at the Dollar Tree, Pruett's Foods and the Wal-Mart Supercenter.


This month, cupboard volunteers are asking for donations of non-perishable items like canned fruit and jello. All monetary donations will be used to purchase food.





Bail was set at $15,000 for each of the three defendants who are facing animal cruelty charges in Miller County.


One of the defendants, 25-year-old William Lake Evans was arrested in De Queen last week, while 21-year-old Tyler Green and 23-year-old Victoria Anderson turned themselves in at the Animal Control Office in Texarkana.


Animal control officers visited a house of Laurel Street on September 18th in response to a call about some animals not having any food or water.


According to court records, no one was home but officers left contact information on the door of the house. On September 21st, officers noticed the information had been removed from the door and the next day, they executed a search warrant where they removed a goat and four dogs.


Allegedly, Green later contacted the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption office and told they he knew about the condition of the animals, but they belonged to his roommate, Evans.


Evans allegedly spoke to Animal Control Officer Jackie Mullins on the 21st and told her that he knew the animals needed care but was trying some remedies that he'd found on the internet because he couldn't afford a vet and that he was planning on moving the animals to another location.


Evans was arrested in Sevier County on Tuesday, September 26th and transferred to Miller County on Thursday, September 28th.


The next court appearance for the three defendants will be in mid-October.





Researchers are issuing a dire warning with a hint of hope, they say our republic is at risk, but solutions can be found, in Arkansas and across the nation. According to Dr. Peter Levine who is an associate dean at Tufts University, an increasing number of Americans say they dislike or even loathe people who support different political views other than their own. He said there is also a deep distrust of institutions from the federal government to organized religion and public schools.


Levine explains what's at risk if these divisions continue.


Levine co-authored a new report that says part of the solution is to require more students to take courses on civics, government, law and topics to ensure they're better informed and more likely to vote. The report notes Arkansas does have a framework for civics and social studies classes, and has also added a requirement that students take the Immigration and Naturalization Service's "New Citizen Exam."


Levine notes that large civic associations that were more popular in the 20th century, such as organized religion and unions, have given way to narrower agendas. As challenging as things are now, he's convinced there's reason to be hopeful.


The report includes a chart that summarizes the key civic learning policies in each state and pinpoints what the research team sees as the areas of greatest need. It's online at ''



NOT YOUR RIDE       9/29/17


On Monday, September 25th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Wendell Randall discovered that the driver of a vehicle that was damaged in a two-car accident was unauthorized to be driving the vehicle.


While working an accident in Lockesburg, Randall was informed that 34-year-old Aaron Garza of Texas was operating a vehicle without authorization of the owner. According to registration records, the vehicle that Garza was driving belonged to James Mills of De Queen and was for sale through Jim's Auto Sales.


Investigator Brian Hankins interviewed Mills who advised him that he did not authorize Garza to take the vehicle from his car lot. Mills also told Hankins that he wanted to press charges against Garza for taking the vehicle.


Mills reported Garza stopped by his car lot about 9 a.m. Monday morning. He said Garza asked about several vehicles and even started a few, but after Garza said he didn't have any money, Mills asked him to leave.


Mills said when he went inside the office to answer the phone, Garza drove away in a white Chevy Suburban.


Mills said he waited on him to return, but he never did. Mills said he tried to call Garza and Garza's wife but he got no answer. Mills said he hadn't heard anything about his vehicle until he was notified by the sheriff's department about the accident.


Garza was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle.





The Ashdown School District has signed up for Brookshire's "Cash for My Class" school fundraiser program.


The "Cash for My Class" program is a way for parents and other school supporters to earn funds for their local school. Brookshire's will donate one-percent of the purchase amount of qualifying products to the school.


Qualifying products include the following labels: Brookshire's, Super 1 Foods, Full Circle, Simply Done, Food Club, PAWS, Tippy Toes, Pure Harmony, Top Care and Goldenbrook.


Area shoppers are being encouraged to stop by the Ashdown Brookshire's store to pick up a tag. The tags fit on a key ring and shoppers can use it anytime they shop at Brookshire's and by doing so, they will be supporting the Ashdown School District.


Customers can earn "Cash for Their Class" through June 15th.





The Sevier County Museum is hosting the 2017 Hoo Rah Festival, Saturday, October 7th in the Herman Dierks Park in De Queen. This year's theme is 'Celebrating our Churches" and the information booth will be in front of the little church in the village.


Board member, Jim Arnold, reported the festival will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Rotary Club breakfast in the Senior Citizen Center and will continue until 5 p.m. when the announce the winners of the raffle drawings.


To sign up for the talent show, contact Nancy Hobbs at 903-276-5051. For more information about the car show, contact Gary Mills at 430-200-8703. For more information about the 5K run/walk, contact Teri Chapman at 479-234-1676. There is also a Poker run, for more information, contact Freddie Brenneman at 870-642-6511.


There will be craft and food booths at the Hoo Rah Festival and if you or your group would like to have a booth, contact the museum.


If there is inclement weather on Saturday, October 7th, the festival will be postponed until Saturday, October 14th.





The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously voted to ban the transportation of live, wild-caught baitfish from one body of water to another in an attempt to prevent the spread of invasive species, such as Asian carp and zebra mussels. However, after listening to public comments, the commission decided to delay the regulation's effective date until October 1st, 2018, to enable commercial baitfish producers time to grow shad large enough to fill the needs of striped bass guides in the state.


Beginning October 1st, 2018, it will be illegal to use any live baitfish, including crayfish, unless it was caught in the same body of water where it is being used; caught in a tributary that enters the body of water upstream; or purchased from a licensed dealer that only sells certified farm-raised baitfish.


The commission also authorized four projects that are eligible for funding from the Marine Fuel Tax program.


Those projects include creating access to De Queen Lake on Story Creek Road in Sevier County at a cost of $75,000.


A chip and seal project that will cover 1.5 miles of the Old Factory Site Access Road to the Little Missouri River in Pike County for $100,000.


Phase one of repairs to 3.9 miles of Laurel Creek Access Road in Pike  County for $100,000.


And, repair work on the Younger Access Road that leads to the White River in Stone County for $265,000.


Commissioners also voted to approve an amendment to the Commission's committee procedures, which will create an Intergovernmental Relations Committee and increase transparency on Commission actions.





Randy Travis, Wayne Newton, Restless Heart and Neal McCoy will be in Longview, Texas Saturday night for a benefit concert to raise money to help East Texas families with children who are suffering from serious and life-threatening illnesses.


The 23rd annual Neal McCoy and Friends concert will raise funds for McCoy's nonprofit organization that he started in 1995 called the East Texas Angel Network.


The East Texas Angel Network makes funds available to families who need help with secondary expenses while their child is ill. That means, the angel network will help pay utility bills, water bills, or make car payments, however the organization does not pay for medical bills or mortgages.


The Angel Network also has a pantry that contains things like cleaning supplies, bathroom products and other household items. The organization also helps purchase Christmas gifts.


Since 1995, the Angel Network has helped more than 600 families and its raised over $8 million dollars.


McCoy is a Longview native and has released 15 studio albums and more than 30 singles and he is a multiple humanitarian award winner.


Saturday's concert is set for 7 p.m. at the Belcher Center in Longview. Tickets range from $30 to $100.





Saturday morning about 3 a.m., Sevier County Sheriff's deputies Chet Stubbs and David Stinson discovered a small red car that had been involved in a single vehicle accident at Cane Creek Bridge.


When the deputies arrived, the driver fled from the scene and ran into a thick wooded area. While searching the area, Deputy Stinson found the suspect lying in a bed of tall grass.


Deputy Stinson reported the suspect appeared to be intoxicated and did not initially cooperate with the deputies commands.


The driver was identified as Heriberto Santiago-Nunez of De Queen and he was citied for not having a valid driver's license.


When deputies asked Nunez why he ran away, he allegedly told them that he had been deported several years ago and was in the United States illegally.





Wednesday, Texarkana, Arkansas police arrested two more suspects in a felony animal cruelty case.


Twenty-three year old Victoria Anderson and 21-year-old Tyler Green went to the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center to speak with officials and were arrested about 10:30 a.m.


The other suspect, 25-year-old William Lake Evans was arrested in De Queen by Sevier County Sheriff's deputies.


All three suspects are being charged with four felony counts and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.


Evans is currently on parole and under a four-year suspended sentence that he received when his probation was revoked in April of 2016 in Miller County.


Evans is scheduled to be on parole until February of 2021, according to the Arkansas Department of Corrections and the new offense could result in additional time behind bars.


In 2011, Evans who was 18 at the time was charged with commercial burglary and theft of property in connection with a break-in at the Fouke United Methodist Church. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two five-year terms of probation.


Evans was arrested in April of 2012 and giving a 90-day jail sanction for violating his probation and he received an additional five-year term of probation after being found guilty of committing forgery in Fouke.


Motions to revoke all three probations were filed in June of 2015 for allegedly failing to report to his probation officer, failure to pay court-ordered fees and failure to report a change of address to his probation officer. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but it was not served until February of 2016.


Evans probation was revoked in April of 2016 and he was sentenced to four-years in the Arkansas Department of Correction plus four-years suspended sentence on each offense to run concurrently.


Evans was released from custody under parole supervision this past February.


Bail will be set for Evans once he is transferred from the Sevier County jail for an initial court appearance in Miller County. Anderson and Green are being held in the Miller County jail. They are expected to make their first appearances today or Friday.





The City of Mineral Springs will hold a special election on December 12th to allow voters to decide on the term length of aldermen on the city council.


Mayor Bobby Tullis says that he is advocating for four year terms to begin in 2018. He said term length is just one of several things that he has worked to accomplish this year in an effort to provide continuity by also passing an ethics law and placing restrictions on how much money a Mayor can expense without council approval.


The special election will be held on Tuesday, December 12th, with early voting being held prior to that.





The Army Corps of Engineers is taking applications from hunters ages  6 to 15 who want to participate in a special deer hunt November 4th at Millwood Lake. Five permits will be issued to young hunters who seek to experience the outdoors and have a great place to hunt that is normally closed to hunting. Forrester Roy Burk said this hunt will provide a great opportunity for youth hunters to hunt near food plots without any pressure from other hunters in the woods.


Burk said applicants must submit a completed application form to the Corps by October 17th. A random drawing will be held on October 18th to select the five hunters. Applicants must have parental permission, and be accompanied by an adult assistant who is at least 21 years old on the day of the hunt.


Surveys have been conducted to ensure resources are properly conserved and public safety is considered. Hunters must provide their own firearms. Also, youth must be skilled enough to safely operate the firearms that they bring to the hunt.


Application forms may be obtained at the Corps' Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office at 1528 Highway 32 East in Ashdown or you can call 501-340-1452.





September 19th, state officials and company leaders gathered for a presentation at the Husqvarna Wilson Plant in Nashville.


The Wilson Plant was cited by the Arkansas Department of Labor and by Husqvarna for not have a recordable injury over the past 15 years.


The Wilson Plant has the best safety record in the Husqvarna company.





Over two weekends, Arkansas hunters harvested 94 alligators during the 2017 alligator hunting season, eclipsing the previous record of 66 in 2016.


Mark Barbee of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said the increase is largely the result of increased permits being available to hunt. He said there has been a steady interest in hunting alligators and the alligator population is in good shape.


Barbee says 152 permits were available for the 2017 season, of which 101 were available for public draw. He said the other permits were given to some large land holders where there is an exceptionally high alligator population that needs to be managed to eliminate nuisance issues.


Although no one checked in an alligator topping the current state record of 13 feet 10 inches, many 11- to 12-foot alligators were checked this season. Barbee said there were also several 6- to 9-foot gators harvested as well.


Barbee said the southwest zone had 44 alligators harvested and the statewide harvest was fairly consistent, with zones trading places in total number of gators checked, depending on the weather and flooding.


Barbee said although nuisance calls have been lower this year, he doesn't think it is the result of a declining alligator population. He said surveys show there are plenty of alligators in the state.





Sonic Corporation announced this week that its credit card process notified the company of some unusual credit card activity at its drive-in restaurants.


The chain was informed that the activity could have affected a number of its payment systems.


A security blogger reported the activity could have led to massive amounts of stolen credit and debit card numbers.


Sonic has more than 3,600 locations in 45 states across America, but there is no word yet on how many people may have possibly been affected.


Credit card number are allegedly being sold on the dark web for $25 to $50 each.





Consumers should use caution when hiring someone to rake leaves or clean out the gutters because con artists will be looking to take advantage of consumers. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge stated home improvement scams are commonly in the top ten of complaints that her office receives each year. She reported her office received 442 complaints in 2016.


Rutledge released the following advice to consumers before they hire a person or company to do yard work around their home, this fall:

She said consumers should ask for recommendations and get a written and signed contract before any work begins. Rutledge said you should think twice about hiring someone from out-of-town or an unknown contractor, especially if they are soliciting door-to-door. She said consumers should question contractors when they use terms like "special introductory offer," "limited-time offer" or those who offer discounts if they can use your home as a model. Rutledge said do not fall for high-pressure tactics and to beware of contractors who demand full payment before they work is finished.


Arkansans should consider contacting the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board at 501-372-4661 to verify a contractor's license, the date it was issued and whether any complaints have been filed against that contractor. Any contractor building, repairing or doing improvements to a home that cost more than $2,000 is required to be bonded and licensed by the ACLB.


For more information, contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-482-8982 or visit the website





The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its next class. The nomination deadline is November 1st.


The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who are or have contributed significantly to the state's largest industry, while spotlighting their contributions to the state's economic development. Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 158 men and women have been inducted.


Butch Calhoun is the chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame and he says anyone can nominate a person that they believe is worthy of the honor.


Calhoun said the role of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is to honor the worthy individuals who made an impact on our state's largest industry, agriculture.


The Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock houses the Agriculture Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Farm Bureau.


Additional information and online nomination forms are available at Forms can also be requested by calling 501-228-1609.


The induction ceremony for the next class will be March 2nd, 2018 in Little Rock.





Several De Queen residents have formed an organization called 'Sending Hope' to collect donations for the victims of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico City on September 19th.


Over 270 people were killed. More than 2,000 people were injured and thousands are homeless. Tonya Bahena stated area residents can donate items at the Smiles of Arkansas Dental Office  and other locations around town.


Abi Bahena said a local resident will drive the items to Mexico City and distribute the items to local churches in the area.


Maria Medina said you'll be able to see the items distributed through online pictures and videos. Tonya Bahena said they are also asking children to donate toys. She said it doesn't have to be new, but they would like a Hope Note to be attached to the toy.


Dr. LaReesa Woods said if any business would like to partner with Smiles of Arkansas Dental to please call 870-642-7645.


