Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, a professor of biology and ecology at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, will take part in a NOAA-sponsored research project. He'll also communicate with his students about the work in real time.
The estate gift by Myles Friedman is the third-largest gift and largest gift from an individual in University of Arkansas-Fort Smith history. Friedman was a longtime Fort Smith resident who passed away in September 2017. The estate gift is expected to bring in $400,000 annually, which is enough to fund 60 full-ride scholarships for UAFS students.
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.
This week, the Fort Smith City Board of Directors approved a contract with Kitties and Kanines Shelter to provide animal impoundment services after the city and HOPE Humane Society could not reach an agreement. The Board also passed an animal licensing ordinance that will require owners to register their cats and dogs for a fee.
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.