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City in Arkansas dumps law prohibiting dancing on Sundays

Subscriber only City directors did some municipal house cleaning last week, repealing an ordinance that had lain fallow on the books for nearly 64 years and thinning out the long list of city commissions, boards and committees. Continue reading...

Fire razes Van Buren house, damages a second

Subscriber onlyFire destroyed one house late Thursday and heavily damaged another next door, according to the Van Buren Fire Department. No one was injured, the department said. Continue reading...

School Board to decide on timeline for bond issue

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith School Board will vote later this month on a recommended timeline that calls for issuing up to $90 million in bonds this summer and another $31 million next summer to pay for improvements voters approved in the May 22 millage election. Continue reading...

Arkansas man charged in infant's death; he tried to revive daughter by shocking her with extension cord, police say

Subscriber onlyA 19-year-old man is scheduled to go before a Crawford County circuit judge today, charged with smothering his infant daughter then trying to revive her by shocking her with a live extension cord. Continue reading...

Fort Smith hearing on bond issue garners no public comment

Subscriber onlyA public hearing opened and closed without public comment Tuesday on a proposed ordinance to issue $160 million worth of water and sewer refinancing and construction revenue bonds. Continue reading...

Fort Smith School Board to vote on timeline for bonds

Projects OK’d in Fort Smith election

Subscriber onlyThe School Board will vote later this month on a recommended timeline that calls for issuing up to $90 million in bonds this summer and another $31 million next summer to pay for improvements voters approved in the May 22 millage election. Continue reading...

Psychologist calls suspect in shooting of Arkansas sheriff's deputy unfit for trial

Man claims relation to president, royalty

Subscriber onlyA psychologist's mental evaluation of a Scott County man charged with shooting and wounding a sheriff's deputy last year says he suffers from a mental disease and is unfit to stand trial. Continue reading...

Lighter sentence urged for Arkansas man who pleaded guilty in dog-business scam

Defense’s memo cites bipolar disorder

Subscriber onlyA Rogers man who pleaded guilty earlier this year in a dog business investment scheme should get a break on his sentence when he goes to federal court later this month because he suffers from bipolar disorder, his attorney is arguing. Continue reading...

Defense urges lighter sentence in dog-business scam for Rogers man

Subscriber onlyA Rogers man who pleaded guilty earlier this year in a dog business investment scheme should get a break on his sentence when he goes to federal court later this month because he suffers from bipolar disorder, his attorney is arguing. Continue reading...

For role in death of college student, Arkansas teen gets 12 years

He named victim as robbery target

Subscriber onlyDionte Parks was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for his part in the 2016 home-invasion robbery that ended with the shooting death of his neighbor Kaleb Watson. 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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