Upcoming Events

Cossatot River Schools offering Free Tutoring        Now

Cossatot River Schools are on a four-day week with Mondays off, but they are offering a free program to K-12 students to come to campus on every other Monday from 7:30 to 12 to help makeup for learning lost during the COVID pandemic. Bus transportation is offered, and they provide breakfast and lunch.The dates for this semester are:
October 18, 2021
November 1, 2021
November 15, 2021
December 6, 2021

Family Night Library and Tutoring Available for all students in Ashdown Public Schools         Now

Students at Ashdown Public Schools are offered several tutoring options and night libraries to help them succeed.At Ashdown Elementary, students are able to attend Family Night Library on Mondays  from 4-6 p.m. with their parents to read and complete Accelerated Reader tests or receive Tutoring on Monday and Tuesdays each week from 4-6 p.m.  These nights are held in the Ashdown Elementary Library located in the C.D. Franks Building.  For more information, call 898-3711.Starting on Monday, September 20, students at Ashdown Junior High are able to attend morning and/or afternoon Night Library.  These students are also able to receive tutoring, help with class assignments, or makeup tests as needed. Morning sessions are from 7:15-8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 3:15-4:45 p.m.Ashdown High School math tutoring is offered during the school day on Wednesdays during Math Flex Day as well as on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:15-8:00 a.m. and on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m.  Students needing before and/or after-school tutoring can sign up with Mrs. Pierce-Sallade or be referred by their math teachers.  Tuesday Night Library will be open each Tuesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. for students to make up tests and receive help on their assignments.

CADC utility assistance programs accepting applications    Now

The Central Arkansas Development Council is currently taking applications online from Sevier County residents for its 2021 Extended Winter CARES LIHEAP Utility Assistance program. This program will assist with gas and propane utility bills only. The extended gas program will assist customers with past due bills or shut off notices.Crisis benefits are available up to $2,000. Applicants who previously applied are eligible to apply again. Applications for the CADC LIHEAP Summer Program for electric customers began being accepted Monday, July 26.For more information, visit www.cadc.com or call (870) 982-9701.

Lockesburg Lions Club hosting two community events in November

The Lockesburg Lions Club will is accepting donations of new toys for their annual toy drive to benefit local children November 1st through 30th.  Toys may be dropped off at Southern Bancorp Bank or Zeb’s Lunch Box.  Toys will be donated to Sevier County Angel Tree program for distribution.The Lockesburg Lions Club is also taking orders for Christmas Poinsettias though October 30th They are $14 each and will be available the week after Thanksgiving.  Order by calling Souther Bancorpo at (870) 289-40871, Jim’s Boot Shop at (870) 289-5231 or texting (870) 784-2119.

Happenings in Horatio     10/16-10/30

The Horatio Hometown Connections group has several events scheduled in Horatio:October 16th – Fall Festival with a car show and vendors  10a-5p
October 30 – Trunk or TreatIf you would like more information about any of these events, contact Emily at froglevel.studios160@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page for Horatio-Hometown-Happenings.

Upcoming Hunting Season Dates   10/16 to 01/02/22

Arkansas offers a wide variety of Wildlife Management Areas open to the public to hunt on. Many of these areas do require a special draw permit to be able to hunt, however, some simply require a general WMA permit.If bow season isn’t for you then muzzle loader season isn’t far behind with opening day being October 16th. Modern Gun will see its debut for the 2021 season beginning Nov. 13th.This season’s special youth modern gun hunt is set for Nov. 6-7 and again from Jan. 1-2 of 2022.Visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s website for a full listing of those guidelines at AGFC.com.

Foreman School District report to the public    10/19

Foreman High School will host its annual Report to the Public Tuesday evening, October 19th starting at 5:30 in the high school library.  The report will be followed by the board’s regular monthly meeting.  Both meetings are open to the public.

Horatio High School Homecoming celebration       10/22

Horatio High School will celebrate Homecoming 2021 this Friday, October 22.  The Lions will take on Genoa Central at 7 pm.  Homecoming Coronation will take place at 6:30 pm at Lion Stadium,

Benefit Dinner, Silent Auction and Bake Sale   10/23

There will be a benefit dinner, silent auction and bake sale for Randy Hopkins in the Dierks Arkansas City Park on Oct 23rd. Dinner will consist of Chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll and dessert for an $8 donation.If you would like to donate items for the auction, bake sale or if you want to help in any way please contact Hannah McClendon at (870) 542-4268, Nelda Allen at (870)584-9757 or Jessica Hopkins at (870) 315-6165.