Tonya Bahena said the organization "Sending Hope" is following the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he said, quote, "If I cannot do great things. I can do small things in a great way."





Sevier County sheriff's deputies arrested a man who was wanted in connection with an animal cruelty case in Texarkana.


Allegedly, 25-year-old William Lake Evans was arrested Tuesday in De Queen on four felony counts and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. Evans is being charged for allegedly abusing four dogs and a goat whose life veterinarians could not save.


Warrants have also been issued for Victoria Anderson and Tyler Green.


According to the Texarkana Animal Services Department, two seemingly neglected dogs that were visible in a fenced-in yard prompted animal control officers to execute a search and seizure warrant on a residence Friday afternoon.


Officers rescued the two dogs and then entered the house where they found dog feces, garbage and children's toys on the floor. The house also had no electric service and was completely closed, with no ventilation.


Inside the house, the officers found a young, male goat that was unable to stand, with no food or water available.


Officers also found two more dogs, a male and female pit bull. The male dog had a large wound on its right rear leg that was infected.


All of the animals were diagnosed with malnourishment and dehydration and were infested with fleas and other parasites.


The goat died Friday night, but the dogs are being treated and are expected to recover.





Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth signed a proclamation recently declaring Friday, October 6th as 'Go Pink for the Cure Day' in the City of Lockesburg and he is urging area residents to wear pink in an effort to promote the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.


According to cancer society statistics, breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer and the second most cause of cancer deaths in the United States. However, when breast cancer is detected in its earliest stages, there can be a 95 percent survival rate.


According to the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one in three counties in Arkansas do not have a fixed mammography facility, which creates a barrier for many women to easily access mammograms.


It's estimated that in 2017 207,219 women and 3,668 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 48,541 women and 926 men will die. In Arkansas, an estimated 3,027 cases will be detected and they will result in 825 deaths.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and October 6th has been declared 'Go Pink for the Cure Day.'


So join, Mayor Ruth and help bring awareness to this deadly disease.





Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Webb is investigating a two vehicle accident that occurred on Red Bridge Road.


According to the accident report, Carolyn Bradshaw of De Queen said she was attempting to make a left turn when she was rear-ended by another vehicle.


However, the driver of the other vehicle, Martha Trevino of De Queen reported Bradshaw stopped in the middle of the road and then backed into her car. Trevino said she put her vehicle in reverse in an attempt to keep Bradshaw from hitting her car, but she could not back up far enough.


Trevino reported Bradshaw then pulled into a driveway on Red Bridge Road.


Following the accident, Trevino reported Bradshaw left the scene of the accident, but she was at the scene when Webb arrived.


No citations have been issued and the accident is still under investigation.





Tractor Supply Company will continue its partnership with the National 4-H Council by hosting its semi-annual Paper Clover fundraiser for 4-H students. The in-store donation event will be held October 4th through the 15th.


Since 2010, the Paper Clover campaign has raised more than $11 million dollars to support 4-H programming and earlier this year, the spring campaign raised nearly $825,000, which will be used to provide 16,301 scholarships so 4-H members can attend camps and other leadership events where they will learn everything from animal care to civic leadership.


Customers will be able to purchase a paper clover emblem while checking out. Donations, which begin at $1, but there is no cap.




Country music legend Dolly Parton will sing the praises of musician Kent Wells this Saturday night during the 11th annual Alumni Banquet, which is sponsored by the Ashdown High School Alumni Association.


The banquet for Ashdown Alumni raises money for scholarships and is SOLD OUT.


Collections will be taken during the banquet, and at a show following the banquet. All of the proceeds will benefit the Ashdown High School alumni fund.


Wells was selected by the alumni association for his work as a musician, songwriter, performer and producer according to Susan Simmons who is the president of the alumni association. Wells graduated from Ashdown High School in 1981. He is the son of Coylene Wells Cates and the Late Billy Jack Wells.


Dolly Parton is scheduled to attend the banquet and praise Wells for his work, according to Simmons. Wells has toured and recorded with major artists in the music industry, including Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Brooks and Dunn, Travis Tritt, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood and Keith Whitley.


Wells has produced projects for artists including Michael Peterson, Neal McCoy and 4-Runner. He has produced vocal performances by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Allison Krause, Keith Urban and George Jones.





The 4th annual Horatio Volunteer Fire Department 'Screams in the Night' haunted house is set to open in October and Assistant Fire Chief Rich Dorsey reported they need volunteers to help work.


Dorsey said last year they had about 400 people go through the haunted house every night and they need about 40 people to help work in the haunted house.


Dorsey said this year's haunted house is going to be at the same location, as last year. He said it's going to be in an old chicken house on the Cool Creek Ranch property.


Dorsey announced they will be having a volunteers meeting on Sunday, October 8th at 1:30 p.m. at the haunted house. He said you can follow the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department on Facebook for more information.


Dorsey said the proceeds will be placed in the department's operating budget and used to purchase equipment and items to give out to students in the Horatio School District.


For more information, visit the Facebook page, Fire Department or call Dorsey at 870-279-2161.





The Sevier County Cooperative Extension is offering beekeeping classes in October.


Extension Agent Rex Herring stated participates will learn everything they need to know about starting a honey bee hive, how to maintain a healthy hive, and how to successfully collect honey from your hive.


Classes will be on Tuesday, October 10th, 17th and 24th from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.


Herring said different information will be provided each night, so plan on attending all three class sessions.


Classes are free and open to the public; registration is required to ensure sufficient materials will be available for all participants. To register or for more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013.





Residents of McCurtain County and southeast Oklahoma can learn about funding opportunities, development programs and services that are offered by the Oklahoma Arts Council during an upcoming town hall meeting.


The meeting will take place Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Museum of the Red River in Idabel. There is no cost to attend.


The meeting is geared toward community members, nonprofit administrators, civic leaders, educators, artists of all disciplines, and anyone who is interested in using the arts to impact their community, the town hall meeting will focus on using the arts to strengthen local economies, improve education, celebrate cultural heritage and enhance quality of life.


Oklahoma Arts Council staff members will share information on how nonprofit organizations, entities of local government, Native American tribes, and schools can access grant funding to provide opportunities for festivals, exhibitions, performances, and arts education programs. Oklahoma Arts Council staff will also cover programs and services offered by their agency that support local arts leaders in their work. Programs to be covered include the Oklahoma Arts Council's Cultural District Initiative, the Oklahoma Arts and the Military Initiative, Leadership Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Conference, teaching and performing artist rosters, the Governor's Arts Awards, and the Oklahoma State Poet Laureate program. Time will also be allotted for a question and answer session.


For more information, call 940-600-2713.


The Museum of the Red River is located at 812 East Lincoln Road in Idabel.





Daisy State Park is hosting a chili cook-off on Friday, October 13th as part of the annual camper's reunion week.


Park Interpreter Mandy McCauley stated campers who have been visiting the Daisy State Park for years come together during Reunion Week to visit with friends and enjoy the park. She said this year, the park will host a chili cook-off on Friday, October 13th from 1 to 8 p.m. McCauley said teams can start cooking at 1 and the judging will begin at 4. She said chili cook-off teams will consist of two to four people and the cost to compete is $20.


McCauley said contestants can compete in three categories including, chili, dessert and best overall. She also said they have planned some game and other activities during the cook-off event.


McCauley said to register for the chili cook-off, stop by the visitor center and fill out the registration form and pay the entry fee. Each team will receive a copy of the rules and regulations at that time.


McCauley said a band is performing Saturday, October 14th at 7 p.m. as a part of the camper's reunion.


For more information, call the Daisy State Park at 870-398-4487.





Amanda Williams has been named Education and Foundation Coordinator for the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. Williams previously served as Safety Coordinator at Arkansas Farm Bureau for the past six years.


In her new role, Williams will primarily be responsible for educational activities, scheduling and conducting programs under the Director of Education and Outreach and for assisting with all work in the Ag in the Classroom program, which is offered to the 76 county Farm Bureaus, schools and other organizations. She will also be responsible for coordinating the daily activities of the new Arkansas Farm Bureau Foundation.


Launched earlier this year, the Arkansas Farm Bureau Foundation supports agriculture education, research, disaster relief and potential litigation.


Williams will work within Farm Bureau to grow the foundation and develop and implement fundraising activities. She will also work to ensure legal compliance, evaluate grant applications, prepare reports on Foundation efforts for the Arkansas Farm Bureau board, work to advertise and promote the Foundation and help develop new sources of capital.





Members of the De Queen Fellowship of Christian Students announced this week that they will be hosting a student led prayer event, this Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at the flag pole in front of the Junior High building.


Itzel Bautista and Macy McKee reported this is Global Week of Student Prayer and Wednesday is the annual See You at the Pole event. They invited students from the De Queen junior and senior highs to attend. They said they will be serving donuts and there will be several speakers and a special song performed by Simon Judah.


Bautista said the De Queen Fellowship of Christian Students meet every Friday at noon in the classroom of Kelly Mills. She also said anyone can join and there are no dues.


The See You at the Pole movement began in 1990 following a DiscipleNow weekend event in Burleson, Texas when a small group of teenagers drove to three different schools that night to pray.


In September of 1990, over 45,000 students in four different states met at their school's flagpole to pray. The next year, an estimated one million students gathered at flagpoles from all over the world.


This year, students in more than 20 countries will participate.





When Arkansas author James  Babb wrote his historical fiction novel The Devil's Backbone, he never dreamed it would one day be used as supporting material in classroom curriculum, or that he would be invited to speak in schools across the state. Once a reluctant reader in adolescence, Babb wrote with those same readers in mind, setting his post-Civil War novel in the Greenwood/Fort Smith area and sending his 14-year-old character Brody Martin on an adventure of danger and survival.


With a positive reception of the first book, and winning a national IPPY award for juvenile fiction and the Arkansas Historical Association Susannah DeBlack award for young readers, Babb continued Brody's travels in his next novel, The Devil's Trap. Both books went on to become finalists in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.


On October 1st, the third installment in the series, The Devil's Den will be released by Plum Street Publishers. To celebrate the spirit of adventure at the heart of the books, Babb is rewarding followers of the series with a treasure hunt that's set in Arkansas. Using the clues in the second and third novels, readers can retrace Brody's and little Todd's footsteps from 1881. The finder of the treasure chest gets the items in it, wins free books, and Babb will make a free author visit to an Arkansas school of their choice. Babb is also holding a separate give-away contest with a prize package that includes a stay at the Devil's Den State Park, and visits to the Fort Smith Museum and Historical Site.


For more information on the book series, treasure hunt and giveaway go to To arrange a book signing, a classroom book talk or author visit, contact Babb at 870-584-6131.





Members of the UA Cossatot Collegiate FFA are still selling tickets for their annual gun raffle. Tickets are $10 each or six tickets for $50. FFA advisor, Kelli Harris, stated when you purchase a ticket for the gun drawing, you are also purchasing a ticket for all the chili you can eat their annual FFA chili supper on October 26th.


Harris said you do not have to be present to win a gun, but if the name of someone at the chili supper is drawn they will have first choice of the five guns.


Harris said the proceeds from the gun raffle are used to provide scholarships for FFA members and to do community service projects.


Harris said the guns in this year's raffle are: Remington Model 700 SPS 270, Remington V3 Field Sport Semi-Auto 12 Gauge Shotgun, Taurus 38 Special Revolver, FN America 40SW Semi-Auto Pistol, and a Bushmaster Semi-Auto 5.56 NATO/223 Rifle.


Harris said for more information, email her at or call 870-584-1218. Harris said you may purchase tickets from any FFA member.




The De Queen School District recently had the honor of hosting Ms. Courtney Cochran, the 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Cochran is a National Board Certified Spanish teacher from Van Buren. For the current school year, she is serving as an ambassador for the Arkansas Department of Education and as a non-voting member of the State Board of Education.

As she travels across the state, Cochran passionately promotes the 21st century skill of global competence; teacher preparation, empowerment, and advancement; and equitable access to education for every student in every classroom.
During her visit to De Queen, Cochran observed several classes and met with students, teachers, and administrators. She commended the District for actively engaging its diverse community of families in order to meet the needs of all students.

Cochran greatly appreciated the District’s hospitality and plans to share her experience with educators throughout Arkansas.

Picture Left, Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Courtney Cochran and Victor Rojas, who helped organize her visit to De Queen.



Blue Darter Trade Days is an event hosted by the Lockesburg Lions Club and the UA Cossatot Foundation. The vendor event is from 9am through 6pm on October 20 and 21 at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium.
Proceeds will benefit both non-profits.

“Partnering with the Lockesburg Lions Club to offer a fun and exciting event that will also benefit the communities we serve is truly exciting,” said Dustin Roberts, UA Cossatot Foundation’s Coordinator of Development.

Vendor applications are currently being accepted, and booth spaces are reserved by a first-come, first-serve basis. Event organizers are looking for vendors offering goods such as antiques, furniture, shabby chic items, primitive pieces, vintage merchandise, glassware, and more. Spaces for vendors selling pets will also be available. No food vendors will be allowed. The cost for a 10x10 space outside without electricity is $30, a 10x10 space inside without electricity is $45, and a 10x10 space inside with electricity is $65.

“The Lockesburg Lions Club is dedicated to serving our community,” said Zebbie Launius, Lockesburg Lions Club Member.

“Blue Darter Trade Days offers us an opportunity to better serve our community in several ways. With this event, we hope to generate scholarship opportunities for local students and help in the fight to end blindness.”

To reserve a booth, please call Zebbie Launius at 870-584-9966 or email her at

This event is part of the Tri County Fall Festival partnership and series of events hosted by the Lions Club, UA Cossatot, and De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce.




Thursday, 80 men take advantage of a free prostate cancer screening program during the Community Health Fair at the Wellness Clinic in De Queen.


According to Bev Eckert who is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation said its very important for men to get tested for prostate cancer every year, because it can be fatal in its advanced stages.


Bill Johnson is the Development Director for the foundation reported over 60 men had participated in Thursday's event at the Wellness Clinic by 6 p.m. Eckert said the De Queen PSA event is one of the largest in the state.


Johnson said prostate cancer is a major issue for men, because one in seven will be diagnosed with it.


Eckert said for more information, contact the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation because they have a patient navigator that can patients through the entire process.


Dr. Jason Lofton said 184 people had their blood drawn for their yearly test, but ultimately he received pleasure from seeing people get help and letting them know he and his staff cares about them.





Wednesday night during a special called meeting of the Foreman Board of Education, board members voted to hire Foreman High School Head Football Coach Mark King as the district's athletic director.


King will replace John Hall who had been the head boys basketball coach and athletic director. Hall was named the new high school principal this summer.


During the special called meeting, the board passed a resolution disclosing the fact that the district conducts business with Gator Graphics and that a district employee is related to the business owners.


