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Man pleads guilty to murder during robbery, gets 30 years

Subscriber onlyBOONEVILLE -- A Polk County man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in the April 2015 death of a rural Logan County man shot during a robbery. Continue reading...

12 sent to prison in meth ring bust

Leader of 15-member ring to be sentenced in August

Subscriber onlyTwelve members of a methamphetamine distribution ring were sentenced in federal court this week to prison terms as long as 20 years. Continue reading...

Agency driver accused of failing to act when he saw rape of boy

Subscriber onlyA van driver with Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas was arrested Wednesday on an accusation of failing to act when he witnessed a 9-year-old boy being raped by a 14-year-old boy in the agency's van. Continue reading...

Plea is innocent for Arkansas man accused in beating death of ex-housemate

Subscriber only A Crawford County man pleaded innocent before a circuit judge Wednesday after being charged Tuesday with capital murder in the ax-handle beating death of a man. Continue reading...

Van Buren man faces murder charges

Subscriber onlyA Crawford County man is scheduled to go before a Circuit Court judge this morning after being charged Tuesday with the capital murder of a man who was beaten to death last week with an ax handle. Continue reading...

Arkansas man charged in jogger's killing fit for trial, doctor says

Barling man plans insanity defense

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Barling man who is claiming mental disease as a defense to a charge he shot a jogger last summer was not insane at the time of the shooting, according to a mental evaluation report. Continue reading...

Crawford County jail's builder says completion nears

Subscriber onlyVAN BUREN -- Construction of Crawford County's new jail is on schedule and under budget with an expected opening date of Oct. 15, County Judge John Hall said. Continue reading...

Class-action lawyers make leniency case

Subscriber onlyA group of attorneys have asked a federal judge not to punish them next week for seeking a more favorable forum in a class-action lawsuit, arguing punishment would be unnecessary and overly harsh. Continue reading...

Arkansas guardsman, 32, collapses, dies

He was training at Fort Chaffee; mom says heatstroke cited

Subscriber onlyArkansas Army National Guard officials were investigating Wednesday the death of a guardsman during annual training at the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center in western Arkansas. Continue reading...

Project chief hired for Marshals Museum

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Marshals Museum board of directors voted Tuesday to hire a new chief operating officer to oversee construction of the U.S. Marshals Service's national museum. 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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