Kathryn joined the 5News team as a reporter in April of 2016. She is an Arkansas native and a proud graduate of the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism at the University of Arkansas. Kathryn started her reporting career at KSWO in Lawton, Oklahoma and after almost three years in the Sooner state she is happy to once again call Northwest Arkansas home. If you have a story idea for Kathryn, email her at Kathryn. Gilker@kfsm.com

Recent Articles
  • Judge Says Lincoln Apartments Are Unsafe And Must Be Brought To Code

    LINCOLN (KFSM) – A Washington County judge said the Townhouse Apartments are in such bad shape that he has declared it a nuisance. The second story deck is rotting, part of the electrical system does not work and there is a lack of working smoke detectors, according to the building inspector and fire administrator who investigated the complex. They said that’s just a few of the issues they found. Residents did not want to go on camera to talk about the […]

  • Lewis Soccer Complex Set To Close In June

     FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A popular park in Northwest Arkansas may no longer exist after the city’s lease for the property is coming to an end. Lewis Park is more than 27 acres and has been home to many soccer games since the 90s, but in just a little more than a month it will close and a group living in the area is hoping to save it. It’s owned by the University of Arkansas Department of Agriculture and has been […]

  • Bella Vista POA Disscusses What To Do About Damaged Golf Courses

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — Several of the Bella Vista’s golf courses were severely damaged by last April’s flooding. Nine holes of the Berksdale golf course are still closed a year later. “The amount of urbanization upstream is just tremendous. So what’s happening is the number of floods and the intensity of the floods is growing and growing every single year because of the urbanization,” Tom Judson said. Bella Vista Property Owners Association General Manager Tom Judson said a study gives […]

  • Residents Continue Cleanup In Mountainburg After Tornado

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — The tornado that hit Mountainburg Friday (April 13) left many residents without their homes. Five of the six homes at Overlook Trail were destroyed. Without help from FEMA or insurance, residents are now trying to figure out how to move forward. Joe Rye has lived on Overlook Trail since the 70s and owns the land where some of the homes were destroyed. He said his ex-wife and grandson were trapped inside a mobile home for a few […]

  • Mountainburg Residents Recall Moments Tornado Damaged Their Homes

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Mountainburg residents are still picking up the pieces three days after a tornado tore through their town. The EF-2 tornado damaged several homes on John Street. Many of the residents were inside their houses and had to take cover. “All we did was pray, at that point we knew we were getting hit,” Tammie Heister said. Heister said she was unaware it was going to storm until she received a notification about a tornado warning. “So I […]

  • Suspect Behind Bars For Allegedly Cashing Thousands of Dollars of Forged Checks

    PEA RIDGE (KFSM) — A suspected thief is behind bars after committing multiple crimes in Northwest Arkansas and in Southwest, Missouri. Pea Ridge Police Department said David Hightower is accused of stealing more than $3,000 from Benton County residents. Police said Hightower first stole checks from a locked payment box and then started stealing from mailboxes across Northwest Arkansas. “A guy had his mailbox stolen out of in Siloam Springs. He would basically take anything, outgoing mail, replace the pay […]

  • Lake Bentonville Park Could Get a Facelift

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A popular fishing destination in the middle of Bentonville could soon see some renovations. The Bentonville city council approved a partnership with The Trailblazers to come up with a design for Lake Bentonville Park. The park is currently 20 acres and with this partnership, it would become much larger. The Trailblazers purchased 75 acres north of the city’s airport runway and want to bring the two pieces of land together. “They’ll see sidewalks and trails connected those […]

  • West Fork Comes Together To Raise Money After Boy Is Attacked By Dogs

    WEST FORK (KFSM) – Two businesses are coming together to help 4-year-old Matthew Guess and his family. Matthew has already had multiple surgeries and still has more to come after being attacked by two dogs on Thursday(April 5). His dad said Matthew was attacked by their neighbor’s two pit bulls, one dragging him by the leg and the other biting his face. People are using the hashtag #MATTHEWSFIGHT on social media to show their support. “When Matthew got hurt, that’s […]

  • Cave Springs Could Soon See Commercial Development

    CAVE SPRINGS (KFSM) – Cave Springs could soon have more commercial places for people to shop and eat. The Cave Springs Planning Commission voted Tuesday (April 3) to rezone 25 acres from agriculture to commercial. The land on Highway 112 has been Pavecon Mine for many years. The developer plans to put a large warehouse in the back and then multi-purpose buildings on the property that could possibly be offices, shops and restaurants. As a leader in the community, Police […]

  • Bentonville School District May Soon Put Ads On Buses

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The Bentonville School District is looking to put advertisements on their school buses. These ads will be aimed at promoting a positive district campaign and not goods or services. “One of the first ones they’ve proposed, our recent see something, say something campaign to help raise awareness for kids to share things that they are seeing on the campus that might be alarming or of concern,” Brent Leas said. School board member Brent Leas said the district […]

  • Siloam Springs Family Loses Everything In Fire

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — A house fire forces a family to throw away almost everything they own and are now trying to figure out how to move forward. Paul White has spent the last few days throwing almost all his family`s belongings in a dumpster that now sits in the driveway of the house they`ve rented for more than two years. “To come home and realize that you don`t have anything anymore really is, I don`t think there is a […]

  • Navy Veteran Skydives To Celebrate 85th Birthday

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — Jumping 9,000 feet out of a plane is not how most people in their golden years celebrate their birthday, but that’s exactly what Herb Snyder did. The Korean War veteran’s son Bob asked what he wanted for his 85th birthday. “To put him off because I had nothing in mind, I put him off, I said jump out of an airplane,” Herb Snyder said. So the next day, Bob Snyder made a visit to Skydive Skyranch […]