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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
  • policelights

    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.

  • POLICE LIGHTS

    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.

  • crime

    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).

  • pachl mugshot

    Manhunt On For Convicted Felon Who Fled Before Prison, Deputies Say

    Crawford County deputies are searching for a man they say fled with his two young boys when he was supposed to report for prison Thursday. Michael Pachl was supposed to report in to authorities Thursday to be taken to prison Friday, after being convicted on felony fleeing charges, said Chief Deputy Jim Damante. Instead, Pachl fled in his vehicle with two young boys when deputies showed up to his Cedarville home, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies lost […]

  • overturned fedex truck

    Overturned Semi Blocks Barling Roadway

    A FedEx semi-truck overturned on Church St. in Barling, blocking traffic Tuesday (May 27).

  • barling crash

    River Bridge In Barling Reopens After Four-Car Crash

    A bridge crossing the Arkansas River in Barling was shut down for an hour after a four-car pileup Tuesday afternoon (May 28).

  • duan

    217 Lbs Of Pot Discovered In Semi

    A California man is behind bars after Arkansas Highway Police confiscate 217 pounds of marijuana.

  • old timers day

    Old Timers Day Brings Economic Boost

    A weekend of arts, crafts, food and carnival rides in Van Buren for the annual Old Timers Day Festival.

  • RUN FOR THE WALL

    “Run For The Wall” Stops In Ozark

    Hundreds of veterans with “Run For The Wall” made a pit stop in the River Valley Sunday (May 18).

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