SEVIER COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE HELP AVAILABLE
Starting this week, 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.
ASHDOWN SCHOOLS MEAL PROGRAM
The Ashdown School District has organized a bus route to deliver meals to students in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic Monday through Friday. Buses deliver meals outside the city limits beginning after 9:00 a.m. The drive-thru meal program at Ashdown High School will be offered for students within the city limits from 9:00-10:00 a.m. This program is for anyone younger than 18 who needs a meal, regardless of enrollment in the Ashdown district. For questions, call 870-898-4485.
LACE LANE DECORATIONS UP FOR PUBLIC VIEWING
Residents on Lace Lane in De Queen have decorated for the Easter holiday and local citizens are welcome to drive by to view the houses for entertainment.
DE QUEEN COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED
De Queen Mayor Jeff Brown has announced that the April 7th city council meeting has been canceled.
AMI PACKETS READY AT DQ PRIMARY AND ELEMENTARY
AMI packets are available for pickup for De Queen Primary and Elementary students at the front entrance of each school. The completed packets should be returned when school resumes.
KDQN STUDIOS CLOSING LOBBY TO THE PUBLIC
In an effort to keep employees healthy and protect the community, KDQN studios has closed the lobby to visitors at this time. If you have business that cannot be conducted by telephone, call during business hours at 87-642-2446 and someone will meet you at the door. Business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. KDQN is also postponing the annual Golden Easter egg hunt until further notice.
ABC PRE-SCHOOL AMI PACKETS NOW AVAILABLE
De Queen ABC Pre-School has a filing cabinet located next to the front door of the main building. Please sanitize hands before and after touching the filing cabinet and AMI packets can be found in the first three drawers. Please take one paperclip per child. School is scheduled to resume April 30th and AMI packets will be due at that time. Please listen to KDQN 92.1 FM or AM 1390 for information. Stay safe and enjoy this family time.
DE QUEEN CHURCH OF CHRIST SERVICES NOW ONLINE
De Queen Church of Christ is now broadcasting services online through youtube and facebook. For information call 870-584-3226.
DE QUEEN FIRST ASSEMBLY GOES ONLINE FOR SERVICES
De Queen First Assembly of God Church has announced that service is now being offered online during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit http://dequeenfirstassembly.org or call 870-584-3435 for questions.
DMS AMI PACKETS AVAILABLE NOW
De Queen Middle School 6th-7th grade AMI packets will be available anytime at the North Entry door of the Middle School building. The packets are located in the filing cabinet (see photo left). Each drawer is labeled by grade. These packets contain work for March 30 – April 17. Students will bring work back when school resumes. Please email any questions or concerns to one of your teachers. We miss you all and hope to see you soon.
DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR POULTRY OPERATIONS
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Division has announced that the March 30, 2020 deadline for all poultry operations in Arkansas to register their poultry litter has been extended to April 30th.
RESOURCE GUIDE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Attached is a Resource Guide for those in need of contact information during changes caused by Covid-19. Provided by Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce and Angie Walker.
SEVIER COUNTY WATER ASSOCIATION TO CLOSE
The Sevier County Water Association has announced they will be closing their office to the public beginning Monday, March 23rd 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.
SEVIERLY STRONG – STRONGER TOGETHER!
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.
DE QUEEN SPORTS CANCELED
Due to Coronavirus concerns, The City of De Queen has announced they are postponing all city sports programs at this time. That includes T-ball and soccer for all age groups until further notice. This closure also extends to all organizations that use the city’s facilities for practice or games at the Sportsplex or Herman Dierks Park. The city will be keeping the public informed as the situation continues to change.
SEVIER COUNTY SENIOR CENTER CLOSED
The Sevier County Senior Citizen’s center has announced they will be closed until further notice. Meal delivery will still be available during this time.
DE QUEEN CITY HALL PROTOCOL
Mayor Jeff Brown has announced that driver’s license testing at city hall has been canceled this week. City hall is also requesting drive through services be utilized for payments and questions. Limited traffic is being permitted in the building during the coronavirus pandemic. Call at 870-584-3445.
DUAL TOPIC LUNCH & LEARN 04/02
A lunch-and-learn event will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Ashdown at the UA Cossatot Ashdown Campus. the Little River Wellness Coalition, Kindred at Home, Little River Memorial Hospital and UA Cossatot will be co-hosting a dual topic lunch-and-learn featuring “The Importance of Physical Therapy in the Home Setting” and a “Cornoavirus Q&A”. The presentation will be held in room 230 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon. All are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy this free presentation.
BASS FISHING TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER 04/04 CANCELED
A bass fishing tournament to raise funds for the Horatio 12u Softball organization announced for Saturday, April 4th at De Queen Lake has been canceled.
