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Recent Articles
  • Evangel Temple Feeds Hundreds At Annual Grocery Giveaway

    A local church fed over 700 people during their annual Grocery Giveaway Sunday (April 6) morning in the River Valley. Matthew Stevenson, Associate Pastor of Evangel Temple in Fort Smith, said it was the 24th for the event and each year it gets bigger. Stevenson said they hold the giveaway every spring, and over the years they had the opportunity to help more than 100,000 people. The pastor said people who showed up did not have to bring anything, and […]

  • Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested At Oklahoma Casino

    A suspect in a Fort Smith bank robbery was arrested early Friday (April 4) at an Oklahoma casino soon after the robbery, authorities said. Christopher Hulsey, 38, was taken into custody Friday morning inside the Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., authorities said. The robbery happened about 9 a.m. on Friday at the Bank of the Ozarks branch in the 2500 block of Zero Street in Fort Smith. The suspect was seen on surveillance camera wearing a black cap and carrying […]

  • Super Heros Invade Chaffee Crossing

    April is Autism awareness month, and Developmental Wings hosted it’s first super heroes for Autism 5K and 1 Mile run Saturday (April 5) morning. The run took place at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith. Participants attended the event dressed as their favorite super heroes as they helped raise money for Developmental Wings, a local organization that helps children with Autism and other disabilities. Michelle Long, Executive Director of Developmental Wings, said the event had a great response. She said they […]

  • Spring Cleaning In The River Valley

    Sebastian County held a cleanup event for the River Valley Saturday (April 5). People went to locations across the area to get rid of some unwanted items that had been stored away. Clean ups at Greenwood Rural County Road and Greenwood City Street Department accepted items from 7 am untilĀ  2 pm. Milltown only had two dumpsters and had filled and stopped accepting items by noon. This was the only clean up in the spring for Milltown and Greenwood Rural […]

  • Storm Season And Storm Shelters, Things On The Minds Of Residents In The River Valley

    With spring storm season in the area residents in the River Valley were mapping out how they would stay safe during severe weather. “We’ve got displays, you know so people can see the product and a storm rolls in and you look outside and cars will just start rolling in the parking lot. People bringing their dogs, their grand kids, their kids, you name is they bring it to get in there and be safe,” said Wes Gryner with Gryner […]

  • Woman Saves Local Family From House Fire

    A family asleep in their home on Glass Plant road near Fort Smith as it was engulfed in flames managed to escape with the help of a good Samaritan passing by. Summer Hardy said she was headed to work around 4 am Wednesday (April 2) morning when she noticed a house on fire. Hardy said she immediately pulled over to call 911. While on the phone with police, Hardy said she noticed four cars in the driveway but no one […]

  • Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline Today

    Today is the final day to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

  • A River Valley Resident Raises Money For Boston Marathon Survivors

    Almost one year ago, the bombing at the Boston Marathon took place. Megan Kale-Cheever of Fort Smith was a runner in the marathon. Cheever said she finished the race just one hour before the bombing happened. Her husband was at the finish line near where the second bomb went off, said Cheever. “I have a feeling that this is gong to be really emotional thing to go through again. I think it’s going to be an emotional experience getting the […]

  • Mulberry Has Its First Edamame Festival

    A big day for a local city that hopes to eventually become the edamame capital of the world. The weather was bright and sunny for the first ever Edamame Festival in the city of Mulberry. “For our first Edamame Festival we didn’t really know what to expect, but when the people started rolling in about 8 o’clock this morning, the antique cars, antique tractors, all our vender, it was really bigger than what we ever thought that we would have,” […]

  • Springdale Students Make Up Snow Days During Spring Break

    Spring Break was in full swing for school districts in Arkansas, except for some in the area including Springdale, Bentonville, Gentry, Lincoln, Pea Ridge, Siloam Springs and West Fork. Students in the Springdale School District are making up two snow days, Monday (Mar. 24), and Tuesday (Mar. 25) of their Spring Break. A grandmother who said she drove several hours to spend the break with her granddaughter, said she was not happy when she heard the news that she had […]

  • United States Navy Band In Alma, Arkansas

    The United States Navy band is on its National tour, and Saturday (March 22) Alma got a chance to enjoy the show. The Navy Band Sea Chanters’ is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The Sea Chanters’ performed at the Alma Performance Arts Center. According to Musician First Class Michael Webb, most of the chorus concerts are in the nations capitol, but every spring they have a national tour. This spring, the band made four stops in Arkansas; Little Rock, […]

  • River Valley Garden And Lawn Show Draws Crowd

    It may not feel like it, but Spring is officially here. The 22nd annual Lawn and Garden Show was underway at the Fort Smith Convention center. The show began Friday (March 21), and will end Sunday (March 23). “People are ready for spring, so they just showed up, and they’ve been showing up and you can tell people are buying stuff and smiling and having a good time,” said one guest at the home show. Earle Maxwell, president of the […]