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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

The Jones Trust and advancement staff of the Jones Center have in two years completed the task of raising $30 million to reinforce the $30 million endowment left by Harvey and Bernice Jones. 

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:30pm

Tough talk from Arkansas tourism officials during a presentation with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and encouragement on how to not sample 375 wine varieties in one night are part of this week’s The Video Wire.

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:08pm

The Old Fort Homeless Coalition is moving forward with the design and bid process after receiving approval of $695,000 in grants from the Arkansas Development Finance Authority to support the first phase of construction on the Riverview Hope Campus just south of downtown Fort Smith.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:18pm

Monthly Fort Smith sewer bills that could rise from an average of $20 per month to $53 a month by 2017 and a lower than expected increase in city staffing were just a few items presented Tuesday (Feb.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:15pm

An effort by Fort Smith city officials to update mobile food vendor regulations that one city official says are “antiquated” and “too restrictive” is welcomed by such vendors and a majority of downtown Fort Smith property owners who participated in a recent survey on the issue.

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:57pm

The University of Arkansas System bestowed the title of vice chancellor emeritus to Mark Horn of Fort Smith during a University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Board of Visitors meeting held on UAFS campus Feb. 17.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:28pm

This week Dawson Meadows updates us on a Mars Petcare expansion that could add up to 95 good-paying manufacturing jobs, insuring more than $240 million in Fort Smith city assets, and a Festival of Murals event that is being touted as an “Unexpected Project” set for Sept.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:56pm

City directors appeared frustrated with Fort Smith management at the Feb. 17 Board of Directors meeting as part of a discussion to renew insurance for an estimated $240 million in city assets.

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:41am

Another round of snow and ice is predicted for most of Arkansas, according to a Tuesday report from AccuWeather. This next push of arctic air is expected to bring air that is just as cold, or even colder than the air that brought subzero l

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:43pm

A “Festival of Murals” project for downtown Fort Smith was unveiled at Tuesday’s (Feb.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:57pm

All of Arkansas could be covered in ice and snow beginning Sunday night (Feb. 15) and into Monday, according to a report from AccuWeather.

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:51pm

A more than $230,000 difference between two bids for the city of Fort Smith’s auto and property insurance did not present an easy choice for members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors who on Tuesday (Feb. 10) reviewed the competing insurance plans.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 7:02pm

Just a day after a $692.175 million appropriation bill for the University of Arkansas system was filed in the Arkansas General Assembly, UA officials issued a report that the flagship university in Fayetteville had in 2014 a statewide economic impact of $1.2 billion.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:46pm


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