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De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Banquet

2017 Chamber Board

Greg Davignon with his wife Amber

Pilgrim's - Best Business Table Decoration


BancorpSouth - Most Beautiful Table Decoration


Cross Country Team served the meal

The Revels Family - Business Family of the Year

Citizen of the Year - Tony Bob Ray

Community Service Award - Greg Ray

De Queen-Mena Educational Coop Teacher of the Year
Susie Carver

De Queen Teacher of the Year
Anita Caudle

De Queen Middle School Teacher of the Year
Tammy Lites

De Queen Elementary Teacher of the Year
Julie Adcock

Horatio Teacher of the Year
Sarah Dockins

Horatio High School Teacher of the Year
Desmond Walls

Legacy Academy Teacher of the Year
Leslie McClesky

UA Cossatot Teacher of the Year
Kay Trotta

Large Business of the Year
 Horatio State Bank

Renovation-Beautification Award
Luke Billingsley - State Farm Insurance

Small Business of the Year
Smiles Dental Clinic

New Construction
Gentry Chevrolet

AEP Swepco - Corporate Sponsor

Tri Lakes Services, Inc. - Corporate Sponsor

Bear State Bank

Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc.

Dominguez Brothers- Handi Mart

De Queen Auto Group

De Queen Auto Group

De Queen High School

De Queen Junior High

De Queen Middle School

De Queen Primary School

De Queen School

Chandler Funeral Home

Sevier County Farm Bureau

First State Bank

First State Bank

First State Bank

Gentry Chevrolet

Tres Agaves

President Patrick Massey & Emcee Loren Hinton

Horatio High School

Moyer Equipment

Peak Therapy

Ray Family

Ray Family

Sevier County Extension Service

Sevier County Officials

Smartphone EMT

Smiles of Arkansas

Smiles of Arkansas

State Farm Insurance

Tyson Foods

Southern Girls-De Queen Abstract-De Queen Medical Equip.

UA Cossatot

UA Cossatot

Wilkerson Funeral Home

Vice President Megan McMahen & President Massey present awards
Margaret Daniel Foundation Pictures

Foundation Board Members, Brenda Tate, Kay York and Katrina Williamson with Deshun Rhodes

Diamond Bank President Tyler Davis and Little River County Judge Mike Cranford

Representative DeAnn Vaught and husband Jon

Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders and Ashley Sanders

Entertainment for the evening was "Chasing Rita"

Jim Williamson and Foundation Board Member Katrina Williamson


Mac Jr - Big Mac - Grand Mac



On January 1st, County Officials took the Oath of Office from County Judge Greg Ray and District Judge Manya Wood.

Sevier County's Justice of the Peace:

Left to Right: Angie Walker, Mike Archer, Greg Wright, Roger Whitmore, Roxie Stephens, David Wright, Charles Keels and Earl Battiest

Deputy Coroners: Jeff Marshall and Tony Hughes

District Judge Manya Wood swears in the Sevier County Auxiliary Deputies.

Left to Right: Sonny Kimmel, Gary Cunningham, Chad Bradshaw, Kevin Baker and Scott Simmons

Sevier County Sheriff's Deputies (Above)

Sevier County Officials (Below)

Judge Ray with County Treasurer: Risa Godwin, Circuit Clerk: Kathy Smith and Tax Assessor: Judy Smith

Sevier County Coroner Rusty Williams


Agnes Nix, 95, of Sevier County, enjoys Thanksgiving with 3 month old Eli along with the rest of her family. Eli was born on Aug 24, 2016.

Pictured left to right is Ginger Rochelle, Dean Runnels, Agnes Nix holding her great, great grandson Eli Rochelle, and Alexander Rochelle.


The Horatio Christmas Parade was held Saturday at 2 p.m. and Goin Showin won the organizational category and Ms. Jen's Happy House placed second.


Williamson Community Church won the church category. Horatio First Baptist Church placed second and Cross Point  Cowboy Church placed third.


The Lockesburg Christmas Parade was held Saturday at 4 p.m. and these are the parade winners.


In the recreational category, first place went to Wayne Smith and second place went to the Rusty Relics Tractor Club.


In the religious category, first place went to Falls Chapel Church and second place went to the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg.


B&H Trash was the first place winner of the commercial/business category and Goin Showin 4-H won the organization category.



The De Queen Christmas Parade was held Saturday at 6 p.m. and Legacy Academy won the walking group category.


First place in the commercial category went to Papa Pablanos. Second place went to the Broken Bow School of Dance and third place went to the De Queen Dance Academy.


Happy House won the religious category. Saint Barbara Catholic Church placed second and the Cross Point Cowboy Church placed third.


Goin Showin 4-H Club won the non-religious category. The De Queen High School cheerleaders placed second and the De Queen Fire Department placed third.









Photos Courtesy of De Queen Bee Staff

Boy Scout Pack 54

Aubrey Gilmore-Hoo Rah Days Princess

Chris Hale as the Grinch


Cross Point Cowboy Church

De Queen Dance Academy

De Queen Fire Department

Happy House

Legacy Academy

Iglesia Bautista Biblica

Iglesia Bautista Biblica

Saint Barbara Catholic Church

Santa riding the fire truck

Sevier County Courthouse

Little River Chamber of Commerce

Membership & Awards Banquet


Guest Speaker Retired Major Gary O'Day

Emcee Loren Hinton

Major O'Day

Past President Beverly Glanville

Incoming President Danny Young

Analecia Richards - CAPS program

Jasmyn Richards - CAPS program

Foreman Teacher of the Year-June Jackson

Ashdown Teacher of the Year-Jamie Hadaway

Renovation Award - Tractor Supply

New Construction - E Z Mart

Small Business - Heavenly Sweets, Interior Treats & Flower Boutique

Large Business - Pleasant Manor Nursing & Rehab

School/Community/Non-Profit-Ashdown City Park

Clayton Castleman Public Servant Award - Michael Turner

Steve Pearce Citizen of the Year Award - Jim Cross

Award presented by Dustin Rhodes to Carolyn Castleman
in Memory of Clayton Castleman for his years of support  of UA Cossatot/ & UA Cossatot Foundation


Sevier County

National Night Out  




The Grannis Plant hosted a Family Fun Day for Team Members from the Plant, Complex Office and Truck Shop on Saturday, June 4, 2014 at the Grannis City Park.


2015 Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation Day

NEW VENUE– Due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms, Senior Citizens Appreciation Day was moved to the Sevier County Fairgrounds.      DBS

Photos with "DBS" are courtesy of De Queen Bee Staff

SAYING HELLO – Debbie Wynne, right, chats with Karen Mills, left, and Fonda Hill of the Sevier County Museum during the 35th annual Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation Day.


CHAUFFER SERVICES– Former Sevier County Judge Dick Tallman provided transportation services from the fairground parking lot to the show barn, where more than 40 vendors were set up for the event.                  DBS

LONGEST MARRIED – Sterling and Pud Daniel were recognized as the longest-married couple from Sevier County in attendance at this year’s Senior Citizens Appreciation Day. They have been married a total of 66 years. They are pictured with Sevier County Judge Greg Ray.             DBS

OLDEST MAN– Herman Jackson of De Queen was the oldest man from Sevier County in attendance at the 35th annual Senior Citizens Appreciation Day on May 27. He is 91-years-old.   DBS


OLDEST WOMAN– Edna Van Voast of De Queen was the oldest woman from Sevier County in attendance at the 35th annual Senior Citizens Appreciation Day on May 27. She will turn 100 this year. 