Cossatot River Trail Run      10/23

Cossatot River State Park will hold their popular Half Marathon on Saturday, October 23rd.  On site registration begins at 6 am with the run to begin at 8.Pre-register at getmeregistered.com for $40.00 adult registration (through 10/21 at 11:59 PM  or $20.00 youth registration (18 and under) through 10/21 at 11:59 PM.T-shirts will be provided for registered runners.  For more information call the park at (870) 385-2201.Check out their other events at www.arkansasstateparks.com/events?f[0]=grid_events_park:1731

Umpire Fall Festival     10/29

Umpire Sophomores are selling chances on a Husqvarna weedeater, chainsaw, or fall gift basket to be raffled off on Friday, October 29th at this year’s Fall Festival.  For more information call Umpire High School at (870) 583-2141.

Beef and Forages Field Day    10/29

The annual Beef and Forages Field Day sponsored by the UADA Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope will be Friday, October 29th from 10 am until 3 pm. There is not cost to attend and lunch will be provided, but you must RSVP by October 26th. Call your local county extension office or contact Sherri Pote at (870) 777-9702 for more information.

Foreman School “The Last Walk” Tour   10/30

The Foreman School District is inviting all alumni, community members and current students to attend a commemoration event to say goodbye to the old Foreman High School building and say hello to the new one.The event, which organizers are calling “The Last Walk,” will be held Oct. 30 and include tours of the old and new high school buildings.Tours will be held between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 30 with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. to inaugurate the new Foreman High School facility.Anyone with questions or seeking more information is asked to contact Kristie Smith at (870) 542-7212 ext. 239.

De Queen Trunk or Treat             10/30

The De Queen Truck or Treat event is scheduled for Saturday, October 30th at the De Queen Sportsplex from 4 until 6pm.  If you would like to host car or game you may sign up via the Trunk or Treat event page on Facebook.Donations of candy may be left at Meraki Hair Studio, Leopard Nutrition, De Queen Auto Group, Southern Girls Flower Shop or here at KDQN Studios.

Little River Trunk or Treat drive thru     10/30

The Little River County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Trunk or Treat drive-thru Halloween event on Saturday, October 30th.  The vent is scheduled for 3-5 pm at Pocket Park.  If you, your business, civic group or church would like to participate, call (870) 898-2758 or email director@littlerivercoc.org.

Story Hour at De Queen Library    11/3 & 17

De Queen Library will host two story times in November –  on Wednesday November 3rd and again on Wednesday, November 17th starting at 4 pm both days.  All area youth are invited to go by and enjoy these free story time events.

10th Annual Tour de Queen    11/06

Sevier County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 10th annual Tour de Queen on Saturday, November 6th beginning at 9 am.    Please pre-register online, with BikeReg.  Routes include a 15-mile, 25-mile, 36-mile, 38-mile, 47-mile ride and a new 100 mile option.  For more information, contact the Sevier County Chamber of Commerce at dqchamber@gmail.com.

Street Dance to benefit American Legion Post #54     11/13

A street dance hosted by HealthCare Express with live music, dancing, arts, crafts, shopping, food and fun will be held in downtown De Queen from 5 until 10 pm on Saturday, November 13th.  Primary purpose of the event is to collect non perishable food items donated to American Legion Post 54 to aid veterans in the De Queen community.   The Charles E Brown American Legion Post #54 is selling chances for $100 cash and/or a propane fueled, free standing deep fryer.  Chances are available from any post member for $5 for one ticket or $10 for 4.  Drawing will be held at the street dance.





De Queen First Assembly will have the food pantry on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 9 am to 10:30 am. Call 870-584-3435 for more information about De Queen First Assembly and their food pantry.



The Sevier County Water Association has announced their office is closed to the public until further notice. Payments can  still be mailed in to P.O Box 700, De Queen Arkansas, 71832. Information is available online at scwa.myruralwater.com or call 870-642-5289.



De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce has started a new facebook page which will allow local businesses to post change of hours, curbside and home delivery  availability as well as online shopping incentives.   Help spread awareness for our local businesses by inviting friends and fellow business owners to join the group.  For the most up-to-date listing or to post your information, click here.



