Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, helps us remember restaurant owner Tom Caldarera, Jr. He also discusses a new hire at Leadership Crawford County and the challenges of being a mayor during the last 18 months.
Fort Smith Public School District is significantly reducing the number of high school students with failing grades during the pandemic by deploying an innovative program called "On Track." District leaders are using "On Track" teams for each high school campus to work one-on-one with failing students, as well as locating missing ones, to help them achieve career and college readiness.
Hammers and nails were in high demand in the Arkansas River Valley in 2020. Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, explains building permits for the region represented about a 10 percent increase last year. He also explains how you can buy a former high school in the River Valley.
Jonesboro-based Hytrol Conveyor Company is expanding to the River Valley. Officials formally announced yesterday the company is investing $20 million to open an advanced manufacturing operation in Fort Smith, which will create 250 new jobs within five years.
The Fort Smith Board of Directors repealed a tax increase on some alcohol sales. The measure had been passed last month. Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses the reversal. He also examines the 2020 numbers at the Fort Smith Regional Airport and a proposed new RV park near downtown Fort Smith.
Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, explains why sales tax numbers are up compared to last year in the Fort Smith metro. He also talks about the upcoming retirement of a Sebastian County official and what he thinks we can expect when the votes start being counted Tuesday night.