SENIOR DAY SUPPORTER – Janet Miller of De Queen was recognized during last Friday’s Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation Day for her support of the event and elderly residents in the area. A lifelong resident of De Queen, Miller has dedicated herself to volunteer work in her retirement years and has become well known in the elderly community for her commitment to helping other area seniors. On most days Miller can be found lending a hand at the De Queen Senior Citizen Center, where she has volunteered on almost a daily basis for the past seven years. Miller is pictured with Sevier County Judge Greg Ray.       DBS

SENIOR DAY SUPPORTER – Richard McKinley, left, was also recognized as a long-time supporter of Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation Day. The former police chief of De Queen, McKinley announced his retirement earlier this year after almost three decades in law enforcement. Throughout the years, McKinley has been an active supporter and organizer of the annual event to honor local senior citizens. He is also a member of the De Queen Lions Club and the Sevier County Fair Board. He is pictured with Sevier County Judge Greg Ray.  

BEST DECORATION – De Queen Therapy and Living Center was recognized for the best 50s-themed booth at this year’s Senior Citizens Appreciation Day. There booth was based off an old-time malt shop counter and they provided visitors with glass bottle Cokes. Employees are pictured with organizers Angie Walker and Sevier County Judge Greg Ray.   DBS

EASY LISTENING– As in previous years, the Argenbright Band provided some good entertainment for visitors to the 35th annual Sevier County Senior Citizens Appreciation Day.   DBS


HANKING THE COOKS– Sevier County Judge Ray thanks Travis Bingham and the Fat Daddy Cooking Crew for their support of Senior Citizens Appreciation Day. The group has volunteered to cook at the event for many years.     DBS

A MUCH-NEEDED BREAK– The Fat Daddy Cooking Crew takes a well-deserved break while posing for a photo at this year’s Senior Citizens Appreciation Day. The group cooked chicken for nearly 400 meals given to visitors at the event    


A HELPING HAND– Local 4-H’ers provided a lot of help at this year’s Senior Citizens Appreciation Day.    DBS

JANET CANTRELL and Dana Stringfellow with the Sevier County Extension Service were among the vendors at this year’s event.  DBS

GRAND PRIZE WINNER– Brandon Rackley of Ashdown was the winner of the grand prize at Senior Citizens Appreciation Day. The prize included over $500 in items from local businesses and was put together by Angie Walker of Dr. Walker’s Family Clinic. Pictured from left to right are Rackley, Walker and Sevier County Judge Greg Ray.   

YOUNGEST VISITOR– Sevier County Clerk Debbie Akin, left, and Megan McMahan of Southwest EMS Ambulance Service visit with the youngest visitor to Senior Citizens Appreciation Day - four-week-old Addison Grace England.    DBS





Special Olympics 2016 Special Olympics 2016



Josue Castellanos and Jeffery Davis (right) are pictured producing an All About Me video of Daisy Campos.  This is a project from EAST at De Queen High School.

Tyler Renfro and Keldon Boyles show post drivers that were made at De Queen High School.

Senior De Anna Johnson is pictured drilling as Mr. Ryan Hanney assists in one of De Queen High School’s agri class.

De Queen High School student council members Josue Castellanos and Angel Hernandez are pictured raising funds for their organization.

De Queen Public Schools held parent teacher conferences on March 17.  Pictured are student volunteers at De Queen Junior High.  Left to right are Katelyn Patterson, Rose Tinajero, Mackenzie May, Ruby Peppers, Jordan Rogers, Miguel Montero, Valentin Sanchez, and K’Leigh Guillotte. 
March 17th

De Queen Leopards vs Camden Fairview

Baseball & Softball

Reisa Bakenhus races towards first base after hitting the ball during the Lady Leopards game against Camden Fairview on March 17.


Makyla Jackson fields a fly ball against the Lady Cardinals on March 17. 

Meagan Martz is greeted by her teammates as the Lady Leopards’ softball team defeated Camden Fairview.  This was the first conference game of the season.  Martz hit the first homerun that produced three runs to start the game.  Jessica Williams, Charlie Sneed, and Reisa Bakenhus also hit homeruns during the first four innings.

Coach Tracy Nealy and the Lady Leopards huddle after taking a 6-0 lead over the Lady Cardinals.

Horatio Elementary 3rd Graders participated in Battle of the Books at the DeQueen Mena Educational Coop

Front- Brady Haarmeyer, Daniel Gideon, Colton White, Titus Caudle, Brady Edens

Back- Caden Patterson, Kaden Patterson, Cason Lyon, Matthew Maben, Konner Bailey

Horatio Elementary 4th Graders Won Second Place at the Battle of the Books held at the DeQueen Mena Coop.

Front- Second Place Winners!-Kimberley San Juan, Reese Walker, Cadee Glasgow

Back- Kristin Roberts, Lexy Elmore, Zoie Cleghorn

Horatio Elementary 5th Grade Battle of the Books participants:

Front-Summer Lyon, Kimberlee May, Kevin Quiroz

Back- Carlos San Juan, Brooklyn Roberts, Lauren Emerson

Horatio Elementary 6th Grade Battle of the Books participants:

Front- Laci Stancil, Daneille Beck, Madison Bagley, Natalie Machucho, Kaytlyn Brower

Back- Bryan Gutierrez, Gabbi Litchford


Ashdown High School Art Students show their finished loom product.
Bottom (l - r): Caleb Martin, Kaylynn Carmack, Daymain Scheick

Back row (l - r): Alyssa Cisco, Macey Martin, Alia Oliver, Alondra Medrano, Amber Gulley, Jasmine Denis, Jonathan Gaines


Bottom (l - r): Ashuntee Burris, Lemaj Russ
Back (l - r): Corvin Cook, Jasmine Denis, Charles Henderson, Kachari Gulley, Amber Gulley


71st Annual
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Banquet 


2015 President Susan Alspaw & 2016 President Patrick Massey

The largest crowd ever gathered Thursday night for the 71st Annual De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Membership and Awards Banquet in the De Queen High School cafeteria.


2015 President Susan Alspaw reported the chamber has over 155 members and that 17 new small businesses joined the chamber in 2015.


2016 President Patrick Massey stated the chamber will focus on tourism and Hispanic businesses this year and encouraged everyone in attendance to donate more time to the communities of Sevier County.


In the table decorating contest, the Furniture and Decor Outlet table won the Best Business Theme Award and the Tres Agaves table won the Most Beautiful Award.


Lansdell Family Clinic which is located inside Pruett's Food store, won the Renovation/Beautification Award; Tres Agaves won the Small Business of the Year Award; and the Horatio School District was named the Large Business of the Year.


Stefani Jones was named the De Queen School District Teacher of the Year; Shasta Gwen was named the Horatio School District Teacher of the Year; Lauren Young was named the UA Cossatot Teacher of the Year; Ashlee Fisk was named the Legacy Academy Teacher of the Year; and Lynn Nolen was named the De Queen/Mena Co-op Teacher of the Year.


