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Suspended Arkansas judge's trial date expected; jurist, 57, was so drunk he couldn't stand, police say

Circuit Judge William Pearson, who police say was so drunk he couldn't stand without help when he was arrested in January, is expected to have a trial date set in the next couple weeks, his attorney said Friday.

Files: Suspect in fatal Arkansas shooting recently overdosed

Dover man treated for mental troubles month before slaying

A man arrested March 17 in a fatal shooting in Pope County was committed for psychiatric and drug treatment in Little Rock last month after overdosing on methamphetamine and swallowing drain cleaner, according to court documents.

JPs disband fire department

Safety concerns cited for removal of Jenny Lind district

The Sebastian County Quorum Court has voted to dissolve the Jenny Lind Volunteer Fire Department because it failed to relieve concerns that the lack of training and reliable equipment presented a safety hazard for neighboring firefighters who provide mutual aid.

Safety a concern, JPs disband Jenny Lind Fire Department

The Sebastian County Quorum Court has voted to dissolve the Jenny Lind Volunteer Fire Department because it failed to relieve concerns that the lack of training and reliable equipment presented a safety hazard for neighboring firefighters who provide mutual aid.

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Suit says Fort Smith owes four contractors $200,000

Four companies are suing Fort Smith for more than $200,000 for work they performed on the River Valley Sports Complex before city directors terminated their agreement with the complex's developers.

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$850,000 bail OK'd for Arkansas man accused of shooting 2, crushing bodies at junkyard

A Pope County man charged with shooting two men and crushing their bodies in a car is expected to be released from jail today after a judge granted a defense motion Monday to set bail.

Murder suspect recently treated for drug, mental issues, files show

A man arrested Friday in a fatal shooting in Pope County had been committed for psychiatric and drug treatment in Little Rock last month after overdosing on methamphetamine and swallowing drain cleaner, according to court documents.

Grants add incentive for cities to ban smoking in their parks

Several cities and counties in Arkansas have banned smoking in their parks to maintain a healthy atmosphere for children and adults, but there is also an economic motive behind the bans.

Vote on county sales tax expected in July

Ozark lockup would use proceeds to help fund 90-bed wing, renovations

Franklin County voters can expect to go to the polls in July for a special sales tax election to raise money to expand and operate the county jail, the county judge said Thursday.

Franklin County jail tax election set

Franklin County voters can expect to go to the polls in July for a special sales tax election to raise money to expand and operate the county jail, the county judge said Thursday.

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Concession buildings, lights and fencing stand out on the unfinished River Valley Sports Complex at ...

Concession buildings, lights and fencing stand out on the unfinished River Valley Sports Complex at Chaffee Crossing.

Published: March 22, 2017

The Center for Art and Education is raising money to renovate and move into two buildings in histori...

The Center for Art and Education is raising money to renovate and move into two buildings in historic downtown Van Buren that not ...

Published: February 20, 2017

British street artist DFace, also known as Dean Stockton, painted this mural called “Badlands” on th...

British street artist DFace, also known as Dean Stockton, painted this mural called “Badlands” on the side of a building in downto...

Published: January 12, 2017

A conceptual drawing from Crafton Tull of a proposed 51-acre park near the Arkansas River was presen...

A conceptual drawing from Crafton Tull of a proposed 51-acre park near the Arkansas River was presented Tuesday to the Fort Smith ...

Published: January 20, 2016

Wind-fed fires consumed about 150 asbestos-contaminated barracks at Fort Chaffee and other World War...

Wind-fed fires consumed about 150 asbestos-contaminated barracks at Fort Chaffee and other World War II era buildings in January 2...

Published: September 19, 2015

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