Toy applications to be available Dec. 3

Toys for Tots applications will be available for pickup beginning Monday, Dec. 3 at the following locations: De Queen Bee, City of De Queen, City of Horatio, City of Lockesburg, KDQN, Don’s E-Z Pay, National Guard Armory, First State Insurance in De Queen and the Gillham Library.

Applications must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec.14. Only one application per family and no applications will be taken at the door.

Toy pickup will be Thursday, Dec. 20 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the armory, located at 610 N. Lakeside in De Queen.


Retirement celebration for county assessor

After many years of service to Sevier County, Assessor Judy A. Smith is retiring. She began working at the courthouse in maintenance on Aug. 1, 1991 and began working in the assessor’s office on Jan. 1, 1995, under Assessor Harold James. She was elected assessor in 2000 and began her long career as assessor on Jan. 1, 2001.

A retirement celebration honoring her will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sevier County Courthouse, 115 N. Third St., De Queen.


DHS Quiz Bowl team chili supper, auction

The De Queen High School Quiz Bowl team will host a chili supper and auction Saturday, Dec. 8 in the high school cafeteria. Homemade chili with all the fixings will be sold for $6 per bowl. The meal will begin at 4 p.m. and the auction at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help send the team to nationals. For more information contact Thomas Sweeten, 870-584-6504.


Sevier County Genealogical Society meeting

The Sevier County Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Sevier County Museum.

The program will be about a Horatio bank robbery in 1906 by Henry Starr.


Santa Claus to visit Dierks on Dec. 8, 15

Santa Claus will be in Dierks at the Oak Hill Masonic Lodge on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The lodge is located at the corner of Massey and East 5th Street. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa.


Blood drives

LifeShare Blood Center has the following community drives scheduled for December:

DeQueen High School, 1803 W. Coulter Drive, De Queen, Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Walmart, 926 E. Collin Ray Drive, De Queen, Dec. 27 at from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 

Mitchell Medical, 155 Highway 71 North, De Queen, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

LifeShare Blood Centers is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 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.


5K Walk/Run Dec. 15 to benefit Logan’s Lovies

Logan’s Lovies - 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, Dec. 15 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Horatio High School practice gymnasium. The event, sponsored by the Horatio CYCLE Program, is in memory of Logan Winton. T-shirts are $25 and donations of stuffed animals will be accepted and distributed to local first responders such as firefighters, paramedics, police, Air Evac and the local DHS office to provide comfort to children in traumatic or emergency situations. Forms for the race can be picked up at De Queen Health and Wellness Pharmacy or Horatio State Bank.


Sweater drive again sponsored by library

The Sevier County Library System is again participating in the AETN Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive. New or gently worn sweaters can be dropped off at any of the county libraries during the month of November. Donations will benefit 4C Cowboy Church Youth group - C.R.E.W, the county sheriff’s department and the Arkansas Salvation Army. For more information contact any of the libraries or visit


Library system to accept food items for overdue fines during November

Patrons of the Sevier County Library System can forego overdue fines by donating any non-perishable food item to the library for a one dollar reduction in fines. Food will be accepted for fines on returned library materials only, not for replacement fees of lost or damaged items. Please check the expiration date. Items with expired dates will not be accepted. Monetary donations will be accepted during this time.


Become a CASA 


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.


Purchase birth and death certificates

You can now purchase birth and death certificates at the Sevier County Health Unit at 304 N. 4th Street, De Queen, AR  71832.

For more information, call 870-642-2535.

Birth Certificates $12, $10 for each additional Birth Copy

Death Certificates $10, $8  for each additional Death Copy.


Saint Barbara Church participating in after school food program

Saint Barbara Catholic Church is participating in the after school Child Nutrition Program, part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, (CACFP).

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 23, they will be providing free snacks to children, ages 18 and under, from 5:30 to 5:50 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 5:40 p.m. until 6 p.m.

This program is for all children under the age of 18 regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the snack service.


Birth certificate, photo ID now required for marriage license

According to Debbie Akin, Sevier County Clerk, changes have been made in what will be accepted as proof of age for a marriage license. Beginning September 1, 2018 those applying for a marriage license will be required to provide their birth certificate and a photo ID.

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