Wednesday, July 17, 2024

New Little River County Chamber Director

Tori Falls has been announced as the new Little River County Chamber Director.  Tori has a wealth of experience in managing projects, running her own business, and planning events.  She has spent five years running her own business, Ashdown Sports Photography & Tori Falls Photography.  She has strong marketing, budgeting, and organizing skills, which she learned through different manager jobs and her photography business.  Tori interned at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-ALSAC, where she helped plan big fundraising events and was sales lead at Loft which helped her develop her leadership skills.  Tori holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature with a Minor in Business Foundations from the University of Houston.  She is married to Josh and they have three children Edith, Iris, and Owen.  The Little River Chamber of Commerce supports local businesses in Little River County.  

National Night Out

Sheriff Robert Gentry (left), Beth Hughes (center), and Police Chief Scott Simmons (right) stopped by your #1 Country Studios earlier Thursday morning, July 11th, to talk about this year's National Night Out.  The event will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, from 6-8 pm.  Organizers are looking for vendors for the event, but vendors will not be allowed to sell anything at the event.  The event is free, and the police will be taking donations for school supplies.  Pilgrim's will be supplying hot dogs at the event, but organizers are seeking donations of hot dog buns.  The event is aimed at fostering stronger relations between the community and the law enforcement agencies tasked with serving and protecting its residents.  The event will be held at the De Queen Sportsplex.  Those interested in providing a donation or setting up as a vendor can contact Beth Hughes at the Police Department at 870-642-2213 or Robert Gentry at 870-642-2125 or 870-279-5056.  The vendor registration form can also be found on the De Queen Police Department's Facebook page. 

Land Distributor of the Year

Clint Nelson visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Thursday morning, July 11th.  Susan Nelson and Megan Taafe are the coowners of Nordic America's Group which has manufactured restroom trailer facilities for numerous places across the country.  Clint was recently awarded the Land Based Distributor of the Year for all worldwide locations.  For his reward, Clint recently traveled to a ceremony at Skotholmen in Norway.  The award emcompasses all Jets Vaccum worldwide based distributors.  Clint then discussed his company more on the radio that helped him win Land Distributor of the Year worldwide as well as his trip to Norway.  

New De Queen Coaches at Rotary

At the July 8 De Queen Rotary Club meeting, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Richard Bell (left) introduced six new members to the Leopards coaching staff for the 2024-2025 school year.  They include left to right: Jacie Engler, Bret Burgess, Trent Hale, Saleni Rojas, Adrian Mendoza, and Tristan Snider. Bret Burgess is the new senior girls basketball coach.  Jacie Engler will also work with girls basketball.  Trent Hale will coach junior boys basketball.  Tristan Snider was born and raised in De Queen and he’ll take over the Leopards Offensive Line.  Adrian Mendoza will work with the Junior High Cubs football and track squads.  Saleni Rojas will work with girls soccer and cross country. 

Michael Collins Named New Rotary President

Farm Bureau's Michael Collins was named the De Queen Rotary President at their weekly meeting on Monday, July 1st.  Michael is also an active member of the De Queen Church of Christ.  Michael used a phrase “Progress in the Process” to show a testament to Rotary's commitment of growth, learning and forward movement in De Queen.  To continue to grow, Michael said the club must continue to educate, mentor, and serve their members and community.  He said the club will make sure every member whether new or seasoned feels connected and empowered.  Actions speak louder than words as Rotary strives to make a lasting impact on the community and world.  Michael then proceeded to briefly introduce the board that he plans to work with for the duration of his term.  

Free Gas Friday Winner- Week 6

Justin Richardson is the 6th Free Gas Friday winner of 2024.  He registered at Hwy 41 Repair near Horatio.  Justin stopped by your #1 Country studios Friday afternoon, June 28th, to pick up his check for $50 for gas at TJ's.  We will continue Free Gas Friday for the next 9 weeks.  Make sure to register at any of our sponsoring locations by Friday of each week to earn a chance to win free gas and tune in to the morning show to see if you are the week's lucky winner.  Justin (left) is pictured with Bunyard Broadcasting's CFO Jacob Bunyard.

2024 Sevier County Museum Day of Awareness

The 1st Annual Sevier County Museum Day of Awareness will be held on Thursday, July 11th, from 4-8 pm.  The address for the museum is 717 N Maple Street in De Queen, AR 71832.  The event is free and fun for the whole family.  There will be door prizes.  For more information, you can contact the museum at 870-784-0039.  Ethan Wolcott visited your #1 Country Studios on Thursday morning, June 27th, to talk about the event.

