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County judge rivals lay out their issues

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — In Sebastian County, Democrats will decide their county judge nominee Tuesday, choosing from a political rookie who thinks reducing drug crimes can help resolve jail crowding and a former Republican circuit clerk who says it’s time for new leadership in county government. Continue reading...

Sebastian County officials plan mental health court

$750,000 grant sought for legal option

Subscriber onlySebastian County officials will seek federal grant money to establish a mental health court to give a second chance to offenders with mental illnesses. Continue reading...

Sebastian County sheriff hopefuls meeting voters

Subscriber onlyThe three Republican candidates for Sebastian County sheriff are reaching out to voters with a week left before the May 22 primary. Continue reading...

Judge refuses to dismiss recycling lawsuit

Subscriber only A judge has rejected a request by the city to dismiss a lawsuit that accused the city of wrongly using sanitation fees to cover up a nearly three-year interruption of its recycling program. Continue reading...

Sheriff's office names men shot in hours-long Arkansas standoff

48-year-old slain; 3 deputies injured

Subscriber onlyThe Sebastian County sheriff's office Wednesday identified the man killed early Tuesday during a standoff with deputies. Continue reading...

Judge refuses to toss Fort Smith recycling lawsuit

Illegal-exaction case against Fort Smith has issues jury must decide, he says

Subscriber onlyA judge has rejected a request by the city to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the city of wrongly using sanitation fees to cover up a nearly three-year interruption of its recycling program. Continue reading...

Standoff in rural Arkansas ends with shooter dead, 3 deputies hurt

Subscriber only A rural Sebastian County man with a shotgun wounded three sheriff's deputies late Monday before he was shot dead while pointing the gun at officers. Continue reading...

File: Pregnancy center chief stole funds, left for beach

Subscriber onlyThe former director of a pregnancy support center accused of stealing more than $25,000 from the center used some of it to pay for a vacation in the Caribbean, court documents said. Continue reading...

Arkansas pregnancy center chief stole funds, left for beach, file says

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The former director of a pregnancy support center accused of stealing more than $25,000 from the center used some of it to pay for a vacation in the Caribbean, court documents said. Continue reading...

Patrons voting on tax for Fort Smith schools

5.56 mills sought for $120M in projects

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — Voting is underway on a proposal that would increase the Fort Smith School District’s millage by 5.558 mills to finance a five-year, $120 million improvement plan. Continue reading...

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Former Northside High School teacher Rhonda Vanlue Gray (left) welcomes the three civil rights icons...

Former Northside High School teacher Rhonda Vanlue Gray (left) welcomes the three civil rights icons known as the McDonogh 3, (fro...

Published: January 16, 2018

Urban artist Jaz and Pastel was part of 2016’s Unexpected festival, which has contributed to 25 publ...

Urban artist Jaz and Pastel was part of 2016’s Unexpected festival, which has contributed to 25 public art pieces around the city ...

Published: July 21, 2017

Sebastian County officials prepare Thursday morning to retrieve county fire equipment taken from the...

Sebastian County officials prepare Thursday morning to retrieve county fire equipment taken from the dissolved Jenny Lind Voluntee...

Published: March 31, 2017

Concession buildings, lights and fencing stand out on the unfinished River Valley Sports Complex at ...

Concession buildings, lights and fencing stand out on the unfinished River Valley Sports Complex at Chaffee Crossing.

Published: March 22, 2017

The Center for Art and Education is raising money to renovate and move into two buildings in histori...

The Center for Art and Education is raising money to renovate and move into two buildings in historic downtown Van Buren that not ...

Published: February 20, 2017

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