- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - The Fort Smith School District is auctioning off its old “Rebels” memorabilia, more than a year after the district’s school board voted to change its mascot and “Dixie” fight song.

The Fort Smith School Board decided Monday to sell the merchandise and memorabilia. Athletic director Darren McKinney says about 5,000 items will be available at a March 11 auction.

Fort Smith’s board voted to drop the Rebels mascot after the 2015 shootings of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina. The Southwest Times Record reports (https://bit.ly/2kGXIF30 ) that the district has spent $141,000 so far to switch to a new mascot, the Mavericks.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, https://www.swtimes.com/



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