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  • Thousands Of Students Attend Marching Assessment In Alma

    Marching bands from all over the area met at Alma High School Tuesday (Oct. 17) for the Region Eight Marching Assessment. More than 2,000 students from dozens of schools gathered at the assessment including Rogers, Harber, Alma and Russellville High Schools and Chaffin Junior High School. It was a chance for the bands to show off their skills and what they’ve worked on during halftime shows so far this fall season and during the past summer. “It makes you feel […]

  • Police: Fort Smith Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — UPDATE: Orenthieus Mays was taken into custody on Tuesday (Oct. 17), Lt. Daniel Grubbs said. Police said they were notified by authorities in Crawford County that Mays had arrived for a court appearance unrelated to this case. He was taken into custody without incident. Officers with the Fort Smith Police Department are searching for a man allegedly involved in a shooting on Monday (Oct. 16), according to a press release from the department. Police responded to […]

  • Future Fort Smith Talks 78-Acre Annexation, Lip Dub World Record Attempt

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Annexation and “lip dubs” were front-and-center at the Future Fort Smith committee meeting on Monday (Oct. 17) from the Creekmore Park Community Center, reports Talk Business & Politics. In news likely to have a significant tax benefit to the city in years ahead, Fort Smith could be getting a little bigger thanks to a possible 78.61-acre annexation offer the city’s Board of Directors will take up on Tuesday night (Oct. 17). Fort Smith Director of Development […]

  • Bentonville Police Search For Burglary Suspect

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a burglary suspect who entered a home Monday (Oct. 16) on Redwood Avenue, according to a news release. Surveillance video from inside the house shows Clinton Monroe, 37, entered between 8 a.m. and 11:22 a.m., according to the release. He was armed with a hammer and a black pistol. Monroe is described as a white adult, wearing a silver Arkansas Razorback pendant. Police say he is armed and […]

  • UA Law School Ranked As Seventh Best Value In Nation

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The University of Arkansas School of Law has been ranked as the seventh best value in the country, marking the fifth straight year UA finished among the top 10 law schools in the country. The National Jurist and preLaw compiled the rankings. It’s also the seventh consecutive year the school ranked in the top 20, according to a university news release. According to the National Jurist’s Fall 2017 issue, “The Best Value Schools ranking is designed to recognize […]

  • Panel Delays Timetable For State’s Medical Pot Industry, Five Counties Lead Bidding For Cultivation, Dispensary Sites

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Nearly a month after the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission received a rush of last-minute applications for pot-growing cultivation facilities and dispensaries, the five-person panel on Monday (Oct. 16) pushed back the timeline for review and approval of more than 320 applications, reports Talk Business & Politics. The AMMC, chaired by Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointee Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, held its first public meeting before a standing-room only crowd of more than 200 people that spilled into the […]

  • Deputies Investigate Possible Shooting In Goshen

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a possible shooting near Goshen, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kelly Cantrell said. Cantrell said someone called 911 reporting that the passengers of two mustangs were shooting at each other out of the windows. The caller told deputies it was happening near Goshen at about 4 p.m., and that the cars were going west on Bridgewater toward Old Wire Road. Cantrell said one Mustang was red and the other […]

  • Record Halloween Spending Expected To Top $9.1 Billion, Up 8.3% Over 2016

    (KFSM) — Retailers large and small are expecting record Halloween sales as more than 179 million Americans plan to celebrate the holiday. That’s 8 million more than took part in Halloween festivities last year, reports Talk Business & Politics. Total spending is projected to top $9.1 billion, or an average of $86.13 per person, up compared with $8.4 billion cumulatively, or $82.93 per person in 2016, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & […]

  • Benton County Land Annexation Put On Temporary Hold

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — As of Monday (Oct. 16), the land near Arkansas 112 will not be annexed. Rogers wants to put the land within city limits, but the city of Bentonville wants to annex it. During a hearing on Monday (Oct. 16), both Rogers and Bentonville agreed that the land will remain unincorporated until the question of law can be settled. The city of Rogers said the best place for arguments is before a judge. The city released the […]

  • UPDATE: Former Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Murder; Tells Family “I’m Sorry”

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Former Gateway Police Chief Grant Hardin pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Monday (Oct. 16) morning in Benton County Circuit Court. Hardin was sentenced to 30 years in the department of corrections; the plea also included an additional 10 years of a suspended sentence and all rights to appeal were waived, according to Nathan Smith, Benton County prosecuting attorney. Hardin, 48, was charged with capital murder in connection with shooting James Appleton, 59, in the head, […]

  • Fort Smith: School Lockdown Lifted As Possible Shooting Investigation Continues

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Two schools in Fort Smith were placed on a brief lockdown because of possible shot fires, according to Fort Smith Police Sgt. Daniel Grubbs. The call came in around 8:30 a.m. on Monday (Oct. 16) and gave the 900 block of 16th Street as the vicinity of the possible shooting, according to police. The schools impacted were Tilles and Darby Elementary.  Tilles is located a block north of the reported possible shooting location. 5NEWS was told […]

  • Alma Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Child Porn

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — An Alma man has been sentenced to five years in prison for child pornography, according to the United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Kenneth Elser. Jerry Wayne Johnson, 75, was sentenced Friday (Oct. 13) to 60 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on one count each of receipt and possession of child pornography. Last October, members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Smith Police Department, Greenwood Police […]