A new law being proposed to prohibit the parking of vehicles on grass in the front yards of Forrest City homes is drawing support from Mayor Larry Bryant as a way to tidy up the appearance of the city.
Despite the reservations of City Attorney Alan Cline and questions regarding how the law will be enforced, a proposal to set regulations for gaming machines in Forrest City is headed for a second reading before the Forrest City City Council.
The parents of an infant who died in November are facing murder charges after an autopsy revealed toxic levels of methamphetamine in the child’s system.
The deadline for parents to turn in applications under the state’s 2015 School Choice law passed Friday.
The Forrest City City Council on Tuesday approved a list of recommendations from the council’s budget committee, which includes a new fee for entry into the sports complex for all youth and adult recreation league activities.
The Forrest City City Council received detailed updates from each of the city’s department heads Tuesday, including a report from fire chief Johnny Ruffin on the number of calls the department has responded to in the first four months of this year.
Permits for construction projects continued to rise in April, boosted by more than $560,000 in permits for work in the Forrest City Housing Authority and a $100,000 renovation project for the new KIPP Delta campus on South Washington.
Two positions on the Forrest City School Board and three positions on the Palestine-Wheatley School Board will be on the ballot for the 2015 school election in September.
The makeup of the St. Francis County Election Commission has shifted, and leadership of the three-person committee is now in the hands of long-time commissioner Chris Oswalt, who was elected chairman of the group near the end of the commission’s first meeting of the year on Thursday.
(Editor’s Note: This story is the third in a three-part series taking a look at what has been accomplished with a .625 percent sales tax approved by Forrest City voters in November 2013. The tax money is designated for a wide range of projects throughout the city.)