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Lecture series to host legislator Gowdy

Subscriber onlyU.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy in April will address the importance of the U.S. Marshals Service in the second installment of the Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series. Continue reading...

Arkansas senator's firm told to pay up in 2 suits

In 3rd, Files sued over unpaid bill

Subscriber onlyFort Smith's cancellation last week of its contract with Jake Files' development firm for construction of a softball complex is just the latest financial difficulty for the state senator. Continue reading...

Fort Smith ballpark concerns detailed

Files: Filled out forms for others

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- State Sen. Jake Files told Fort Smith officials last month that he filled out and signed a tax record for a subcontractor and prepared two more subcontractors' price quotes to secure a $46,500 grant from the state General Improvement Fund, city records show. Continue reading...

Arkansan gets 25-year term in brother's '15 slaying

Subscriber onlyA Van Buren man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday after a Crawford County Circuit Court jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the 2015 shotgun slaying of his brother. Continue reading...

Fort Smith cancels park pact after multiple missed deadlines

Subscriber onlyCity directors voted Tuesday to terminate the contract of a state senator and a former Sebastian County Quorum Court member for failure to meet deadlines to develop a tournament-quality sports complex on city-owned property. Continue reading...

Fort Smith to ante up $40,000 for port study

Subscriber onlyCity directors have decided to support an effort to gauge interest in developing an intermodal port on the Arkansas River in Crawford County. Continue reading...

Panel votes to ban tobacco in parks

Fort Smith plan to cut litter, fumes

Subscriber only A woman called Parks and Recreation Commissioner Sherry Toliver and asked if a statue of a man with a cigarette in his mouth at Carol Ann Cross Park would send the wrong message about an effort to ban smoking in city parks. Continue reading...

Fort Smith kicks in money for Crawford County port project

Subscriber only City directors have decided to support an effort to gauge interest in developing an intermodal port on the Arkansas River in Crawford County. Continue reading...

Fort Smith cancels ballpark contract

Lawmaker’s project missed 4 cutoffs

Subscriber onlyCity directors voted Tuesday to terminate the contract of a state senator and a former Sebastian County Quorum Court member for failure to meet deadlines to develop a tournament-quality sports complex on city-owned property. Continue reading...

Arkansas store clerk accused of telling lottery player winning ticket was worthless

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A convenience store clerk faces a lottery fraud charge over accusations that he told a customer that her lottery ticket was worthless, then cashed in the $500 winning ticket himself. Continue reading...

Man found fit for trial in Fort Smith slaying

Subscriber onlyFollowing 3½ years of delayed trials and multiple mental evaluations, a man who shot himself in the head twice after police say he killed his ex-father-in-law is mentally fit to stand trial on a capital murder charge, a psychologist has concluded. Continue reading...

School Board spurns offer to settle lawsuit

Subscriber onlyThe School Board on Thursday rejected a proposal to settle a lawsuit charging that it violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, indicating that it would defend its position in court. Continue reading...

Birth, death of baby hidden by 2, police say; body found in refrigerator of Arkansas home

Subscriber onlyTwo women were arrested in Ozark on charges of concealing a birth and abuse of a corpse after one of the women gave birth and police found the body of the baby in a box inside a refrigerator, Ozark police said. Continue reading...

Port, rail, truck hub proposed

Consultant briefs Fort Smith area

Subscriber onlyMembers of the Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority are hearing from a consultant who, if hired, would search for a private firm to build and operate an intermodal port on the Arkansas River. Continue reading...

4 ballpark deadlines missed, state senator's contract at risk

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- City Administrator Carl Geffken said Tuesday he will recommend city directors terminate a contract with two men, one of them state Sen. Jake Files, for failing to meet deadlines in the development of a softball sports complex at Chaffee Crossing. Continue reading...

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