House and Senate to review bills on merger of schools

Bills were submitted on Tuesday in both the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives that would force a merger between Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute and East Arkansas Community College. If the measure is signed into law, the two schools would be merge as early as July 1.

A&P approves over $45,000 in funding for upcoming events

Members of the Forrest City Advertising and Promotion Commission approved more than $45,000 in funding for upcoming community events during a meeting held Tuesday morning. In addition to promising funds for three events, the commission agreed to pledge support to the Forrest City Area Wellness and Athletic Consortium for the proposed aquatic center project.

Boar’s Head to hold open house

Boar’s Head will be hosting an open house Thursday, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., at its Family Health and Wellness Center.

Palestine-Wheatley School Board agrees to purchase new school bus

The Palestine-Wheatley School Board agreed Monday to purchase a used school bus and trade in a district-owned truck. During a meeting at the Wheatley campus, the board also accepted a wireless security policy for the district, rehired administrators and approved a board-to-board transfer from the Forrest City School District.

Chamber names Calloway speaker for 2017 banquet

Tiffany Calloway, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission community development regional manager for Northeast Arkansas, will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Forrest City Area Chamber of Commerce banquet.

FC man found dead in backyard; FCPD investigation is ongoing

The Forrest City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating what they believe is the city’s first homicide of the year, after the body of a 35-year-old Forrest City man was found behind a home on Annette Street Sunday morning.