Arkansas River Valley

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses a slow recovery for the airport in Fort Smith as the pandemic moves into a seventh month. He also discusses the upkeep of a historic cemetery in the city and more.

According to Fort Smith Public Schools Superintendent Doug Brubaker, about 22 percent of the district's 14,000 students will be learning virtually come Aug. 24. Brubaker also discusses personal protective equipment, coronavirus case reporting protocols and the multitude of other changes the district has had to make to be able to start the school year during the pandemic.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the chances the 188th Wing Air National Guard can land a pilot training center and the proposition of a new entertainment district in Fort Smith.

Arkansas Beverage Control has issued a citation to the Peacemaker Festival in Fort Smith, which took place over the weekend. According to ABC, the festival violated Health Department guidelines when some attendees failed to wear masks and practice social distancing. 

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, tells us more about a military program that aims to develop a fighter training center for foreign pilots. Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Fort Smith is one of five U.S. Air Force finalists sites for the initiative. Tilley also discusses a possible future for Fianna Hills Country Club.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses how River Valley Relief, Covia and Gerber are creating new jobs amid the pandemic. He also previews a special meeting of the Fort Smith Board of Directors who will discuss a face mask ordinance Saturday morning.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses what may be next for branding Fort Smith after Executive Director Claude Legris announced his retirement from the Fort Smith Advertising and Promotion Commission this week. He also discusses sales tax numbers for Northwest Arkansas and a slight increase in regional airport traffic in May.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses why an airline is asking to suspend its operations at Fort Smith Regional Airport. Plus, he has the latest financial numbers for the Arkansas River Valley and more information about a grant for Future School of Fort Smith.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses how an economic slowdown has affected tourism in the Arkansas River Valley and why a stoppage of events around the world has had a big impact on Fort Smith business.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, explains why less traffic on the Arkansas River can have a domino effect on the economy. He also discusses unemployment and a big food donation from OK Foods.

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