Board members also accepted the resignation of Lynsey Gwin.





The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is once again inviting bicyclists from across the region to participate in the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on November 4th.


Riders will be able to choose routes of various lengths, including 15-miles, 25-miles, 36-miles and 47-miles. The routes will take riders through scenic areas around De Queen, including Chapel Hill and De Queen Lake.


Volunteers will mark various locations along the route to mark turn-around points and rest stops. Residents who live along the bike route will be asked to keep their dogs in a fenced in area or on a leash until the event is over.


The ride will begin in front of the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce office on Stilwell Avenue in De Queen at 9 a.m. Online registration is available at by searching for Tour de Queen. 


Pre-registration is $25, if you register by October 25th. No awards will be given and this is not a timed race. All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all riders must wear a helmet.


For more information, call Patrick Massey at 870-582-5746.





In the latest sign of global consolidation among building-materials suppliers, Irish producer CRH Plc agreed to buy family-controlled Ash Grove Cement Co. of the U.S. in a $3.5 billion deal that will reinforce its bet on growth in North America.

CRH will pay shareholders of the Overland Park, Kansas-based cement maker between $449 to $454 per share, according to a statement Wednesday from Ash Grove, majority-owned and run for the past century by the Sunderland family. That’s as much as 59 percent more than the $285 closing price in New York. CRH shares rose 2.1 percent to 2,711 pence at 1:35 p.m. in London, giving a market value of 23 billion pounds ($31 billion).

The planned acquisition of Ash Grove follows a string of deals for Dublin-based CRH, which agreed in August to sell an interior building-products division for $2.63 billion to Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. It also bought cement assets for 6.5 billion euros ($7.7 billion) from Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd. as part of their 2015 merger. The Ash Grove deal, coming the same week as another competitor, HeidelbergCement AG, sealed a transaction to expand in Italy, will further focus CRH on North America where it already bills itself as the region’s largest building-materials company.

CRH was quick to recycle capital from the Beacon Roofing deal “into a higher margin business at a much lower multiple,” in-line with recent U.S. cement transactions, Davy Research analysts said in a note, adding that the Irish company has “strong capital discipline and relentless focus on return on capital.”

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CRH was seen as being one of the biggest potential gainers from a pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump of massive investment in infrastructure. Even though that plan has yet to materialize, increased demand in the country for building materials like cement and aggregates is also underpinning the growth outlook of rivals including LafargeHolcim Ltd. of Switzerland and HeidelbergCement.

Ash Grove operates eight cement plants across eight U.S. states and the Irish company is its biggest customer, CRH said in a statement. Last year it reported profit before tax of $215 million and gross assets of $2.5 billion.

Ash Grove has “enjoyed a close and highly productive relationship” with CRH for decades, said Chairman Charles Sunderland, who is part of the fourth generation of the family at the 135-year-old company. Ash Grove doesn’t publicly disclose regular financial statements.

The transaction, announced one month into the tenure of new Ash Grove Chief Executive Officer J. Randall Vance, has been unanimously approved by the board of directors and is expected to close in late 2017 or early 2018, subject to stockholder approval, regulatory approval and other customary conditions. J.P. Morgan Securities was financial adviser to Ash Grove for the transaction.

The exact payment amount to shareholders will not be determined until after the transactions close as components may fluctuate, said Ash Grove, which didn’t elaborate on how the price was calculated. The purchase will be financed through existing financial resources, CRH said.





A man injured in a car crash that killed his wife Wednesday night has died from his injuries.

Lawrence Ware, 84, of Atlanta, Texas, died at a local hospital, said Shawn Vaughn, spokesman for the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department. His wife, Norma Ware, 82, was killed in the accident that occurred about 7:35 p.m. Wednesday at South Lake Drive and Buchanan Road.

Lawrence Ware was the driver of a 2010 Lexus that was southbound on Lake Drive and attempting to make a left turn onto Buchanan Road. The car turned into the path of a log truck, driven by Willis Walker, 60, of Ogden, Ark. Walker was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.





According to the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and if you have a father or brother that was diagnosed with prostate cancer that more than doubles your risk of developing the disease. But you can improve your chances of overcoming prostate cancer if you participate in the simple PSA screening process that is being offered today at the Wellness Clinic during the free Community Health Fair today until 8 p.m.


Whitney Tatum of the Wellness Clinic said today's health fair will not only feature the PSA screening, but a colon cancer screening and the Wadley Scan Van.


Everyone who attends the health fair will have a chance to win prizes including crock pots, fishing poles and up to $300 in cash from the Number One Country treasure chest.


For more information, call the Wellness Center at 870-642-4000.




Sevier County's Mass Flu Clinic is September 27th


Teresa Morris of the Arkansas Department of Health announced this week that the mass flu clinic in Sevier County is Wednesday, September 27th, at the Sevier County Health Unit from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Deborah Hedge is the director of the Sevier County Health Unit and she stated if they do not have insurance, or your insurance carrier does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge. She also asked everyone to have their forms filled out before they arrive at the health unit.


Morris said they will still be offering curb service for those people who need assistance.


Even though new observations about the flu vaccine continue to be made, experts continue to recommend annual flu vaccinations for children and adults. The flu virus changes from year to year, and this year's vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season. 


One official with the Arkansas Department of Health reported the flu should not be taken lightly. They said everyone should get a flu shot to help protect themselves and their families. Officials say it is hard to predict in advance how severe the flu season is going to be.


People of all ages can get the flu. Certain people are more likely to have serious health problems if they get the flu. This includes older adults, young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, people who smoke, and people who live in nursing homes.  Therefore, the department of health recommends that people in these groups get a flu vaccine. It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine, to not only protect themselves, but also to help decrease the possibility that they might expose the people that they love and care for to the flu.


Morris said the flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot. They may also run a low fever or have a slight headache. There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine. These include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctor's office where they can be monitored.


The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something, such as a door knob, with the virus on it and then touching their nose or mouth. So good hand washing habits are important in preventing the flu. However, the best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine.


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Two Sevier County 4-H members are currently conducting a community service project to benefit the patients and families of patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital.


Amber Morris and Aubrey Seymour announced this morning how area residents can participate in their community service project and help the patients of the Arkansas Children's Hospital.


Seymour explained she has made several visits to the Arkansas Children's Hospital and she noticed that some families didn't have personal hygiene items when they arrived at the hospital with the children, so she and Morris decided to collect personal hygiene items to donate to the hospital.


Morris said they will also be collecting items for the patients and their families and all items must be new.


Morris said you may drop off items at the First State Bank or the Shelter Insurance office in De Queen.


For more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013.





The Two Rivers Museum in Ashdown will open an exhibit honoring the late Walter Ray Matthews and his baseball career with the Houston Astros on Saturday, September 30th at 2 p.m.


Matthews' widow, Vicki Matthews said she and her family appreciated the Two Rivers Museum for allowing them to showcase Walter Ray's extensive sports memorabilia collection from his collegiate football experience with the Arkansas Razorbacks, as well as his career IN Minor and Major League Baseball and as one of the Houston Astro's most respected talent scout.


Matthews was from Hicks, Arkansas, just east of Ashdown. After graduating from Ashdown High School, he attended the University of Arkansas where he played football and baseball.


Matthews was drafted after graduation by the St. Louis Cardinals but would spend the majority of his Minor League career as a first baseman and outfielder in Houston's farm system with the Durham Bulls.


Matthews became a talent scout for the Astros in 1967 and would remain with the organization until his retirement in 2012. Matthews passed away in April of 2014 after serving the Astros organization for 51 years.


The Two Rivers Museum is located on East Main Street in Ashdown and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 870-898-7200.


The Matthews exhibit will be on display until March 30th.





While Arkansas did not see the type of damage and flooding that our neighbors in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas have seen in recent weeks but that doesn't mean products from those states will not end up here in Arkansas, especially vehicles.


Arkansans who are considering a new or used vehicle have been asking questions about how to spot flood-damaged cars or trucks and what dealers are required to disclose to potential buyers.


Consumers should review a vehicle's title for any flood damage reports and Arkansas law requires dealerships to place a separate disclosure in the window of cars that are for sale that have previously been submerged. Although private sellers are required to notify a potential buyer of any flood damage, a posted disclosure is not mandatory.


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced consumers who are shopping for a new or used vehicle should follow the following tips:

Ask the seller if the car has been damaged by hail or flood waters; and inspect the vehicle for water stains and mildew in the vents and behind the dashboard.


Rutledge said flood damaged cars may look fine, but they may have defective electrical systems, steering problems, faulty computers and faulty air bag systems.


Rutledge suggests consumers have vehicles inspected by their own mechanic and if the vehicle has significant damage, it is considered a salvage vehicle and a buyer's notification should be posted.


For more information, call the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-482-8982 or visit the website





The 73rd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair and Bull Riding is set for September 26th through 30th in Hope's Fair Park. Events get underway with the judging of arts and crafts, food preservation, educational exhibits, and horticulture judging at 10am Tuesday September 26th. The potted plant show will be judged 11am on Tuesday. The first exhibits open for viewing at 5pm that day and the midway opens at 5pm Tuesday. The fair parade is set for 6pm Tuesday. For info on the fair parade or to register an entry phone Eddie Brazzel at 870-777-6772. The Fair Queens Pageant is set for 7:30pm Tuesday.

The midway will feature a variety of carnival rides including State Fair Spectacular Rides. Arm Band Days are set for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Wednesday night all rides will be $1. Advance arm bands are $18 at Farmers Bank & Trust and Super 1 Foods in Hope. Armbands at the fairgrounds will be $20. You will receive free gate admission for each advance armband you purchase in town.

Exhibits open Wednesday at 9am and animals must bee in place by 7pm Wednesday. Weight cards are also due for market hogs on Wednesday. At 7pm a Ranch Rodeo will be held in the rodeo arena. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Hempstead County Sheriff's Department "Operation Christmas". For info on the ranch rodeo call 870-703-3419 between 6pm and 10pm. Also on Wednesday, the Rafter J Cowboy Church will have a gospel program outside on the Tyson stage.

Thursday the exhibits open at 9am. Commercial heifers will be weighed at 6pm, steers at 6:30pm, goats at 6pm, and sheep at 6pm. The "Spare Time Band" will perform country and old rock and roll music on the Tyson Stage at 6pm.
Friday at the fair the exhibits open at 9am. Sheep and goat judging and showmanship begins at 4pm as do junior activities. The "Night Hawk" Band will perform at 6pm on the Tyson stage. The L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding will be presented in the Rodeo Arena at 7:30pm. Advance Bull Riding tickets are on sale at Farmers Bank & Trust and Super 1 Foods in Hope. Persons with advance bull-riding tickets will get in the gate free.

Saturday at the fair will being with open cattle, steer, breeding beef, and commercial heifer judging and showmanship at 9am. This will be followed by dairy cattle judging. The rabbit show is at 9am in the swine barn. Exhibits open for viewing at 11am. An Hispanic Band will perform at 6pm on the Tyson stage and the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding is set for 7:30pm.

The Southwest Arkansas District Fair thanks their many sponsors including Farmers Bank & Trust, Super 1 Foods, Bank of Delight, First National Bank of Tom Bean, Tyson, Brazzel-Oakcrest Funeral Home, Hope Auto, Amigo Juan's, Bancorp South, and MAC Construction.

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Tuesday voters in Sevier and Little River counties went to the polls to consider millage proposals from the De Queen and Ashdown school districts.


The De Queen millage proposal was a 4.9 mill increase for the construction of a new high school, while the Ashdown district was seeking a 3.9 mill increase to renovate and expand the Margaret Daniel Elementary building for the consolidation of the district's elementary campuses.


At 7:30, Tuesday night, the early turnout votes revealed the De Queen proposal was leading by 121 votes, 244 to 123.


About an hour later, the box from Lockesburg was counted and the results showed the millage proposal was voted down by the Lockesburg residents by a vote of 234 against and 62 for. At 8:30, the millage proposal trailed 357 to 306.


At 8:45, the Gillham box was tallied and the results were 58 against and 36 for the millage.


And the total would remain 415 against and 342 for until after 10 p.m. when the De Queen box was counted. In De Queen, the proposal was passed 490 to 126, giving the De Queen School District a 832 to 541 victory.


In Ashdown, the proposal trailed all night and at 9:15 p.m. the final tally was 677 against and 564 for. The millage failed by a total of 113 votes.


Following the final tally, De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill thanked the patrons of the De Queen School District for supporting the millage.


While, Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders expressed his disappointment, but promised the district voters that the district will continue to provide a quality education for students.





Aldermen of the De Queen City Council heard a proposal from Stephens, Inc. of Little Rock about refinancing the city's current waste water plant loans.


Stephens, Inc.'s proposal stated interest rates are currently down and the city could save approximately $490,000 if they refinanced their current bonds. However, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said the city would not be permitted to make any early payments for the first five-years of the loan.


McKelvy reported two developers have asked for a couple of zone changes, which would allow them to develop manufactured home parks on the southwest side of town. But, before a final decision is made, the Planning Commission will hold a public meeting.


McKelvy also reported the water meter project is just about finished and Windstream has installed a fiber optic line at the city hall.


Alderman also voted to allow the De Queen Fire Department to burn a damaged home on Jefferson Street for a fire training exercise. McKelvy said the property owner will need to sign a waiver before the fire department burns the home.


The council voted to sell two Ford Crown Vics that were no longer needed by the police department and the tabled an ordinance declaring the City of De Queen a drug-free workplace.




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Additional charges are expected to be filed against a Lockesburg man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old female and a 16-year-old male.

In July of 2016, 37-year-old Barry Smith was arrested by Sevier County authorities after the mother of a 13-year-old girl filed a report accusing Smith of raping her daughter. The victim allegedly said Smith forced her to have sexual intercourse with him for over a year.

Smith was charged with rape and is currently being held in the Sevier County jail.

On August 29th, a 16-year-old male reported Smith forced him to have sex before Smith was arrested last year. According to the male victim, the incident happened at a residence in Nashville where Smith was living at the time.
The case has been turned over to the prosecuting attorney's office and charges are expected to be filed within the next few days.




Thursday, the Wellness Center on De Queen Avenue will host the annual Community Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Dr. Jason Lofton said the fair targets people who do not have insurance, but everyone is invited to visit with the vendors and participate in the give-a-ways throughout the day. He said the Wellness Clinic is giving away cups and duffle bags full of Texas Ranger bobbleheads. And, everyone can try to win some cash from the Number One Country treasure chest.


Lofton said they will also be offering flu shots, pneumonia shots and tetanus shots. He said the immunizations aren't free, but they are covered by most insurance.


