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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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  • arkoma head shop bust

    Arkoma Head Shop Raided After 6-Month Undercover Operation

    ARKOMA, Okla. (KFSM) – Authorities raided an Arkoma head shop Tuesday afternoon following a six-month investigation in which undercover Oklahoma narcotics agents said they bought synthetic marijuana and Schedule I drugs. Michael Cox and Randall Wilson were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of several drug charges. Cox owns A-Town Novelties where investigators carried out the drug raid, and Wilson is a store clerk, said Jason Tucker, an agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation. Both suspects remain in the LeFlore County […]

  • Ali Matar Back In Court, Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Rape

    Trial To Begin For Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Bentonville Students

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The jury trial for a former Bentonville School District employee accused of rape will begin Tuesday (Jan. 27), according to Nathan Smith, Benton County prosecuting attorney. Ali Matar, 21, of Lowell is accused of sexually assaulting young girls in 2014 at R.E. Baker Elementary School in Bentonville. Matar was arrested on May 14, 2014. Matar, who had a pretrial hearing on Monday (Jan. 26), faces one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault, according to […]

  • News Anchor, Reporter

    5NEWS, which is broadcast on KFSM-TV and KXNW-TV, is looking for a news anchor and reporter who can handle breaking news and is a proven leader in the newsroom. You must enterprise significant local news stories, be able to write for the Web and post content on social media sites. We are the news leader in this market and want a journalist who thrives on being a member of a competitive, winning news team. This market is home to some […]

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    Van Buren Family Loses Pets In House Fire

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – A Van Buren family loses their pets and the inside of their home is destroyed in a house fire, according to the Van Buren Fire Marshal. Van Buren Police shut down a portion of Philips Dr. while firefights battled the flames Tuesday (Jan. 20) afternoon. The interior of the home is a total loss, according to Van Buren Fire Marshal Stanley Clark. He said the fire appeared to start in the master bedroom area. No one […]

  • VETERANS FOOD DONATION

    Community Provides Blankets, Warm Clothing For Homeless Veterans

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Representatives form the Chaffee Crossing Redevelopment Authority presented donations of blankets, warm clothing and food to homeless veterans in Fort Smith. The donation was made to the Buddy Smith Home Tuesday (Dec. 23), which is a supportive home for military veterans through the Next Step Homeless Services. Lorie Robertson with the Chaffee Redevelopment Authority said the donations were collected during the Veterans Day Parade and Fall Festival. A large box of blankets, jackets, coats, sweaters and […]

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    Scranton Man Killed In Oklahoma Oil Rig Explosion

    A Scranton man was one of two killed early Friday morning (Dec. 19) in a drilling rig fire in Coal County, Oklahoma, according to a family member.

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    Two Injured In Fort Smith House Fire

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Two people are hospitalized after being pulled from a burning home in Fort Smith, according to firefighters on the scene. A portion of Grand Ave. and 16th St. were blocked as firefighters continued to put out hot spots. A firefighter on the scene tells 5NEWS a man and woman were inside at the time of the fire. The man was able to get out, but the woman had to be pulled from the house by emergency responders. […]

  • BECKER MUGS

    Father, Daughter Arrested After Barling Stabbing

    BARLING  (KFSM) – One man has been hospitalized, and a father and daughter are behind bars after a stabbing in Barling on Monday night (Dec. 15), authorities said. After being stabbed six times, Jesse Pyles, 18, was hospitalized at Mercy hospital in Fort Smith, officials said. He was listed Tuesday in stable condition. Jason Becker, 41, and his daughter, Brittany Becker, 18, were booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center and face several charges in connection to the stabbing, officials said.. The father […]

  • Steven Just

    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, […]

  • DARBY BOMB THREAT

    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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