Fort Smith

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The latest effort for some relief from a federal mandate to improve Fort Smith's water and sewer system is stalled. Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics explains.

Fort Smith Symphony

The Fort Smith Symphony's 2020-21 season begins in September. John Jeter, the musical director of the symphony, says this season will take advantage of lessons learned last year. Expect fewer intermissions and programs available on your smart phone.

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Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, helps us understand a prposed new communication idea in Fort Smith and the higher-than-expected costs for a Fort Smith Public Schools project.

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The Fort Smith Board of Directors voted unanimously to allocate $5 million to extend the runway at Ebbing Air National Guard Base. The 1,300-foot extension is in preparation for United States military training program at the base for foreign military sales partners, expected to begin in 2023. 

Courtesy / Pryor Center

This week's collection of archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History all come from August, 1975. President Ford visited Fort Smith, Congressman Wilbur Mills was in rehab and an Arkansas city becomes the Minnow Capital.

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Plans to renovate more than 20 historic barracks and buildings, originally constructed in 1941 as part of Camp Chaffee, a U.S. Army base east of Fort Smith, will soon be transformed into contemporary living and commercial quarters, recently approved by the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority.  

Courtesy / Talk Business & Politics

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.

Charity Motorcycle Rally Returns to River Valley

May 3, 2021
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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.