Park recognized: Village Creek State Park has been recognized by the State Parks Division of the Parks and Tourism Department as Park of the Year. Pictured from left during a presentation held at the park Wednesday are State Parks Director Greg Butts, Village Creek State Park Supervisor Mike Brawner and Region III Supervisor Marcel Hanzlic. In addition to the state-wide award, Village Creek received the Region III Park of the Year award. Photo by David Nichol.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Body discovered: Members of the Forrest City Fire Department and St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department speak with neighbors about the fire this morning that claimed the life of an elderly resident and destroyed a bedroom in this house at 2126 SFC 232. Inside the bedroom, officials recovered the body of Ora Lee Coffee, who is believed to have been in her early 80s. The fire and death are under investigation. Photo by David Nichol.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Hauling it off: A collision on Newcastle Road blocked traffic near Calvary Christian High School for a short time Monday morning. According to an accident report on file at the Forrest City Police Department, the wreck occurred about 11 a.m. when a 1998 Ford Mustang driven by Kristin Reyer, 20, Forrest City, struck a 2004 Dodge Durango driven by Trudi Ramsey. Police said the Reyer vehicle, which was traveling southbound, drove into the northbound lane and struck the Ramsey vehicle. Both vehicles ended up in a ditch on the side of the road. Damage to the Ramsey vehicle is listed at $4,000, and the Reyer vehicle received $3,000 in damage. Kevin Renigar with White Motor Company is shown pulling the Ramsey vehicle out of the ditch. Photo by Alan Smith.
Holiday season: The new Christmas lights have been popping up all over town. Work crews from the Forrest City Street Department began putting them up last week, and are continuing with the project this week. Moses Metcalf, left, and Jackie Walker hold one of the lights on North Washington Street. The lights were purchased by the Forrest City Advertising and Promotion Commission in February after the group agreed to spend up to $30,000 on the decorations. Photo by Alan Smith.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Fun inside: As the mornings get cooler, playtime for area youngsters has moved inside. Davin Pulley is one of several children who finds plenty of things to play with indoors. Photo by Kendall Owens.
Reflecting: Several veterans and supporters visited the St. Francis County Museum Saturday for its Veterans’ Day festivities. Gazzola Vaccaro Jr., takes a moment to look back in time, pausing to view his own Army uniform he wore during the Korean War. Saturday was also the unveiling of the new Operation Iraqi Freedom display on the second floor of the museum. Photo by Kendall Owens.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Signing up: Two Forrest City High School basketball stars signed letters of intent this morning. Stephon Weaver, seated left, signed with Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Marcus Britt, seated right, signed with Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. Standing from left for the occasion are: Johnetta Crumbly, assistant principal; Janice Goodwin, Stephon’s mother; Diane Lee and Henry Lee, Marcus’ parents; and Head Basketball Coach Dwight Lofton. Photo by David Nichol
JA Gems: The Forrest City Junior Auxiliary held a JA Gems program in the second grade class of Sylvia Heustess at Central Elementary School this morning. Carey McDaniel, left, and Carla Busby speak to the children about having a good work ethic. The children also wrote an “I’m Thankful” book for the developmental center. Photo by Alan Smith.
Heading to trial: The trial involving the Senate District 16 seat between Arnell Willis and Jack Crumbly was postponed until next month on Thursday, after Judge L.T. Simes III issued an order setting the trial dates for Dec. 6, 8 and 9. The trial will be held in St. Francis County Circuit Court. From left, Jack Crumbly, his attorney J. Leon Johnson and St. Francis County attorney Fletcher Long listen during the yesterday’s hearing in Phillips County. Photo by Kendall Owens.