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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.


Recent Articles
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    Son Faces Murder Charge In Father’s Shooting Death

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – A Sequoyah County man accused of shooting and killing his father on Monday evening (Oct. 13) had prior charges filed against him, including two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and domestic abuse, according to court records. Steven Just was taken into custody for questioning after the shooting, then arrested Tuesday (Oct. 14) on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to Sheriff Ron Lockhart. The victim has been identified as Robert Just, 70. Lockhart said […]

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    LeFlore County Deputy Shoots, Kills Suspect During Hostage Situation

    SPIRO, Okla. (KFSM) – A suspect is dead after being shot by a LeFlore County deputy Monday during a hostage situation in Spiro, according to the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect took four people hostage at a home on Shelley Carlisle Drive after stealing a purse from a nearby home, authorities said. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation identified the suspect as Freddie Cooper, 36, of Spiro. “He was saying crazy stuff, the guy was out of his mind. […]

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    Eastern Arkansas Boy Arrested In Fort Smith Bomb Threat

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday (Sept. 26), a juvenile from the county was charged in connection with a bomb threat made at Southside High School in Fort Smith. The boy was charged in juvenile court with conspiracy to commit terroristic threatening in the first degree, according to a news release from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators with the Fort Smith Police Department said there is a Southside High School in Batesville, which is located in Independence County, […]

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    Darby Junior High Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat

    Students at Darby Junior High School in Fort Smith were evacuated from the building after a bomb threat was found Wednesday morning (Sept. 24), according to the Fort Smith School District Superintendent’s Office. School officials said the children and staff were taken to a safe place while Fort Smith Police searched the campus. A Parent Link message was sent out by the district, informing parents of the threat shortly before 10:00 a.m. Students and staff were given the all clear […]

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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 […]

  • JAMES BYNUM

    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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