Monday, June 17, 2024

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).