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Pentagon deactivates 2 Guard companies

Subscriber onlyA battalion of the Arkansas National Guard's 142nd Field Artillery Brigade has been reduced by 114 members with the deactivation of two companies as part of a U.S. Defense Department restructuring program. Continue reading...

Fort Smith's food-truck rules ratified

Subscriber onlyMobile food vendors will be allowed to operate in the downtown area for the first time in more than 20 years when Fort Smith city directors voted to amend the city's unified development ordinance. Continue reading...

Fort Smith utility department to add 28

Subscriber onlyCity directors voted Tuesday to spend more than $1.2 million this year to hire 28 additional employees for the Utilities Department as part of the implementation of a consent decree with the federal government to fix the city's sewer system. Continue reading...

Prosecutor: Deputy killing a capital case

At court hearing, witness says assailant emptied gun

Subscriber only The prosecuting attorney for Johnson County said Monday that he will seek a capital murder charge against a man arrested in the fatal shooting last week of a reserve deputy. Continue reading...

Man in forced-medication case ordered released after 3 years

Subscriber onlyA federal judge has ordered that a 75-year-old Kentucky man be released from custody because he was mentally incompetent to stand trial on the firearms charge brought against him more than three years ago. Continue reading...

Reserve deputy slain; man arrested

Johnson County lawman killed during hunt in burglary probe

Subscriber onlyCLARKSVILLE -- A Johnson County reserve sheriff's deputy was shot and killed early Friday while on a search during a burglary investigation in rural eastern Johnson County, according to the Arkansas State Police. Continue reading...

Airport awarded grant to pay for new firetruck

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith Regional Airport is getting a $592,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to buy and equip a new firetruck. Continue reading...

Airport awarded grant to pay for new firetruck

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith Regional Airport is getting a $592,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to buy and equip a new firetruck. Continue reading...

Fort Smith voters renew 1% sales tax

Subscriber onlyFort Smith voters Tuesday renewed by a wide margin a 1 percent sales tax for city streets and drainage but rejected a proposal to divert a portion of the tax revenue for citywide trails and greenways. Continue reading...

Settled with many, Whirlpool tells city

49 residents taking deal

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Whirlpool Corp. official told Fort Smith city directors Tuesday that 49 residents in a neighborhood contaminated with a hazardous chemical from past plant operations by the company have reached a settlement agreement with it. Continue reading...

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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

The home of Tim and Regina Adams at 2127 Old Rudy Road in Crawford County was the scene of a shootin...

The home of Tim and Regina Adams at 2127 Old Rudy Road in Crawford County was the scene of a shooting that left Tim Adams, two of ...

Published: December 5, 2013

Kristi Pfeiffer of Paris carries on the tradition of being the first to stomp the grapes Saturday at...

Kristi Pfeiffer of Paris carries on the tradition of being the first to stomp the grapes Saturday at Cowie Wine Cellars' wine fes...

Published: September 15, 2013

Andrew Smith (left) with Larkin Aquatics of Kansas City, Mo., describes features of the planned aqua...

Andrew Smith (left) with Larkin Aquatics of Kansas City, Mo., describes features of the planned aquatics center at Ben Geren Park ...

Published: February 7, 2013

Fort Smith directors discussed the regulation of digital billboards like this one at Phoenix Avenue ...

Fort Smith directors discussed the regulation of digital billboards like this one at Phoenix Avenue and Old Greenwood Road during ...

Published: January 23, 2013

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