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Bank awarded $2.1M from state senator, wife

Subscriber onlyA circuit judge has filed a judgment against state Sen. Jake Files and his wife for more than $2.1 million for defaulting on loans for which they pledged their home, his business office and another house as collateral. Continue reading...

Silgan Plastic gets $38M bond offer from Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- City directors Monday cast a $38 million lure in hopes of landing a new industry to generate jobs and give a boost to the local economy. Continue reading...

Fort Smith bonds proposed for firm

City will consider $38M to lure plant

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- City directors are scheduled today to consider a resolution of intent to issue $38 million in industrial development revenue bonds and participate in a tax back program to persuade an unnamed company to locate in Fort Smith. Continue reading...

In mental report, man charged in attack on canoeists in Arkansas says he wanted them to kill him

Subscriber onlyA Florida man diagnosed with major depression said in a report that he hoped that by attacking two canoeists in Franklin County last summer, they would kill him. Continue reading...

Man guilty in Arkansas gang killing gets 118 years in prison

Subscriber onlyA 20-year-old man was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison Wednesday after a Sebastian County Circuit Court jury convicted him in the death of a rival gang member. Continue reading...

Witness in murder trial says he saw two men in his gang spray Arkansas trailer with bullets

Accused targeted rival, teen relates

Subscriber onlyA 17-year-old testified Tuesday that he saw two fellow gang members spray bullets from assault-style rifles into a trailer that killed an 18-year-old member of a rival gang. Continue reading...

Witness: Teen slain in flurry of shots at Arkansas trailer

Testimony starts in gang-tied case

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Trey Miller told a Sebastian County Circuit Court jury Monday that he saw a man look in the door of his father's trailer and then run away yelling '"shoot, shoot, shoot.'" Continue reading...

Parties in Arkansas meth ring sent to prison; sentences given to all 17 people

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Seventeen people constituting a methamphetamine ring broken up last year in the Harrison area have been sentenced to federal prison over the past two weeks. Continue reading...

Court upholds $5.6M estate ruling

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Court of Appeals upheld Wednesday a Sebastian County circuit judge’s ruling that will allow the newly opened Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine to receive $5.6 million originally bequeathed to Sparks Hospital in 1966. Continue reading...

Arkansas doctor seeks to void plea in sex-abuse case

Subscriber onlyA 71-year-old doctor sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to groom a 4-year-old girl for sex will have a hearing Jan. 29 on his attempt to void his 2015 guilty plea and prison sentence. Continue reading...

City Council kills liquor requests

Greenwood residents urged leaders to reject private-club bids

Subscriber onlyAldermen have rejected two requests to apply for state private-club liquor permits after several people in the packed council chamber appealed to leaders in Greenwood to keep alcohol sales out of the city. Continue reading...

Bid to toss plea in child-sex case set for hearing

Doctor’s filing blames counsel

Subscriber onlyA 71-year-old doctor sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to groom a 4-year-old girl for sex will have a hearing Jan. 29 on his attempt to void his 2015 guilty plea and prison sentence. Continue reading...

Coroner sees death of Arkansas woman as likely a dog attack

Subscriber onlyThe Johnson County coroner said she suspects that a 75-year-old Hartman woman was killed Monday in a dog attack. Continue reading...

Fort Smith hears of vehicle savings

Subscriber onlyIt wouldn't save the city money to lease its vehicles rather than purchase them, but by leasing the city could take better care of its vehicles for the same amount, the city's finance director told city directors Tuesday. Continue reading...

Wet law push on again in Barling

Neighbor towns’ alliance sought

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Barling officials are reviving efforts to legalize alcohol sales in their town by trying to turn the southern district of Sebastian County from dry to wet. Continue reading...

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