Fort Smith

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.

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After rising steadily for weeks in Northwest Arkansas, cases of COVID-19 have now been increasing in Sebastian County too. On July 1, the area had 476 total cases of the virus, now there are nearly 2,000 with about 500 active cases. We speak with the Sebastian County Health Unit administrator about why numbers are going up and get information about a free testing event coming up this weekend.

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.

The 100 Families Initiative, a program of Restore Hope, recently received a $1.67 million grant from the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services to expand its services in Sebastian County and to create collective impact initiatives in Crawford, Pulaski and White Counties. 100 Families provides wrap around services through a collaborative network of nonprofits and agencies with the goal of keep children out of foster care. The grant will be administered through the United Way of Fort Smith Area.