Jessica Boykin is a multimedia journalist for 5NEWS.

Jessica is excited to be in Fort Smith and keeping the citizens of Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley well informed.

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Recent Articles
  • No Child Births In Leflore County

    No babies were being delivered Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, in Leflore County. “We had to close OB (obstetrics) because the necessity to have the surgical unit to have emergency C sections, so right now no babies are being born in Leflore County,” said Michael Carter, CEO of the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. Carter said he had been with the center since August, and after only a few months on the job, his emergency center was closed down temporarily by the […]

  • Large Attendance At This Year’s Razorfest

    It was nice weather for this year’s Razorfest. Fans and families showed up in large number to cheer the Hogs on and enjoy all that the Razorfest had to offer. This was the tenth year for the event that was hosted by Champions For Kids. They said it was a unique one. “Arkansas is the only school in the United States that has an event like this in it’s spring game that’s not just about football but it’s also about […]

  • Groups Try To Reverse Arkansas’ High Child Hunger Rate

    According to 24/7  Wall Street, Arkansas was number 6 in their list of top 10 states where children go hungry the most. The study said nearly 28 percent of kids in the state don’t get enough food on a daily basis. Ken Kupchick with the River Valley Food Bank said this number was nothing new to the state. “The simple fact of the matter is this has been an ongoing problem, and we’re meeting the need as best as we […]

  • Van Buren Residents In Favor Of Public Transportation To Fort Smith

    Residents in Van Buren said they thought public transportation to Fort Smith was a good idea. Dianne Morrison, Director of the Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization, said they sent out surveys to people in Van Buren to see if they felt buses were a good idea for the area, and what they would use them for. “We found that most people were really interested in getting transit service to Van Buren to be able to go to work, shopping and errands […]

  • Signs Go Up This Week For Official Name Change Of Interstate 540

    Highway officials said signs would be going up starting the week of April 21st changing Instate 540 to Interstate 49. The Arkansas Highway Department got approval by the Federal Government Wednesday (April 16) to rename the route from Interstate 40 near Alma, to the U.S. Highway 71B Interchange south of Bella Vista. Some people in the River Valley were on board with the name change, “I think it will be good I think it’s eventually going to change over anyway […]

  • Soldier Returns Home After Being Deployed For 6 Years

    Anthony Mason returned home Saturday (April 19), after serving six years in the military as an artillery soldier. He was last deployed in Hawaii. Mason was medically retired for an injury suffered while serving in Afghanistan. He was greeted at the airport by lots of friends and family. “It felt really good. I wasn’t really expecting anything like this, so it made me feel really good about what I’ve accomplished so far,” said Mason. His mother-in-law, Wanda Carlin, said she […]

  • Suspect In Missing Albuquerque Teen Faces Sexual Assault Charges in Crawford County

    The suspect in the missing New Mexico teen case, 26-year-old Robert Butler, was apprehended Thurday (April 17) in Fort Smith. Crawford County officials said he had been transported from the Sebastian County Detention Center to the Crawford County Detention center Friday (April 18) morning. Crawford County prosecutor Marc McCune said the transfer was due to pending 2nd degree sexual assault charges against the girl. “For about a one week period out near the Kibler area in Crawford County, they were […]

  • Van Buren Residents Going To County For Help With Thor Global Defense

    People who live near Thor Global Defense in Crawford County were worried about their safety. Many had filed police reports due to stray bullets hitting their property, and one even hitting a person. They decided to take their concerns to the county at it’s Quorum Court meeting Monday (April 21) at 7 pm. Judge John Hall said he was aware of the issues residents were facing and it was a justifiable problem that needed to be addressed. He said going […]

  • Booneville Cleans Up After Storm Damage

    The city of Booneville was still cleaning up from destruction made during Sunday’s (April 13) storm. Mayor Jerry Wilkins said besides some tree limbs, majority of the damage was done to a historic building in town. The building housed the Arkansas State Revenue office as well as Eccles Pediatric & Internal Medicine office. Mayor Wilkins said the building had been in town since 1911. According to Richard Eccles, owner of the doctors office, said the weather department had not told […]

  • PBR In Fort Smith

    PBR was back in Fort Smith. The show comes to Fort Smith for a one day show once a year. The show took place Saturday (April 12) night at Harper Stadium. The event featured PBR superstars and current Amazing Race contestant Cord McCoy. Some super fans were given the opportunity to go to the stadium early and meet McCoy. Many guest said it wasn’t their first rodeo and they were life long fans. One guest said she even named her […]

  • First National Texting Enforcement Crackdown

    October of 2009 a law was passed against texting while driving. April 10- 15 officers in Arkansas would be strictly enforcing that law as a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign. According to the Fort Smith Municipal Court, a citation for texting and driving could cost a person $215. Lynn Lisk, Director of Paralegal Studies at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, said officers would not be able to pull drivers over at random. […]

  • Doctors Say Allergy Season Could Be Worse This Year

    Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, in other words, allergy season is here and doctors said it would only get worse. Winter stayed a little longer than some thought it might, leaving questions of what would spring mean for allergy sufferers. “Some people feel like because of the harsh winter and the late spring we’re getting both the grass and the trees pollinating together so the symptoms may for most patients be more severe,” said allergist, Dr. Aubrey Ziegler. Ziegler said he […]

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