Thursday, August 18, 2022

5th Annual Rumble in the Park

The 5th Annual Rumble in the Park hosted by the De Queen Chapter of the Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club will be Saturday, August 20th, at the De Queen Herman Dierks Community Building.  Registration will be from 8 to 9 am.  $20 per person.  There will be an auction and dice roll to help the kids of Sevier County.  Public is invited.  Pictured are Joey Shaver “Crawdaddy”, Kim Smith “Spitfire”, and Little Ninja.  

Ashley Chandler Named New Little River Chamber Director

The Little River Chamber of Commerce announced that Ashley Chandler has been selected as the Chamber’s new director.  Chandler is a graduate of Ashdown High School and owned her own business for 15 years.  She and her husband, Derek, have two children Nolan and Brynlee, who are students at Ashdown Public Schools.  To learn more about the Chamber, visit or call 870-898-2758 to inquire about becoming a member.

Dr. Mary Lowrey Named New Umpire High School Principal

Dr. Mary Lowrey was recently named the new Umpire High School Principal.  She stopped by the #1 Country Studios to introduce herself and to invite everyone to the open house on all Cossatot River School District campuses on Thursday, August 16, from 4-6 pm followed by the Back-to-School Bash from 6-9 pm at the Vandervoort campus.  

Linda Frachiseur of De Queen came by the #1 Country Studios to talk about the 85th annual Sevier County Fair which begins Saturday, August 13 through August 20.  Admission to the fair grounds is free this year.  Be sure to visit the Exhibit Buildings and make plans to attend the rodeo.  For a complete schedule, click here.

Lack of Rainfall Affects Farmer's Hay Crop

Sevier County Extension Agent Rex Herring visited the #1 Country Studios and told listeners that this summer's drought will affect local cattleman's hay harvest.  USDA has made 20 counties in Arkansas as well as 11 neighboring counties eligible for emergency loans under a drought declaration plan.  Application forms are available at or at your nearest Farm Service Agency.  If you need more information, contact Rex Herring at 584-3013.

New Principal Named at De Queen High School

There was a Back To School Bash at De Queen High School on Monday, August 8th.  School patrons were allowed to tour the new high school and meet the new principal, Audrey Chandler.  Ms. Chandler stated she was excited to be back in the area near her family.  Pictured is District Communications Director Beau McCastlain and High School Principal Audrey Chandler.

Free Gas Friday Winner- Week 9

#1 Country's Free Gas Friday will continue through Labor Day.   Suzanne Nettles of De Queen is this week's winner as she picked up a $50 check from Sevier Co Coop.  She registered at Southwest Arkansas Liquor in De Queen.  Be sure to register wherever you see a bright orange box if you want a chance to be a Free Gas Friday winner.  

Free Gas Friday Continues

Laqueita Whiteley of Grannis picked up a check for $50 for free gas from TJ's.  Mrs. Whiteley registered at Pruetts Food in De Queen.  #1 Country's Free Gas Friday will continue through Labor Day so be sure to register wherever you see the bright orange box.

Two More Free Gas Winners

Alysa Birmingham(L) of De Queen is the most recent winner in #1 Country's Free Gas Friday promotion.  Alysa registered at TJ's in De Queen and picked up her check for $50 worth of free gas.  Week #7 winner Gwen Vann (R) of Gillham registered at Harris Drug Store and picked up a $50 check for gas at the Sevier County Farmer's Co-op.  Remember to register at participating businesses where you see the bright orange Free Gas Friday registration box because we will continue to draw a name every Friday until Labor Day.

DHS Cheerleads Attend UCA Cheer Camp

Congrats to the DHS Cheerleaders who earned the Superior Team Trophy & Most Improved Stunt Trophy at the UCA Cheer Camp in Hot Springs!

2022-2023  All-American Cheerleaders:
Ale Rodriguez
Wendy Victoriano
Zoë Helms
Alle Williamson
Laura Figueroa
Jaide Tatum

Ashdown Students attend Girls State

Ashdown High School was well represented at Arkansas Girls State and Arkansas Boys State. Reagan Burden and Jessie Hinton attended Girls State which was held May 29 through June 3rd at Harding University. Adrian Fondren and Dylan Rose attended Arkansas Boys State May 29- June 3.

The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is an educational program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary that provides for young women who have finished their junior year in high school, training in the fundamental aspects of citizenship and government.

According to the Boys State website, Boys State is an immersive program designed for high school juniors. Boys State seeks nominations of the “best and brightest male students entering their senior year; mature leaders in the classroom, on the field, and throughout the community who are ready to shape the future of our state.”

Hospital opening delayed until December

On Thursday, officials with the Sevier County Medical Center announced the new hospital will see a delay to its planned opening date.

Officials planned to have the hospital open and ready for use by Sept. 20. Due to construction delays that is being pushed back to no earlier than December.

Lori House, CEO of the Sevier County Medical Center, said one of the biggest factors affecting the delay is when the hospital will be able to implement its electronic medical records system once construction of the hospital is complete.

De Queen Medical Center CEO Lori House & Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Dowdy

We're giving our listeners gas!

Wade Chandler was the winner of $50 in free gas from the Sevier County Farmer's Co-op in De Queen.  The contest will continue through Labor Day, so be sure to enter your name in the bright orange boxes labeled Free Gas Friday at our participating sponsors in De Queen, Broken Bow, Idabel, Hochatown, Foreman and Ashdown.