Monday, May 27, 2024

Free Gas Friday Winner Week 1

Brandilyn Bingham of Wickes is the first Free Gas Friday winner for 2024.  She stopped by your #1 Country Studios Friday morning, May 24th, to pick up her $50 check for free gas at Cactus Plaza.  She registered at Rise and Shine Cafe.  Make sure to visit our sponsoring locations to enter your chance to win free gas on Fridays and tune in on Fridays to see if you are the week’s winner.  We will continue to do this for the next 14 weeks.  Pictured with Brandilyn (left) is Bunyard Broadcasting’s Jacob Bunyard (right).

Governor's Scholastic Reception

2024 De Queen High School co-valedictorians and their families were invited to a Governor’s Scholastic Reception  held on Saturday, May 4th, at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.   Scholastic Honors Day recognizes Arkansas’ best and brightest students.  Public and private schools may select two students in the senior class who best represent excellent academic achievement.  Co-Valedictorians Elaina Rivas (right) and Jamileth Rueda (left) represented De Queen High school. Elaina is the daughter of Rudy and Carrie Rivas.  Jamileth is the daughter of Mauricio and Elsa Rueda. 

Steve Cole Named Arkansas Rural Advocate of the Year

Dr. Steve Cole was named Arkansas Rural Advocate of the Year on Tuesday, May 21st.  Governor Sarah Sanders presented the award to Dr. Cole at their meeting.  Pictured with Cole is his wife, Leslie, as well as members of Sevier County contingent
at the Rural Development Conference in Hot Springs Tuesday for Dr. Cole's presentation. 

De Queen Rotary Club Feeds Local Teams

The De Queen Rotary Club gave free meals to the De Queen Little League Rotary teams on Monday evening, May 20th, in lieu of their weekly meeting.  The teams ranged from T-ball to pre-high school. 

Brother's Keepers

Chef and Side Street with Brother's Keepers Motorcycles Club #34 visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Monday morning, May 20th.  They talked about their upcoming event Hurrah City Bikes and Barbecue.  You can learn more about the event by visiting the Hurrah City Bikes and Barbecue Facebook page, and you fill out the application online and you can pay through Square or Apple Pay.  They are looking to recruit more teams and judges as well as T shirt sponsors for their upcoming events.  You can learn more about Brother's Keeper by visiting their Facebook page.  

American Legion Cannon Rededication

Post 54 of the American Legion Chuck Alt (left), Commander Ricky Hendrix (center), and Rick Gregory (right) spoke on the morning show earlier Tuesday morning, May 14th, about rededication of the cannon near the Sevier County Courthouse lawn that will happen on Monday, May 27th, at 10 am.  Everyone is invited to attend.  

Judge Greg Ray Big Bass Festival

ZZ Kamruddin (right) and Cheryl Hickson (left) stopped by your #1 Country Studios on Tuesday, May 14th, to talk about the 34th annual Judge Ray Memorial Big Bass Festival that will happen on Saturday, May 25th, from 6 am-1 pm.  Early registration is currently taking place and must be received by Friday, May 17th.  Boat check and late registration fee begins at 5 am in De Queen at Oak Grove & Rolling Fork, Gillham at Coon Creek & Little Coon Creek, and Dierks at Jefferson Ridge.  Weigh-in sites at De Queen in Oak Grove, Gillham at Coon Creek, and Dierks at Jefferson Ridge.  Awards ceremony will take place at De Queen Herman Dierks Park at 1 pm.  Big bass overall winners will be awarded cash prizes.  There will also be a $30000 Reel the Weight presented by De Queen Auto Group, Tri-Lakes Realty, and Bailey Discount Building Supply.  If the last 2 digits of the biggest fish at each lake match the secret number, you win $10000.  Chance to win at each lake.  You can purchase T-shirts from the Chamber.  

RYLA Students Talk at Rotary

De Queen High School Juniors Naomi Gonzalez (right) and Ester Carranza (left) spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club about their recent trip to attend the RYLA camp at the 4-H in Little Rock.  They talked about a variety of icebreakers as well as group activities.  Speakers at the camp included Rotary District Governor Emil Woerner and Shawnee Cooper.  The activities at the camp included a tower, a giant ladder, high ropes, a team wall, and canoeing.  The Rotary Service Project at RYLA was The Amazing Race.  They will have an opportunity to apply as counselors to RYLA is they wish.  Naomi is planning to attend the U of A and major in electrical engineering.  She has begun prep through the Jump Start program.  Ester is planning to attend the U of A and major in political science and eventually attend law school.

42nd Annual Sr. Citizen's Day

Angie Walker (left) and Sevier County Judge Sandra Dunn (right) visited your #1 County Studios earlier Friday morning, May 10th, to talk about the upcoming Senior Citizen's Day.  The 42nd Annual Sevier County Sr. Citizens Day presents Under the Sea on Friday, May 31st, from 9 am- 12 pm on the Sevier County Courthouse Lawn.  The event is for adults 55 years and older.  Loren Hinton will be the MC.  Edson Perez will be performing Live 50s music.

Doug Ruth Raffle Fundraiser

Johnny Wishard (left), Brennen Seymour (center) and Dennis Pruitt (right) of the De Queen Fire Department stopped by your #1 Country Studios on earlier Friday morning, May 10th, to do the drawing for a Rossi Model Rs22LR Desert Tan.  Travis Ruth was the big winner of the gun.  Proceeds for the raffle will be used to benefit Doug Ruth.  Doug is  a dedicated member of the De Queen Fire Department and has recently had a medical emergency.  He has been in and out of the hospital multiple times over the last few months.  The Fire Department wants to help Doug with the medical bills he has incurred.  You can still donate to the Fire Department to help Doug with his medical expenses.  The Fire Department is also looking for volunteers to help the community.

Jason Sanders Named Superintendent of the year

The Arkansas Rural Education Association has named a Sevier County superintendent as one of the top two in the state for 2024.  The organization named Jason Sanders, superintendent of De Queen Public Schools, as its 2024 Superintendent of the Year for the southern district of Arkansas. The Arkansas Rural Education Association recognizes two superintendents of the year, one from north and one from south of Interstate 40.  The recipient of the north region for 2024 is Dr. Andrea Martin of the Greenland School District.  The candidates are nominated by Educational Service Cooperatives who are AREA members.

