Fort Smith, ARKHBS

Parrot Island takes part in the 'World's Largest Swim Lesson'

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Parrot Island is a host park for the "World's Largest Swim Lesson" on Thursday morning. According to the CDC, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. The event aims to help families learn to swim safely. Andrew Peterson, Director of Operations at Parrot Island,...
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Fort Smith, ARKHBS

Fort Smith cooling centers ready to offer shelter from the heat

FORT SMITH, Ark. — With near triple-digit temperatures scorching the River Valley, local senior centers and Hope Campus in Fort Smith offer cool alternatives. "It's too hot. I'd say, there ought to be one of these on every corner," said Charles Castleberry, who frequents the Fort Smith Senior Activity Center to stay cool. "I can read and talk to the cat, but it's not like coming up here and aggravating somebody."
Fort Smith, ARSouthwest Times Record

Fort Smith Museum of History fundraiser reenacts local murder trial

The Fort Smith Museum of History will host a fundraiser event, “The Trial of Julia Bourland for the Murder of Maud Allen,” on Saturday, June 19, at 6 p.m. The event will reenact the courtroom drama of the trial of Julia Bourland, who murdered her husband's mistress in the 1890s. It was a love triangle that shook the city and the murder made history. The whole thing played out in public, complete with timely reports in the local newspapers.
Fort Smith,

Community Spotlight: The Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival

The Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society is putting on it's annual Riverfront Blues Festival this Friday and Saturday. Operations Manager Pete Hartman speaks with Buddy Shute - both a member of the NWA Blues Society and a member of Buddy Shute and the Motivators - about his history with music and the specifics of this weekend's festival.
Shady Point,


The Shady Point School archery team finished 3rd among 33 middle school teams competing at the NASP World Bullseye Championship held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 10-12. The team posted a school record score of 3,273. Warrior Sadie Deiter finished in the Top Ten, 8th out of 320 middle...
Poteau, OKPoteau Daily News & Sun

Poteau Police officer tells Rotarians keys to self-defense

Poteau Police Department Officer Brandon Richie told members of the Poteau Rotary Club during the local civic organization’s meeting Wednesday afternoon at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center about self-defense. “I’m super passionate about self-defense, especially in today’s world,” said Richie, who has been a self-defense instructor for about five years and...
Sallisaw, OKMuskogee Daily Phoenix

New exhibit at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum

SALLISAW – Moved to locate and unite the Cherokee people, celebrated linguist Sequoyah embarked on a perilous journey to Mexico in 1842. Sequoyah’s Last Journey offers a closer look at Cherokee migration in pre-statehood Texas, as well as later attempts by individuals to discover Sequoyah’s final resting place. The exhibit features excerpts from an 1845 Cherokee Advocate article that details the journey from one of his fellow travelers.
Fort Smith, ARSouthwest Times Record

Clearwater city officials start second search for new city manager

City Administrator Carl Geffken, a finalist for a city manager job in Florida, will remain in Fort Smith for at least another month. City officials in Clearwater, Florida, announced a second wave this week in their search for a new city manager after the other three finalists removed themselves from consideration and final interviews were delayed.
Stigler, OKPosted by
Stigler News Beat

Seize the day (even if it’s raining)

(STIGLER, OK) A rainy grey blanket is set to settle over Stigler Thursday, but that doesn’t have to put a damper on getting things done. Make the most of it with one of these ideas — or use them as inspiration to come up with your own plan to beat the grey.
Fort Smith, ARPress Argus-Courier

'They've got people that care': Food bank continues to serve families in need

For families across the River Valley, a return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic does not end their struggle with food insecurity. An estimated 45 million people may have experienced food insecurity in 2020, according to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Feeding America projects that 42 million people, including 13 million children, may experience food insecurity in 2021.
Fort Smith,

ACHE, pilot training center support focus of Fort Smith Board meeting

The Fort Smith Board of Directors passed items at the regular board meeting Tuesday (June 15) to support a planned new fighter pilot training center and the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education – two major economic impact generators in the region. The board approved an ordinance amending the 2021 operating...