Sevier County Arkansas
The C. E. Hendrix family of Horatio was named as the Business Family of the Year at the 2014 De Queen-Sevier County Chamber of Commerce membership awards banquet.
Citizen of the Year
"Mac" McDaniel, director of the Housing Authority of the County of Sevier, was named as Citizen of the year during the membership banquet for the De Queen-Sevier County Chamber of Commerce. McDaniel has assisted many charitable efforts in Sevier County, including Toys for Tots and Single Parent Scholarship Fund.
Benefit for Emma Lyle draws hundreds
Organizers of a benefit bass tournament and dinner for four-year-old Emma Lyle of Lockesburg say they far exceeded their goal in the recent fundraiser. Emma has been diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy Disease. Over 100 anglers turned braved cold temperatures for the tournament and another 100 turned out for a benefit dinner and auction.
Sevier County Museum Back In Business
The Sevier County Museum held an open house on Saturday, March 1, to showcase the newly renovated exhibition center, as well as a number of new display and historical items, including a 1930's ham radio. Renovations were paid for through a $6,500 Weyerhaeuser grant.
Thanks A Million
UA Cossatot recently said "thanks" to people of Sevier, Howard and Little River Counties for over $1 million in public suppofr for the college in 2012-13. The college, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, is supported by one-fourth percent sales taxes in three of the four counties that it serves.
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.