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Rotarian J.P. Atkins and his grandson Jacob, place the flags in front of the #1 Country Studios as part of the De Queen Rotary Club's Boulevard of Flags program.  Businesses contracted with the De Queen Rotary Club to set up and take down flags on 4 patriotic holidays this year.

If you would like to display flags at your business call (870) 279-1175 or (870) 584-2550 for more details.



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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.


Darin, Kaden & Kim Tollett

Tollett signs letter of intent to OBU


De Queen Senior Kaden Tollett signed a Letter of Intent to play baseball for Ouachita Baptist University.  Tollett also received an academic scholarship from OBU.

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 Mrs. Tipton with Nathan House                Brent Davis  


AHS students, Nathan House and Brent Davis, recently received a Wise Financial Literacy Certification in Mrs. Tiptonís Business Law II class.  The Wise Financial Literacy program resources and online testing are available to instructors that have passed a Certification in Personal Finance.  Mrs. Tipton certified last year at the Southern Business Education Association Conference.  The Subjects mastered include Money, Budgeting, the Cost of Money, Banking, Credit, Insurance, Investing, Retirement Planning, and Financial Planning and Management.


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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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Jim Pinson of the Morning Brew enjoyed "National BBQ Day" with a couple of samples of the new "McDonald's Signature Sandwiches" compliments of McDonalds.

The Sandwiches are part of a Build Your Own Sandwich program. Customers pick their choice of bun, Sesame Seed or Artisan Roll; then you pick your Protein: 100% Beef Patty, Grilled Chicken Breast or Crispy Chicken Breast. Last but not least you pick your recipe. Your choices are Pico Guacamole, Maple Bacon Dijon or Sweet BBQ Bacon.

Along with the Sandwiches, he is enjoying a new McDonald's Minute Made Slushie in Fruit Punch, other choices are Cherry Lime-Aid and Orange.

Go by McDonalds today and ask for a "Signature Sandwich" today. 


Baker's Sales and Service, LLC
851 E Collin Raye Drive ~ De Queen

(800) 634-8695

Baker's Sales and Service, LLC, has been part of the business community for over 40 years. Jerry Baker founded the parts store and wrecker service in De Queen in 1974. Since then, the business has expended to Horatio, Nashville, Ashdown and Texarkana with nearly 40 employees. Baker's Sales and Service offers a wide variety of NAPA and other part lines for just about every need, from small engine to heavy duty repair. The business also operates a 24/7 wrecker service. The locally-owned and operated establishment is a longtime supporter of the community. "We make every effort to meet and exceed our customers' needs," said Jerry's son, Jeff Baker. "I think it's the fact that we go the extra mile that's allowed us to be a part of this community for so long."


Back Row (L-R):

Mayra Aguilar & Riky Perez

Front Row (L-R):

Carlee Helms & Dennis Peppers


Marc Rosson & Karen Russell

The Gillham VFD will hold their annual fund raising BBQ dinner on Saturday, May 20th.  Food service begins at 3 pm, Auction at 6 pm.

Music will be provided by the group Harmony.

Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the Volunteer Fire Department.

Laughter is Therapy

Laughter is Therapy presents "Killin' With Jokez" starring Big Dre, featuring T. Davis, Sophia Starr and Dee So Funny, and hosted by Kevyn Wayne on Saturday, June 3rd at the De Queen Country Club.  VIP entry at 7:30 pm; General Admission at 8:00 pm.  The laughter starts at 9 pm. 

Advance VIP tickets are $15. General Admission tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  Contact Kevyn Wayne at (870) 784-1554 for tickets and information.

girls in stem


Ashdown School District sent 40 young women, from AJHS and AHS, to "Girls in STEM" held on the SAU Campus Friday, May 12. It was an interactive, hands-on educational experience designed to excite young women into careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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AHS Senior Band Member Cole Deloney signs with Henderson State University for a 4-Year Band Scholarship valued at $4000. Cole has been with the Ashdown Program for 7 years and selected for 4-States Bandmaster Clinic. He is picture with his parents, Teresa and Jimmy Deloney, brother Harrison and sister Allyson.


Students inducted into the Ashdown NHS


Logan Henry, Isaac Cross, Alex Day, Laiken Newton, Jon Michael Molock, Alex Simmons, Madison McAllister, Kasey Morgan, Terry Gist,  Ethan Sullivan, Jesse Martin, Hunter Billingsley, Casie Greeson, Jade Kendrick, Corvin Cook, Hunter Sehon, Taylor Grimes, Isaac Thomas, Hannah Crow, Connor Imler, Alanis Keathley, Spencer Johnston, 23. Rolando Olmos, Kaianna Donato, Jaden Hill, Trevor Meyers, Alexus Hopkins, Lark Wilkerson, and  Zakiyah Rhone

Senior band member Cody Tilley has signed with Henderson State University to play in their band and will received a $10,000 HSU Band Scholarship. He is pictured with his mom Natalie Tilley, Shane Fleming, grandmother Sue Wilburn and sister Jessica Tilley. Cody made Junior High All Region (2 years), Senior High All Region (3 years) and 4 States Honor Band (3 years).

Senior band member and drum major Jacob Purifoy has signed a letter of intent with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and is receiving a band scholarship valued at $8000. He is pictured with his parents Clint and Nicole Young and sister Billye Grace Young. Jacob made Junior High All Region (4 years), Senior High All Region (3 years) Four States Honor Band (2 years) and Outstanding Drum Major in Class AAA for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.



The De Queen Lady Leopards pose for this picture before leaving for the State Playoffs.

The De Queen Lady Leopards battle Valley View for the Class 5A State Softball Championship at Bogle Park on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville Friday at 3:00 Pm. Airtime is set for 2:30 on your Official Home of the Lady Leopards 102.1 The Good path. You can also catch the action online at or on the Leopard App that you can download for free.


The De Queen Leopards won the 2017 Arkansas State Track and Field Title  
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Congratulations to AHS Senior Charlie Trammell who signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of the South! Charlie will graduate this week with high honors and was Conference 7-4A all-conference second team. He was starting linebacker for the Panthers! The university is located in Sewanee, Tennessee. Charlie's parents are Chad and Virginia Trammell.


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Bentlee Alexander Grubbs

Proud big sister Maci would like to announce the birth of her little brother Bentlee Alexander Grubbs, parents of Bradley and Meghan Grubbs of Lockesburg. Bentlee was born on Monday May 8 2017. He weighed 5lbs 8ozs and was 18 3/4 inches long.

Maternal grandparent is Linda Collum of Lockesburg. Great grandparents are the late Jack and Dortha Collum.

Paternal grandparents is Craig and ReGina Grubbs of De Queen. Great grandparents are the late Grady and Pauline Grubbs, and Lynne Davis of Lockesburg and the late James Davis.
"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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