County residents shoot down annexation
By Patrick Massey

Over a dozen county residents attended Tuesday night's meeting of the De Queen City Council to voice opposition to future annexation of their areas, leaving the issue dead on arrival.

The annexation issue, as well as a discussion on city subdivision and housing rules, were on the meeting's agenda as part of a long-range planning session to look at how growth can be stimulated in the city limits. The discussion did not last long before the issue of annexation took over.

"We're not ready to be annexed in," said Paul Spears, who lives east of De Queen. "I speak for a lot out there when I say we have no wish to be in the city limits. The city doesn't have anything to give us that we don't already have."

Others at the meeting shared similar sentiments, suggesting that if they wanted to live in the city limits, they would do so on their own accord. One county landowner said she has chicken houses that are frequent targets of varmits and pests.

"We have skunks, armadillos, coyotes that try to get in and we have to shoot them," she said. "Could we do that if we were in the city limits? No."

To read the complete article, please see the April 17 edition of The De Queen Bee.




Local group runs for Million Hearts Campaign
For a Million HeartsRunners line up before a one-mile Friday morning in recognition of the Millon Hearts campaign and an effort to promote healthy living in the community.


By Patrick Massey

Runners lined up for a one-mile run Friday morning in recognition of the Millon Hearts campaign and an effort to promote healthy living in the community.

Over 60 people from De Queen and Horatio turned out for the run/walk along Collin Raye Drive. This is the second event organized by Ricky Williams, a workout trainer at AMP Fitness in De Queen. Many of Friday's runners - who ranged from three-years-old to over 65 - also ran in that event last Friday.

This time of year local runners have many options to participate in similar events, but Williams' run is a little different from others.

"This is totally free," he said. "We're doing this for the community, to encourage people to live healthier."

Williams said people enjoy the chance to run together, and watch their time shrink each week.

"Some of these folks have never ran in a 5K or anything like this before," he said. "But now, since we're on our second week and a lot of the same people are coming out, I can see they're really enjoying it."

Dr. Jason Lofton, who opened AMP Fitness and his downtown clinic several years ago, said the runs are perfectly themed with the Millions Heart Campaign.

"This is a national campaign trying to prevent a million heart attacks a year, and by coming out to these runs we're trying to do just that," he said.

Runners will meet again next Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of De Queen parking lot.



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