Chamber board member, Shane Haarmeyer then introduced De Queen Police Chief Richard McKinley as the 2016 Citizen of the Year.


Alspaw then introduced Sevier County Sheriff Bennie Simmons as the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Curtis Black, Megan McMahen, Bryan Blackwood and Lawrence Wishard were introduced as the new board of directors’ members.

Photos courtesy of De Queen Bee & KDQN staffs

Citizen of the Year - Richard McKinley

Lifetime Achievement Award - Benny Simmons

Small Business of the Year - Tres Agaves

Large Business of the Year - Horatio Schools

 Pruett's Food & Lansdell Family Clinic

De Queen High School & Overall - Teacher of the Year
Stefani Jones

Legacy Academy Teacher of the Year
Ashlee Fisk

De Queen Mena Education Co-op Teacher of the Year
Lynn Nowlin

Horatio Schools Teacher of the Year
Shasta Guinn

De Queen Primary Teacher of the Year
Natalie Dean

De Queen Primary Teacher of the Year
Maralyn Faulkenberry

De Queen  Junior High School  Teacher of the Year
Cathy Seal

De Queen Middle School Teacher of the Year
Amanda Hibbs

Entertainment provided by De Queen Show Choir under the direction of Stefani Jones

Kayla Odom & Sgt Chance Lyle

Corporate Sponsor - AEP Swepco

Best Business Theme-Jim's Furniture & Decor

Most Beautiful Table - Tres Agaves Restaurant

Bunyard Broadcasting, INC.

UA Cossatot

Chandler Funeral Home/kg & company

Luke Billingsley-State Farm Insurance

Bank of Lockesburg

Lofton Clinic

UA Cossatot

Smart Phone EMT

Bear State Bank

Bear State Bank

First State Bank

First State Bank

First State Bank

First State Bank

De Queen Auto Group

De Queen-Mena Education Co-op

De Queen Schools

De Queen Schools

De Queen Schools

Baker's Pawn & Gun

Horatio State Bank

Horatio Schools

Moyer Equipment

The Gift Box Flowers & Gifts

De Queen Schools

De Queen Schools

Tyson Foods

Sevier County Elected Officials

Sevier County Elected Officials

De Queen Abstract/De Queen Medical Equipment/
Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts

Sevier County Sheriff's Department

McKinley Family

City of De Queen

Weyerhaeuser Timberlands

Smiles of Arkansas


Farm Bureau

Simmons Family

Smiles of Arkansas

Ashdown High School National Honor Society Induction





Horatio Elementary Pageant

Austyn Jo Mitchell won Baby Miss and Emily Kate Williamson got 1st Runner-Up

Mika Baker won Tiny Miss 

Paige Williamson won Miss Horatio Primary and Most Photogenic

Rylee Vaught won Miss Horatio Elementary, Alorah Cox  1st Runner-Up, and Jaycee Vanhoose  Most Photogenic.

Raylee Van Voast  won Miss Horatio Middle School and Most Photogenic. Jayden Murphy won 1st Runner-Up.

Jonathan Dill won the Talent Competition for 3rd Grade-6th Grade

Rylee Vaught won the Pre-K-2nd Grade Talent Show

L.F. Henderson Students participated at the De Queen-Mena Co-op Book Fair.  


4th Grade LFH Winners:

Nonfiction:  Audrey Kate Bishop & Allen Booth

Fiction:  Malik French & Caleb Blankenship (Caleb also got 3rd place at DMEC.)

Technology:  Ella Bowman ( Ella also got 1st place and Best Overall Presentation for 4th Grade at DMEC.) & Nash Brown ( Nash also go 3rd place at DMEC.)

5th Grade LFH Winners

Nonfiction:  Jace Adams & Destiny Everhart/Daija Nelson (Destiny & Daija were partners.)

Fiction:  Reagan Burden & Lily House

Technology:  Aly Mills & Gavin Ketcher

AJHS Students participate at the De Queen-Mena Co-op Book Fair.  

Spencer Patterson won first place technology and first place for best presentation


Landon Wright won 2nd place non fiction

Ashdown Elementary Kindergarten Students Dress up for the 100th Day of School



Parents and Students of L.F. Henderson were treated to experiments, reading fair boards, snacks, and fun during their Parent Night on Tuesday, February 2nd.

De Queen High School’s Agri classes are helping out the Lady Leopards’ softball team by taking apart the score keeper’s deck.  Renovations continue to take place on the softball and baseball field. 

Mr. Morgan Frachiseur is teaching Angelica Osborn how to use tools.

Guadalupe Guerrero is pictured at De Queen High Schools’ virtual computer lab.  During the first semester students took an Economics course.  During the second semester students are taking an ACT prep course.  During the third nine weeks students work on higher level math problems.  During the last nine weeks students will work on science.



This semester Mrs. Kristy Vickers is teaching the virtual course.  She is from Dumas, Arkansas.  She has degrees in math and education.  Virtual teachers are certified by completing the Leading Edge Certification for the Online and Blended teacher program.  Arkansas legislators passed a law that requires all students in Arkansas to take an online course.  De Queen High school is in need of expanding the high school to keep up with technology and other changes in education.

De Queen High School has a virtual online computer class. Sydney Talkington is pictured writing code for a computer program.  Governor Asa Hutchinson is requiring all students in Arkansas to take a computer coding course.

De Queen High School students are working on various projects in the EAST Lab.  Pictured are Angel Soria and Andrew Ward with Nao the robot.  The students used a “Choreographe” program to instruct Nao to perform a Tai Chi Internal Chinese martial art routine.

     Mrs. Stephanie Davis is the EAST Lab instructor at De Queen High School.  Mrs Davis is pictured with two new technology instruments.  She is explaining how the sandbox and projection equipment can project a topographical map.  By putting her hands under part of the equipment she can make it rain in the sandbox.  The high school has also acquired a 3-D printer.  One of the classes produced a heart that will be used as a manipulative in the science classes after it is painted.  The printer is currently printing a scorpion.

Stephanie Davis

Travis Yarbrough and Guadalupe Olvera are pictured reading and summarizing articles during their science class at De Queen Middle School.  Both are in Mr. Stacy Faulkenberry’s seventh grade class.  They are beginning a biome research project where they will incorporate information into an Animoto and construct an argumentative essay.  The essay is supported by evidence that explains whether or not their biome is in jeopardy due to human involvement.  They have to be able to recognize patterns in data in order to make an inference about changes in population.

Mrs. Jill Brinkley teaches computer technology at De Queen Junior High School.  This class includes the basics of technology.  Mrs. Brinkley is pictured teaching a binary language lesson.  Numbers are used instead of letters from the alphabet.  This is an introduction to being able to write code for a computer program.



