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A long-time area provider of free and affordable healthcare services has a new name as part of an expanded effort to offer medical services to a broader audience.

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:34pm

Dawson Meadows reports that the same crack staff who selected the name for Fort Smith’s Parrot Island Waterpark has been appointed to find a new mascot for Southside High School. Once again, Meadows is dealing with bad information. Or no information.

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:55am

It didn’t take long for a majority of the Fort Smith Board of Directors to reject a plan that would annex 875 acres centered on the new intersection of Interstate 549 and U.S.

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:30pm

A new independent school under development by the Walton Family Foundation won’t impact other education opportunities, including the public school district and the soon-to-open campus of Haas Hall Academy, officials said.

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 6:58pm

Nearly one in three children (29%) residing in Arkansas live in poverty, compared to 22% nationwide, according to a new report from the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. 

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:38pm

Opponents of changing the Fort Smith Southside High School mascot said the cost of such a change could be $500,000 or more. The cost may be considerably less according to school officials.

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:15pm

The Rebel mascot, “Dixie” fight song and other ancillary southern imagery will soon be part of the history of Southside High School.

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 8:47pm

Revenue from Fort Smith’s street tax fell more than 5% in the June report after posting a double-digit increase in May. The countywide tax revenue that feeds the city’s general fund fell more than 6% in the July report, but remains above the year-to-date budget forecast.

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:06am

Laleh Amirmoez, architect, owner and president of Fayetteville-based AFHJ Architects, wife and mother is always eager to talk about her childhood in Iran, her move to the U.S., her path to an exciting career, her family and her involvement in her community.

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 7:15pm

Speaking to at least 150 people who braved the Friday night (July 24) heat, Fort Smith attorney Joey McCutchen said he would fight “to the bitter end” an effort to change the Rebel mascot and imagery at Southside High School.

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:25pm

The Leadership Fort Smith program announced July 23 the 25 members of the 2016 class.

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:32pm

Sales tax revenue totaled $33.845 million through July of this year among the four largest cities in Northwest Arkansas, up 8.4% over the $31.22 million reported in the same period last year.

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:56pm

Sam Sicard, president and CEO of Fort Smith-based First Bank Corp., is undeterred by Fort Smith voters’ recent no-go on diverting street tax funds to the city’s trails and greenways system.

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 7:41am

Once again Dawson Meadows reports on news of the week, and also takes a jab at the creativity of Millennials and offers his take on Pinterest.

“Damn kids. Get off my lawn,” said a frustrated Meadows.

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 7:31am

Fort Smith residents expecting more information on the future of the City Administrator position left the Fort Smith Public Schools Service Center disappointed Tuesday night (July 21) as the city’s Board of Directors withdrew a resolution to confirm appointment of Jeff Dingman as the Acting City

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:17pm

A schedule, sponsors and location detail have been made public by organizers of the inaugural Festival of Murals event to be held in Downtown Fort Smith. At least seven U.S.

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 2:31pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Jolie Hobbs of King Elementary School in Van Buren, Ark. with the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 9:57am

A “Rally for the Rebels!” event will be held at the Southside High School football stadium just days ahead of a planned Fort Smith School Board vote to change the school’s mascot and fight song.

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 2:36pm

A life changing speech by “The Hutch,” a Village People appearance at a recent Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting and feral cats are part of the recent report from Dawson Meadows.

Meadows also has trouble understanding how grocery shopping at Walmart is a museum exhibit.

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 9:35am

The Fort Smith School District became the first in the state of Arkansas to acquire a new upgraded, high-speed, fiber-optic broadband network 40 times faster than what other schools throughout the state are capable of achieving.

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 6:04pm


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