He had not yet even spoke and already the crowd was on their feet Friday night (Sept. 19) with a sustained applause that lasted so long, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" took out his smart phone and began to record the moment at Barnhill Arena.
Alumnus Jeff Sanders and his wife, Kathy, of Richardson, Texas, have contributed more than $1 million to the College of Engineering in support of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas.
One of the most surprising statistics for many to digest about the booming Northwest Arkansas economy is the number of children and adolescents who are at risk for hunger — one in four locally, compared to one in six people across the nation, according to local hunger relief advocates.
The rumble of motorcycles may soon be a more regular sound along Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith. A motorcycle parade will take place in two weeks and a planned large-scale motorcycle rally benefitting local non-profits is planned for next year.
Food insecurity is a problem that has only grown in severity since the financial crisis of 2008, according to a local food bank executive. Arvest Bank is teaming up with local organizations to reduce the number of hunger in the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas regions.
Voters in the Greenwood School District will go to the polls on Sept. 16 to decide whether to increase the district's millage rate by 1.9 mils and generate an estimated $590,000 more in annual district revenue.
The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith received a $734,000 grant by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services that will be used to train veterans and unemployed area residents in commercial driving, medical billing and coding and industrial maintenance.
For realtors and mortgage loan officers fearing the impacts of Van Buren's loss of eligibility for the Rural Development Loan program, it appears the city and others across Arkansas have been given a one year extension before any changes occur.
Two fire stations built and paid for using sales tax proceeds in Fort Smith and Van Buren came in at nearly the same price per square feet, with the Fort Smith fire chief noting the use of a construction manager for savings on the city's newest firehouse.