De Queen Rotary Club Community Service Awards

The De Queen Rotary Club presented the annual Community Service Awards to deserving law enforcement officers and firefighters at Monday’s noon (May 6th) meeting of the Club.  Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry and Sonny Kimmel, representing the City of De Queen, simultaneously presented Officer of the Year Awards to Chris Turner and Chad Bradshaw.  The Rotary Club also proudly honored both officers on Monday.  County Judge Sandra Dunn presented the County Firefighter of the Year award to Roy Stover, who has served as a firefighter since 1992 and has been a member of the Cossatot Fire Department since 2013.  De Queen Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt presented the Fireman of the Year Award to James Ruth.  The Rotary Club is proud to honor these officers and firefighters for their tireless community service.

DQTV Trip to Washington DC

Arkansas Teacher of the Year and DQTV director Beau McCastlain (center) as well as two students recently visited Washington DC for recognition of being named Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  Beau took Ashlee McCullough (right) and Dayanti Villeda (left) to join the press corps in recognition of his honor.  Beau said his first day he partnered with the Missouri Teacher of the Year and visited the senators.  Beau sat and talked with Senator John Boozman as well as Congressman Bruce Westerman.  The President's Marine Corp Band played music as the teachers of the year wined and dined at dinner one night.  As soon as they arrived, Ashlee and Dayanti went to the National Mall and visited the monuments.  Ashlee and Dayanti then talked about how much DQTV has meant to them over the past three years and all they have learned they have accomplished and wrapped up by talking about their future plans.  

Attorney General Tim Griffin

Arkansas' Attorney General Tim Griffin visited De Queen and talked to the De Queen Rotary Club on Monday afternoon, April 29th.  Prior to becoming Attorney General in January 2023, Griffin served 8 years as Lieutenant Governor.  From 2011-2015, he served in the US House of Representatives.  He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate in the General Corp's for more than 27 years and holds the rank of Colonel.  He served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Deputy Director of Political Affairs and Special Assistant for President George W. Bush.  Griffin talked to the club about a variety of topics in the Attorney General's Office such as culture, prosecution, Medicaid, the ballot process, the opinions division, and the general council.  Griffin bragged about having 1 out of 100 dogs worldwide as well as 1 out of 2 dogs in Arkansas that can sniff out magnetic items.  He said the process to get an opinion on a ruling takes about 30 days.  The three parts of the ballot include the ballot title, popular name and text.  He lets the people make the best choice for the state of Arkansas and is obligated to follow the law whether or not it is an unpopular opinion.  The Attorney General will only reject a bill or proposal for being misleading.  The vast majority of funds in the Attorney General's Office is restricted.  He concluded by saying the Capital must thrive in order for the state to thrive.  Pictured with Tim Griffin (left) is Bunyard Broadcasting's Jay Bunyard (right).

De Queen Student Awarded Quiz Bowl Scholarship

Jamileth Rueda was awarded the AGQBA Friends of Quiz Bowl Scholarship live on ARPBS during the AGQBA broadcast of the state quiz bowl championships.  Pictured Jamileth Rueda (right) and De Queen quiz bowl coach Thomas Sweeten (left).

Rotary Club Feeds Leopard Baseball/Softball Teams

The De Queen Rotary Club provided the De Queen Leopard and Lady Leopard baseball and softball teams a free lunch on Thursday, April 25th, prior to their game against Magnolia.  The Leopards will be airing on KDQN 92.1 at 4:45 with Toney Stowers and Greg Revels broadcasting at Magnolia.  The Leopards will battle for the 2 seed in regionals.  The regionals will be held in Nashville next Thursday, May 2nd.  

Rotary Induction

The De Queen Rotary Club inducted Ned Hendrix into the club at their weekly meeting on Monday, April 22nd.  Ned is the CEO at Horatio State Bank.  Pictured with Ned (right) is Bunyard Broadcasting's Teresa Bunyard (left).

De Queen Show Choir

The De Queen Show Choir attended the De Queen Rotary Club's weekly meeting on Monday, April 22nd.  Led by De Queen High School's Stefani Jones, the Show Choir sang songs and danced for the club members.  Stefani introduced the members of this year's show choir and talked about their performances.  The Show Choir has been invited to the Carnegie Hall in New York.

Sevier County 4-H Drive Thru Rabies Clinic

Evan Wolcott (left) and Zae-Lei Frachiseur (right) stopped by your #1 Country Studios earlier Monday morning, April 22nd, to talk about the Sevier County 4-H drive thru rabies clinic starting on Monday, April 22nd, through, Saturday, April 27th.  For each rabies shot given, a donation will be made to the Sevier County 4-H.  You can visit the following locations for shots: Monday, April 22nd, from 3:30-5 pm at the Gillham Fire Department, Tuesday, April 23rd, from 3:30-5 pm at the Lockesburg Sr. Citizens Center, Thursday, April 25th, from 3:30-5 pm at the Horatio Community Building, Friday, April 26th, from 3-5 pm at Herman Dierks Park, and Saturday, April 27th, from 9-11 am at Herman Dierks Park.  Appointments can be made for other times throughout the week.  For more information, contact the De Queen Animal Hospital at 870-642-8387 or the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013.  Arkansas law requires all dogs and cats 3 months of age or older to have a rabies vaccination yearly.

Child Abuse Awareness Day

Kayla Pettigrew (left), Josie Blankenship (center), and Espi Frachiseur (right) visited your #1 Country Studios to talk about Child Abuse Awareness Day on Friday, April 19.  They encouraged businesses to wear blue.  To volunteer, you must be 21 years and older, have 30 hours of training, and pass a background check.  To be a Foster Parent, visit everychildarkansas.org.  If you think a child is being abused, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-482-5964.  You can also visit the Ouachita Children Coilition Facebook page or call 479-243-9277 for more information.  

Presli Young Named Crystal Award Receipient

The Rotary Crystal Award has been presented annually to the outstanding senior female athlete at De Queen High School since 2000.  At Monday’s noon meeting (April 15th) of the club, Rotarian Tammy Huddleston presented the award for the 2023-2024 school year to Presli Young.  The daughter of Brent and Lacey Young, Presli has earned all-conference honors in track, cross country, and golf for the Lady Leopards.  In track, Presli is ranked in the top ten in the state in the 800-meter run.  She’s also a member of the two-mile relay team which is ranked third in the state.  The girls Cross Country team repeated as conference champs and finished third in the state meet.  Presli has cheered for several years and qualified as an All-Star and All-American cheerleader.  She’s an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in De Queen and a former Miss D.H.S. pageant winner.  Presli also excels in the classroom with a 3.9 grade point average, and she scored a 24 on the A.C.T. Test.  She’s a member of National Honor Society and on the honor roll, and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Presli plans to attend the University of Arkansas – Cossatot to get her basics after high school graduation in May.  She later plans to transfer to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene. 

