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Each Forrest City School Board meeting begins with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Board members, from left, Evetta Boyd, Larry Devasier and president Sandra Taylor recite the pledge at the beginning of Thursday’s board meeting on the junior high school campus......read more in our e-edition!

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Kori May presses soil in and around her succulents. May is one of many area children who participated this week in East Arkansas Community College's Let's Grow a Garden Kids on Campus class. Children in the class planted succulents this morning, but also had the opportunity to plant carrots,…

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Taylor Marshall, standing, with the Friday Firm, explains the procedures associated with the sales and use tax bond issues to members of the city council. Marshall and  Michael McBryde, right, with Stephens Inc., attended Tuesday’s Forrest City City Council meeting to update the group on the…

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The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run traveled through Forrest City this morning. Runners left the St. Francis Area Developmental Transitions Center about 8:30 a.m., traveling north on Highway 1 to the Cross County Special Workshop in Wynne, which is about a 17-mile run. Running thr…

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The awning over the main entrance at the St. Francis County Museum was removed today as the museum prepares to have a porch built over the main entrance. Mike Leslie, with Leslie Construction Services, removes the awning to make way for the new porch. The decision to build a porch was made d…

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Employees at the Woodruff Electric Cooperative received CPR training this week at their headquarters on the Highway 1 Bypass. Employee Quentin Brown practices compressions on one of the manikins used during the training.

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SkyCop cameras have been moved throughout the city over time, covering areas that police can’t constantly cover. Brent Maxwell, with the Woodruff Electric Cooperative, attaches the bracket for the SkyCop camera in Stuart Springs park......read more in our e-edition!

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Summer programs at East Arkansas Community College are in full swing as area students participate in an variety of activities. Students are learning many different skills, such as horseback riding. Marguerite Laws, left, teaches Genta Alsup how to correctly brush Jersey......read more in our…

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The Forrest City Farmer’s Market opened Saturday morning for the first time this year. Several local growers, crafters and canners manned booths for St. Francis County residents to purchase their goods. Above, Jana Calvert looks through one of the booths with jams, jellies and other sweets. …

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Children participating in one of many programs offered at East Arkansas Community College this summer paint a crosswalk at the intersection of Hill and Rosser streets this morning. The project is a part of several crosswalks planned for the area with various community groups through ArDROP (…

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Local gardens are an important food source for pollinators such as this hummingbird. Residents wanting to grow their own gardens are encouraged to contact the St. Francis County Extension Service and ask about the Master Gardener program......read more in our e-edition!

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A blood drive, hosted by the American Red Cross, was held at the Forrest City Civic Center Tuesday. Before a donation can begin, donors must have their iron levels checked. Caleb Gray, left, with Red Cross, checks the iron levels of Amanda Smith......read more in our e-edition!

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A free health clinic was held in Madison today to kick off the celebration of Juneteenth. Kylie Ferrell, left, with the Lee County Cooperative Clinic, checks the blood sugar of Melissa Gore during the clinic......read more in our e-edition!

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Regan Hill puts up a flag at the Forrest City Area Chamber of Commerce. Hill was one of many Lions Club members placing flags around the city in observance of Memorial Day......read more in our e-edition!

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Sharon Norman, 6, and her younger sister Vivian Norman, 4, went for a cruise around their house in a battery powered, modified princess carriage Sunday afternoon. The two girls stayed in their yard circling their home while their father, former Forrest City Mustang basketball player, Torrey …

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Many St. Francis County residents gather to grill in observance of Memorial Day. Above, Dan Fryer tends the grill during a cook out for family and friends......read more in our e-edition!

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Butch Murry with the St. Francis Master Gardener’s program shares some of their community projects with the Kiwanis Club of Forrest City during their weekly meeting. The program is always looking to recruit more members. Those interested should contact the St. Francis County Extension office.

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The Forrest City Police Department responded to a gunfire call this morning on Bufford and Cherry Streets. Officers arrived and collected several bullet casings. No injuries were reported as of press time.

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Children in the Forrest City ABC School graduated today from preschool into kindergarten. Many children line up under the awning and await their turn to enter the cafeteria for the ceremony.

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Cody Demmitt, 28, of Marietta, Ga., is pictured after being taken into custody by police Tuesday evening near Palestine. Demmitt was originally wanted in Georgia for shooting into a house Saturday night after not being invited to a party. On Tuesday, Demmitt allegedly shot a police officer i…

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St. Francis County Health Department Administrator Kathy Barron draws up a dose of the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine this morning. The health department hosted a shot clinic today for anyone wanting to receive the vaccine. The health department will continue to administer the shots unt…

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Forrest City High School graduate Jasmine Moore welcomes family and friends to the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021. Graduation was held Friday night at Sam Smith Stadium.

