Upcoming Events

 

Sevier County Block Parties   Now through September 14

DE QUEEN – The Sevier County Block Party Committee is announcing a number of events starting this month aimed at continuing to foster closer relations between local law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

The Lockesburg will host a block party on Aug. 3 at the Lockesburg City Park. The two final events are scheduled for Aug. 24 at the Ben Lomond Community Building and then again in De Queen on Sept. 14 at the Sportsplex.  All events begin at 6 pm.

The events will focus on providing a fun, family-oriented event. The Block Party will include a bounce house, free hot dogs, frozen treats and popcorn. The event will once again feature a Little Debbie eating contest for kids and adults. There will be numerous prizes given away including a bike as well as various gift cards and gift certificates.

For more information visit the Sevier County Block Party Committee on Facebook.

Single Parent Scholarship applications accepted      Now through Sept 15th

The Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for the fall semester now through September 15th.  Go to aspsf.org and scroll across to scholarships and click on Local Contacts, then Sevier County.  You must be a resident of Sevier County to apply for the Sevier County scholarship. Be sure to attached all the required documents for your application to be accepted.  All applications for Sevier County scholarships must be submitted by September 15th.  You can also check on how to apply for Single Parent scholarships for other counties in Arkansas on the same website.

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.

Dierks Pine Tree Festival     07/30-31

The Dierks Chamber of Commerce will present the 48th annual Pine Tree Festival this weekend.

The event is scheduled for July 30 and 31 at the Dierks City Park. Friday night, July 30, will feature mutton busting at 6 p.m., followed by the TMRA National mini-rodeo at eight. For more information on this event, call (870) 451-2304. Admission Friday night is $10 for adults, $7 for children and free for kids six and under.

Then on Saturday night, it’s the LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Tour at the Dierks City Park area, beginning at 8 p.m. There’s $10,000 in added money and the winner will receive an All Things Western buckle. Mutton busting starts at 6 p.m.

Admission Saturday night is $12 for adults, $7 for children and free for kids six and under.

Free Back to School Dance for area Youth    08/06

Youth ages 5-19 are invited to a FREE Back to School Dance sponsored by the Sevier County 4-H Teen Leaders.  It will be held Friday, August 6th from 8:30 until 11 pm in the Weyerhaeuser Building on the UA Cossatot Campus in De Queen.  Drinks and popcorn will be served. A talent show will be held during intermission.  For more information call (870) 582-1685.

De Queen Elementary Registration   August 4

In Person for all students in Grades 3, 4, and 5   9:00 – 1:00 and 3:00 – 6:00

Students’ names and teacher assignments are posted in the hallways. Students previously enrolled in De Queen Schools will go to their current grade level hallway to find their teacher assignment.

Students who are new to the district or Spanish speaking students will register in the cafeteria where translators are available. New students please bring birth certificate, social security card, shot records, and proof of address.
De Queen Public Schools will furnish all school supplies this year for students in Grades K-5. Your child will only need to bring a backpack and a reusable water bottle.

Inscripción para la Elemental de De Queen4 de Agosto

En Persona para todos los Estudiantes en los Grados 3, 4, and 5
9:00 – 1:00 y 3:00 – 6:00

Los nombres de los estudiantes y las asignaciones de los maestros se publican en los pasillos. Los estudiantes previamente inscritos en las escuelas De Queen irán a su pasillo de nivel de grado actual para encontrar su asignación de maestro/a.
Los estudiantes que son nuevos en el distrito o los estudiantes de habla hispana se registrarán en la cafetería donde los traductores están disponibles. Los nuevos estudiantes por favor traigan el certificado de nacimiento, la tarjeta de seguro social, los registros de disparos y el comprobante de domicilio.

Las Escuelas Públicas de De Queen proporcionarán todos los útiles escolares este año para los estudiantes en los grados K-5. Su hijo solo necesitará traer una mochila y una botella de agua reutilizable.

De Queen Primary Registration   August 4

In Person for Kindergarten and all new 1st and 2nd grade students only
9:00 – 1:00 and 3:00 – 6:00

Kindergarten and new 1st and 2nd grade students will be registering in the Primary cafeteria. Please bring birth certificate, social security card, shot records, and proof of address.

