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Jury out in trial on slain Arkansas deputy

Subscriber onlyA Johnson County Circuit Court jury is deciding the guilt or innocence of Fred Kauffeld, who is on trial in the May 2015 shooting death of sheriff's Auxiliary Deputy Sonny Smith. Continue reading...

Surviving Arkansas deputy says peer shot midsentence

15 bullet casings found, trial jury told

Subscriber onlyJohnson County sheriff's deputies recounted to a jury Wednesday the events as they remembered them in the shooting death last year of a fellow deputy. Continue reading...

Slain deputy not told of rifle, jury hears

Attorneys’ opening statements describe actions leading up to fatal encounter

Subscriber onlyJohnson County sheriff's deputies weren't told that Fred Kauffeld was armed when they went looking for him in the dark early-morning hours of May 15, 2015. Continue reading...

Top athletic official at Arkansas school district quits over mascot flap

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith School Board voted Monday to delay until next year a planned school tax election in part to gain voters' support and counter those who opposed a move last year to change the Southside High School mascot. Continue reading...

Southside mascot, leader issues halt Fort Smith tax vote

Fort Smith athletic chief quits over ‘poisonous atmosphere’

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith School Board voted Monday to delay until next year a planned school tax election in part to gain voters' support and counter those who opposed a move last year to change the Southside High School mascot. Continue reading...

Sebastian County seeks to raise fee

Election set on plan to cover ambulance-budget shortfall

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Sebastian County Quorum Court is calling residents to the polls in August to vote on whether to nearly quadruple the fee they pay on personal property tax bills for emergency medical services each year. Continue reading...

Four held in child sex abuse case

Pope County suspect charged; 3 others to appear in court

Subscriber onlyPope County sheriff's deputies have arrested four people accused of sexually abusing at least five minors in two separate cases, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Innocent is plea to fraud claims; U.S. alleges Arkansas man conned investors, spent cash

Subscriber onlyA Fort Smith man pleaded innocent in federal court Monday to a 25-count indictment charging him with scamming investors and the federal government out of more than $4 million. Continue reading...

Judge urged to allow writing found on cell wall in trial of man accused of killing deputy

Subscriber onlyA man charged with shooting an Arkansas reserve sheriff's deputy bragged about the shooting in a note scrawled on a jail cell wall last year, according to testimony in a pretrial hearing Monday. Continue reading...

JPs to take up ordinances on new-tax vote

In Logan County, 2 levies proposed to build, run jail

Subscriber onlyOrdinances setting a July 12 election for a total 1 percent sales tax to finance construction and operation of a new county jail are on the Logan County Quorum Court meeting agenda for Monday. Continue reading...

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A conceptual drawing from Crafton Tull of a proposed 51-acre park near the Arkansas River was presen...

A conceptual drawing from Crafton Tull of a proposed 51-acre park near the Arkansas River was presented Tuesday to the Fort Smith ...

Published: January 20, 2016

Wind-fed fires consumed about 150 asbestos-contaminated barracks at Fort Chaffee and other World War...

Wind-fed fires consumed about 150 asbestos-contaminated barracks at Fort Chaffee and other World War II era buildings in January 2...

Published: September 19, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson cuts the ceremonial ribbon opening a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 549, which run...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson cuts the ceremonial ribbon opening a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 549, which runs through Chaffee Crossing eas...

Published: July 20, 2015

This clock, a remnant of the 1916 courthouse in Greenwood that was destroyed in a 1968 tornado, hasn...

This clock, a remnant of the 1916 courthouse in Greenwood that was destroyed in a 1968 tornado, hasn’t run in years, and its concr...

Published: June 21, 2015

Sebastian County officials will soon begin the process of deciding what improvements should be made ...

Sebastian County officials will soon begin the process of deciding what improvements should be made to the county's EMS facility i...

Published: January 5, 2014

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