Sevier County Arkansas
Fall colors have reached their peak around Sevier County and Southwest Arkansas. These trees shout their color at the Oak Grove boat ramp on De Queen Lake.
UA Cossatot building new facilities
Cossatot Community College-UA is building a new and improved automotive-collision repair center, as well as a new campus restaurant that will be open to the public. Chancellor Steve Cole said the new building will connect two existing buildings on the campus and be a state-of-the-art facility. He credited Sen. Jimmy Hickey and Rep. Fonda Hawthorne for securing the funding for the project.
Horatio Schools seeking farm-to-cafeteria grant
Horatio School Superintendent John Ward said the school district has applied for a USDA grant to bring school-grown food to its cafeteria. The grant, which should be decided soon, will provide start-up and continuation funding and provide opportunities and incentives for a growing agriculture program in the school.
Sevier County History
Sevier County was organized on October 22, 1828 under legislative authority. It was formed from Hempstead and Miller Counties. Hempstead, Miller and Crawford Counties as well as the Choctaw Nation in Indian Territory bound Sevier County. .
The county seat has undergone several changes since Sevier County was organized. The first county seat was Paraclifta. In 1871, the Lockes donated 120 acres of land. As a result, the county seat was moved to Lockesburg. In 1905, the county seat was again moved to De Queen. .
Sevier County is known as “The Land of Lakes”, “The Land of Fruits and Flowers” and “The Home of Friendly People”. The county has five lakes within a 35 mile radius, five rivers and mountain streams and forests. .
Some of the Anglo settlers who came to Sevier County were Joseph McKean, George Boren, James M. Coulter, the Halbrooks, the Kings, the Ladds, the Wrights and the Sloanes. Many other families also settled in the county prior to 1840. .
A listing of some of the early settlements in the county follows: Brownstown, earlier known as Pine Woods, was named for Henry K. Brown an early, wealthy plantation owner. Ultima Thule was settled by the McKeon family. Others were: cross Trails, Dilworth, Farribaville, later renamed Provo, Paraclifta, Lockesburg, De Queen, Red Colony, Nashville, Macasie Schoolhouse, Bellville, Williamson, Norwoodville, Falls Chapel, Ben Lomond, Riddle, and Millwood. Walnut Grove, Melrose and Riddle consolidated their schools and communities around 1910. Other communities were Chapel Hill, a very thriving community, Cossatot, later Cossatot Mines, and then Jodenbrook, Neal Springs, King, Simpson Ridge, Avon, Silver Hill, Betton, which merged into the De Queen post office about 1896, Gravelly Point, Holcomb, Hortense and Nettle Hill. Hortense became Geneva in 1906. Still others were Green’s Chapel, Lemric, Milford/Edwin, Antioch (Moore’s Spur), Moore’s Spur/Mineral, Gillham, Oak Grove Community, Petty, Willis, Ruch, Hughes, Sardis, Paraloma, Wright’s Chapel School (1907), Blanchard, Woodman Camp, Cheatham, Corn Hill, Pullman, Round Top (1915), Hurricane Creek and Antimony.