Upcoming Events

DAISY STATE PARK UPCOMING EVENTS

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

COLLINFEST 2019 TICKETS ON SALE NOW 

Tickets to Collinfest 2019 featuring the groups Exile, Ricochet and The Midnight Hurricanes are on sale at a discounted price through Friday, April 19th. Drop by #1 Country Studio at 921 West Collin Raye Drive in De Queen or call (870) 642-2446 to reserve your tickets with a credit card.  This week Reserved seat tickets are $20.  Beginning Monday, May 22nd, tickets will be $25 for Reserved seating and $15 for General Admission (bring your own lawn chair). Concert will be Saturday, May 25th at the UA Cossatot Amphitheater in De Queen.

WICKES KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION & SCREENING 04/23-04/25

Wickes Elementary School will be having Pre-Registration and Screening for next year’s, 2019-2020 Kindergarten classes. If you have a child, or know of a child who will be FIVE on or before AUGUST 1, 2019 please come to the elementary school and register them. We will be taking applications and screening children on April 23rd, 24th and 25th or feel free to come by the elementary office anytime between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

We will need a copy of the child’s birth certificate, social security card or military identification, and a current shot record. Children entering Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year will be required to have a current physical on file.

If you have questions, regarding these dates, please call the Wickes Elementary office at (870) 385-3400.

ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW 04/25

The Ashdown High School Art Show will be held Thursday April 25th from 12-7 at the AHS library. The community is invited to come view 2D and 3D pieces created by current AHS students. There is no charge for admission to enter.

SEVIER COUNTY 4H CHICKEN LUNCH 04/26

The 4H Chicken Sandwich lunch will be held Friday, April 26th. Delivery is available for orders of 5 or more and all proceeds go towards Sevier county youth. Call ahead at 870-584-3013.

PRE-K DAY AT WICKES ELEMENTARY   04/26

Friday, April 26th, will be Pre-K Day. Next year’s Kindergarten students will be allowed to come to Kindergarten from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. that day. Lunch for Pre-K Day students who are not enrolled in the Wickes Pre-K program, will be $3.75. (This year’s Kindergarten students will not attend on this day.)

Students who are attending Pre-K at the Wickes Pre-K Program will be screened during the school day. Students who are not currently enrolled in the Wickes Pre-K Program will need to be screened when they register. Please allow time for us to screen your child when you bring them to register. (30 minutes)

If you have questions, regarding these dates, please call the Wickes Elementary office at (870) 385-3400.

WICKES STRAIGHT SHOOTER FUNDRAISER 04/27/19

A Chicken Dinner and Benefit Auction will be held Saturday, April 27th in the Wickes Elementary Cafeteria. Proceeds benefit the Wickes straight shooters 6th-8th grade archery team. To-go orders are available and the event starts at 4:00 p.m.

LOCKESBURG FIRE DEPT. FISH FRY 04/27

The Lockesburg Fire Department will hold their annual Fundraising Fish Fry Event this Saturday, April 27th at 5pm. The plates include Fish, Fries, Hush Puppies, Coleslaw and a tea to drink. Music, pie/cake and an auction will be featured.

SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT. DRUG TAKE BACK 04/27

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department is hosting a drug-take back day from 10am through 2pm Saturday April 27th outside the Sevier County Jail. All unused or expired prescription medications can be dropped off at this time.

WHISTLESTOP FESTIVAL 04/27

The Whistlestop Festival will be held Saturday April 27th in Ashdown. The event is sponsored by the Little River County Chamber of Commerce and will feature 5 and 10K races, children’s art show, food, booths, music and more. Call 870-898-2758 for information.

CLYDE JEWELL FAMILY REUNION 04/27

The 5th annual Clyde Jewell Family Reunion will be held Saturday, April 27th at the Vandervoort Community Building. The Event starts at 10am with a potluck at noon and everyone is welcome.

DE QUEEN QUIZ BOWL TEAM STATE FINALS 04/27

The De Queen Quizbowl Team will be competing against Morrillton at the Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition Live on AETN Saturday April 27th beginning at 9am. The event will also be livestreamed at aetn.org/quizbowl

LADIES NIGHT OUT     04/27

Ladies Night Out “Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear” will be held at the Newhope Free Will Baptist Church, 5617 Hwy 70 West, Newhope, AR, on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 5pm.

$10 per person. To reserve tickets please call Linda at 870 356-8628 by April 25th.

