ROAD CLOSED IN SEVIER COUNTY 6/27/17
Sevier County Judge Greg Ray
announced Tuesday morning that Bear Creek Cutoff Road will be
closed on Wednesday, June 28th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for repair
of the railroad crossing.
Judge Ray said he’s sorry for
any inconvenience this closure may cause county residents.
ARKANSAS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $5.5 MILLION IN FAA
GRANTS FOR AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS 6/27/17
U.S. Senators John Boozman and
Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford`, French Hill,
Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman announced 11 Arkansas airports
will receive $5.5 million dollars from the Federal Aviation
Administration to support facility upgrades and expansions.
According to a press release,
the congressmen reported these funds will be used to strengthen
infrastructure in Arkansas. It said local airports are valuable
assets for communities across the state and this critical
funding will help provide these airports with the resources that
they need to upgrade their safety features and support local
economic growth and development.
The J. Lynn Helms Sevier
County Airport will receive $82,581 to rehabilitate the apron.
The Mount Ida Airport will
receive $232,696 to rehabilitate the apron.
The Hope Municipal Airport
will receive $90,000 to conduct a study to identify solutions to
improve airport drainage.
The Dexter B. Florence
Memorial Airport in Arkadelphia will receive $49,500 to conduct
a study to identify options for improving drainage on the
The Bentonville Municipal
Airport will receive $1,496,258 for taxiway construction.
Drake Field in Fayetteville
will receive $135,000 to widen the taxiway.
The Bill and Hillary Clinton
National Airport in Little Rock will receive $2,250,498 to
construct new runways and reconstruct runway lighting systems.
The Magnolia Municipal Airport
will receive $338,531 to construct a runway and install runway
The Morrilton Municipal
Airport will receive $312,848 to rehabilitate the runway.
Kirk Field in Paragould will
receive $161,511 to acquire eight acres of land and an
additional grant of $180,000 will be used to conduct a master
plan study to show current and future needs of the airport.
And, the Ozark-Franklin County
Airport will receive $168,891 to construct a taxiway.
WILKERSON FUNERAL HOME GIVING OUT FREE FLAGS 6/27/17
The staff of Wilkerson Funeral
Home in De Queen informed KDQN that they will be giving away
American Flags for the Fourth of July this Thursday and Friday.
This Thursday and Friday,
Wilkerson Funeral Home will give a 3X5 American Flag along with
the pole and mounting hardware, so area residents can display
the Red, White and Blue, this Fourth of July.
To receive your free flag,
stop by Wilkerson Funeral Home at 403 Stilwell Avenue in De
Queen during regular business hours this Thursday or Friday.
FOREMAN BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES ELEMENTARY HANDBOOK
During the monthly meeting of
the Foreman Board of Education, Oscar Hamilton Elementary
Principal Pat Tankersley presented the elementary handbook for
the board's approval. After reviewing the handbook, board
members voted to approve the elementary handbook, however, they
tabled the approval of the high school handbook after discussing
some possible changes.
Superintendent George Kennedy
presented a report on the Legislative Audit findings for the
year ending June 30th, 2016. He also recommended the district
keep the Foreman tuition paid pre-school open for the 2017-2018
Board members also accepted
the resignation of elementary teacher, Sonia Caskey and they
hired Jonathan Peacock as the District Technology Coordinator
and Jennifer Sanders as the Art and Gifted and Talented
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY QUORUM COURT MEETING 6/27/17
Members of the Little River
County Quorum Court met earlier this month on the Ashdown campus
of UA Cossatot for their regular monthly meeting.
Justices of the Peace passed a
resolution to provide matching funds for a grant on behalf of
the Yarborough Community. According to the resolution, the grant
will be used to air condition the Yarborough community building.
Little River County Judge Mike
Cranford informed the Quorum Court that the courthouse now has
electronic doors at all entrances and a lift to access the
restrooms. He said the work was designed to make the courthouse
more handicap accessible. Cranford said the project was being
funded by a Historic Preservation Grant.
Cranford informed the Quorum Court that the courthouse will be closed Monday,
July 3rd. He said a company is refinishing the floors on the
first level, and the courthouse will re-open on Wednesday, July
Cranford also reported the courthouse's communication system has been upgraded.
He said the upgrade included a 50 megabyte fiber-optic
connection with AT&T. He said the county is no longer paying for
long distance phone calls and it lowered the monthly bill.
Cranford told the JPs that he hopes to start chip and sealing county roads in
July. He said a list of the roads to be chip and sealed will be
available before the work begins, so county residents can take
an alternate route, if necessary.
JPs also received a report
from Darrell Coker of the Little River Intermodal Authority.
Coker informed the Quorum Court that the authority has applied
for an EDA Grant and asked the court if they would be interested
in selling some county property that would be used as a part of
the proposed site.
HOWARD COUNTY AND CITY OF ARKADELPHIA RECEIVE ASBESTOS ABATEMENT
The Arkansas Department of
Environmental Quality's Director Becky Keogh will present checks
for asbestos abatement grants to the City of Arkadelphia and to
Howard County on Wednesday.
The presentation for Howard
County will take place at 10:15 a.m. at the Howard County
Courthouse in Nashville, then at 1:30 p.m. the City of
Arkadelphia will receive their grant during a presentation at
the former Clark County Hospital.
Howard County will be awarded
$13,500 for asbestos abatement activities at the former Howard
Memorial Hospital. The City of Arkadelphia will be awarded
$92,503 for asbestos abatement activities at the former Clark
ADEQ's asbestos abatement
grant program was created to provide funding assistance to
eligible cities and counties for the assessment, stabilization
and abatement activities for an eligible structure. Projects
that are selected to be funded must engage in the removal of
friable asbestos materials from a city or county owned structure
that has unexpectedly collapsed, is at imminent risk of
collapsing, or has failed in its structural integrity.
ADEQ has $150,000 available to
award to asbestos abatement projects each fiscal year.
LET FREEDOM RING PROGRAM IN DE QUEEN IS JULY 1ST 6/26/17
Chris Hale of the De Queen
Parks and Recreation Department said he wanted to remind area
listeners that the park's annual Let Freedom Ring program will
be held this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the UA Cossatot Amphitheater
next to the De Queen Sportsplex.
Hale said they will be
bringing back the talent hour and water sprinkler, this year. He
also stated non-profit groups can set up a booth and sell
something as a fundraiser. He said if you want to participate in
the talent hour or if you are a non-profit organization and
would like to set up a booth, contact the park office at
870-642-4140 by 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28th.
Hale also said the Midnight
Hurricanes will be performing this year and the fireworks
display will begin at dark.
LOCKESBURG FIREWORKS IN THE PARK IS JULY 4TH 6/26/17
Lockesburg Park Commissioner
Sheila Ruth announced the City of Lockesburg will be hosting
their annual Fireworks in the Park program on Tuesday, July 4th
in the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park.
Ruth said activities will
begin on the Fourth of July at 7 a.m. with the Lockesburg Lion's
Club Freedom from Blindness 10K. She also reported there's going
to be a co-ed softball tournament beginning at 9. Ruth also said
there's going to be a Natural Pageant at 10 a.m. and lots of
activities for the children.
Zebbie Launius of the
Lockesburg Lion's Club said the registration fee is $30 and
every runner will receive a goody bag. She also stated all of
the proceeds will be used to purchase glasses for needy
Ruth said at 4 p.m. the park
commission will hold a live auction and the Cross Point Cowboy
Church band will start performing around 6:30. She said during
intermission, they will recognize the local veterans and
announce the pageant winners and the Lockesburg
Volunteer Fire Department will ignite the fireworks at dark.
Ruth said the proceeds from
the Fireworks in the Park event will be used to build a walking
track and restrooms in the park.
HUSQVARNA BUILDING A SOLAR FARM IN NASHVILLE 6/26/17
Husqvarna announced it is
building a solar power generating facility at its Nashville
According to company
officials, construction is set to begin in the third quarter of
this year and the plant should be operational by the year's end.
The solar farm will cover
about 5 acres at the plant and the company plans to sell any
unused electricity back to SWEPCO. The new solar farm is
expected to reduce coal-based carbon dioxide emissions by about
2,100 tons in the first year of operation and approximately
52,000 tons over the expected 25-year life of the plant.
The new solar power plant will
be capable of producing 1.3 megawatts of solar power, which will
allow the Husqvarna Group to increase its share of electricity
from renewable sources of energy and reduce the environmental
impact of greenhouse gases and other emissions.
The solar facility will result
in jobs during the construction phase, which is being handled by
Today's Power, a solar power construction company. However, the
solar facility will not result in any permanent positions for
Husqvarna after construction.
Husqvarna is the first forest
and garden company to build a solar power generating plant and
according to company officials represents the company's
commitment to contributing to a low-carbon future. Officials say
the plant will generate about 25 percent of the annual power
requirements for the company's injection molding facility.
CONSUMER ALERT: RED FLAGS IN TIMESHARE RESALE 6/26/17
Some Arkansans have found
themselves trapped in a bad timeshare deal. They are unable to
get rid of the property and have contacted the Attorney
General's office seeking help. The idea of a guaranteed vacation
location, upscale lodging accommodations and the ability to
exchange shares for other properties could seem like the perfect
vacation solution, but timeshare 'owners' may be surprised by
expensive annual maintenance fees, difficulty exchanging weeks
or locations and finding the property value that they assumed
would remain steady or even increase has remained the same or
Attorney General Leslie
Rutledge released the following tips for Arkansans who are
looking to resell their timeshare. She said owners should beware
of timeshare resellers who contact you unsolicited with a
promise to resell your timeshare. She said if they say they have
willing buyers, it is probably a lie. Rutledge said you should
never pay a substantial advance fee for resale assistance. She
said a reputable seller will charge a commission paid only upon
sale, like a normal real estate transaction. Rutledge said an
advance fee may be called a marketing fee, a listing fee, an
internet advertising fee or other related fee. Rutledge said you
should get an independent appraisal from a licensed appraiser
before agreeing on any resale assistance contract and you should
only deal with licensed agents.
The timeshare industry has
become a popular platform for a number of operations to take
advantage of 'owners' who are desperate to sell. They claim to
offer assistance in selling the timeshare and take away the
burden of the continuing costs of ownership. These operations
collect hundreds or thousands of dollars in so-called deed
transfer or marketing fees but rarely complete the sale.
Consumers who have concerns
about their timeshares should file a complaint with the Arkansas
Attorney General's office.
For more information and tips
to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the
Attorney General's office by calling 1-800-482-8982 or visit the
2nd ANNUAL SEVIER COUNTY NIGHT OUT 6/26/17
Sevier County Sheriff Robert
Gentry announced the 2nd Annual Sevier County Night Out event
will be held on Tuesday, August 1st from 6 to 9 p.m. at the De
Gentry said the sheriff's
office will be taking donations of school supplies for backpacks
that will be giving away to area students.
Gentry said if you would like
to set up a booth at the event, you should contact Dana Gentry
at 870-279-0499 to reserve a spot.
Gentry said this is a free
event for the community and nothing will be sold during the
The sheriff's office is
partnering with Smiles of Arkansas Dental, Tres Agaves
restaurant and the De Queen Medical Center. Other partners may
be announced at a later date.
Gentry said his office will
accept any and all donations and volunteers will be needed to
ensure this year's Night Out event is as big a success as last
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 6/26/17
July 1st is the beginning of a
new fiscal year for the state government of Arkansas. District 4
Representative DeAnn Vaught reported the June Revenue Report is
expected to be released sometime this week and it will reflect
the end of year totals.
Vaught said from previous
months reports, state officials have a good indication of what
will be reflected. At the end of May, the available general
revenue was $4.7 billion dollars. That's $49.1 million dollars
or 1 percent below the general revenue level at this time last
Arkansas's two largest sources of general revenue are collected from a portion
of the state sales and use tax and from the Arkansas individual
income tax. Other forms of general revenue include: taxes on
alcohol and tobacco products; severance taxes on oil, mineral,
gravel and natural gas; corporate franchises and corporate
income and real estate transfers.
Vaught said so far this year,
individual income taxes and sales tax have generated more
revenue than the previous year, however, corporate income taxes
The Official General Revenue
Forecast was revised on May 2nd that resulted in a reduction of
$70 million dollars in the year end amount for Net Available
revenue to $5.263 billion dollars. Vaught said although revenue
fell behind what was originally forecasted, the state was able
to fund all essential services.
Vaught said state officials
were given a report that says the state expects revenue to
increase by 3.6 percent or $190 million dollars. Vaught said
this report is based on the assumption that new and expanded
industrial projects including steel production and food
processing will bring economic gains to areas outside the
state's larger cities.
According to state officials,
the state will begin the new fiscal year with a record
unemployment rate in the state, with the highest number of
employed Arkansans since 2008. The state's current unemployment
rate is 3.4 percent. The national unemployment rate is 4.3
Vaught said with more
Arkansans working, the economic forecast for the state is
ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT ASKING VOTERS FOR 3.9 MILL
Ashdown Superintendent Jason
Sanders reported the Ashdown Board of Education approved his
recommendation to seek a 3.9 mill increase from the Ashdown
School District voters.
Sanders told KDQN the district
asked the voters for a millage increase two years ago, but it
was defeated by a total of 36 votes.
During the regular meeting of
the Ashdown Board of Education, Scott Beardsley of First
Security Financial - Beardsley informed the board that a 3.9
mill increase would raise about $15.8 million dollars for new
construction. Therefore, the board voted to hold a special
election for school improvements on September 19th.
Sanders stated the district
plans to consolidate the elementary campuses into one and add
over 60,000 feet of new space. He said they also want to
purchase new furniture for the building and do some renovation
at the junior high school.
Sanders also reported the
district was awarded $810,000 by the Arkansas Department of
Education for the construction project.
Board members accepted the
resignation of assistant basketball coach Cody Wilmath and the
retirement of head softball coach Wiley Cunningham. They also
hired Sonia Caskey has an elementary teacher.
SEVIER COUNTY LIBRARY, DE QUEEN BRANCH, HOSTS SUMMER READING
The De Queen branch of the
Sevier County Library system is hosting its annual Summer
Reading Program to help keep kids learning all summer long with
resources and reading contests.
According to several studies,
summer can be a time of academic enrichment for children or a
time of learning loss. Unless students continue reading or join
engaging programs, children risk losing two to three months of
reading skills over the summer.
