Sunday’s winter storm, which left ice across much of Arkansas, may have contributed to a fatal accident in Monroe County last night.
Months after a pair of storms caused more than $100,000 in damage on the campus at Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute, crews are still working to make repairs and remodel offices, according to CRTI President Burl Lieblong.
Today’s round of winter weather, while predicted, still took emergency officials by surprise with the swiftness with which conditions deteriorated.
A $33 million plan from Gov. Asa Hutchinson to ease a backlog of state inmates in county jails by opening new space, hiring additional parole officers and expanding alternative sentencing programs could be in line with plans Sheriff Bobby May has for seeking a one-cent sales tax for a new county jail to service the county, state and possibly other area counties.
State Representatives Marshall Wright, D-Forrest City, and Reginald Murdock, D-Marianna, agree that much of the difficult work before the 90th Legislative Session has been taken care of, but admit there are still things that need to be done.
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials are continuing their efforts to remove the final remnants of ice from this week’s winter storm from area roadways, even as forecasts predict more icy weather for the area into the weekend.
This week’s inclement weather has forced the postponement of tonight’s 5A-East basketball schedule, and the threat of more wintry weather could impact games scheduled for later this week.
Forrest City officials are pulling double duty, fighting to ease travel woes across the city while also preparing for a potential second round of icy weather predicted for later this week.
Area officials are urging residents to stay home and off area roadways as they expect conditions to worsen from the winter storm affecting this area.
The Forrest City Civic Center Commission has tentatively agreed to extend the catering contract at the facility until July 1.