Back to School Horatio, De Queen school districts report
great first day back at school; over 3,300
students report to school across county
DE QUEEN – Area students, teachers and administrators had a busy first day of school last week with both the Horatio and De Queen School Districts experiencing growth over last year's enrollment.
Across the county over 3,300 students returned to classes or began their first year in school as kindergarteners.
Enrollment on the first day back for students entering the De Queen School District totaled 2,464 - around 30 students more than last year's enrollment. This year's senior class, a total of 138 students, is likely to be the last relatively small class to graduate from De Queen High School. This year's juniors number 189 students and, if the vast majority finish their senior year at De Queen, will be the largest of the school's graduating classes to date.
Class sizes generally continue to grow as the grades decrease, with 197 eighth graders enrolling this year, 190 fifth graders and 240 kindergarteners. With 528 students in grades 10th through 11th, De Queen will remain solidly in Class 5A of the Arkansas Athletics Association.
"We're definitely seeing some good growth in the district," said Superintendent Bruce Hill. Despite the closure of Lockesburg Elementary during the 2013-2014 school year due to falling enrollment and budget concerns, the district experienced growth this year and expects it to continue in future years.
To read the full obituaries, please see the Nov. 7 edition of The De Queen Bee.
Scrimmage – Kirkland Williams, left, and Josh King wrap up a Hornet ballcarrier in the Leopards’s scrimmage Monday at Mineral Springs.The season will officially kickoff with a home game against Mena on Sept. 5.
Two men charged in attempted church arson to appear before court DE QUEEN – The two men accused of breaking into several area businesses earlier this year before attempting to blow up a local church are set for pre-trial next week.
Prosecutors have filed over a dozen charges against the Lockesburg man accused of breaking into multiple churches and businesses in the area, with offenses ranging from misdemeanor theft of property to attempted arson, a Class Y felony.
All in all, 43-year-old Edmond Lewis will face a total of 15 charges when he appears again before the Sevier County Circuit Court on Sept 4.
The alleged offenses include attempted arson, criminal use of a prohibited weapon, possession of firearms by certain persons, residential burglary, breaking or entering, four counts of commercial burglary, three counts of felony theft of property and three misdemeanor theft charges.
Combined, the maximum sentence of these charges totals over 160 years.
To read the full obituaries, please see the Aug. 28 edition of The De Queen Bee.