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City, county asking voters to renew taxes

Fort Smith wants to use some on trails

Subscriber onlyEarly voting begins Tuesday in two May 12 special elections in Fort Smith and Crawford County to renew respective 1 percent sales taxes. Continue reading...

County breaks ground on new jail

Building $20.5M facility in Van Buren to take 18 months

Subscriber onlyVAN BUREN -- Crawford County officials came about 18 months closer to solving a 26-year jail overcrowding problem Friday when they broke ground on a new county jail. Continue reading...

Lawyer's request a delay tactic, city states

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The city has denied officials sabotaged a hard drive sent to an attorney representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city and called the attorney's motion for sanctions earlier this month a delay tactic. Continue reading...

Fort Smith moves fast to reroute sewer lines

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Fort Smith city directors learned this month that the sanitary sewer lines from part of Northside High School and six nearby buildings are connected to the storm sewer system in violation of a consent decree that makes the city vulnerable to daily fines totaling thousands of dollars. Continue reading...

New immigration field office dedicated

12 people from 12 countries take citizenship oath after ceremony in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Responding to a need for more room to provide its services to immigrants in western Arkansas and northeast Louisiana, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officially dedicated a new, spacious field office in north Fort Smith on Wednesday. Continue reading...

Fort Smith moves fast to move sewer lines

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- City directors learned this month the sanitary sewer lines from part of Northside High School and six nearby buildings are connected to the storm sewer system in violation of a consent decree making the city vulnerable to daily fines totaling thousands of dollars. Continue reading...

2 arrested in shooting of Logan County man

Subscriber onlyTwo men were held in the Polk County jail Monday awaiting arraignment May 1 in Logan County Circuit Court on charges surrounding the shooting death of a rural Booneville man. Continue reading...

Whirlpool settles with Fort Smith residents

Judge grants dismissal of class-action suit over pollution

Subscriber onlyA federal court judge has granted a request to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by owners of property devalued by groundwater contamination by Whirlpool after the two sides reached a settlement agreement. Continue reading...

Fort Smith felon gets 40-year term

Subscriber onlyA man was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison Thursday after a Sebastian County Circuit Court jury convicted him of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the kidnapping, robbery and rape of a Van Buren woman last summer. Continue reading...

Marshals museum nears half of goal

Nearly $25 million raised; website changing

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Funds raised for the U.S. Marshals Service's national museum are nearing the halfway mark of what is needed, board members learned Tuesday. Continue reading...

Group moving ahead on homeless campus

Plan offers shelter, services

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Greg Garrett has his makeshift camp near the Arkansas River just a few yards from a building that a group of local agencies is on the verge of developing into a campus to provide social services for area homeless people. Continue reading...

Justices tell Greenwood annexation issue moot

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed as moot the appeal by Greenwood of a Sebastian County Circuit Court ruling voiding annexation ordinances on the November general election ballot. Continue reading...

Ex-caretaker held in Arkansas death

Disabled man’s body found in woods

Subscriber onlyAn Oklahoma man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder in the death of a mentally disabled man in his care in Arkansas, after authorities said he concocted an elaborate plot to deceive the police. Continue reading...

Newman committed to state hospital

Subscriber onlyFormer death row inmate Rickey Dale Newman isn't mentally competent to be retried on a capital murder charge and has been committed to the State Hospital for treatment, a circuit court judge ruled. Continue reading...

Fort Smith sets sewer-rate jump

Users face 60% rise May 1 to pay for system upgrades

Subscriber onlyFort Smith city directors voted Tuesday to increase sewer rates by 60 percent on May 1 to begin raising the money to pay for nearly $500 million in system improvements ordered by the federal government. Continue reading...

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