DHS ROYALTY – The winners of this year's "Miss DHS" Pageant have been announced, and pictured from left to right by title are: Katherine Clay, second runner-up and Miss Congeniality; Danielle Duggan, Miss DHS and Best in Talent; and Marjle McLelland, first runner-up and People's Choice.
Mar 7, 2014, 13:58
Second arrest made in church burglaries DE QUEEN – Authorities have another man in custody who they say was an accomplice in the recent break-in at First Baptist Church in De Queen as well as other locations in the area. Levi Durham was arrested last week in connection to the church burglary as well as a commercial burglary at Cornerstone Monuments in De Queen.
According to investigators, Durham allegedly drove Edmond Lewis to the church, where Lewis broke in and attempted to destroy the building by sabotaging its natural gas heating system. Durham has been charged with attempted arson, two counts of commercial burglary and several counts of theft of property.
During Durham’s arrest, officers reported finding numerous items that had been stolen during burglaries in Sevier County, Howard County and De Queen - including another church, Old Union in Provo. Durham is currently being held on a $75,000 bond. His arraignment is set for March 6. Mar 6, 2014, 10:09
City accepts $2.4m bid for waterline relocation By Patrick Massey
After almost 30 years in the making, the City of De Queen is finally undertaking a project to relocate the city's raw waterline, nearly doubling the city's water supply and providing opportunity for future state infrastructure projects in the area.
The De Queen City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to accept a $2.4 million bid by S&J Construction from Jacksonville to relocate the waterline running east of town to the Cossatot River.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said the city has kicked the project around since 1987, and is glad the project is finally underway.
"The Health Department has been telling us for years that we need to increase our water supply," he said. McKelvy said at times the city's water system runs near 80 percent capacity. The lion's share of the water is used for operations at the Pilgrim's complex in De Queen.
The new waterline will allow the city to nearly double its water supply to a capacity of six million gallons a day.
McKelvy said the city will only need around 4.5 million gallons a day, but could turn up the flow if required in the future.
"We'll have some extra capacity if we need it," said McKelvy - an important factor to consider for any prospective industries looking to locate to the area.
Including engineering and construction contingency fees, the total cost of the project will be $2.6 million, or almost half a million less than city officials expected. The city is not expecting to finance the waterline relocation and instead will pay for the project through a mix of water department and sales tax CDs.
To read the complete article, please see the March 6 edition of The De Queen Bee.
Mar 6, 2014, 10:05
Political season underway in Sevier County Voters to decide three county races this year, including circuit clerk
By Patrick Massey
The political season is now underway in Sevier County and local residents can expect to see at least a few campaign signs in yards across the county with voters deciding three county races this year.
Perhaps of most interest, Kathy Smith has announced she will challenge incumbent Patti Chaney for the office of Sevier County Circuit Clerk. They will face off in the upcoming May Democratic Party Primary.
The quorum court has three open seats for 2014 and two of them are contested. Both Roger Whitmore and Deborah Neel of Horatio are vying for the District 5 seat on the Sevier County Quorum Court. The seat's current holder, Carol Cobb, was appointed by Gov. Beebe until Dec. 31 of this year, and she cannot run again. Voters will decide this race during the May 20 primary.
Dana Stringfellow and Greg Wright have both announced their candidacies as independents for District 9 Justice of the Peace on the Sevier County Quorum Court. Voters will decide this race when heading to the polls for the general election in November. The current District 9 Justice of the Peace, Bill Jackson, said he is not seeking re-election this year.
The Sevier County Clerk's Office is reminding residents that the deadline to register vote in the May 20 primary is April 21.
DeAnn Vaught of Horatio has also announced her candidacy as a Republican against incumbent State Representative Fonda Hawthorne in the November general election. Mar 6, 2014, 10:03
Liles Retirement Reception - Liles Vision Clinic in De Queen held a retirement reception for Dr. Wally Liles, Jr., who recently announced he was retiring after 39 years in the vision care field and plans to move with his wife, Shirley, to Hawaii. His son, Dr. Wally Liles, III, will continue to operate the family’s two practices in De Queen and Mena. Pictured from left to right are Shirley and Dr. Wally Liles, Jr., and Sarah and Dr. Wally Liles, III.
