Council approves settlement options for worker’s lawsuit

The Forrest City City Council agreed to give Arkansas Municipal League attorney Michael Moseley permission to negotiate both an offer of judgement and a settlement in a retaliation lawsuit case involving a solid waste department employee. The decision was unanimously approved by the five council members in attendance during the special called meeting Thursday afternoon.

Consortium still trying to raise money for track, acquatic center

The Forrest City Area Wellness and Athletic Consortium will kick off an official fundraising campaign in support of the city’s proposed indoor aquatic center and track facility on Tuesday. Forrest City Mayor Larry Bryant is expected to introduce the consortium’s fundraising team during the event, despite the mayor’s concerns about the group’s role in the project.

Holiday delays garbage pickup

Next week will kick off with the Independence Day holiday falling on Monday and area residents will see a delay in regular garbage pickup.

Fourth of July closings announced

The Fourth of July is fast approaching and many area businesses and offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.

Commission considers making changes to polling locations

The St. Francis County Election Commission convened Wednesday evening to discuss making possible adjustments to polling sites in an effort to smooth the voting process and shorten wait times for voters in the coming election season, with both September school board elections and the general election in November approaching.

Summertime activities send many to emergency rooms

The Fourth of July holiday is a time of celebration when many Americans enjoy outdoor activities. Unfortunately, some of those activities are also the most dangerous and potentially deadly during this time of year.

BOP reopening UNICOR at its Forrest City facility

Members of the community relations board received an update on the state of affairs at the Federal Correctional Institution in Forrest City during the quarterly board meeting Wednesday. The update, given by Warden C.V. Rivera, included plans to reopen prison furniture factories, a need for additional health-related employees and a recent lockdown at the facility.