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Crisis Center Board President Hannah Stripling & Executive Director Debbie McGuffin


Debbie McGuffin, executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center, the center is open in their new location in the Town North Shopping Center.

They currently have several fund-raising projects going.  McGuffin stated financial assistance is needed, but the agency really needs volunteers and the support of the community.


For more information, call 870-642-2141 or if you need help call the hotline at 870-584-3441.



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The De Queen Rotary Club is hosting its 3rd annual Fall Festival this Saturday in the Herman Dierks Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Rotarian Greg Revels said the Fall Festival will get started with the Rotary 5K at 7 am.   The festival will feature a car show as well as several activities for the kids, including a bounce house and a dunking booth.



For more information about the Rotary Fall Festival, call Tammy Huddleston at 870-584-2550.


Charlie doing a live phone interview with his buddy Colt Ford.



Charlie Farley stopped by the #1 Country studios to promote a benefit he and his friends are hosting for Kenny Cary this Saturday at the UA Cossatot amphitheater from noon to 8 p.m. Cary was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted at the gate.  Farley said all of the proceeds will be used to help support Carey's 5 children and help pay his medical expenses.

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

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Members of the De Queen Leopard's Football team stop by the #1 Country studio on Friday morning to visit with "The Brew Crew" about the upcoming game tonight against the Nashville Scrappers.

Listen to the game on 102.1 The Good Path. Pre-game coverage begins at 5:30 with kick-off scheduled for 7:30pm

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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."



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Aaron Whisenhunt of Winthrop was listening to "The Brew Crew" when he heard his License Plate Number called out. He immediately called #1 Country and claimed his $50 in free gas.

#1 Country would like to thank all their Free Gas Friday/Bumper Sticker sponsors for helping us make this a success. Thank you also to the listeners who participated and won.  

Tyson's Texas Cook Team

Tyson Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex was proud to be a part of the Hurricane Harvey Relief effort by sending a cook crew to assist the Texas flood victims.

Tyson Team Members from the Grannis/Broken Bow Complex that was on the cook crew were: Nick Strother-Tyson Shop Manager, Chuck Miller-Chaplin, Steve McDougal-Complex RN, Junior Lopez-Broken Bow Plant Supervisor, and Zane Smith- Broken Bow Plant Operations Associate.

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New De Queen Middle School Principal

Article and photo by Tammy Whatley

Mr. Lance Pinkerton is the new principal at De Queen Middle School.  The school houses 6th and 7th graders.  Lance is a 1992 graduate of De Queen High School.  He attended Henderson State University and earned a degree in secondary math.  His father is Dwight Pinkerton and the math DNA was passed on to him and his older brother.  Dwight taught math for many years as well as coached in De Queen.  Lance earned an Educational Leadership Masters’ Degree from Harding University in 2005.  He taught higher level math courses at Lockesburg for three years and at Foreman for two years.  After that, Lance came home to his alma mater.  This is his 15th year at De Queen.  He taught higher level math then became the assistant principal for three years at the middle school.  Mr. Pinkerton is well respected by his colleagues.  He is married to Shanna Pinkerton and they have two sons, Max and Sam. 


Polly Ray, affectionately called "Granny Polly" of Horatio, won $50 in free gas when she heard her license plate called out on #1 Country's Brew Crew Morning Show.

She claimed her check for $50, made out the Sevier County Farmers Co-op, where she will fill up her car for free, compliment of #1 Country, just for putting a bumper sticker on her car and driving around town.

Thanks Granny Polly for supporting #1 Country and sporting one of our new Bumper Stickers. 



Deborah Wakefield of De Queen was listening to #1 Country when she heard her license plate called out. She immediately called KDQN and claimed her $50 in Free Gas.

Thanks Deborah for taking the time to place a #1 Country Bumper Sticker on your truck.

For your chance to win $50 in free gas, put a new #1 Country Bumper Sticker on your vehicle and listen to the Brew Crew for your license plate to be called out.



Deborah Brown, of Nashville, heard her license plate number called out. She called #1 Country within 9 minutes 21 seconds to claim her $50 in free gas.

Deborah picked up her bumper sticker at D & S Carpet in Ashdown.

Look for the new bumper stickers at participating locations. Pick one up and stick it on your bumper. Either come by the studio and show us, email or post a picture on facebook and be listening for your license plate to be called out. It's that easy, just ask Deborah.


Miss Mackenzie Nevels, left, was named the 2017 Sevier County Princess at the Sevier County Rodeo, Saturday August 12th.

Miss Raylee Hundley, right, was named Little Miss Sevier County.


Jeff Frachiseur of Dierks was the most recent winner of Free Gas Friday drawing.

