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Downtown leaders Tuesday (March 18) moved to request more city funding in order to cover an overage in the cost of a planned splash pad at Compass Park after changes in the project bumped the cost to $350,000, about $50,000 over budget.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 6:16pm

Pizza, Mexican food and a snoring wife are what keeps local mayors up at night.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 5:44pm

Brandy Cox, a University of Arkansas graduate who grew up in Hot Springs Village, has been named associate vice chancellor for alumni and executive director of the Arkansas Alumni Association at the University of Arkansas, starting April 21.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:30am

Much of Arkansas is in the area of “greatest risk” for severe weather that may include a spike in tornadoes and damaging thunderstorms and is expected to begin in early Spring, according to

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 7:58pm

Dr. Ray Wallace, provost and senior vice chancellor at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, will assume his new position as chancellor at Indiana University Southeast on July 1.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 6:04pm

The U.S. Marshals Museum, a more than $50 million museum to be built along the banks of the Arkansas River, will still have a September groundbreaking, but the opening of the museum will be delayed one year to 2017.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:57pm

The Fort Smith Planning Commission passed a set of planned zoning districts Tuesday (March 11), both of which faced opposition from residents in neighborhoods surrounding the proposed districts.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:16pm

Commuters using Interstate 540 in Fort Smith and Van Buren should prepare for lane shifts starting Wednesday (March 12), a sign that the more than $78 million rehabilitation project is inching closer to completion later this summer.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 5:11pm

The U.S. Marshals Museum has received a $100,000 gift from Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller, wife of the late Lieutenant Governor, to fund the Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:28pm

Residents often have a few minutes to take action and seek shelter once a tornado warning has been issued. But a piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to increase the time individuals have to prepare for the worst.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:46am

If she'd had a career goal starting out two decades ago, Laura Jacobs met it a month ago.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:32am

For anyone who has ever wondered how the order of candidates is determined on a ballot, the answer came at the Sebastian County Election Commission Friday morning (March 7) as the ballot draw for the 2014 primary election was held.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 4:53pm

Members of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce received an update Friday morning (March 7) on the current state of the so-called Private Option, Arkansas' answer to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), where money that would be spent on Medicaid coverage for poor Arkansans is instead

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 4:48pm

Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority board members approved a lease agreement that puts operations and maintenance of the Deer Trails Golf Course in the hands of a non-profit for $1 per year at its Thursday (March 6) meeting.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 4:42pm

"New" high schools are popping up in communities in the region, filling a district's capacity needs while potentially changing the way students learn.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:31pm

Progress on the River Valley Sports Complex inched forward Tuesday (Feb. 25) during a study session of the Fort Smith Board of Directors, but not without serious questions about how the city can protect itself from investing money in the project should it not be completed.

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 7:12pm

Whirlpool Corporation has submitted yet another revised Revised Final Work Plan to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) as the company prepares to start remediation efforts well ahead of previous estimates.

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 1:23pm

Bella Vista Property Owners Association is seeking a 62.5% rate increase in the monthly fees paid by homeowners in Bella Vista to combat a $60 million shortfall in reserves by 2023.

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 4:27pm

It’s been less than three months since the city of Bentonville unveiled an ambitious project involving the redevelopment of an 18-acre southeast extension to downtown.

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 5:18pm

Five women in Van Buren went on dates with seven different men Thursday night (Feb. 13).

While it may seem improbable, it's exactly what happened at the city's public library as it hosted its first ever speed dating event.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 6:16am


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