1st and 2nd grade teachers will be calling parents on August 4th and 5th to get the students registered.

De Queen Public Schools will furnish all school supplies this year for students in Grades K-5. Your child will only need to bring a backpack and a reusable water bottle. Kindergarten students will need to bring a large towel for rest time.

Inscripción para la Primaria de De Queen 4 de Agosto

En Persona para Estudiantes de Kinder y nuevos a Grados 1 y 2solamente
9:00 – 11:00 y 3:00 – 6:00

Los alumnus de Kinder y de 1º y 2º se inscribirán en la cafeteria de Primaria. Por favor traiga el certificado de nacimiento, la tarjeta de seguro social, los registros de disparos y el comprobante de domicilio. Las maestras de 1er y 2do grado llamarán a los padres el 4 y 5 de Agosto para que los estudiantes se inscriban.

Las Escuelas Públicas de De Queen proporcionarán todos los útiles escolares este año para los estudiantes en los grados K-5. Su hijo solo necesitará traer una mochila y una botella de agua reutilizable. Los estudiantes de kindergarten tendrán que traer una toalla grande para el tiempo de descanso.

Vacation Bible School in Ashdown        08/08-12

Mystery Island, “Tracking Down the One True God” is the theme of Millwood Baptist Church’s vacation bible school August 8th through 12th.  Classes will be held each night from 6:00 until 9:00 pm.  Please pre-regsister by calling (870) 898-6851.  The church is located at 800 Hwy 32 East in Ashdown

Tri-County Library System Board meeting   08/10

Tri-County Regional Library System Board will have a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 5 pm at the De Queen Library, De Queen, Arkansas.
Tri-County Regional Library System serves 11 Public Libraries in Howard, Little River and Servier Counties in Southwest Arkansas.

Meet the Teacher Night   August 10
5:00 – 6:00

This is a come-and-go event where students and parents can meet teachers and take pictures. Please only have one parent and the student attend the Meet the Teacher Night.
Out of abundance of caution for health reasons and other safety concerns, De Queen Primary and Elementary will be closed campuses again this year. Students should be dropped off as car riders or bus riders the first day of school. We appreciate your understanding in these matters as we are attempting to return to normal with the health of our students and teachers in mind.

Noche de Conocer al Maestro/a   10 de Agosto
5:00 – 6:00

Este es un evento de ir y venir donde los estudiantes y los padres pueden conocer a los maestros y tomar fotos. Por favor, solo haga que uno de los padres y el estudiante asistan a la Noche del Maestro.

Por precaución por razones de salud y otras preocupaciones de seguridad, la Primaria y Elemental de De Queen volverán a estar cerrados los campus este año. Los estudiantes deben ser dejados como pasajeros de automóviles o pasajeros de autobuses el primer día de clases. Agradecemos su comprensión en estos asuntos, ya que estamos tratando de volver a la normalidad con la salud de nuestros estudiantes y profesores en mente.

Oak Hill VFD to host low-cost spay and neuter clinic      08/10-12   

ASHDOWN – The Oak Hill Fire Department will host a low cost spay and neuter clinic Aug. 10-12 at its fire station on 1165 Highway 108W.

Cost for dogs ranges from $70-90 depending on weight. Cost to spay or neuter a cat is $45. A rabies vaccine is included in the cost of the surgery. Other vaccines will be available as well as heartworm testing. Nail trims and microchipping are available by the sponsoring rescue agency.

Call (903) 280-2341 to make your reservation. In addition, volunteers are greatly needed and welcomed for this event.

Primary Meet the Teacher Night Thursday, August 12
5:00 – 6:00

This is a come-and-go event where students and parents can see their classrooms, meet teachers and take pictures. Please only have one parent and the student attend the Meet the Teacher Night.

Out of abundance of caution for health reasons and other safety concerns, De Queen Primary and Elementary will be closed campuses again this year. Students should be dropped off as car riders or bus riders the first day of school. We appreciate your understanding in these matters as we are attempting to return to normal with the health of our students and teachers in mind.

