Saturday, May 23, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Disruptions in the food supply chain affect more than the quantity of products on the grocery store shelves. They have forced Arkansas cattlemen and farmers to make financial decisions today that will affect the supply and demand of food over the coming months and years.
Friday, May 15, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas is gradually opening up businesses and public activities, under careful monitoring by public health officials to avoid bringing on a second wave of the coronavirus.
Since the beginning of this health emergency, more than 60,000 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Arkansas.
Saturday, May 09, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature completed the 2020 fiscal session in record time, approving a balanced budget that funds state government spending of $5.68 billion.
While we are facing difficult and uncertain times, Arkansans should know that essential services in state government will continue.
Friday, April 10, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas state parks will be open only during the daytime, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus among dense gatherings of visitors at trailheads and campsites, state officials announced.
The 2020 Fiscal Session is scheduled to begin April 8 at noon.
Saturday, April 04, 2020
This week, the House convened for an Extraordinary Session to address the urgent funding needs in our state created by the COVID-19 crisis.
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature convened in special session to address potential revenue shortfalls, resulting from the sudden economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The De Queen Homemakers held their monthly meeting Wednesday, March 11 at the REA building. President Donna Cox, called the meeting to order.
Friday, April 03, 2020
Ever since Congress passed the $2 trillion CARES Act, I know many of you have had questions about what this bill means for you, your families and your businesses. I hosted a telephone town hall to hear from you and answer your questions. UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson and Executive Direct…
Friday, March 27, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – To cushion the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on working families, the state has streamlined the process of applying for unemployment insurance.
If you are a business owner struggling to meet payroll or if you have recently become unemployed due to the response from COVID-19, we want to direct you to state resources that may help.
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – An Arkansas success story that is attracting national attention is the expansion of computer science classes in public schools over the past five years.
By law, Fiscal Sessions can only last 30 days (45 days with a ¾ vote to extend), so members work weeks in advance drafting appropriation measures in order to ensure our sessions are brief.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease each year. In 2017 in Arkansas, a total of 8,270 people died of heart disease.
LITTLE ROCK – During the first week it was available, about 600 Arkansans took advantage of a new online service to schedule the driving portion of their test to get a driver’s license.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Each Sevier County Library Branch recently received a wonderfully generous gift of 100 new children’s books from The Brownstone Book Fund.
By DeAnn Vaught
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Levee Task Force has completed its final report, with recommendations on how to pay for maintenance and repairs, and how to best gauge the current condition of levees.
Monday, January 20, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Over the past decade, greater numbers of Arkansas children have been diagnosed with disabilities that require them to receive education.
In an age where technology moves at a rapid pace, electronic devices often become e-waste in only a few years after manufacturing.
Thursday, January 09, 2020
We would like to thank all of our partners and patrons for a great year in 2019. Without you all we wouldn’t have a library in four towns in our county. We hope you continue your patronage into the new year and continuing years. We offer great services at all of our locations but most of all…
Friday, November 22, 2019
Cossatot River High School teachers Reggie Fryar and Sandy Alexander were nominated for the Arvest Bank, “We Love Our Teacher,” contest. These two outstanding teachers won $500 to spend in their classroom! Congratulations!
This week we want to remind you of an important deadline approaching all Arkansans.
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has made a strong commitment to making sure that children learn to read at an early age, and the federal government has recognized our efforts with a grant of $38 million to improve literacy.
There were no emergencies reported in the Cliff’s this week, nor death, for which we are grateful. However, for the last few weeks we have had several deaths that have caused us to pause and share our sympathy, prayers and love with each family.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Harmony’s Christmas Concerts are coming up. They have their dates all booked and will be announced soon.
Monday, November 04, 2019
Dalton and Diane Brinkley Frachiseur of Gillham, were married 50 years ago on Oct. 18, 1969. Diane said that she and Dalton met at a basketball game at Gillham High School. She was a student at Gillham but Dalton had graduated before she moved to Gillham.
November is here and you know what that means. It is The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive and Food for Fines month!
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Twenty-five Cossatot River High School senior choir members traveled to Lakeside High School on Saturday Oct. 12, to audition for the South Arkansas All-Region Choir. A total of 833 students from 43 different high schools auditioned for the spots in the prestigious choir. Cossatot River had …
LITTLE ROCK – Earlier this month the state Crime Lab opened a new facility in Lowell, in northwest Arkansas.
On average, an Arkansan with a bachelor’s degree will earn $700,000 more in a 30 year career than those who drop out of college. The gap climbs to $1.5 million for those with a doctorate.
Monday, October 14, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – The state Board of Correction has voted to pursue an agreement with Bradley and Drew Counties in southeast Arkansas to set up a private prison.
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.