De Queen Area News

Horatio High School graduate, others killed in I-30 accident
TEXARKANA – A multi-vehicle accident over the weekend took the lives of three college students, including one who recently graduated from Horatio High School.

According to a report released by the Arkansas State Police, Daniel Gonzalez, 18, of Horatio, was killed after a 2000 Freightliner struck their 2006 Mazda on Interstate 30. Investigators determined that the Mazda was hit after attempting to merge onto I-30 around 1:40 a.m. on

Saturday, Nov. 22. Gonzalez, who was attending college in Texarkana, was pronounced dead at the scene along with two other students, 21-year-old Nathaniel Rodriguez and Sofia George, 21. All three were pronounced at 3 a.m.

Three others were injured in the accident and taken to St. Michael for care. The driver of the truck, 25-year-old Gilberto Cardenas, was not injured according to the ASP report.
Students at Texas A&M and Texarkana College held a candlelight vigil for the victims on Monday.

Services for Gonzalez were set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at St. Barabara Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Horatio Cemetery. A rosary was held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Nov 27, 2014, 13:26

Horatio Honor Society to hold Christmas Party for foster children
HORATIO – It is once again time for the Horatio High School Honor Society to host is annual Christmas Party for foster children in Sevier and Little River Counties. The response last year was wonderful and organizers are again asking for the community’s support in bringing joy to these children’s lives.

The group is asking for new toys and cash donations in support of the party. Cash donations can be taken to First National Bank in De Queen and deposited in the Sevier County Cherub Fund. Please list what business or individual is making the donation.

If you would like to donate new toys, bring them to the Department of Human Services office in De Queen. Call (870) 832-4763 for more information.

Nov 26, 2014, 15:26

Woman arrested after pursuit in Sevier, Howard Counties
DE QUEEN – The Sevier County Sheriff's Office says it has a Dierks woman in custody who was arrested yesterday afternoon after leading authorities on a multi-county pursuit with speeds in excess of 100 mph.

According to investigators, the pursuit began after Deputy Wendall Randall of the Sevier County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve a felony warrant on 29-year-old Leticia Hinton near Horatio. The warrant was reportedly for forgery in Ouachita County.

After meeting with Hinton, Randall agreed to let her drive her vehicle to another residence and leave it there. Along the way Hinton allegedly turned on a street away from the residence she had told Randall. She then tried evading the deputy and lead him on a high-speed pursuit through the Central community.

At one point, investigators say the brakes on Randall's patrol car failed while pursing Hinton on a dirt road, causing him to wreck the vehicle in a ditch near Red Bridge Road and Oak Tree Road. He was uninjured but a wrecker was called to remove his car.

Hinton was spotted again soon after by several concerned citizens, who informed authorities of her location. Law enforcement rejoined the pursuit on the Old Dierks Highway. Authorities say Hinton blew stop signs and narrowly missed hitting incoming traffic on several occasions during the pursuit. She also reportedly dodged two deployed spike strips.

Hinton was eventually cornerd by law enforcement at the Shell Super Store in Dierks and arrested without further incident. She is currently being held in the Sevier County Jail on charges of felony fleeing. Agencies involved in the incident included the Sevier County Sheriff's Office, the De Queen Police Department, the Howard County Sheriff's Office and the Arkansas State Police.

Nov 21, 2014, 10:27

Friendship Baptist to put the “give” in Thanksgiving
DE QUEEN – While many people were greeting visiting family members and taking the day off in preparation of their Thanksgiving meal, one local church and its members see the holiday as a perfect opportunity to help out the less fortunate in the community.

For the third year in a row, Friendship Baptist Church in De Queen will provide free Thanksgiving meals to area residents in need this holiday.

The event has grown tremendously since its start, and the church says it has been a great way to bring church members together while serving the larger community.

The church has already received 173 orders as of Tuesday, but are preparing for as many as 300 or more meals. Delivery orders are available by calling (870) 279-0507 or (931) 981-0970.

Members of the public are also welcome to come by and eat with Church members on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nov 20, 2014, 15:37

De Queen woman honored by Division of Services for the Blind
Sandra Wilson recognized for overcoming lifelong vision difficulties

Recognizing Determination – DETERMINATION – Sandra Wilson of De Queen poses with Von Daniels of the Department of Human Services' Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) after receiving a Consumer of the Year award from the organization on Tuesday. Wilson has suffered from vision problems since she was a child, and DSB helped her cover the costs of corrective eye surgeries. Wilson, who owns a private psychological practice in De Queen, was recognized for her determination despite her vision difficulties.

DE QUEEN – Members of the Department of Human Services' Division of Services for the Blind visited De Queen on Tuesday to present Susan Wilson with a Consumer of the Year award for her determination in overcoming lifelong vision difficulties and success in her professional life.

