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Fort Smith sports site now white elephant

Subscriber onlyCity directors expressed mixed opinions last week about whether the city should continue to develop land at Chaffee Crossing where a sports complex was once planned. Continue reading...

City to do animal-control legwork

Panel to see what others are doing to curb overpopulation

Subscriber onlyMembers of a city board that looks after the care and safety of animals say they are going to shop around for a solution to Fort Smith's animal overpopulation problem. Continue reading...

Trial set for double killing suspects in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyTwo men charged in a July 26 double murder have been scheduled to go on trial in Sebastian County Circuit Court the week of March 18, according to court records. Continue reading...

Sheriff probing death of disabled man in Arkansas jail cell

Subscriber onlyThe Sebastian County sheriff's office is investigating the death last week of a mentally disabled man who was found unresponsive with a head injury in a county jail cell. Continue reading...

Petition: Void bond in student abuse case

Suspect contacted minor, filing states

Subscriber onlyThe Scott County prosecutor is seeking to revoke the bond of a former Waldron Middle School assistant principal, accusing her of contacting the minor student with whom she is charged with having sex. Continue reading...

28 Alma plant workers face deportation

Subscriber only U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiated removal proceedings against 28 employees of an Alma food processing plant who the agency accused of being unlawfully in the United States, an agency spokesman said Thursday. Continue reading...

At least 24 workers at Arkansas food-processing plant held in immigration case

Subscriber onlyFederal Homeland Security Investigations agents detained at least two dozen employees of an Alma food-processing plant Wednesday as part of a criminal investigation. Continue reading...

Sports complex let off hook on repaying city; state senator behind project convicted of fraud

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County Circuit Court jury decided Tuesday that a sports complex project headed by former state Sen. Jake Files and Lee Webb will not have to repay Fort Smith nearly $27,000 in state General Improvement Fund money Files authorized for the project but used for his own purposes. Continue reading...

Fort Smith seeks answers as dogs, cats pack animal shelter

Subscriber onlyThe city animal shelter is being overwhelmed with stray and unwanted cats and dogs, and pet advocates have asked city officials to take action to help reduce their reproduction. Continue reading...

Arkansas woman's killer pleads guilty, gets 30 years

Subscriber only A woman who admitted strangling a 67-year-old woman to death with a lamp cord was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison. Continue reading...

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Latest photos

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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