Sunday, June 26, 2022

Revels & Company is no More

 Greg Revels and Sandy DePriest operated Revels & Company CPAs for a number of years….first in downtown De Queen and at the current location of 990 Hwy 70 East of De Queen.  Greg has sold his share of the company to Fernado Balderas.  Sandy and Fernado will operate under the name of Southwest Arkansas Accounting Service and will continue to provide excellent accounting and CPA services at the current location.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S Partners With Four States Fiber Internet

The F.R.I.E.N.D.S. group is urging Sevier Co. residents to conduct a speed test of their Internet to help provide information needed by Four States Fiber to help establish how the area is being served by current high speed Internet providers.

The speed test can be performed by clicking here.

Jeff Tollett with Four States Fiber said helping the entity complete it’s goal is not a difficult task. He stressed Sevier County residents can assist simply by taking an internet speed test to let state officials know reliable, high-speed internet is locally a commodity in short supply. Tollett stressed importance of internet users in Sevier County assisting in this quick and easy survey.

Free Gas Winner - Week 3

Travis Ruth of De Queen was the third winner of #1 Country's Free Gas Friday giveaway.  Travis registered at Southern Girls Flowers & Gifts and received a $50 check for gas redeemable at TJ's.  The contest continues through Labor Day, so be sure to register to win at participating sponsors where you see the bright orange box.

free gas friday winner

Winner of $50 in free gas from the Sevier County Farmer's Co-op in Week Two of #1 Country's Free Gas Friday contest was Rick Pruitt of De Queen. Drawings will be held each Friday through Labor Day, so look for the registration boxes in area businesses.

40th Sevier County Senior Citizen Appreciation Day

The 40th Sevier County Senior Citizen Appreciation Day was held Friday, June 3rd on the courthouse lawn in De Queen.  Over 200 registered for the event, but many more were in attendance.  Award certificates were presented to 40 year sponsors, Oldest Man, Oldest Woman, Oldest Veteran and Longest Married Couple were presented.  Sam Phillips racked up three awards capturing Oldest Man with 94 years, Oldest Veteran, and Longest Married Couple with his wife Helen for 75 years.  Oldest Woman in attendance was Betty Golden at 92 years of age.  

Enjoying the day with friends on the courthouse lawn.
Sam Phillips accepts award from Judge Greg Ray
. Betty Golden

KDQN one of 40 year sponsors

Accepted by Bonita Smith
Longtime KDQN listener Granny Polly Ray even made it to the event


There will be a “Strike Out Cancer” 15 & older co-ed softball tournament on Saturday, June 25th at the De Queen Sportsplex. Aubrey Seymour and Hunter Frachiseur, with the help of Kyle Willis, are organizing the tournament as their 4H leadership project.  All proceeds will go to the Sevier County Cancer Survivor's Fund.  Cost is $225 per team or $250  with unlimited home runs.  Register by June 21st by calling Aubrey Seymour at (870) 582-1685 or Kyle Willis at (870) 784-1716.

Pictured (L-R) Kyle Willis, Hunter Frachiseur, Aubrey Seymour

DHS Quiz Bowl Team headed to Nationals

Congratulations to Thomas Sweeten on being named as Arkansas Governors Quiz Bowl Association Senior High Coach of the year!  Konnor Bruns was named an AGQBA All Star and competed  Saturday, April 30th against every all star in the state. Konnor made it to the quarter final round finishing in the top 30 out of 109 All Stars in the state. Sweeten said “I am very proud of Konnor and his accomplishments. He also was recently named one of two Friends of Quiz Bowl Scholarship recipients in the amount of $1500.”

Montaric Brown Drafted by Jaguars

Former Ashdown Panthers star and a 34-game starter for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Montaric Brown was a seventh-round selection (the number 222 pick overall) of the Jacksonville Jaguars in Saturday’s (4/30) N.F,L. Draft. Montaric starred for the Ashdown Panthers from 2014 through 2016.Montaric is the son of Danica Richard and Patrick Brown, and the stepson of Eddie Richard.  Montaric is shown with the “Voice of the Panthers”  Jim Cross)
(More of the story on Sports page)

Elise Dean Wins Rotary Crystal Award As Outstanding Female Athlete

The De Queen Rotary Club presented the 23rd annual Crystal Award to Elise Dean as the outstanding female athlete in the senior class at De Queen High School at Monday's (4/25) noon meeting. The awardis based on Involvement in school and community activities, character and leadership, scholastic achievement, as well as performance in sports at De Queen High. 
Elise is  the daughter of Jeff and Natalie Dean.

