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Court revokes drug-case bond for Fort Smith mom of slain toddler

Subscriber onlyA bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of a woman charged with permitting abuse of her 18-month-old daughter who police say died at the hands of her live-in boyfriend. Continue reading...

Arkansas mother accused of letting boyfriend fatally injure 18-month-old

Subscriber onlyThe mother of an 18-month-old girl whose live-in boyfriend is charged in the baby's death was arrested Tuesday, accused of knowing that her daughter was being abused and allowing it to continue, according to the prosecuting attorney's office. Continue reading...

Fort Smith mom of fatally beaten girl accused of allowing abuse

Subscriber onlyThe mother of an 18-month-old girl whose live-in boyfriend is charged in the baby's death was arrested Tuesday, accused of knowing that her daughter was being abused and allowing it to continue, according to the prosecuting attorney's office. Continue reading...

Building on Guard site starts

Project to house 3 wing missions

Subscriber only The Arkansas Air National Guard broke ground Tuesday on construction of a 40,000-square-foot building that will put all three of the 188th Wing's major missions under one roof. Continue reading...

Schools' fixes list assessed by panel

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A citizens committee has recommended more than $120 million in improvements to the Fort Smith School District, which, if adopted, would require a 6.8-mill property tax increase to pay for it. Continue reading...

Fort Smith set to replace 30,000 old water meters

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The city's utility department is embarking on a mission to replace 30,000 water meters over the next two years. Continue reading...

Aldermen defied FOI with texts, report finds

Mansfield 3 essentially excluded public

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Sebastian County prosecuting attorney issued a report Friday saying he and a sheriff's office investigation found that Mansfield aldermen violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Fort Smith will appeal ruling directors violated FOIA

Subscriber onlyCity directors voted Tuesday to proceed with appealing a Jan. 4 Sebastian County Circuit Court ruling three directors violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by using email to discuss city business. Continue reading...

Fort Smith will appeal ruling that directors violated FOIA

Subscriber onlyCity directors voted Tuesday night to proceed with appealing a Jan. 4 Sebastian County Circuit Court ruling that three directors violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by using emails to discuss city business. Continue reading...

Fort Smith keeps eye on area of diesel spill

Subscriber only City officials are monitoring Creekmore Park after crews removed contaminated soil and two trees after an estimated 250 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from a tank used to fuel a Creekmore Express train. 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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