Arkansas libraries work to
reduce summer reading loss by offering reading activities during
the summer months. This year, the De Queen Library is teaming up
with Jamie Walters from the Arkansas Educational Television
Network for their Summer Reading Program. AETN provides
educational programming on both AETN and their new 24/7 channel
AETN PBS KIDS. AETN has provided the De Queen Library with
activity booklets, bookmarks, pencils, t-shirts and Frisbees to
keep children busy this summer.
AETN also offers PBS KIDS
educational resources to help families in Arkansas close the
gaps in summer learning and overall achievement. Summer
activities, reading charts, coloring sheets and other materials
are available at the website, aetn.org/kids.
The De Queen Library reading
contest is for children 3 to 8. The Summer Reading Contest is
for children 9 to 15 and it will kick off on July 1st and go
through July 31st. There will be three age groups; 9-10, 11-12,
and 13-15. The child who reads the most books in each age
category will win a backpack full of school supplies.
The De Queen branch of the
Sevier County Library System is open Monday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 to noon. For more
information, call 870-584-4364.
BARRETT BABER TO PERFORM AT STAND UP FOR AMERICA JULY 1ST
Barrett Baber is headlining
the Stand Up for America show in Nashville on Saturday, July
1st. Baber was in the top three of Season 9 on The Voice and he
said he's been working hard since then.
Last year, Baber released the
album "A Room Full of Fighters" and it debuted in the Top 10 on
iTunes Top 100 Album charts and he formed a partnership with
Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola to help keep his brand in front of
country music listeners.
July 1st, Baber will be
performing in Nashville during the Stand Up of America
celebration. Mike Reese said they will open the gates at 5 p.m.
this year with some local talent performing for the first hour
and a half.
Reese said they will have a
patriotic portion of the show at 6:30. And, Baber told KDQN that
he was excited to perform in Arkansas, next Saturday.
For tickets contact the
Nashville Chamber of Commerce at 870-845-1262.
BENEFIT FOR EAGLETOWN BASEBALL 6/23/17
Mike and Kyle Willis will be
hosting a benefit co-ed softball tournament on Saturday, July
15th at the Eagletown baseball field to raise funds for the
Eagletown High School baseball team.
Willis said they will be
playing with a 1-1 count with a courtesy foul, no SR or Ultra
bats. He said the guys will use a .44 core softball and the
women will use any yellow ball. Willis said there will be a halo
rule and the girls can float. He also stated they will only
allow three homeruns per team, per game, but men can buy a band
for $10 which will allow them to hit an unlimited number of
Kyle and Mike said the
deadline to register is Friday, July 12th at noon, but for more
information, call 870-784-1716 or 870-784-1304.
Willis said Eagletown High
School has not had a baseball team for the past three years, but
they are trying to have a team for the 2017-2018 school year.
JUNE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR STORAGE TANKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Arkansas Petroleum Storage
Tank Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June
27th, at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
headquarters in North Little Rock.
Items on the agenda include a
report concerning the financial status of the Petroleum Storage
Tank Trust Fund and to consider requests for reimbursement from
the city's of Wickes, Texarkana, Van Buren, Blytheville and
Benton for the cleanup operations involving petroleum releases.
OKLAHOMA STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION INVESTIGATING FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED
SHOOTING IN MCCURTAIN COUNTY 6/22/17
Wednesday afternoon, the
McCurtain County District Attorney's Office asked the Oklahoma
State Bureau of Investigation to investigate an officer-involved
shooting in Millerton.
The shooting occurred when a
McCurtain County Sheriff's deputy and a Valliant police officer
responded to a domestic altercation call on Chickasaw Road. When
officers arrived, they encountered 37-year-old Daniel Francisco
Valenzuela who had forced his way into the residence.
Valenzuela was armed with a
knife and ignored the officer's commands. According to the
incident report, Valenzuela threatened the officers with the
knife and advanced toward them.
One officer shot Valenzuela.
He was transported to the McCurtain Memorial Hospital where he
died from his injuries.
AMNESTY PROGRAM STARTS JULY 1ST IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY
The Ashdown Police Department
and the Little River County Sheriff's Office announced they will
be conducting an amnesty program to help residents with old
fines, July 1st through July 31st.
According to a press release,
anyone who has an outstanding warrant or is on a payment plan
for fines and has fallen behind can contact the District Court
Clerk and take advantage of the amnesty program. Anyone paying
their old fines during this period will be eligible to have the
warrant fee's dropped. Anyone who is behind on payments or has
neglected to pay a fine may also contact the District Court
Clerk in the Little River County Courthouse and participate in
Organizers with both the
Ashdown Police Department and the Little River County Sheriff's
Office said this program will help those who want to catch up on
their fines and hopefully it will help both agencies collect the
fines without having to arrest anyone and hold them in jail.
For more information about the
program, call the District Court Clerk at 870-898-7230.
DIERKS CITY COUNCIL EXPECTED TO RAISE FIRE PROTECTION FEES FOR
CITY RESIDENTS 6/22/17
Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts
reported the 2016 Legislative audit is underway and the Dierks
city council had to pass an amended budget to satisfy an audit
requirement this month. He also mentioned the council is
expected to increase the fire protection fee for city residents
from $2 a month to $4 a month.
Mounts said the Dierks
Volunteer Fire Department would like to purchase a newer truck,
which could help lower the city's fire rating.
Mounts said work is underway
on the new city park, which is north of town. He said Clifton
Ward has donated manpower and equipment to help clear the
30-acre property. Mounts said an engineer from Texarkana is
developing plans for the new park.
Mounts also announced the city
received the Four Star Municipality Award during the 83rd Annual
Convention of the Arkansas Municipal League. He said the award
is presented to municipalities who have exhibited excellence in
loss control while participating in the Municipal Health Benefit
Fund, the Municipal Vehicle Program, the Municipal Legal Defense
Program and the Municipal Workers Compensation Trust.
Mounts said only 16
municipalities were selected to receive the award, this year.
FATHER ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION 6/22/17
About 8:30 p.m. on Father's
Day, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Jackson pulled a
vehicle over for crossing the center line on several occasions.
After Jackson received
permission to search the vehicle, he discovered a metal socket
that contained some burnt marijuana. Deputy Greg Harper assisted
Jackson in the search and he found a glass pipe, rolled up in a
blue shop towel.
At first, both the driver,
53-year-old Thomas Parr and the passenger, Thomas Parr's
daughter, stated the pipe and marijuana did not belong to them,
however, after Harper found a bag of suspected methamphetamine,
Parr finally admitted the drugs were his.
Parr was taken into custody
and charged with possession of a controlled substance and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
MINERAL SPRINGS APPLIES FOR STATE FUNDING FOR STREET PAVING
The city of Mineral Springs is
working to get several streets paved this summer. Mayor Bobby
Tullis reported the city public works department paved north
Crawford Street this month and they used the used road grader
that the city purchased in April to help the city save money.
Tullis said they've paved
north Crawford Street and they are working on south Mercer
Street and Center Street. He said they hope to pave 10 to 15
blocks by next year.
Last year, the city received
$250,000 from the state's highway department. Tullis said the
city has applied for another street paving grant, but he wants
to pave as many streets as possible with city funds.
DE QUEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT TO ADDRESS HOUSE NUMBER ISSUE
Aldermen of the De Queen City
Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night requiring every
building within the city limits of De Queen to display the
number that was assigned by the 911 emergency system.
The ordinance states numbers
should be placed where they can be clearly seen from the street.
The letters should be at least 3-inches in height for
residential structures and 6-inches in height for
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy
informed the city council that the fire department has agreed to
go house to house and place 911 numbers on homes for free.
Aldermen also adopted an
ordinance prohibiting the use of engine compression brakes.
McKelvy said the Jacobs Vehicle Systems company informed the
city that they could not use the term 'Jake Brake' in their city
ordinance or display the term on signage in the city because
it's a copyrighted term. So, Tuesday night the De Queen City
Council adopted a new ordinance that omitted the term 'Jake
McKelvy reported the street
paving project is underway and aldermen approved a request to
increase the street paving budget by $25,000 so they can have
the parking lanes paved on Stilwell Avenue.
McKelvy also reported Vyve
Broadband informed the city that they will be dropping the
Esquire and Universal HD channels because they are ceasing their
network operations. He said Vyve also reported they will be
increasing their subscription prices by $3 a month for customers
with the non-promotional bundle packages with video services.
The letter also states that
some customers in De Queen were not being charged the standard
broadcast TV fees, and they will start assessing those fees on
the affected customer's bills, starting in July.
McKelvy also pointed out that
the city's sales tax collection increased in May since Amazon
started collecting sales tax on their online sales in March.
Aldermen also voted to move
the council meeting that was scheduled for July 4th to July 11th
at 6 p.m.
SEVIER COUNTY HOSTS SUCCESSFUL ARKANSAS YOUTH FISHING TEAM TRAIL
Arkansas Youth Fishing
Association President Chuck Philips reported this year's
Arkansas Youth Fishing Team Trail Championship 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 over 400 fish
were caught and released back into the Tri-Lakes. He said over
140 fish were caught on day one.
Philips said there were some
concerns about dead fish. He said the anglers were told to keep
the dead fish in their boats. He said there were 10 dead fish on
the first day, 14 on the second day and eight on the third day,
which is less than 10 percent of the total number of fish that
Philips said all of the dead
fish were filleted and donated to a needy family in the area.
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.
The winners of the tournament
won almost $6,000 in scholarship money.
SUSPICIOUS PERSONS REPORTEDLY IN LOCKESBURG 6/21/17
Early Saturday morning, Sevier
County Sheriff's Deputy Chet Stubbs was informed that there were
two suspicious persons going in and out of the EZ-Mart store in
An EZ-Mart employee provided a
clothing description of the two suspects and informed Deputy
Stubbs that the pair left in a silver Pontiac.
Stubbs was able to locate the
vehicle on Highway 70 at the Cossatot River. He reported the
vehicle was traveling 39 miles per hour in 55 miles per hour
speed zone. He also witnessed the driver make an improper lane
While conducting a traffic
stop, Stubbs noticed a devise that he suspected was being used
to smoke marijuana.
Stubbs then took 19-year-old
Benjamin Bevill of Lockesburg into custody for possession of a
controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and
driving on a suspended license.
Bevill was also cited for not
wearing a seatbelt. And, he was given a warning for impeding the
flow of traffic and for an improper lane change.
The passenger, a minor female,
was allowed to drive Bevill’s vehicle to her residence.
SEVIER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOST SAFETY BABY SHOWER
The Sevier County Health
Department is hosting a Safety Baby Shower on Tuesday, July 18th
beginning at 5 p.m. The shower is open to any pregnant woman or
postpartum woman up to a year after their baby is born. Space is
limited so call 870-642-2535 to make a reservation.
The shower will include
education on home safety, safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome and
abusive head trauma, and child passenger safety in a festive,
shower-themed atmosphere, complete with refreshments,
decorations, games and prizes. Shower gifts will include various
home safety projects, instructional DVDs on infant crying and
shaken baby syndrome and convertible child safety seats.
Participants will meet with a trained Child Passenger Safety
technician to receive the child safety seat and they will
receive individual instruction on how to install the car seat
Fathers and grandparents are
also invited to attend.
The Safety Baby Shower is
being presented in partnership with the Sevier County Health
Unit, the Sevier County coalition and other community partners.
For more information or to sign up, call 870-642-2535.
CONSUMER ALERT: ONLINE PREDATORS WORKING OVERTIME DURING SUMMER
Online predators target
children during the summer months when school is out and
children spend more time on the internet.
Parents and adults can protect
children while they are accessing online resources and having
fun on social media.
Attorney General Leslies
Rutledge released the following tips for parents to implement
this summer while their children are home on summer vacation.
She said you should make sure children keep passwords, pictures
and personal information private and only share that information
with their parents or guardian.
Rutledge also said parents
should remind their children to never arrange a face-to-face
meeting with someone they meet online. She said parents should
teach children not to post anything on the internet that they
would not want others to see.
Rutledge said you should let
children know that they should not say anything online that they
would not say in public and tell them not to respond to messages
from people they do not know or to messages that are
Rutledge said parents should
also encourage their children to tell an adult if they ever
encounter a problem online.
The Attorney General's office
is hosting an internet safety webcast on August 2nd and the AG's
office also provides a tip card for consumers, information about
how to spot cyberbullying, as well as a Parent's Guide to
For more information contact
the Attorney General's office by calling 1-800-482-4882 or visit
the website ArkansasAG.gov.
SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT VOTES TO PURCHASE NEW ELECTION
Monday afternoon, the members
of the Sevier County Quorum Court held a special called meeting
to discuss the purchase of new election equipment. Sevier County
Clerk Debbie Akin reported the old equipment was purchased in
Sevier County Judge Greg Ray
reported the total cost of the equipment is going to be
$211,263.79. He said the Arkansas Secretary of State's office is
going to provide $106,027.45 and the county is responsible for
the remaining $105.236.35. Ray said the county will use funds
from a reserve account to cover the county's portion of the
Ray said the Sevier County
Election Commission reduced the number of polling places in the
county, which saved the county some money.
Akin also reported the new
equipment should be delivered in time for the September 19th
BAILEY FAMILY OF DE QUEEN NAMED 2017 DISTRICT FARM FAMILY OF THE
The eight district winners in
the 70th annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have
been selected, including Will and Sydney Bailey of De Queen.
The district winners will now
be judged to determine the state winner which will be announced
December 7th at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North
The district winners are:
Will and Sydney Bailey of De
Queen in Sevier County for the West Central District. The
Baileys have a hay operation, a cow/calf operation and raise
broilers. They have two children, Lynnlee and Benjamin.
Luke and DeeDee Alston of Mena
in Polk County were selected the District Farm Family for the
Western District. The Alston family has a diversified operation
ranging from strawberries and sweet corn, to cattle, broiler
houses and even honeybees. They also have a six-acre corn maze.
The Alstons have two children, Ryan and Drey.
Chris and Heather Tharp of
Floral in Independence County, Gittlein Farms in Maysville in
Benton County, Eddie and Annette Wray of Trumann in Poinsett
County, Brandon and Jessica Chapman of Scott in Pulaski County,
Cedar Corner Farm of Stuttgart in North Arkansas County and
Rocking CK Farms of Garland in Miller County.
According to Arkansas Farm
Bureau President Randy Veach, these farm families represent a
great cross-section of Arkansas agriculture, from row-crops to
livestock to fresh produce and honey production.
The Farm Family of the Year
program begins each year with the selection of the top farm
families in each county and culminates with the selection of the
state Farm Family of the Year who will represent the state at
the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the year.
Arkansas has had two Southeastern Farmers of the year, Brian
Kirksey of Clark County in 2008 and Wildy Family Farms in
Mississippi County in 2016. All winners are judged on their
farm production, efficiency, management, family life and
DISTRICT POULTRY BBQ CONTEST RESULTS 6/20/17
Winners from the Sevier County
4-H Poultry BBQ contest were given an opportunity to compete at
the District 4-H Poultry BBQ contest in Arkadelphia on May 4th.
Each participant was provided
either two chicken halves or two turkey breast filets for
barbecuing and was allowed two hours of cooking time.
Contestants were scored for barbecue skills, sensory evaluation
and presentation by three sets of judges. Contestants were
required to provide a recipe or preparation outline cards
describing the sauce, rubs, ingredients, or other treatments
that were associated with the cooking of the poultry.
Hunter Frachiseur received
first place in the junior division; Trey Mason received third
place in the junior division and Amber Morris received third
place in the senior division. All three prepared turkey breast
in the contest. Others who competed from Sevier County were:
Blake and Jake Sawyer, Brayden Frachiseur, Megan Midgett, Brady
Haarmeyer and Kaedon Davis.
Front row, left to right: Brayden Frachiseur, Hunter Frachiseur,
Brady Haarmeyer, Kaedon Davis, and Jake Sawyer, Back row, left
to right: Trey Mason, Megan Midgett, Blake Sawyer, and Amber
ALONG FOR THE RIDE 6/20/17
Friday night, Sevier County
Sergeant Greg Davignon was patrolling on Provo Road in
Lockesburg when he observed a Chevy SUV traveling at a high rate
Davignon reported he smelt a
strong odor of alcohol when he approached the vehicle and the
driver, Aaron Mooreland informed him that the passenger,
36-year-old Lakisha Britt had been drinking.
When Davignon asked Britt how
much she had consumed, she allegedly told him that she had been
drinking and that she had smoked some weed earlier.
Davignon reported when he
asked Britt to step out of the vehicle he noticed she grabbed
her purse. After getting permission to search the purse,
Davignon found a bowl that is commonly used to smoke meth.
Davignon then released
Mooreland and arrested Britt for possession of drug
WOLF OF AMERICAN GLADIATOR FAME NAMED BARREL MAN FOR PINE TREE
It's less than two-months from
the Dierks Pine Tree Festival and Dierks Chamber of Commerce
member Stacy Janes announced the 5th annual Ultimate Bull riding
event is being sanctioned by the Championship Bull Riding
Association from Weatherford, Texas. He said the cowboys will be
competing for points to qualify for the CBR finals in Cheyenne,
Janes also stated the bull
fighting event is going to be sanctioned by the Professional
Rodeo Cowboys Association and the three bull fighters will be
earning points for the PRCA finals in Las Vegas.
Janes said Friday night will
feature the miniature bull riding event again this year, but he
expects more participates and a bigger crowd, this year.
Janes also announced Don
Yates, who is also known as Wolf of the American Gladiators is
going to be the barrel man this year, during Saturday night's
bull riding event.
For more information about the
Pine Tree Festival, contact the Dierks Chamber of Commerce at
ALLIGATOR HUNT PERMIT APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH JUNE 30
IN ARKANSAS 6/20/17
Applications for the 2017
Arkansas alligator season are available at agfc.com, and the
deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, June 30th.
This is the 11th season of
modern-day alligator hunting in Arkansas. The largest alligator
that has been taken to date was 13-feet, 10-inches. It was
captured in 2015 by James Pelt of Camden.
State biologists finished
their alligator surveys within the last month, and 101 permits
will be available in this year's drawing, according to Mark
Barbee who is a regional biologist at the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission's Monticello office.
Private-land at-large tags
will represent 60 of the 101 permits; 20 permits will be
available for public land in Zone 3, in Southwest Arkansas.
Private-land at-large tags are available through the regular
draw application process, but people who are drawn must provide
written permission from the landowner, along with a map of their
hunt area during the mandatory orientation meeting.
Each permit authorizes the
harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4-feet long.
Alligator hunting is allowed 30-minutes after sunset until
30-minutes before sunrise, September 15th through the 18th and
September 22nd to the 25th.
Each permit holder may have up
to three assistants with them on the hunt, but only the permit
holder is allowed to snare, harpoon or dispatch the alligator.
Applicants must be at least 16
years old on the day the hunt begins, and only Arkansas
residents or holders of an Arkansas Lifetime Sportsman's Permit
Successful hunters will be
able to check their alligator online instead of the mobile check
stations that were required when the hunts began.
Alligator-hunt applicants must
pay a $5 nonrefundable processing fee at the time of their
application. The purpose of the fee is to curtail frivolous
applications that historically reduced the chances that more
avid hunters would draw permits.
10-YEAR-OLD GIRL DROWNS IN RED RIVER SOUTH OF IDABEL
A 10-year-old Texas girl
drowned in the Red River about 30-miles south of Idabel over the
weekend. Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the girl's body was
recovered around 11 p.m. Saturday night.
A trooper reported the girl
was wading in the rapids when she slipped and went under the
water just before 6 p.m. The incident report says the girl never
resurfaced and she was not wearing a life jacket.
Emergency crews dragged the
river for her body and made the recovery in 6 feet of water
about 30 yards from the Oklahoma shore.
Hayworth, Garvin, Broken Bow,
Idabel and Tom fire departments assisted the Oklahoma Highway
Patrol's Marine Enforcement Division, along with the McCurtain
County Sheriff's Office, the Little River County Sheriff's
Office and the Wright City Police Department.
UA COSSATOT BANK OF LOCKESBURG GYMNASIUM OPEN HOUSE 6/19/17
Saturday, UA Cossatot held an
open house for the newly renovated UA Cossatot Bank of
Lockesburg Gymnasium to allow the community to see the restored
UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr.
Steve Cole stated the gymnasium is going to be for public use
and community events.
Cole said the college has also
received a grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
for the renovation of the high school building. He said it will
include a museum, along with classroom space.
University of Arkansas System
President Dr. Donald Bobbitt attended Saturday's Open House and
he stressed how important community college's are to the state
Dr. Bobbitt informed KDQN that
he and the University of Arkansas System is thrilled with the
results at Lockesburg.
Dr. Cole also stated the UA
Cossatot Foundation is currently collecting donations so the
sidewalks can be restored and maintained. And the Lockesburg
Alumni Association donated $4,800 for the purchase of furniture
in the gymnasium in the classroom and conference room.
11 PEOPLE APPLIED FOR TWO LIQUOR LICENSES IN LITTLE RIVER
According to Arkansas law,
only one liquor permit may be issued for every 5,000 people
living in a county as of the last census. And according to Mary
Robin Casteel of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of
Arkansas, 11 individuals applied for one of the two permits that
will be issued in Little River County.
Casteel said individuals on
the list will be eligible to participate in a drawing that will
be held in Little Rock sometime in July. The drawing will
determine the order by which the eligible applicants may present
their applications to the ABC Board at their August meeting.
Casteel explained that number
one and two will go first and if either of those applicants is
denied for any reason, then number three will have an
opportunity to appear before the board after the appeal process
of the denied applicant is exhausted.
Applications were accepted
from April 1st to May 30th
The following individuals have
applied for the two permits:
1. Ralph C. Brainerd, Jr. with
Bogey's at 125 Webster Drive in Ashdown
2. Deana Dawson with Hooked Up
Bait and More on Highway 32 East, Ashdown
3. Richard Fawcett with Little
River Liquor at Highway 32 Business, in Ashdown
4. Geraldine Haskins with
Jerry's Drive-In at 1210 South Constitution Avenue in Ashdown
5. Natasha Henderson with
Haystack at 714 U.S. Highway 71 South in Ashdown
6. Lifford Luthringer with
Little River Liquor at South Constitution Avenue in Ashdown
7. Tammie Luthringer with
Tammielu's at 816 First Avenue in Foreman
8. Tonja Parker with Ashdown
Liquor at Elsoton Drive in Ashdown
9. James Pickett with Highline
Liquor at 774 U.S. Highway 71 South, in Ashdown
10. Jerry Pickett with Pickett
Up Liquor at 614 U.S. Highway 71 South in Ashdown
11. Rachelle Pickett with
Tipsy Turtle Liquor at 806 U.S. Highway 71 South in Ashdown.
Voters approved the proposal
to sell beer and wine in retail stores in November of 2016.
With voters’ approval, retail
stores such as E-Z mart, Wal-Mart, Brookshire's and others
wanting to sell beer and wine can apply to get permits from the
state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - VAUGHT 6/19/17
District 4 Representative
DeAnn Vaught reported there are currently more than 50 highway
construction projects taking place in the state with work zones
in every corner of Arkansas.
Vaught said highway work zones
can be potentially dangerous for motorists who drive through the
complex array of signs, barrels, and lane changes. She said it's
also dangerous for workers who build and maintain our streets,
bridges and highways.
Vaught said you can visit the
website, idriverarkansas.com, for updates about construction
projects. She said you also find alternate routes around
accidents and work zones.
Vaught said when you click on
the icon with the photo of a construction cone, users can also
find detailed information about every project. She said you'll
see when the project started, when it is expected to end, how
much the project is expected to cost, and the name of the
contractor in charge of the project.
Vaught said at the top of the
screen there's an icon with the words "construction programs"
and you can see exactly how tax dollars are being spent through
the Connecting Arkansas Program and the Interstate
The Connecting Arkansas
Program was approved by voters in the 2012 general election and
provides a temporary half-cent sales tax to fund continued
construction of four-lane highways to connect all four corners
of the state, including the widening of existing four-lane
highways to help ease congestion.
The Interstate Rehabilitation
Program was made possible when the citizens of Arkansas voted in
201 to allow the Arkansas Highway Commission to issue up to $575
million in GARVEE bonds to help finance improvements and repairs
to existing Interstates in Arkansas.
You can also find information
about Arkansas Welcome Centers, highway rest areas, weight
restricted roads and bridges and commuter park and ride lots on
the IDrive Arkansas website.
SUSPECT ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY EVIDENCE 6/19/17
Thursday, June 15th, a person
driving a silver Pontiac van stopped next to a Sevier County
patrol vehicle on Crosstrials Road. Deputy Greg Harper and
Sergeant Greg Davignon noted the vehicle had one working
headlight and the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
Deputies asked the driver,
52-year-old Kenneth Shope to step out of the vehicle, but he
refused. Eventually, Shope stepped out of the van and deputies
watched him step on a glass smoking device that had fallen out
of the van in an attempt to destroy it.
Deputies took Shope into
custody and discovered his license had been suspended and he had
an active warrant in Little River County.
While searching the vehicle,
deputies found a bag of suspected methamphetamine on the dash.
Shope was charged with
possession of a controlled substance - meth and possession of
CONSTRUCTION ON MINERAL SPRINGS BUILDING PROJECT IS
Work has started on the
Mineral Springs School District building project.
Dirt work is continuing toward
the east side of the site and the pad has been built for the
elementary wing, student dining hall and the physical education
classroom. Other sections will be ready for concrete work this
week as work progresses west to east.
The Mineral Springs Board of
Education approved the 2016 audit during their recent board
meeting and outgoing Superintendent Curtis Turner informed the
board that it was the cleanest audit he had ever seen. He said
there were no findings in the 2016 audit.
Board members approved leasing
three buses at a cost of $48,000 and they hired Stacey Gaddis to
teach 6th grade math; Lana Burney to teach 6th grade literacy;
and Drake Staggs was hired as a coach and science teacher. The
board also changed the contact of Chad Freeman from a 10-month
contract to a 12-month contract.
UA COSSATOT LOWERS TUITION 6/19/17
The University of Arkansas
Cossatot lowered college tuition for out-of-state and
non-resident students from $179.50 per credit hour to $100 per
credit hour starting in the fall of 2017.
The rate is now the lowest in
the state and the college hopes the $79.50 decrease will bring
in more students from surrounding states.
UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve
Cole said, historically, UA Cossatot has had one of the highest
out-of-state tuitions of any community college in the state. He
said Cossatot found itself with a tuition that was 100 percent
higher than the state average. Cole said they felt the high
tuition rate was creating some additional barriers for their
out-of-state students. And, he said Cossatot is in the business
of eliminating barriers and not maintaining them.
Now, a student who is not a
resident of Arkansas can attend UA Cossatot full-time for about
$1,700 per semester verses $2,600. Students who are classified
as out-of-state students may also be eligible for scholarships
and border-county tuition exemptions, which will further lower
the cost of attending Cossatot.
An Arkansas resident from the
college's service area pays only $71 per credit hour, which is
the fourth lowest college tuition rate in the state.
To enroll in fall classes,
visit the website www.cccua.edu/fall or call 1-800-844-4471.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR TEXARKANA
RESIDENT WITH OUTSTANDING WARRANTS 6/16/17
The Little River County
Sheriff's Office is searching for 25-year-old Arion D. Walker of
Texarkana for outstanding felony warrants.
Walker is wanted for
residential burglary, commercial burglary, breaking and
entering, theft of property and criminal mischief in Little
Walker is an African-American
male who stands 5'9" tall and weighs 160 pounds.
If anyone has information
about Walker's whereabouts, contact the Little River County
Sheriff's Office at 870-898-5115.
Authorities say Walker may
also be armed with a firearm, so he should be considered armed
AARP ARKANSAS HOSTING SMART DRIVER COURSE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 25TH
IN DE QUEEN 6/16/17
Jerry Conatser of AARP
Arkansas reported insurance companies in Arkansas are required
by law to give policy holders who take an AARP Smart Driving
Course a discount.
Conatser said he and his wife
will be offering an AARP Defensive Driving Class on Sunday, June
25th from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Senior Citizen Center on Haes
Avenue in De Queen.
The cost is $15 for AARP
members or $20 for non-AARP members. To register for the class,
Conatser also reminded area
listeners that they are trying to open a Welcome Center in De
Queen at the Sevier County Museum. He said if you are interested
in volunteering at the new Welcome Center; contact Karen Mills
Conatser said the state will
provide all of the brochures and signage for the Welcome Center.
I CAUGHT THE THEFT ON CAMERA 6/16/17
Tuesday evening about 6 p.m.,
Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Jackson took a report at
the Sevier County Sheriff's office from Rachel Lovell who
reported she was having problems with a neighbor.
Lovell stated she put up some
game cameras and she had pictures of someone taking items out of
a shed that sat behind her house, which burned down on June
The next day, Sergeant Greg
Davignon interviewed 27-year-old Travis Pressley of De Queen
about the incident. According to the incident report, Pressley
allegedly admitted to taking the items. He also allegedly
informed Davignon that the items were still at his house.
Pressley was charged with
breaking and entering, theft of property and criminal trespass.
GETTING LOST IN BEN LOMOND RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST 6/16/17
Wednesday night, Sevier County
Sheriff's Deputy David Stinson was patrolling Highway 27 in the
Ben Lomond area when he observed a vehicle turn into the
driveway of a chicken farm in what he suspected was an attempt
to avoid him.
When the vehicle returned to
the highway, they discovered Stinson was sitting in his patrol
vehicle at the end of the driveway. Stinson reported when the
driver saw him, she got out of the vehicle and approached him.
Stinson said she informed him
that she was lost, but kept changing her story. Stinson said he
also suspected she was under the influence of drugs.
Stinson said the individual
did not have any identification but provided him with the name
Cary Murry of Vandervoort. He discovered Murry had several
active warrants in Little River County, the state of Texas and
that her driver's license was suspended.
Stinson was assisted by Sevier
County Sergeant Greg Davignon and Deputy Greg Harper. While
searching the car, they discovered a glass smoking devise with
suspected methamphetamine residue in it, under the car where
Murry was standing.
At the jail, Stinson found a
small metal box in Murry's purse. He reported it contained a bag
of suspected meth.
Murry was charged with a
felony count of possession of a controlled substance - meth and
a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
LITTLE RIVER LEADERSHIP CLASS 6/16/17
Little River County Chamber of
Commerce Executive Director Fonda Hawthorne announced the
deadline to sign up for the 2017 Little River Leadership class
is August 1st and classes will start August 24th.
Hawthorne said this is one of
her favorite things to do with the chamber.
Hawthorne said the mission of
the Little River Leadership class is to identify, train and
motivate current and emerging leaders who live or work in Little
Hawthorne said many past
participates have gone on to serve on several boards and
Hawthorne said the 2017 leadership class will select a class project during
their overnight retreat at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie
Education Conservation Center. She said they will get to know
one another and learn team building skills
For more information or to
register, call the Little River County Chamber office at
THURSDAY NIGHT PRELIMINARY WINNERS ANNOUNCED 6/16/17
The 80th Annual Miss Arkansas
Scholarship Pageant is being held at the Robinson Center in
Little Rock this week and the Thursday night preliminary winners
were announced, including the winners of the Miss Arkansas Alpha
Awards, which are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas
contestants that garnered the most points in their respective
Thursday night, Miss Henderson
State University Olivia Moore was presented the Bringing Beauty
to Life Award. The award was judged by an independent marketing
agency and given to the contestant who most effectively marketed
the EcoTools brand on social media.
Moore is the 19-year-old
daughter of Patricia and Robert Moore of Gurdon. She attends
Henderson State University and will receive a $1,000
The Sharon Evans Bale "We Are
More" Award was presented to Miss Greater Little Rock Brooke
Cornelius of Hope. The award is given to the contestant who
demonstrates that they are more than just a pretty face, and who
represents strong character and a passion for serving others.
Cornelius is the 23-year-old
daughter of Robyn and Chad Cornelius of Hope. She is a graduate
of Henderson State University and is a current student at the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School
The competition will continue
Saturday with the crowning of the 2017 Miss Arkansas at 7:30
BILL BLACKWOOD'S LIFE REMEMBERED 6/15/17
Former Superintendent of the
De Queen School District, Bill Blackwood, passed away early
Blackwood served 55 years in
the De Queen School District. He served as a math teacher,
junior high principal, high school principal and was the
superintendent of the district for 31 years. He retired from the
district in 2012.
When Blackwood took over as
the superintendent, the De Queen School District was in
financial trouble. In 2012, Blackwood said the district was
using it's certificates of deposit to make payroll, but over the
next several years, the district was able to build up its
In 1986, district patrons
voted down a bond issue to build classrooms. So, Blackwood and
the De Queen Board of Education started building three or four
classrooms at a time, as the district could afford the
The district used district
employees to build the buildings, install the heating and air,
painting, and cabinet work.
Under Blackwood's leadership,
the district was recognized for its quality of education. In
2010, two De Queen schools were among the top 20 schools in the
state in math achievement and the middle school and junior high
school were ranked number 10 and number 11 on the state's
Outstanding Educational Performance list.
Blackwood helped navigate the
De Queen School District and the City of De Queen through many
changes and his legacy will never be forgotten.
SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT CONSIDERING EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
Members of the Sevier County
Quorum Court heard a presentation about an emergency
notification system from AlertSense. According to Sevier County
Judge Greg Ray, the system would provide severe weather alerts
to county residents. However, he said it would only help if
people signed up for the service.
Judge Ray also reminded county
residents to sign up for free smoke detectors that the American
Red Cross is donating to the county in September.
Ray also reported County Clerk
Debbie Akin informed the JPs that the county needs to upgrade
its voting equipment. He said Akin told the JPs that it would
cost about $210,000 to replace the equipment, but the county
could apply for a state grant in the amount of $106,000.
JPs approved an ordinance
amending the county's 2016 Operating Budget and they approved an
appropriation in the amount of $700 for telephone service for
the Veteran's Affairs Officer's office.
And, Debbie Pickering was
appointed to the Sevier County Equalization Board.
LET FREEDOM RING PROGRAM IN DE QUEEN IS JULY 1ST 6/15/17
Chris Hale of the De Queen
Parks and Recreation Department announced they will be adding a
Let Freedom Ring Pageant to this year's program. He said the
pageant is being organized by Blaire Harp and it will be held in
the De Queen High School Auditorium at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June
Harp said the pageant is a
glitz/glamour pageant and there are several categories.
She said Cody Lites and Sammy
O'Conner will be the emcees and there will be entertainment. Harp
also mentioned the deadline to pre-register is this Sunday, June
18th. She said
she will be at the community building in the Herman Dierks Park
this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Late registration will be
accepted through the day of the pageant, but will be $15 higher.
Harp said funds will be used
to help children participate in organized sports activities
through the park system.
Hale said the Let Freedom Ring
program will start at 6 p.m. He said if you want to participate
in the talent hour or if you are a non-profit organization and
would like to set up a booth, contact the park office at
Hale said the Midnight
Hurricanes will be performing and the fireworks show will begin
For more information about the
pageant, contact Harp by calling 870-279-0444 or email her at email@example.com.
FREEDOM FROM BLINDNESS 10K THIS FOURTH OF JULY IN
Zebbie Launius of the
Lockesburg Lion's Club announced this morning that Friday is the
deadline to sign up for the club's Freedom from Blindness 10K
this Fourth of July if you want to receive a free t-shirt.
She said the annual fundraiser
is Tuesday, July 4th at the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park in
Lockesburg beginning at 7 a.m.
Launius said the registration
fee is $25 if it's received by Friday or $30 after Friday. She
also said you can donate $25 as a virtual runner to help the
club purchase glasses for children.
To register, Launius said you
should call Terry Chapman at 479-234-1676, drop off a
registration form at the Bank of Lockesburg or go online at
In the event of weather
conditions that present an imminent danger to the runners, the
race will be cancelled and no refunds will be given.
ARKANSAS HIGHWAY COMMISSION APPROVES BID FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN
SEVIER COUNTY 6/15/17
Officials with the Arkansas
State Highway and Transportation Department announced the
Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for
improvements to a roadway in Sevier County.
The purpose of the project is
to resurface 5.1 miles of U.S. Highway 70 from the Oklahoma
State Line extending eastward.
R.K. Hall of Paris, Texas was
awarded the contract at $1,761,467.07.
Construction is scheduled to
begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Completion is
expected in late 2017.
For travel information on
Arkansas' highways visit the websites IDriveArkansas.com or
FOREMAN HIGH SCHOOL NAMED ONE OF THE HIGHEST-PERFORMING SCHOOLS
IN ARKANSAS 6/14/17
The Office for Education
Policy at the University of Arkansas announced Foreman High
School as been named one of the highest-performing schools in
Arkansas based on the 2014-2015 PARCC assessments.
Superintendent George Kennedy
reported the high school was named a High Achieving High School
for the Region Overall, in Math and in English Language Arts. He
said the Office for Education Policy measures a schools
assessment scores and then creates a school grade point average
and the schools with the highest GPAs are presented High
Kennedy said the district
received its annual Accreditation Report from the State Board of
Education's Standards Committee. He said the Oscar Hamilton
Elementary is accredited and the high school is accredited, but
Kennedy also announced Ash
Grove Cement is donating $150,000 to the district to upgrade the
Foreman High School softball facilities.
Members of the Foreman Board
of Education voted to hire Lisa Carver as a 7th through 12th
grade English teacher and Sarah Blackman as an elementary
teacher. They also extended the contract of Lacey Hall from 205
days to 215.
EXPIRED TAGS LEAD TO DRUG ARREST 6/14/17
About 1:30 Sunday morning,
Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Chet Stubbs noticed the tags were
expired on a red Dodge pickup truck as it traveled south on
When Stubbs made a traffic
stop, he discovered the driver, 50-year-old Elizabeth Higgins of
De Queen had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was
taken into custody and Stubbs informed the passenger, Jimmy
Moore that he would need to contact someone to drive his pickup
truck because his license was suspended.
Stubbs also received
permission from Moore to search the truck, since it belonged to
While searching the truck,
Stubbs found a brown hand bag that contained a small plastic bag
of suspected methamphetamine. He also found a glass smoking
devise that contained suspected meth residue in it inside a bag
that contained women's clothing.
Higgins allegedly admitted to
purchasing $60 dollars worth of meth in Oklahoma, earlier that
day. She was charged with a felony count of possession of drug
4-H CLOVERBUD - JR. DAY CAMP NEWS 6/14/17
Sevier County Cloverbud and
Jr. 4-H'ers learned what they should do if they ever find
themselves in an unfamiliar place and not sure which direction
Shelley Flanary is a park
interpreter at the Cossatot River State Park and she presented a
beneficial program explaining all the steps of survival if
you're ever lost in the woods. 4-Her's were given a whistle and
water bottle to add to their survival bags when they're enjoying
Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission Wildlife Officers Sydney Grant and Cody Standifer
held a question and answer session with the 4-H'ers. And, they
explained how they were available to assist people in the
community with various problems and the importance of following
4-H'ers ended the program by
exploring the Game and Fish truck, along with all the tools that
wildlife officers have available to them to help people and
animals that are in trouble.
4-H'ers also enjoyed a hike to
the dam and 4-H teen leaders received some valuable leadership
experience by serving Walking Tacos to the group for lunch.
The 4-H Cloverbud-Jr. Day Camp
is held each year for Sevier County 4-H'ers ages 5 to 13 and
their parents at Cossatot Reefs State Park. If you are
interested in joining the Sevier County 4-H, call the Sevier
County Extension Office at 870-584-3013 or email Janet Cantrell
Photo by Janet
MISS ARKANSAS ALPHA AWARDS PRESENTED TUESDAY NIGHT 6/14/17
Tuesday night, the Miss
Arkansas Alpha Awards were presented during the opening night of
the 80th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant at Robinson Center in
Little Rock. Alpha Awards are presented to first-time Miss
Arkansas contestants that garner the most points in their
respective groups each night.
The Savvy Shields Alpha
Interview Award was presented by the Miss America Homecoming
Celebration Committee to Miss Central Arkansas Hannah Burrow.
Burrow is the 24-year-old
daughter of Chad and Rachelle Burrow of Foreman and she attends
the University of Central Arkansas. Burrow will also receive a
The Healthy Lifestyles
Platform Award was presented to Miss Texarkana/Twin Rivers
Barfield is the 22-year-old
Daughter of Robin and Glenn Barfield of Texarkana, Texas and she
attends the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College
of Pharmacy. She will receive a $500 scholarship.
And, Miss Southwest Arkansas
Suzie Gresham of Hope received a $1,000 Social Media Promotions
Scholarship. She is the 23-year-old daughter of Ben and Jamie
Gresham of Hope. She is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist
This year's Miss Arkansas
Pageant features 44 contestants from around the state and they
are competing for over $167,000 dollars in scholarships.
Preliminary competitions will
continue today and Thursday at 7 p.m. The final competition for
the Outstanding Teens will be on Friday. The crowning for Miss
Arkansas 2017 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
MINERAL SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL 6/14/17
Monday night, the Mineral
Springs City Council debated an ordinance that would require the
mayor, aldermen and/or department heads to recuse themselves
from any decisions where there was a conflict of interest. Mayor
Bobby Tullis said the policy was already being used by the
council; however aldermen felt the policy needed to be in
A motion to introduce the
ordinance passed on a 2 to 1 vote with aldermen James Jeanes and
Charles Deloney voting for the motion, while aldermen Vera Marks
voted against it.
Aldermen approved the
destruction of three different groups of affidavits from 2007
and 2008 and they approved the water/sewer audit. Tullis also
announced the city's legislative audit for 2016 has been
Aldermen then discussed some
additional street paving work, but will wait to see if the
recent paving project on North Crawford Street holds up to some
CRATER OF DIAMONDS STATE PARK HOSTING 7TH ANNUAL PROSPECTORS'
GEMBOREE THIS SATURDAY 6/14/17
The Crater of Diamonds State
Park is hosting the 7th Annual Prospectors' Gemboree this
Saturday and the event is going to feature a treasure hunt in
the 37.5 acre diamond search area.
According to Park Interpreter
Waymon Cox, this year's festival will include family games and
prizes. He said a complete schedule of activities can be picked
up at the park's visitor center on Saturday.
The 11th Annual Famous Crater
Diamonds Exhibition will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. in the Diamond Discovery Center. Guests will be able to
meet Crater diamond finders and collectors, as well as hear the
stories behind the finds.
All Prospectors' Gemboree
games and activities are free with the purchase of mine
admission, which is $10 for anyone 13 and older; $6 for ages
6-12 and ages five and under are free. For more information,
contact the Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113.
ARKANSAS HIGHWAY COMMISSION APPROVES BID FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN
HOWARD COUNTY 6/14/17
Officials with the Arkansas
State Highway and Transportation Department announced the
Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for
improvements to a roadway in Howard County.
The purpose of the project is
to resurface 2.3 miles of selected sections of County Road 1
near Mineral Springs.
C&F Construction of Smackover
was awarded the contract at $249,473.20.
Construction is scheduled to
begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Completion is
expected in late 2017.
For travel information on
Arkansas' highways visit the websites IDriveArkansas.com or
HARGROVE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND SEEKS APPLICANTS 6/14/17
Nursing and pharmacy students
are encouraged to apply for a $1,000 scholarship that is being
offered through the Nicky Hargrove Memorial Scholarship fund.
Each applicant must be an accepted or current student in a
registered nursing program or a doctor of pharmacy program and
they or their parents must be a member of Arkansas Farm Bureau.
The recipient will receive
$1,000 and may reapply in year. The recipient will be notified
by July 15th.
The family of Nicky Hargrove
established the scholarship fund to honor Hargrove's years of
service to Arkansas Farm Bureau and all of Arkansas agriculture.
He was a rice, soybean and wheat farmer from Stuttgart and he
served as president of Arkansas Farm Bureau from 1976-1986 and
was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1999.
Hargrove passed away in 2011
at the age of 79, and his family wanted to find a way to honor
the people who cared for him throughout his years of illness
while also ensuring his name is never forgotten.
Scholarship applications can
be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications, along with a resume, are due by July 1st and
should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to
2001 S. Prairie Street, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160.
Shavings for animal show pens 2017 Fair and Livestock Show
Foods, Grannis/Broken Bow Complex recently assisted the Sevier
Co. Fair and Live Stock Association in their efforts to provide
pine shavings for the 2017 Fair & Livestock Show's animal pens.
Tyson Foods Live Production Manager, Richard Pearce presented a
check for $998.00 to (L- R) Sevier Co. Fair Board members:
Sandra Nunn and Donna Rivas.
Tyson is a proud supporter in the agricultural interests of our
CHAMBER KICKS OFF SUMMER MOVIES SERIES THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber
of Commerce board member, Daniel Martinez, informed KDQN Tuesday
morning that the chamber board as a lot of plans for the
upcoming year and they are starting things off with the Summer
He said the chamber and UA
Cossatot will be kicking off the Summer Movies Series this
Saturday at 8:30 p.m. with a free screening of Moana at the UA
Cossatot amphitheater. He also said the UA Cossatot OTA students
will be operating the concession stand.
Martinez said the chamber
plans to show two more movies this summer, on July 15th and
To learn the movie titles
visit the chamber's Facebook page, Facebook.com/DeQueenSevierCountyChamberofCommerce.com.
UA COSSATOT BANK OF LOCKESBURG GYMNASIUM OPEN HOUSE IS SATURDAY
10 TO 1 6/13/17
Emily Newlin of UA Cossatot
announced the college will be holding an Open House on Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg
Gymnasium on the old Lockesburg High School campus. She said
refreshments will be served at 11 and Dr. Steve Cole will make
some remarks and a special presentation at noon.
Newlin said all community
members who are interested in stepping back into the 1950s are
encouraged to attend. Lockesburg High School graduate, Daniel
Martinez, stated several former students are also planning to
Newlin reported the UA
Cossatot Foundation will also be accepting donations on Saturday
to help preserve the Lockesburg High School sidewalks.
Newlin also stated the college has received a grant to restore
the old high school. She said they are also planning to create a
Lockesburg School District museum, as well as create classrooms
for educational functions.
The UA Cossatot Bank of
Lockesburg Gymnasium restoration project started in the summer
of 2016 with the help of an Arkansas Natural and Cultural
Resources Council grant.
SHOPLIFTING IN FRONT OF A COP 6/13/17
Friday evening about 6 p.m.,
off-duty Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Kristyn Reed was
shopping in Wal-Mart when she witnessed a woman acting
suspicious in the sporting goods section. A little while later,
Reed noticed the woman and a man returning some items at the
Later Reed noticed the woman's
purse was empty when the man and woman walked past her. She then
witnessed the woman putting items in her purse, while the man
stood behind her.
At that point, Reed approached
the pair at the self-check out counter and identified herself as
a sheriff's deputy and advised them that they were under arrest
At the Sevier County jail, the
woman, 40-year-old Misty Lathem of Texas and the man,
22-year-old Dylan Rohsner of Texas allegedly admitted to
stealing some items and returning them for cash.
Lathem and Rohsner were cited
CONSUMER ALERT: SKIMMING SCAMS TARGETING ARKANSANS 6/13/17
Nashville and Hope police have recently reported finding skimmers on gas station
card readers and police in Little Rock and Stuttgart have
reported skimmers on ATMs and at gas stations. Skimmers allow
criminals to clone the consumer's credit card to purchase other
items. Credit and debit card users should take extra steps to
protect their account information as multiple reports of
skimming have hit Arkansas this year.
Attorney General Leslie
Rutledge released the following tips to help Arkansans avoid
falling victim to skimming: check for obvious signs of
tampering; wiggle everything, including the card reader; cover
your hand while entering the PIN number; use ATMs in busy
locations; and always review account statements for any
chip-enabled cards are not currently protected from this scam
because most are also equipped with the magnetic stripe which
holds the data that these scammers are looking for.
Consumers who believe they
have been victims of skimming should contact their local law
enforcement and card provider or bank to report the fraud.
For more information and tips
to avoid scams and other consumer related issues, contact the
Arkansas Attorney General's office at 1-800-482-8982 or visit
the website ArkansasAG.gov.
EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS COUNCIL CONVENTION HELD
SPRINGS – “Volunteering: It's What We Do” was the theme for the
2017 state meeting of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council,
on June 6-8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Council is a volunteer organization associated with the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service that provides its members
opportunities for education, leadership development and
July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, the most recent period for
which statistics are available, Arkansas Extension Homemakers
gave 644,735 hours of volunteer service. The Division of
Community Service and Nonprofit Support (formerly the Division
of Volunteerism), an agency of the Arkansas Department of Human
Services, uses $21.36 as the value of each volunteer hour. The
value of their service is $13,771,539.60.
Dianne Rosson and Judy
Vann-Hamilton (shown left), both
members of the Sevier County Extension Homemakers
Council, were among the more than 600 Extension
Homemakers, their guests, vendors and exhibitors and Division
personnel who gathered for the event, which showcases the
accomplishments of the more than 4,000 members.
The opening session included
Beth Anne Rankin as the keynote speaker. Rankin, a former Miss
Arkansas, has experience in government and politics, radio and
television and as a small business owner. At present, she is the
associate director of Development and Major Gifts at Southern
Arkansas University at Magnolia, where she continues to combine
her love of education and for the State of Arkansas.
Rankin's topic was
"Fingerprints of Leadership" and focused on the attributes and
characteristics that have comprised the heart and spirit of the
Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council's members' leadership and
volunteerism through the years.
Attendees had the opportunity
to attend a series of how-to, education, subject matter and
creative skills classes during the two day event.
Sevier County EH Council and
Gillham EHC were both recognized for outstanding participation
and preparation of Project Books.
An “Anything Goes” talent
competition was held and Judy Vann-Hamilton (shown right) from
Gillham EH Club was named Annual State Talent Show Winner and
presented the traveling trophy for her impression of Elvis.
A memorial service was held
including two members from Gillham EH Club. Those remembered
during the memorial service from Sevier County were Geraldine
Vann and Marjorie Pell.
A display of cultural arts
was shown throughout the meeting. Each county Extension
Homemakers Council was asked to submit one table runner, which
was displayed. The councils were also asked to donate the
runners to be used in a fundraising project for the meeting of
the National Volunteer Outreach Network, which the state Council
will host in Springdale in 2019.
COSSATOT RIVER HIGH SCHOOL DESIGNATED SCHOOL OF INNOVATION
Last week, Cossatot River
Superintendent Donnie Davis announced Cossatot River High
School’s School of Innovation application has been approved.
Davis said starting this fall; students will be able to choose
between the School of Innovation or traditional pathway toward
Davis also announced the Cossatot River School District received a grant to
provide telemedicine for students on all four campuses through
the Arkansas Children's Hospital. He said he thinks it will help
parents who are unable to get off work to take their children to
Davis also said the Cossatot
River High School EAST lab was awarded a grant which will allow
students to create replicas of artifacts that are being stored
at the Arkansas State House Museum.
AMERICAN RED CROSS TO OFFER FREE FIRE ALARMS IN SEVIER COUNTY
THIS SEPTEMBER 6/12/17
On average, six people lose
their life each day from home fires. It's estimated that you
have as little as two minutes to evacuate your home during a
fire. So, along with having a plan, the best protection your
family can have is working smoke alarms.
Last month, the American Red
Cross Greater Arkansas Chapter announced they will be donating
free smoke alarms to the volunteer fire departments in Sevier
County in September and area fire departments will be installing
the smoke alarms for free on Saturday, September 9th.
De Queen Fire Chief Dennis
Pruitt said the American Red Cross will distribute the fire
alarms to the county volunteer fire departments on September 2nd
and county firefighters will install the alarms on Saturday,
Pruitt said the De Queen Fire
Department has been providing and installing free fire alarms
for years and he said it has drastically reduced the number of
house fires within the city of De Queen.
Office of Emergency Management
Coordinator Walter Smith said your can sign up now for the free
fire alarms by calling the American Red Cross at 501-420-3533 or
you can email the Red Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org. He said
remember to leave your name, address and phone number and you
should also provide the name of your district fire department.
If you have any questions
about the free fire alarm program, contact the Sevier County OEM
office at 870-584-3182.
BRIDGE REOPENED IN LOCKESBURG 6/12/17
During a special called
meeting of the Lockesburg City Council, aldermen voted to have
the bridge on North Park Street reopened with a load limit of
Randy Allen provided the
council with several options of how to fix the bridge, but after
a lengthy discussion, aldermen decided to have the bridge
inspected by the state. They also voted to patch the bridge and
change the load limit of the bridge to five-tons.
The bridge has been reopened
to local traffic.
Aldermen then voted to accept
a bid from Jeff Heifner in the amount of $900 for the removal of
some trees in the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park.
Aldermen also went into
executive session to conduct interviews but no action was taken.
ARGUMENT LEADS TO ARREST FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION 6/12/17
Sunday night about 11:30 p.m.,
Corporal James Gilbert of the De Queen Police Department was
dispatched to an apartment in reference to a man and woman
arguing in front of an apartment complex on Fourth Street.
When Gilbert made contact with
the couple, they allegedly informed him that the female,
48-year-old Tamara Sherrill of Fort Smith was intoxicated. She
also informed Gilbert that she was staying in one of the
apartments, but she didn't live in the complex.
Sherrill was arrested and
charged with public intoxication after she fell down in the
parking lot and wouldn't get up.
SPANISH LANGUAGE CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR
PARENTS ACROSS ARKANSAS 6/12/17
Better Beginnings is
Arkansas's Quality Rating Improvement System through the
Arkansas Department of Human Services and they have made a
library of Spanish-language resources available to Arkansas
families. The library includes more than 20 individual resources
with checklists for choosing childcare, developmental milestone
trackers and activities that can be done at home to support
Beverly Wright is the program
manager of child care licensing and Better Beginnings at the
Arkansas Department of Human Services and she says research
shows maximum brain development during the first five years of a
child's life. Wright said children need opportunities for
quality learning as early as possible. She said having these
resources available to Spanish-speaking families in Arkansas
will provide those parents with extra tools to nurture their
child's development at home.
In addition to the Family
Resource Library, Better Beginnings offers a Choosing Child Care
Checklist to assist families with finding a high quality child
care program. The checklist, which is made to use on a smart
device while touring a child care facility, is available online.
Better Beginnings also offers a database of child care
providers, searchable by zip code on its website,
ARBetterBeginnings.com, where families can also view the Better
Beginnings Spanish Resource Library.
MISS ARKANSAS PAGEANT WEEK BEGINS WITH OFFICIAL ARRIVAL
CEREMONY/NAMES AWARD FINALISTS 06/12/17
LITTLE ROCK - Forty-four of the state’s best and brightest young
women begin competition this week for the title of Miss Arkansas
2017 and the chance to represent the Natural State at Miss
America in Atlantic City this September. At the end of the
week-long competition one of these lucky ladies will have her
life forever changed and walk away with a $30,000 scholarship,
the largest in the pageant’s 80-year history, plus over $75,000
in prizes. This year contestants will receive over $167,000 in
scholarships thanks to our generous sponsors and the Miss
Arkansas Scholarship Foundation. Each of our contestants will
receive a $400 scholarship just for competing this week.
To kick off pageant week the Official Arrival Ceremony was held
yesterday at the Arkansas State Capitol and were followed by a
chance for family, friends and fans to meet the contestants at
the traditional autograph session. Emcee for the Official
Arrival Ceremonies was Miss Arkansas 2015, Loren McDaniel. She
finished in the Top 15 at Miss America 2016. This Van Buren
native is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and won the
title of Miss Arkansas as Miss Northwest Arkansas. She currently
lives in New York City and is attending The Stella Adler
Professional Conservatory. She is a 2nd year graduate student
pursuing an emphasis in acting.
For the first time in the pageant’s history the Miss Arkansas
Pageant is being held jointly with the Miss Arkansas Outstanding
Teen Pageant. The 34 most talented and intelligent teens were a
part of the Official Arrival Ceremony Saturday in the capital
city. These teens are competing for nearly $24,000 in
scholarships and the chance to represent Arkansas in the Miss
America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando later this summer.
On hand to greet our miss and teen contestants were Miss
Arkansas 2016 Savannah Skidmore and Miss Arkansas Outstanding
Teen 2016 Emily Brewer.
During the Arrival Ceremonies the Miss Arkansas Marketplace
Interview Scholarship Winners were announced. A separate panel
of local professionals who excel in their chosen field
interviewed applicants in May at the contestant meeting. These
interviews were designed to be like a job interview and
contestants were scored on their experience and potential in
their chosen field. This is the first year these awards were
given and were a fantastic opportunity for the Miss Arkansas
Scholarship Foundation to further promote their mission of
empowering young women to achieve their academic and
professional goal. The 2017 Marketplace Interview Scholarship
Winners are as follows:
· Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers Kathryn Barfield received the
$2,500 Medical Field Professions scholarship sponsored by Dr.
Allyson Moulton. Barfield is from Texarkana and attends the
University of Arkansas for Medical Science, College of Pharmacy.
She would like to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and become a
· Miss White River Claudia Raffo received the $1,500 STEM
Professions scholarship sponsored by Dr. Ashlen Thomason &
Family. Raffo is from Jonesboro and attends Arkansas State
University. She plans to obtain a Doctorate of Pharmacy and work
in retail pharmacy.
· Miss Heart of the Ozarks Ashton Yarbrough received the $1,500
Education Professions scholarship in memory of Marty Walker by
Chris Walker & Family. Yarbrough is from Gravette and attends
the University of Arkansas. She would like to obtain a Masters
in Educational Leadership and run for public office.
· Miss Southwest Arkansas Suzie Gresham received the $1,500
Business Professions scholarship sponsored by Stacy & Brad
Hudgens. Gresham is from Hope and attends Ouachita Baptist
University. She plans to obtain a Juris Doctorate degree and
become Legal Counsel for Pafford Medical Services.
· Miss Gateway to the Ozarks Jacey Winn received the $1,500 Law
Professions scholarship (to be used for Law School) sponsored by
Friday, Eldredge & Clark Law Firm. Winn is from Wynne and is a
graduate of the University of Arkansas. Her career ambition is
to go into Entertainment Law.
· Miss Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses received the 1,000
Journalism & Mass Communications Professions scholarship
sponsored by KATV. Moses is from Cabot and attends Arkansas
State University. She will graduate in the spring with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communications with a double
emphasis in Public Relations and Social Media Management. She
plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Communication.
· Miss Apple Blossom Reagan Wheelis received the $1,000
Accounting Professions scholarship sponsored by Thomas & Thomas
Accounting Firm. Wheelis is from Melbourne and attends the
University of Arkansas.
· Miss Grand Prairie Taylor Jaggers received the $1,000 Fine
Arts Professions scholarship sponsored by Susan & Lou Siegel.
Jaggers is from Rison and attends the University of Arkansas at
Little Rock. She plans to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
in Dance Performance and would like to open her own dance
Also awarded at the Arrival Ceremonies were the Top Five
Children’s Miracle Network Fundraisers for both the Miss and the
Outstanding Teen contestants. Children’s Miracle Network is the
official national platform for both the Miss America and Miss
America’s Outstanding Teen pageants. Since 2007 contestants on a
local, state and national level have raised funds for the more
than 170 children’s hospital that make up the Children’s Miracle
Network. Arkansas Children’s serves as this state’s CMN hospital
and this May our Miss Arkansas contestants had a chance to tour
the hospital in Little Rock to see how their dollars are being
used to help kids in our area. The top fundraiser for Miss
Arkansas will be named on Wednesday and will receive a $1000
scholarship. The remaining four finalists will receive a $500
scholarship. These awards are courtesy of the Miss America
Foundation. Collectively, the 44 Miss Arkansas contestants
raised over $34,000 this year. The 2017 Miss Arkansas CMN
Miracle Maker Top Five Fundraisers are (listed in alphabetical
order by title):
· Miss Apple Blossom Reagan Wheelis. She attends the University
of Arkansas and is from Melbourne.
· Miss Grand Prairie Taylor Jaggers. She attends the University
of Arkansas at Little Rock and is from Rison.
· Miss Greater Little Rock Brooke Cornelius is a graduate of
Henderson State University and a 1L at the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock William Bowen School of Law. She is from
· Miss Northwest Arkansas Raygan Sylvester. She attends the
University of Arkansas and is from North Little Rock.
· Miss University of Arkansas Darynne Dahlem. She attends the
University of Arkansas and is from Greenwood.
On Friday the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Miracle Maker will
be named. She will receive a $200 scholarship courtesy of Justin
Harper. Collectively the 2017 Outstanding Teen contestants
raised almost $17,000. The 2017 Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen
CMN Miracle Maker Top Five Fundraisers are (listed in
alphabetical order by title):
· Miss Apple Blossom’s Outstanding Teen Anna Claire Hay. She is
· Miss Diamond Lake’s Outstanding Teen Madeline Adams. She is
· Miss North Central Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Zoe Cimino. She
is from Mountain Home.
· Miss Northwest Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Isabella Udouj. She
is from Fort Smith.
· Miss Petit Jean Valley’ Outstanding Teen Claire Lambert. She
is from Conway.
The Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant also named the Top
Five Finalists for the Teens in Action Award. This award
recognizes a contestant who has excelled in bettering her
community, promoting her platform and taking action to improve
the lives of those around her. This winner will be announced on
Friday and will receive a $200 scholarship courtesy of Miss
Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2016 Emily Brewer. The finalists are
(listed in alphabetical order by title):
· Miss Greater Little Rock’s Outstanding Teen Katelynn Tyner.
Her platform is “Promote the Vote.” She is from Cabot.
· Miss Heart of the Ozark’s Outstanding Teen Sara Gardner. Her
platform is “Pledge to Patriotism.” She is from Russellville.
· Miss Lake Dardanelle’s Outstanding Teen Aubrey Reed. Her
platform is “STAR: Empowering America’s Youth.” She is from
· Miss Northeast Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Izzy Baughn. Her
platform is “Eye on the Storm: Be Prepared and Ready.” She is
· Miss Ouachita River’s Outstanding Teen Camille Cathey. Her
platform is “Proudly Volunteer.” She is from Wynne.
Lastly, the Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Top Five Finalists
for Scholastic Achievement were also named at the Arrival
Ceremonies. This award is judged by a separate panel of judges
who are in the education field. It recognizes the academic
achievements of the contestants, as well as their school
involvement. Cumulatively the 2017 Teen contestants have a GPA
of 3.8! The winner will be named on Friday and will receive a
$250 scholarship given by Ashton Campbell Gill. Gill was Miss
Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2011 and Miss Arkansas 2014. She
finished 2nd Runner Up to Miss America in 2015. The finalists
are (listed in alphabetical order by title):
· Miss Greater Jacksonville’s Outstanding Teen Payton Wortsmith.
She is from Little Rock and attends Pulaski Academy.
· Miss Heart of the Ozark’s Outstanding Teen Sara Gardner. She
is from Fayetteville and attends Fayetteville High School.
· Miss Natural State’s Outstanding Teen Brooke Bradford. She is
from Shirley and attends Clinton High School.
· Miss Northeast Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Izzy Baughn. She is
from Jonesboro and attends Jonesboro High School.
· Miss River Delta’s Outstanding Teen Phoebe Harris. She is from
Paragould and attends Green County Tech.
Competition begins Sunday and Monday with a Private Interview
with our Judges Panel.
Preliminary competition begins Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at
Robinson Center in Little Rock. Additional preliminary
competition will also be held Wednesday and Thursday nights,
beginning at 7 p.m. each night. Winners for Artistic Expression
in Talent and Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit will be
presented at the end of each night’s preliminary competition.
The culmination of a week’s worth of competition and activities
will happen over two days. On Friday, June 16, the new Miss
Arkansas Outstanding Teen will be crowned. And on Saturday, June
17 we will crown Miss Arkansas 2017. Tickets are still available
for the 13th Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant and the 80th
Miss Arkansas Pageant and can be purchased through Ticketmaster
or by calling Robinson Center directly.
Emcees for this year’s show are KATV’s Chris Kane and Miss
Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins. Kane is a Little Rock native
who currently anchors Daybreak for KATV Channel 7 (ABC
Affiliate). He is a graduate of the University of Central
Florida who again calls Arkansas home with his wife Chelsea.
This is the 4th year for Chris to emcee the Miss Arkansas
Scholarship Pageant. Collins currently works as the Vice
President, Government Relations for Roberts Group. She is a
founding ambassador of the Miss America State Titleholders
Association. She received her undergraduate degree from the
University of Central Arkansas and her Juris Doctorate from the
University of Arkansas Law School. As Miss Arkansas, Collins
finished in the Top 15 at Miss America. This Sheridan native now
makes her home in Rogers with her husband, Ryan and their
three-year old son Beckett.
The newly crowned Miss Arkansas 2017 and Miss Arkansas
Outstanding Teen 2017 will be available immediately following
the crowning in their first official press conference. This will
take place Saturday night, June 10th, in the BLT Room in
Robinson Center. All media are invited and encouraged to attend.
ACTIVITY REPORT FOR SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 6/9/17
Thursday afternoon, Sevier
County Sheriff Robert Gentry released the monthly activity
report for the deputies of the Sevier County Sheriff's office.
Gentry reported deputies
conducted a total of 296 traffic stops, issued 272 warnings and
wrote 16 citations, while patrolling a total of 30,033 miles
throughout the county. He said they also worked 27 accidents and
made 24 arrests.
Gentry said a total of 99
inmates were booked into the county jail and this month's
community service took place around the jail because the
Community Service Deputy is currently attending the Arkansas Law
Enforcement Academy in Camden.
ARKANSAS YOUTH FISHING TEAM TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE HELD IN SEVIER COUNTY JUNE
Chuck Philips is the president
of the Arkansas Youth Fishing Association and the Arkansas Youth
Fishing Foundation and he announced Sevier County is hosting the
Arkansas Youth Team Trail state championship tournament June
16th through June 18th.
Philips said teams are
competing in two age divisions for scholarship money. He said
teams from all four-corners of the state will be competing on
the area’s Tri-Lakes.
Philips said teams will fish
on Gillham and Dierks lakes Friday and Saturday and then the top
20 teams will compete on De Queen Lake Sunday for a chance to
win the championship.
Philips said the event will
have a Bass Masters feel and everyone should come to the
weigh-ins on Friday, Saturday and especially on Sunday at the
Sportsplex, beginning at 2 p.m.
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber
of Commerce members will also be hosting several activities for
the fishermen and their families. The tournament is expected to
draw 80 youth fishermen.
Philips said you will start
seeing fishermen on Monday as they pre-fish the area lakes.
45TH ANNUAL KIAMICHI OWA-CHITO FESTIVAL IS JUNE 16TH AND
The 45th Annual Kiamichi
Owa-Chito Festival is scheduled for June 16th and 17th in
Beavers Bend State Park.
On Thursday, June 15th the
Forestry luncheon will be held at the Museum of the Red River at
Friday night, the Miss Choctaw
Owa-Chito pageant will kick-off the festival at 4:30 p.m. at the
Beavers Bend amphitheater. Later, Jerry Tims, Clear Creek Blues
Band and Charlie Farley will be performing.
Saturday, June 17th will begin
with the 5K run at the Beavers Bend Swim Beach. Vendors will be
set up on Saturday only from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Several events
like the talent show, student art show, stickball, bingo, canoe
races, casting contest, archery shoot, horseshoes and spelling
bee will all take place on Saturday.
The 2nd annual Bike Show will
be held at the Beavers Bend Nature Center and the BMX Unites
Freestyle Stunt Team will be performing throughout the day and
music will be provided by Victory Underground.
Saturday night, the winners of
the talent show performing prior to the opening act, 2 Gun
Justice will be followed by this year's headliner, Stoney Larue.
For more information, contact
the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce at 580-584-3393 or visit
their website www.brokenbowchamber.com.
MEGA SPORTS CAMP AT FIRST ASSEMBLY IN DE QUEEN STARTS THIS
The De Queen First Assembly of
God Church is hosting a Mega Sports Camp this Sunday through
Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. each evening.
Children's minister Dan
Nemlowill said they will be offering instruction in basketball,
soccer and cheerleading. He also stated there is no cost to
attend the camp.
Kyle Willis is one of the camp
instructors. He and Nemlowill said the camps will combine basic
sport principles with Bible study times.
Camp participates are being
asked to bring a basketball or soccer ball, but if parents need
more information, they can call the church at 584-3435.
LOCKESBURG RESIDENT CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 6/9/17
Monday, Sevier County
Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Webb was dispatched to a residence in
Lockesburg in reference to a disturbance that was in progress.
When Deputy Webb arrived, the
reporting party informed him that 24-year-old Kevin Williams had
been waiving a knife around and was inside the residence with
her mother, Zanneckia Bell.
According to Bell, Williams
was mad because she would take him to Nashville. She said he
damaged her car and her daughter’s car with a knife and that he
had thrown it into the woods.
Webb reported the rear
passenger tire on Bell's daughter's car had been cut and the
front driver's side tire had been cut on Bell's car. The gas cap
had also been torn off and there were scratches on Bell's car.
Deputy Wendell Randall
recovered the knife and Williams allegedly admitted to causing
the damage to both vehicles. He was then charged with criminal
mischief in the second degree.
WESTERMAN PRESENTED A MANUFACTURING LEGISLATIVE EXCELLENCE
U.S. Representative Bruce
Westerman is both an engineer and a forester and his
constituents showed him last week that both occupations have
served him well.
The National Association of
Manufactures presented Westerman with its Manufacturing
Legislative Excellence Award during an awards ceremony that was
hosted by the Domtar paper mill in Ashdown.
Upon accepting the award,
Westerman thanked the mill employees, the association and the
residents who had gathered at the event, saying he was both
surprised and humbled by the award. He said manufacturing plays
an integral role in the economy of Arkansas, and there exist
opportunities for expansion in the manufacturing sector.
Westerman said that is why he has worked to pass legislation
that supports manufacturing jobs through smart regulation and
Westerman said Domtar is a
great example of what he likes to see all across his Fourth
District. He said sometimes, the state gets labeled as not
caring about the environment; however, it's just the opposite.
He said forests need to be healthy and the forestry industry
makes sure that it is.
4H BAKE SALE FRIDAY AT WAL-MART 6/8/17
Friday, the Sevier County 4-H
clubs will be hosting a bake sale at Wal-Mart beginning at 9
4-H member Hunter Frachiseur
said the 4-H clubs are trying to raise money to sponsor a
trick-rider for the Sevier County Fair and Rodeo, this August.
Frachiseur listed several
items that they will be selling, but he also mentioned there is
an online auction on Stephanie Stewart Haarmeyer's Facebook
page. He also said you can place a special order by calling a
4-H club leader.
For more information, call
Linda Frachiseur at 870-642-7466.
ARKANSAS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP 6/8/17
Thursday morning, Director of
the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Dr. Bishop Woosley, provided
Bunyard Broadcasting with an overview of the Arkansas Academic
Challenge Scholarship lottery.
