Solar eclipseMany area residents viewed the first solar eclipse to cross the area in 100 years today. In the top, left photo, students at Central Elementary gather outside to take part in history. In the top right photo, 4-H program assistant Judy Sweet takes a less direct approach to looking at the eclipse – using two pieces of construction paper and a bit of tin foil – that creates a small projection of the coverage of the sun. Sweet said, for eyes, viewing the eclipse indirectly is the safest way. Employees at St. Francis County Farm Bureau took shifts to view the eclipse outside of their office. In the bottom left photo, from left, Megan O’Neal, Candice Kelso, Frank Adams and Holly Loewer take a turn looking at the sun. Photo by Caleb Talley & Caitlyn Sweet
State Police seeking new recruits for 2018 academy class - Arkansas State Police recruiters are actively looking for candidates interested in enrolling in the 2018 academy class. Thirty-five recruits will be selected for the academy in order to fill positions across the state, including in Troop D, which is headquartered in Forrest City.
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Budget committee meeting tonight - The budget committee of the Forrest City City Council is scheduled to meet this evening at 6 p.m. at city hall.
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DHS announces intent to award $1.85 million in Juvenile Justice Grants - The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services announced this week its intent to award $1.85 million in Juvenile Justice Innovation Grants to 11 nonprofit groups across the state. East Arkansas Youth Services, which has an office in Forrest City, is among the groups seeking to improve services for youth to receive a portion of grant funds.