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Special prosecutor sought for Ozark accusations

Subscriber onlyThe prosecutor for Franklin County said he will request a special prosecutor to look into an Ozark mayoral candidate's accusations of corruption in city government. Continue reading...

County votes to raise fees cities pay to jail prisoners

Subscriber only The Crawford County Quorum Court has voted to impose a higher fee on cities for housing their prisoners even though county officials admit that they can't justify the increase. Continue reading...

Debt not city's, Fort Smith says

Ball-field ruling appeal OK’d

Subscriber onlyInsisting River Valley Sports Complex partners were responsible for failing to pay four contractors more than $200,000 for work on the failed ball-field project, city directors voted Tuesday night to appeal a jury verdict ruling the city was liable for the debt. Continue reading...

Debt not city's, Fort Smith says

Ball-field ruling appeal OK’d

Subscriber only Insisting that River Valley Sports Complex partners were responsible for failing to pay four contractors more than $200,000 for work on the failed ball-field project, city directors voted Tuesday night to appeal a jury verdict that ruled the city was liable for the debt. Continue reading...

Cities' jail fees increase, but Crawford County can't show need

Subscriber only The Crawford County Quorum Court has voted to impose a higher fee on cities for housing their prisoners even though county officials admit they couldn't justify the increase. Continue reading...

Man slain by police was ruled dangerous

Subscriber onlyA knife-wielding man fatally shot by police Saturday had been involuntarily committed five months earlier for treatment of mental problems, according to Sebastian County Circuit Court records. Continue reading...

Fort Smith board candidates give their views on economic development

Subscriber onlyVoters will choose between experience and youthful vision when they go to the polls Nov. 6 to elect a city director for the at-large Position 5 seat on the Board of Directors. Continue reading...

City considers appeal in contractors case

Factors in seeking reversal of Fort Smith sports complex verdict are outlined

Subscriber onlyThe attorney who represented the city's losing effort in a breach-of-contract trial last month involving the River Valley Sports Complex has told city directors that getting a reversal on appeal would be difficult. Continue reading...

Johnson County targeted by GOP

Subscriber onlyRepublicans in Johnson County are making a run at turning the Democrat-blue county government to Republican red. Continue reading...

City weighs contractors case appeal

Subscriber onlyThe attorney who represented the city's losing effort in a breach-of-contract trial last month involving the River Valley Sports Complex told city directors Tuesday that getting a reversal on appeal would be difficult. Continue reading...

Johnson County targeted by GOP; 14 party hopefuls are most in years

Subscriber onlyRepublicans in Johnson County are making a run at turning the Democrat-blue county government to Republican red. Continue reading...

Ex-sanitation chief to get day in court

July date set for his lawsuit over firing

Subscriber onlyA judge in Sebastian County Circuit Court has set a trial date of July 8 for a lawsuit in which the fired city Sanitation Department director claims he was a scapegoat in the city's recycling debacle. Continue reading...

Trial set in city's firing of director

Sanitation chief suing Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyA judge in Sebastian County Circuit Court has set a trial date of July 8 for a lawsuit in which the fired city Sanitation Department director claims he was a scapegoat in the city's recycling debacle. Continue reading...

Fake alarm sparks commotion at Arkansas youth center

Subscriber onlyOfficials with the Arkansas Division of Youth Services were reviewing procedures and actions at a juvenile treatment center in south Sebastian County on Monday after a youth pulled a fire alarm that sparked fighting and escape attempts over the weekend. Continue reading...

Hospital project kicks off in Ozark

$5M expansion to be done in ’19

Subscriber onlyAt a time when rural hospitals across the nation are struggling to keep their doors open, officials broke ground Thursday morning on a $5.13 million expansion of Mercy Hospital Ozark. Continue reading...

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