De Queen Rotary Awards

The De Queen Rotary Club presented the top students at the De Queen High School a plaque for being the top performing student in numerous subjects on Wednesday, April 10th, at 11 am at the De Queen High School Auditorium.  The winners are as follows: English 10- Monica Macias, Pre-AP English 10- Rylee Vaught, English 11- Yamile Arce, English 12- Juliette Perez, Geometry- Kailyn Klitz, Algebra II- Catherine Socash, AP Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry- Matthew Bruce, AP Statistics- Jamileth Rueda, AP Calculus- Joel Galvan, College Algebra- Gloria Morales-Ahumada, College Trigonometry- Keri Staggs, Biology- Maria Morales, Chemistry- Eliazar Lara, Pre AP Chemistry- Tristan Marrufo, U.S. History- Stephanie Villeda, World History- Laura Mae Harp, Spanish I- Lizeth Baltazar, Spanish II- Elaine Tovar, Spanish III- Ulyces Coto, Spanish IV- Yadira Marrufo, and Physics- Rowan Sanchez.

Golden Easter Egg #3 Found

Shandi Ford found the final Golden Egg on Thursday afternoon, April 4th.  She came by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, April 5th, to pick up her check of $250.  She noticed the flags at Cossatot College while at the Mexican Restaurant across the street and decided to take a chance and go look.  To her surprise, the Golden egg was there. 

Overview of Investments in the Market

Latonya McElroy spoke to the De Queen Rotary members at their weekly meeting on Monday, April 1st.  Latonya gave the members an overview of the market.  LaTonya said the market has outperformed expectations.  The driving factors in the economy include leadership driven by a narrow segment of sectors.  Small cap stocks have incurred more debt as a result of higher inflation rates.  Growth value stocks have outperformed value stocks.  You should want to invest in higher quality investment bonds.  The FED is planning to cut interest rates by .25% 2-3 times a year as a result of the government performing stronger, a positive direction for inflation.  Savings accounts have started to shrink, which cause consumers to spend less as year goes on.  This has resulted in 1.5% GDP growth.  Stocks tend to rise 6 months before and after Election Year.  Economic industry and corporate earnings remain strong.  LaTonya advised the club members to spurn short term liabilities and take advantage of opportunities, which is a result of balancing your portfolio.  

Rotary Student of the Month

Madison Gentry was named Rotary Student of the Month at their weekly meeting on Monday, April 1st.  Madison is active in the National Honor Society (NHS) and is part of the Leopard Launch program.  She is also part of the Quiz Bowl team which has gone to state each year she has participated and has competed nationally her first year.  Madison is part of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and competed in state last year.  Madison plans to pursue a double major in criminology and psychology in the Association of Arts.  Pictured with Madison (left) is Rotary President Greg Revels (right).

Rotary Student of the Month

Luke Pearce was named the Rotary Student of the Month at their weekly meeting on Monday, April 1st.  Luke is planning to graduate with a degree in industrial maintenance where he plans to attend just 1 year of college.  He has competed in bull riding for the last 2 years with the Arkansas Rodeo Association.  He placed 2nd last winter with the association and plans to compete nationally in Wyoming.  Luke attends De Queen First Assembly.  Pictured with Luke (left) is Rotary President Greg Revels (right).  

Pilgrim's New Building Expansion Grand Opening

Pilgrim's hosted a Meet and Greet for their new building expansion on Friday, March 29th, from 11 am-1 pm.  The address for Pilgrim's is 401 S. 3rd Street in De Queen.  Joining Pilgrim's was the Sevier County Chamber of Commerce who hosted the ribbon cutting.  

Golden Easter Egg #2 Found

Chavon Pond of Horatio, found the 2nd Golden egg at the McCurtain County Fair Grounds on Thursday morning, March 28th, after hearing the 4th clue. It was located at the entrance of the fair ground.  Presenting Chavon her $250 check is Bunyard Broadcasting's Jacob Bunyard.  Make sure to tune in to your #1 Country when we present clues for the 3rd and final Golden Egg next week.

CEO Scenic Hill Solar Visits De Queen

Bill Halter spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club at their weekly meeting on Monday, March 25th.  Bill is the CEO of Scenic Hill Solar and has led business and government organizations in Arkansas and Washington DC having served as Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, COO of the Social Security Administration, and Trustee of Stanford University, as well as served on the Board of 12 technology companies (5 that were public companies with a market capitalization of over $20 billion) as well as in the White House Budget Office.  Bill started with a story of how he landed in the solar industry.  Bill said Arkansas has the sunshine, land, and water where the state can be a leading innovator for solar power.  No state is lined up better for solar power interconnection than Arkansas.  The only thing that messes it up is monopoly.  Bill then concluded by talking about some innovation projects happening in Arkansas such as the Series 7 Launch in Stuggart and a terrain tracker lined up in Russellville.  Pictured with Bill (left) is Bunyard Broadcasting's Jay Bunyard (right).  

DQTV

DQTV's Ashlee McCullough (left), Beau McCastlain (center), and Jackson Van Winkle (right) visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Monday morning, March 25th, to give an update about DQTV.  Beau took 10 DQTV students to California the past 2 weeks for the Student Television Network National Convention in California.  This convention consists of students participating in television all across the world.  Beau said his students participated in the Crazy Eights where they produced a morning show in 8 hours based on the prompt they were given.  The monthly magazine show Leopard Vision received a distinguished merit bronze award for general excellence in broadcasting, the leopard sports update received the distinguished merit honor, and their weekly show received outstanding achievement in general excellence in broadcasting.  These honors received top 15 or 20 in the nation.  Beau thanked the KDQN studios, Jay Bunyard and the Arkansas Broadcaster's Association, and the sponsors for making this partnership with DQTV possible.  

Golden Easter Egg #1 Found

The first Golden Easter Egg has been found.  Jake Taylor was at De Queen Lake Friday morning, March 22nd, when the last clue was given.  He rushed to the swing, at the end of the walking trail, to find lots of large rocks overturned. He started kicking smaller rocks and overturned the rock hiding the Golden egg. Congratulations Jake on finding the first Golden Easter Egg and winning $250.  Pictured with Jake (right) are Bunyard Broadcasting's Jen Massey (left) and Patrick Massey (right).

