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“What doesn’t kill you makes you a better producer.” These are words 5NEWS Executive Producer Shanda Sundstrom uses as a foundation for her career as a broadcast journalist.

A South Dakota native, Shanda joined the 5NEWS team in 2009. As a station leader, Shanda helped launch newscasts on KXNW 34, while guiding producers to create top rated broadcasts on KFSM.

She started her career in news as a teenager, working for her hometown newspaper The Groton Independent. Shanda can remember riding her bike, camera and notebook in hand, to cover small town events.

A graduate of South Dakota State University, Shanda worked her way through journalism school as a producer and reporter for CBS affiliate KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. She has been a producer at KDBC in El Paso, Texas and WFOR in Miami, Florida.

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    Washington County Voters Pass Volunteer Fire Department Dues

    A landslide victory for three volunteer Fire departments in Washington County. Voters in Round Mountain, Wedington, and Wheeler approved a ballot measure to pay an annual due to help pay operating costs. Unofficial Results:Round Mountain 87% For13% Against Wedington 87% For13% Against Wheeler 81% For 19% Against The due will collected by the Washington County Tax collector and will be due with property taxes. Residents can opt out to pay by going to the courthouse.   Jeremy Oxford, assistant fire […]

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    Strong Storms Cause River Valley Power Outages

    Strong, but brief storms in the River Valley left at least 5,800 homes and businesses without power Monday evening. Nearly 5,000 Oklahoma Gas and Electric Customers were left in the dark, after a strong wind gust or broken tree limb damaged a cross arm on a power pole in south Fort Smith, according to company spokesperson Rob Ratley. OG&E crews were able to reroute power by 7:30 p.m., restoring electricity to a majority of the customers. Crews spent extra time […]

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    Detectives Search for Missing Washington County Businessman

    Washington County Sheriff’s Department is searching a business outside Fayetteville for clues that could lead to a missing man. Philip Hall, 39, of Fayetteville was last seen Friday, June 29, at a business in Tontitown, according to Kelly Cantrell with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators are not calling the disappearance suspicious as of Monday night, Cantrell said. Detectives were searching Rescon Restoration Contractors at 17062 Harmon, after getting a search warrant Monday evening. Hall is part owner of the […]

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    Sequoyah County Water Restrictions

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    Fireworks Spark House Fire

    A Washington County home caught fire around 4:30 p.m.Thursday, after teenagers were playing with fireworks on Tyree Mountain Road southeast of Lincoln, according to Sheriff Tim Helder. Winston Williams, 19, told deputies he was shooting off bottle rockets with the homeowner’s two sons, when the grass caught fire. The flames quickly spread to the porch and house, due to dry conditions. Winston and the boys tried to put out the fire, but failed, deputies say. The three were able to […]

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    Bentonville School District Millage Fails

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    Oklahoma Primary Election Results

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    Fort Smith Bicyclist Hit by Truck

    A bicyclist was sent to the hospital after being hit by a pickup truck in Fort Smith around 5 p.m. Thursday, near the intersection of Midland and Spradling. The man collided with the truck after he cut in front of it, according to police Sgt. Brian Rice. The victim was taken to an area hospital. Investigators say they are unsure of the extent of his injuries. It’s unlikely the truck driver will be cited, according to investigators.

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    Girlfriend Being Questioned in Fort Smith Stabbing

    A woman is being questioned in the stabbing of her boyfriend at the Coleman Courtyard apartments in Fort Smith around 7:25 p.m. Friday, according to police.

  • Intoxicated Man Arrested For Biting Officer

    An intoxicated man faces several charges after reportedly biting a Fort Smith police officer at the Kelley Highway Walmart, according to Sgt. Brian Rice. Jason Marshall became violent after having a seizure at the store around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Rice. When officers arrived at the scene, Marshall tried to fight and ran behind a Walmart counter, according to Sgt. Rice. Marshall started biting at several officers when they tried to handcuff him, police say. One officer had to […]

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    No Arrests Made in Monday Night’s Shooting in Fayetteville

    Fayetteville Police are investigating a shooting at the West End Apartments. It happened near 1125 West End Ave, close to Wedington Drive, Monday evening according to Sgt. Craig Stout. One person had a “grazing wound,” but police could not say if the man was hit by a bullet or cut by something else. Stout was unsure if the man was taken to the hospital, but EMS was on scene. There were three bullet holes on the side of Wesley Lane’s […]

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