Thursday, December 8, 2022

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

Congratulations to our DMS November-December Good Citizens. We are proud of you! Excellence is not a skill; it's an attitude! 
Pictured L- R: Emmanuel Alamo – 7th grade, Emberlyn Garcia – 6th grade, Tucker Dorse – 6th grade, Jaelyn Marable – 7th grade.

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

De Queen Leopards football play-by-play announcers Jay Bunyard and Greg Revels, along with Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc. Regional Sales Manager Jennifer Higgins, presented a check Tuesday to De Queen School District Communications Director/Television Production Program Director Beau McCastlain for the KDQN/DQTV partnership on the live video streaming of Leopards football games this fall. 
De Queen High School student broadcast interns Dayton Newberry and Carson Prewett also received internship checks from the Arkansas Broadcasters Association for their production efforts on the live video stream project. KDQN and Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc. are active members of the ABA. 
Bunyard, Revels, Higgins, and McCastlain thanked the KDQN/DQTV sponsors for their support of the project: Southern Home Furniture & Interiors, De Queen Auto Group, Tri-Lakes Realty, Kawasaki of Idabel, Discount Tire & Alignment, Pruett's Foods, Outlaw BarBQ, Bristow Custom Metals, Southwest Arkansas Accounting Services, Simply Chiropractic, Don's EZ Pay, Diamond Bank, Sevier County Farmers Cooperative, Health Care Express, Southeast Feed, and Twisted Tines Outfitters. 
The KDQN/DQTV live video streaming project continues into basketball season. 
Top Row L-R: Greg Revels, Jay Bunyard, Beau McCastlain, and Jennifer Higgins
Seated: Dayton Newberry and Carson Prewett


On November 9, 2022, the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released annual names of top performing schools based on 2022 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Public School Accountability Ratings. Horatio High School was recognized for multiple academic awards from the 2021-2022 school year.

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

Pictured are ZZ Kamruddin and Sue Stowers that came by your #1 Country Studios earlier Friday morning, November 18th, to talk about the events.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

De Queen High School Interact and National Honor Society members volunteered to sponsor Operation Christmas Child boxes. 


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 ( or from the Association of Classical Christian Schools (

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

Bannon Price, Ashdown High School of Innovation Junior, was selected to advance to the finalist round for delegate selection for the 2022-2023 United States Senate Youth Program (USSP).  The program is designed to increase young Americans' understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world. The program provides the most outstanding high school students – two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity – with an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. 
In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history, and public affairs.  The 61st Annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned for March 4–11, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
As a finalist, Bannon will interview with the selection committee in Little Rock on Monday, November 14th, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Two student delegates and two alternates will be selected from the eight AR finalists and are scheduled to be announced in the month of December. 

Red Poppy Distribution November 5th

Bro. Rick Gregory was in the #1 Studio’s on Wednesday morning, November 2nd, to discuss the distribution of Poppies on Saturday, November 5th, from 9 am to noon at Bailey Discount Building Supply, Pruett’s
Food, Tractor Supply Co and Wal-Mart.
The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of
the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms. Wear a poppy to honor those who have worn our nation's uniform.
All donations received will be used by The American Legion Family for their programs that support veterans, the military community and their families.

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 Middle School Good Citizens

The De Queen Middle School selected their October Good Citizens.  Pictured left to right are 6th grader Lance Hardaway, 6th grader Kashlynn McWhorter, 7th grader Kaydence Parsons, and 7th grader Gabe Cotten.

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.

De Queen First Assembly Fall Festival

De Queen First Assembly of God will hold their annual Fall Festival beginning at 12:15 pm on Sunday, October 23rd.  There will be games, a cakewalk, and giveaways.  Wear your favorite team gear.  The event will be behind the church.  Main service begins at 10:30 in the sanctuary.  Diedra Reeves came by your #1 Country Studios early Thursday morning, the 20th, to talk about the upcoming event.   

4th Annual Trunk or Treat

The 4th Annual Trunk or Treat will be Monday, October 31st, from 5-7 pm.  The car limit is 30.  Call Alicia Rivas at 870-784-0628 or go to the De Queen Trunk or Treat Facebook page to sign up.

There will be a candy drive.  You can drop candy off at Southern Girls, De Queen Ford, Ranch House, KDQN, Leopard Nutrition, and Meraki Hair Studio.  

Ashdown Homecoming Festivities

Retired Ashdown Band Director, Mark Pounds will lead the 2022 Ashdown High School Homecoming Parade as Grand Marshall on Friday, October 21st.

The annual Homecoming Court presentation and pep rally will begin at noon in Dick Hays Stadium, the parade will immediately follow.  The parade will include the homecoming court, football teams, class floats, Purple Pride Marching Band and alumni who graduated in years ending in “2” will each have floats.

Alumni and community members are invited to line the route and cheer on the Panthers.  The evening coronation will begin at 6:30 p.m. with kick-off against Arkadelphia at 7 p.m.