The Community Health Fair is sponsored in part by Legacy Initiatives, ImmunizeAR, Arkansas Minority Health Commission and the Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office.


For more information, call 870-642-4000. 





The Arkansas attorney general recently announced the mobile office locations for the month of September.


The dates for Southwest Arkansas including: Tuesday, September 19th from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hope Senior Adult Center in Hope and on Thursday, September 28th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the UA Cossatot Campus Cafe lobby in De Queen.


The mobile offices assist constituents with consumer-related issues, such as filing complaints against scam artists. Consumers can also get rid of unwanted prescription drugs. Law enforcement will be available to properly dispose of any ole, unused, expired medications.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make her office more accessible to all Arkansans. In 2015 and 2016, mobile office hours were conducted in all 75 counties, assisting nearly 1,300 people.


For more information, visit the website or call 1-501-682-2007.





Tuesday, the patrons of the De Queen School District approved a 4.9 mill increase by a vote of 832 to 541 for the construction of a new high school. De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill expressed his appreciation for the De Queen voters following the final results at the Sevier County Courthouse.


Voters in the Ashdown School District voted down a proposed millage increase by a vote of 677 to 564. Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders stated the district has heard the voters and will move forward.


For a complete wrap-up, listen to Your Number One Country, tomorrow morning.





Several school districts throughout the state are seeking millage increases today, including the De Queen School District in Sevier County and the Ashdown School District in Little River County.


The De Queen School District is seeking a 4.9 mill increase to fund the construction of a high school. The district received $1.7 million dollars from the Arkansas Academic Facilities Partnership Program, but those funds will only be given to the district if the millage is approved by voters and the district starts construction of the new building.


If approved, De Queen School millage would increase from 27.3 mills, which is the lowest millage in the state, to 32.2 mills.


De Queen School District patrons can vote in De Queen at the De Queen Church of Christ, in Gillham at the De Queen-Mena Educational Co-op and in Lockesburg at the First United Methodist Church.


The Ashdown School District is seeking a 3.9 mill increase, which will used to renovate and construct additional space on the Margaret Daniel Elementary campus. Superintendent Jason Sanders reported if approved the district will consolidate the district’s three elementary schools into one campus.


If approved the Ashdown millage will increase from 35.7 mills to 39.6 mills.


Ashdown School District patrons can vote at the following polling locations: Arden, Franklin, Cleveland, Ashdown Ward 1, Ashdown Ward 3, Ashdown Ward 1, Ben Lomend, Richmond, Johnson, Little River and Lick Creek.


All voting locations will remain open until 7:30 p.m. today.


Area residents can tune into KDQN 92.1 tonight after the polls close in Little River and Sevier County for the results from tonight's school elections.





Sevier County Fair Board member Linda Frachiseur announced this morning that a fair board representative will be at the fairgrounds tonight at 6:30 to hand out ribbon money and fair checks. She also stated young people who showed livestock at this year's fair can also pick up a premium sale packet, tonight.


Frachiseur said she has also picked up the Sevier County Survivor dinner t-shirts and anyone who attended this year's Cancer Survivor Dinner can stop by the Farm Credit building on Lakeside Drive this Thursday, and pick up their t-shirt.


For more information about the fair checks or the survivor t-shirts, contact Frachiseur at 870-584-9592.





Members of the Ashdown Board of Education voted to hold all future school elections in May in accordance with ACT 910 of 2017.


Superintendent Jason Sanders said the district attempted to inform the patrons of the Ashdown School District about the proposed millage proposal. The Ashdown District is seeking a 3.9 mill increase for the renovation and additional construction to the current Margaret Daniel Elementary building, so the district can consolidate its three elementary campuses into one.


Board members also voted to trade the district's 2015 Ford 150 6-cylindar pickup for a 2015 Ford F-250 at De Queen Ford. The board also approved the district spending an additional $5,586 for the truck.


Sanders reported to KDQN that he informed the board that Ashdown students could now obtain a certified copy of their transcripts on-line for a $2 fee.


Sanders also announced Rosa Bowman is seeking a position on the Arkansas School Board Association's Executive State Board of Directors.





Jeanne Jackson named the Grand Marshall of the 2017 Ashdown High School Homecoming parade.


Jackson retired this past June after teaching her entire career at Ashdown High School and during those 26 years, she taught several subjects including advanced placement psychology, speech, drama, ACT Prep and television production as well as many more. In 2014, she was selected as the high school and district teacher of the year.


Jackson stated she was honored and delighted to be chosen to participate in this year's homecoming festivities.


The theme for this year's Homecoming is "Road Trip '17."


Activities will begin Sunday, September 24th at 7:15 p.m. when the high school cheerleaders will bring back the bonfire on the Ashdown Junior High field. Everyone is invited to participate in the pep rally and enjoy some hot dogs and popcorn.


Spirit week is September 25th through the 29th. Monday is beach day; Tuesday is red, white and blue day; Wednesday is western day; Thursday is hippie day; and Friday is Purple and Gold day.


Classes will compete in competitions throughout the week. Each class will create and display a banner in the cafeteria, build a parade float, collect cans of food for the Methodist Church's food pantry, and compete in the annual Powder Puff football games on Tuesday night.


The Powder Puff games will be on Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. in Dick Hays Stadium. Admission is $3 because it's a fundraiser for the Ashdown High School Student Council.


Friday, classes will dismiss at 1 p.m. for the public pep rally at 2 inside Dick Hays Stadium for the introduction of the Homecoming Court and the senior Panthers. The parade will follow the pep rally and the Coronation ceremony is set for 6 p.m. followed by a 7 o'clock kickoff between the Ashdown Panthers and Bauxite Miners.


This year's Homecoming Court includes: Lark Wilkerson, Kaylie Cobb, Jade Kendrick, Zakiyah Rhone, Madeline Atkinson, Alyssa Cisco, Laiken Newton, Madison McAllister, Haley Greene, Lacey Carmack, Taylor Grimes and Camden Teston.





The Texarkana Log A Load for Kids will hold a golf tournament to benefit the following Children's Miracle Network Hospitals: Arkansas Children's Hospital of Little Rock, Texas Children's of Houston and Children's Health of Dallas on Thursday, October 12th at the Texarkana Golf Ranch in Texarkana. This year's sponsors are Weyerhaeuser, International Paper and Domtar.


Rebecca Neely said the event is about helping children and the forestry industry is always looking for a way to give back.


The entry fee is $500 for a four-person team and that includes two mulligans per player, one red tee, cart and green fees, along with breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30.


Since 1993, members of Arkansas' logging and forestry community have participated in the Log A Load for Kids program and they have raised over $9 million for Arkansas Children's Hospital.


For more information or to register, call Grace Gregson at 903-824-7725.





12243394_10206158582096772_18528801993277651_n.jpgLittle Rock, AR: The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (“ACIA”) announced today that Robert deBin has been appointed to the association’s Board of Directors.

An innovator in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solutions, Mr. deBin is the founder of
CLU Solutions, which provides point of sale, payment processing, and network services to the restaurant and retail industries. He is also an owner of Natural State Medicinals, which Mr. deBin hopes to run as one of five licensed medical cannabis cultivation facilities in Arkansas.

Mr. deBin is a Little Rock native and 2011 graduate from
University of Arkansas Walton School of Business, receiving his degree in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems, as well as a graduate certificate in SAP Enterprise Resource Planning

In January of 2016, CLU began offering IT consulting services to the Colorado cannabis industry. During this time, Mr. deBin helped design IT and electrical infrastructure for cultivation facilities, consulted for dispensary point of sale developers to help implement standardized hardware options, and provided network services to multiple cultivation facilities. When not providing IT services in CO, he has with the cultivators, learned their best practices for cultivating strains with consistent cannabinoid profiles.

Mr. deBin completed training for (and facilitated by)
Metrc, the first all regulatory solution for cannabis deployed in December 2013 for the State of Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. Metrc supports cannabis regulations with technology to prevent and monitor drug diversions. To date, the system has registered over 20,000 users and tracked well over 5,000,000 plants and 3,800,000 packages. A Brookings Institute report on the implementation in Colorado states, “In many ways, the system is the backbone of Colorado’s regulatory structure governing legalized marijuana.” -John Hudak, Brookings Institute, July 31, 2014.

Since November 2016, Robert has been traveling between Little Rock and Denver, actively

receiving training in medical cannabis cultivation with licensed producers in Denver. He holds an occupational support badge with the State of Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.


‘The ACIA is very excited to have Robert deBin join our board of directors,” says ACIA President Storm Nolan. “Robert has been very active in our state’s medical cannabis program since nearly day one. Robert was instrumental in advocating for sensible changes to the proposed rules and regulations during the public comment periods; changes to benefit both patients and the future industry. Robert has quickly become a subject matter expert in medical cannabis through hands-on learning in other states, and he’s committed to the ACIA’s goal of educating patients, physicians, and the cannabis industry in our state.”

Mr. deBin stated, I was excited working with the ACIA from the onset and am honored to be appointed as a member of the board. I look forward to collaborating with others to ensure best of class services are applied for patients, dispensaries, and cultivation facilities, across the Natural State.”

Please email for more information.

About the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association:
The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) is a cannabis industry trade association advocating for laws, regulations and public policies that foster a healthy, professional and accountable medical cannabis industry in our state. Their mission has three main components: Education, Protecting patients and Advocating for the industry. Since February 2017, the ACIA has worked hard to establish and earn their reputation with the public as Arkansas’ voice for the medical cannabis industry and its patients. They have hosted over a dozen seminars across the state, bringing industry experts to Arkansas from all areas of the country to speak about a variety of subjects, all designed to prepare patients and potential industry leaders, alike.




The University of Arkansas Cossatot announced that its cutting-edge textbook program enabled students to save an estimated $500,000 since 2015.

UA Cossatot was the first in the state to move away from the traditional campus bookstore and implement its own textbook rental program, combined with a faculty-driven move to Open Education Resources (OER).
UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole is pleased to see that many other colleges around the state have seen the success of the UA Cossatot program and are now adopting programs similar to the one UA Cossatot initiated two years ago.

“It is a point of pride that UA Cossatot was the very first college in the state to offer this type of program for students,” he said.

Some UA Cossatot courses still require traditional textbooks. Those books are purchased by the college and rented from the college for $30 per course, although students are allowed to purchase or rent elsewhere if they wish. Courses without traditional textbooks are built using OER, a system that compiles relevant materials into an adaptable, current format designed by the individual instructor. Those materials are free to the student. Course quality is overseen by a chancellor-appointed board, which reviews materials.

UA Cossatot Director of Educational Resources Relinda Ruth believes academic quality is increased with OER, in part because the flexible design allows up-to-the-minute content revisions.

“Textbooks often become obsolete in a year’s time, but Internet and databases are updated moment by moment,” she said.

After two years of operation, the program is on solid ground and serves as a model for other colleges seeking to save money for their own students, while increasing the quality of their courses through the addition of OER materials.





Board members of the Horatio Board of Education voted to use National School Lunch funds to lease/purchase iPads for the Kindergarten through sixth grade students at the Horatio Elementary.


Superintendent Lee Smith said the district wanted to provide the same opportunities and technology for students on the elementary campus that students have on the high school campus.


Smith said the district had a six-percent damage rate on the high school campus last year and he hopes that by providing elementary students with iPads, it will teach them how to care for them, thus leading to a lower damage rate throughout the district.


Smith also reported the district received a lot of positive feedback on a recent survey concerning the district's School of Innovation plan on the high school.


Board members also discussed the facility needs in the district. Smith said they designated the elementary roof project as their top priority. He said the district also received about $400,000 in state funding for the roof project.


He said some of the other projects were a new road at the high school, lights at the baseball field and some band stands at the football field.


Board members also voted to hold their annual school election during the May primary elections beginning in 2018.





Friday afternoon, the Lockesburg E-Z Mart district store manager, Natilee Cotten informed Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Webb that an employee had been caught stealing merchandise.


Cotton reported that she had store surveillance video showing store clerk, De'Angelo Northcross take items off the shelves and put the items in a bag on Monday, September the 11th between 10:05 and 10:58 p.m. She said the total value of the items taken was $77.73.


Cotton said she reportedly heard Northcross tell another clerk on the video that he had been taking stuff since the day he started. Store Manager Stephanie Welch reported Northcross had been working at the store for about two weeks.


Northcross was interviewed at the Sevier County jail and he allegedly told Deputy Webb that he was going to pay for the items, but forgot when his shift ended.


Northcross was citied for misdemeanor theft of property and given an October court date.





According to the Center for Disease Control, minorities in this country bear a disproportionate burden of disease, injury, and disability. For minority populations, health disparities can mean lower life expectancy, decreased quality of life and loss of economic opportunities.


That disparity prompted the state to create the Arkansas Minority Health Commission in 1991.


Recently, legislators received a report from the AMHC.


The Minority Health Commission's vision is that minorities in Arkansas will have equal opportunity and access to health, health care and preventive well care.


To accomplish their vision, the commission focuses on addressing existing disparities in minority communities, educating those communities on healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within the healthcare system and making recommendations to the state.


Last year, more than 20,000 health screenings were provided to Arkansans as a direct result of the work of the AMHC. These screenings test for everything from high blood pressure to cholesterol checks.


Outreach efforts include community forums and a monthly call in radio show with health professionals.


The commission also helps promote wellness and health fairs around the state. Last year alone, their efforts reached more than 33,000 Arkansans.


In order to identify areas of improvement for access to health care, the commission issues an extensive report on the health care workforce in the state. This year's report identified three counties in the state that do not have a dentist. It also revealed there are 16 counties in the state without a specialty physician and 16 counties without an optometrist.


The report also indicates that the racial and ethnic diversity in the state's population is not necessarily reflected in the healthcare system.


The annual Arkansas Minority Health Commission report can be reviewed on the Arkansas House of Representative's website,





In addition to the opening of the statewide archery deer season, September 23rd is National Hunting and Fishing Day and all Arkansas Game and Fish Commission nature centers and education centers, as well as the game and fish shooting range in Mayflower will be open and most will have some special programming dedicated to this event.


One of the more popular annual events for National Hunting and Fishing Day is the marksmanship challenge at Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff. Eric Maynard is the assistant chief of education for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and he says the program in Pine Bluff will offer school-aged participates an opportunity to try their skills at a variety of outdoor disciplines.


Maynard said there will be five events at the center during the challenge. He said they'll have Olympic-style archery from the commission's National Archery in the School Program, 3-D archery, a baitcasting competition, BB gun shooting and a laser shot event. Maynard said the shooters in each of the four age classes with the highest combined scores will win a prize.


The Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center will open its range for a special skeet program as well as host a Hunters Education course on September 23rd.