Horatio students in grades 4th-6th grades were recognized for meeting or exceeding the PARCC expectations for the 2014/2015 school year

4th- Exceeded Expectations in Math & Literacy

Joanna Resendiz &  Zoie Cleghorn


4th- Met Expectations in Literacy
Libby McClinton, Shaela Nelson, Lexy Elmore, Dawson Smart, Nikki Velazquez, Trey Mason, (Clayburn Ledesma)

4th - Met Expectations in Math
Raylee VanVoast, Demi Leonard, Savannah Hill, Emma Ray, Natalie Lemons, Flavio Aleman, Alexis Gutierrez-Tapia, Jaden Ford, Shane Tallant, Alan Gutierrez (Samuel Giddon, Franko Cabrera, Andres Samson, Samantha Short)

4th- Met Expectations in Math & Literacy
Cadee Glasgow, Jayden Murphy, Kristin Roberts, Dovie Connor, Laci Litchford, Sandra Veneros,Stormie Tallant, Reese Walker, Kale Rehm, Trenton Halcombe, Caleb Moore

5th- Met Expectations in Literacy
Attalee Frachiseur, Summer Lyon, Kaitlyn Robinson, Megan Midgett, Teresa Chavez, Kaidyn Dockins, Kate Baker, Sonny, Harmon, Trey Bradford (Adrianna Nichols)

5th- Met Expectations in Math
Carlos San Juan, Gabriel Arellano, Lauren Emerson (Alex Velazquez)

5th- Met Expectations in Math & Literacy
Amanda Barrington, Mallori Marshall, Kaylee Wolcott, Brooklyn Roberts, Curtis DeVore- Exceeded in Literacy, Tucker Emerson, Carmen Contreras, Hunter Winton

6th- Met Expectations in Literacy
Lane Roberts, Ashley Hernandez-Luna, Natalie Machucho

6th- Met Expectations in Math
Danielle Beck, Madison Bagley, Finn Vance, Anthony Rameriz, Bryan Hernandez

6th- Met Expectations in Math & Literacy
Ethan Wolcott, Sydney Casteel, Katlyn Brower, Trey Overturf



A Giving Christmas

Several Pilgrims employee’s agreed to make others Christmas Holiday a little more enjoyable.  A group of Pilgrims’ Partners chose to support the Sevier County DHS Foster Care in purchasing items for children in Sevier County. 


The Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas nursing students conduct blood sugar level screening at De Queen High School.  Many students and teachers participated in the screening.  Pictured is student Stephanie Bell

Mr. Tuffy Neely gets blood sugar level tested
Sevier County 4-H Banquet

Monday night, October 26th, leaders of the Sevier County 4-H program honored the 4-H members during their annual banquet at the De Queen Church of Christ

Record Book Winners

Participation Award Winners

Ashdown High School Theatre students performed "Shrek The Musical, Jr." for the community on Sunday, November 15th at 2 p.m. The theatre students performed the musical four more times to allow the other students in the district the opportunity to enjoy their hard work. Jennifer Walker, AHS Teacher directed the musical.


Photos submitted by

Rhonda Pounds



Thanksgiving Senior Citizen Luncheon

De Queen Schools


Romina Salazar

Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens

Student Council

DHS Show Choir

Razzle Dazzle




Veteran's Day was celebrated around the Ashdown School District on Wednesday, November 11th.
Veteran's at L.F. Henderson, were welcomed into Mrs. Linda Davis' room.



Leland Garrett with his 3rd cousin Bill Surber & his grandfather Cotton Surber

James Sutton, Kyle Miller, Johnny Reed, & Matt Teston

Anna Reed & her grandfather Johnny Reed

Aubri Gathright & her stepdad, Jared Fyock

Wil Ringgold holding a picture of his dad, Dakota Ringgold



Veteran's Day was celebrated around the Ashdown School District on Wednesday, November 11th.


J.D. Stewart with Davion Williams

Alonzo Allen with Kai Washington

Henry Brown with Clay Brown & Pace Cooper

Mike Severn & Carlene with Connor Poole

Bobby Lacefield with Cade White


“Get Real-Here's the Deal”

Foreman High School




De Queen Middle School students were enlightened about numerous career possibilities on Career Day, November 18th. In twenty-one sessions, speakers shared information about their jobs.  These speakers made a huge impact on the middle school students' lives.




The speakers were: Bobby Bagley, JJ Lopez and Nicole Nealy-De Queen Police Officers; Gabriela Balderas-De Queen School Career Coach; Don Batty-B and B Heat and Air; Josh Collins-Federal Law Enforcement Officer; Caleb Coulter-Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Rafael Figueroa-Shur Copi; Wendy Gammon-Genesis Prime Care; Bud Gentry-Gentry Chevrolet; David Hall-De Queen School Mechanic; Glenda Hinton-Cutting Room & Company; Loren Hinton-Cossatot Community College; James Jackson-Smiles Dental Office Manager; Nena Land, Jay Carver and Gary Stewart-De Queen School Tech Team; Jay Lindly-KDQN; Dr. Kenneth Martin-De Queen Animal Hospital; Daniel Martinez and Edgar Tejeda-Tres Agaves; Megan McMahen-Southwest EMS; Amanda Pannell, Mike Hambrecht, Joe Stephens, and Jackie Wright-Air Evac; Greg Revels-Revels & Company; Ryan Scott-Diamond State Bank; Tommy Williams, Jonathan Helms and Francisco Moran-Tri Lakes Services

These speakers made a huge impact on the middle school students' lives.


Bud Gentry

Caleb Coulter

Jay Lindly

Tommy Williamson


De Queen Kindergarten Parade




Ashdown's Purple Pride Marching Band marched in the Region II Marching Assessment at Lakeside High School on Tuesday, October 27th and received first division ratings.  The band is directed on the field by Drum Major Jacob Purifoy.  Directors are Mark Pounds and Chelsa Keathley.



     Students in Mrs. Sandra Baker’s at De Queen High School held a mock presidential debate.  Prince Beasley is pictured as the moderator.

Photo by Samantha Alfaro  KDQN Intern



UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole

Emcee was Jim Pinson (Shown with his wife, Sheila)

Arkansas Tourism Director, Joe David Rice was guest speaker

Foreman Teacher of the Year - Darren Cooper

Ashdown Teacher of the Year- Linda Davis

Renovation Award - Central Baptist Church

New Construction Award Joey Bailey - Shelter Insurance

Small Business of the Year - Hillis Family Dentistry

Large Business of the Year - Ashdown School District

 School, Community or Non-profit Award

Domtar Community Advisory Team

Clayton Castleman Public Service Award
Calvin & Lena Seymour - Ashdown Pound Puppies

Steve Pearce Citizen of the Year
Wynell Choate
Thank a Cop!

    Students at De Queen High School recently held a Tourist Day to support the De Queen Leopards. 

 Front row are:  Diana Ramirez, Leslie Vertiz, Josie Vaught, Anna Grace Cauley, Tara Montgomery, and Rudy Esquivel.  Row 2 are: Randee Toye, Krishna Patel, Savannah Nickerson, Susy Balderas, Jennifer Rogers, Giovanni Huesca, and Samantha Alfaro.  Back row:  Haley Dinger, De Anna Johnson, Caitlen Oglesby, Matthew Powell, Tori Roberson, and Destiny Kimmel.


De Queen High School held a Disney Day as part of a spirit day in October.

 Pictured on the front row are:  Anahi Guttieriz, Susy Balderas, Italia Bustamante, Zually Hernandez, Krishna Patel, and Nallely Lopez.  Standing are:  Elizabeth Velazquez, Jorge Reyes, Caitlen Oglesby, Angel Hernandez, Josie Richards, Matthew Powell, Prince Beasley, Anna Grace Cauley, Tara Montgomery, Samantha Alfaro, Ashlie Johnson, and Leticia Maldonado.





