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Tips on how to get a job at the soon-to-open Parrot Island Waterpark, a message from a guy who is trying to hold it in to keep his sewer rates low, and a special message from Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders are featured on this week’s edition of The Video Wire.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:23am

The theatre program at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith took home two national and three regional awards from The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, accolades which solidify the department’s reputation as one of the best theatre programs in the region.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:47pm

John Cooley and Rocky Walker are glad the Fort Smith Board of Directors and city staff are moving to appoint a committee to provide oversight of implementation of a Comprehensive Plan.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 7:10pm

It’s been a decade in the making but the region’s first interactive children’s museum has announced an opening date and a new name in honor of Lee and Linda Scott and their family who were lead donors and early organizers of the facility.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 8:31pm

Officials with Parrot Island Waterpark announced Tuesday (March 17) the start of hiring 100-150 part-time employees for the aquatics facility now under construction at Ben Geren Regional Park.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:39pm

Rules providing a one-year permit and flexibility in the number of moves in that year were some of the preferred ideas supported by members of the Fort Smith Planning Commission toward a new ordinance regulating mobile food trucks in the city.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:25pm

Fundraising for the U.S. Marshals Museum received a much-needed boost with Friday’s (March 13) news that First Bank Corp. added $500,000 to its donation and is 60% toward a goal to raise another $1 million for the museum to honor the late Sam M.

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:14pm

Douglas Reinert has been hired as the director of Parks & Recreation for the city of Fort Smith. He is set to begin the new job on April 6.

He succeeds Mike Alsup, who left the Fort Smith job in November for a similar job in Shelbyville, Tenn.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 6:26pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors did not have time to talk about changing the city administrator’s hire-fire authority, but they did have a lively discussion about how the city presents its budget – specifically as to how the city handles a prior-year general fund balance with respect to future

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:29pm

Key leadership changes were made recently at the 188th Wing in Fort Smith. Lt. Col. Tina Lipscomb relinquished command of the 123rd Intelligence Squadron to Lt. Col. Stanley “Sonny” Stefancic III, and Lt. Col. Jeremiah Gentry assumed command of the 184th Attack Squadron.

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 4:00pm

The proposed 3-year budget presented by the committee exploring sanctioned Division III sports at NorthWest Arkansas Community College totaled $431,519 for women’s volleyball and softball and men’s baseball.

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:17pm

Providing a preview for the September murals event in downtown Fort Smith is the reason why internationally acclaimed Irish artists Maser and Conor Harrington are in Fort Smith after finishing up high-profile art events in Sydney, Hawaii and New York City.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:38pm

The involvement of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the effort to change the form of Fort Smith government, improved sales tax revenue for Fort Smith and an effort to reduce the tax on coke – the soft drinks, not the nose candy – are part of The Video Wire this week.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:58am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors has set a public hearing date on the change in sewer rates for 6 p.m., March 17, at the Fort Smith Schools Service Center.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:08pm

The January revenue report for Fort Smith shows sales tax collections up more than 7%, an indication that merchants in the city had a robust holiday sales season, and a good start for a city that has struggled with weak tax revenue collections.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:40pm

The Jones Trust and advancement staff of the Jones Center have in two years completed the task of raising $30 million to reinforce the $30 million endowment left by Harvey and Bernice Jones. 

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:30pm

Tough talk from Arkansas tourism officials during a presentation with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and encouragement on how to not sample 375 wine varieties in one night are part of this week’s The Video Wire.

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:08pm

The Old Fort Homeless Coalition is moving forward with the design and bid process after receiving approval of $695,000 in grants from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority to support the first phase of construction on the Riverview Hope Campus just south of downtown Fort Smith.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:18pm

Monthly Fort Smith sewer bills that could rise from an average of $20 per month to $53 a month by 2017 and a lower than expected increase in city staffing were just a few items presented Tuesday (Feb.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:15pm

An effort by Fort Smith city officials to update mobile food vendor regulations that one city official says are “antiquated” and “too restrictive” is welcomed by such vendors and a majority of downtown Fort Smith property owners who participated in a recent survey on the issue.

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:57pm


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