Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

June 13, 1919

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75 YEARS AGO

June 15, 1944

Through arrangements made by the High School P.T.A. and members of the De Queen school board, last week Ruel Oliver of Nashville was employed as band director to divide his time with that school, giving De Queen two days or more each week during the school term, according to C.L. Leighton, president of the local school board.

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Mrs. George Kershner of Gillham gave a picnic for her Sunday school class Friday, which was enjoyed by Becky Jane Freeman, Gerry Smith, Fern Dell Gunter, Vennie Jackson, Mary Jackson, Preston Hobson, Inez Cooper, Leslie Cooper, Kenneth Collier, Louise Alexander, Ione Alexander, Martha Alexander, Betty Alexander, Natalie Alexander, Inez Thomas, Elizabeth Thomas, Winifred Jester, Libby Jacobson, Alvin Jacobson, Peggy Holt and Mrs. Kershner.

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Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Lee Friday announce the marriage of their daughter Nina to Robert McCoy, son of Mrs. Frank McCoy and the late Mr. McCoy.

The ceremony was performed at noon Wednesday, June 7 in the study of Rev. Bruce Price, pastor of the Beech Street Baptist Church of Texarkana, the Rev. P.M. Price officiating.

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The boiler room at the mill of the Hill Lumber Co. in Lockesburg was destroyed by fire Saturday night. It is being rebuilt and the usual activities at the mill will be resumed in a short time.

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Frank F. Sloan, Ph.M.2-c, U.S. Navy is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Bang, for the first time in nearly three years. He returned from two years overseas duty with the amphibious forces in the South Pacific. He was wounded May 18, 1943 in the Russell Islands and was awarded the Purple Heart.

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EM3-c Lowen Presson who has been stationed in and around Pearl Harbor arrived home Saturday to spend a 30-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Presson. He is being transferred to the east coast.

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50 YEARS AGO

June 12, 1944

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25 YEARS AGO

June 16, 1994

Voters gave victories to Dick Tallman in the county judge’s race and to challenger Tom Cooper for prosecutor when they returned to the polls on Tuesday for the Democratic runoff election.

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Two De Queen High School students and a Horatio High School student were elected to office at the 1994 Arkansas Girls State Convention.

Kerri Rusterholtz of De Queen was elected to represent the mythical city of Cabe as a county representative and an alderman.

Rusterholtz was also elected as the prosecuting attorney for McClellan County.

Sarah Jones of De Queen was elected to the office of alderman for the mythical city of Beatty.

Adrienne Bender of Winthrop was also elected to office in McClellan County for the position of constable.

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Jerrod Johnson, a junior radio-television major from De Queen, was recently initiated into the Arkansas State University chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism honor society. Johnson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Johnson of De Queen.

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Travis Brad Kesterson, son of Al and Vicky Wright of Horatio, has been awarded a $250 scholarship from the Sevier County Cattlewomen to help with college expenses in the fall of 1994.

Kesterson is a 1994 graduate of Horatio High School and plans to major in agriculture education.

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Lois Pettigrew was honored by the staff of De Queen Regional Medical Center recently upon her retirement following 10 years of service as a cook for the hospital. She was presented the traditional rocking chair by Steve Nichols, hospital administrator, along with other gifts.

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Elizabeth Fawcett of Horatio High School recently attended the 1994 Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Ms. Fawcett was the leader of the stock market group that won the stock market division during the three-day seminar.

She is the daughter of Ricky and Tanya Fawcett.

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Vickie Harris, a registered nurse at De Queen Regional Medical Center, was recently honored as nurse of the year at the fifth annual Nurse Recognition Banquet in Texarkana. Approximately 200 nurses and guests attended the banquet, which is held each year at the end of National Nurses Week. Harris works in the operating room and has been employed at the hospital for 13 years.

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10 YEARS AGO

June 11, 2009

The Walker family has been named Sevier County Farm Family of the Year for 2009. Brian and Elizabeth Walker operate a 370-acre farm on Stringtown Road east of Horatio. Briana and Elizabeth have two small children, three-year-old Reese and one-year-old Rhett.

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The Sevier County Quorum Court voted on June 8 in a unanimous decision to allow County Judge Dick Tallman to use a state grant to upgrade elements of the J. Lynn Helms County Airport.

“We’ve received a state grant to build a taxi-way parallel with the runway,” said Tallman. “The only problem is that we’ll have to move the hangers from their current positions.” 

The grant will fund 90 percent of the project.

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The City of De Queen has applied for a state grant that would give the city at least half of a projected $100,000 to build a new soccer park and the facilities for two new softball diamonds in Herman Dierks Park.

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Eden Kristen Lee of Dierks has received one of the 2009-2010 Board of Visitors’ Scholarships. A 2009 graduate of Dierks High School, Lee is the daughter of Kenneth and Francis Lee.

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Kimber Pietens of Lockesburg has received one of the 2009-2010 CCCU Board of Visitors’ Scholarships. A 2009 graduate of Lockesburg High School, Pietens is the daughter of Danny and Sandra Pietens.

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Relinda Ruth of Dierks has received the 2009-2010 CCCUA Bill and Nancy Wilson Foundation Scholarship. Ruth plans to pursue an Associate of Arts degree.

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