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A Van Buren native and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Amanda Hale began her career as an evening newscast producer with KFSM in 2009.

She is currently an executive producer.


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    Bomb Threat Evacuates Northside High School

    Students at Northside High School were evacuated Monday from all buildings due to a bomb threat, according to the Fort Smith School District’s Superintendent’s Office. The Superintendent’s Office said students were evacuated at 11:20 a.m. and let back into the classrooms about an hour later. A message was sent to parents via Parent Link, informing them of the threat and evacuation. Fort Smith Police were called to the school to check the buildings and investigate the threat. Sgt. Daniel Grubbs […]

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    Tennessee Investigators Find Holly Bobo’s Remains

    DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. –Holly Bobo’s remains were found in Decatur County Sunday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced during a news conference Monday night. Bobo was last seen April 13, 2011, by her brother, who told authorities he saw Bobo following a man in hunting clothes into the woods near the family home in Darden that day. Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd said hunters found a human skull shortly after 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The search scene is in the northern […]

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    Waldron Man Facing 20 Counts of Rape

    A Waldron man was arrested and booked into the Scott County Detention Center Friday (August 29) on suspicion of 20 counts of rape, according to a post on the Waldron Police Department’s Facebook page.

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    Bomb Scare Shuts Down Lavaca Street

    The Fort Smith Bomb Squad disabled what appeared to be old dynamite found by a Lavaca man, according Lavaca Police Chief Phil Beshoner. Beshoner said the Fort Smith Bomb Squad was called to the Lavaca Police Department after a man found a suspicious item among things he bought at an estate sale. The man brought the item to the police department Wednesday evening (August 13). Beshoner said a portion of S. Davis Street was shut down while the Lavaca Police Department, Lavaca […]

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    Fort Smith Library Millage Increase Fails

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith voters turned down a two millage increase to expand the Fort Smith Public Library’s budget in a special election Tuesday (August 12). 1,542 voted for the millage increase, while 2,744 voted against the increase. The library’s Board of Trustees wanted to increase the current millage from one to three. This would have meant property tax for residents who own a $100,000 home would increase from $20 to $60 annually. The extra money was slated […]

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    Alma Voters Renew Sales Tax

    ALMA (KFSM) – Voters in Alma approve the renewal of a one percent local sales tax. City officials said seven issues were on the ballot. The one percent sales tax will help fund all seven. On Tuesday’s ballot, voters approved all seven projects. 288 voted for Street Improvement Bonds, while 154 voted against. 296 voted for Fire Department Improvement Bonds, while 151 voted against. 291 voted for Police Department Improvement Bonds, while 156 voted against. 278 voted for Park and […]

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    Crash On I-540 River Bridge Backs Up Traffic

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The northbound lanes of the Interstate 540 bridge, crossing the Arkansas River, were blocked for a short time Wednesday evening (August 6), according to Arkansas State Police. As of 9:15 p.m., police said the bridge was back open but traffic traveling from Fort Smith into Van Buren was still moving slow. No injuries were reported.

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    Eastbound Interstate 40 Reopened In Van Buren

    A semi overturned at the Interstate 540 and Interstate 40 interchange in Van Buren Tuesday night (July 29), blocking the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40, according to Arkansas State Police. As of 1:20 a.m., both lanes of traffic were reopened. Troopers had been diverting all eastbound traffic at Exit 7 on to I-540. The condition of the driver or how the truck overturned is unknown at this time. Stay with 5NEWSonline.com for updates on this developing story.

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    National Weather Service Surveys Ozark Storm Damage

    A team of meteorologist from the National Weather Service was in Franklin County Thursday (July 24) surveying storm damage.

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    Booneville Man’s Death Investigated As Homicide

    A Booneville man’s death is being treated as a homicide, according to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

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    Fort Smith Boy Dies At North Texas Water Park

    A seven-year-old boy from Fort Smith fell ill at a water park in North Richland Hills, Texas and died, according to a news release from the city.

  • greenwood drug bust

    Meth Worth $8,400 Seized In Greenwood

    The Greenwood Police Department seized methamphetamine and marijuana, with a street value of $8,400, during a traffic stop Wednesday (July 2).

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