Walmart, law enforcement team up for "Shop with a Cop"
DQPD, Sheriff's Office and Arkansas State Police play the part of Santa for two dozen children in Sevier County


Shop with a Cop – Over two dozen children from Sevier County saw Christmas come a little early on Monday when they had a chance to participate in the annual "Shop with a Cop" program. The program is a partnership between Walmart and the De Queen Police Department.


By Patrick Massey

Christmas came a little early this year for a group of over two dozen local children who might otherwise have missed out on this special time of year, thanks to an annual partnership between Walmart and area law enforcement.

Members of the De Queen Police Department, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office, the Arkansas State Police and the Highway Police again joined forces on Monday, Dec. 15 to hold their Shop with a Cop program this year.

For over a decade, Walmart has provided the agencies with grants to help a group of children shop for Christmas gifts.

The children are selected by the local Department of Human Services office, and are largely from single, working parents. For many,this was the only opportunity to find Christmas gifts for their children.

Twenty-six excited kids got their chance to partner up an officer, deputy or state trooper and spend $100 on whatever they liked. Some headed straight for the toy section, but a few older kids found coats and new shoes.

To read the complete article, please see the Dec. 18 edition of The De Queen Bee.




Rotarians name 2014 Rotary Cup recipient
Brady Hanney named 79th winner of award

By Patrick Massey

Top DHS Athlete – Leopards senior quarterback Brady Hanney was named the 2014 winner of the Rotary Cup during a ceremony hosted by De Queen Rotarians on Dec. 10. Hanney is pictured with Leopards color commentator and Rotarian Grant Smith.

For more than three-quarters of a century local Rotarians have lauded De Queen's top high school athletes with the prestigious Rotary Cup. This year's award - the 79th bestowed since its inception by the De Queen Rotary Club in 1936 - went to senior quarterback Brady Hanney.

During a ceremony held during the club's meeting on Dec. 10, Head Football Coach Justin Kramer praised Hanney for his determination and versatility on the football field.

"One of the biggest things I could say about Brady is how dedicated he is to the team," Kramer said.

"When we needed someone to play quarterback he stepped up, even though he'd been defensive end before. He's the ultimate team player, a real leader."

Kramer also cited Hanney for his ambition on and off the field. Hanney is not only a member of De Queen High School's Future Teachers of America chapter, he also maintains a 3.5 GPA and is part of the National Honor Society. In addition Hanney has been a member of the Leopards' basketball, baseball and track teams in prior years, earning an Honorable Mention in the 5A South All-Conference baseball team last spring.

He is the son of Grag and Angela Hanney.

Despite a 3-27 record over the previous three seasons, Kramer said the team kept itself motivated and its members always gave their all on the football field. He commended the current senior players for leaving behind a strong foundation for future Leopards football.

"We've seen massive improvement in our effort out there because of these guys and the [senior players'] leadership they demonstrate," Kramer said. "We've caught a lot of criticism but mostly it's unfair because our guys have given it there all and did everything we asked them to.... I wouldn't trade these 16 guys for anybody else."

To read the complete article, please see the Dec. 18 edition of The De Queen Bee.



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