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Dave Hughes

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Aquatic center contracts OK’d

City saves on building costs

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — Costs for a joint Fort Smith/Sebastian County aquatic center project are $1.11 million less than estimated, which will allow for the addition of more or better features for the water park. Continue reading...

Prairie Grove man pleads guilty to hacking passwords

Subscriber onlyA Prairie Grove man charged with stealing and selling computer users’ email passwords pleaded guilty to a computer hacking charge in federal court Monday. Continue reading...

Motorcycle crash kills 1, injures 1

Subscriber onlyAn Ozark man was killed Sunday night and an Ozark woman was injured when the motorcycle they were riding went off a highway south of Ozark and hit a tree, according to the Arkansas State Police. Continue reading...

Officials get a peek at plan for new jail

Subscriber onlyCrawford County could move into a new jail in January 2017 if voters approve two sales taxes next month, a jail architect told county officials Friday. Continue reading...

Justices set to hear case on committal

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments by accused murderer Rickey Dale Newman that he should be mentally evaluated before being committed to the state hospital for treatment. Continue reading...

Man enters plea in church’s theft

Subscriber onlyA Van Buren man has pleaded innocent in Crawford County Circuit Court to a theft charge accusing him of stealing $94,000 over 3½ years from the church for which he worked. Continue reading...

Property forfeited in court finding

Planes, cars, cash surpass $450,000

Subscriber onlyA federal court judge on Thursday in Fayetteville ordered the forfeiture of more than $450,000 in cash and property that the government contends Rogers businessman James Bolt obtained by fraud. Continue reading...

Mayor: Accused chief put on leave

Subscriber onlyThe police chief of Bull Shoals who is charged in federal court, accused of using excessive force in arresting a suspect last year has been placed on administrative leave by the town’s mayor. Continue reading...

Mistrial declared after jury deviates

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — A Sebastian County circuit judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in a murder case after learning jurors received information not presented to them in court. Continue reading...

Murder suspect’s accounts at odds

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — A Fort Smith man charged with murdering a woman last year said when first interviewed by Fort Smith police that he barely knew her, but later said he thought of her as a sister. Continue reading...

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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

The home of Tim and Regina Adams at 2127 Old Rudy Road in Crawford County was the scene of a shootin...

The home of Tim and Regina Adams at 2127 Old Rudy Road in Crawford County was the scene of a shooting that left Tim Adams, two of ...

Published: December 5, 2013

Kristi Pfeiffer of Paris carries on the tradition of being the first to stomp the grapes Saturday at...

Kristi Pfeiffer of Paris carries on the tradition of being the first to stomp the grapes Saturday at Cowie Wine Cellars' wine fes...

Published: September 15, 2013

Andrew Smith (left) with Larkin Aquatics of Kansas City, Mo., describes features of the planned aqua...

Andrew Smith (left) with Larkin Aquatics of Kansas City, Mo., describes features of the planned aquatics center at Ben Geren Park ...

Published: February 7, 2013

Fort Smith directors discussed the regulation of digital billboards like this one at Phoenix Avenue ...

Fort Smith directors discussed the regulation of digital billboards like this one at Phoenix Avenue and Old Greenwood Road during ...

Published: January 23, 2013

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