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Fort Smith police chief pick said to be near

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- City Administrator Carl Geffken said he will decide next week who among five finalists will be the city's next police chief. Continue reading...

Guilt admitted in $2.1 million fraud

Ex-House candidate’s swindle involved 2 contruction jobs

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A man who once ran for the Arkansas Legislature has pleaded guilty in federal court to bank and wire fraud in two schemes that netted him $2.1 million, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Continue reading...

Guilt admitted in $2.1M fraud

Ex-House candidate’s swindle involved 2 contruction jobs

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A man who once ran for the Arkansas Legislature has pleaded guilty in federal court to bank and wire fraud in two schemes that netted him $2.1 million, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Continue reading...

GOP picks Ozark's Capp for state House seat

Subscriber onlyDelegates at a Republican Party convention have elected an Ozark lawyer to replace on the Nov. 8 general election ballot a state House member and re-election nominee who resigned last month to take a position in Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration. Continue reading...

Heat ruled killer of Arkansas guardsman who died during training exercise

No criminal fault, letter says

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas Army National Guard member died from hyperthermia in June during a training exercise at Fort Chaffee, according to the Sebastian County prosecutor. Continue reading...

Arkansas youth-home worker charged with sexual assault, sexual indecency with child

Subscriber onlyA Fort Smith man was charged Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court with two offenses arising from accusations he had sexual contact with a girl younger than 15. Continue reading...

In student's fatal shooting, teen suspect found sane

Trial dates requested for 3 youths in Fort Smith slaying

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A boy who raised the insanity defense did not suffer from a mental disease at the time a 22-year-old student at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith was robbed and fatally shot, according to a mental evaluation. Continue reading...

Mistrial called in murder case

Fort Smith jury deadlocks

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County circuit judge declared a mistrial Friday in a weeklong first-degree murder trial after the jury deadlocked in its deliberations. Continue reading...

Murder-trial jury foreman requests overnight break

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County Circuit Court jury was split Thursday in deciding the guilt or innocence of a man charged with first-degree murder, but the foreman told the judge an overnight break might help them make a decision today. Continue reading...

Feared for life, man says in tape shown at murder trial

Subscriber onlyThe state rested its first-degree murder case against Denver Pennington on Wednesday after jurors watched a video of him explaining his justification for shooting a man in January. 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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