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.
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 cossatotartsandcrafts.com.
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.
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
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
Horatio High School RECOGNIZED AMONG TOP ARKANSAS SCHOOLS FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND GROWTH
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 seviercountychamberofcommerce.org.
Pictured are ZZ Kamruddin and Sue Stowers that came by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, November 18th, to talk about the events.
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 (legacywarriors.org) or from the Association of Classical Christian Schools (classicalchristian.org).
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
Red Poppy Distribution November 5th
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 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.