The award was presented during Tuesday's meeting of the De Queen Lions Club, whose core mission involves support for the visually-impaired. The Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) traditionally partners with Lions Clubs to present the Consumer of the Year award, because of Lions' historic involvement in blindness issues.

Wilson is one of only 13 people in Arkansas to receive an area Consumer of the Year (COY) award and was chosen from all of Southwest Arkansas. This is the seventh year the COY has been presented to individuals who have to managed their rehabilitation plans, gained marketable skills, secured good jobs and become role models for others.

Wilson has worked as a psychological examiner for 44 years. After retiring from Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center in 2012, she opened a private practice in De Queen. Her business, Transitions Psychological Services, serves Sevier and the surrounding counties.

To read the complete article, please see the Nov. 20 edition of The De Queen Bee.

Nov 20, 2014, 15:34

Bell ringers need for Salvation Army campaign
DE QUEEN – The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help ring the bell during the annual Red Kettle Christmas campaign. This year’s Red Kettle Campaign is Nov. 28to Dec. 24.

Help the Salvation Army make its goal of $12,000 by ringing the bell at Wal-Mart in De Queen.

Last year’s campaign raised around $7,000 for family assistance programs in Sevier County. Previous years have averaged around $11,000. The Salvation Army depends on local residents, organizations and businesses to Adopt a Kettle at one of the various locations during the holiday season. The Sevier County unit helped around 400 families in 2013.

All proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign are used directly to serve the needs of Sevier County with rent or mortgage assistance, utility payments, security deposits, food, prescription medicine, clothing, and emergency shelter.

By making a commitment to ring the bell for a day or even just a few hours, volunteers make it possible for The Salvation Army to continue serving local residents in need throughout the year.

Volunteers interested in participating in this year’s campaign may call Tammy Simmons at (870) 642-3463.

Nov 20, 2014, 15:33

Chamber Coffee – Members of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) group held a chamber coffee recently in the office of the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce. ESGR, a part of the Department of Defense, is dedicated to developing and promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. The group handed out certificates to chamber businesses in recognition of the country’s citizen-soldiers, and offered MREs (meals-ready-to-eat) to visitors during the coffee.

Nov 20, 2014, 15:30

De Queen man charged with truck theft
DE QUEEN – A De Queen man has been charged with felony theft after police arrested him for allegedly stealing a truck earlier this month.

According to a press release issued by the De Queen Police Department earlier this week, investigators received a report on Nov. 9 of a truck stolen from the parking lot at Pruett's Food in De Queen.

During the course of the investigation, the stolen 1994 Mazda truck was recovered in Oklahoma. The department obtained information that led to the arrest of one suspect, 33-year-old Christopher Hill of De Queen. Hill was booked into the Sevier County Jail and charged with theft by receiving. Bond was set at $20,000.

Authorities say the case is still under investigation and anyone with further information is advised to contact the De Queen Police Department at (870) 642-2213.

Nov 20, 2014, 15:29

Deer harvest over 1,400 in Sevier County
DE QUEEN – Hunters in Sevier County have reported a slower start to deer season compared to neighboring counties with 1,430 harvested does and bucks in the county as of Nov. 18.

Of the total, 757 were antlered bucks, 82 were button bucks and 591 were doe. In comparision, hunters in Howard County have tagged a total of 2,084 deer, 1,598 in Little River County and 1,764 in Polk County.

Modern gun season, which started Nov. 8, will continue until Dec. 14 in Zone 13 (northern Sevier County) and Dec. 7 in Zone 14 (southern Sevier).

Archery will continue until Feb. 28, 2015 in both zones. Muzzleloading ended in October in Zone 13but will stay open until Dec. 15 in Zone 14.

For more information or to see a zone map, visit

Nov 20, 2014, 15:29

Horatio educator named New Teacher of the Year by association
Teaching Award – Carolanne Pinegar, right, the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Horatio High School, has been named the 2014 New Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

HORATIO – Carolanne Pinegar of Nashville and the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Horatio High School, has been named the 2014 New Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“This was a real honor for me, and it was a total surpise when I received the award,” said Pinegar.

She received her bachelor of science in family and consumer sciences from Henderson State University in 2009. She received her master of arts in teaching from Southern Arkansas University in 2013.

Pinegar taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Arkadelphia from 2012-2014 before joining the faculty at Horatio. There, she teaches Family and Consumer Science classes to students in grades seven and 10-12.

“The staff at Horatio has been really supportive, and I really thank them for that,” she said.

Pingar is a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education and Arkansas Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Nov 20, 2014, 15:25