The newspaper is committed to serving Fort Smith, River Valley
While reading this note today, you’ve probably already noticed that the top of this page has a brand new one. While the name of River Valley Democrat-Gazette is new, our news team telling stories within the River Valley is not.
Our press team has been reporting stories in the River Valley communities from Fort Smith to Clarksville for years.
Our sports department covers River Valley prep sports from the preseason to the playoffs with game stories, previews and features. We will continue to do so again this year.
Our features department writes about things to do and how to be entertained in the River Valley. We recently added “What’s Up, River Valley,” which is delivered to our replica subscribers and our Sunday River Valley print subscribers. It is also available at many businesses on Garrison Avenue and Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith.
You can also find a few more publications in the River Valley: Ozark Living, our lifestyle magazine powered by real estate agencies and agents; La Prensa Libre, dedicated to the growing Hispanic community; and Official Kids Mag, which tells the stories of local hero children and provides a resource for teachers and parents.
We are also expanding our information, sports and advertising / marketing services in the region. Our new office on Court Street in Fort Smith is nestled between the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce and the main downtown branch of the First National Bank of Fort Smith. We currently employ two reporters, Thomas Saccente and Max Bryan; a digital marketing specialist, Lucien Jodoin; and our digital solutions manager, Tara Lynch. We also contracted with a true River Valley sports authority, Leland Barclay, for exclusive weekly content. These local experts will help tell the stories of the river valley and help local traders grow their businesses.
Likewise, we recently partnered with local businesses in our first “Best of the River Valley” competition sponsored by Atchley Air, a third generation family business located in the River Valley. Our goal is to create an economical lift and comprehensive promotion of the River Valley while engaging the community in celebrating the places, restaurants and local businesses that make the River Valley unique.
Local and accurate journalism is important for every community. I have been doing this kind of work for 27 years because I believe it.
Please support our efforts to provide journalism in, by and for your community. Sign up for a free newsletter for Breaking News, Morning Updates, Prep Sports, Arkansas River Valley news and more.
Please feel free to email or give me a call and we’ll help you on a new subscription to receive an iPad with our seven-day replica app and printed newspaper delivered to your doorstep on Sunday.
Our team will continue to do their best to report the news and help with the marketing and promotion of the River Valley. We appreciate your support!