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Henderson State University has awarded De Queen senior Haylee Dinger the Red and Gray Scholarship valued at $8000. Haley's parents are Wendy Dinger and Kevin Dinger. She is a member of the Show Choir. Her plans are to major in Mass Media Communications.


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De Queen Honor Graduate Kayla Martin has been awarded the Blue and Gold Scholarship at Southern Arkansas University valued at $26,400. She is the daughter of Dr. Kenneth and Jennifer Martin.
Kayla is the FFA President, a member of the Livestock Show Team, Livestock Judging Team, Trap Shooting, National Honor Society, Student Council, and Cheer Squad. She is also a HOBY alumni.
Kayla's plans are to pursue a Master's Degree in Animal Science.

Levi Gathright






Levi Gathright, an 8th grader at Ashdown Junior High School shadowed the Brew Crew Tuesday morning, April 25th during their morning show.

Levi got answers to questions on his list that ranged from job duties, hours and salary.


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annual fish fry & auction



Tawana Newton and Courtney Thomas of the Lockesburg Volunteer Fire Department announced the department will be holding their annual Fish Fry and Auction on Saturday at 5 p.m. The cost is by donation only.


Thomas also said local residents can also pay their membership dues while attending the fish fry.



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"I am a former resident of the De Queen area and would like to say THANK YOU for this website! I enjoy reading each section of this site. It's easier to keep up with the the people and the area happenings. :o)"

" I regret I can't catch you on the radio.  Too far away here in Hot Springs. I frequently  read your news pages.  Good job!  My brother put me on to you.  We're long gone from De Queen, but still keep in touch thru your website."

"Keep up the good work. We Enjoy the web page. Thanks"

"I Googled De Queen, Ark. news and found this site last week because a friend died  in an ATV wreck. I'm in Oklahoma and we had no reports of this accident, but you had it covered.  You had the obituary and everything I wanted to know without me having to call the family and ask questions that are hard to ask. I used the Chandler Funeral Home link page. Thanks for your services. It was great."



De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Member Spotlight
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Sevier County Judge Greg Ray and the mayors of De Queen, Lockesburg and Gillham signed proclamations declaring April 23rd through the 29th as Sevier County Cancer Survivor Week and Friday, April 28th, as Cancer Survivor Day.


Judge Ray, Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth, Gillham Mayor Lester Overturf and De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy, all signed proclamations stating that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States with more than 600,000 people diagnosed with cancer each year.



R & F Welding and Farm, LLC
3342 N. Camellia Street in Lockesburg

New look, same great service can be found at R & F Welding and Farm, LLC., in Lockesburg. In business for 29 years, owner Rusty Williams offers a wide selection of farm equipment as well as service on all makes and models. For your lawn mowing needs, Rusty recommends the Bob Cat mowers and he is also a dealer for Yanmar equipment. Come by and check out the new store and shop, located at 3342 N. Camellia Street in Lockesburg. For information call 870-289-2897 or after hours, 870-584-8801.


De Queen senior Misael Moreno has been awarded a $600 Stanley Young Migrant Education Scholarship.  His parents are Daniel Moreno and Felisa Moreno.  He is a member of the soccer team.  Misael plans to pursue a degree in welding at UACossatot 


Juanelle Gage & Martha Fines

Sevier County Humane Society President Juanelle Gage and Treasurer Martha Fines announced Tuesday morning that the society will be holding a spay and neuter clinic May 9th, 10th and 11th at their building on Haes Street, across from the Herman Dierks Parks in De Queen.


 For more information or to reserve a spot for your dog or cat, call 870-584-9096.



 wilkerson receives uca excellence  scholarship

De Queen senior Reagan Wilkerson has been awarded a $28,000 Excellence Scholarship from the University of Central Arkansas. Reagan is the daughter of Rusty and Terri Wilkerson.
She is an active member of National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America, Gifted and Talented as well as the Lady Leopard basketball, soccer and track teams. She is a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. Her plans are to major in communication disorders and complete her master's degree in speech pathology.


The University of Central Arkansas has awarded De Queen senior Logan Hall the Distinguished Scholarship valued at $34,000. Logan plans to earn a BSE in history and coaching. He has been named a member of the UCA Track & Field Team. Logan is currently a member of NHS, FFA, FTA, Gifted and Talented, Yearbook, Drama Club, Leopard football and track. He is the son of Charles and Kristy Hall. 


