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A light agenda gave way to a spirited town hall session at the Jan. 6 meeting of the Fort Smith Board of Directors, and there was one main topic on everyone’s mind: a consent decree that could end up tripling the sewer volume usage charge on monthly water department bills by 2026.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:27pm

Van Buren and other wholesale water customers of the Fort Smith water system will not see their rates change to help pay for the estimated $480 million Fort Smith will have to invest by 2026 as part of an agreement with the federal government.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 5:29pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the agreement with the city of Fort Smith will over the next 12 years cost $255 million “plus the cost of routine operation and maintenance.” That’s a big “plus,” which is to say it’s in the neighborhood of another $225 million.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 9:04pm

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be in Fort Smith on Feb. 26 to speak at the first of three Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series that are focused on the history of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 3:54pm

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) served notice that it will no longer pursue a $116 million, 345 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission project in Northwest Arkansas due to a lack of need.

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 11:30am

A more than $30 million medical college with a reserve of more than $100 million, a significant expansion of a large employer with a global footprint and an unsettling settlement to address federal Clean Water Act violations were the biggest headlines for the Fort Smith metro area in 2014.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:31pm

Volunteers are needed on Saturday (Jan. 3) to pick up and return to storage the more than 15,000 wreaths on headstones at the Fort Smith National Cemetery.

The wreaths were placed on the headstones earlier in December as part of the sixth annual Christmas Honors program.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 12:02pm

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality issued on Dec. 19 a revised plan for addressing pollution in and around Whirlpool’s Fort Smith plant that says pollution has reached the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club facility but does not necessarily present a direct health hazard.

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 9:55pm

Higher sales tax revenue is another sign of an improved economy across Northwest Arkansas as the year winds to a close. The region’s four largest cities reported cumulative revenue of $4.663 million in the December report.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 5:43pm

Weather for holiday travel prior to Christmas should be good in large parts of the country, but those traveling in the upper midwest, large parts of the Northeast U.S. and a part of the Northwest U.S. may suffer delays in ground and air travel, according to AccuWeather reports.

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 5:18pm

James Michael Hesterly, 50, of Camden, Ark., was sentenced on Thursday (Dec. 18) to 33 months in prison and one year of supervised release on one count of Bribery Concerning a Program Receiving Federal Funds.

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:34pm

Graduation honors and rates with nursing and computer programs at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus have been announced, with Patricia LaRue of Alma named “Student of the Year” by her classmates in the nursing program.

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:07pm

There is a free lunch.

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:07pm

Christmas came a little early for the Jones Center this year as CEO Ed Clifford and Chief Operations Officer Mike Gilbert accepted a $78,155 energy rebate check from Source Gas, which was more than double the amount expected.

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:48pm

More road construction is on tap for Springdale. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department agreed Wednesday (Dec. 17) to pay nearly $101 million for the construction of the first section of the U.S. 412 Bypass of Springdale.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:07pm

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism provided on Tuesday (Dec. 16) its list of Henry Award finalists, with Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith area connected to several of the potential winners.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:41pm

A report presented Monday night (Dec. 15) to the Fort Smith Board of Education appears to throw a wet blanket on previous talk among school officials to soon build a third, $65 million high school on land donated by Chaffee Crossing.

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:22pm

The Griffin Family of Fort Smith have donated $100,000 to the Old Fort Homeless Coalition to be used for the Riverview Hope Campus.

The effort behind the campus is to bring together the various agencies in the city that  provide services to the city’s homeless population.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:42am

There were few, if any, smiling faces in the room Tuesday night (Dec.

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:19pm

U.S. Marshals Museum President and CEO Jim Dunn told museum board members Tuesday (Dec.

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:24pm

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