Past Rotary President Greg Revels

At the June 24th De Queen Rotary Club meeting, President Greg Revels gave his outgoing speech as Club President.  Greg reminisced about the moment that Brenda Beltrani invited him to join Rotary 20 years ago under the C.P.A. classification. He mentioned at that time that he would join, but didn’t want to have to do anything. Over the years, Revels says that there’s more to being a Rotarian than simply attending club meetings. It’s more about making our community and our world a better place in which to live.  As club president for the 2023-2024 year, Greg says he’s proud of the fact that attendance at club meetings improved to over 60%, and even topped 70% for four months of the year. The net membership growth for the De Queen club was four for the year.  Revels thanked various members for their help on their service to the club.

Rotarian of the Year

Greg Revels was named Rotarian of the Year at the club's weekly meeting on Monday, June 24th.  Rotarian of the Year is a private vote from all the Rotarians to pick a member that went above and beyond past their membership.  

 

De Queen Rotary Club Years of Attendance

Greg Revels was honored for his 20 years of service to the De Queen Rotary Club at their weekly meeting on Monday, June 24th.  Spike Dunlop and ZZ Kamruddin were also honored for their 30 years of service to the club.  

Rotary Attendance Awards

Six Rotarians were honored for attending better than 95% of the club meetings and events this past year at their weekly meeting on Monday, June 24th.  Pictured are the Rotarians that were recognized.  From left to right Greg Revels, ZZ Kamruddin, Jacob Bunyard, Jerry Davis, JP Atkins, Tammy Huddleston.

Chamber of Commerce Grand Opening and Atlas Survey

Veronica Ozura (left) and Suzanne Babb (right) stopped by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, June 21st, to talk about the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Atlas Survey.  The Chamber will host their first morning coffee as well as the big reveal of their newly renovated office building next Friday, June 28th.  The Chamber members will get the first sneak peak from 7:30-9 am.  The public will be invited 10 am-2 pm in order to tour the new changes in the building.  Suzanne gave credit to Monica Pearce for the overall new design of the building.  Veronica talked about the Atlas Survey.  The Atlas Survey is for the residents of Sevier County to express what the community needs in order to grow.

Lockesburg Block Party

Ethan (left) and Tonya Wolcott (right) came by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, June 21st, to talk about the upcoming Lockesburg Block Party on Tuesday, June 25th from 6-8 pm in Ida M. Coulter Stone Park.  Join us for a fun-filled day with delicious refreshments and exciting activities.  Dr. Randy Walker’s clinic is generously providing lemonade, while popcorn, water, frozen treats, and hot dogs will also be available.  Kids up to age 12 can participate in our famous Little Debbie eating contest, followed by an adult contest for ages 13 and up.  Don’t miss your chance to win door prizes and enjoy live music from ED 88.  Businesses, nonprofits, and churches are welcome to set up booths on a first-come, first-serve basis to promote themselves (no sales allowed).

Arkansas Latino Hall of Fame

Special Guests, Veronica Ozura and Daniel Martinez, two of the Board of Directors for the “Arkansas Latino Hall of Fame”, a statewide initiative whose mission is to foster unity, honor cultural richness, and amplify the voices of those whose stories have woven the fabric of our state, visited your #1 Country Studios earlier Wednesday morning, June 19th.  Nominations are now being accepted. 
5 Latino Arkansas Residents will be inducted into the Arkansas Latino Hall of Fame and honored at a North Little Rock banquet and special ceremony to be held October 24th, 2024.  Visit www.arlatinohalloffame.com
for nominating criteria and submitting your nomination.  Deadline to submit a nominee is Friday, June 28th.

Arkansas Cattlemen's Association President Scott Sullivan Addresses Rotary Club

At the June 17th meeting of the De Queen Rotary Club, Arkansas Cattlemens Association President Scott Sullivan shared some interesting statistics about the industry as well as objectives of the organization.  A.C.A. was organized 65 years ago and is comprised of 63 local county associations, including Sevier County.  It was formed to give beef producers a voice at the capitols in Little Rock and Washington, D.C.  The Cattlemens group’s goals are centered around a theme called L.E.A.D. which stands for Legislative, Education, Advocate, and Development.  Sullivan says we have to educate and develop the younger generations to encourage them to be a part of the industry.  Educating consumers is also important because beef is a natural product that’s U.S.D.A. approved and of top quality.  Sullivan closed by saying that the farmers are dependent on Mother Nature.  Beef is a supply and demand product meaning that fewer cattle results in higher beef prices.  It’s the most important industry for survival as we all must have food on our tables.

De Queen High School Student Attends HOBY Leadership Seminar

Teralee Stewart recently attended the HOBY Youth Leadership Seminar as a nominated ambassador from DHS.  The seminar was held at SAU with around 90 ambassadors from all over the state participated in the three day seminar.  The mission of HOBY is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation.  These student ambassadors participate in facilitated dialouge and abilities-based workshops to develop awareness of their leadership strengths and an understanding of their leadership values.  Through these dynamic activities with their peers, students hone their skills and learn to recognize, amplify, and collaborate their strengths of others. 