Meal, Music, Guest Speaker Kindra Fatherree, Prizes and More.

NATIONAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT MONTH MEET & GREET   04/30

The Sevier County Courthouse will be hosting a meet and greet on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 4:30-6:00 pm in the lobby of the Courthouse. Everyone is welcome to come meet your Elected Officials and Courthouse employees and enjoy refreshments. Hope to see you there!

UMPIRE STUDENTS NIGHT OF FRIGHT 04/30

“A Night of Fright” History play by Umpire History students will be held Tuesday, April 30th at the Umpire School Auditorium. The play will begin at 7:00 p.m.

DE QUEEN PRIMARY K PRE-REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT   05/01

De Queen Primary School will have Kindergarten Pre-Registration on Wednesday May 1, 2019 in the De Queen Primary School cafeteria.  The hours for this registration will be from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Students must be five years old on or before August 1, 2019 to be eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2019–2020 school year.  Items to bring with you to this registration are as follows:  Birth certificate, Social Security Card, Immunization Record, Proof of Address (ex:  a utility bill).  Students will be required to have a physical before school starts in August and you may bring a copy of the physical if your child already has one.  Please call 870-642-3100 if you have any questions.

LR CO. 15TH ANNUAL SENIOR CITIZEN CELEBRATION & HEALTH FAIR   05/02

Little River Health System will celebrate Little River Senior Citizens on Thursday, May 2nd from 7am -2pm in the Ashdown City Park.

Free Health Screenings will be available; 7am-9am the lab will be open; 9am-2pm there will be a fair and celebration.

Food, games, prizes and fun are all a part of the days activities.

Awards will be given to the Oldest Man, Oldest Woman, Longest Married Couple. You must be 50 or older plus be present to win any prizes.

For more information, call Vicki Keener at 870 898 5011 ext 3135.

SEVIER, PIKE AND HOWARD ARDOT MEETING 05/02

The Arkansas Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Thursday, May 2, at 4 PM For Pike, Howard and Sevier Counties at the Glenwood First Baptist Church – Family Life Center, 904 US Hwy 70 The public is invited to visit ask questions and offer comments.

ASHDOWN SCHOOLS RETIREMENT RECEPTION 05/06/19

Employees of the Ashdown School District will be honored at a reception Monday, May 6, at 4:00 in the Administration Building at 751 Rankin Street. The public is invited to attend ​the reception ​and offer congratulations upon their retirement.

ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING CLASS 05/06

A free Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training has been announced in Horatio. The event will be presented by UA Cossatot Police officers Monday, May 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 207 Hazard Street, Horatio, Arkansas. The purpose of the training is to present civilians with information on what to do if they are confronted with an active shooter event. Contact Monte Stringfellow at 870-582-5639.

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL MEETING 05/07

The next De Queen City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, May 7th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome.

LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC   05/07-05/09

Friends Furrever Animal Rescue is sponsoring a low cost spay and neuter clinic on May 7th, 8th, and 9th  at the Miller Community Church just North of Foreman on Hwy 41.

Cats are $40
Dogs are $65- $75 depending on weight.
Rabies is included
Please call 903-280-2341 to reserve your spot. Please leave a message if no one answers.
CASA GOLF SCRAMBLE 05/11 
The 1st annual CASA Spring Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, May 11th at the De Queen Country Club. All proceeds benefit abused and neglected children in the local area. Call 479-243-9277 for information.

HUNGER’S NO GAME 5K & FUN RUN   05/18

Kilpatrick Biomedical Engineering School is hosting its third annual Hunger’s No Game 5K/Fun Run to bring awareness to hunger in our community. The 5K will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Competitive runners will start at the corner of Jefferson and 35th street and will finish near the school at 1002 East 35th. There will also be a one mile Fun Run for non-competitive runners.  The entry fee for this race is 10 canned food items.  All proceeds will be donated to Harvest Texarkana.

Participants can register at https://www.raceentry.com.  Please see the Kilpatrick Facebook page for a link to the website and event page.

2019 KIAMICHI OWA CHITO FESTIVAL OF THE FOREST     06/21-6/22
The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2019 Kiamichi Owa Chito Festival of the Forest in Beavers Bend State Park on June 21st and 22nd. Michael Ray will headline the event on Saturday evening.
For more information, please call 580 584 3393 or check out the website at www.owachitofestival.com.

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ON-GOING PROGRAMS

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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.