07/03/17  No More "Aldermen"


Municipalities across the state will say goodbye to their city aldermen in August and say hello to council members. Act 879, approved this year by the state legislature, to take effect August 1, changes the terminology for about 400 of the state's municipal governments.. replacing the “aldermen” title used for city council members with the generic council member”.

An Arkansas Democrat Gazette report, Jewell White, a former city council member in Paris, in Logan County, the one who initiated the changes, said eliminating gender-specific language wasn't as much of a nod to political correctness as it was an update to fit the times.

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.