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Past articles by Alex:

Barling Elementary to increase art in curriculum

Beginning this fall, Barling Elementary will be working to implement art into every part of the school day.Barling recently was named an Arkansas A+ School, which means its staff will receive training on how to integrate more art into its curriculum.“You’ve got a lot of kids that don’t learn as well by sitting or by reading or something like that,” Principal Carl Hill said. “This is a way to tap… → Read More

Fort Smith medical school to develop public park

Fort Smith's medical school is in the early stages of developing a public park on the school's property, the executive director of development said. The → Read More

Martin, Settle draw no opponents for Fort Smith board seats

Two of the spots up for re-election on the Fort Smith Board of Directors are decided, as two candidates are running unopposed, according to a news release. → Read More

Trinity hires director for event center in Fort Smith

Trinity Catholic Junior High School in Fort Smith has hired an executive director to run the former St. Scholastica Retreat Center that it is purchasing → Read More

Northside graduate to attend Harvard

A recent Northside High School graduate is headed to Harvard University in the fall.“I was looking at my chances, and I knew that they weren’t very high, but I had been working at it for quite some time,” Lex Michael said. “If what I know about work is true, then I know that I do have a shot.”Michael did not apply to any other schools other than Harvard. He got a full ride.Growing up, getting… → Read More

Equity on Fort Smith Public Schools' five-year plan

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of articles that examines Fort Smith Public School’s five-year plan. Equity is one of seven overarching themes of Fort Smith Public Schools’ five-year plan, Vision 2023, that was adopted by the school board earlier this year. “Equity is not necessarily equality,” said Kimmons Junior High Principal Christopher Johnson. “When we’re looking at equity,… → Read More

Future School students to give art to school where shooting took place

Future School of Fort Smith students will send art they made honoring the Parkland, Fla., shooting victims to the principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas → Read More

Fort Smith School Board approves auction, grant

The Fort Smith School Board unanimously agreed Monday to let the district to auction off several items to the public with a tentative auction date of June → Read More

Fort Smith police, fire to present safety reports

The Fort Smith police and fire chiefs will present their annual safety reports for each of their departments Tuesday at the Board of Directors' study session. "Some of the more notable highlights for the year include ISO Class 1 certification," according to a memo from Fire Chief Phil Christensen to City Administrator Carl Geffken, Mayor Sandy Sanders, the Board of Directors and citizens of Fort… → Read More

Fort Smith directors approve sewer contract

The Fort Smith Board of Directors unanimously agreed Tuesday to enter into a more than $1.7 million contract for on-call services for sewer and water repairs.“This project consists of providing on-call services for repairs to the city owned and operated sewer and water systems throughout the city of Fort Smith,” according to a memo from Utilities Director Jerry Walters to City Administrator Carl… → Read More

Fort Smith directors vote to waive fees to help medical school

The Fort Smith Board of Directors voted Tuesday to waive more than $34,000 in fees for Fort Smith's medical school as it begins construction on its second → Read More

Southside principal leaves lasting legacy

Wayne Haver will not give anyone the Southside High School football playbook. But he’ll give anyone just about anything else.He’ll cover a class for a teacher. He’ll drive to Little Rock to see a student in the hospital. He’ll say yes to a new club. He’ll even let students move the cafeteria tables around — as long as they put them back over their designated blue tiles. And he’ll give 48 years… → Read More

Fort Smith bike, skate park to be completed by August

A bike and skate park under construction is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, an engineer on the project said.The Riverfront Drive Skate and Bike Park → Read More

High school students in UAFS tech programs compete in robotics contest

High school students taking concurrent credit through the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith are wrapping up their semester with a robotics competition — and a chance to earn scholarships. Robot animation students at Greenwood and Southside high schools competed last week in a challenge where they programmed industrial training robots to remove oversized Jenga blocks. The winning team of four… → Read More

Fort Smith mayoral candidates discuss visions

The two candidates for Fort Smith mayor spoke Wednesday about their visions for the city. State Rep. George McGill, D-Fort Smith, and University of Arkansas at Fort Smith student Luis Andrade are running for the spot. Fort Smith has a city administrator-Board of Directors form of government rather than a traditional mayor-city council form of government. The city administrator, who is hired by… → Read More

Fort Smith human resources director resigns

The city's human resources director has resigned, the Fort Smith city administrator said.Naomi Roundtree's last day will be May 11, City Administrator → Read More

Fort Smith considers suing developers of failed sports complex

Developers on the failed River Valley Sports Complex could be looking at another lawsuit from the city, the city administrator said.Former state Sen. Jake → Read More

Fort Smith board OKs rezoning for campus housing

The Fort Smith Board of Directors unanimously voted Tuesday to rezone property near the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith to allow for campus ministry → Read More

Fort Smith directors to tackle rezoning for student housing

The Fort Smith Board of Directors will consider Tuesday rezoning property near the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith to allow for campus ministry housing.Central Christian Church is asking that 7.95 acres at 400 N. Waldron Road, 5403 Park Ave. and 5505 Park Ave. be rezoned to allow for campus ministry housing for students.The board will also consider:• An ordinance amending the master land… → Read More

Fort Smith Schools' plan focuses on learning environments

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles that examines Fort Smith Public School’s five-year plan. A focus on the school district’s learning environments and facilities is included in Vision 2023, a five-year plan adopted by the school board for Fort Smith Public Schools. Security upgrades, such as installing a new mass notification system that could notify everyone in the… → Read More