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Good schools are crucial to a region’s economic growth because employers rely on strong school performance as one of the selling points for recruiting top talent to the region, according to Mike Malone, CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 8:00pm

It is a celebration that will be nearly three years in the making ... well, more accurately 200 years in the making. The City of Fort Smith will turn 200 on Dec, 25, 2017, and city officials plan to mark its bicentennial with a year-long series of festivities and special events.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:55pm

Former 188th Wing Commander Col. Mark Anderson has been awarded the Jack White Leadership Fort Smith Award. The award and other Community Leadership Awards will be presented at the Alumni Association’s annual Commencement and Leadership Awards Ceremony on May 14.

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:59pm

The Montessori School of Fort Smith has received a $10,000 Challenge Grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation based in Siloam Springs, Ark.

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 8:40am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors and city staffers engaged Thursday (March 19) in what at times was spirited discussion related to the city’s budgeting process used to manage and monitor expenses and revenue.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:55pm

Tips on how to get a job at the soon-to-open Parrot Island Waterpark, a message from a guy who is trying to hold it in to keep his sewer rates low, and a special message from Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders are featured on this week’s edition of The Video Wire.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 7:23am

The theatre program at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith took home two national and three regional awards from The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, accolades which solidify the department’s reputation as one of the best theatre programs in the region.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:47pm

John Cooley and Rocky Walker are glad the Fort Smith Board of Directors and city staff are moving to appoint a committee to provide oversight of implementation of a Comprehensive Plan.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 7:10pm

It’s been a decade in the making but the region’s first interactive children’s museum has announced an opening date and a new name in honor of Lee and Linda Scott and their family who were lead donors and early organizers of the facility.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 8:31pm

Officials with Parrot Island Waterpark announced Tuesday (March 17) the start of hiring 100-150 part-time employees for the aquatics facility now under construction at Ben Geren Regional Park.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:39pm

Rules providing a one-year permit and flexibility in the number of moves in that year were some of the preferred ideas supported by members of the Fort Smith Planning Commission toward a new ordinance regulating mobile food trucks in the city.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:25pm

Fundraising for the U.S. Marshals Museum received a much-needed boost with Friday’s (March 13) news that First Bank Corp. added $500,000 to its donation and is 60% toward a goal to raise another $1 million for the museum to honor the late Sam M.

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:14pm

Douglas Reinert has been hired as the director of Parks & Recreation for the city of Fort Smith. He is set to begin the new job on April 6.

He succeeds Mike Alsup, who left the Fort Smith job in November for a similar job in Shelbyville, Tenn.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 6:26pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors did not have time to talk about changing the city administrator’s hire-fire authority, but they did have a lively discussion about how the city presents its budget – specifically as to how the city handles a prior-year general fund balance with respect to future

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:29pm

Key leadership changes were made recently at the 188th Wing in Fort Smith. Lt. Col. Tina Lipscomb relinquished command of the 123rd Intelligence Squadron to Lt. Col. Stanley “Sonny” Stefancic III, and Lt. Col. Jeremiah Gentry assumed command of the 184th Attack Squadron.

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 4:00pm

The proposed 3-year budget presented by the committee exploring sanctioned Division III sports at NorthWest Arkansas Community College totaled $431,519 for women’s volleyball and softball and men’s baseball.

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:17pm

Providing a preview for the September murals event in downtown Fort Smith is the reason why internationally acclaimed Irish artists Maser and Conor Harrington are in Fort Smith after finishing up high-profile art events in Sydney, Hawaii and New York City.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:38pm

The involvement of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the effort to change the form of Fort Smith government, improved sales tax revenue for Fort Smith and an effort to reduce the tax on coke – the soft drinks, not the nose candy – are part of The Video Wire this week.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:58am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors has set a public hearing date on the change in sewer rates for 6 p.m., March 17, at the Fort Smith Schools Service Center.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:08pm

The January revenue report for Fort Smith shows sales tax collections up more than 7%, an indication that merchants in the city had a robust holiday sales season, and a good start for a city that has struggled with weak tax revenue collections.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:40pm


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