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Continued growth in Fort Smith and Sebastian County sales tax revenue may take some of the budget pressure off a Fort Smith Board of Directors that is struggling to find money for a pension shortfall and other needs.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 1:19pm

The Video Wire anchor Dawson Meadows reports that Sebastian County River Rats is a leading contender for a new mascot idea at Southside High School in Fort Smith. As usual, Meadows has bad information.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:04am

Fort Smith School Board President Dr. Deanie Mehl is confident the board will on July 27 officially vote to do away with the “Johnny Reb” themed mascot at Southside High School. And a former Southside graduate who began an online petition to stop the mascot change has had a change of heart.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 8:25pm

A contract is pending for the sale of the historic Lane Hotel, a focal point in downtown Rogers. Closing is scheduled sometime in July and depending on what the new owners have planned, the new property could be part of the “buzz” in downtown Rogers.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:26pm

Sales tax revenue across the four largest cities of Northwest Arkansas rallied in the June report, with cumulative proceeds totaling $4.864 million, a gain of 9.92% from a year ago.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:20pm

A tremor from the June 17 tragedy in Charleston, S.C., in which nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church were shot and killed by Dylan Roof has reached Fort Smith.

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:19pm

The number of consumers in Arkansas looking to make a major household purchase over the past six months rose 5 points in March as wages saw a slight increase and cheap fuel prices boosted discretionary income, according to the final installment of the 2015 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey release

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:12pm

Dawson Meadows works through the static this week to walk us through the news and things to do and comparing his youthful “vodka-fueled” habits to those of successful welder Devon Ramsey.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:26am

A committee will soon be formed to provide citizen input on more than $20 million collected each year by the city of Fort Smith through its 1% street tax program.

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:50pm

Predictions that Tropical Storm Bill will bring another six to 10 inches of rain to watershed areas of the Arkansas River could mean that normal transportation on the river system may not return until August.

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 5:51pm

Devon Ramsey, 19, has a great job. He’s just barely one year out of high school, making well over $75,000 a year, has a new truck, no student loan debt and is investigating retirement plans.

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:38am

Whether a school board member has children in the local schools isn’t a prerequisite to run for a seat on a local school board and shouldn’t make a difference since the board member is there to serve all children, say school officials and board members.

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:47am

Anchor Dawson Meadows gets the news slightly screwed up on stories about military training at Fort Chaffee and discussion of a new committee to help oversee Fort Smith’s street tax program.

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:19am

A recent statewide prescription drug Take Back effort cleared more than 20,000 pounds of drugs from medicine cabinets with the help of volunteers across the Natural State., Department of Drug Enforcement, and local law enforcement

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 6:26pm

Rental of more than 2,000 Fort Smith area hotel rooms and more than $250,000 spent locally by the U.S. Army are just two examples of the economic impact of a large three-week training exercise at Fort Chaffee.

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:30pm

Charlotte Dutoit believes downtown Fort Smith is the “perfect playground” to attract “big cats” in the international art world for the upcoming Festival of Murals event.

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 5:03pm

Commentary on obesity in Arkansas, red eyes and good music at Wakarusa, activities at the Harry E. Kelley underwater park and some other things that don’t make sense are part of this week’s report from Dawson Meadows.

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 7:47am

About 55 people gathered Wednesday morning (June 3) near the Interstate 540 and Rogers Avenue interchange in Fort Smith to recognize Beautify Fort Smith’s success in gathering fiscal and physical resources in improving the appearance of the interchange with hundreds of flowers, 124 trees and 2,88

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 8:02pm

Auburn football Head Coach and Fort Smith native Gus Malzahn will speak June 12 at an event hosted by Union Christian Academy.

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:13pm

The first four reporting months of sales tax collections in Fort Smith have the city on a track that could top record collections posted in 2008. Collections of the 1% sales tax in the April report was up 8.81%, and the city’s portion of the countywide 1% tax was up 7.38%.

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:39pm


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