Voting under way: Elporter Gamble casts his ballot this morning while Artelure Gamble looks on. They were, respectively, the 17th and 18th voters at the Forrest City Civic Center, as of around 10 this morning. Turnout was expected to be light, with only 243 people taking advantage of early voting. Polls will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on the election to use some of a county sales tax on a bond issue to make improvements to the county courthouse and jail. Photo by David Nichol.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Video for patrol cars: Members of the Forrest City City Council learned about ICOP, a new video and audio system for police patrol vehicles Monday evening. Kenny James of ICOP Digital, Inc., of Lenexa, Kan., gave the presentation. On the right is one of the ICOP units. Photo by Alan Smith.
Friday, April 6, 2007
Bunny time: It’s time for kids to look forward to this Sunday and what the Easter Bunny might bring. Four-year-old Jacob Cooper plays with a stuffed bunny at a local day care. Photo by David Nichol.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Meeting with officials: Congressman Marion Berry, far right, met with elected officials from across St. Francis County on Monday, introducing himself to some and seeking input from all. The meeting preceded a scheduled meeting with the public, which was also held at the St. Francis County Courthouse. Pictured clockwise, front row from left are, Forrest City City Councilman Cecil Twillie, Berry, Wheatley Mayor Larry Nash, St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes, former Widener Mayor Dot Halford, Forrest City Mayor Gordon McCoy and Jim Beasley, Forrest City Water Department manager. Photo by Kendall Owens.
Miss Rice crowned: Scarlett Drake, front, Miss St. Francis County Rice for 2007, is crowned by Tyler Halbert, Miss Rice for 2006. Drake is the 15-year-old daughter of William and Lisa Drake, and attends Forrest City High School. Her extended family includes four generations of rice farmers. “I want to show everyone in our county how important rice is,” she says. She is pictured holding a Dr. Seuss book, “Oh Say Can You Seed?” which she plans to read to groups of children during her reign. Her recipe is “Scarlett’s Southern Rice Salad,” which she said began with a cookbook recipe with items added until they passed the “Dad Test.” The crowning ceremony took place at the Farm Bureau Office in Forrest City Monday night. Photo by David Nichol.
Monday, April 2, 2007
My egg: Little William Allen was one of several area children enjoying the Easter eggs during the Forrest City Junior Auxiliary’s annual Easter egg hunt held at the Campbell House on Saturday. Children of all ages participated in the hunt which featured prizes and candy-filled eggs. Photo by Kendall Owens.
Identifying artifacts: The St. Francis County Museum opened its doors to military and Indian artifacts during artifact identification day Saturday. From left, Ty Prowant and Harvey Hanna, museum manager, look over a flag which had khaki stars. The flag was brought in by Geraldene Clark, far right. It was also the first day of the new exhibit, “Crossroads of the Past,” which covers Indian history from prehistoric times to the DeSoto Expedition. Photo by Kendall Owens.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Dogwoods bloom: The Bradford pears, along with the peach blossoms, forsythias and many of the daffodils, may be through with their spring show. But dogwoods are still in bloom, giving their own special grace to any neighborhood. Photo by David Nichol.