Saluting champions: Forrest City School District maintenance employee Alfred Hutchieson, right, and Forrest City senior Xavier Jones spent Wednesday hanging championship banners in Mustang Arena. All total, the two hung eight banners representing the Forrest City boys basketball and track teams, as well as replacing the banner honoring the 1977 Mustang mile relay team that set the state record in that event, which still stands. The original mile relay banner burned in the fire that destroyed the old Sam Smith Gymnasium in March 1998. Photo by Fred Conley.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Evaluation report: Dick Spohr, who led a team of educators visiting for the North Central Association, gives an exit report Wednesday in the Forrest City School Districtâ€™s board room. The district is being recommended for continued accreditation by North Central. Photo by David Nichol.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Cleaning up: Elonda Love, a cafeteria worker at Palestine-Wheatley High School, cleans a table with a disinfectant cleaner this morning. Staff, including teachers, were recruited today to help scrub down the rooms after a child in the middle school was diagnosed with staph infection. Photo by David Nichol.
End of the year: Forrest City Mustang senior tailback Chris Tripp (5) runs for a first down as the Texarkana defender stumbles while trying to make the stop in Fridayâ€™s first-round state playoff game at Texarkana. Forrest City lost to the Razorbacks 35-7 and ended their season at 7-4. Photo by Fred Conley.
Making her move: Forrest City Lady Mustang Bookita Vaughen (10) works against Star City defender Shakeena McDonald during Monday nightâ€™s tournament game at the Mount St. Maryâ€™s Heavenly Hoopfest played at Little Rock. Vaughen scored 10 points, and the Lady Mustangs held on to take a 50-49 win. Photo by Fred Conley.
Governor visits: Gov. Mike Beebe, right and Dr. Coy Grace, president of East Arkansas Community College, chat on their way to the EACC Lecture Hall, where Beebe announced a $200,000 pilot project to train minority contractors in proposal-making skills. The project will cover an area of 16 counties in the Arkansas Delta. Photo by David Nichol.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Crown and sash: Scarlett Drake gets some help with her sash from her mom, Lisa Drake. Scarlett was named Miss Arkansas Rice over the weekend. She has been serving as Miss St. Francis County Rice. She is the first St. Francis County girl to win the state title since 1999. Photo by David Nichol.
Season-ending loss: Forrest City Mustang senior receiver Joe DeWitt sits by himself late in the fourth quarter of Fridayâ€™s first-round state playoff game at Texarkana. Forrest City ended the season with a 35-7 loss to the Razorbacks. Photo by Fred Conley.
Caught from behind: Forrest City Mustang receiver Jefferi Vaughen (29) is caught from behind by a Texarkana defender after catching a 29-yard pass from Forrest City quarterback Barrett Astin in the third quarter of Fridayâ€™s first-round state playoff game. Vaughenâ€™s catch set up Forrest Cityâ€™s only touchdown of the game in a 35-7 loss to the Razorbacks. Photo by Fred Conley.
Theft ring: St. Francis County Sheriff Bobby May looks over a stolen road grader that was recovered in a shop in Forrest City, with two stolen backhoes that were recovered in the Crow Creek area in the background. The equipment is just part of the stolen equipment the sheriffâ€™s department found late last week, and is believed to have been stolen in three states. Photo by Alan Smith.