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Ellen Thalls


Fayetteville Township, AR, United States

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Bentonville Students Compete For Community Improvement Project Funding

BENTONVILLE (KFSM)– Around 160 Bentonville High school students competed Wednesday (Feb. 24) to win prize money to help fund a community improvement project. The 24 teams of ninth graders gav… → Read More

Professor Explains Legal Difference Of 2016 Push To Legalize Medical Marijuana

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- On Wednesday (Feb. 17), Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge approved the popular name of an amendment that would legalize medical marijuana. University of Arkansas law ... → Read More

Repairs Begin At War Eagle Mill Following December Flooding

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) -- Nearly two months after major flooding destroyed the first floor of War Eagle Mill, repairs at the historic landmark were underway Wednesday (Feb. 17). In December, War Eagl... → Read More

Flower Shops Blooming With Last-Minute Sales

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-- Local flower shops are seeing big sales for Valentine's Day. Kimberly George owns Northwest Arkansas Florist in Fayetteville. She said they stayed open Sunday (Feb. 14) to acc... → Read More

Razorback Athletes Visit Children’s Hospital

LOWELL (KFSM)-- Several athletes from the University of Arkansas helped spread the love at the Arkansas Children's Hospital on Thursday (Feb. 11). Razorback soccer and tennis players visited with p... → Read More

Mardi Gras Boosts Business For Local Bakeries

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-- Some local businesses are seeing increased sales this weekend, leading up to Fat Tuesday. Rick's Bakery in Fayetteville filled dozens of King cake orders Saturday (Feb 6). The... → Read More

Public Art Fund Now Available In Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-- The city of Fayetteville has set aside $100,000 for local artists to create public art. The funding is handled by the Advertising & Promotion commission, which is responsi... → Read More

State Registry Could Protect Unmarried Fathers’ Rights

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — A father in Missouri is fighting for the right to see his three-year-old daughter, after he said she was adopted by a family in Northwest Arkansas without his knowledge. A si... → Read More

State Registry Could Protect Unmarried Fathers’ Rights

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)-- A father in Missouri is fighting for the right to see his three-year-old daughter, after he said she was adopted to a family in Northwest Arkansas without his knowledge. A si... → Read More

Saturday Squirrel Hunt To Honor Local Marine Killed In Action

ROGERS (KFSM)-- A squirrel hunt is being held Saturday (Jan. 23) at the Benton County fairgrounds in honor of a local marine killed in Afghanistan in 2010. The organization "Wings For Our Troops" i... → Read More

Professor, Independent Candidate Weigh In On Partisan Sheriff Races

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) -- After Thursday night's (Jan. 14) public forum with the Republican Benton County sheriff candidates, the question was raised about why sheriff's races are partisan. Janine Pa... → Read More

Benton County Judge, Sheriff Candidates Answer Questions At Public Forum

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) -- Republican candidates for the Benton County judge and sheriff seats answered questions from the public at the Northwest Arkansas Community College Thursday evening (Jan. 14)... → Read More

Federal Ruling: Wearing Unearned Military Medals Is Free Speech

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)-- A federal appeals court ruled this week that wearing a military medal you didn't earn is protected under the First Amendment. The 9th Circuit Court made the decision on ... → Read More

FEMA Representatives To Visit Benton County Friday

BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)-- Ahead of a visit from FEMA, Benton County road workers have spent the last week assessing the widespread damage around the county, putting together an estimate for federal ai... → Read More

World-Renowned Pianist Gives Private Concert, Keyboard To Students

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Fourth graders at a local elementary school got front-row seats to a private concert from world-renowned pianist Simone Dinnerstein. "Playing an instrument lets you appreciat... → Read More

Current Road Closures In Benton and Washington Counties

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)-- Many roads across Benton County and Washington County are closed due to flooding. According to Benton County Emergency Director Mike Dixion, the following roads are clos... → Read More

Hundreds Of Military Families Receive Holiday Meals

ROGERS (KFSM) -- Two hundred military families in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley will have meals for Christmas, thanks to the group Operation Homefront. It is part of the national Holiday ... → Read More

Local Service Member Receives Warm Homecoming From Deployment

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)- A local state senator currently serving in the Air Force returned home Friday (Dec. 11) after a tour in the Middle East. Lt. Col. Jim Hendren was deployed to Qatar for th... → Read More

Fred’s Hickory Inn Re-Opens After 13 Months Following Fire

BENTONVILLE (KFSM)-- A longtime Bentonville business has re-opened its doors after a fire closed them for nearly 13 months. Fred's Hickory Inn caught fire in late October of 2014. Nearly half of th... → Read More

Fayetteville Police Officer Dies Suddenly Two Months After Retiring

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- A 23-year-veteran of the Fayetteville Police Department died unexpectedly over the weekend, only two months and one day after retiring. Sgt. Carey Hartsfield, 46, started with ... → Read More