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Local law enforcement planning
Sevier County's first-ever National Night Out


By Patrick Massey


DE QUEEN – The Sevier County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with other Sevier County agencies and local neighborhoods, is joining forces with thousands of communities across the nation to celebrate and participate in the 2016 National Night Out.

Sevier County Sheriff-Elect Robert Gentry said this will be the first-ever National Night Out in Sevier County. The event has been scheduled for from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the De Queen Sportsplex.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is organized to heighten crime awareness and support for crime and drug prevention efforts sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are working together and fighting back against crime.   The event also strengthens neighborhoods and police and community partnerships.

"We want people in the public to know the police is here to help and that we are trustworthy," said Gentry.

The event will focus a lot of local youth.

As part of this outreach, the National Night Out event will be held with the annual back-to-school bash hosted by Smiles of Arkansas. The event will feature food, snow cones, games, bouncy houses and other activities.
"We want the whole family and everyone from the community to come out, meet our officers and have some fun," Gentry said.

Local businesses, organizations and churches are invited to set up a booth at no cost during National Night Out. Other agencies participating in the event include the De Queen Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, AirEvac, Southwest EMS and local fire departments.

For more information contact the De Queen Police Department at (870) 642-2213, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at (870) 642-2125 or check the Sevier County National Night Out Facebook page.



Rotary Club to award top DHS athlete next week

DE QUEEN – The De Queen Rotary Club will hold its annual Rotary Cup award ceremony on Dec. 14 at the Cypress Inn on Highway 71 North. The prestigious award is given each year to the top-performing athlete at De Queen High School.

The first Rotary Cup was awarded in 1936 to Buck Aubrey, Jr. Notable recipients include the late Buddy Bob Benson, who received the Rotary Cup in 1951 and went on to become a legend in the world of Arkansas college football.

A photo and story on this year's recipient will be featured in next week's edition of The De Queen Bee.

Past winners of the Rotary Cup include:
2014 - Brady Hanney
2013 - Jacob Arndt
2012 - Miguel Soria
2011 - Jace Stephens
2009 - Greg White
2008 - Zack Taylor
2007 - Kyle Atkins
2006 - David Lee
2005 - Randy Hayes
2004 - Kirby Atkins
2003 - Trey Williams
2002 - Zach Jones
2001 - Brian McLelland
2000 - Richard Bell
1999 - Joseph Parson
1998 - Justin Powell
1997 - Matt Scott and Drew Williams
1996 - Alan Bender
1995 - Rodney Williams
1994 - Charlie White and Mark Palfreeman
1993 - Brad Patterson
1992 - J.J. Jernegan
1991 - Lance Pinkerton
1990 - John Frachiseur
1989 - Bryan Blackwood
1988 - Rocky Halter
1987 - Wade Thrapp
1986 - Jeff Holcombe
1985 - Greg Hayes
1984 - David Peppers
1983 - DeWayne Pettigrew
1982 - Joe Boyles
1981 - Scott Smith
1980 - Eric Willis
1979 - Jimmy Etzkorn
1978 - Joe Longacre
1977 - Jerry Cobb
1976 - Terry Tutt
1975 - Scott Renfrow
1974 - Greg Miller
1973 - Chuck Barnhill
1972 - Joe Barnhill
1971 - Steve Halter
1970 - Randy Davis
1969 - Dick Van Bebber
1968 - Glen Knod
1967 - Bobby Trammell
1966 - Bill Stanton
1965 - Danny Pike
1964 - Richard Knight
1963 - Bob McKinley
1962 - Tommy Harris
1961 - Jack Suggs
1960 - Jerry Caplinger
1959 - John Whitaker
1958 - James R. Norwood
1957 - Carl Beutelschies
1956 - Lyndall Smith
1955 - Don Hubbard
1954 - Buddy Wesson
1953 - Don Park
1952 - Quinton Taggart
1951 - Buddy Bob Benson
1950 - Jack Humphreys
1949 - Billy Pickens
1948 - Clarence Wilson
1947 - Harold Sunderman
1946 - Harold Brinson
1945 - Paul Lamb
1944 - Dwight Dodson
1943 and 1942 - no award
1941 - Durwood Bourns
1940 - James Williams
1939 - W.L. Hawthorne and Nathan Bourns
1937 - Watson Hendricks
1936 - Buck Aubrey, Jr.



UA Cossatot graduation is December 12

NASHVILLE – UA Cossatot will hold its 79th commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 10 a.m. in the Scrapper Coliseum in Nashville. The college is preparing to issue 267 awards and certificates during this ceremony.

The event speaker is UA Cossatot instructor Bruce Franklin, who was named the college's 2015 Outstanding Alumni by the Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) organization.

The UA Cossatot Foundation is currently selling custom frames and mattes for diplomas. All proceeds will go to fund scholarships to UA Cossatot. Call Dustin Roberts at (870) 584-4441 for more information.




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