Kate joined 5NEWS as the assignment editor for River Valley and Oklahoma areas during November 2016. She formerly worked as a crime reporter for two major, local newspapers, as well as the newspaper at the University of Arkansas. She was promoted to be a 5NEWS web producer during October 2017.
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SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — An original neon sign that stretches back five years before Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store is now back on. People gathered at the Barnett’s Dairyette for the official reintroduction of a beloved, original neon sign. For the past 60 years, the old-school burger and shake joint has been a popular attraction in town. The sign was turned on for the first time in nearly 20 years Tuesday (April 17). It didn’t function during those […]
SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — After years in the making, the Springdale Northern Bypass is set to open soon. The bypass will officially open April 30. Construction on the first section of the bypass is complete. A ribbon cutting was hosted at 11 a.m. Wednesday (April 18) on the bypass west of the new Interstate 49 interchange. The bypass will have four lanes. It begins at an interchange with the existing Highway 412 west of Tontitown, and will end with an interchange […]
Barbara Bush, the witty, gregarious matriarch of a political dynasty that propelled two of its members to the White House, died Tuesday after a series of recent hospitalizations, the office of George H.W. Bush said in a statement. She was 92. In a statement Sunday, said the former first lady had decided not to seek additional medical treatment and instead sought comfort care at home. Bush spent her life in public service, but she never wavered from her belief that […]
CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — More than 200 employees in the county will be getting a pay increase. The more than 200 county employees are those qualified for the annual increase. Judge Dennis Gilstrap said elected officials will get a $4,000 pay increase, and full-time employees will get a $2,000 increase.
As the nation battles an opioid epidemic that continues to claim lives in record numbers, there are signs that those tragic deaths are providing second chances for a growing number of complete strangers. Hatem Tobla knows this first hand. Three years ago, the healthy father celebrated his wedding anniversary and two days later was in a medically induced coma. A severe E. coli infection left his organs failing. It took weeks for doctors to stabilize him, but he desperately needed a liver […]
It was the coldest Boston Marathon to date with rain and brisk winds, however Jeremy Provence, head track coach at the University of the Ozarks finished the marathon in two hours and 41 munutes. 5NEWS reporter Beraiah Baker spoke with Provence via Facetime after the big race. He said he trained for more than six months. He ran about 1,200 miles to prepare.It was his first time to take part in the Boston Marathon running along side 30,000 eager runners. […]
MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — A decades-old, beloved sign blew off and went missing during the EF2 tornado that rocked Mountainburg Friday (April 13). Staple restaurant, Dairy Dream, lost its original sign. For more than 60 years, the restaurant has serviced locals and those passing by. Owner Ron Stout said the sign is apart of history and he and locals want it returned. When the tornado hit, Stout and Dairy Dream employees took shelter in the back of the restaurant — another moment […]
BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A man is facing charges after he allegedly stabbed his husband. Gino A. Memoli IIII is facing first-degree battery after reportedly stabbing Jesse Meador. About 9 p.m. Friday (April 13), police found Meador lying on a sidewalk in a pool of blood. Meador was stabbed in his arm, an arrest report states. Police located Memoli inside an apartment by following a blood trail that went from the sidewalk where Meador lied to their shared apartment, the report […]
OKLAHOMA (KFSM) — A Poteau High School teacher who planned to seek election for a state representative seat has decided he will no longer campaign. Tom Brennan announced Sunday (April 15) that he will no longer run as a candidate for a state representative seat. He stated via Facebook, “I wanted to stay in. I wanted to fight… There has been immense amount of pressure to unite… . Quitting is not who I am… After a long weekend and careful analysis and consultation […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Severe weather is expected Friday (April 13), and residents in the area of Cliff Drive should be aware that their tornado siren is inoperable. Residents in the area of Cliff Drive and Rogers Avenue do not have a working tornado siren due to mechanical issues. The siren is scheduled to be fixed next week. Watch 5NEWS for weather updates, Friday.
CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — Everyone is encouraged to assist those impacted by the severe storm Friday (April 13). Those with the Crawford County Department of Emergency Management said items may be dropped off at Pigeon Creek Freewill Baptist Church in Mountainburg between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Residents need clothing, shoes, shovels, rakes, trash bags, non-perishable food, water and work gloves, for instance.
Savannah and Brandon Boerjan said they’re grateful to be alive. While traveling home, they were caught in the Mountainburg tornado and were blown into a ditch. They were not severely injured when their vehicle flipped, and both were wearing seat belts at the time. The Boerjans said they’d like to thank employees of Beshears Construction, Officer George Enke and those with the Red Cross, as they were the ones who stopped and helped.