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[26 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 5,751 views]
Arkansas metro home sales up in June

The City Wire in Fort Smith has posted its June Arkansas Homes Sales Report for four metro areas in Arkansas and sales numbers continued to climb during that month.
The report covers the four largest metros in Arkansas — central Arkansas, the Fort Smith area, the Jonesboro area and northwest Arkansas. Except for the Fort Smith area, all metros reported gains in sales for June. Furthermore, sales for the six months of 2013 were up 9.57 percent compared to the first half of 2012. Average sales prices in those areas stood …

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[6 Jun 2013 | 25 Comments | 9,473 views]
Why Wal-Mart’s ‘buy American’ initiative could be significant

KATV-7 — the ABC affiliate in Little Rock — reported today that Bentonville-based Walmart Stores Inc. has pledged to buy $50 billion in goods made or grown in America over the next 10. Wal-Mart also plans to train and provide jobs to 100,000 recently-discharged veterans over the next five years.
Here’s the odd thing — Reuters reported Walmart made those announcements back in January. So, the question must be asked — is KATV just six months behind in its news coverage?
Absolutely not. In fact, one could argue that there can’t be …

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[7 Jan 2012 | One Comment | 5,668 views]
Wired for expansion

At a time when stories about the decline of traditional media are common, an online publication is expanding after operating for a little over three years.
That publication, For Smith-based The City Wire, was originally established by Tom Kirkham as a social networking site of sorts where area residents could post opinions, mingle and discuss events of the day. The direction of the site changed when Michael Tilley, business editor for both the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith and the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, was laid off by Stephens …

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[27 May 2011 | No Comment | 1,547 views]
‘The Compass Report’ — positives emerge in Fort Smith area economy

First quarter 2011 economic conditions were mostly unchanged compared to the 2010 period, but sales tax gains and improving employment figures indicate improving momentum.
According to The Compass Report, economic conditions in the first quarter of 2011 garnered a “C-” grade. The grade means that relative to the region’s historic economic performance, the first quarter of 2011 saw no measurable economic improvement compared to the same period in previous years.
The good news is that the first quarter 2011 The Compass Report is up from the C-/D+ grade the regional economy had …

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[18 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | 8,239 views]
Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady to appear on David Letterman

Even Arkansans who aren’t fans of beauty pageants are probably aware that Fort Smith resident Alyse Eady won runner up at the Miss America pageant last Saturday.
Videos of her ventriloquist/vocal rendition of “I Wanna Be a Cowboy Sweetheart” made her a sweetheart for many Americans, but especially in her home state.
Eady is scheduled to appear on the David Letterman show this Thursday. Letterman comes on CBS affiliates at 10:30 p.m. local time.
Check out her Skype interview with KFSM reporter Jared Broyles (courtesy of www.5newsonline.com).

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[6 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,586 views]
Brown joins ‘The City Wire’ team

FORT SMITH — The City Wire has contracted with Patricia Brown to be director of sales and marketing as part of an overall effort to expand the geographic reach and readership of the web publication.
The City Wire, re-launched in November 2008, is a web publication covering business, politics and culture in the Fort Smith region, and statewide business and political issues and events. More than 320,000 people have visited the website between November 2008 and September 2010, and they have viewed more than 2.23 million pages.
Brown, who was born in …

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[7 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | 6,416 views]
Bargains Galore on 64 starts Thursday

The annual Bargains Galore on 64 is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, (Aug. 12-14) running 160 miles from Beebe to Fort Smith.
The 11th year for the event, organizers say that shoppers come from around the country to seek out bargains. This year, they are predicting larger crowds and more vendors.
While this shopper likes the sales spaced out all along the roadside on Highway 64, I have also found some extreme bargains at garage sales located just off the main drag during the event. My best advice is to hit …

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[16 Jul 2010 | One Comment | 4,040 views]
Millions in grants announced

Millions of dollars will be funneled to various agencies, programs and organizations throughout Arkansas, according to several announcements made Thursday and Friday.
The announcement came via press release from U.S. senatorial and congressional offices including:  Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, and Representatives Marion Berry (AR-01), Vic Snyder (AR-02) and Mike Ross (AR-04).
The announcements were as follows:
$22.3 million for economic/community development
Arkansas will receive $22,346,252 in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to improve local communities through economic development initiatives, public infrastructure investments, and rehabilitation of buildings …