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State Senate, municipal voting begins in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyEarly voting begins today for the Aug. 14 municipal election for Fort Smith mayor and the Position 5 at-large seat on the city's Board of Directors. Continue reading...

Dismissal request denied in suit by Arkansas ball field developers, including ex-state senator

Subscriber onlyA judge has rejected an attempt by developers of the River Valley Sports Complex, which includes former state Sen. Jake Files, to dismiss the complex from a lawsuit that seeks payment for work done on the abandoned ball field project. Continue reading...

1½-year sentence starts for ex-state senator after guilty plea on fraud, money laundering charges

Subscriber onlyFormer state Sen. Jake Files of Fort Smith spent his first full day in federal prison Friday on an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and bank fraud. Continue reading...

Fort Smith ball field developers' bid for dismissal in suit fails

Subscriber onlyA judge has rejected an attempt by developers of the River Valley Sports Complex, which includes former state Sen. Jake Files, to dismiss the complex from a lawsuit seeking payment for work done on the abandoned ball field project. Continue reading...

Recycle suit gets hopefuls in Fort Smith mayor's race to agree

City’s immunity opposed by all 3

Subscriber onlyAll three candidates for mayor said Fort Smith should not be granted immunity in a resident's lawsuit that says the city collected sanitation fees for recycling services that it did not provide. Continue reading...

Ex-treasurer pleads guilty to stealing school district funds

Subscriber onlyThe former treasurer of the Westside School District in Johnson County faces two years in prison and a restitution order of nearly $180,000 after she pleaded guilty in circuit court last week to theft of school money. Continue reading...

2 hopefuls favor sewer pact redo

They support seeking more time to fix Fort Smith system

Subscriber onlyTwo candidates for Fort Smith city director favor renegotiating a consent decree with the federal and state governments to gain more time to comply with their demands to fix the city's wastewater system. Continue reading...

Fort Smith loses immunity bid

Resident’s lawsuit seeks return of fees, claims recycling ruse

Subscriber onlyFort Smith cannot claim immunity in its defense of a lawsuit filed by a resident alleging that Fort Smith wrongly collected fees to recycle material that ended up in the landfill, a Sebastian County circuit judge has ruled. Continue reading...

Fort Smith candidates favor redo of sewer pact

Subscriber onlyTwo candidates for city director favor renegotiating a consent decree with the federal and state governments to gain more time to comply with their demands to fix the city's wastewater system. Continue reading...

Fort Smith can't claim immunity in defense of suit

Judge’s ruling favors citizen’s complaint over recycle fees

Subscriber onlyFort Smith cannot claim immunity in its defense of a lawsuit brought by a resident complaining the city wrongly collected fees to recycle material that ended up in the landfill, a Sebastian County Circuit Court judge has ruled. Continue reading...

Arkansas sports complex asks for exit from city's lawsuit

Subscriber onlyA judge said Monday that he will rule in a day or two whether to drop River Valley Sports Complex from a lawsuit over work left unpaid after the complex's partners, including former state Sen. Jake Files, abandoned the project, leaving the city to pick up the tab. Continue reading...

Hartman woman accused of stabbing her husband to death

A Hartman woman is accused of fatally stabbing her husband Sunday, according to authorities. Continue reading...

U.S. attorney takes oath of office in Arkansas; governor, senator attend ceremony

Subscriber onlyDuane "Dak" Kees took the oath of office as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas on Friday during an investiture ceremony presided over by four federal court judges. Continue reading...

Building starts on $58.6M Marshals Museum in Fort Smith

Subscriber only More than 11 years after Fort Smith was designated as the home the national museum of the U.S. Marshals Service, construction began Thursday on the 53,000-square-foot building on the banks of the Arkansas River, museum officials announced. Continue reading...

Ex-official Westside pleads guilty to stealing school money

Subscriber onlyThe former treasurer of the Westside School District in Johnson County faces two years in prison and a restitution order of nearly $180,000 after she pleaded guilty in circuit court on Thursday to theft of school money. Continue reading...