Sebastian County, AR

Fort Smith, ARSouthwest Times Record

City responds to lawsuit over removal of flags at Riverfront Park

The city of Fort Smith has filed a response to a local attorney’s lawsuit over the removal of the flags and bronze markers at Riverfront Park. The response, filed June 16, "denies each and every material allegation set forth in the Complaint." Joey McCutchen filed suit in the Sebastian County...
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Fort Smith, ARSouthwest Times Record

Marriages: 6.20.21

The Sebastian County Clerk’s office issued the following marriage licenses:. Derick Allison, 39, and Erin Callan, 29, both of Fort Smith. Christopher Barker, 23, of Fort Smith and Jordan Brodie, 21, of Van Buren. Edward Hodgson, 60, and Bobbie Hodgson, 52, both of Roland. Drekevion Feimster, 28, and Destanie Perkins,...
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Fort Smith, ARArkansas Online

Fort Smith Police report criminal incarceration drop in 2020

FORT SMITH -- The number of people incarcerated at the jail in the city fell about 33% in 2020 compared to the year before, according to the Police Department. Police Chief Danny Baker presented the department's 2020 annual report during the Board of Directors study session May 25. Baker said taxpayers were saved "hundreds of thousands of dollars" due to the department's reduction in incarceration.
Little Rock, ARArkansas Online

Arkansas Postcard Past

Hackett, circa 1905: The tiny Sebastian County town was home to not just one, but two train depots. The Midland Valley railroad was short lived, as was its depot. The Frisco Depot on the other hand survived for many years. Tiny Hackett is at the intersection of Arkansas 45 and 10, south of Fort Smith.
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Sebastian County, ARSouthwest Times Record

50th wedding anniversary

Tommy and Betty (Ward) Whedbee of Dayton will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 18. The couple was married on June 18, 1971, in Canfield. Mr. and Mrs. Whedbee are both retired teachers. The couple has two daughters, Joyce and husband Matthew Brown of Allen, Texas, and Laura...
Fort Smith, ARnwaonline.com

Fort Smith Police report criminal incarceration drop in 2020

FORT SMITH -- The number of people in this city's jail fell about 33% in 2020 compared with the year before, according to the Fort Smith Police Department. Police Chief Danny Baker presented the department's 2020 annual report during a Board of Directors study session May 25. Baker said the reduction in incarcerations saved taxpayers "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
Fort Smith, ARnwaonline.com

Judge orders Fort Smith turn over group email

FORT SMITH -- The city has been ordered to turn over a year's worth of email sent to an address used for efficiently sending information to several city officials. Sebastian County Circuit Judge Gunner DeLay on Friday ordered email sent to the city's "Board of Director Email Group" must be released under Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act. The ruling came in response to a May 27 information request sent to the city by attorney Joey McCutchen.
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Fort Smith, ARtalkbusiness.net

Judge DeLay rules city of Fort Smith in violation of FOIA

Sebastian County Circuit Judge Gunner DeLay ruled Friday (June 11) the City of Fort Smith is in violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by not providing Fort Smith Attorney Joey McCutchen emails received by the Fort Smith “Board of Director Email Group.”. McCutchen filed the lawsuit in...
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Barling, ARnwaonline.com

Barling directors approve Chaffee Crossing Entertainment District

BARLING -- Sebastian County residents will have a new place they can drink alcohol more freely in public. Barling's city directors on Tuesday established the Chaffee Crossing Entertainment District in the city effective Aug. 1. The board also created an Advertising and Promotion Commission for the city and instituted a...
Arkansas StatePress Argus-Courier

Study: Number of tornadoes in Arkansas dropping

Arkansas as a whole has seen 20% fewer tornadoes in the last 10 years. Sebastian and Crawford counties are the opposite with tornado increases for both. While the tornadoes have not grown in strength for Sebastian County, they have grown in occurrence. Crawford County, however, has seen a 600% increase in tornadoes over the past decade. And they have grown stronger.