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The city of Van Buren has continued a long tradition of providing $100 annual bonuses to its employees, even as the city's budget could be impacted by a rise in healthcare costs next year.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:54pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors Tuesday (Nov. 18) voted unanimously to approve a resolution regarding the issuance of $55 million in bonds for Dixie Consumer Products that will add 15 jobs to the Fort Smith economy.

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:15pm

What initially appeared to be a setback for the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith could turn out to only be a bump in the road after the U.S.

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:36pm

Plans for the new River West Trail near downtown Fort Smith have been scaled back after bids for the project, jointly funded through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation and the city of Fort Smith, came in more than $500,000 over budget.

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:24pm

The Fort Smith Regional Airport will face a $450,000 deficit in its operating fund for fiscal year 2015 and the blame can rest with the new mission of the 188th Wing, according to airport Executive Director John Parker.

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 7:57pm

Freezing weather and the potential for winter precipitation did not deter hundreds of people from waiting in line for almost two hours to get a glimpse of former President George W. Bush at his book signing in Bentonville on Saturday, (Nov. 15).

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 4:36pm

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Johnny Roscoe in the new director of the city of Fayetteville Aviation Division, and Charles Mark Whitaker was recently hired as Fayetteville’s building safety director.

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 5:21pm

For anyone expecting a solution to the crisis facing the city of Fort Smith's general fund following Thursday's (Nov. 13) first budget meeting, keep waiting.

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 5:45am

Arvest Bank announced Thursday (Nov. 13) that it raised 1.806 million meals in its four-state “1 Million Meals” initiative launched two months ago.

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 5:15pm

The Wallace W. and Jama M. Fowler House, the chancellor’s residence on the University of Arkansas campus, will soon be able to expand its capacity for hospitality thanks to an additional gift from its namesakes.

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 4:55pm

Fort Smith is not the only city facing sewer overflow issues. It’s proving a problem in Van Buren, also.

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Mike Kindellan is changing the world one cardboard pallet at a time. And he’s hiring University of Arkansas at Fort Smith students to help him do it.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:47pm

A video (see below) that showcases the development of the Razorback Regional Greenway in Northwest Arkansas has received a top transportation award.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:51pm

The Steel Horse Rally is officially a go and downtown Fort Smith could see up to 10,000 motorcyclists and visitors visiting the downtown area May 1 and May 2.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:00pm

The city of Fort Smith will be without a parks and recreation director effective Nov. 21 following the Monday (Nov. 10) resignation of Mike Alsup. The move is not expected to impact work on the Ben Geren Aquatics Center, according to city and county officials.

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 2:41pm

Cynthia Smiley, the wife and codebtor of former Arvest Bank President Dennis Smiley, used her husband’s position to borrow more than $1.7 million for Design for the Home LLC, the interior design business she closed in April of this year, according to

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 7:05pm

Ways to cut the budget and raise revenues were presented to the Fort Smith Board of Directors just hours before the Board heard about recommended outside agency funding from city coffers that support area non-profit organizations.

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 4:49pm

The pools have been drained and the patrons have long gone home, but officials with the Rogers Aquatic Center said operations in its first two years have exceeded expectations.

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 5:02pm

Officials with the city of Fort Smith and the office of Arkansas Attorney General are expected on Thursday (Nov. 6) to renew talks with federal officials in Dallas about the city’s efforts to respond to alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 9:09pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors on Tuesday (Nov. 4) was presented with a balanced budget during its regular study session, but it does not yet include the recommended changes proposed by the Board of Directors at a series of meetings last month.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 7:59pm


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