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Curt Lanning is from Russellville, Arkansas.

He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2014 with his master's degree in multimedia journalism.

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    Springdale Police Chief To Retire After Nearly Ten Years

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Tuesday (June 30) marks the final day that Kathy O’Kelley will serve as the Springdale Police Chief, officials say. She submitted her letter of retirement to Mayor Doug Sprouse on May 6. O’Kelley said she told the mayor in 2014 that she was planning to retire. Interim Police Chief Captain Mike Peters will take over for O’Kelley on Wednesday (July 1), according to the department. O’Kelley served as chief of police for nearly a decade.

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    Click Here To See The Arkansas Counties Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Following the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, some Arkansas counties started issuing same-sex marriage licenses, officials say. The following counties are issuing same-sex marriage licenses: Washington Benton Carroll Pope Madison Polk Sebastian Johnson Logan On Friday (June 26), Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement on the gay marriage ruling: “Today the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision requires the State of Arkansas to recognize same-sex marriage. This decision goes against the expressed view […]

  • Dana Guffey

    Cleburne County Clerk To Resign, Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    CLEBURNE COUNTY (KFSM) – One county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign due to moral objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses, officials say. Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey announced on Monday (June 29) that she plans to resign, according to affiliate station KTHV – Channel 11. This comes after the Supreme Court ruled on Friday (June 26) that states must allow same-sex marriages. Although she wasn’t named by him, Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, posted on his Facebook page on Sunday (June […]


    Texas Murder Suspect Arrested In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A murder suspect from Texas was arrested in Fort Smith on Monday afternoon (June 29), authorities say. The U.S. Marshals Service took Tilton J. Mapps into custody on Monday afternoon just after 2 p.m., according to a news release. Authorities learned that Mapps had fled Hopkins County and was hiding in Fort Smith, and on Monday multiple law enforcement officers moved in to arrest him. He was found in a vehicle near 18th Street, the release […]

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    U Of A Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Employees And Spouses

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The University of Arkansas announced on Monday (June 29) that it will now extend benefits to same-sex employees and their spouses. This comes after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday (June 26) that states must allow same-sex marriages. “In light of the Supreme Court ruling Friday concerning same-sex marriage, the University of Arkansas is now allowing employees to enroll their same-sex spouses in UA health, dental and vision insurance plans,” a human resources memo states. Employees with same-sex […]

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    Walton Arts Center To Close Until November For Construction

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Walton Arts Center’s main building will close until November for construction, officials say. The building is scheduled to close on July 1 and reopen in early November with a full season of programming, according to a news release. During the closed renovation period, the Walton Arts Center Box Office will move to a temporary location in Nadine Baum Studios at 505 W. Spring St. in Fayetteville, the release states. The box office will be open Monday […]

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    Confederate Flag Display Event Planned In Russellville

    RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – A Confederate flag display event is scheduled to be held in Russellville on Sunday (July 5). The event is called “Pope County Rebel Ride” and will take place at Old Post Road Park at 4 p.m. The Rebel Ride event aims to “flood the streets of Russellville with rebel flags,” according to the event’s Facebook page. “We won’t back down, we won’t give them up and we’ll wave them high and proud all through town,” the event […]

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    Children Playing With Fireworks Start Fire In Springdale, Officials Say

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) – Children playing with fireworks started a fire in Springdale on Monday (June 29), officials say. The incident took place at 10:02 a.m. near Farmers Livestock Auction Inc. at 1581 E. Emma Ave. in an empty building that served as a feed mill, according to the Springdale Fire Department. The children caught some trash on fire, but the flames were extinguished before the incident damaged the building, officials said. No injuries resulted from the fire.  

  • Jeffrey E. Matlock

    Deputies: Berryville Man Assaults Victim, Ties Him To Tree And Steals His Car

    BERRYVILLE (KFSM) – A Berryville man is behind bars after deputies say he assaulted a man with a pistol, tied him to a tree and stole his car. Jeffrey E. Matlock was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on Saturday (June 27) and faces charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, terroristic threatening, fleeing and more. Carroll County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Mercy Hospital Berryville at 12:16 p.m. on Saturday to investigate an assault. The victim reported that […]

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    More Than 4,000 Without Power Near Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – More than 4,000 are without power near Fort Smith after severe weather moved through the area. A total of 2,109 Oklahoma Gas and Electric customers were without power in Fort Smith as of 5:15 p.m., according to the electric company’s outage map. See how many others are without power below: Muldrow – 92 Lavaca – 260 Barling – 212 Van Buren – 233 Roland – 1,141 Mountainburg – 138

  • Play Resumes Again At LPGA Tournament Due To Weather

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Play has once again been resumed at the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship after being suspended due to weather, officials say. This is the second time today play has resumed after a weather cancellation. At 11:20 a.m., players and spectators were evacuated from the course due to lightning. Golfers resumed play at 1:25 p.m. only to be interrupted again after 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., golfers started playing once more.

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    Stonewall And Harvey Dowell Bridges “Safe For Ordinary Use,” Designing Engineer Says

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Jim Beatty, the engineer who designed and drew the original plans for both the Stonewall and Harvey Dowell bridges has said that both bridges are “safe for ordinary use.” “The bridges, as built, are safe for ordinary use and will not be subject to catastrophic failure due to ordinary vehicle loads,” Beatty said in a news release issued by the county judge on Thursday (June 25). This statement comes after Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards requested that […]


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