Front L-R:  Suri Dominguez, Leo Dominguez, Luz Maria Sotelo, Joshua Dominguez.  Back: Coach Stephen Sloan, Athletic Director Bob Sikes, Assistant Coach Bret Burgess

De Queen Senior Leonardo Dominguez signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Center Baptist College in Conway.

Leo is the son of Luz Mari Sotelo and Olivo Dominguez. 

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Nickerson signs Cross Country letter of intent

Front (L_R): Perry, Tami, Savanah, and Chad Nickerson
Back: Sergio Pulido, Coaches Dennis Chaney, Athletic Director Bob Sikes & Josie Vaught

Savanah Nickerson, a senior at De Queen High School, signed a Cross Country Letter of Intent with Henderson State University.

Savanah is the daughter of Chad and Tami Nickerson of De Queen.

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Mosqueda signs letter of intent

Front (L-R): Maria, Martha & Jesus Mosqueda
Back: Coach Dennis Chaney & Athletic Director Bob Sikes

Martha Mosqueda signed a Letter of Intent to run Cross Country for Henderson State University at the #1 Country Studios.  Mosqueda said she will seek an Education degree.



Martha Mosqueda Wins Rotary Crystal Award

Lady Leopard Martha Mosqueda won the 17th annual Crystal Award that was presented at the Monday, April 17th meeting of the De Queen Rotary Club. The award is presented annually to the outstanding senior female athlete. Academics, leadership, and school and community involvement are also taken into strong consideration.


fred's store partners with lions club

David Glass, manager of Fred's in De Queen told #1 Country listeners that they are partnering with the local Lions club to collect used eye glasses and prescription sun glasses. 

Members of the Lions club will be at Fred's from 1 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, May 3rd.  


Tim Litchford, Jerry Ligon, & Sol Wagner

Several former and current members of the De Queen Fire Department have formed a chapter of the Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club in De Queen.

Tim Litchford, a veteran and a former member of Charlie Company, said Brother's Keepers is going to start their community service by cleaning up the armory grounds, while the unit is serving in Africa.


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Golden Egg Egg # 4 has been found

Danette Miller

Steven Miller found #1 Country's fourth and final Golden Egg for 2017 in Foreman on Friday evening.

The $250 check was picked up by his wife, Danette, who said Steven found the egg hidden up in the rafters of the Visitor's dugout at the Foreman City Ball Park.

If you've enjoyed hunting for the Golden Egg this year, be sure to thank the sponsors who made it possible!



The Ashdown Prom was held Saturday, April 1st.

This year's Court included (L-R):  Zac Spigner,
Kaden Stuart, Bryson Haskins, Monteric Brown, Tajhnick Bishop
Jasmine Dennis, Tye James, Arnetta Smith, Ishionna Harris, Rachel Hurd, Callie Redfearn


De Queen Senior Tessa Walthour has been awarded the University Centurium Scholarship at Henderson State University worth $26,000.
Tessa is the daughter of Brian and Chrystal Walthour. She is a member of the show choir, yearbook staff and National Honor Society. Her plans are to major in English and creative writing.


Jacob Bunyard of De Queen has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Membership is by invitation only and based on grade point average and class standing.

Jacob is the son of Jay and Teresa Bunyard.


19th Annual Happy House Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude's Children's Hospital
The trike-a-thon was held on Friday, March 31, 2017. The class raised $2,225.00 for St. Jude's.

Riding in the Trike-A-Thon were:

Front Row (L-R): Bentley Hankins, Natalie O'Neal, Misty Frady, Alexis Davignon & R.J. Smith
Back Row (L-R): Aubree Helms, Kalib McWhorter, Braxstan Yates, Bryndle Janes & Evan Kendrick



Carissa McGaha of Horatio was given a $250 check for Golden Easter Egg #3 on Monday.

The egg was found on Thursday at the De Queen Lake.

Be listening to Number One Country for clues leading to the fourth and final egg.


Rayla Balagbagan & Jim Pinson (JP)

Rayla Balagbagan of Haworth collected a check for $250 for finding Egg #2 in Number One Country's annual Golden Egg contest.

Clue sheets for Egg #3 are in sponsor locations.



