Stephen Sloan named head coach Stephen Sloan has been named head football coach at De Queen High School.
Sloan was unanimously approved by the members of the De Queen school board at a special board meeting held at noon Feb. 22.
He will succeed Justin Kramer who resigned his position at De Queen to become head football coach and athletic director at Conway Christian School.
A native of De Queen and a Leopard lineman in his high school days, Sloan earned a bachelors degree at Henderson State University and a masters from Harding University.
Now in his 16th year of coaching at De Queen, Sloan has been the head junior high football coach and has coached Leopard boys soccer since it began in 2008.
Community coming together to help senior citizen centers
Officials with Sevier County and the senior citizen center program pose next to food donated by local churches, groups, businesses and individuals. The donations came after a recent announcement that Sevier County’s four senior citizen centers, as well as those in a number of other counties, are transitioning to a new management agency.
By Patrick Massey
Officials are applauding efforts in the community to ensure Sevier County's senior citizen centers remain viable while it transitions to a new management agency.
Earlier this month the Southwest Arkansas Development Council (SWADC) announced it would no longer operate the four centers in Sevier County and those in a number of other counties across the region. SWADC, which has operated the centers for the past three decades, announced it no longer had the funds to manage these facilities.
The announcement came as a shock to local officials and to center patrons. Despite initial fears that the centers would close, they will remain open under the management of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of Southwest Arkansas. AAA previously furnished the contract to SWADC to operate the centers and is now taking over management itself.
As part of the transition and as a way to ensure the program's viability, AAA announced it would reduce the centers from a five day schedule to four days. For the time being, AAA officials say the centers will not be open on Fridays.
The announcement, however, has created an opportunity for the community to lend a hand. So far, that help has amounted to thousands of pounds of food donations and the commitment of volunteers to keep the centers open a fifth day.
Last week, Tyson Foods Grannis-Broken Bow Complex donated over 3,200lbs of chicken to Sevier County and Little River County centers - and the company has pledged to donate more before the end of the month.
Pilgrim's in De Queen sent a crew to cook chicken for meals distributed at the senior citizens center on Monday. The center, scheduled to be closed that day, remained open thanks to Pilgrim's and volunteers from First Baptist Church. Pictured from left are Justin Johnson, Brett Renfro and Dianne Barger.
To read the complete article, please see the Oct. 20 edition of The De Queen Bee.