De Queen Non-Profit Sponsors Spanish Spelling Bee for Hispanic Heritage Month

A De Queen non-profit, MAC, has teamed up with LaTasha Moore of “Tasha Teaches Spanish” for sponsorship of the state's Spanish spelling Bee. It is the only Spanish spelling competition in Arkansas, and the purpose of this event is to encourage students in 4th-8th grade to practice use of the Spanish language while embracing Hispanic culture.  This year's spelling bee will have 15 participants compete, which more than tripled last year's total.  
All funds donated to the Spanish spelling Bee go to the planning of the event, as well as providing funding to send the state winner to the national competition in 2023. 
The Central Arkansas Spanish Spelling Bee will be held Saturday, October 22nd, 2022, at 9:00 am at Plaza Frida, 4001 West 65th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72209.
For more information about the Central Arkansas Spelling Bee or opportunities to learn with LaTasha, visit or email questions to 
For more information about MAC, email 

4H Holiday Appreciation Applications

The Sevier County 4H stopped by your #1 Country Studios on Wednesday, October 12th, to talk about the application process for Sevier County programs aimed at providing Christmas gifts to local children of need.  This includes Shop with a Cop and Shop with a Biker. These programs have operated for years in Sevier County and have brought Christmas gifts to hundreds of local children.  Each organization will select families for their individual programs by using this application. This means that families will only have to apply once this year.

Paper copies of the application can be picked up in the extension office located in the Adams Building on UA Cossatot’s De Queen campus. Online applications are available here:

For additional information contact Frachiseur at the Sevier County Extension Office by calling (870) 584-3013.

Courtney Angel Benefit Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

The Courtney Angel Benefit Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be on Saturday, October 22nd, at the Lockesburg City Park.  Registration will be from 8 am-10 am and awards will be at 2 pm.  Entry fee will be $25 for the 1st vehicle and $20 for any additional vehicles.  50/50 raffle tickets will be for sale from 8 am until the awards ceremony.  Proceeds will go to Sevier County's Makalee Rose Gilmore, a single mother who was diagnosed with colon cancer.  She has a 5 year old daughter.  There will be a $100 dollar giveaway and a bounce house free for kids.  Food provided by Zeb's Lunchbox famous burgers and The Walking Dog.  Pictured are Libby McWhorter and Chuck Martin.

The New Sevier County Housing Authority Commissioner

The newest Commissioner of the Housing Authority of the County of Sevier, Arkansas is Ms. Joyce Lipsey. Lipsey was sworn in by Sevier County Judge Dick Tallman on Wednesday, September 28th, to fill the seat left vacant by Roger Whitmore.

De Queen High School Student Council

The De Queen High School Student Council stopped by your #1 Country Studios on Monday, October 3rd, to talk about the upcoming homecoming festivities.  Homecoming will start on Friday, October 7th, at 1:45 pm with a parade around the downtown square.  The afternoon coronation ceremony will begin at 2:30 pm at the DHS Coliseum followed by a pep rally.  The evening ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm at Leopard Stadium before the Leopard vs Trojan game starting at 7 pm.  Pictured left to right are Teralee Stewart, Student Council Sponsor Mrs. Sara Stewart, Elijah Jamerson, Reagan Lacefield, and Kaitlyn Villeda.

Horatio High School Golf Team 2A State Runner Up

Horatio girls golf team just finished the Class 2A state tournament as the state's runner up. Pictured left to right are the golf team:nDemi Leonard, Cadee Glasgow, Kinley Rankin, Reese Walker & Coach Stephen Sprick.  

Sevier County Burn Ban & Fire Coverage

Jay Litchford and Brennen Seymour of Sevier County came by your #1 Country Studios Thursday morning, September 29th, to discuss the recent burn ban in Sevier County.  They said fire coverage is offered to De Queen residents outside of De Queen city limits for only $50 a year.  For more information, contact the De Queen City Hall at 870-584-3445.

Chamber of Commerce Denim & Diamonds

Lori House and Amy McDonald with the De Queen Chamber of Commerce dropped by your #1 Country Studios Wednesday morning, September 28th, to talk about the Chamber's upcoming event, Denim and Diamonds.  Denim and Diamonds will take place on Saturday, October 1st, from 6-10 pm at the Rocky Hill Ranch Event Center.  Tickets are $75 per person and will be limited to the first 200.  Must be 21 to attend.  There will be a live band, open bar, prizes.  Food will be catered by The Walking Dog.

Brothers Keepers Shop With a Biker and Drawing

Brothers Keepers MC34 stopped by your #1 Country Studios on Monday, September 26th, to talk about their upcoming event, Shop with a Biker. They plan to help at least 120 kids have a better Christmas.  There are still tickets available for the Kirby Landing Weekend Give Away. To purchase tickets see one of the Brothers Keepers members. Pictured are front row: “Little Ninja” and Jerry Ligon. Back row: “Poppa Gump,” Joey Shaver and Tim Litchford.  

