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A Fort Smith-based company has added 30 employees this year and compressed natural gas could be part of the reason.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 7:27pm

Workplace diversity is a passion for Shelley Simpson, president of the trucking and integrated brokerage operations for logistics giant J.B. Hunt Transport Services. It’s career she’s built over the past two decades which began as a customer service representative right out of college.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 7:10pm

The head of the Arkansas Research and Technology Park said Thursday that the “town and gown” collaborative effort between the city of Fayetteville and University of Arkansas has been the key ingredient to the success of the region’s research park over the past decade.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:45pm

With less than a week until Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 4, the latest polling in the race for Arkansas governor and U.S. Senate show Republicans with leads that are outside the margin of error.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:12pm

The September labor market report for the Fort Smith area shows two consecutive months of workforce gains and rise in the number of employed. Such gains will need to continue to erase an almost 9% loss in regional jobs from an employment peak in October 2008.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:12am

Big gains in September job numbers and declines in the number of unemployed pushed the Northwest Arkansas jobless rate down to 4.4% compared to 5.5% in September 2013.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 8:08am

El Dorado oil giant Murphy Oil Corp. saw third quarter earnings fall 10.8% from a year ago as sliding crude prices and weaker international oil demand cut into the company’s bottom line and flattened the company’s profit margins for the fifth straight quarter.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:59pm

The building at 318 Garrison that was the home of Varsity Sports Grill for more than 20 years may have not served up a cold brew and a hot meal in months, but it does not mean the site was without activity as crews did a more than $500,000 renovation of the building in preparation for the opening

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:44pm

A Fort Smith mental health hospital is investing $5.1 million in an expansion that will add a total of 25 jobs.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:28pm

Fort Smith residents and citizens may have an easier time finding their way around town if a plan by the Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization becomes a reality.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 7:16pm

Walmart Savings Catcher, a mobile app that compares local sale prices of branded grocery items within a particular region, is being expanded to include toys and perhaps other merchandise for the upcoming holiday season.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:28pm

Kentucky native Stephen Brooks was headed north in his corporate marketing career with Chick-Fil-A when he jumped off the bandwagon and ventured south to Fayetteville to launch a career in real estate.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:35pm

Co–debtor Cynthia Smiley, wife to former Arvest banker H. Dennis Smiley Jr., has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the Western District of Arkansas.

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 6:46am

The crowded banking sector in Northwest Arkansas continues to draw interest from outside the region evidenced by the recent deal struck between Simmons First National to sell five of its empty branches to First Paragould Bankshares.

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:01pm

As BHP Billiton begins the difficult job of marketing its Fayetteville Shale assets, a top Wall Street analyst says prospective suitors will definitely have an advantage in negotiations with the Australian industrial giant – especially in the current low-price environment for natural gas.

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:47pm

Stronger freight demand and lower fuel costs resulted in a profitable mix for Tonititown-based P.A.M. Transportation Services who reported another record quarter ending Sept. 30. 

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:28pm

Builders across Benton and Washington counties secured 205 permits for new homes last month to keep them busy for the rest of the year – which is 100 more new starts than recorded a year ago.

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:07pm

As the Fort Smith Board of Directors continues searching for a solution to its budgetary woes, more ideas continue to come from the group and the latest could have voters deciding on a reallocation of an existing sales tax.

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:11pm

September marked four months straight that Fort Smith sales tax collections have surpassed the same month last year, but the increase in collections has not helped the city improve its revenues enough to be even with budget projections for the year.

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:10pm

A fraudulent financing scheme initiated almost 10 years ago has resulted in primary perpetrator Brandon Barber being sentenced to five years and five months in prison.

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:57am
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