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Fort Smith School Board urges only early, absentee voting in quiet '17

Subscriber onlyThe School Board is asking that voting in the 2017 school election be limited to absentee and early voting because of the lack of contested races and no proposed millage increase on the ballot. Continue reading...

City in Arkansas again un-expects art deluge

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Unexpected is expected later this month to add another layer of colorful and sometimes bizarre public art that is turning downtown into an international art gallery. Continue reading...

Panhandling ordinance axed after suit

New Fort Smith restrictions still drawing concern over pedestrians’ use of streets

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- In an attempt to avoid legal bills from a lawsuit in federal court, city directors have repealed and replaced a panhandling ordinance they passed earlier this year. Continue reading...

Civil service chief urged to recuse till suit settled

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- City directors have requested that Civil Service Commission Chairman Chip Sexton recuse from any commission activities while his law partner is involved in a lawsuit against the city. Continue reading...

Officials dedicate new Alma bridge

Overpass ends railroad-tracks divide

Subscriber onlyA new bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks through Alma was dedicated Tuesday, officially named for the late Marsha Woolly, a local educator and public servant who sparked the movement to create the span. Continue reading...

7-year-old girl dies in river in Arkansas, others injured

Subscriber onlyArkansas officials on Monday were investigating the drowning of a 7-year-old girl and injuries that sent four others to the hospital. Continue reading...

Fort Smith bid to alter agenda fails

City director wanted to ax talk of ousting civil-service chief

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Discussing removal of the Civil Service Commission chairman will create another uproar Fort Smith doesn't need, a city director said Thursday in his unsuccessful attempt to remove the executive session item from today's meeting agenda. Continue reading...

Homeless center sets Sept. 29 opening

Fort Smith facility to help with jobs, education, housing, health services

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Construction crews are completing renovation of a closed furniture factory building into a central location where homeless people can get meals, a safe place to sleep and a way back into society. Continue reading...

Texan wanted in Fort Smith killed in Oklahoma

Man hit sister with gun, fled to Oklahoma where he was shot

Subscriber onlyA Texas man wanted in Fort Smith for domestic battery and assault was shot and killed in Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon by the Sequoyah County sheriff. Continue reading...

Fort Smith bid to alter agenda fails

City director wanted to ax talk of ousting civil-service chief

Subscriber onlyDiscussing removal of the Civil Service Commission chairman will create another uproar Fort Smith doesn't need, a city director said Thursday in his unsuccessful attempt to remove the executive session item from Tuesday's meeting agenda. Continue reading...

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Sebastian County officials prepare Thursday morning to retrieve county fire equipment taken from the...

Sebastian County officials prepare Thursday morning to retrieve county fire equipment taken from the dissolved Jenny Lind Voluntee...

Published: March 31, 2017

Concession buildings, lights and fencing stand out on the unfinished River Valley Sports Complex at ...

Concession buildings, lights and fencing stand out on the unfinished River Valley Sports Complex at Chaffee Crossing.

Published: March 22, 2017

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

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