The City Wire says don’t forget, as time rolls on in the slow-moving Whirlpool clean-up plan for its former Fort Smith plant site and surrounding residential neighborhood, to ask the state – yes, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality – to hold public hearings.
It seemed like a good time and place for Democratic candidate Bill Halter, the “sparkplug promoter” behind the Arkansas Lottery for Scholarships, to inform this local crowd of his gubernatorial campaign plank, the “Arkansas Promise.”
Folks sometimes wonder about the intelligence of us media folks. I was laid off by one of them big newspaper companies, so my IQ must have been below the bar. Or maybe it was that I was too often near a bar.
I was in one of the first classes of Leadership Fort Smith. Leadership Fort Smith is now in its 26th year. More than 650 folks have completed the program and the Fort Smith area has benefitted greatly.
Spring marks the start of a new tourism season for many travelers who come to Arkansas for our great outdoors. But recently, more and more visitors are drawn indoors to our state's arts venues, as well.
No one expects a quick outcome to a hazardous chemical spill, made decades ago by Whirlpool Inc., that has leached its way into the working class neighborhood of Fort Smith next to the now idle and empty manufacturing plant.