Jo has been with 5 NEWS as a reporter for one year. She grew up in the River Valley. She has worked in the T.V. news business over 10 years. She lives in Van Buren with her husband David and their daughter Hattie.


Recent Articles
  • Mountainburg Residents Need Help Cleaning Up Tornado Debris

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Mountainburg is calling on any volunteers who want to help clean up after a tornado hit the town April 13. Jerry Elkins is one of many residents receiving help from neighbors and volunteers. A tree fell on his home a few feet from where he was taking shelter. “It fell right through here. So, about 10 feet on the other side of that wall. You got lucky? Yeah I know I did I sure did,” he said. […]

  • Soldier’s Belongings Returned To Family 10 Years After His Death

    WALDRON (KFSM) — A Waldron family feels like a part of their soldier who was killed 10 years ago in Iraq has come home. Justin English set off to serve his country overseas in 2008. His mother, Arlene English received a knock on her door only weeks after he left. “The company he was working for sent a man and a woman to our door that night about 8:30 p.m. They were in a convoy headed to the base he […]

  • Owner Of Beau’s Tuxedos Speaks Out

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The owner of Beau’s Tuxedos is speaking out saying a disgruntled employee has caused trouble for his business. 5NEWS brought this story to you Saturday (April 14) night when the store in Fort Smith on Rogers Avenue was full of customers wanting to pick up their tuxedos, or receive refunds, but the manager and two employees walked out leaving the customers all alone. On Saturday,  when trying to call the Fort Smith or Fayetteville store only a […]

  • Residents Who Experienced Possible Tornado Speak Out

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Emergency responders were dispatched Friday evening to several residences where people were trapped. Trees decades old now rest on top of Holly Shepherd’s home. The Shepherds own a horse rescue. One of their horses was injured during the possible tornado. “She got her self here on the shoulder, the leg…,” Shepherd said. Jessica Palmer helped treat the horse and said she experienced the storm, too. Palmer said she saw the storm as she stood near a barn […]

  • “Calendar Girls” Play Draws Big Crowd At Fort Smith Little Theatre

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)– A play with local actors is drawing quite a crowd in Fort Smith at the Fort Smith Little Theatre. The play, Calendar Girls is based on a true story, was made into a movie, and has now been turned into a theater production by director Eric Wells. For some of the Calendar Girls actors it’s their first time gracing the stage and trying their hand at acting. It’s true for actor Jeannie Wilson who plays Celia in […]

  • Ozark Family Loses Everything In House Fire

    OZARK (KFSM) — A local family is without a home in Ozark after a fire destroyed everything they own. Homeowner Michael Cloud said the fire burned so hot it melted off the siding of the house next door. He said the fire started in the wall from an electrical panel and he and his sons tried to contain it. “We went up into the attic and sure enough there was no question about it we poured about 300 gallons of […]

  • Two People In Sequoyah County Facing 17 Counts Of Animal Cruelty

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — Two people are facing nearly 20 counts each of animal abuse charges after allegedly abandoning their pets for about three weeks, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane. Ashton Dimick and Morgan McCarley are each facing 17 counts of animal cruelty, according to Lane. The two were arrested Wednesday (April 4) after deputies found several dead and emaciated animals on their property, Lane said. Police were dispatched to a home on a county road where they […]

  • Vian Teachers Explain Why Oklahoma Schools Need Funding

    VIAN (KFSM) — Many teachers in Oklahoma are headed to the State Capitol Monday (April 2) to protest the lack of funding for their schools. Teachers in Vian took 5NEWS inside the halls to show us what they are fighting for. School leaders said they are using textbooks that are older than most of their senior students. Teachers who retired were not replaced due to lack of funding, so current teachers have had to bring those students into their classrooms. Many students […]

  • Van Buren Students Get William Shatner’s Attention With Star Trek Video

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Parkview Elementary students in Van Buren are getting a lot of attention for their video, The Adventures of the U.S.S. Parkview: A Star Trek Fan Production. It’s even getting William Shatner’s attention as well. Emmy award winning composer and music director Kevin Croxton said he discovered replicas of the Star Trek set in Harrison. The owners let the students film the video on their set. They also filmed parts of the video in the River Valley. […]

  • National Weather Service Surveys Damage In Sebastian County

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Wednesday (Mar.28) Meteorologists with the National Weather service surveyed a portion of storm damage off Webb Way in Southern Sebastian County. The homeowner said he could see debris flying down the hill towards his home on Tuesday ( Mar.27) before it struck several of hiss sheds and buildings near his home. Some of the debris landed across the road and was wrapped around trees. This is where the National Weather Service started their survey and had this to […]

  • Group In Vian Gathering Food For Kids In Case Of Teacher Walkout

    VIAN (KFSM) — A group in Vian is gathering food to feed kids in case of a teacher walkout in Oklahoma. Richard and Jackie Tyler own Noah Aquaponic Harvest and said 30 percent of their business profits go to a food pantry they operate called Vian Peace Center. “We take that food and will distribute it to people in need, so we have a 40 backpacks that go to school for kids for the weekend,” Richard said. With teachers across […]

  • Spiro Teachers Protest On Busy Street

    SPIRO (KFSM) — Spiro teachers took to the streets of the busiest part of town Wednesday (March 21) to protest change. “It is time to take a stand and in this crisis our state is having  we really don’t want to be here, but we have called, we have gone to the Capitol, we have emailed and our legislators have not listened,” said Cindy Hall, a second grade Spiro teacher. Teachers lined the streets in an effort to shows legislators […]