Annual health survey shows improvement

Despite making improvements over the past year, St. Francis County has been ranked as one of the unhealthiest counties for health factors in Arkansas by a nationwide annual survey. The county’s overall health rank, however, improved over last year’s mark.

Miss SFC Rice to be crowned

The St. Francis County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is sponsoring the 2018 Miss St. Francis County Rice contest. The purpose of the contest is to promote interest in rice cookery and rice promotion among the youth and to focus attention of the general public on the importance of the rice industry to our economy, SFC Farm Bureau officials said in a press release. The contest is open to young ladies ages 16 to 19 who are enrolled in school. If a contestant turns 16 during the school year, she is also eligible to compete. The contestants must be residents of St. Francis County. The 2018 Miss St. Francis County Rice … Continued

Murder suspect pleads guilty to reduced charges

A Forrest City man accused of murder was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on drug charges and manslaughter after a plea deal reduced his original charge of first-degree murder.

A&P gives support to pair of events

The Forrest City Advertising and Promotion Commission held a phone poll Wednesday after failing to reach a quorum for its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning. Commissioners discussed funding several projects, including the Street Hoop Fest and the 29th annual Run for the Wall ride. The Street Hoop Festival was first on the agenda and calls were made out to all members of the commission. Y.K. Patel, Louise Fields, Justin Reeves and Hannah McMahand voted to provide $11,000 in funding for the basketball event. They also unanimously agreed to give up to $3,000 to help fund the 29th annual Run for the Wall.