Fort Smith,

Fort Smith police searching for missing mother

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Fort Smith police are looking for a missing resident who was last seen in Cameron, Okla. on July 17. Police are looking for Tara Strozier of Fort Smith. She is a mother of three, and drives a black Volkswagen Jetta with Florida tags. The Fort...
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Fort Smith,

Three sentenced in Fort Smith for firearms possession

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Three people have been sentenced to more than 38 years combined in federal prison on one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, in November 2020, members for the 12th...
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Franklin County,

Pre-trial underway for Franklin County Sheriff

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The pre-trial for Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen is underway in Fort Smith. Boen is charged with beating three people who were under arrest and in his care as a member of law enforcement. He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. His trial was...
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Sebastian County, ARArkansas Online

Sebastian County weighs jail list

FORT SMITH -- A Sebastian County panel will start paring down recommendations to figure out what's next in an ongoing assessment of the county's criminal justice system and jail needs. The members of the Sebastian County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee decided Thursday to go through the assessment's list of programs,...
Fort Smith, ARSouthwest Times Record

Free school supplies: Back-to-school giveaways in the River Valley

Children across the River Valley are gearing up to head back to school. For families with tight budgets, shopping for supplies can be a struggle, but area nonprofits and churches are ready to help. Here's a round-up of back-to-school giveaways for free school supplies, clothing and other items:. July 31...
Crawford County, ARPress Argus-Courier

County Judge urges citizens to get vaccinated

As the new delta variant of COVID-19 is causing an uptick in cases, Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap is urging the community to get vaccinated. Gilstrap compared the virus to a battle, and that the county should stand together to defeat the enemy, COVID-19. "Our progress with defeating COVID-19 has...
Van Buren, ARPress Argus-Courier

Van Buren community raises funds for Vian shooting victims

In front of the police station in Van Buren, community members gathered to raise funds for the two local victims of a shooting that occurred in Vian, Oklahoma, on July 17. Derek Riggs and Jake Myers were shot by a hitchhiker after they assisted him in getting gas for a broken-down vehicle.
Southwest Times Record

Local roller derby group celebrates 15 years, looks to grow numbers

Roller derby is usually known more for roughness than sentimentality, but for Ashley Turner, it is a way to connect with her mother in a way she never expected. Beyond being a part of a team and getting out some frustrations — Turner is getting a chance to live out a dream of her mother's.

Inaugural Interstellar Meltdown Festival To Feature Jack Harlow, Big Gigantic, Lettuce, More

Interstellar Meltdown, a new festival at Ozark, AR’s Mulberry Mountain, has announced the lineup for its inaugural event, set to take place on October 1st–3rd, 2021. Mulberry Mountain offers an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, waterfalls, river floats, and multiple shopping and dining experiences, including two 24-hour, fully stocked convenience stores. The announcement also promises that the new event will be a “multi-sensory experience like no other.”
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Take advantage of Friday sun in Fort Smith

(FORT SMITH, AR) The forecast is calling for sun today in Fort Smith. Here are three ideas for how to make the most of it, along with a four-day forecast. Have a picnic: As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, meeting a friend somewhere pretty with a basket of snacks can be a spontaneous way to enjoy a sunny afternoon in a safer environment than indoors. Risk levels should always be taken into account along with advice from health authorities on gathering sizes. Don’t forget your picnic blanket!
Sebastian County, ARSouthwest Times Record

Five things to know about the I-49 extension

The Arkansas Department of Transportation announced in early July it is moving on to the next phase of development for the construction of Interstate 49 from Highway 22 in Sebastian County to Interstate 40 in Crawford County. Here are five things to know about the project:. How we got here.