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

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    Bentonville Alderman Looking To Change Public Input At City Council Meetings

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — People in Bentonville want to change the way its city council meetings are run. The city is one of the few in our area that doesn’t allow public input unless it’s on the agenda. Right now, citizens who come to city council meetings can only comment on items on that night’s agenda, but Alderman James Smith is hoping to change that and make it where all citizens get the opportunity to be heard. “You would have to show […]

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    MLK March And Vigil Held On University Of Arkansas Campus

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a march across the University of Arkansas campus on Monday (Jan. 16). “We come together as Northwest Arkansas to show solidarity, unity and stress the importance that, hey, it is important for us to remember the dream and legacy of Dr. King,” John L. Colbert said. The freedom march started in Fayetteville in 1975 by Colbert’s fraternity and was picked up by the Northwest Arkansas MLK […]

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    Hiring Process For Washington County Employees Raises Concerns

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Several county employees were let go or resigned when the new Washington County judge took office at the beginning of January, and some people have expressed concerns about how those positions were filled. Before new Washington County Judge Joseph Wood took office, he let four employees go and several others resigned — all of which follows the protocol set out in the employee handbook. However, Justice of the Peace Rick Cochran said he’s concerned about the county’s […]

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    Several Projects Taking Place At Old Wire Road And Mission Boulevard

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A portion of a road many drivers use to get between major thoroughfares in Fayetteville is closed for construction. There are several project underway at Old Wire Road and Mission Boulevard. One of them is the installation of a new traffic signal. Fayetteville City Engineer Chris Brown said it’s going to change the configuration of the intersection so it’s easier to make a left turn from Old Wire onto Mission. “Therefore, a lot of people have found […]

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    ORT Plans To Have Borrowed Buses Back On The Road Soon Following Fire

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Ozark Regional Transit plans to have buses that have been borrowed from other transit systems in the region in service in the next two weeks after a fire destroyed 20 of ORT’s 24 buses early Tuesday (Jan. 10) Springdale Fire Marshal Duane Miller said right now the fire at the ORT bus yard doesn’t appear suspicious, but they’re not ruling anything out. Miller said he is sure wind was a factor. “It could be in a week, it […]

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    ORT Bus Fire Causes Hardship For Riders

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Ozark Regional Transit said almost 300,000 people used its buses in 2016. Without that service a lot of people are having to find a different way to get around. “Instead of being able to catch the bus right in front of our apartment complex we had to walk over two miles uphill,” Sammie Schancer said. Sammie Schancer has been using ORT off and on for 15 years, but on Tuesday (Jan. 10) she had to find […]

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    Rogers Police Turn To Drone For Additional Help In Crisis Situations

    ROGERS (KFSM) — The Rogers Police Department now has a drone to use in emergency situations. “This machine is going to be on standby for those critical and crisis situations where it’s important for us to get airborne and a better view of the scenario or situation, so we can better manage it and get a positive outcome,” Cpt. Jarod Mason said. Mason is the pilot for the drone and said they’ll get it in the air for search and […]

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    No, The Cold Weather Won’t Get You Sick, But Being Indoors Might

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Although many have heard it before or even said it, going out in the cold without a coat on is not what leads to an illness. In fact, staying indoors can actually do more harm than going outside. Pharmacist Julie Stewart, who works at Medical Arts Pharmacy & Medical Supply, said that’s when people are more likely to get sick. “The temperature certainly can make you more susceptible to things, but as far as catching a cold […]

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    NWA Legislator Says Nixing GIF Fund Involved In Bribery Scheme Will Hit Rural Communities Hardest

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Former Arkansas Rep. Micah Neal, R-Springdale, admitted to federal investigators that he and another legislator each got thousands of dollars in kickbacks in exchange for funneling $600,000 into two nonprofits in Springdale and Fayetteville. The money came from the state’s General Improvement Fund (GIF) and then went through the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District. Mayor Doug Sprouse is on the district board. “The GIF money that comes from the state, we are sort of the pass […]

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    Newly-Elected Washington County Judge Talks About Plans For His First Term

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Newly-elected officials are getting sworn in in the new year and a swearing in ceremony was held at the Washington County Courthouse on Tuesday (Jan. 3). Judge Joseph Wood was officially sworn in at midnight on New Year’s Day as the first republican Washington County Judge in more than 30 years. Wood said the first thing on his list is making sure the county has plans for its roads and bridges. He believes infrastructure is a welcoming […]

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    Arkansas Increases Minimum Wage In New Year

    ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Arkansas was one of many states that increased minimum wage on the first day of 2017. The new minimum wage went up by a dollar to $8.50. Voters approved increasing the state’s minimum wage in 2014 and the Arkansas Department of Labor began raising it 50 cents each year starting in 2015. “Labor and payroll make up a big part of my expense, it is my biggest expense. It’s more than half of my gross sales,” Keith […]

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    George’s Majestic Lounge Celebrates 90 Years As Iconic Fayetteville Venue

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) —  George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville is celebrating its 90th anniversary New Year’s Eve weekend. Drew Wilson has been coming to George’s ever since he moved to town in 1973. “It’s just always been one of my mainstays and my kids came here when they were young, continue to when they are in town,” Wilson said. He said Mary Hinton, who was the owner at that time, wouldn’t serve him alcohol because he was too young. “But she […]