De Queen First Assembly Spring Fling

Deidra Reeves with De Queen First Assembly of God stopped by your #1 Country Studios earlier Thursday morning, March 21st, to talk about the upcoming Spring Fling at the church on Sunday, March 24th.  The Egg Hunt will follow the 10:30 am service and is for ages 0-12.  Ages will be split into groups for the Egg Hunt.  There will also be inflatables, walking tacos, giveaways and more.  The church will also host a pulled pork fundraiser on Friday, April 5th, to support the students going to camp this summer.  They will deliver.  The church asks that you submit order forms for the pulled pork fundraiser by Monday, April 1st.

Ashdown High School Student Participates in USSYP

AHS Student Bannon Price recently returned from Washington DC after participating in the United States Senate Youth Program.  Only two students from Arkansas were able to attend.  After returning, Bannon was given the opportunity to attend a State Board of Education meeting in Little Rock to share details about his USSYP trip to DC.  While in DC, he was able to attend a reception with US Senators Bozeman and Cotton, visit the House and meet the President and First Lady, tour Mt Vernon, and participated in a wreath laying ceremony at George Washington’s tomb.

De Queen Leopard Spring Coaches

The De Queen Leopard spring coaches spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club during their weekly meeting on Monday, March 11th.  Drew Dykes is the Lady Leopard and Leopard track and field coach.  Ethan Crocker is the Leopard baseball coach.  Stephen Sloan is the Leopard and Lady Leopard soccer coach.  Chad Lites in the Lady Leopard softball coach.  Each coach broke down their current rosters saying they have young cores as well as gave a breakdown of the schedules they have faced and their future opponents as they open conference play.  Make sure to check out the schedules and go support the Leopards and Lady Leopards this spring.  Pictured left to right is Ethan Crocker, Stephen Sloan, Chad Lites, and Drew Dykes.  

Blue and Gold Scholarship Awarded to Max Pinkerton

De Queen senior Max Pinkerton has been awarded the Blue and Gold Excellence Scholarship valued at $28,000.  Max is the son of Lance and Shanna Pinkerton and a 2024 Honor Graduate.  He is a member of National Honor Society and the FFA forestry judging team.  Max is a member of the Leopard golf, archery, and baseball teams.  He is an active member of the De Queen Church of Christ youth group and enjoys volunteering for the De Queen Parks and Recreation office.  Max plans to major in Engineering.

Sevier County Chamber

Suzanne Babb with the Sevier County Chamber of Commerce stopped by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, March 8th, to give an update about the upcoming eclipse.  2024 Eclipse weekend will be held on Friday, April 5th, and Saturday, April 6th.  Fiesta Fest will begin on Friday, April 5th from 5-9 pm in Downtown De Queen.  Sevierly Dark Fest will be held on Saturday, April 6th, from 7 am-5 pm at the Sevier County Fairgrounds.  There will be tethered balloon rides weather permitting from 7 am- 11 am.  Adults cost $20 and kids 10 and under will cost $10.  Craft and food vendors open from 8 am- 5 pm.  Booths are still available.  Informational booths are $50, commercial booths are $100, and food vendors are $150.  You can also talk to NASA Scientist Dr. Neil Zimmerman, Astronomer Dr. Deanna Shields, Bigfoot Field Researcher Robert Swain, and an Iridologist from 9 am- 5 pm as well as take part in Pioneer Palooza- Grow It, Eat It.  The event is $10 for the all day event.

Sevier County Farmer's Market

Sara Stewart with the Sevier County Farmer's Market stopped by your #1 Country Studios on Friday, March 8th, to give some updates about the Farmer's Market.  The Farmer's Market will have their spring meeting on Monday, March 18th, at 6 pm at the Community Building.  The Farmer's Market will open on Wednesday, May 1st, at 7 am and will stay open through Saturday, March 4th.  For more information, call Sara Stewart at 870-784-1368 or message her on Facebook.  

Larry Baker Benefit Dinner

Carla Wolcott visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Tuesday morning, March 5th, to talk about the Larry Baker Benefit Dinner and Live Auction.  The benefit dinner and live auction will be held on Saturday, March 16th, at 5 pm at the American Legion on 177 Hwy 278 East located in Wickes, AR.  Dinners will be by donation and will include chicken, potatoes, beans, bread, drink and dessert.  You can dine in or take out.  There will also be music.  All proceeds will be used for medical and funeral expenses for his wife.  For more information, call Carla Wolcott at 870-784-0504.

Rotary Student of the Month

Jamileth Rueda was named the Rotary Student of the Month at their weekly meeting on Monday, March 4th.  Jamileth has attended De Queen Schools since Kindergarten.  Jamileth is the Vice President of the National Honor Society (NHS), Technology Student Association (TSA), and the Future Business Leaders Association (FBLA).  She participates in Quiz Bowl where they just recently placed 2nd in regionals and will advance to state.  She also participates in the Leopard Launch Program.  After graduation, Jamileth plans to attend the University of Arkansas and major in data science.  Pictured with Jamileth (left) is Rotary President Greg Revels.  

Lower Little River Watershed Area Water Quality

John Wesson with the Sevier County Extension Office spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club on Monday, March 4th, during their weekly meeting.  John said his goal with the Extension Office is to increase voluntary water quality protection in the Lower Little River Watershed Area.  The four parts to this area are Gillham, Dierks, De Queen and Millwood.  John gave statistics to the club as he said 70% of water makes up Earth's surface.  Freshwater makes up about 3% of this while only 1% of freshwater is accessible.  John then talked about some environmental laws put in place during Richard Nixon's tenure as President to help protect water quality.  John concluded by talking about what could cause poor water quality such as high levels of metals, nutrients, minerals and backeria, erosion, and livestock access.  

De Queen High School Quiz Bowl

The DHS Quiz Bowl team competed Saturday, March 2nd in the 5A Southwest Regional tournament finishing 2nd and qualifying for the state tournament on Saturday, April 13th.  They were the only team to average over 300 points per match at regionals but came in 2nd overall due to a close loss to Hot Springs Lakeside.  Altin Kight and Kenyon Chapman were named to the 5A Southwest Regional All Tournament Team.
 

De Queen Jr High Cheerleaders Fundraiser

The De Queen Jr High Cheerleaders will host a bake sale on Saturday, March 2nd, from 10 am-3 pm or until sold out at Simple Simon's Pizza.  All proceeds will be used for cheer camp and cheer funding.  Pictured left to right: back Kyleigh Faulkenberry, Allie Wilson, Tabatha Rodriguez, and Barbie Barba.  In the front, Ashley Martinez and Sierra Wilson.  

