Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

Fort Smith city directors have asked city officials to look throughout Arkansas for economic development methods that could boost growth in targeted areas and business sectors. While the City of Fort Smith already offers some economic incentives to attract new businesses or to encourage existing businesses to expand, City Administrator Carl Geffken says city leaders want to explore all available avenues to make those things happen.

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Lake Street Dive will be at George's Majestic Lounge Thursday evening as they tour in support of their lastest album, Free Yourself Up. Mike "McDuck" Olson discusses why the band decided to depart from the approach they took when recording 2016's Side Pony and how the current political and social climate has led them to write songs that go beyond love lost and love gained.

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Fayetteville Public Library and Fayetteville city officials kicked off the library's expansion project Tuesday morning with the start of demolition of the old City Hospital building. The Fayetteville Public Library Foundation also announced the launch of its Beyond Words campaign to raise the remaining $23 million necessary for the expansion. The bricks from this week's demolition will be available to the public July 19 - 21 on a first-come-first-served basis.

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This month, the City of Seattle implemented a ban on plastic straws, and Starbucks announced it will phase out plastic straws by 2020. Many local restaurants have also started examining their own plastic-use practices, which often includes changing how they distribute straws or the kinds of straws they use. However, disability advocates around the country are expressing concern about what plastic straw bans will mean for people who rely on them to be able to drink.

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At the end of June, the modern facade of the former First National Bank building on the Fayetteville Square started coming down. Beneath the facade, not one, but three buildings built in the late 1800s were revealed. The new owners hope to restore newly discovered architectural aspects of the building in the future to open the corner up to more retail space and create a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

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