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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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    Fayetteville High Students Return Day After Bomb Threat

    A bomb threat was found on the wall of a girl’s bathroom at Fayetteville High School Monday (Jan. 20), according to Fayetteville Public Schools Spokesman Alan Wilbourn.

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    Bomb Scare Forces Store Evacuation

    The Big Lots store in Fort Smith was evacuated Friday night (Jan. 17) due to a bomb scare. The Fort Smith Bomb Squad was called to the store on Rogers Ave. by the manager on a report of a suspicious bag left inside. Officers X-rayed the bag and did not find an explosive. Investigators said the items inside the bag maybe stolen.

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    Sheriff Saves Kids From Overnight School Due To Weather Conditions

    The Alma School District said it is not safe for school buses in parts of the city, and they will keep students overnight if needed.


    Taser Shock Ends 2 Hour Standoff At Fort Smith Motel

    A standoff at a Fort Smith motel ended early Thursday night with a suspect in jail and a stun gun deployed. Police arrested Winston Whitfield on suspicion of fleeing apprehension and resisting arrest. Police around 4 p.m. evacuated a portion of the motel after eyewitnesses said a man was threatening patrons with a firearm. Officers armed with rifles responded to the incident at the Regency Inn at 1215 W. St. South and encountered Whitfield, at which point the suspect allegedly […]

  • Elderly Man Found Dead In Fort Smith Identified

    The body of a local man missing since November was found behind Central Christian Church on North Waldron Road about noon Tuesday (Dec. 31), according to Fort Smith Police. Sgt. Daniel Grubbs said the body of an elderly black man was found by workers who are remodeling the church. He said neither foul play nor suicide is suspected. Police later identified the man as Merlin John Boyd, 76, a Fort Smith man who was reported missing Nov. 10. His body […]

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    Firefighters Install Free Smoke Alarms

    The Fort Smith Fire Department wants to help keep citizens safe during the winter months by providing free installation of smoke detectors to those who qualify.


    Local Soldier Killed in Helicopter Crash

    The Department of Defense announced today a Heavener, Okla. soldier was among six killed in a helicopter crash in Now Bahar, Afghanistan on Dec. 17.

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    Settled Lawsuit Could Affect Local Mitsubishi Plant

    Mitsubishi and General Electric have agreed to settle their patent lawsuit over wind power technology, according to Bloomberg.


    Winter Storm Cleanup in Greenwood to Begin

    Monday (Dec. 23) the city of Greenwood will start cleaning up damage from this month’s ice storm, according to Mayor Del Gabbard. Gabbard says it could take more than a month to complete. He estimates it will cost at least $50,000 to gather and burn debris left by the winter storm. The City Council also approved the hiring of six temporary workers and a six-month lease on land for a burn site. Gabbard says residents should place debris parallel to […]

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    Parents Remember 18-Month-Old Girl Killed In Fire

    An 18-month-old Clarksville girl was killed in an apartment fire Wednesday afternoon. Now her parents are left reliving that day and reflecting on the loss of their daughter, Chezleigh Alana Reign Wood. The fire started about 12:15 p.m. at an eight unit complex on Cemetery Street, said Clarksville Police Chief Greg Donaldson. “The only thing else I could have done, was get her out of that room. And I didn’t do it,” said Chris Wood, the toddler’s father. Donaldson said he […]

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    Woman Accused of Killing Highway Worker Found Guilty

    The woman accused of shooting and killing an Arkansas Highway Department employee at a rest stop in Van Buren was found guilty by a Crawford County jury on Thursday (Dec. 12). Patricia McClure-Hajek was found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in Sharren Richards’ death. McClure-Hajek was sentenced to 30 years in prison and $15,000 in fines. She has 30 days to appeal the ruling. Investigators say Richards, 54, was working at the Welcome Center along Interstate 40 when she was […]

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    Cedarville Man Arrested for Beating Brother in Hospice

    A Crawford County man accused of beating his brother in hospice was arrested after a short standoff with Cedarville Police. James Patillo was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center on felony 2nd Degree Domestic Battery, Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest Tuesday (Dec. 10). Cedarville Police Chief Blayne Irvin said Patillo got into a fight with his brother because his brother wouldn’t get out of his chair. Patillo’s brother suffered torn ligaments in his finger and bruising to his ribs […]


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