Southeastern Hosts 2nd Annual McCurtain County Prospective Teacher Academy

The Southeastern Oklahoma State University department of teacher education hosted the 2nd Annual Prospective Teacher Academy at its McCurtain County campus on Wednesday, February 28th.  Over 50 prospective teaching students attended the event, marking noted growth from the inaugural event.  Representatives from Battiest, Broken Bow, Denison, DeQueen (Ark.), Eagletown, Forest Grove, Haworth, Holly Creek, Idabel, Lukfata, Rattan, Smithville, Valliant, and Wright City school districts as well as unaffiliated prospective teacher students attended the 2024 event, which featured keynote speaker Traci Manuel, the 2023 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, who teaches English language arts at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa.  Attached photo is (L-R): Three State Teachers of the Year – Traci Manuel of Tulsa Booker T. Washington HS (Oklahoma, 2023), Beau McCastlain of De Queen (Arkansas, 2024), and Stephen Smallwood of Rattan (Oklahoma, 1996) – who were on the Teacher Panel.

 

Rotary Induction

Jimmy Bristow was inducted at the De Queen Rotary Club's weekly meeting on Monday, February 26th.  Jimmy has recently retired from AEP Swepco after 28 years of service and is currently working at Bristow Custom Metals.  Pictured with Jimmy (right) is his sponsor, Bunyard Broadcasting's Jay Bunyard (left). 

Roteract/Interact

Kaitlyn Villeda and Naomi Gonzalez with the De Queen High School Interact Club as well as Nancy Santiago and Angelica Aguilar with the UA Cossatot Rotaract Club spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club at their weekly meeting on Monday afternoon, February 26th.  Kaitlin is a Senior and serves as Interact President.  She is planning to attend UCA in Conway and major in dietetics and nutrition.  Naomi is a Junior and serves as Vice President.  Interact has participated in giving out water during a 5K, the Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child, and has helped the Salvation Army ring bells for two hours.  Nancy Santiago and Angelica Aguilar are participating in the UA Cossatot Rotaract Club.  They participate by Feed the Students one week each month.  They have also promoted Cultural Awareness at the school.  They will hold an Easter Egg Hunt in March as well as serve in Fiesta Fest and the Sevierly Dark Fest.  Pictured left to right are Naomi Gonzalez, Kaitlin Villeda, Angelica Aguilar, Nancy Santiago, and Erika Buenrostro. 

Horatio FFA

As part of FFA Week, the Horatio FFA Chapter stopped by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, February 23rd, to talk on the morning show about FFA.  They discussed the importance of FFA in promoting agriculture and leadership, the activities Horatio members hosted this week and some of the big things they have coming up including their annual Bass Tournament this April.  Pictured in no particular order are Demi Leonard, Kinlee Stivers, Layla Tallant, Jocie Tallant, Matthew Mabor, Jake Sawyer, Emily Neal, and Rhett Walker.

FFA Week- De Queen

The De Queen FFA visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Thursday morning, February 22nd, to talk about FFA during FFA week.  On Wednesday, February 21st, they read to some kids at pre-K at Park Hill to try to get kids interested in agriculture in the future.  There will be a petting zoo today for all the De Queen school kids.  FFA is more than just livestock.  FFA is used to teach kids' leadership to bring them out of their shell and make connections.  Pictured left to right are Jake Seymour, Olivia Cooley, Katie Williamson, and Zae-Lei Frachiseur.

DQTV Check Presentation

Representatives of Bunyard Broadcasting presented Beau McCastlain and the students of DQTV a $3000 check for basketball.  Special thanks to the following sponsors for making this partnership happen: De Queen Auto Group, Southern Home Furnitures, Rise and Shine Cafe, Tri-Lakes Realty, Arkansas Army National Guard, Air-Evac, S&C Tire Shop, Simply Chiropractic, San Juan's Automotive Repair, De Queen Self Storage West, Body Temple, Bristow Custom Metals, Jorge Rivas Garage & Wrecker, Kawasaki of Idabel, Twisted Tines Outfitters, and Southwest Arkansas Accounting Services.  The KDQN crew, in partnership with the Arkansas Broadcasters Association, also presented  $600 Internship Program checks to De Queen High School students Kyanna Angeles and Sophie Hunt on Wednesday, February 21st, at the DQTV studios.  Pictured left to right: Kyanna Angeles, Leopards Sports Broadcaster Greg Revels, DQTV's Beau McCastlain, Bunyard Broadcasting C.F.O. Jacob Bunyard, and Bunyard Broadcasting Regional Sales Manager Jenny Higgins.

Broken Bow Chamber Banquet

Jennifer Higgins, Regional Sales Manager for Bunyard Broadcasting at the KDQN Studios, accepted three Community Partnership Awards at the 68th Annual Broken Bow Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Silent Auction.  Mrs. Higgins stated, “When we are assisting with Chamber needs and projects, we never go into it expecting there's a reward at the end.  I believe the greatest leaders are the ones that serve the community.  Sometimes, that is more than one community, but all are equally important, and we do what we can.  My personal goal is to one day be a leader worth mentioning by putting in the time, effort, and service it takes to be worthy of that type of recognition.”
 

Cross Country Signing

Jaide Tatum and her coaches came in your #1 Country Studios earlier Tuesday morning, February 20th, to talk about Jaide signing to run cross country at Henderson State.  In addition to cross country, Jaide participates in track, soccer and cheer at De Queen High School.  Jaide runs often with her sister who also participated in cross country at Henderson.  Jaide's signing ceremony will be held at the school today at 1 pm.  This is an informal signing with the Henderson coach coming.  Pictured left to right is Coach Chad Lites, Coach Dennis Chaney, Jaide Tatum, and Coach Drew Dykes. 

De Queen First Assembly Wild Game Cook-Off

Jerry Minchew (left) and Mike Willis (right) came in your #1 Country Studios earlier Monday morning, February 19th, to talk about the upcoming Wild Game Cookoff happening at De Queen First Assembly on Saturday, February 24th.   This is the 11th annual event at the church.  Entries need to be at the church by 4:30 pm.  The event will start at 5.  The event is used as an outreach for men in the community.  Missionary/Outdoorsman Kenny Mainus will be speaking at the event.  The church will provide some prizes for the winners including two long rifles, battery-packed leaf blower, and certificates.  There will also be vendors at the event.  You can find more information on their Facebook page.  

Rotary Night

The De Queen Rotary Club held their Rotary Night on Friday night, February 16th, during the Senior Night Festivities of the Ashdown and De Queen Sr. High basketball teams.  The Rotary Club bought tickets for the first 100 fans that attended the games.  The Rotary Club also sold eclipse glasses during the game.  Make sure to pick up your glasses before the eclipse in April.  

