'Fill the Fridge' program to help provide food for UAFS residents

FORT SMITH, Ark. — University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (UAFS) students living on campus will now have help keeping the fridge full this year. The Dave Stevens Lion Pride Pantry, the LionHeart student organization, and Antioch for Youth & Family have partnered to make this possible. Students living...
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Missing child found safe in Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark — A 12-year-old has been found safe after she was reported missing in Fort Smith, Friday, Aug. 19, morning. According to the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD), the child reportedly ran away from her home around 3:15 a.m. Follow 5NEWS on social media: Facebook | Twitter...
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HighPoint residents take action to fix their living situations

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Residents at this complex say they’re frustrated with their living conditions and how management is handling the situation by not offering any solutions to the problems. “Because the renters here have been dealing with issues for months and some of them have been years and...

Revenue issues cause Beaver Lake Fire Department to lay off firefighters

ROGERS, Ark. — The Beaver Lake Fire Department lays off firefighters because of budget shortfalls. This comes after the department withdrew its petition to form a fire protection district which would’ve increased revenue. Four fire engine personnel will be laid off in the coming months. There were only six fire engine personnel ,to begin with, so come December there will just be two firefighters to serve 7,000 residents.

New platform to Razorback athletes opportunity to capitalize on NIL

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A new platform launched Wednesday (Aug. 17) will provide Arkansas Razorback athletes an additional opportunity to capitalize on their name, image and likeness (NIL). OneArkansas NIL is the name of the initiative. According to a news release, it will help Razorback athletes “connect, educate, and facilitate...

Lamar School District: Police find Title IX sexual assault claims baseless

LAMAR, Arkansas — An attorney representing three Lamar students who claim they were sexually assaulted in the middle school locker room is responding to the school district's statement that state police found the allegations unsubstantiated. We first reported the sexual assault allegations at Lamar Middle School and a Title...

Benton County retailer sells winning $1 million lottery ticket

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's 'Riches game' scratch-off ticket was sold for $20 at a local retailer in Benton County. Walmart To Go & Express Store located in Bentonville sold the top winning lottery ticket worth $1 million. With the million-dollar win, one top prize of $1 million remains on the $1,000,000 Riches game, and a $50,000 ticket is still in circulation.

How to get kids on a sleep schedule as they return to school

ARKANSAS, USA — Sleep, it’s something we all need, but it’s also something that might be hard to get, especially when trying to get used to a back-to-school schedule. "Being consistent is the most important thing in a sleep," said sleep specialist at Arkansas Children's Hospital Dr. Supriya Jambhekar.

Legal experts explain NWA panhandler situation

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Local and state leaders discussed panhandling laws with an increase in Northwest Arkansas. Fayetteville city attorney Kit William explained that cities can't do much about panhandlers, especially after a Supreme Court decision in 2015, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, put panhandling as protected speech under the first amendment.

Poteau issues 'mandatory water conservation' due to equipment failure

POTEAU, Okla. — According to the Poteau Valley Water Director, residents are being asked to continue to conserve water after a pump was delivered but didn't end up working properly. Customers using Poteau Valley Improvement Authority were asked back in July to conserve water "until further notice," due to...

Alma schools have new developments in the works as class begins

ALMA, Arkansas — The Alma School District started school today as over 3,000 students returned to the classroom. The school district has had a busy summer— from donations to construction plans, and talk of the future. Alma alum Shannon Skokos and her husband recently donated $1 million dollars...

Fayetteville Public Schools adding more resource officers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Before Tuesday’s Fayetteville City Council vote, there was plenty of public comment for and against adding more school resource officers (SROs) to Fayetteville Public Schools. "They run to the gunfire," said Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds speaking about his officers. "They don’t hide. They will...

Rogers School District has a new superintendent

ROGERS, Ark. — Thousands of students across the state made their way back to the classroom on Monday. 5NEWS had the chance to go check out Rogers High School on their first day and see what they are hoping for in the year ahead. More than 15,000 students are...

Marshall Islands in need of PPE donations amid COVID outbreak

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The Marshallese community in Northwest Arkansas is asking for the public’s help after a COVID outbreak hit the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands had their borders locked down until last week, completely keeping COVID-19 out until then. Now, a week later, there are more than 3,000 cases and five people have died on the islands.

Police: Child dies at Fort Smith hospital after being left in hot car

FORT SMITH, Ark. — According to Fort Smith police, a 3-year-old child died after being left in a hot car on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Police say around 2 p.m., officers were called to the scene and were there for about three hours. Police say an "undisclosed person" allegedly had to break the car window before taking the child to a nearby hospital. Later, the child was pronounced dead. have confirmed the body has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy, which is standard procedure, and that the incident reportedly happened near a home on Boone Avenue.