Twelve year old Makenleigh Kayne of Idabel found #1 Country's first Golden Egg this year, in the rose bush on the grounds of  McCurtain Memorial Hospital.  She and her mother actually found the egg Thursday night, but waited until Makenleigh got out of school Friday before turning it in.

Bonita Smith presents MaKenleigh with her check for $250.00.

Clue sheets for Egg #3 are available at our sponsor locations. 



De Queen High School’s quiz bowl team took first place at the Murfreesboro tournament on March 9.

Students that won first place are pictured. Seated is Noah Reed, Misty Goings, and Miguel Montero. Standing is Alma Puga, Danny Osura, coach Thomas Sweeten, Jayden Keels, and Balen Hernandez.  

The quiz bowl coaches are Mr. Thomas Sweeten and Mrs. Susan Hartness.  Sweeten is a De Queen High alumni and teaches biology.  Mrs. Hartness teaches AP biology, pre-AP biology, and physics in context.  This is their second year to have a team.

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Students at De Queen High School  participate in Mrs. Stefani Jones' music theory class.  During the first semester, students learned how to play acoustic guitar.  This semester students are learning to play keyboard pianos.  Pictured left to right are JooAna Guerrero, Katelyn Patterson, Derricka Tallant, Ngim Asawaritdumrong. 




AHS students were invited to the auditorium after school on Thursday afternoon to learn the waltz from AHS teacher Mrs. Ryan Murry and her husband. AHS teacher Mrs. Jennifer Walker and her husband taught the two-step to students to help them prepare for prom.

There was a great turnout and the students really enjoyed it. Hopefully this was the start of an annual event



March Good Citizens

De Queen Middle School Good Citizens for the month of April are Left to Right:

Emily Garcia, Mary Claire Lynch, Seang Hay Chhang & Elijah Pruitt



"Thanks for your this very informative website.  I live in Alexandria, VA  and have been searching for a Sevier County site to keep me informed on my home news." 
"I want to thank you for having this website.  My sister and brother live far away now, but they can keep in touch with things from home with your website.  Keep up the good work and God bless you all."
"Just wanted to let you know how great it is to be able to access the news daily instead of weekly.  You all are doing a great job!"
"Just a note of thanks for keeping these Missouri grandparents 'in the know' with the sports photos and happenings in Lower Arkansas!!!"
"I'm very happy that you all have this website since we don't have a daily newspaper.  I'm Hispanic and every time I read the news, I usually tell my friends what's going on. It would be nice if we could have a Spanish website where someone that doesn't speak English could go in and read it so they can know what's going on in our county and what to watch out for. Congratulations for this website and keeping us informed with the news."


Fire Chief Dennis Pruett  

Fire Chief Dennis Pruett stopped by the KDQN studios to remind residents of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. De Queen residents who need a Carbon Monoxide or smoke detector installed in their home can contact the De Queen Fire Department and they will do it for you.


Judge Greg Ray, Fire Chief Dennis Pruett & Sevier County OEM Walter Smith

Sevier County Officials are asking that all De Queen Residents put their 911 address numbers on their houses and mailboxes. The numbers need to be at least 3 inches so that they are clearly visible from the road. This helps emergency personnel to find your home during an emergency.


Cynthia Martin of the CASA of the Ouachita Region announced there is a need for more CASA volunteers.

For more information, call Martin at 479-243-9277


Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center, formerly Southwest Arkansas Domestic Violence Center, is still open for business providing a sympathetic ear, guidance, and shelter for victims of abuse. 
The hotline number that is good 24/7 is (870) 584-3441.