Sevier County Chamber of Commerce

Veronica Ozura (left) and Jenny Higgins (right) talked about the Chamber of Commerce earlier Friday morning, February 16th.  The Chamber Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 29th, at 5:30 pm with the theme being Dark Skies Gala.  The online auction for the event has already begun on the Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Group Facebook Page.  Today is the deadline to turn in donations, and you can turn in anything you want to donate to your #1 Country Studios by 4 today or call Jenny Higgins whose number is on the Facebook group page.  The auction will continue through next Friday, February 23rd, at 7:30 pm.  Bids will be taken in $5 increments.  The Chamber is still selling tables for $250 and individual tickets for $40 for the banquet.  Tickets are available at the Chamber Office.  There will also be a table decorating contest as well as the best themed outfit at the banquet.  Veronica then concluded about the other events the Chamber does around the community.

Miss DHS 2024

Jayce (left) and Jaide (right) came in your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, February 16, to talk about the Miss DHS Pageant on Saturday, February 10th.  Jaide was named Miss DHS 2024 and won Formal Wear and the Community Service Award.  Jaide is planning to go to Henderson State University on an athletic scholarship to run cross country.  Jaide wants to be a physical therapist, so she plans to major in kinesiology and pursue a Master's in Conway.  Jaide ran 200 miles over the summer and was named a part of the 200 mile club.  Jaide has been a cheerleader for 5 years since her 8th grade year.  Jaide also runs track and plays soccer for the De Queen Lady Leopards.  Jayce has played an active role in helping Jaide through sports as well as the Miss DHS Pageant serving as her coach.  Jaide concluded by saying she would like to come back to De Queen in the future.  

2024 Tax Update

Ferrnando Balderas, CEO of Southwest Arkansas Accounting Services, spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club on Monday, February 12th, about the latest tax changes for 2024.  Fernando (left) said the standard deduction is supposed to go up to $14,600.  If you are over 65 years, you will receive an extra $1,550.  The child tax credit refundable will increase to $1,800.  State income taxes will drop from 4.7% to 4.5%.  Fernando then answered questions and gave a company background saying there are 10 employees at the accounting firm and they filed between 1600 to 1700 tax returns last year.  Rotary President Greg Revels (right) also spoke at the event and helps Fernando and the team during tax season.

KDQN Super Bowl Football Squares

Tonya Martinez (right) is the winner of this year's Super Bowl Squares Contest as the Chiefs beat the 49ers 25-22 in overtime.  Tonya came by your #1 Country Studios on Monday, February 12th, to pick up her $500 check.  Bunyard Broadcasting CEO Jay Bunyard (left) presented her the check.  Thank you to all of our sponsoring locations as well as everyone that participated to make this event a success once again!

Miss DHS Pageant 2024

Senior Jaide Tatum, daughter of Bob and Gina Tatum, was crowned 2024 Miss D.H.S. at the pageant Saturday night, February 10th, in the De Queen High School Auditorium.  Jaide (pictured) also won first place in Formal Wear as well as the Community Service Award.  After graduation in May, Jaide plans to attend Henderson State University on a Cross Country – Track scholarship. She plans to earn a degree to become a Physical Therapist.  First Runner-up was Kaitlin Villeda, who also won the Outfit of Choice category. Second Runner-up was Riley Carlton, who also finished first in the Interview category. Miss Congeniality went to Zoe Helms. The People's Choice Award went to Nuemi Hernandez. 

De Queen High School Quiz Bowl

The De Queen quiz bowl team went undefeated Friday, February 9th, at the DMESC Invitational tournament winning first place.   The De Queen quiz bowl team then competed Saturday, February 10th, in the Fort Smith Invitational tournament against 38 teams from across the state finishing 2nd losing to Haas Hall Bentonville in the championship game.  Kenyon Chapman and Altin Kight both were all tournament performers.

Sevier County Medical Center

Sevier County Medical Center CEO Lori House and Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Dowdy (right) stopped by your #1 Country Studios on Thursday, February 9th, to give the latest update about the medical center.  The hospital has now been open for 1 year and has had over 6000 in the emergency room.  Stacey talked about the new services offered by the hospital such as the swing bed program.  The swing bed offers patients more therapy before they go home and are offered 2 forms of therapy whether physical, speech or occupational therapy.  Patients in swing bed therapy are worked one hour a day for 5 days a week and are still provided nursing care for up to 20 days.  The hospital also announced the opening of wound care.  Wound care comes in once a week every Thursday to treat patients.  Lori then discussed the future goals of the hospital is to expand their services offered to the community.  Lori then mentioned the alignment committee which takes several leaders in the hospital as well the Quorum Court, the healthcare providers in the community, EMS service, and the local pharmacies on growing the hospital services offered.  The interview concluded with their talk on prenatal part care partnership which helps the process of pregnancy before and after birth.  

Umilde Built Truck Club

Christian Ceballos (right) and his son, Nathan (left), stopped by your #1 Country Studios earlier Wednesday morning, February 7th, to talk a bit about the Umilde Built Truck Club.  The truck club recently donated 96 case palettes of packaged water to the Sevier County Extension Office and 4H to help the citizens of Helena during the water crisis.  The truck club will host a truck meet on Saturday, February 10th, at the Dollar General Parking Lot where you can come see trucks.  Entry fee is a package of water to help during the water crisis.  The Umilde Truck Club has helped donate toys for Christmas, back to school supplies, and candy to Halloween Trunk or Treat.  You can learn more about the truck club by visiting their Instagram page or by finding their stickers on some of their trucks.

Sevier County Chamber 2024 Eclipse Weekend

Sevier County Chamber Director Suzanne Babb spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club about the upcoming eclipse at their weekly meeting on Monday, February 5.  In partnership with the Sevier County Fair Association and the UA Cossatot Foundation, the Sevier County Chamber will host 2024 Eclipse weekend on Friday, April 5th, and Saturday, April 6th.  Fiesta Fest will begin on Friday, April 5th, from 5-9 pm in Downtown De Queen.  The event is free and consists of cultural dancers at 5:30, a talent show at 6:30, and 5K Color Run and live wrestling at 7:30.  Sevierly Dark Fest will be held on Saturday, April 6th, from 7 am-5 pm at the Sevier County Fairgrounds.  There will be tethered balloon rides weather permitting from 7 am- 11 am.  Adults cost $20 and kids 10 and under will cost $10.  Craft and food vendors open from 8 am- 5 pm.  There will be Ask the Experts, Children's Storytime and activities during this time.  You can also talk to NASA Scientist Dr. Neil Zimmerman, Astronomer Dr. Deanna Shields, Bigfoot Field Researcher Robert Swain, and an Iridologist from 9 am- 5 pm as well as take part in Pioneer Palooza- Grow It, Eat It.  The event is $10 for the all day event.  

