Wednesday, January 02, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – State government will get off to a fast start in 2019, when the legislature convenes in regular session on January 14 and takes up proposals to lower income taxes and simplify the tax tables.
There is a new rule taking effect this session which changes the way many of our committees are formed.
As you travel north on Hwy. 71 through Wickes you cannot help but see the big yellow and black backhoe tearing down the old EZ Mart. Faith Lynch committed it was built in 1967 and Trent Craig stated “another piece of history gone”.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Monday, December 03, 2018
Did you know that every frozen Butterball turkey was produced right here in Arkansas? And that may not be the only thing on your plate this holiday season that came from the work of an Arkansas farmer.
LITTLE ROCK – Every year Arkansas judges send about 350 youths into state custody. Some are sent to a secure lockup and some to a less restrictive environment, such as a group home.
With Thanksgiving past, the holiday season is upon us. There are a number of Christmas-related activities coming up in the next few weeks.
“How can I please you if I don’t know what you expect?” That is the salient question in many relationships. Thus, it would seem to be important for both parties to communicate requirements clearly. We should express general expectations such as being fair minded: if it’s good for the goose, …
Friday, November 23, 2018
This week is Thanksgiving, a time when Americans are reminded to be grateful for their many blessings.
LITTLE ROCK – During legislative budget hearings, the governor presented his balanced budget plan for the next biennium, Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.
Bill filing for the 2019 Regular Session began this week. Eight bills and two proposed constitutional amendments were filed on the first day.
On Friday, Nov. 9, winners of Mr. Mike’s Medal of Honor Essay Contest were announced during assembly at Cossatot River High School. The subject was 2018 Medal of Honor recipient U.S.A.F. Sgt. John A. Chapma. Winners were: Manuel E. Amador, $100 Union Bank Grand Prize, Kelci Frachiseure $50 F…
Most of us enjoy coming-of-age stories like Huckleberry Finn, Moby Dick, Catcher in the Rye, Lord Jim and especially William Faulkner’s best short story, The Bear. Alice Walker and Ruth McHenry Stuart are also masters of the genre.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
We had a rainy Sunday night in the Cliffs this week and it was still raining Monday morning. It seems like the weather is finally turning toward the early winter. Winter is one of my favorite seasons in the South. Meaning it is never as cold as the northern cities experience. I have had the …
Midterm elections are over and the mayor of Gillham, with council members are, Lester Overturf mayor, aldermen Janie Coe, Lewis Newberry, Karen Russell, Barbara Smith and Judy Smith.
The new Code RED emergency notification system is now being used to alert city residents to the changes in sanitation routes.
Friday, November 09, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has 1,034 public schools and each one recently received a letter grade, from A to F, to give parents an easy method of evaluating them,
I have studied the works of the great Mississippi writer, William Faulkner, in depth for a long time. One statement he made has perplexed me all along. He said there is no such thing as “was.” He explained that if “was” existed, there would be no cause for grief or sorrow. He meant that we w…
There a few updates this week from the Capitol. Budget as hearings continue. A new revenue report was released. We have new recommendations for funding education. And there are several important dates ahead leading to the next legislative session.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Janie Whisenhunt secretary and bookkeeper for the city of Gillham informed me the city of Gillham Park gates are now open. There is no playground equipment but the tennis courts are accessible for use. She stated the city council voted to purchased Christmas decorations for the city streets …
Monday, October 22, 2018
De Queen and Horatio residents will soon have more options on their choice for Internet and video entertainment.
LITTLE ROCK – Depending on the outcome of legal challenges that are being considered by the state Supreme Court, Arkansas voters could decide five ballot issues at the November 6 general election.
Several folks have noticed that the Gillham News has been absent from The De Queen Bee newspaper. I have volunteered to give it a go until Dianne Rosson decides she is able to take up her journalist skills again.
In Arkansas, 1 in 4 women will suffer abuse in their lifetime.Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting every community regardless of age, economic status, gender, race, or religion.
I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny day and to the sound of a lawnmower humming in my front yard. In a few minutes I could smell the odor of fresh cut grass. I knew it would have to be my brother-in-law who faithfully keeps my yard looking great, for which I am grateful. I got up and…
The wise old man came for Sunday lunch at the Tavern. He is as thin as a wafer but eats like a Sumo wrestler. He exploited the buffet with gusto. “You must have been hungry,” I observed. “I noticed that myself,” he replied with a chuckle. After lunch, we rocked on the front porch and talked …
Friday, October 12, 2018
On Oct. 16, legislators will begin meeting at the Capitol to review budget needs for the next fiscal year. Budget hearings are expected to continue through the middle of November. During that time, members will review budget requests from boards, commissions, and state agencies.
Regular readers of this column have noticed that I seldom write about political matters. But I would like to weigh in on the recent hearings because they captured the country’s attention and revealed some severely sharp differences of opinion, conviction and worldview. Also, I kept seeing “D…
Several local organizations will be hosting a conference in Hope to acquaint eighth grade students with the need for trained manufacturing jobs in southwest Arkansas.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
I hope you enjoy and benefit from your copy of today’s De Queen Bee.
Monday, October 01, 2018
Saturday was the first day of autumn, a season when the City of De Queen asks all citizens to help clean our city.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
From 1999 to 2016, the suicide rate in half of all U.S. states increased by more than 30. Arkansas was one of those states.
There were two emergencies in the Cliffs last week, but they were both solved without injuries. The emergency team was needed for one and the deputy sheriff was needed for the second one. We are fortunate enough to have both services in the area that are able to respond. That is a great reli…
The University of Arkansas Extension Service is now organizing its Walk Across Arkansas fitness campaign for state residents.
LITTLE ROCK – The state Department of Human Services announced that 4,353 Arkansans were no longer eligible for Medicaid benefits because over the past three months they failed to comply with work requirements.
During my time in graduate school at Auburn University, an entomologist and his wife lived in the apartment next door to my wife and me. The bug man and I became car-washing buddies one Sunday afternoon. We developed a friendship and remained close buddies throughout grad school and afterwar…
Thursday, September 13, 2018
It’s a small world.
LITTLE ROCK – Legislators convened a special meeting to ask tough questions of prison officials after five inmates died of suspected drug overdoses within a few days.
Half of all the rice grown in the United States, is grown right here in Arkansas. With more than 9 billion pounds of rice produced each year, Arkansas grows more rice than any other state.
There are a lot of questions about the transition from Bear State Bank to Arvest, but the City of De Queen will be able to help a little with the switch.
Friday, September 07, 2018
Sevier County and the City of De Queen received several questions about the CodeRED mass notification system and why it did not send a message when it was expected.
Don’t you just love those rare instances in which what seems to be a curse turns out to be a blessing? I have only had a few of those in my life. One of them happened at Auburn University half a century ago.
Arkansas has a great deal to celebrate this Labor Day. Our unemployment level now stands at 3.7 percent. The national level is 3.9 percent. The state’s unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent since March of this year.
LITTLE ROCK – The state Constitution was adopted in 1874, but since then it has been amended 98 times.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Do you like Tacos? De Queen Library presents “Dragons LOVE Tacos” with Merrilee, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. There will be a story time and fun. Stop in and see why Dragons LOVE Tacos.
Here are a few important dates on upcoming events in our area.
During the next two weeks, the legislature will be meeting in committees to review hundreds of rules from state agencies, commissions, and constitutional offices.