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As the temperatures drop below freezing across the area, local daycare centers are keeping children safe and warm indoors today. Deontae Hughes, 2, plays with a toy at the Teach and Tend Daycare in Forrest City.

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The Forrest City Public Library hosted a public outreach session at the Forrest City Civic Center Monday evening for area residents to express their concerns about sustainable broadband to representatives of AR Broadband Now. The state-organized group has been gathering data to help negotiat…

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Dana Busby, left, gets ready to place the lid on a bowl of chili that had been prepared by Bill Swearengin for today's meal at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen is open for lunch each Monday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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Michael McBryde, vice president of the public finance department at Stephens Inc., hands out information to the Forrest City School Board. Stephens Inc., recently accepted a bid to refinance the district’s November 2016 bonds, saving the district almost $350,000.

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Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee speaks to members of the Forrest City City Council Tuesday night, asking for their help in establishing a neighborhood watch program in each of the city’s four wards. Lee also answered questions about improvements being made in the department.

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Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee speaks to members of the Forrest City City Council Tuesday night, asking for their help in establishing a neighborhood watch program in each of the city’s four wards. Lee also answered questions about improvements being made in the department.

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The St. Francis County Clerk’s Office is gearing up for the filing period to begin next month for the May Primary election. SFC County Clerk Brandi McCoy reviews maps of the districts to confirm filing positions.

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The Forrest City Fire Department takes time each day to check the trucks and other equipment to make sure it is ready to go when emergency calls are received. Firefighter Tyler Thorne scrubs a truck at the fire department this morning to make sure it’s clean and ready to go on calls.

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Missy, one of the Forrest City Area Humane Society animals that has been adopted through the shelter, spends time with Gay Schwartz, treasurer and volunteer at the shelter. Part of a volunteer’s job is to get each animal ready for a forever home, and often, that training includes a few tricks.

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The Forrest City Fire Department has added a community risk reduction division that includes the city’s code enforcement office. FCFD Fire Marshal and Division Chief Jeremy Sharp, left, and Captain Chris Ray inspect a gas line at a local business. 

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More rapid Covid-19 tests were delivered this morning at several locations around Forrest City for people to pick up for themselves and their families. Glynis Lynch, left, the city’s human resources director, takes inventory with the help of City Clerk Derene Cochran. 

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Mike Sargent writes down a bid for a decoy during a silent auction at the Forrest City Ducks Unlimited Banquet Friday night. The silent auction was a new feature at the banquet this year. 

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Forrest City Public Library Board members look at the library’s logo on a pannel for their new outdoor lock box that will allow patrons to pick up books after hours. Library director Arlisa Harris, left, is pictured with board members, continuing from left, Lindsay Hodges, Jeanette Jenkins, …

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Shemika Johnson stays bundled up as she uses a computer this morning at the Forrest City Public Library. The library has computers available for the public to use for research, work or enjoyment. The low tonight is forecast to be 24, with temperatures increasing during the day on Saturday.

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The Forrest City Public Works Department is preparing for problems caused by winter weather considering that forecasts are calling for freezing precipitation today. FCPWD mechanic Javon McDonald inspects the sand spreader truck to make sure it works properly before it’s needed.

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As cold weather settles in throughout the Delta, children at local daycares are staying indoors to keep warm. Kasen Kelley, 2, looks at a book about monkeys while waiting for lunch this morning at Teach and Tend Daycare.

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St. Francis County Election Commission Chairman Chris Oswalt, right, hands a copy of the county’s justice of the peace districts to Justice Chris Ray as Justice Roy Winfrey reviews a map in the background.

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Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee reviews report and call logs from the year. Lee says he’s proud of department’s hard work in the face of challenges this year.

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CARE Center volunteers Angela Wilburn, left, Ashley Boone and Tonya McKinney are just a few of the many volunteers working to get the CARE Center re-organized for opening. Above, the three work as a group to move donated items in bags for sorting.

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New arrivals at the Forrest City Area Humane Society means more paperwork for volunteer Denny Edwards. The FCAHS is always in need of volunteers to help socialize the pets brought to the shelter. Residents wanting to can visit the shelter from 3 until 5 p.m. daily to help with tasks.

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The St. Francis County Elves on Thursday handed out hundreds of gifts to families in need through it's annual toys for tots drive. Volunteers Corvion Holmes and Brandi McCoy work to check through bags to make sure everything is in place for the children.

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Lincoln Pinegar looks for the right place for his ornament on the Christmas tree at Teach and Tend Daycare as Teva Hamilton gives him a helping hand. Children are doing their best to be patient as they await the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

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Forrest City City Clerk Derene Cochran, middle, answers questions about a bill during Tuesday’s city council meeting. Mayor Cedric Williams and councilman Danny Capps are also pictured.

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Gloria the camel patiently waits for a treat of peanuts from a wise man. Gloria is a popular attraction during the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church's live nativity each year, as are the many other live animals. Monday night was the only night this year that the nativity will be set up for…

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The St. Francis County Community Foundation celebrated its 20th year of service within the community during a reception Wednesday at the SFC Museum. In the top photo, Gazzola Vaccaro, left, and his son, Victor Vaccaro, look over war memorabilia together in the War Room at the museum. At righ…

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Students from the Forrest City ABC School are greeted by the Grinch and Marshall the Fire Dog this morning as they arrive at Forrest City City Hall for a visit with Santa at city hall. City hall employees shared the story of Christmas with the children, who also sang songs and received speci…

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Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams, right, talks with members of the Forrest City Public Library Board about a proposal the city council will be considering to adjust city wages. Also pictured are board members Lindsay Hodges, left, and Sandra Wright.

