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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...

Vote on county sales tax expected in July

Ozark lockup would use proceeds to help fund 90-bed wing, renovations

Subscriber onlyFranklin County voters can expect to go to the polls in July for a special sales tax election to raise money to expand and operate the county jail, the county judge said Thursday. Continue reading...

Franklin County jail tax election set

Subscriber onlyFranklin County voters can expect to go to the polls in July for a special sales tax election to raise money to expand and operate the county jail, the county judge said Thursday. Continue reading...

Museum tweaks to cut costs

Soil work to add to price of building Marshals Service site

Subscriber only U.S. Marshals Museum officials are making changes to the museum's design to save money and keep the project within budget. Continue reading...

Fort Smith's Marshals Museum tweaks design to cut costs

Subscriber onlyU.S. Marshals Museum officials are making changes to the design of the Marshals Service's national museum to save money and keep the project within budget. Continue reading...

Quorum court to vote on fate of Fire Department

Officials raise safety, service concerns

Subscriber only The Sebastian County Quorum Court is expected to consider later this month whether to eliminate the Jenny Lind Volunteer Fire Department from the county's fire protection system. Continue reading...

Invoices go unpaid for Fort Smith work

City says developers owe contractors

Subscriber only Two subcontractors who are owed money for work on the stalled River Valley Sports Complex are unable to find anyone to pay them. Continue reading...

City sees hint of leeway on sewer

Fort Smith hopes EPA order helps

Subscriber onlyCity officials see in the administration of President Donald Trump a possibility to ease requirements the federal government imposed on Fort Smith to bring its sanitary sewer system into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. Continue reading...

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