St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes held a public meeting Thursday, publicly introducing a half-cent sales tax proposal for economic development. The meeting was held at the St. Francis County Civic Center and was attended by several community and business leaders along with members of the public. Hughes said that an election on the proposal could be held later this year, funded by economic development funds the county already has. Photo by Kendall Owens.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Palestine-Wheatley catcher Hunter Parson sets to make the throw to third base in a game played last week against Carlisle at the Palestine city fields. Carlisle defeated the Patriots 8-4 and 6-4 in the 6AA Conference doubleheader. Photo by Fred Conley.
An accident this morning near the 245 mile marker on Interstate 40 caused traffic congestion on the interstate and through Forrest City for several hours. Emergency crews with the Forrest City Fire Department and St. Francis County EMS work to extract the driver of one of two tractor trailers involved in the accident. No details were available this morning, but at least one person was airlifted from the scene to Memphis for treatment of injuries from the accident. Photo by Kendall Owens.
Pantry volunteers Angelique Clinton, left, and Willean Hicks, prepare refreshments during the open house. Guests were able to eat in the Pantry’s new dining hall. Photo by Kendall Owens.
The St. Francis County Food Pantry opened its doors Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting and ceremony thanking the community for its support. In the top photo, from left, Yvetta Whitby and Pantry Director LaTwon Whitby show a plaque honoring area residents who made donations in excess of $250 during the fundraising drive that netted more than $30,000. That money was used to match state funds to build the new building. The plaque was presented by County Judge and Pantry board member Gary Hughes. Photo by Kendall Owens.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The 4-H Broiler Barbecue was held Tuesday at the Wiley T. Jones Fairgrounds. Contestants cooked chicken and were judged on everything from preparation of the fire to the final product. Molly Pipkin prepares her chicken near her grill. Pipkin took first place in the junior division. Photo by Alan Smith.
It’s that time of year when all kinds of flowers are blooming or getting ready to bloom. This is close-up of the blooms on a tulip tree near Stewart Springs Park in Forrest City. Photo by David Nichol.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Good weather doesn’t just mean play; it also presents a chance to get some work done. Along the Highway 1 Bypass, Joe Elphingstone picks up a hay bale, to be transported to another field. Photo by David Nichol.
Work on the curves in the railroad tracks in Forrest City has been taking place since Saturday. About 29 members of what is known as a “curve gang” have been in the area replacing the tracks. Pictured above are a few members of the crew as they secure the new curved track along Old Madison Road. Photo by Alan Smith.