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Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams, right, talks with members of the Forrest City Public Library Board about a proposal the city council will be considering to adjust city wages. Also pictured are board members Lindsay Hodges, left, and Sandra Wright.

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Work along Highway 1, just South of the Wiley T. Jones Fairgrounds in Forrest City, is continuing through the cold weather. Workers with Robertson Contractors use tools to construct a piece of equipment that will be used to help reconstruct the highway. 

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Darius LC Williams Jr., son of Forrest City basketball coaches Darius and Caronica Williams, reaches for the trophy won by the Forrest City Junior Mustangs basketball team at the November Beebe junior high boys tournament.  Darius Jr. has quickly become a fan favorite during basketball games…

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Santa Claus was a busy person over the weekend, making several appearances throughout St. Francis County. Above, he waves to the crowd atop the Triple G Excavating float in the Forrest City Community Christmas Parade. At left, residents gather near the intersection of Izard and Garland stree…

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Jenny Vandiver arranges lights on the downtown Christmas tree near the intersection of Izard and Garland streets. Residents are encouraged to attend the downtown tree lighting ceremony after the Christmas parade. Dr. Martha Gore will flip the switch to turn on the tree’s lights.

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The St. Francis County Museum is decorated for the holiday season. SFC Museum Curator Judy Sweet places another ornament on the Christmas tree. According to Sweet, the museum will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, and possibly Monday, Dec. 27, for Christmas.

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The Forrest City High School eSports Team is preparing items for their float in Friday's annual Forrest City Community Christmas Parade. FCHS Junior and Super Smash Bros. Team Captain Collier Wright wraps a box to represent a present on the float. The theme for the parade is “Home for the Ho…

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Members of the Forrest City Fire Department recently pooled their money to help a family in need by purchasing a wheelchair for the family’s dog after finding her in a house fire. In the top photo, from left, FCFD Chief Shane Dallas, Lt. Justin Sharp and Firefighter Alan Jackson work with Lo…

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St. Francis County CARE Center board members, from left, Angela Wilburn, Lisa Douglas and Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams set up the Red Kettle for the Salvation Army. Residents can expect to see volunteers for the Red Kettle drive outside local businesses over the next few weeks as the S…

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Some children returned to their daycare centers today as parents make their way back to work today. Kylan Davis, 4, plays on a piece of playground equipment at a local daycare center.

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As Thanksgiving nears, children in daycare centers are patiently waiting for a few days with family and friends. Denim Bronson, 2, plays inside a playhouse at Teach and Tend in Forrest City.

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The Forrest City Public Works Department has begun putting Christmas lights up along the streets of Forrest City for the Christmas season. Public works employee Marvin Washington uses a bucket truck to hang a Christmas light on a street post along Hill Street as Benny Hodges looks on.

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Although the weather has turned a little cooler, children at local daycare centers are still getting to enjoy time outside. Treasure Kirkland, 2, drives a toy car on the playground at Teach and Tend Daycare.

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The Forrest City Water Department has been moving about the city repairing multiple water leaks. Mike Davis, left, works alongside Lee Smith as they work to repair a main line along Front Street this morning.

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The Junior Auxiliary of St. Francis County’s Girls Empowered by Mentoring Sisters (G.E.M.S.) went shopping for clothes and toys for an angel they chose to sponsor from this year’s Angel Tree project. The girls raised money for the purchases through various fundraisers this year.

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Jimmy Wilder, with I Am One, grills hot dogs on a grill at Beech Grove Park. The I Am One men's group gathered at Beech Grove Park on Saturday for fellowship and a cookout for the neighborhood. The group visits neighborhoods in the Forrest City area to check on needs of the elderly and child…

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Several St. Francis County veterans participated in a walk to the courthouse this morning in honor of Veterans Day. Veterans were joined by students from Forrest City Junior High and other members of the community showing their support and appreciation for their service. Veteran Nate Thomas,…

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The sidewalk along Arkansas Street, connecting Stuart Springs to Highway 284, is nearing completion. Employees with Henry Peacock Construction prepare the area over the ditch on Arkansas Street for the concrete sidewalk to be poured.

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An Arkansas Department of Transportation crew investigates an area on Highway 1 near the  Highway 70 intersection. The ArDOT crew used equipment to make a hole in the indentation and a rod to check for any clues as to why the highway has a depression in that area. ArDOT is planning to resurf…

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The St. Francis County Health Unit is now administering Covid-19 vaccines to children between the ages of five and 11. SFCHU Director Kathy Barron draws a vaccine from a vial specifically for children. Also pictured are the two different vials of Pfizer Covid vaccines. The vaccine for childr…

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Forrest City Fire Marshal Jeremy Sharp, left, and Fire Chief Shane Dallas open boxes of smoke alarms to be placed on their trucks for installation. The FCFD will install smoke alarms free of charge in any home within the Forrest City city limits......read more in our e-edition!

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Forrest City City Councilmen Lowry Astin, left, and Justin Reeves listen as Edward Gregory talks about a land agreement the city has with several entities on which city wells are placed. Gregory told the council that the Hinkle family is looking to purchase more land from Forrest City Indust…

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Forrest City Kiwanian Robert Summers practices his flipping technique this morning at Kiwanis Club’s annual pancake day at First Baptist Church. Pancakes will be served until 7 this evening in the fellowship hall at the church. Tickets are $9.