Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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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.



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. 


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.


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 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




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.


Previously Reported


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.


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!


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


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 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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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 DeQueen, 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.

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.


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

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 $18,000.
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.


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 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


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.



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. 



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”

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.


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 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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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 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.


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 .


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


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.

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.


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 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).


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.


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


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.


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.



 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


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
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

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.
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.

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 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 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.


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 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.”


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 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.
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.


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.


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.

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.”

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.

Congratulations to the Horatio High School Class of 2019! 51 graduating seniors walked in a ceremony held Tuesday night at the school gym.
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.


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.


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.

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.


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 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.


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.
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.
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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.

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.


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.


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 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



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



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.


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.


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.


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 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.

(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.


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.


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.

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 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.



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.


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.”


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 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.


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


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.



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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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

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.

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:

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


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.


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.


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:

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.


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 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.


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.###


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.

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


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.


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.


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.


(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.


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.


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.



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 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.



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.



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.


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


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!:


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.


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.


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 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



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.