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  • Arkansas River Parks Remain Closed As Flood Repairs Continue

    ARKANSAS RIVER (KFSM) — Several parks and recreational areas along the Arkansas River remain closed as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works to repair severe flood damage. Several parks along the Arkansas River sustained major damage during the spring floods and remain closed, Corps officials said. One of those is the Clear Creek Public Use Area outside Yoestown in Crawford County. Clear Creek is available for day use, such as picnicking or fishing. But its campgrounds were damaged and […]

  • Last Of Two Runaway Barges Lifted From Oklahoma Lock And Dam

    WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. (KFSM) — The last of two barges that came loose and floated downstream during flooding has been lifted from the lock and dam where it has been pinned for months. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, announced in a Facebook post that the last of the barges has been pulled out of the Arkansas River at Lock and Dam 16 near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. The barge was one of two that came loose during flooding […]

  • Rupple Road Extension, Reroute To Mount Comfort Road Officially Opens In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The long-awaited extension and realignment of Rupple Road from Wedington Street to Mount Comfort Road is officially open. The realignment was paved and striped earlier this week, and the road officially opened on Friday (Aug. 30). The realignment curves Rupple Road around to meet the intersection with a northern leg and removes the Y-intersection where the road previously met the southern side of Mount Comfort. Chris Brown, city engineer for Fayetteville, said the new section is […]

  • Bella Vista Man Has Close Encounter With Bear

    BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KFSM) — A Bella Vista man leaving a family gathering walked into a close encounter with a bear. Aaron Hull said he was leaving a barbecue, where he had been celebrating a friend’s birthday when he spotted a bear crossing Lancashire Boulevard near Lake Ann in Bella Vista. The bear was about 200 yards from a home, but only about 50 yards from Hull, he said. Hull quickly pulled out his phone to get photos and video […]

  • Severe Storms Leave Trees Down, Power Outages Throughout NWA; Pea Ridge Start Delayed 2 Hours

    BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM) — A line of severe storms dropped trees and tree limbs, scattered debris and left thousands without power throughout Northwest Arkansas. Carroll Electric took the hardest hit, with 4,300 without power as of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 27), mainly in Bella Vista. Southwest Electric Power (SWEPCO) reported less than 10 without power in Benton and Washington counties as of 9:45 p.m. A spokesperson for Carroll Electric says 51 broken poles have been found. Some have been […]

  • Fire Destroys Home On Beaver Lake; 2 Firefighters Injured

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — Two firefighters were injured and a house was destroyed in an intense fire along Beaver Lake on Sunday. Video from a 5NEWS viewer shows the house fully engulfed on the edge of a cliff in the Nob Hill region of Beaver Lake. According to Nob Hill Fire Chief Gary Hull, the fire happened on Beartrap Road and was originally called in at 4:27 p.m. as a brush fire about a mile from the actual site by passers-by […]

  • Overnight Flash Flooding Ravages River Valley, Several Roads Damaged

    CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — A second swift-water rescue is underway on Old Graphic Road near Mulberry and Mountainburg is contending with flooded roads and power and water outages as heavy rain caused flash flooding on Friday (Aug. 9). Brad Thomas, Crawford County Emergency Manager, said a second swift-water rescue was underway on Old Graphic Road near Mulberry at 8:30 a.m. It came three hours after another swift-water rescue took place near the same area. The rescue was complete by 9:15 […]

  • ‘We Were Inside, But We Are Okay’: Little Flock Couple Survives Shooting At El Paso Walmart

    LITTLE FLOCK, Ark. (KFSM) — Beverly and David Engle were headed home from working at a Salvation Army at the Mexican border when they decided to make a quick run into Walmart — in El Paso. Beverly Engle even stopped to take a photo of the Walmart. Neither knew they would be walking into a nightmare. The two were in Walmart when a man came in and began shooting. By the time he was finished, 22 people lay dead or dying, […]

  • Man In Critical Condition Recovering From Surgery After Train Rolls Over Him In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A man was seriously injured and underwent surgery overnight after a train rolled over him while he lay between railroad tracks in Fayetteville on Monday night. Ron Sparks, chief of police with the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, said a 38-year-old white male was injured when a southbound freight train rolled over him as he lay between the tracks. Sparks said they were trying to notify next of kin and could not release the man’s name. The […]

  • U.S. Marshals Task Force, Fayetteville Police Arrest Fugitive From June Shooting

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — U.S. Marshals and Fayetteville Police arrested a man in connection with a shooting last month at a Fayetteville apartment complex. Cortrail Matthews, 31, of Marianna was arrested Wednesday afternoon by members of the Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force, part of the U.S. Marshal Service, and the Fayetteville Police. Matthews faces charges of first-degree battery and a terrorist act, both class B felonies. He was also wanted for absconding from Arkansas Community Corrections. The charges stem from a […]

  • Woman And Daughter — Fort Smith Natives — Win Big On ‘Price Is Right’

    (KFSM) — A woman and her daughter, both Fort Smith natives, won big Tuesday on “The Price Is Right.” Jeannette and Zoey Gragg won a trampoline, an 86-inch television, a game console and gaming computer and a new car — about $36,000 worth of prizes — during the show’s “Kid’s Week” event. The show filmed on Sept. 30 and originally ran in April, but today’s rerun generated a big response, said Gragg. “People started calling and saying, ‘Oh, you’re on […]

  • ‘5NEWS This Morning’ Anchor Takes The Bottlecap Challenge

    (KFSM) — By now, you’ve probably seen the Bottlecap Challenge. A person puts a bottlecap loosely on a bottle. The idea is to spin it off with a roundhouse kick. Celebrities such as John Mayer and Ellie Goulding have made the attempt, so naturally, 5NEWS’ own Ruben Diaz had to do the same. So how did he do? He shared his results on Thursday’s “5NEWS This Morning,” and, well…. We’ll just let you guys see for yourselves in the video.

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