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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…

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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…

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Spring time is accented by flowers throughout the Delta every year. This Dogwood tree is in full bloom along East Davis Street in Forrest City.

Employees with a local construction company use sealant while performing maintenance on the stairwell at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. Workers used lifts and ladders to reseal the glass in the stairwell as well as make repairs to the structure.

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St. Francis County Election Commission Chairman Chris Oswalt, right, reviews results of Tuesday’s special sales tax election in Forrest City with fellow commissioner Pat Beede. Forrest City residents approved the 11 bond issues on Tuesday’s ballot. The city will begin collecting the new .625…

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Students from Wynne E.A.S.T. (Educational Advancement through Service and Technology) organized a program to help fellow students improve their reading ability while also helping socialize dogs at the Forrest City Animal Shelter. Students with the school enjoyed a field trip to the shelter F…

Curt Courtney, left, and Kyle Jackson empty a pot of crawfish into a wheelbarrow to be seasoned. The annual Crawfishin’ in the Park at Caldwell this year was a drive-through event. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department.

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From left, Mandy Slaughter, Lesley Holland, JJ Minenna and Karen Stackhouse bag the last of the chicken and dumplings during the annual chicken and dumpling day at the William Stone House in Colt. The group sold out of dumplings in little over 40 minutes after officially opening the sale.

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Forrest City resident Ellis Bell speaks to members of the city council Tuesday regarding flooding on his farm land near the Highway 1 Bypass. Bell said he’s been having issues with excess water since the Bypass was built.

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St. Francis County Circuit Court Clerk Bette Green, left, and Deputy Clerk Erin May look over juror questionnaires being mailed this week to about 500 county residents. The Arkansas Supreme Court will allow jury trials to resume in May. Green encourages those who receive the questionnaires t…

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The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas brought commodities to the Sports Complex this morning to be distributed to residents in need. Volunteers Mark Porter, left, and Tommy Collins load commodities into the trunk of one many vehicles in line to receive the free food.

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Ava Gracey decorates a pot during the Forrest City Public Library's story and craft time on Monday. Area children heard the story, "Bella: A Butterfly's Story," by Joanne Randolf and "Flower Garden," by Eve Bunting, while making keepsake flower pots with seedlings to take home to watch grow.

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St. Francis County Election Coordinator Sandra Wright makes sure an early voting machine is working properly this morning at the courthouse. Early voting opened today in a sales tax election in which Forrest City voters are being asked to approve a .625% sales tax for capital improvement projects.

Several area churches hosted Easter egg hunts on Saturday, drawing large crowds of children and their parents to enjoy the fun. T.J. Crump, 6, takes a moment to dump his bucket full of Easter eggs into a bag before heading out to hunt for more.

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Junior Auxiliary of St. Francis County members Candice Kelso, left, and Kameisha Davis, right, watch as Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams frames a proclamation he signed in honor of National Junior Auxiliary Week. Forrest City and Palestine mayors signed proclamations for the group this mor…

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The Easter Bunny has been making the rounds to area daycares to visit with children. Austin Brown, 4, smiles for a photo with the Easter Bunny at a local daycare.

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Several accidents have taken place in the area recently. Above, first responders load a resident onto a stretcher to be transported while Forrest City Police officers direct traffic around the accident. Arkansas law enforcement agencies will begin a campaign focused on distracted driving on …

Children are excited as Easter approaches, spending time dying eggs and drawing pictures to share with family members. Danee Capps, 4, shows off her Easter chick drawing at her local daycare.

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Junior Auxiliary of St. Francis County members, from left around the table, Julie Brown, Katie Hornbeak, Maggie Hoskins, Kameshia Davis, Caitlyn Sweet, Lauren Kaiser and Jamie Harris stuff plastic Easter eggs full of sweet treats. The eggs were sold by the bag as part of a JASFC project to s…

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The Graham Memorial Presbyterian Churches Soup Kitchen opens its doors each Monday at 11 a.m., to feed those in need of a good meal. Volunteer Ruth Ann Vowan stirs the pot of macaroni and cheese with ham for today’s lunch.

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Forrest City Mustang basketball coach Dwight Lofton, left, visits with Fort Smith native, former Arkansas Razorback and NBA great Ron Brewer last week at Mustang Arena. Brewer had an outstanding career at the University of Arkansas and was known nationally as one of Eddie Sutton's Famed Trip…

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Recent showers also brought recent rainbows like this one on Deaderick Road. There is a 40% chance of rain again on Saturday after 3 p.m. and before midnight. Sunday however, is predicted to be mostly sunny with a high near 42 and low around 30.

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The Forrest City Public Works Department is taking time to clear brush along Washington Street. An employee with the FCPWD uses a chainsaw to cut a large branch into smaller pieces to keep it out of the road.

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Work is continuing along Washington Street in Forrest City as crews continue working on the parking lots at new buildings in town. An employee with Workhorse Contractors uses a trackhoe to collect gravel to spread in order to level the ground.

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Children are staying in and out of the cold today playing with toys at daycares around Forrest City. Easton Stanley, 2, uses wooden blocks as he learns to spell.

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Jenny Vandiver sets up a panel of names of African Americans in the Arkansas House of Representatives and State Senate at the St. Francis County Museum as a part of a special Black History Month exhibit the museum is hosting throughout this month. Residents are encouraged to participate in a…

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Forrest City Mayor Cedric Williams, left, connects Micheal McBryde, with Stephens, Inc., to the Forrest City City Council meeting Tuesday night with the help of Kinyuana Smith and April McKissick. McBryde joined the meeting online to answer any questions council members might have regarding …

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Work is continuing along Arkansas Street in Forrest City as crews replace a large concrete culvert. An employee with Clevenger Recreation of Little Rock works to build a wooden wall in order to pour concrete footings to attach the culvert.

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Work is continuing along Arkansas Street in Forrest City as crews replace a large concrete culvert. An employee with Clevenger Recreation of Little Rock works to build a wooden wall in order to pour concrete footings to attach the culvert.