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News on the Wire

Heineken USA is among at least five adult beverage companies to hang a shingle near Wal-Mart’s corporate offices in Bentonville amid the retailer’s push to boost income and improve margins with more alcohol sales.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:25pm

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.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:57am

Immigration, the federal budget and national defense were among the most discussed topics Wednesday (Aug. 20) at a town hall event held by U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, at the Blue Lion (formerly Second Street Live) in downtown Fort Smith.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:38pm

America’s Car-Mart management says its work to stem the onslaught on competition is paying off as the buy here, pay here used car company posted quarterly revenue of $127.376 million, up 3.94% from the same period last year.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:30pm

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee paid a visit to Northeast Arkansas, endorsing fellow Republican Asa Hutchinson in this year’s gubernatorial election.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:51pm

Arvest Bank filed suit against its former bank president, H. Dennis Smiley Jr., his wife Cynthia and their business interest, Design for the Home LLC. The complaint filed Monday (Aug. 18) in Benton County Circuit Court spells out two loans made to Smiley in 2012, which are now delinquent.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:34pm

A majority of legislators from Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith who responded The City Wire’s question about the future of the Lt. Governor’s office oppose an existing proposal to do away with the Constitutional office.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:22pm

More visitor traffic in Northwest Arkansas’ four largest cities helped push hospitality tax collections up 7% in the second quarter, compared to year-ago period.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:06pm

Arkansas’ blue collar manufacturing base was once again the main workhorse in the state’s 3% economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to new state Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics released Wednesday (Aug. 20) by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:53pm

Gasoline prices in Arkansas are nearing a seven-month low and should continue to see a gradual decline through Labor Day until the end of the year, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) forecasted in its recent short-term U.S. energy outlook.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:39pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved three items related to infrastructure improvements at the site of the planned Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:28pm

At the first Fort Smith Library Board of Trustees meeting following the failed millage increase election on Aug. 12, the board and management of the library are expecting budget cuts for the 2015 fiscal year.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:52pm

Wal-Mart Stores management has expressed no public interest in acquiring Family Dollar, which has takeover offers from Dollar Tree and Dollar General. The lack of interest by Wal-Mart doesn’t mean the retail giant will go unscathed by the results, according to retail experts.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:45pm

Three broad reports note year-over-year tonnage and expenditure increases during July and the second quarter of 2014 in the U.S. freight industry, and suggest continued modest growth in the overall economy for the remainder of the year.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:25pm

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said during a visit to Fort Smith Tuesday (Aug.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:06pm

Wal-Mart Stores, a self-proclaimed low cost retailer, is investing in a new private label brand aimed at wooing bottom-dollar customers from ALDI and Dollar General.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:32am

Bonds that will pay for construction of the new Crawford County jail were issued Monday (Aug. 18), with rates coming in lower than expected saving the county about $50,000, according to County Judge John Hall.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:13pm

It was just four years ago that Trane laid off more than 200 at its Fort Smith facility, but production has returned and with it, so have many of the jobs lost in 2010.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:16pm

Home sales in the Fort Smith area continue to show growth year to date, with Crawford County's sales volume up 40.25% and Sebastian County sales volume up 7.29%.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:03pm

An unseasonably pleasant summer in Northwest Arkansas, expanding job base and growing population have helped keep home sales stable against last year’s stellar results.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:57pm

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