For more information visit the website,





Doctor Jason Lofton of the Wellness Center reported there have been a couple of confirmed cases of the flu in Sevier County this past week and he said area residents can get a flu shot during the upcoming Community Health Fair on Thursday, September 21st.


Lofton said they try to add some type of service to the health fair each year and this year, they will be offering flu shots, pneumonia shots and tetanus shots.


Lofton said people who take advantage of the health fair will have an opportunity to win a portion of the biggest Number One Country treasure chest prize ever.


The Community Health Fair started as a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test for men, but it continues to grow and they are now offering other services. Lofton said the De Queen PSA is one of the largest prostate screening event in Arkansas.


If you have any questions, contact the Wellness Clinic at 870-642-4000.





Crisis Center Board President Hannah Stripling & Executive Director Debbie McGuffin

Debbie McGuffin was named the executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center this past summer and she announced this morning that the center is open, but they've just moved to a new location in the Town North Shopping Center.


McGuffin said the agency is currently holding a gun raffle fundraiser. She said you can get one ticket for a $20 donation and they are only selling 300 tickets.


McGuffin said the agency is also conducting a shoe drive. She said they are trying to collect 2,500 shoes and she would like to get the area churches involved.


She said they will also have a storage unit sale next week from September 21st to September 24th. McGuffin said the agency will also have a booth at the Rotary Club's Fall Festival in the Herman Dierks Park tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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.





Kansas City Southern has released its schedule for the 17th annual Holiday Express train, which will stop in 22 communities in six state on 26 dates.


At each stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. Each event is free and open to the public.


This year, the train will stop in Ashdown at 4 p.m. on  December 6th at the KCS crossing at Main and U.S. Highway 71 and in Mena at 4 p.m. on December 7th at 524 Sherwood Avenue.


According to a spokesperson for the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, the KCS Holiday Express also has a charitable component in addition to the free, public events. Over the past 16 years, the project has raised over $1 million dollars to purchase gift cards, which are donated to the Salvation Army at each scheduled stop. These gift cards are used to purchase warm clothing and other necessities for children in need in the local communities.


This year, KCS will work with the Salvation Army to target communities along the route that were most impacted by Hurricane Harvey for additional support, including Victoria, El Campo and Beaumont, Texas. For these communities, the KCS Charitable Fund will make a supplemental donation to provide additional support as they recover from the hurricane.


KCS and its employees have given more than $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief.


This year, KCS will celebrate 130 years of doing business and the 17th annual KCS Holiday Express.


Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the 2017 KCS Holiday Express fundraising campaign may do so by visiting the website, and clicking on the Corporate Responsibility link and then the Holiday Express link. The campaign will close on October 31st.


Led by KCS' Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car named "Rudy"; a flatcar that carries Santa's sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread box car; an elves' workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose and each car is dressed is holiday lights.





143 million. That's how many U.S. consumers Equifax says could potentially be impacted by a data breach that occurred in mid-May and lasted until July 29th when the company discovered it. Since Equifax announced the breach last week, the Attorney General's office has received a number of calls from concerned Arkansans, however, consumers can visit the website to get the latest information about the breach.


Identity theft should become a major concern if you or someone you know has used Equifax services. Identity theft is when another individual uses another person's information to commit fraud or other crimes, most commonly to obtain access to credit in your name. If successful, scammers can ruin your credit and steal your hard-earned money.


Equifax says the information that was accessed in this breach includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some instances, driver's license numbers.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge offered the following tips to help Arkansans recognize when they might be a victim of identity theft. If you start receiving unexpected bill or collect calls; if you aren't receiving expected bills or account statements; or if a credit application is denied when there is no reason to believe there is a problem with your credit history.


If you have been a victim of identity theft, close the accounts that have been tampered with and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The Attorney General's office also offers an ID Theft Passport to help victims reestablish their good name.


For more information, call 1-800-482-8289 or visit the website,



A&M-Texarkana student places eighth in nation in computer competition      09/15/17

TEXARKANA, Texas – Jacob Watson, a sophomore Management Information Systems major at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, recently placed eighth in the nation in the Computer Concepts competition at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) 2017 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.

Watson, of Annona, Texas, and Dr. Brian Matthews, assistant professor of management, attended the three-day conference, which promotes leadership, networking and skills development.

Dr. Richard Parsons, assistant professor of economics and finance, is the faculty adviser for the Eagles Business Club at A&M-Texarkana.

“We are extremely proud of Jacob for his outstanding accomplishments and how professionally he represented our Eagle Business Club and the Eagle family at the state and national leadership conferences,” Dr. Matthews said. “For his exemplary performance by placing first at the state level, then successfully competing and placing eighth overall at the national level, is beyond commendable. The poise, maturity and intellectual prowess he exhibited miles away from campus gives a distinct indication of the caliber of students that attend our university. We are looking forward to many more competitions and many more awards. The experience for Jacob was priceless and this is only the beginning of great things to come.”

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.

FBLA-PBL’s National Awards Program, commonly called competitive events, recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring state leadership conferences, members compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills.

The Computer Concepts competition assessed the competitors’ knowledge of basic computer principles, ethics, hardware, networking systems and procedures, programming concepts, software concepts to include applications and operating systems, terminology and troubleshooting.

Watson placed first in the computer concepts competition at the FBLA-PBL 2017 Texas State Leadership Conference in Houston in April to advance to the national competition.

“Jacob’s well-deserved success represents just some of the things we are doing with the Eagle Business Club,” said Dr. Parsons. “The club is free to all A&M-Texarkana students. Last year we visited some local companies, went to a leadership conference in Dallas and had a networking dinner among other things. We plan more of the same for this year and invite interested students to join us.”

Photo Identification:
Jacob Watson (center), a sophomore Management Information Systems major at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, placed eighth in the nation in the Computer Concepts competition at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. 2017 National Leadership Conference. Dr. Brian Matthews (left) and Dr. Richard Parsons are with the College of Business, Engineering and Technology at A&M-Texarkana.




Horatio Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, September 12 in the administration building.  All board members were in attendance.

The board approved to use NSL funds to lease purchase I Pads for K-6 students from Apple, Inc. The board approved the 2016-17 annual financial budget and the 2017-18 budget and 2017-18 special education budget. They approved statement of assurances for 2017-18, financial statements, and monthly expenditures.

The board agreed to have the board elections with the primary elections in May beginning in 2018.

Board members discussed facility needs and designated a new roof on elementary school as the number one priority.

Principals gave updates to achievements and projects in their buildings since the beginning of the school year.






Charlie Farley and friends will be hosting a benefit for Kenny Cary this Saturday at the UA Cossatot amphitheater from noon to 8 p.m. Carey works at Baker's Sales and Services. He has five children and was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. Farley said all of the proceeds will be used to help support Cary's family and help pay his medical expenses.


Saturday's benevent will feature a silent auction, food and musical performances by C2 at 3 p.m., the Midnight Hurricanes at 3:45 and Charlie Farley at 5.


Farley said there is there is no admission charge but they will be accepting donations at the gate.


Farley said the silent auction will begin at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 3.


For more information, visit the Facebook page Farley Fest Kickin' It For Kenny.






Jamie Marshall is the field director of the Southwest Region of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund reported single parents can apply for a scholarship by going to the website, and clicking on your county of residence.

The deadline to register in Little River County is Friday. The deadline to register in Sevier County is Sunday, September 17th, to register visit the website,


Marshall also mentioned the Single Parent Scholarship Fund will be hosting a Job Skills and Career Readiness Conference for single mothers on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Nashville campus of UA Cossatot.


The deadline to register for the conference is Wednesday, September 20th.


For more information, email Marshall at





Tuesday night, aldermen of the Lockesburg City Council reviewed a rough draft for the new senior adult building during their regular monthly meeting.


Aldermen also discussed several options concerning the exact location the building will be built and how to position the building on the property.


Aldermen received a letter from State Treasurer Dennis Milligan on the topic of investing and aldermen voted to explore the idea further. Mayor Danny Ruth is expected to make a presentation at the council's September meeting.


Aldermen passed a resolution to levy the city's millage rate on taxable property within the city limits of the City of Lockesburg and they accepted a bid from A to Z Construction for improvements to the Lockesburg Library building. Aldermen included a stipulation that states work must be completed by November 15th or the final payment will be withheld from the company.





The annual Hoo-Rah Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Museum complex in the Herman Dierks Park and area veterans are being invited to participate in this year's Veteran's Parade at 9 a.m.


The Veteran's Parade will start at the De Queen Sevier County Senior Adult Center and continue to the flagpole in front of the Sevier County Museum, where the De Queen High School band will play the National Anthem for the flag-raising ceremony.


The Rotary Club will be hosting their annual breakfast and there are several activities planned throughout the day.


If you have any questions, contact the Sevier County Museum at 870-784-0039.





Cossatot River State Park Interpreter Victoria Carson reported this Sunday is Citizenship Day, but the park will be hosting a Cossatot Citizen's Day this Saturday. She said Eagle Scouts, 4-H clubs, youth groups, and other civic organizations will help clear trails, paint sign posts and clean up along the highways in the park.


Carson also said the Cossatot River State Park is offering several hikes during the month of September and the park is hosting a Fall River Cleanup on October 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. She said the event is part of the Great Arkansas Cleanup Event.


For more information about the activities at the Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, call 870-385-2201.





Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry will hold a special "freezer cleanout day" at the Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock from 10 a.m. to 2 p. on Saturday, September 16th. Any hunter who wishes to donate processed meat or money to help feed needy families in Arkansas is encouraged to make a donation.


Ronnie Ritter is the executive director for Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry and he said that leftover venison can go a long way to helping provide meat to food pantries around the state. He said this freezer cleanout is a big event that helps the organization start the deer season off on the right foot.


Ritter said the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry and the Bass Pro Shops will be giving away Bass Pro Shops gift cards in drawing every hour during the event and one hunting package at the event's conclusion, but you must donate to be eligible.


Ritter said hunters can also donate $1, $5 or $10 to the Hunter Feeding the Hungry organization when they purchase their hunting license.


Ritter said the event is primarily about gathering proceeded venison, but other professionally processed game animals or meat will be accepted.


For more information about Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, visit the website 







The Arkansas Department of Transportation was scheduled to hold a will hold a public meeting on Thursday at the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church at 802 East Vandervoort Ave in De Queen to discuss the widening of U.S. Highway 70/71 East of De Queen from 4 to 7 p.m has been postponed.


The project will involve widening U.S. Highway 70/71 from De Queen east to the Cossatot River. The job is expected to be funded in 2018.





Recently the Arkansas Department of Human Services released a report on the current state of the foster care system in Arkansas. The report is called Renewed Hope and it shows that in the last year alone, the number of overdue investigations has gone from 721 to 51.


It also shows that 82 percent of the children in foster care have been placed in family-like settings that percentage is up from 78 percent in August of 2016.


The number of foster families in Arkansas has increased from 1,579 to 1,821 and 29 percent of all children in foster care have been placed with relatives, which is up from 23 percent in 2016. The increased placement of foster care children with relatives was the result of a partnership between legislators and the Department of Human Services.


Act 1116, was passed this year and it strengthened the language in an existing law that identified and vetted non-custodial parents and relatives as soon as the child is taken into the foster care system. The law also helped increase the sense of urgency to look for appropriate relatives.


Act 1116 also clarifies that relatives should receive preferential consideration for placement at all stages of a child welfare case, if all of the relevant child welfare protection standards are met and is in the child's best interest.


Legislators also passed legislation this year to increase the starting salary for family service workers and supervisors in an effort to reduce turnover.


The Department of Human Services reported they are working to increase the number of foster families to 2,000 and to increase the percentage of children that are placed with relatives to 33 percent.





The De Queen Rotary Club is hosting its 3rd annual Fall Festival this Saturday in the Herman Dierks Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Rotarian Greg Revels said the Fall Festival will get started with the Rotary 5K. He said registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the cost is $30. He said this year's 5K t-shirt will feature Herman Dierks Park.


Revels said the festival will feature several activities for the kids, including a bounce house and a dunking booth. He said the festival will also feature a car show.


The car show registration fee is $20 and participates can register their cars from 9 a.m. to noon. There's going to be music, a 50/50 pot, a kids candy count and door prizes. Proceeds from the car show will go to the De Queen Youth Baseball League. For more information, call Wayne Smith at 870-784-4314 or Mac McDaniel at 870-584-8148.


Revels also mentioned what the local Rotary Club does, like handing out dictionaries to third graders in De Queen and Horatio.


For more information about the Rotary Fall Festival, call Tammy Huddleston at 870-584-2550.





The Arkansas attorney general recently announced the mobile office locations for the month of September.


The dates for Southwest Arkansas including: Tuesday, September 19th from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hope Senior Adult Center in Hope and on Thursday, September 28th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the UA Cossatot Campus Cafe lobby in De Queen.


The mobile offices assist constituents with consumer-related issues, such as filing complaints against scam artists. Consumers can also get rid of unwanted prescription drugs. Law enforcement will be available to properly dispose of any ole, unused, expired medications.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make her office more accessible to all Arkansans. In 2015 and 2016, mobile office hours were conducted in all 75 counties, assisting nearly 1,300 people.


For more information, visit the website or call 1-501-682-2007.





Tuesday afternoon, Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry released the monthly activity report for the deputies of Sevier County Sheriff's office.


Gentry reported deputies conducted a total of 316 traffic stops, issued 308 warnings and wrote 12 citations, while patrolling a total of 28,101 miles throughout the county. He said they also worked 27 accidents and made 35 arrests.


Gentry said a total of 95 inmates were booked into the county jail and this month's community service took place around the Sevier County Fairgrounds - before and after the county fair, Stateline Road, Buzzard Roost Road, Dogtown Road, Dunn Road, Chapel Hill Road, Farm to Market, Red Bridge and Gardner Chapel Roads


Gentry also reported a residential substance abuse treatment program has been started in the jail. He said nine inmates are enrolled in the program.





September 10th, a single vehicle accident was reported to the Sevier County Sheriff's office near the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Red Cut Road.


When deputies arrived they discovered a truck in the pasture of David Wright, but the driver could not be found.


Later on, Janet Lara reported her truck was stolen to the De Queen Police Department. Lara was informed that her truck had been involved in a single vehicle accident that caused property damage and her truck had been impounded.


At first Lara stated she was the driver of the vehicle, but officers told her what the penalty is for lying to the police and she reportedly changed her story and told them that her step-father had been driving the truck.


Lara’s step-father, 42-year-old Clemente Ruiz then spoke with deputies at the sheriff's office and informed them that he had fixed Wright's gate. However, Ruiz was still cited for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and for not having a valid driver's license.






Friday morning about 9:30 a.m., Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Kristen Reed was dispatched to a residence on Kellum Road in Gillham. Reed was told by the reporting party that Scott Morphew had a male suspect pinned down in his yard.


