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After more than four decades in public education and administration, Van Buren Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Dickerson hung up his proverbial educator's hat last month and headed off into the world of retirement.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:27pm

Paul Harvel’s more than 46 years of work with chambers of commerce in three states –  from Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith to Amarillo – has garnered him the most prestigious award in U.S. chamber circles.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 5:25pm

Allen Wichtendahl of Rogers has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for mail fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay his victims more than $1 million in restitution. The sentence was handed down Friday by U.S.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:27pm

The lease of 70 new golf carts for Ben Geren Regional Park's golf course has one member of the Sebastian County Quorum Court crying foul.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:15pm

If there is one area of Arkansas' economy that is doing well, it is in jobs that require strong skills in math and science, according to Dr. Suzanne Mitchell. She says STEM is the one of the few areas in academics that can make a direct economic impact.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 3:14pm

A group of 2014 graduates of Fort Smith's Union Christian Academy presented a dream Wednesday (July 9) that they admit is big, but believe is a possible if the community rallies together.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:31am

A building permit valued at $9.764 million was issued last week for the Ben Geren Aquatics Center and Sebastian County Judge David Hudson said it was a sign that the project is on schedule for a Memorial Day 2015 opening.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:08pm

Justin Smith of Springdale has been named as the new chief business and community outreach officer at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:25pm

Whirlpool announced Thursday (July 3) a settlement with south Fort Smith property owners in a class action lawsuit the owners filed after the company had disclosed that potentially cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE) had leaked into the groundwater and spread to the affected properties.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:54pm

Dr. Georgia Hale has been promoted to provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. She succeeds Ray Wallace who recently was hired as chancellor at Indiana University Southeast.

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:30pm

As the argument over whether the city or Fort Smith should hire an outside auditor to review legal billings following claims of invoices submitted for work never completed continues, the city of Fort Smith has confirmed the city's own internal auditor left the position effective May 16.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 4:46pm

Noble Impact brought its mission of engaging students to pursue public service as entrepreneurs to the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith this week, culminating with a Friday afternoon (June 27) presentation of pitches from the students on how to solve real world problems currently being faced

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:41pm

Sondra LaMar, long-time public relations director at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, is leaving UAFS at the end of June, marking almost 42 years working in higher education.

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:19pm

Craig Box of Fort Smith announced Wednesday (June 25) that it had inked a five-year deal with Eureka Pizza to be its exclusive pizza box provider.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:05pm

The Fort Smith Fire Department was awarded a grant Wednesday (June 25) that will allow it to purchase breathing apparatuses and face masks.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 5:46pm

The Fort Smith Airport Commission voted Tuesday (June 24) to follow the recommendation of airport staff and form its own fire department to serve the airport in the absence of the 188th Wing's firefighting mission, which will end October 1 now that the Air National Guard's

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 7:57pm

Fort Smith Public Schools Superintendent Dr.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:57pm

Steve Schotta, director for the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, was on Monday (June 23) handed the keys to a new Chevrolet 3500 cutaway van with a 15-foot cargo box attached.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:42pm

Citing an improved labor market and sales tax collections, the city of Fort Smith was the top performing of 16 Arkansas cities measured by an economic index created by Arkansas Tech University.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 6:49pm

A failed May 1 vote on whether to unionize workers at an OK Foods facility in Heavener, Okla., could be dismissed by the National Labor Relations Board after it claimed the company interfered with the vote.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:57pm


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