Fort Smith

Planners in Fort Smith are getting federal assistance for a project that would reimagine the Rogers Avenue corridor. We hear from Jean Crowther, a senior planning associate at Alta Planning and Design, which is working with regional planners to identify health concerns and goals for the project.

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The HOPE Humane Society is the only animal shelter in Fort Smith. The no-kill shelter, which has a contract with the city, is at capacity with hundreds of dogs living in pop-up crates wherever they can be safely kept while animal control brings in more stray animals every day. Part one of this two-part story examines the overcrowding at the shelter as the Animal Services Advisory Board gets ready to present its pet licensing ordinance to the Fort Smith Board of Directors.

Earlier this month, Fort Smith officials met with Environmental Protection Agency representatives to request a renegotiation of a consent decree that came as a result of years of Clean Water Act violations. City Director Carl Geffken says the city has made a lot of progress on how much wet-weather sewer runoff gets in the Arkansas River and, among other proposed modifications, would like to see the EPA cap the cost of sewer rates at 1.9 percent of median household income after the city had to raise rates for residents over the last three years to fund consent decree projects.

The City of Fort Smith entered into a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 after years-long violations of the Clean Water Act. According to the EPA, the city’s aging infrastructure allowed sewage to go into the Arkansas River. The consent decree requires the city make an estimated $480 million of sewer upgrades over the course of 12 years. City leaders are meeting with the EPA this week in Texas with hopes of renegotiating parts of the agreement.

Michael Tilley Footloose in Fort Smith

Jun 29, 2018

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, is back for a review of the week's news, including a 1953 law still on the books (not for long, probably) that bans Sunday dancing in Fort Smith.

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The Fort Smith Museum of History is displaying the only known painting of the first Fort Smith through March 31 as part of the city's year-long bicentennial celebration. The watercolor was painted by Samuel Seymour in 1820 while he was part of the Rocky Mountain Expedition to explore the lands acquired through the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.

courtesy: Arkansas State Archives, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Tomorrow night, a concert dedicated to Fort Smith native Alphonso Trent will begin with a documentary about the musician's life. The show is at the Blue Lion, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. The event is part of Fort Smith's bicentennial celebration.

It was Dec. 25, 1817 when the first Fort Smith began operation. Christmas afternoon at 2:00, the city will begin a year-long celebration of the bicentennial at Belle Point with a recreation of that event in 1817.

COURTESY / ARKANSAS COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

The first students at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith are in the third week of the semester. We take a tour of the new college.  

Courtesy: City of Fort Smith

A 248-page coffee table book marking Fort Smith's bicentennial was made available for pre-order this month. The book celebrates the city through photos of the past and present ahead of the year-long calendar of bicentennial events that will begin Christmas Day 2017. 

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