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Uncle sentenced to 60 years for rape, murder

Subscriber onlyA Fort Smith man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty in Sebastian County Circuit Court to murder and rape charges in the death of his 21/2-year-old niece. Continue reading...

Man sentenced to 60 years for rape, murder

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Fort Smith man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty in Sebastian County Circuit Court to murder and rape charges in the death of his 2½-year-old niece. Continue reading...

Ex-doctor says guilty of sex-abuse attempt

Officer posed as mother of 4-year-old

Subscriber onlyA former Ash Flat doctor pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to enticing a mother to cross state lines so he could have sex with her 4-year-old daughter. Continue reading...

Nothing for jury to see, judge says in tossing lawmen's suit

Subscriber onlyA Sebastian County Circuit judge Tuesday dismissed the whistleblower lawsuit of a former Fort Smith police officer and two current officers after ruling they did not refute the city's arguments and their lawsuit lacked issues for a jury to decide. Continue reading...

Plan for expansion, schools told

3-mill levy for buildings to be put to Fort Smith voters

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith School Board has told staff members to move ahead with the development of a nearly $78 million capital improvement program that will require asking voters for a 3-mill property tax increase, the School Board's president said Friday. Continue reading...

3% cut on Fort Smith agenda to shore up 2 pensions' funds

Subscriber onlyFort Smith city directors are considering cuts in the general fund budget to come up with additional money to keep fire and police pension programs solvent. Continue reading...

Clarksville to vote on levy for schools

On ballot Sept. 15, 7.9-mill increase sought for new high school, other upgrades

Subscriber onlyVoters in Clarksville will go to the polls in September to decide whether to approve a millage increase to pay for construction of a high school and other facilities to accommodate the school district's steady growth. Continue reading...

Greenwood woman faces arraignment in cruiser theft

Subscriber onlyA Greenwood woman was set to be arraigned Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court on accusations she head-butted a sheriff’s deputy, then stole a $26,000 Greenwood police patrol car and wrecked it. Continue reading...

Woman charged in cruiser theft

Greenwood woman also head-butted deputy, reports say

Subscriber onlyA Greenwood woman is to be arraigned today in Sebastian County Circuit Court on accusations that she head-butted a sheriff's deputy, then stole a $26,000 Greenwood Police Department patrol vehicle and wrecked it. Continue reading...

Greenwood hopes it's high time clock ticked again

Subscriber onlyA clock tower was dedicated in the Greenwood square 39 years ago as a memorial to 13 people killed when a tornado devastated the town April 19, 1968. Continue reading...

Attorney says JPs must declare seat empty; 2nd vote set

Subscriber onlyArkansas law states the Sebastian County Quorum Court did not have the discretion earlier this week to reject a resolution declaring a vacancy on the court, the county's attorney wrote in an opinion. Continue reading...

County will get voting devices

State’s $1M aims for all-electronic

Subscriber onlySebastian County has agreed to participate in an Arkansas secretary of state pilot program under which it will receive new electronic voting equipment valued at nearly $1 million. Continue reading...

Ozark plans vote on 1% sales levy

Tax to cover complex, service costs

Subscriber onlyVoters in Ozark will go to the polls Aug. 11 to decide whether to enact a 1 percent sales tax to finance construction of an indoor community recreation complex and an emergency services building. Continue reading...

State's new drug boss quits as JP

Altes cites demands of job

Subscriber onlyDenny Altes, the recently appointed state drug director, has resigned from the Sebastian County Quorum Court because his new job is too time consuming, he wrote in a letter to the county judge. Continue reading...

Fort Smith cuts funds to homeless aid group

Subscriber onlyFort Smith city directors have voted to cut off funding for a local organization that helps the homeless because its services will duplicate those of a proposed homeless campus the city is backing. Continue reading...

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