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Cynthia Smiley, the wife and codebtor of former Arvest Bank President Dennis Smiley, used her husband’s position to borrow more than $1.7 million for Design for the Home LLC, the interior design business she closed in April of this year, according to

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 7:05pm

Ways to cut the budget and raise revenues were presented to the Fort Smith Board of Directors just hours before the Board heard about recommended outside agency funding from city coffers that support area non-profit organizations.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:49pm

The pools have been drained and the patrons have long gone home, but officials with the Rogers Aquatic Center said operations in its first two years have exceeded expectations.

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 5:02pm

Officials with the city of Fort Smith and the office of Arkansas Attorney General are expected on Thursday (Nov. 6) to renew talks with federal officials in Dallas about the city’s efforts to respond to alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 9:09pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors on Tuesday (Nov. 4) was presented with a balanced budget during its regular study session, but it does not yet include the recommended changes proposed by the Board of Directors at a series of meetings last month.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 7:59pm

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith received approval Oct. 31 from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer its first master’s degree, clearing a hurdle in the university’s efforts to begin the degree program.

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 5:56pm

Methamphetamine doesn’t discriminate. Like the cocaine and crack craze of the 1980s it’s the drug of choice by many in Benton and Washington counties.

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:19pm

Fort Smith residents and citizens may have an easier time finding their way around town if a plan by the Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization becomes a reality.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:16pm

A fraudulent financing scheme initiated almost 10 years ago has resulted in primary perpetrator Brandon Barber being sentenced to five years and five months in prison.

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:57am

Franchise fee increases, fees for business licenses and budget cuts were just a few of the ideas thrown around during a Fort Smith Board of Directors brainstorming session Monday night (Oct. 27).

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:58pm

Dozens of Benton County residents turned out to a public meeting Thursday (Oct. 23) in Bentonville to hear more about the interim modified connector – aka, a roundabout – deemed the best solution for traffic flow at the southern entrance of the Bella Vista Bypass.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:39am

Ebola has yet to arrive in Arkansas, but that is not stopping local healthcare providers and government from working together on preparedness and response should the deadly virus ever be diagnosed within Arkansas' borders.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:13pm

They have only hosted one meeting, but a new student organization at Van Buren High School is already making waves after more than 60 students attended the first meeting of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) – the only such alliance among

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:57pm

The committee tasked with assessing the student demand and community interest for a proposed sanctioned sports program at NorthWest Arkansas Community College hit some opposition from the college administration and faculty at its monthly meeting Oct. 16 in Bentonville.

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:01am

After 27 years of affiliation with the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and the university’s earlier iterations, the Leadership Fort Smith Program will operate as a program of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce beginning June 30, 2015.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:23pm

Recent John Brown University alumnus Marcel Guadrón received the Grand Prize for Short Film for his film, “Undercover,” at the South Central Broadcasting Society’s regional conference.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:13pm

Land that once fostered agriculture will cultivate a different kind of growth now that NorthWest Arkansas Community College purchased 20 acres in Springdale to construct an instructional center.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:08pm

The car sharing service Uber has been a thorn in the side of Fayetteville officials since its introduction to the Northwest Arkansas market earlier this year, with Fayetteville police issuing citations to drivers operating ride shares for the comp

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:33pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors and the Sebastian County Quorum Court toured the still under construction Ben Geren Aquatics Center Thursday (Oct. 9) and received an update on a proposed operating agreement with American Resort Management.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:59pm


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