City to close Good Friday

The city of De Queen will be closed Friday, April 19 in observance of Good Friday. The trash schedule for the week of April 15 will be: Monday and Tuesday will remain the same, Thursday will be picked up on Wednesday and Friday will be picked up on Thursday.


Courthouse closing

The Sevier County Courthouse will close at noon on Friday, April 19 in observance of Good Friday.


Courthouse meet and greet

The Sevier County Courthouse will be hosting a meet and greet Tuesday, April 30 from 4:30 until 6 p.m. in the lobby of the courthouse. Everyone is welcome to come meet your elected officials and courthouse employees and enjoy refreshments.


Sevier County Slogan Contest Reveal Day

Community members are invited to join the revealing of the new Sevier County Tourism Slogan and Marketing Brand at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18 under the grove of trees near Hwy. 59/71 N. Learn the process and story behind the new slogan, witness the check presentation to the winner, and learn more from the Tourism Committee about all the exciting things happening in Sevier County. Inclement weather plan is the pavilion in the same park. Attendees are encouraged to stay and patron Sevier County businesses for lunch. The event is hosted by Lisa Taylor, Sevier County - AR - Economic Development Director and De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce.


Overturf pie supper

The Overturf pie supper will be held Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m., 3-1/2 miles northeast of Gillham. The prettiest girl and ugliest man contests will be held. Proceeds go for upkeep of the Overturf church and cemetery. For more information contact Judy Smith, 870-582-2284; Floyd Morris Jr., 870-784-3629 or Lester Overturf, 870-784-2085. Bring cakes, pies and your billfold full of money.


Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt, hosted by De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, April 20 at the De Queen Sportsplex on Highway 70 West beginning at 2 p.m. The hunt is free and will be divided into three age groups: children walking age through two years; ages three through five; and ages six through the third grade. Children must be able to hunt by themselves. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to pose for photos. A number of prizes will also be given away during the event.


Loaded baked potatoes meal

Wickes Pentecostal Church of God will be serving loaded baked potatoes and dessert on Thursday April 18 from 3-6 p.m.

Take outs available. Come and eat and take food home. 


Give blood

LifeShare Blood Center has the following community blood drives scheduled for April:

April 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mitchell Medical, 155 Highway 71 North, De Queen.

April 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Walmart, 926 East Collin Raye Drive, De Queen.

April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at De Queen High School, 1803 West Coulter Drive, De Queen.

LifeShare Blood Centers is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. To sign up to donate or for more information call 903-794-3173. New Center location is 4020 Summerhill Road, Texarkana, Texas.


Welcome Center Manager’s Spring Tour in De Queen

The Arkansas Welcome Center Managers will be in downtown De Queen on Thursday, April 25, as part of their Spring Study Tour. Twenty-five managers will eat lunch and tour the downtown blocks around the courthouse, visiting Riverside Machine shop for a knifemaking demonstration, and then visiting the museum. This is a great tourism opportunity to show off downtown - spiffy up storefronts and show hospitality. This event is being hosted by De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce, partnering with the Sevier County Museum, Keisha McKinney (Tourism Committee), Lisa Taylor (Economic Development). Loren Hinton and Chris Chandler will be tour guides and Simple Simon’s is sponsoring lunch.


Defensive driving class

A smart driver defensive driving class will be held Thursday, April 18 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sevier County Library, located at 200 W. Stilwell in De Queen. Certificate fees will be $15 for AARP members with an active membership number. You will need to bring the card with you to receive the discount. Non-member fees are $20. For further information call 870-584-6120.


Job Fair April 18

There will be a Job Fair Thursday, April 18 at the UA Cossatot De Queen Adams Building from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information contact David Sirmon 870-584-1136 or


Lockesburg egg hunt

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Ida Margaret Coulter Stone Park in Lockesburg Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m. Participants must be one-year-old to 12-years-old.


Genocide survivor to speak at Nashville

Alex Nsengimana, a 1990s Rwandan genocide survivor, took his first steps toward Christianity when he received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift.  His powerful story will inspire and challenge Christians to examine their own life ministries. All are welcome to hear Alex share his incredible journey in the Fellowship Hall at Nashville First Baptist Church, 415 N. Main St. Saturday, April 27 at 6 p.m. The event is free and a light meal will be served. Alex will explain how one Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift changed his world with the help of Jesus Christ. Come hear the truth about faith and forgiveness. For more information, contact SW AR Team Leader Beverly Starr at or text/call (870) 845-7867. 


DQ Primary School will have pre-registration for Kindergarten May 1

De Queen Primary School will have Kindergarten Pre-registration on Wednesday May 1, 2019 in the De Queen Primary School cafeteria. The hours for this registration will be from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Students must be five years old on or before August 1, 2019 to be eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2019--2021 school year. Items to bring with you to this registration are as follows: Birth certificate, Social Security Card, Immunization Record, Proof of Address (ex:  a utility bill). Students will be required to have a physical before school starts in August and you may bring a copy of the physical if your child already has one. Please call 870-642-3100 if you have any questions.


Wickes pre-registration

Wickes Elementary School will be having pre-registration and screening for next year’s 2019-2020 kindergarten class. If you have a child, or know of a child, who will be five on or before Aug. 1, 2019, they will need to register at the elementary school. Applications and screening will be held on April 23, 24, 25 or come by the elementary office anytime between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A copy of the child’s birth certificate, social security card or military identification and a current shot record are required. Children entering kindergarten will be required to have a current physical on file.

Students who are attending Pre-K at the Wickes Pre-K program will be screened during the school day. Students who are not currently enrolled in the Wickes Pre-K program will need to be screened when they register. Allow approximately 30 minutes for screening.

Friday, April 26 will be Pre-K Day. Next year’s kindergarten students will be allowed to come to kindergarten from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. that day. Lunch for Pre-K Day students who are not enrolled in the Wickes program will cost $3.75. This year’s kindergarten students will not attend school on this day.

For questions or further information call the Wickes Elementary office, 870-385-3400.


Become a CASA  volunteer

At this time a child in foster care needs your help. You will be the person who will listen when no other person can, you will advocate for the best interest of these children in court, at school, and in the community. You will help them find a safe permanent home. You can support a child who has been abused and/or neglected. Become a volunteer with CASA! 

For more information about our volunteer opportunities please call us at our De Queen office at 870-518-40206 or our Mena office at 479-243-9277.


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