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Shot that killed Arkansas man blamed on tossed revolver

Murder, meth charges filed in Ozark

Subscriber onlyAn Ozark man charged Tuesday with first-degree murder told police he was tossing a gun back and forth with a friend when the gun went off in his hand and wounded his friend in the head. Continue reading...

Johnson County clerk cites error, agrees to drop alcohol bid from ballot

Subscriber onlyA Johnson County Circuit Court judge ordered petitions decertified Monday that would have put liquor sales in the dry county to a vote in November. Continue reading...

Johnson County bid on alcohol faces suit

Subscriber onlyA group opposing the effort to allow alcohol sales in Johnson County has filed a lawsuit challenging the certification of petitions to put the question on the county's general election ballot. Continue reading...

Panel commends jail plan

Franklin County sets steps to tackle lockup’s chronic woes

Subscriber onlyA jail standards committee has approved a plan by Franklin County detailing steps it is taking to address chronic problems under which it has been operating its 42-year-old jail. Continue reading...

Court restores lawsuit by two police officers

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Arkansas Court of Appeals reinstated Wednesday a lawsuit brought by two police officers who claimed the department retaliated against them for making whistle-blowing statements to the chief. Continue reading...

Panel commends Franklin County on jail plan

Subscriber onlyA jail standards committee has approved a plan by Franklin County detailing steps it is taking to address chronic problems under which it has been operating its 42-year-old jail. Continue reading...

After all-night search, 2-year-old Arkansas boy found dead

Boy wandered off; body found in hole

Subscriber onlyA 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his rural Madison County home Tuesday evening was found dead in a hole less than 50 yards from the home Wednesday morning, Sheriff Phillip Morgan said. Continue reading...

Court restores suit by 2 police officers

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Court of Appeals reinstated Wednesday a lawsuit brought by two police officers who claimed the department retaliated against them for making whistle-blowing statements to the chief. Continue reading...

State's 20 to assist fire crews out West

They’ll lend hand at California blaze

Subscriber onlyA crew of 20 firefighters, eight of them with the Arkansas Forestry Commission, has been assembled in Arkansas and sent to help fight a wildfire in California. Continue reading...

11 guns removed at suspect's home; where Arkansas deputy slain, 60 spent shells

Subscriber onlyEleven guns and nearly 60 spent bullet casings were found in the home of convicted felon Billy Monroe Jones after deputies and officers were ambushed last week, according to police. Continue reading...

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Latest photos

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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