Caldwell, Ingram agree this session off to slow start

Senators Ronald Caldwell, District 23, R-Wynne and Mark Ingram, District 24, D-West Memphis, may have differing party affiliations, but both agree that the 90th session of the Arkansas State Legislature has been moving slowly after starting off busy dealing with health care and the state’s budget.

FCSD hoping curriculum changes improve scores

Forrest City School District officials are hopeful that changes to the district’s curriculum, along with more professional development, will help improve district test scores as a whole, even as three district schools are set to remain on the Arkansas Department of Education’s academic distress list due to low test scores during a testing period from 2012 to 2014.

Council approves resolutions amending personnel handbook

Forrest City City Council members approved several resolutions Tuesday, but an ordinance regarding the city’s purchase of five acres on West Broadway has been pushed back to the next council meeting after failing to receive six votes to allow a second reading.

Adults encouraged to take youth hunting this weekend

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Youth Waterfowl Hunt is this weekend, and Game and Fish officer Trent Whitehead, with the help of several area residents and businesses, is sponsoring an effort to get more children into the fields in search of waterfowl.

Personnel policy changes impact city departments

The Forrest City City Council’s personnel committee agreed to recommend changes to the city’s personnel policy manual as well as a payment to a Forrest City Water Utility employee who retired last year during a meeting held Tuesday at city hall.