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Fort Smith area native Craig Rivaldo is set to take over leadership for Arvest Benton County on May 1 and the banker will carry his “playbook” and more than 20 years of leadership experience when he settles into his new bank office full-time.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:24pm

More details were released Tuesday (April 15) on a planned mixed use development to be built at 822 Garrison Ave. The information was presented at Tuesday's Central Business Improvement District meeting. Developer Rodney Ghan of R.H.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:19pm

Tonnage shipped along the Arkansas River is down for the first three months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 and at least one operator along the river said it may still take a while before tonnage rates return to pre-recession levels.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:00pm

A moist towelette first created for Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1957 and produced in Arkansas has found its way to Walmart shelves in more than 3,400 stores, according to Lindsey Drain, marketing manager for Nice-Pak Products in Bentonville.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:12pm

While manufacturing may be a sore subject for many in the Fort Smith region, one economic bright spot that continues to shine is the medical sector.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:18pm

Walmart to Go may have just opened its first location in Bentonville March 16, but industry insiders who spoke with The City Wire said what could become another competitor will not cause them to start making changes to the way th

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 5:57pm

Lingering winter snow and icy roads cooled off the Northwest Arkansas housing market in March with sales volume down 5.3% from the same 2013 period.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:21pm

March was a good month for retailers spurred on by warmer weather and pent-up demand from consumers wanting to shake off the winter blues. The National Retail Federation reported a 1.6% increase in March sales compared to a year ago. These sales exclude autos, fuel and restaurants.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:38pm

Net profits of Lowell-based J.B. Hunt Transport Services declined in the first quarter to $68.664 million, down 6.38% from the same period last year.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:00pm

A legislative-referred proposed constitutional amendment is opposed more than two-to-one by voters, in large part due to a proposed change in the state’s term limits law.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 7:46pm

Three more banks filed counter complaints against former bank executive H. Dennis Smiley in Benton County Circuit Court on Friday (April 11).

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 8:23pm

At the behest of Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) said he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling on a controversial 12-week abortion ban.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:01pm

The Bank of Fayetteville won’t likely be the last one to file suit against H. Dennis Smiley Jr., who owes more than $4.5 million to about 20 Arkansas banks. The big question is who else may be liable for Smiley’s debts?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:09pm

Voter opinions on medical marijuana, a new medical college chief, development in downtown Fort Smith, and less harassment in the workplace are part of the April 11 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:16am

Voter opinions on medical marijuana, Whole Food’s interest in Fayetteville, medical sector expansions in Benton County and a banker shift in Benton County are part of the Northwest Arkansas Friday Wire for April 11.

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:09am

Diversity is usually a good business strategy and one to which execs at J.B. Hunt Transport have in recent decades wholeheartedly subscribed.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:50pm

The Fort Smith regional metro jobless rate fell to 7.4% in February, but the size of the regional workforce and number of employed trailed that of February 2013. The February jobless figure also marked 62 consecutive months the rate has been at or above 7%.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:38pm

The Northwest Arkansas metro jobless rate fell to 5.6% in February, but the size of the regional workforce and number of employed trailed that of February 2013. However, the number of unemployed fell 3.8% in February compared to February 2013.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:31pm

The Easter Bunny is a welcome sight for retailers hoping to shake off winter blues. One of the largest holiday spends of the year, Easter shopping is expected to top $15.8 billion this year, according the National Retail Federation.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:24pm

Officials with Van Buren-based USA Truck Inc. have pulled the plug on their poison pill provision now that a hostile takeover attempt is far in the rear-view mirror and the company’s share price continues to push toward a more historic trading range.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:11pm

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