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Dina Griffin of De Queen, AR was listening to KDQN's Morning Brew on Friday, July 7th when she heard her license plate call out. She called KDQN within 9 minutes and 21 seconds and won $50 in free gas.

For your chance to win $50 in free gas, put a new #1 Country Bumper Sticker on your vehicle then be listening to KDQN daily for your license plate to be called out.


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Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently donated Tyson ceramic mugs displaying the new Tyson logo to the Ranch House Restaurant in De Queen. The many Tyson Team Members and other area patron coffee drinkers can enjoy the new look of Tyson's logo.

Pictured L-R: Ranch House co-owner, Lorie Jones, Tyson Foods-Broken Bow Plant HR Manager, Mario Contreras and Ranch House waitress, Kylie Bowens.


Connie Fisher of De Queen is the most recent winner in the "Free Gas Friday" drawing.

She dropped her name in the box at De Queen Motorsports. As a result, she received a check for $50 to use to buy gas.

Drop your name and phone number in the "Free Gas Friday" box at participating sponsors.


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James Parmer of Nashville dropped his name in the "Free Gas Friday" box while shopping at D & S Carpets.

Mr. Parmer came by the #1 country studio and collected his check for $50 to be used for free gas.

#1 Country will be giving away $50 in free gas all summer long to a lucky listener.

For your chance to win, go to a participating sponsor and drop your name and phone number into the "Free Gas Friday" box at locations in the listening area. 

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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 Museum
717 Walter J. Leeper Dr. ~  De Queen  (870)642-6642


The Mission of the Sevier County Museum is to reflect the history of this county in such a way as to evoke pride in past achievements and perpetuate the unique heritage of Sevier County. The scope is a full-faceted look at Sevier County’s agriculture, railroad, lumber and mining industries, the school systems, courts, churches, fraternal orders, doctors, lawyers, business man, the involvement in Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, War with Mexico, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War. The museum was established in 1986 and is a non-profit organization. Additional exhibits on display include local natural resources, a model of old De Queen, the Children's Corner and more. Find out how to support the museum through the $10 a Month Club. The annual Hoo Rah Days Festival, which honors the history of Sevier County and its people, is held the first Saturday in October. This year's event theme is Sevier County Churches. Call (870) 642-6642 or visit for more information. You can also find the Sevier County Museum on Facebook.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.


De Queen Health & Wellness Walk-In Family Clinic

1357 West Collin Ray Drive ~ De Queen


The De Queen Health & Wellness Walk-In Family Clinic offers a professional and qualified nursing staff with over 40 years of combined skill and experience in providing patient care. The clinic recently welcomed Nurse Practitioner La Donna Dorsey to the staff. Dorsey, along side Nurse Practitioners Claire Russell and Kay Shelton, are dedicated to providing patients with excellent medical care and patient service. Owner Chester Barber said the clinic prides itself on not just the care it provides, but the attention to patient convenience as well. Medication refill requests and prior authorizations are handled promptly so patients will not have to wait long to get their routine medications. When you're sick, you may not be able to wait several days to get an appointment, so the clinic offers same day care for most medical services. Appointments are also available by calling (870) 642-2000. The clinic is now scheduling back to school physicals. Most third party insurances as well as Medicaid and Medicare are welcomed. The Howard County Memorial Hospital's out-patient x-ray facility, De Queen Pediatrics and Health and Wellness Pharmacy and De Queen Dental are easily accessible to one another at the clinic's 1357 West Collin Ray Drive location. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1-5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday

Application - Deadline extended to August 1st.
Cole Signs Business Transfer Agreement with Texas A&M

University of Arkansas Cossatot and Texas A&M University Texarkana now have an agreement that will allow UAC business graduates to transfer with junior standing to business programs.

UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole and Texas A&M Dean of the College of Business, Engineering, and Technology Gary Stading signed an articulation agreement on June 21st that will allow UA Cossatot students graduating with an Associate of Science in Business to enter the university’s College of Business. 


Renee Logan, owner of Harris Drug Store stopped by #1 Country studio to promote health care month and to discuss some Health Care issues affecting area residents.

If you have any questions about Health Care, stop by Harris Drug Store and speak with Renee. She will try to answer any questions you have.


Patti Boone of De Queen was listening Monday morning when her license plate was called out.

She had 9 minutes 21 seconds to call and claim her $50 worth of free gas.

For your chance to win, put a new #1 Country bumper sticker on your car and submit a picture via Facebook or email to KDQN and you will be entered, then be listening to #1 Country for your license plate to be called out.



Stanley Fisher of De Queen was the most recent #1 Country's Free Gas Friday winner.

Stanley dropped his name in the box at Bakers Bargain House and on Friday, his name was drawn to receive $50 worth of free gas.

Look for the #1 Country "Free Gas Friday" box at participating sponsors and enter for your chance to win. Maybe you will be our next winner.



Congratulations to Ashdown students Caylee Turner on winning Junior Showmanship at the Layfayette County Cougar Classic and Maddie McAllister for winning Grand Champion Lamb in show 1 and Reserve Champion Lamb in show 2.


Arkansas Youth Fishing Association President Chuck Philips reported this year's Arkansas Youth Fishing Team Trail Championship held June 16th-18th on Dierks, Gillham & De Queen Lakes was the best event ever. He said the largest sack of fish weighed during the high school tournament set a new record at 26.86 pounds.

Philips reported 35 teams brought their families to the area for last weekend’s tournament and about 400 people attended the weigh-in each day.



Sevier County Farm Bureau and Sevier County Extension Homemakers Clubs sponsored Laci Stancil of Horatio and Kaylee Hames of De Queen in the amount of $125 each for them to attend Teen Chef Academy June 27-30 at UA Cossatot in Ashdown.

