Thursday, September 20, 2018
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.
LITTLE ROCK – Usually, the busiest times of the year at the state Capitol are during regular or special sessions.
Sinjun was a lively and smart half German Shepherd and half Labrador puppy. My father-in-law offered him to us shortly after I started teaching at Southern State College in 1971. We lived in faculty housing at first, which was not a good place to have a dog. As Sinjun grew, he became a handf…
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Disposable wipes are threatening waste water systems around the country.
You know, sometimes people can be more honest than they intend to be. I heard a story a long time ago that illustrates that fact. A man was hiding something from his wife, but his secrecy backfired on him.
Do you know what goals your child should be setting for this school year? Do you know what mental health services are available at your child’s school?
LITTLE ROCK – Last year the Arkansas Economic Development Commission agreed to offer financial incentives for 133 new projects.
Friday, August 17, 2018
A recent survey conducted with 1,400 adults found that only one-third could name all three branches of government. Only 37 percent of those surveyed can name rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.
Amanda Wingfield of Tennessee Williams’ great play, The Glass Menagerie, worries that her son Tom will follow in the footsteps of her estranged husband. Mr. Wingfield worked for the telephone company and fell in love with long distance, as she put it.
Thursday, August 09, 2018
School starts for a new year on Monday, Aug. 13. Here are a few reminders for those who will be driving in the area of De Queen schools during the first week.
Out of every 100,000 Arkansans, 14 will die from a drug overdose. If this trend continues, the drug overdose death rate may surpass the motor vehicle death rate, which was 20 per 100,000 in 2016.
LITTLE ROCK – Educators and traffic safety officials have expanded their annual campaign to alert motorists that students are returning to school, so everyone should be more careful driving because children are again getting on and off school buses every day.
As you know, an oxymoron is a rhetorical device involving the juxtaposition of contradictory terms, such as “jumbo shrimp,” “act natural” or “deafening silence.” There is often humor in an oxymoron. For example, the word “sophomore” contains an oxymoron within itself as it combines the Greek…
Friday, August 03, 2018
Harmony had a packed weekend of praise music. They played at the Rafter J Cowboy Church in Hope and at Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen. With all of that going on, Mrs. Betty Golden turns the wonderfully young age of 89.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
The Sevier County Senior Citizens Center has a new operator who is making improvements to the program.
The impact that teachers have on students is far-reaching and life-changing. If you have ever considered making a difference in the lives of Arkansas children, now is a perfect time.
Bobby Joe, a blue heeler mix, was the first dog I loved. He was as good with little humans as he was at rabbit hunting. We spent a lot of time hanging out together. He liked to put his head on my chest when I watched the clouds. Once when my big brother Stanley and Bobby Joe were out hunting…
I am sure someone has wondered what happened in White Cliffs. The news is I have been in the hospital with hip replacement. I am home now and being taken very good care of by the Elite Home Health Care from Nashville and my family and friends. The prayers you prayed kept me calm and confiden…
Well it’s back to school this month and the De Queen Library reading contest ended on July 31, so make sure you take a look on our Facebook page for the winners. The winner in the categories will receive a backpack with school supplies! Each year we hold a reading contest, along with our Sum…
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Comments from public meetings and survey results will be used in developing a community development plan at a public meeting Thursday evening.
Roman conquerors considered the remote islands that would become the British Isles to be worthless. Who would ever want to live way off up there in the fog and terrible weather? Who would want to associate with those smelly peasants known as Angles, Saxons and Jutes. They certainly did not d…
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas School Safety Commission presented its initial list of recommendations to the governor.
In a 10th-grade language arts class last year, students at the De Queen-Mena Education Service Cooperative spent time carefully studying the Anne Frank Chestnut Tree from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. A sapling from the tree that stood outside Anne Frank’s secret annex was don…
Congratulations to two of our area 4Hers. At the District O’Rama, Marcus Rosson placed first in bait casting, and Drew Shelton placed 7th in BB shooting. Both placed high enough to compete at the state o’rama in Fayetteville later this month.
Thursday, July 05, 2018
The Arkansas State Highway Commission has released the latest State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for the years 2019-2022.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, summer months are the most dangerous time of year to be on the road.
We are in full swing for the summer heat. The air conditioner seems to hum constantly. I have not been able to get outside to enjoy the sunshine and heat. I enjoy being outside digging in the garden and flowers. My sister-in-law, Beverly Maxwell, enjoys the outside working with her husband c…
The wise old man showed up for the Fourth on a 21-speed Mongoose Deception mountain bicycle with slick tires. He said he borrowed it from a friend in Standard Umpstead and rode it through the backroads to my house, quite a feat for a man of his age who has been in and out of what he calls “r…
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
There were no emergencies in the Cliffs this week and I was able to stay on my feet without a fall. I don’t know if that’s improvement or not. I was able to go out to the doctor this week and the report was about the same. However, your prayers are still requested for the sick and shut-ins. …
The De Queen Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an Independence Day celebration at the UA Cossatot amphitheater on West Collin Raye Drive on Tuesday, July 3. The annual event is called Let Freedom Ring.
LITTLE ROCK – Last year the average teacher salary in Arkansas was $48,304, which ranked 42nd in the country. New York teachers had the highest annual salaries.
Towards the end of my Air Force technical school in Amarillo, a form was presented to those graduating giving options about our preferred base assignment. I was excited to have a choice, having heard that one didn’t. From the list, I selected North Little Rock, Bossier City and some base in …
Doctors at Arkansas Children’s Hospital see the most burn cases every year between Memorial Day and Labor Day. And nationwide, more than 10,000 people are burned every year by fireworks.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Rep. Matthew Shepherd is now the Speaker of the Arkansas House.
The 2017 annual drinking water quality report for the De Queen water system is now available.