Fort Smith

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.

Filmmaker and chair of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas Larry Foley's new documentary, Indians, Outlaws, Marshals and the Hangin' Judge, separates legends and facts throughout Fort Smith's wild history. The film premieres tomorrow night in Fort Smith for a limited audience, but everybody can watch it on Facebook.

Courtesy / Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, discusses the decision to rename a Fort Smith elementary school named after a Confederate officer, the introduction of the Bakery District to Fort Smith and more.

The Fort Smith Symphony has announced its new season and aside from the music, it includes pandemic precautions like masks, social distancing and no intermission.

Courtesy / Arkansas Department of Health

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses an increase in coronavirus cases in Sebastian County, school construction projects in Fort Smith, and the chances of a downtown entertainment district in Fort Smith becoming permanent.

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.

Courtesy / Google Maps

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.