Winter Storm Warning In Effect For Northwest Arkansas & River Valley
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I am a Multi-Media Producer for 5NEWS, call letters KFSM-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I originally hail from New York City working at various news outlets in the city and attending Columbia's Journalism School. In my last position, I worked at PBS NewsHour in Washington, DC, after spending eight months volunteering at the Arthritis Foundation and Lupus Foundation assisting them on their online presence. I look forward to my time here in the Natural State!


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    Benton County Reporting Black Ice On Its Roads

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) – For those needing to hit the roads Sunday (Mar. 1) morning, the county’s road department is warning drivers of hazardous driving conditions due to black ice. The ice is so severe in some areas the road department is having problems getting their equipment on roadways, according to news release. They are advising drivers to use extreme caution. “Out around the northwest portion of the county they are slick,” says Jeff Clark with the Benton County Road […]

  • Foundation Plans 1 Day Campaign For People To Give To Their Favorite Charities

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – On a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that ran Sunday (Mar. 1), anchor Jay Plyburn spoke to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the “Arkansas Community Foundation” Heather Larkin. She discusses the launch of a one-day campaign taking place April 2nd, as part of a state wide effort in Arkansas encouraging people to donate to their favorite charities. Click here to learn more information.

  • Arkansas Blood Institute Blames Recent Weather For Diminished Blood Supply

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – On a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that ran Sunday (Mar. 1), anchor Heather Lewis spoke to Greg Womack of the Arkansas Blood Institute. He came on-air to encourage people to give blood as the recent winter weather has put a strain on the local blood supply.  On the other hand, new technology is making it easier for donors to give.

  • Head Of Chaffee Crossing Development Says They’re In Halftime

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – On a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that ran Sunday (Mar. 1), anchor Jay Plyburn spoke to Ivy Owen of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. Owen discusses the new construction happening at Chaffee Crossing describing the site as being in “halftime.” They also mention the extension of Interstate 49, and the impact the recent winter weather is having on construction.

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    Arkansas State Police Identify Victim Of Deadly I-540 Wreck As Greenwood Man

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) Arkansas State Police identified the man who died in a deadly car accident while driving along Interstate-540. Mitchell Philips, 27, from Greenwood was killed when his car slid on black ice driving on the southbound lane of I-540 near the interstate’s Kelley Highway exit, according to ASP. Moreover, they say the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. last night. The Fort Smith Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life to remove Philips from his car. Both […]

  • Local Fundraiser Uses Soup To Benefit Children Living In Poverty

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – On a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that aired Saturday (Feb. 28), anchor Heather Lewis spoke to Laura Kellams, the NWA Director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. They the discuss the group’s 14th annual “#Soup Sunday” taking place Sunday (Mar. 1) at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. The fundraiser helps feed children struggling with poverty in our area. To find out more information, including if it will be re-scheduled due to winter weather, visit […]

  • WATCH: Car Spin Out in Fort Smith Caught On 5NEWS I-Cam

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – During “5NEWS This Morning” a spin out was caught on the 5NEWS Downtown Fort Smith I-Cam. The video shows the car losing control Saturday (Feb. 28) morning while driving down a snowy road on Grand Avenue, eventually hitting a light pole. Police were not called to the accident, and the driver later recovered leaving the scene.

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    Local VA Medical Center Hosts A Public Town Hall With Federal Officials

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A town hall meeting on veterans is scheduled to take place Monday (Feb. 23rd) in Fort Smith providing a public forum for people to address any concerns. Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, located in Fayetteville, is hosting the public town hall at the main branch of the Fort Smith Public Library. A news release states it will serve as a discussion for veterans in our area and a listening session for those in leadership […]

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    Art Project In The River Valley Being Launched This September

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – On a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that ran Sunday (Feb. 22nd), anchor Daren Bobb brought on John McIntosh with Red Cat Productions to discuss an art event launching in the River Valley. McIntosh is planning to paint five to six aging buildings around Fort Smith starting in early September. He describes it as an economic development project, and he says he hopes to make it a festival atmosphere.

  • Girl Scout Cookies Go On Sale Sunday, New Cookies Are Introduced

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – On a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that ran Sunday (Feb. 22nd), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Meagan Piroutek with the local Girl Scouts to offer tips on how to order cookies and show case their newest offerings. This marks the 98th year Girl Scouts are selling cookies, and Piroutek says, girls will be out Sunday for people to buy the sweet treats at booths.

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    Crystal Bridges Is One Of Four Institutions To Host Influential Art

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – A new exhibit opened Saturday (Feb. 21st) at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art featuring some of the world’s most celebrated and influential artists. It’s titled “Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery,” and the exhibit brought together 76 artworks from 73 different artists from the late 19th century to the present, according to a news release. It also stated that this marks the first time many of these storied pieces have toured […]

  • Major Organizations Launch Education Initiative To Help Arkansas Students

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – On a “5NEWS This Morning” segment that ran Saturday (Feb. 21st), anchor Daren Bobb spoke to Kathy Smith with the Walton Family Foundation about an initiative called ForwARd Arkansas. The statewide initiative focuses on preparing students to succeed while in college and the workplace. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Arkansas Board of Education are also sponsors of this educational program. Visit the organization’s website to take an online survey.

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