Saturday, January 28, 2023

Miss DHS Pageant 2023

Miss DHS Pagaent took place Saturday night, January 24th, at the DHS Auditorium and included a field of seven contestants. Charissa earned the Miss DHS title while first runner-up went to Wendy Victoriano and second runner-up to Jaide Tatum.  Penelope Sims was named People’s Choice and Miss Congeniality went to Lizaneth Gutierrez.  The Miss DHS Pageant is hosted each year by the De Queen High School Junior Class.  

Pictured from left, 2023 Miss DHS Charissa Audrey Pradana, People’s Choice winner Penelope Sims, Second Runner-up Jaide Tatum, First Runner-up Wendy Victoriano, Ashley Hernandez, Presley Parson, and Miss Congeniality Lizaneth Gutierrez (photo by Saul Felipe/De Queen Public Schools).

De Queen School Board Hires New Assistant Principles

The De Queen Public Schools Board of Directors met in a regular session Monday, January 23rd.  The board approved the hiring of Ryan Hanney as the new De Queen Junior High Assistant Principal and Jarrod Fannin as the new DHS Assistant Principal for the 2023-2024 school year.  Hanney will fill the position vacated by Jeff Holcombe who was named the new DJHS Principal and Fannin will be working alongside the DHS administration team of Audrey Chandler and Murray Neely.


Dixie Youth Baseball

The Sevier County Resident Dixie Youth Baseball league will start back after spring break.  You can sign up in the school  Cut off date is February 17th, and the draft will begin Wednesday, February 26th.  Needing coaches and umpires.  Can find more information on Facebook or you can call 870-784-1716.

Lil' Skinny

Ethan Kuntz of Nashville, Tennessee, also known as Lil' Skinny stopped by your #1 Country Studios on Thursday morning, January 19th, to talk about his upcoming performance tonight at 7:30 pm at the Hopkins Ice House in Texarkana.  There will be a $5 cover charge.  Pictured are Tyler Massey and Greg Revels with Lil' Skinny.

Horatio First Assembly Church Men's Ministry Kingdom Warriors Fish Fry

Horatio First Assembly Church Men's Ministry Kingdom Warrior will hold a fish fry fundraiser on Saturday, February 4th from 11 am- 2 pm or til fish runs out.  The fundraiser will be held in the J.L. Walker Fellowship Hall Corner of Blackhawk and Hazard St in Horatio.  For more information, call (870) 823-5471, (870) 584-8051, or (903) 563-4236.  Pictured are John Gutierrez and Ricky Hendricks who talked about the event.

De Queen Chamber of Commerce Banquet

Veronica Ozura and ZZ Kamruddin of the De Queen Chamber of Commerce came by your #1 Country Studios earlier Wednesday morning, January 18th, to talk about the upcoming Chamber Banquet on Thursday, February 23rd.  This year is a Vegas theme.  The Chamber is still accepting sponsorships before Friday, January 27th.  There are only 8 spots left.  For more information, you can contact the Chamber Office at 870-584-3225.

Cossatot Arts & Crafts Masquerade Ball

Nancy Youngblood and Aurelie Morren of the Cossatot Arts & Crafts stopped by at your #1 Country Studios Wednesday morning, January 18th, to talk about the upcoming Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 11th, at 6:30 pm at the Cossatot Arts Center on King Schoolhouse Road in Gillham, Arkansas.  There will be finger foods, dancing, and other entertainment.  There will also be a memory photo booth.  The ball is for adults only.  Tickets are $75 a couple or $40 for individuals.  You must purchase tickets in advance.  RSVP to Reba at (318) 953-1918 or Nancy at (479) 216-1537.  You can also RSVP online at

Miss DHS Pageant 2023

The DHS Junior Class is sponsoring the annual Miss DHS Pageant on Saturday, January 21st. The pageant will be held at the DHS Auditorium at 7:00 pm.
Contestants include Charissa Audrey Pradana, Penelope Sims, Jaide Tatum, Wendy Victoriano, Ashley Hernandez, Presley Parson, and Lizaneth Gutierrez Quintana.

Girls Scouts Information Meeting

The Girls Scouts will have an interest meeting on Tuesday, January 17th, at 5:30 pm at Herman Dierks Park Community Building for all interested girls and parents.  Pictured are Troop Leader #2212 Dawn Leeper and her daughter Viola.

Charlie Farley

Charlie Farley visited your #1 Country Studios Friday morning, January 13th, to talk about his new hit single, “Bellah Mine Road.”  You can listen to his song on YouTube or Spotify. 

