The more than 400 University of Arkansas at Fort Smith students set to graduate today (Dec. 15) are among a growing segment of the area population with a four-year degree, according to info released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
About $6.75 million has been pledged or raised for the $50 million (give or take a few million dollars) U.S. Marshals Museum, but don’t ask executive director Jim Dunn when ground will be broken for the planned 50,000-square-foot building. It’s too early to predict that milestone, he says.
Hundreds of volunteers from area companies, schools and other groups worked Friday at the Phoenix Expo and Trade Center and the Fort Smith National Cemetery to prepare more than 12,000 wreaths for Christmas Honors.
The Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau is having fun with the opening of the “True Grit” remake, and is hoping the fun will result in the hype from the new movie creating national attention for Fort Smith and the U.S. Marshals Museum.
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce President Paul Harvel reiterated Wednesday his desire to see chamber members “empowered” to use the chamber to make positive community changes and to help the chamber recruit or retain new business.
Third quarter economic conditions were relatively unchanged in the Fort Smith region compared to the 2009 period, with declines in sales tax collections and building permit values and no employment growth likely preventing a better economic grade.