Jo has been with 5 NEWS as a reporter for three years. She is one of the 5NEWS evening weekend anchors. She grew up in the River Valley. She has worked in the T.V. news business over 10 years. She lives in Van Buren with her husband David and their daughter Hattie.

Recent Articles
  • Woman Swept Away In Flash Flooding Rescued South Of Cave Springs

    CAVE SPRINGS (KFSM) — A woman was swept away by water after flash flooding hit Colonel Myers Road and Highway 264 south of Cave Springs. Rescue crews said the woman was trying to cross water over the roadway when she was swept away in her vehicle. According to an emergency manager, the woman and her vehicle drifted about a half a mile before coming to a stop. “The vehicle was swept off the road because of high water and it […]

  • Highway 264 Is Now Open After Being Closed Due To Flooding

    Update: Highway 264 is now open. HIGHFILL (KFSM) –Highway 264 near Highfill is closed due to flooding. Crews have put up signs in the area due to the high water. Highfill Police are still working to remove cars and debris out of the road. XNA Regional Airport officials are warning drivers and passengers to use different routes if traveling in the area or trying to make their way to the airport. This highway leads to XNA airport, and rerouting is […]

  • Floodwater Rises On Animals And Homes South Of Centerton

    CENTERTON (KFSM) –As flash flooding hit Sunday morning (Oct.6) it surrounded a home on Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard just west of the Bentonville Municipal Airport. At least two cows were surrounded by water. The homeowner told 5NEWS he believes the water is receding and that the animals will be okay. The home, vehicles and a guest home is surrounded by water. The family said they do not plan to leave the home and will wait for the water to go […]

  • Crawford County Levees Getting Repair Support Following Historic Flooding

    CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — Levees in Crawford County that were strained while holding back the Arkansas River during historic flooding in May have now been approved for repairs. Counties across the state were competing for money to make these repairs. 5NEWS went to the Yoestown Bottoms in Crawford County. In May, when the flooding hit, water was just a few feet away from pouring over the Yoestown levee. It could have been devastating for the area. “We kind of […]

  • Mother Speaks About Son’s TikTok Post Where He’s Holding a Toy Gun

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — On Thursday (Oct.3), the Future School of Fort Smith added a police presence and told parents they would excuse kids from school who did not show up that day. The action was prompted by a perceived threat involving a social media post on the popular social media site TikTok. The school posted this on their Facebook page: “Police have investigated the situation regarding a recent social media post and found no criminal wrongdoing or evidence […]

  • City of Fort Smith Votes To Take Over Maintenance of Towson Avenue

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — On Tuesday (Oct.2) night the Fort Smith Board of Directors unanimously voted to take maintenance of Towson Avenue off the hands of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. ARDOT currently maintains roads like Towson Avenue, Midland Boulevard and Zero Street. For many years drivers have faced years of patch jobs and some uneven areas on these roads. With the City of Fort Smith taking over maintenance of Towson Avenue, many residents expect big changes in the […]

  • Police Chase Ends; Wanted Man Arrested Near Greenwood

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — On Saturday night (Sept. 28) just after 9 .p.m. the Lavaca Police Department chased a wanted suspect across several cities in Sebastian County. According to law enforcement, Brandon Ross Kahl had warrants out for his arrest. Police said the warrants were issued in the state of Maine. Kahl lead police on a car chase from Lavaca to Highway 71 near Jenny Lind. Several police agencies were involved including the Greenwood Police Department, Arkansas State Police and the […]

  • Crews Respond To Fire At Rogers Home

    ROGERS (KFSM) — On Saturday (Sept. 28) firefighters with the Rogers Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1300 block of West Pecan Street. A picture posted by the fire department shows smoke coming from the roof of the home. Crews said the fire appears to have started in the laundry room around the dryer. They are not sure if the fire was caused due to an electrical issue. The fire was contained to the laundry room but […]

  • Arkansas Owners Of Hybrid Or Electric Cars To Pay Yearly Tax Fee

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Some states across the U.S. have faced declining gas tax revenue after people started buying Hybrid or electric cars. They don’t fill up at the pump as often. So, not as many tax dollars will be coming out of pockets from electric car owners like Beth Greenfield. “I’ve always wanted one and when we had to replace our cars because of the hail. I had it shipped from Texas. I wanted it so bad,” she […]

  • Fayetteville School And Former Superintendent In Bidding War Over Lawsuit Rights

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Former Fayetteville School Superintendent Matthew Wendt claims the school district is trying to buy the rights to two lawsuits he filed, that were later dismissed by a judge. The lawsuits are up for auction in Dr. Wendt’s recent bankruptcy, according to his attorney Travis Story. Dr. Wendt and the Fayetteville School District will have a live auction via telephone 1 p.m. Monday. The highest bidder takes control of the lawsuits, according to Story. The two lawsuits […]

  • Woman Arrested After Shooting In LeFlore County

    SPIRO, Okla. (KFSM) — LeFlore County deputies said a man was shot in the leg early Friday (Sept. 13) east of Spiro. According to a press release, Brian Simpson, Christopher Barnes and Courtney Lewis stopped at the home of Angie Stroud on Racetrack Loop Rd. to retrieve toolboxes Barnes claimed belonged to him. Barnes told police he stepped out of the truck he was driving to talk to Stroud while Simpson and Lewis stayed in the vehicle. The press release […]

  • Gravette Sports Teams Help Community Clean Up After Severe Storms

    GRAVETTE, Ark. (KFSM) — Gravette’s high school basketball, baseball and softball teams are taking the opportunity to give back to the community after recent severe storms. The teams canceled practice to help residents clean up after last night’s storms. They used this time to help community members that may have fallen limbs or debris in their yards. “Gravette is a tight nit community and it’s a big community when you talk about all the way from Maysville to Hiwasse to […]

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