Jeff dropped his name in the box at The Sevier County Farmers Co-op Lockesburg branch.

Listen to the Morning Brew, M-F 6am to 9am for a list of participating sponsors.



The De Queen High School Show Choir held camp the week of July 17. Mrs. Stefani Jones is the director. During the past two years, the choir has participated in America Sings at Orlando Florida. The choir has been invited to sing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The choir will have several fundraisers throughout the year to fund the activity.

Pictured L to R front row: Syd Cook, Astrid Jasso, Parker Grace Sneed, Karla Fernandez, Angeles Rojas, Aldair Guerrero, Dennise Tellez, Lissette Hernandez, Valeria Ramirez, and Simon Judah. Middle row: Anna Stinnett, Haylie Melendez, Katelyn Mc Dougal, Maria Nichols, Trina Sison, Maria Trejo, Juan Loaiza, Sadie Trevino, Molly Smith, and Adam Shores. Back row: Sophie Burke, Josie Burke, Katelyn Patterson, Maddi Martin, Abdul Garza, Gamaliel Lerma, Addie Steiner, and Mariah Miller.Photo and article by Tammy Whatley.


Isaac Thomas, a Senior at Ashdown High School recently attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference along with the Ashdown High School FBLA Advisor, Shauna Tipton in Anaheim, California on June 28th through July 2nd. . As a State Vice President, Isaac represented the State Officer team and District IV. Isaac is the current FBLA  District IV President. The State team presided over the Arkansas State planning meeting, participated in the Regional Meeting, attended workshops and other activities with the State Officer team and Advisors. Isaac will also be attending the FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference in New Orleans in November as a State representative.




Saturday, August 5th the Sevier County Fair & Rodeo Pageant will take place at the Fair Grounds beginning at 10:00 am.

The winner will be announced during the rodeo on Saturday (Aug. 12).


The contestants are front row the Little Miss contestants left to right Jaycee Platt, Sunni Mason, and Raylee Kate Hundley. The back row is the Princess contestants Mackenzie Nevels and Kaylee Wollcott.

Sevier County National Night Out



The rain didn't stop the crowd from gathering at the De Queen Sportsplex Tuesday evening for Sevier County's observance of National Night Out.  The event was free to the public and allowed emergency personnel and citizens the opportunity to become better acquainted in a social setting.  Backpacks with school supplies were handed out to the children in attendance.  They could also participate in games and pick up information about services that are available in the area.




    De Queen Primary School will have a table near the library today. Each child that registers today will receive a new book. Literacy is so important for children and not just during school days. If children go to a preschool, they are much more likely to be prepared for kindergarten and have a larger vocabulary. Registration is August 1. The registration time is 9:00 to 1:00 and 3:00 to 6:00. Pictured are Mrs. Angela Lindly and Mrs. Allison Woods.

Photo and information by Tammy Whatley 



The Sevier County/Shelter Insurance all star team won Dixie Boys State 13-14
tournament going undefeated. We beat Nashville the first game 7-5. Second
game beat Searcy 26-3 in 4 innings, Beat Searcy again in the third game 14-4 in 5 innings, and beat Nashville in the championship game 12-0 in 4 innings.

We will be going to Bluffton South Carolina to compete in the Dixie Boys
World Series with 11 other state champions August 5-9.

The players: Kneeling: Hunter Frachiseur; Standing 1st row: Easton Leonard, Dylan Williamson, Gage Woods, Brentley Morris; Back row standing: Nathaniel Socash, Xander Worthey, Tony Worthey-Coach, Carson McKiever, Garet Wilson, Jamie Williamson-Coach, Stone Williams, Blake Pickett, Jeff Woods-Coach


“The Sevier County DHS Division of Children and Family Services staff were recognized today by the director of DCFS and received a GEM award for going the extra mile for its clients, colleagues, and community. This staff works extremely hard protecting the children of Sevier County.”

Staff pictured are front row: Toni Arbour, DCFS County Supervisor and Rachel Speights, DCFS Investigation Unit Supervisor. Back row: Heather Cornwell, Jennifer Clark, Elizabeth Hernandez, and Suzanne Olvey.   


Billy Baker of Broken Bow, Oklahoma was #1 Country's most recent Free Gas Friday winner.

Mr. Baker dropped his name in the "Free Gas Friday" box at Lambert Lumber in Broken Bow. Now he has a check for $50.

For your chance to win, look for the "Free Gas Friday" box at participating locations and drop your name in. The winning names are announced every Friday's from Memorial Day through Labor Day during "The Morning Brew" Show.


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. 


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. 


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.  


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.

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. 

"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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