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
  • Black Bear Shot By Deputies After Being Run Over By A Vehicle; Deputies Put On Unpaid Leave

    PARIS (KFSM) –A driver traveling on Highway 109 in Paris told police that he had hit a black bear, Logan County investigators said. “The way he described, it may have rolled up under the vehicle, the front wheels and the rear wheels also,” Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks said. According to the sheriff, the black bear was badly injured and ran up an embankment into the woods. Two deputies later found the bear. “They made the determination to put the bear […]

  • Disabled Veteran Says He Was Robbed By Couple Helping Carry Groceries

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith resident John Thomas is a 70-year-old disabled Vietnam Veteran of a silver star and three bronze stars. On Tuesday (April 11), Thomas said he pulled into his driveway on South Greenwood Avenue. He said a couple approached him. “I had just come home from grocery shopping.They walked over and asked if they could help carry my groceries. I said, ‘sure,'” Thomas said. He said once inside the couple stayed. “We sat down for a […]

  • Oklahoma Schools Facing More Budget Cuts

    MULDROW (KFSM) — Schools in Oklahoma are facing another round of budget cuts. The state of Oklahoma does not have enough money for school payrolls. Muldrow Superintendent Ron Flanagan has been an educator for 32 years. He said the budget cuts in Oklahoma are at its worst. “When I began in education in the 1980s, we were going through a money crisis at that time. The oil fields at that time began to shut down,” Flanagan said. “In the 2000’s, the same […]

  • Whirlpool Executives Give Update on Site To Board of Directors

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Whirlpool refrigeration production building in Fort Smith shut down in 2012 after 45 years of operation. Since that time Whirlpool has performed clean up of trichloroethylene or TCE, a chemical agent the company stopped using in the 80’s after it was deemed unsafe. Residents who live around the site were compensated for the depreciation of their property value. “A lot of people around here are moving out and trying to sell their houses and can’t,” […]

  • Fort Smith City Leaders Will Travel To Washington In Hopes Of Modifying Consent Decree

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Water and sewer rates have increased significantly in the last five years and some Fort Smith residents are making changes to their daily routines in an effort to save money. “We had a dishwasher. We got rid of it because it used too much water. We do laundry once a week to try and conserve on water,” Fort Smith resident Ronnie Houston said. Houston said his bill was nearly $70 this month compared to $30 when he moved […]

  • Local Man From Syria Praises President Trump’s Decision To Launch An Airstrike

    FORT SMITH ( KFSM) — A local man who is the leader of a mosque in Fort Smith is speaking out about the airstrike in Syria. Hisham Yasin is keeping close contact with his friends and family who live in Syria. He is following the news and watching the video of what’s going on there. “Syria opened her door for me and my family when we came out from Palestine,” Yasin said. Yasin said he remembers a more peaceful Syria […]

  • Fort Smith National Cemetery Hosts World War I Centennial Wreath Laying Ceremony

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith National Cemetery hosted a World War I Centennial wreath laying ceremony on Thursday (April 6). The National Cemetery Administration announced that national cemeteries across the country will each host a ceremony to commemorate the 353,082 World War I veterans buried in VA national cemeteries across the country. “We have veterans all the way back to the Civil War including union and confederate troops buried here,” Fort Smith National Cemetery director Gerard Lyons said. “All […]

  • Greenwood Family’s Home Burns After Lightning Strike

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — A Greenwood family had to evacuate their home in Tuesday night’s (April 4) downpour after a bolt of lightning caught their home on fire. The Richardsons said they were getting ready for bed on Tuesday night when a bolt of lightning struck the roof of their home. They said smoke filled the home within minutes, but the couple was able to make it out safely. “They were wrapped in the arms of neighbors and friends in that […]

  • $75,000 Needed To Make Fort Smith Walking Trails Safer

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The director of Fort Smith Parks and Recreation will go before city board members and ask them to approve the use of $75,000 to purchase two utility task vehicles and two mowers. In a memo addressed to City Administrator Carl Geffken, director Doug Reinert addressed the growth of walking trails within city limits. The memo stated that planning and construction of the Fort Smith Trail System began to pick up steam in 2015. Seven miles of […]

  • Brothers Planning To Open Medical Marijuana Cultivation Center In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Entrepreneurs and brothers Storm Nolan and Kane Whitt plan to open a medical marijuana cultivation center on E. Street in Fort Smith. The 83,000 square foot warehouse has been shut down for quite some time. The brothers plan to invest in the property on the Poteau River and in the industrial historic area of downtown. “We will probably have 30 well paid people working here and in a variety of roles. From actually attending to the […]

  • Local Volunteers Will Help Rebuild In Peru After Deadly Flooding

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Flooding in Peru has killed nearly 100 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. “They’ve had more accumulation (of rain) in the last four weeks than in the last 18 years,” said Dale Walker, board member of Tom Cox World Ministries. About 700,000 homes have been damaged or effected by the flooding, and more than 125,000 homes have been totally destroyed. Dozens are missing in mudslides. Tom Cox World Ministries is headquartered in Mountainburg and they have […]

  • Jenny Lind Fire Station Shut Down; Equipment Seized In Separate County

    JENNY LIND (KFSM) — The small rural fire department in the Jenny Lind Community of Sebastian County was dissolved last week after its effectiveness was called into question. “Whenever the continued vote of the lack of confidence of fire departments backing up Jenny Lind continued to occur an ordinance was presented to the quorum court,” said Sebastian County Judge David Hudson. The Jenny Lind Fire Department was shut down and its district was reassigned to surrounding fire departments, county leaders […]