Summer Pell grants available

Following the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, students can receive year-round Pell grants that include both summer semesters. To qualify, students must enroll in six credit hours in the summer and meet the criteria for reception of Pell grants. Visit or contact the financial aid office at 788-7090 or for information.

Veterans Upward Bound boot camp slated

A special Veterans Upward Bound boot camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center, 501 S. 20th St. The free workshop is intended for veterans and current service members who plan to enter college in the fall. Topics include overviews in math and English concepts covered in the Accuplacer test, financial literacy and budgeting, the college application process, VA education benefits and military to college transitioning.

Visit to register by Sunday. A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. Contact Kristie Wilson at for information.

Sign up for reading clinic

Fort Smith Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a reading clinic for beginners and young elementary children from 6-8 p.m. July 10 and 17 at the church gymnasium, 2000 Louisville in Fort Smith. The classes will be based on “At Last! A Reading Method For Every Child!” by Mary Pecci, M.Ed. Parents also will learn how to reinforce all the information from the class.

Space is limited. Please call Cindy at (479) 561-9612 to register or for information.

UAFS to host writing camp

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will host a summer writing camp for students in ninth through 12th grades July 9-11. Participants will work with university professors to create their own poetry, fiction and podcasts. Registration is $96 for the day camp, which includes lunch, and $190 for residential participants, which includes housing and all meals.

Contact Dr. Cammie Sublette, head of the department of English, rhetoric and writing, at (479) 788-7615 or for information or to sign up.

Enter t-shirt design contest

The River Valley Food truck Association is making plans for its second annual Fort Smith Food Truck Festival, and is sponsoring a t-shirt design contest in conjunction with the event. Any artists or graphic designers are invited to enter their designs for a Food Truck Festival t-shirt. The winning designer will receive a free shirt, $75 and the recognition that comes from having his or her design on the festival shirts. Finalists will receive a free shirt and $25.

All entries must be submitted in a zip file including a JPG or PNG file of the finished design; the source file (preferably an EPS, AI or PSD); and a Word document explaining the process, color choices and meaning of the design. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Email entries to


Names of note

Emily Wollenberg of Clarksville and Rachel Barrs of Talihina were both recently named to the president's honor roll for the Spring 2018 semester by Oklahoma City University. Cameron Law, Abby Underwood and Olivia White, all of Fort Smith, and Sheridan Hoyer of Sallisaw were all named to the dean's honor roll for the Spring 2018 semester by Oklahoma City University.


Seth Shaw of Central City recently graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s School of Law.


Candace Ford or Wickes and Kara Richardson of Grannis both recently were inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society by Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.


Bennett Weindel of Fort Smith was one of 32 students elected to the 78th annual session of the Arkansas Boys State Senate, sponsored by the Arkansas American Legion. Visit for information.


Marissa Allen of Fort Smith was recently named to the honor roll for the Spring 2018 semester by Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould.


Jordan West of Fort Smith was recently accepted to Harding University in Searcy. West is the son of Jennifer West and Arturo Lofton and a graduate of Van Buren High School.



Several area students recently received scholarships from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., including Peyton Carver (out-of-state fee waiver) and Kayla Curry (Board of Governors scholarship and out-of-state fee waiver), both of Fort Smith; Lance Lee (out-of-state fee waiver) and Aimmee Williams (out-of-state fee waiver), both of Mena; Autumn Limbocker of Ozark (Inclusive Excellence Leaderership scholarship and Inclusive Excellence Leadership out-of-state fee waiver); and Faith Shadwick of Wister (Board of Governors scholarship and out-of-state fee waiver).


Several area students recently received National Merit scholarships ranging between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years. Students and the awarding institutions include Beck Williams of Fort Smith, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Blake Bartlett of Greenwood, Oklahoma State University; Ellen Gray of Greenwood, UA Fayetteville; and Nathan Hubler of Sallisaw, University of Oklahoma.


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