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The city of Fort Smith has invested $201.2 million since 1993 on wet weather sewer improvements and another $150 million or more could be poured into improvements before the city atones for violations of the federal Clean Water Act – bringing the grand total for compliance with the law to $351.2

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:25pm

Two longtime Alma residents have filed to be the city's next mayor following news that long-time Mayor John Ballentine would not seek re-election. The candidates, retired businessman Keith Greene and former Rep. Ed Thicksten, have both filed to appear on the November ballot.

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

A sales tax increase rejected by Missouri voters has pushed that state’s highway officials back to square one in terms of finding money to complete the portion of Interstate 49 that would connect to the Bella Vista Bypass at the Arkansas-Missouri border.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:12pm

Arkansas Senate Republicans on Tuesday elected by acclamation Sen. JIm Hendren, R-Gravette, as Senate majority leader and Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, as majority whip.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:12am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors passed an ordinance at its Tuesday (Aug. 5) meeting that would restrict the location of temporary signs in rights of ways, a decision the Fort Smith Board of Realtors said could impact its business.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 9:24pm

Arkansas has seen the nation’s steepest reduction in its percentage of uninsured residents, noted a Gallup report released Tuesday (Aug. 5).

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:43pm

In discussions about a two mil increase in property taxes to benefit the Fort Smith Public Library, much attention has been paid to the impact a tax increase could have on homeowners.

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:10pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday (Aug. 4) announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Dr. Jamie Brandon, Fayetteville, reappointed to the State Review Committee for Historic Preservation.  Appointment expires June 30, 2018.

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 8:10pm

GOP gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson laid out a plan to fight Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that are being debated over so-called “dirty coal” power plants.

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:09pm

The race for Arkansas governor made a stop in Fort Smith Friday (Aug. 1) with Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross each addressing a crowd of 325 at the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce's First Friday event.

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:35am

Van Buren's eligibility for the Rural Development loans appeared safe following passage of a new federal Farm Bill earlier this year, but the community was dealt a blow Thursday (July 31) after it learned the city was no longer considered a rural community eligible for the loans.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:52pm

A new flurry of polling shows Republicans with a solid victory in one Congressional District, advantages in two other districts, and an air-tight race for the remaining district in Central Arkansas. U.S. Rep.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:23pm

A study released by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on Thursday said the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new ozone standards could cause Arkansas to lose more than 10,000 jobs, pay more than $240 million in environmental compliance costs, and shut down most of the state’s

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:43pm

The city of Fort Smith has responded in a court filing to a lawsuit alleging that the city had violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act when City Clerk Sherri Gard twice contacted city directors regarding the removal of an item from a meeting agenda.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:44am

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely state voters shows Republican Asa Hutchinson with a 46-41% lead over Democrat Mike Ross in the Arkansas Governor’s race.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:01pm

An opinion from the Arkansas Attorney General will not change action already taken by the Sebastian County Election Commission, but its chairman said the commission would likely take a new vote to ensure it follows the letter of the law after closing and in some cases consolidating polling sites

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 8:59am

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely Arkansas voters shows U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, with a 44-42% lead over two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:19pm

Van Buren residents will have a contested mayoral election this year and the race is going to look an awful lot like the 2010 election after Van Buren Alderman Max Blake confirmed Tuesday (July 29) his entry into the campaign again incumbent Mayor Bob Freeman.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:23pm

Planning for the eventual retirement of Fort Smith's director of finance has already begun with the announcement Tuesday (July 29) of the city's new number two in the finance department.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:52pm

During its regular meeting Monday evening (July 28), the Fort Smith School Board approved a contract with an insurance company to provide liability insurance for the district's pre-k programs even though the district is seeking a court ruling to determine whether the insurance is necessary for th

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:47pm


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