The De Queen High School will hold homecoming activities in the Leopard Coliseum for the first time.   Maids and football players practiced Thursday morning.  The homecoming parade will start at 1:45.  The floats will go through the downtown area, then West Coulter, and will loop around the backside of the high school before pulling up to the coliseum.

Pictured is Mrs. Sara Stewart, maids, and the Leopards.





Mrs. Dixie Ardwin's history classes celebrated Constitution Day on September 17th by encouraging students and staff to dress in red, white and blue.  A contest was held and the winners were:

Picture are:  Chief Mark Ardwin, Eddie Parker (10th Grade), Autumn Hoffman (9th Grade), Madison Newton (10th Grade), Isaac Thomas (9th Grade), and Mayor James Sutton

Mayor James Sutton, Jake Registor (11th Grade), Shaynia Jackson (11th Grade), Mia Johnson (12th Grade), Lauren Cullen (12th Grade) and Chief Mark Ardwin

Jennifer Simmons was the staff winner (not pictured).








Grandparents Day


Ashdown Elementary - Vanessa & Roy Burris, Zahnye and Mattie Covington

Ashdown Elementary - Bobbie Jo Green, Kylee Crow and Betty Crow

Ashdown Elementary - Tressie Mitchell, David Mitchell and Adalie Mitchell


Ashdown Elementary - Phyllis Davis & Montrell Alexander

Ashdown Elementary - Jan Ueckert, Tony Ueckert, Nancy Ueckert, and Mason Ueckert

L.F. Henderson - Joyce Cook, Fred Cook, and Makenzie Cook


Ashdown Elementary - Debra Elijah and Demitrius Clardy


L.F. Henderson - Talmage Miller, Barbara Miller, and Joey Miller


L.F. Henderson - Ira Dean Marshall and Ralen Thompson


L.F. Henderson - Marisol Escobedo, Ashley Del Angel and Luciano Estrado

Patsy Davis, Ella Bowman, and Pam Saddler

L.F. Henderson - Carla Sandefur, Jakarion Cheatham and Ke"Asia Moore


L.F. Henderson - Brenda Garner and Allison Garner

AJHS - Dianne Williamson & Darrah Muldrew


AJHS (Front) Kathy Chandler and Brenda Wells (Back) Abby Chandler and Clint Chandler

AJHS John Banks & Semaj Banks

AJHS Lannah Huddleston & Connie Huddleston

AJHS - (Front) Rosa & Ricky Bowman (Back) Blake Ritter, Sarah Bowman and Carter Bowman

AJHS - Javon Allen, Cynthia Gilkey, and Braylon Bishop

AJHS - Kara Earnest and Pat Earnest




As part of "Bring Your Legislator to School" month, State Representative DeAnn Vaught spoke to Ashdown Elementary students about the Arkansas State Symbols.  They passed around bags of pecans, rice, aluminum, "diamonds", "apple blossoms", saw pictures of milk, a Mockingbird, and even tasted honey.  The students listened well and interacted with Mrs. Vaught as she asked them questions about the symbols.

Sophomores at De Queen High School have been identifying cell structure with microscopes.  The students made wet mount slides prior to identifying the types of cells. 


Pictured are:  Quinton Thornton (left) and Sedrick Bell (below).







Arkansas State Representative DeAnn Vaught spoke to students at De Queen High School on September 4. 


Congratulations to the following Ashdown students who competed at the Little River County Fair this year and were reserve or grand champion winners.



Reserve champion goat- Madison Kidd

Grand market hog-Lyndon Youngblood


Grand market lamb- Maddie McAllister


Reserve market lamb- Kasey Jo Krause


Grand commercial heifer - Trace Kennemore


Reserve commercial heifer- Rylee Youngblood


These Horatio 6th Graders were recognized for scoring Advanced on the 5th Grade Benchmark Science Exam.

These Horatio 6th Graders were recognized for scoring Proficient on the 5th Grade Benchmark Science Exam.

De Queen Triple Threat Basketball Camp 2015
Grades 5th-9th

44 Girls attended this years camp




De Queen High School’s band started practicing on August 3.  Drummers are working on their beat while the others are practicing their new songs.

 16th Annual De Queen Dolphin swim meet held Friday, July 10th.  Teams from De Queen, Hope, Mena, Warren and Pine Bluff participated.

Avery and Mary Claire Lynch

Faith Lites, Emma Vance, Kallie Womack, Mary Claire Lynch, Brylee Braden, Abigail Barker, Mary Claire Lynch


Complete Meet Results

Kate Lindsey swimming the 8 and under breast stroke.


CJ Chandler swimming the butterfly

Belle Lindsey swimming the 10 and under fly. She won this event.

Jackie Pham and Mary Claire Lynch

Back row: Catherine Ousse, Brylee Braden
Front row: Jackie Pham, Abigail Barker, Erin Mitchell (helps coach) and Emma Vance

Ashton Chandler swimming

 AJHS Band students participated in the 50th Annual Henderson State University Jr. Band Camp
June 16-20


Not pictured: Keely Turner 2nd Band

Brayden Porter and John Henry Thomas- 2nd Band

Chelbi Gathright 1st Band

Joseph Clark 3rd Band

AJHS Band studentsalso participated in the 50th Annual Henderson State University Jr. Band Camp   June 23-27

Noah Pounds - 1st Band

T-Nia Washington & Xavier Daniels - 2nd Band

Anthony Knudson - 3rd Band

Jared Sims - 4th Band

Alex Warren - 5th Band


Field Day events at Margaret Daniel Primary, C. D. Franks Elementary, and L. F. Henderson Intermediate Schools. 

Gatlin Brothers Concert

Saturday, June 20th

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Committee Service - Judge Greg Ray & Betty Williams

Comittee Service - Judge Greg Ray & Mary Litchford

Oldest Woman - Edna VanVoast  98 Years old

Oldest Man - Howard Bass  98 years old

Longest Married Couple- Hazel & Bobby Helms
75 Years

Southwest Arkansas Development Council always provides a crew to help serve the meal.

Last 4 photos courtesy of Patrick Massey-De Queen Bee
Horatio 5th & 6th Grade Destination Science Winners at Mena:

Toothpick Bridge- 2nd place Angela Gutierrez,  3rd place Natalie Muchacho

Rocket- 3rd place Mario Gutierrez
Multi Media Linear- 1st place Easton Leonard, 2nd place Luke Ernest
Multi Media Web Presence- 1st place Duncan Connor
Airplane- 2nd place Garrett Green, 3rd place Anahiz Ruvalcaba
Egg Drop- 3rd place Sydney Casteel
Sailboat- 3rd place Stevieah Turner
Roller Coaster- 1st place Madison Olvey & Jaylie Lindsey
Generator- 1st place Hannah Eastman & Yessica Velazquez



Jeffery Southerland is pictured with other students in Miss Cassie Baker’s Consumer Science class at De Queen High School.  Students have worked on a fourth nine weeks project that requires them to make a garment. 



Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association
Art Show

May 2 & 3, 2015

Gilda Meyers "Apple Annie"

Ruby Gildon "The Brown Bottle"

Michael Leonard "Mountain Fork River Bridge"

Beth House "Signs"

William Rainey  "An Autumn Dream"

William Rainey "Blue Hole" Cossatot State Park

Best of Show Photography  Ben Bramlett "Spring Surprise"
Cossatot Country

Left: Cynthia Schanink "American Car"
Center: Van Ledbetter "Lottie's Barn"
Right:  Lucretia Walker "Relaxing on the River"

Eileen Stearman "Circle of Faith"

William Rainey "Buffalo River Reflections"

Kurt Bickerstaff  "Frog"

Carol Flori "Clinging to the Edge 2"

Anita Caudle "Goddess

Catherine Smith  "The Beauty"

Sherry Ward "My Fishing Buddies"

Carol Bybee  "Checking the Back Pasture"

Sherry Ward   "Grandpa's Barn"

Ann Glenn   "Arkansas Senior Olympics, 2013"

Donna Atkinson "What's Up?"

Ron Kidwell  "Outlaw"

Shirley Tipton "The Approach"

Shirley Tipton  "Nebula Lion"
Youth Best of Show

Kaylee Cafford  "Fiddle DD"

Reagan Wilkerson "Hello"

Payton Smith "Mufasa"

Samantha Knowles "Cat & Blue Door"

Jin Lin



Students at De Queen High School recently displayed their art projects.  Mrs. Anita Caudle taught the students how to use color pencils and focus on a portion of an object.  Students also had a pottery project to complete during the fourth nine weeks period.

Erika Zamora


Karla Angeles


Diana Campos


Maria Zuniga

Nereyda San Juan

Saleni Rojas-Duran

Sarai Ramirez

Verizon Engineers  visit Horatio Elementary




Horatio 5th-6th grade Final Destination Mars Science Project Winners


Sailboat Winners...1st- Steviah Turner, 2nd- Hunter Frachiseur, 3rd- Danielle Beck

Car winners (pictured left to right):

Duncan Connor - 2nd, Vorian Rehm- 1st, Evan Starwalt & Konnor Shelton- 3rd

Catapult winners:

1st- Kalyn McWhorter & Tori Gentry, 2nd- Marco Tinajero & Mario Gutierrez, 3rd- Dillon Seale

Toothpick Bridge winners:

1st- Natalie Muchacho, 2nd- Michelle Salgado, 3rd- Kirsten Shelton & Angela Gutierrez


Airplane winners:

1st- Anahiz Ruvalcaba, 2nd- Garrett Green, 3rd- Dillon Seale


Egg Drop winners:

1st- Sidney Casteel, 2nd- Aubrey Banhart, 3rd- Jodie Hughes


Paper Rocket winners:

1st- Mario Gutierrez, 2nd- Destiny Lawrence [not pictured], 3rd- Manuel Hernandez


Roller Coaster winners:

1st- Jaylie Lindsey & Madison Olvey, 2nd- Samantha Harris & Maddie Rivas

Generator winners:

1st- Hannah Eastman & Yessica Vasquez









Local beekeeper, Bobby Tatum, visits Horatio Kindergarten during their unit
study of insects.





Mrs. Dorsey's 4th grade Social Studies class has been learning about
the  six Natural Divisions of Arkansas. The students had to research
each division and determine what the landscape looked like in each
region. After their research was complete students created salt dough
maps of Arkansas.




Verizon Engineers spent the day at Horatio High School for Engineering



Ashdown High School FFA students broke a lot of eggs on March 4! As a matter of fact, eight dozen of them! They treated everyone on the staff of the high school (and a few other extras!) to cooked-from-scratch omelets in recognition of National FFA Week. Cody Gallagher and his FFA kids are always doing something productive!

FFA students who cooked and served all of the staff at Ashdown High School are (left to right) Rebecca Wood, Abby Burchfield, Colton Ard, Madison Kidd, Maddie McAllister, Chelsie Stewart, Dustin Hill, Caitlin Caskey, and Makenna Kuykendall.  The Ashdown FFA is sponsored by Cody Gallagher.

Staff at AHS get to choose their own ingredients to add to their delicious, fresh omelets, cooked up and served by the FFA students.

Abby Burchfield and Madison Kidd get really good at omelet making -- after the first 20 or so!

It takes a lot of patience to make the perfect omelet!

It also takes a lot of eggs to make a lot of omelets!  Just ask Aubrey Burchfield!


Students at De Queen Middle School are learning about the Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal Program.  Mrs. Erin Wagner is pictured going over the rubrics that will be used to score their research projects.   Many students in De Queen Public Schools use laptops to research information for essays and other projects. 


Cortnie Greeson, Euphonium, 1st band - 3rd chair; Faliessia Gibson, Clarinet, 1st band - 2nd chair; Tiffany Gabbard, Trombone, 1st band - 6th chair: Alex Coleman, Alto Sax, 1st band - 2nd chair; Dakota Davis, Horn, 1st band - 3rd chair; Reagan Teston, Horn, 2nd band - 3rd chair; Jacob Purify, Trumpet, 1st band - 13th chair; Amee Parker, Trumpet, 2nd band - 3rd chair; Jacob Register, Tuba, 1st band - 8th Chair; Rachel Pounds, Horn, 1st band - 6th chair; Cody Tilley, Trumpet, 1st Band - 11th Chair; Christie Sain, Clarinet, 2nd band - 23rd Chair; Mandi Duncan, Flute, 2nd Band - 11th Chair; Melissa Stanton, Trombone, 1st Band - 3rd Chair; Kent Lewis, Trumpet, 1st Band - 4th Chair; Madeline Chandler, Clarinet, 1st band - 3rd Chair; Zane Lovell, Euphonium, 1st band - 1st Chair; Logan Trafford, Tuba, 1st Band - 2nd Chair. Not Pictured: Bradley Isenberg, Euphonium, 2nd Band - 1st Chair; Kyle Kidd, Alto Sax, 2nd Band - 2nd Chair; Payton Turner, Clarinet, 1st Band - 18th Chair; Tyler Young, Alto Sax, 4th Alternate




Photos provided by Leslie Ray


MaKaylee Swan- 1st Runner Up, Miss Congeniality, & Peoples Choice
Laney Baker- Talent Winner, Most Photogenic, & Miss HHS 2015

Brittney Swan-2nd Runner Up

Kennedy Elmore- 1st Runner Up & Photogenic

Machaila Green- Winner Miss HJHS

Miss Elementary Horatio
Libby McClinton- 2nd Runner Up
Jayden Murphy- 1st Runner Up
Demi Leonard- Winner & Most Photogenic

Miss Primary Horatio
Keira Kramer- 2nd Runner Up
Paige Williamson-1st Runner Up
Bella Baker-Winner & Most Photogenic

Baby Miss Horatio & Most Photogenic
Kambree Haarmeyer


70th Annual
De Queen/Sevier County
Chamber of Commerce Banquet


Incoming President Susan Alspaw presents gifts to outgoing President Megan Lee-Smith