Arkansas Teacher of the Year Beau McCastlain Addresses De Queen Rotary Club

At the June 10th meeting of the De Queen Rotary Club, Arkansas Teacher of the Year, DQTV’s Beau McCastlain, shared some of his experiences on his journey to being named Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  Rotarian Jay Bunyard introduced McCastlain and presented Beau with a $3,000 check for DQTV’s share of the advertising revenues from broadcasting soccer games.  

Free Gas Friday Winner Week 3

Jessica Thompson is the 3rd Free Gas Friday winner of 2024.  She registered at Cactus Plaza in De Queen.  Jessica stopped by your #1 Country studios Monday afternoon, June 10th, to pick up her check for $50 for gas at Cactus Plaza.  We will continue Free Gas Friday for the next 12 weeks.  Make sure to register at any of our sponsoring locations by Friday of each week to earn a chance to win free gas and tune in to the morning show to see if you are the week's lucky winner. 

Imagination Library Featured at Rotary

Brooke Bridges, Affiliate Resource Director for the Arkansas Imagination Library, discussed the Imagination Library that provides free books for children ages birth through five years at the De Queen Rotary Club's weekly meeting on Monday, June 3rd.  Internationally, over 3 million books have been gifted.  Closer to home in Sevier County, 62,016 books have been distributed since the program was launched locally in September 2017. Currently, there are 903 children from Sevier County enrolled in the program, which represents 78% of those that are eligible compared to the statewide participation of 46%. Two books per year are printed in Spanish.  Zahir Kamruddin coordinates the program in Sevier County, and you can contact him at ridg6170@windstream.net. At the end of the meeting, Kamruddin presented a certificate for membership into Rotary International for Bridges to award on behalf of the De Queen club to Dolly Parton.

Sevier County Cancer Surviviors

At the June 3rd meeting of the De Queen Rotary Club, the club presented a $200 contribution to the Sevier County Cancer Survivor’s Committee.  Debi Stowers represented the Cancer Survivors at the Rotary Club meeting and reported that their organization had presented $2,900 in gas gift cards to patients traveling for treatments during the first five months of 2024.  Stowers, a 23-year cancer survivor herself, said that the local support group was formed in 2017. A special dinner for survivors and co-survivors, who assisted patients, is scheduled for July 27th.

Free Gas Friday Winner Week 2

Glen White (left) is the 2nd Free Gas Friday winner of 2024.  He registered at Tires Plus in De Queen.  Glen stopped by your #1 Country studios earlier Friday morning, May 31st, to pick up his check for $50 for gas at TJ's.  Presenting Glen his check is Bunyard Broadcasting's Jacob Bunyard (right).  We will continue Free Gas Friday for the next 13 weeks.  Make sure to register at any of our sponsoring locations by Friday of each week to earn a chance to win free gas and tune in to the morning show to see if you are the week's lucky winner. 

De Queen Class of 1979 Reunion

The De Queen High School Class of 1979 held their 45th reunion Memorial Day weekend. The Saturday night activities were held at the home of Russ and Dana Willingham on the Mountain Fork River.
Pictured front row left to right: Carmen McNully, Nelson, Scott Sullivan, Cindy Krudwig, Tommi Krudwig Unruh-Cobb, Elmyra Brown, Joe Longacre, Kelly Davis, Craig Causey, Terry Williams, Randy McLelland, Charles Morris, Paula Pearce Smith, and Kathey Kerst Stewart.
Pictured back row left to right: Dee Houser, Doug Miller, Steve Johnson, Flint Stone, Alan Dorsey, Tracy Wittman Dunn, James Hankins, Josh Wilbanks, Jay Bunyard, Bonnie Huntsberger-McNeil, Allan Gentry, Kenneth “Stick” Williams, and Russ Willingham.

De Queen Class of 1979 Reunion

The De Queen High School Class of 1979 held their 45th reunion Memorial Day weekend.  Special guests for the Friday night dinner included Tony Greene, Dwight Pinkerton, and Dennis Duggan.
Pictured left to right: Angela Pate Smith, James Hankins, Tommi Krudwig Unruh-Cobb, Carmen McNully Nelson, Coach Greene, Kelly Nix, Kenneth “Stick” Williams, Cindy Krudwig, Elmyra Brown, Josh Wilbanks, Coach Pinkerton, Jay Bunyard, Lisa Leeper Woodall, Doug Miller, Mr. Duggan, Charles Morris, Joe Longacre, Kelly Davis, Steve Johnson, Paula Pearce Smith, Lisa Burt Wray, Bonnie Huntsberger McNeil, Russ Willingham, and Scott Sullivan.
 
 

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).