Fort Smith

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A feasibility study is underway for a possible new indoor sports arena in Fort Smith. If it becomes reality it coulh ost volleyball, basketball and competitive wrestling tournaments. Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses that and a plan for more development at Chaffee Crossing.

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After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Steel Horse Rally is returning to the River Valley May 7-8. Events will take place in Fort Smith and Pocola, Okla., including a new Cops and Cones motorcycle exhibition. Attendees can wear masks, but they're not required.

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The University of Arkansas Fort Smith will be going through some changes at the start of the new fiscal year in July. Chancellor Terisa Riley discusses the reorganization, which she says will not come with a loss of degree programs or jobs.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the decision-making process for a possible pilot training project in Fort Smith, a drop in building activity in the River Valley and a renewed fundraising push for the U.S. Marshals Museum.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses sales tax collections in Fort Smith after more than a year of the pandemic. He also tells us about what the blocked Suez Canal means for local supply chains and a change in local weather forecasting.

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While home sales have slowed down in the first two months of 2021, realtors in the Arkansas River Valley report the demand for homes remains high, which is driving up prices across the region. Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses homes sales and more in our weekly Friday conversation.

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Three years ago, Jennifer Grayston bought an old gas station at the corner of Jenny Lind Road and Dallas Street in Fort Smith with the dream of turning it into a cage-less cat shelter. This weekend, Jen's Kitty Rehab, which has been operating as a nonprofit on Facebook, will open to the public with a week of activities that include a silent auction, yoga, art, live music and movies. All with cats, of course.

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The nonprofit Antioch for Youth and Family in Fort Smith is requesting donations for their St. Patrick’s Day “Bring the Green” food drive. Antioch founder Charolette Tidwell says it's a great opportunity for families, church groups, clubs, organizations and businesses to help the hungry by donating fresh produce, packaged foods with green on the label, or green cash.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the fallout from the last year. He says the need for assistance for families facing food insecurity is increasing in the Arkansas River Valley and the state's tourism industry is hurting after 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses an apparent reluctance of many firefighters in Fort Smith to accept a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, water bill adjustments following last month's winter storms, and the future of the former Fianna Hills Country Club and golf course.

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