The winter storm that snarled traffic, left many residents without electric service and closed area schools is now forcing a delay in garbage collection for customers of the Forrest City and St. Francis County solid waste departments.
St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes is still considering whether or not to issue a disaster declaration because of the latest winter storm, but said the limited area in the state affected by this round could cause it to be denied.
State senators Ronald Caldwell, R-Wynne, and Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, say they are happy the private option issue is now behind the Legislature and are looking forward to the end of the fiscal session next week.
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials are doing what they can to make area roadways passable, but still urging motorists to stay home until this most recent round of winter weather clears the area.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is sending in National Guard units and the Arkansas Game and Fish Department to assist Arkansas State Police troops in Eastern Arkansas with motorists who are stranded on area roadways.
Forrest City officials are doing what they can to assist residents and travelers alike as road conditions forced many to take refuge in the city last night and power outages impacted the availability of rooms at area motels.
The number of applications received by the Forrest City School District for its superintendent’s position doubled over the weekend to 10 as Friday’s application deadline passed.
Due to inclement weather, the Times-Herald will be available free at our online site, www.thnews.com.
The Forrest City City Council meeting, scheduled for this evening, has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Area emergency officials are asking residents to stay home until the current round of winter weather clears the area.