Mar 6, 2014, 10:00
Justices to fill vacancy on county library board DE QUEEN – The Sevier County Quorum Court will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in the Sevier County Courthouse.
After hearing committee reports and old business, Justices of the Peace will vote to confirm the appointment of Marilyn Archer to fill a vacancy on the Sevier County Library Board.
Then, the quorum court will hear a request for an increase in hours for part-time library employees. The request is to transfer funds from other miscellaneous line items to Salary-related line items to cover this increase in the amount of $9,500.
Finally, Justices will hear a proposed resolution authorizing the preparation of and payment for an update to the existing five-year hazard mitigation plan for Sevier County. They will hear a request for an appropriation of $5,000 from the county road fund for the first installment of the cost of the hazard mitigation plan.
This meeting is open to the public. Mar 6, 2014, 09:59
Sevier County Museum back in business
Museum Open House – Board members and local historians chat during the Sevier County Museum’s open house on March 1. The museum is open again after renovations to expand its exhibition center. Visitors were treated to refreshments and were able to view the new layout and display items during Saturday’s open house.
DE QUEEN – The Sevier County Museum held an open house on March 1 to showcase its newly renovated exhibition center as well as a number of new display and historical items.
Many in the area have waited patiently while the museum's doors were closed for the renovation process, but the building is again open for business and visitors are welcome to see the new changes.
The renovations, paid for through a $6,500 Weyerhaeuser grant, allowed the museum to greatly expand its exhibit areas, with displays covering each of Sevier County's towns, schools and its former county seats.
One of the new displays will focus on the county's natural areas and resources. Visitors can also check out a recently donated, pristine ham radio from the 1930s.
"We've been able to really expand our space here," said Museum Director Karen Mills.
Regular museum hours are noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Anyone interested in volunteering or providing donations to the museum is encouraged to call (870) 642-6642. Mar 6, 2014, 09:56
Lights off – A De Queen police officer directs traffic during a power outage Tuesday morning which had over 1,200 SWEPCO customers in town without electricity. Apparently a circuit breaker malfunctioned and threw off power to most of eastern De Queen, including Walmart and Diamond Bank. SWEPCO crews had the power returned before noon.
Mar 6, 2014, 09:54
Jonquil Festival set for March 14-16 WASHINGTON – Jonquils will be in bloom at Historic Washington State Park and a tremendous line-up of entertainment and fun await those who will be visiting the park on March 14-16 for the 46th Annual Jonquil Festival.
Friday, March 14 the Arkansas Symphony String Quartet will be on the front porch of Williams Tavern Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. entertaining those who are in line to get a great home cooked meal at the Tavern.
Under the big tent on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., sit down and enjoy the sounds of "The Hartley Family", followed by the "McWilliams Family" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 15 is highlighted with The Midnight Hurricanes performing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the family fun of the McWilliams Family again. And for those who want to combine a Sunday afternoon with the best in Christian/Gospel music join the Hartley Family again under the big tent from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Hempstead County Melody Boys strolling the craft grounds to provide their great Bluegrass while visitors check out the hundreds of crafters and booths scheduled for the event.
Back this year for all three days is the 3,000 gallon Arkansas Game and Fish Aquarium, which provides a fun and educational experience for all ages. Along with the great home cooking of William Tavern, there will be plenty of places to take a break, eat and enjoy music and the atmosphere that is so unique to the Historic Washington State Park Jonquil Festival.
Festival hours are Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. General Admission is free, with a $5 fee for parking. Park tours and programs are available at regular price with tour stops such as the BW Edwards Weapons Museum, Print Shop and the Blacksmith Shop, along with many more on the schedule.
Mark your calendars and don't forget to plan on a wonderful visit to celebrate Spring with Historic Washington State Park. For more information call 870-983-2684.
Mar 6, 2014, 09:52
GREAT HELP – Members of the Lady Leopard track and cross-country teams helped set up tables, serve food and clean up at the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet on Feb. 20. Chamber organizers said they are grateful for the teams' assistance each year at the banquet.