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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

City directors from Barling and Fort Smith were given their first opportunity to ask questions regarding plans by the Fort Smith Public Schools to construct a third high school in Chaffee Crossing, an events complex near the airport and realign the district's grades during a joint meeting of the

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:43pm

A survey by a prominent gay rights group asserts that large numbers of gays and lesbians in Arkansas report having been the victims of discrimination and harassment.

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:49pm

A move by an Oklahoma state representative could potentially limit any future growth of strip clubs and other adult oriented businesses in the eastern Oklahoma areas near the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas regions.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:11pm

Regional business and civic leaders who responded to an informal survey by The City Wire do not share the pessimism exhibited in a recent Rasmussen Poll in which only 29% said America’s best days like ahead.

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:35pm

Some Republican candidates in Arkansas are jumping on the opportunity to comment on Tuesday’s (July 22) rulings by two federal appeals courts that affect the nation’s healthcare law.

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:18pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday (July 22) announced the following appointments to State boards and commissions:

Weston Lewey, Forrest City. Appointment expires Jan. 14, 2019. Replaces Darin Gray.

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:44pm


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