Grant money used for upgrades at FCFD

The Forrest City Fire Department recently received a USDA grant for $100,000 for the second year in a row. With this grant, the department purchased new rescue equipment, foam, 12 helmets, 25 pairs of boots, two dryers and a washer, new saws and multiple other pieces of equipment to update the previous equipment, which according to fire department officials, was purchased about 20 years ago, in 1998.

Candidates for mayor share ideas at forum

Candidates for mayor of Forrest City met at the St. Francis County Fairgrounds Thursday night to share their vision for Forrest City’s future.
Four of the five candidates participated in a forum, responding to questions posed by a panel.

Improvements made to FCMC nature trail

The nature trail at Forrest City Medical Center has undergone a complete overhaul.
Jason Lansdale, director of therapy services at FCMC, said the upgrades were funded through a partnership with the hospital and the Forrest City Rotary Club.

Commission gives downtown group $10,000 for events

The Forrest City Advertising and Promotion Commission met in special session this morning to discuss funding for the Forrest City Downtown Revitalization Committee’s upcoming events.
During their meeting on Aug. 14, commissioners tabled the group’s request for $24,000 to purchase a piece of land for a green space in downtown Forrest City.

PWSD to open bids for work on new high school

Palestine-Wheatley School Board members on Monday discussed the new high school building and test scores from the previous year.
Board members also allowed two students to transfer into the district while denying a request from the parent of two other students to attend classes in the PWSD.