January 4, 1945

Fire, which apparently started in the balcony, practically destroyed the Queen theatre here last Friday morning, with a loss of equipment, furnishings and records valued at about $25,000. The building, owned by Abe Collins, was also badly damaged. Both the building and theatre equipment were partially covered by insurance. It was announced that the theatre will be rebuilt as quickly as it is possible to obtain materials.

Claude A McCormic, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. McCormic, Route 2, De Queen, was killed in action in France on Nov. 19, according to information received by his parents. He entered the service in January 1943 and trained in California with the 35th Division, which has won many distinctions. S-Sgt. McCormic had received many medals and citations.

In a letter recently received by Mrs. J.D. Bennet, home service director for the Sevier County Red Cross chapter, information regarding Capt. Edwin Williamson, who was seriously wounded in action in Germany on October 4, was relayed to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wiliamson of De Queen. The letter, written by a field director for the American Red Cross in England, at the request of Capt. Wiliamson, said that he was well on the way to recovery in an Army hospital in England. He had lost his right arm as the result of shrapnel and was recovering from a severe leg wound, which would keep him hospitalized for a time yet.

Elbert K. Edwards, well-known De Queen lawyer was appointed Monday by Governor Homer M. Adkins as judge of the ninth judicial circuit, to fill the unexpired term of Judge Miner Millwee who was sworn in as Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday.

Little Miss Oma Christine Colburn, born at 9:20 a.m., January 1 at Archer Hospital, lays claim to the title of first baby of 1945 in Sevier County, and unless some evidence of is produced by 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, to show an earlier claimant, she will receive the gifts by De Queen merchants.

The De Queen high school basketball team will meet Gillham high here Friday night at 7:30, officially opening the local cage season, Coach Rub Boyce has announced. Boyce has a squad of 11 boys working out daily and they are rounding into shape rapidly. They defeated Winthrop here in a pre-season game by a score of 12 to 9.


50 Years ago

January 1, 1970

Thirty-nine legal kills were registered in Sevier County for the second and third hunting periods, according to Charles Rhodes, county game warden. Largest as registered to Roger Dorsey of De Queen. It was an 11-pointer weighing 200 pounds. 

Although Sevier County’s airport has been used for weeks, it’s officially open as of today. The airport commission meeting Tuesday night at the chamber of commerce office, unanimously passed a proposal that the new facility be officially pen as of Dec. 24. That means landing lights will be on all night, and other navigational aids in around-the-clock operation.

A 26-year-old Texarkana man, Don Kelly Johnson, died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, of injuries suffered in a two-car accident Wednesday night, Dec. 24, at the Dierks junction, eight mile east of De Queen. It was the third traffic fatality of the month for the county and the 11th of the year.

The De Queen planning commission Tuesday night, unanimously approved a petition from Mountainaire Poultry company asking for re-zoning of two pieces of property in the vicinity of the firm’s local plant. The property figures in an expansion and modernization program planned by the firm, which would involve an expenditure of between $1.5 and $1.8 million.

Thieve netted approximately $250 some time after breaking into the D.H. Baldwin Company plant on Red Bridge Road. Police Chief Cotton Hughes said the total included approximately $150 taken from a desk drawer in the receptionists office, and about $100 taken from four vending machines in the factory part of the building.

Piggly Wiggly promises penny-pinchin’ prices every time you shop; T-bone steak, 98 cents a pound, Bacon, 75 cents a pound, Bananas 10 cents a pound, five 8-ounce pot pies, 89 cents, Folge Coffee, 2 lb. can, 75 cents.


25 Years ago

January 5, 1995

Two days after taking the oath of office, members of the Sevier County Quorum Court held their first meeting of the year Tuesday and set a time for regular meetings, appointed six people to the solid waste board,and  heard new County Judge Dick Tallman describe some of the issues they would confront during the next two years.

In the final meeting for five departing justices of the peace, the Sevier County Quorum Court passed appropriation ordinances adopting the 1995 county budget and amending the 1994 county budget Wednesday’s meeting in the conference room of the courthouse marked the final official business for outgoing justices of the peace L.P. Elliot, Mildred Walker, Jeff Lacefield, Larry Havins an David Jean. 

A De Queen man made an appearance in Municipal Court Tuesday on his wife’s behalf, but his appeal to the bench was met with a $1,000 fine and 60 days in jail for criminal contempt of court. Darrell Gilmore appeared before the court and requested relief from time payments for his his wife who had been sentenced on a previous conviction. The judge noted that Gillmore appeared to be impaired and asked him when he has last had a drink. After Gillmore responded “yesterday,” he was asked take a breath test. He consented stating he knew better than to come to court after drinking. The breath test was admitted into evidence at a reading of 0.255 blood alcohol content Gillmore admitted to drinking vodka and was found n criminal content of court, fined $1,000 and sentenced to 60 days in jail. 

A one vehicle accident on U.S. 71 four mile south of Lockeburg , claimed the life of Mignon E. Cobb, 62, of De Queen, Wednesday evening, according to a report filed by Arkansas State Trooper Tommy Stueart. Cobb was traveling north on U.S. 71 in a 1988 Toyota Corrolla when the vehicle left the road on the west side and travelled 200 feet before striking a tree.


10 Years ago

Jan. 7. 2010

A name and a dollar amount in connection with funds missing from the Upper Southwest Regional Waste Management District have been made public. Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir told the landfill’s board of directors on Dec. 29 that former executive director and former Nashville Mayor Joe Ball has been accused of misappropriating $756,360 from the waste management district. Chesshir also said the investigation, which spanned five months, could be finalized in the next six weeks. The investigation is being headed by the Arkansas State Police with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which joined the investigation in November.

Local artist Terry Wester won the Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association’s “Artist of the Year” competition at the last meeting of the year. Wester’s painting was an oil entitled “Fall Geese.”

Monte and Dana Stringfellow, from Horatio, donated a three-year-old registered quarter horse filly and a two-year-old paint horse filly to Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Amity. The ranch has five campuses, a 528-acre site on the White River near Batesville, a 95-acre site on the Spring River near Hard, a 230-acre site on DeGray Lake near Amity, a 265-acre site in Mulberry, and one under development in Harrison.

Local community leaders and business owners got a chance to meet with U.S. Representative Mike Ross and discuss national issues. The congressman visited De Queen on Jan. 4 and held the meeting in the Cultural Awareness Center during one of many “listening sessions” Ross is holding in the state.

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