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Shain Bergan joined the 5NEWS team as an assignments manager in our Northwest Arkansas newsroom in July 2012. If you have a story idea, email him at Shain.Bergan@kfsm.com.

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    8 Fayetteville Students To Miss 3 Weeks Of School Following Chickenpox Cases

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – At least eight unvaccinated Fayetteville High School students will be held out of school over the next three weeks after two of their classmates recently caught chickenpox. The Fayetteville School District announced the chickenpox cases Monday night, prompting school staff to contact parents of the students who had not yet received their second varicella vaccine against chickenpox. Most of those students received the vaccine in time, but several missed the 48-hour deadline, a district spokesman said Thursday. […]

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    Chickenpox Case Keeps Some Unvaccinated Van Buren Students Out Of School

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Several students were held out from school Thursday in Van Buren after a chickenpox case prohibited them from coming to class. All of the cases are likely to be resolved by Friday, according to the school district. School officials found out Wednesday a Butterfield Trail Middle School student had contracted chickenpox. New Arkansas regulations state any non-vaccinated students potentially exposed to chickenpox must be kept out of school for at least 21 days, unless they receive […]

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    Suspect Arrested After Washington County Stabbing

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – A Washington County man is behind bars after authorities say he stabbed another man in the back during a fight at the Cincinnati Mall earlier this week. Leon Cardinal, 35, of Summers, was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of aggravated assault and second-degree battery, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. Deputies responded around 2:10 a.m. to a home in Lincoln concerning the […]

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    Cars Abandoned After Flooding In Downtown Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A woman was rescued from her vehicle after the streets flooded Wednesday night following a rainstorm. Several vehicles in downtown Fort Smith had to be abandoned after flood waters covered the cars’ tires. One woman who left her vehicle had to be lifted up and escorted across the water on an officer’s back. No injuries have yet been reported out of the storm, but authorities have responded to several minor traffic crashes.

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    About 10 Fayetteville Students May Be Held Out Of School After Chickenpox Scare

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – About 10 Fayetteville High School students may not be allowed to attend classes starting Thursday because of chickenpox concerns, the school district announced Wednesday. Two students at the school recently caught chickenpox, forcing the district to enact a measure to cut off the possibility of the virus spreading to other students. That includes making those who have not been vaccinated stay home. New Arkansas vaccine regulations state students who have been exposed to chickenpox at school and […]

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    Siloam Springs Police Recover Teenage Runaway

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – Police have recovered a Siloam Springs girl they say ran away after last being seen in town Monday night (Sept. 15). The Siloam Springs Police Department on Tuesday (Sept. 16) released a description of Katherine Church, 16, and were asking for help in locating the teenager. Church had been missing since around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 and was wearing wearing green and blue leggings, along with a gray t-shirt. Since the report was filed, she has been […]

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    Fayetteville School Board President Holds Off Election Challenge From Fired Teacher

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – School Board President Tim Hudson staved off a challenge from a former teacher Tuesday night, as voters re-elected him to represent Fayetteville’s Zone 5. Hudson defeated former Fayetteville High School debate teacher Tim Hollis 144 votes (73 percent) to 53 votes (27 percent), according to the Washington County Election Commission’s vote totals. Hudson’s seat was the only Fayetteville School Board spot up for grabs in Tuesday’s elections. He headed the search for a new superintendent this year, […]

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    Voters Reject Gravette Millage Increase For New Elementary School

    GRAVETTE (KFSM) – Voters on Tuesday night rejected a proposed millage increase that would have raised money for a new elementary school and an expansion of Gravette High School. The $14 million ballot item failed 2,367 votes (87 percent) to 359 votes (13 percent), according to the Benton County Election Commission. The proposed millage increase would have amounted to about $70 more in property taxes for a home valued at $100,000. The high school expansion would have cost almost $2 […]

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    Rogers Teen Wears Sign As Punishment: ‘I Am A Thief. I Cannot Be Trusted’

    ROGERS (KFSM) – A Rogers teenager stood on the sidewalk of a major street Monday, wearing a sign his father hopes will teach him not to commit crimes. Brandon, 14, faces misdemeanor charges after being caught stealing a bicycle from school Monday. As punishment, his father Robert made him walk the sidewalk along Walnut Street near 24th Street wearing a sign calling the boy a thief. “I’m 14, and I steal and lie and (cheat),” the sign reads. “I stole […]

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    Murder Suspect In 1997 Killing Extradited To Sequoyah County

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY, OKLA. (KFSM) – A Muldrow man accused of murdering a Sallisaw man in 1997 was extradited Tuesday from Texas to the Sequoyah County, Okla., Detention Center, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. Ricky Dority, 56, was extradited from the Bureau of Federal Prisons facility in Texarkana to face charges in the death of Mitchell Nixon, 28. Dority was arraigned Tuesday night and is being held in the Sequoyah County Detention Center, said Sheriff Ron Lockhart. He has […]

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    Greenwood Voters Approve Millage For New Freshman Center

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – Voters on Tuesday night approved a millage increase to build a new freshman center for the Greenwood School District. The 1.9 mill increase amounts to about $37 more in property taxes per year for a $100,000 home. The building will cost about $12 million, with $2.3 million already secured from the state, said Greenwood School District Supt. John Ciesla. Voters approved of the proposal 933 votes (54 percent) to 785 (46 percent), according to county election commission […]

  • State Health Officials Involved After 2 Fayetteville Students Catch Chickenpox

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Fayetteville School District is working with state health officials after two high school students were diagnosed with chickenpox, according to a statement released Monday by the district. New vaccine regulations state students who have been exposed to chickenpox at school and have not had the second dose of the varicella vaccine must be withheld from school for 21 days. Students may also be allowed back in school if they receive the second dose of the vaccine […]


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