Monday, October 14, 2019
Last flu season, 113 influenza related deaths were reported in Arkansas. According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), 71 percent of the adults who died were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Thank you for reading The De Queen Bee. I sincerely hope you find the information contained in today’s paper useful and beneficial.
Friday, October 04, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Tourism in Arkansas grew at a healthy rate last year, whether it’s measured in total spending or how many people visited the state or how many jobs are supported by the travel industry.
As most of us know, Archery Hunting Season opened Saturday Sept. 28. Marcus Rosson, 16, of Gillham, killed his first ever deer with a bow Saturday evening. He is one proud young man! His Mama is pretty proud, too.
Hey Y’all it’s Fall and Halloween is just around the corner. Do you know where Halloween comes from? It orginated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain over 2,000 years ago, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III d…
In 2016 in Arkansas, a total of 2,226 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 400 women died from the disease.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
On Saturday, Sept. 14, Reva Kitchens of Gillham reported: What an eventful day! Coming together with old acquaintances while making new. Along with five of my grandchildren by my side; Emma, Milo, Kayla, Cole, and Jayden, we all arrived ready to tackle the Gillham Lake Clean Up Day.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The Watkins Family Reunion was held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Cossatot Reefs. Cindy Riley of Gillham stated it was a two-day affair. There were 125 that attended. The oldest to attend was 80-year-old Carol Watkins. The farthest traveled was from Carlsbad New Mexico. There was a band that…
In the United States, someone dies by suicide every 11.1 minutes. In Arkansas, someone dies by suicide, on average, every 14 hours.
The agriculture industry is a top economic driver for our state. Having input from those in a variety of agri-businesses and production operations is vital to crafting legislation that meets the needs of our producers. That’s why I visit annually with farmers, ranchers and industry stakehold…
LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received a grant of $4.6 million to boost its program to encourage primary care physicians to practice in rural areas.
LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made his third official visit to Arkansas this week, and today I’m going to discuss the Shared Stewardship agreement we signed during his visit.
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – Almost three years ago a task force of Arkansas legislators submitted its final report on how to control the growing costs of the state Medicaid program.
During the 2019 Regular Session, the General Assembly passed several pieces of legislation concerning our elections.
LITTLE ROCK – Today I’d like to talk about the importance of participating in the U.S. Census and about the ways we are already preparing for Census Day, which is April 1, 2020.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
It was a roaring good time at Remington Winer’s 9th birthday party held in Grannis on Aug. 24. He shared the day celebrating his grandparents, Rodger and Pam Robbins, new place for Mountain Springs Youth Camp (New Song).
The De Queen Library is gearing up for Banned Book Week beginning Sept. 22-28. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — libraria…
LITTLE ROCK – Today I want to talk about what we are doing in Arkansas to expand access to mental health services and for those in need of drug-addiction counseling.
Arkansas recently set a new record low for unemployment. The unemployment rate for July was 3.4 percent, breaking the previous record of 3.5 percent last month. There are 19,200 more jobs in our state than this time last year.
LITTLE ROCK – Last year 426 Arkansas residents died from a drug overdose, according to death certificates filed with the state Health Department. That is an increase in fatal drug overdoses from 2017, when 417 people in Arkansas died from drugs.
Students across the state are back in class for the 2019-2020 school year. As administrators, teachers and pupils begin diving into new lesson plans and formulating goals and objectives to work toward this year, we are all excited for what the future holds.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Gillham’s 16-year-old resident, Travis Newberry, took first place with his Exotic Heifer and then Reserve Grand Champion at the Sevier County Fair & Livestock Show. This was Travis’ first time to show and he was very pleased to receive $550. He is the son of Lewis and Shana Newberry. Co…
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
The Gillham Volunteer Fire Department’s 4th Annual KID’S DAY was all about how to escape from a house fire and what to do after you are out and safe!
In 2018, there were 161 Amber Alerts issued nationwide. Five of those originated here in Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK – Reading helps children avoid the “summer slide,” when lazy days can make them forget what they’ve learned over the previous year.
