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Past articles by Laura:

Former gang member shares his journey to becoming a pastor, filmmaker in Fort Smith

Julio Gomez went from living a life of crime to preaching the word of God to a congregation in Fort Smith. → Read More

Fort Smith woman inspires others with Black-owned fashion academy

JoAnna Brewer is changing lives one stitch at a time at Sew Fabulous Studio and Academy. → Read More

Simon Says | Practice self-love & compassion this Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day can cause some people to feel lonely, but here are some tips for practicing self-love and compassion. → Read More

Simon Says | Manifesting in 2022

It's easy to make manifesting complicated, so here are a few ways to make it simple going into the new year. → Read More

Fort Smith Dillard's hosting annual Jingle Mingle Holiday Extravaganza

Dillard's at Central Mall in Fort Smith is hosting its annual Jingle Mingle Holiday Extravaganza. → Read More

River Valley Farmers Cling To Hope During Historic Flooding

RIVER VALLEY (KFSM)--The historic flood is having a devastating impact on farmers from Western Arkansas to Eastern Oklahoma. The only way to access Jamie Patterson's farmland right now is by boat. Nearly 1,500 acres of his land is underwater. To put that in perspective, that's about 1,000 football fields. His crops, like corn and soybeans are gone. → Read More

Mother Of Triplets Buys ‘Look, Don’t Touch’ Signs To Protect Babies During Flu Season

GENTRY (KFSM) — From their tiny fingers, adorable outfits, even that baby smell, something about babies are magnetic to friendly strangers. Wendy Adler knows. She has triplets. "We love that people love the babies and want to give them attention," Adler said. → Read More

Family Of Eight Escapes House Fire

LOWELL, Ark. (KFSM) -- A family of eight is safe after their house caught fire around 7 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 28.); however they are displaced from their home. According to Battalion Chief James Hales, a truck caught fire in the driveway, the fire then spread into the house and into the attic. → Read More

Bentonville Police Investigate Overnight Shooting

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) -- Bentonville police responded to a shots fired call near the 2300 block of Fireblaze Avenue, Saturday (Oct. 27) just before 11:30 p.m. → Read More

Man Accused Of Killing His Parents In Franklin County Captured Near Oklahoma City, Back In Arkansas

OKLAHOMA COUNTY (KFSM) — Authorities captured a suspect accused of killing his mother and father in Franklin County. Troopers found 23-year-old Dustin Jordan on Tuesday (Oct. 9) night not far from Oklahoma City. → Read More

Van Buren Police, Firefighters Hosting Blood Drive

VAN BUREN (KFSM)--A friendly competition between police and firefighters is happening Tuesday (June 12). All you have to do to help is give blood. The Van Buren Fire Department and Van Buren Police Department are going head to head to see which team can donate the most. → Read More

Semi Rollover Closes Portion Of Interstate 40, Driver Taken To Hospital

FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)--A semi-driver was taken to the hospital early Tuesday (June 5) morning after his 18-wheeler overturned. It happened on Interstate 40 East at the 42 mile-marker just east of Wiederkehr Village. A mile stretch of I-40 E closed at 12:20 a.m. → Read More

Poteau Teacher Explains Why Proper School Funding Is Important

POTEAU (KFSM) -- The Oklahoma teacher walkout continues at the State Capitol for the third day in a row. Teachers say they need more funding from the state to help students in the classroom. Ashlee Taylor is a biology teacher at Poteau High School. → Read More

Poteau Schools To Offer Breakfast & