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ARKANSAS LEGISLATION UPDATE 08/19/19

During any given day in the school year, there are 350,000 children riding a bus on Arkansas roadways.

This week, legislators joined the Governor, Education Secretary Johnny Key, and state police in reminding drivers that Flashing Red means Kids Ahead. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, as students are present. The law requires drivers to stop on 2 lane and 4 lane highways in both directions, even those with a middle lane. Drivers cannot attempt to pass in any direction until the school bus has finished receiving or discharging passengers and is in motion again, and yet, Arkansans violate this law routinely.  Back in April, Arkansas school bus drivers reported 884 instances of motorists illegally passing stopped school buses in one day. Twelve of those instances occurred on the right side of the bus, where students enter and leave the bus.

The penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were increased dramatically by Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law. The legislation was named in honor of Isaac Brian, an elementary school student in the Bryant School District who was struck and killed when a driver illegally passed his school bus while students were exiting the vehicle.  The legislature increased the fines in Isaac’s Law again this year with Act 166. Drivers can now face up to a $2,500 fine for a violation.

Isaac’s father, William Brian, spoke at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, “I’m encouraging you to take your responsibility as a driver seriously. I’m asking you eliminate distractions and have a heightened sense of awareness anytime you see flashing red lights.” Everyone has a responsibility to ensure students arrive to and from school safely. Remember: Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.flashingredkidsahead.org.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DEANN VAUGHT SEEKING RE-ELECTION 08/19/19

Today, State Representative DeAnn Vaught announced she will seek another term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Serving since 2015, Vaught has been advocating for rural voices at the capitol and her focus includes farmers rights, 2nd amendment support and bringing awareness to mental health issues and child abuse. 
Vaught represents district 4, which includes parts of Howard, Sevier, and Little River Counties. She has worked with local leaders to continue efforts for job growth and economic development in the 4th district.
Agriculture is a community close to her heart, as she says “District 4 is full of amazing farmers who care for their livestock and the environment, they do not need more red tape keeping them from doing what they love and we all need them to keep feeding the world. “
Vaught serves as Vice-Chair of Executive Audit, a member of the Education Committee, Insurance and Commerce, House Management, and House Rules. She also serves on The Arkansas Legislative Council and the PEER review chair and is a mother to three grown daughters. DeAnn and her husband, Jon reside on a farm outside Horatio and are members of First Baptist church, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Cattleman’s Association and Arkansas Pork Producers. 
 
Vaught says “I am grateful for everyone’s support and hope to continue to serve as your District 4 state representative.”
 

DEPUTY FINDS TWO RESIDENTS WITH DRUGS NEAR TEXARKANA LAST WEEK 08/19/19

Two traffic stops resulted in drug arrests early Thursday for a Miller County deputy.

News outlet TXK today reports that while on routine patrol Thursday August 15th, Deputy Stephen Rhyne conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota truck just off of Hightway 237 in Miller County for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck was identified as Christopher Orand, age 38 of Texarkana, Arkansas. The driver reportedly consented to a search and 1.1 grams of suspected Methamphetamine was discovered in the vehicle. Mr. Orand was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and was booked into the Miller County Detention Center.

Later that morning around 4:07 a.m., Deputy Rhyne conducted another traffic stop on a Toyota Camry near South State Line Avenue for a traffic violation. The driver was identified as Howard Nielson, age 56 of Bowie County Texas. Nielson was found to be in possession of approximately 4.4 grams of suspected Methamphetamine and a small amount of suspected Marijuana. Mr. Nielson was arrested on a Felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance then booked into the Miller County Detention Center.

 

ARKANSAS HUNTERS CAN RENEW LICENSE ONLINE 08/19/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind hunters and anglers that licenses can be renewed online. The new site offers a convenient, one-stop shop for hunting and fishing licenses, permits, game checking, merchandise and other important information about outdoor recreation in Arkansas.

Digital copies of licenses are available through the AGFC mobile app, which can be downloaded from the Play Store or the Apple Store.

Harvest reports, donation options and gift certificate information are also available through the site.

Find out more about renewing your hunting or fishing license by visiting AGFC.com

 

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU WARNS ARKANSAS RESIDENTS OF SCAM 08/19/19

The Better Business Bureau has announced a scam making its way around Arkansas. This scam has targeted local business owners in attempts to gain financial information. The Bureau is asking all local businesses to be on alert for this activity and use extreme caution when dealing with consumers from outside of the area.

Business owners and employees have received texts and electronic quotes from a consumers claiming to be moving to Arkansas soon but are currently out of the state. The business is given an address and asked to provide an estimate. Once the business provides the estimate, the “customer” usually requests financial information in order to wire transfer the deposit or they will actually send a check for the deposit amount.

Another tactic that used is to send an “over-payment” of the deposit, in hopes that someone will send back the amount that was over paid. In this way, they end up with a legitimate check and the business is left with a fake one.

The BBB has provided advice for dealing with these scams and preventing fraud.

  1. If you receive text messages, quote requests via email, or calls that start to follow the pattern above, stop engaging. (The scammers will usually start the conversation by digital means such as email, text, or an automated quote system.)
  2. If you are unsure of who you are dealing with, proceed with extreme caution. Do not give any financial information for wire transfers, do not deposit any checks, and do not perform any work up front until you can verify the requesting party is who they say they are.

And, use extra caution when dealing with consumers that are not from the area and also when corresponding with them online. More information is available at BBB.org.

DE QUEEN LEOPARDS SENIOR BREAKFAST 08/19/19

On August 16th, a large group of hungry DHS Seniors crowded the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church for breakfast to kick off the 2019-2020 school year. The parent-sponsored Senior Breakfast was also attended by De Queen Schools’ superintendent, Jason Sanders and De Queen mayor, Jeff Brown.  

 

FREE DENTAL CLINIC IN DE QUEEN AUGUST 24TH 08/16/19

A free Medical and Dental Clinic has been announced in De Queen for later this month. First Baptist Church and The Office of Dr. Randy Walker have teamed up to provide dental extractions, dental cleanings and physicians on site to answer medical questions on Saturday, August 24th. All services will be provided to the community free of charge and registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

Angie Walker and Micah Martin are organizing this event for residents who may not have access to dental and medical care for financial reasons. Angie Walker says this is the 3rd year for the clinic to take place. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to line up for services, as Doctors will see patients on a first come, first served basis.

First Baptist Church is located at 1535 West Colin Raye Drive and Dr. Walker’s office is at 1553 Colin Raye. No appointments will be taken but for questions call 870-584-3000.

 

Previously Reported

BLM WILD HORSE SALE TODAY AND TOMORROW AUG 16TH, 17TH 08/16/19

The Bureau of Land Management is holding a wild horse and burro event in Idabel, Okla., today and tomorrow, August 16th and 17th, at the Idabel Rodeo Arena.  The two-day event features 65 wild horses and burros, is going on now Friday, August 16 and will continue through 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17.  Animals are eligible for direct purchase to a good home or for adoption.  Inquire with BLM staff onsite for more information.  

As part of the effort to find every horse and burro a good home, the BLM now offers up to $1,000 to adopt an untrained animal.  This adoption incentive will be offered for every animal in Idabel.    

The animals offered at the event are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West.  The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources.  The adoption and sale program is essential for achieving these important management goals.  Since 1973, the BLM has placed more than 235,000 of these animals in approved homes across the country.

BLM staff will approve applications onsite.  To qualify to adopt or buy, one must be at least 18 years old, with no record of animal abuse.  Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with access to food, water, and shelter.  A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros.  All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors.  BLM staff will be on hand to assist with the short application process.

The Idabel Rodeo Arena is located at 1001 NW 9th Street, Idabel.  For more information, call toll-free 866-468-7826 or visit www.blm.gov.

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL COMING TO HOPE 08/16/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced a Mobile Office location scheduled for Southwest Arkansas next month.

Rutledge will be visiting Hope on September 19th for The Hempstead County Mobile Office Initiative. The event will be held at The Hope Senior Citizen’s Center, 102 South Main Street beginning at 10:00 a.m. This is an opportunity for area residents to voice concerns and ask questions for the The AG.

The Attorney General’s office will also be partnered with Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton to provide the community with an organized drug take back event. Residents are encouraged to bring any expired, unused prescription medications to this event from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M.

An identity theft and Scam presentation will be held from 11:00 to 11:30 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Find out more about the Attorney General’s mobile office initiatives and other upcoming events online at ArkansasAG.gov

WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 08/15/19

Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.
Take a listen:

CORPS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR CLEANUP AT GILLHAM LAKE 08/15/19

GILLHAM, Ark. – Gilliam Lake will host a shoreline cleanup as part of the Great
Arkansas Cleanup, on September 14, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup will be held in cooperation with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas State Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and many other government and local agencies.
Volunteers interested in assisting should check in at 8 a.m. at Big Coon Creek Park. Gloves and bags will be provided, volunteers are asked to please bring their own trash grabbers and life jackets. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
Participants will be taken by boat to various locations on the lake. State parks will be providing a large 30 passenger boat as well as two dozen kayaks for participants. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be there with their boat for safety, as well as bringing ATVs.
Boat owners will not have to use their boats to transport the recovered trash around the lakeshore. The Corps has made arrangements for contractors to pick up trash left by the volunteers along the shoreline. To facilitate contractor pick-up, volunteers should leave the bagged trash in conspicuous locations around the shoreline.
Free camping will be offered the night before for volunteers, as well as free day use the day of the event. For more event information, please contact the DeQueen Project Office at 870- 584-4161.

 

FOREMAN SCHOOLS TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 08/16/19

A public meeting will be held for Foreman Schools on Monday, August 19th. The public is asked to gather in the Foreman High School auditorium at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed design for the new High School building. There will be a short presentation featured and time for questions and answers will be provided.

Everyone in The Foreman Community is encouraged to attend this public forum.

BEAR HUNTING WORKSHOPS IN HOT SPRINGS, LITTLE ROCK 08/15/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has announced upcoming Bear Hunting workshops. AGFC large carnivore program coordinator, Myron Means will host the series of seminars throughout various locations in Arkansas. The events will be focused on hunting black bears in August and September.
Means will present every aspect of hunting Natural State bears from scouting and bear behavior, to preparation for the hunt and care of harvested bears.

He will also help hunters use this knowledge to increase their chances of harvesting a bear, with tactics developed for private and public land hunters. The seminar also will address what to do if your new knowledge pays off, as many hunters can be intimidated by the idea of earning a massive bear and not knowing what to do to take care of the trophy. 

Hunters seeking bears should have plenty of sharp knives and rope waiting in the truck if they do hit their mark. Acting quickly to skin, quarter and cool the bear is the key to great meals later.

Seminars will be held at multiple locations around the state, including August 27th at National Park College in Hot Springs and The AGFC Headquarters in Little Rock. Call 479-478-1043 for more information.

 

DIERKS TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING MILLAGE EXTENSION 08/15/19

The Dierks School District will hold a public meeting on Monday, August 19th at 6 p.m. to discuss a millage extension. A special election will take place on September 10th and the goal of the extension is to provide approximately $1,900,000 for constructing and equipping an elementary school classroom addition. The proposed six classroom wing will add in excess of 6,000 square feet.

The extension does not increase the current millage rate. The requested rate of 43 mills represents the same rate presently being collected. The 11 debt mills are being requested to be extended through 2049.

Other funds generated by the millage extension will be utilized by the Dierks School District for HVAC replacement, roof repairs, parking lots, safety improvements and other building maintenance.

For further questions or concerns, feel free to contact the district office at 870-286-2191.

TEXARKANA JAILER CAUGHT WITH CONTRABAND 08/15/19

A Bi-State jailer in Texarkana has been arrested for attempting to smuggle contraband into the jail.

Texarkana Today reports that on Tuesday Captain Robby McCarver received a call from Texarkana Texas Police Officer Colton Johnson regarding an employee possibly bringing contraband into the jail.

Jailer Brandy Coulter was searched for contraband Wednesday morning and discovered to be in possession of marijuana and tobacco that was hidden inside a pair of leggings underneath her uniform.

Coulter was arrested for Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility and booked into the jail. She has reportedly declined to cooperate with the investigation and her bond has been set at $75,000.

 

ASHDOWN HOLDS BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST 08/14/19

Board Members of the Margaret Daniel Education Foundation presented grants to Ashdown educators during their Back to School Breakfast on Tuesday, August 6th. 
 
The Foundation sponsors a dinner and silent auction each year to raise money to support “out of the box” innovative ideas that Ashdown teachers can receive through grant applications.  
 
Grants were provided to purchase a Cricut Maker, a T-shirt press, Playa Way Library, Dash and Dot Mini Ipads, and Grammar Planet for a total of $10,235.57.

 

 

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE NETS OVER 10,000 ITEMS      08/14/19
Employees of the office of Dr. Randy Walker collected over 10,000 school supplies for area students.  They had three teams collecting supplies which were distributed on Tuesday, August 13th to De Queen and Horatio Elementary students in grades 3 through 5.  

Team 3 won with a total of 5,591 supplies.  Team 1 collected 2,881 supplies and Team 4 collected 1,710.  Prizes awarded to each member of the team was 1st place – 40 hours vacation time; 2nd place – 30 hours vacation time; and, 3rd place – 20 hours vacation time.

Thanks to Dr. Randy and Angie Walker for rewarding their employees for their community involvement.

 

HORATIO MAN KILLED IN TRACTOR-TRAILER OVERTURN NEAR WICKES   08/13/19
KENA Radio News

A 34 year old Horatio man was killed in a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 71 South on Tuesday morning near Wickes.

Jonathan C. Smith was travelling South on US 71 when he drifted to the left and crossed the center line and tried to regain control and overturned in the process.

The 2010 Mack semi was hauling a load of chickens, thus creating an extensive cleanup of the roadway and surrounding properties.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene and it was the 286th fatality in Arkansas during 2019 alone.

 

TEXARKANA RESIDENT FACING CHARGES FOR DWI AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA IN DE QUEEN 08/14/19

A Texarkana woman is facing DWI and Drug Paraphernalia charges after authorities responded to a call in De Queen Saturday.

A report from The De Queen Police Department states that officer Doug Johnson arrived at the former De Queen Hospital to assist Southwest EMS with a call from a woman who was seeking medical help for her boyfriend, who had allegedly been beaten up in Oklahoma, around 8:15 p.m. Saturday, August 10th.

The woman was identified as Kayci Rasnick, age 19, of Texarkana. Upon arriving at the scene,   Officer Johnson noted smelling intoxicants coming from the vehicle and reported the woman’s boyfriend had a black eye and pop knot.

Rasnick was given a series of field sobriety tests before being taken into custody for suspicion of DWI. A metal pipe with marijuana residue was reportedly discovered in Rasnick’s purse and she was transported to The Sevier County Jail. There, she was read her rights and agreed to take a Breathalyzer test, which showed a result of .105. Rasnick was turned over to jail staff for processing on the DWI and Drug paraphernalia charges.

 

ARKANSAS AG FILES SUIT AGAINST GLENWOOD, BONNERDALE RESIDENTS 08/14/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Garland County Circuit Court against the Hot Springs-based company Timeless Memories, LLC and its owners, Brittany Brown of Bonnerdale and Karen Annette Tidwell Monet of Glenwood, for advertising false, misleading and deceptive vacation rental properties on popular travel-booking websites.

The Complaint alleges that Brown, Monet and Timeless Memories advertised vacation rental properties on various travel-booking websites, including VRBO and Airbnb. Their rental property descriptions falsely advertised exclusive amenities like hot tubs and lake access that the properties did not have. Defendants also encouraged some consumers to pay outside of the online booking sites, which voided the sites’ online payment protection guarantees.

The Attorney General’s Office discovered at least eight affected consumers impacted by the deception perpetrated by Brown, Monet and Timeless Memories. Consumers report they tried to contact the defendants to obtain refunds with no success. According to the Complaint, consumer losses are valued at $18,911.93.

Rutledge is asking the court to impose civil penalties, restitution and attorneys’ fees and costs. In addition, she seeks to stop Brown, Monet and Timeless Memories from operating their vacation rental home business in Arkansas.

Victims of these business practices should file a consumer complaint on ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.

 

FIRST STATE BANK DONATES TO DE QUEEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS 08/14/19

 

Earlier this month, First State Bank in De Queen donated a 40-second clock for football games at Leopard Stadium. The clock will be used for the first time when the Leopards scrimmage Mansfield August 20th.

Pictured above, left to right: De Queen Athletic Director Bob Sikes, FSB CEO and Vice-Chairman Gary Golden, FSB President of Sevier County Division Noel Bard and De Queen superintendent Jason Sanders.

 

ANNUAL ROD RUN IN MENA SET FOR AUGUST 23RD-25TH 08/14/19

The 44th annual Wilhelmina Rod Run is scheduled for August 23rd-25th in Mena Arkansas. The three-day event will begin with registration from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. followed by the “Hot Rod” parade at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23rd. Families and children are welcome and a morning worship service will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Sunday morning. There will also be a “show-n-shine”, poker run, food vendors, a kid’s corner, door prizes and an awards ceremony on Saturday. The cost for single car registration is $25 and directions are available online. Find out more by visiting QueenWilhelminaRodRun.com.

DE QUEEN FOOTBALL COACH PREVIEWS 2019 SEASON FOR ROTARY CLUB    08/13/19

De Queen head football coach Stephen Sloan told the Rotary Club Monday that there are 57 athletes out for the 2019 season, including 23 seniors.

The Leopards will hold a Black-Gold intra-squad scrimmage Friday night at 7:00. The De Queen junior and senior high squads host Mansfield for a preseason scrimmage on Tuesday, August 20th starting at 5:30.

The Leopards open up at Mena on August 30th at 7:00. Follow De Queen football all season long on Your Official Leopards Station-102.1 The Good Path!

 

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO VISIT ASHDOWN TODAY 08/13/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will be in Little River County this week. On Tuesday, August 13th beginning at 10:30 a.m. Rutledge will be hosting her mobile office initiative in Ashdown at the Senior Citizen’s Center, located at 1321 Gordon street. The Attorney General will be available to answer questions and a identity theft presentation will take place at 11:30. All residents are welcome to attend and more information is available online, visit ArkansasAG.Gov

 

FINAL DAY TO REGISTER FOR FALL CLASSES AT UA COSSATOT 08/13/19

The last day to sign up for fall semester classes at UA Cossatot is Tuesday August 13th.  Fall classes include Accounting, English, Child
Development, Diesel Technology, Business, Welding, Physical Science, Cosmetology, Spanish, and General Studies.

UA Cossatot has four campus locations, Ashdown, De Queen, Lockesburg and Nashville.  General Education courses are available on campus in or online.  The college also provides programs at specific sites. UA Cossatot offers several associate degrees, technical certificates, and certificates of proficiency.  Most associate degrees can be completed in two years or less, and some certificates can take only one or two semesters to complete.

Visit the Financial Aid department to learn about assistance while going to school, and visit with someone in Career Pathways and the Center for Student Success for questions.

To see the full list of available classes or to learn about other educational opportunities at UA Cossatot, please visit the college website at www.cccua.edu.  visit the De Queen, Nashville, or Ashdown Campus.

 

BROKEN BOW CHAMBER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR JUNIOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 08/13/19

The Broken Bow Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for their Junior Chamber Leadership Program.  The program is open to area high school students.  Applications can be picked up at the Broken Bow Chamber office or at the Broken Bow High School Counselors office.    Deadline to apply is August 22, 2019. 

The purpose of the Broken Bow Junior Chamber Leadership Program is to provide opportunities for community-based education and leadership development to high school students in the area.  One of the main goals of this program is to teach students how to give back to the community in which they live through volunteering and doing service projects to help others.  This leadership program strives to produce capable student leaders who are equipped with the education and experiences necessary to become productive citizens of their communities. 

For more information, an application, or detailed criteria please contact the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce at 580-584-3393. 

CORPS CLOSURES HAVE BEGUN THIS WEEK 08/13/19

The Army Corps of Engineers, Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office have temporarily closed access to River Run East Recreation Area. The closure is active as of Aug. 12th and the purpose is to make repairs to the Millwood Lake stilling basin. Depending on weather, the work should be completed by Sept. 10th.

Because of safety concerns, access to the campground, boat launch ramp and bank will not be allowed during the closure.

Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office regret any inconveniences this may cause and ask the public to exercise caution while boating.

The Army Corps of Engineers, Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office also temporarily closed access to Paraloma Recreation Area at 10 a.m. Aug. 12th to make repairs to the roadway. No completion date for the repairs has been announced.

Because of safety concerns, access to the campground, boat launch ramp and bank will not be allowed during the closures.

For more information about Millwood Lake call 870-898-3343.

 

JANET CANTRELL TO HOST LUNCH-AND-LEARN THURSDAY 08/13/19

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, the Sevier County Coalition’s Live Well Sevier County Committee and UA Cossatot will be co-hosting a Lunch-n-Learn on home canning at UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus.  The presentation will begin at 12:00 noon in the Weyerhaeuser room, located in the Skilled Trades Building, and will conclude at 12:40 p.m.

Presenter Janet Cantrell of De Queen will be presenting tips on successful canning methods for prized fruits, vegetables and meats.  She will also advise how to prevent jars from breaking, help lids to seal and calm fears about botulism. 

Cantrell is the Sevier County Extension Agent.  She attended Henderson State University and graduated with an Education degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.  Upon graduation from HSU, she taught elementary school and raised her family in Camden, Arkansas, then returned to Sevier County to be near family and work for the University of Arkansas Extension Office. 

Everyone is invited to bring a lunch and join Mrs. Cantrell for this free event.  For more programs, visit the Sevier County Coalition website at www.seviercountycoalition.com or call UA Cossatot’s Continuing Education Services at (870) 584-4471.

 

MENA WOMAN FACING DRUG FELONY DRUG CHARGES 08/12/19

A Mena woman is facing drug charges after interacting with Sevier County deputies earlier this month.

A report from The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department states that Sergeant Greg Davignon and Deputy Chris Wolcott, Jr. were on patrol Friday August 2nd when they noticed a white Chevrolet Truck pull into two different residences in a suspected attempt to avoid law enforcement.

Upon making contact with the vehicle, the officers reportedly discovered that neither of the two occupants of the truck lived at the residence or knew anyone who lived there. The driver and passenger were identified as Melissa Mettie, age 32, of Mena, and Robert Castillo. Deputies also noted discovering that Mettie dropped a clear plastic bag containing a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, as well as a cut plastic straw that contained suspected methamphetamine residue. 

Mettie was charged with drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, both class D felonies. 

 

AUGUST: WATER QUALITY MONTH REPORT FROM DEEANN VAUGHT 08/12/19

Representative DeeAnn Vaught has reported in Arkansas, there are on average 71 billion gallons of water flowing in rivers, 4.8 trillion gallons in lakes and 200 trillion gallons in the ground.

 Our state is abundant with water resources and much of our economy depends on it. It is estimated Arkansans use 157 gallons of water every day. August is National Water Quality Month.  It reminds us to take a look at what our households and communities are doing to protect sources of fresh water.

 The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants and regulating quality standards for surface waters. But most people are unaware of the little ways they can pollute their water.

 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using and disposing of harmful materials properly. When hazardous waste is dumped on the ground it can contaminate the soil. Contaminated soil then contaminates the ground water or nearby surface water. A number of products used at home contain hazardous or toxic substances that can contaminate ground or surface waters, such as:

  • Motor oil
  • Pesticides
  • Leftover paints or paint cans and similar items. 

Next, don’t overuse pesticides or fertilizers. Many fertilizers and pesticides contain hazardous chemicals which can travel through the soil and contaminate ground water.

 It is also recommended to keep yard waste off the streets, sidewalks, and driveways, and gutters. If yard waste such as grass clippings and leaves enters our storm drains, it flows untreated directly to creeks, streams, and lakes. As yard waste breaks down, nutrients that are released can lead to water pollution. 

Overall, Arkansans have access to good quality water.  But it is not a resource to take for granted.  The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension has extensive material on how to best protect conserve and protect our water atwww.uaex.edu.

 

KEEP ARKANSAS BEAUTIFUL YOUTH POSTER CONTEST 08/12/19

The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) announced the introduction of a new youth poster contest to engage elementary-age students in litter-awareness education, to increase involvement in the cleanup initiative statewide and to educate the public about the importance of a litter-free community during KAB’s fall Great Arkansas Cleanup.

Teachers can utilize the free, printable Great Arkansas Cleanup Youth Poster Contest coloring sheet online at http://bit.ly/KABContest. The contest is open to all elementary-aged, grades K-5, students in Arkansas. One poster per class should be submitted for statewide judging.

The winning classroom will receive a guest appearance by Otto the Otter to their classroom, as well as Otto the Otter swag including coloring books, bookmarks, stickers and t-shirts. The winning poster and honorable mentions will also be featured on KAB’s Facebook page.

Entries are due Monday, September 30, by mail or delivery to Keep Arkansas Beautiful, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-007, Little Rock, AR 72201. Additional information about contest rules and entry is available at http://bit.ly/KABContest, by emailing info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com or by calling 888-742-8701 toll-free.

Visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com for more information.

 

ASHDOWN ALUMNI BANQUET TICKETS AVAILABLE 08/12/19

The thirteenth annual Ashdown High School Alumni Association Banquet will be on Saturday, September 14 and held in the Ashdown High School cafeteria.

The 1965 AHS Co-Valedictorian Dr. Tom Fomby will the honored guest.

Tickets for the dinner will be $30.00 per person. This “includes” your Alumni dues of $10.00 for the coming year. You must be an Alumni to buy dinner tickets. Tickets will go on sale Monday, August 5, 2019. Ticket sales will end Monday, September 2, 2019 at Noon. By popular request, we will be offering tables of eight (8), as well as individual tickets. Doors will open at 4:30 and dinner will be served at 6:00.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS can be purchased locally at Castle Antiques (120 Rankin St.), Sandra Shackelford Furlow or Susan Simmons

TO PURCHASE TABLE OF 8 contact Diane McLarty to get a form. Designate one person to collect the money. The table will be reserved when the information form and money ($240.00) is returned to Diane. Make all checks payable to AHS Alumni Association.

This will be an extra special evening for the Class of 1969. They will be celebrating their 50th graduation anniversaries.

DE QUEEN SCHOOL BOARD UPDATES AUGUST 2019 08/09/19
The De Queen School Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, August 5th at the District Administration building. Board members Gloria Bennett and Sandy Huntsberger were absent from the meeting however, a number of agenda items were still addressed under both the new and old business categories.

During the Superintendent report, time was allotted to recognize both the De Queen School District Emergency Response Team as well as the officers who helped train the selected staff. Superintendent Jason Sanders presented the De Queen Police Department with a plaque to express appreciation for their time and dedication to student safety. Also during the Superintendent report, representatives from The Arkansas Retired Teacher’s Association attended the meeting to present 2nd grade teacher Megan Daley with a $2,000 scholarship grant. Daley was selected out of 42 total applicants and was described by Superintendent Sanders as a “tremendous person.”

During the financial report and expenditures discussion, Superintendent Sanders noted that he feels good about De Queen Schools current financial status. A conversation about changing the format for handling quarterly financials reports was briefly addressed, but the decision to approve any changes has been tabled until all members are present. Superintendent Sanders says the board is considering assessing the financial reports on a monthly basis as opposed to quarterly.

The item will be addressed at the next meeting with all board members present, which has been scheduled for September 9th.

Another big item discussed was the push for selling off school busses that are no longer in use. The Superintendent says selling the buses will help with school safety, beautification of the district campuses as well as generate revenue to purchase textbooks.

After holding an executive session, the board approved student transfers and discussed personnel changes. Newly added staff members include Graciele Aguilar to the custodial department and Lydia Razo as a special education para. New bus drivers include Lacey Parson and Miranda Coto.  

The next scheduled De Queen School Board Meeting has been announced for Monday, September 9th at 5:30 p.m. in The District administration Building.

 

CITY OF HORATIO PASSES LEASH LAW FOR PETS 08/09/19

A new law for pet owners has been established following a decision made by The Horatio City Council Monday night.

All domesticated animals are now required to be leashed or contained with secure fencing to prevent running at large within the city limits of Horatio. The law went into immediate effect upon the unanimous approval from the City Council. Failure to comply with the ordinance can result in a minimum fine of $250 and a maximum of $2,000. The ordinance also states that any domesticated animal who attacks a human without provocation shall be impounded by the Code Enforcement Department or acting member of law enforcement. Though the new leash law has already gone into effect, Mayor Rich Dorsey says the city will allow a 30 day grace period before fines will begin to be issued for failure to comply with the new rule.

The council also discussed plans for ensuring all residents participate in the upcoming 2020 census. The city council is working to ensure the Latino population of Horatio is included in these efforts. Debbie Neel says plans have already been made to advertise census information on all water bills distributed to Horatio residents, and informational literature will be handed out during “Sidewalk Saturday” events next month in September.

Mayor Rich Dorsey announced he is set to meet with Horatio Schools Superintendent Dr. Lee Smith and a Solar Panel Company soon. The meeting time has not been announced but the possibility of establishing solar panels on Horatio School grounds is currently in the works. The panels will serve as a cost saving source of energy for the city.

Sevier County Judge Greg Ray attended the meeting to propose two items of business to The Horatio City Council. For financial and logistics reasons the judge suggested the council consider shared use of a Boom Hog with the City of Lockesburg. No decision was made but the council is considering the proposal and will continue the discussion at the next meeting. Judge Ray also provided materials for the council to show the new Sevier County Hospital design. Ray asked for council support in educating Horatio residents on the issue and announcing the sales tax item for the October 8th special election. The Horatio City council expressed their support for a new Hospital in Sevier county and will continue to work with the Judge on the issue as the election draws closer.

The council also approved business transactions between the city council and Dorsey’s Heating and air businesses and addressed an issue with a residents water bill.
The next Horatio City Council meeting has been scheduled for Monday September 9th, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in Horatio. 

UA COSSATOT SUMMER 2019 GRADUATES ANNOUNCED 08/09/19

The University of Arkansas Cossatot Office of the Registrar releases names of summer 2019 graduates and names of those graduating with honors.

34 students graduate with a certificate of proficiency, technical certificate, or associate degree. Some students earned multiple certificates and degrees, allowing for 47 summer 2019 awards.

10 students graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors, meaning that they graduate with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 to 4.0. 4 students graduate with Magna Cum Laude honors meaning that they graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.89. 4 students graduate with Cum Laude honors meaning that they graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.74.

Students Graduating Summer 2019 with Summa Cum Laude Honors:

Reece Black of Horatio; Kennedy Blue of Conway; Michaela Caudle of Horatio; Kylie Cowan of Foreman; Isaac Cross of Ashdown; Alicia Harris of Gillham; Jacie Henderson of Murfreesboro; Loren Icenhower of Murfreesboro; Austin Richards of Dierks; and Cody Tilley of Texarkana

Students Graduating Summer 2019 with Magna Cum Laude Honors:

Corina Green of Dierks; Camry Stewart of Mineral Springs; Cidny Tipton of Mineral Springs; and Kaitlyn Wakley of Umpire

Students Graduating Summer 2019 with Cum Laude Honors:

Sarah Chesshir of Nashville; Savanna Hill of De Queen; Sammi O’Connor of De Queen; and Lorena Tena of De Queen

UA Cossatot Students Graduating Summer 2019 Include (Listed with Highest Degree(s) Earned):

Ashdown: Isaac Cross, Associate of General Studies; and Kayla Garner, Associate of General Studies

Columbus: Stormi Wheeler, Associate of General Studies

Conway: Kennedy Blue, Technical Certificate: General Studies

DeQueen: Savanna Hill, Technical Certificate: General Studies; Yenifer Leija, Technical Certificate: Health Professions; Kaylee Morgan, Associate of Arts; Sammi O’Connor, Associate of Science: Criminal Justice; and Lorena Tena, Associate of Science: Teaching K-6

Dierks: Corina Green, Associate of Arts; and Austin Richards, Technical Certificate: General Studies

Foreman: Kylie Cowan, Technical Certificate: General Studies; Hannah Gauldin, Technical Certificate: Cosmetology; Bailee Houser, Associate of Science: Business; and Martha Johnson, Certificate of Proficiency: Medical Transcription

Gillham: Alicia Harris, Technical Certificate: Health Professions

Horatio: Reece Black, Associate of General Studies; Michaela Caudle, Technical Certificate: General Studies; and Kaylee Murry, Technical Certificate: Health Professions

Lockesburg: Dillion Baldwin, Associate of Science: Business; Marlee Carver, Technical Certificate: Cosmetology

Mineral Springs: Camry Stewart, Associate of Science: Teaching K-6; and Cidny Tipton, Technical Certificate: Health Professions

Murfreesboro: Jacie Henderson, Associate of Science: Teaching: K-6; and Loren Icenhower, Associate of Science: Medical Sciences

Nashville: Rachel Barfield, Associate of Science: Psychology; Sarah Chesshir, Associate of General Studies; Denetra Noble, Technical Certificate: Health Professions; Timya Sanders, Technical Certificate: General Studies; and Shania Swift, Associate of General Studies.

Texarkana: Cody Tilley, Associate of General Studies

Umpire: Kaitlyn Wakley, Associate of General Studies

Winthrop: Samantha Cowen, Associate of General Studies; Jade Johnson, Technical Certificate: Health Professions

WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 08/09/19

Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.
Take a listen:

 

VICTIM OF PLANE CRASH NEAR DE QUEEN IDENTIFIED 08/08/19

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette has reported on Wednesday officials released the identities of a man who was killed and another man who was injured in a plane crash West of De Queen on Sunday.

According to Sevier County Coroner Rusty Williams, John Tackett of De Queen died after a fixed wing multi-engine Cessna crashed about 4:40 p.m. in a pasture on private property west of town. Tackett was 67-years-old.  Joe Greer, age 77, of Horatio was taken by Southwest Emergency Medical Services to an area hospital in serious condition.

Greer was taken off a ventilator on Tuesday and his condition appeared to be improving, officials said.

Williams said that, though he expects Greer to recover, he was initially “pretty banged up,” with a number of broken bones and cuts.

“He’s got a long road of ahead of him,” he said.

An FAA crash report listed Tackett as the plane’s crew and Greer as its passenger, though Williams said it was not immediately clear who was flying the plane at the time of the crash.

 

CORPS ANNOUNCES CLOSURE AT MILLWOOD LAKE 08/08/19

ASHDOWN, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers, Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office is temporarily closing access to River Run East Recreation Area at 8 a.m. Aug. 12 to make repairs to the Millwood Lake stilling basin.  Depending on weather, the stilling basin work should be completed by Sept. 10. 

Because of safety concerns, access to the campground, boat launch ramp and bank will not be allowed during the closure.
Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office regret any inconveniences this may cause and ask the public to exercise caution while boating.

For more information about Millwood Lake call 870-898-3343.  Recreation information can be found on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at 

www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/usacelittlerock.  

ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATES 08/08/19

Ashdown superintendent, Casey Nichols introduced new faculty and staff members to The Ashdown School District during a back-to-school breakfast event served by Ashdown Food Service and K-12 Culinary the morning of Tuesday, August 6th. Nichols also presented results on the ACT Aspire, which showed growth in reading, math and science over the 2018 scores. In the area of reading, Ashdown Public Schools had the 7th highest percentage gain in the state. Following the welcome, the staff heard a presentation from Eric Sheninger, a ‘Senior Fellow and Thought Leader’ with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). He was also an award-winning Principal at New Milford High School.

Over the summer the maintenance department ground’s crew stayed very busy due to steady rainfall over the summer with keeping all the grass mowed and trimmed. Around the district, there was a wall constructed in the AHS weight room to divide the room into a film room and a grounds storage room, and a roll up door and walk thru door were also installed. At L.F. Henderson additional downspouts and gutter sections were rebuilt as well as other drainage improvements around the campus. Due to recent renovations at Ashdown Elementary, only normal summer cleaning was needed. Maintenance Supervisor, Dean Lillard said, “A big thank you to our maintenance staff and summer help for completion of these projects.”

The biggest summer project for the district was a renovation of the Ashdown Junior High campus. At the end of the school year, teachers and staff completely packed their classrooms up and everything was placed in storage containers in order to replace the ceilings, floors, windows and paint all walls. The entrance and office area were redesigned in order to provide even more security for our staff and students beyond just being “buzzed” into the building. Superintendent Nichols said, “This renovation has resulted in a facility that our students, staff, and community can all be very proud of, which was a project completed with limited funds. The remodel also incorporated additional safety features, while also providing a clean and updated interior appearance that is conducive to the educational process.”

On the technology front, new campus servers were added at Ashdown Elementary and L.F. Henderson, there was a Chromebook Lab installed at AHS, and the AHS TV Production team will have a mobile studio trailer. The Food Service Department will continue to work with K-12 Culinary in order to provide nutritious meals for students. Parents are welcome to enjoy lunches with their children. Menus and pricing are posted on the district website (www.ashdownschools.org). Parents need to sign in at their child’s school office.

In sports news, athletic passes may be purchased at the Administration Building located at 751 Rankin Street from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each workday. The Ashdown Senior Citizen Pass is free to any Ashdown Resident who is 60 or older. The Ashdown Panther Family Pass is $250 (pass for a family

Students will return to the classroom on Tuesday, August 13th.

ARKANSAS OUTDOOR HALL OF FAME INDUCTION THIS MONTH 08/08/19

The 2019 Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame is coming up Saturday, August 24 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. This year marks the 28th anniversary of this celebration of the outdoors and the men and women who have stepped up to promote Arkansas’s natural resources. 

The Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet is hosted by the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the outdoors that serves as the fundraising adjunct to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. 

This year’s class of inductees include: MaryAnn King of London, Catherine and Tommy Murchison III of Cabot, Woody Futrell of Nashville and the McCollum Family of Stuttgart.

Futrell was an avid boat racer in the 1950s and took over the family business, Futrell Marine, which his father Dan Futrell established in 1948. He has since become one of the most well-known and respected businessmen in retail boating.

Tickets are $125; tables of ten are available for $1,250 each. The night will include dinner, live and silent auctions and induction ceremony. 

Proceeds from the event support the year-round work of the Foundation, which helps introduce hundreds to the outdoors every year. AGFFs mission supports AGFC initiatives, particularly those aimed at getting young people unplugged and engaged in Arkansas’s outdoors.

For tickets or information, call (501) 223-6468 or email agff@agff.org.

WILD HORSE ADOPTION AND PURCHASING AUG. 16TH&17TH 08/08/19

Wild Horses will be available for adoption or purchase at The Idabel Rodeo Arena August 16th and 17th. Bring home your own wild horse or Burro, at 1001 NW 9th street from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday 8am-noon.

There will be 65 wild horses available with fees starting at $25. Information about earning up to $1,000 when adopting an untrained wild horse or burro is available. Find out more at BLM.gov/whb or call 866-468-7826.

Visit the Wild Horse and Burro Program on Facebook to view available horses.

CENSUS OUTREACH TRAINING IN HOPE AUG. 16TH 08/08/19

Omar Gallardo of Arkansas Complete Counts Communications Subcommittee has provided a link to the Arkansas Counts website for local residents. http://arkansasimpact.org/arkansas-counts/

There is a regional outreach training in Hope, AR on August 16. Residents can attend the upcoming census outreach training to learn everything you need to know to ‘Get Out the Count’ during the 2020 U.S. Census. You can Register now and the training will be held at The University of Arkansas Hope – Texarkana on August 16, 9 – 11:30am. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJypw-U8od4TClgQVnmTpUacSWkMXi-qcaq5_pw2oYnHOBpg/viewform

There is also an grant opportunity: 
Arkansas Counts invites you to apply for a grant to support your organization’s 2020 U.S. Census outreach efforts to ensure individuals in your community, specifically hard-to-count populations, participate in the census.Visit http://arkansasimpact.org/arkansas-counts-rfp/ 

 

HORATIO SCHOOLS UPDATES ANNOUNCED 08/07/19

Superintendent Lee Smith has provided KDQN with an update on The Horatio School District as we head into the new school year. Dr. Smith reflected on a successful 2018-2019 school year in a recent newsletter distributed to parents and families this summer. In the newsletter Smith noted state tournament appearances by the Baseball and Softball teams as well as the districts first ever computer coding team, who was one of 16 teams in Arkansas to make the state finals.

Staff changes were announced as Horatio said farewell to Gwen DeVasier, Janet Potts and long-time baseball coach Lance Spigner, all of whom are pursuing other opportunities. New faces have joined the district at both the elementary and High School level. Casey Long, Donna Gabbard, Jessica Tallant and Kelly Tallman have been added to the elementary faculty team and Roy Backus, Ethan Crocker and Sabrina Cooper have been added to Horatio High School staff.

Good news has been announced for the elementary school as recess has been increased from 30 minutes to 40 minutes and the school has been chosen from over 140 applicants to receive the Rethink Your Drink: Choose Water grant program, supported by the Delta Dental of Arkansas. The grant provides a water bottle filling station to promote oral hygiene and a healthy weight by encouraging students, staff and faculty to drink water instead of sugary beverages.

Meet the Teacher is Aug. 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1–5 p.m. The theme is Disney and positive character quotes. Transportation staff will be available to answer questions about bus routes and pick-up and drop-off times. The first Day of School for the Horatio District will be Tuesday August 13th.

 

PUBLIC MEETING AUG 20TH FOR HIGHWAY WIDENING PLANS 08/07/19

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) will hold a public involvement meeting in DeQueen to present and discuss the proposed plans to widen 5.43 miles of U.S. Highway 71 to five lanes with a shoulder and replace two structures between the Cossatot River and DeQueen. The meeting will be held Tuesday August 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend the meeting to ask questions and contribute comments. 

For more information, contact the ArDOT’s Public Information Office at 501-569-2000 or info@ardot.gov.

UA COSSATOT DACA STUDENT FIRST TO RECEIVE IN-STATE TUITION 08/07/19

On July 1, 2019, Act 844 went into effect in Arkansas, allowing DACA students in Arkansas to receive in-state tuition. On August 6, 2019, UA Cossatot announced that Johana Martinez is the first student at UA Cossatot to receive in-state tuition as a DACA student.

Johana Martinez graduated from De Queen High School in 2017. After graduating, she enrolled at UA Cossatot as a post-secondary student. Johana is currently taking pre-requisite courses so that she can apply for UA Cossatot’s PTA program.

Johana Martinez said, “1 Peter 5:7 is a verse in the bible that says to cast all your cares on him because he cares for you! This verse and this opportunity to get in-state tuition is evidence that God is taking care of me and all of my fellow DACA recipients”.

UA Cossatot has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. The college is also the first and only Hispanic-Serving Institution in the state of Arkansas.

According to UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole, “Our community has been involved in getting this law changed for many years and we are so thankful that our state now has this legislation.  ACT 844 is a life-changing law and, for our diverse community, it will open thousands of doors”.

DACA students who would like to learn more about receiving in-state tuition can contact Student Services at 870-584-4471.

 

CHILD ABDUCTION RESPONSE TEAM EFFORTS ANNOUNCED IN ARKANSAS 08/07/19

Representative Dee Ann Vaught has reported that in 2018, there were 161 Amber Alerts issued nationwide.  5 of those originated here in Arkansas.

Those first minutes and hours after a child has been reported missing are crucial for law enforcement.  That is why this General Assembly took an extraordinary and first of its kind step to help ensure law enforcement has all the available resources when seconds count.

In the most recent legislative session, we passed Act 913 with a unanimous vote. The legislation states that the following agencies shall collaborate in an effort to rescue abducted or endangered children:

•Arkansas Attorney General

•Department of Arkansas State Police

•Criminal Justice Institute

•Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission

•Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association

•Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

•Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police

•Department of Community Correction

•Office of the Prosecutor Coordinator

CART teams greatly expand the resources that are available when a child is missing or abducted and also ensures rapid deployment of critical resources and personnel. Just last month, Arkansas is the first state in the country to successfully obtain national statewide certification for Child Abduction Response Teams (CARTs), ensuring that all children in Arkansas are better protected if abducted, missing, or endangered.

National CART certification is awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice, AMBER Alert and Technical Assistance Program.

Twelve CARTs have been formed across Arkansas. These teams are pre-organized and practiced to respond, substantially saving time and increasing the likelihood of the successful recovery of a missing, endangered or abducted child.

In order to earn certification, members of the 12 teams formed attended a series of AMBER Alert classes. Each CART was also required to implement a Memorandum of Understanding with local law enforcement agencies and other key agencies and organizations. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the Criminal Justice Institute developed a full call-out exercise built around a realistic child abduction scenario. AMBER Alert assessors evaluated the ability of each of the 12 CARTs to meet 47 standards covering 12 operational areas included in the developed exercise.

The legislation passed ensures this collaboration will continue.  We would all be relieved if the CART teams never have to work on a real life scenario, but knowing these teams are ready is the next best option.

LIBRARY SNIPPETS, AUGUST 2019 08/07/19

BY: JOHNYE FISHER
Back to school time already? Wow where does the time go?
We had a great turn out for our Summer Reading Program, everyone
liked the ventriloquist/magician and we have invited him back next
year. It was fun watching him turn the children into aliens.
De Queen Library will have a story time with Carolyn August 14th
at 4:00 p.m. She will be reading Rumple Buttercup by Matthew Gray
Gubler. The story is about a funny little guy that lives underground.
Don’t forget those Domino games going on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. for
any of you folks that would like to come in and join in the fun. We also
have other games if you want to participate. Roger is still looking for a
chess player.
You can contact us by calling 870-584-4364 or visiting our Facebook
page www.facebook.com/seviercountylibrary
Amy says the Horatio Library will continue having Summer Reading
programs all summer until school starts back. The programs will be
every Saturday at 10 a.m. The last weekly program will be on August
10th. August 24 we will have a program at 10 a.m. At this time we
will go back to our every other week children’s program schedule with
the next program being two weeks from that date on September 7th.
Dont forget we have new hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 –
12 then 1-5:30 and Saturday from 8:30 to 12:30. With all this rain we
have a lot of new books and videos that might enjoy. Stop by and see
what you can find.
 
Lockesburg Library’s Summer Reading Programs for children are
continuing on Saturdays at 10:00.
 
August 13: Shoot For the Moon
These programs will be a fun way to include reading and reading-
related activities this summer while helping to maintain and
improve children’s reading skills.
Everyone is invited come in to the library and participate in our
40”x 36”, “Stick Together” poster illustrating the theme “A
Universe Of Stories”.
Visit the Lockesburg Library on Facebook for posts of our
programs, reading contests and projects or call Mz. Wendy at
870-289-2233 for more information.
 
Visit the Lockesburg Library on Facebook for posts of our
programs, reading contests and projects or call Mz. Wendy at
870-289-2233 for more information.
 
Our “Biggest Book Sale of the Year” will be held the first
two weeks in August. Paperbacks books will be available
for 50 cents and hardback books are $1. Don’t miss this opportunity
to purchase some really nice books and support your
library’s fund raiser.
Visit the Lockesburg Library on Facebook for posts of our
programs, activities and projects or call Mz. Wendy at 870-
289-2233 for more information concerning programs and
activities at the library.
 
 
Suzie says the Gillham Library has new by Tom Hunt, One Fatal
Mistake and The Language of Sycamores by Lisa Wingate. We will
have Story Time and a Craft on Saturday, August 10th at 2:00 P.M..
We still have many Summer Reading Award Certificates for a Free
personal pan Pizza to hand out, for children only. Come by and enjoy
the Gillham Library! Open Tuesday and Saturday 9-5 Closed 12 to
1:00 for lunch. For more information, you can contact Susie at the
Gillham Library at 870-386-5665 or you can visit their Facebook page
www.facebook.com/gillhamlibrary

 

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SPOTLIGHT: GREG DAVIGNON AUGUST, 2019

Once a month, KDQN provides a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of our local law enforcement representatives in the Sevier County area. KDQN has been granted access to sit down one-on-one with employees of The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department to offer a close-up look at those who help keep our community safe.

For the month of August, we’re spotlighting Greg Davignon, a Sergeant with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department in De Queen.

Greg is a Sevier County native who graduated in 2005 from Lockesburg High School. In addition to being former Jailer and Deputy, the Sergeant has also spent significant time in the military. Davignon says he always wanted to be in law enforcement, and he credits growing up in the Provo Community outside Lockesburg, a place he affectionately called “cop alley” as the reason for his aspirations to become an officer. He says “In the 90’s when I was growing up it seemed like everybody that lived out there was either a cop or kin to a cop.” Davignon told KDQN that men like former Sheriff Benny Simmons, along with Current Officers Bobby Bagley and Chad Bradshaw all lived within a few miles from his house and he was always seeing those men in uniform and “meeting cop cars on provo road.”

At age 18 Greg Davignon entered the military in the active duty army branch for five years. While in the army, Davignon was a military police officer overseas, including a 15 month deployment to Iraq in 2007.

A current Sergeant for Sevier county and a former Sergeant in the military, Greg still finds time lead a special team of people: his children.

Greg is a father to three children, ages five, seven and nine, who all live in De Queen.

Those children are part of Davignon’s inspiration for working so hard to get narcotics off the street. “If I bust somebody, then that is one more person who is not going to be able to give dope to my kids.”The father of three also acknowledges his mentality has changed some over the years because he’s been able to understand that “Some people need more help than just going to prison.”

Davignon also spent a year in the drug task force before returning to The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department in 2014. It was in the drug task force that he discovered he had a natural ability to understand people and detect when someone is lying.

For fun, Greg says he enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with his kids. If he had to choose any type of hunting as his favorite, he’d choose turkey season. Though Turkey hunting is his passion Greg says he gets excited about all bird hunting and loves the outdoors.

If he wasn’t in law enforcement, Greg Davignon says he would be teaching history at the junior High level. Education is an apparent priority to the sergeant as he has already completed an Associate’s degree and has plans to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in teaching.

For people on the outside looking in at law enforcement, Davignon says he wishes more people understood that Law Enforcement members are human too, and humans are prone to making mistakes. “The thing about law enforcement is, is that our mistakes are in the public eye. He says, “Lets say you have a local job here in De Queen, maybe at a bank or at pilgrim’s or something… If you make a mistake at your job, that’s going to be a localized, in-house mistake, and you are not going to get a lot of public attention for it. Maybe you miscounted your drawer at the bank or maybe you hit the wrong button on your line at pilgrim’s and some of the product got messed up… But if we make a mistake, lives are at risk.”

Davignon also described the responsibility of being in the public eye as an officer of the law as a “heavy burden.” But the Burden is one the sergeant is willing to carry. The former military sergeant and father is passionate about what he does and he told KDQN he has no plans to go anywhere other than The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department.

In fact, Davignon spent some time working at a tire store in Texarkana making $22 an hour in the air conditioning, but left to come back to law enforcement as a jailer. That move required Greg to take a 50% pay cut, as jailers at that time only earned around $11 per hour.

Sergeant Greg Davignon isn’t in law enforcement for money, or bragging rights. After interviewing him, it became very clear to KDQN that he is a person who is passionate about making his community better and keeping people safe. Davignon is aware that he has a reputation around town for being harsh, but he claims he is a lot more approachable than people may think and he is actually open to being asked any questions related to law enforcement.

Lastly, The sergeant hopes people in the community will make an effort to let their children know that they should not fear law enforcement or tell them things like “Don’t be bad, or cops will arrest you.” Davignon doesn’t want kids to be afraid of going to jail simply because they didn’t eat vegetables.

If any child ever needs a police officers help, Sergeant Greg Davignon wants to be someone they can approach.

Keep listening to KDQN to find out more about law enforcement representatives in the local area and check out next month’s featured Law Enforcement Spotlight.

 

SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT AGREES TO PROPOSE SALES TAX FOR NEW HOSPITAL 08/06/19

During the August 5th Sevier County Quorum Court meeting at the Sevier County courthouse,  the JP’s agreed to hold a special election for voters to approve or disapprove a 1% percent sales tax for the creation of revenue for the new hospital construction project and future hospital operations.

The special election will be held October 8th for registered voters of Sevier County to decide.

The total cost of the new hospital is now estimated to cost more than $24 million dollars. The proposed new facility would be built 4 miles North of De Queen and would initially be partnered with Mena Regional Health system. 

 

COSL ANNOUNCES SEVIER COUNTY TAX AUCTION RESULTS   08/06/19 

 LITTLE ROCK – The recent auction of tax-delinquent properties in Sevier County raised over $5,000, the Commissioner of State Lands announced.

The auction drew 16 bidders, who purchased 5 of the 9 available parcels for a total of $5,515.94 for county and state government.

The Land Commissioner’s office holds one auction in each county each year to return tax-delinquent land to active status.

“Most property certified to our office does not go to auction,” Commissioner Tommy Land said. “The vast majority of owners redeem their property by paying the delinquent taxes. Of course we always prefer that property be redeemed, but it is vital that the parcels return to the county’s active tax rolls.”

Delinquent owners have 10 business days after the auction date to redeem the property, before the COSL office issues a Limited Warranty Deed to the buyer.

The COSL office forwards taxes and interest to the county, whether that money is collected through redemption or sale.

“Last year, this office sent more than $16 million to school districts and county governments,” Land said. “Of that, $212,713.99 went to Sevier County, helping fund everything from roads to schools.”

Property that did not sell at auction will be available after 30 days and can be reviewed through the Post-Auction Sales List at www.cosl.org.

 

43RD ANNUAL HOPE WATERMELON FESTIVAL COMING UP 08/06/19

The 43rd annual Hope Watermelon Festival is set for Thursday August 8th through Saturday August 10th. All of the official festival events will take place at Hope’s Fair Park over the three day period. Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Director Beckie Moore says, “The Hope-Hempstead County Chamber is looking forward to the 43rd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival. Without volunteers, sponsors, festival chairs, board members and ambassadors, the festival would not be possible. Based on calls, interviews, festival marketing and the fact that hotels are booked, we feel this year’s festival will draw thousands upon thousands of tourists to Hope and Hempstead County. All who join us this year, will see quite a few new activities, events, vendors and concessions. Here’s to #43! May we be blessed with nice weather and a wonderful weekend of fun!”

The festival officially opens at noon on August 8th. The concession, vendors, exhibitors, Verizon Village, and Kidz Zone all open. There will be photo-op cutouts in the Kidz Zone and vendors in the coliseum Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Diamond Rio Tickets are available online at uacch.edu and can be purchased at the Chamber office. Advance Diamond Rio general admission tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for youth 4 to 10. These tickets are $20 on Saturday August 10th. Reserved seats are $40. Global 1 Pro Wrestling tickets are available at the Chamber office or at the gate. These tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of event for adults. Children 12 and under get in for $6.

If you have questions on any festival activities, phone the Chamber of Commerce at 777-3640.

 

SECOND SATURDAY YOUTH FISHING DERBIES IN COLUMBUS 08/06/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has announced the 2nd Saturday Youth Fishing Derbies to continue through October 12th. All derbies will be held at :

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center 1685 CR35N,Columbus, AR 71831

Aug. 10, 2019 at 9 a.m. – Oct. 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

Event Flyer


Aug. 10 | Sept. 14 | Oct. 12

All children ages 15 and under are welcome to participate in these derbies.

  • Bring your pole and some bait, and fish for catfish in the education pond.
  • A limited supply of poles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Only one pole per participant please.
  • Prizes will be given for the largest and smallest catfish caught.
  • This is a free program.

For more information about this or any other program, please contact the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center at 870-983-2790.

PLANE CRASH WEST OF DE QUEEN SUNDAY AFTERNOON 08/05/19

A small airplane crashed Sunday afternoon in a pasture in the Chapel Hill community just west of De Queen.

The crash was reported to authorities at 4:45 Sunday afternoon. According to witnesses at the scene, the plane apparently caught fire. The crash site was less than a mile from the Sevier County Airport near Highway 70 West. 

The extent of the injuries of the occupants are unknown at this time, but at least one unidentified 79 year old man suffered injuries according to witnesses at the scene.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, The De Queen Fire Department and various other County fire departments, Southwest EMS, and other emergency personnel responded to the crash site Sunday afternoon.

KDQN contacted Arkansas State Police, The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department and The De Queen Fire Department for comment on the plane crash and all agencies said no information could be released at this time. More information will be announced as information becomes available. 

 

LEGACY ACADEMY BUYS OLD LOCKESBURG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUILDING 08/05/19
A local private school announced plans to move to a new location last week.
Legacy academy has been offering a faith-based education for Pre-k through 12th grade students in De Queen since 2007. On Thursday August 1st the school closed the deal on a   purchase of the Former Lockesburg Elementary School building 12 miles east of De Queen. The 34.7 acre property was sold from The De Queen Public School District to Legacy Academy owners, Chad and Jessica Gallagher for $275,000. The neutral location of Lockesburg will create a centrally accessible private, Christian school option for students in the 5 surrounding communities of Ashdown, De Queen, Horatio, Nashville, and Dierks.

An informational meeting for new and returning students was held Friday, August 2nd at the “new” gym. After the meeting Gallagher told KDQN the purchase has been in the works for more than a year, as the school had previously utilized the gymnasium for basketball games. Gallagher says The use of the gym was the catalyst for the idea to buy the property.

Despite the lack of use in recent years, Gallagher says the building is actually in good shape and no major renovations will be needed prior to school starting this fall.

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The first day of school for Legacy Academy will be Tuesday, September 3rd and parents of potential students have a variety of ways to find out more about the school.

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The tuition cost for Legacy Academy is $4,500 per year and scholarships are available. Find out more at Legacywarriors.org

IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO POLK COUNTY ROADS 08/05/19

POLK COUNTY (8-1) – The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Polk County, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

The purpose of this project is to overlay 4 miles of County Roads 61 near Board Camp and 63 near Yucanna.

Blackstone Construction, LLC of Russellville was awarded the contract at $493,297.62. Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Completion is expected in late 2019.

Travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArDOT.gov. You can also follow on Twitter @myARDOT.

LEOPARD BACK TO SCHOOL KICK OFF AUG. 16TH 08/05/19

 

 

The Leopard Back To School Kick-off has been announced for De Queen High School football fans.

The community pep rally and leopard scrimmage will kick off the 2019 season on August 16th at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at leopard stadium and all De Queen fans are encouraged to come out and support the leopards.

This is also a chance for young future leopards to meet their favorite football player, cheerleader and band members. The leopard cheer squad will be selling taco dinners and admission to enter is $3.00.

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL VISITS DE QUEEN FOR RSAT GRADUATION THURSDAY 08/02/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and KDQN news Director Murriel Wiley introduced by Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry Thursday at the RSAT graduation ceremony.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was greeted with a round of applause from an audience who rose to their feet as she took the podium at De Queen First Assembly of God Church for the RSAT graduation ceremony Thursday night.

Rutledge is the chief law enforcement representative in the State of Arkansas and was sworn into office in 2015. She is the first woman in the state Arkansas to be elected to the position. Rutledge has announced her support of the Sevier County treatment program and agreed to speak at the event after meeting with Sheriff, Robert Gentry at a recent roundtable event.

RSAT stands for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment and Thursday, August 1st marked two years since the recovery program first began. The program has gained state-wide attention and was recognized at The State Capitol in Little Rock during the 92nd General assembly earlier this year

The inmates of the jail who are accepted into the treatment program are given support to rehabilitate themselves through classes like anger management, narcotics anonymous, parenting, nutrition and other substance abuse help.

Sheriff Robert Gentry and Jail administrator Chris Wolcott have seen success from the treatment plan as they’ve reported just 6% of the program participants return to jail after graduating.

A total of 20 graduates received their certificates during Thursday night’s ceremony, including 13 who are moving on to Aftercare and 6 who are included in aftercare group 5. The certificates are physical proof of the emotional and spiritual journey that the graduates have completed during their recovery process.

During her speech, AG Rutledge congratulated the graduates on their success and told the audience she thinks the RSAT program can help people get their lives back on track.

KDQN radio was granted an interview with the Attorney General before the service and she reported that she believes RSAT is helping save peoples lives, and she is excited to be a supporter of the program.

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Rutledge also told KDQN she is in support of the program being implemented at a statewide level

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Two personal testimonies of the program were also provided by Brandon Coulter and Michael Brent Barnard, who both said they would be lost with out the help they have received through RSAT.

Michael says the services through the program were different because in the past prison taught him how to be a better criminal, but this program has helped him heal.

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Brandon feels the program is important because it is helping him become a better father and believes he would be in prison today without RSAT and the help of the volunteers and Sheriff’s Department’s support.

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All RSAT graduation ceremonies are held every three months at the 1st assembly of God Church on Thursday nights and each service features a different guest speaker. Everyone in the community is always welcome to attend and information about RSAT and each of the services it provides is available by contacting The Sheriff’s Department at 870-642-2125

 

GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON ANNOUNCES $8.24 MILLION FOR VOTING EQUIPMENT 08/02/19

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced $8.24 million was provided this week to the Secretary of State’s Office to allow Arkansas counties to improve voting equipment, programming, and maintenance. The funds were transferred from the Property Tax Relief Fund to the Secretary of State’s Office, which will issue the funds through the County Voting System Grant Fund.

The funds are provided as a result of Act 808 of 2019. The Act, which increased the Homestead Property Tax Credit to $375, also required this one-time transfer if adequate funds were in place. If the Property Tax Relief Fund exceeded the amount required for distribution the following year by at least $8.24 million, the transfer was to be made on or after July 1.

“In the November 2018 general election, 54 Arkansas counties offered new, improved voting equipment,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Through this significant commitment to the Secretary of State’s Office, there will be increased resources to provide up-to-date, secure voting equipment in our elections.”

There are approximately 1.78 million registered voters in Arkansas.

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3642)

STREET IMPROVEMENTS COMING FOR HOWARD COUNTY 08/02/19

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for
improvements to roadways in Howard County, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.
The purpose of this project is to resurface 1.6 miles of selected sections of various city streets in Mineral Springs to include Crawford Street, Holcomb Street, Lewis Street, Mercer Street, and McClendon Street; and .9 miles of selected sections of various city streets in Nashville to include Leslie Street and Sypert Street.
Tri State Asphalt, Inc. of De Queen was awarded the contract at $502,582.60.
Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Completion is expected in late 2019.
Travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArDOT.gov. You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

ARCHERY TOURNAMENT IN COLUMBUS SATURDAY 08/02/19

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center 1685 CR35N,Columbus, AR 71831

Aug. 3, 2019 – Sept. 7, 2019

3-D Archery Tournaments

Event Flyer

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center invites you to the first Saturday of the month 3-D Archery Tournament.
Bring the family and brush up your skills or learn a new sport. Awards will be given to the first three places in each division.

Competition Divisions
Open • Unlimited • Known
Senior Hunter (ages 50+) • Senior Open (ages 50+)
Novice • Women’s Open
Women’s Bowhunter • Women’s Novice
Hunter • Traditional • Young Adult (ages 15-17)
Youth (ages 13-14) • Senior Eagle (ages 11-12)
Eagle (ages 9-10) • Junior Eagle (ages 8 and under)

Entrance Fees
All Eagles……………………………. $5
Youth………………………………….. $5
Young Adult…………………………. $5
Adults…………………………………. $10
Families………………………………. $20

Call Caleb Coulter, 870- 826-8193, to register or for more information about this or any other program.

There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax.

 

TRUCK COLLIDES WITH TRAIN WEDNESDAY MORNING IN DE QUEEN 08/01/19

A collision between a truck and train caused an unexpected traffic detour for residents of De Queen Wednesday morning.

KDQN radio received a phone call from De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday July 31st. The chief reported the accident occurred where Dogtown road meets the railroad tracks west of De Queen and drivers in the area were encouraged to pursue alternate routes.

According to reports from the De Queen Fire Department and Arkansas State Police public information officer, Bill Sadler, a 2007 Chevrolet pick-up truck was traveling north on Dogtown road at the same time the train was traveling eastbound on the tracks.

The driver of the pick-up truck was identified as Augustin Balderas of Horatio Arkansas.

Sadler confirmed the cause of the wreck listed in the report is the driver’s failed attempt to turn away from the train prior to impact, and the truck collided with one of the trains cars.

The Fire Department arrived on the scene at 7:28 a.m. with 17 firefighters responding.  Balderas’s injuries were described in the report as “minor” and he left the scene by private transportation. Emergency crews left the scene by 7:50 a.m.

Photos courtesy of OEM Coordinator, Walter Smith. 

UA COSSATOT WELDING SUTDENT LANDS JOB IN WISCONSIN  08/01/19
by Ben Renfrow

Ashley McBroom is a resident of De Queen, Arkansas, and a former UA Cossatot welding student.  On July 31, 2019, Ashley and her husband drove sixteen hours to their new home in Hartford, Wisconsin.  Ashley is now employed to work as a laser welder for Steel Craft Corporation in Hartford where she will begin her new career as a welder.

Ashley took college credit courses while she was a high school student.  As a high school junior, she enrolled in welding courses through UA Cossatot’s Secondary Career Center.  The Secondary Career Center gives high school students the chance to get a head start on college and learn new skills for their trade.  In the afternoon, she would leave high school and then go to UA Cossatot’s welding shop for her college courses.

Two years later, McBroom graduated from De Queen High School in May of 2019.  That same month she graduated with a Certificate of Proficiency in SMAW Welding from UA Cossatot.  She actually received her college certificate two days before her high school diploma.

Ashley McBroom said, “I believe UA Cossatot’s Secondary Career Center is an all-around great idea!  It is a great program that gave me the head start I needed, and I don’t know that I would have pursued this career without this opportunity.  To have graduated from high school and college, at the same time, feels great!  It makes me feel like I have accomplished so much more!”

The job demand for welders and the creativity that they are allowed in their work inspired Ashley to major in welding.  Ashley felt that UA Cossatot was the perfect place to receive her welding education.

Ashley McBroom said, “I chose to come to UA Cossatot because of the location, the opportunity to take college classes while I was in high school, and because of the great things I had heard about the college.”

Ashley added, “Having been a student in the welding program at UA Cossatot, I can say the welding program is great! The classes were extremely hands-on, and I felt prepared for my tests.  The learning environment was great!  My instructors were able to communicate effectively with us, and all of the students were able to ask questions.”

When asked why she chose to take this job in Wisconsin, Ashley said, “This job is a great opportunity to get a foot in the door into the welding community.  I would love to stay at this job long-term and work my way up.  I also feel like I’ll pursue a welding career throughout my life because I enjoy it so much!”

The welding courses Ashley took at UA Cossatot were all located at UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus.  In the fall of 2019, UA Cossatot will be offering secondary welding courses through the Secondary Career Center at the college’s De Queen, Nashville, and Lockesburg Campuses.  Post-Secondary welding students will be able to take welding classes in either Nashville or Lockesburg.

Anyone interested in learning more about UA Cossatot’s welding program can contact Pat Earnest at pearnest@cccua.edu.

High School students interested in learning more about the welding program offered through the Secondary Career Center can contact Julie Rhodes at jrhodes@cccua.edu

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS DONATE TO AINSLEY’S ANGELS OF SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS 08/01/19

In the past week, organizations both public and private have given over $2,000 to Ainsley’s Angels of Southwest Arkansas-an organization who provides special needs athletic equipment and running volunteers to make sure that EVERYONE can participate in our area wide endurance events. The Arkansas Pride Softball team, De Queen 4H, De Queen Rotary Club, and Tres Agaves Mexican Restaurant have all given donations to help buy equipment that is used by community members with disabilities. In the past five months, over twenty athletes with different abilities have been supported by over one hundred runners in seven 5ks around Southwest Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma.

 “This is not possible without community support. We are a 100% volunteer-based nonprofit, the ten pieces of equipment owned by our community ambassadorship cost over $10,000… and were bought purely through donations from people who believe that everyone deserves to belong,” says Southwest Arkansas Ainsley’s Angels Ambassador, Tessa Dean.

 

Now, the most immediate need for the nonprofit is a trailer to haul all of this equipment, which they hope to raise enough funds for in their upcoming fundraiser at Herman Dierks Park on September 28th: Dinner and 5k, which will feature Argenbright band performing live, a smoked chicken supper, and snowcones. Upcoming events for Ainsley’s Angels, free registration for athletes, runners, and volunteers, or ways to sponsor  can be found on their website www.ainsleysangels.org, or by emailing Tessa Dean at swarkansas@ainsleysangels.org.

OZAN MAN SENTENCED FOR DRIVING WHILE ON METH 08/01/19

A Miller County jury Wednesday sentenced an Ozan, Ark., man to 20 years in prison for causing the death of a 24-year-old husband and father in 2017.

Forrest Rector Stewart Jr., 64, was high on methamphetamine Nov. 2, 2017, when he crossed more than seven feet into the oncoming lane of traffic on Highway 67 in Miller County. James Crowe’s small Hyundai Accent was struck nearly head on. James Crowe died at the scene.

It took the jury less than half an hour to find Stewart guilty of negligent homicide while intoxicated. During closing remarks, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Cotten reminded the jury of testimony from law enforcement, first responders and medical personnel regarding Stewart’s behavior after he smashed his pickup.

A toxicology expert from an Indianapolis, Indiana, lab testified Tuesday that Stewart’s blood showed a high level of methamphetamine,.

Kristen Crowe told the jury she turned 21 the day before her husband was killed. She was supposed to begin a new job the day of the crash and that when she heard there had been a fatality on the highway.

“I will be an old woman in love with a man who never made it past 24,” Kristen Crowe said. “He was my best friend, my soul mate. He was so good and now he’s just gone because you chose to do what you did.”

Stewart took the stand during the punishment phase of his trial and apologized to the Crowe family.

In addition to a maximum 20-year prison sentence, the jury also assessed a maximum $15,000 fine.

MARKSMANSHIP SATURDAY IN COLUMBUS AUGUST 3RD 08/01/19

Marksmanship Saturday will be held Saturday, August 3rd at: Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center 1685 CR35N,Columbus, AR 71831.

Event Flyer

  • 8-9 a.m. Shotgun Shooting
  • 9-10 a.m. Archery Target Shooting
  • 10-11 a.m. BB Gun Range
  • 11 a.m.-noon 3d archery

Participants who take part in three or more programs will receive a limited edition hat pen!

8 a.m.- Noon
3D Archery Tournament
$5 youth
$10 adults
$20 whole family

Tournament will include 15 divisions. Awards will be given to the top three in each division.

For more information about this or any other program, please contact the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center at 870-983-2790.

There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax.

 

SEVIER COUNTY FAIR TO KICK OFF IN DE QUEEN THIS WEEKEND 07/31/19

The 82nd Annual Sevier County Fair, Livestock show and rodeo is kicking off this weekend. The fair will be held August 3rd through 10th at the Fairgrounds in De Queen. Events will begin with the fair Rodeo Queen contest at 8:30 a.m. and the Fair pageant at 10:30. Livestock judging, exhibits, concessions and shows will be featured each day of the fair and the admission price is $2.00. There will also be live entertainment, carnival rides and the Ringold and Sons Ram Rodeo begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday August 9th and Saturday August 10th. Arm band specials are available on Friday and families are welcome to watch the parade beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Fun night is set for Saturday August 3rd. Horse events include barrels, speed, and flags. Stick horse events include stick horse barrels, stick horse speed and stick horse ribbon pull. Non-horse events include dummy roping, water trough run and dummy ribbon pull. Categories are divided by age group and all events cost $5.00.

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL COMING TO DE QUEEN THIS WEEK 07/31/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will be visiting De Queen this week, as she is set to serve as the guest speaker for the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program Graduation ceremony hosted by The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department Thursday night, August 1st. The program offers recovery support for inmates of the county jail through services like Anger management, bible study,  Substance Abuse Education and similar assistance.

This week’s ceremony will honor graduates who have completed the necessary requirements for the program and representatives from The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department have invited everyone in the community to attend the event Thursday, August 1st at De Queen First Assembly of God Church beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

RSAT has achieved statewide attention for their success rate in rehabilitating inmates from substance abuse. Only 6% of the program participants have returned to incarceration after graduating. 

Jail administrator Chris Wolcott says other cities have expressed interest in modeling similar programs after the success of Sevier County. 

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Everyone in the community is welcome to attend Thursday’s graduation ceremony featuring Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge AT 6:00 P.M this Thursday, August 1st at De Queen First assembly of God Church. Sheriff, Robert Gentry says the program runs on volunteers and The Attorney General was eager to speak at the ceremony because of the positive feedback she has heard about RSAT.

More information is available by contacting The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department at 870-642-2125.

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL MEETING JULY 30TH 07/30/19

The De Queen  City Council met at City Hall Tuesday night to discuss a brief list of agenda items for the July 30th meeting. During the public comment time De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Director Suzanne Babb introduced Logan Pierce to the city council and announced upcoming ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses opening in De Queen next month. Logan Pierce leads a knife-making community at the Riverside machine shop in downtown De Queen and has traveled across the world for knife making projects and shows. Logan announced that a knife-making school will be coming to De Queen soon with a focus on the knife industry as an art form and not a weapon. Details about the school will be released as information becomes available.

The first item under the old business category was the continued discussion on The Ennis building. The building is currently deteriorating and cannot be used for residential or commercial purposes in its current poor state. Mayor Jeff Brown informed the council that the building has asbestos, mold, caved-in floors and an excess of damage that would cost more than $1 million to renovate. Alderman Rick Pruitt revealed he looked into the cost of demolishing the building and the price tag for a tear-down would be roughly $40,000. The council decided to table the issue until the August 20th meeting while Alderman Jason Loftin collects research for a potential heritage grant that could possibly provide funds for a renovation of the building.

The next item on the agenda was the ordinance for the mid-year budget, which is an assessment of the city’s current financial status and expenditures for January 2019-July 2019. The council reviewed the budget and approved the ordinance after a brief discussion.

The first item in the new business category was the resolution to award a bid for the city sidewalk project. A sidewalk is set to be built with the purpose of connecting De Queen public schools to North 9th street for safety and logistics reasons. Mayor Brown announced that A.L Franks engineering firm has accepted J. Conn incorporated as the company to be awarded the project. The amount of the sidewalk construction is $239, 450. Information on the project completion date will be released at a later time.

The last item on the agenda was a revision to the police policy manual regarding narcan (naloxone), a method used by police officers to reverse a drug overdose. The council accepted the updated revision to the policy as presented by De Queen Police Chief Scott Simmons and the police department will receive online training to be able to administer the reversal.

The next De Queen City Council meeting is set for Tuesday August 20th at 6:30 p.m.

DIERKS PINE TREE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND 07/31/19

Jonathon Canday reports The 47th annual Dierks Pine Tree Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Dierks City Park. Despite recent flood damage, the festival will continue as planned according to Dierks Chamber Director Jerry Mounts.

Mounts says the festival will include several vendors, games, bounce houses, and much more. Both the mini rodeo on Friday and the L J Jenkins Bull Riding Tour on Saturday will begin at 8 p.m. The festival parade will be held Saturday morning at 10:00.

Dierks First Assembly church will holding a fundraiser at the Dierks Pine Tree Festival this weekend. They will be selling $6 jumbo bbq pork sandwich meals and $4 bun length hot dog meals. All funds raised will help support mission work.

UA COSSATOT ENROLLMENT FOR FALL BEGINS 07/31/19

UA Cossatot has released the fall 2019 schedule of classes for the upcoming semester.  Classes are set to begin on Monday, August 12, 2019, and are available for students to take in various formats.

Courses at UA Cossatot will be available in-class, online, through audiovisual arrangement, and offered for eight weeks and sixteen weeks for students wanting different options.  The last day to sign up for classes will be on August 13.  Fall classes at UA Cossatot include courses in Accounting, English, Child
Development, Diesel Technology, Business, Welding, Physical Science, Cosmetology, Spanish, and General Studies to name a few. 

UA Cossatot has four campus locations including Nashville, Ashdown, De Queen and Lockesburg as well as the online options.

To learn how to pay for college while going to school, please visit with someone at UA Cossatot who works in Financial Aid and the Business Office.  To learn how one can seek assistance while going to school, please visit with someone at UA Cossatot who works in Career Pathways and the Center for Student Success.  Student Services can also help with any questions and can guide students in the right direction.

To see the full list of available classes or to learn about other educational opportunities at UA Cossatot, please visit the college’s website at www.cccua.edu.  Students can sign up for classes by contacting Student Services at 800-844-4471, or by a walk-in visit at the De Queen, Nashville, or Ashdown Campus.

 

ASHDOWN TEACHER ATTENDS TECHNOLOGY EVENTS 07/31/19

Ashdown TARGETS’ (Gifted and Talented Program) Teacher Emily Freeman has been able to participate in ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) held in Philadelphia, PA and WCGTC (World Gifted Conference) in Nashville, TN over the summer.

 ISTE is a nonprofit organization started in 1979 that serves educators interested in the use of technology in education. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world through individual and organizational membership and support services.  At ISTE 2019, Mrs. Freeman learned many new techniques and updates that will benefit our students and staff for the upcoming year!  She was able to collaborate with other educators about the new LEGO education products, including Spike Prime, which will help upper elementary students with computer science.  She was also able to demo the new LEGO Spike Prime robot!  While visiting the Apple Classroom, she was able to explore the apps and updates so “Everyone Can Create” with IPads   This was from composing music to creating digital presentations with multimedia embedded.  Mrs. Freeman was also able to get author Josh Funk, author of many computer science picture books, to sign his new book for her class.

At the WGCTC, she learned strategies from gifted educators from around the world that will help our students.  She was able to sit in a session with author Nathan Levy who wrote “Stories with Holes”, sessions about how to foster creativity with our students, and learned how to use biographies and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) together to engage and enhance students’ learning.  

 

GATEWAY TRAIL COMING FOR DE QUEEN LAKE         07/27/19
Dr Jason Lofton spoke at Monday’s noon meeting of the De Queen Rotary Club about the progress of the Gateway Trail at De Queen Lake.

The Gateway Trail, sponsored by Legacy Initiatives, is a proposed 3.4 mile loop at Pine Ridge Park. It will be a multi-use trail for hiking, biking, and running.

Dr Lofton says Pine Ridge is an ideal location because there are five restrooms along the trail, a big parking lot, and awesome views of De Queen Lake.

The design for the trail was completed with a matching grant in which local businesses contributed $18,000. The matching grant was one of only three awarded nationwide.

Dr Lofton says the 3.4 mile loop has an estimated construction cost of $350,000. He has filed for a $150,000 grant from the Blue and You Foundation, and plans to file for a Walton Family Foundation grant along with state and government grants.

Dr Lofton says that Mountain Bikers take an average of two vacations per year, with an average cost per trip of $382. With our area’s close proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dr. Lofton believes that the Gateway Trail at Pine Ridge Park on De Queen Lake will be a great tourism attraction for Southwest Arkansas.

 

 LARGEST DIAMOND OF THE YEAR FOUND AT LOCAL STATE PARK 07/30/19

Josh Lanik, a 36-year-old schoolteacher from Hebron, Nebraska, recently visited Crater of Diamonds State Park on a family vacation, after learning about Arkansas’s diamond site from a coworker who once lived in The Natural State. After spending about two hours searching for diamonds on July 24, Lanik left with a brandy-colored gem weighing just over two carats.

According to Lanik, he was searching near the southwest edge of the park’s 37.5-acre diamond search area when he picked up the diamond about 15 feet from the West Drain, a trench that runs along the western border of the park’s diamond search area.

At first, Lanik said he wasn’t sure of what he had found, but he knew it was something unique.

Before leaving the park, the family stopped by the Diamond Discovery Center to have their finds identified. Lanik said that when he poured the contents of the paper sack onto the counter, a park employee put his brown gem into a pill bottle and took it into the office for a closer look. He noted, “She wouldn’t tell us whether it was a diamond, but we were pretty sure from her reaction that it was.” After identifying and weighing the gem, park staff brought Lanik into the office and informed him that he had discovered the largest diamond found so far in 2019.

Park Interpreter Waymon Cox noted that recent record-breaking rainfall likely contributed to Lanik’s find. “About 14 inches of rain fell at the park on July 16. In the days after the rainfall, park staff registered numerous diamonds found right on the surface of the search area, including two weighing over one carat.”

To date, 296 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park so far in 2019, weighing a total of 53.94 carats. 11 diamonds registered this year have weighed at least one carat each.

 

REGISTRATION FOR UAHT OPEN NOW 07/30/19

Registration for fall classes at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) is open now through August 23, 2019. The college will hold extended hours registration on August 19 and 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Hope and Texarkana campuses. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

The average yearly cost of tuition at UAHT for Arkansas residents and border county residents is $2,310 per year. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville recently announced the new Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship program. Which is a scholarship that enables students who graduate with an associate degree from UAHT to transfer to the U of A Fayetteville and pay the same low tuition rate.

Find out more at uacch.edu

 

BROKEN BOW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON AUGUST 7TH 07/30/19

The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce will hold their August luncheon at the Broken Bow Chamber Office on Wednesday, August 7th from 11:30a.m – 1:00p.m.   Broken Bow Public Schools will be present with new teachers and staff members for a special Welcome to Broken Bow. 
The chamber encourages all to attend and give the members a proper welcome to the area and help them connect with any resources they may need, as well as getting to know some of community leaders and volunteers along with business owners and operators of Broken Bow.
This Luncheon is open to ALL Broken Bow CHAMBER MEMBERS and lunch will be provided and guest speakers from McCurtain County Health Department – TSET Healthy Living Program will be featured.

 

SALVATION ARMY DRIVE AUGUST 3RD AT DE QUEEN WALMART 07/30/19

The Salvation Army, De Queen Branch, will be holding a “Stuff the Bus” campaign to benefit local students.  There are 30-million children in the United States whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, and other bills.

The simple act of providing school supplies to students in need provides them a boost of self-confidence and sets them up for a positive and successful school year.

This year’s collection will be from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm Saturday, August 3rd at Wal Mart in De Queen.

With the help of the community, the Salvation Army will be able to provide school supplies to kids in need in our community.  All donations will benefit families in need.

NEW LEGISLATION TO TAKE EFFECT FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR 07/29/19

Representative Dee Ann Vaught has reported most students in Arkansas public schools head back to the classroom the second week of August. From recess to reading, there are several pieces of legislation passed in the most recent session which will impact the upcoming school year. Some of the acts taking effect this year include:

 Act 641 ensures that elementary schools provide 40 minutes of recess for students.

Act 190 states a school counselor shall spend at least ninety percent (90%) of his or her working time providing direct and indirect services to students.

Act 1029 requires parents of the victim of bullying be notified as soon as reasonably practicable. It requires schools to write a report on the complaint within 5 school days. The bill also requires the school notify the guardian of the student who is determined to have been the perpetrator of the bullying.

Act 288 makes it a primary offense to use a handheld wireless device in a school zone.

Act 166 raises the maximum penalty for passing a stopped school bus from $500 to $2,000.

Act 530 makes it a Class A misdemeanor if a mandated reporter fails to notify law enforcement of a serious threat regarding violence in or targeted at a school.

Act 602 allows school districts to develop policies for distribution of excess food.

Act 466 allows high school students to earn credit for the required family finance course starting in ninth grade.

Act 245 requires that bleeding control training be taught as part of high school health courses.

and Act 757 of 2011 provides for a sales tax holiday in Arkansas during the first weekend of August each year to help families purchase clothing and supplies needed for school.  This year’s holiday will begin at 12:01am on Saturday, August 3 and end at 11:59pm on Sunday, August 4.

More information online at www.arkansashouse.org

SAVE ALBERT PIKE RALLY HELD SATURDAY 07/29/19
by Jonathan Canaday, News Director Southwest Arkansas Radio

Around 60 people attended the Save Camp Albert Pike Rally on Saturday to  make a plea to the U.S. Forest Service to reopen the site to overnight camping.  The visitors from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas shared stories of family vacations and memories of visiting the site in their youth.  Marty Walker of Daingerfield, Texas is the organizer of the effort and started visiting the campgrounds in the 1960s.

A deadly flood swept the campgrounds in June of 2010 and the campgrounds has only been open for day use since its reopening in 2014.  In June of 2018, the federal 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government and landowners cannot be sued for allowing public use of their property, unless they had prior knowledge of a hazardous situation.

Walker says a flood warning system could easily be installed and is requesting that the U.S. Forest Service reopen Albert Pike campgrounds to overnight camping.  He addressed the group near the main swimming area at the campgrounds.

Walker also presented an idea that if the USFS did not wish to maintain the area, that the state parks system might be another option.  He pointed out several facility upgrades, located on the east side of the road, that have been closed or never repaired.

Norman, Arkansas Mayor Roseanna Markham also attended the event and is also in favor of overnight camping, saying the closure has hurt local businesses.

A petition of over 1500 signatures to reopen the campsite has also been submitted to the USFS.

 

ASHDOWN FFA ‘PANTHER SHOOTOUT’ HELD SATURDAY 07/29/19

Ava Abney of the Ashdown FFA had a great day at the Panther Shootout Market Lamb Show at the 4States Fairgrounds on Saturday July 27th. Ava exhibited 3 class winners in the Lamb Show and was also named Reserve Champion Showman!

Miss Belle Davis was the big winner Friday night at the Panther Shootout in Texarkana AR. Belle won the Champion Peewee Swine Showmanship Contest to receive an engraved belt buckle. 

Lyndon and Rylee Youngblood also had a good night, both exhibited class winning market hogs.
 

 

 

 

 

 

AGFC SAYS SELECT SPECIES CAN NOW BE HUNTED YEAR-ROUND ON PRIVATE LANDS 07/29/19 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted to relax hunting regulations on certain predator species during a special meeting held last week. The regulations were proposed during the June 20th meeting, but were not able to be voted upon until July 25th to allow sufficient time for public comment.

Coyote, raccoon, opossum and striped skunk may now be hunted year-round on private land throughout the state of Arkansas. There are no daily or possession limits to any of these species on private land, and waste regulations will no longer apply to these four species.

A new free Predator-Control Permit also will be available to private landowners, which will let permit holders shoot or trap bobcat, coyote, gray fox, red fox, opossum, raccoon and striped skunk day or night. This permit will be available by late August to enable more opportunity to control these species on private land.

Commission Chair Ken Reeves of Harrison and Commissioner Stan Jones of Walnut Ridge explained that the goal of the regulations was not to eliminate any of these species on a statewide basis.

“I think everyone knows that the reason we’re doing this is we simply don’t have people trapping and hunting raccoons and opossums like we did many years ago because the pelts aren’t worth much,” Reeves said. “We’re trying to fill that gap by letting private landowners reduce these predators on their property to try to boost their quail and turkey numbers.”

A recording of the meeting is available at the AGFC’s YouTube page.

 

HARVEST REGIONAL FOOD BANK COMING TO SEVIER COUNTY 07/29/19

Horatio, AR, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 –Harvest Regional Food Bank is returning to Sevier County with its TEFAP USDA Commodity Mobile Pantry. “We have several communities in our rural service area that are not fully served by local partner agencies. To be sure that the residents in these areas are served, we are providing direct service where needed.” said Camille Coker Wrinkle, Executive Director of Harvest Regional Food Bank.

Harvest Regional Food Bank will distribute TEFAP USDA Commodities directly from their truck on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 10 am to noon. The truck will be parked at the Horatio First United Methodist Church located at 304 S Pennock St., AR. Next Mobile Pantry will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Recipients must bring photo identification verifying their age and residence in Sevier County.

Distribution is limited to one per household. USDA TEFAP Commodities will be available for those who meet income requirements. Please note, the day of mobile pantry will be on a Wednesday.

TWO PEOPLE FACING CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP IN HORATIO 07/26/19

Two people are facing drug-related charges after a traffic stop was conducted by a local Sheriffs Deputy this week.

A report released by The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department states that Sergeant Greg Davignon observed a White Toyota SUV drive left of the center line on Highway 71 near the EZ mart store in Horatio Wednesday, July 24th.

The sergeant reportedly pulled the vehicle over for crossing the center line and identified the driver as 45-year-old Lawanda Odom of Waldron, Arkansas and a passenger, 54-year-old Richard Wilson of De Ridder, Louisiana. Sergeant Davignon noted smelling the odor of intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle and requested to search the car.

Upon searching the vehicle Sergeant Davignon allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia and a white, crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. Both suspects were reportedly read their Miranda rights and transported to The Sevier County Jail. Odom and Wilson were charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

NEW LEADERSHIP AT AGFC CENTER IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS 07/26/19

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus has announced new educators serving Southwest Arkansas this month. Terry Washburn has been named the new facility manager at the center. Terry is known across the state for entertaining audiences knowledge of snakes and educational programs. The facility manager is responsible scheduling field trips, planning public programs, and managing shooting range activities on-site at Grandview.

Washburn previously worked for the AGFC from 2000 to 2009

Casey Hardaway is the new Regional Educator for Southwest Arkansas. Grandview will remain her home-office, and her role is to travel to schools libraries, and public events to deliver programming about natural resources stewardship, and hopefully encourage the next generation to get out there and hunt and fish and enjoy all the resources Arkansas has to offer.

‘LAST SATURDAY’ REGISTERED SHOOT SET FOR JULY 27TH 07/26/19

In other news coming out of Rick Evans Center in Columbus, The ATA registered “Last Saturday” shoot is scheduled for this weekend. The program lasts from April through October every year and allows for a range staff-facilitated shooting sports event on the last Saturday of each month at the center. This month, the registered shoot is taking place Saturday, July 27th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. All targets will be registered and each discipline requires at least three shooters. Singles start at 9:00 a.m. with handicap and doubles to follow. For more information visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website, agfc.com or call The Rick Evans Center at 870-983-2790.

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL TO MEET TUESDAY JULY 30TH 07/26/19

The next De Queen City Council meeting has been announced for Tuesday, July 30th at city Hall in De Queen. The meeting will be lead by Mayor Jeff Brown and City Clerk Donna Jones and it is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

The agenda includes an allotted time for public comments and the council is set to approve the previous meetings minutes.

Under the old business category the city council will continue their discussion on the status of the Ennis building and address an ordinance on the mid-year budget. Under the “new business”category, items a resolution to award a bid on the sidewalk project will be discussed along with a resolution on the CDBG grant and a revision to the police policy manual will be addressed.

All city council meetings are open to the public.

SEVIER COUNTY 4H GIRLS NAMED STATE AMBASSADORS 07/26/19

Two 4-H’ers from Sevier County were chosen as 4-H State Ambassadors this year. Amber Morris and Aubrey Seymour were chosen from kids all across the state of Arkansas to represent Arkansas 4-H. Before a youth can become an ambassador, they must first achieve several goals: they must show growth in their educational project, be an excellent speaker in front of large crowds, participate in county, district, and state level activities, prove they have above average leadership skills, mentor other youth, and do community service projects. The biggest accomplishment is being able to work outside of 4-H to better their community.

Amber Morris is the 16-year-old daughter of Ronald and Kimberly Morris. With having this amazing opportunity, Amber feels like she can help others not only in our county, but also all over the state. It means that she will have the opportunity to spread 4-H opportunities to others.  

Aubrey Seymour is the 15-year-old daughter of Justin and Debbie Seymour. Aubrey hopes that while she is making today the best, she can make tomorrow even better. Aubrey also feels like this will give her the opportunity to promote and educate people about the 4-H program on a higher level than just Sevier County.  

Both girls lead a community service project that benefits the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and are appreciative of the opportunity they have been given and hope to make a difference.

MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH HOLDS VOLUNTEER DAY IN DE QUEEN 07/26/19

A local church held a day of service in De Queen to encourage volunteerism in the  community this week.

Jason Carlton of Memorial Baptist Church stopped by KDQN studios Wednesday, July 24th to announce the 6th annual volunteer day event, which coordinated youth from all over the state of Arkansas to come together as friends and neighbors to wash cars, clean up trash, paint benches, help with landscaping and other similar projects around town.

The event does not allow the youth to collect monetary donations or gifts in exchange for the acts of service, instead the groups passed out bibles and helped the community at no charge.

More than 300 kids from across Arkansas were divided into 19 different groups to get to know new people and make new friends. The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce and the Parks and Recreation Department also teamed up with the church to help partner the youth groups with local businesses who were in need of help with service projects. The De Queen Fire Department also hosted youth at the station where they were taught about Fire Safety by Chief Dennis Pruitt.

 

More information about Volunteer day and Memorial Baptist church can be found online, at www.memorialdequeen.com

51ST ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO IN GRANNIS AUG 2ND&3RD 07/26/19

51st annual Championship Rodeo is set for August 2nd and 3rd in Grannis, Arkansas.

The admission price is $6 and children under age 4 get in free. On Friday, August 2nd senior citizens can get in for just $3. Mutton Bustin’ starts at 7:00 p.m. with the Rodeo beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Events include calf roping, team roping, bull riding, Jr. Bulls, Ranch bronc, Saddle Bronc, barrel racing, break-away, Jr. barrels, mini- broncs, bareback and steer wrestling. Calf scramble and money drop take place nightly and negative coggins is required.

This event is hosted by The Grannis Trail Riders and Ringold &Sons Rodeo Company. Call in to receive more in formation, 580-244-3635.

 

 
WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 07/25/19
Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.
Take a listen:
 
 
OFFICERS ARREST DWI SUSPECT AT BURGER KING IN DE QUEEN 07/25/19

A local man is facing a charge for Driving while intoxicated in De Queen last week after a run-in with law enforcement.
A report released by the De Queen Police Department states that Officer Doug Johnson and Sergeant Bucky Sawyer suspected a man was intoxicated at Burger King on Colin Raye Drive Friday, July 19th.

The report notes officer Johnson observed the male suspect passed out in a white car with the engine still running in the drive-thru lane of the restaurant. Officer Johnson identified the driver as Criberto Martinez, age 24 of De Queen. The officer allegedly smelled the odor of intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle and conducted several field sobriety tests before placing Martinez in custody. Martinez was charged with DWI and bond was set at $2500.

ARVEST BANK DONATES TO MENA POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR NEW UNIFORMS 07/25/19

Representatives from Arvest Bank and the City of Mena were on hand for a check presentation on the steps of Mena City Hall on Monday morning.

Arvest Bank made a contribution of $8,400 for the purchase of new officer uniforms that will be more efficient and comfortable to wear while serving the local community on duty.

According to Chief Tommy Stueart, he “doesn’t see a way to fund this” without the Arvest Foundation grant. Stueart added that the “uniforms will be more functional  and more comfortable for the officers”.

Stueart has seen considerable investment in the department and commented that “as long as we can keep our fleet in pretty good shape and continue to doing the updates on the cars” that they will be in good shape.

Mayor Seth Smith added that “it is nice to see local businesses coming together and supporting us and what they do and it makes their jobs easier, when they have support from the community.”

Smith continued by saying that he is “appreciative in what Arvest Bank is doing” for the police department.

SUSPECT PLEADS GUILTY IN TEXARKANA ROBBERY CASE  07/25/19

A man accused of robbing multiple banks, liquor stores and businesses in Texarkana Arkansas and Texas in 2017 has plead guilty to one count of bank robbery. 

Troy Lee Ware, age 66, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven for a plea hearing with Texarkana attorney Josh Potter this week. Ware plead guilty to one count listed in an eight-count indictment filed earlier this year in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Ware has been in the Miller County jail since January 2018 on state charges for armed robberies allegedly committed in Texarkana, Ark., in 2017.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble said Ware’s plea agreement includes 15 years in federal prison, restitution to multiple victims totaling nearly $25,000, and forfeiture of a revolver and ammunition.

Investigators for both Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Ark., police departments were engaged in a months-long search for the man who robbed the businesses at gunpoint while wearing gloves, a mask and tennis shoes. Ware operated a small used car dealership Texarkana, Ark., and had access to a number of different cars which he allegedly drove during some of the robberies, according to search warrant affidavits.

Ware pleaded guilty Tuesday to the bank robbery. The other charges are expected to be dismissed by the court at sentencing before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the next several months.

The Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed charges in February 2018 including seven counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated assault. Tommy Potter, Ware’s attorney in the Miller County case, said he expects the state charges to be dropped after Ware is sentenced in the federal case.

ARKANSAS STATE PARKS TO LAUNCH NEW RESERVATION SYSTEM MONDAY 07/25/19

Guests of Arkansas State Parks will soon see an improved reservation system available at the end of this month. The parks system was previously using two separate products for reservations, but now it will be streamlined into one.

The reservation system has been offline since July 15th and the new system is set to launch Monday, July 29th. Guests who come to the park before July 29th and want accommodations during their visit can speak with park staff  and will be accommodated if there is availability. All confirmed reservations made before the offline period will still be valid.

The amount of data being transferred to the new system is massive. Petit Jean State Park in Conway County, for example, has more than 3,000 reservations already scheduled for the upcoming year.

Guests who want to make a reservation for the future can do so online or call the park directly starting July 29th.

Local state parks in Southwest Arkansas include Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena and Daisy State park in Kirby Arkansas.

Find out more at Arkansasstateparks.com

ARKANSAS CANNABIS GROUP PROPOSES LEGAL RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA TO SECRETARY OF STATE 07/25/19

A pro-cannabis group has made a push for legalized use of recreational Marijuana in the natural state this week.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that “Arkansas True Grass” has submitted ‘The Arkansas Recreational Marijuana Amendment of 2020’ to the Secretary of State’s office. The submission marks the beginning of the group’s efforts to get the constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot.

Another advocacy group  called ‘The Drug Policy Education Group’, already has filed  proposed amendments with similar content. Arkansas True Grass will now start collecting signatures. The group has a large social media backing as more than 10,000 people have followed the movements facebook page, with 1,400 new followers joining in over the last month.

Both groups must gather the signatures of at least 89,151 registered voters for each proposal. Then, the state Board of Election Commissioners must certify the ballot measures.

If legalized, Arkansas would be the 12th state America allowing cannabis to be legally used for recreational purposes. If the amount of signatures needed are collected and the proposals are certified, the items would appear on the November. 3rd, 2020, ballot for Arkansas voters to decide.

 
MAN IN STABLE CONDITION AFTER MAJOR WRECK ON HWY 71 NORTH TUESDAY 07/24/19

The driver of an 18-wheeler truck has been reported to be in stable condition following a major collision on Highway 71 North in De Queen Tuesday evening. De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt tells KDQN three vehicles were involved in a wreck about one-quarter mile from De Queen Lake road early around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 24th.

The Fire Department was dispatched to the crash at approximately 5:13 p.m. and responded within 6 minutes as they arrived by 5:19 p.m. A crew of 18 firefighters worked the accident for nearly 4 hours before leaving the scene at 9:20 p.m. Representatives from The Sevier County Sheriff’s department worked to route traffic in the area and the roads were temporarily shut down while emergency personnel worked to clear the roadways.

The Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department manned the De Queen Fire  station house to make sure crews were on-hand to assist with any other emergencies that occurred during the 4-hour call.

Of the 3 vehicles involved only one driver was injured in the crash. When emergency response crews arrived on the scene a man was found pinned in between a tree and the severely damaged semi-truck. Chief Pruitt says the process of removing the driver from the scene took roughly 3 hours.

Though a Helicopter made it to the site to help transport the man to receive medical attention, those services were not utilized. Instead, the river, Todd More was taken by Southwest Emergency Medical Services in an ambulance to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana before being transferred to St. Vincent’s hospital in Hot Springs. Chief Pruitt told KDQN Moore was set to receive surgery later today for injuries sustained from the crash.

Chief Pruitt thanked community members for coming out to the scene to supply water and Gatorade while they worked to extract the driver. The Chief also commended his team for a job well done in clearing the accident and helping the driver who was injured during the crash.

(Sound Bite From Chief Pruitt): 

An official cause of the crash has not been determined and the accident is still under investigation by The Arkansas State Police. KDQN reached out to ASP Wednesday morning but no statement was submitted by air-time. More details will be announced on KDQN as information becomes available.

 
SEVIER COUNTY FAIR PAGEANT AND TALENT COMPETITION SET FOR AUGUST 3RD 07/24/19
 

The Sevier County Fair Queen, Princess, Jr MS, Little Mr and MS, and talent competition will be held on Aug.3, at 10 a.m. at the Sevier County Fairgrounds during the 82nd annual fair.

The competition is open to Sevier County residents or anyone enrolled in a Sevier County school. The applicant can only enter in one county pageant. They must be single, never married or have had a child.

The winner in the Fair Queen and Princess division will represent Sevier County in state competition. The Little MS will compete in district competition. This year the contestants in the Princess and Queen competition, other than the princess and queen, will be eligible to participate in the Southwest District Fair competition. The Little Miss will forfeit all county awards for failure to follow thru with the district competition. The princess and queen must follow thru with the state competition or the county awards will be forfeited.  

 

The talent winner in each category of the Jr. and Sr. division will represent Sevier County in the state fair and all other participants will be eligible to participate in the district competition. The age division for Jr. is 10-15 and Sr. is 16-21. There will be a category for the youth under 10 for Sevier County only.  

The categories include:

Girls: 0-12 Months (Little MS Tiny Baby). 13-23 Months (Little MS Baby). 2-3 Yrs. (Little MS Petite).4-5 Yrs. (Little MS)-will go to District. 6-8 Yrs. (Young JR. MS). 9-10 Yrs. (JR. MS). 11-13-MSTeen. 14-17 Yrs. (Princess)-will go to state. 18-23Yrs. (Queen)-will go to state. The girls under 3 will wear a Sunday dress.

Boys: 0-12 Months (Little MR Baby). 13-23 Months (Little MR Baby). 2-3 Yrs. (Little MR Petite). 4-5 YRs. (Little MR).

Vocal Solo, Vocal Group, Dance Solo, Dance Group, and Variety.

Entries are currently being accepted and forms can be picked up at KDQN studios and First State Bank in De Queen. For more information contact Linda Frachiseur at 870-584-9592.The deadline to enter is July 27th.

ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR PROGRAMS 07/24/19

The president of the American Fisheries Society’s Fisheries Administration Section personally delivered a prestigious award to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program earlier this summer.

The program’s Family Fun Day events, began last year, and earned the 2018 Sport Fish Restoration Outstanding Project in Aquatic Education. The award, according to AFS Fisheries Administration Section president Joe Larscheid, is intended to both highlight the importance and effectiveness of the Sport Fish Restoration program and recognize excellence in fisheries management, research and education.

The AGFC’s director, Pat Fitts, and assistant director Chris Colclasure, along with now retired director Caroline Cone, nominated the program’s Family Fun Day events for the national award.

Family Fun Days were held with large turnout across the state over the last year, including Lake Diffenbacher in Texarkana.

COMMUNITY ART SHOW HELD IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY LAST WEEK 07/24/19

UA Cossatot’s Ashdown Campus was the setting for the 18th Annual Little River Arts Council Mid-Summer Art Show.  Over 200 pieces of art were displayed in the Barbara Horn Civic Center at the campus for the public to observe and admire.  The art show lasted for three days beginning on Thursday, July 18, and concluded on Saturday, July 20.  Citizens and visitors of Little River County could view the art from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday.

The Little River Arts Council organizes this annual event every summer for the community to enjoy and to make people aware of the artistic beauty that is in Little River County.  The art show is also open for artists from different areas who wish to display their work.

Ashdown resident, Carolyn Myers said, “This art show, in my opinion, is one of the nicest shows we have in Little River County.  Many people work hard all year to present this show, and the college is wonderful to let us host the event every year at their campus.”

The Mid-Summer Art Show took place for three days, but the Little River Art’s Council and the college made preparations at the beginning of the week.  On Monday the artists registered, on Tuesday the artists hung and presented their work, and on Wednesday their work was judged.  At the art show on Saturday, a reception was held at 2:30 PM and an awards ceremony took place at 3:00 PM.  Monetary prizes were also given to the winners.

Little River Arts Council Member, Sue Taaffe of Foreman, said, “This year’s art show went great!  We really appreciate the college, letting us use their facilities.  We also appreciate the Director of UA Cossatot’s Ashdown Campus, Barry Reed for helping us make preparations.  He was very accommodating.  UA Cossatot Campus Police Officer, Jason Curtis was also extremely helpful in helping us make sure the three-day event ran smoothly!”

Along with the art show, the Little River Arts Council also organizes a yearly art camp for youth held at the First United Methodist Church in Ashdown.  They also take part in the Whistlestop Festival every year in Little River County to promote the love of art to youth and adults.

The 19th Annual Little River Arts Council Mid-Summer Art Show will take place at UA Cossatot again in 2020.  For anyone interested in displaying their art, brochures, and advertisements will be released with details at the beginning of next summer.

The Little River Arts Council would like to announce that they are looking for volunteers to help with next year’s art show at the college.  When the advertisements are released next year, contact information will be listed for those who wish to sign up as a volunteer.

FOREMAN SCHOOL BOARD TO BEGIN NEW HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN DISCUSSION 07/24/19

Foreman Public Schools have called a special meeting for tonight, Wednesday July 24th. The meeting was announced to the public this afternoon and the Foreman Board of Education is set to meet in The Foreman High School conference room beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Only one item has been announced for tonight’s agenda, and that is the discussion of options for the design of a new High School. Earlier this year KDQN reported that the Foreman School District was awarded  $5.1 million from the State Facility Partnership Program to partially fund a new high school facility.

In order to gain the remainder of the funding needed to complete the project, the school board voted to put the measure on a ballot on the upcoming election on September 10th. If approved, the Foreman School District will be able to construct the new high school building.

Meetings are open to the public, excluding executive session.

 

AHS CHEER SQUAD ATTENDS NCA LEADERSHIP CAMP    07/23/19
 

The AHS Varsity Cheer team has been attending the NCA Leadership Camp at UALR this week and the last day of camp consisted of competitions and awards. Here are our results:

*Star Jumper Finalists:
Chloe Young
Chevi Flournoy

*Team awards: 
Spirit award (voted on by other campers for the team that shows great spirit and attitude throughout the week) 
Rally Routine Competition Runner up
Gameday Competition Runner Up
NCA Nationals bid

*All Americans:
Amy Newton
Chloe Young
Sara Huddleston
Emma Wrinkle
Railee Schmidt
Hannah Denton
Chevi Flournoy

New cheer coach Brittany Crow said, “This was my first task as the new cheer coach, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The girls not only met, but exceeded expectations with skills and teamwork. It’s hard to go wrong with a team that wants to be better in every aspect. This is a special group and I’m looking forward to a great year.”
 
 
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LITTLE MISS RIVER COUNTY PAGEANT AUGUST 3RD 07/23/19

The Little Miss River County Pageant and Talent Contest has been announced for Saturday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in The Ashdown High School Auditorium.

Age Divisions include baby, tiny, toddler, Little Miss, Petite Miss, Young Miss, Junior, Teen, Miss, open talent, Jr. Talent and Senior Talent.

The entry fee is $35 and the deadline to enter is July 30th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. There is an optional photogenic contest for an additional $10 fee. All checks must be made payable to Little River County Fair Association and entries can be turned in to Style studio in Ashdown or Foreman city hall. For more information call or text Kelly Krause. 903-828-3588.

LOCAL CAR SHOW SET FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN FULTON 07/23/19

A Southwest Arkansas Car Club has announced their 2nd annual Labor Day weekend Car, Truck and Bike Show for September.

The Triple C car club is a Howard-County based group of community members who host events and fundraisers for the local area. Recent Triple C events include the Childress school reunion parade and a CO-Ed softball tournament in Nashville, Arkansas.

The labor day Car, Truck and Bike show will take place Sunday, September 1st at McNab park in Fulton, Arkansas with gates open from 11:00 a.m. to 11: 00 p.m.

Categories include best sports car, best corvette, best paint job, biggest rims, best truck or SUV and more. The cost to enter is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Performing artist “DaeDae” will be featured live and tickets for the show are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the gate.

For more information and tickets contact Chris at 903-244-1762.

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RESIGNS 07/23/19

Henderson State University President Glen Jones Jr. resigned Friday morning, after weeks of questions concerning debt the university faces that resulted in part from students not paying their bills to the school. Jones spent seven years as president.

Jones, a 1992 graduate of Arkadelphia-based Henderson State, plans to return to campus as a professor in August 2020.

Elaine Kneebone, General Counsel for Henderson State University, will serve as acting president until an interim search is completed.

The Board of Trustees also approved a contract for Arkansas State University to provide financial, internal audit, information technology, institutional research, and legal support services.

Jones will be on sabbatical through the end of the fiscal year. 

 CORPS BEGINS DRAWDOWN AT MILLWOOD LAKE 07/23/19

ASHDOWN, Ark.—The Army Corps of Engineers began lowering the level of Millwood Lake 19 July to allow for spillway repairs and to improve shoreline vegetation. The lake will be held near an elevation of 257.2 feet until 1 September. Afterward, the level will be gradually raised until it reaches an elevation of 259.2 by the beginning of October. During the drawdown, boaters should exercise caution, including wearing a life jacket, because submerged stumps and shallow areas will be more prominent, especially in boat lanes.

The drawdown exposes an extensive area of shoreline for re-vegetation, which promotes water quality, habitat for wintering waterfowl and fish production. Additionally it concentrates prey fish for predator consumption, promoting growth and production for larger fish. The drawdown was requested by the Southwest Arkansas Water District in coordination with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. For more information, call the Millwood Project Office at 870-898-3343.

ASHDOWN STUDENT SHOWS GRAND CHAMPION HOG 07/22/19

 
Congratulations to Ashdown High School  FFA member Lyndon Youngblood, who exhibited the Grand Champion Market Hog at Pigstock 2019 held in Foreman Saturday July 20th.

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF 19TH AMENDMENT RECOGNIZED IN ARKANSAS 07/22/19
Arkansas is approaching the centennial of a historic vote in the House chamber.  On July 28, 1919, then Governor Charles Brough called a special session for the purpose of ratifying the Nineteenth Amendment. The House Journal records a letter Brough sent to our chamber 100 years ago.
In it he states, “Eleven states have already ratified and, should your Honorable Body ratify, nation-wide Women’s Suffrage will have passed the first milestone, as one-fourth of the States will have then conferred full suffrage upon our splendid womanhood.”

The letter goes on to read, “I feel that the ratification of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment is of paramount national importance to the people of our country, and is a proper recognition of the patriotic activities and useful devotion to the cause of liberty and democracy of our womanhood”

The vote passed 74–15 in the House. The vote in the Senate was 29-2, making Arkansas the twelfth state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment. According to newspaper reports at the time, women filled the Arkansas Capitol carrying yellow banners reading, “Votes for Women.”

Arkansas was the second state in the South to ratify the 19th amendment. Texas was the first when it ratified on June 23, 1919.

Demands for suffrage had been made in Arkansas dating back to the Constitutional Convention of 1868. That attempt and many others to allow women to vote failed in the Arkansas legislature over the course of the next 49 years.

Then in February 1917, Rep. John Riggs introduced legislation to allow women to vote in Arkansas primaries. Despite testimony on the House floor “That nothing would be gained by giving women access to the ballot”, the House voted 71-19 in favor of the measure. The bill later passed the Senate with a vote 17-15. Arkansas was the first state in the South to allow women in vote in primary elections.

Governor Hutchinson created the Arkansas Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee to lead the state’s remembrance of women receiving the right to vote. You can check out the committee’s work on history and upcoming celebrations at www.arkansasheritage.com. And if you haven’t already, be sure to follow #ARGirlslead on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  There you will find stories from the women who serve in the House and encouragement for more Arkansas girls to seek leadership roles.

 ASHDOWN MARCHING BAND PREPARING FOR NEW SEASON 07/22/19

The award winning Purple Pride Marching Band began preparing for the 2019 marching season before the 18-19 school year was completed.  Band members participated in several Monday evening rehearsals and started practicing on the music for their upcoming Queen Show.  On the field, the band will be led by Drum Major Ariel Shumake, a sophomore student at Ashdown High School.

During the week of July 22, band members will get back into the swing of things with summer band practice from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day.  During this time they will be working on fundamentals and getting back to their show music.  Their first public performance will be Tuesday, August 13th at the AHS Purple/Gold Scrimmage game in Dick Hays Stadium.  Their first Friday night performance will be in Hamburg on Friday, August 30th.

They will perform in marching contests on October 5 at the 4 States Marching Contest (Texas High), October 12th in Little Rock (War Memorial Stadium), Region Marching Assessment on October 22 (Hope) and State Marching Contest on November 4 in Little Rock (War Memorial Stadium).

FREE KIDS CAMP IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS THIS WEEK 07/22/19

Wild Wednesday Day Camp for kids at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus is set for July 24th. The theme is ‘Wild About Fish.” Campers will go fishing in the education pond. They can bring their own pole, or use the ones available on-site. We will provide bait and tackle.

Fish dissection will teach us about fish bodies, how they interact with their environment, and how they find their food.

Each child will make a lapbook full of information about common sportfish in Arkansas and how to identify them.

  • Please send sack lunch and water bottle.
  • Parents must complete an application.
  • Parents should apply sunscreen and bug spray to their children.
  • Children must be entering third grade next fall or older to participate.

This is a free program; however, registration is required by our facility staff for planning purposes. To register or for more information, call 870-983-2790.

HOUSE FIRE IN DE QUEEN HANDLED SATURDAY 07/22/19

The De Queen Fire Department handled a House Fire on Needle Street in De Queen over the Weekend.

A report released by Chief Dennis Pruitt states members of the Department responded to an all-call alarm at approximately 3:50 p.m. Saturday, July 20th. A total of 14 firefighters and one engine reported to the scene to assist the Whitmore residence on the 100 block of Needle Street. The crew spent nearly an hour and a half on the scene, which was determined as an attic fire by the department. The presence of a smoke detector in the home was not listed on the report and no mutual aid was required. Chief Pruitt told KDQN the source of the flames was determined to be a bathroom ventilation fan that caught fire.

The department was able to successfully extinguish the flames with no injuries reported.

SNAP CHAT POST LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS IN TEXARKANA 07/22/19

Local law enforcement agents received a tip that lead to two arrests in Miller County last week. Texarkana news source ‘TXKtoday’ reports that 18-year-old Texarkana resident Callie Brown posted about illegal substances for sale on the popular Social Media App “Snapchat”. An investigator added the username provided in the tip and began monitoring the posts that day.

The Posts allegedly included pictures of Brown along with photos of THC oil pens, Xanax and Ecstasy. An investigator messaged the account and asked to purchase a THC vaporizer cartridge prompting agents to visit the house in the 7400 block of Sanderson Lane.

Officers quickly detained both Brown and Michael Mckee Blair, age 19. Brown was allegedly in possession of the THC vaporizer cartridge and Blair  allegedly had the Xanax bars.

A third suspect was detained and the house was searched. During the search officers reportedly observed marijuana, a grinder for use with marijuana and a set of scales in plain view.

Brown and Blair are both being held in the Miller County jail.

 

COUNTRY STAR CHARLEY FARLEY TO PERFORM AT BENEFIT CONCERT FOR BLAKE BRINKLEY 07/18/19

A benefit concert has been organized for Blake Brinkley, a Horatio resident who was injured in a bad car wreck earlier this month. Blake is a husband and father who was on his way to work July 5th when another driver was distracted by a cell phone and swerved into the lane Blake was driving in, which caused the wreck.

Blake was ejected from the vehicle and is currently receiving medical care in the ICU. Friends of Blake’s have organized a Benefit concert to help offset the cost of medical expenses as well as help out with bills while Blake is unable to work during his recovery.

The benefit was announced by Blake’s friends Sarah Vanhoose and Kendra Stevens who stopped by KDQN studios earlier this week to tell the community how they can support the Brinkley family.

The concert will be held August 3rd at The UA Cossatot Amphitheater in De Queen beginning at 4:00 p.m. with a meal. Local favorite and Gillham native Charley Farley will headline the show and the concert will open with special guests Greg Gardner and Element at 5:00.

(pictured above, Country Star Charley Farley, who will headline the Blake Brinkley Benefit concert Saturday August 3rd)

Family members of Blake’s are set to speak during the event and everyone in the community is invited to attend. The cost is $15 and covers both admission for the concert as well as the cost of the meal and tickets can be purchased at KDQN studios, Ranch House, Conquest Industrial in Horatio, Southerlands in Foreman and Pleasant Manor in Ashdown. The show will be family friendly and there is no cost for children under age three to attend.

Kendra and Sarah say sponsorships for the event are needed at this time and all funds from sponsors will go toward supplies for the concert and any money left over will go to the Brinkley family to help with bills. The family may be required to remodel their home to become wheelchair accessible for Blake if necessary.

To become a sponsor or receive more information, contact Sarah or Kendra.

Sarah can be reached at 870-784-1348 and Kendra can be reached at 870-279-5109. A facebook page has also been organized to support Blake and his family. The page can be found by searching “Blake Brinkley Benefit Featuring Charley Farley.”

TRIPLE THREAT GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP IN DE QUEEN BEGINS MONDAY 07/19/19

The Triple Threat Basketball camp has been announced for Monday July 22nd-24th from 8am-11am at Leopard Arena in De Queen. The 3-day fundamental camp will teach aspiring girl basketball players the basic skills of the sport, including dribbling, passing, shooting technique and game rules. 

Coach Bret Burgess, Head Girls Basketball coach Lance weeks and current De Queen Girls Basketball players will be leading the camp and all girls in 5th-9th grade are welcome to attend. The camp will also feature daily competitions and opportunities to win prizes. This has been a 20-year tradition for De Queen girls basketball programs and the cost to attend is $50.

For more information, contact coach Burgess at 870-784-4054. 

NEW STATE POLICE RECRUIT ASSIGNED TO HEMPSTEAD COUNTY 07/19/19

Thirty-six Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits graduated Thursday and will arrive in the coming days at their new assignments within the department’s Highway Patrol Division.  The graduates are filling highway patrol vacancies in 21 different Arkansas counties.
  
  The recruits initially reported to the Arkansas State Police Training Academy in Little Rock on February 24, 2019 and have accumulated 1,127 hours of specialized training.
  
  Jami Cook, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Public Safety addressed the recruits, along with Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police.
  Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp administered the Oath of Arkansas State Trooper to the recruit graduates.
  
 A New addition to Southwest Arkansas troop G will include Trevor Dew, age 27, who will be assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop G, Hempstead County.  He is a graduate of Taylor High School. Trooper Dew served as recruit class leader.Trevor placed first in the Firearms category for his class.

AINSLEY’S ANGELS OF SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS DINNER AND 5K SET FOR SEPTEMBER 07/19/19

Ainsley’s angels of Southwest Arkansas has announced a Dinner and 5K fundraiser for September 28th.

Athletes of all abilities are encouraged to walk, run, jog or roll in this race for a great cause.

Everyone in the community is welcome to participate and the event will be held at Dierks park in De Queen beginning at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $5 per plate, or $30 for race entry fee, t-shirt, age group medals and meal.

A live band will be featured and volunteers are appreciated. If you are interested in sponsoring a water station or having your company name printed on the back of the event T-shirts, please contact Tessa Dean at 479-214-0942. Or email swarkansas@ainsleysangels.org

SELF DEFENSE COURSE TO BEGIN IN AUGUST AT LOCAL COLLEGE 07/19/19

UA Cossatot will be offering self-defense classes for students and community members to take in August. These classes are broken up into different age groups for adults and children 7 years old and above. The self-defense classes are broken up into 8-week courses that will be held two nights a week for each group.

The 8-week self-defense courses will cost $80 for each person. There will be 16 class sessions, and each class will last for one hour. All courses will take place at UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus.
Adults 18 and up will meet for class on Monday and Thursday from 6 PM to 7 PM starting on August 5. Teenagers ages 15 to 17 will also meet on Monday and Thursday from 5 PM to 6 PM beginning on August 5.
Children who are interested in taking a self-defense course can meet for class on Tuesday and Friday at UA Cossatot starting on August 6. Kids ages 7 to 10 will meet for class from 5 PM to 6 PM, and kids ages 11 to 14 will meet from 6 PM to 7 PM. Instructor, Daniel Griffin will teach all courses. Mr. Griffin has been training in martial arts since 1981.
He is skilled in Karate, Aikido, Tae kwon do, boxing, American freestyle, submission wrestling, kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has competed on the USA kickboxing team, fought in MMA bouts and has trained with the US Navy boxing team. These classes will cover the basics of defending oneself and offer a social, active event for people in our area to participate in while learning new skills.

 

WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 07/18/19
Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.
Take a listen:

 

MAN CAUGHT WITH METHAMPHETAMINE OVER THE WEEKEND IN SEVIER COUNTY 07/18/19

A local man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop in De Queen Saturday.

A report from The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department states that Deputy Chett Stubbs was patrolling Red Bridge Road in De Queen Saturday, July 13th when he observed a motorcycle without a license plate traveling at 74 miles per hour in a zone with a speed limit of 45.

Deputy Stubbs pulled the motorcycle over and identified the driver as Gary Bevis, age 49, of Horatio. Bevis reportedly consented to a search. The report states that during the search a smoking device commonly used for smoking methamphetamine was discovered along with a clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine and a bag with suspected meth residue.

Bevis was arrested and charged with drug paraphernalia and possession methamphetamine with purpose to deliver.

CLEAN-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DIERKS FOLLOWING FLOOD DAMAGE 07/18/19

 by Jonathan Canaday, KMTB NEWS DIRECTOR

Cleanup efforts are underway in the city of Dierks. Mayor Ronnie Cogburn says the park received significant damage. He says the flash flooding dropped gravel, took out fences, moved the walking track, and even flipped a concrete dugout. The National Weather Service on Wednesday confirmed a 24-hour rainfall measurement of 16.17 inches at Dierks. This total is the highest from a tropical system in the state’s weather history.

The park will hold the annual Pine Tree Festival August 2-3 and is currently a mess. The city and chamber of commerce are looking for volunteers to assist with a clean up day this Saturday morning at 9:00.

Mayor Cogburn thanked all of the city employees, police department, and fire department for their assistance on Tuesday. Some city employees worked late hours, helping to get water and electric service restored.

Nancy Thompson, director of government affairs at Weyerhaeuser said that after thorough inspections, they resumed operations late Wednesday. They expect to return to a normal operation schedule soon.

The Dierks Food Pantry will be open this Saturday, July 20th. Regular distribution will begin at 8 a.m. at the Dierks Senior Citizens Center. If anyone has an urgent need, they will be at the Center from 9 until noon today and tomorrow.

NEW BILL COULD MEAN $13 MILLION FOR ARKANSAS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION 07/18/19

Conservation of our nation’s wildlife may see a dramatic boost thanks to a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives July 12 by Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI). The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 3742) was introduced with bipartisan support to devote additional money to wildlife conservation throughout the U.S.

Dingell and Fortenberry first introduced the bill in 2017 based on a recommendation from a panel of conservation and business leaders.

If passed, the bill would dedicate $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement their science-based wildlife action plans and an additional $97.5 million for tribal fish and wildlife managers to conserve fish and wildlife on tribal lands and waters. This will provide dedicated funding, so state and tribal wildlife managers can proactively conserve fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need in a voluntary, non-regulatory manner before federal listing under the Endangered Species Act is warranted.

In Arkansas, the bill could mean as much as $13 million per year devoted to wildlife habitat restoration, an arena traditionally funded through consumptive uses, such as hunting and fishing license sales and taxes placed on hunting, fishing and shooting equipment.  

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL COMING TO HOPE, AR 07/18/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced registration is open for the free regional Rutledge Retiree Resources event July 30 in Hope. The event is a part of a larger series of educational programs hosted by Rutledge for seniors throughout the state. The agenda includes programs designed to educate retirees about how they can protect themselves from pervasive and vicious scam artists.

“Arkansans should be able to spend retirement enjoying time with family and friends and not losing their hard-earned savings to lazy, low-life con artists,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Face-to-face meetings allow retirees to look us in the eyes and ask questions directly about how they can protect their finances.”

Attendees will hear from the Attorney General’s public protection experts about protecting themselves from scams and identity theft, proper prescription drug disposal, resources regarding nursing homes and home care and how to protect finances.

The event will be held in the Washington Suite of Hempstead Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College, 2500 South Main Street, Hope, Arkansas. For those interested in attending this free educational event or future events, register today. Lunch will be provided.

Rutledge Retiree Resources have been held in Fayetteville, Jonesboro and DeWitt. Registration is also available for an additional Rutledge Retiree Resources event scheduled September 5 in Little Rock.

MAN JAILED FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED IN DE QUEEN 07/18/19

A De Queen man was placed in The Sevier County Jail for driving while intoxicated last week.

According to a report from The De Queen Police Department, Sergeant Wayne Baker and officer Ryan Hanney were patrolling Locke avenue when they observed a pickup truck with a brake light out cross the center line while driving down the road.

Baker pulled over the vehicle and identified the driver as Tommy Whitmore, age 59 of De Queen. When asked if he’d been drinking Whitmore reportedly stated that he had drank one beer. A series of field sobriety tests were administered as well as a portable breathalyzer test to assess Whitmore’s sobriety. Sergeant Baker noted observing two beer cans in the back of the pickup. The breathalyzer test reportedly revealed a .157 and Whitmore was placed into custody and read his rights. The report states Whitmore agreed to take a blood test and was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital where the test was performed. The suspect was then processed in the Sevier County Jail for Driving While Intoxicated.

ASHDOWN STUDENTS ATTEND MASH CAMP 07/18/19

Ashdown High School students Kaila Sullivan and Aniya Polite attended the Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) Program June 10-21. It is a two-week summer health careers camp for high school students to learn about health professions. During the program students learn basic CPR and first aid, casting and suturing, learn about physical assessment, medical terminology and much, much more.

Aniya said, “The Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) program was a life changing experience! It was such a great program with great leaders and amazing peers that are interested in the medical field as well. Seeing different career choices from Physical Therapy to Pathology and deciding on what you think would be best for you and your future. We were able to hear and talk to people that worked at Wadley Regional Medical Center, CHRISTUS St. Micheals, LifeNet, Texarkana Emergency Center, and many more. They shared what career path they took. The questions I had were answered beyond expectancy. This two-week program is something I will remember and look back on for the rest of my life. I learned so much just in those two weeks! I recommend anyone that cannot decide on what career they want to pursue in the medical field to apply for this program. You will not regret it!
Future NICU Travel Nurse!!”

Kaila added, “While participating in this year’s M*A*S*H program, I had the opportunity to get more insight on specific medical careers. I heard from all different types of medical professionals including EMTs, nurses, therapists, and physicians. My eyes were opened to the many opportunities that exists for those wishing to pursue and those pursuing a career in medicine. I knew going into the program that I wanted to be a doctor. This program showed me that through hard work and determination I can turn that dream into reality. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone wishing to pursue a career in medical field. Whether you wish to become a physical therapist, dentist, or trauma surgeon, the M*A*S*H program will teach you things that you can only learn from someone who has been there them-self.”

 

 

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS COUNTIES HIT HARD BY FLOODING TUESDAY 07/17/19

Widespread flooding caused by rainfall from tropical storm Barry heavily impacted the Southwest Arkansas area in a big way throughout the day Tuesday. The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency for southern Pike and Clark counties in the 4:00 hour Tuesday morning with Howard, Northern Hempstead and Northern Nevada counties following in emergency status by 10:00 a.m.

Many main roads and businesses were closed in the area as a result of the storm. Several rescues were performed and many structures suffered serious damage. The total rainfall in Howard County was noted by Dierks Mayor Ronnie Cogburn at 17 inches.

De Queen Mayor Jeff Brown ensured help for the neighboring community of Dierks by permitting the De Queen Fire Department to assist in Flood relief efforts Tuesday morning. Chief Dennis Pruitt and his team assisted with routing traffic and ensuring residents safety.

KDQN worked closely with our sister station B 99.5 in Nashville for reports of rescues, road closures, detours and information from local authorities. The aftermath of the storm will include debris cleanup and monitoring receding water levels for many area agencies. The corps of engineers has announced they have released water from Dierks lake overnight to combat the flood level. No persons injured or deceased as a result of the storm have been reported as of Wednesday morning.

Cheryl Delarosa of The Dierks Water Department has announced that the city’s tank are currently low and the citizens are being asked to conserve water. The city has also issued a boil order due to a break on the main line.

In an effort to assist anyone in need at this time, The Sevier County Library has announced they are accepting non-perishable items at the De Queen Branch to be donated to those in need within the surrounding counties.

The library is located at 200 W Stillwell Ave, De Queen and can be reached at (870) 584-4364

More information about efforts to resolve flood damage will be released on KDQN as details become available from local authorities.

     

CORPS WARNS RESIDENTS ABOUT RELEASES FROM DIERKS DAM 07/17/19

Recent heavy rains produced from the remnants of Hurricane Barry have filled the flood pool at Dierks Lake and required the Army Corps of Engineers to begin releases from the lake. The releases began between 10 p.m. and midnight, July 16.
The reservoir received more than 9 inches of rain within a nine hour period.  The flood pool rose roughly 2 feet per hour.  Possible ungated spillway releases may be necessary.

Residents downstream of Dierks Dam should continue to be aware of river levels and proceed with caution.

The corps asks residents pay close attention to announcements from local emergency officials and the National Weather Service.

Recreation information can be found on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace.

METHAMPHETAMINE BUST IN NEW BOSTON TEXAS 07/17/19

On July 12, 2019 at approximately 9:45 pm, members of the New Boston Police Department’s newly formed Narcotics Division conducted a narcotics search warrant on a residence located in the 900 block of N Merrill St. in New Boston, TX.

New Boston Police Department has received numerous tips, and had been recovering quantities of methamphetamine coming from the residence.

Leading up to the search warrant, Narcotics Officer Fannin began an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine at the residence and discovered that Kenneth Griffin was the primary resident of the home. That investigation revealed that methamphetamine was being distributed from the residence by Griffin.

On the afternoon of July 12, 2019, Officer Fannin was granted a search warrant for the residence by Judge Catie Hawkins. At approximately 9:45 pm that night, Officers from the New Boston Police Department were assisted by Deputies from the Bowie County Sheriff’s office with conducting the narcotics search warrant on the home.

Once inside of the home, Officers discovered multiple people to be in possession of methamphetamine and a substance that is believed to be Fentanyl. The amount of Fentanyl found in the home was enough to be of great danger to a large number of people.

In total six people were arrested for Possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 under one gram and Possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 over four grams but less than two hundred grams.

SEVIER COUNTY JUDGE ANNOUNCES NEW HOSPITAL PROJECT MOVING FORWARD IN DE QUEEN 07/17/19

The Development process for constructing a new Hospital in The City of De Queen is underway as Sevier County Judge Greg Ray has announced that an architectural firm and construction company have been selected to work on the facility’s building project. Greg Ray says Rural Development Authority Chair Dr. Steve Cole and Justice of The Peace Mike Archer joined him in choosing WD and D to design the building. The trio also selected Nabholz construction to build the new medical center. 

At the next Quorum Court meeting August 6th, the Quorum will vote to approve or disapprove a sales tax item that would be put to Sevier County voters in a special election. The funds collected from the sales tax would be used to finance the construction and operation of the new hospital.  A proposed 12-bed medical center has been estimated to cost between $16 million and $18 million dollars. The hospital would open sometime in the year 2021. Judge Ray says he wants the process of establishing a new hospital for De Queen to be open for the pubic to see prior to a special county election.

The August 6th Sevier County Quorum Court meeting will take place at The County Courthouse in De Queen at 2:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. 

LOCAL RESIDENTS CAN APPLY FOR SENATE INTERNSHIPS 07/17/19

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton has announced he is seeking fall interns in his state offices in Little Rock and Springdale. Internships will be offered in two sessions: Aug. 26 – Oct. 18 and Oct. 21-Dec. 13. 

 Interns will have the opportunity to help with the daily operations of Senator Cotton’s office. Depending on their college requirements, students may be able to receive academic credit for their service. Local residentS who are interested should submit a resume and cover letter to state_internships@cotton.senate.gov  and specify their desired office location and session before July 31, 2019.

EXTRA WMA DEER HUNT PERMITS AVAILABLE ONLINE MONDAY 07/17/17

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has announced leftover WMA Deer hunt permits will be available online at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 22nd.

  • Each person may submit one application for each type of permit hunt (youth deer, archery deer, muzzleloader deer, modern gun deer).
  • Youth hunters must be at least 6 years old, but no older than 15, the day the hunt begins.
  • Permit winners will be notified by e-mail (an e-mail address must be included with each application).
  • Applications require a nonrefundable $5 application fee per hunt type. Successful applicants no longer have to pay for permits after the drawing.
  • For assistance with permit application, call 1-800-364-4263. For assistance after application process is complete, call 501-223-6359. 

For information regarding permit hunts for Southwest Arkansas, contact: 

FLOODING CAUSING CLOSURES OF ROADS AND BUSINESSES   07/16/19
by Jonathan Canaday

City of Nashville officials report that the floodwaters are receding in the area.  Public Works Director Larry Dunaway reports that there is still water over the road on Highway 27, next to the sewer plant.  The bypass around Nashville remains closed.  Streets and highways around Dodson Creek and Mine Creek are closed.  According to Southwest Arkansas Radio, the official total rainfall received overnight included 5.47 inches, with an additional inch and a half received after 7 a.m.

Nashville Police Chief Amy Marion reported a half dozen water rescues.  They are currently checking roads to assess damage as the water level recedes.  Assistance was received from local law enforcement, Arkansas State Police, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Tyson Foods-Nashville 2nd shift will not run today.  3rd shift sanitation will report at regular time.

Husqvarna Plastics at 139 Old Airport Road will not run 2nd or 3rd shift tonight.  The 1st shift Wednesday morning will report at 7:00.  All other shifts will have normal operation on Wednesday.

Weyerhaueser Dierks Mill Highway 371 washed out between Prescott & Blevins
 
First Christian Church in Nashville

I 30 near Gurdon
Interstate was shut down both directions
Nashville Dollar General Store

 

 Photos courtesy of Jonathan Canaday and all our Facebook friends.

“OBEY THE SIGN OR PAY THE FINE”    07/16/19

LITTLE ROCK) – Arkansas law enforcement officers will be working overtime shifts and regular patrols committed to the assignment of making state highways and streets safer by stopping drivers who don’t obey the speed limit.  The special enforcement operation will begin today (Monday, July 15th) and continue through Sunday, July 21st.
 
“Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine” is a coordinated effort aimed at stopping drivers who exceed the posted speed limit along streets and highways they’re traveling.  The intensified enforcement effort underscores the severity of the problem, both locally and across the nation.
 
“Speeding translates into injury and death on our roadways,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative.  “It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object on the roadway or an unexpected change in the highway, such as a sharp curve.”
 
During calendar year 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S., accounting for more than 9,700 deaths.
 
“Speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk,” Colonel Bryant stated, “and the Arkansas State Police is prepared to dedicate whatever resources necessary to stop speeders and make the highways safer.”
 
According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motor vehicle crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 miles per hour or greater, is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 MPH and nearly five times as likely from a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below.  Each year across the nation approximately 15 percent of the speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways.
 
Driver and passenger safety is also compromised when a vehicle is traveling at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during inclement weather, along sections of roads that are being repaired or during evening hours when a road may not be adequately illuminated.
 
NHTSA officials consider a motor vehicle crash to be speed related when a driver is charged with exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions.
 
For more information on the “Obey the Sign, or Pay the Fine” mobilization, please visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136. For more on Arkansas’ ongoing Toward Zero Deaths campaign to eliminate preventable traffic fatalities, visit www.TZDarkansas.org.

 

UPCOMING COSL LAND AUCTION     07/15/19

(July 15, 2019) LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Commissioner of State Lands Tommy Land announced that his office will auction tax-delinquent land in Sevier County on Tuesday, July 30, at 1 p.m. The auction will be held at the County Courthouse in De Queen with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Prospective bidders can find an online Public Auction Catalog, including a buyer’s guide; statutes governing sales; auction date, time and location; and a complete listing of parcels offered. This resource is on the Commissioner’s website, www.cosl.org, and is regularly updated.

“We open the bidding at the amount of taxes, penalties and interest due,” Land said. “Anyone who has delinquent property going up for auction should be aware they only have 10 business days after the auction to redeem property sold there.”

Bidders must register for the auction, but the registration is free. The first $100 of any parcel’s purchase price must be paid in cash, while the remainder may be paid by cash, check or credit card.

“Property taxes help fund schools, roads, libraries and public services including ambulances,” Land said. “Everyone benefits from paying those taxes — and the property owner benefits from paying on time, by avoiding interest and penalties on delinquent taxes.”

Owners of delinquent parcels may call the office at 501-324-9422 to request a Petition to Redeem, or they can print the petition by searching the parcel on the website, www.cosl.org.

 

BODY FOUND IN GILLHAM IDENTIFIED BY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 07/15/19

A body found in Gillham last week has been identified by The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department.

A report from the department states that deputies responded to a 911 call in reference to a man found laying face down in a creek on Guire Lane in Gillham last week on Thursday, July 11th. Upon arriving at the scene deputies discovered a deceased Caucasian male in the creek and identified him as Michael Wayne Guire. Sergeant Greg Davignon and Deputy Chett Stubbs secured the scene and contacted Chief Deputy, Chad Dowdle. Sheriff Robert Gentry, Investigators Brian Hankins, Jeff Wahls and Coroner Rusty Williams all responded to the scene.

The report states that statements were taken from the person who discovered the body as well as the first responder who arrived on the scene before the deputies. According to the report photographs were taken and an investigation was conducted. The investigation concluded that Micheal Guire fell in the creek and hit his head on a large, sharp rock. Deputies found no indication of Foul Play and the death has been ruled an accident.

Guire was 55-years-old. Funeral services were held at Almond Church Monday, July 15th in Gillham.

DE QUEEN PRIMARY SCHOOL REGISTRATION ANNOUNCED 07/15/19

De Queen Primary will be opening it’s doors on July 31st from 9am-1pm and 3pm-6pm for registration. De Queen primary accommodates all students in grades kindergarten to 2nd grade. Even if you have already registered your student and filled out paper work it is still vital that you attend this registration. If you are registering your child for the first time to De Queen please bring your child’s birth certificate, SS Card and proof of address. This will be a great time for your child to meet their teacher while also getting any questions answered and forms completed  before school starts. Again it will be Wed, July 31st from 9am-1pm and 3pm-6pm.

REPORT SHOWS FEWER ARKANSAS CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE 07/15/19

Representative De Ann Vaught has reported the number of Arkansas children in foster care has fallen by more than 700 since reaching an all-time high in 2016.  That information was part of an annual report presented by a legislative committee this week. The Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) presented its annual Family Preservation Report to the Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee.  

 The report outlines progress made and areas for improvement when it comes to the most vulnerable children in our state. The report states that number of children in foster care declined by more than 10% during 2018, which shows a decrease of 507 children.

Additional funding for DHS approved by the legislature in recent years has helped to increase the number of caseworkers and decrease the average worker caseload. As a result we are seeing children placed in permanent homes sooner and fewer children re-entering the foster care system.

Adoptions were finalized for 969 children in 2018, similar to the previous year and a 16% increase since 2016. The report notes that the agency struggled to place children close to the homes from which they were removed. A total of 69% resided in either their home county or a neighboring county at the end of 2018, similar to previous years.

Children who are removed from their parents or guardian do better when placed with family members or people they know. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are often willing to help and make the child feel safe. The percentage of children in care residing with relatives was 27–29% over the past three years. While this is well above the relative placement rate from years ago it is still below the aspiring goal of 33%.

 The report is posted online at www.arkansashouse.org.

BOIL ORDER LIFTED FOR LITTLE RIVER COUNTY 07/15/19

CONGRESSIONAL APP CONTEST OPEN 07/15/19

U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman says registration for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge is open. This competition is available to any high school or middle school student, and is a chance for young people to practice coding techniques by designing their own app.

The winners from each congressional district are invited to Washington, D.C. to feature their app, and their designs are also displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

Congressman Westerman says this is a great opportunity for students interested in computer science. For full details, visit www.congressionalappchallenge.us.

ARKANSAS AG COMING TO LITTLE RIVER COUNTY 07/15/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced a mobile office location for Little River County next month.

Attorney General Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to increase office accessibility for all Arkansans. Office hours were held in all 75 counties each year during her first term, assisting 3,300 Arkansans. In 2019, Attorney General Mobile Offices have already served over 1,000 residents.

The Mobile Offices assist with consumer related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

Arkansans are encouraged to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office. During Rutledge’s first term, over 618 pounds of medications were collected at mobile offices. Another 161.5 pounds of medications have been collected so far this year.

The mobile office in Little River County will take place :

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2019 10:30 AM
Ashdown Senior Citizens Center
1321 Gordon Street

Mobile Office
10:30 a.m. to noon

Prescription Drug Take Back
10:30 a.m. to noon

Identity Theft and Scam Presentation
11:30 a.m. to noon

FRED’S STORES CLOSING IN DE QUEEN AND NASHVILLE 07/12/19

Fred’s, Inc. has announced that it will be closing stores in Nashville and De Queen. The company says it will be closing 129 retail stores, leaving only 80 stores remaining. All 166 pharmacies will remain open at this time. Company officials said they expect proceeds from the inventory clearance sales to be enough to repay outstanding indebtedness under its revolving credit agreement. Official closing dates have not been announced for De Queen or Nashville at this time. 

 

DRIVER CHARGED WITH DWI AFTER TRAFFIC STOP IN DE QUEEN 07/12/19
 
A local man has been charged with DWI following a traffic stop in De Queen last week.

A report from The De Queen Police Department states that Officer Doug Johnson was observing traffic in town Sunday, July 7th around 2:45 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle run a stop sign at 4th and Vandervoort. The officer pulled the car over and the driver of the vehicle identified himself to the officer as Santiago Sanchez, age 36, of De Queen. Officer Johnson reportedly smelled intoxicants coming from the car and noted the driver to have bloodshot eyes. Sanchez failed a field sobriety test administered by the officer and reportedly blew a .12 on a portable breathalyzer test. The suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of DWI and inventory was conducted on the driver’s vehicle. Two bud light cans were reportedly found in the car and Sanchez was processed in The Sevier County Jail for Driving While Intoxicated. He was also issued a citation for failing to obey a stop sign.

INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT HIRED AT MINERAL SPRINGS SCHOOLS 07/12/19

An interim Superintendent has been announced after The Mineral Springs School Board met earlier this week. Superintendent Thelma Forte was suspended with pay for the duration of her contract following the previous meeting held Monday, July 8th. 

The board met again in special session on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Sheila Jackson was absent from the meeting. The board immediately went into executive session for about fifteen minutes. Upon returning to open session, board president Mike Erwin called for a vote to hire Curtis Turner on an interim basis until a full time superintendent could be hired. The vote passed on a 4-2 vote, with Dixon and Vaughn voting against the motion.

 

4-H’ ERS COMPETE AT DISTRICT 4-H O’RAMA AT LAKE HAMILTON      07/12/19

Thirteen Sevier County 4-H’ers competed against 4-H’ers from across the state at the District 4-H O’Rama at Lake Hamilton High School on June 18. To qualify for district level, they had to compete at the local County 4-H O’Rama.

The winners in the Senior Division (ages 14-19) were as follows:  Amber Morris placed 1st in Health, Marcus Rosson placed 1st in Bait Casting & Sports Fishing, Hunter Frachiseur placed 6th in Gun Safety, Aubrey Seymour placed 1st in Human Development, James Bartek placed 4th in Bicycle, Ethan Wolcott placed 2nd in Public Speaking.

All 1st – 7th place senior winners are eligible to compete and represent Sevier County at the State 4-H O’Rama to be held at the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville in July.

Junior Division (ages 9-13) winners were as follows:   Jacob Seymour placed 4th in Health, Landon Frachiseur placed 3rd in Wildlife, Brayden Frachiseur placed 5th in Bait Casting & Sports Fishing and Raegan Frachiseur placed 1st in Fashion Revue-Purchased/Casual. Others that competed in the Junior Division were Gavin Carver, Evin Frachiseur, and Pace Frachiseur.

LITTLE RIVER ARTS COUNCIL 18TH ANNUAL MID-SUMMER ART SHOW  07/12/19

The Little River Arts Council announces July 18-20 as the dates for the 18th Annual Mid-Summer Art Show.  Registration for artwork in adult (18 or over) and youth (8 thru 17) divisions will be Monday, July 15 between 1-6 p.m. at UA Cossatot, Hwy 71 N. in Ashdown.  The displays will be open free to the public beginning on Thursday, July 18 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and close on Saturday, July 20 at 4 p.m., with a reception beginning at 2:30 and presentation of awards at 3:30.

Adult art categories include Abstract/Contemporary, Animal, Floral, Genre, Still Life, Portrait, Landscape, and 3-Dimensional, with an entry fee of $10 per entry. Awards in the adult categories will be Best of Show =$200, First Place = $125, Second Place = $85, Third Place = $60, and Honorable Mention = $30.  
 
Youth art will be categorized by age groups:  8-9 years, 10-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years, and 16-17 years.  Youth entry fee is $1 per entry and awards will be  Best of Show = $100, First Place = $40, Second Place = $30, Third Place = $20, and Honorable Mention = $10. 
 
All Adult Show entries must be original, not previously entered in this show, no more than two years old, not larger that 3’x3′, securely framed and wired for hanging, and dry (no wet paint).  Youth entries must be matted or framed if on paper and wired for hanging if on stretched canvas with no saw tooth hangers or wet paint. No pieces larger than 3’x3′ will be accepted.
 
All artwork must remain hanging until the closing of the show at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.
 
Little River Arts Council is excited to present the free art show to the public audience for the 18th year and encourages artists in the four-states area to participate.  For further information, you may call 870-898-5200.
 
 

BOOZMAN CONTINUES PUSHING FOR FLOOD RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR ARKANSAS  07/12/19

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring Arkansas has the support of the federal government in order to recover from recent historic flooding.

During Wednesday’s Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) hearing on the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure, Boozman described the damage in the state that has occurred as a result of the Arkansas River flood and expressed his confidence in the ongoing rebuilding process. He pressed the panelists on improvements the federal government can make to better assist in disaster situations and encouraged replicating what’s worked in their communities and states for a timely recovery in Arkansas and other locations impacted by natural disasters.

Click here to Watch Boozman’s questions.

Boozman is closely monitoring the response of the federal government and working with local and state officials to ensure they have the resources needed for recovery.

On Monday, July 1 Boozman met with Yell County officials about the Dardanelle Levee breach. He also met with Logan County officials and farmers impacted by the flooding. Boozman previously met with these local leaders on May 31. He has toured flood damage throughout the state and met with local and state leaders to examine the support they need for recovery.

ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT REGISTRATIONS & OPEN HOUSE    07/12/19

Ashdown Elementary (kindergarten-second grade) will register new and returning students July 29th – August 1st from 8-2 and L.F. Henderson Intermediate (third-fifth grades) will register new and returning students July 29, 30, 31-August 1st from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. New students will need to bring shots records, birth certificate, and social security card. Students can meet their teachers on Thursday, August 8th from 2-7 p.m.

Ashdown Junior High students (grades 6-8) will begin registering new students in the district on August 1st. All returning students may come August 8th during Open House from 2:00 – 7:00 to update all registration paperwork and pick up their schedules. If you are unable to come during Open House, the AJHS Office will be open between 8-3:30 Monday-Thursday to make the updates after August 1st.

Ashdown High School students that are new to the district can begin registering on July 18th, returning students (grades 9-12) can register July 25th, 29th, 30th or 31st from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Any schedule change must be done during these days. Schedules can be picked up on Thursday, August 8th from 2-7 p.m.

District-Wide Open House/Meet the Teacher will be on Thursday, August 8th from 2-7 p.m. This will be held at the individual campuses.

Information has been posted for AJHS and AHS school supplies in local stores, as well as online at www.ashdownschools.org.

The Purple/Gold game will be on August 13th at 7 p.m. in Dick Hays Stadium. Come out and kick off the school year and football season by supporting our Panthers!

The first day of school for Ashdown Public Schools will be Tuesday, August 13th.

 

WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 07/11/19Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.
Take a listen:
 

MILLER COUNTY ONE-YEAR-OLD FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN BATHTUB TUESDAY 07/11/19

The Miller County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation following the death of a year-old baby Tuesday evening.

Miller County First Responders and EMS personnel were dispatched to a home just outside Fouke Tuesday evening in response to a report stating a one-year-old girl had been found unresponsive in a bathtub.

First Responders and EMS personnel reportedly performed CPR on the child at the scene, transported her by ambulance to Christus St. Michael emergency room. A doctor pronounced the child dead at 8:39pm.

Miller County Deputies and CID Investigators launched an investigation following the girl’s death. CID reportedly notified The Department of Human Services that other minor-aged children were at the same residence where the unresponsive child had been found.

The body of the girl was taken to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock to determine the official cause of death.

Additional information will be reported on KDQN as details become available.

BROTHER’S KEEPERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB TO HOST ‘RUMBLE IN THE PARK’ AUG. 10TH 07/11/19

The Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club has announced the 3rd Annual “Rumble in The Park” poker run for August 10th, 2019. The poker run and live auction serve as a fundraiser to help kids of Sevier County and promote community fun. The cost is $20 per hand and includes a meal. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the event will be held at The Herman Dierks City Park in De Queen.   Everyone is welcome and riding a motorcycle is not required. Automobiles are welcome. Call Jerry Ligon, Brother’s #34 president for more information, at 870-784-6283.

ART CLASSES FOR ALL AGES IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS 07/11/19

The Hope Chamber of Commerce has announced two Art sessions for July 29-30 from 9:00 am to noon. The classed will be hosted by “Arts Lady of Arkansas” Sue Allen Pico. Class activities will include paper kaleidoscopes, boxes constructed from Christmas cards, optical illusions, making bracelets booklets and more.

There is no charge to attend but for any parent attending/helping children, there will be a $10 fee. The class is limited to 20 children and is open to first grade through high school. Different activities will be featured for each different age group.

Pico will also present two classes for adults the same days from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The first night the workshop will focus on creating colored Ukrainian eggs. Attendees will learn the technique of preparing the raw egg for the process and how to apply designs of one color.

Students should bring six raw eggs to the session and the cost is $10 per person, with a limit of 20 students.

To sign up, contact the 870-777-8200 or email gsid143@gmail.com.

Checks can be mailed to SWAAC, Box 1004, Hope, 71801, or dropped by the Arts Station at 200 E. Division St. in Hope.

NEW REPORT SHOWS DECLINE IN ARKANSAS RURAL INCOMES 07/11/19

A report released by the UARK extension office this week states that many Arkansas households have not benefited from the growth of the state economy. This is especially true for households in rural areas¹ of the state. Median Household income² in Arkansas declined slightly between 2010 and 2016, a period when the Arkansas and United States’ economies were growing.

During this six-year period, median household income in Arkansas declined approximately two percent, from $43,235 in 2010 to $42,336.³

During this same period, the median household income of households in rural areas of the state declined approximately three percent. This amplified the difference between rural and urban households. In 2016, the median household income of rural households was 78 percent of urban households, $35,727 versus $45,975, and only 65 percent of national median household income .

Median household income declined in nearly two-thirds of Arkansas’ rural counties and a little over one-half of urban counties from 2010 to 2016 Ten of 12 counties in the Coastal Plains experienced declining median household incomes during this period.

Some counties, especially in the highlands and urban areas of the state, defied this trend. During this six-year period, the median household income increased in 23 rural and six urban counties in the state.

For more information about household income trends in Arkansas, see the 2019 Rural Profile of Arkansas at www.uaex.edu/ruralprofile.

ASHDOWN SCHOOLS RECEIVE GRANTS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES 07/11/19

Ashdown Marketing Director Rhonda Pounds announced The Ashdown School District has received grants from Wal-mart and Domtar to form a partnership that will provide school supplies for all Ashdown students Kindergarden-5th grade for the 2019-2020 school year. Kindergarten students only need to purchase a backpack, a fabric pencil bag, sleep mat, and a coloring book. First-grade students need to purchase a backpack and coloring book, second-grade students need to purchase a backpack, and students in third-fifth grade need to purchase a pencil case and a backpack.

Click here for Ashdown 2019-2020 School Supply list for Grades 6-12.

IMPORTANCE OF SUN SAFETY     07/11/19

We will experience another heat advisory today in Southwest Arkansas and Southeast Oklahoma. The summer season means outdoor activities for many people. However, long exposure in the sun could lead to dangerous problems. Abby Hill is a local 17 year old who has stage three metastatic melanoma.

Abby has been undergoing treatments and wants to warn everyone to always use sunscreen when outdoors.

Abby’s mother, Heather Hill, would also like to caution people to have suspicious moles checked out, because these suspicious moles can develop from too much sun exposure.

Abby graduated from high school in May and hopes to become a dog groomer and breeder. She carefully observes taking precautions now when doing outdoor activities like floating the river.

If you plan on being outdoors in the dangerous summer sun, use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. That’s the minimum SPF advised by the American Academy of Dermatology. And a big thank you to Abby Hill and Heather Hill for sharing this important information with us on this hot summer day!

DE QUEEN CHEERLEADERS EARN AWARDS AT CAMP 07/10/19

 
On June 10-12, the De Queen Leopard Cheer team attended UCA cheer camp. The cheer team received Superior awards and four of the cheerleaders received individual awards: Halley Gentry- Excellence award, Catherine Ousse- Jump award, Stacy Higgins- Most Improved award & Ana Marrufo- Best Attitude award. Six of the De Queen Leopard cheerleaders made the UCA All American Squad. The cheer team is coached by Shelly Gentry & Blaire Harp.
 
Team Photo– (pictured L-R)- front row: Kimberly Figueroa, Kimberly Delgado, Halley Gentry, Catherine Ousse, Lanie Hibbs & Ana Marrufo- back row: Ivette Gonzalez, Jinnefer Lagunas, Marlen Perez, Halle Harp, Carlee Helms, Edith Hernandez, Diana Ramirez & Stacy Higgins
 
 
 
 
All American Photo– (pictured L-R)- front row: Catherine Ousse, Halley Gentry & Kimberly Delgado- back row: Marlen Perez, Halle Harp & Carlee Helms
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 GRANNIS MAN FACING DRUG AND GUN CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP 07/10/19

A local man is facing charges for drugs and gun possession after deputies responded to a report in Sevier County last week.

According to a press release from The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Gentry was dispatched to reports of a reckless driver in a mini-van on Highway 71 Friday, July 5th.

The driver reportedly crossed the center line numerous times and deputy Gentry made contact with the man, identified as 50-year-old Yancy Guidry of Grannis, Arkansas near Dierks Junction.

The press release states that Guidry consented to a search of the vehicle and a .45 Ruger Pistol along with a smoking pipe believed to contain methamphetamine residue were allegedly discovered in the car. Guidry was transported to The Sevier County Jail and charged with Drug Paraphernalia, possession of Firearms by certain person, possession with purpose to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Guidry’s bond was reported “To be determined.”

MINERAL SPRINGS SUPERINTENDENT SUSPENDED    07/09/19

Jonathan Canaday, News Director at our sister stations in Nashville, reports that Mineral Springs School Superintendent Thelma Forte has been suspended with pay for the duration of her contract following the monthly meeting of the Mineral Springs School Board on Monday, July 8th.  The board immediately went into executive session and returned to open session after ten minutes.

Mike Erwin, who was elected board president at last month’s meeting, announced that they would be taking a vote to suspend Superintendent Forte with pay for the duration of her contract.  The vote passed on a 4-1 vote with Sheila Jackson voting no.

Superintendent Forte, board member William Dixon, and board member Dorothy Vaughn walked out of the board meeting before the vote took place, later saying they were stunned at what had happened.

Board President Erwin said an additional meeting would be held on Tuesday, July 9th at the Saratoga school campus at 6:30 p.m. to negotiate a contract for Curtis Turner to return in the interim.

Board members that walked out of the meeting spoke with the media afterwards.  Dixon and Vaughn stated that the vote should not have taken place and that no reason was specified as to why the Superintendent was suspended.  Forte also commented that the district has had no financial trouble during her term and that a half of a million dollars was saved during the new school building project.  She stated that she was worried for the students of the district.

AGFC HOSTING FREE POND MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP THIS MONTH 07/10/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a free, special workshop for landowners on how to manage their farm ponds for fish in Murfreesboro from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. The meeting will be held in the Murfreesboro City Hall Community Room at 204 East Main Street.

Dylan Hann, southwest regional fisheries management biologist for the AGFC says biologists stay very busy with some of southwest Arkansas’s larger reservoirs, but they are regularly requested to visit private properties for pond guidance in fisheries management and aquatic plant control.

The workshop will consist of a PowerPoint presentation and question-and-answer section to help people get the most out of their pond. Topics will include fish population management, stocking programs, and an overview of pond ecosystems to help landowners understand the workings behind the management techniques. All attendees also will receive a packet of essential materials to read and gather more information in regards to farm pond management.  The workshop is free, and no registration is required.

DIERKS PINE TREE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED 07/10/19

The annual Dierks Pine Tree Festival is coming up August 2nd and 3rd. For the past several years the festival has featured a bull riding competition. The Dierks Chamber of Commerce is accepting bull sponsorships and the deadline to submit information is approaching soon. Organizer Stacy Janes says each bull sponsor has a one in forty chance of winning the top prize of $1,000.

Contact any Dierks Chamber of Commerce member for more information or mail sponsorship to P.O Box 292, Dierks Arkansas. 71833. More information is also available on the Dierks Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

MILLWOOD LAKE MAKES ‘BEST FISHING LOCATION’ LIST 07/10/19

Millwood Lake has again been named as one of the best fishing locations in the United States.

Bassmaster Magazine ranks the top 100 Best Bass Lakes each year, split by region.

In the central United States, Millwood Lake is ranked at number twelve and is around 30,000 acres at normal conservation pool.

The magazine states that Millwood has been the most highly ranked lake in the state for the past five years, according to Arkansas’ annual Tournament Fishing Program report. The lake has been stocked with Florida bass and holds several tournaments throughout the year.

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGY GROUPS CONCLUDE RESEARCH IN SEVIER COUNTY    07/09/19
Submitted by Ben Renfrow, Marketing Coordinator UA Cossatot

The University of Arkansas Archaeological Survey Team and the Arkansas Archaeological Society came to UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus in Sevier County during the month of June.  They came to UA Cossatot to use the college as a work station, while they conducted archaeology research in two locations in Sevier County.  Both groups have now left and have taken the newly discovered artifacts to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

The archaeologists and volunteers who worked on this assignment chose to come to Sevier County this summer to conduct research at these sites. These locations were gathering places for the Caddo Indians that lived in this region. In 1985, artifacts from these Native Americans were discovered and found at these burial mounds in Lockesburg and De Queen.

The artifacts were taken to Fayetteville, where they have remained for over three decades.  The Archaeology Survey Team and Society brought these artifacts back to Sevier County and displayed them at the college for the public to view.  Events were held at UA Cossatot to give community members the chance to see findings that were discovered in their community.

Over seventy people participated in this summer research project, and more additional artifacts were discovered.  The group members for this project spent two weeks studying the site locations, as well as the old and new findings.  They hope these artifacts will help them to complete the puzzle of the ancient Caddo tribes and how they survived while they were living in Southwest Arkansas.

The college provided the archaeological groups a place to set up and prepare.  They also hosted a cookout for the visitors at one of the site locations.

On Friday, June 21, at 6:30 P.M. University of Arkansas Station Archaeologist, Dr. Carl Drexler held an evening presentation at UA Cossatot about what they discovered and learned during their time in Sevier County.  At the end of the evening talk, door prizes were given out.

The artifacts from the eighties and the recently discovered artifacts mostly include pottery.  These materials were boxed up and sent back to Fayetteville, where more research will be conducted for educational purposes.

 

STATE PARKS RESERVATION SYSTEM IS BEING UPDATED      07/09/19

Guests of Arkansas State Parks will soon see an improved reservation system available later this month. The parks system has been using two separate products for reservations, but now it will be streamlined into one.  To maximize the time used to make the switch, the reservation system will be offline from July 15-29, 2019. No future reservations will be taken during this time frame.  Guests who come to the park during this period and want accommodations during their visit can come to the desk to inquire and will be accommodated if we have availability. These reservations must be in person and for same day accommodations.

“I think it will be a more stable reservation system than we’ve had in the past,” said Arkansas State Parks Marketing and Revenue Manager Joe Jacobs. “It will be a lot smoother for the customers and will improve their guest experience.”

The data to be transferred is massive. For instance, Petit Jean State Park has more than 3,000 reservations already scheduled for the upcoming year. Entering that data by hand is a time-consuming task. However, taking the time to do so will help eliminate problems associated with an electronic transfer, such as double booking. Also, new employees will get a chance to practice putting reservations in our system. All confirmed reservations made before the offline period will still be valid.

“We won’t be utilizing a call center going forward,” said Jacobs. “Once we go live with the new reservation system, guests will call the park directly. This will allow guests to receive the most accurate and timely information about the park when making their reservation.”

Guests who want to make a reservation for the future can do so online or call the park directly starting July 29, 2019.

 

UA COSSATOT PINS LPN CLASS OF 2019     07/09/19

The University of Arkansas Cossatot pinned thirty-one new Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in a pinning ceremony on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium.

Thirteen students graduate from the eleven-month daytime LPN program in De Queen, and eighteen students graduate from the eighteen-month evening program in Nashville.

UA Cossatot LPN graduates include: Leidy Ariana Aparicio of De Queen, Sandybel Aparicio of De Queen, Cheyenne Ballard of Lockesburg, KayLynn Brasel of Newhope, Leslie Guiterez-Cuella of De Queen, Cheyenne Foster of Ashdown, Jessica Gonzalez of Grannis, Jennifer Howard of Dierks, Autumn Jester of Lockesburg, Ana Karen Martinez of De Queen, Shaglista Ware of Texarkana, Stephanie Zavala of De Queen, Adriana Figueroa of De Queen, Brenda Alvarez of De Queen, Brooklyn Arthur of Dierks, Shernesia Broughton of Ashdown, Megan Carter of De Queen, Leversie Evans of Ashdown, Stormie Dey Garza of De Queen, Brittany Gray of Hope, Shandra Hamner of Dierks, Ashley Hill of De Queen, Jenna Beth Howard of Delight, Lauren King of Lockesburg, Selena Leon of De Queen, Dayanara Ramirez-Mendez of De Queen, Veronica Castro-Ortiz of De Queen, Ashley DeeAnn Smallwood of De Queen, Ashley Stuart of Nashville, Taylor Whittington of De Queen, and Nina Wynn of Nashville.

UA Cossatot RN Clinical Coordinator, Carolin Hockersmith was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  UA Cossatot Medical Education Advisor, Christina Cooper ended the ceremony with encouraging words.  After the ceremony the graduates, along with their families and friends, enjoyed cake and punch at the college to celebrate the occasion.

From left to right starting at the bottom left (first row): Aparicio, Stromie Garza, Autumn Jester, Brenda Alvarez, Veronica Castro, Cheyenne Ballard, Lauren King, Ana Martinez, Jennifer Howard, and Sandybel Aparicio; (second row): Nina Wynn, Taylor Whittington, Jessica Gonzalez, and Ashley Smallwood; (third row): Shernesia Broughton, Ashley Stuart, Leslie Guriterez-Cuella, and Brittany Gray; (fourth row): Kaylynn Brasel, Shandra Hamner, Jenna Howard, Shaglista Ware, Stephanie Zavala, Ashley Hill, Cheyenne Ballard, Brooklyn Arthur, Megan Carter, and Leverise Evans.  Not pictured is Adriana Figueroa.and Selena Leon.

ANDERSON COMPETES AT FBLA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE  07/09/19

2019 Ashdown High School Graduate Aliyah Anderson recently attended with her advisor Shauna Tipton and competed in Public Speaking at the FBLA National Leadership Conference held in San Antonio, Texas June 29th – July 2nd.
The mission of Future Business Leaders of America is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership Experience. Future Business Leaders is the oldest and largest student organization in the world. As part of this program, students participate in academic competitions. They practice and demonstrate their skills and knowledge, including leadership, business areas, public speaking and more.
Aliyah qualified for her second National FBLA Leadership Conference competition by winning in the Public Speaking Competition at the District Level with 14 counties in Arkansas included. She went on to place 2nd overall in State in Public Speaking in April to qualify her to compete in National Competition with the top Students in America. This is Aliyah’s 2nd year to qualify for Nationals as she finished first in State in Electronic Career Portfolio in 2018 and advanced to Nationals in Baltimore, MD. Over 14,000 students were in attendance but overall less than 4% of total FBLA members in the world have the opportunity to compete in the FBLA National Leadership Conference.
 
Aliyah also had the opportunity to participate in leadership workshops and hear Keynote Speakers such as Sherry Winn, a 2 time Olympian, and National Championship Basketball coach. Coach Winn is a 2 time Amazon Best Seller and has written 5 books on leadership, effective communication, and success strategies.
 
Aliyah served the Ashdown High School Chapter as President and District IV as Secretary for the 2018-2019 school year. Aliyah says FBLA has given her many opportunities not only to hone her leadership and speaking skills but has also allowed her to make friends and network with students in Arkansas and all over the nation. Aliyah will be attending Arkansas Tech in the Fall and plans to major in Marketing.
 
Students in FBLA will have the opportunity to prepare for competition this coming school year by taking Organizational Leadership where they will not only learn about Organizational structure and leadership skills, but they will be able to work on FBLA projects for competition. According to Mrs. Tipton, this is the toughest issue we face—finding the time outside of school to work with students to prepare for competition and giving them assistance. Having a classroom is the perfect solution. Aliyah is truly one of the most motivated students I have ever taught. Once she was given advice, she would run with it. Some students, however, especially, when they are new to FBLA, need more guidance and the classroom will provide that time. This should make our chapter much more competitive.
 
FBLA students in the past years have traveled to National Leadership Conferences in San Diego, Atlanta, Washington DC, New Orleans, Anaheim, Baltimore, and San Antonio. We hope to be taking students to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2020 by having State Winners. The FBLA Membership drive will begin in August at the beginning of the school year. Congratulations to Aliyah for her many accomplishments. She plans to help start a college chapter, Phi Beta Lambda, at Arkansas Tech.
 
Submitted by Ronda Pounds
 
AHS GRADUATES COMPETE AT SKILLS USA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 07/09/19

Ashdown High School 2019 Graduates Kaylee Silva and Bradee McKean represented Ashdown High School at the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference held in Louisville, KY.  According to Ashdown SkillsUSA Sponsor, Amy Silva, “There were over 20,000 in attendance from across the United States this year at the competitions in Louisville.”  

Kaylee (left) qualified to compete after placing first in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio at the 2019 SkillsUSA Arkansas State Competition in April.  She placed fourth in the nation in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio.  The purpose of this competition is to recognize students for their successful development of a professional portfolio and to evaluate the ability of the individual to present himself or herself to an employer using effective communication skills.
Kaylee graduated from Ashdown High School in May. She will be attending Harding University in the fall and is majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders. She is the daughter of Brent and Amy Silva.
Bradee (right) also placed first in her competition at the state conference and placed fourteenth in the nation in Medical Math.  The purpose of this competition is to evaluate the students’ ability to understand and solve mathematical problems commonly used in the various health care settings. Bradee graduated as Salutatorian from AHS and will attend UCA in the fall and major in Health Sciences.  She is the daughter of Michael and Molly Corbell.

 

 

Photo and story submitted by Ronda Pounds

 

SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT REPORT   07/08/19

Sevier County Judge Greg Ray opened Monday’s Quorum Court meeting by saying that there was no new information to report on the hospital project, so no action would be taken at Monday’s meeting.

Local citizen John Hickel addressed the J.P.’s about his concerns on the proposed location of the new hospital – somewhere between De Queen Lake Road and Pullman Road on Highway 71 north of De Queen. Hickel says that very few businesses in that area have succeeded, and the proposed nearest exit off of the proposed Interstate 49 would be just north of the Gillham EZ Mart store. Hickel said he was strongly opposed to a sales tax that would raise Sevier County’s rate to among the top three counties in the state. He says that will drive shoppers elsewhere.

Rural Development Authority Chairman Steve Cole and Judge Ray both stated that the location wasn’t ideal, but that the 35 mile distance between one Critical Access Hospital and another was a federal law. Judge Ray says their hands are tied as far as a potential location for a proposed new hospital:

Judge Ray says the Request for Proposals will be opened on Thursday, July 10th by himself, Cole, and J.P. Michael Archer. Then an Architect can be hired to begin drawing plans so county citizens can see what a proposed new facility will look like and what services could be offered. Judge Ray is hopeful for some good proposals on Thursday the 10th:

The next Quorum Court meeting is scheduled for August 6th. If the J.P.’s approve putting the issue on the ballot, a special election could be held in October. If the sales tax passes, monies would start being collected in the Spring of 2020. That’ll give the proposed new hospital operating capital when it would open some time in 2021. Judge Ray hopes the J.P.’s have all the information that they need to make a ballot decision at the August 6th meeting:

Several local citizens spoke favorably regarding the proposed hospital sales tax citing the need for a new and viable facility that’ll create about 100 jobs. But again, no action was taken regarding a proposed new hospital at Monday afternoon’s meeting.

In other Quorum Court business Monday, The J.P.’s passed a resolution to accept a grant for $596,094 from the Federal Aviation Administration to complete overlay the runway at the Sevier County Airport. Judge Ray called it great news:

The J.P.’s approved the expenditure of $67,693 to install metal on the exterior walls on the east, south, and west side of the Sevier County Jail. The bid was submitted by Tallant Industrial Services of Lockesburg. Sheriff Robert Gentry says the metal walls should have a twenty year life, while the alternative would be for the County to spend some $75,000 every five years to paint the block walls. Judge Ray says the metal walls should fix an issue with mold:

The monies for the metal wall will come from the Jail Depreciation Fund.

The J.P.’s approved a line item transfer of $40,000 to pay for legal fees associated with matters relating to a proposed county hospital. The monies would also go toward the expense of conducting a special election. Judge Ray says that if the county sales tax should pass, the $40,000 would be reimbursed by the sales tax.

Finally, the Sevier County Quorum Court approved the annual resolution authorizing a Contract of Obligation for the County Class Four Landfill with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.

 

GREG REVELS NAMED ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR    07/08/19

Local Certified Public Accountant Greg Revels was named Rotarian of the Year for 2018-2019 at Monday’s noon meeting of the De Queen club.

Revels has been a Rotarian for a number of years.  he’s involved in several club projects and organizes the Rotary 5K fundraising run each year.

Club Secretary Tammy Huddleston presented the plaque to Revels.

 

DE QUEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO TRACTOR FIRE    07/07/19

The De Queen Fire Department responded to a call that a tractor was on fire on the Treating Plant Road in De Queen Sunday evening at 6:21.

When firemen arrived a few minutes later, the tractor was engulfed in flames. Firefighters made the decision to let the tractor burn, and protect everything around it.

When the tires and eventually the gas tank exploded, it caused a stir among neighbors and people sight-seeing. Huge clouds of black smoke could be seen for miles around. But the only loss was the tractor.

The tractor was owned by Gentry Corporation. The driver said that he noticed smoke coming out from under the hood. He tried to use a fire extinguisher, with no luck.

13 members of the De Queen Fire Department responded to the call, and departed the scene at 7:05 Sunday evening.

The De Queen Fire Department also responded to a call on Sunday morning when some residents had moved their smoker underneath their carport to get out of the rain. The fire was extinguished by the time firemen arrived, and no report was filed.

COVE MAN ARRESTED FOR CRIMES INVOLVING CHILDREN    07/08/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Polk County man for crimes involving children.

41 year old James Edward Schroer of Cove was arrested late last week by the Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. It’s a Class C felony, and Schroer is being held at the Polk County Jail in Mena on $500,000 bond.

Special agents in the Attorney General’s office seized three phones, two computer hard drives, two tablets, three SD cards, and 12 flash drives from Schroer’s home in Cove. The file has been turned over to the 18th West Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner.

RIVER RUN WEST PARK TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED   07/05/19

The Army Corps of Engineers, Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office is temporarily closing access to River Run WEST Park. The park will close on Sunday, July 7th at 8:00 A.M. and will remain closed until October 1st while repairs to the downstream embankment area are made. Because of safety concerns, access to the campground, boat launch ramp and bank will not be allowed during the closure. This closure of the River Run West Park at Lake Millwood will not affect access to River Run East Park.

30 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR TEXARKANA RESIDENT   07/05/19

A 68 year old man with a long history of drunken driving received a 30-year prison sentence in Texarkana on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of felony murder in the 2018 deaths of an Ashdown resident and a Texarkana resident.

Court records show that Isiah Williams had a blood-alcohol level of 0.216 when he slammed a Ford F-150 pickup into a tree along Interstate 30 between New Boston and Mount Pleasant, Texas on February 2, 2018. 62 year old Jimmie Grant of Ashdown and 59 year old Kathy Brown of Texarkana, Texas, were passengers in Williams’ truck, and died in the one-vehicle wreck.

Court records in Texas and Arkansas show Williams has felony drunken driving convictions dating back 30 years, and that he has served time in prison before for repeated drunken driving charges.

SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT MEETING SCHEDULED    07/05/19

The Sevier County Quorum Court will hold its regularly scheduled July monthly meeting on Monday, July 8th at 2:00 in the Courthouse Conference Room.

The J.P.’s will continue to discuss the proposed hospital project.

Among the other items on the agenda: The Sevier County Quorum Court will consider a request for an additional appropriation for the Criminal Justice Fund for installing metal on exterior walls.

The J.P.’s will consider a request for a line item transfer of $40,000 to pay legal fees associated with matters relating to a potential county hospital.

The Quorum Court will consider a proposed resolution authorizing a Contract of Obligation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality concerning the Sevier County Class Four Landfill, and accept a grant on behalf of the Sevier County Airport Commission for the Rehabilitate Airport Runway Project.

Again, the Sevier County Quorum Court will meet Monday, July 8th at 2:00 in the Courthouse Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public.

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE READING, SIGNING & CELEBRATION    07/05/19

Historic Washington State Park held a reading, signing, and celebration of the Declaration of Independence on Thursday, July 4. The free event will be held again on Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Afterwards, sign your own “John Hancock” to a copy of the Declaration that you may take home. Photos by Jonathan Canaday.
 

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Matt Webb, July 2019

Once a month, KDQN is providing a behind the scenes look at the lives of our local law enforcement representatives in the Sevier County area. KDQN has been granted access to sit down one-on-one with employees of The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department to give the community a close-up look at those who help keep our community safe.

For the month of July, We’re spotlighting Matt Webb, a Deputy with the Sevier County Sheriff’s department in De Queen.

Matt is a Sevier County native who graduated in 2007 and was a part of one of the final graduating classes at Lockesburg High School before the district consolidated with De Queen schools in 2010. Time as a volunteer fireman and dispatcher early in his career gave him an opportunity to observe intense situations and learn how to handle emergencies at just 18-years-old. In addition to being a deputy, Matt is also a husband and father who has now served Sevier County as a Volunteer with The Lockesburg Volunteer Fire Department for more than 10 years.

Matt has been married to his wife, Brittany since 2013 and the couple have a 4-year-old daughter named Gracelynn. Brittany works at pilgrim’s in Nashville and is active in church. For fun, Matt says he enjoys fishing, doing yard work and going on vacations with his family.

The law enforcement career path is one that has been followed by many members of Matt’s family, as his first cousin is investigator Brian Hankins at The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department and their grandfather, Slim Sowell was a military police officer. Matt also has an uncle who serves as a deputy sheriff in Garland County, Arkansas and a cousin who works as a deputy in Saline County, Arkansas.

As a 5 year veteran of the department, it would make sense for Matt to have aspirations of moving up in the law enforcement ranks, but when asked about his goals, Matt said though he may want to become an investigator one day, he’d never want to be Sheriff. If he does climb the ranks, it wouldn’t be with any other Sheriff’s Department, as Matt says he wants to retire with Sevier County. The Lockesburg native told KDQN he has always been interested in public service and was inspired to pursue law enforcement as a career by former Sevier County Sheriff, Benny Simmons.

In fact, Matt had moved out the area for 6 months back in 2014 and was living in Russellville when he got a call from Simmons about a position with the department. He also ended up finding a role model in a man he claims he once “despised” as a kid growing up in Sevier County.

“Jeff Wahls kept us in check.” Matt laughed while telling KDQN, “He was a good cop. He’s influenced me and helped me a lot, teaching me how to investigate crimes. I went from seeing him as a kid and we would run from him and now he’s a good friend of mine.”

Matt credits many of the law enforcement leaders around him for being positive role models who helped influence his career. He says his influences include Chief Deputy Chad Dowdle, investigator Jeff Wahls and Roger Ridley, the man who gave him a chance with the Lockesburg Fire Department at just 18. Matt has also been able to work along side two people he grew up playing sports with in Lockesburg. Sergeant Greg Davignon and Thomas Jackson, who has since left his position but formerly worked the night shift with Webb.

We asked Matt what he would be doing if he was not working for The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department and said he would own a chicken farm, or maybe be a school teacher.

The final question KDQN asked Deputy Webb was what he would like people on the outside looking in at law enforcement to know, and he said “We’re here to help.” “There’s a lot of controversy right now towards law enforcement across the nation. Some of that’s deserved and a lot of it’s not. We can’t do our job without the public’s help and the public empowers us to be able do our job. I always want people to know that when I take a report from them I try to put their best interest at heart.”

Keep listening to KDQN to find out more about law enforcement representatives in the local area.

WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 07/03/19

Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.
Take a listen:

 

LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL UPDATE 07/03/19

During the June 11th Lockesburg City Council Meeting Mayor Ruth appointed Nathan Roberts to the park committee and he was sworn in. The previous meetings minutes, bills and May financial report were approved.

Park Commissioner Shelia Ruth addressed the council about the upcoming events for the July 4 celebration at the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park. Some of the activities include a corn hole tournament, a softball tournament, a water slide along with several vendors. Marlon Sharp is scheduled to perform from 6 p.m. until time for fireworks.

The council briefly discussed the bids on the walking bridge but took no action at this time.

The council went entered an executive session during the meeting then later Council members reviewed the Water and Sewer Audit Report from Przybysz and Associates.

Mayor Ruth informed the council he has signed paperwork for a $48,700 grant to complete the interior of the senior citizens building.  He also said he was anticipating several donations from a couple of organizations to help with the building.

After a brief discussion the council decided to purchase six flags to be placed in the Coulter Memorial Cemetery for July 4.

A motion was made by Tompkins and seconded by Ridley to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

OPERATION “DRY WATER” ANNOUNCED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND 07/03/19

With Independence Day falling on a Thursday this year, many people are taking full advantage of an extended stay at their favorite lakeside retreat. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking that everyone enjoying the revelry be aware of the dangers brought about by drinking while aboard a boat. To help make the weekend safe, wildlife officers throughout Arkansas are gearing up for Operation Dry Water July 5-7.

Operation Dry Water is a weekend of increased enforcement throughout the nation to prevent instances of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year’s boating enforcement efforts resulted in 202 warnings and 103 citations, which may have prevented serious accidents while on the water or the drive home.

Capt. Stephanie Weatherington, AGFC boating law administrator, says not only does being caught boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs carry a stiff fine, it also is grounds for a person to lose their driver’s license just as though they were ticketed for driving under the influence.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics 2017, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Boating while intoxicated can be even more dangerous than driving a car while intoxicated, as most boaters have less experience operating a boat. Boats don’t have brakes, and slower responses to a sudden danger can be the difference between life and death.

Weatherington says the effects of alcohol also are magnified by the conditions boating creates.

“The sun, heat, wind and motion all intensify alcohol’s impact on a person,” Weatherington said.
The added impact of alcohol can be a danger to passengers as well as drivers. Although not illegal, passengers who consume too much alcohol can make poor judgements that can lead to injuries and death as well.

Weatherington says she receives calls every year asking if it’s okay to have alcohol on a boat at all. In most cases it’s fine to have an alcoholic beverage onboard, but people should pay attention to the county they are boating in.

“Dry counties are still dry, even on the water,” Weatherington said. “Sheriff’s departments can and will enforce those regulations just as if they were on land.”

Operation Dry Water was launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

LIBRARY SNIPPETS BY: JOHNYE FISHER 07/03/19

Happy 4th of July from the De Queen Library. Summer is officially here so come in and get out of the heat in the nice cool Library. We are open 9-5 Monday – Friday and Saturday 9-12. As we wind down our Summer Reading Program in June, our reading contest is still in progress and will end July 31. The winner in each age group will win a backpack with school supplies. So make sure you get those entries in by July 31.

Chimpanzees for Tea! July 17th at 4:00 pm with Carolyn. She will have fun things for the children and Don’t forget those Domino games going on Wednesdays at 10am for any of you folks that would like to come in and join in the fun. We also have other games if you want to participate. Roger is still looking for a chess player.

You can contact us by calling 870-584-4364 or visiting our Facebook page www.facebook.com/seviercountylibrary

Amy from Horatio Library says Happy 4th of July everyone.  The Horatio Library will be having two children’s program this month.   We will be reading Little Blue Truck’s Springtime on July the 13th at 10 a.m.  On July 27th at 10 a.m. we will be reading Silly Goose’s Big Story.   There will be games and arts and crafts that go along with the programs.  We will be closed on the 4th of July in observance of the holiday.   We will reopen on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.   The library has new hours.   We are open on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 1 till 5:30, Thursdays from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 1 till 5:30, then on Saturday from 8:30 till 12:30.   We also have our Domino game on Thursday at 10.   We hope you have a safe and Happy 4th!

Lockesburg Library’s Summer Reading Programs for children are continuing in July on Saturdays at 10:00.

July 6: Take Me to Your Reader and July 13: Shoot For the Moon

These programs will be a fun way to include reading and reading- related activities this summer while helping to maintain and improve children’s reading skills. Everyone is invited come in to the library and participate in our 40”x 36”, “Stick Together” poster illustrating the theme “A Universe Of Stories”.

Visit the Lockesburg Library on Facebook for posts of our programs, reading contests and projects or call Mz. Wendy at 870-289-2233 for more information.

The Gillham Library is in the middle of the Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, for the month of June. On Saturday afternoons we have made crafts of meteors and a wall where each child gets to draw his or her favorite constellation. Come join us if you can.  We have new on the shelf, Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott and Two Week by Karen Kingsbury. The Library hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9-5 closed 12-1 for lunch. For more information, you can contact Susie at the Gillham Library at 870-386-5665 or you can visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/gillhamlibrary

TEXARKANA NAMED AS FINALIST IN NATIONWIDE CONTEST 07/05/19

Reader’s Digest has named Texarkana on the list of 50 finalists in the third annual search for “The Nicest Place in America,” Texarkana has topped the list for both Arkansas and Texas.

Reader’s Digest collected more than 1,000 stories of places across America and selected one city for every state. Now, America will vote on which of these finalists will get a cover story in the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine.

This year’s search brought in a record number of submissions with a final tally of 1,077 stories, nearly three times that of last year in 2018.

Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Bruce Kelley said “we learned something amazing, which is that no matter what’s going on in the news or social media, the truth is that there’s goodness all around us. We hope these stories lift spirits and inspire all of us to be better neighbors, friends and family.”

The complete stories of the finalists, along with the hundreds of other nominees, can be found at rd.com/nicest . Public voting is open now and closes on July 21st.

JULY 2ND DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL MEETING UPDATES 07/05/19

A brief city council meeting was held in De Queen at City Hall Tuesday, July 2nd.

Only three items were listed on this meeting’s agenda, however Mayor Jeff Brown made a special announcement to the council and revealed some positive news for the community.

Brown says the city of De Queen has been awarded a $200,000 50/50 matching grant that will allow the water department to purchase a much needed new tank.

The first item on the agenda was a discussion on a policy in place for city employees involving sick time. The old policy for sick time stated that a former employee will only be paid out for accumulated sick time in the event that the employee retires, or if they die   the money will be paid out to the employee’s family. The City Council agreed Tuesday to adjust the policy to allow employees with certain circumstances to still be paid out for their time. The policy now allows a former employee to receive the sick pay if they leave their position due to accepting a role as an elected official.

The next item on the list was a discussion on the raw water pump at Cossatot intake. The council voted to allow the river intake station pump to be taken out and rebuilt. The project will cost $22,000 and will be covered by the depreciation fund, which is specifically set aside to cover various expenses each month.

The last item discussed was the mid-year budget ordinance, which serves as a financial check-in for the council to evaluate the city budget and expenses. The ordinance must be read two more times before it will take effect.

The next meeting will be held July 30th at city hall.

WILD WEDNESDAY DAY CAMP IN SOUTHWEST AR 07/05/19

Wild Wednesday Day Camp will be held at The Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education center, Columbus, AR. on July 10: The theme is ‘Wild About Wildflowers.’
Wild Wednesday Day Camp on July 10th will be Wild About Wildflowers. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is hosting this day camp for kids to give youth a learning experience about survival and conservation practices.

An 8 mile wagon tour will give each camper a look at flowers, birds, and butterflies of Arkansas’ blackland prairie. The wagon tour will last from 11:30 to 1:45 and will give plenty of opportunity to view and document the species .

They will also collect edible plants to prepare a natural snack, practice some fun survival techniques, and make a butterfly craft.

Parents should send sack lunch and water bottle, and a hat/ball cap with campers and:

  • Parents must complete an application.
  • Parents should apply sunscreen and bug spray to their children.
  • Children must be entering third grade next fall or older to participate.

Visit AGFC.com for more information.

ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION ANNOUNCES BOAT SAFETY TIPS 07/05/19

Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks. As this is a popular time of the year for Arkansans to enjoy the waterways, we wanted to highlight boating safety in the state.

Last year, Arkansas saw a 9% decrease in boating accidents and a 36% decrease in the number of boaters who died from boating accidents. However, there were 60 reported boating accidents in 2018 which resulted in 29 injuries that required medical attention and seven fatalities.  Of those seven fatalities, six drowned.  According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, three of those six were not wearing a life vest and the other three were either improperly wearing their life vest or their vest was in poor condition and not functioning properly.

In order to ensure your safety, we wanted to remind you of some of the laws passed over the years regarding boating safety so that we can continue to reduce the amount of property damage and to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with boating. Make sure to keep in mind that:

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986 must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Boating Education course and carry proof while operating a motorboat or sailboat on Arkansas water.

  • Every boat must have at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket per person on-board. Children 12 and under must be wearing their life jacket at all times. Also, no matter the age, every person aboard a personal watercraft must be wearing an approved life vest
  • To operate a personal watercraft, a person must be 16 year or older. Children aged 12-15 must be under the direct supervision of a person of at least 18 years old. Children 12 and under must be under the direct supervision of a person of at least 21 years.

For more information on boating safety please visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at www.agfc.com

LUNCH-AND-LEARN EVENT HELD AT UA COSSATOT 07/05/19

On June 20, 2019, the Sevier County Coalition’s Live Well Sevier County Committee hosted the first Lunch-and-Learn event for the summer.  The event was called “How Failing made us Successful”. The presentation began at noon at UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus and was presented by Physician Assistant and Wellness Director Jayme Mayo of Nabholz Construction.

Mrs. Mayo informed those who attended the event about the benefits of creating a wellness program in their business.  She gave facts about what her company, in Conway, Arkansas, has experienced since they implemented a wellness program and also provided advice and suggestions on how to keep costs down when creating a successful program.

Jayme Mayo said, “Our wellness program started in 2007 at Nabholz Construction and has proven to be successful because of great leadership, a credential team dedicated to serving people, and a simple plan design.” Mayo added, “It is important to use your internal and external resources as well to take care of your people!”

Resources mentioned at the event that could be used to help start or run a wellness program include current employees, flea markets, consignment shops, farmers markets, local cooperative extensions, and large national companies looking to help, to name a few.

Also, having healthy food in your work environment and encouraging healthy activities like having bike racks, using stairs more, having health competitions with co-workers, and having fun with recreational activities at work has proven to benefit the physical health of employees.

UA Cossatot will be hosting another presentation put on by the Sevier County Coalition’s Live Well Sevier County Committee on July 25, 2019.  At this event, Dr. Jason Lofton of De Queen will be giving a presentation about the Keto diet.  He will be explaining what the Keto diet is, the benefits it provides for one’s health, and health risks associated with Keto.  The free presentation is open to everyone, and will begin at noon in the Weyerhaeuser room, located in the Skilled Trades building, and will conclude at 12:40 P.M.

For more information on Lunch-and-Learn programs, please visit the Sevier County Coalition website at www.seviercountycoalition.com or call UA Cossatot’s Continuing Education services at 870-584-4471.

 
NEW SUPERINTENDENT AND SCHOOL BOARD SETTING GOALS FOR DE QUEEN DISTRICT 07/02/19
 
The De Queen School Board met for their July meeting at the districts administration building Monday evening.

All board members were present and the meeting was the first under the direction of new Superintendent Jason Sanders, who has fulfilled the role after the retirement of Bruce Hill last month. The previous meetings minutes and bills were approved and a few items were addressed under the “old business” category.

Joe Vallee provided an update on maintenance around the district and announced that new floors at the primary and elementary schools have been completed and the Jr. High floor updates will be complete next week. Vallee is also currently working on making improvements to the awnings and basketball goals in the districts gymnasiums.

Superintendent Sanders informed the board that weather conditions have caused construction on the new High School building to be delayed by 29 work days. The new completion date on the project is set for April 30th, 2020. The motion to extend the project date was unanimously approved.

A handful of expenditures were presented for approval, including a new intercom system at the primary school, magnetized doors to be controlled by front office staff on all four campuses, a fence at leopard stadium and new signage. Each of the expenditure items are listed as “one-time” expenses that the board approved.

Assistant Superintendent Paul Shelton announced good news to the board as the official school rankings have been reported for the most recent school year. De Queen elementary is currently ranked 82nd out of 487 schools, De Queen Jr. high holds 21st out of 317, and De Queen High School has been listed at 115 out of 278. The district is ranked 35th out of 245 total schools.

The core of Monday night’s meeting was the board’s discussion on School Branding and establishing a 3-year plan. Superintendent Sanders provided a presentation on the significance of a shared identity for the district and proposed a process to allow the students to choose the school slogan. Sanders says changes for the district will be implemented slowly over time. Over the next three years the school board will be communicating with the principals and administrative staff on identifying and reaching new goals for De Queen schools in connection with a three year plan. The board provided potential goals for the future and the top three were selected to be the main focus points for the 3-year plan. The established goals include increasing teacher pay, improving concurrent course program and a school farm. The board agreed to re-visit the district goals once a year to evaluate progress of the plan.

In other agenda items the student policy on absences was updated as attendance requirements will involve more scrutiny this year and the milk and bread bids, insurance and board expenditure policy changes were all approved.

After all agenda items were discussed an executive session was held before adjournment.

SPECIALLY CALLED QUORUM COURT MEETING HELD MONDAY AT SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE 07/02/19

A specially called Sevier County Quorum Court meeting was held at the county   courthouse Monday, July 1st. Rural Development Authority Chair Dr. Steve Cole and County Judge Greg Ray have been leading efforts in the construction project of building a new hospital in Sevier County after the closure of The De Queen Medical Center in May 2019.

A 12-bed facility with a price tag of an estimated $16-$18 million has been proposed by Ray, Cole and legal counsel of the Friday Firm in Little Rock. During the previous meeting June 13th, Attorney Linda Johnson explained that because the facility is starting from the ground up with no existing funds from the old medical center or source of current revenue, the only option to pay for the new Hospital is through a sales tax.

Dr. Cole says the purpose of Monday’s specially called meeting was to ensure The Quorum court has complete understanding of the details involving the hospitals potential funding and construction requirements prior to deciding on a ballot item to be put to Sevier County voters

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A concern addressed during the meeting was the topic of location for the new medical center. Dr. Cole says the Center for Medical Services has a rule that mandates each critical access facility must be 35 miles apart and no waiver to provide leeway on the issue can be obtained, which restricts the county in determining a site to construct the hospital. Other factors restricting the location include water, sewer, and utility logistics.

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To provide the funds, a one-cent sales tax has been suggested to cover the bond issue for building the center. The quorum court is set to compose a ballot for Sevier County voters to decide in a special election to be held later this year. Dr. Cole believes the sales tax would also cover operation and maintenance costs once the new hospital is up and running.

Though estimated around $17 million dollars, the final cost of the facility will not be announced until Cole, Ray and Legal counsel meet with architects who will provide a final financial projection.

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The next quorum meeting will be held July 8th at The County Courthouse.

July the 8th is also the last day for the quorum to propose the ballot item in order for the election to be held in September and if it passes, revenue would begin to be generated in January of 2020 and the construction process of the new hospital would follow.

If no decision is made by July 8th, the process would be pushed back until the ballot item is proposed and voted on by Sevier County residents.

Citizens of the county are welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held in the courtroom at 2:00 p.m. July 8th.

BLUE DARTER DAYS ANNOUNCED IN LOCKESBURG 07/02/19

The Lockesburg Lions Club and the UA Cossatot Foundation will be hosting the 3rd Annual Blue Darter Trade Days & Fall Fest at the Historic UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium.  The Blue Darter Trade Days will be held Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day.

The Blue Darter Trade Days have expanded this year, including food vendors and outdoor community yard sale space, to go along with our crafters and entrepreneurs.  Vendor forms are now available for pick-up at The Bank of Lockesburg or front desk of any UA Cossatot Campus.

The Blue Darter Trade days promote local small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and artisans; including small businesses and talented entrepreneurs across the State of Arkansas.  Blue Darter Trade Days is an inclusive, family-friendly event that welcomes all ages.  Service animals are welcome, and admission and parking is free.  Attendees can expect to find a variety of businesses such as clothing and children’s boutiques, specialty shops, handmade artisans, artists, crafters, and more.

UA Cossatot Student Ambassadors will be hosting the Fall Fest on Saturday, September 28 beginning at noon.  Activities include a pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, games, and more. Old fashion Lockesburg bingo will begin at 2:00 P.M

For vendor information or questions about the Blue Darter Trade Days, please call UA Cossatot Continuing Education Coordinator, Zebbie Launius at 870-584-9966.

SEVIER COUNTY 4H CLOVERBUD AND JUNIOR DAY CAMP HELD 07/02/19

On June 10, Sevier County 4-H held its annual Cloverbud & Junior Day Camp at Cossatot Reefs State Park. This was the largest group so far, with over 50 4-H’ers in attendance. They had four programs on the agenda and then enjoyed a hot dog lunch at the park. Harrell Sherwood from the Arkansas Forestry Department first taught the 4-H’ers how to identify trees based on the shape of the leaves, the fruit or seeds, and the bark.   The 4-H’ers got to participate in a fun game to see which team could identify the most trees the quickest.

Robin Stacy from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) showed the 4-H’ers how to use two sticks to “Fiddle for Worms”. They first scouted out good locations with compost to do their “fiddling”. Each kid was given two sticks, the long one to place in the ground and a short one to rub on the long stick to cause vibrations, which will make the earthworms come to the top of the ground. Each kid found worms, some small and some really large ones. Jason Kaufman from Arkansas Farm Bureau taught the kids where their food comes from. He gave the percentage and types of foods that are raised in Arkansas.   By the time he was through, everyone was hungry.

Casey Hardaway from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission brought three “friends” with her, an alligator, slider turtle, and a king snake. The 4-H’ers got to touch the reptiles, if they wanted to.   Some of them even wanted the snake around their neck! Ms. Hardaway explained the state laws on harming wildlife and explained that snakes usually will not harm you unless you mess with them or accidentally step on them. Everybody had a great time!

If you would like more information about 4-H, please contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013 or visit us on UA Cossatot Campus in the Adams Building.

CORPS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM MOBILITY IMPAIRED DEER HUNTERS 07/02/19

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting applications for our 2019 Arkansas special deer hunts that provide hunting opportunities for mobility impaired hunters. The hunts are organized on specific days from mid-October through early December at a number of Corps lakes and properties throughout Arkansas. The application period will close Aug. 15 and will be followed by a drawing in September to award the available hunting opportunities. Applicants may apply for up to three different hunt locations, with successful applicants limited to one awarded hunt. To be eligible, an applicant must have a permanent physical disability that impairs mobility and requires physical assistance from ambulatory or adaptive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, prosthesis, or other similar devices. Disabled veterans or active duty military with at least a 50% physical disability which severely limits mobility as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs may also be eligible. A doctor’s verification letter must be submitted along with the application. To request a package which includes a list of hunt locations, dates, and harvest methods or to clarify eligibility requirements please contact Gerald Judge, district forester for the Corps’ Little Rock District, at 501-324-5675, or by email at gerald.p.judge@usace.army.mil.

UA COSSATOT HOSTS KID’S COLLEGE 07/01/19

UA Cossatot’s OTA program in Ashdown hosted and coordinated a camping themed Kid’s College for five to seven-year-olds on Thursday, June 20, 2019. The Kids College was a one-day event that lasted from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The annual event is something the OTA program organizes every year for the community and for themselves. In the spring, OTA students take a Management in Occupational Therapy course as a program core requirement. Organizing a Kid’s College is a task the OTA instructors give the OTA students every year in this course.

The instructors provide the students with the chance to make the decisions, and the students make plans for the event to take place in June. The students get to decide how they want to run the Kid’s College, who will be in charge of what tasks, what theme the Kid’s College should be, what age group should attend, as well as what games and activities they wish to put on for the youth. The focus of the program is to facilitate healthy behaviors for children including gross and fine motor coordination, social interaction, and sensory integration.

This year’s Kid’s College was called Camp Cossatot, and thirty-four kids from the local community were in attendance. At Camp Cossatot, kids were able to participate in several activities including tug of war, scavenger hunts, observing animals, rock painting, and obstacle courses. To learn more about UA Cossatot’s OTA events or how you can support the OTA program at UA Cossatot, please e-mail Tamla Heminger at theminger@cccua.edu.

HORATIO MAN CHOSEN FOR ELK HUNTING PERMIT OUT OF MORE THAN 3000 ENTRIES 07/01/19

Twenty-nine Arkansans will have the hunt of a lifetime this fall as they chase elk on public land in The Natural State. Their names were chosen during the 22nd Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper Saturday.
Representatives from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission oversaw the drawings for this year’s elk hunt. Permits were drawn from a squirrel cage in front of an anxious crowd throughout the day. Trey Reid, emcee for the drawings and assistant chief of the AGFC’s Communications Division said the event was full of fun and excitement over Arkansas’s largest big game animal. “It was a great weekend to celebrate the Arkansas elk herd,” Reid said. “We met Arkansans from every corner of the state, and they were all excited and eager to hear their names called during the permit drawings throughout the day.

“It was a great crowd this year. This is my 12th elk festival to serve as emcee of the permit drawings, and it’s one of my favorite weekends of the year. The friendly folks of Newton County and Jasper always welcome visitors with open arms and warm smiles.”

Twenty-six of the permits were drawn from the 3,812 applications submitted online in May. Three other permits were selected from 680 applications submitted on site during the festival. Winners of the three on-site permits had to be present to win during the final drawing of the festival. Hunters are allowed to choose their weapons from archery, including crossbows, muzzleloaders, modern rifles, modern shotguns and handguns. A local resident, Richard Eden of Horatio was one of the lucky names chosen for a permit this year.

All public land hunts occur on the Buffalo National River, Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area and Bearcat Hollow Wildlife Management Area. Hunters are assigned to specific zones within these public lands. Public land permit holders are required to attend an orientation before the hunt and will be notified of the time and location.

BOIL WATER ORDER NOTICE ISSUED IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY 07/01/19

CITY OF DE QUEEN ACCEPTING FOOD TRUCK APPLICATIONS 07/01/19

Today, Monday July 1st, the City of De Queen will begin accepting applications for mobile food vendors. Up to fifteen bi-annual permits will be issued to qualifying vendors. The bi-annual permits are available at a price of $100 for 6 month. The permit gives access for vendors to set up on privately-owned property within the city of De Queen. Event permits are also available at a cost of $50 for 3-days. All vendors applicants must meet state and city requirements and the mobile truck/trailer must pass inspection by Fire Marshall and Code Enforcement. Applications and copies of the ordinance are available at De Queen City Hall or at the Chamber of Commerce. For questions, call 870-642-3445 or 870-584-3225.

WMA DEER HUNT PERMIT DEADLINE TODAY 07/01/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is accepting WMA deer hunting applications  for the 2019-2020 season.

WMA DEER HUNT PERMIT SCHEDULE 
   
July 1 Application deadline at 11:59 p.m.
July 10 Drawing and notifications sent
July 23 Leftover permits available online at 8 a.m.

 

  • Applications must be submitted online by the application deadline to be eligible.
  • Each person may submit one application for each type of permit hunt (youth deer, archery deer, muzzleloader deer, modern gun deer).
  • Youth hunters must be at least 6 years old, but no older than 15, the day the hunt begins.
  • Permit winners will be notified by e-mail (an e-mail address must be included with each application).
  • Applications require a nonrefundable $5 application fee per hunt type. Successful applicants no longer have to pay for permits after the drawing.
  • For assistance with permit application, call 1-800-364-4263. For assistance after application process is complete, call 501-223-6359.

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES TO KICK OFF AT DE QUEEN CITY POOL SATURDAY 06/29/19

Daniel Martinez and Callie Miller represented for The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of commerce in a interview at KDQN studios Friday morning to announce the 2019 Summer movie series.
 
The first film will be shown at 8:30 p.m. at The De Queen City pool Saturday, June 29th. The doors open at 7:00 and the films are family-friendly, however no pets are allowed. Concessions will be available and floats/pool toys are allowed. Lifeguards will be on site and the movie will begin at dark.
 
The second movie will be shown at the UA Cossatot Amphitheater in De Queen  on Saturday, July 13th at 8:30. Attendees should bring their own lawnchairs and blankets.
 
The final film will be shown on September 21st at the UA Cossatot Amphitheater in De Queen at 8:30. For questions call 870-584-3225.
 
MID-SUMMER ART SHOW IN ASHDOWN JULY 18-20 06/28/19

The Little River Arts Council announces July 18-20 as the dates for the 18th Annual Mid-Summer Art Show.  Registration for artwork in adult (18 or over) and youth (8 thru 17) divisions will be Monday, July 15 between 1-6 p.m. at CCCUA, Hwy 71 N. in Ashdown.  The displays will be open free to the public beginning on Thursday, July 18 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and close on Saturday, July 20 at 4 p.m., with a reception beginning at 2:30 and presentation of awards at 3:30.

Adult art categories include Abstract/Contemporary, Animal, Floral, Genre, Still Life, Portrait, Landscape, and 3-Dimensional, with an entry fee of $10 per entry. Awards in the adult categories will be Best of Show =$200, First Place = $125, Second Place = $85, Third Place = $60, and Honorable Mention = $30.

Youth art will be categorized by age groups:  8-9 years, 10-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years, and 16-17 years.  Youth entry fee is $1 per entry and awards will be  Best of Show = $100, First Place = $40, Second Place = $30, Third Place = $20, and Honorable Mention = $10.

All Adult Show entries must be original, not previously entered in this show, no more than two years old, not larger that 3’x3′, securely framed and wired for hanging, and dry (no wet paint).  Youth entries must be matted or framed if on paper and wired for hanging if on stretched canvas with no saw tooth hangers or wet paint. No pieces larger than 3’x3′ will be accepted. All artwork must remain hanging until the closing of the show at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.Little River Arts Council is excited to present the free art show to the public audience for the 18th year and encourages artists in the four-states area to participate.  For further information, you may call 870-898-5200.

LAST SATURDAY SHOOT IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS JUNE 29TH 06/28/19

ATA Registered Shoot | Last Saturday through Oct. 26 (Columbus)

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center 1685 CR35N Columbus, AR 71831

June 29, 2019 at 9 a.m. – Oct. 26, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.

Join the range staff on the last Saturday of the month from April through October for an ATA registered shoot.

  • All targets will be registered and each discipline requires at least three shooters.
  • Singles will start at 9 a.m. with handicap and doubles to follow.

If you have any questions about the ATA, weather or pricing, call Caleb Coulter at 870-826-8193

RED RIVER HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM SET FOR JULY 06/28/19

The 13th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium will take place on Saturday, July 27, at Historic Washington State Park. The conference topics will focus around the bicentennial of the formation of Arkansas Territory in 1819 and its impact on the Great Bend Region of the Red River. The event will take place at the 1914 Schoolhouse Auditorium of Historic Washington State Park.

An all day Friday and Saturday morning workshop for teachers on resources related to the theme in the Red River Region will take place. Lunch is included both days. A total of twelve credit hours will be available for teachers to earn by attending both days of the symposium. Cost for attending the workshop will be $40. Workshop presenters will include Historic Washington State Park staff, and staff members from the Arkansas State Archives and Arkansas Historic Preservation who will do sessions on incorporating timber and natural resource history topics into curriculum standards for the classroom.

On Saturday morning beginning at 9am a tour will be provided to early territorial sites in Miller County. For others interested in the tour the cost will be $15 per person, which includes lunch. Seating is limited, so call the Park Visitor Center to reserve your spot on the tour.

Cost for attendance to the symposium is $30 with an evening meal included. The time frame for the event is 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. A discount price of $60 will be offered to teachers who wish to attend both the workshop and symposium. Teachers attending both the workshop and symposium will be eligible for twelve credit hours. Check in will begin in the morning at 8 a.m. at the 1874 Hempstead County Courthouse Visitor Center. Registration must be made by July 24. Contact 870-983-2684 to register.

RECENT HAIL SIZE APPROACHES STATE RECORD 06/28/19

Massive hail from Vandervoort (Polk County) on June 19th was 3D scanned on Wednesday, June 27th by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Research Center. According to the National Weather Service in Little Rock, the largest of the stones (4.6 inches in diameter) came up just short of the recorded state record (5 inches in diameter) on 01/21/1999 and 04/02/2006.

ARKANSAS AG PROVIDES FUNDS FOR CART PROGRAM 06/28/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the allocation of an additional $150,000 for the Child Abduction Response Teams (CART) program, a multiagency initiative coordinated by the Criminal Justice Institute. This announcement comes after the collaborative effort completed the first in the nation, statewide certification of all twelve CARTs located in the state, streamlining resources to better protect children in Arkansas if they are abducted, missing or endangered.

“Too many parents live in anguish of a lost or abducted child, and we must do everything in our power to bring missing children home,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “CART teams understand how precious each second is when investigating an abduction which can mean the difference between life and death for a child.”

In 2016, a partnership was formed between the Attorney General’s Office, the Criminal Justice Institute, Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. The agreement formed the foundation for twelve CARTs with the goal of reducing the response time and increasing the likelihood of a successful recovery for missing or abducted children.

In 2015, Rutledge designated $100,000 from the Standard & Poor settlement to facilitate the implementation of CARTs throughout the state.

The multi-agency and multi-discipline response has established and practice channels of response to reduce time and has received full certification from the U.S. Department of Justice, AMBER Alert and Technical Assistance Program.

DE QUEEN SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ANNOUNCED 06/28/19

The De Queen School Board has announced their next meeting will be held Monday, July 1st at 5:30 p.m. in The District Administration Building.

Agenda items for Monday include approving the previous meetings minutes and bills and discussing any other old business not closed.

The board is also set to discuss school branding, establishing a 3-year strategic plan and approval of expenditures and insurance.

They will also approve milk and bread bids, student policy changes and the ESL handbook.

An executive session will be held and the final items on the agenda are new hires and resignations.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting Monday night.

ASHDOWN STUDENT ATTENDS MUSIC CAMP 06/28/19

Ashdown High School Sophomore and Purple Pride Marching Band Drum Major Ariel Shumake attended TAMUC Summer Music Camp at Texas A & M -Commerce from June 16- 20.  She attended leadership sessions with Frank Troyka and Dr. Lautzenheiser.  Todd Ryan taught marching pedagogy and she had classes in conducting fundamentals, pattern style, and expressive gestures.  While at camp, she also practiced on drum major salutes, vocals, whistle commands, and leadership.  On the last day of camp, attendees were able to demonstrate to an audience of family, friends, and staff what they had learned.

Her favorite part of camp was meeting other drum majors that are trying to make a difference in their bands by using positive interactions with their band members.  She said the most important thing she learned was, “Being a drum major isn’t all about being able to conduct, but to learn to create personal connections with other band members and making them feel wanted and appreciated.”  She also commented that “The scariest part of camp for her was meeting drum majors who already had more experience than she has.  ”She was known as the baby of the bunch for being a sophomore drum major.  The other scary part for her was the tornado that hit the area on Wednesday evening.

 
 
 
ASHDOWN ALUMNI BANQUET SET FOR SEPTEMBER 06/27/19
The thirteenth annual Ashdown High School Alumni Association Banquet will be on Saturday, September 14 and held in the Ashdown High School cafeteria.
 
The 1965 AHS Co-Valedictorian Dr. Tom Fomby will the honored guest.  After graduating from AHS, Dr. Fomby received his B.A. in Mathematics from Hendrix College and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is currently Professor of Economics at Southern Methodist University and has been since 1975.
 
At Ashdown High School, he was involved in the National Honor Society, an Arkansas High School All-Star basketball player, First Chair Trumpet in the All-State Band, and one of 25 Arkansas and Texas students selected for a National Science Foundation sponsored workshop on Mathematics at Southern State College during the summer of 1964.
 
While at Hendrix College he played varsity basketball and was a member of Blue Key Honor Society.
 
He is a Senior Co-editor of Advances in Econometrics.  Advances in Econometrics is a research annual specializing in recent developments in econometric techniques as applied to problems in economics, finance, marketing, and forecasting.  His area of specialization is in the application of statistical methods to economic and business problems.  Of particular interest to Professor Fomby is the new field in Economics called Predictive Analytics which involves using statistical techniques to uncover business and economic insights as mined from the masses of data that business and governments are collecting digitally.  He has won numerous research, teaching, and service awards at SMU.  In addition, he holds Outstanding Alumni Awards at Hendrix College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1975.  His research affiliations include the Research Department of the Federal Bank of Dallas and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.  He has consulted with the World Bank and the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, DC, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and various corporations including Mary Kay, Inc., Texas Instruments, KPMG, Zale Corporation, and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.
 
Alumni dinner tickets will be on sale from August 1 – September 1.  For more information about the dinner call 903-277-9359.  For ticket information call 903-826-7918.
 
RURAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE SET FOR JULY IN DE QUEEN 06/27
 
“Retooling Rural Arkansas: Getting Rural Arkansas Back into the Game”
Providing rural residents with the skills and tools needed to create and expand small businesses and engage in job creation activities are the goals of an upcoming regional business conference to be held in De Queen, Arkansas. Funded by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS), Arkansas Human Development Corporation (AHDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development (USDA, RD), the 2019 Southwest Arkansas Rural Business Development Conference, with a theme of “Retooling Rural Arkansas: Getting Rural Arkansas Back into the Game” will bring together approximately 20 private, state, federal and nonprofit organizations with a singular mission of equipping small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and resources to start and expand their businesses.
Hosted by the AHDC, Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (APTAC), Henderson State University-Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), De Queen Chamber of Commerce, Sevier County, UA Cossatot and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the conference will be held Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at the Skilled Trades Building, which is located on the campus of UA Cossatot, 183 College Drive, De Queen, AR 71832. Topics will include but are not limited to, building effective business relationships, securing the right kind of capital, how to sell goods and services to the government, and how to use the many services of the ASBTDC to develop and/or expand your business.
At 8:30 am for a “Breakfast with the Lenders Roundtable,” where participants will network with local, regional and statewide lenders. Lenders invited to participate include Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arvest, BancorpSouth, Communities Unlimited, Diamond, First State, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, Horatio State and Bank of Lockesburg, along with USDA, Rural Development. A breakout session devoted to SBA regulations will be led by SBA Region 6 Advocate Mr. Rhett Davis and Mr. Joe Knilans SBA Rural Affairs Advocate. Current business owners and those just getting started, youth entrepreneurs, business and technical school students, apprentices, veterans, faith-based leaders and community and economic development professionals, are invited to attend.

You will engage with other business owners, receive help with research and business planning, learn how to increase your networking results and learn to do more business with government and private industry. Mr. Edward Haddock, District Director for the Arkansas of the SBA, will deliver the luncheon address. He will discuss the strategic focus and programs administered by the SBA as well as partnerships with other federal and private agencies.

You may register by calling Arkansas Human Development Corporation toll free at (800) 482-7641 or (501) 374-1103, ext. 10 or online at https://bit.ly/2I2iFs7

CORPS TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE RIVER RUN WEST PARK 06/27/19
 

ASHDOWN, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers, Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office is temporarily closing access to River Run West Park.

The park will close at 8 a.m. July 7 and will remain closed until Oct. 1 while repairs to the downstream embankment area are made. Because of safety concerns, access to the campground, boat launch ramp and bank will not be allowed during the closure.
This closure will not affect access to River Run East Park.

Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers, Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office regret any inconvenience this may cause and ask the public to exercise caution while boating.
For more information contact the Millwood Project Office 870-898-3343.

Recreation information can be found on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/usacelittlerock. 

WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 06/27/19

Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.

Take a listen:

FIRST WOMAN AGFC COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCED 06/27/19

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the appointment of Anne Marie Doramus of Little Rock to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission this week. She is the first woman appointed to a full term on the commission in the state’s history.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners are appointed to serve 7-year terms. Anne Marie will replace outgoing commissioner Ford Overton and begin her 7-year term in July.

Governor Hutchinson says:
“In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Anne Marie has also been a life-long friend and advocate of the outdoors. She is an avid duck hunter and bass angler, but most importantly, she is committed to the conservation of our natural resources. This appointment is significant not only because she is the first woman appointed to a full 7-year term, but she also brings a fresh perspective in terms of what it might take to connect a new generation to the Arkansas outdoors.”

Anne Marie (Hastings) Doramus, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Vice President of Special Projects and Sales for Arkansas Bolt Company, a fastener distributor and OEM supplier based in Little Rock. Anne Marie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show and the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. She is a founding member of the Arkansas Outdoor Society, a group for young adults who are passionate about conservation and outdoors in Arkansas and directly support the mission of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and Commission.

She grew up an avid duck hunter and bass angler on her family’s farm in Southeast Arkansas. Her other hobbies include fly fishing, mountain biking, golf, tennis, and working with her retriever, Baron. Anne Marie and her husband, Joe, live in Little Rock.
For more information visit AGFC.com

ASHDOWN STUDENT MAKES FIRST CHAIR 06/27/19

Congratulations to Ashdown band student Gage Vaught on making first band, first chair at Henderson State Band Camp!  Gage is an eighth grade student at Ashdown Junior High School and a member of the AJHS Band.

 

4-H TEEN LEADERS CONFERENCE 2019 06/26/19

The Arkansas 4-H Teen Leader Conference was held in Little Rock June 11 – 14. From all across thestate, teens travel to attend this once a year opportunity. We had five teens representing our Sevier County 4-H clubs this year. Amber Morris, Aubrey Seymour, Kaydee Cowling, Ethan Wolcott, and Alec Frachiseur all attended. While at the conference, teens learned different ways of becoming a better leader for their community. For instance, this year’s theme was “Be the Spark”. Youth learned how to empower other young potential leaders.
 
One skill that each teen really was impressed with was the 5 C’s to giving a speech. The 5 C’s, Character, Competence, Culture, Chemistry, and Caring, is a skill they can use for the rest of their lives as they continue to grow with their leadership skills.
 
TEXARKANA WOMAN FACING DEATH PENALTY IN CHILD DEATH CASE 06/26/19
 
Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Potter Barrett is reportedly seeking the death penalty for a woman accused of murder in the death of her husband’s 3-year-old daughter.

McKenna Faith Belcher, age 26, appeared before  Judge Kirk Johnson for arraignment Tuesday afternoon at the Miller County jail. Belcher’s representation entered a “not guilty” plea in the death of McKinley Cawley and to second-degree domestic battery for allegedly abusing McKinley’s 2-year-old brother. If found guilty of second-degree battery, Belcher faces three to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Belcher’s husband, Everette John Cawley, 23, plead “not guilty” to two counts of permitting the abuse of a minor at a hearing June 11th before Circuit Judge Brent Haltom. Everette Cawley brought McKinley to the emergency room April 2nd and Hospital staff immediately suspected child abuse.

Belcher is being held in the Miller County jail without bond. Cawley’s bail is set at $1 million. Both remain in custody at this time. A trial date of October 28th has been set for Belcher. Cawley’s case is set for jury selection before Haltom on August 26th.

ASHDOWN AGRICULTURE STUDENTS SUMMER UPDATES 06/26/19

Ashdown Agriculture students have already had a busy summer.  Bandera Sansom and Sam Ratliff have attended all three judging camps this summer.  They have been to Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Texas A & M.  Lyndon Youngblood and Caylee Turner Attended Texas Tech and Texas A & M.

Caylee Turner was honored with an overall Top 10 finish at Texas Tech.  Bandera Sansom received a scholarship to Oklahoma State University (OSU) for being recognized as most improved at the camp held there.

 

While at Texas A & M, Lyndon Youngblood placed 2nd overall and 2nd High Individual in Reasons.  Bandera was named High Individual in Reasons, Caylee was 4th High Individual Reasons and Sam was 6th High Individual in Reasons.


“Super proud of this group for the work and efforts they have put forth this summer to better themselves and gain more knowledge of the livestock world along with the Ag industry,” said AHS Agri Instructor Ron Bigham.

SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY REPORT FOR MAY RELEASED 06/26/19

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department has released a report of all activity conducted for last month, May of 2019.

The report states that 102 total inmates were booked in the county jail and community service picked up a variety of areas. Those areas include Red Bridge road, Lakeside, 41 south to 42 B, 4th street, Stillwell avenue, Magnolia, Heyneckyer, Ballard, Colin Raye, DQ Lake road, Pine ridge, Chappel Hill, Coulter Drive, 7th, 3rd buzzard roost, tower, rink diver and Rockefeller. The department also announced there are 2 deputies in ALETA who are set to graduate July 26th of this year.

During the month of May, Deputies spent 234 hours in Lockesburg with 39 complaints addressed, 27 traffic stops conducted 4 accidents assessed, 27 warning issued, one citation issued and 6 arrests made. In Gillham 146 hours were spent addressing 15 complaints, 3 car accidents were worked, 12 traffic stops conducted, 12 warnings given and 0 citations issued and no arrests made.

396 hours were logged in Horatio with 38 complaints addressed, 2 accidents worked, 48 traffic stops conducted, 47 warnings given, 3 citations issued and 10 arrests made. In the 35 hours deputies spent in Ben Lomond, 11 complaints were addressed, 1 accident was worked, and no citations, warnings or arrests were documented.

In De Queen Deputies spent 844 hours addressing 39 complaints, working 4 accidents, 46 traffic stops conducted, 2 citations given, 45 warnings issued and 6 arrests made. The June report for the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department will be announced as information becomes available.

SUMMER DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS ANNOUNCED 06/26/19

Wild Wednesday Day Camp | June 26 and July 10, 24 at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education center, Columbus, AR.

June 26: Wild About the Water
Campers will learn about water safety, personal flotation devices, and how to operate a canoe. Then we will collect macroinvertebrates, and go on a canoe tour of the lake.

  • Bring your own life jacket if you have one, or borrow one of ours.
  • Parents must complete an application,
  • Please send sack lunch and water bottle, and a hat/ball cap.
  • Parents should apply sunscreen and bug spray to their children.
  • Children must be entering third grade next fall or older to participate.

July 10: Wild About Wildflowers
Wild Wednesday Day Camp on July 10th will be Wild About Wildflowers. We are also wild about survival and conservation! Learn about the fascinating plants of the prairie, their benefits for humans, and their role in a healthy blackland habitat.

Before we take off on our 8 mile wagon tour, each camper will create a lapbook outlining some of the common flowers, birds, and butterflies of Arkansas’ blackland prairie.

The wagon tour will last from 11:30 to 1:45 and will give plenty of opportunity to view and document the species outlined in the lapbooks.

We will collect edible plants to prepare a natural snack, practice some fun survival techniques, and make a butterfly craft.

  • Please send sack lunch and water bottle, and a hat/ball cap.
  • Parents must complete an application.
  • Parents should apply sunscreen and bug spray to their children.
  • Children must be entering third grade next fall or older to participate.

July 24: Wild About Fish
Wild Wednesday Day Camp on July 24th is Wild About Fish. Campers will go fishing in the education pond. They can bring their own pole, or use the ones available on-site. We will provide bait and tackle.

Fish dissection will teach us about fish bodies, how they interact with their environment, and how they find their food.

Each child will make a lapbook full of information about common sportfish in Arkansas and how to identify them.

  • Please send sack lunch and water bottle.
  • Parents must complete an application.
  • Parents should apply sunscreen and bug spray to their children.
  • Children must be entering third grade next fall or older to participate.

TWO SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS ARRESTED FRIDAY 06/25/19

Two local residents were arrested after a traffic stop was conducted by The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department last week.

A report from The Department states that Sergeant Greg Davignon was patrolling Highway 71 North on Friday, June 21st when he observed passengers in a pick-up truck without seatbelts.

The Sergeant reportedly pulled over the truck and identified the driver as David Taylor, age 40 of Horatio and Tara Holt , age 35 of De Queen. During the traffic stop Sergeant Davignon reportedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Upon searching the car Davignon reportedly discovered a prescription bottle containing suspected to be Hydro-codone pain pills. The passenger in the car, Tara was allegedly found to have an outstanding felony warrant and was also arrested for the possession of a controlled substance. David was arrested for possession of controlled substance and bond for the couple was set at $20,000 each.

AINSLEY’S ANGELS OF SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS COMPLETE TWO 5K’S IN ONE DAY 06/25/19
June 22nd was a busy summer Saturday for Ainsley’s Angels of Southwest Arkansas as they completed two 5ks in two different states in less than 24 hours. They started the morning in Broken Bow, Oklahoma at the Owa Chito 5k located in the beautiful Beaver’s Bend State Park. The scenic course is considered one of the top ten most difficult in the state of Oklahoma.

Four Angel Athlete riders pulled their teams through this course, and as a testimony to the heart athletes with different abilities, encouraged their runners to three first places in as many age groups. Ainsley’s angels ambassador Tessa Dean has provided interviews with KDQN radio to help provide the community with more information and understanding about what the organizations purpose and passion is.

In an inspiring moment at the Owachito 5K, Angel Athlete Jacob Click finished the race on his own two feet KDQN 92.1’s own Jay Lindly volunteered as an Angel Runner for team Jacob and the day proved successful in organizing efforts of inclusion in the community.

Ainsley’s Angels returned to Southwest Arkansas that evening for the Colt Bolt Glow Run 5k in Lockesburg City Park. This fun run benefited UA Cossatot Students. Teams donned glow paint and and other glowing gear to light-up this community course. The night ended with a photo booth and dance party joined by myself, KDQN News Director, Murriel Wiley. Overall, athletes, runners, and volunteers came together from six different cities in our area to make these events ones in which everyone could belong.

If you are interested in spreading the mission of togetherness for all, please contact Ainsley’s Angels Ambassador of Southwest Arkansas, Tessa Dean at 479-214-0942 or email her at swarkansas@ainsleysangels.org. You can also visit www.ainsleysangels.org for more information.

CANOE AND KAYAK FISHING PROGRAMS HOSTED BY AGFC 06/25/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has announced the Multi-County Canoe/Kayak Fishing Programs planned throughout the summer. Residents can Learn basic fishing skills from AGFC staff at local lakes with the option to Fish out of canoes or kayaks. The AGFC will supply all the boats, life jackets, fishing poles and tackle or bait.

  • The program is Open to ages 10 and older, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
  • Space is limited; registration is required. All registration must be done through www.eventbrite.com; search “Canoe Kayak Fishing” and the area.
  • In southwest Arkansas, the local event will be held Monday, July 1 | Polk County | 6 p.m. | Lake Wilhelmina near Mena. visit agfc.com to register.

SENATOR BOOZEMAN LEADING STATE NUTRITION PROGRAM 06/25/19

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is leading a bipartisan charge to make federal child nutrition programs more efficient, flexible and better equipped to reach Arkansas children in need during the summer months.

Boozman and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019 to add flexibility to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which offers children from low-income families free lunch and snacks in the summer. The bill gives states additional options to reach hungry children in communities without a centralized feeding site during the summer.

Currently, children must travel to a central location and eat their meals together. This works well in some communities. However, in rural areas, it can be difficult for children to reach a site, if a site even exists.

In Howard county, Scrapper Lunch Express in Nashville is currently delivering meals to several sites every weekday this summer. Food Service Director Julie Smith says they have fed up to 300 students per day. The free meals are open to age 18 and under. They will be closed the week of July 4th.

In Sevier County, St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen hosts a summer meal program three days a week for dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The program is held from 4-6pm and will continue through August 9th, 2019.

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY TRANSFER STATION CLOSING TEMPORARILY 06/25/2019

Little River County Judge Mike Cranford announced this week that the
Little River County Transfer Station will be installing a new trash compactor on June 27 and 28, 2019. The hours of operation will be 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 27, 2019 and will re-open to the public Monday, July 1, 2019. The trash pick-up service will continue as usual, however, there will be
no class 4 pick-up for Friday, June 28, 2019.
Judge Cranford stated, “We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and appreciate your patience.”
For more information you can contact the Little River County Judges office at (870) 898-7202 or the Sanitation Office at (870) 898-7276

DEE ANN VAUGHT ANNOUNCES FAMILY PROGRAMS AT AR STATE PARKS 06/25/19

 

Representative Dee Ann Vaught has reported there are more than 50,000 family friendly programs available in Arkansas State Parks at this time.

In 1996, Arkansas voters passed a constitutionally dedicated conservation sales tax benefiting Arkansas State Parks and three sister conservation agencies.  We now have 52 state parks on 54,400 acres with 1,800 campsites, 208 cabins, and 5 lodges serving 8 million visitors annually.

Arkansas has more than 9,700 miles of rivers and streams, and a good deal of it is perfect for floating—be it by canoe, raft or kayak.Experience a lake tour at DeGray Lake Resort, or view the sunset from your kayak on the Bull Shoals-White River. Park interpreters will guide you through the waters as they inform you about your surroundings.

Arkansas state parks also offer lessons in how to cook in historic southern traditions. Residents can learn about the flavors of various herbs at the Ozark Folk Center or how to prepare pizza in an earthen oven at Davidsonville.

Arkansas’s state parks also welcome visitors to look for constellations and learn about astronomy this spring and summer.  Guided tours are offered at several parks including Village Creek and Pinnacle Mountain.

And speaking of stars, don’t forget about the opportunities at our national parks. The International Dark-Sky Association just recently designated the Buffalo National River Park as a Dark Sky Park.  It is the first such designation for Arkansas and now becomes one of only 19 national parks to be officially recognized as a Dark Sky Park.

The Arkansas River flooding is impacting only a few park services.  We encourage you to call the park ahead of time to ensure your planned activities are still on schedule. Check out all Arkansas parks has to offer atwww.arkansasstateparks.com .  You can find information on our national parks atwww.nps.gov.

AGFC ANNOUNCES NEW HUNTING AND FISHING LICENCES FOR VETERANS 06/24/19
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously to create a new Disabled Veteran Lifetime Combination License that would be available at a reduced rate for resident military veterans meeting certain criteria during the recent regularly scheduled meeting.

The new license will cost $52.50 and will give full hunting and fishing privileges to any disabled veteran who has a service-connected disability rating of 70 percent or higher or a service-connected disability rating of 50 percent or higher and is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal.

This license is in accordance with Act 729, which was passed during the 92nd Arkansas General Assembly. This license does not replace previous disabled veterans licenses offered by the AGFC that required a veteran to be 100 percent disabled to qualify. Those licenses still are available at their previous cost. This new license simply enables more disabled veterans to qualify for reduced rates.

According to AGFC Director Pat Fitts, the new license will extend these reduced rates for hunting and fishing privileges to more than 14,000 disabled veterans in Arkansas.

The Commission also created a single 5-day Nonresident Waterfowl Hunting Permit that would be valid on all AGFC WMAs in response to public comments received last waterfowl season. Previously, a nonresident waterfowl hunter on many of the AGFC’s WMAs was required to purchase a separate permit for each WMA they hunted. The new universal permit enables hunters to move to different WMAs within the 5-day window when the permit is valid.

Public comment also fueled the Commission’s proposal to extend more opportunity to hunt furbearers throughout the year. Commissioners heard the first reading of new regulation changes for private land that, if passed, will relax the limitations on landowners to eliminate coyotes, raccoons and other species known to be predators of turkeys, quail and other ground-nesting birds and their nests.

According to the proposals, coyote, raccoon, opossum and striped skunk hunting will be open year-round on private land. There will be no daily or possession limits to any of these species.

A video of the meeting is available at www.youtube.com/user/ArkansasGameandFish.

CRATER OF DIAMONDS PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS 06/24/19

On Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., digital photography enthusiasts ages 13 and older can learn the basics of photography and composition during Photography in the Park at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. The class will cover camera settings, useful accessories, and techniques for taking better pictures. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras, tripods, and other gear for a mid-day photography walk to practice their skills in a park setting.

Space is limited to ten participants, with a minimum of three required. Workshop admission is $20 per person, including a $10 registration fee due by June 28 (pay the remaining $10 on the day of the workshop). To register or request more information, call Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113, or email CraterofDiamonds@arkansas.com. Novices and professionals alike are invited to hone their skills, share ideas, and meet other photographers at Photography in the Park!

ASHDOWN TRAP TEAMS ATTEND TOURNAMENTS 06/24/19

The Ashdown Junior Trap Team placed third at the AYSSP State Trap Tournament on May 31 in Jacksonville.
Pictured (l-r):  Chase Smith, Gunner Altenbaumer, Jared Day, Hunter Mize, and Drake Abney
Back Row (l-r):  Thad Abney, Matt Mize, and Stacy Day
The Ashdown High School Senior Trap Team competed at the AYSSP State Trap Tournament on June 1.  Kenzy Bishop shot a perfect score.
 
Pictured Front Row (l-r): Kenzy Bishop, Jake Day, Chico Markle, Hunter Lewis, and Colby Dellinger
Back Row (l-r) Mickey Bishop, Chris Markle, Stacy Day, and Adam Dellinger

USDA PROVIDING $75 MILLION FOR SWINE CONTROL IN ARKANSAS 06/24/19

The USDA announced recently it is offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) in a joint effort with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The 2018 Farm Bill included this new pilot program to help address the threat that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and human and animal health.

NRCS will direct up to $33.75 million of the allocated FSCP funds toward partnership efforts to work with landowners in identified pilot projects in targeted areas. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 19, 2019, for partners to carry out activities as part of these pilot projects in select areas of Arkansas. APHIS has determined that Arkansas is one of several states among the highest feral swine population densities and associated damages in the country.

Pilot projects will consist broadly of three coordinated components: 1) feral swine removal by APHIS; 2) restoration efforts supported by NRCS; and 3) assistance to producers for feral swine control provided through partnership agreements with non-federal partners. Projects can be one to three years in duration.

“Feral swine rooting, trampling, and wallowing activity damages crops and grassland, increases erosion along waterways and in wetlands, and can limit water infiltration and nutrient cycling,” said Mike Sullivan, Arkansas NRCS state conservationist.  “This call for proposals is intended for non-federal partners to provide landowner assistance for on-farm trapping and provide related services as part of the pilot projects.”

NRCS is now accepting proposals from non-federal partners.  NRCS will provide funding for these services through partnership agreements. The funding limit for a single award is $1.5 million. Awardees will be required to provide at least 25 percent of the partnership agreement budget as a match to NRCS funding.

Additional information on the complete funding announcement and about specific pilot projects, including target areas and the roles for which partner assistance is being requested, can be found on the FSCP webpage.

Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 19, 2019.

ARKANSAS AG ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT IN CHARITY SCAM 06/24/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the final step in a multi-state enforcement action against four sham cancer charities, a lawsuit which was filed in May 2015. The $2.5 million will be distributed among cancer centers across the country as the result of the recovery of settlement dollars from the Cancer Fund of America Inc., Children’s Cancer Fund of America Inc., Cancer Support Services Inc., The Breast Cancer Society Inc., James Reynolds Sr., Kyle Effler, Rose Perkins and James Reynolds Jr. The complaint alleged that the leaders of these sham charities used donated funds to pay themselves exorbitant salaries, luxurious trips, purchase houses and cars as well as day-to-day expenses.

The complaint alleged that the so-called charities, led by James Reynolds and his family members, scammed the public out of more than $187 million between 2008 and 2012. Of the money collected, only 3% was directed to cancer patients in the United States in the form of “care packages” containing religious DVDs, Moon Pies, random items of clothing and various sundries. Cancer Fund of America also claimed to supply patients with pain medications and transportation to chemotherapy treatments, when it provided no such services. The complaint also alleged that the leaders of these sham charities used donated funds to pay themselves exorbitant salaries and to go on trips to destinations like Thailand, Las Vegas and Disneyworld. The Reynolds also bought themselves cars, boats, jet skis and houses, and used the charities’ credit cards to buy designer handbags, jewelry and clothing, and to pay for day-to-day expenses such as gas, groceries and utility bills.

The money will be transferred to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) who, under a services agreement with the plaintiffs, will distribute the funds to select health and medical programs targeting breast and pediatric cancer.

SEVIER COUNTY CANCER SURVIVOR DINNER SATURDAY 06/20/19

Linda Frachiseur stopped by KDQN studios to announce the annual Sevier County Cancer Survivors Dinner. The event is set for Saturday, June 22nd at The De Queen Church of Christ Family Center beginning at 5:00 p.m. The church is located at 1305 West Colin Raye Drive, De Queen Arkansas 71832.

The purpose of the dinner is to honor the local survivors in the Sevier County area and to raise funds that will help cancer patients with medical expenses, travel costs for treatment and medications.

A quilt raffle will be held during the dinner and raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each. All survivors can eat for no cost and one guest is permitted free of charge. Additional guests will cost $5 per person.

For more information call Linda at 870-584-9592.

UMPIRE RESIDENTS MAKE DISTRICT FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR LIST 06/20/19

The eight district winners in the 72nd annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected, representing the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry.

The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner to be announced Dec. 6 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock.

The District Farm Families of the Year are:

  • I.F. Anderson Farms Inc. of Lonoke (Lonoke County) in the East Central District. James Neal Anderson and his wife Kaye own and operate I.F. Anderson Fish Farms with their son James Neal Anderson Jr. They operate 3,300 water acres and raise baitfish such as Golden Shiners, Fathead Minnows and Goldfish. James and Kaye also have a daughter, Katie.
  • Rabbit Ridge Farms of Bee Branch (Van Buren County) in the North Central District. Alan and Angela Mahan own and operate Rabbit Ridge Farms where they raise cattle, hogs, chickens and sheep. At Rabbit Ridge Farms, they self-market all their products through wholesale distributors, retail, e-commerce, social media and through their agritourism business. They have four children, Zach Mahan, Maggie Mahan, Jacob Blankenship and Crafton Blakenship.
  • Young’s Generation Three Partnership Farms of Tuckerman(Jackson County) in the Northeast District. Tommy and Amy Young, Blake and Holly Young, and James Norman III and Brandy Young are partners in the farm. They grown soybeans, corn, wheat and rice on more than 7,000 acres. This year is the 10th anniversary of the family’s partnership in the farm.
  • Gene and Ruby Davidson of Kingston (Newton County) in the Northwest District. For the past 39 years, the Davidsons have raised turkeys, run a cow/calf operation and own a logging company that cuts select hardwoods. They have two adult children Dustin and Sam.
  • Dewayne and Debra Goldmon of Pine Bluff (Jefferson County) in the Southeast District. The Goldmons grow corn, rice and soybeans on 1,400 acres. Dewayne works full-time for Bayer Crop Sciences in technology development and research while also farming “part-time” for 22 years. The couple have two adult children, Camille and Dewayne Jr.
  • Allen and Barbara Primm of Hampton (Calhoun County) in the Southwest District. The Primms have operated a cattle farm for nearly 50 years as well as a timber operation. Their latest venture is Blackstock Feed, Fertilize and Herbicide, a non-profit established with the intent to offer farm supplies at a wholesale to ensure farmers and ranchers are not overpaying for needed supplies. The Primms have three adult children, Scott, Allison and Jessica.
  • Jerry and Kathy DuVall of Hattieville (Conway County) in the Western District. The DuValls operate 1,400 acres that consists of several commodities. They grow hay, timber, corn and soybeans while also raising cattle and poultry. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.
  • The Greene Family of Umpire (Howard County) in the West Central District. Gregg and Shelly, along with their sons and daughters-in-law, Mason and Lindsay, and Marcus and Krystal raise poultry for Pilgrims with a total of 23 broiler houses. They also raise calves that are marketed at livestock auctions. Separately, Gregg and Shelly operate a hog production business where they have 700 sows.

“The contributions made by our state’s farm families are beyond measure,” said Randy Veach, president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau. “It is almost impossible to fully understand the impact our family farms have on the economy, our rural communities and to the character of our great state.”

The Farm Family of the Year program begins each year with selection of top the farm families in each county and culminates with the selection of the state Farm Family of the Year who will then go on to represent Arkansas at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year competition in Georgia. Arkansas has had two Southeastern Farmers of the Year, Brian Kirksey of Clark County in 2008 and Wildy Family Farms of Mississippi County in 2016. All winners are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life and rural/community leadership.

“No other business sector has a larger economic impact in Arkansas than agriculture,” Veach said. “The men and women of agriculture, and their families, work diligently every day to maintain a business and a lifestyle that represents the very best our state has to offer.”

Sponsors of the Farm Family of the Year program are Arkansas Farm Bureau, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and the three Farm Credit agencies that serve Arkansas: AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas and Midsouth Farm Credit. Additionally, support for the program is provided by the Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

 MAN IN JAIL AFTER TRAFFIC STOP IN LOCKESBURG FRIDAY 06/20/19

A man is facing multiple charges after a traffic stop turned violent in Sevier County last week.

A report from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department states that Deputy Chett Stubbs observed a vehicle stop in the middle of the intersection of Camelia and Main street in Lockesburg Friday, June 14th at 12:18 a.m. The vehicle reportedly stopped again in the roadway in front of Jim’s boot shop and the deputy attempted a traffic stop on the car by using his lights, and siren later but the driver accelerated. Once the car did come to a stop The Driver was asked to step out of the vehicle but reportedly told the officer “no.” While Deputy Stubbs attempted to unlock the door to the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Lucien Hughes reportedly grabbed his arm and accelerated the vehicle.

Deputy Stubbs noted in the report that he was able to apply the parking brake while the car was moving, then turn off the vehicle and inform Hughes that he was under arrest. Hughes allegedly began actively resisting arrest, fighting and refusing to exit the vehicle. Deputy Gentry, who arrived on the scene earlier was reportedly head-butted in the face by Hughes at this time. Detention officer Gilberto Elizondo and De Queen City Police Patrolman Doug Johnson arrived on the scene to assist in apprehending the suspect. Hughes reportedly continued to resist arrest and physically fight the officers.

Once placed in custody, Hughes was transported to The Sevier County Jail. A spilled bud light can was allegedly recovered from the suspects vehicle at the scene. Hughes has been charged with battery, resisting arrest, fleeing, aggravated assault, careless and prohibited.

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTEND M*A*S*H CAMP IN HOWARD COUNTY 06/19/19

Fourteen high-school students from Howard and Sevier counties attended a Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp June 3-14 at Howard County Memorial Hospital in Nashville.

The two-week summer medical enrichment experience allows high school students to shadow health professionals and attend workshops that enhance their experiences in the health care field. They learn about pharmacy, therapy, CPR, anatomy, surgery, emergency medical response and much more. The program hopes to encourage rural youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work.

The students participating this year include:  Brandy Zuniga of DeQueen, Cynthia Marrufo of DeQueen, Vanessa Hernandez of De Queen, Savannah Morris of Dierks, Cydney Herberts of Mineral Springs, Ashia Dudley of Mineral Springs, Eren Soto of Nashville, Ridley Plant of Nashville, Anna Smith of Nashville, Kylee Huffman of Nashville, Shelbi Breazeale of Nashville, Alexandria Prescott of Nashville, Maya Richard of Nashville and Jesus Luna of Nashville. The camp was directed by Jeff Williams of the hospital.

M*A*S*H students are sponsored by their local county Farm Bureaus and the M*A*S*H Partnership, which includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Regional Centers, Arkansas Farm Bureau and Delta Dental.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

 
4H DAY OF ARCHAEOLOGY 06/19/19
 
UA Cossatot’s agriculture building, on the De Queen Campus, was the meeting place for the 2019 4-Day of Archaeology. The annual event took place this year from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Twenty youth 4-H members participated in this event from De Queen, Monticello, Booneville, and Cave City.
 
The Arkansas Archaeological Society is conducting research this summer in Sevier County. Besides doing research in the field at an undisclosed dig site, team members are also conducting lab research on the UA Cossatot De Queen campus, with artifacts that were discovered back in the 1980’s at the Holman Springs salt mines, also located here in the area.
 
Members of the society worked alongside 4-H participants to educate the youth about previous findings that were discovered in Sevier County. 4-H members who attended the Day of Archaeology were able to make pottery, extract salt from salt water, sort artifacts, learn about history, participate in educational presentations, and learn about the science of archaeology. 4-H Youth Development Instructor, Hope Bragg said, “The 4-H Day of Archaeology is about youth learning what archaeology is and the importance of preserving it and discovering how it is conducted.”
While the 4-H Day of Archaeology was taking place, the Arkansas Archaeological Society was also hosting an open house lab for community members to tour the archaeology lab and see artifacts that the archaeologists are analyzing.
 
The college is also set to host an evening talk by University of Arkansas Station Archaeologist, Dr. Carl Drexler on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the Skilled and Trades building at the De Queen Campus.
 
In this evening presentation, Dr. Carl Drexler will be discussing what the archaeologists have found and what they have learned from conducting lab research from Holman springs artifacts and the active dig site. This is a community event that is open to everyone.
 

AGFC FISHING DERBIES APPROACHING IN SOUTHWEST AR 06/19/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Fishing Derby Program provides a positive fishing experience for children, senior citizens and physically challenged individuals. The AGFC co-sponsors these events with organizations such as civic clubs, municipalities, other government agencies, churches, schools and nursing homes. Sponsors recruit volunteers and provide a public derby site. The Commission stocks the site with fish and provides technical guidance for the event.

Local upcoming derbies include:

The De Queen Lions Club Derby
June 22nd at the De Queen Lake Spillway in Sevier County.

And The Markle Ashdown Radiator Fishing Derby
July 13th at The Grandview Education Pond in Hempstead County.

Go online to AGFC.com for a complete list of Arkansas fishing Derbies.

For new fishing derby requests, please call 501-676-6963

AR FARM BUREAU TO DONATE $50,000 TO FLOOD VICTIMS 06/14/19

The Arkansas Farm Bureau announced Wednesday a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross-Greater Arkansas Chapter, to be used for flood relief efforts throughout Arkansas. Record flood levels have been reached along the Arkansas River, impacting thousands of acres of farmland, buildings, homes and infrastructure. Estimates of damages from the flooding have not been calculated, because water remains above flood stage in many areas.

The donation was made through the Arkansas Farm Bureau Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created in 2018. The mission of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Foundation is to further understanding of agricultural and rural issues, and to support the agriculture and rural community through financial support for education, research, litigation and disaster relief. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

MYRTLE SIMS NAMED EHC WOMAN OF THE YEAR 06/17/19

It is with much love, pride, and admiration that the AEHC Sevier County Extension Homemakers Clubs chooses Myrtle Sims a“Woman of the Year”. Myrtle was born July 31, 1934 in the Mt. Ida community southeast of De Queen, Arkansas. In 1953, she married RaySims. They bought a house in the Mt. Ida area and it was during this time that Myrtle began going to Extension Homemakers Club (EHC) meetings with her mother-in-law.

Ray was inducted into the military shortly after their marriage. They were stationed at Fort Ord in California for the duration of his tour of duty but lived in Monterey, California, a few miles away. When they returned to Arkansas, they settled in Hot Springs where he worked for  Weyerhaeuser, eventually moving back to the De Queen area. Myrtle was active in AEHC while in Hot Springs and after moving back to De Queen. She and Ray raised their three children in the area and were both active in civic, school, and church activities. Myrtle held many offices in AEHC over the years, being president, vice president, and secretary in her local club and also held a state office for a year. She presently holds the office of vice president in the De Queen Homemakers Club.
 
Using her many talents, Myrtle created the winning design of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council logo, which continues to be used today.
 
While Ray raised a beautiful garden each year, Myrtle was very involved in canning and preserving. She has always been a willing and respected judge at area fairs and was able to judge in many categories. In addition to her home and family activities, she is an accomplished artist, winning many awards over the years and holding offices in the Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association.
 

ARKANSAS AG WARNS FLOOD VICTIMS OF SCAMS 06/14/19

As Arkansans continue to recover from the recent historic flooding, some businesses may try to take advantage of consumers by raising prices beyond legal limits. Arkansas’s price-gouging law prohibits businesses from charging more than 10 percent above the pre-disaster price of goods or services.

“I will hold any business accountable that takes advantage of flood victims by illegally overcharging for needed supplies,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Businesses must follow the law and find a balance between supply and demand when pricing goods and services following a declared state of emergency.”

Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to avoid price gouging:

  • Shop around before purchasing goods or services, especially for post-disaster home repairs.
  • Avoid “drive-by” quotes from door-to-door solicitors.
  • When possible, deal with established, reputable businesses in the community.
  • Always get estimates and price quotes in writing.

The price-gouging law is triggered whenever a state of emergency is declared by federal, State or local governments. The ban on price gouging remains in effect for at least 30 days on goods or services related to the emergency (e.g., medical supplies, storage services, motor fuel, etc.) and can be extended another 30 days by the local governing body, if needed. For home repair and cleanup services, the law remains in effect for 180 days. The scope of the law is broad and is intended to cover anything that may be needed in the event of a state of emergency.

While the law sets a general 10 percent cap on price increases during an emergency, businesses may lawfully charge a higher price if they can establish that the higher price is directly attributable to additional costs incurred by the retailer, by its supplier, or as the result of additional costs for labor or materials used to provide the goods or service. In such a limited situation, the business may charge no more than 10 percent above the total of the cost to the business, in addition to the markup which would customarily be applied by the business for the goods or service.
For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

ASHDOWN POM SQUAD GETS BID TO NATIONALS 06/14/19

On June 9th, the Ashdown High School Pom Squad attended camp at Panama City Beach, Florida and received numerous awards.

They received the Spirit Award, Most Improved Team Camp Award, 12 blue ribbons and 2 red ribbons.  MaKayla Dixon and Vonjoy Thomas received All American Awards, while three Pom Squad Seniors will be awarded a trip to Disney World.  They are MaKayla Dixon, Aniya Polite, and Vonjoy Thomas.

The squad also received a Superior Trophy which will allow them to attend Nationals in Orlando, Florida in January 2020.  Angie Cook is squad sponsor.  Cook said, “This was truly our best camp yet.  The girls have been working hard to accomFarmers and other individuals that need re-certification for their private pesticide applicator license can now complete that process online. The course can be located at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service website at uaex.edu. To find the re-certification course, search for online training or on the “courses” page click “application training”. The online program has five different required modules with embedded questions and takes about two hours to complete. The cost for the private pesticide applicator re-certification is $20, which does not cover the $45 due to the Arkansas State Plant Board for the license. Visit uaex.edu for more information.

UA-RICH MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES RENOVATION PROJECT 06/14/19

A southwest Arkansas college is set for a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project in the near future.

The University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain will be undertaking a few projects that will see four new buildings and one existing building that will see renovations and an addition.

Doctor Phillip Wilson, Chancellor of the University announced this week the upcoming projects “that will be transformative” in nature and take the university to a more competitive level with other similar schools in the University of Arkansas system.

The $7.5 million student housing building will see four buildings that will comprise of 102 beds and that will also include studio apartments, a community room and laundry area. The four buildings will provide 37,268 square feet of space.

Building “A” will provide thirty-two beds. Building “B” will house thirty-four beds, with two studio apartments. Building “C” will house forty-two beds, with two studio apartments. Each building will have two floors of space. The only difference will be that Building A and B, will be constructed as four, two story structures. Building C will be five, two story structures.

The community / laundry room area will be in a separate one story building.

The Ode Maddox Building will see over 5200 square feet of renovations, in addition to a 3210 square foot expansion to that building.

QUORUM COURT TO PROPOSE SPECIAL ELECTION FOR SALES TAX TO FUND NEW DE QUEEN HOSPITAL 06/14/19

Answers to financial questions surrounding a New Hospital for De Queen have been answered now that The Sevier County Quorum Court has met for their June meeting.

The meeting time was moved from its scheduled slot of Monday, June 10th to Thursday, June 13th so the Quorum could accommodate guests from The Friday Firm, a Little Rock Based legal group.

The Friday Firm has been working with Rural Authority Development Chair Dr. Steve Cole, Sevier County Judge Greg Ray and several local community leaders to assist with the legal complications connected to The Closing of the De Queen Medical Center last month.

A 32-page pro-forma was provided to The Quorum Court by The Friday Firm with the purpose of laying out financial calculations for projected expenses of the construction and operation costs for the New Hospital Facility.

The meeting was moved from the Sevier County Courthouse conference room to the upstairs courtroom to accommodate additional members of the public. Many local residents spoke openly to the quorum to provide citizen perspective after the pro-forma details were presented.

The questions arising before and during the meeting were who, what, when, where and how.

Who will provide the funding? What kind of services will it provide?

When would it be built? And where will it be located?

The most important question the citizens answered for themselves was “why.”

Why does Sevier County need a New Hospital? Many community members provided personal testimonies about experiences with family and loved ones who needed emergency services, yet medical facilities were alarmingly far away at the time they needed it most.

The quorum, community leaders and public were in general agreement about the understanding of why Sevier County needs a hospital, but the main question remaining was how it will be paid for.

During the presentation, Attorney Linda Johnson explained that because the facility is starting from the ground up with no existing funds from the old medical center or source of current revenue, the only option to pay for the new Hospital is through a sales tax. A non-profit run facility is not a funding avenue that can be explored because a non-profit center could not receive sales tax benefits for operation, and without the sales tax revenue the hospital might not have the funding to survive or thrive.

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Johnson also says the non-profit option isn’t out of the question for the future at some point, after the new hospital is functional and profitable, the option to change over to an non-profit may be feasible, but not initially.

That sales tax will have to be put on a special ballot for Sevier County voters to decide. The quorum court will meet in July to determine the logistics of the special election, which would be set for as early as September 10th 2019. The proposed 1-cent sales tax would generate the funds needed to build and operate the new hospital.

In terms of services to be offered, certain avenues generate more revenue than others such as labor and delivery, rehabilitation and similar offerings. The Friday Firm suggests those services be offered for financial stability purposes as well as what is most needed by the community.

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The question of location is tricky to answer as the critical access license rule states that each facility must be 35 miles apart, minimum. However a waiver could be obtained to provide roughly 2 miles of flexibility for the new centers location. The old center lot is not an option due to the remaining liens.

If the one-cent sales tax passes during the proposed September 10th special election, construction on a 12 bed facility would begin with an estimated completion date in the year 2021. The cost of the facility could be more than $18,0000.
The Sevier County Quorum Court will meet July 8th to discuss the calling of the special election and to finalize the proposed amount of the sales-tax.

More updates on the new Hospital in De Queen will be provided on KDQN as information becomes available.

TAPD HOSTING ACTIVE SHOOTER COURSE FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL 06/13/19

The Texarkana, Ark., Police Department has open spots still available for an advanced active shooter course next week.

The course Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The focus will be equipment selection, vehicle ambushes, medical emergencies, vehicle and dismounted officer/citizen down rescue, individual/team movements, and emergency vehicle crisis response.

These courses are free for the user and are open to a wide range of professions including law enforcement, school security, fire, EMS, and emergency communications, according to information from TAPD.

The exterior response class will be held again July 1st-3rd. To register, contact Sergeant Rick Cockrell, 903-824-7641

CREATE BRIDGES PROGRAM SEEKING BUSINESSES FOR INTERVIEWS 06/13/19

Create Bridges is a pilot program in southwest Arkansas working to help local communities strengthen their retail and tourism sectors. The program hosted a series of forums earlier this year in Howard, Little River, and Sevier counties. The goal is to help boost rural economies, expand businesses and bring economic growth to the rural area.

The steering committee’s next step will be business retention and expansion interviews with companies in Howard, Sevier and Little River Counties. The steering committee is identifying those businesses at this time and once the interviews are complete, they will compile the data to see what needs the local economy has and what steps should be taken for business development in the future . The program could also identify opportunities for workforce training and tourism developments.If you are a Sevier County business owner interested in being interviewed, contact Lisa Taylor. Ltaylor@cccua.edu

NEW RIGHT OF WAY SPECIALIST JOB ANNOUNCED IN DE QUEEN 06/12/19

Last Month, a new job opportunity was approved by The De Queen City Council during the May 21st meeting. Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt was inspired to create the position after observing several areas of city property that are in need of routine maintenance and general clean-up. Pruitt showed the city council members first hand what areas needed to be cleared by individually driving each alderman around town and pointing out the city properties that needed work.

The “right of way specialist” has the purpose of leading the city’s beautification campaign by clearing tree limbs, cutting city grass, blowing leaves, and clearing debris and trash off city property and any similar efforts needed to keep the town aesthetically pleasing.

Pruitt has chosen Edmond Lambeth out of more than 20 applicants to fill the role. Lambeth serves as a volunteer Firefighter with DFD and currently works for the De Queen Sewer Department. Several pieces of equipment are required for the job and the city has purchased the needed supplies in the amount of $31,000. A box blade, pole saw, chainsaw, bush hog and 4-wheel drive tractor with a front-end loader have all been purchased by the city. All equipment is brand new, never-before-used. In addition to the new equipment, The Fire Department is also providing Edmond with a company truck and a shop for storage and projects.

Edmond will become the city’s first ever right of way specialist the week of June 24th, 2019.

 

RECEPTION HELD FOR K-9 UNIT KILO AT CITY HALL IN DE QUEEN 06/12/19

A reception was held for K-9 unit, “Kilo” Monday at city hall in De Queen. Kilo served the De Queen Police Department for three years and has had to retire due to an injury. Kilo suffered a pinched nerve that has resulted in him being ruled as “unfit” for duty.

DPD will be getting a replacement K-9 unit soon and officer Jarrin Platt will be responsible for the new dog training. The new dog is going to cost the city more than $10,000, however the dogs are considered instrumental in assisting the police department with missing person cases and drug discoveries.

Police Chief Scott Simmons reported that Kilo was responsible for more than 30 of the 85 drug busts in De Queen over the last year.

Travis Turner is taking back ownership of Kilo now that he is no longer able to work with DPD.

Mayor Jeff Brown, many DPD officers and city employees attended the reception to thank Kilo for his service.

 


HIKER FOUND FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER SIX DAYS MISSING 06/10/19

What started out to be a day hike turned out to be an incredible story of survival! Joshua McClatchy of Texas was rescued late Friday night about four miles off the Buckeye Trail in Southeast Polk County after a six day search. Rescuers, who had to rope down a dangerous mountain to rescue him, finally reached McClatchy at 11:44 Friday night.

Speaking later from his hospital bed, McClatchy described the ordeal as “hundreds of miracles”

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McClatchy set out on a solo hike on the Buckeye Trail in Southeast Polk County on Saturday, June first. He told authorities he was looking for an adventure to celebrate his 38th birthday. Apparently, McClatchy became disoriented, and then lost. He texted his mother saying that he needed help. McClatchy’s cell phone data gave rescuers critical clues to narrow down the search area. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer says the area is remote, rocky, and dangerous”

Sheriff Sawyer was finally able to get the use of an Arkansas National Guard helicopter for a few hours on Friday night, as the Guard has been overwhelmed with flooding issues around the state. The chopper was equipped with technology to detect body heat, and finally spotted McClatchy through the dense canopy of trees. McClatchy, both dehydrated and weak, had to be carried out by search and rescue teams. Relatives say that McClatchy is now resting and doing well. Several local and state agencies participated during the six day search for the lost hiker that had a happy ending on Friday night. Law Enforcement Officers, firefighters, Office of Emergency Services Search and Rescue, Game and Fish, State Parks, and multiple other agencies from around the region all participated in the successful search for McClatchy.

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA DISCOVERED BY DE QUEEN POLICE SUNDAY 06/10/19

A woman is facing drug paraphernalia charges after a traffic stop in De Queen Sunday.

A report from The De Queen Police Department states that officer Jarrin Platt pulled over the driver of a vehicle found to have expired registration near red bridge road on Sunday, June 9th around 7:20 p.m. Sergeant Wayne Baker arrived on the scene to assist with the stop and the driver was identified as Bridgett Sparks, age 35 of De Queen. Officer Platt noted observing Sparks rise in heart rate and she reportedly kept looking at the floorboard on the passenger side of her vehicle.

When asked if there was anything illegal inside the car she reportedly replied “no”. Sparks also did comply when asked to step out of the vehicle and allowed police to search the car. Upon searching the car officers reported finding a set of black digital scales in the console, which Sparks claimed she did not know were inside the car. Three small clear plastic bags and 3 glass smoking pipes all containing suspected methamphetamine residue were also discovered during the search. Sparks was placed in custody and transported to The De Queen police Department where she was read her rights and agreed to answer questions, but did not make a written statement.

During questioning Sparks reportedly told officer Platt she did know about 2 of the glass pipes that were found inside a box in the vehicle. Following questioning Sparks was transported to The Sevier County Jail and charged with possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

ASHDOWN STUDENTS ATTEND ARKANSAS GIRLS AND BOYS STATE 06/10/19

Ashdown High School was well represented at Arkansas Girls State and Arkansas Boys State. Rylee Burden and Aniya Polite attended Girls State on the campus of Harding University in Searcy and A. J. Hopkins and Cole Smith attended Boys State which was held on the University of Central Arkansas Campus in Conway.

The American Legion Auxiliary believes that educating youth about the basic ideas and principals of government will help ensure the survival of our democracy. ALA Arkansas Girls State is a unique and exciting government-in-action learning program in which Auxiliary members guide young women to become knowledgeable stewards of freedom, democracy, and patriotic citizens. The program started in 1937 and is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States, according to their website.

According to the Boys State website, it is an immersive program designed for high school juniors. The week-long program has been in existence for over 75 years. Upon arrival, each participant is assigned a mock political party, city, and county. Throughout the week, the delegates administrate this mock government as if it were the real government. Every phase of the program includes practical instruction on the duties and responsibilities both of a citizen and of public officials. Citizens of Boys State are instructed in the duties of the various public offices. After they learn the function of each office, its powers and limitations, they function in that role throughout the remaining week.

By weeks end Boys State has created their own state including their own governor and staff of state officials, name appointive officers, established the state Supreme Court and other courts, and organized the legislature and all other divisions of government.

Delegates also went to the Capital in Little Rock and the elected state officers took the offices of the actual Arkansas state positions for the day.

 

WILD ABOUT HIKING DAY CAMP FOR KIDS 06/10/19

Wild Wednesday Day Camp | June 12, 26 and July 10, 24

Event Flyer

June 12: Wild About Hiking
Wild About Hiking.Campers will learn the 7 principles of Leave No Trace, and make a hiking stick and a first aid kit, in preparation for our 2 mile hike AT rICK Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus.

They will collect and press wildflowers to be used in the July 10th Wild Wednesday lapbooks.

  • Please send sack lunch and water bottle.
  • Wear shoes that can get muddy.
  • Please make sure your child is motivated to go on a long hike in hot weather before signing up for this program.
  • Parents must complete an application.
  • Parents should apply sunscreen and bug spray to their children.
  • Children must be entering third grade next fall or older to participate.

Upcoming Wild Wednesday Day Camp Topics:

  • June 26: Wild About the Water
  • July 10: Wild About Wildflowers
  • July 24: Wild About Fish

This is a free program; however, registration is required by our facility staff for planning purposes. To register or for more information, call 870-983-2790.

SENATOR ANNOUNCES TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND USES 06/10/19

Senator Larry Teague has reported The Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission distributes funds to seven public health programs. According to an independent evaluation, they’re meeting an overwhelming majority of their goals.

The independent evaluation was by a team from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. In its most recent report to the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor, the UCA team found that the seven programs had met, or were making progress toward meeting, 78 of 80 “indicator” goals.

One of the unmet goals was in the Medicaid Expansion Program paid for with tobacco settlement money. According to the independent evaluators, in late 2018 there was a slight decrease in the number of people getting coverage for hospital care under the program.

In 2000 the legislature created the Tobacco Settlement Commission and the programs it administers. Arkansas and other states had settled a lawsuit against major tobacco companies, in which the states sought compensation for the costs of treating illnesses caused by smoking.

Unlike those of many other states, Arkansas legislators decided to use all of the state’s share of the tobacco settlement to pay for health-related programs, as well as anti-smoking efforts.

A portion of the tobacco settlement revenue pays for Medicaid coverage for people who otherwise may not have qualified. Last year 259 people with development disabilities were helped with Medicaid funding paid by the settlement. In all, 7,083 people received Medicaid services paid for by the tobacco settlement. They include pregnant women, senior citizens and eligible adults.

Settlement revenue pays for geriatric care provided by the UAMS Center on Aging, which is working to improve the quality of life and expand the availability of health care of the growing number of seniors in rural areas. The program helps elderly people plan healthier diets, understand the effects of dementia, control their blood pressure and manage diabetes, among other services.

The settlement revenue also funds a Prevention and Cessation Program, with the goal of reducing the number of Arkansans who smoke or use tobacco. To measure its success, the program set the baseline as 2013, when 32 percent of young people smoked or used tobacco products. According to its surveys, that rate has decreased to 26.2% in 2015 and to 23.1 percent in 2017.

POUNDS OF MARIJUANA AND CASH SEIZED BY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IN LOCKESBURG 06/07/19

A report released by The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department states that Sergeant Gregory Davignon stopped a vehicle for speeding in Lockesburg Wednesday, June 5th. Upon approaching the car the sergeant noted observing a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The sergeant reportedly received consent to search the car from the driver, identified as Andrew Person, age 41 of Oklahoma. Inside the vehicle sergeant Davignon reportedly discovered 5.8 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed bags,  $6,400 in cash and several THC-based smoking cartridges. Person was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class C felony.  Person’s bond was set at $20,000.

DOUBLE MURDER, SUICIDE IN IDABEL, OK TUESDAY 06/07/19

A toddler and the child’s parents are dead following an altercation that ended in a double murder/suicide in Idabel, Oklahoma Tuesday, June 4th.

Now Idabel Police have been investigating the three deaths, which occurred in the Hillcrest area.

A wounded man came out of an apartment asking for help about 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, according to multiple witnesses who did not want to be identified.

Authorities reported finding John Larry, age 22, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police say the woman, who was identified as Lasharon Carter, age 21, reportedly stepped out of the apartment, said she was “sorry” then went back inside. After Carter returned inside the apartment witnesses reported hearing the sound of two more gunshots being fired.

Authorities who surveyed the scene reported finding both Carter and her 14-month-old child with gunshot wounds.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene. Larry and Carter both died later.

MEMORIAL FOR GIRL FOUND DEAD IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS 06/07/19

A memorial in honor of Maleah Davis will be held in Fulton at the Red River Truck Stop this Saturday, June 8th at 10am. Four-year-old Maleah was a Houston native who was reported missing back on May 4th and her body was discovered off the side of the road in Fulton, Arkansas last Friday. One week after her abduction, police arrested Maleah’s mother’s boyfriend, Derion Vence, age 27, and charged him with tampering with evidence. Though Maleah was not from Southwest Arkansas, the local community has organized this event to pay tribute to the Little girl because Fulton is where her body was discovered. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has also named June 9th as “Maleah Day” in the city of Houston and the lights of city Hall will be turned pink in her honor. For the memorial in Fulton at the red river truck stop this Saturday, all attendee are asked to wear pink and bring bubbles for a bubble release and a walk. Everyone is welcome.

SEARCH FOR MISSING HIKER IN MENA CONTINUES 06/07/19

The search for A 38-year-old Fort-Worth man who has been missing for nearly one week is continuing near Mena Arkansas today, according to The Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Josh McClatchy contacted his mother last Saturday to notify her he was lost, which launched an extensive search that has included his sister, Miranda, along with local authorities. The story has gained attention across the country and been covered by CBS, ABC, MSN and other national news sources.

McClatchy went missing on the mountainous Buckeye Trail, which is in the Caney Creek Wilderness Area east of Mena, and authorities reported his car was found at the Buckeye trailhead.

Lost hikers are common in the area, but the sheriff’s office says they are usually found within a few hours.

Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer said in a statement on Tuesday that the department “will do whatever it takes to find Mr. McClatchy and get him home to his family,”

KDQN contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Department Friday morning, June 7th and Sheriff Sawyer was not available for comment but authorities did note that the search is still active and a facebook page has been set up to streamline support and information about Joshua’s Whereabouts.

Anyone who has hiked the area recently or may have any information is asked to call The Polk County Sheriff’s Department at 479-394-2511

COLT BOLT 5K ANNOUNCED FOR JUNE 22ND 06/07/19

On June 22, 2019, UA Cossatot’s Young Alumni Board will be presenting the Colt Bolt 5K Glow Run at the Lockesburg City Park. The 5K starts and finishes at the park and is set to begin at 8:00 P.M. Registration will start at 7:00 P.M. The entry fee for UA Cossatot students to run in the 5K is $15, and the entry fee for non-students is $25.

All proceeds will go toward establishing the Young Alumni Board Scholarship that will be given and awarded to a student this fall. A $250 tuition waiver will also be drawn for a UA Cossatot student on the night of the 5K.

Medals will be presented to the top two finishers, male and female, in each division. One of the Young Alumni Board’s goals is to enrich and support the lives of UA Cossatot students. This glow run will not only create a community event, but it will provide a scholarship to a current or future UA Cossatot student.

T-shirts are guaranteed to pre-registration participants who register by June 17. Registration forms can be found on the UA Cossatot Foundation Facebook page or can be emailed to you by contacting UA Cossatot Coordinator of Development, Dustin Roberts at droberts@cccua.edu. Entry forms are accepted on race day, and the entry fee is non-refundable.

For more questions about the Colt Bolt 5K Glow Run, please call Dustin Roberts at 870-584-1172.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SPOTLIGHT: Angela Cross 06/06/19

Once a month, KDQN is providing a behind the scenes look at the lives of our local law enforcement representatives in the Sevier County area. KDQN has been granted access to sit down one-on-one with employees of The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department to give the community a close-up look at those who help keep our community safe.

For the month of June, We’re spotlighting Angela Cross, a detention officer at the Sevier County Sheriff’s department in De Queen.

Angela is a 1996 graduate of American Christian Academy and a Texarkana native. In addition to being a detention officer, she is also a wife, mother and former EMT. Angela is married to Deputy Kevin Cross, who has served the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department since 2015. Between the two, the couple have a blended family of six children, including 4 girls and 2 boys.

Angela has been with the department for 4 years and she says she has always been around friends and family who were close to law enforcement themselves. Being an EMT gave Angela an inside look at the life of a first responder. In fact, being an EMT was how she met her husband. Angela worked a case back in 2010 that involved a woman in a diabetic coma and she had to call for deputy assistance with the patient. Deputy Kevin Cross answered that call while still serving the Little River County Sheriff’s department in Ashdown. Angela says the two got together shortly after that call and have been a couple “ever since.”

After feeling burnt out from being an EMT, Angela changed career paths when a friend told her about an opportunity with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department nearly four years ago. Riding around with her husband on calls has also helped Angela see the ways law enforcement can help people. She says she wants to keep working at the Sevier County Jail because the programs and services have helped changed peoples lives.

When she isn’t working, Angela is big on concerts with friends, going out to eat, or just being a homebody. She also loves going on cruises with her husband and reading books in her spare time.

We asked Angela what she would be doing if she could have any job in the world and was not working for The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department and she told us she would be a special education teacher because she believes students with different needs are “just as smart as anybody, they just have different ways of showing it.”

The final question KDQN asked Angela was what she would like people on the outside looking at law enforcement to know. She said she believes people should give officers a chance before expressing hatred towards them.

Keep listening to KDQN to find out more about our local law enforcement representatives in the area.

UA COSSATOT BREAKS GRADUATION RECORD 06/06

UA Cossatot broke a record at its spring graduation ceremony in Lockesburg on May 11, 2019. The Office of the Registrar at UA Cossatot announces that the college’s spring 2019 semester hit its highest record of graduates and awards in the college’s history.

This spring semester, UA Cossatot had 241 students graduate with 332 awards. These awards include associate degrees, technical certificates, and certificates of proficiency. UA Cossatot’s 2018-2019 school year has also seen more graduates across an academic school year than ever before. The academic school year will end in August and as of June 2019, the total number of credentials awarded to graduates stands at 724.

UA Cossatot’s Chancellor, Dr. Steve Cole said, “We are proud to have the third highest graduation rate in Arkansas, but for us to increase our number of credentials awarded by 58% in just four years, that is just great students coupled with great employees all working towards one goal. In Governor Hutchinson’s Closing the Gap Educational Plan, it mentions wanting to increase credentials by 40% by the year 2020. We certainly wanted to do our part…and we did, and then some. These record numbers also mean that when students come to UA Cossatot, they are more likely to graduate on time, and with one or more certificates or certifications.”

UA Cossatot offers many certificates and degrees to help people achieve their educational goals and find employment. Associate-level degrees offered at UA Cossatot involve two years of study (60-65 credit hours) and are intended to provide graduates the ability to go straight to work in their chosen field or prepare students for junior and senior level courses at a four-year institution. Technical certificates and certificates of proficiency also prepare students for careers. Technical certificates generally take less than two years to complete, and certificates of proficiency take one to two semesters and assist students in acquiring or improving work based skills.

To learn more about degrees and certificates offered at UA Cossatot, please contact Student Services at 800-844-4471 or drop by any UA Cossatot campus to visit with a Student Services Advisor.

ANNUAL KIAMICHI OWA-CHITO FESTIVAL SET FOR JUNE 21ST, 22ND 06/06/19

The Kiamichi Owa-Chito is an annual “Festival of the Forest” that will take place in Beavers Bend State Park on June 21st and 22nd. The festival is held each year to in an effort to acquaint the people with the beauty, heritage, industry and progress of Southeast Oklahoma. The festival emphasizes on the forestry industry and our local Choctaw Native American Heritage.

The festival kicks off with a Forestry Luncheon at the Museum of the Red River on Thursday, June 20th at 11:30. Then Friday at the amphitheater in Beavers Bend State Park at 4:30 pm will be the Miss Choctaw Owa-Chito Pageant following the pageant at 6:30pm local Praise and Worship begins with 7 gospel groups performing. Saturday morning kicks off at 7:30 am with a 5K Run that starts at the swim beach in Beavers Bend. Then during the day several events and activities take place such as Horseshoes, Archery contest, Canoe Races, Miss Owa-Chito Pageant, Talent Show, Stickball, Spelling Bee, Bingo, and a Student Art Show. Entries are being accepted for all these events and entry forms can be downloaded from www.owachitofestival.com .

AGFC SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT FOR REGULATIONS 06/06/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is conducting a public survey to identify regulations that may be confusing or unnecessary. As part of the AGFC’s mission to manage Arkansas’s fish and wildlife habitats while promoting sustainable use and understanding of those resources, the agency is embarking on an extensive review of all wildlife and fisheries regulations in its current Code of Regulations. As part of this review, the agency seeks public comments to determine areas where codes may be simplified to increase understanding of the law and prevent future violations in wildlife regulations.

AGFC Deputy Director Chris Racey says “As these small regulations changes accumulate, they can cause confusion and may cause other regulations to become unnecessary. We are trying to eliminate these issues and are asking the public to help.”

Racey also says he is hopeful hunters, anglers and other members of the general public take advantage of the opportunity to speak up about specific regulations they find confusing.

The survey will be available until July 15, after which, the results will be compiled and reviewed by a committee of AGFC staff to determine where changes may be implemented.

The survey is available at agfc.com

GEORGIA PACIFIC CLOSING PLANT IN HOPE 06/06/19

American pulp and paper company Georgia-Pacific has announced that it will be closing a particleboard facility in Hope Arkansas, affecting the jobs of 100 people. The announcement was made Tuesday and it was revealed the company will also shut down part of the Crossett plant.

A spokesperson for Georgia-Pacific cited “challenging conditions” at the Hope plant. Other larger mills have opened, using newer technology that run systems more efficiently.

The Hope plant is expected to close in the next 60 to 90 days.

Georgia-Pacific has about 2400 workers in Arkansas at eight plants.

SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TO HOST SUMMER BLOCK PARTIES 06/05/19

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department has announced several events planned in the local area this summer. These events include a series of community block parties around Sevier County.

On June 25th the first block party will take place in Gillham with a location to be announced. The 2nd block party will be held July 23rd at The Herman Dierks Park in De Queen. The 3rd block party will be held at the community building in Ben Lomond on August 27th. After all three block parties are held, area agencies will team up for the big “National Night Out” event at the sportsplex in De Queen October 1st. The night will feature collaborative efforts from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, De Queen City Police, local Fire Departments and local leaders to provide family friendly interaction with law enforcement in the community.

Each of the planned block parties will also feature a snack cake eating contest sponsored by Little Debbie. One winner and one alternate will be chosen from each contest and those winners will compete at the grand finale during the national night out October 1st.

The Sheriff’s Department has also announced that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will serve as the guest speaker for the RSAT graduation August 1st at De Queen First Assembly of God Church.

More updates from The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department will be announced on KDQN as information becomes available.

FISHING EQUIPMENT LOANER PROGRAM THROUGHOUT ARKANSAS 06/04/19
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has announced more than 100 locations throughout Arkansas where people can check out fishing equipment just as though they were checking out a library book.

J.J. Gladden, coordinator of the AGFC’s Aquatic Resources Education program says the tackle loaner program was created to remove as many barriers to fishing as possible.

Free Fishing Weekend coming up June 7-9 will serve as an opportunity for anglers to enjoy the loaner program at area fishing locations.

Most of the rod-and-reel combos available for loan are easy-to-use push-button or spincast reels, for use with live or prepared bait.

Gladden says “Hooks, skinkers, and bobbers are really all you need to supply on your own to get started with one of these rods,” “And you’ll need to buy your bait, or dig your bait out of the ground like worms.

Southwest Arkansas locations include The Mena Public library, Hopes Park and Recreation Office and Daisy State Park in Kirby.

Visit agfc.com for a complete list of tackle loaner locations to get started fishing.

FARM TO SCHOOL CLASS AT DE QUEEN-MENA CO-OP 06/04/19

Arkansas Farm to School is traveling around the state to the education cooperatives to share a new resource, the Arkansas Farm to School Toolkit. If you’d like to learn how to build or grow a farm to school program, you are invited to attend. This class is open to school nurses, nutritionists, cooks, principals, and other educators.

Starting in June there will be free workshops that include lunch, the new Arkansas Farm to School Toolkit, and 6 professional development hours for certified and nutrition staff. This class will be held at the DeQueen Mena Education Service Cooperative on July 15th. For more information, visit the Arkansas Education Service Cooperatives website.

Farm to school practices enrich the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local farmers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.

FINAL BOARD MEETING FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF DE QUEEN SCHOOLS

The De Queen School Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night at the districts administration building. The meeting served as Superintendent Bruce Hill’s final meeting as he is retiring after 13 years with the district. Prior to working at De Queen schools Hill retired from the Idabel Oklahoma school district after 28 years.

After the meeting Hill sat down with KDQN to reflect on his time as superintendent and discuss what he feels has been accomplished over the last 13 years. Hill described the current board members as “amazing” and “progressive”. He also commended the community of De Queen for their ongoing support.

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Superintendent Hill’s last day will be June 15th. Once he is officially retired he and his wife will be moving to Durant, Oklahoma to enjoy time with their family. As far as accomplishments go, Hill lists an update in facilities as one of his greatest accomplishments with the De Queen School District and he cites his staff and the board members for being an intricate part of getting things done.

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The superintendent reigns will be turned over to Jason Sanders, who formerly served as superintendent of Ashdown schools. Sanders currently serves on the De Queen School board and has been working closely on the new High School construction project. Hill says he has confidence in Sanders and the boards ability to give De Queen students the best opportunities possible.

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Jason Sanders begins as De Queen Superintendent June 15th. More information about De Queen schools will continue to be featured on number one country, 92.1 KDQN.

SENATOR TEAGUE ANNOUNCES RECESS REQUIREMENTS WITH NEW LEGISLATION 06/03/19

Senator Larry Teague has reported Elementary school students in Arkansas will get at least 40 minutes a day of recess under legislation approved earlier this year by the General Assembly.

Act 641 of 2019 amends state law concerning the school day. It requires at least 40 minutes of each day be used for recess, which will be outdoors when the weather allows. Recess will be unstructured, although of course it will be supervised.

Recess includes opportunities for free play and vigorous physical activity, whether it takes place inside or outside.

Act 641 recognizes what has occurred in the classroom over the past few decades, during which numerous instructional requirements have been added to the typical school schedule.

“Educational leaders cannot allow for a sufficient amount of time in the school day for recess within the current construct of the instructional requirements and time allotted in a school day,” the act reads. The consequence is that students have decreased focus on academics, and fewer opportunities to develop social skills with their fellow students.

Among the lessons that young children learn in school is how to engage with each other, thus increasing their social awareness. Much of this learning takes place during recess.

Schools may apply for a waiver from the state Education Department, but they must propose an alternative allowing children social time that is either structured or unstructured.

Each year the Education Department will report to the legislative Senate and House Education Committees the schools that have been granted a waiver.

The act was approved easily during the regular session, passing the House by a vote of 90-to-0 and the Senate by a vote of 34-to-0.

Act 641 is one of many ways in which adults are trying to change a social trend that has seen children spending more time sitting in front of a screen..

Another new law passed earlier this year will affect high school students. Act 617 of 2019 repeals the requirement that when teenagers apply for a driver’s license, they must show proof that they have a grade point average of at least a C.

Under Act 617, when teenagers pass the written test their score will be valid for two years.

EARTHQUAKE HITS TEXARKANA AREA FRIDAY 06/03/19 

A magnitude 2.5 earthquake struck the Texarkana area Friday evening according to the United States Geological Survey.

According to the USGS the earthquake struck at 6:32 p.m. Friday at a depth of 5 kilometers. USGS shows the epicenter to be located on Buchanan Loop Rd. near S. Kings Highway.

Multiple reports of loud booming noises in the Liberty Eylau area circulated on social media at the same time the earthquake was documented.

Officials registered Friday’s quake at a depth of a little more than 3 miles.

ARKANSAS SCHOLARSHIP LOTTERY NEWS INTERVIEW ON KDQN 06/03/19

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is featuring The Mega-millions Jackpot drawing this week and the prize to be awarded has grown to one of the top 10 largest amounts in ASL history. In addition to the upcoming drawing, the deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship has been set for next month. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley provided KDQN with an interview announcing details about the drawing and scholarship opportunities. Tickets for the mega-millions prize can be purchased until 9:45 p.m. the night of the drawing, which has been scheduled for this Tuesday evening, June the 4th.

Since 2009, The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided more than $965 million for the academic support of 542,307 Natural-state residents who were in pursuit of higher education. Director Woosley says the deadline for the next round of scholarships is set for early next month.

In order to be eligible to apply an Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, residents must meet certain criteria. Woosley says the requirements have recently been simplified for applicants.

The Arkansas Scholarship lottery has also been paying the taxes on certain prizes and the prize stated will also be the prize awarded. Residents will have an opportunity to win prizes with the new “Family of Games” feature that launches this week.

For scholarship information, visit ADHE.edu online, or myarkansaslottery.com

OLD NEW HOPE CHURCH PIE AUCTION 06/03/19

Old New Hope Church will hold it’s annual Pie Auction and Supper on Saturday, June 8.  A potluck supper will be available by donation so bring your favorite food to go with the meat that will be provided. The proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the church and cemetery.

Music will be provided starting at 6:00 pm.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy visiting with friends and family. The church is located on Ladd Bridge Road just off of Greens Chapel Road (about 5 miles north of Hwy 70).

YOUTH FISHING DERBIES IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS ANNOUNCED 06/03/19

Second Saturday Youth Fishing Derbies

June 8, 2019 at 9 a.m. – Oct. 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

June 8 | July 13 Aug. 10 | Sept. 14 | Oct. 12

All children ages 15 and under are welcome to participate in these derbies.

  • Bring your pole and some bait, and fish for catfish in the education pond.
  • A limited supply of poles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Only one pole per participant please.
  • Prizes will be given for the largest and smallest catfish caught.
  • This is a free program.

For more information about this or any other program, please contact the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center at 870-983-2790.

There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax.

visit agfc.com for more information.

COUNTY ROAD 1 IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY TO BE CLOSED NEXT WEEK 05/31/31

Little River County Judge Mike Cranford announced Thursday, May 30th that a failing culvert located on County Road 1 must be replaced. The culvert has deteriorated and settled to the point of causing the road surface to be very rough.

Work is scheduled for 8:00am June 4th until 5:00pm June 5th.

Traffic in the area will be completely blocked during the replacement.

“We understand the tremendous inconvenience that this will cause to the citizens in the area, however we will make every effort to minimize the amount of time that the road will be closed,“ said Cranford.

During the closure residents are encouraged to use County Road 2, 75, and 4 as alternative routes. For more information you can contact the Little River County Judges office at 870.898.7202

LATINO HERITTAGE MUSEUM ANNOUNCED FOR HOPE,AR 05/31/19

Plans have been completed for a nonprofit Latino Heritage Museum in Hope. Their mission is to highlight the many contributions that Latinos have made in the United States and the state of Arkansas. It will promote mutual understanding and illustrate the advantages of cooperation between Arkansas and Latino communities.

The museum will exhibit Latino history, culture and the Arts, committed to honor their extensive legacy. They are currently seeking monetary donations to help establish the heritage museum. For more information, visit http://latinmuseumhope.org.

NEW DE QUEEN SOFTBALL COACH INTERVIEW WITH KDQN 05/31/19

A new softball coach has been announced for the De Queen High School Softball Team. Caitlin Collins will be replacing coach Tracy Nealy, who served as The Lady Leopards Softball coach for 25 years. Nealy has left the program to take a position as the coach of a new team at UA Rich Mountain in Mena, who will begin their first season in 2020.

Caitlin is making the shift to Head Softball coach after serving the De Queen School District as assistant coach of the basketball and soccer programs for two years. Caitlin says goals for the 5-time conference championship team include another conference title and a state championship win for the 2019-2020 season.

In addition to being a mother to a 1-year-old baby girl, Caitlin is also a former high school and college ball player and the wife of Micheal Collins. Caitlin is no stranger to local softball, as she played for Dierks High School and has observed coach Nealy since her days as a player.

As far as adjustments go, Caitlin says the upcoming lady leopards softball team is a young group, as the team graduated 5 starters in the spring of 2019, including their catcher and pitcher. Fundamentals and basics will be a focus for the young team this year.

Score updates, fundraiser announcements and lady leopard softball team news will be featured on KDQN 92.1 throughout the upcoming season.

LIBRARY SNIPPETS: JUNE 05/31/19 

BY: JOHNYE FISHER

 At the De Queen Library, Summer Reading Programs a “Universe of Stories” mandated by the Arkansas State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program will begin at 10 am:

June 5 Kick off with Klondike
June 12 ToothFairy Twinkles
June 19 Space with Alex Ortiz
June 26 Ventriloquist/ Magician

Space is limited. The reading contest will also begin June 1 and end July 31. The winner in each age group will win a backpack with school supplies.

Domino games or other games going on Wednesdays at 10am for any folks that would like to come in and join in the fun.There are also have other games if you want to participate.

870-584-4364 or www.facebook.com/seviercountylibrary

Amy from Horatio Library says “Lets blast off into space” in the month of June.  It’s time for summer reading, this years program will be all about Space.  The Horatio Library will be having 5 children’s programs in June.  The programs will be on Saturday the 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29th at 10am.  There will be reading contests for children, young adults and adults with prizes.  The books will have to be checked out at the Horatio Library.  There will be a prize for perfect attendance to all children attending all 5 programs plus the kick off party.

The domino game is on Thursday mornings.   We have a game of double 15’s and a game of Mexican train.  Please stop by the Horatio Library , they would be happy to see you.

Lockesburg Library’s Summer Reading Programs for children are planned for each Saturday in June at 10:00. The theme “A Universe of Stories” will be a fun way to include reading and related activities this summer while it helps maintain and improve children’s reading skills. Some of the programs are:

June 15 Astronaut Boot Camp
June 22 The Space Shuttle
June 29 Take Me to Your Reader
July 6 Shoot For the Moon
July 8 The Solar System

Southern Arkansas University S.T.E.M. Center for K-12 Education will be sharing their Foss kit that contains S. T.E.M. activities concerning planetary science.

Visit the Lockesburg Library on Facebook for posts of our programs and projects or call Mz. Wendy at 870-289-2233 for more information.

The Gillham Library has new books on the shelf, including “Copy Cat” by Alex Lake and “Lie” by T. M. Logan.  They are getting ready for the June Summer Reading Program. They will have a Story Time and Craft Day for the first four  Saturday’s in June at 2 pm.  The theme this June is “A Universe of Stories”. The Library hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9-5 closed 12-1 for lunch. For more information, you can contact Susie at the Gillham Library at 870-386-5665 or you can visit their Facebook   page www.facebook.com/gillhamlibrary

UA COSSATOT CHANCELLOR’S LISTS 05/31/19

The University of Arkansas Cossatot Office of the Registrar releases spring Chancellor’s List and Vice Chancellor’s List recognizing honor students.
87 students are named to the Chancellor’s list maintaining a minimum of a 4.0 semester GPA while taking a minimum of 12 college credit hours. 80 students are named on the Vice Chancellor list, maintaining a minimum of a 3.5 semester GPA while taking a minimum of 12 college credit hours.

The UA Cossatot Spring 2019 Chancellor’s List includes
Amity: Hannah Davis, Parker Sutton, Georgia Davis, and Colby Markham
Ashdown: Spencer Reed, Dustin Roach, Deondra Ross, Luther Warren, Rica Burns, Denby Jester, Anna
Gatliff, and Carson Jefferies
Ben Lomond: Dalton Smith
De Queen: Hernandez Alvarez, Eduardo Benitez, Jesus Cisneros, Teresa Gaona, Rosanna Hernandez,
Leslie Rios, Alondra Galvez, Jennifer Garibay, Aracely Hernandez, Alexis Herrera, Glen Lovell, Delfina
Martinez, Kaisie McClendon, Jamnel Mejia, Yesenia Quiroz-Rodriguez, Merline Hernandez, Jose Martinez,
Stephanie Zavala, Abraham Arellano, Joshua Downing, Kelsie Easlon, Sadie Haury, Allan Ramirez, and Raven
Revels
Dierks: Kimberly McCauley, Brayden Counts, and Abigail Garner
Foreman: Kami Carter and Kory Voss
Gillham: Alicia Harris, Dylan Vanhoose, and Karina Lopez-Balderas

Glenwood: Tessa Ewing, Kaydra Fox, Jocelyn Mount, and Kamryn Reid
Horatio: Denise Angeles, Matthew Chandler, Alexander Martin, Haylie Smith, Ronnie Willis, Summer
Morgan, Makenzie Chandler, and Grace Harris
Idabel: Dochee Towery
Lockesburg: Tamberlyn Nelson, Garrett Sharp, and Madisyn VanBibber
Murfreesboro: Loren Icenhower
Nashville: Pablo Cardenas, Taurean Coulter, Seth Roberts, Lizeth Chavelo, Codie Jamison, Kianna
McElroy, Tina Williams, Deven Barton, Klair Castleberry, Addison Harmon, Lizbeth Hernandez, Dafne
Mendez, Anastasia Quinney, Jonathan Rauch, Mea Heard, and Isabel Jamison
Newhope: Blair Garner, Natalie Henegar, and Madison Wright
Umpire: Faith Bolding and Sheena Estep
Wickes: Goevany Cruz and Levi Holmes
Winthrop: Carson Brackett and Natalee Voss

The UA Cossatot Spring 2019 Vice Chancellor’s List includes
Amity: Ethan Mitchell and Cullen Smith
Ashdown: Spencer Johnston and Mina McAda
Broken Bow: Stephanie McKinney
De Queen: Leidy Aparicio, Ka’deidra Baker, Trevor Blankenship, Jarrah Furr, Danielle Haarmeyer,
Lissette Hernandez, Eda Lopez, Leann Contreras, Angel Espinoza, Sean Harding, Esmeralda Hernandez, Toni
Manzella, Kenneth Ortiz, Selena Ozura, Eruby Rodriguez, Kobe Stafford, Amitshaidet Victorio, Tiffany
Worley, Stormie Garza, Wendy Nunez, Meshalia Ruth, Kory Cunningham, Kaylee Morgan, and Jesse Power
Dierks: Joni Burgess, Caleb Deer, Corina Green, and Perri Lowrey
Doddridge: Mary McFadden
Foreman: Clayton Whitecotton and Kenneth Green
Gillham: Caterra Morphew, Hadley Philamlee, and April Stancil
Horatio: John Marshal, Parker Rowe, Athena Winton, Eric Dickerson, Trey Pickett, Alejandra
Resendiz, Chenoa White, and Hunter Griffin
Hot Springs: Jill George and Sheila Miller
Idabel: Alexandra Bartholomew
Lockesburg: Jessica Glasgow, Dillion Baldwin, Kayle Helms, and Kaylee Sharp
Mineral Springs: Lindsey O’Donnell, Camry Stewart, and Madison Miller
Murfreesboro: Sara Martin
Nashville: Jordan Boyer, John Hardin, Brody King, Kameron Carpenter, Loretta McLaughlin, Catrice
Payne, Gerson Perez, Elizabeth Rather, Devin Young, Ernesto Bustamante, Loren Gills, and Kaitlyn McConnell
North Little Rock: Dennis Cleghorn
Ozan: Jessica Aguilar
Texarkana: Haley Wallace, Alicia McCord, Barbara Spain, and Shaglista Ware
Vandervoort: Skyler Jackson
Wickes: Luz Alarcon, and Margarita Zaragoza
Winthrop: Koleane Hames-Turner

WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 05/30/19
Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners. This week, we asked the congressman about what is being done to provide relief for those affected by the flooding in our district and around Arkansas.
 
DE QUEEN WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION SATURDAY 05/30/19
A local Woman is facing a public intoxication charge after being arrested by an officer with the De Queen Police Department Saturday.

A report released by The De Queen Police Department states that officer Jarrin Platt saw a Caucasian female swaying while walking down Haes Street around 11:45 p.m. in De Queen Saturday, May 25th. Platt reported seeing the woman drinking from a Keystone Light can and stopped to speak with her. Platt noted witnessing the woman toss the can into a front yard on Haes street and drop a bag that contained three full keystone beers. The woman was identified as Lisa Maxwell, age 48 of De Queen. Maxwell reportedly told officer Platt she had been at a friends house and drank four beers. Platt noted observing Maxwell show slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes and a strong odor of an intoxicant coming from her person. Officer Barnes assisted in placing her in custody. Maxwell was transported to the Sevier County Jail and charged with public intoxication.

 
 

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR REQUESTS MORE RELIEF FUNDS FOR FLOOD DAMAGE 05/30/19

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he formally asked President Donald Trump for federal emergency assistance in Arkansas because of record-breaking flooding and damage caused by severe storms.

The governor also announced that he and some members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation will survey flooded areas by air today.

The Republican governor asked Trump in a letter dated Wednesday for direct federal assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures for 15 counties: Arkansas, Chicot, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Lincoln, Logan, Perry, Pope, Sebastian and Yell.

Hutchinson also announced Wednesday that he signed a proclamation to increase state emergency funding for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management from $100,000 to $350,000.

The $350,000 will be provided through the Governor’s Disaster Assistance Fund, Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance and Administration, said after the news conference. The remaining balance in that fund will be $2.43 million, he said.

The governor held a news conference at the Department of Emergency Management at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. He was accompanied by officials from that agency, the National Guard, the Arkansas State Police and the state Department of Transportation.

Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said the governor cut short an economic development trip to New York to fly back to Arkansas late Tuesday afternoon.

Hutchinson said he toured the Department of Emergency Management’s operations center and thanked the agencies participating in its efforts.

LIFESHARE REQUESTS ALL ELIGIBLE DONORS GIVE BLOOD 05/30/19

LifeShare Blood Center, with the support of several of its hospital partners, is issuing an emergency appeal.

Patient care is being severely threatened by the inadequate blood supply that the region has been experiencing for several weeks. LifeShare is currently unable to fill hospital orders and is rationing blood.

LifeShare is asking anyone who is eligible to donate blood.

A blood drive will be held at the Nashville Wal-Mart on Friday, May 31st from 2 until 7 p.m.

More information about donor eligibility and upcoming blood drives can be found at LifeShare.org.

ARKANSAS AG HELPS DISABLED VETS WITH STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS 05/30/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today joined a coalition of 52 Attorneys General urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to automatically forgive the student loans of veterans who became totally and permanently disabled in connection with their military service.

Last year DOE identified more than 42,000 veterans as eligible for student loan relief due to a service-related total and permanent disability, the Attorneys General note in their letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Fewer than 9,000 of those veterans had applied to have their loans discharged by April 2018, however, and more than 25,000 had student loans in default.

The letter, which was co-led by New Jersey and Utah Attorneys General called on DOE to develop a process to automatically discharge the student loans of veterans determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be eligible for such relief. While the automatic discharge process is in development, the letter proposes, DOE should halt debt collection efforts targeting disabled veterans, and clear their credit reports of any negative reporting related to their student loans.

Under federal law, DOE is required to discharge the federal student loans of veterans determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be unemployable (or totally and permanently disabled) due to a service-connected condition. Although DOE currently requires disabled veterans to take affirmative steps to apply for a loan discharge, those steps are not required by law.

SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAMS IN ARKANSAS 05/30/19

It is estimated that less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting the same high-quality meals in the summer. Children shouldn’t go hungry just because school is out.

That is why the Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance partner with schools, churches and community centers across the state to provide meals in the Summer Food Service Program. The program is 100 percent federally funded and covers the cost of up to three nutritious meals and snacks a day for children.

Last summer, Arkansas children enjoyed free meals at more than 500 feeding sites across the state. More than 1 million meals and snacks were served.

Final site approvals for 2019 are expected in the next few weeks, but organizers expect to exceed last year’s numbers.

The meals served follow USDA nutrition guidelines and are paid for by USDA. Many sites offer educational and recreational activities that kids enjoy.

Arkansas children 18 years old and younger can receive USDA-supported free summer meals at school, community and faith-based sites across the state that are approved through the Arkansas Department of Human Service’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the Arkansas Department of Education’s Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program. Most sites open by June 3 and serve through early August.

Parents do not need to apply to the program to get a free summer meal for their kids, and it does not interfere with other benefits they may be receiving. They can simply bring their child to a summer meals site in their community and their kids can eat a healthy, nutritious meal.

Going to www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or calling 1-866-3-HUNGRY

GOVERNOR ISSUES EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR ARKANSAS RIVER FLOODING AID 05/29/19

Governor Asa Hutchinson has approved $100,000 in emergency funding to assist with support efforts according to a press release regarding The Arkansas River Flooding. The Arkansas River is predicted to crest on Wednesday at 42.5 feet, breaking the record for the highest levels ever recorded.
The flooding will eventually affect the price of food, as farmers cope with fields that have turned into lakes at a time of year when staple crops such as corn and wheat should be planted already. The swelling started in the Upper Midwest earlier this year and now stretches all the way down the Mississippi River. The damage assessed reportedly exceeds $1 billion as of Wednesday morning.

Governor Hutchinson said. “This morning, the Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, and Arkansas State Police provided me with a detailed briefing about the state’s ongoing support efforts in communities experiencing record flood levels along the Arkansas River,” “I have received a number of requests for aid from communities, and I immediately approved the release of $100,000 of emergency funds to support sandbagging work.

“I appreciate all the neighbors and volunteers filling sandbags and assisting with evacuations. The state team is continuing to respond to assistance requests, and more funds will be allocated as the situation demands.”

BROKEN BOW CHAMBER SEEKING ASSISTANCE FOR STRUCTURE REPAIRS 05/29/19 

The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce is seeking donations, funding sources and information about potential grants to fund needed repairs to the grandold depot building. The Broken Bow Chamber is a 501C6 non-profit organization and the locomotive engine 227 was donated and moved to the chamber last year. An insurance company is requiring a fence be constructed around the old train engine for safety reasons.

In recent years age and disintegrating old pipes have caused significant water damage to the building and prompted the need for these repairs to be done. Prior to December the chamber has been saving a little each year to remodel the board room, kitchen area, and bathrooms. At this time the chamber does not have the financial means to fund the restoration project and additional recent damage has made the need for repair immediate.

The total cost for everything is approximately $44,000. The chamber only has $22,000 and needs to raise the remaining $22,000 to complete this work. Everyone who donates will be recognized for their generosity. All neighboring communities are asked to help preserve these historical landmarks for our regional area. Questions can be directed to Charity O’Donnell, Chamber Director 580-584-3393 or brokenbowchamber.com or contact any Chamber board member.

TEXARKANA MAKES TOP TEN FINALISTS IN BEAUTIFICATION CONTEST 05/29/19

Texarkana is in the final round of a contest with a cash prize to be used for downtown beautification.

Participants cast enough online votes in May to place Texarkana among the top 10 cities in the America’s Main Streets Contest, which rewards public enthusiasm with money for downtown development.

Main Street Texarkana Executive Director Ina McDowell shared the news with the Texarkana, Texas, City Council during its regular meeting Monday.

A panel of judges will choose a winner from the final 10. The grand prize includes a $25,000 check and a total of $2,500 in goods and services from contest sponsors.

Texarkana made the top ten out of more than 230 cities that were initially nominated in the contest.
MULTIPLE SUBSTANCES FOUND IN SEARCH BY SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SATURDAY 05/28/19
Deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff’s department arrested two men after conducting a traffic stop in Horatio early Saturday morning.

A report released by the department states that deputies observed a GMC pickup drive left of the center line “several times.” Deputy Greg Harper then reportedly initiated the traffic stop between Campbell road and Highway 24. Upon making contact with the driver the deputies noted observing the smell of Marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver was identified as Sergio Rivera, age 22 and a passenger in the vehicle was identified as Jessie Parker, age 21, both residents of De Queen Arkansas. According to the report, Sergio consented to a vehicle search requested by deputies. During the search deputies reportedly discovered a small bag containing 21 multi-colored pills believed to be ecstacy, a small bag with a white substance believed to be cocaine , a set of digital scales, a small bag with dog designs on it and pipe used for smoking marijuana. Sergio was arrested for possession of controlled substance and Jessie was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Both men were transported to the Sevier County Jail.

DE QUEEN QUIZ BOWL TEAM HEADED TO NATIONALS IN WASHINGTON D.C 05/28/19

Sixteen students and six chaperones are headed to The National Quiz Bowl Competition in Washington D.C this week. The team earned the 5A state championship title last month after defeating Morrilton live on The Arkansas Educational Television Network and will compete against teams from across the nation Friday May 31st-Sunday June 2nd. In addition to competing, the team will also be sight-seeing at multiple museums and historic sites throughout the week. The students and chaperones will return to De Queen Friday, June 7th. The funds for the trip were raised through multiple fundraisers and The De Queen School Board.

RED RIVER HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM SET FOR JULY 05/28/19

The 13th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium will take place on Saturday, July 27, at Historic Washington State Park. The conference topics will focus around the bicentennial of the formation of Arkansas Territory in 1819 and its impact on the Great Bend Region of the Red River. The event will take place at the 1914 Schoolhouse Auditorium of Historic Washington State Park.

Specific topics and speakers include: “Trammel’s Trace” by Gary Pinkerton of Houston, Texas; “The Red River Raft” by Robin Cole-Jett of Denison, Texas; “Old Miller County” by Skipper Steely of Paris, Texas; “Gulf Coastal Plain Landscape” by Dr. Don Bragg of the U.S. Forest Service; and “Plotting and Surveying the New Territory” by Dr. John Dennis of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

An all day Friday and Saturday morning workshop for teachers on resources related to the theme in the Red River Region will take place. Lunch is included both days. A total of twelve credit hours will be available for teachers to earn by attending both days of the symposium. Cost for attending the workshop will be $40. Workshop presenters will include Historic Washington State Park staff, and staff members from the Arkansas State Archives and Arkansas Historic Preservation who will do sessions on incorporating timber and natural resource history topics into curriculum standards for the classroom.

On Saturday morning beginning at 9am a tour will be provided to early territorial sites in Miller County. For others interested in the tour the cost will be $15 per person, which includes lunch. Seating is limited, so call the Park Visitor Center to reserve your spot on the tour.

Cost for attendance to the symposium is $30 with an evening meal included. The time frame for the event is 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. A discount price of $60 will be offered to teachers who wish to attend both the workshop and symposium. Teachers attending both the workshop and symposium will be eligible for twelve credit hours. Check in will begin in the morning at 8 a.m. at the 1874 Hempstead County Courthouse Visitor Center. Registration must be made by July 24. Contact 870-983-2684 to register.

SEVIER COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS APPRECIATION DAY 05/24/19
The 38th annual Sevier County Senior Citizen’s Appreciation Day was held at the Sevier County Courthouse Lawn in De Queen Friday. Jay and Wiley of “The Morning Brew” dressed up for this years “Superheroes, Super Health” theme. Dozens of area vendors and community leaders attended the event and live music was performed by the Argenbright band. The day was organized by many, including Sevier County Judge Greg Ray and JP Angie Walker. This year a record number of vendors attended the event and free health checks, food and door prizes were provided for citizens 55 and older. Herman Jackson received the award for “oldest man”, Inez Taylor was awarded “oldest woman”and Sterling and Pud Daniel were awarded “longest married couple.”
 
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED FOR WASHINGTON STATE PARK 05/28/19
 

Historic Washington State Park announces the annual summer concert series “Music in the Park” with the theme “Arkansas Roots.” A free concert will be held in June, July, and August and is open to the public.

 June 15 –  Hartley Family Bluegrass Band

July 20 – Bear Creek Boys

August 17 – Harmony

 Arkansas was formed as a territory in 1819. This year is the 200th birthday of the formation of Arkansas as its own territory. The music groups are bands that have their roots in Arkansas and its history.

Hartley Family Bluegrass Band is a family band from Arkadelphia, Arkansas. They started learning to play bluegrass and gospel music in 2003, just wanting to do something together as a family. A year later, to their surprise, they started getting invitations to play at churches, festivals, and other events. By 2007 they were traveling to places as far away as upstate New York, sharing their songs and meeting many kind people. The they continue today with Tom and Deb Hartly and their two youngest children, Abby and Micah. More information atwww.hartleyfamilybluegrass.blogspot.com.

Bear Creek Boys is a local band that is made up of members from Hempstead, Howard, and Pike counties. They enjoy play different oldies pieces and Country music from the 1970s. They play for different local events around the southwest Arkansas area.

 Harmony hails from Mountain View, a beautiful town nestled in a valley of the Ozark Mountains.  They specialize in traditional and contemporary Folk Music, Old-Time String Band music, and good-old three-part harmony Gospel Songs. More information atwww.harmonyband.org.

Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to spread on the grounds of the 1874 Courthouse by 7:30 p.m. on concert dates. The gift shop will be open for refreshments and Williams’ Tavern Restaurant will be open from 11 am – 7 pm for dining. For more information, call 870-983-2684.

FOOD TRUCK DISCUSSION CONTINUES AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING 05/24/19

A lengthy city council meeting was held at City Hall in De Queen Tuesday night as a short agenda sparked long conversation for council members and community members who attended.

The main item discussed was the mobile food truck ordinance issue. The current mobile food truck ordinance states that no new permits will be issued for any mobile food vehicle after March 1st 2011 and those mobile food businesses established prior to March 1st 2011 are considered permanent fixtures. However existing local food trucks are looking to make changes to their businesses and may not be able to relocate or expand based on the existing ordinance. Multiple businesses from other areas have also reached out to local leaders about setting up food trucks within De Queen, which would provide a source of economic growth for the city. Many questions regarding where the trucks can set up, how many trucks will be issued permits, and what amendments need to be made to the ordinance are still circulating during this decision making process.

In the May 7th meeting De Queen Fire Marshall Dennis Pruitt informed the council that existing food trucks in town may not be up to code, depending on the type of establishment these businesses are determined to be by the city. Clarification about proper safety requirements has been in the works for both The Code Enforcement Department and the city since the previous meeting. Many business owners and leaders in the community attended the meeting to participate in the food truck discussion. After the lengthy conversation Alderman Cravens proposed that the number of food trucks in the city will be limited to 15 and restrictions may be subject to change as needed, however more information will be collected by City Attorney, Erin Hunter before making final amendments to the ordinance as is.

After the food truck item was discussed, the council received an update from Mayor Jeff Brown who provided information on the Ennis building in Downtown De Queen. An estimate provided by recommended contractors revealed a $1 million dollar quote in order to repair the various structure damage. No action was taken by the council at the time.

After the estimate announcement, the council heard from ZZ Kamruddin who proposed Garage style apartments and similar residential rental properties as an avenue for economic growth in the city of De Queen. Chief Dennis Pruitt informed ZZ and the council that current codes for the city do not allow more than one dwelling per building lot and additional structures cannot be added to existing residential lots for safety reasons.

The final item on the agenda was the proposal of a new job within the city of De Queen. Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt requested the council consider the creation of a new job for beautification efforts general maintenance of city property in De Queen. Chief Pruitt provided a detailed explanation of the job requirements and responsibilities. The council unanimously agreed to create the position. KDQN spoke with the chief who explained how he came up with the idea for the job.

The job is going to require someone who can operate the equipment and is able to complete physically demanding tasks. The position will feature full benefits and a scheduled salary.

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The budget will be amended in June to factor in the position.

Before adjourning, Mayor Jeff Brown announced that the next city council meeting will be held June 4th, at 5:30 p.m. in city hall. A hearing regarding a potential splashpad for the city will take place at 5:00 p.m. before the start of the meeting. The public is welcome.

ARCHAEOLOGY EVENTS SET FOR JUNE IN DE QUEEN, LOCKESBURG 05/24/19

The University of Arkansas Archaeological Survey Team and The Arkansas Archaeological Society are coming to De Queen this summer. More than 70 guests have been estimated to be in De Queen on UA Cossatot’s Campus and various locations in the local area for community talks June 5th-22nd.
The archaeological Society was formed in 1960 and the organization is designed to preserve, manage and protect archaeological sites in Arkansas and communicate findings and updates to the community. This summer’s Archaeological Survey Training Program will balance a dig site field component, lab efforts and active classroom time.

The lab portion will focus on previously procured Caddo artifacts and ceramics. Those boxes of artifacts from 1980’s expeditions will be transported down from the University of AR Archaeology department then will be laid out, cleaned, photographed, cataloged, labeled, and boxed.

The AAS Team will also document the amount of damage that was done throughout the years to these archaeological treasures that are located locally. They will be cutting profiles into the damaged sections of the dig site to study construction sequences. Multiple events have been planned during the society’s visit including Community talk on Thursday, June 13th, 7:00 p.m. at the Lockesburg gym and two daytime library events will be announced for Horatio and Lockesburg.

A day for 4H kids and their families will take place June 15th at 9am at The Agriculture building on UA Cossatot’s De Queen campus. Registration is required by May 29th and Hope Bragg can be contacted for information at 870-460-1893.

There is also an Open House scheduled on June 15th at the Adams building. The Open house will allow visitors from the surrounding communities to come on campus and view the artifacts and talk with the archaeologists and interns who have been working the site. Anyone interested in digging sites must be registered with The Archeological Society in advance. More information is available online. Visit arkarch.org.

SUMMER ART CLASSES AT MUSEUM OF RED RIVER IN IDABEL 05/24/19

The McCurtain County Art Club is offering a series of painting classes at the Museum, starting on June 8. The multi-week, comprehensive program will cover the basics of acrylic painting.

Students will create two works of art: a landscape painting and a still life painting.  The program is open to anyone twelve or older. Cost is $50. All supplies are included. Students may keep any unused materials, at no additional cost, for future projects.

Due to the nature of the class, only fifteen enrollees will be accepted. Registration is available at www.museumoftheredriver.org, in the Museum Store, or over the phone at (580) 286 – 3616. The program is scheduled for the last four Saturdays in June. Each class starts at 10:00 am and ends around 1:00 pm.

Dr. Gleny Beach, a former Director of Visual Art at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will lead the program. Dr. Beach is a commercially successful artist and teacher, with over two decades of experience at SOSU alone. Her recent accomplishments include a 2009 Governor’s Arts Award and membership to the 2010 People to People Citizen Ambassador Program.

Contact: Brian Hendershot 

Phone: (580) 286-3616 

Email: pr@motrr.org

AMP FITNESS MANAGER NAMED UA COSSATOT HEAD SOCCER COACH 05/24/19

Coach Erik Smith has been hired as UA Cossatot’s new soccer coach, as the college gears up for the 2019-2020 soccer season. Home games and practices will take place at the Herman Dierks Park in De Queen and tryouts for both the men and women’s teams will be announced very soon.
Erik Smith of De Queen was born in Dallas, Texas and fell in love with soccer at a young age. After graduating from Pine Bluff High School, Smith attended college at the University of Arkansas Monticello and Arkansas State University. At both schools, he participated in intramural soccer. At Arkansas State University he was a student-athlete who participated in Cross Country and Track. While he was there, he co-founded the Jonesboro Ultimate Frisbee Association. He competed in that college open division from 1997 to 2000.

Erik Smith also played soccer in the Craighead County Soccer Association Men’s League from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Smith began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at De Queen High School for the school’s
soccer program. From 2008 to 2015, he was an assistant coach at De Queen for both the boys and girls high school soccer teams. As a coach, his high school boys’ team captured four consecutive state championships from 2009 to 2012. The lady leopards, he coached, had three successive undefeated conference seasons, as well
as three straight state tournament appearances.

Coach Smith has helped coach soccer at UA Cossatot in the past, but now plans to be the head coach for the soccer program as the college has now joined the NJCAA. Mr. Smith is also the manager and chief fitness trainer at AMP Fitness in De Queen.
Coach Eric Smith said, “I am truly excited and honored to be blessed with this opportunity to train and coach soccer at UA Cossatot. UA Cossatot will allow me to continue doing what I love in my own community and with athletes that I may have previously trained.”
Those who play soccer at UA Cossatot can receive financial aid scholarships from the college. Coach Smith added, “I realize the blessing and benefit of an education. UA Cossatot will be able to offer scholarships to athletes who may not have had an option before when thinking of continuing their education. This program
has the chance to not only benefit the students in playing and getting an education, but this program has an opportunity to boost the community as teams will travel to De Queen to play matches.”

UA Cossatot Chancellor, Dr. Steve Cole said, “Bringing Erik on board to coach our soccer teams is a huge plus for our student athletes. Those who know Erik know that he builds highly competitive teams that are high character teams. The students also get the added bonus of Erik being a personal trainer which provides our athletes an outlet to work on their general health and well-being while competing as a Colt.”
More information and details will be announced in the upcoming weeks about the exact date of the opening of the season and when tryouts will be. If anyone is interested in trying out or has any questions, please contact Coach Eric Smith at 870-279-0900, or you can go by Amp Fitness in De Queen for a visit.

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN ACTIVE IN ARKANSAS 05/24/19

Law enforcement representatives from the Four-States region joined together Monday morning in Texarkana to help kick off the Click It or Ticket/Border to Border program for 2019, promoting how using seat belts can save lives.

Stepped-up enforcement of seat belt laws between May 20 and June 2 is a key component of the agencies’ annual Click It or Ticket /Border to Border safety campaign. Safety officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a car crash by 45% and up to 60% in a pickup truck.

State law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs of up to $200. Children younger than 8 years must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless the child is taller than 4 feet 9 inches.

More information is available at NHTSA.gov

DE QUEEN MEDICAL CENTER RECORDS PHONE LINE ESTABLISHED 055/23/19

Sevier County Judge Greg Ray has announced that  former patients of The De Queen Regional Medical Center can now access a phone line to retrieve medical records. The phone number is 903-733-1688 and can be accessed during normal business hours.

HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION 05/23/19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to the Horatio High School Class of 2019! 51 graduating seniors walked in a ceremony held Tuesday night at the school gym.
 
 
 
 
ARKANSAS STATE POLICE AWARD CEREMONY HELD 05/23/19
 
The Arkansas State Police Awards Ceremony was held this week on Wednesday in Little Rock. Governor Asa Hutchinson served as the event speaker and 33 Arkansas State Police personnel were recognized for their particular assignments, and cumulative work results, associated with incidents during the 2018 calendar year.

During his keynote address to state troopers attending wednesday’s award ceremony, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his intentions to release $4-millon dollars in state funds that will be used in the construction of the Arkansas law enforcement driver training track.  The track, to be located at Camp Robinson will be available to all Arkansas law enforcement agencies.  Arkansas is one of only a small number of states without a track facility to train law enforcement officers in emergency driving techniques.

“Equipping our police officers with the skills to drive safely in all situations is as important as teaching self-defense or training them in the use of firearms,” said Governor Hutchinson. “This driving track will allow the state to train officers in everything from driving in bad weather to the often risky, but sometimes necessary, high-speed pursuits. I am pleased to release this money so that we reduce the risks for these public servants who risk their lives for the rest of us every time they put on the uniform.”

All departmental awards, other than Official Commendations, were presented by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson & Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS ANNOUNCES CLOSURES AT SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS LAKES 05/23/19

Dierks Lake is experiencing high water causing 51 campsites to be closed.
As the water recedes, some campsites and camping loops will remain closed to allow for flood damage repairs and to clean up the sites.
Campgrounds and facilities that will be affected at Dierks Lake are as follows:  Jefferson Ridge Loop 1, Loop 2, and all swim beaches.
We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this causes our visitors.
Water levels are higher than normal at Dierks, De Queen, Gillham, and Millwood lakes so please be aware of floating debris and submerged objects.  Wear your life jacket and watch out for others when boating.  You might be doing everything right, but another boater who is not paying attention could put you and those with you in serious danger.
For more information about recreational activities at our parks please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, our webpage at http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/
or call the Army Corps of Engineers Millwood Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 1-870-898-3343.

FREE FISHING WEEKEND IN ARKANSAS SET FOR JUNE 7TH-9TH 05/23/19

Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon, Friday, June 7, through midnight Sunday night, June 9.

An annual tradition sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and approved by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Free Fishing Weekend gives many people the opportunity to enjoy the amazing angling The Natural State has to offer.

“At $10.50 a year, Arkansas has one of the least expensive fishing licenses in the country,” said Ben Batten, chief of the AGFC’s Fisheries Division. “But even that fee is waived for this weekend as a way to remove as many barriers as possible to enjoying the outdoors.”

Batten says the weekend is a great time to bring over friends from other states and enjoy some of the angling The Natural State has to offer or to give trout fishing a try, which normally would require an additional trout stamp.

“The first week in June is prime fishing time in Arkansas for all species,” Batten said. “It doesn’t matter if you want to chase bass from a boat, wade for trout in one of our famous tailwater fisheries or just enjoy a relaxing day on the bank waiting for catfish or bream to bite. Arkansas has something for everyone.”

In addition to the lifting of the license requirement, the AGFC will host fishing derbies at each of its five hatcheries across the state on Saturday, June 8, for anglers 15 and younger.

“Our hatchery staff take great pride in making these derbies fun for the whole family,” said Tommy Laird, assistant chief of fish culture for the AGFC. “Each hatchery tries to do a little more each year to outdo the others, and usually they’ll add a few extra-large ‘bonus’ fish into the mix to give young anglers some added excitement.”

Fishing derbies will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each child must be supervised by an adult. Kids may catch and keep up to three catfish (or three trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery). In addition to fishing fun, participants also will be able to shoot beginning archery equipment, BB guns and compete in casting contests.

Visit agfc.com for more information.

HAWTHORNE AND HUDDLESTON SENTENCED IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY 05/22/19
Two Little River County residents were sentenced by Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan during court proceedings at the Little River County Courthouse in Ashdown on Tuesday, May 21st.

Kiley Huddleston, 34, of Ashdown received six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with three years suspended and has been ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 as well as court costs.
In April, Huddleston pled guilty to a theft of property charge for making more than $25,000 in fraudulent purchases with a debit card issued to the Ashdown Elementary Parent Teacher Organization

Fonda Hawthorne, 62, of Ashdown, was sentenced to five years probation, $1,000 fine plus court costs and DNA fee. She must also serve 120 days in a community corrections facility.

In April, Hawthorne pled guilty to a theft of property charge for making several thousand dollars in unauthorized purchases on the Little River Chamber of Commerce debit card. Fonda admitted to the crime and paid back the money she stole from the chamber.

HORATIO MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP 05/22/19

A Horatio man was arrested last week after a traffic stop was conducted by The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, May 17th.

According to a report from The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Chett Stubbs pulled over a car on Kornegay Road that was noted to be driving left of the center line and had defective lighting. Stubbs reportedly spoke to the driver who was identified as Jerry Suggs. Suggs reportedly revealed to the deputy he had been arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the past.

Suggs consented to search of his vehicle upon the deputy’s request. Deputy Stubbs reported observing a clear plastic bag that contained a white crystal substance in Suggs’ right ear. Stubbs asked the driver what was wrong with his ear and Suggs reportedly attempted to put the bag in his mouth. Stubbs handcuffed Suggs and placed him under arrest and held in the Sevier County Jail in De Queen.

ARKANSAS AG HOSTS CYBER SECURITY SEMINAR 05/22/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today opened up the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Southern Region Meeting. The meeting’s theme is Cyber Privacy and Security in the 21st Century and is being attended by attorneys general and their senior staff from across the country. The two-day educational event will bring experts in cyber security to Little Rock.

“As chair of the NAAG Southern Region, I am pleased to bring cyber security experts from across the country here to Little Rock,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “My goal for this seminar is not only to highlight our beautiful state, but also educate officials about the threats and prevention measures related to cyber security.”

“Cybersecurity and privacy are increasingly important issues in today’s world,” said NAAG Executive Director Chris Toth. “On behalf of our members and with the leadership of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, NAAG is proud to provide a forum where the attorney general community can discuss best practices for protecting citizens from these complex threats.”

The meeting will include panel discussions about the current state of cyber privacy and security, its vulnerabilities and strategies to protect from cyber attacks. Sessions will also be held on what companies are doing to protect consumers’ personal information, the State’s role in HIPPA violations and cyberattack responses.

Former Arkansas U.S. Senator and former Arkansas Attorney General Mark Pryor, along with former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will moderate the panel discussions. Other moderators and presenters include attorneys general from Tennessee, Texas and Alabama. Attendees from 19 states have registered to participate in the meeting.

LOCAL COLLEGE OTA PROGRAM RE-ACCREDITED 05/22/19 

UA Cossatot’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been awarded a 10-year reaccreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). ACOTE is the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education in the United States. Being accredited by (ACOTE) ensures the quality of UA Cossatot’s OTA program and allows OTA students to sit for their required national board exams.
In February of this year, ACOTE completed a 3 day on-site visit on UA Cossatot’s Ashdown campus.
The council reviewed the report of the on-site evaluation and self-study in April and found the program to be compliant in all educational standards. ACOTE voted to grant a status of accreditation for a period of ten years, which is the highest amount a program can receive. The 10-year award reflects the program’s compliance with
all reaccreditation criteria and is a sign that the program has demonstrated exceptional educational quality. UA Cossatot’s OTA program will not require a new on-site evaluation until the 2028-2029 academic year.
“We are gratified that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education felt UA Cossatot’s OTA Program meets their highest standard for educational excellence,” said Tamla Heminger, OTR, MEd, UA Cossatot’s OTA Program Director.” Heminger added, “I think this also says something about the high quality of the college in which the program resides. Many individuals work together to ensure the success of our programs and students.”
UA Cossatot’s OTA program began in 2012, with the first OTA class graduating in 2013. Students can apply to join the OTA program starting June 15. Applications are collected until the application deadline (March 1, 2020). The program is an eighteen-month program and includes pre-requisite courses prior to application to the program. Enrollment in the OTA program is limited to fifteen students each year. Applicants are ranked according to their GPA, pre-entrance exam scores, observation reports, and letters of recommendation.
To learn more about UA Cossatot’s OTA program, please e-mail the OTA Program Director, Tamla Heminger at theminger@cccua.edu or OTA Program Fieldwork Coordinator, Sharon Pool at spool@cccua.edu.
 
WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY!) 05/16/19
Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.
Take a listen!:
 
 
COMMUNITY MEMBERS TEAM UP WITH AINSLEY’S ANGELS FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS TORCH RUN 2019 05/21/19

In the largest turn-out in the history of the De Queen leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run (according to organizer Monte Stringfellow), Southwest Arkansas Ainsley’s Angels participated for the first time in this area on May 20, 2019. In partnership with area wide law enforcement who became Angel Runners for the event, De Queen Public Schools, who provided transportation for Angel Athletes and Teacher Angel Runners, and De Queen Auto Group, who loaned a trailer needed to haul the athletic equipment, Ainsley’s Angels was able to successfully execute the mission: to spread the joy of inclusion.

All eight Freedom Chairs belonging to the Southwest Arkansas fleet were put into use, with seven student athletes from De Queen and one athlete from Broken Bow. The Angel Athlete Riders pulled over 25 Angel Runners (around 40 total participants) from De Queen City Hall to the Tractor Supply parking lot where the Torch was taken to Nashville to continue its journey.

The Special Olympics Torch Run is led by law enforcement that pass the torch from officers in one town to the next from May 20-23, all the way through Arkansas, until it ends up at the Special Olympics for the state. This year’s Summer Games are hosted at Harding University in Searcy and will begin with the Torch Lighting Ceremony on May 23.

Southwest Arkansas Ainsley’s Angels was honored to help carry the torch alongside teachers and law enforcement as the community came together in support of such a great cause. It was especially heartwarming for participants to be cheered along the route by Fun and Learnland Day Center. The day only got better for the Southwest Arkansas Ainsley’s Angels Ambassadorship when they got a phone call from Shirley Taggart- with a check for the largest donation to date of $2,000. It was only fitting that the check was presented at the De Queen Sports Banquet where Quinton Taggart was honored with the Lifelong Leopard Award: Southwest Arkansas is very fortunate to have supporters of athletes of all abilities.

According to Southwest Ainsley’s Angel Ambassador Tessa Dean: “This donation, and another recent $500 given by Tres Agaves, is going towards our greatest need: larger racing chairs that better accommodate adults and also convert to attach to bikes to allow Angel Athletes to participate in other endurance events such as triathlons…called Axioms, these chariots are more expensive than the Freedom Chairs in our fleet, and are currently only available to us if Northwest Arkansas can loan them and transport them in a trailer. We are excited to be growing rapidly, with over 20 athletes and 75 runners, but this means the demand for equipment is greater. I would hate to turn down an athlete because we ran out of racing chairs that would fit or did not have the means to haul our equipment to an event.”

For more information about this 501c3 nonprofit, to see a calendar of upcoming events, or to volunteer/run/roll, you can email swarkansas@ainsleysangels.org or visit www.ainsleysangels.org.

SEVIER COUNTY COALITION FEATURING NEW EVENT 05/21/19
The Sevier County Coalition’s Live Well Sevier County Committee has announced they will be hosting monthly Lunch-and-Learn events in conjunction with University of Arkansas Cossatot. The Coalition is comprised of businesses and local agencies represented by employees who work together to improve the overall Quality of life for county residents through the use of local resources.

Co-chair of the Live Well Sevier County Committee, Cheryl Byrd, a Community Health Nurse Specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health, says “The public will be given opportunities to bring their lunch and learn about many aspects of wellness, including but not limited to physical, mental and financial wellness.”

Kay Trotta, committee co-chair and LPN Instructor at UA Cossatot added, “The Lunch-and-Learn events are going to be a great resource for both professional development and personal enrichment.”

The first of the events is a free presentation, How Failing Made Us Successful: Tips and Tricks to Cope with the Rising Healthcare Costs, that will be presented on Thursday, June 20th at UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus. The presentation will begin at 12:00 noon in the Weyerhaeuser room, located in the Skilled Trades Building, and will conclude at 12:40 p.m.

Presenter Jayme Mayo, Physician Assistant, is the in-house medical provider and wellness director at Nabholz Construction, where she has successfully led efforts over the past 12 years. Due to the Nabholz innovation, Jayme was featured in HBO’s documentary on obesity titled “Weight of the Nation” and with the CDC as a National Healthy Worksite Program Case Study and follow up video. Jayme has consulted with the Department of Defense, Former President Bill Clinton’s “Health Initiative” and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute along with numerous businesses across the country to help implement successful worksite wellness programs. Her most recent was Nabholz being named #25 in the 101 Healthiest Employers in the Country. She speaks regularly at regional, national and international conferences sharing the many successes of her program. Jayme is an 8-time triathlon and ultra-marathon finisher.

Mayo says, “As companies look for new and innovative ways to control the rising cost of healthcare, implementing a worksite wellness program is considered one strategy. In recent times, however, wellness programs have garnered a reputation of being both costly and ineffective. That theory has been put to rest. I look forward to sharing strategies to help employers, employees and their families cope with the rapidly increasing costs of medical care and health insurance.”

“I am excited that we can share this opportunity here in Sevier County, says Sarah Powell, committee co-chair and Rural Health Specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health. I’ve seen Mrs. Mayo speak.

She’s entertaining, inspirational and committed to helping people transform their lives through awareness, education, and motivation. This event is going to be relevant to both businesses wanting to develop or enhance their workplace wellness program and individuals seeking a healthier lifestyle,” says Powell.

For more on Lunch-and-Learn programs, visit the Sevier County Coalition website at
www.seviercountycoalition.com or call UA Cossatot’s Continuing Education Services at (870) 584-4471.

DEPUTIES APPREHEND NAKED MAN FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN HORATIO 05/21/19

A man was arrested for disorderly conduct in Horatio Sunday after The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department responded in regards to someone running naked through residents yards.

According to a report from The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department deputies identified a man by the name of Rowdy Roberts, age 31 upon arrival on the scene.

The report states the man was found to be “completely naked” and deputies had to chase Rowdy Down and then arrest him for disorderly conduct. Rowdy was transported to the Sevier County Jail following the incident.

DIERKS RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES 05/21/19

Officers with the Howard County SWAT team, sheriff’s department and Dierks Police Department have executed a search and seizure warrant at a residence located at 1510 Old Highway 70 North in Dierks. During the process, authorities say they arrested the homeowner, 50 year old Karen Keaton. Inside a bedroom at the home, police say they recovered eight plastic baggies containing approximately four grams of suspected methamphetamine. In addition to the suspected drugs, authorities say they also found two sets of digital scales, several small plastic baggies, glass smoking pipes, and other drug paraphernalia items within the bedroom.
Keaton was arrested on charges of Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Purpose to Deliver, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Another person inside the home, identified as 37 year old Jonathan Mayes of New Hope, was also arrested after police say he was found to be in possession of suspected Methamphetamine and a syringe. He is charged with Possession of a schedule two controlled substance, Methamphetamine and with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Keaton & Mayes were both transported from the residence to the Howard County Jail.

The search warrant and arrests were the result of a narcotics operation conducted by the Howard County Sheriff’s Department and Dierks Police Department.

ARKANSAS AG TO HOST MOBILE OFFICES IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS 05/21/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for June.

Attorney General Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to increase office accessibility for all Arkansans, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties each year during her first term, assisting 3,300 Arkansans. In 2019, Attorney General Mobile Offices have already served over 1,000 Arkansans.

Rutledge continues her partnerships with the Cooperative Extension Service and local law enforcement across Arkansas. Law enforcement officials will be on hand to collect unused and expired prescription medications to ensure they are secured and properly disposed. Arkansans are encouraged to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office. During Rutledge’s first term, over 618 pounds of medications were collected at mobile offices. Another 135 pounds of medications have been collected so far this year.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov

The upcoming mobile office with locations in Southwest Arkansas include:

Miller County, Thursday, June 6, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Miller County Senior Adult Center, 1007 Jefferson Ave., Texarkana, AR 71854

and Polk County Tuesday, June 25 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Mena-Polk County Senior Center 401 Autumn Drive Mena, AR 71953

 

ARKANSAS RURAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE HELD IN HOT SPRINGS 05/20/19

The Arkansas Rural Development Conference was held in Hot Springs last week.
This conference is organized by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and is designed for anyone interested in improving the quality of life in Arkansas’ rural communities.
The objective of the annual event is to provide participants with the opportunity to gain a working knowledge about a variety of programs and services that are available to assist communities and their leaders with development, planning and revitalization efforts.

At the conference, Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented grants totaling $586,633.14 to 49 cities and counties throughout Arkansas.  Rural Services grants fall into one of three programs: the Rural Community Grant Program, the County Fair Building Grant Program, and the Arkansas Unpaved Roads Grant Program. All require a 50 percent matching grant to be eligible for the programs. Little River County received a check for$4,000 from the County Fair Building Grant Program.

The conference also presented information from several women and minority business owners who have benefited from the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division. This division promotes the growth of minority and women-owned businesses by providing them with real-world technical and professional assistance, certification, networking, capital and contracting opportunities while utilizing AEDC partners in state and federal government, higher education, lending institutions, and the private sector.

Only about 25 percent of small businesses in the state are owned by women, while the number of minority-owned businesses is even lower at around 14.7 percent.

Workforce development is another focus of the conference. AEDC has the ability to assist new and existing industry with the growth of their workforce through training programs.One such program is the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). The CRD is a portable credential that confirms to employers that an individual possesses basic workplace skills in reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information. To date, the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate program has qualified more than 59,000 high-skilled positions.

Rural communities are important to all of us as they are a primary source for food, energy, clean drinking water and accessible outdoor recreation.  You can find out more on investing in these communities by visiting www.arkansasedc.com

 

ASHDOWN STUDENTS COMPLETE FINANCIAL LITERACY COURSE 05/20/19

Twenty-eight 10th grade students at Ashdown High School successfully demonstrated proficiency in personal finance by achieving a passing score on the nationally standardized Wise! Financial Literacy Certification test in Mrs. Tipton’s spring semester Financial Literacy Class.   Subjects mastered include Money, Budgeting, The Cost of Money, Banking, Credit, Insurance, Investing, Retirement Planning, and Financial Planning and Management.

 

The W!se Financial Literacy Program is recognized by many states’ departments of education including Arkansas and has earned Wise numerous awards, including the U.S. Treasury Department’s John H. Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education. The hallmark program feature is the W!se Certified Financially Literate™ (CFL™) credential awarded to students who pass the Test. The credential demonstrates to colleges and employers that students have the knowledge and skills to be financially savvy.

To become a Certified W!SE Instructor, you must pass a Certification Test for personal finance instructors to earn a Certification in Personal Finance. This year 62 10th grade students passed the Certification Exam in the Fall and Spring Combined.

MINERAL SPRINGS MAYOR RESIGNS 05/20/19

The mayor of Mineral Springs resigned on Wednesday. Mayor Bobby Tullis says under doctor’s advice that he made the decision to resign. The city council will meet soon and consider options for another person to fill out the remainder of his term. Tullis served as the mayor of Mineral Springs for four years and five months. During his term, he worked to improve the beautification and infrastructure of Mineral Springs.

SHOOT-OUT IN NEW BOSTON TEXAS LAST WEEK 05/20/19

A woman was killed after firing multiple gunshots at authorities Thursday night in New Boston, Texas.

The female was identified by police as 58-year-old Elizabeth Harris, a New Boston resident

According to press release:

On May 16th at approximately 11:04 p.m., New Boston Police were dispatched to the 200 block of North Center Street in New Boston about a possible suicidal person. When officers arrived on scene, a female exited a residence and fired a gun at officers. As additional officers arrived on scene, they were also met with gunfire. The subject then retreated back into the residence.
Crisis negotiators from the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist. After approximately two hours, the subject exited the residence, confronted the officers and again fired at police. Officers returned fire, striking the female. EMS provided immediate assistance; however, the subject died at the scene.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

ARCHERY TOURNAMENT IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS JUNE 1ST 05/20/19

The Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center invites the community to the first Saturday of the month 3-D Archery Tournament June 1st.

It is a family friendly event that allows residents to brush up on skills or learn a new sport. Awards will be given to the first three places in each division.

Competition Divisions
Open • Unlimited • Known
Senior Hunter (ages 50+) • Senior Open (ages 50+)
Novice • Women’s Open
Women’s Bowhunter • Women’s Novice
Hunter • Traditional • Young Adult (ages 15-17)
Youth (ages 13-14) • Senior Eagle (ages 11-12)
Eagle (ages 9-10) • Junior Eagle (ages 8 and under)

Entrance Fees
All Eagles……………………………. $5
Youth………………………………….. $5
Young Adult…………………………. $5
Adults…………………………………. $10
Families………………………………. $20

Visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Website at agfc.com for more information.

SUMMER CLASSES AT UA COSSATOT BEGIN JUNE 3RD 05/20/19

Summer classes are set to begin on June 3, 2019.  Classes can be taken in-class, online, during the day, during the evening, and at any of the four UA Cossatot campus locations to help accommodate students who may have demanding
schedules or live and work in certain areas. The college also offers AV classes in which class can be taught at Ashdown, Nashville, and De Queen through an AV room at the same time with the same instructor. This type of teaching can help students save money and it makes classes more convenient and available.
Students can choose to take 1) a 4-week course starting on June 3, 2) a 6-week class beginning on June 3, 3) a full 8-week summer term class beginning
on June 3, or 4) a 4-week summer class starting on July 1. Classes beginning in June start on June 3 and classes beginning in July start on July 1. June 3 is the last day to register for courses starting on June 3, and June 28 is the last day to register for classes that begin on July 1.

The college will be offering business, history, math, English, Spanish, medical, criminal justice, education, management, physical education, and psychology classes this summer to name a few. Summer registration is now open and tuition at UA Cossatot this summer is $72 per hour. Ashley Dougherty, Lynze Greathouse, and Mary Collom are three featured UA Cossatot instructors who will be teaching online classes this summer. Dougherty will be teaching Small Business Management,
Greathouse will be teaching College Algebra and Survey of Calculus, and Collom will be teaching Comp 1 and Comp 2.

Math instructor, Lynze Greathouse said, “Summer courses at UA Cossatot are a great opportunity for recent high school graduates, university students who are home for the summer, or anyone looking to pursue higher education. Our faculty are highly qualified and provide the same quality education that you would receive at a large university, but with smaller class sizes and more affordable costs.”

To register for summer classes, please contact Student Services at 800-844-4471, or come by and visit with them. Walk-Ins are always welcome. UA Cossatot campus hours will be open this summer from 7:30 AM o 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Friday.

 
 
ASHDOWN STUDENTS CERTIFIED BY NATIONAL TUTORING ASSOCIATION 05/17/19
(AHS Senior Tutors (l-r) Tate Hooper, Mackenzie White, Colyn Grimes, Bradee McKean, Bralee Lansdell, Carson Jefferies, and Kaylee Silva
Not Pictured:  Leah Lovell)
Ashdown High School students were honored with their Basic Level Tutoring Certificate from the National Tutoring Association. The students have been tutoring math, English, and history to their peers. Ashlyn Harger was honored for volunteering her time of over 60 hours and seniors were presented their ropes to wear for graduation. AHS Math Teacher Ms. Ringgold has received special training in order to train the students.
 (Kabe Perry, Tate Hooper, La’Nyce Hemphill, Mackenzie White, Aniya Polite, Colyn Grimes, Ms. Ringgold, Bradee McKean, MacKynze Dollarhide, Bralee Lansdell, Rylee Burden, Carson Jefferies, Ashlyn Harger, Kaylee Silva, Noah Pounds, and Anthony Knudson
Not Pictured:  Cole Smith)

These students volunteer their time assisting teachers and students in the subjects of mathematics, English, and science.  During the process, students learn valuable and meaningful skills they can take with them to college and/or the workforce. In addition to building these skills, a host of other benefits come with being a member of the NTA.

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR PTA PROGRAM AT LOCAL COLLEGE MAY 30TH 05/17/19

The deadline to apply for this year’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program at UA Cossatot is May 30, 2019. As UA Cossatot’s inaugural class of physical therapist assistant students plan to graduate this August, the college is currently accepting applications for the next cohort of the PTA program which will matriculate in August. Students who are interested in applying for the program can submit applications beginning December 1st of every year, with the deadline to apply being May 30. The PTA program takes one year to complete and is limited to sixteen students. Before one can apply, students must take the required PTA pre-requisites. PTA pre-requisites are listed on the UA Cossatot PTA website and consist of twenty-nine credit hours.

All pre-requisite course work must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for A&P I and A&P II. The admissions procedure for the PTA Program is based on a point system. Those with a high percentage on the point system will be selected for an interview. Following the interview process, the top 16 students will be accepted into the PTA Program and begin PTA coursework in the fall.

The PTA Program faculty at UA Cossatot provides multiple avenues for learning including interactive lecture, hands-on skills practice, and rotation through clinical affiliations. UA Cossatot PTA student and President of the Student Physical Therapist Assistant Club, Jeanne Spain said, “I feel our instructors have been great at adapting to each of our individual learning styles. I tend to be a very hands-on learner, while some of my peers are more auditory and visual learners. It has been very beneficial to have them take note and adapt their teaching to our specific learning styles.” Advisory Council member and Clinical Instructor for UA Cossatot, Rosalyn Henry, PT, DPT said, “I have had the privilege of being able to see how well UA Cossatot’s PTA students are prepared for clinical affiliations. The creation of UA Cossatot’s PTA program is backed by dedicated directors, advisors, and students, who work tirelessly to ensure the program is top notch and the students who go out into the community are well educated and prepared for the field of physical therapy.”

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is located on UA Cossatot’s Ashdown campus. To apply for the program before May 30, please select the online application link at www.cccua.edu/programs-ofstudy/medical-education. For questions regarding the application process, please e-mail PTA Program Director Jennifer Sanderson at jsanderson@cccua.edu or Director of Clinical Education, Heather Orr at hnorr@cccua.edu. To learn more about course requirements and how one can get started as a PTA student at UA Cossatot, please visit www.cccua.edu/programs-of-study/medical-education to schedule an advising appointment with one an academic advisor.

MAN FACING TERRORISTIC THREATENING CHARGES IN SEVIER COUNTY 05/17/19

A local man is facing charges of terroristic threatening after the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department assessed claims of strange behavior reported by his family last week. Freddie Stubbs, age 50, of De Queen was taken in to custody at the Sevier County Jail on Friday, May 10th.

A report released by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department notes that a statement was reported by Freddie’s wife, who claimed that her husband made accusations against his family members, believing they were doing things to make him think he was going crazy. The report states that Freddie told his wife he thought that people were in the woods watching him and that he was going to burn the house down on Thursday, May 9th.

The following day on Friday May 10th, Freddie reportedly told his wife that he was going to shoot her. After Freddie made this alleged statement a protection order was served on Freddie Stubbs and he was charged with terroristic Threatening on Saturday, May 11th. Freddie was held at the Sevier County Jail following the incident.

 
DE QUEEN WOMAN DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT 05/17/19
A resident of De Queen passed away from injuries caused by a car wreck in McCurtain County Sunday morning. Stephany Plunk Young, age 28 was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occured on Highway 259 near Idabel, Oklahoma.

Young was reportedly driving a 1998 Honda Civic south on Highway 259 when and was ejected from her vehicle after hitting a concrete culvert, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officials.

Authorities say the official cause of the accident is still under investigation and it was unknown if Young was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck.   The McCurtain County Sheriff’s Department and the Idabel Fire Department worked the accident as well as Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Stephany was a mother of two, an employee of Pilgrims and a member of Horatio First Baptist Church. Funeral Services were held the morning of Friday, May 17th and the full obituary has been posted online to KDQN.net

ARKANSAS AG ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF CONSUMER PROTECTIONS 05/17/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge co-led a coalition of 12 states, along with the Indiana Attorney General, in support of the rule proposed this year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would replace a 2017 CFPB rule governing small, short-term loans. The states contend that the CFPB should recognize them as the frontline consumer defenders and that the 2017 rule improperly tried to cut the states out of the consumer-protection picture. This hurt consumers’ freedom to choose which financial products best serve their own interests.

“The CFPB’s proposed rule would return consumer protection to the states,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The 2017 rule took a one-size-fits-all approach to short-term lending that did not account for individual consumers’ needs. States understand their citizens’ needs better than Washington bureaucrats ever could. The CFPB has realized this, and the proposed rule returns powers to the states to make sure their citizens are protected, along with allowing additional innovative solutions to enhance the consumers’ access to credit on fair terms.”

In the letter, the attorneys general wrote, “The proposed rule respects the states’ role in maximizing consumers’ welfare by ensuring both that consumers are protected from illegal practices and that they have access to credit.”

Arkansas, along with Indiana, led the group which included Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

HORATIO CHEERLEADER SIGNS WITH HSU 05/16/19

 

Local Horatio High School student Trevor Blankenship signed his letter of intent to commit to the cheerleading squad at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia this week on Wednesday May 15th. Trevor was recruited by Coach Ricki Rebollar to cheer for Henderson State University in the fall of 2019. The Horatio athlete also made the National Cheerleaders Association Staff Team and is leaving for the staff camp this week. He will work for NCA this summer before starting at Henderson in the fall. 

Trevor has made history as the first cheerleader from Horatio schools to cheer at the collegiate level.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES RURAL BROADBAND PLAN FOR ARKANSAS 05/16/19

This week Governor Asa Hutchinson released the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, which sets a goal to deploy high-speed broadband to all Arkansas communities with more than 500
residents by 2022. The high-speed broadband would have a rate of 25 megabits per second for download and 3 megabits per second for upload.

This plan details the Governor’s goal, how close Arkansas is to achieving that goal, and outlines the means by which that goal can be achieved.

Governor Hutchinson issued the official statement which says:

“Arkansas has already established itself as a national leader in providing high-speed, broadband connectivity to our schools. Today, as a result, our students are developing 21st century skills in the classroom to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce. Our focus now extends beyond our schools and into our rural communities. Equal access to high-speed broadband in rural Arkansas is a critical component to the success and longevity of our state’s economy, and I believe this plan
will help us accomplish that goal within the next four years.”

ARKANSAS STATE POLICE ENFORCING SEATBELT CAMPAIGN FOR MEMORIAL DAY 05/16/19

As Arkansas families begin to make plans for summertime road trips and vacations, law enforcement officers are urging motorists to obey the law and buckle their seat belts.  Beginning next week additional patrol assignments have been scheduled for law enforcement officers across Arkansas who are devoting time to strictly enforce Arkansas’ primary seat belt law.

The enforcement plan includes the Arkansas State Police and local departments represented by the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police and the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association.  The special operation begins May 20th and continues through June 2nd as part of the “Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed during 2017 in U.S. motor vehicle crashes.  In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. Participating law enforcement agencies will not accept any excuses when they stop a violator.

Arkansas state law requires all front seat passengers, not just drivers, to buckle-up.  All children, less than fifteen years of age must be properly secured in the vehicle.  A child who is less than six years of age and who weighs less than sixty pounds shall be restrained in a child passenger safety seat. If the driver has a restricted license, all passengers in the vehicle must be properly buckled up.

For more information about “Click it or Ticket” and how seat belts save lives, click on www.nhtsa.gov/ciot or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8133.  Information about Arkansas’ ongoing “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign can be found at www.TZDarkansas.org.

ARKANSAS AG SETTLES LAWSUIT WITH LITTLE ROCK BUSINESS 05/16/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Body Bronze LLC and its owners, Molly Verbrugge and Lila Riggs have reached a settlement to resolve allegations that Indulgences by Body Bronze continued to sell VIP membership plans, spa service packages and gift certificates during the busy 2017 holiday season, but abruptly closed its doors on January 8, 2018, without warning to consumers or employees.

“Arkansans who were hurt financially by Indulgences by Body Bronze will now be made whole,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The owners are being held accountable for soliciting and accepting prepayments from customers without regard to whether the company would be able to provide customers the goods and services they purchased.”

The consent judgment, which was filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court, includes $98,510.02 in restitution to 241 Arkansas consumers, and $100,000 in civil penalties. Verbrugge and Riggs are also prohibited from operating another spa-type business in Arkansas.

Indulgences by Body Bronze was a day spa in west Little Rock and advertised services including pedicures, massages, facial treatments and laser hair removal.

Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against Indulgences by Body Bronze in February 2018.

LAST SATURDAY SHOOT SET FOR MAY 25TH 05/16/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has announced an ATA registered shoot for next weekend. The event will be held at:

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center 1685 CR35N Columbus, AR 71831

May 25, 2019 at 9 a.m. – Oct. 26, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.

Join the range staff on the last Saturday of the month from April through October for an ATA registered shoot.

  • All targets will be registered and each discipline requires at least three shooters.
  • Singles will start at 9 a.m. with handicap and doubles to follow.

If you have any questions about the ATA, weather or pricing, call 870-983-2790

GUNSHOT FIRED AFTER TRAFFIC INCIDENT IN LOCKESBURG 05/15/19

A man was arrested in Lockesburg for aggravated assault after a report of gunshots was assessed by local law enforcement agencies Sunday.

The Arkansas State Police and Deputies from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department responded to a Lockesburg residence on North Park (Avenue)? in reference to reports of an incident involving shots being fired from a pistol. Upon arriving at the scene, authorities identified two men as Bradley Grubbs, age 27 and Zachry Currence, age 31.

A report from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department states that a car accident occurred prior to the incident as Bradley’s vehicle hit Zachry’s while both men were driving down the road. Bradley reportedly followed Zachry to his residence where the two men engaged in an argument. During the altercation Bradley reportedly pulled out a nine millimeter pistol and fired a shot at the ground near Zachary. Bradley was held at the Sevier County Jail following the incident and the case remains under investigation at this time.

 

ARKANSAS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHING 05/13/19

July 1st is the deadline for students to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, which has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds to help in the pursuit of higher education.The Academic Challenge Scholarship is largely funded by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and provides tuition assistance to students at every state university and two-year college – both public and private. Applicants can be recent high school graduates, students already enrolled in school or non-traditional students at any stage in life. Additionally, the scholarship can be combined with other financial aid programs, such as the ArFuture Grant.

This fall marks the 10-year anniversary of the Lottery. In that time, 542,307 in-state scholarships worth more than $965 million have been awarded to students seeking both four-year and two-year degrees.

Funds are awarded for the Academic Challenge Scholarship based on a system that fosters student success. Individuals enrolled in four-year institutions can receive $1,000 for the first year.

To be eligible for an Academic Challenge Scholarship, traditional students must have a minimum ACT score of 19 and be in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree, associate degree, qualified certificate or nursing school diploma. Non-traditional students need either a 19 on the ACT or a 2.5-grade point average (GPA) from the last education received. To maintain eligibility, students must keep a 2.5 GPA, take 30 hours each year and be an Arkansas resident for 12 months prior to enrollment.

Applications for lottery-funded scholarships can be found at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s website at scholarships.adhe.edu. Students can also download the YOUniversal financial aid app and apply directly from a smartphone.

FORMER DE QUEEN RESIDENT PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT WEST MEMPHIS THREE 05/13/19

TigerEye Publications has announced the release of a new paperback book titled “Boxful of Nightmares” from former De Queen Resident, Vicky Edwards. Vicky is the daughter of Doug and Jan Hobbs, who have lived and worked in De Queen for over 25 years. The book chronicles the memoirs of Vicky’s cousin, Terry Hobbs’ and the infamous “West Memphis Three Murders” from the early 1990’s. Arguably, the most horrific crime in Arkansas history, this 1993 tragedy has been chronicled in books, movies, and TV documentaries. To some, even though three suspects were convicted of the murders, and then released from prison many years later, the case remains unsolved. Terry Hobbs is a favorite suspect of the rich & famous and amateur detectives who still follow this 26 year old case.

Vicky earned a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature Degree from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Creative Non-fiction from Lindenwood University. As Terry Hobbs’ cousin, she has a unique viewpoint on the effect the WM3 murders had on Terry’s family. This book takes an inside look at over eighteen years’ worth of Terry’s journals, his grief, questions, and hardships. “Boxful of Nightmares” is available for purchase on Amazon.com and you can Follow Terry’s story at www.TerryHobbs.com.

ARKANSAS LOTTERY JACKPOTS CONTINUE GROWING 05/13/19
 
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s (ASL) three major draw game jackpots continue to grow as the Powerball® stands at $250 million, Mega Millions® has climbed to $316 million and the Natural State Jackpot is up to $300,000 as of Monday, May 13th.“Draw game sales actually produce more proceeds for scholarships,” said ASL Director Bishop Woosley. “And when jackpots get big, our sales go up, which means more money for scholarships.”

The lottery has raised $82.5 million for scholarships so far this fiscal year, and that’s more than $11 million over the projected budget, according to Woosley.

“From a sales and proceeds standpoint, we have never been in a better position at this time in a fiscal year (which ends June 30),” he said. “If this trend holds, we may surpass our previous record for sales and proceeds.”

Woosley said the new Taxes Paid scratch-off tickets have only be in the market for two weeks. One of the top prizes on the $200,000 ticket, which sells for $10, was claimed last week. Since the lottery is paying the taxes on the top-prizes on these tickets, the player won $289,855. There is about $7.5 million in prizes remaining in that game. About the same amount of prize money is available on the other three Taxes Paid tickets that sell for $5, $2, and $1.

May is the third and final month in the lottery’s Spring Cash Giveaway promotion. Players can enter winning and non-winning Powerball tickets along with non-winning instant tickets that launched in March, April and May for a chance to win cash. The final drawing will be June 4. For details on the promotion, go to MyArkansasLottery.com and click on “The Club.”

Woosley said he wants to remind players that the lottery is designed as entertainment so to play for fun and to play responsibly.

To read the most recent Monthly Disclosure Report presented to the Arkansas Legislative Council Lottery Oversight Subcommittee, go to Reports on the About Us page at www.MyArkansasLottery.com.

UA FAYETTEVILLE TO HONOR UA COSSATOT TUITION RATES 05/13/19

The University of Arkansas – Fayetteville’s Chancellor, Dr. Joe Steinmetz has announced that the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville will now charge associate degree graduates from UA Cossatot the same tuition rates those graduates were charged at UA Cossatot. A transfer student from UA Cossatot can attend the University of Arkansas to take courses for their bachelor’s degree and receive the Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship. This annual award from the University of Arkansas will match UA Cossatot’s tuition amount, allowing students to achieve their bachelor’s degree at a more feasible rate.

The Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship is a scholarship that the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville provides for community college students. Arkansas residents who attend the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, as a freshman, pay $246.12 per hour on tuition. UA Cossatot’s in-district tuition rate per hour is $72.00. This scholarship will allow students at UA Cossatot to spend $72.00 on tuition at UA Cossatot, and then continue to pay the same tuition rate of $72.00 at Fayetteville.

Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz from the University of Arkansas said, “For many students, particularly ones starting out at two-year institutions, financial need is one of the bigger obstacles to attaining a bachelor’s degree. It is our responsibility as the state’s flagship and land grant university to reduce obstacles Arkansan’s face to earning a degree and improving the pathways to get there.”

To be eligible to receive an Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship, a graduate from UA Cossatot must:

• Be an Arkansas resident
• Earn a transferrable degree from UA Cossatot, which would be an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.
• Have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average
• Meet all other U of A admission criteria and program requirements
• Enroll in an on-campus undergraduate degree program (full-time or part-time) at the University of Arkansas The Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship will be awarded to eligible transfer students in Arkansas. This scholarship is renewable for up to ten semesters with maintenance of good academic standing (2.00 cumulative GPA after each semester), and a scholarship application is not required for this award.

To learn more about this transfer scholarship or how one can make attending college more affordable by going to school at UA Cossatot, please contact Student Services at 800-844-4471 or email them at studentservices@cccua.edu.

TRI-LAKES BIG BASS TOURNAMENT IN SEVIER COUNTY THIS MONTH 05/10/19

The 30th annual Tri-Lakes Big Bass Festival will be held in Sevier County this month.   This year the event is set for Saturday, May 25, 2019, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on De Queen, Gillham, and Dierks Lakes. Boat checks begin at 5 a.m.

Over $14,000 in prize money and door prizes will be paid out with 5 hourly prizes on each lake each hour. A grand prize of $1,500 will be paid for the largest fish overall, $1,000 for second place, $750 for third place, $500 for fourth place and $300 for fifth place overall.
Registration forms are available online at KDQN.net and at the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber Office in Downtown De Queen. Call 584-3225 for questions.

ASHDOWN RETIREMENT RECEPTION HELD THIS WEEK 05/10/19

Nine employees of the Ashdown School District, were honored at a reception in the Ashdown Administration Building on Monday, May 6.    The reception was sponsored by an Ashdown retired teachers group and the Local Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.  Ruby Lee Rosenbaum, Ann Hopkins, Sandra Camp,  Roy Burton, Barbara Hunter, Carmen Sansom, David Wilson, Lynda Cunningham, and Lynda King were presented engraved plaques by Superintendent Casey Nichols and congratulated by dozens of attendees.

AINSLEY’S ANGELS ORGANIZATION ROLLING STRONG IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS 05/10/19

 
Rolling through two 5ks in two different towns, the weekend of Cinco De Mayo was a busy one for Ainsley’s Angels of Southwest Arkansas. 11 Angel Athlete Riders pulled 37 Angel Runners across the finish lines of the Nashville Peach Blossom Festival 5k and the De Queen Fiesta Fest Cinco De Mayo Kolor Run 5k on May 3rd and May 4th respectively. Angels came from all over Southwest Arkansas to spread the joy of inclusion: Texarkana, Nashville, Mena, De Queen, Foreman, Lockesburg, and Dierks were all well represented.

Ainsley’s Angels provides free athletic equipment and organizes runners to help facilitate differently abled athletes across the finish line. Their mission is to advocate, educate, and celebrate inclusion in the belief that everyone deserves to belong. Southwest Arkansas Ambassador Tessa Dean said “The runner’s high is amplified when all are allowed to participate. We aren’t just doing this to win a race, we are winning because we are doing something together with people who are often left out of events in our community.”

Considering the Sw-Ark ambassadorship of Ainsley’s Angels began in Horatio on February 23rd of this year with one Angel Athlete Rider and ten Angel Runners from this area (and all borrowed equipment from the Northwest Arkansas Ambassadorship), it is safe to say that inclusion is growing rapidly in Southwestern Arkansas endurance events. While completing their third and fourth 5ks in the area, Sw-Ark Ainsley’s Angels is proud to have used four of their own Freedom Chairs (while still borrowing the trailer and several Axioms-larger racing chariots that will also convert to attach to bikes for triathlon and duathlon-from a very accomodating Northwest Arkansas) to support their athletes in the completion of the race.

The donations of businesses, civic groups, and even churches-the De Queen Church of Christ contributed $1100 in April- have allowed this 501c3 nonprofit to order four more chairs since their last race. The new fleet of eight Freedom Chairs will be put to good use in the upcoming Special Olympics Torch Run in De Queen on May 20th. Angel Athlete Riders are excited to partner with law enforcement, turned Angel Runners, for this event. For more information about upcoming events, to find out how to roll, run, or volunteer, or make charitable donations, you can visit www.ainsleysangels.org, or email Tessa Dean at swarkansas@ainsleysangels.org

 

MENA STUDENT WINS GOVERNOR’S AWARD 05/10/19
 
Fisher Neufeld of Mena, is the 2019 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Musical Excellence.

Fisher is a third year choir student at Mena High School who earned all region choir honors for two years and qualified to audition for all state choir both years. He has also been in band for seven years.

Fisher earned all region honors on trombone one year and all region jazz band honors on piano for 5 years. He has been an Arkansas All State Jazz Band member for the past 3 consecutive years. He earned the first chair position on piano in the All State Jazz Band in 2019. Fisher studied piano privately for seven years with Warren David and Judy Kropp. Fisher is the son of Jeff and Jerusha Neufeld.

The Governor’s Award for Musical Excellence is presented to an outstanding high school senior in the spring semester of each school year.

At the request of the Governor, the award medallion can be worn at the graduation ceremony. The award is given with the goal of rewarding and recognizing high school seniors for their commitment to excellence in music, regardless of school size or location.

It is also the intent of the award foundation to provide motivation for younger students to continue their course of musical instruction.

The Governor’s Award for Musical Excellence recipient is chosen based on their demonstration of musicianship, teamwork, dedication, character, and attitude.

AGFC TO SELL ELK HUNTING PERMITS 05/10/19

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has announced that Public Land Elk Hunting permits will go on sale May 15th.

Twenty-six permits are available for the public hunt online draw and an additional three permits will be reserved for onsite draws at the 22nd Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival, June 29.

Public Land Elk Permit Application Requirements

  • Only Arkansas residents with a Resident Sportsman Hunting License or holders of a Lifetime Sportsman’s Permit may apply.
  • A $5 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply.
  • Applicants must be 6 or older to participate.
  • Applicants with 12 or more violation points are ineligible to apply.

Public Land Elk Hunt Details
Public land elk hunts are held on designated areas of the Buffalo National RiverGene Rush WMA, Richland Valley Sonny Varnell Elk Conservation Area and Bearcat Hollow WMA.

Private Land Elk Permit Requirements

  • Permits will be sold through the online license and permitting website.
  • Permits will be added to the hunter’s license.
  • There is a $5.00 application fee.
  • Applicants must be 6 or older to participate.
  • It will be up to the hunter to obtain landowner permission in accordance with AGFC Code of Regulations.

 More info on agfc.com

 
 
HISPANIC NIGHT AT LOCAL COLLEGE 05/09/19
 
The fifth annual UA Cossatot ceremony for Hispanic Night took place at UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus on April 25, 2019. The event started at 6:00 PM and over sixty people were in attendance. Nominees and awards were announced and given to outstanding Hispanics, La Media Luna catered the event, and UA Cossatot staff presented information about academic opportunities at UA Cossatot.
 
Sinai Trejo, Zulually Guerrero Mejia, Laura Salas, Arlene Padilla, Eruby Rodriguez, Beatriz Alvarez, Belen Gueverra Hernandez, Alejandro Hernandez, and Angelica Padilla were all picked as nominees for Hispanic Night. Four awards were given out at the event. Award winners include Outstanding High School Student: Belen Guevara Hernandez, Outstanding UA Cossatot Adult Education Student: Laura Salas,
Outstanding UA Cossatot Student: Beatriz Alvarez, and Outstanding Community Member: Zullualy Guerrero Mejia. Doris Gutierez was the guest speaker at Hispanic Night. She spoke about her educational experience, and how she was able to overcome obstacles to pursue a career she enjoys.
 
Hispanic Night is an event and a ceremony to encourage, honor, and recognize hardworking Hispanics who are reaching educational goals and making an impact in the community. This event is an annual occasion that gives people the chance to learn about UA Cossatot and the opportunities that it offers. UA Cossatot staff
members were present at Hispanic Night to discuss financial aid and services the UA Cossatot Center for Student Success provides to its students. The college’s Student Services department provided information about the admissions process and how one can start their education at UA Cossatot. Student Ambassadors from UA Cossatot were also present to talk about the benefits of being an ambassador at the college.
 
Student Diversity Association (SDA) is a UA Cossatot student organization that helps promote diversity,unity, and overall well-being. It is an organization that allows students to come together who may face more obstacles due to language barriers or cultural backgrounds. SDA sponsors promoted this organization at
Hispanic Night to show that students of all cultures and races are encouraged and supported at UA Cossatot.
 
To learn more about the Student Diversity Association or how one can get started at UA Cossatot, please call Student Services at 800-844-4471 or come by the De Queen, Nashville, or Ashdown campus to speak with an Admissions and Recruitment Specialist. UA Cossatot’s campus hours are open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday-Friday.
 
AGFC COMMUNITY PONDS STOCKED WITH CATFISH REDEEMABLE FOR PRIZES 05/09/19

Hundreds of tagged catfish have been stocked throughout various Family and Community Fishing Program ponds in Arkansas this year, and many tags still are out there. Any angler who turns in one of these tags is eligible for a prize. One lucky angler will be drawn for a two-night stay for up to 14 people at the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Education Center to enjoy fishing, canoeing, archery and trap shooting. The live drawing will be televised July 11.

If you catch a tagged fish, you can mail the tag along with your name, address, telephone number, and where and when the fish was caught to:

ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION
Family and Community Fishing Program
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

All Tag returns must be postmarked by June 30, 2019. Only one entry per person permitted. Catfish daily limit is three. Anglers 16 and older must have a valid license to fish.

Southwest Arkansas ponds stocked with fresh catfish the first week of April include:

-The John Benjamin Glenwood Community Pond in Glenwood,
-Lake Dieffenbacher in Texarkana,
-The Mike and Janet Huckabee Youth and Senior Pond in Hope,
-and Both family and entergy ponds in Hot Springs.

Stocking information can be found by calling the stocking hotline at 1-866-540-3474 or visit AGFC.com

HORATIO BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SEND-OFFS: GOOD LUCK, LIONS! 05/09/19

Community members gathered in Horatio Wednesday to cheer on the Lions Baseball and Softball teams as they headed off to the State Championships to be played today, Thursday May 9th in Mountain Home, Arkansas.


 

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Vacationers Scammed Online  05/09/19

LITTLE ROCK – Third-party travel websites are popular but some may charge Arkansans unnecessary, hidden fees. As Arkansans begin to make summer vacation plans, they should use caution when going online for services including booking travel through an online third-party vendor.

“Some unscrupulous online travel vendors use deceptive and misleading marketing tactics to convince consumers they are talking directly to a hotel,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “In these situations, the consumer is actually talking to a third party that may charge additional fees and may cause the reservation and any special reservation requests to be lost or incorrectly recorded.”

Attorney General Rutledge urges all Arkansans to observe the recommendations of the Better Business Bureau and the American Hotel and Lodging Association to ensure safe travel booking:

  • Whenever possible, book directly with the hotel or resort.
  • If using a third-party booking site, make sure the site is legitimate. Do not trust a website just because it appears to be legitimate or comes up near the top of online search results.
  • The best hotel deals are often available far in advance. Planning ahead will give the opportunity  to research different sites, compare options and amenities, and lock in a good rate.
  • Avoid broad internet searches like “best deals” or “cheapest rates.” Broad search terms can sometimes lead to websites that look official, but are not. Deceptive travel sites often pose as the actual hotel’s website, even using the hotel’s name in the URL and its logo and copyrighted images throughout the site. Double check the website address before providing your credit card information.
  • Call the hotel a few weeks before the travel date to confirm the reservation.

In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission settled a federal lawsuit with a third-party hotel-booking website accused of misleading consumers into believing they were booking directly with a hotel.
For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

SPECIAL WORKSHOP ON NEW HOSPITAL FOLLOWS DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY 05/08/19

Tuesday nights city council meeting in De Queen had a larger-than normal attendance as the recent medical center closure sparked a new round of conversation in addition to the meetings scheduled agenda items.

After public comments, the approval of the previous meetings minutes and old business items were addressed, a lengthy discussion on the city’s Food Truck policy was held. The current mobile food truck ordinance states that no new permits will be issued for any mobile food vehicle after March 1st 2011 and those mobile food businesses established prior to March 1st 2011 are considered permanent fixtures. However, multiple businesses from other areas have reached out to local leaders about setting up food trucks within De Queen. Many questions regarding where the trucks can set up, how many trucks will be issued permits, and what amendments, (if any) need to be made to the ordinance are still circulating during this decision making process.

De Queen Fire Marshall Dennis Pruitt informed the council that existing food trucks in town may not be up to code, depending on the type of establishment these businesses are determined to be by the city. Clarification about proper safety requirements is currently in the works for both The De Queen Fire Department and the city as the item has been tabled and a decision will be put on hold until the next meeting May 21st.

The next item on the agenda was extending the business lease with Smiles of Arkansas in the cultural awareness center in downtown De Queen. The current lease runs out on June 30th and the council agreed to extend the arrangement for an additional five years.

The decision was followed by a brief discussion on the status of the roof at the Senior Citizen Center. Mayor Jeff Brown revealed that the city has been given estimates for the cost of both a repair and a replacement job to mend the center’s roof issue. The repair estimate was reported at $1,780 and a replacement would be $15,330. After noting multiple instances of already repairing the centers roof over the last ten years, it was agreed that the current roof will be replaced with a brand new one and the action will be amended in the mid-year budget adjustment.

The last item on the agenda was a discussion about funding for the De Queen Street department. Mayor Brown told the council that no state aid will be provided for the city street paving project and $75,000 will be required to complete the task. The council granted a funding request for the $75,000 and the street department will have the money necessary to pave three main streets in town. At the time of adjournment Alderman Jason Lofton requested the council consider discussing possible options that could explored for the building and planning of the new hospital in De Queen.

Alderman Kathy Richards suggested adjourning the official meeting and transitioning into a specially called workshop.

Once the workshop began, Dr. Lofton addressed the room in the workshop by presenting four options for funding the new hospital: City, County, Non-profit, or Private ownership. Lofton suggested examining options before making an official decision moving forward. Sevier County Rural Development Authority Chair Dr. Steve Cole attended the workshop to inform the council about the behind-the-scene process leading up to the voluntary license suspension of the old hospital and the intended plans for the new hospital’s future. Cole explained that he was advised by legal council at The Friday Firm that a non-profit route would not be feasible, as sharing tax money with non-profits surrounding the hospital isn’t an option. Cole also says he was advised by legal counsel that County ownership is the best way to establish and fund a new hospital. Throughout the workshop Dr. Lofton continued to encourage leaders to explore the non-profit option, however Cole revealed that several plans are already underway to continue moving toward county ownership, as next week a timeline for The new De Queen Hospital creation process will be officially laid out. A process that could potentially be a 2-4 year project and could cost more than $20 million. The biggest obstacles in the transition of closing the old hospital and establishing a new facility, are the financial entanglements. Dr. Cole noted that later in the process of building the new hospital, a sales tax may be put to voters in Sevier County, and if it passes, it could serve as a source of funding to provide financial support for the new hospital.

Mayor Jeff Brown expressed support of Cole’s efforts and said he is on board with the actions of The Friday Firm thus far. The New Hospital project is time sensitive, as community leaders must prove to a judge that active progress is being made in the establishment process so that the required licensing can be held by local hands.

More updates on the plans for building a new hospital in De Queen will be announced on KDQN as details are made available.

LEGACY INITIATIVES PROPOSE IDEAS FOR PLANNING NEW HOSPITAL IN DE QUEEN 05/08/19

Sevier County Health Officer Dr. Jason Lofton and Former Hospital Board member Chad Gallagher are both members of local non-profit organization, Legacy Initiatives and the two sat down with KDQN for an interview about possible paths that could be explored for the development and funding of a new Hospital that will be built in De Queen.

You can listen to the interview here:

NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTED FOR SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS 05/08/19
The Upper Southwest Regional Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors have selected a new executive director. Area county judges and town mayors with a unanimous vote approved Mitch Noble as the new director at a meeting held Tuesday morning. Max Tackett, who has announced his retirement, will serve until June 28th and assist with any training that is required. Noble has worked over 20 years with the district and currently serves as the Waste Tire Director. He also has previous experience as a director at the landfill located in Magnolia. Tackett said there were a total of nine applicants and that any of them would have been a good choice. He will finish his term with over ten years as director. The landfill in Howard County serves a 17 county area.

ASHDOWN SENIOR RECOGNIZED 05/08/19

Ashley Aylett from CCCUA presented AHS seniors Mackenzie White and Jaden Altenbaumer with scholarships today. Mackenzie received the Board of Visitors and Judge Clayton Castleman Scholarships and Jaden received the Steve Pierce Scholarship. 
(l-r) Mackenzie White, Ashley Aylett, and Jaden Altenbaumer.
 
 
The Ashdown High School Band honored their seniors with a reception following their spring concert on May 2.
(l-r) Wade Young, Ian Boley, Bralee Lansdell, Leah Lovell, Paxton Parker, Allyson Deloney, Deniyah Hemphill, and Bradee McKean
 

ARKANSAS AG TAKES ACTION AGAINST SPAM CALLERS 05/08/19

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge submitted comments Monday on the Truth in Caller ID Act rulemaking process, which will enable the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to combat caller ID spoofing activities originating outside the United States.

“Arkansas has been leading the charge against these incessant and illegal spoofing calls that scam Arkansans out of thousands of dollars and are often directed to our most vulnerable citizens,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This proposed rule would expand the FCC’s authority to hold these bad actors accountable for the harm they cause.”

In March, Rutledge worked with legislators to enact stiffer penalties for illegal robocalls and spoofing, which faced no opposition. Arkansas has joined 49 other states and 4 U.S. territories in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate encouraging the passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act.

In February, Rutledge also sent a letter to the FCC demanding they take more aggressive measures to require telecoms to use existing technology to identify and stop illegal robocalls.

Rutledge joined the coalition with 42 other states to submit the comments.

FINANCIAL AID HELP AVAILABLE WITH FASFA FRIDAYS AT UA COSSATOT 05/08/19

To help UA Cossatot students get ready for the 2019-2020 academic year, UA Cossatot’s Financial Aid department has been hosting FAFSA Fridays. FAFSA Fridays give students the chance to complete the FAFSA with assistance from a UA Cossatot Financial Aid employee. On April 26, 2019, the Financial Aid Office offered their fourth FAFSA Friday for the spring 2019 semester at the Ashdown, Nashville, and De Queen campuses from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the key to obtaining federal financial aid like grants, work-study, and scholarships that can be used to pay for college. It determines a student’s eligibility for student financial aid. As a service to UA Cossatot students, the Financial Aid department provides FAFSA Fridays to encourage and help students seek financial assistance. It gives students the chance to complete the FAFSA with a financial aid professional where they can ask questions and receive help.
On April 26 at the Ashdown campus, UA Cossatot Financial Aid Analyst and Veteran Affairs Representative, Shawna Stinnett helped students in Little River County fill out the FAFSA online. Nathan House is a current Physical Therapy Assistant major at UA Cossatot from Ashdown. He made an appointment to meet with Mrs. Stinnett to complete his FAFSA for the upcoming academic year.
Nathan House said, “My FAFSA Friday experience was a good one. Filling out the FAFSA can be stressful, and having someone there in person to help guide you through the process makes things much easier!
I was able to get all of my questions answered.” House added, “I am glad UA Cossatot chooses to conduct  FAFSA Fridays on all of their campuses. Having someone here in Ashdown, made things more convenient for me.”

Students and family members who attend a FAFSA Friday appointment must bring the following to complete financial aid applications:
 Student’s Social Security Number
 Student’s Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)
 Student’s 2017 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
 Student’s bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
 Student’s records of untaxed income (if applicable)
 Student’s FSA ID to sign electronically (can be created at appointment)

If you would like to receive financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year, and would like help filling out the FAFSA, the college will be conducting two more FAFSA Fridays this semester on May 10 and May 24.
They will start at 9:00 AM and end at 1:00 PM at the Ashdown, Nashville, and De Queen campuses. To schedule an appointment, please call 870-584-1118 or e-mail askfinanicialaid@cccua.edu.###

TEXARKANA AR. TO PURCHASE NEW POLICE CARS AND IMPROVE CITY STREETS 05/07/19

The city of Texarkana Arkansas is set to purchase new police patrol cars and make moves to improve the city streets.

On Monday the Board voted to approve the purchase of five 2020 Ford Police Interceptor patrol vehicles at a total cost of more than $176,000. It also authorized a $671,000 contract with a local company for work on U of A Way.

Most of Texarkana, Ark., Police Department’s patrol vehicles have more than 100,000 miles, and some have more than 150,000, causing excessive maintenance costs as well as safety and liability issues, according to briefing materials prepared by city staff.

Most of the expenditure for the new cars is available in the TAPD budget, and more than $63,000 would come from the sale of eight 2012 Dodge Chargers in the current fleet. The purchase is the first step of a five-year plan to replace 20% of the aging fleet a year, a move that could save the city about $10,000 a year in maintenance and fuel costs.

The Board also awarded a contract to Texarkana-based Tatum Excavating Co. to complete improvements to U of A Way. TEC submitted the low bid for the work, which is funded by a U.S. Economic Development Association grant.

The Board approved submitting an application for more than $98,000 in Arkansas Highway Transportation Department grant funds to extend sidewalks on East 50th Street. If the application is successful, the city would provide more than $24,000 in matching funds and construct sidewalks between Pinecrest Circle and Parkway Drive.

AGFC SECOND SATURDAY YOUTH FISHING DERBY THIS WEEKEND -5/07/19
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has announced a “Second Saturday” Youth Fishing Derby in Southwest Arkansas this weekend at The Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center on Saturday May 11, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Additional dates include: | June 8 | July 13 Aug. 10 | Sept. 14 | Oct. 12

All children ages 15 and under are welcome to participate in these derbies.

  • Bring your pole and some bait, and fish for catfish in the education pond.
  • A limited supply of poles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Only one pole per participant please.
  • Prizes will be given for the largest and smallest catfish caught.
  • This is a free program.

For more information about this or any other program, please contact the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center at 870-983-2790 OR visit AGFC.com

DAISY STATE PARK CLEAN-UP SATURDAY 05/07/19

A cleanup event has been scheduled for Daisy State Park at 103 East Park

in Kirby, AR 71950 on Saturday, May 11th. This year organizers will work to clean up the shoreline around the park and day use picnic areas. The tour boat will also be provided for the shoreline cleanup. Life jackets, gloves, trash bags, and safety vests will be supplied for all who attend. Registration will begin at the city park at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. The Park is managed by The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Department and questions can be referred to (870) 398-4487.

MAN FACING DWI CHARGE AFTER SEVIER COUNTY TRAFFIC STOP 05/06/19

A Foreman, Arkansas man is facing a charge of Driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop was conducted by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department last month.

A report from the department states that Deputies Greg Harper and Chett Stubbs pulled over the driver of a truck traveling on Highway 71 South, North of Lockesburg on Saturday April 27th after observing the vehicle driving partially in the wrong lane.

The driver was identified as Carl Young and deputies reported that an open beer was found inside the truck and the man showed signs of alcohol consumption, including slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Young was placed into custody after refusing to take a portion of the field sobriety tests administered by Deputy Stubbs, which he claimed was for medical reasons. He was then transported to the Sevier County Jail where he was read his rights and reportedly agreed to complete the tests. A blood alcohol test was also administered and a result of .12 was reportedly discovered, which is .04 more than the legal limit. Young was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and has been given a court date of May 28th at the Sevier County Courthouse.

DE QUEEN LAND TEAM 3RD IN NATION 04/06/19

The De Queen FFA Land team placed third out of 102 teams at the National contest held May 2nd in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Members include Dulce Vargas, Blanca Morales, CJ Chandler and Weston Harp. Coach John Frachiseur.
Weston Harp was 4th high point individual out of 405 contestants.
 

LAND AUCTION ANNOUNCED FOR LITTLE RIVER COUNTY 05/06/19

(May 6, 2019) LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Commissioner of State Lands Tommy Land announced that his office will auction tax-delinquent land in Little River County on Wednesday, May 22, at 10 a.m. The auction will be held at Little River County Courthouse-Annex conference room in Ashdown with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Prospective bidders can find an online Public Auction Catalog, including a buyer’s guide; statutes governing sales; auction date, time and location; and a complete listing of parcels offered. This resource is on the Commissioner’s website, www.cosl.org, and is regularly updated.

“We open the bidding at the amount of taxes, penalties and interest due,” Land said. “Anyone who has delinquent property going up for auction should be aware they only have 10 business days after the auction to redeem property sold there.”

Bidders must register for the auction, but the registration is free. The first $100 of any parcel’s purchase price must be paid in cash, while the remainder may be paid by cash, check or credit card.

“Property taxes help fund schools, roads, libraries and public services including ambulances,” Land said. “Everyone benefits from paying those taxes — and the property owner benefits from paying on time, by avoiding interest and penalties on delinquent taxes.”

Owners of delinquent parcels may call the office at 501-324-9422 to request a Petition to Redeem, or they can print the petition by searching the parcel on the website, www.cosl.org.

DIERKS YOUTH BASKETBALL SKILLS CAMP ANNOUNCED 05/06/19

The Dierks Outlaw Basketball Fundamental Skills Camp has been announced for this month. The camp is for students entering 3rd-7th grades.

The boys’ camp will begin today, Monday May 6 and continue through Wednesday, May 8th. The girls’ camp will be held next week, Monday May 13th through Wednesday May 15th. The sessions will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 each day. Skills to be taught will include ball handling, defensive stance, passing, shooting, rebounding footwork and the cost of the Dierks Outlaw Basketball Skills camp is $35 per student.

For more information, contact coaches Kevin Alexander, (870) 557-2735 or Todd Finley, (870) 826-2872.

DE QUEEN SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 05/06/19

The De Queen School Board will hold their regular monthly meeting today, Monday May 6th at the district administration building. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the public is welcome.

Agenda items to be discussed include an expulsion hearing, updates on the High School Quiz Bowl Team and the FFA land judging team, approving the special education budget for the 2019-2020 school year and approving or disapproving school choice students. An executive session will be held and the board will also discuss salary schedule, resignations and hiring personnel.

 

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SPOTLIGHT: ELEUTERIO HERNANDEZ 05/03/19

Once a month, KDQN is providing a behind the scenes look at the lives of our local law enforcement representatives in the Sevier County area. News director Murriel Wiley has been granted access to sit down one-on-one with employees of The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department to give the community a close-up look at those who help keep our community safe.

For the month of May, We’re spotlighting Eleuterio Hernandez, a detention officer at the Sevier County Sheriff’s department in De Queen.

Eleuterio Hernandez is better known around the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department as “Terry” and in addition to serving the community as a Detention Officer, he has also been a volunteer Firefighter with the De Queen Fire Department since 2001.

Terry is a 1997 graduate of De Queen High School and both a husband and Father. His wife, Josefina has worked at Husquevarna for 10 years and he has two daughters named Leslie and Lindsay. Josefina and Terry will be celebrating their 20 year wedding anniversary this September. Before becoming a detention officer, Terry worked at diamond bank until he was referred to the Sheriff’s department by a friend who worked at the jail. The father of two enjoys fishing, taking his girls swimming, exploring the outdoors, working out and spending time with his family. With three girls at home, Terry goes on a lot of shopping trips when he’s not working. Though even when he’s not clocked in at the Sheriff’s Department, he’s on call as a volunteer firefighter with DFD.

Something Terry feels is important for citizens with negative views of police presence to realize is that the sheriff’ department is here to help. Hernandez says “our job is to help, you know, protect and serve. ..if we arrest someone in their family now they hate us they need to understand we really are just doing a job. We really are here to protect and serve the this whole county.”

Terry has a goal of becoming a police officer or sheriff’s deputy someday and he says his favorite part of the job is the people he works with.

Keep listening to KDQN to find out more about our local law enforcement representatives in the area.

DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR EARNS MULTIPLE SCHOLARSHIPS 05/03/19

De Queen Senior Perla Cervantes has been awarded a Reddie Achievement Scholarship worth $10,000, a $16,000 HSU Band Scholarship and a $400 from the Arkansas Women Band Directors Association “Cathy Williams Scholarship.”

Perla is the daughter of Beatrice and Francisco Cervantes.  She is a member of National Honor Society, Editor of the Yearbook, member of the high school band as well as the jazz band, Sunday School teacher in Voice of Restoration and a church musician.

Perla will study music Education at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

 

ARKANSAS AG ANNOUNCES ARRESTS IN MEDICAID FRAUD CASE 05/03/19

Ar. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of the owner and CEO of New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services LLC, Chirie Bazzelle.

Bazzelle, 46, of Benton, is accused of failing to report contracts with Milton “Rusty” Cranford, Robin Raveendran, and her former husband Michael Grimes who is a convicted felon. She is also accused of continuing the employment of individuals who had been convicted of Medicaid fraud and ignoring additional Medicaid fraud claims of other employees. Bazzelle has been listed as the sole owner of New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services in Pulaski County since 2010. Bazzelle is also accused of attempting to evade taxes from January 2014 through February 2019.

In June, Rutledge announced the arrest of former Preferred Family Healthcare Director of Program Integrity and Director of Operations, Raveendran, for scamming the Arkansas Medicaid Program of $2.2 million. Raveendran is also a former Senior Auditor with Arkansas’s Medicaid Program Integrity Unit. In August, Rutledge announced the arrest of former Preferred Family Healthcare Director of Billing, Helen Balding, for similar actions. In October, Rutledge announced the arrest of Vicki Chisam who is accused of being an accomplice to Raveendran, Balding and other individuals known and unknown to the Office of the Attorney General.

The Attorney General’s office was assisted in this investigation by the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and will be prosecuted in cooperation with 6th Judicial Prosecutor Larry Jegley.

Medicaid fraud occurs when providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, contact the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or oag@arkansasag.gov.

 

DE QUEEN TO GET NEW HOSPITAL AS MEDICAL CENTER CLOSES 05/02/19

A press conference was called in De Queen Thursday, May 2nd by Sevier County Judge Greg Ray to discuss the status of the De Queen Medical Center following rumors that emerged on Social Media Wednesday.   The hospital has been declining for several months and employees have continued to work without pay as financial struggles, a placement on ambulance diversion, lack of services and troublesome ownership issues have contributed to the downfall of the center.
Community leaders including Judge Ray, De Queen Mayor Jeff Brown, and Sevier County Rural Development Authority Chair Dr. Steve Cole have been working behind the scenes to get the hospital back on track and into the hands of local leadership. The Hospital owner, Jorge Perez attempted to file for Bankruptcy of the center back in March 2019 but a judge in Miami Florida rejected the move as receivership of the center had previously been granted to the hospitals director of Nurses Rachel Mathison within the state of Arkansas.

Sevier County judge Greg Ray has been represented by legal counsel Lynda Johnson of the Friday Firm throughout the process of trying return the hospital to it’s proper state. Johnson has been working with Ray and local community leaders to submit a Corrective Plan of Action so that the hospitals deficiencies could be amended. Johnson told KDQN in an email that the corrective plan could not be submitted to the Arkansas Health Department on Monday, April 29th as intended due to overwhelming financial deficits that could not be repaired.

During the press conference Dr. Steve Cole revealed that on Tuesday, May 7th the Hospital will submit a voluntary suspension of the license which must be accepted by the state of Arkansas. Dr. Cole also revealed that because the current hospital is applying for voluntary license suspension, the decision has been made to begin construction on a new hospital for the city of De Queen. That hospital will serve the community of Sevier County and the plan is for the new facility to operate under local supervision.

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Several questions remain unanswered at this time in regards to where the new hospital will be located, when it will be built and how it will be paid for, however the Mayor, Judge Ray and Dr. Cole verified that the community leaders involved in the process will stay transparent in communication efforts with the community. Mayor Jeff Brown told the media that the local leaders did not “leave a stone unturned” in their attempts to try and to keep the hospital functioning.   Brown, Ray and Cole emphasized the importance of caring for local people. Mayor Brown says “We have to have a place to save the lives of our citizens… We’re going to keep fighting until we get what we’re after.” Cole says having a critical access facility in Sevier County is not something ”nice to have” he insists, it is a “must” as other regional healthcare facilities could be too far away for some patients in emergency situations.

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Something Cole noted multiple times was the importance of commending the 35 employees of the De Queen Medical Center who continued to show up to work each day despite going months without receiving a paycheck. Cole says the employees chose to do so, so they could help the hospital have a chance at staying open.

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After the voluntary suspension of licensing is submitted to and accepted by the state of Arkansas, community leaders take down   Emergency Room signage outside the facility and provide public notice to potential patients who will need to make other arrangements for medical services.

A full view of the Press Conference can be seen on KDQN 92.1 FM’s facebook page and more information about the construction of the new hospital will be made public as details become available.

DE QUEEN GRAD SIGNS WITH SAU RODEO TEAM 05/02/19

McKenna Caudle signed her letter of intent to rodeo for Southern Arkansas University’s Rodeo Team at De Queen High School. Congratulations McKenna! #LeopardToMulerider #sauproud#saurodeo

WESTERMAN WEEKLY WITH WILEY (AND JAY) 05/02/19

Every Thursday Morning, KDQN News Director Murriel Wiley and Jay Lindly of “The morning Brew” host a weekly interview with Bruce Westerman, Congressman for The 4th District. An edited version of the weekly call has been made available for KDQN listeners.
Take a listen!:

ASHDOWN SENIORS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS 05/02/19

The annual Ashdown Scholarship Tea was held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2p.m. in the Ashdown High School Cafeteria. Sixty-two scholarships of over $ 36,000 were given to 26 Ashdown High School Seniors.

The Scholarship Committee has awarded over 100% of all donated moneys for some time due to investments. We plan to continue this trend and strive both to recognize students’ needs and to reward their hard work and high aspirations.

Last year, we awarded 51 scholarships with a total value of $27,220.  The committee has authorized an alumni fund through which former students of Ashdown High School, businesses, or other individuals may contribute to the program in any amount and at any time. Such contributions may be made in honor or memory of friends and loved ones. Scholarships are tax deductible and may be sent to Ashdown Public Schools, 751 Rankin St., Ashdown, AR 71822. You may attention your correspondence to: Ashdown Scholarship Committee or call 903-826-4434 if you have any questions.

We would like to thank all of the donors for allowing us to continue honoring our deserving seniors from Ashdown High School. We would also like to encourage businesses, as well as individuals to support the scholarship program.

LOCAL TRAP SHOOTING TEAMS EXCEL AT TOURNAMENTS 05/02/19

If the first weekend is any indication, the race to be this year’s best senior high team in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program will be a wide-open affair. In the large South Regional, staged on Saturday, the top six teams were separated by five total trap target hits, with the White Hall Bulldogs’ Five Dog Night squad easing to the regional championship with 230 total clays.

And although the next three teams – MVSA’s Angry Birds (226, fourth), Magnolia Panthers 1 (226, fifth) and Scrapper Team 1 from Nashville (225, sixth) – didn’t collect any hardware on Saturday at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex, they get to hone their skills for a month as they move on along with all the teams finishing in the Top 16 to the AYSSP Senior Division State Finals, slated for June 1.

The attention turns this week to the East Regional, where junior teams compete at the complex on Friday, May 3, starting at 8:30 a.m., and seniors take the stage Saturday, May 4, also starting at 8:30 a.m. and the West will conclude regional tournaments here on May 17-18.

The senior teams shoot at 50 targets per shooter, with most teams fielding 5-person shooting teams, while the juniors take aim at 25 targets during regional play. In the South’s junior division, held last Friday, Ashdown Shooting Sports Squad 1 was paced by two perfect shooters, Drake Abney and Hunter Mize, and with 107 total points it conquered the field in another close contest. Defending junior state champion Nashville saw its Scrapper Squad 1 win a card-off for second place at 106, with third place going to Lafayette County Trap Masters Team 1.

One senior shooter qualified Saturday for the Champion of Champions with a perfect 50 targets: Braden Fritts from Nashville Scrapper Team 1. Three senior shooters came achingly close with one miss each. And, while Tyler Caple and Michael Kalkbrenner were two shots off perfection, their solid day is what helped Five Dog Night to the regional crown. Buck Horton hit 47 of 50 shots, while Garrett Green was 46-for-50. Treyton Carter rounded out the balanced winning White Hall effort with 41 clays hit.

In juniors, Ashdown’s Jared Day backed up his perfect-shooting teammates with 23 of 25 as they eked by to a regional title.The tournaments are open for viewing by the public. Food and retail vendors are onsite, as well as fishing and archery stations for the youths. The pond onsite is stocked by the AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program; a fishing license is required to fish the pond for anyone 16 years and older., visit www.agfc.com/ayssp.

ARKANSAS FARM FAMILIES OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED 05/02/19

County farm families for the 72nd annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected.

The county winners will be visited by a set of judges to determine the eight district winners, who will be announced June 17. They will be visited again by a different set of judges in July to determine a state winner, who will be announced Dec. 12 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock.

The county winners are: Southwest District

  • Bradley – Hamilton Farms, Hermitage
  • Calhoun – Allen Primm, Hampton
  • Hempstead – Donald and B.J. Hampton, Hope
  • Lafayette – Jamie and Kalen Knighton, Lewisville
  • Little River – La Voice Family, Ashdown
  • Nevada – Mike Cottingham, Prescott
  • Union – Charles and Debbie Foot, Tinsley
  • Polk – Dean and June Wiles, Mena

and West Central District

  • Howard – The Greene Family, Athens
  • Sevier – Josh & Twyla Morris and Marilyn Morris, Gillham

UA COSSATOT FFA ENTERS NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL RANCH 05/02/19

UA Cossatot Collegiate FFA received a Day of Service Mini-Grant through the National FFA Living to Serve program to collaborate on a project with Runnin’ WJ Ranch in Texarkana, Texas. Runnin’ WJ Ranch is a non-profit equine assisted activities facility for special-needs children and adults.
Agriculture students from UA Cossatot began volunteering with the therapeutic riding program at the ranch this spring. The students developed a project in coordination with the staff at the ranch to assist with their equine parasite management program. This allowed students to integrate the knowledge and skills obtained in their animal nutrition class in a real world situation.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, UA Cossatot agriculture instructor and FFA advisor, Kelli Harris, and FFA cosponsor, Mac Irvin, traveled with a group of six students to Runnin’ WJ Ranch. The students worked with the staff at the ranch to administer Ivermectin paste to twenty-one horses, spray the horses with fly spray, deodorize
stalls, and assist with other responsibilities related to the care of the horses. The UA Cossatot Collegiate FFA was able to donate all of the supplies needed for the project thanks to $400 in funding provided by the grant.

Kelli Harris said, “I’m so proud of my students and all that they do for the FFA and our community. This partnership with Runnin’ WJ Ranch is a wonderful opportunity for UA Cossatot agriculture students to work with professionals in the equine industry. Not only are the students able to serve an amazing organization, but they are gaining valuable skills.”  The project was developed in coordination with Runnin’ WJ Ranch employees Shelly Raulston, Narda Launius, Mack Dean, and Karen Akin. The UA Cossatot students who participated in the project were KinleyWright, Hadley Philamlee, Cody Chandler, Dusty Kesterson, Peyton Frachiseur, and Katy Chapa.
To learn more about UA Cossatot’s Collegiate FFA student organization, please e-mail Kelli Harris at KHarris@CCCUA.edu

 

ASHDOWN SENIORS ATTEND GOVERNOR’S SCHOLASTIC HONORS DAY 05/01/19

Leah Lovell and Bradee McKean two seniors represented Ashdown High School at the Governor’s Scholastic Honors Day on Saturday, April 27th in Little Rock because of their excellent academic achievement in high school.

Michael Corbell, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Bradee McKean, Mrs. Hutchinson, and  Molly Corbell

Brent Lovell, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Leah Lovell, Mrs. Hutchinson, and Amy Lovell.