LITTLE ROCK – Today I’d like to share some thoughts about Winthrop Rockefeller, one of Arkansas’s great governors, and about the building we have named in his honor.
Monday, July 08, 2019
The Gillham Block Party that was held Tuesday, June 25, at the Gillham Fire Department was enjoyed by over 220 people.
Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks. As this is a popular time of the year for Arkansans to enjoy the waterways, we wanted to highlight boating safety in the state.
LITTLE ROCK – State officials announced that school nurses will be provided with kits containing naloxone nasal spray, which helps keep alive people alive when they have overdosed on painkillers known as opioids.
There were no emergencies reported in the Cliffs this week. Everyone seems to be up and about taking care of each other. I saw Chrissy and Jason Spigner out on a mission this week, and getting in a healthy walk.
Monday, July 01, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature updated Arkansas school choice laws when it approved Act 754 of 2019 earlier this year.
The Gillham High School Alumni are preparing for their end of the month reunion on Saturday, June 29. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a lunch served for $10 a plate, a cake walk and the quilt raffle. You can see a photo of the quilt on Reva Kitchen’s Facebook page.
From guided hikes to kayak outings, there are over 50,000 family friendly programs available at our Arkansas State Parks. If you are still looking for a summer getaway, consider the options in our own backyard.
Monday, June 24, 2019
Happy belated Father’s Day to all fathers. I hope you all had a great day on Sunday and that your sons and daughters showed you great tribute. I hope that you are all inspired to be there for your families, especially your boys. My heart’s desire is that they will grow up with confidence, kn…
Brenda Blackmon of Grannis approached me about writing a local human-interest story. Last Sunday being Father’s Day, the following article fit right in.
There are now more than 460,000 students enrolled in Arkansas public schools. And an additional 18,000 attend an open enrollment charter school.
LITTLE ROCK – Flooding has caused more than $100 million in damage to infrastructure in Arkansas, according to the governor’s request for federal relief.
Monday, June 17, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission distributes funds to seven public health programs. According to an independent evaluation, they’re meeting an overwhelming majority of their goals.
The Karen Whisenhunt Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction Benefit held Saturday, June 8, raised around $7,800. It was reported over 100 dinners were purchased and over 60 people stayed for the auction! There were so many items donated for auction, I could not begin to count them. The crowd was …
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 4 of adults in the United States have some type of disability. In Arkansas, that number climbs to 1 in 3.
Monday, June 03, 2019
There were no emergencies in the Cliffs this week. As a matter of fact, I found it to be very quiet considering it was the Memorial Day weekend. Everyone went to church Sunday as usual, but me. The church is something that I am missing a lot since I had my surgery. I am now back in therapy a…
LITTLE ROCK – The rate of maternal mortality in Arkansas is above the national average, so earlier this year the legislature created a review committee to develop new strategies for preventing women from dying during childbirth.
It is estimated that less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting the same high-quality meals in the summer. Children shouldn’t go hungry just because school is out.
At the De Queen Library, Our Summer Reading Programs a “Universe of Stories”, mandated by the Arkansas State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program, will begin at 10 a.m. on:
Monday, May 27, 2019
In Arkansas, 41 percent of the population live in rural counties. In contrast, only 14 percent of the United States population as a whole live in non-metropolitan counties. Our state is a very rural one, so when we work to expand our economy we must always recognize the challenges that our r…
JerriAnn Kelley Ybarra reported the Gillham Volunteer Fire Department 2019 Annual Fundraiser, BBQ dinner, raised around $3,500 this past Saturday, May 18. About 40 people stayed for the auction. Many more dropped in for take-out plates. Many stated the pork was outstanding. The desserts off…
LITTLE ROCK – The goal of the new Arkansas State Broadband Plan, announced by the governor, is to make high-speed Internet access available to all communities of more than 500 people by the year 2022.
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Gillham Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fundraiser BBQ Dinner will be held Saturday, May 18. The meal will be by donation: pork, chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, and beans. Live music will be by the band Harmony. The meal begins at 4 p.m. and the auction at 5:30 p.m.
The month of May is designated as Military Appreciation Month.