St. Francis County saw a significant rise in the unemployment rate in June, shifting the general pattern reported earlier this year of a steadily-declining rate.
The completion date for the Forrest City Fire Department substation on Dawson Road, which was most recently estimated to be Monday, Aug. 15, will likely be pushed into September. According to Interim Fire Chief Anthony Renigar, a Sept. 1 finish date would be a liberal estimate due to the amount of work left to be done and any possible unforeseen obstacles.
There are several meetings scheduled for next week in the area.
Our schools will be back in session Monday and there are going to be a lot of kids out and about.” – FCPD Chief Deon Lee
Area schools will be starting classes next week and school districts will be holding open house events through this weekend in preparation for the new school year.
During a Tuesday morning meeting, members of the Forrest City Advertising and Promotion Commission agreed to give $10,000 in funding to the St. Francis County Museum to host a local music and arts festival later this year. The commission also unanimously agreed to renew their advertising in the Arkansas Tour Guide and to purchase new advertising in the Arkansas Motorcycling Guide.
During a regularly scheduled meeting held on the Wheatley campus Monday night, the Palestine-Wheatley School Board unanimously agreed to keep their district’s school election in September. The recommendation from Superintendent Jon Estes came on the advice of the district’s attorney to formally vote on the resolution.
Members of the Forrest City Civic Center Commission agreed to close the facility on Christmas Eve and after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
Numerous items were reported stolen Tuesday from the ABC Preschool in Forrest City.
The East Arkansas Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday in the board room on the Forrest City campus.