Forrest City officials are pulling double duty, fighting to ease travel woes across the city while also preparing for a potential second round of icy weather predicted for later this week.
Arkansas State Police Troop D has worked just over 20 accidents related to the icy road conditions, but according to Captain Jackie Clark, there have been no fatalities in the eight-county region.
Roadways remained treacherous with ice today, prompting many closings and cancellations.
Area officials are urging residents to stay home and off area roadways as they expect conditions to worsen from the winter storm affecting this area.
More than 2,000 Woodruff Electric Cooperative members in Eastern Arkansas were without service this morning after issues caused by the winter storm caused problems with several substations providing service to the cooperative.
Three Forrest City School District campuses are among 22 schools placed on the academic distress list by the Arkansas Board of Education (ABE).
St. Francis is one of 10 counties in the state to be part of a four-year, $60 million pre-k expansion grant aimed to further improve early childhood education in the state.
Several public meetings are scheduled for this week; however, as of press time it was unknown how many of these meeting would actually be held due to the winter weather making travel difficult throughout the area.
Enrollment at East Arkansas Community College is down again for the spring semester, but Dr. Coy Grace, president, told members of the board of trustees Thursday night that declining enrollment in higher education is being reported by many of the state’s two-year colleges and universities.
Many people will have a three-day weekend due to closings for President’s Day on Monday.