Carrying the torch: The 2007 Law Enforcement Torch Run began its local leg this morning. This is the 20th annual run. It is held to raise awareness of Special Olympics Arkansas. Sgt. Deon Lee of the Forrest City Police Department leads a group of officers from his department, Arkansas State Police Troop D and employees of the Federal Correctional Complex-Forrest City from the ASP Headquarters on North Washington Street. The group ran north on Highway 1 to Wynne. Photo by Alan Smith
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Whacking weeds: The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department spent Monday afternoon cleaning up the shoulders of local highways for the approaching Memorial Day holiday weekend. Morrison Baker cleans up the sides of Highway 70 West inside the city limits. Photo by Alan Smith.
Counting the days: The days remaining in the current school year for students and teachers in the Forrest City School District students are dwindling, but there is still fun to be had. Faith Jumper, a third-grader in Natalie Wooten’s class at Central Elementary, takes a higher vantage point to enjoy the beautiful day during a recent recess. Photo by Alan Smith.
T-Ball: This Forrest City T-Ball pitcher seems to be interested in anything except the T-Ball game going on. The T-ball League teams will play tonight at 6 p.m.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Taking a fall: An unidentified rider takes a spill off the mechanical bull Saturday during the East Arkansas Charity Rodeo. Several elected officials also took a ride on the bull during the evening. The event, which was switched from September to May this year, was proclaimed a success by its two sponsors — the Crowley’s Ridge Saddle Club and the Forrest City Lions Club.
Police chief committee: Members of a special committee met Saturday to interview applicants for Forrest City Police Chief. Their job was to narrow the field down to two or three, with Mayor Gordon McCoy making the final selection. Committee members included, from left: Mae McKinnon, with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department in Prescott, Dion Wilson, attorney from Forrest City; Milton Nicks of Marion, a retired sergeant with the Arkansas State Police; David Pike with the West Memphis Police Department; Robert H. “Bob” Paudert, chief of the West Memphis Police Department and Kelvin Stewart, with Arkansas State Police Troop D.
Fire at oil mill: Three Forrest City firefighters work to extinguish a blaze underneath a conveyor on Friday at Planters Oil Mill. According to the fire department, a bearing on the conveyer system apparently went out, and caught some cottonseed lint and other residue on fire, which in turn caught the conveyor belt on fire. There was only a rough estimate of from $5,000 to $7,000 in damage. Photo by David Nichol.