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Judge hears of teen's 2 sides

He weighs transfer of murder case to juvenile court

Subscriber only A Sebastian County circuit judge was shown two sides of Dionte Parks' personality Wednesday as he prepared to decide whether to transfer Parks' murder case and those of two co-defendants to juvenile court. Continue reading...

Appeals court dismisses Fort Smith Southside mascot suit

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a complaint the School Board violated the Freedom of Information Act when it voted to consider scrapping the Southside High School mascot and fight song. Continue reading...

Suspended Arkansas judge's trial date expected; jurist, 57, was so drunk he couldn't stand, police say

Subscriber onlyCircuit Judge William Pearson, who police say was so drunk he couldn't stand without help when he was arrested in January, is expected to have a trial date set in the next couple weeks, his attorney said Friday. Continue reading...

Files: Suspect in fatal Arkansas shooting recently overdosed

Dover man treated for mental troubles month before slaying

Subscriber onlyA man arrested March 17 in a fatal shooting in Pope County was committed for psychiatric and drug treatment in Little Rock last month after overdosing on methamphetamine and swallowing drain cleaner, according to court documents. Continue reading...

JPs disband fire department

Safety concerns cited for removal of Jenny Lind district

Subscriber onlyThe Sebastian County Quorum Court has voted to dissolve the Jenny Lind Volunteer Fire Department because it failed to relieve concerns that the lack of training and reliable equipment presented a safety hazard for neighboring firefighters who provide mutual aid. Continue reading...

Safety a concern, JPs disband Jenny Lind Fire Department

Subscriber onlyThe Sebastian County Quorum Court has voted to dissolve the Jenny Lind Volunteer Fire Department because it failed to relieve concerns that the lack of training and reliable equipment presented a safety hazard for neighboring firefighters who provide mutual aid. Continue reading...

Suit says Fort Smith owes four contractors $200,000

Subscriber onlyFour companies are suing Fort Smith for more than $200,000 for work they performed on the River Valley Sports Complex before city directors terminated their agreement with the complex's developers. Continue reading...

$850,000 bail OK'd for Arkansas man accused of shooting 2, crushing bodies at junkyard

Subscriber onlyA Pope County man charged with shooting two men and crushing their bodies in a car is expected to be released from jail today after a judge granted a defense motion Monday to set bail. Continue reading...

Murder suspect recently treated for drug, mental issues, files show

Subscriber onlyA man arrested Friday in a fatal shooting in Pope County had been committed for psychiatric and drug treatment in Little Rock last month after overdosing on methamphetamine and swallowing drain cleaner, according to court documents. Continue reading...

Grants add incentive for cities to ban smoking in their parks

Subscriber onlySeveral cities and counties in Arkansas have banned smoking in their parks to maintain a healthy atmosphere for children and adults, but there is also an economic motive behind the bans. Continue reading...

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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

British street artist DFace, also known as Dean Stockton, painted this mural called “Badlands” on th...

British street artist DFace, also known as Dean Stockton, painted this mural called “Badlands” on the side of a building in downto...

Published: January 12, 2017

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

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