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Chainee Bartlett is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree. She is a native Arkansan with a passion for news and popular culture. Chainee joined the morning show staff as a producer in June 2013.

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    Four Hospitalized After Accident in Crawford County

    Four people have been hospitalized after a two-car accident in Crawford County Thursday morning (June 19), according to authorities on scene. Arkansas State Police troopers say the accident happened on U.S. 64 and Firefly Lane, just east of Alma in the county limits around 7 a.m. Traffic was blocked in that area, but has now re-opened according to troopers on scene. At this point, authorities are not releasing the names of those involved in the accident. 5NEWS does have a […]

  • Chaffee Crossing Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Trail

    The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (FCRA) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony today (June 19) to celebrate the opening of Coyote Trail at Chaffee Crossing. Volunteers, Michael Milton and Rich Mann, constructed the trail on a part-time basis over the past three years, according to Lorie Robertson with the FCRA. “We were very happy when Michael and Rich came to us with the idea to build this trail because it created a new amenity for Chaffee Crossing tenants and the public to […]

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    Barling Leaders to Push for Liquor Law Change

    The Barling Board of Directors will meet with Arkansas’ Municipal League in Little Rock tonight (June 18) to lobby for a change to legislation that restricts the city from being wet or dry. In a November 2012 vote, residents in Barling approved for the city to become wet. However, that vote was ruled invalid under Arkansas law which states cities in a dry county cannot choose to go wet. “We want to bring [liquor sales] to our city for sales tax revenue or […]

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    Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus Receives National Accreditation

    The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has granted accreditation to Arkansas Tech University Ozark Campus’ collison repair technology program (CRT), according to a news release. Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus was recommended for ASE accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF, a nonprofit organization, performed the evaluation of the CRT program. According to the release, the program was analyzed against a set of educational and industry standards in areas such as administration, equipment, and cooperative work aggreements. “By […]

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    Friday Traffic and Construction Delays

    All the traffic updates and construction delays you need to know for Friday.


    Thursday Traffic and Construction Delays

    All the traffic updates and construction delays you need to know for Friday.

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    Heavy Rainfall Causes Water Levels to Rise in Arkansas

    The amount of rain fallen in the last month has officials concerned in Central Arkansas. In the first ten days of June the state has already reached the monthly average, according to our affiliate KTHV – Channel 11. In 2011, the Little Rock Army Corps of Engineers had to release water from certain rivers due to dangerous water levels. If another bad wave of storms comes they could have to do that this year, according to officials. The Army Corps […]

  • Adult Education Center Hosts Blood Drive

    The Adult Education Center in Fort Smith will host a blood drive today (June 11) in the basement of the building from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Organizers tell 5NEWS this is the time of year when the supply of blood is running low, and donations are greatly needed. “It’s really important, especially in the summer months. They’re out almost every day some of them,” said Director Gary Udouj, “My students and staff feel that it’s really important to do […]

  • Couple Doesn’t Let Wildfire Ruin Wedding Day

    Newlywed couple Michael and April Wolber were not expecting to have their wedding interrupted by a wildfire in Bend, Oregon. Just as April was about to walk down the aisle, firefighters told the wedding party they had to evacuate; the fire was closing in. The couple’s parents pleaded with firefighters to let them finish the ceremony quickly; authorities did relent, allowing them to quickly tie the knot. While the party was relocating to a backup reception in Bend’s Drake Park, […]

  • Fort Smith Library to Push for Budget Increase

    The Fort Smith Board of Directors will meet to approve an election petition, which will ask voters in August to approve a 2-mill increase for the library’s budget. The library’s annual budget comes in at $2.6 million. With the increase, that budget would double. “The purpose of this funding intiative is really to be able to take our library to the next level”, said library Director Jennifer Goodson, “What that means is increasing our ability to be able to impact our community.” If the petition is approved, […]

  • Balloons to be Released in Honor of Morgan Nick

    Family and friends will gather Monday night to release dozens of pink balloons for the 19th anniversary of Morgan Nick’s disappearance. On June 9th, 1995 Morgan was kidnapped from a little league ball field in Alma. Her mother, Colleen Nick, went on to found the Morgan Nick Foundation in hopes of finding Morgan and helping other missing kids. “We’ve never been given any kind of proof that Morgan is not alive. And we’ve seen amazing stories of recovery: the girls […]

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    Friday Traffic and Construction Delays

    All the traffic updates and construction delays you need to know for Friday.