A Van Buren native and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Amanda Hale began her career as an evening newscast producer with KFSM in 2009.

She is currently an executive producer.

Recent Articles
  • Flooding From Arkansas River Threatens Van Buren Neighborhood

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – A flooded Arkansas River is threatening homes in the Flat Rock Court neighborhood in Van Buren, according to Crawford County Emergency Manager Dennis Gilstrap. Gilstrap said Van Buren Police officers are going door-to-door in the southeast Van Buren neighborhood, warning people of localized flooding from the river. Residents in that area need to be aware they may need to move to higher ground, especially overnight as the river crests, according to Gilstrap. The neighborhood is located […]

  • Missing Sebastian County Woman Found Safe

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) –A woman who was reported missing by her family has been found safe in central Arkansas, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies in Sebastian County and White County were looking for Marcia Lunsford, 52, of south Sebastian County, who was reported missing by her family May 20. The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office said Friday (May 22) that Lunsford was found safe and sound in Searcy, Arkansas  

  • Two Dead In Wister Three-Vehicle Accident

    WISTER, OKLA. (KFSM) – Two people are dead in a rollover accident involving a semi-truck and two other vehicles, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The accident happened Monday morning (May 18) on Oklahoma 271. Traffic had to be diverted to Picturerock Rd. for about two hours, while that portion of the highway was shutdown for Oklahoma Highway Patrol to investigate the accident. A red 2008 Dodge pickup-truck, white 2007 Chevy Impala and semi-truck were involved in the accident, according to […]

  • Governor Declares State Of Emergency For Sequoyah, LeFlore Counties

    LEFLORE COUNTY/ SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for LeFlore and Sequoyah counties because of extensive storm damage and flooding on Sunday (May 10). Fallin added 32 counties to the emergency list on Wednesday (May 13), which now totals 44 across the state. The damage estimate is at least $500,000 for county and city roads in LeFlore County, according to Michael Davidson, LeFlore County Emergency Management director. Sequoyah County Emergency Manager Steve Rutherford […]

  • Three Dive Teams Join Search For Missing Rudy Swimmer

    RUDY (KFSM)– The Johnson County and Crawford County dive teams are in day four of search and recovery efforts for an Alma man, who went missing while swimming on Monday (May 11). Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown said Skylar Combs, 19, was swimming at Grotto swimming hole in Rudy, when he went under and never resurfaced Monday afternoon. At the time, the creek was at flood stage due to recent rainfall. “We had a 19-year-old male, a 19-year-old female and […]

  • NWS: EF-2 Tornado Destroyed Home In Red Oak, Oklahoma

    RED OAK, OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-2 tornado after surveying extensive tree damage and the destruction of one home near the town of Red Oak, Oklahoma, on Sunday (May 10). The strong tornado was on the ground in Latimer County for about 15 miles and was at least 440 yards wide, according to a report for the National Weather Service. The report states the tornado developed near the intersection of Oklahoma 1 and Oklahoma […]

  • Farmer’s Body Recovered In Poteau River

    SPIRO (KFSM) – The body of a 60-year-old LeFlore County farmer, who was swept away in flood waters earlier this week, was found at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday (May 13), according to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale. Dennis Donaho’s body surfaced about 100 yards from his submerged tractor in the Poteau River near Spiro, Seale said. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers recovered the body. Donaho went missing Monday morning (May 11) after he had gone out to check on cattle on […]

  • Bomb Threat Forces Fort Smith Junior High To Evacuate

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Darby Junior High in Fort Smith was evacuated Wednesday (May 13) due to a bomb threat, according to a spokesperson for the school district. The district said classes would resumed after police searched the school. Stay with 5NEWS for updates on this developing story.

  • Crawford County Crews To Resume Search For Man In Flooded Creek Tuesday Morning

    RUDY (KFSM) – Rescue crews from Crawford County will resume looking for a 19-year-old man who may have drowned in Frog Bayou at Rudy Tuesday (May 12) morning, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Ron Brown said the call for a man missing in the flooded creek came in at 3:20 p.m. Monday (May 11). The man was swimming at Grotto swimming hole  when he went under and never resurfaced. “We had a 19-year-old male, a 19-year-old female […]

  • Floods Cause $500,000 In Damage To LeFlore County Roads

    LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) – LeFlore County Commissioners declare a state of emergency due to half a million dollars in road damage caused by the recent flooding, according to LeFlore County Emergency Manager Michael Davidson. The county is still assessing the damage to roadways and bridges. Several roads are still covered with flood waters. Davidson said the damage estimate is expected to increase.

  • Weather Related Road Closures In Arkansas And Oklahoma

    Strong storms and heavy rain washed out roadways and caused bridges to collapse in several Arkansas and Oklahoma counties. Flooding also causing road closures across the River Valley. Below is a list of roads currently closed. Sebastian County: -Intersection of Arkansas 255 at Hickman Bluff Rd. Franklin County: -Arkansas 23 at Turner Bend -Arkansas 60 at Grand Prairie -Silver Bridge -Low Water Bridge near Mulberry River -Arkansas 288 near Gadd’s lake -S. 19th and 18th LeFlore County: -Reagan St. from […]

  • I-40 Lane Closed Due To Landslide In Johnson County

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) – Heavy rains cause a landslide near Interstate 40 in Johnson County. One westbound lane of the interstate near Coal Hill is closed due to debris in the roadway. Arkansas State Police said the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will keep the lane closed until the debris can be cleanup on Monday.

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