Fort Smith is one of the cities that’s considering establishing entertainment districts that would allow patrons to drink in public. This comes after the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 812 earlier this year giving cities the go-ahead to create such designated areas as a means of promoting tourism and hospitality. Meanwhile, Mountain Home is already preparing to launch its entertainment district July 24.
After Fort Smith voters passed the first school millage increase in more than 30 years, the district will be investing nearly $14 million to develop a new Career Education Center. We speak with Gary Udouj who will be the center's new director and will oversee its inception.
As the Arkansas River rose, several feet of water inundated Moffett School's library, destroying most of the book collection. Now, several locations in the River Valley, including the store Bookish in Fort Smith, are serving as drop-offs for book donations.
An exhibit that includes more than 30 blacklight posters from the 1960s and 70s goes up at the Fort Smith Museum of History today. The images belong to a Poteau High School graduate and current resident, who, along with her husband, ran one of the only blacklight poster publishing companies in the country.