Sunday, January 16, 2022

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Both De Queen and Horatio School systems announced Wednesday they would be switching to digital learning Thursday and Friday, January 13th & 14th due to the rising numbers of students and staff in quarantine or isolation.  Students/teachers who are not in quarantine should not return to school until Tuesday, January 18th since Monday is a scheduled day off for MLK holiday.

Foreman School District has also switched to AMI days.  Classes are scheduled to resume on campus on Wednesday, January 19th.

Fun & Learnland Daycare and Preschool will be closed until Tuesday , January 18th.

Cossatot River School District FCCLA

Members of the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter of Cossatot River High School visited #1 Country studios to promote their chapter and one of their current projects.  Donations of new books and puzzles are being accepted now at TJ’s in Hatfield, Union Bank, the Lighthouse Drive In in Wickes, at at KDQN studios.  Items will be distributed by Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  They ask that you drop off your items by Friday, January 28th.

Shown right: Bailey Davis, Advisor-Elizabeth Hoyle, and Laura Flores.



Benefit for Waunell Bradshaw

A benefit chicken dinner and silent auction will be held Saturday, January 29th for Waunell Bradshaw.  Waunell is suffering her third battle with cancer and all proceeds will go to help her with medical and living expenses.  Food service at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 114 McHorse Road in Provo will begin at 5 pm and is by donation.  

For more information or to make a donation, contact TJ at (870) 200-3482.


Fund Raiser for Cross Country Team

The De Queen Cross Country team was the beneficiary of the monthly fund raiser hosted by Simple Simon Pizza in De Queen.  

Fifty percent of the sales on Monday, January 10th went to the team to help pay for their championship rings.  Total sales for the day were $2,611.44, so Simple Simon will present the team with a check for $1,350 on Friday at 4 pm.

Team members shown left:  Cesar Cortes, Manuel Soto & Johnny Sanchez.


Local author publishes new book

Local business owner and author, Dee Sanders, has co-written a new book entitled  “Hanging by Faith”.  The book provides an insight on how this former bail bondswoman and bounty hunter faced the challenge of dealing with a child who had been arrested for drug dealing.  It is available locally at On Demand or from Barnes & Noble.

Leopard Cross Country Team Receives Donation for State Rings

The De Queen Boys Cross Country team received an early Christmas gift that will help them purchase rings for their 2021 State Championship!!! Superintendent Jason Sanders and Booster Club President Fawn Dykes presented the checks to Rick Lancaster of Herff Jones as the boys ordered their rings. Congrats guys and remember…it's always a great day to be a Leopard!! #leopardpride

Planning for 2024 Total Eclipse

Members of the De Queen & Sevier County area attended a meeting sponsored by Create Bridges and the Sevier County Tourism Committee Wednesday, October 16th at the De Queen High School Cafeteria.  Many others viewed the meeting on Facebook.

Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper and commissioner of Natrona County Travel & Tourism Council spoke about how Casper Wyoming embraced the 2017 total solar eclipse welcoming tens of thousands of travelers.

For more information contact her at or visit the website at and search for Eclipse.

2024 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE, a website dedicated to the event, lists Gillham as the location in Arkansas with the greatest length of totality at four minutes, 18.7 seconds.

Because Gillham is going to be one of the best places in the country to view the 2024 total solar eclipse, which will occur on the afternoon of April 8, 2024, the Sevier County Tourism Committee is planning a festival to mark the occasion. If you would like to be a part of the festival planning committee, contact Keisha McKinney at (214) 236-1113.