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  • Local Schools, Law Enforcement Address Rumored School Shootings In Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  (KFSM) — Several posts are being shared on Facebook concerning a threat of school shootings to occur in Arkansas this week. The posts have been shared hundreds of times on social media platforms eluding to possible school shootings to occur in Arkansas and in Kentucky on Thursday (Aug. 29). None of these posts point to any specific school. The lack of details has caused massive confusion as to where the original information came from. Parents in the River […]

  • Lightning Strike Leaves At Least 5 Injured At PGA Tournament In Atlanta

    (CBS) — Five people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship, showering the area with debris, Atlanta police said. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event was suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were instructed to seek shelter. The strike hit the top of the tree just off the 16th tee shortly before 5 p.m., shattering the bark all the way to the bottom. The […]

  • Cherokee Nation to Appoint Representative to Congress

    (CNN) — The Cherokee Nation announced Thursday that it intends to appoint a delegate to the US House of Representatives, asserting for the first time a right promised to the tribe in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal government. It was a historic step for the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation and its nearly 370,000 members coming about a week after Chuck Hoskin Jr. was sworn in as principal chief of the tribe. The Cherokee Nation says it’s the largest tribal […]

  • Red Cross Sets Temporary Shelter in River Valley After Flash Floods

    UPDATE: Both Red Cross shelters in Fort Smith and Lavaca have been closed. FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The American Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter in Fort Smith for those displaced by flash flooding. In Fort Smith, the Red Cross has a temporary shelter available at Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 3900 Grand Ave. In Lavaca, the Red Cross set up a shelter at Lavaca Elementary, 203 Fir St., on the far east side of the complex across from […]

  • Volunteers Cleaning Up Fort Smith’s Union Christian Academy After Flooding, Classes To Be Moved Monday

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Volunteers are cleaning up Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith after heavy rain caused the school to flood overnight. School has been canceled for Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27, according to School Board President Daniel Mackey. Mackey told 5NEWS local churches will help host classes on Wednesday, August 28. On Wednesday, August 28 the PreK-4th grades will meet at Central Christian Church and the 5th-12th grades will meet at Grand Avenue Baptist Church […]

  • ROAD CLOSINGS: Several Roads Closed Due To Flooding

    Several roads in eastern Oklahoma and the River Valley are closed due to flooding. Police are urging people not to drive through flooded roadways or around barricades. The following roads have been closed or reported covered with water: Crawford County Several roads around the river bottoms south of Highway 64 are closed Van Buren Industrial Park area South 28th Street Sebastian County Highway 252 from Highway 60 to Highway 217-4 Fort Smith Division from 4th to 7th Fourth Street Lavaca […]

  • Fort Smith Woman Dead After Getting Caught In Flash Flood

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A woman died Saturday, apparently while attempting to drive through floodwaters in Fort Smith. Fort Smith Police said the woman died around 6 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 24) on Kinkead Avenue. The woman was identified as Debbie Stevens, 47, of Fort Smith. She appeared to have been delivering newspapers near the 5800 block of Kinkead Avenue when swift waters washed her car off the roadway, police said. She was unable to get out of her vehicle in […]

  • Three Saved In Swift-Water Rescues In Crawford County Saturday

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Flash flooding led to two swift-water rescues in Crawford County early Saturday, and the heavy rains shut down several roads near the river and Frog Bayou. In Kibler, Police Chief Roger Green rescued an elderly woman from her flooded home about 4:30 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 24), said Brad Thomas, Crawford County Emergency Manager. The water was 2-3 feet deep in and around her home on Southwest Arkansas Street, Thomas said. She was rescued and is safe, […]

  • GALLERY: Viewer Photos Reveal Massive Flash Flooding In The River Valley

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Several days of heavy rain led to severe flash flooding in the River Valley on Saturday. Flash Flood Warnings were issued from eastern Oklahoma into Arkansas, from west of Stigler, Okla., to Ozark, Ark. Here are some viewer photos of the flooding and weather damage.

  • Frisco Festival Underway in Rogers

    ROGERS (KFSM) — The Frisco Festival in Rogers is celebrating 35 years of family fun this weekend. 5News reporter Tiffany Lee was at this year’s festival and spoke with Raymond Burns, who has attended all 35 years and was on the first planning committee. “We started with firemen, bed races, not very many booths and a few food trucks, and we had a stage with maybe just a little bit of entertainment on it,” said Burns. The festival started as […]

  • Woman In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Vehicle In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A woman was hospitalized with critical injuries after she was struck by a vehicle Friday (Aug. 23) night on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Fayetteville police believe the woman was trying to cross the road when she was hit around 8:19 p.m. The eastbound lanes of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Eastern Avenue will be shut down as police investigate the collision. Police have asked residents to avoid Police urge residents to be cautious and use […]

  • Bentonville Man Sentenced For Setting Fire To 3 Cars In 2017

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A Bentonville man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for setting three cars on fire in 2017 after he became entangled in a lover’s quarrel between another man and his girlfriend. Martin Diaz, 23, pleaded guilty earlier this month in Beton County Circuit Court to three counts of arson. Diaz also owes more than $50,000 in restitution. Diaz told police he was trying to protect the man’s girlfriend, who Diaz said the man was harassing, according […]

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