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Cottonwood Farms near Widener, which is owned and operated by the Trail family, has been named the 2021 St. Francis County Farm Family of the Year. Family members, from left, are: Will, Allie, Eli, Michelle, Dusty, Leigh, Rusty, Ally, Ross, Payton and Zach Trail. Family members not pictured …

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BJ Barden slides down an inflatable water slide as a part of Skyler Tittle’s kindergarten graduation party.  The Tittle family and friends celebrated at the Forrest City Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Today is election day in the Palestine-Wheatley School Board District, where voters will decide four seats on the board. The results will be tabulated and announced tonight at Palestine City Hall, after the polling sites close at 7:30 p.m. Election worker Knosurer Cochran signs into the onli…

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Marty Boone, the balloon man, makes a party hat for one of the many children attending the Forrest City Public Library's 100th year celebration on Saturday. Boone made hats for children and balloon animals during a magic show. More pictures from the event can be found on Page 6 of today’s Ti…

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Roderick Hamilton Jr., 4, sits on a piece of playground equipment while playing with his ball. Children in local daycare centers are enjoying the sunshine and mild temperatures.

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Jury orientation began this morning at the St. Francis County Courthouse for those who have been called to serve in the upcoming circuit court term. Circuit Clerk Bette Green addresses the morning group, giving them further information as to what to do during the selection process.

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Tyler Thorn, with the Forrest City Fire Department, practices the proper way to place an oxygen mask on an animal. Charlie, FCFD Captain Jeremy Sharp's dog, visited the department to help train firefighters on the new equipment recently received through a grant from Invisible Fence. Each sta…

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Palestine received its first Little Free Library box Friday when the small structure was dedicated in memory of Shirley Gore. James Fryer, pastor at East Baptist Church as well as an employee with Patients Choice Hospice who cared for Gore before her death, places children's books into the l…

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One-year-old Kasen Kelly learned at an early age that you can have a lot of fun with just a ball. Kelly shows off his small basketball before heading outside to play at a local daycare.

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The annual National Day of Prayer program began at noon today on the front lawn of the St. Francis County Courthouse. SFC Quorum Court Justice and evangelist Earnestine Weaver, center, offers the opening prayer at the ceremony.

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Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams administers the oath of office to Lowry Astin after Astin was selected by the city council to serve the remainder of the Ward 4, Position 1 term recently vacated by Dena Poteat. The council approved Astin’s appointment during Tuesday’s meeting.

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Karen Waller, left, hands Ava Gracey chalk to draw a dragon on the sidewalk. Waller is one of many PBS Arkansas staffers who visited the Forrest City Public Library on Monday to read to children as a part of the PBS Reading in the Delta event. Waller read “Dragons Love Tacos” to the group of…

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The Forrest City Fire Department takes care of their equipment through daily checks and weekly washes. Firefighter Quentin Watson uses a brush to wash the wheels of Ladder two at station one this morning.

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The Kiwanis Club of Forrest City held the drawing for their Giving Tree fundraiser this morning. Lester Miller of Wynne was the winner of the apple tree covered in gift certificates. The club raised a little over $1,600 to be put toward youth programs in Forrest City. Pictured, from left, ar…

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Anna Howton, president of the Forrest City Kiwanis Club, decorates an apple tree for the club's giving tree fundraiser. The tree contains gifts and services valued at over $1,300. Tickets are still available. The drawing for the winner will be held Friday morning.

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During a multi-disciplinary simulation event at East Arkansas Community College this morning, students in criminal justice, cosmetology, radiation technician, practical nursing, registered nursing, emergency medical technician and paramedic departments collaborated to conduct a realistic sim…

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Forrest City police officers rope off a crime scene this morning at the Southside Market on South Washington  in Forrest City. About 11:30 a.m., officers responded to a shooting at the store. Officers said one person had been shot and was being treated at the local hospital. The investigatio…

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Sandy Armstrong mans the pot of chili during the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church’s Soup Kitchen Monday. The soup kitchen is always in need of volunteers and donations. It is open each Monday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to serve those in need.

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Anita Vandiver, left, greets Walter Meals at the Master Gardeners plant sale this morning at Vandiver’s NewCastle Farms. The proceeds support several Master Gardeners projects in the county. The sale is scheduled to resume at 8 a.m., Saturday and continue until noon.

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Decked out in a pink jacket, Ella Mae Busby connects for a hit during a tee-ball game played Tuesday at the Palestine Sports Complex. The Palestine Youth Ball Program opened its season Tuesday, featuring games for several age groups.

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Area first responders responded to a staged accident this morning on the parking lot at Mustang Arena at Forrest City High School in an effort to stress the importance of driving safely, especially with prom approaching. Police, fire and other agencies participate in the event held each year…

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Linda Boren, left, and Anita Vandiver check on the state of several seedlings that will be sold during the annual St. Francis County Master Gardener's plant sale. The sale, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, will feature a variety of flowers, plants and vegetables grown by St. Franc…