After a more than two hour executive session, the Fort Smith Board of Directors on Friday (July 10) voted 7-0 to named Jeff Dingman the acting city administrator following the surprise resignation Friday morning of City Administrator Ray Gosack.
The U.S. Marshals Museum has received a $25,000 gift from Wells Fargo Advisors. It is the firm’s largest grant in the Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas region for 2015. A portion of the grant will be used to sponsor the museum’s Descendants Day, which is scheduled for July 25 in Fort Smith.
Dawson Meadows reports that some suppliers to Wal-Mart Stores are now sitting on golden thrones on their personal yachts. He also gets a comment from Moses on efforts to keep 10 Commandments monuments on Arkansas and Oklahoma Capitol grounds.
The Downtown Master Plan for the revitalization of downtown Rogers is an illustration of what could be done in the downtown area, not a recommendation to secure private property, said Scott Polikov, president of Gateway Planning Group of Texas.
Fort Smith business leaders, working with the Fort Smith Public School District and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, are moving forward with a plan to open by August 2016 a public charter school for students in grades 10-12.
Fort Smith attorney and former Fort Smith Public School Board member Joey McCutchen is pushing back against the effort to change the Southside High School mascot. He says ending use of the Rebel mascot “will not do anything to improve race relations.”
Reports about sizeable increases at Miss Laura’s historic bordello, a disturbing story about a bikini car wash fundraiser in Fort Smith and a bleeping bleepfest are part of Dawson Meadows’ report this week.
An informal survey of the Fort Smith Board of Directors places the odds against the city reinstating a business license fee to cover a shortfall in the city’s pension contributions for police and fire employees.
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.
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.
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.
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.