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Couple arrested in mugging of Arkansas man, 70

Subscriber only A man and woman suspected of beating and robbing a man last week have been arrested in Pennsylvania, according to police. Continue reading...

Gowdy lauds deputy who gave all in Fort Smith

Marshals Museum a way of saying thanks, congressman says

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy on Thursday called the proposed U.S. Marshals Museum a living monument to the men and women willing to dedicate their lives to law enforcement. Continue reading...

County hears ideas to cut jail crowding

Subscriber onlyMembers of the Sebastian County Quorum Court heard a report recommending ways to reduce crowding in the county jail but expressed concern that the measures also would reduce the revenue to operate the lockup. Continue reading...

Arkansas judge pleads guilty in DWI case; panel to decide discipline

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission is determining how to discipline Circuit Judge William Pearson after he pleaded guilty Monday in Johnson County to charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. Continue reading...

Teens face adult trials in slaying of Arkansas college student

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Sebastian County circuit judge has rejected a request by three teenagers to transfer their murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges to juvenile court. Continue reading...

JPs set new vote over jail's future

But no consensus reached on 2 Franklin County tax bids

Subscriber onlyCHARLESTON -- The Franklin County Quorum Court has tentatively scheduled a special meeting for April 24 to consider whether to have residents vote on building a new county jail for $10 million or expanding the existing jail for half the price. Continue reading...

Arkansas senator's roofing job faces police scrutiny

Subscriber onlyState Sen. Jake Files is the subject of a police investigation into an allegation by a city director that Files misspent money paid to him for a roofing job. Continue reading...

Van Buren gathering grills Womack on health care

Subscriber onlyU.S. Rep. Steve Womack communed with some and sparred with others Wednesday at a meeting where people weren't shy to share their feelings on issues such as health care, immigration and entitlements. Continue reading...

Judge tells Arkansas State Police to release dash videos

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas State Police needs more than the assertion from a spokesman that an investigation is ongoing to justify refusal of an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act request for release of dash-camera video, a judge has ruled. Continue reading...

Whirlpool reaffirms Fort Smith cleanup is its task

Plant sale doesn’t alter duty of firm

Subscriber onlyA Whirlpool official said Tuesday even though it has sold its closed manufacturing plant, the company will remain responsible for cleaning up the hazardous chemical under the property and the adjoining neighborhood. Continue reading...

Arkansas school district is 1st to OK billboards on school buses

Logos of 4 area businesses displayed; proceeds to help maintain, repair fleet

Subscriber onlyBOONEVILLE -- The Booneville School District is turning buses into billboards and is getting paid for it. Continue reading...

Fort Smith facing grant cuts

Trump wall plans to siphon away 50% of housing funds

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump wants half of Fort Smith's $856,000 in Community Development Block Grant money so he can start work on the wall between the United States and Mexico. Continue reading...

Trial date set for suspects in Fort Smith teen killing

Subscriber only Four people charged with first-degree murder were ordered Wednesday to stand trial the week of Sept. 11, according to Sebastian County Circuit Court records. Continue reading...

City makes 200th birthday plans

Fort Smith will sell book of history in time for ’18 events

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Plans to throw the city a yearlong bicentennial birthday celebration are gaining momentum as the mayor announced Monday that orders for a commemorative book will be accepted beginning next week. Continue reading...

Vote centers in works in Sebastian County

Subscriber onlyGREENWOOD — The Sebastian County Election Commission is rolling out for public input its proposal to switch from polling places to vote centers for elections. Continue reading...

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