New Director at Chamber

The Sevier County Chamber of Commerce has hired a new Executive Director.  Jamile Navarrete has assumed duties of running the office located at 315 West Stilwell in De Queen. She spoke with #1 Country about some of the upcoming events the Chamber will be hosting or participating in.  They include the county-wide cleanup on Saturday, May 21st and the 32nd annual Tri Lakes Big Bass tournament on Saturday, May 28th.    Get more information about Chamber activities at


2022 Golden Egg Contest Ends

The 30th annual #1 Country Golden Egg hunt came to an end Monday morning (4/18) when Daniel Ambriz turned in the third and final egg for this year's hunt.   The egg was hidden at the golf course in Hochatown, OK.  Turning in the egg netted Daniel $250.  Thanks to this year's sponsors:  Abendigos, Papa Poblanos-Broken Bow, Prime Country Meats, Rusty's Welding, Southern Grace Healthcare & D-P Farms, Green's Jewelry, TJ's, Harris Drug & Gifts, Rawl's Furntiure, Empowered Nails & The Walking Dog.

De Queen Middle School Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny has had a very busy week at DMS!  Students and teachers have had so much fun solving riddles and using clues that led to prize-filled eggs. DMS would like to thank Dominguez Brothers/Handi Mart, Simple Simon’s Pizza, and Flavorlicious for their generous donations.

We hope your Easter is sweeter than jelly beans!

Science- Allie Wilson, Keyboarding/Art-Audrey Chandler, Reading-Leyante Prince, Social Studies-Methan Daniel, Math-Gabe Cotten & English-Karder Helms

Mary Lowrey

Ashley Shelton

Lori Vallee

Child Abuse Awareness

#1 Country employees wore blue on Wednesday, April 13th helping raise awareness of child abuse.  Visit the Casa Ouachita Region's facebook page and like our photo!


Rotarian Ira “Mac” McDaniel arranged the Community Service Awards program presentations Monday, April 11th.  Awards were given to for Sevier County Community Service,, Sevier County Fireman of the Year, De Queen Fireman of the Year, Sevier County Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Year, City of De Queen Police Officer of the Year.  Check out the Local News page beginning Tuesday (4/12) for the complete story and photos.

Egg # 2 has been found!

Egg # 2 in #1 Country's 30th annual Golden Egg contest has been found!  Christina & Memo Ambriz turned in the Golden Egg Thursday morning (4/7) to claim the $250 prize.  Christina said it was hidden near the new hiking/biking trail at the Pine Ridge recreation area on De QueenLake.  She and her family had been looking around the lake for three days before finding the egg hidden inside a hollow tree, near a stump with 2 square rocks on it that had a curved rock pointing the way to the hidden egg.


Congratulations to our DMS March Good Citizens. We are proud of you! Excellence is not a skill; it's an attitude!

Pictured L- R: DeNashia Briggins – 6th grade, David Gaona – 6th grade, Ashlyn Phillips – 7th grade, not pictured, Jesus Rojo – 7th grade

Egg # 1 has been turned in!

Kaylynn Hill said her boyfriend, Jacob Sharp, found the egg at White Cliffs in on Little River over the weekend.

The egg was hidden in the crevices of the fallen wall just south of the concrete vault. It was covered with leaves and sticks.

White Cliffs has a very interesting history….we suggest you look it up!

Front: Naomi Gonzalez, Houe Bolanos, Abigail Gonzalez-San Juan, Jonathan Hernandez, Lexie Hall, Hailey Carter Back: Thomas Sweeten-Coach

De Queen Quiz Bowl Team Advances

The De Queen Quiz Bowl Team, coached by Thomas Sweeten is raising money to go to National competition in June.  Simple Simon Pizza has agreed to donate half the proceeds of all sales of bread sticks and cheese sticks to the group for the remainder of the month of March.  They are also raffling off a knife donated by Cass Stanford.  $1 each of 6 for $5. Tickets are available at KDQN, from one of the students or by Calling Mr. Sweeten.  They still need more t-shirt sponsors and donations of auction items as well. Click here for information on how to get your name or the name of your business on the t-shirts or call Thomas Sweeten at (870) 584-6504 about their other fund raising activities.

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.