When Reed arrived, she discovered that Morphew had "hogtied" the suspect who was identified as 26-year-old Clinton Moss of Horatio.


Morphew reported Moss was in his pasture trying to steal his property. Morphew then showed Reed the trailer that Moss was loading stuff on at the bottom of a hill.


Morphew said he noticed the trailer and when he went to investigate, he discovered a 4-wheeler beside the trailer. He said when Moss saw him, he jumped on the 4-wheeler and took off through the field. Morphew said Moss rammed into one gate but didn't get through, so he tried to ram a second gate. Moss also drove the 4-wheeler into a white GMC pickup and a blue Chevy truck before Morphew subdued Moss on the ground.


According to the incident report, the trailer belonged to Morphew and Moss had loaded eight tires, two digital game cameras, two deer feeders, a battery powered grinder, a push mower, a trouble light, a fire extinguisher, a jump start box, a weed eater/edger and some tiller attachments on the trailer.


Morphew said the value of the trailer and the other items totaled over $2,000. However, the 4-wheeler that Moss was riding was taken from a house up the road and belonged to Angela Morphew. She said the 4-wheeler was valued at $6,900.


Moss was taken into custody and charged with two counts of criminal mischief in the first degree and two counts of criminal trespass in or on a vehicle or structure.





De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill reported Monday night during a meeting of the De Queen Board of Education that enrollment is up 40 to 50 students this year throughout the district. The total enrollment of the De Queen School District is 2,479 students.


Hill said the Middle School roof project is expected to begin on the 15th of this month and it's expected to cost about $762,000. He told board members that the district will pay for that project with General Revenue funds because the district's finances were up by $900,000.


Board members voted to purchase a 2013 model used school bus for $73,000 and they accepted a student transfer from the Cossatot River School District.


The board also passed a disclosure resolution to allow the district to conduct business with Baker's Sales and Service.


The De Queen School Election is Tuesday, September 19th. Early voting started today and will end on Monday, September 18th. Early votes may be cast in the Sevier County Clerk's Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


District voters are being asked to approve a 4.9 mill increase for the construction of a new high school.


The next De Queen Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 9th at 5 p.m. in the administration building. The district will also host its annual Address to the Public following the regular board meeting.





Monday afternoon, the Sevier County Quorum Court approved an ordinance that establishes vote centers in Sevier County for all future elections.


County Clerk Debbie Akin reported the county filed its plan with the State on Tuesday and if approved, the county will establish vote centers at all nine polling locations in the county.


Akin said the Justices of the Peace also passed a resolution authorizing the adoption and implementation of the county's new election equipment and software in accordance with state law.


JPs heard a report from the new executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis Center, Debbie McGuffin. She said the center has moved from downtown De Queen to the North Park Shopping Center and the hotline number has been re-established. McGuffin said if you need assistance call 870-584-3441.


Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Walter Smith informed the Quorum Court that the volunteer departments in Sevier County installed about 800 smoke detectors this past Saturday. He said the smoke detectors were donated by the Red Cross of Arkansas.


County Judge Greg Ray also appointed Michael Archer, Earl Battiest, Roxy Stephens and Angie Walker to the county's budget committee for 2017.  





Cossatot River School District launched a new partnership with K12 Culinary Connection for this school year and hosted a grand re-opening last week, giving parents and guardians an opportunity to eat with their student and to see the improvements that the program has brought. According to Cossatot River Superintendent Donnie Davis, the program has been a huge success among students.


All of Cossatot River's cafeterias are equipped with salad bars, allowing students additional choices and offering healthy options.





Ashdown High School is stirring with excitement about Homecoming 2017, which is themed “Road Trip ’17”. The entire week of September 25-29 is filled with opportunities for students and the community to show their spirit and support of Ashdown High School and the AHS Panthers, leading up to the Homecoming football game with the Bauxite Miners on Friday, September 29th with a 7 p.m. kick-off.

Spirit Dress-Up Days for AHS will give students a chance to participate and show their support. On Monday,”Trippin’ to Miami, Florida” (Beach Day); Tuesday is “Trippin’ to Washington, D.C.” (Red, White & Blue Day); Wednesday is “Trippin’ to Ft. Worth, Texas” (Western Day); Thursday is “Trippin’ to Portland, Oregon” (Hippie Day); and Friday is “Trippin' to Ashdown, Arkansas” (Purple and Gold Day)

In addition to Spirit Dress-Up Days, AHS classes also will challenge each other in competitions throughout the week. Each class will create and display a banner in the cafeteria, build a parade float, collect for a canned food drive to benefit the Methodist Church food pantry, play each other in the annual Powder Puff games on Tuesday night. Points will be tallied and a winner will be announced.

The Tuesday Night Powder Puff games on Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Dick Hays Stadium, are sponsored by the AHS Student Council, and because it is a fundraiser for the Student Council, every attendee, including players, will pay a $3 entry charge. The competition is fierce between the teams, and the “cheerleaders” are always entertaining. The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy.

AHS students invite everyone to come out and be a part of the fun and excitement leading up to Homecoming night in Dick Hays Stadium. Ashdown schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 29 so that everyone is free to attend the public pep rally at 2:00 in the stadium, when the Homecoming Court and Senior Panthers will be introduced. The parade will immediately follow the pep rally. Coronation of the the 2017 Homecoming Queen will be at 6 p.m. with kick off to follow at 7 p.m.

Homecoming is a time for AHS alumni to reunite and celebrate. This year, classes that end in a “7” will be recognized at all of the public events, and each is encouraged to enter a float in the parade on Friday afternoon. To reserve a place in the parade, please call the high school office at 870-898-3562.
Click here for the Parade Route.



HOMECOMING COURT (LEFT): Front Row Left to Right-Lark Wilkerson, Kaylie Cobb, Jade Kendrick, Zakiyah Rhone
Second Row Left to Right-Madeline Atkinson, Alyssa Cisco, Laiken Newton, Madison McAllister, Haley Greene
Third Row Left to Right- Lacey Carmack, Taylor Grimes, Camden Teston

SENIOR BOYS & MANAGERS (RIGHT):Back Row Left to Right-Andrew Gailhard, Cullen Young, Anthony Nelson, Ladarrius Bishop, Jaden Hill, Christopher French, Detravion Green, Alex Day, and Patrick Christopher
Front Row Left to Right- Manager-Raquan French, Chris Oglesby, John Michael Molock, Hunter Sehon, Alex Simmons, Kameron Ricks, Demondrick Davis, Manager-Damian Bradley
Managers not pictured-Casey Teehee and George Allen


UA Cossatot Hires Graduates    09/11/17

The University of Arkansas Cossatot recently hired two UA Cossatot graduates, Jocelin Galvez and Daniel Martinez.

Galvez joins the college as College Recruiter. She is a 2013 graduate of De Queen High School and 2015 graduate of UA Cossatot, earning her Associate of Science. Her primary role as recruiter is reaching out to area students and community members about opportunities that UA Cossatot provides to further training and education. She is available for speaking engagements and vendor fairs.

Martinez, from Lockesburg, joins the college as Marketing Coordinator. He is a 2008 graduate of Lockesburg High School and a 2010 UA Cossatot graduate earning his Associate of Arts degree. Martinez brings five years of marketing and photography experience to his role as Marketing Coordinator. In this role, Martinez contributes to marketing campaigns, designs promotional materials, provides event support, and manages all the college’s social media accounts.

Both Martinez and Galvez accepted positions at UA Cossatot to give back to the institution that they see played a vital part in their personal success.

“Having a community college close to home helped start my education without hesitation,” Galvez explains.

“I wanted to save money and work on my basics before I went off to a four-year school right after high school. UA Cossatot was exactly what I needed. I am excited to share my experiences with others and help guide those who are interested in continuing their education.”

Martinez, a supporter of the UA Cossatot Foundation and local business owner, is committed to the success of his community.

He explains, “UA Cossatot does so much for our communities. From the Loceksburg Gym remodel to offering scholarships, the college does everything possible to improve Southwest Arkansas.”

“Taking this Marketing Coordinator role is just one more way I can help my community grow and become an even better place to live!”




This Saturday, the American Legion Post 54 in De Queen will host an All-American Fundraiser at the Herman Dierks Armory starting at 4 p.m. Post 54 Commander Jessie Horton reported they will be serving hot dog meals and apple pies for a $5 donation. She said they will also have a dance from 7 to 10 with music provided by Bill Power and the Poor Boys.


Horton is a 10-year Army veteran and was elected commander of Post 54 last year. She said if you would like to contact her for information about the American Legion or the All-American Fundraiser to call her at 360-880-8910.


All of the proceeds from the All-American Fundraiser will be used to renovate the Sevier County Legion Hut building at 513 North 8th Street, which is a WPA building that was built in 1934.







The Arkansas Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Thursday at the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church at 802 East Vandervoort Ave in De Queen to discuss the widening of U.S. Highway 70/71 East of De Queen from 4 to 7 p.m.


The project will involve widening U.S. Highway 70/71 from De Queen east to the Cossatot River. The job is expected to be funded in 2018.


Other Sevier County projects that have been included in the 2016-2020 State Transportation Improvement Plan are the Burke Creek and Cossatot Relief bridges and approaches that is currently under construction; the overlay of Highway 70 from the Oklahoma State Line to Arkansas Highway 339; the Saline River Bridge and approaches over U.S. Highway 70 in 2019; the Johns Branch Bridge and approaches over U.S. Highway 71 in 2019; and construction of a new bridge over the Little River on Arkansas Highway 41 south of Horatio and at the Sevier-Little River county line, which is already underway.


The review the complete list of projects on the State's Transportation Improvement Plan, visit the website





Members of the Foreman Board of Education accepted Superintendent George Kennedy's recommendation that the board not pay an architect to draw plans for a new high school. Instead, the board voted to allow Kennedy to gather some more information about building cost verses renovation costs.


The Foreman school board also voted to increase the price of an adult breakfast to $2.05 and an adult lunch to $3.50.


Kennedy also recommended the district pay a $350 bonus to every licensed and classified employee of the district and High School Principal John Hall will continue to serve as the district's Athletic Director.





Harvest Regional Food Bank is returning to Sevier County with its Mobile Pantry. Harvest Regional Food Bank, Executive Director Camille Wrinkle, said there are several communities in the rural service area that are not fully served by a local partner agency. She said to make sure the residents in those areas receive the help they need, the food bank provides pantry boxes to those communities.


Harvest Regional Food Bank will distribute pantry boxes and USDA commodities at the Horatio First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, September 20th from 10 a.m. to noon.


Volunteers are also needed to help load boxes into cars. If you would like to volunteer, contact the Harvest Regional Food Bank by calling 870-774-1398.


Recipients must bring a photo ID verifying their age and residence in Sevier County. Distribution is limited to one per household and USDA commodities will be available for those who meet the income requirements and do not receive commodities at another location.


Food boxes will include an assortment of canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, fruit juices, spices and other items. 





One of three female inmates that a former Arkansas prison chaplain sexually assaulted has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against him and other state prison officials.


An inmate at the McPherson Women's Unit has sued Kenneth Dewitt who was a former chaplain at the prison, Correction Director Wendy Kelley and other state prison officials in a complaint that was filed last Thursday.


Dewitt was initially charged with 50 counts of third-degree sexual assault. He resigned from the Arkansas State Prison system in September of 2014 after he admitted to a sexual relationship with a subordinate in the chaplain's office.


A separate lawsuit was filed last year in federal court by another of Dewitt's victims.





Early voting for the September 19th School Election, begins on Tuesday, September 12th in the County Clerk's Office of the Sevier County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Monday, September 18th, but not on Saturday, September 16th.


A spokesperson with the County Clerk's office said there will be three polling sites open on Tuesday, September 19th, for the De Queen School Election. In De Queen, voters will go to the De Queen Church of Christ. In Gillham, voters will go to the De Queen-Mena Educational Co-op and in Lockesburg, voters will go to the First United Methodist Church.


In the De Queen School Election, voters will vote for or against a proposed millage increase for the De Queen School District.


The De Queen Board of Education is seeking a 4.9 mill increase for the construction of a new high school. Board member Sandy Huntsberger is also running unopposed on the ballot.


The Horatio School Election will be held by early and absentee voting only.





In an effort to help protect residents from disease-carrying mosquitoes, the City of De Queen will be distributing mosquito larvacide kits for residents to treat standing water in their backyards.


De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said residents of De Queen can pick up a Z-Kit at the De Queen City Hall during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. He said the Arkansas Department of Health provided the city with five boxes of the Z-Kits and they are available while supplies last.


The Z-Kits are cards with 12 Natular DT larvacide tablets. Each tablet lasts up to 60 days and can be used to treat containers up to 50 gallons of water, or an area of standing water 25 square feet and six inches deep. The larvacide prevents mosquito larvae from developing into biting adult mosquitoes.


McKelvy said the battle against mosquito-borne diseases is fought in our yards, and by arming the residents of De Queen with Z-Kits, everyone can help stop mosquitoes from breeding in the area and, in turn, provide a greater level of protection for their families and the community.





Dr. Jason Lofton reported Friday morning that flu season could arrive earlier this year due to the cooler temperatures. Lofton said it's not too early to get your flu shot because it takes about two weeks before you are fully protected from the flu.


Lofton reported America is overdue for a major flu outbreak and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones, is to get a flu shot.


Lofton said this year's flu vaccine has four different strains of the flu virus. He said the flu shot will not make you sick because it's a dead virus but it is your best defense against catching the flu this winter.


Lofton also announced the annual Free Health Fair is Thursday, September 21st. He said everyone should stop by his office between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to receive the free health screening. He also mentioned the men can receive the blood test to detect prostate problems.


Lofton also said Leopard fans will have an opportunity to win a $100 Visa Gift Card tonight at the football game, if they purchase a program.


For more information about the free health fair, call the Wellness Center at 870-642-4000.





The Army Corps of Engineers will begin a drawdown of Millwood Lake on September 12th in an effort to improve shoreline vegetation.


the lake will be held near an elevation of 257.5 feet until October 1st, which is about two feet below the normal conservation elevation of 259.2 feet. Beginning October 1st, the lake will be raised to an elevation of 258 feet and held there until October 15th and will return to its normal conservation elevation of 259.2 feet by November 15th.


During the drawdown, boaters should exercise extreme caution because submerged stumps and shallow areas will be more prominent, especially in boat lanes.


The drawdown exposes an extensive amount of shoreline for re-vegetation; promoting water quality and fish production. Additionally, it concentrates prey fish for predator consumption, promoting growth and production for larger fish.


The drawdown was coordinated with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Southwest Arkansas Water District.