Rotary Student of the Month

Presli Young is the Rotary Student of the Month as the club announced at their weekly meeting on Monday, February 5th.  Presli is the daughter of Brent and Lacey Young and has attended De Queen Schools since Kindergarten.  She is active in National Honor Society (NHS) and participates in track, cross country, and golf where she was named all conference in golf and track.  She is also active in cheer and was named Cheer Captain for the 2023-2024 school term and an All American Cheerleader in 2023.  She enjoys baking, cooking, church, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.  Presli is active at De Queen First Assembly as she participates in the praise and worship team as well as the youth praise and worship team.  She was also named Miss DHS in 2022.  Presli plans to attend UA Cossatot for a few years and then transfer to the U of A in Fayetteville for a bachelor's degree in psychology.  Rotary President Greg Revels (right) is pictured with Presli (left).

Sevier County 4-H Water Drive

Jake Seymour (left) and Evan Wolcott (center) visited your #1 Country Studios to talk about the Sevier County 4-H water drive earlier Wednesday, January 31st.  Recent events have exacerbated the water crisis in Helena, AR, leaving families without access to clean and safe water.  Infrastructure failure has added to existing hardships.  This means residents currently have no drinking water, water for plumbing, water for cooking, or water for washing clothes.  Items needed are bottled water, life straws, portable water filters, body wipes, 5-gallon buckets, and 5-9% unscented household bleach.  Donations will be taken until Friday, February 2nd, and can be dropped off at the Sevier County Extension Office located on 183 College Drive- Adam’s Building.  For more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013.  Pictured with Jake and Evan is Patrick Massey (right).
 

Sevier County Medical Center

CEO of the Sevier County Medical Center Lori House spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club at their weekly meeting on Monday, January 29th.  The Medical Center celebrated its 1 year anniversary on January 23rd.  Lori told the club members that the hospital had over 13000 patient visits over the past year which included 268 patient stays and 347 observation stays.  Lori then discussed the services offered by the hospital such as swing bed services, the blood bank, low dose heart CT, and weight loss.  Lori also answered questions and discussed problems the hospital is facing such as transportation for its patients and getting approval for critical access designation, receiving Medicare/Medicaid federal ID numbers, and insurance providers approval.

De Queen Rotary Club Book Giveaway

The De Queen Rotary Club bought literacy books for the De Queen Elementary 3rd Graders earlier Friday morning, January 26th, to assist the Elementary Book Fair.  The kids were very excited to get a free book courtesy of the Rotary Club.  

De Queen First Assembly Wild Game Cook-Off

The De Queen First Assembly Ironmen Ministries will have their 11th annual Wild Game Cook-Off on Saturday, February 24th, at 5 pm.  Please bring your entries at 4:30 pm.  Judging starts at 5 pm.  The event is free to men, and there will be giveaways such as guns.  The church is located on 1440 W. Collin Raye Dr. in De Queen, AR 71832.  Pictured is Jerry Minchew (left) and Mike Willis (right) who came in your #1 Country Studios to talk about the event on Friday, January 26.

Arkansas Broadband

Glen Howie, Director of Arkansas State Broadband Office, spoke to the De Queen Rotary Club at their weekly meeting on Monday afternoon, January 22nd.  Howie also served as senior policy analyst for the Louisiana Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity.  In all things broadband, Glen's goal is to make Arkansas a leader in the South and a top 10 state in the country.  Arkansas is set to receive over $1 billion to expand its broadband in state.  The three pillars for broadbands are access, affordability, and digital skills.  Glen then provided statistics for the state of Arkansas and Sevier County in regards to the broadband.  Glen also talked about the BEAD program which has $1 billion in funding.  The mandate is to reach 16,000 locations and to focus on closing the divide, challenging execution, and mapping challenge process.  

Dixie Youth Signups

Kyle ( left) and Mike (right) Willis visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Monday morning, January 22nd, to talk about the Dixie Youth signups.  You can see Debbie Seymour at Shelter Insurance for the forms.  The deadline for the event will Friday, February 16th.  You can turn them in at the park office at noon that Friday or between 5-7.  There will be a late $10 fee assessed for any signups not turned in on this date.  The draft will be held the following weekend, February 25th, for signups.  For more information, you can visit the Facebook page or message Kyle at 870-784-1716.

Legacy Academy Homecoming 2024

Legacy Academy hosted their 3rd ever Homecoming on Friday evening, January 5th.  Legacy’s Homecoming Queen was senior Maddie Lowrey, who was nominated by staff and students alike for her character, her sincere faith in Christ, and her genuine friendship and encouragement of others at the school. The Homecoming court was formed by junior maids Oaklee Lofton and Rayne McDonald, senior maid Jenifer Smallwood, sophomore maid Skylar Alexander and freshman maids Jade Hunter and Olivia Lofton.  Each of them was accompanied by her father or a brother, representing the value and care that each of these girls is given.  You can read more about the event by visiting our Local News Page.

De Queen Rotary Club Student of the Month

The De Queen Rotary Club named Penelope Sims the student of the month at their weekly meeting on Monday, January 8th.  Penelope is the daughter of Brandon and Crystal Sims and has attended De Queen schools since Kindergarten.  Penelope plays for the De Queen Lady Leopards Sr. High Basketball team and Track teams.  She is also active in DQTV and works as a board op for your #1 Country Studios.  Penelope is a member of the National Honor Society and is serving as President of the Fellowship of Christian Students.  Penelope is part of the Leopard Launch program where she will earn her associates degree by the time she graduates in May.  Penelope plans to attend Harding University and earn a degree in criminal justice in order to become an attorney.  

Leopards Toy Toss

De Queen Schools hosted their first annual toy toss on Monday night, December 18th, at the De Queen High School Coliseum during halftime of the Senior girls game.  Kids and adults brought unwrapped stuffed animals or soft toys to the game.  The toys will be distributed to Angel Trees in the community.   

