Jo has been with 5 NEWS as a reporter for one year. 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
  • Fort Smith Mayor Signs Target Of Vandalism

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The race for Fort Smith Mayor seems to be one of the most debated races in the city. People are talking about the race and have three candidates to choose from. Recently, some may have taken the debate a too far. Mayoral candidate George McGill recently had one of his campaign signs cut in half. “It’s a reflection on our city when these kinds of things happen. So, what we want to do at the end […]

  • Van Buren Company Picked To Sell Products On Walmart.com

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Pro Gasket Solutions is a company that has operated out of a Van Buren warehouse on Highway 64 for about four years. They employ about 15 people and among their many talents, their main line of work is refrigerator gaskets. “We do a lot of stuff for Walmart. We do a lot of gasket installs on their glass store refrigeration doors inside the stores,” said one of Pro Gasket Solutions owners, Kevin Wilson. But after going […]

  • Freedom From Religion Foundation Sends Letter To Local Schools Claiming Constitutional Violation

    WALDRON (KFSM)– On June 29, 2018 The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Wisconsin, sent a letter to the Waldron School District claiming a football camp held at the school violated the constitution. The group said a football camp was held at Bulldog Stadium on June 5, 2018 where players were “subjected to christian proselytizing” by evangelist Konnor McKay. McKay is a Waldron graduate, former football player and current pastor at a Waldron church. He said he was invited to […]

  • Mercy & Sparks Hospitals Suing Fort Smith EMS

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Mercy and Sparks Hospitals are jointly suing Fort Smith EMS to gain control over ambulance services, according to a lawsuit filed by both hospitals. Fort Smith EMS dispatches out and picks up patients in ambulances for Mercy and Sparks Hospitals. They said the hospitals are trying to take control of their operation because it would mean control and monetary gain for both hospitals. “They made claims about our billing practices which is completely false, but this isn’t […]

  • Several Injured After Malfunction At Fourth Of July Fireworks Show In Poteau

    POTEAU, Okla. (KFSM) — Every year the City of Poteau holds their firework show display on land near the water tower just north of main streets. The land has several homes around it. People who live there often have friends and family over to sit in their yards to get an up close look at the show. Others park along the street or watch from nearby. The property surrounding where the cannons holding hundreds of large fireworks are set up […]

  • Howe Swears In New Police Chief After Previous Chief Fired

    HOWE, Okla. (KFSM) — The mayor of Howe swore in a new police chief on Wednesday (July 4), two days after the mayor fired the previous police chief after he was arrested on a shoplifting charge. New Howe Police Chief Josh Stallings was originally set to begin work July 13, but the town needed him sooner, so he was sworn in on the Fourth of July. “I worked here before I reserved here in 2013,” Stallings said. “I look forward […]

  • Family Of Murdered Victims Want Others Who Have Faced Tragedy Or Domestic Violence To Join Their Support Social

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Arkansas River Valley Homicide Survivors United/POMC group is holding a social gathering Saturday (July 7) in Fort Smith. The social gathering will be held at Central Christian Church at 400 N Waldron Road from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and guests are encouraged to bring a photo of loved ones who they have lost or is in a domestic violence situation. Arkansas River Valley Homicide Survivors is made up of a group […]

  • Two Drivers Killed In Crash Near Clarksville

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) — A dangerous stretch of highway may have been to blame for a crash that killed a truck driver, a mother and injured her two children. Julio Capote was driving his truck southbound when he crossed the center line, over-corrected and slid into Cynthia Napier’s car. Her two children were taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where their condition is unknown. The highway was shut down for about six hours.

  • Local Parent Uses Facebook To Educate Drivers On Handicap Parking Rules

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith parent Kristin Houck shared a post on Facebook that is gaining quite a bit of attention when it comes to handicap parking violations. The mother of two, a 5-year-old and an 11-year-old daughter with Cerebral Palsy, said she shared the post after an outing to Central Mall in Fort Smith. “I took my kids there to eat and honestly it happens to us all over the place, but yes there was a scooter parked […]

  • Fort Smith Officers Credited For Saving Man From Jumping Off Bridge

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Fort Smith police officers are being credited with saving the life of a man who parked his car in the middle of traffic and climbed onto the ledge of the Garrison Avenue Bridge. Officer Steven Creek said he was the first to arrive on scene along with his partner-in-training. With traffic backed up, Creek approached the man who was hanging onto the edge of the bridge. He said the drop was potentially deadly. “I approached the […]

  • Dog Shot Three Times In Face Finds New Home With Park Ranger

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — In late March, a 4-year-old breed mix named Hope was found tied to a tree with three bullets to her face. “We found that she was shot three times in the face, so she had to get some emergency vet care,” said Amber Neal, Hope Humane Society director. Hope was taken to the Hope Humane Society in Fort Smith where Neal took her in while she healed. Scars on her face remain where the bullets entered. […]

  • Mountainburg Dairy Dream Is Made Real After Struck By Tornado

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) —  Over the past month the community of Mountainburg has worked on cleaning up the damages left behind by that EF-2 tornado in April. And Friday (June 1) there was the re-opening of Dairy Dream and it caused quite a buzz. The small burger joint, that opened back in the 1950’s, means a lot to the community, even people from Northwest Arkasnas and Fort Smith. Along with many other homes and businesses the April tornado damaged the Dairy […]