An agent will be present in the Extension Office in Sevier County at the De Queen Campus. Please call ahead at (870) 584-3013.  If you have agri samples (soil, hay, hog water, etc.) to be sent off, please call the office for instructions.  They are open 7:30-5:00 Mon-Thurs and closed Friday.


The Division of Agriculture has made pesticide applicator training, certification available online. Fast Facts:

  • Private applicator training now available online at uaex.edu/pat
  • $20 cost does not include license fee paid to state
  • Valid for both initial certification and recertification


Horatio Sotelo with Templo de Alabanza said they will be distributing commodities at the First Church of the Nazarene on Hwy 70B in De Queen the second Thursday of each month.



Copy and paste the link below for a list of upcoming events:https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/daisy-state-park



The Extension Homemakers Clubs (EHC) of Sevier County hold regular monthly meetings for members to gain new knowledge through workshops, programs, activities and service projects. Everyone is welcome and information is available by contacting Janet Cantrell at 870-584-3013.De Queen EHC meets the 2nd Wednesday of Each month in The REA building AT 9:30 a.m.Gillham EHC meets the 2nd Friday of each month in member homes in Gillham at 10:00 a.m.


Ricky Hendricks, Commander of Post 54 in De Queen has announced more people can join the American legion. Previously only veterans with certain years of service were eligible, but now policies have changed to allow for anyone who has been honorably discharged from the military to join the legion. The local Legion Hut in De Queen is located at 813 North 8th street and the group meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.



De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt has issued a reminder to citizens about carbon monoxide safety. For anyone who does not have a carbon monoxide detector or smoke alarm, call The Fire Department at 870-584-7224.



You may now purchase copies of Arkansas Birth and Arkansas Death certificates at the Sevier County Health Unit, 304 N. 4th Street in De Queen..   For more information, call 870-642-2535AR Birth Certificates are $12.00 for first copy and $10.00 for each additional Birth Copy. AR Death Certificates are $10.00 and $8.00 for each additional Death Copy.At this time, they are only able to accept Cash or Check.You can still purchase certificates at: 4815 W Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205.



Imagination Library of Southwest Arkansas is an early childhood BOOK GIFTING program for all Sevier County children Birth to age Five. The children will receive an age appropriate book, monthly, at no cost to the parents, for children of Sevier County.To register for the Gifting Program, forms may be picked up at KDQN studios, De Queen Auto Group or at any Sevier County Library or you can register at www.imaginationlibrary.com.For more information, please call Z.Z. at 870-642-4886, Mary Ellen Dooley 870-584-8663, Melanie Marshall at 870-784-2882 or For Spanish information call Erika Buenrrostro at 870-784-5154.



Volunteers are needed in Lockesburg, De Queen, Ashdown, Foreman, and Texarkana to help hospice patients and their families. Call Latoya Farris at 870-773-2621 or email: latoya.Farris@encompasshealth.com.



Donations for the chalice cupboard may be dropped off at the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library.



Application for the low-income home energy assistance program will be accepted in Sevier County at the De Queen Nazarene Church on Thursdays from 8am-noon.



CASA of the Ouachita Region is currently looking for volunteers to advocate on behalf on foster care children. More information on volunteering can be found by calling Yuliza Stubbs at 870-518-4026 or email aguirreyuliza@yahoo.com.



De Queen First Assembly Celebrate Recovery is lead by Joe and Hattie Vance every Friday night at 6:00 p.m in De Queen. Information can be found by calling 870-584-3435 or email joehattiecr@yahoo.com.



Community lunch every 3rd Saturday at Horatio 1st Assembly of God Fellowship Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Every one is welcome and there is no cost.



Seventh Day Adventist church is hosting a free clothing giveaway session every Thursday from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. The church is located at 1446 red bridge road in De Queen.



The Gillham Volunteer Fire Department is always looking for extra help. Informational meetings are held at the station on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month with the exception of December. Contact Marc Rosson at 870-584-9434 to find out more about volunteering opportunities.



All clean, empty aluminum cans are being collected to help Sevier County 4H youth in Arkansas with medical expenses.   They will continue to collect the cans and cash them in before the state-o-rama event in July. Cans can be dropped off at the extension office in the Adams building of UA Cossatot’s De Queen Campus.