Fort Smith

After Fort Smith voters passed the first school millage increase in more than 30 years, the district will be investing nearly $14 million to develop a new Career Education Center. We speak with Gary Udouj who will be the center's new director and will oversee its inception. 

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As the Arkansas River rose, several feet of water inundated Moffett School's library, destroying most of the book collection. Now, several locations in the River Valley, including the store Bookish in Fort Smith, are serving as drop-offs for book donations.

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An exhibit that includes more than 30 blacklight posters from the 1960s and 70s goes up at the Fort Smith Museum of History today. The images belong to a Poteau High School graduate and current resident, who, along with her husband, ran one of the only blacklight poster publishing companies in the country.

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Fort Smith's 200 years of history are on display in the Capitol rotunda in Little Rock through the summer. The images and artifacts were curated by the Fort Smith Museum of History and trace the city's past from the arrival of the first soldiers in 1817 through the 1960s and 70s.

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As soon as the flood waters in the River Valley receded, volunteers started getting busy helping their neighbors take the first step toward recovery. Volunteers with Grand Avenue Baptist Church will spend the coming weeks emptying damaged homes. In some cases, the houses will be stripped down to the studs. Meanwhile, at the Volunteer Intake Center at Eastside Baptist Church, the United Way of Fort Smith Area will be connecting volunteers to projects across the city.

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Fort Smith City Administrator Carl Geffken wants to hear from organizations that are interested in providing animal sheltering and adoption services for the city after the City Board of Directors decided not to renew a contract with the HOPE Humane Society last month. Geffken has also been charged with devising an animal licensing ordinance, which proponents say other cities around the country have implemented to control their stray populations.

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The HOPE Humane Society animal shelter in Fort Smith is closing its doors come mid-July after the organization and the City of Fort Smith could not reach an agreement on a contract renewal for impoundment services. For a list of dogs still available for adoption, click here.

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The Arkansas Department of Health is reminding people to be mindful of the health risks associated with flood water and sewer overflows, which can contain bacteria and viruses. Officials have a list of basic precautions and cleaning tips for your home listed here.

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While diverse wildlife which inhabit the Arkansas River Basin are adapted to flood events, experts say certain vulnerable species are being displaced and even killed by this year's major record flooding.

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The Fayetteville, Springdale, Siloam Springs, Rogers and Greater Bentonville Area Chambers of Commerce are donating $5,000 to United Way in support of flood recovery efforts in the River Valley.

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