For more information on Millwood Lake and the drawdown, contact the Millwood Project Office at 870-898-3343.





Mega Millions Lottery officials are warning Mega Million players that there is a scam making the rounds using the Mega Millions name. Officials announced scammers who claim to be from the "Corporate Mega Millions Lottery Office," have told recipients that their numbers have come up in an "Annual Mega Millions Mobile Lottery."


Officials say it's an attempt to secure the personal information of unsuspecting people, and, of course, it's not a part of the Mega Millions game. Lottery officials are warning recipients of such messages to not respond. They said the bottom line is, Quote, "If you didn't buy a Mega Millions ticket, you didn't win the Mega Millions jackpot." unquote. Consumer are also being reminded that lotteries won't ask for your personal information by text, phone or email and they won't ask for winners to send them money, so they can receive their winnings.


If you think you have been the victim of a scam, contact the police.





The University of Arkansas Cossatot will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with events for students and the community starting in September.

According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website (, Americans come together during Hispanic Heritage Month, “by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”

The beginning of the month is significant to many Latin American countries as they celebrate independence from Spanish colonialism. Mexico also celebrates their independence from Spain on September 16.

UA Cossatot’s new Center for Student Success will host events from September 12 to October 31 to bring awareness to Hispanic contributions to the culture and success of our nation and communities. Some events include a month-long exhibit highlighting Latinos in Hollywood, a salsa competition, and a game of Loteria, a Mexican game similar to bingo.

Coordinator of the Center for Student Success Erika Buenrrostro states, “Diversity is something that makes UA Cossatot unique. We are the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the state.”

“These traditions are shared with many of our non-Hispanic neighbors, and that is what our celebration at UA Cossatot is about – connecting and celebrating as a diverse community.”

While some events are student only, many are open to the community. For a full list of times and locations, please visit, visit the UA Cossatot Facebook page, or contact Erika Buenrrostro at 870-584-1133.





On Saturday, September 16th, representatives from several churches in the Horatio area will be hosting a Ladies Day event at the Horatio Elementary cafeteria at 9 a.m.


Kay Smart said the Ladies Day event is organized by a group of ladies from several churches in the Horatio area and this is the 11th time the event has been held.


Smart said this year's theme is "At His Feet" and will feature several speakers from the area who have some powerful stories by Susan Allen of Horatio, Hattie Vance of De Queen, DeeAnn Morris of Lockesburg and Arnetha Hardwick of Foreman.


Smart said the music will be led by Rich Dorsey, but they will have some special music by Becky Jegstrup, Hannah Burenrostro and Susie Fedric.


Registration beings at 8:30 a.m., and the cost is $10 and that includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Joyce Arnold at 870-784-8987, Susan Allen at 870-784-1936 or Smart at 584-8168.





Five Arkansas Lottery players enjoyed the Labor Day weekend after they claimed a total of $330,000 in prize money from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.


Two individuals won $100,000 on the "25X The Cash" instant win tickets. And, Gloria Hill from Ashdown won $70,000 on a $3 "Match for Cash" ticket that she bought at the EZ Mart on Constitution Avenue. One player won $50,000 in Mountain Home and another player won $10,000 in Augusta.


Every lottery ticket purchased by lottery players helps fund scholarships for Arkansas students.





Early Sunday morning, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office received a report from a resident on Elm Road that there were vehicles parked in his yard. The reporting party said he thought the owners of vehicles were at a party next door.


Deputies Thomas Jackson and Chet Stubbs went to the home where the party was being held and they reported there was alcohol and drugs present.


As Deputy Stubbs stepped out of his vehicle, two individuals started running away from him. Stubbs reported he identified himself and commanded them to stop, but they kept running into the woods.


According to the incident report, one of the individuals dropped his cellphone in the woods while using it as a flashlight.


Stubbs retrieved the cellphone and he stopped pursuing the suspects.


Later, Sunday afternoon, 18-year-old Lucas Tinajero went to the sheriff's office to claim the phone that he dropped. While speaking with Deputy Stubbs, Tinajero allegedly admitted that he was one of the suspects that fled from the scene.


Tinajero was then cited for fleeing and giving an October court date. 





The 16th Annual Hoo Rah Festival Beauty Pageant is Saturday, September 16th at the De Queen High School auditorium at 11 a.m., but pageant organizer, Jackie Gonzalez, said there is still time for young ladies to register for the event. She said the pageant is a fundraiser for the Sevier County Museum and there are eight age divisions and contestants will have the option to compete in three categories. Those age divisions are: 0 to 11 months, 12 to 23 months, 2 to 3 year olds, 4 to 5 year olds, 6 to 9 year olds, 10 to 12 year olds, 13 to 15 year olds and 16 and up. Contestants can compete in the Beauty category, the outfit of choice category and the photogenic category.


Gonzalez said they will crown eight divisional Queens, two Mini Supreme Queens, three Ultimate Grand Supreme Queens and one Mega Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen.


Registration on the day of the pageant is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the high school.


Gonzalez said you can contact her for more information about the 16th annual Hoo Rah Festival Beauty Pageant. She said you can call her at 870-279-1787, email her at or message her from the pageant's Facebook page,


The winners will also participate in the 2017 Hoo Rah Festival parade at 10 a.m. on October 7th.





Last weekend, an additional 1,500 Arkansas National Guardsmen were deployed to Texas to assist with the recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. According to Governor Asa Hutchinson's office, the deployment could last up to 30-days.


Arkansans have been on the ground helping since August 29th and several guardsmen of the 77th Aviation Brigade conducted search and rescue operations with Black Hawk helicopters. And, 15 additional members from the 61st Civil Support Team tested soil, water and air samples for contamination in the impacted area.


Arkansas Game and Fish officers assisted with the rescue efforts. And many individuals, churches and groups are still helping those effected by Harvey.


Kim Frachiseur of the Sevier County Extension Office announced this morning that they are loading a 53-foot trailer with relief supplies at the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. She said the trailer is getting full, but they still need bottled water, bleach and other cleaning supplies, All-purpose livestock feed and canned non-perishable food items.


For more information call the Sevier County Extension Office at 584-3013.





Locally-owned Subway restaurants in several regions around the United States plan to partner with Soldier's Wish from September 11th to October 2nd to support our nation's troops and military families. Subway customers throughout the region can add a dollar amount to their purchase to support Soldier's Wish. Customers can also nominate a person to receive a Soldier's Wish by visiting KDQN listeners can also click on the Subway tab at


The mission of Soldier's Wish is to say "Thank You" and to identify and provide for the unmet needs of active duty service members and veterans of military service, and their families. Veterans may be those who have served only for a short time and are still on active duty, those who served a single enlistment, those who were discharged due to their wounds, and those who retired from active duty. Soldier's Wish also helps educate the public about the needs of our nation's veteran's and active duty communities and encourage the public to participate in meeting those needs by volunteering and other means.





CASA of the Ouachitas announced they will be hosting the 18th Annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous, September 14th through the 17th. The event will benefit the local advocacy agency and in turn benefit dozens of foster children. The motorcycle rally will fill Queen Whilhelmina State Park with people who share two things, the love of riding motorcycles and helping those in need.


Cynthia Martin is the Director of CASA of the Ouachitas and she said this event raised $6,500 in 2015 and helped 84 children who were in the foster care system.


September 14th through the 17th, motorcycles from around the country will stay atop Rich Mountain at night to visit and enjoy motorcycle rides throughout the day, all the while benefiting CASA. Attendees can camp in tents, RVs or get a room in the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge.


Participants will generally take their own rides through the scenery of the Talimena Drive and the surrounding area.


To join the rally, contact Martin at the Mena CASA office at 479-243-9277 or visit the website The registration fee is $50 per person and that includes breakfast and dinner every day.



UPDATE: Missing teen found safe and has been reunited with her family.



Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has released information on a missing 15-year old Polk County girl. Brithney Marie Dilbert, age 15, is described as African-American with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 180 pounds.

Brithney was last seen at her address on Highway 375 West in Mena on September 4, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m. by her mother.

The clothes that Brithney was wearing when she went to bed were found the floor of her residence. It is unknown at this time if any of her items are missing.

According to her parents, Brithney does not have social media accounts, however, several accounts with her name were located. A friend with whom Brithney attends school reported that Brithney had been using a texting app and talking to an unknown male who lives out of state. Brithney is said to have a pre-paid cell phone but it is unknown if it is active at this time.

If you have any information, call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 479-394-2511 or 479-234-2302.




Tuesday night, the De Queen City Council voted to pass a resolution to levy the millage rate in De Queen for the year 2017. Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported the millage is 5.4 mills. He said 5 mills are for the city's General Revenue and .4 mills is for the Fireman's Pension fund. McKelvy said there was no change to the city's millage this year.


Aldermen also discussed McKelvy's proposed non-CDL drug testing policy, but voted to table the issue until McKelvy can get some clarification on a couple of concerns that they have.


The supervisor of the water department, Jeff Brown, updated the council on the automated meter reading project. He said they've installed about 1,950 meters and have about 400 to 500 remaining. He said the project should be completed within the next two to three weeks.


McKelvy told KDQN that the water department was able to read about 1,500 meters will the new system this month.


McKelvy reported he and County Judge Greg Ray toured the Husqvarna building with some representatives from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. He said UA Cossatot, the Rural Development Authority of Sevier County, the Sevier County Industrial Board and the county judge's office has announced they will hire an Economic Development Coordinator for the county. McKelvy said the new position will be filled by January.


Aldermen were also informed Vyve Broadband will no longer be carrying the Outdoor channel as of September 27th.


Police Chief Scott Simmons reported the city's fuel cards were hacked in June and July at a local gas station. He said a suspect from Arizona was arrested recently in Wichita Falls, Texas who has allegedly admitted to putting skimmers on gas pumps in De Queen.


Simmons said law enforcement officials were alerted to the suspect’s vehicle, when a mechanic notices computers, skimmers and other electronics in the vehicle while he was repairing it. According to Simmons, the suspect was arrested when he went back to the garage for his vehicle after it was repaired in Wichita Falls.





Monday, Sevier County Sheriff's Department deputy Sergeant Greg Davignon observed a man standing in the back of a S-10 pickup on Dog Town Road. Davignon also noticed the front seat passenger was not wearing a seat belt, so he initiated a traffic stop.


However, when Davignon turned on his lights, something was tossed out of the back of the truck by the man that was standing in the truck bed.


The passenger in the back of the truck was identified as 48-year-old Alan Pearce of De Queen and the passenger in the front seat had two open beer cans in his lap.


When questioned about the object that tossed into the ditch, Pearce allegedly said he tossed a bag that contained drugs and drug paraphernalia.


Davignon then escorted Pearce back to the location where he had tossed the bag and recovered a bag that contained a glass pipe, marijuana, meth, Xanax pills and a metal marijuana pipe.


Pearce was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.





A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that Arkansas has enough opioid prescriptions for every one in the state to almost have a full bottle.


According to the report, there's an average of 66.5 opioid prescriptions for 100 people in America. However, Arkansas' rate is 114.6 prescriptions for every 100 people and that is second only to Alabama, which as a prescription rate of 121 per 100 people.


Greene County has the highest rate in the state with 117.8 pills per capita, followed closely by Garland County and Sebastian County.


Little River, Howard, Jackson, and Stone counties all have rates higher than 150 pills per 100 people, while Newton and Cleveland counties have a rate of 1.1 or less prescriptions per 100 people.


Sevier County's rate is actually lower than the national average at 65.5 prescriptions per 100 people.





This Friday night, friends of Brandon Hagood will be hosting a benefit chicken dinner prior to the De Queen - Nashville football game at Leopard Stadium.


Blaire Harp is helping organize the event and she said Brandon is doing better and this benefit will help Brandon's family with his medical expenses following a single vehicle accident on July 17th. She said they will start serving at 4 p.m. in the administration parking lot on Ninth Street.


Harp also mentioned several people and businesses that have donated food and supplies for the benefit. She said Jeff Dean with Pilgrim's, Toney Stowers with the De Queen Church of Christ and Rafael Figueroa with Shur-Copy is helping prepare the chicken.


Harp said you can eat at the stadium or take it home. She said the De Queen High School cheerleaders will be car-hopping, so you don't even have to get out of your car.


For more information or to place an order, call Harp at 870-279-0444 or Chayla Earney at 870-584-8954.





The Salvation Army of Arkansas and Oklahoma are serving on the frontlines of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Many of the feeding units and personnel that are currently deployed are serving at Ground Zero where residents are returning where many or most of the buildings and home were destroyed.


On Friday, September 1st, nine additional feeding trucks, a Polaris Ranger, Polaris Quad Runner and a trailer were sent from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division to reinforce the disaster response efforts in Texas. Today, there are 84 feeding trucks in the area providing aid in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.


Other Salvation Army officers, volunteers and employees are currently on standby ready to deploy as soon as this Friday.


However, Salvation Army officials say one of the best ways that Arkansans can help is by making a monetary donation. To make a donation online, visit the website: You can donate by phone by dialing 1-800-SAL-ARMY or 1-800-725-2769. Or you can text, STORM to 51555.


Travelers can now visit a new welcome center in Texarkana. Arkansas Welcome Center Red River recently underwent a $2.5 million upgrade. As part of this project, a completely new building was built north of the old center. The address is still the same at 12555 N State Line Avenue.

“We opened the new center on June 19 and the old center was torn down the next day,” said Sheila Nichols, manager of the Arkansas Welcome Center Red River.

“In my opinion the most important role that welcome centers play in the state is the first impression we make on our visitors,” she said. “We are the frontline greeters to many who are visiting our state for the first time.”

Welcome center staff assist visitors with attractions, lodging, and dining information in the area they are planning to stop in or visit.

“The lobby is the main feature of the new center,” Nichols added. “The old center was about one-fourth the size of the new one and didn’t have the room in the lobby to showcase our hundreds of brochures and literature from all over the state. A lot of our regular visitors are commenting on how much easier it is to find brochures and literature compared to the old center. They are now browsing through the brochures whereas before they barely had enough room to turn around.”

Nichols noted that some of their regular visitors who have watched as the new center was being constructed are now stopping in just to see what everything looks like.

According to Nichols, the new center is about half the size of the Texarkana Welcome Center on I-30. “But we also do not have the high volume of traffic and visitors that they do there,” she said. “This center is located exactly on the state line. Northbound traffic is in Arkansas and southbound traffic is in Texas. We are also located on the county line. The center is in Miller County but just a few yards north across the bridge of the Red River is Little River County. The actual county and state line are both in the middle of the Red River.”

A grand opening for the new center has been set for September 18. As part of the lineup the Ashdown High School Band will play the national anthem and a color guard will also be there. There will be speeches from several dignitaries and a ribbon cutting. Joe David Rice, tourism director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, will be there along with Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. There will also be refreshments and entertainment.