Noche de Conocer al Maestro/a   Jueves, 12 de Agosto
5:00 – 6:00

Este es un evento de ir y venir donde los estudiantes y los padres pueden conocer a los maestros y tomar fotos. Por favor, solo haga que uno de los padres y el estudiante asistan a la Noche del Maestro.

Por precaución por razones de salud y otras preocupaciones de seguridad, la Primaria y Elemental de De Queen volverán a estar cerrados los campus este año. Los estudiantes deben ser dejados como pasajeros de automóviles o pasajeros de autobuses el primer día de clases. Agradecemos su comprensión en estos asuntos, ya que estamos tratando de volver a la normalidad con la salud de nuestros estudiantes y profesores en mente.

Courtney Angel Benefit Car Show   08/14

A benefit car show will be held for Lockesburg resident Courtney Angel on Saturday, August 14th at the Lockesburg city Park.  Registration will be from 8 until 10 m  Judging begins at 10:30.  Fee for 1st vehicle is $20 with and $15 for each additional vehicle. Courtney was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and has undergone both surgeries and chemotherapy.

Happenings in Horatio     08/14-10/30

The Horatio Hometown Connections group has several events scheduled in Horatio:

Aug 14 – Back to School Bash at the old Horatio Park
September 11 – Sidewalk Saturday from 8am-12n
October 16th – Fall Festival with a car show and vendors  10a-5p
October 30 – Trunk or Treat

If 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.

ServSafe Manager Training      08/16-17   & 9/13-14

Sevier County Extension Service will be offering ServSafe Manager Training on August 16 and 17, 2021 at UA Cossatot – Adams Building. Classes will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The participation fee is $140.00; this includes the book, test, instruction, and proctoring fee.

A ServSafe Manager Training will be offered in Spanish only on September 13 and 14 at UA Cossatot – Adams Building.  Classes will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

In the past, the program was recommended but not mandated. Recently, the Arkansas Department of Health is now requiring each food service facility to have at least one supervisory employee who has Certified Food Manager training.

Registration deadline for the August class is July 29. To request a registration form or for more information, please call Janet Cantrell, CEA-FCS, Sevier County Extension at 870-584-3013 or email jcantrell@uaex.edu. Make checks payable to Cooperative Extension Service. Please write ServSafe on the memo line.

Harvest Food Bank Pantry       08/18

Harvest Regional Food Bank will hold a drive-thru distribution on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lockesburg located at 3466 S. Camellia Street in Lockesburg. Vehicles are asked to start lining up on W. Magnolia and the church parking lot on the morning of the distribution event.

Recipients must bring photo identification or proof of address for verifying they are a resident of Sevier County. Distribution is limited to one box per household and 2 households per vehicle.

Become a Master Gardener in 7 days     beginning 9/23

Polk County Master Gardeners willl present a 7 part training course at the Polk County Extension office, 211 De Queen Street in Mena, AR.  All classes, except the September 23rd class, can be attended via zoom at UA Cossatot Adams Bldg. in De Queen.  The first class on September 23 should be attended in person at Polk County Extension Service in Mena.

If you plan on attending via Zoom in De Queen, please contact Sevier County Extension Service at (870) 584-3013 or email Rex Herring at rherring@uada.edu to register by August 27.

If you plan on attending the classes in person in Mena, please contact Polk County Extension Service at (479) 394-6018 to register by August 27.

$100 fee for training ($150 for couple sharing a book).

3rd Annual October Cruise Over   10/9
IMS City Park in Lockesburg will host the 3rd annual October Cruise Over on Saturday, October 9th.  Registration begins at 8 am.  Awards will be presented at 3 pm.  Registration is $20 Day of Show.  Proceeds will go to local Masonic Scholarship fund and AR Children’s Hospital.  Contact Rodney Whisenhunt at (870) 451-3273 or Mark King at (870) 200-1337 for more information.

 

 

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

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ON-GOING PROGRAMS

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DE QUEEN FIRST ASSEMBLY FOOD PANTRY  

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.

 

SEVIER COUNTY WATER ASSOCIATION OFFICE CLOSED TO PUBLIC

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.

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.

SEVIER COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE HELP AVAILABLE 

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.

PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING

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

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.

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 

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.

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

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.

 

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.