Rotary All Inclusive Playground Equipment

Herman Dierks Park is home to a brand-new inclusive playground equipment thanks to a recently-completed project by the De Queen Rotary Club in honor of its centennial year.  The equipment was recently installed at De Queen’s Herman Dierks Park near the existing playground structure.  In line with standards set by the American Disabilities Act, the equipment is designed for physically-challenged children who may otherwise be unable to use the existing structure.  The music-focused equipment cost a total of $16,000 to purchase and install.  The funds were raised through membership dues and several fundraising projects.  The inclusive equipment is accessible during regular public hours at Herman Dierks Park.  Find out more about the De Queen Rotary Club and its efforts in the community by visiting the organization’s Facebook page.

Rotary Student of the Month

Zoe Helms with De Queen Schools was named the Rotary Student of the Month for December at their weekly meeting on Monday, December 11th.  Zoe is the daughter Jonathan and Callie Helms.  Zoe was named an All American Cheerleader for the past 3 years and is a member of the De Queen Lady Leopards softball team.  She even played tennis this year.  Zoe is a member of the National Honor Society serving as secretary and is a member of the Sr. High Student Council.  Zoe is also participating in Leopard Watch program where she can finish with her associates degree before she graduates high school.  She is a member of Gifted and Talented since 4th grade and is a member of the 1st United Methodist Church.  Zoe plans to attend the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith where she plans to major in psychology.  

Rotary Induction

The De Queen Rotary Club inducted Mariana McCarley at their weekly meeting on Monday, December 11th.  Mariana is a lender at Diamond Bank and has been with the bank for 8 years.  Mariana has lived in De Queen for 7 years and has 2 daughters.  Mariana (right) is pictured with her sponsor Greg Revels (left).

Sevier County Museum Donation

Rotary President Greg Revels (right) and the De Queen Rotary Club presented Karen Mills (left) and the Sevier County Museum a check donation of $933 based on the proceeds collected from the Hurrah Breakfast back in October.  Karen then talked about events happening at the museum such as the open house last Thursday, December 7th.  She also talked about the Rock Club for kids to grow support for the museum.  You can also join the $10 a month club to support the museum which is equivalent to spending $120 per year.  

Sevier County Senior Citizen Donation

Rotary President Greg Revels (right) and the De Queen Rotary Club presented Joyce Short (left) and Devin Price (center) a donation of $500 for the Sevier County Senior Citizen Center at their weekly meeting on Monday, December 11th.

Christmas Decor & More

Christmas Decor & More will be held at the Sevier County Fairgrounds on Saturday, December 9th, from 9 am- 3 pm.  Breakfast with Santa will take place from 9-10:30 am.  Stephanie Haarmeyer (left) and Beth Wishard (right) came in your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, December 8th, to talk about the event.

Razzle Dazzle

The De Queen Elementary Razzle Dazzle visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Thursday morning, December 7th, to perform some Christmas carols for the KDQN staff.  Razzle Dazzle then went to other local businesses around town to perform for them.  You can watch their performance on the Facebook page.  

De Queen First Assembly Breakfast with Santa

Deidra Reeves (left) and Jerry Minchew (right) with De Queen First Assembly stopped by your #1 Country Studios on Wednesday, December 6, to talk about their upcoming event Breakfast with Santa.  Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 9th, from 8-10:30 am.  The church will be serving pancakes and sausage.  $6 per kid and parents eat for free.  Pictures with Santa can be taken with your device.  No charge.  Craft table will be available for you to make an ornament to take with you.

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 nine decades at De Queen High School.  At Monday’s (December 4th) noon meeting of the club, “The Voice of the Leopards” Jay Bunyard presented the award for the 2023 season to cornerback/running back Jonathan Bahena.  He’s the 88th all-time recipient of the Rotary Cup.  He was named to the All-5A South Conference first team as sophomore, junior, and as a senior.  Bahena also excels in the classroom with a 3.22 grade point average.  He’s active in Student Council, DQTV, and the Student Leadership Program.  To read more about the Rotary Cup, visit our Local News Page or Sports Page.

Mrs. Janet Benson Awarded Paul Harris Fellowship

The wife of legendary De Queen Leopard football player and coach and athletic director of Ouachita Baptist University Buddy Bob Benson, Janet Benson, was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship $250 donation to Tiger Gridiron Club in honor of Coach Benson.  Presenting the awards to Mrs. Benson is De Queen Rotary Club President Greg Revels.  

De Queen Quiz Bowl

The DHS Quiz Bowl team competed Friday, December 1st, in the Centerpoint Invitational tournament going undefeated and winning the tournament.

Arkansas Highway Commissioner Visits De Queen

Arkansas Highway Commissioner David Haak (Center) and Arkansas Highway District Engineer William Cheatham (left) visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Monday, November 27th, before speaking to the De Queen Rotary Club at their weekly meeting.  Haak graduated from Henderson State University and is owner of First Tape and Label in Texarkana.  Haak told the Rotary Club that highways build economic development.  Haak believed the three most important highways in Arkansas are I-49, I-69, and Highway 82.  Haak talked about the Arkansas Primary Network and the tax that was passed to dedicate help the commission department look and plan ahead to take care of roads in need.  He then answered questions from the members.  Also pictured is Bunyard Broadcasting's President Jay Bunyard (right).

DQTV Check Presentation

Bunyard Broadcasting's Toney Stowers, Jay Bunyard, Jennifer Higgins, and Jacob Bunyard presented Arkansas Teacher of the Year Beau McCastlain and the students of DQTV a $3000 check for football.  Special thanks to the following sponsors for making this partnership happen: De Queen Auto Group, Southern Home Furnitures, Rise and Shine Cafe, Tri-Lakes Realty, Arkansas Army National Guard, Air-Evac, S&C Tire Shop, Simply Chiropractic, San Juan's Automotive Repair, De Queen Self Storage West, Body Temple, Bristow Custom Metals, Jorge Rivas Garage & Wrecker, Kawasaki of Idabel, Twisted Tines Outfitters, and Southwest Arkansas Accounting Services.

Arkansas Broadcasters' Association Internship

The KDQN crew, in partnership with the Arkansas Broadcasters Association, presents a $600 Internship Program check to De Queen High School student Riley Smith on Friday, November 17th , at the DQTV studios.  Riley successfully completed the eight-week internship course and was a big help with the Leopards football game broadcasts on Number One Country 92.1 and on DQTV.  She is now employed on a part-time basis with Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc.  Pictured left to right: Leopards Sports Broadcaster Toney Stowers; Riley Smith; Bunyard Broadcasting President Jay Bunyard; Bunyard Broadcasting Regional Sales Manager Jenny Higgins; and Bunyard Broadcasting C.F.O. Jacob Bunyard.