The next time you go downtown try to imagine what it must have looked like or smelled like 100 years ago. There are some that would like to forget the early days and pretend that Fort Smith never had a sordid past. But, alas, it did. Fort Smith was known as “Hell on the Border.”
The holidays are usually a time for great joy and celebration. We get together with our family, friends, and loved ones and have a good time. But for many people they can be a point of contention – a reason to start bickering and nitpicking at one another about why one person is right and another is wrong. The truth of the matter, however, is usually not so cut and dry. While many people see Easter as a holy day that celebrates the risen Lord, others see it simply as a time to hide eggs, take a picture with a giant bunny, and fill up a colorful basket with entirely too much candy. So, which is it? A holy holiday, or a time for money-making merriment?
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The sudden crisis in Japan – the earthquake and huge tsunami which killed thousands and left millions affected by a lack of water, electricity, and transportation – also undermined the integrity of the Fukushima nuclear reactor complex. Wondering how much UA Fort Smith students worried about Arkansas Nuclear One just down the road in Russellville, I polled several students to get their opinions about how safe and secure the facility is.