Jeff Holcombe Named De Queen Junior High School Principal

The De Queen Public Schools Board of Directors named Jeff Holcombe the new De Queen Junior High principal for the 2023-2024 school year.  Mr. Holcombe will be replacing Bill Huddleston who will be retiring after serving 13 years as DJHS Principal and 36 years with De Queen Public Schools. Mr. Holcombe has been working alongside Mr. Huddleston as the DJHS Assistant Principal and is currently in his 15th year as a school administrator. He is also a DHS Alum who has served as a teacher and counselor during his 27 years as an educator. The longtime Leopard says his new role will be a dream come true.

AHS Students Earn Microsoft Specialist Word 2016 Experts

Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of Word by earning the Microsoft Office Specialist: Word Expert certification. This certification demonstrates competency in creating and managing professional documents for a variety of specialized purposes and situations.

An individual earning this certification has approximately 150 hours of instruction and hands-on experience with the product, has proven competency at an industry expert-level and is ready to enter into the job market. They can demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of Word at an expert-level and can complete tasks independently.

1st Row: Joshua Green, Joe Del Angel, Colton Rowe, Randi Day, Halleigh Williams, Caroline Silva, Mia Barnes

2nd Row: Camden Ferguson, LaDainian Britt, Theron Wilson, Abigail Sellers, Zah’Nye Ramnarine, VonDerrick Hamilton, Zavier Conkleton

Not Pictured Logan Tabler and Christina Rutledge

AHS Students Earn Microsoft Word Specialist 2016

The following students have earned the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and MOS Expert Certification in Word 2016. Ashdown High School Survey of Business classes ended the Semester Ranked #2 in the State in Word Certifications behind Searcy High School.

This certification is a worldwide recognized credential and demonstrates that students have the skills needed to perform on the job. Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used platforms in the world and proficiency in Microsoft Office’s suite of products is a fundamental need for most entry-level positions. Certification as a MOS Specialist gives students the proficiency needed to stand out in a pool of candidates and land a competitive and higher-paying job. 

1st Row From Left: Charles Merrell, Ryan Withem, Joshua Green, Levi Morgan, Zavier Conkleton, Kaylee Marham, VonDerrick Hamilton, Alex Ybarra, Caroline Silva, Mia Barnes, Maggie Lawrence, and Mack Anderson

2nd Row from left: Camden Ferguson, Thomas Calloway, Colton Ferguson, Tucker Wilson, Randi Day, Paige Penney, Sidney Isenberg, Macy Smith, Kylie Henry, Kylee Crow, Halleigh Williams, Kinley Smedley, and Logan Vest.

3rd Row – Fredrick Hunter, Nicolas Bells, Matthew Prickett, Colton Rowe, LaDainian Britt, Sanaia Gulley, A.J. Douglas, Abigail Sellers, Zah’nye Ramnarine, Janeth Rubio, Allison Pena, Leah Linnett

4th Row: Addison Ryan, Laynie Horn, Camryn Blankenship, Abigail Wrinkle, Joe Del Angel, Kumykho Ting, Wyatt Ratliff, Theron Wilson, Dakota Ardwin, Katelyn Rutledge, Summer Patterson, Asia Banks, Payton Penney, and Madlyn Purcell

Not Pictured: Logan Tabler, Bill Carver, William Fricks, Christina Rutledge, Shelby Green, Mariah O’Neal, Sheena Moran, Katlin Erwin, Dylan Alexander, Cayden Smith, Philip Clement, Tymin Tomlinson, Aubrey Novak, Micah Stafford, Makhi Lewis, Kieley Turner, Reagan Ritter, and DeShawn Clardy

The De Queen Razzle Dazzle Performance

The De Queen Razzle Dazzle stopped by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, December 16th, to perform Christmas carols on the air.  They did a great job!  You can watch their performance as well as the show on the KDQN Facebook page.

Trey Brown Wins De Queen Rotary Cup

The Rotary Cup has been presented annually to the Most Valuable Senior on the De Queen Leopards football team since 1936. Past winners of the award represent top students and athletes spanning over eight decades at De Queen High School.

At Monday’s noon meeting of the club, “The Voice of the Leopards” Jay Bunyard presented the award for the 2022 season to linebacker/fullback Trey Brown. He’s the 87th all-time recipient of the Rotary Cup.

A co-captain on the team in 2022, Brown led the team in tackles with 92. For his career, he was credited with 174 tackles and 12 tackles for loss. He rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns this season. He was named to the All-5A South Conference first team as a junior and as a a senior.

Brown also excels in the classroom with a 3.50 grade point average, and made a 25 on the A.C.T. Test. He’s active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and serves as Vice President of the Show Choir, where he also received the Director’s Award. The son of Cliff and Kisandra Brown, Trey plans to go to college after graduation in May, and major in Computer Science and minor in business.

Besides performance on the football field, The Rotary Cup is also based on character, leadership, scholastic achievements, and participation in other school activities.