"As a De Queen teacher, I would like to say a HUGE "thank-you" for the support you give our students, as well as many others, on your website. It's so great to visit KDQN's site and see faces of our kiddos that are doing great things in our community! Thank you for going out of your way to make us proud of "our kids!"
"I am so VERY pleased with your new web site.  This is what it's about, knowing your town's news and happenings...not that the rest of the world isn't important, but you can get that on TV.  This is what we need.  I love it!  Keep it up!"
"As a resident of Sevier County, I would just like to thank you for the wonderful job that you are doing.  As a person who works out of the country half of his life (currently in Ashdod, Israel), you are the only link for local up to date news that I have.  I especially love being able to tell my wife something that happened before she even hears about it living at home."
"Thanks for the Web site....I was born in De Queen and graduated there.  My dad was a barber for 50 years.  Sure is nice to read what is going on in De Queen."
"The Southwest Arkansas Daily is a great way to feel connected to the community. I live in Little Rock now but I still have family in the De Queen/Wickes area. It's nice to read about current events and even check the local weather. Keep up the great work."
"I would like to thank you for this web site. I hated it when our paper went to once a week but I still bought it just to get the full story on the news. I have not bought a De Queen newspaper since hearing about this web site. THANK YOU!!!!"
"I really enjoy your website, I was gone for a month and was able to keep up with all that was going on in the community...."
"My wife and I grew up in De Queen and graduated from the De Queen High School. I want to say how much we appreciate the information you report about De Queen. We still have a lot of relatives and friends still living there. We thank you for printing the obit of our son. Since the Bee was sold this is one way to stay up to date. Our hearts are still there. Again, thank you very much for reporting". 
"I love your site.  I grew up in De Queen and really miss a lot about it, but your site helps me to  keep in touch! I tell everyone formerly from there about the site as well and they love it too!  Thanks so much and Keep up the FANTASTIC work."


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Grant Groves

The Chalice Cupboard in De Queen is open Tuesday & Wednesday from 2 until 4 pm at 315 North 5th Street for distribution of food to individuals in emergency situations.

If you would like to donate your money or time, contact Grant Groves at 642-3420.


In Little River County donations may be dropped off at the Department of Human Services office, 90 Waddell Street, Ashdown, AR., M-F, 8am-4:30pm.

 For more information call 870-898-5155.

Reader Comments:
"It is with the most profound sense of of joy this listener wishes 92.1 a Merry Christmas and just needed to say that you'all have provided a needed full service to our community and not to mention the basic survival needs to survive in hard times so many of us are experiencing locally. If we just could do the same it could provide us all with a better life and (Wonderful Christmas). KINDNESS LASTS FOR EVER!"
"I can't imagine how you can manage to keep up with this great web site. Enjoy reading it. Thanks for giving the people something to do than just play games or get on the social media."
"I really enjoy your web site even though I am a thousand miles away from home I am able to catch up on what is going on in my hometown. It helps me stay connected to the place I will always love, and to the people I will always love. Keep up the good work and may God bless the town of De Queen Arkansas and the people there."
"I want to thank you very much for your providing information on Sevier County in the Southwest Arkansas Daily.  My wife and I were born and raised in Horatio and I taught school eight years in De Queen.  So Sevier County was always home even though we haven't lived there since 1972.  Your news is as good as, perhaps better than the De Queen Bee was, and it means so much to be able to keep up with what's going on there."
"I like that you take time to make a special web site."
" Just happened to stumble across the Obituary listing on your web site and wanted to let you know it is really appreciated. Many of us who have long since left De Queen are still interested in our friends we left behind. Since your local paper's web site went south, there was no way to do it. Thank you for picking up the slack on that and all the other news you publish. Wish we could get the Country Breakfast Crew in San Antonio!!!"
"I was born in De Queen in 1937. Have not lived in the area for a long time due to 20 years in the  Navy and 32 years of living in Maine. In October 2005 moved to Clovis, NM. Have family still in the  area and use your web site daily. It was a good site, but is even better now. Thank you so much  for allowing people from away to access your web site. It brings "home" to a lot of people."
"The website is like the newspaper, only better (Not to mention not having to buy the paper).  I can see the lunch menu for my kid's school as well as the calendar.  If I miss the news all I have to do is visit the website.  It's great to have this.  Thank you!!!!!!(P.S. the trophy room is neat, too)"

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Location   updated 7:00 am 05/03/16

Normal Pool 7 am Level 24 Hr Change Discharge
Broken Bow Dam 599.0 610.79 0.31 7000
De Queen Lake 437.0 466.34 0.31 M
Gillham Lake 502.0 541.57 -1.08 M
Dierks Lake 526.0 545.66 0.24 M
Millwood Lake 259.2 265.36 1.41 M
Lake Wright Patman 226.0 251.99 0.59 3992
Lake Bistineau 141.0


Lake Fork Dam 403.00 403.33 10.28 4400
Toledo Bend 172.00


0.08 31869

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