Most Beautiful Table-Weyerhaeuser Timberlands

Best Business Themed Table-Smartphone EMT

De Queen School System Teacher of the Year
Terry Brackett

Horatio School System Teacher of the Year
Curtis Black

UA Cossatot Teacher of the Year
Robbie McKelvy

De Queen-Mena Education Co-op Teacher of the Year
Maricela Villamil

De Queen Elementary Teach of the Year Brenda Clowers

De Queen Middle School Teacher of the Year
Pat Higgins

Horatio Junior High Teacher of the Year
Tammy Russell

Mr. Dale Janes

De Queen Show Choir and Stefani Jones

De Queen Cross Country Team served as wait staff

De Queen Cafeteria ladies prepared the meal

Over 350 attended the banquet

Bunyard Broadcasting - KDQN

Bunyard Broadcasting - KDQN . KILX . KDQN AM


Corporate Sponsor - AEP/Swepco

The Gift Box Flowers & Gifts

Bear State Bank

Bear State Bank

Furniture & Decor Outlet

De Queen-Mena Education Co-Op

Simple Simon Pizza

De Queen Schools

De Queen Schools

De Queen Schools

De Queen Schools

De Queen Schools

De Queen Schools

Smartphone EMT

Weyerhaeuser Timberlands

Pilgrim's Pride

Diamond Bank

Smiles of Arkansas

UA Cossatot's Loren Hinton & Senator Larry Teague

Dr. Randy Walker

Bingham Family

First State Bank

Horatio Schools

Horatio State Bank

De Queen Auto Group

De Queen Auto Group

Harris Drug Store

Bank of Lockesburg

LJ Marine & The Shipping Place

Tyson Foods

Sevier County

Wilkerson Funeral Home

Travis Bingham was named the Citizen of the Year

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Lygia Autry in honor of her late husband, Larry Autry

The Business Family of the Year was the Larry Romine Family.  

Small Business Award went to First State Bank

 The Large Business Award was presented to Tri-Lakes Services

The winner of the New Construction Award was to UA Cossatot

The winner of the Renovation/Beautification Award was Dr. Randy Walker’s office.

Jonathan Helms & Walter Smith

Walter Smith & Patty Sharp



February 23-28, 2015

De Queen FFA Officers

Kneeling Left to Right--President, Rex Standridge—Treasurer, Tyler Johnson---Vice President, Aaron Morris

Rear Row Parliamentarian—Tiffany Becerra ---Sentinel, Brandi Frachiseur—Reporter, Kayla Martin—

-Historian, Catlin Carver---Secretary—Carrie Craver

Sub Area Leadership Contestants and Hosts:
Kneeling: Quinton Thornton, Sean Harding, Tyler Johnson, Adrian Hernandez, Connor Pearce, Aaron Morris, Rex Standridge
Rear,: Josh King, Tiffany Becerra, Brittany Cooke, Carrie Craver, Catlin Carver, Antonette Worthey, Kayla Martin, Brandi Frachiseur

Placings: Opening and Closing team--1st place, members: Quinton Thornton, Sean Harding, Adrian Hernandez, Connor Pearce, Catlin Carver, Brandi Frachiseur not pictured: Zayne Chapman

Discussion Meet 1st place: Rex Standridge
Creed Speaking 1st place: Antonette Worthey
Prepared Public Speaking 1st Place: Brittany Cooke
Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd. Place: Kayla Martin
Extemporaneous Spealing 3rd. Place: Josh King

hosts: Carrie Craver, Tiffany Becerra, Tyler Johnson, Aaron Morris


Picture 1---group photo of entire chapter: Knelling front row: Quinton Thornton, Sean Harding, Aaron Morris, Tyler Johnson, Adrian Hernandez, Tiffany Becerra, Connor Pearce, Ciarra Walker

Standing middle row of blue jackets: Carrie Craver, Brandi Frachiseur, Catlin Carver, Antonette Worthey, Kayla Martin, Advisor-Ryan Hanney

Standing 2nd row--Advisor Morgan Frachsieur, Rex Standridge, D.J. Lee, Andy Pioquinto, Sammi O'Connor, Tara Montgomery, Heather Bradshaw, Citally Cauldera, Brittany Cooke,

Next To Back row: Abraham Martinez, Tristan Steiner, Brandon Hagood, Trent Gentry, Zack Birmingham, Nathan Hodges, Ty Renfro, Deanna Johnson, Christian Jennings, Brennan Seymour

Standing Rear: Carter Falkenberry, Hadley Philamlee, Logan Hall, Lucas Dorsey, Canaan Gideon, Prince Beasley, Garrett Wax, Ryan Whitley, Kevin Keller, Riley Johnson





De Queen High School students in Mr. Morgan Frachiseur’s animal science class learned about artificial insemination in cattle.  Students demonstrated the insemination process using an artificial insemination simulator, semen tank, and an AI instrument with a plastic sheath.  Mr. Frachiseur is pictured questioning Kyle Allen as he goes through the process.  Students could not see inside the artificial insemination simulator.  They had to feel their way through just like a veterinarian would do.



Mrs. Stephanie Neal teaches eighth graders at De Queen Junior High School.  Recently, the students in her creative writing class were involved in A Martin Luther King unit study.  Students composed their own dreams onto doves for the hall bulletin board.


Miss Foreman 2015 Samantha Vivian Bell

(Left to Right:  Purtell, Lovewell, Bell, Anderson, Reich)

1st Runner-Up Lauren Kourtney Lovewell

2nd Runner-Up Reina Michelle Anderson

3rd Runner-Up Emileigh Elizabeth Purtell

4th Runner-Up Jaddie Laine Reich

Miss Congeniality Jaddie Laine Reich

People’s Choice Lauren Kourtney Lovewell

Photogenic Winner Reina Michelle Anderson

Miss FJSH 2015 Gabrielle Elaine Leon

(Left to Right:  Wright, Leon, Scott)

1st Runner-Up MacKenzie Nicole Scott

2nd Runner-Up Kailor Marie Wright

People’s Choice MacKenzie Nicole Scott

Photogenic Winner Gabrielle Elaine Leon


Miss Pre-Teen Foreman 2015 Ashalin Danielle Casper

(Left to Right:  Casper, Waller)

1st Runner-Up Ashlee Kendal Waller

People’s Choice Ashalin Danielle Casper


Miss Young Foreman 2015 Kylie Layne Forrest

(Left to Right:  Smith, Forrest, Ridge, Hickox)


1st Runner-Up Jamya Michelle Smith

2nd Runners-Up Angela Michele Ridge and Ashley Lynn Hickox

People’s Choice Jamya Michelle Smith


Miss Petite Foreman 2015 Mallory Paige Abercrombie

(Left to Right:  Abercrombie, Kruse)

1st Runner-Up Skylar Marie Kruse

People’s Choice Mallory Paige Abercrombie

Miss Tiny Foreman 2015 Kynlee Jo Barraza

(Left to Right:  Eddings, Barraza, Young, Guthrie)


1st Runner-Up Carsye Ray Young

2nd Runner-Up Aven Rae Eddings

People’s Choice Brooklyn Michelle Guthrie

Photogenic Winner Aven Rae Eddings


De Queen Middle School students recently attended the De Queen-Mena Educational  Cooperative Reading Fair. Winners from De Queen Middle School were 6th Grade: Carlee Helms & Kynnedi France 2nd Place Fiction, Kimberly Delgado & Lizbeth Ozura 2nd Place Nonfiction and Best Nonfiction Interview.  7th Grade: Amber Morris 2nd Place Nonfiction, Ismael Montero 2nd Place Fiction, and Joseline Martinez 3rd Place Technology.

