Dave Hughes

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Fort Smith hires utilities director

Subscriber onlyJerry Walters has been hired to lead the department responsible for executing a federal consent decree to eliminate chronic violations of the federal Clean Water Act from the city's wastewater system. Continue reading...

Arkansas men cited in mosque vandalism

Site in Fort Smith damaged last fall

Subscriber onlyThree men were accused Thursday of vandalizing a mosque last fall by spray painting anti-Islamic and vulgar messages on the building and signs. Continue reading...

Board revises email-meeting settlement bid

Fort Smith school officials excise violation, fee sections

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith School Board amended Thursday a proposed settlement in an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by deleting sections that suggested the board violated the act. Continue reading...

Art venue's move downtown seen as boon for Van Buren

Subscriber only Officials with the Center for Art and Education say moving the 40-year-old organization onto Main Street will help it better serve the community and give a boost to downtown Van Buren's revitalization effort. Continue reading...

Port proposal OK'd by 2 quorum courts

Subscriber onlyQuorum courts in Crawford and Sebastian counties have voted to express support for a proposal to solicit interest in the development of an intermodal port in Crawford County. Continue reading...

Arkansas town OKs tobacco ban in parks

In approving ordinance, city leaders cite concerns about litter, public health

Subscriber onlySmoke 'em if you got 'em, because in less than 30 days it will be illegal to smoke or use any tobacco, electronic cigarette or vapor products in Fort Smith's city parks. Continue reading...

Panhandling rules, called flawed, OK'd in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyCity directors on Tuesday approved an ordinance, despite complaints it's flawed and inadequate, to allow panhandling in the city with some restrictions until they can come up with a better ordinance. Continue reading...

Two arrested after Fort Smith mosque vandalized

Subscriber onlyTwo men have been arrested and jailed on charges they vandalized two mosques. Continue reading...

2 add-on jail plans get a look

Subscriber onlyOZARK -- Franklin County officials are moving away from plans to build a new jail and instead are studying ways to expand the current lockup. Continue reading...

Van Buren art center plans renovation campaign

Subscriber onlyVAN BUREN -- Officials with the Center for Art and Education say moving the 40-year-old organization onto Main Street will help it better serve the community and give a boost to downtown's revitalization effort. Continue reading...

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The Center for Art and Education is raising money to renovate and move into two buildings in histori...

The Center for Art and Education is raising money to renovate and move into two buildings in historic downtown Van Buren that not ...

Published: February 20, 2017

British street artist DFace, also known as Dean Stockton, painted this mural called “Badlands” on th...

British street artist DFace, also known as Dean Stockton, painted this mural called “Badlands” on the side of a building in downto...

Published: January 12, 2017

A conceptual drawing from Crafton Tull of a proposed 51-acre park near the Arkansas River was presen...

A conceptual drawing from Crafton Tull of a proposed 51-acre park near the Arkansas River was presented Tuesday to the Fort Smith ...

Published: January 20, 2016

Wind-fed fires consumed about 150 asbestos-contaminated barracks at Fort Chaffee and other World War...

Wind-fed fires consumed about 150 asbestos-contaminated barracks at Fort Chaffee and other World War II era buildings in January 2...

Published: September 19, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson cuts the ceremonial ribbon opening a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 549, which run...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson cuts the ceremonial ribbon opening a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 549, which runs through Chaffee Crossing eas...

Published: July 20, 2015

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