Legacy Celebrates its Second Homecoming in Style

Legacy Academy’s second ever Homecoming on Friday evening was a great success. Homecoming Queen was senior Dori Bartek, and the Homecoming court was senior maid Trinity Cox, junior maids Maddie Lowrey and Jenifer Smallwood, sophomore maids Oaklee Lofton and Rayne McDonald, and freshmen maids Skylar Alexander, Josie Martz and Lilly Tucker. Each of them was accompanied by her father or a father figure in their lives. The day was a celebration of inner beauty, which comes from God, and a wonderful day for our girls and their moms to spend together.

The day started with them considering what it means to display their inner beauty and God's love for each of them. This was followed by a special time with their mothers, who shared heartfelt messages with each of them, before they enjoyed a beautiful lunch put together by all of the moms.

The afternoon was spent preparing their hair and make-up prep for the showpiece event. The nine ladies walked onto the court with their escorts and were introduced to the audience. Their hopes for the future, favorite scripture, and best school memories were all shared, which reflected the personality, character and values of each lady in our court.

Our ladies then enjoyed a great evening watching basketball games against Umpire and Bloomburg, with all three Legacy teams victorious on court. It was an excellent day celebrating our values and the Homecoming team did a great job putting the day together.

DQ First Assembly Breakfast With Santa

De Queen First Assembly of God will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10th, from 8:30 to 10:30 am, in their Hospitality Center.  Entrance will be $6 per child.  For questions, call 870-584-3435.  Pictured left to right are Head Pastor Ray Reynolds, Youth Pastor Jerry Minchew, and Children's Pastor Deidra Reeves.

The Sevier County Medical Center Update

Lori House and Stacy Dowdy of the Sevier County Medical Center came by your #1 County Studios earlier Thursday morning, December 8th, to talk about the new hospital.  The Sevier County Medical Center hosted an open house last Friday, December 2nd, where they gave the public free tours of the new facility.  The plan is to open the hospital by the end of the month.  They still have some open positions.  You can apply online through the following link.

De Queen Middle School November/December Good Citizens

Congratulations to our DMS November-December Good Citizens. We are proud of you! Excellence is not a skill; it's an attitude! 
Pictured L- R: Emmanuel Alamo – 7th grade, Emberlyn Garcia – 6th grade, Tucker Dorse – 6th grade, Jaelyn Marable – 7th grade.

The Goin Showing 4-H Club Chicken Sandwich Fundraiser

The Goin' Showin' 4-H Club will host a chicken sandwich fundraiser  to benefit the hospital board on Friday, December 9th, from 11 am-1 pm.  Enjoy an $8 plate consisting of a chicken sandwich, chips, baked beans, and dessert at the De Queen Church of Christ family center.  They will also deliver to Horatio, De Queen, and Lockesburg.  To pre-order, call Linda at 870-584-9592.  Pictured are Hunter and Linda Frachiseur who came in to the #1 Country Studios on Tuesday morning, December 6th, to discuss the event.

KDQN/DQTV Check Presentation

De Queen Leopards football play-by-play announcers Jay Bunyard and Greg Revels, along with Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc. Regional Sales Manager Jennifer Higgins, presented a check Tuesday to De Queen School District Communications Director/Television Production Program Director Beau McCastlain for the KDQN/DQTV partnership on the live video streaming of Leopards football games this fall. 
De Queen High School student broadcast interns Dayton Newberry and Carson Prewett also received internship checks from the Arkansas Broadcasters Association for their production efforts on the live video stream project. KDQN and Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc. are active members of the ABA. 
Bunyard, Revels, Higgins, and McCastlain thanked the KDQN/DQTV sponsors for their support of the project: Southern Home Furniture & Interiors, De Queen Auto Group, Tri-Lakes Realty, Kawasaki of Idabel, Discount Tire & Alignment, Pruett's Foods, Outlaw BarBQ, Bristow Custom Metals, Southwest Arkansas Accounting Services, Simply Chiropractic, Don's EZ Pay, Diamond Bank, Sevier County Farmers Cooperative, Health Care Express, Southeast Feed, and Twisted Tines Outfitters. 
The KDQN/DQTV live video streaming project continues into basketball season. 
Top Row L-R: Greg Revels, Jay Bunyard, Beau McCastlain, and Jennifer Higgins
Seated: Dayton Newberry and Carson Prewett


On November 9, 2022, the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released annual names of top performing schools based on 2022 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Public School Accountability Ratings. Horatio High School was recognized for multiple academic awards from the 2021-2022 school year.

Upcoming Holiday Events

The De Queen Christmas Lighting will be Friday, December 2nd, at 6:30 pm at the Herman Dierks Park. 

The annual De Queen Christmas parade will be Saturday, December 3rd, at 6 pm.  This year's theme for the parade is Disney Inspired.  The Chamber is still looking for participants to get involved in the parade.  All forms and information are on

Pictured are ZZ Kamruddin and Sue Stowers that came by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, November 18th, to talk about the events.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

De Queen High School Interact and National Honor Society members volunteered to sponsor Operation Christmas Child boxes. 


