Cherokee chef serves comfort food from food truck

STILWELL – Josh Hitcher, owner of Boss Dogs food truck, started out nine years ago with just a hot dog cart. Hitcher wanted to get into the food service industry but was unsure of how to get started. His late mother pitched him the idea of purchasing a hot dog cart and insisted that it would be a good place to start.
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Fort Smith,

Second FOIA lawsuit against city of Fort Smith is withdrawn

Whoops. The spam folder strikes again. Fort Smith Attorney Joey McCutchen has withdrawn the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit he brought against the City of Fort Smith on Monday (July 26). The lawsuit was based upon the belief that Fort Smith had failed to respond to McCutchen’s FOIA request. However,...
Arkansas StateSouthwest Times Record

How Act 1002, which goes into law on Tuesday, will impact Arkansas

On July 22, Democratic state lawmakers sent a letter urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson and leaders of the House and Senate to call a special session to repeal Act 1002. Act 1002 goes into effect on Tuesday, July 27 and it will ban local governments and state agencies from enforcing mask mandates.
Fort Smith, ARSouthwest Times Record

Mercy, Baptist Health share important message about vaccination

Vaccination is the best course of action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, local hospital leaders, physicians and clinic directors say. Leaders at both Baptist Health and Mercy in Fort Smith recently shared their thoughts on COVID-19, the spread of the delta variant and how vaccinations can help stop this spread, according to a news release. The public service announcement, available at, features Dr. Paul Bean, chief of medical affairs, and Debbie Hewett, RN, critical care director, both with Mercy Fort Smith, and Dr. Raed Khairy, infectious disease specialist, and Carrie Brewton, RN, MSN, CIC, with Baptist Health.
Fort Smith, ARSouthwest Times Record

American Airlines temporarily suspending flights while Fort Smith repaves runway

American Airlines will suspend flights at the Fort Smith Regional Airport from Aug. 21 to Sept. 5 as the airport repaves its main runway. This will leave the airport temporarily without a major air carrier. Delta Air Lines suspended flights to Atlanta in June 2020 with plans to resume flights last September. Delta, however, has yet to resume flights at the Fort Smith airport.
Charleston, ARKHBS

Charleston man killed in wreck south of Mena

POLK COUNTY, Ark. — A Charleston man was killed in a car wreck south of Mena. Police identified the man as Billy Ray Luckenbaugh, 56. Luckenbaugh was driving a 2021 Fort Fiesta north on HWY 71 shortly after midnight Sunday morning, according to a preliminary police report. The car left...
Fort Smith,

Peacemaker Festival Returns to Fort Smith

Lawmakers meet to discuss mask mandate ban; Department of Education released COVID-19 guidance. Three escaped inmates caught in McDonald County, Mo. New school COVID-19 guidance from Arkansas Department of Education. 'This is how I'm going to die': Officers tell Jan. 6 stories. Japanese Word of the Day: Kin. NURSING HOMES...
Benton County,

COVID-19 cases on the rise in county jails

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Inmates and staff are coming down with COVID-19 in county jails in Northwest Arkansas. The Benton County Jail has 61 positive cases right now. 48 are women, and 3 are staff members. Washington county has 42 cases. Chief Deputy Jay Cantrell says all of them...
Fort Smith,

Another FOIA lawsuit filed against city of Fort Smith

Fort Smith Attorney Joey McCutchen filed a lawsuit in Sebastian County Circuit Court against the City of Fort Smith for a Freedom of Information Act violation for the second time in as many months. The complaint, filed Monday (July 26), follows two separate FOIA requests submitted by McCutchen on July...
Fort Smith, ARBoxing Scene

JD Chapman Continues His Comeback on July 31 in Fort Smith

Fort Smith, Arkansas - Heavyweight contender JD “The Natural” Chapman (30-0, 26 KO’s) continues his surprise comeback on July 31, 2021 when he takes on journeyman Terrell Jamal Woods (24-49-9) at home, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Woods recently had a draw with Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Ustinov (36-4) and is...