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If you ask Conner Eldridge about his political future don’t expect an answer. The 37-year-old Prosecuting Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas responds to political questions with a wide grin, twinkling eyes and initial silence.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 5:36pm

The University of Arkansas will get a new administrator in 2015. Chancellor G. David Gearhart announced his retirement Monday (Jan 12), saying he will step down July 31 so he can return to teaching and to spend more time with family.

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:09pm

The Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education has added four people to the board. The new members, elected by the current Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Board of Trustees, are Drs. R.

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:19pm

The effort to raise $2.9 million for downtown Fort Smith Riverview Hope Campus for the homeless gained $450,000 with a donation from Mercy Fort Smith and Fort Smith businessman Bennie Westphal.

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 7:03pm

Jerry Glidewell has been concerned for more than six months about the small amounts of cancer-causing TCE pollution from Whirlpool’s Fort Smith plant found under the Evans Boys & Girls Club property, but said so far he is “comfortable” that the pollution is not a threat to the hundreds of chi

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 6:11pm

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

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