Humane society hopes to move forward after embezzlement
Former secretary to face felony theft of property
charge during court hearing in September


A former secretary of the Sevier County Humane Society will go to court next month to face a theft charge in connection to her time with the agency.

Susan E. Wilson, 39, was charged with felony theft of property earlier this year after prosecutors claimed she embezzled nearly $4,000 from the county humane society. She is scheduled to appear during a pre-trial hearing on Sept. 4 where she will enter a plea of guilty or not-guilty.

According to Arkansas State Police Investigator John Rhone, an audit by J. Richey McCullough, CPA, of De Queen found $3,966 in fraudulent expenditures made by Wilson between Jan. 2011 and June 2012. The purchases allegedly include a $600 television set and a $440 refrigerator.

Prosecutors claim Wilson also withdraw cash from the agency's bank account at First State Bank and misused a humane society credit card for personal purchases.

"By the time we knew it was happening it was too late," said Dr. Terri Devlin, who serves as president for the Sevier County Humane Society. The agency discovered the fraudulent expenditures after Wilson left the humane society in June 2012.

Investigators say the stolen money includes part of a $35,000 cash donation the local humane society received in 2010.

To read the complete article, please see the Aug. 21 edition of The De Queen Bee.

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Rodeo Royalty – The Sevier County Fair started off Saturday evening with the annual pageant featuring contestants from throughout Sevier County. The Sevier County Fair Queen of the rodeo royalty will be announced during the Saturday night rodeo performance at 8 p.m. Pictured in the first row from left to right are Little Miss contestants Hadlie Dixon,Abby Clay and Gracie Wolcott. In the second row are Princess contestants Heather Bradshaw, Ashton Azu, Kaylee Wolcott, and Sarah Azu. Standing are Queens Hannah Wetzel, Katelynn Wolcott and Bailey Dixon. (Photo submitted by Michelle Sawyer)




High school student helps donate 7,400 pounds of chicken to Mary and Martha Center
De Queen High School Junior Danielle Duggan, pictured in middle wearing pink shirt, recently secured over 7,000 pounds of chicken from Tyson Foods as a donation to the Mary and Martha Center.

DE QUEEN – A junior at De Queen High School is dedicating herself to combatting childhood hunger in the area as part of her participation in the Miss Texarkana Outstanding Teen Pageant.

As her first project in this effort, Danielle Duggan teamed up with Tyson Foods in a "Back to School" kickoff by securing over 7,000 pounds of chicken as a donation to the Mary and Martha Center in De Queen.

Danielle said she has a passion for helping her community and giving back to those who make a difference.  She is trying to raise awareness and help put an end to childhood hunger right here in her hometown.  Her moto is “Spread the Love:  The Beginning of Ending Childhood Hunger."

"We each had to have a theme in the pageant and I couldn't think of a better one than focusing on our own community," she said.

"We have a high percentage of kids in De Queen and Sevier County who live below the poverty line, and sometimes the only place they receive a meal is at school, so that's something I really wanted to help out with."
Duggan contacted Tyson Foods and explained in an essay what she was trying to do. To her surprise, the company donated over 7,400 pounds of chicken.

"I had no idea they would be this supportive," she said. "All I can say is that is was really awesome."

To read the complete article, please see the Aug. 21 edition of The De Queen Bee.



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