Woosley stated over the past
seven and a half years the lottery has awarded nearly $700
million dollars in scholarships. He said they award
approximately 30,000 scholarships per year.
Woosley said the Arkansas
Academic Challenge Scholarship helps students of all ages
succeed in higher education, whether they are seeking a
four-year undergraduate degree or a two-year associate’s degree.
He also stated the Lottery Scholarship can now be applied
towards a graduate-level or professional degree.
Woosley said the Arkansas
Academic Challenge Scholarship is funded by the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery and every time someone plays the lottery,
they are investing in students of all ages.
Woosley also stated the
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship can be combined with
other financial aid programs.
Woosley said this is the time
of year that lottery employees and players are reminded why they
play and support the lottery.
The deadline to apply for an
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship is June 15th. Visit the
Department of Higher Education's website, scholarships.ADHE.edu
and complete an application.
CAR CRASHES INTO HOME SUNDAY MORNING 6/8/17
About 3 a.m. Sunday morning,
Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy David Stinson investigated an
accident on Highway 41 South involving a car and a manufactured
Deputy Stinson reported
16-year-old Christian Anderson of Pittsburg, Texas was
apparently traveling South on Highway 41 South when he failed to
negotiate a curve and left the roadway, striking a manufactured
home at 1367 Highway 41.
Stinson said the vehicle
traveled 163 feet and struck a utility pole. He said it then
traveled another 47 feet before it struck the north end of the
Stinson reported the house was
pushed back two-feet, causing damage to the frame. He said some
windows were broken and some of the doors could not be opened.
Anderson was taken to the De Queen Regional Medical Center by Southwest EMS,
along with Debra Martin who was sleeping in the master bedroom
at the time of the accident.
Anderson was citied for
failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
DOG SHOW IN TEXARKANA CANCELLED DUE TO VIRUS 6/8/17
The American Kennel Club dog
show that was scheduled for June 17th and 18th in Texarkana has
been cancelled due to a highly contagious canine influenza virus
that has infected dogs in other states.
The virus, which started in
Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina has infected dogs at shows
in Louisiana within the last two weeks, according to the
secretary of the Texarkana chapter of the American Kennel Club.
According to one website, the
virus is not life-threatening, if it is detected and treated
early. Dogs may also be immunized for the virus; however, if
left undetected, it can be painful for the animal.
TURNER OF ASHDOWN PLACES 4TH IN ARKANSAS DAIRY FOODS
Caylee Turner of Ashdown
placed fourth in the main dish competition of the 60th annual
Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest, which was held on May 31st at the
state fairgrounds in Little Rock.
Luke Baker of Siloam Springs
and Zarah Dean of Ozark were the winners.
The contestants were judged on
the use of dairy products, originality, availability of
ingredients, serving technique and craftsmanship of the dish.
Turner served a loaded
broccoli and cheese soup dish.
The event was sponsored by the
Arkansas Farm Bureau.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMMISSION FINALIZES APPLICATION
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana
Commission has finalized the process for accepting applications
for medical marijuana growers and sellers.
According to a press release,
the five-member commission developed a detailed application
scoring method this week.
The method breaks down 100
points that applicants can earn into sections. More than half
the total points are in a section that is focused on operating
marijuana facilities in compliance with laws and rules. Other
sections include qualifications, financial disclosure and an
An attorney for the Department
of Finance and Administration said a detailed scoring breakdown
was necessary to avoid possible lawsuits over the distribution
of the licenses.
Commissioners James Miller and
Travis Story voted against the proposal. Story said
commissioners should be able to weigh each section differently.
The application period will
open June 30th and will continue for 90-days. The commission
will distribute 32 dispensary licenses and five cultivation
Arkansas is one of 29 states
that now allows comprehensive public medical marijuana programs.
TWO DE QUEEN RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN DIERKS FOR RESIDENTIAL
Queen residents have been arrested for residential burglary
after temporarily living in a Dierks house.
Investigator John McKee of the Dierks Police Department noticed
an open window at a home on the corner of Massey and Sixth
Street in Dierks during a recent patrol. McKee reported he knew
the homeowner was currently living in an apartment elsewhere and
asked Officer Jason Icenhower for assistance in checking the
identified two people inside as 20-year-old Kaitlynn Elizabeth
Roberts and 31-year-old Larry Dale Roberts, both of De Queen.
Roberts confessed that the two had been living there for over a
week and she also stated that Larry Roberts had been abusive.
Investigator McKee noticed bruises on her arms and legs.
Kaitlynn Roberts also said that she had been tied up against her
will for a two hour period at one point.
Larry Roberts confessed that he had tied up his wife and is has
also been charged with 2nd degree false imprisonment.
DE QUEEN BOARD OF EDUCATION ASKING VOTERS FOR 4.9 MILL INCREASE
IN SEPTEMBER 6/7/17
Members of the De Queen Board
of Education voted Tuesday night to seek a 4.9 mill increase
from the voters of the De Queen School District for the
construction of a new high school.
Superintendent Bruce Hill
reported the state approved the construction of a new high
school and will provide $1.7 million dollars to complete the
project. He said the district has $1 million dollars in its
building fund, but the district will need to pass a millage
increase of 4.9 mills to construct a new high school.
Hill said the district is not
tearing down any portion of the existing building that they can
use, but they need to build new classrooms and an office area.
Ray Beardsley of First
Security Financial stated even with the millage increase the
district will be 5.5 mills below the state average. Hill said
the district's millage will remain the bottom 20 percent in the
Board members also accepted
the resignation of four teachers and the retirement of Winnie
Welch who is a 55 year veteran of the district.
Hill announced the district
hired seven teachers, but the district is still looking for an
assistant football coach.
Board members also approved a
bid from Tri-State Asphalt for the paving of the administration
parking lot and a new phone system from Blue Sky Technologies.
The next meeting of the De
Queen Board of Education is Monday, July 10th at 5 p.m.
CITY OF DE QUEEN ACCEPTS BID FOR AUTOMATED METER READING
Tuesday afternoon, De Queen
City officials opened bids for an automated meter reading system
for the water department. Tuesday night, aldermen of the De
Queen City Council accepted a bid from Southern Pipe in the
amount of $591,096.78 for the Neptune System. Aldermen also
accepted a bid from Goslee Contracting in Royal, Arkansas in the
amount of $99,344 for the installation of the system.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy
reported the city will use funds from their reserve account to
pay for the project.
Aldermen also passed an
ordinance to raise the sanitation rates for the collection of
solid waste. McKelvy said residents will see a $1 increase in
the sanitation bill each month. He also reported it will provide
about $39,000 in new revenue for the city's sanitation
Alderman also discussed the
city's ordinance that concerns the use of engine compression
brakes. They also discussed a new ordinance that would require
city residents to display their house numbers as assigned by the
county's 911 emergency system.
McKelvy said aldermen also
passed a resolution authorizing the city's auditing firm to
proceed with the process of converting the city's retirement
plan from it's defined benefit plan to a 457 retirement plan.
McKelvy reported aldermen also
accepted a proposal from Doug Simpson to dispose of the 1940's
House which is located at 718 Walter Leeper Drive in the Herman
McKelvy also informed the
aldermen that Steve Sharp has been contracted to upgrade the
downtown street lights with LED bulbs.
The next meeting of the De
Queen City Council is Tuesday, June 20th at 6 p.m. in the
council room of the De Queen City Hall.
MISS CHOCTAW OWA CHITO PAGEANT 6/7/17
The Broken Bow Chamber of
Commerce announced the deadline for the Miss Choctow Owa Chito
Pageant has been extended to Friday, June 9th.
Jessica Shank of the Broken
Bow Chamber said applications can be downloaded from the
chambers website, www.brokenbowchamber.com or you may stop by
either the Idabel or Broken Bow Chamber offices. All entries can
be turned into the Broken Bow or Idabel Chamber offices or the
Choctaw Nation Field Office.
The pageant is Friday, June
16th at 4:30 p.m. on the Beavers Bend Amphtheatre stage.
This year's pageant will
feature three age divisions. They are Little Miss for 8 to 10
year olds, Junior Miss for 11 to 13 year olds and Senior Miss
for 14 to 18 year olds.
For more information, contact
the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce at 580-584-3393.
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 15 6/7/17
Since 2009, the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery has provided nearly $700 million dollars for
more than 235,000 scholarships to Arkansas students at 51
colleges, universities and technical schools in the state.
Yet, while the Arkansas
Scholarship Lottery largely funds the scholarships, the Arkansas
Department of Higher Education administers them and the
department of higher ed, recently announced the deadline for
students to apply for scholarships has been extended to June
All eligible traditional and
non-traditional college-bound students in Arkansas are being
encouraged to apply. Applicants can be new high school
graduates, students who are already enrolled in school, older
students who want to continue their education and those
attending technical schools.
Scholarships begin at $2,000
for the first year of a four-year school and increases by $1,000
annually for students who keep it; for two-year schools, the
amount is $2,000 for both years.
For more information, visit
the website www.scholarships.ADHE.edu.
HAULING UNSECURED LOADS POSE DANGEROUS THREAT ON STATE
Arkansas State Police and
other law enforcement agencies are looking to stop drivers who
are hauling unsecured loads. Forty-two states have agreed to
help educate the public on the importance of properly securing a
load when traveling across a highway or a local street.
A 20-pound object that falls
from a vehicle that hits another vehicle that is traveling 55
miles per hour creates a force of 1,000 pound at impact.
According to a recent study, more than 200,000 crashes in the
past four years have been attributed to road debris.
Unsecured loads also create
another problem. Debris leaves a trail of litter along the
nation's roadways from individuals and companies who are hauling
trash and other materials from home, construction sites and
other locations. The cost of removing that litter is $11.5
billion dollars nationwide.
The Arkansas State Police
Highway Patrol Division issued over 700 citations and warnings
for spilling loads on the highway since 2013.
Arkansas State Police suggest
you secure the load before hauling any load including, debris,
supplies or equipment. They suggest you tie down the load with
rope, netting or straps; tie large objects directly tot he
vehicle or trailer; cover the entire load with a sturdy tarp or
netting; don't overload the vehicle; and always double check the
load to make sure it is secure.
For more information, visit
the website www.TZDArkansas.org.
YORK GARY DONATES TO
LEGACY 2020 CAMPAIGN 6/6/17
Gary Autoplex of Nashville has donated to the UA Cossatot
Foundation’s Legacy 2020 capital fundraising campaign.
Because of the donation, Room 101 located on the Nashville UAC
Campus will be renamed the York Gary Autoplex Hall.
“York Gary Autoplex has been a supporter of our community for
years,” said Dustin Roberts, UA Cossatot’s Coordinator of
“The investment made by York Gary Autoplex not only demonstrates
the commitment to our college, but also to local students.”
UA Cossatot Foundation’s Legacy 2020 Campaign focuses on donors
and businesses that wish to invest in the growth of the college.
For every donation amount there is a matching naming opportunity
for donors who wish to leave a legacy for current and future
students on a UA Cossatot campus.
“One of the great aspects of the Legacy 2020 campaign is the
flexibility,” said Roberts.
“We have businesses and individuals who are investing an amount
at one time and others who are paying out a commitment
More information on the Legacy 2020 Campaign is available on the
college’s website at
Pictured are UA Cossatot Coordinator of Development Dustin
Roberts, York Gary Salesman Rick Copeland, York Gary Owners Gary
Dan and Donna Futrell, York Gary Finance Manager Brian Fox, York
Gary Salesman Arturo Perez, York Gary Saleswoman Derenda Butler,
UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole, and York Gary Salesman Mike
ARMYWORMS DETECTED IN SEVIER COUNTY 6/6/17
Sevier County Extension Agent
Rex Herring announced Tuesday morning that armyworms have been
detected in Sevier County. Herring said this was the earliest
that armyworms have ever been detected in the county.
Herring encouraged area
farmers and ranchers to scout their fields for armyworms and to
contact the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Office to report
any armyworm sighting or for more information.
Herring said armyworms can
damage a field overnight, because the armyworm larvae have been
feeding on the grass for a week or more. Herring said because
armyworms are so destructive and because they compete with
livestock for forage, producers should diligently scout
susceptible fields for armyworm activity.
Herring said to scout for
armyworms, farmers and ranchers should look for larvae in and
around areas of dead grass or where birds are feeding. He said
armyworms primarily feed at night, so farmers will need to dig
around in the thatch and at the base of the plants to see any
Herring said farmers should
start spraying for armyworms when they discover three or more
worms per square foot. However, he said if a hay field is
heavily infested, but the grass is ready to be harvested, they should consider cutting and bailing the grass as soon as
possible, instead of making an insecticide application.
For more information, call
Herring at 870-584-3031.
VANDERVOORT PICNIC GROUNDS BENEFIT THIS SATURDAY 6/6/17
Carla Wolcott announced
Tuesday morning that the Vandervoort Picnic Grounds will be
hosting a benefit this Saturday to raise funds for the upkeep of
the grounds and the community's Fourth of July celebration.
Wolcott said the Vandervoort
Picnic Grounds committee will be holding a poker run for area
bikers this Saturday. She said registration begins at 3 p.m. and
the last rider will leave no later than 4. The cost is $15 per
bike or $25 for a couple. Registration forms are available in
Mena, Cove, Hatfield, Vandervoort and De Queen at the Plaza 66
gas station and De Queen Motorsports. She also stated there's
going to be a dance at the picnic grounds starting at 9 p.m.
For more information, visit
the Facebook page Vandervoort Picnic Association.
BURROW TO COMPETE IN MISS ARKANSAS PAGEANT THIS SATURDAY
Miss Central Arkansas Hannah
Burrow is getting set to head to Little Rock this week to
compete in the Miss Arkansas pageant.
Activities for Burrow will
begin Saturday at 2 p.m. at the State Capitol as Burrow and the
other contestants will be formally introduced. This event will
be followed by an autograph session in the Rotunda of the
Next week, contestants will
attend rehearsals, rotary club meetings, and a luncheon at the
governor's mansion. On Saturday, June 17th, the public is
invited to attend the Show Me Your Shoes parade in downtown
The pageant will be held at
the Robinson Performance Center at 7 p.m. each evening. Burrow
will be competing in poise and presence in evening gown and
onstage question competitions on Tuesday, June 13th, the talent
competition on Wednesday and the lifestyle and fitness
competition on Thursday. The pageant will conclude on Saturday,
June 17th with the top 10 contestants being announced and moving
through each category of the competition to determine who will
be crowned the next Miss Arkansas.
