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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism provided on Tuesday (Dec. 16) its list of Henry Award finalists, with Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith area connected to several of the potential winners.
A report presented Monday night (Dec. 15) to the Fort Smith Board of Education appears to throw a wet blanket on previous talk among school officials to soon build a third, $65 million high school on land donated by Chaffee Crossing.