ASHDOWN KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION 04/15
Ashdown Kindergarten Registration packets should be turned in by April 15th. For more information call 870-898-3711.
SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND DEADLINE 05/02
The Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship fund is now accepting applications. The spring semester process is currently open and information is available online at aspsf.org Applicants can click on “find my county” and submit applications. All required documents must be turned in by the May 2nd deadline.
2020 FIESTA FEST 05/02
The 2020 UA Cossatot Fiesta Fest will be held on Saturday, May 2, on North 3rd Street of the courthouse in Downtown De Queen from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The festival’s focus is bringing the community together to celebrate all the cultures of Southwest Arkansas while raising scholarship money for UA Cossatot students. Festivities will include food, vendors, live music, a DJ, folkloric dancing, carnival rides, games, face painting, shopping, a petting zoo, and a mariachi. For more information contacting Dustin Roberts at email@example.com or 870-584-1172.
SPRING GOLF CLASSIC 05/09
The annual Spring Golf Classic to benefit First Assembly of God Church of De Queen’s Missions has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 9th. Shotgun start at 8:00 am at the Cedar Creek Golf Course, Hwy 259N in Broken Bow. Two-man Scramble ~ $100 per team if paid by May 1st. For more information call (870) 584-3445 or (479) 774-2798.
COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION 05/20
Harvest Regional Food Bank will distribute TEFAP USDA Commodities directly from their truck on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 10 am to noon. The truck will be parked at the Horatio First United Methodist Church located at 304 S Pennock St., AR.
PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING
The Division of Agriculture has made pesticide applicator training, certification available online.
- 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
FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION 2ND THURSDAY
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.
DAISY STATE PARK UPCOMING EVENTS
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EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS CLUB MEETINGS
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.
FREE HAND SANITIZER AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
The office of Dr. Randy Walker is offering free hand sanitizer and kleenex boxes to local businesses during flu season this fall. Business owners can call the office at 870-584-3000 or tag the office in a facebook post to receive their free germ-x and tissues.
AMERICAN LEGION NOW ACCEPTING ALL HONORABLY DISCHARGED MILITARY SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN
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 DEPARTMENT ISSUES SAFETY REMINDERS
As local residents begin to use their heaters during cooler weather this season, 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.
HORATIO LIBRARY GED PREP THURSDAYS
GED Preparation services are now being offered at the Horatio Library on Thursdays from 1pm-5pm. For information call 870-584-1114. All services are free!
AHS MORNING AND NIGHT LIBRARY HOURS NOW
Students at Ashdown High School are able to arrive early each school morning and go to the library to read, make up work and check out books. Mrs. Dixie Ardwin opens at 7:15. Mrs. Carmen Sansom is available during that time for math tutoring.
Students are also able to spend Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons each week from 3:30-5 p.m. in Night Library held in the AHS Library. This is facilitated by Mrs. Sandy Smith. They are able to take make up tests, research, study, and have use of computers.
Mrs. Stephanie Ringgold, AHS math teacher, along with trained students provide tutoring every morning from 7:15-7:45 and in the afternoon Tuesday thru Thursday from 3:30-4:30. Tutoring is offered in Algebra 1,2, and 3, Geometry and English.
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC NOW
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 870-642-2535
AR 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
ASHDOWN ELEMENTARY FAMILY NIGHT LIBRARY Now
Ashdown Elementary Night library will meet each Monday when school is in session except for September 24th. It begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 6:30 and will be located in the C.D. Franks Library located next to the Margaret Daniel Building. Mrs. Tami Cross and Mrs. Phyllis Veazey will be managing FNL. Dates are posted at www.ashdownschools.org in the district calendar.
Students will be able to read books and take Accelerated Reader (AR) tests on those books. Accelerated Reader (AR) is the most popular and successful reading product of all time. AR’s advanced technology helps teachers:
• Make essential reading practice more effective for every student
• Personalize reading practice to each student’s current level
• Build a lifelong love of reading and learning
FNL is a great opportunity for parents and students to spend quality time together ready.
IMAGINATION LIBRARY REGISTRATION FORMS
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.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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 CHALICE CUPBOARD ACCEPTED MON-SAT
Donations for the chalice cupboard may be dropped off at the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library.
AMERICAN LEGION POST MONTHLY MEETING
American Legion Post #54 meets the second Monday of each month, 7 pm, at the Legion Hut, 813 North 8th Street in De Queen.
HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON THURSDAYS
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 SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CELEBRATE RECOVERY MEETING EVERY FRIDAY
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 email@example.com
HORATIO COMMUNITY LUNCH
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.
FREE CLOTHING AT SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST
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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT GILLHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT
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.
SEVIER COUNTY 4H POP A TOP CAN DRIVE
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.