Local Musician Vists #1 Country Studios

Local musician from Umpire, Rachel Edge, came by your #1 Country Studios Wednesday morning, September 21st, to perform her new song, “Replace Me” as well as “The Man I Loved is Dead.” You can listen to her song live on our KDQN 92.1 fm Facebook page.  

De Queen Middle School Good Citizens

Faculty and staff vote on DMS students who exhibit good citizenship.
August/September Good Citizens for De Queen Middle School are pictured left to right:
Henry Staggs, DeNashia Briggins, Lizbeth Ruiz and Erik Hernandez. 

Ashdown High School Alumni Association Banquet

The Ashdown High School Alumni Association will hold their 14th “annual” alumni banquet.  Dr. Mike Finley who has recently passed will be honored at the banquet on Saturday, October 22.  Alumni dinner tickets will be on sale from Monday, September 12 – noon on Friday, October 7th.  Tickets are $30 each and are available at The Castle, from Terry or Brenda Snead, Patti Ritter, Susan Simmons, or Sandra Furlow.

DHS announce homecoming court and festivities

The De Queen High School Student Council is excited to announce Lorel Morphew as the 2022 DHS
Homecoming Queen and 11 DHS homecoming maids. The De Queen Leopards Football team will be playing
their homecoming game against the Hot Springs Trojans on October 7, 2022. Homecoming festivities will kick off with spirit week beginning on October 3 going through October 7.

The homecoming festivities will begin at 1:45 PM with a downtown parade around the square with the parade continuing down School Drive at 2:15 PM for Kindergarten through 12th grade. The afternoon  coronation ceremony will begin at 2:30 PM at the DHS Coliseum followed by a pep rally. The evening ceremony will begin at 6:30 at Leopard Stadium before the Leopards vs. Trojan game starting at 7 p.m


Homecoming Court:

Back row: Sophomore Maid Stephanie Villeda, Sophomore Maid Ashley Hernandez, Junior Maid Presli Young, Junior Maid Alexa Monroy 3rd row: Senior Maid Belle Lindsey, Senior Maid Emily Garcia 2nd row: Senior Maid Amairany Ortiz, Senior Maid Makenzie Townsend, Senior Maid Cinthya Buenrostro, Senior Maid Laura Figueroa 1st row: Football Bearer Lowell Morphew, Queen Lorel Morphew, Crown Bearer Emery Sanders, Senior Maid Wendy Victoriano

Free Gas Friday Winner- Week 14

#1 Country's Free Gas Friday promotion concluded Labor Day weekend as Madelyn Williams of De Queen is the last winner this year.  She picked up a $50 check for gas at Sevier County Farmer's Coop.  Mrs. Williams registered at Pruetts.  

Denim and Diamonds Event

The De Queen Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Denim and Diamonds Event on Saturday, October 1st, at the Rocky Hill Ranch Event Center on 347 AR- 24 W Southwest of De Queen.  Tickets can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce and are $75 each. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, contact 584-3225.  Pictured is Sue Stowers.  

The Sevier County Medical Center Update

Lori House and Stacy Dowdy of the Sevier County Medical Center stopped by your #1 Country Studios Thursday morning, September 8th, to give an update on the new hospital.  They plan on using the month of October to move in and get furniture, cabinets, and equipment in place while using the month of November for training.  The hospital is continuing to accept applications and has begun  hiring employees. They plans to have a total employment of 117 when they open on Tuesday, December 6th. If interested, contact Trey at 870-642-6420 or visit to send your resume  Drop off your applications at Dr. Hoyt's Office, 145 Hwy 71 N, across from Tres Agaves.  

Free Gas Friday Winner

Kyle Willis is this week's Free Gas Friday winner!  He registered at TJ's and won a $50 check for gas.  Friday, September 2nd, will be the final drawing, so make sure you are registered at one of our participating sponsors.  

U of A Recruiter Visits De Queen High School

U of A recruiter Rafael Arciga Garcia visited with De Queen seniors on Thursday, August 25th.  He helped them submit admissions applications. Eighteen seniors have completed the admissions process for the Fall of 2023!

De Queen All American Cheerleaders Fundraiser

The De Queen All American cheerleaders will be hosting a taco fundraiser this Friday, August 26, outside the front of Leopard Stadium.  All proceeds will go toward their trip in November to cheer in Disney's All American parade at Orlando, Florida. They will be outside the stadium, so the public may purchase food from the parking lot even if they are not attending the game.  Pictured left to right: Katelyn Ponce, Ale Rodríguez, Wendy Victoriano, Laura Figueroa, Alle Williamson, Zoé Helms


Sevier County Economic Development Coordinator Tiffany Maurer and Ashley Bradshaw with the Community Navigator Program told #1 Country listeners that there are many ways their program can assist small businesses in Sevier County.  In addition to helping locate and apply for low or no interest funding to start a business, the group also provides assistance with operation and training as well as a free marketing analysis by Jennifer Higgins, Regional Sales Manager for Bunyard Broadcasting.

For more information, visit their website at or call (870) 584-1137.