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  • Overnight Storms Bring Damage, Power Outages To Area

    ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — A line of severe storms brought damage and power outages to cities across northwest Arkansas and the River Valley early Monday Morning. These are photos of the damage left behind by the storm at the Embassy Suites hotel in Rogers.  The hotel is hosting the NWA Tech Summit this weekend. The storm also caused power outages for thousands across Washington and Benton Counties.  SWEPCO was reporting more than 7,000 customers were without power of 1:20 a.m. […]

  • Senate Candidates Kick-Off 2020 Campaigns

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KFSM) — The race for one of Arkansas’ seats in the United States Senate officially got underway on Saturday. The two candidates vying for the seat both held campaign kick-off events in Little Rock. Incumbent Tom Cotton held a kick-off at the Republican Party Headquarters, while Democratic Party candidate Josh Mahoney joined supporters in Little Rock for the third in a series of kick-off events. During the event, Senator Cotton said he plans to continue focusing on […]

  • Teen Falls From Bluff In Newton County

    NEWTON COUNTY, Ark. (KATV) – A 15-year-old male from Texas fell from a bluff at Mule Tail Falls Saturday (April 20), according to Newtown County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler. Police said the teen fell approximately 15ft, severely injuring his legs, and sustained facial and other injuries. The sheriff said around 30 rescue personnel responded to the scene. The teen was brought out to an ambulance and then airlifted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Springdale. Investigators said the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, […]

  • Letter Carriers Across America Participate In Annual Food Drive

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — America’s postal carriers spent their Saturday gathering food donations to fight food insecurity. It was the National Association of Letter Carrier’s 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. They picked up non-perishable food items on their Saturday (May 12.) runs then dropped them off at local food banks. One northwest Arkansas food bank announced on Facebook that this year’s event had exceeded their expectations. The House of Hope Rescue Mission in Springdale organizers said they received 15,598 pounds […]

  • Northwest Arkansas Heart Ball Features Entertainment And Education

    ROGERS (KFSM) — The Northwest Arkansas office of the American Heart Association hosted their annual Heart Ball on Saturday (May 12.) evening. This year’s event was titled “A Night Under the Stars” and offered attendees a night of elegant dining and dancing. The Memphis-based showband SoulSations provided the night’s music and both live and silent auctions were held to benefit the local organization. Special guests also included three dynamic heart survivors sharing their stories with those in attendance in hopes of […]

  • Top Prizes Awarded At Bentonville Film Festival

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The Bentonville Film Festival awarded their top prizes on Sunday (May 6). Each year the festival features both jury and audience awards given to various films that are screened. This year, Jury Awards went to “Lez Bomb” for Best Narrative Film, “Emanuel” for Best Documentary Film, “The Brownlist” for Best Short Film and “Beast” was recognized with the Best Episodic Award. This year’s Audience Awards went to “Miss Arizona” for Best Narrative, “Love Always Mom” for Best […]

  • Miss Arkansas Hosts Tea Time Event

    FORT SMITH — Miss Arkansas appeared at a River Valley dance studio on Sunday (April 29). The Grayce Dewitt Dance Studio in Fort Smith hosted “Tea Time with Maggie Benton,” the winner of the 2017 Miss Arkansas pageant. Benton stopped by the studio to take photos and enjoy sweet treats with the dancers while discussing her platform, “Giving is a Gift.” She started the program in hopes of showing young children that when they share with others, their kind acts reach […]

  • Family Of Fallen Arkansas Police Officer Faces Financial Uncertainty

    WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (CBS)  — The family of the Forrest City police officer, who was shot and killed by a stray bullet Saturday (April 28) at his West Memphis home, is now facing a financial struggle. Officer Oliver Johnson Jr. was just 25 years old, his colleague Lt. Eric Varner told KFSM’s sister station WREG. Lt. Varner said the fiancée and two daughters he left behind could be left with nothing because of the circumstances surrounding his death. It turns […]

  • Saturday Marked Anniversary Of Deadly River Valley Tornado

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Saturday marked the 22nd anniversary of the deadly tornado that rocked the River Valley in 1996. The EF-3 tornado touched down on the west side of downtown Fort Smith at 11:12 p.m. on April 21, 1996. The half-mile wide twister destroyed numerous historical buildings in the downtown area before moving into residential neighborhoods on both sides of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith and Van Buren. The storm had winds speeds of up to 200 mph […]

  • Wine And Roses Gala Benefits Local Charity

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — People gathered in Fort Smith on Saturday evening for the Wine and Roses Gala. The annual event is the premier fundraiser for the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House. The gala was hosted by 5NEWS anchor Erika Thomas and allows attendees to mingle, buy locally made works of art and enjoy gourmet foods and exceptional wines. Organizers say the event makes it possible for the organization to offer programs and services to cancer patients and their families […]

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