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Sentence for murder, gun verdicts is 70 years

Subscriber only A Sebastian County circuit judge sentenced a Hackett man to 70 years in prison Wednesday after a jury convicted him of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Continue reading...

Fort Smith manager seeking money for city raises

Subscriber only City Administrator Carl Geffken said Tuesday he won't find enough money in the proposed 2017 budget to give employees a 1 percent cost-of-living raise by the time directors vote on the budget Dec. 20. Continue reading...

In Arkansas man's retrial, witness testifies about fatal night

Self-defense claim divided first jury in Fort Smith case

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Sebastian County Circuit Court jury began hearing testimony Monday in the first-degree murder retrial of a man charged with killing a man he claims he shot in self-defense. Continue reading...

Fort Smith Fire Department earns top rating

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith Fire Department has reached the highest rating given to fire departments, which Chief Phil Christensen said will translate to better service and lower insurance rates. Continue reading...

'01 murder charge stays; Arkansas justices deny tardy-trial claim

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by Rickey Dale Newman to dismiss his 2001 capital murder charge because of what his attorney contended was the violation of his right to a speedy trial. Continue reading...

For guilty plea, killer of Arkansas sheriff's deputy in for life; ‘sorry,’ gunman says at sentencing

Subscriber only A Sebastian County man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy this summer and for attempting to kill 10 other law enforcement officers. Continue reading...

Fort Smith pool whittled to two candidates

Superintendent search trimmed to Kansas, Texas hopefuls

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith School Board on Monday narrowed the field in the search for a new school superintendent when it named two finalists who will return to be interviewed in mid-December. Continue reading...

Fort Smith pool whittled to 2

Superintendent search trimmed to Kansas, Texas hopefuls

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith School Board Monday narrowed the field in the search for a new school superintendent when it named two finalists who will return to be interviewed in mid-December. Continue reading...

School board to interview five for post in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — The Fort Smith School Board will interview five superintendent candidates today and is expected to pare that list to two for final interviews in mid-December. Continue reading...

In Fort Smith, five to interview for schools post

Board hunts for successor to 30-year superintendent

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith School Board will interview five superintendent candidates Monday and is expected to pare that list to two for final interviews in mid-December. 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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