The final night of the
competition will be televised on KATV Channel 7. Tickets to the
pageant are still available through the Robinson Center box
office and at ticketmaster.com.
For more information, visit
the website missarkansas.org.
RECKLESS DRIVING LEADS TO DRUG ARREST 6/6/17
On Saturday, June 3rd,
Sergeant Wayne Baker of the De Queen Police Department received
a report concerning a reckless driver.
Baker located the van at the
Murphy's gas station in De Queen and identified the driver as
59-year-old Joel Weaver of Mena. While interviewing Weaver,
Baker was given consent to search the vehicle.
During the search, Baker
located a small amount of suspected marijuana in a medication
bottle along with a black glasses case that contained a plastic
bag of suspected methamphetamine, as well as a white plastic box
that contained another bag of suspected methamphetamine. He also
found another box that contained a digital scale and four large
plastic bags of suspected marijuana.
Weaver was charged with a
felony count of possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with
the purpose to deliver, a felony count of possession of a
schedule IV controlled substance with the purpose to deliver and
a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
FOREMAN MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ILLEGAL GAMBLING
BUSINESS IN TEXARKANA 6/6/17
Three people were arrested
last week in Texarkana, Texas when police executed a search
warrant of an illegal gambling business on Texas Blvd.
44-year-old Jeffrey Spraggins of Wake Village, who is believed
to be the owner of the business. The operation's manager,
69-year-old Paul Dean Holmes of Foreman and 42-year-old Melissa
Nash of Texarkana, Texas.
A police spokesperson said the
business had been open for about a month and after they received
information about it being an illegal gambling business,
undercover officers paid to play games of chance on eight
Spraggins has been charged
with keeping a gambling place, possession of gambling device and
promoting gambling. Holmes has been charged with possession of
gambling device and promoting gambling. Nash was charged with
SEVIER COUNTY LAND AUCTION NETS $84,656.76 6/6/17
The recent auction of
tax-delinquent properties in Sevier County collected over
$84,000 according to the Commissioner of State Lands office.
The Land Commissioner's office
recently conducted the auction of delinquent properties, which
drew 23 bidders and sold seven of the nine available parcels of
land for $84,656.76 for Sevier County and state government.
The Land Commissioner's office
conducts one tax-delinquent sale per county each year to dispose
of land which has been certified with taxes past-due.
Commissioner John Thurston
said the state only auctions off a small percentage of parcels
that are certified to his office. He said in most cases, the
original owner will redeem the delinquent property by paying the
While redemption of property
is the preferred method of disposing of tax-delinquent lands,
Thurston noted how important it was to auction off inactive
parcels in order to get them back on the county and state tax
Registered bidders may
purchase land at the auctions. Registration to bid at land sales
is free. Upon the sale of tax-delinquent property, the
Commissioner issues a limited warranty deed to the highest
Thurston's office returns
delinquent tax and interest collected, whether through
redemption or sale, to the county taxing unit just as if the
money had been originally collected there.
Thurston said last year, his
office returned more than $18 million dollars to school
districts and county governments. Last year, Sevier County
Interested Arkansas residents
may visit the Commissioner of State Lands website, www.cosl.org,
to view the public auction catalog, to review the list of
properties that will be offered at upcoming auctions or the
post-auction sales list of properties that did not sell at
DE QUEEN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER NOW OFFERING REDUCED LUNCHES
FOR AREA SENIOR ADULTS 6/6/17
Cristal Lipsey and Daniela
Aguilar of the De Queen Medical Center recently announced the
hospital started offering noon meals to area senior adults at a
Aguilar said the hospital
started offering noon meals to senior adults who are 65 and
older, Monday through Friday for $3 a meal.
Aguilar said other changes are
being made and area residents may have noticed some remodeling
taking place in the hospital as well as new signage and a new
For more information, call the
hospital at 870-584-4111.
AREA STUDENTS AWARDED AG SCHOLARSHIPS 6/6/17
Two area students recently
received scholarships for their interest in agriculture.
Kayla Martin of De Queen was
awarded the 2017 Sevier County Cattlemen's Scholarship in the
amount of $500.
Martin plans to attend
Southern Arkansas University and major in Animal Science. She is
the daughter of Kenneth and Jennifer Martin.
Molly Parker of Ashdown was
awarded the Marcos Borges Jr. Memorial Scholarship. She plans to
attend the University of Arkansas and then transfer to Colorado
State University where she plans to purse a degree in veterinary
Parker helped raise, show and
sell Red Brangus breed cattle while in high school.
BODY OF WHITNEY McDONALD BELIEVED TO BE FOUND 06/05/17
Branson, Missouri police report a body found in Bull Shoals Lake
Saturday morning is likely to be that of 31 year old Whitney
McDonald of Nashville. McDonald has been missing since a flash
flood near Cooper Creek Resort in Branson swept away the vehicle
she was driving on May 28th.
fishing on the lake called police at about 6:30 Saturday morning
to report spotting a body in the water, just downstream from
Powersite Dam. The body was recovered by the Western Taney
County Fire Protection District water rescue team, and turned
over to the Taney County Coroner. Branson Police Chief Stan
Dobbins says he hopes the discovery will bring some comfort to
the Nashville family that has waited a week for news on
funeral services were held over the weekend for 37 year old
Antonio Finley and 17 year old Kaliea Munn in Nashville. Both
were passengers in the car, and their bodies were recovered from
Cooper Creek in Branson in the early morning hours of May 29th.
Two other passengers in the vehicle were able to escape to
safety. The National Weather Service says five inches of rain
fell in about a two hour period in Branson on the evening of May
28th causing the flash flooding. The Nashville
residents were attending a basketball tournament in Branson
Memorial Day weekend.
The Sevier County Election Commission will meet Monday, June 5th
at 9:00 A.M. in the County Clerk’s Office in the Courthouse to
begin preparations for the September 19th school elections.
June 11th is the first day that candidates may circulate
petitions for signatures to run for a school board position.
Petitions must contain signatures from at least 20 registered
voters who are residents of the school district.
School Board positions to be voted on in the De Queen School
District: Zone 2 currently held by Sandy Miller-Huntsberger.
School Board positions to be voted on in the Horatio School
District: Zone 2 currently held by Dana Vance; and At-Large
Position 2 currently held by Pollyanna Smith.
Filing period for candidates desiring to be placed on the
September 19th school election ballot is from 12 Noon on July
5th through 12 Noon on July 11th.
For more information on the September 19th school elections,
contact the Sevier County Clerk’s Office at 642-2852.
Also at the Monday, June 5th meeting of the Sevier County
Election Commission in the County Clerk’s Office, the
Commissioners will discuss Vote Centers and Election Equipment.
ArFuture Grant Opens New Funding for UA Cossatot Students
pursing high-demand or STEM degrees at University of Arkansas
Cossatot may now complete the Arkansas Future (ArFuture) grant
ArFuture was created to promote
higher education, increase the skills and education of
Arkansas’s workforce, and attract students to high-demand,
This grant will cover tuition and
fees for eligible students in qualifying associate and
certificate programs at public higher education institutions.
This grant is significant because
it covers some programs that are not eligible for Federal
Students seeking the following
degrees need to apply for ArFuture by July 1: Associate of
Science – STEM, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Technology (EMT),
Medical Assisting, Natural Resources, Nursing, Occupational
Therapy Assistant, and Radio Broadcasting.
The grant is open to every person
who has graduated from an Arkansas high school, Arkansas
homeschool, GED program, or anyone who has a high school diploma
and has lived in Arkansas for the last three years, regardless
of financial need. Only students who have not yet earned a
bachelor’s degree are eligible.
Students must complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov
and apply through ADHE’s online YOUniversal scholarship portal
“The great thing about ArFuture,”
said ADHE Director Dr. Maria Markham, “is that it is available
to both part-time and full-time students. Also, students
directly out of high school and Arkansans who have been out of
school for years can qualify.”
The grant program has mentoring
and community service requirements. Research shows a greater
chance of success if students are engaged in their professional
fields and communities.
ArFuture will be awarded on a
first come, first serve basis and the application period has
been extended until July 1. Deadlines for other programs, such
as the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship, have been extended until
Sevier County 4-H club makes long
haul for Pocahontas donations 06/02/17
QUEEN, Ark. – As definitions of “neighbor” go, the 280-plus
miles gap between De Queen and Pocahontas, Ark., might push the
envelope for some folks looking to lend a helping hand. But for
members of the Lakeside 4-H Club, based in De Queen, responding
to calls from those in need after natural disasters has become
collecting and delivering donations to tornado survivors in
Moore, Oklahoma in 2013 and Mayflower/Vilonia in 2014, doing the
same for flooding survivors in the northeastern Arkansas town
only seemed like an obvious call to service.
In early May,
many Pocahontas residents had to evacuate their homes as
torrential rains caused nearby rivers to top their banks,
flooding wide swaths of Randolph and other counties. Agronomists
with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
estimated that the flooding had caused approximately $175
million in crop loss related damaged, destroying about 360,000
acres of rice and other crops.
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. He was accompanied by Alec Turner, 13, and Brennen
Seymour, 16, both members of the Lakeside 4-H Club.
that after Randolph County Cooperative Extension Service Staff
Chair Mike Andrews issued a list of needed supplies to Extension
offices across the state in mid-May, he offered to provide
transportation for whatever donations members of the local 4-H
club could muster.
“I told them
that if they put the donations together, I would get them to
Pocahontas,” Herring said. “And the 4-H’ers stepped up. They
made it happen.”
Raul Blasini, a
volunteer with the Ministerial Alliance currently helping to run
the shelter, said the city had received an overwhelming number
“Right now, we
have 35 pallets of water, 20 pallets of clothing and 40 pallets
of canned goods and other food,” Blasini said. “And that after
weeks of distributing the donations. I’m very proud of this
community and everything they’ve done for the people in need
As of last
week, local media in Randolph County reported more than
two-dozen displaced residents were still living at the shelter.
wishing to donate funds to the City of Pocahontas for recover
efforts can call the mayor’s office at 870-892-3924, or visit
To learn about
4-H Clubs, contact Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service
at 870-584-3013 or visit
Ashdown School Board Special Called Meeting 06/01/17
School Board met in a special called session late last week.
After a 15
minute executive session, the Ashdown School Board approved the
following personnel matters for the 2017-2018 school year:
resignation from second grade teacher Amy Smith.
David Murray as high school physical science teacher.
Shawnda Chester as 5th grade teacher, conditional
upon securing a provisional license by July 1st.
Megan Baker as 3rd grade teacher.
personnel matters, the Ashdown Board approved the employment of
Rosalind Fricks and Angie Cook at the L.F. Henderson campus this
summer, and Chris Alexander for summer maintenance help.
Board voted to add a Technology Facilitator as a new job
Part B Funds
for Special Education and Related Services Assurances and
Agreements were approved.
Board voted to purchase Saxon Phonics and Spelling Student kits
and refill packages at a cost of $10,851.
Ashdown School Board accepted an offer of $81,000 to sell the
property the school district owns at 460 Northwest Front Street
School Board special-called meeting late last week took place in
the Administrative Office Building.
BREATHE Youth Conference at Iron Mountain
The first ever BREATHE two day youth
conference will be held at Iron Mountain, just south of Mena
this weekend, with the hope to “breathe life” into today’s youth
to become tomorrow’s warriors for Jesus Christ.
Church youth groups from as far away as
Georgetown, Texas have pre-registered for the event.
Registration begins at 4:00 on Friday, and the conference gets
underway at 6:30. A dance party will be held following Friday
night’s conference. The conference resumes at 10:00 Saturday
morning, and concludes Saturday night with evangelist Arden
Bevere of Colorado speaking. Other noted speakers during the two
day conference include: Vanessa Martin, Anna Buckley, Emma Mae
Jenkins, Nathaniel Martin, Taylor Schuller, and Victor Rowell.
The conference is free to area youth. A
free lunch will be served on Saturday. An optional $5 pizza
party will be served Saturday evening. 75 youth have
pre-registered to date, but more than 400 sixth to twelveth
graders are expected to attend the BREATHE conference this
weekend at Iron Mountain, just south of Mena. For more
information, call Emmye Rowell at 479-216-4224 or visit the
Dierks School Board Meeting 06/01/17
School Board met in special session Tuesday evening at the
Dierks high school library, and approved several personnel
Board accepted the resignation of Dustin Bissell.
After a 41
minute executive session, the Dierks Board hired the following
personnel for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year:
Bates as head football and head track coach.
Fannin as head baseball and assistant football coach.
Bates as elementary special education teacher.
Lites as elementary teacher.
Gadbury as a para-professional at the high school.
U of A Tuition and Fee Increases for Upcoming Year
University of Arkansas system Board of Trustees approved an
increase in tuition and fees at colleges and universities in the
U of A system, during their meeting late last week.
come as the schools become more reliant on tuition and fees as
state appropriations drop. The proposed increases for the
2017-2018 school year range from 2.75 percent for the University
of Arkansas in Fayetteville to 8.02 percent at the University of
Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
University of Arkansas Cossatot, which has campuses in De Queen,
Nashville, and Ashdown, the increase on undergraduate tuition
and mandatory fees for the 2017-2018 school year will be 5.73
percent. The increase is projected to provide new revenues of
$349,698 for U of A Cossatot.
Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt says the campus
chancellors began discussing higher rates in January. The
campuses are required to put one-half of any tuition and fee
increase into a system software project that will hold all
student-services, financial, and human-resource information.
Veterans Affairs District Office Opens in Hope
ribbon-cutting was held this week for the new Arkansas
Department of Veterans Affairs District 8 Office in Hope.
Governor Asa Hutchinson was on hand to cut the ribbon. The new
office is located at the Arkansas Workforce Center in Hope,
located on Smith Road off Highway 29 north just north of I-30.
The new office will serve
Sevier, Howard, Little River, Hempstead, Clark, Columbia,
Lafayette, Miller, Nevada, and Pike Counties in Southwest
Arkansas. The new office is the last of nine such district
offices to open around the state.
The District 8 Veterans
Services Officer is Jim Williams, and he says he will be working
hard to support the county veterans services officers.