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Dave Hughes

Fort Smith Bureau Reporter

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School replaces ditched 'Dixie'

posted: 08/02/2015 3:41 a.m. Comment 1

Southside High School has a new fight song, and Principal Wayne Haver said he wants to have a new mascot chosen by the end of the year.

Barber ally to wear tracker

posted: 08/02/2015 3:32 a.m. Comments 2

Jeff Whorton, a co-defendant of Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, was ordered last week to wear a monitoring collar during his home detention after the federal probation office learned that he had been taking his daughter to a Springdale country club for golf lessons.

Whorton caught at Springdale country club while on home detention

posted: 08/01/2015 1:04 a.m. Discuss

SPRINGDALE -- Jeff Whorton, co-defendant of Northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber, was ordered this week to wear a monitoring collar during his home detention after the federal probation office learned he had been taking his daughter to a Springdale country club for golf lessons.

Board notified media, court told

posted: 07/30/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

The Fort Smith School District superintendent said during a Wednesday court hearing that the School Board did not violate the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act because proper notice was given to the news media that the board was meeting June 23.

Rebel mascot, 'Dixie' ousted by Fort Smith School Board

posted: 07/28/2015 4:19 a.m. Comments 3

The Fort Smith School Board on Monday erased a 52-year tradition when it voted unanimously to do away with the Southside High School mascot and fight song as perceived symbols of racism.

150 rally to save Rebel mascot

posted: 07/26/2015 3:31 a.m. Comments 3

The question of whether to do away with Fort Smith Southside High School's Rebel mascot and "Dixie" fight song has raised passions among residents since it was brought up a month ago.

Vote on Rebel mascot draws suit

posted: 07/24/2015 4:41 a.m. Discuss

A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the Fort Smith School Board of violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act when it met last month and voted in committee to get rid of the Southside High School "Rebel" mascot and fight song "Dixie."

At session, JP denies assaulting daughter

posted: 07/23/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

A Sebastian County Quorum Court member said Tuesday that he did not threaten or attack his daughter over the July Fourth weekend, but he apologized for the embarrassment that his arrest may have caused.

Fort Smith to divert money for charities to pensions

posted: 07/23/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Charitable and civic organizations in Fort Smith that have received financial help from the city in the past will see that money go to fire and police pensions next year instead.

In second vote, JPs declare seat vacant

posted: 07/23/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

The Sebastian County Quorum Court has declared its District 13 seat vacant and asked the governor to appoint a successor.

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