Upcoming Events

LAKESIDE 4-H ANGEL TREE      NOW

The Lakeside 4-H has once again placed an Angel Tree at First State Bank of De Queen.  If you are able to sponsor one of these children by purchasing Christmas gifts for them, go by and pick an angel off the tree. Wrapped gifts need to be returned to the bank by December 20th.

LITTLE RIVER ELECTION COMMISSION MEETING  12/04

The Little River Election Commissioners will conduct a public meeting to draw for ballot positions for the Primary Election to be held Marc 3, 2020.  The Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10:00 am, at the Little River County Court House, County Clerk’s office to determine the candidates position on the Ballot for the Primary Election.

LIONS CLUB RADIO AUCTION    12/5 & 6

The annual Lions Club Radio Auction will be Thursday & Friday, December 5th & 6th from 5:30 – until each evening.  They will be set up at First State Bank in De Queen.  Items this year range from key chains to grills. Lots of Christmas decorations, gifts & food certificates will be offered to the highest bidder. Bidders are welcome to gather in the bank lobby or phone in their bids at (870) 642-4423.

FOREMAN CHRISTMAS EVENTS 12/07

Breakfast with Santa will take place in Foreman at 9am on Saturday,  December 7th with crafts to follow.. The Christmas parade will take place that evening at 6:00 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING 12/07

The Sevier County Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, December 7th, at 10 A. M., at the Museum Annex.

The program will be about Dr. James Wilson who was one of early Ben Lomond settlers. Everyone is welcome.

SEVEIR COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADES      12/07

De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce invites you to “Christmas on the Square”  Saturday, December 7th.  Events begin at 4 :00 pm and the Parade at 6:00 pm.  A Christmas themed movie will be shown after the parade.  Theme for floats this year is Christmas Around the World”  Contact the Chamber office at (870) 584-3225 or register online at dequeenchamberofcommerce.net.

The Lockesburg Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7th, at 4:00 P.M.  All participants are asked to meet at the park by 3:30 on the afternoon of the parade.  The Judges will be located in front of the Lockesburg City Hall. You must register at Lockesburg City Hall you where will be given a number that MUST BE ON THE FLOAT/ENTRY. The number must be on the left side. Categories are Business/ Commercial, Organizations, Religious, and Recreational.  Prizes will be presented immediately following the parade at Bank of Lockesburg’s parking lot. The bank will be serving hot chocolate starting at 3:30 P.M. Santa will be visiting with children at the bank immediately following the parade. We hope you will join us in making this year’s parade one of the best.   Entry forms are due at Lockesburg City Hall by Friday, December 6th to be judged as a contestant in the parade.

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES 12/08

Tickets for the Christmas tour of homes can be purchased through the Little River Chamber of Commerce for $20 to receive a single ticket or $35 for couples. Contact the chamber by calling (870) 898-2758

SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT MEETING 12/09

The next Sevier County Quorum Court meeting will be held Monday, December 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the county courthouse conference room. The public is welcome to attend.

ASHDOWN SCHOOL BOARD MEETING RESCHEDULED      12/09

The regular December 9, 2019 Ashdown School Board meeting has been rescheduled for December 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

ASHDOWN COUNCIL MEETING RESCHEDULED    12/9-10

The Ashdown City Council meeting this month has been moved to 5:30 pm, Tuesday, December 10th due to the Ashdown Christmas Parade scheduled for Monday, December 9th.

SEVIER COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION MEETING 12/10

The Sevier County Fair Association will have their annual meeting on December 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the fair grounds with the election of fair board members, followed by the December monthly meeting at the election of officers. The public is welcome to attend.

KCS CHRISTMAS TRAIN TO VISIT DE QUEEN     12/10

The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network at scheduled stops. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required.  The only stop in our area will be in De Queen on Tuesday, December 10th at 4 pm.

DIERKS CHRISTMAS PARADE     12/16

The Dierks Chamber of Commerce presents the 2019 Dierks Christmas Parade on Monday, December 16th beginning at 6 pm.  Following the parade their will be cash drawings, gift drawings, food, music and singing.  For information contact Kenya Heifner at (870) 784-4207, Lindsey Pitchford at (870) 784-1796, or Jaron Tipton at (870) 584-6325.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS      12/20-21

The Lace Lane Festival of Lights will be Friday & Saturday, December 20 & 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 each evening.  They are located two miles North of Hwy 71 on North Ninth Street in De Queen.  There will be gifts for the kids and candy canes for everyone.  Santa will be there so be sure to take your camera!

 

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ON-GOING PROGRAMS

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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

Copy and paste the link below for a list of upcoming events:

https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/daisy-state-park

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 aguirreyuliza@yahoo.com

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 joehattiecr@yahoo.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.