Amber Morris

Ismael Montero

Joseline Martinez

Kimberly Delgado & Lizbeth Ozura 2nd Place Nonfiction

Carlee Helms & Kynnedi France 2nd Place Fiction

These DES students faced stiff competition and won at the school level and competed at the 2015 Reading Fair at DMEC in Gilliam.  Left to right are Lorel Morphew, Nathan Patterson, Laynee Dinger, Jackie Pham, Abilgail Barker, and Caroline Collins. Belle Lindsey won at in fourth grade also, but was unable to attend.

These students won awards at the competition. Lorel Morphew, fourth grade won 3rd in Technology Presentation.  Jackie Pham, fifth grade, won second in Technology Presentation, Abigail Barker, fifth grade, first in Non-fiction, and Caroline Collins, fifth grade, second in Fiction.



The Snowflake Dance on the beautifully decorated stage was very popular for Brookelyn Kay and Cody Lockeby and for the other fathers and daughters who attended the Winter Wonder​land at MDP.

Josh Walker twirls Natalie Ney on stage for the Snowflake Dance. 

Fathers and daughters shared books pulled from the Winter Wonderland Treasure Chest.  Pictured in her princess finery is Natalie Ney enjoying her book with stepdad Josh Walker.

Grandfather Carl Wright and Addison Bunch create glittery snowflakes during the MDP Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland Bingo was a popular station for the fathers/daughters, especially because of the "girlie-girl" prizes.

Building a Magic Wand was a joint activity for Mariah O'Neal and grandpa Donald Thompson.  Magical!

Gracie and Tim Garrett work as a team to create a "Symmetry Snowman."

"Do you wanna build a snowman?"  These actually look delicious!  Randy Day and daughter Randi stack marshmallows, pretzels, and Rolos and then will dip their snowman in melted chocolate for the top.

Mickey Cotton assists daughter Gracyn Blankenship with a word that begins with "O" for their SNOWMAN acrostic poem.

Quinton Bagley and daughter Kaitlynn are already on the "W" of their Acrostic Poem for Snowman.

Elise Garrison poses with her father Jace, "Princess Elsa," and "Olaf" at the photo booth of the MDP Father-Daughter Winter Wonderland.

Fathers and daughters work together to create and decorate flash cards with "Fancy Words" (grade level sight words with snowman stickers).

Angelica Osborne is a student at De Queen High School.  She is pictured using a cutting torch to cut off a piece of metal from one of the school’s stock trailer.  The Agri department is in the process of giving this trailer a cosmetic makeover.  Ricky’s Body Shop has donated their labor to paint the trailer and will do so in the coming weeks.  De Queen Public Schools appreciate the support from community businesses.




Biology students at De Queen High School are learning about DNA through genetic experiments.  Students in Mr. Thomas Sweeten’s class used a set of chromosome traits on paper.  They turned the slips of paper face down.  Then, they randomly selected a chromosome from each set of slips.  Students used a chart to record the genotype and phenotype of a Reebop baby.  Then, students built a Reebop model using the chromosones they chose.  Students used map pins, thumbtacks, toothpicks, push pins, pipe cleaners, and marshmellows.

 Brayan Ramirez and Corey Hughs 

Michel Brown and Lakota Humprey 






L to R - Laura Figueroa - 1st Runner-Up, Landri Liggin - Winner Little Miss, Liliana Cruz - 2nd Runner-Up

L to R - Harper Young - 1st Runner-Up, Kathryn Milam - Winner Mini Miss, Lynli Liggin - 2nd Runner-Up

Left to Right: Evelyn Escammilla - Talent Winner, Marjle McClelland - 1st Runner- Up, Josie Vaught - Miss DHS 2015, Justyce Brown - 2nd Runner-Up, and Miriam Dominguez - Miss Congeniality

Students at De Queen Junior High are learning about agriculture careers in Mr. John Frachiseur’s class.  Pictured are students working on their bell ringer.  They learned to identify forest ecosystems, importance of forestry, and analyzing the concept of natural succession. 


There is more to music class than singing.  Caleb Key and Abigail Gonzalez work together researching composers.  Both are sixth graders at De Queen Middle School.

L.F. Henderson

Annual Reading Fair Competition


Fifth grade Nonfiction:  Jaxon Jester, Lindsey Miller, Xavier Ybarra

Fourth grade Nonfiction: Jace Jackson, Demarcus Duncan, Daija Nelson


Fourth grade Technology:  Ali Mills, Rachel Vice, Dylan Rose

Fifth grade Fiction:  Jaelyn Wolf, Landon Wright, Daveon Trammell

Fifth grade Technology:  Caylee Turner, Spencer Patterson, Ben Adkison

Fourth grade Fiction:  Lilly House, Allison Garner, Reagan Burden

Career Day at L.F. Henderson Intermediate School


Area professionals who participated in a Career Day for LFH fourth and fifth graders are (l to r) Area Learning for Life Director Linda Willis, Ashdown Chief of Police Mark Ardwin, Ashdown Police patrolman Glen Hankins, Little River Memorial Hospital Registered Nurse Cindy Metzger, Attorney Thad Bishop, Ash Grove Cement electrical engineer David Davis, Chef James Powell, stylist Devona Powell, Kemira Chemical sales representative Darren Adkison, and Brookshire's pharmacist Angela Adkison.


Local professionals conduct an educational session with fourth graders at LFH.  From left, chemical sales representative Darren Adkison informs students of the importance of math and science in the the paper industry, while stylist Devona Powell assists husband Chef James Powell with a popcorn snack for the students.  Chef Powell used the treat to test the children's taste recognition of seasonings, an important culinary art.


Ashdown Chief of Police Mark Ardwin instructs the fifth graders about the use, safety, and importance of every piece of equipment in police patrolman Glen Hankins' uniform.

David Davis, electrical engineer for Ash Grove Cement, takes the students on a video tour of the cement plant and its operations.


Cindy Metzger, RN at Little River Memorial Hospital, and Angela Adkison, pharmacist at Brookshire's, furnish information and field questions about medical professions.



Ashdown Attorney Thad Bishop answers questions from curious students at LFH.


Stylist Devona Powell uses student Zane Abney as a model to show how she adds products to her client's hair for styling.





Señora Moore's Spanish II and Spanish III classes are using iPads and laptops in order to strengthen and to practice their Spanish language skills. 


Kate Mendez and other students are pictured making clay kettles.  After this is completed the students will fire and glaze the kettles.

Jeffrey Mann is a De Queen High School student in Mrs. Lori Chamber’s art class.  He has finished molding a clay kettle.

De Queen High School students in Mrs. Anita Caudle’s class are pictured working on a project.  They are making strips for a Maya Angelou Quote wall.  Maya Angelou’s literary works are used in schools across the United States.  Mrs. Angelou passed away on May 28, 2014.  Teachers in Arkansas are using the Common Core State Standards as their curriculum.  This helps the teachers in different academic disciplines work together through common themes.

Mr. Morgan Frachisuer and Mr. Ryan Hanney are pictured installing a pipe bender in the De Queen High School Agri shop.  Brandon Davis observes as they discuss the types of drill bit and expansion bolts to use.



2015 Swearing In Ceremony