Nichols encouraged people to visit the new center.

“Anyone traveling through this part of the state should stop in and say hello and get a free cup of coffee,” she said. “You will be greeted with a smile.”

Thirteen Welcome Centers are located at various points of entry to the state. An additional location can be found in Little Rock, which serves as a centrally-located center for visitors. For more information on Welcome Centers across the state, visit



(Kansas City, MO) – The new ownership group of De Queen Medical Center issued the following statement regarding recent organizational changes at the facility.

On August 30, 2017, De Queen Medical Center accepted the resignations of several employees. As a dedicated community partner, it was important for all of us in the De Queen Medical family to assure everyone who entrusts us with their health care needs that these administrative changes do not affect in any way our commitment to investing all that is needed to make your hospital the best facility of its kind. As a Charter Member of the National Alliance of Rural Hospitals, DQMC is set to implement groundbreaking and innovative programs targeted at allowing the hospital to not only survive, but thrive for generations to come. Our greatest resource has been the high quality medical, professional, and administrative staff and we are excited and confident that DQMC is in the best of hands. In the coming days, weeks, and months, we will keep the community members, public officials, and the media apprised of our ongoing progress; we look forward to holding an open house in the very near future. We want to thank all of you for the continued support of your community hospital.




August 26th, deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Falls Chapel area in reference to a suspicious person.


Deputies found the person and vehicle in question at a residence in Ben Lomond. The driver was identified as 24-year-old Jeremy Ly and a passenger who was identified as 24-year-old James Maiden of Eudora, Arkansas. Ly told deputies he was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners.


According to the incident report, neither Ly nor Maiden was wanted on any active warrants and they were escorted out of Sevier County and informed not to return. Recently, there have been reports of Ly going door to door in Howard County.


On Friday, September 1st, the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office issued a BOLO for Ly, because he is currently wanted in Ouachita County for aggravated assault and criminal mischief in the first degree.


According to a spokesperson with the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office, on July 3rd, Ly was in a home in Stephens trying to sell a Kirby vacuum cleaner and the homeowner asked him to leave. According to the report, Ly got into a physical altercation with the homeowner and he allegedly pushed down a pregnant woman. Ly also allegedly backed into the homeowner’s car while pulling out of the driveway, causing some damage to the vehicle.


Ly's current address is listed as Redfield, Arkansas. He is 5'8" tall and weighs about 175 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.


If you have any information on the location of Ly, contact your local law enforcement agency or contact the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office at 870-231-5300.





Toney Stowers of the De Queen Church of Christ reported the church has agreed to partner with the Church of Christ in El Campo, Texas to help provide flood relief items, including monetary donations. He said they will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. everyday this week, including Saturday and Sunday.


Stowers said he and the pastor of the church in El Campo, Texas have known each other since they served in West Virginia.


Stowers said the community of De Queen is one of the most giving communities that he has ever lived in and he wanted to say thank you in advance for everyone's help with the recovery efforts in South Texas and South Louisiana.


For more information, contact the church at 870-584-3226.





Sevier County Extension Agent Rex Herring announced last week, that the Sevier County 4-H clubs were teaming up with Chris Hale, and Bailey Discount Building Supply to collect donations for the flood victims in south Texas.


Herring said Matt and Grover Hill donated the use of a tractor-trailer and area residents are being asked to fill the trailer with supplies, including livestock feed and hay.


This morning, Sevier County 4-H Teen Leaders, Brennen Seymour and Veronica Rivas reported they were accepting donations of diapers, bottled water, non-perishable can food items, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, toiletry items, bleach, pet food and paper towels. They also said they will be accepting donations of livestock feed and hay until Thursday.


Herring said items may be dropped off at the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot during regular business hours. He said you can drop off items at Bailey Discount Building Supply or at Chris Hale's home at 924 West Haes Street in De Queen.


Seymour also reported the 4-H Teen Leaders Club will be meeting on Monday, September the 11th at 5:30 p.m. at the extension office and anyone who wants to join the Sevier County 4-H is invited to attend.


Herring said 4-H clubs from the surrounding area will also be collecting items, but for more information, call the Extension Office 584-3013.





The District 17 Prosecuting Attorney announced the officer-involved fatal shooting of a Foreman resident in McCurtain County was justified.


The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation completed its investigation and turned over the results to Prosecuting Attorney Mark Matloff. He said the investigation determined the shooting was justifiable and law enforcement officers acted appropriately.


The OSBI investigation was requested by the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office following the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Devin Hawkins of Foreman on April 30th.


According to initial incident report, the sheriff's office received a report about a man walking down the road near Tom, Oklahoma with a gun, threatening to kill people.


When deputies arrived in the area, they were told the suspect had run into the woods. While looking for the suspect, deputies stopped a truck that was leaving a home a Jasper Hollow Road near the last known location of the suspect.


Deputies pulled over the truck and the driver told them that he was giving the passenger a ride, but he didn't know the man. When deputies asked the passenger if he had any weapons, he lifted up his shirt and showed the deputy a gun in his waistband. The subject then grabbed the handgun and put it to his head.


Deputies tried to get Hawkins to put the gun down, but he refused and then pointed to gun at the officers. Hawkins fired off at least one shot and deputies returned fire, killing Hawkins.


According to Hawkins history, he had three encounters with law enforcement officials in Little River County.


In March of 2016, Hawkins was arrested on a felony escape charge. On March 14th, 2017, he was sentenced to three-years probation.


On April 14th, 2016, Hawkins allegedly discharged an AR-15 rifle and on April 15th he was involved in a standoff with police in Foreman.





A new Arkansas law expands where concealed handguns may be carried is now in effect, but the training that’s needed to carry a handgun on a college campus, inside a bar, a government building or other new locations may not be available until next year.


Arkansas State Police has 120 days to design the additional training requirements that concealed handgun licensees must compete before they can carry their weapons on college campuses and other places. Currently, there are 225,000 people licensed to carry a concealed handgun in Arkansas.


The state police have not released a timeline for when the training standards will be available for the concealed handgun instructors around the state. The additional training may be up to an additional eight hours.


Higher education officials have already been briefing faculty, staff and students about the new law, and they've been reminded that concealed weapons are still banned from campus until the enhanced licenses are available.


Lawmakers who pushed for the measure this year stated the additional training would help prepare licensees for active shooter situations at places like colleges and universities.


State police are also working on the rules for the security plans that colleges and universities will need to submit to exempt sporting events from the expanded gun measure. The exemption was added in some follow-up legislation after the campus gun law drew objections from the Southeastern Conference and others who have concerns about allowing weapons at football games and other events.





In response to Hurricane Harvey, the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality have worked together to seek relief from the Environmental Protection Agency on fuel requirements for Low Reid Vapor Pressure to address fuel supply emergencies in the region.


On August 31st, ADEQ formally requested that the EPA exercise its authority under the federal Clean Air Act to temporarily waive fuel requirements for RVP fuel and allow the distribution of 11.5 RVP gasoline throughout Arkansas. EPA has granted two waivers that address multiple states, including Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The waivers are effective immediately and will continue through September 15th.


Gasoline blend waivers are enforced by state bureau of standards departments, though the EPA grants these waivers through requests from state environmental agencies. The Arkansas Bureau of Standards is a division of the Arkansas Agriculture Department's State Plant Board.





Saturday, September 23rd, guest of the Diamond State Park will have the opportunity to learn the basics of freeform wire-wrapping during a workshop in the discovery center from 2 to 4 p.m.


Freeform wire-wrapping is a simple yet beautiful method of jewelry-making that requires very few tools because the most important tools are your hands and your imagination. Many types of stones can be used, including several that can be found at the Crater of Diamond State Park. There's also no strict patterns or guidelines, freeform artisans are able to create a variety of styles.


The workshop will begin with a discussion of essential wire-wrapping tools and materials, and participants will make their own freeform jewelry with practice wire and stones. Each participant will also receive wire, instructions, and tools to get started in this craft.


The cost is $30 per person and that includes a $15 registration fee that is due by Friday, September 8th. The remaining $15 will be due on the day of the workshop. Space is limited, with a minimum of four participants.


Call the Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113 to register.





Dr. Steve Cole, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Cossatot, visited the De Queen Rotary Club on Monday to speak about the fall semester at UA Cossatot.

Dr. Cole began his remarks with an update on UA Cossatot’s enrollment, stating, “UA Cossatot has seen a slight increase in full-time student enrollment from last fall.”

“While this slight increase ordinarily would not be major news, it is pretty special because it shows a positive trend where the rest of the state and country are showing up to 5% declines in student enrollment”.

Cole also provided the Rotary members a breakdown of the student enrollment. Students total 1502 this fall, of which 37% are concurrently enrolled in local high schools, 27% of the students are of Hispanic descent, 65% are female, with the average age of 21.

During Monday’s meeting, Dr. Cole cited, “While we are pleased with our enrollment numbers, which show a very healthy college, we are even more pleased with our graduation rates. They have now climbed to 37% making UA Cossatot’s graduation rate third highest in Arkansas.”

Dr. Cole also mentioned the hiring of a new economic development person to enhance county efforts to bring more industry and interest into Sevier County. This person will serve as a liaison to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and will start in early January.

Dr. Cole commented his overall view of the college as being one of pride, “To be able to lead a college that just simply goes out every day and gets the job done for our students and community is a distinct pleasure. You feel that pride when you walk onto any of our campuses. No one at UA Cossatot ever asks, ‘why’…we always ask, ‘why not?’”

Cole also distributed the UA Cossatot Strategic Plan 2020 at the Rotary meeting. The De Queen Rotary club meets every Monday at noon at Mary P.O.P.S. Restaurant.



The University of Arkansas Cossatot has been named third, based on affordability and quality, of all online colleges and programs in the nation by

Specifically, the online Associate of General Studies program is recognized as an ideal way to earn college credits needed to achieve a Bachelor’s degree.

“An online associate degree in general studies is an affordable way to begin your career, offering a strong return on investment and minimal time commitment,” the site states.

Often students refer to this route of obtaining credits before transferring to a university as “getting their basics.” Around 70% of UA Cossatot students attend the college with this goal.

The site ranked UA Cossatot just under Cochise County Community College District and Arkansas Northeastern College in affordability.

UA Cossatot Vice Chancellor of Academics Ashley Aylett remarked, “We as an entire college made this happen.”
“No matter if a UAC staff person teaches and advises students, does billing, awards financial aid, provides tutoring, or maintains our facilities and computers - they all play a vital part.”

To see the complete list of Affordable Online Associate Degrees in General Studies and more, please visit For information on UA Cossatot online programs, please visit





This Saturday night, Donna Jeanes and Sherry Tallant will be hosting a benefit Bingo game at the Horatio Elementary cafeteria at 5 p.m.


Jeanes said Bingo cards are $10 each. She said you can purchase as many as you want, but you can use them all night. She said you can still reserve a parking spot for $10, but all of the tables have been reserved. Concessions will be available.


Jeanes said the proceeds will be used to fund a scholarship in honor of her son Kenny Jeanes and to help train a service dog for Stormie Tallant.


Jeanes said Kenny died in a 4-wheeler accident and she plans to present a scholarship in his honor to a student in Kenny's graduating class this year and every year after that.


Tallant said Stormie's service dog is being trained to alert her when her sugar level gets low.


For more information or to reserve a parking spot, call 870-784-5152.





Martha Fines and Juanelle Gage announced the Sevier County Humane Society will hold its third spay and neuter clinic of the year, September 5th through the 7th at the humane society's building on Haes Street across from the Herman Dierks Park.


Fines said the cost is $65 for dogs and $40 for cats.


Gage and Fines said area residents can bring their cats to the clinic beginning at 7 a.m. each day and dogs at 8 a.m. They said the humane society also needs volunteers to sit with the animals until they wake up.


For more information, call 870-584-9096.





Arkansas State Park Interpreter Victoria Carson announced some upcoming events at the Cossatot River State Park this week.


Carson said Citizenship Day is Sunday, September 17th, but the park is going to host a Citizen's Day event on Saturday, September 16th. She said area Eagle Scouts, 4-H clubs, youth groups, and other civic organizations will help clear trails, paint sign posts and clean up along the highways.


Admission is free, but the park is asking participates to register by Monday, September 11th by calling 870-385-2201.


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For more information about the activities at the Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, call 870-385-2201.


Daisy State Park will be offering a hunter education test today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the interpretive center.


This Saturday, Daisy State Park will host a scenic lake cruise on Lake Greeson from 2 to 4 p.m. Seating is limited, so sign up at the visitor center by 5 p.m. today. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and kids 6 and under is free.


Sunday, the Daisy State Park will hold a Dutch oven cooking demonstration from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $2 for anyone 6 and over. Participates should sign up in the visitor center.


For more information about the activities at the Daisy State Park, call 870-398-4487.





The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is joining the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission to clean up a stretch of the Arkansas River as part of the Sixth Annual Great Arkansas River Cleanup on Saturday, September 9th from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m.


ADEQ is seeking volunteers who are willing to "Pitch In" and pick up litter on foot or by boat. The event will include communities across the state.


Cossatot River State Park Interpreter Victoria Carson reported the park staff is teaming up with the Arkansas Canoe Club for a Great Arkansas Cleanup event on Saturday, October 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. She said volunteers will help clean up the wild and scenic Cossatot River, access points and surrounding roadways.


The park will provide trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other supplies. For more information, call 870-385-2201.





Arkansans have seen the horrible photos and videos showing the devastation from Hurricane Harvey to our neighbors and friends in Houston and all across southeast Texas and many people want to help. But the Arkansas Attorney General wants to remind Arkansans to beware of who they donate too.


Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said many times following natural disasters, her office receives reports of unscrupulous "charities" in the state.


Rutledge said con artists will tug at the heartstrings of giving people in hopes that they will give them money that is supposed to support whatever cause the criminals are using. Scammers provide very little information about their organization, but they still try an convince people to donate to their so-called charity.


Rutledge said they often pick names and logos that are similar to familiar legitimate charities.


Rutledge's office released the following tips to help consumers give to only legitimate charities: she said if you receive a phone solicitation for a donation, do not immediately get out your checkbook or credit card. She said do some research. Get the organization's name, address, website and phone number. She said use to compare nonprofit organizations. Ask the caller how they plan to spend your donation. She said watch out for similar but different organization names as some con artists will use names like those of existing and reputable nonprofit organization in an attempt to trick you. She said do not give out financial or personal information over the phone, never send cash and if you do wish to donate through a text message, verify the organization's number before doing so.


Rutledge said consumers should also be wary of charities that pop up quickly in response to disasters like Hurricane Harvey.


For more information, visit the website or call 1-800-482-8982.