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Franchise fee increases, fees for business licenses and budget cuts were just a few of the ideas thrown around during a Fort Smith Board of Directors brainstorming session Monday night (Oct. 27).

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 8:58pm

Dozens of Benton County residents turned out to a public meeting Thursday (Oct. 23) in Bentonville to hear more about the interim modified connector – aka, a roundabout – deemed the best solution for traffic flow at the southern entrance of the Bella Vista Bypass.

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:39am

Ebola has yet to arrive in Arkansas, but that is not stopping local healthcare providers and government from working together on preparedness and response should the deadly virus ever be diagnosed within Arkansas' borders.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:13pm

They have only hosted one meeting, but a new student organization at Van Buren High School is already making waves after more than 60 students attended the first meeting of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) – the only such alliance among

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:57pm

The committee tasked with assessing the student demand and community interest for a proposed sanctioned sports program at NorthWest Arkansas Community College hit some opposition from the college administration and faculty at its monthly meeting Oct. 16 in Bentonville.

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:01am

After 27 years of affiliation with the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and the university’s earlier iterations, the Leadership Fort Smith Program will operate as a program of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce beginning June 30, 2015.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:23pm

Recent John Brown University alumnus Marcel Guadrón received the Grand Prize for Short Film for his film, “Undercover,” at the South Central Broadcasting Society’s regional conference.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:13pm

Land that once fostered agriculture will cultivate a different kind of growth now that NorthWest Arkansas Community College purchased 20 acres in Springdale to construct an instructional center.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:08pm

The car sharing service Uber has been a thorn in the side of Fayetteville officials since its introduction to the Northwest Arkansas market earlier this year, with Fayetteville police issuing citations to drivers operating ride shares for the comp

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:33pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors and the Sebastian County Quorum Court toured the still under construction Ben Geren Aquatics Center Thursday (Oct. 9) and received an update on a proposed operating agreement with American Resort Management.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:59pm

Work has begun on a long planned beautification project at the intersection of Interstate 540 and Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith.

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:20pm

Pensions for police officers and firefighters in Fort Smith are costing the city of Fort Smith large sums of money each year. And the city fund responsible for paying into the system is projected to go broke sometime in 2019.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:21pm

Necessary but often frustrating road work, significant investments in downtown areas, important quality of life improvements and workforce training are essential elements of the ongoing transformation of Northwest Arkansas, according to area mayors.

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:23pm

Building permits for the three largest cities in the Fort Smith region dropped 55.86% from September 2013 to the same month this year.

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:37am

The Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders Parade of Homes kicks off Oct. 3 and its showcase home features design elements that feature both beauty and functionality.

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:28am

Eastside Elementary in Rogers and St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Fayetteville received the distinction of being named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:56pm

River Valley Regional Food Bank has received a $150,000 contribution to assist with receiving retail store donations.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:13pm

The plume of potentially cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE) found under the former Whirlpool manufacturing facility and an adjoining neighborhood in South Fort Smith could be spreading in the area near the near a Boys and Girls Club location.

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:02pm

One of the largest Interstate 49 work projects outside of the Bella Vista and North Springdale bypasses will be up to $65 million in major improvements on the Highway 112 and I-49 interchange extending 2.5 miles from Porter Road to the Fulbright Expressway in North Fayetteville. 

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:44pm

Electrical work will require the temporary closure of Interstate 49 in Benton County near Lowell, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:25am


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