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Voting to name features of the Parrot Island Waterpark concludes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 23).

Each of the seven amenities in the contest has five choices – all of which were submitted by citizens during the first round of the contest.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:49am

Students enrolled at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are being asked by school administrators and board trustees to complete the Title IX survey they find in the email on Thursday (Jan. 22). The survey is open until Feb. 5. 

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 7:31pm

John Brown University, a private college based in Siloam Springs, kicked off the public phase of its $125 million capital campaign in an announcement on Wednesday (Jan. 21) that included news of several recently acquired, unannounced gifts.

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:35pm

The Tyson Foods Foundation and the Tyson family donated $500,000 to the University of Arkansas system to support its online university program, eVersity.

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:41pm

Routine bridge maintenance will require a lane closure on Interstate 540 in Fort Smith/Van Buren, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 1:52pm

With student and program growth at Arkansas’ leading universities capturing most of the headlines, one may be forgiven for not knowing of the almost 33% enrollment growth and the broad expansion of workforce related education programs since 2010 at the Ozark campus of Arkansas Tech University.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:45pm

Col. Bobbi Doorenbos took command of the Arkansas Air National Guard's 188th Wing from Col. Mark W. Anderson in a formal change-of-command ceremony Jan. 11 held at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 7:10pm

A majority of the Fort Smith Board of Directors appear open to the idea of redirecting a portion of the city’s sales tax revenue for streets to help fund a plan to create a “continuous” and “connected” trail system in the city.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:55pm

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

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