First Assembly of God Church providing Thanksgiving meals

De Queen First Assembly of God Church will be giving away their annual Thanksgiving Grocery Blessings on Sunday, November 20th at the 10:30 am. service to the first 100 families in need.  To receive a grocery blessing, you will get a ticket at the information center as you arrive.  The groceries will be given out after the morning worship service.  No deliveries are available.   The church is located at 1440 W Collin Raye Drive. Shown right is Pastors Jerry Minchew and Ray Reynolds.

Winner of annual Gun Giveaway

Austin Whisenhunt of New Hope was the winner of the Savage 30-06 with Sig Sauer Scope given away during #1 Country's annual Gun Giveaway contest.  Listeners had to listen to #1 Country for the daily digit of the serial number for ten week days–September 26th through October 7th–before dropping off a card with the number, their name, address and phone number at one of our sponsors.  Drawing was held October 14th.

Legacy Academy Student Showcase

Legacy Academy students from all grades showed off the extent of their academic achievements at the 2022 Student Showcase on Thursday evening, November 3rd.  Work from every single student was presented from all subjects, including Ancient History, Latin, music, multimedia, and algebra.  The event, hosted in the Legacy Academy auditorium, gave parents and family members an insight into the day-to-day rigor of students’ academic work. 

More information about the Classical Christian education model can be found on Legacy Academy’s website ( or from the Association of Classical Christian Schools (

CRSD receives $5k donation from Pinnacle Propane

Mark Sherman, operations supervisor for Pinnacle Propane–Southern Arkansas & Louisiana presented a $5,000 check to Cossatot River School District Superintendent Tyler Broyles to help with the school’s new ballfield.   Superintendent Broyles said they plan to add press boxes to our baseball and softball fields.

Pinnacle Propane has seven service centers located in Arkansas, including Mena and De Queen serving both residential and commercial customers.

Ashdown High School of Innovation Student selected as finalist in the delegate selection process for the United States Senate Youth Program

Bannon Price, Ashdown High School of Innovation Junior, was selected to advance to the finalist round for delegate selection for the 2022-2023 United States Senate Youth Program (USSP).  The program is designed to increase young Americans' understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world. The program provides the most outstanding high school students – two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity – with an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. 
In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history, and public affairs.  The 61st Annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned for March 4–11, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
As a finalist, Bannon will interview with the selection committee in Little Rock on Monday, November 14th, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Two student delegates and two alternates will be selected from the eight AR finalists and are scheduled to be announced in the month of December. 

Red Poppy Distribution November 5th

Bro. Rick Gregory was in the #1 Studio’s on Wednesday morning, November 2nd, to discuss the distribution of Poppies on Saturday, November 5th, from 9 am to noon at Bailey Discount Building Supply, Pruett’s
Food, Tractor Supply Co and Wal-Mart.
The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of
the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms. Wear a poppy to honor those who have worn our nation's uniform.
All donations received will be used by The American Legion Family for their programs that support veterans, the military community and their families.

De Queen High School Jr. Class & Cossatot Arts and Craft Haunted House

The De Queen Junior Class and Cossatot Arts & Crafts Association will host a haunted house on Friday, October 28th, Saturday, October 29th, and Monday, October 31st, from 7-9:30 pm.  The event will take place at the Cossatot Arts Center located on Historic King Schoolhouse Road in Gillham, AR.  The event will cost $10 for ages 12 and up and $5 for ages 11 and under.  Pictured are members of the Junior Class that came by your #1 Country Studios on Friday, October 28th, to talk about the event: Yandel Mendez, Isaak Trinidad, Reagan Lacefield, Selene Hughes, and Dayanti Villeda.

Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Halloween on the Square

The Sevier County Chamber of Commerce will host a Halloween on the Square on Monday, October 31st, from 4-5:30 pm.  For more information, contact Amy McDonald (left) or Sue Stowers (right) at 870-584-3225.  They also said more information will come on Christmas events.  The annual tree lighting will be Wednesday, December 2nd, and the parade will be Thursday, December 3rd.

De Queen Middle School Good Citizens

The De Queen Middle School selected their October Good Citizens.  Pictured left to right are 6th grader Lance Hardaway, 6th grader Kashlynn McWhorter, 7th grader Kaydence Parsons, and 7th grader Gabe Cotten.

De Queen Basketball Coaches Talk at Rotary

The De Queen basketball coaches spoke to the local Rotary Club on Monday afternoon, the 24th, about their upcoming season.  The season will start on Friday, November 11th, at Haworth.  Your #1 Country Studios will be airing Leopard basketball on KDQN 92.1.  Pictured left to right are Sr. High boys coach Logan Lindley, Jr. High boys coach Drew Dykes, and Sr. High girls coach Eden Spears.