07/03/17  Cleveland County School Board Hopes To Turf Football Field With Donations


The Cleveland County School Board at their last meeting said they prefer collecting 100 percent of the expected cost of installing a turf field at Rison High School's Wildcat Field through donations, pledges and sponsorships.

The meeting was called to hear a presentation from Norman Hill, a consultant who specializes in public school finances. He advised the board on the proper financial procedures the board will need to follow to see the project through.

The school board earlier this month voted unanimously to replace the grass surface at Wildcat Field with artificial turf. The board is working with Athletic Surfaces Plus, a Memphis based firm that has helped school districts across the state make the transition from grass to turf. Bids for the job will be opened Thursday at 2pm.

The 239th traffic fatality of the year was recorded in Sebastian County on U.S

Highway 71 at Brooken Hill Drive in Ft. Smith.

According to a preliminary state police report..63 year old Janet Kessler died of

injuries suffered in a crash involving three vehicles. Kessler's 2014 Chevrolet

Cruze..eastbound on Brooken Hill Drive was hit broadside by a southbound

2006 Toyta Tacoma..the light changed and the driver of the Tacoma attempted

to stop..but not in time and struck Kessler's vechile on the drivers side..Kessler's

car then spun into a light pole and then collided with a a north bound 2015

Hyundai Sonota..who was stopped in the northbound turning lane of U.S. 71.

The drivers of the other vehicles not available in the report.

The injured were taken to a Ft. Smith hospital..where Kessler died of her

injuries. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the

crash at 11:14 Thursday morning. Ft. Smith PD investigated.