Several area schools will be closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., holiday on Monday.
The sign-up time for the 2017 Weight Loss and Wellness Challenge, hosted by Forrest City Medical Center, has been extended by one week due to winter weather and poor road conditions in the area last Friday, when the initial weigh-in for the competition was scheduled to take place.
The Forrest City Education Association will host a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program Monday at Beth Salem Baptist Church in Forrest City.
The Forrest City Library Board approved a budget for the 2017 fiscal year and the trustee’s report for 2016 during a monthly meeting held Monday. The budget agreed upon by the board reflects an increase in projected revenue and includes raises for Library Director Arlisa Harris and multiple library employees.
Members of the Forrest City Advertising and Promotion Commission, on Tuesday, elected Commissioner Justin Reeves to serve as chairman, replacing former chairman Steve Hollowell who was elected as a State Representative in November.
The Forrest City Police Department is investigating a pair of weekend incidents in which men were able to steal hundreds of dollars from tellers at the First National Bank of Eastern Arkansas and Food Giant.
Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced Tuesday that U.S. District Court Judge D. Price Marshall Jr., sentenced James E. Franklin Jr., 34, of Marianna, to prison for his role in a widespread scheme to steal money intended for feeding children in low-income areas.
The Forrest City Civic Center Commission met for their monthly meeting on Tuesday. During the meeting, commissioners were given a good report on the status of the facility.
Newly-elected St. Francis County Coroner Stanley Hurst appeared before the Quorum Court’s Budget Committee during a special called meeting Monday to request additional funds to supply “necessary equipment” to the office of the coroner.
The Palestine-Wheatley School Board agreed Monday night to purchase 60 acres of land that will serve as the location of its new high school. The board also agreed during the monthly meeting to extend the contract of Superintendent Jon Estes for three years.