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School replaces ditched 'Dixie'

Principal: Select mascot before ‘16

Subscriber onlySouthside High School has a new fight song, and Principal Wayne Haver said he wants to have a new mascot chosen by the end of the year. Continue reading...

Barber ally to wear tracker

Judge enhances home detention after golf-course sighting

Subscriber onlyJeff Whorton, a co-defendant of Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, was ordered last week to wear a monitoring collar during his home detention after the federal probation office learned that he had been taking his daughter to a Springdale country club for golf lessons. Continue reading...

Whorton caught at Springdale country club while on home detention

Springdale man convicted in Barber bank fraud scheme

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Jeff Whorton, co-defendant of Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, was ordered this week to wear a monitoring collar during his home detention after the federal probation office learned he had been taking his daughter to a Springdale country club for golf lessons. Continue reading...

Board notified media, court told

Fort Smith school chief testifies in open-records lawsuit

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith School District superintendent said during a Wednesday court hearing that the School Board did not violate the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act because proper notice was given to the news media that the board was meeting June 23. Continue reading...

Rebel mascot, 'Dixie' ousted by Fort Smith School Board

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith School Board on Monday erased a 52-year tradition when it voted unanimously to do away with the Southside High School mascot and fight song as perceived symbols of racism. Continue reading...

150 rally to save Rebel mascot

Fort Smith School Board also to decide on Southside’s ‘Dixie’

Subscriber only The question of whether to do away with Fort Smith Southside High School's Rebel mascot and "Dixie" fight song has raised passions among residents since it was brought up a month ago. Continue reading...

Vote on Rebel mascot draws suit

Fort Smith School Board accused of open-records law lapse

Subscriber onlyA lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the Fort Smith School Board of violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act when it met last month and voted in committee to get rid of the Southside High School "Rebel" mascot and fight song "Dixie." Continue reading...

At session, JP denies assaulting daughter

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County Quorum Court member said Tuesday that he did not threaten or attack his daughter over the July Fourth weekend, but he apologized for the embarrassment that his arrest may have caused. Continue reading...

Fort Smith to divert money for charities to pensions

Subscriber only Charitable and civic organizations in Fort Smith that have received financial help from the city in the past will see that money go to fire and police pensions next year instead. Continue reading...

In second vote, JPs declare seat vacant

Governor asked to pick replacement

Subscriber onlyThe Sebastian County Quorum Court has declared its District 13 seat vacant and asked the governor to appoint a successor. Continue reading...

Bid made on 77 acres near campus

Subscriber onlyA foundation supporting the development of an osteopathic college in Sebastian County has requested an option to buy 77 acres for the project. Continue reading...

Fort Smith area road opens; hope now is for mall

Subscriber onlyState officials and developers expect the opening of Arkansas 549 -- part of the future Interstate 49 -- to be a catalyst for development along the highway's corridor. Continue reading...

Road open; hope now is for mall

Subscriber onlyState officials and developers expect the opening of Arkansas 549 -- part of the future Interstate 49 -- to be a catalyst for development along the highway's corridor. Continue reading...

Former factory in Fort Smith to become center for homeless

Subscriber onlyA homeless advocacy group announced Friday the purchase of a vacant factory building south of downtown it plans to renovate into a service campus and shelter for the homeless. Continue reading...

Ex-factory to become center for Fort Smith homeless, buyer says

Subscriber onlyA homeless advocacy group announced Friday the purchase of a vacant factory building south of downtown Fort Smith that it plans to renovate into a service campus and shelter for the homeless. Continue reading...

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