Pictured left to right are: Janet Cantrell, County Extension Agent; Sandra Jackson, Sevier County Farm Bureau; Laci Stancil; and Dianne Rosson, Sevier County Extension Homemakers. Not pictured is Kaylee Hames.



Kelsey McDonnell of De Queen was the most recent winner of $50 in free gas when her name was drawn out of all the entries in the #1 Country's Free Gas Friday giveaway.

 She signed up at Harris Drug Store.

For your chance to win $50 in free gas, drop your name and phone number into the Free Gas Friday box at participating sponsors.  Listen to #1 Country each day for a list of sponsors.


The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the UA Cossatot will bring you 3 free movies this summer at the UA Cossatot Amphitheater.

On July 15th "Batman" will be shown  and "Beauty and the Beast" will be shown on August 12.

Bring your family, along with your lawn chair or blanket. Concessions available for purchase. No pets please.

Pictured above: Daniel Martinez and Emily Newlin



John Baldwin of De Queen was listening to #1 Country on Friday when he heard his license plate called out.

He placed a new bumper sticker on his car and submitted a picture to us via Facebook.

For your chance to win, place a new bumper sticker on your car, submit a photo with your license plate and bumper sticker via Facebook or email, then be listening to #1 Country Friday's for your plate to be called out. 


Garrett Fielding's name was drawn out of all the entries in the "NUMBER ONE COUNTRY'S FREE GAS FRIDAY GIVE-AWAY"

He dropped his name in the box while shopping at TJ's.

Listen to Number One Country for a list of sponsors and drop your name in the box for your chance to win.


Tonya Martinez's license plate was called out on Friday and within seconds Tonya called claiming her $50 in free gas.

To win, all you have to do is send a picture of your new #1 Country 92.1 bumper sticker and license plate via facebook or email, then listen for your license plate to be called out. If you call us with in 9 minutes and 21 seconds you could be the next winner.


Pictured:  Marco Garcia, CCCUA Soccer Sponsor & Donna Duggan, Tyson Foods Complex HR Manager

Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently made a $1000 donation to the Cossatot Community College University of AR in DeQueen, AR to sponsor college soccer teams.

The men’s and women’s college soccer teams will begin their season in September and play locally before traveling to San Antonio, Texas for tournament games.

Tyson Foods is proud to sponsor college athletics in the community where we live and work.


Carolyn Maurer presents Steven George with a $50 check just for having a Number One Country bumper sticker on his car.

Steven George was listening Friday morning when his License Plate was called out during the "Brew Crew" Morning Show.

Steven only needed 2 minutes 50 seconds of his 9 minutes 21 seconds to call Number One country and claim his prize.

If you would like to win $50, go by one of our participating sponsors, get a new bumper sticker and put it on your car. Then listen for your License Plate to be called out.

Listen to Number One Country 92.1 for a list of participating sponsors.


Jay Lindly presents Ben Neeley, Jr. with a $50 check


Ben Neeley, Jr. of De Queen was the 2nd Winner of "Free Gas Friday." He received a check for $50, just for dropping his name in the "Free Gas Friday" box at the Sevier County Farmers Co-op Station.

For your chance to win, go by one of our participating sponsors and drop your name in the box. Be listening during the "Brew Crew" morning show for a list of sponsors and on Friday, You may be the lucky winner of $50 in free Gas.


Alec Turner and Brennen Seymour, members of the Lakeside 4-H Club.

On Wednesday, Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service Staff Chair Rex Herring delivered a 20-foot horse trailer of donated clothing, canned food and other supplies to the Randolph County Nursing Home, which is currently serving as the area’s primary emergency shelter due to the recent flooding in that area. He was accompanied by Alec Turner, 13, and Brennen Seymour, 16, both members of the Lakeside
4-H Club.


Carla Shelton of De Queen was the winner of the first weekly drawing for 2017's Free Gas Friday promotion.  Carla registered at TJ's and received a check for $50 gas.

Remember to register each week for your chance to win $50 in Free Gas.



Nicole Mash of De Queen sent in a photo of her license plate number with the new #1 Country 92.1 bumper sticker.  She called within 9 minutes and 21 seconds and claimed her $50 prize money.

Carolyn Maurer and Lincoln Woodard presented Nicole with her check on Friday, May 26th.

28th Annual Tri Lakes Big Bass Tournament Results

L-R:  Joseph Murphy, Jacob lee, Brad Darling, Todd Dixon
Not Shown:  Dalton Willis

Nearly 400 fishermen participated in the 28th annual Tri Lakes Big Bas Tournament held Saturday, May 27th on De Queen, Dierks & Gillham Lakes.  In addition to the top five overall winners, the De Queen Sevier county Chamber of commerce paid out five places each hour on each lake. 

Over winners were:
5th place-Dalton Willis  $300
4th Place - Joseph Murphy $500
3rd Place - Jacob Lee  $750
2nd Place - Brad Darling $1,000
1st Place - Todd Dixon $1,500

Gillham E-Z Mart Store Damaged

The E-Z Mart Store building in Gillham suffered extensive damage Saturday night when a man smashed a stolen crane into the front of the store.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect stole the high lift crane from the nearby Tri Lakes Services location, after he wrecked his car on Highway 71 in Gillham on Saturday night. The suspect then drove the crane into the front of the EZ Mart building causing significant damage to the store. Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident.  


"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."


Park Interpreters Shelley Flannery and Tori Carson

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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

 For current Gage Stations and Tributary levels click here:    NOAA    


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