De Queen again battered by strong storms, high winds
The Tall Pines neighborhood in De Queen was one of the worst hit areas during the strong thunderstorms and straight line winds which struck the area Memorial Day evening. Over half a dozen houses were hit by falling trees in Tall Pines alone. Fortunately only a few injuries were reported. More pictures of the storm damage can be seen in this week's edition of The De Queen Bee.


County judge seeking state, federal
disaster declaration and assistance

By Patrick Massey


Sevier County is attempting to seek a state and federal disaster declaration after Monday night's strong storms which resulted in heavy damage to homes and property in De Queen and outlying areas.

Sevier County Judge Greg Ray said the declaration would open up state and federal resources to help homeowners and business owners recover.

"We haven't seen this much damage in Sevier County since the ice storm in 2000," said Ray. That incident - remembered and feared by most who suffered through it - was the last time Sevier County received a state or federal disaster declaration. "If we can get the declaration, it may help our folks find some assistance in recovering from the damage they sustained on their property."

Ray said he has already declared De Queen and the surrounding areas a disaster zone, but said the state or federal government would need to do the same to open up recovery assistance.

Monday night's heavy thunderstorms and straight line winds wrecked havoc across the county, though most of the damage was confined to the city of De Queen and outlying areas. Forecasters with the National Weather Service said winds raged as high as 70 miles per hour during the storm.

The high winds and soft ground from above average rainfall in recent weeks caused dozens of trees - including some of the biggest oaks in town - to come crashing down.

In De Queen's Tall Pines neighborhood, over half a dozen homes were struck by falling trees. Several homes had trees crash straight through the roof and into the house.

To read the complete article, please see the May 28 edition of The De Queen Bee.




Leopards claim sixth state soccer title
Special Send Off – Leopards soccer players received a send off from the entire De Queen School District before heading off to Fayetteville to compete in the 5A state championship game. There, they beat Pulaski Academy with an 8-3 victory. Photo submitted by Tammy Whatley


FAYETTEVILLE – The Leopards boys soccer team went on to win their sixth state title during the class 5A finals held in Fayetteville on May 22.

The 8-3 victory against Pulsaki Academy marked the team’s sixth win in its short eight year history.

The Leopards gained the 8-3 lead only after trailing 2-0 in the beginning of the game.

De Queen’s Carlos Hernandez was named the state tournament’s Most Valuable Player after the game. Another of De Queen’s top players, Estiven Garcia, scored despite struggling with an injury sustained earlier in the season.

"It's been a great year. I'm really proud of the boys, said Head Coach Stephen Sloan. "Every year our goal is to win state. When you do, it's very fulfilling, very rewarding."

To read the complete article, please see the May 28 edition of The De Queen Bee.



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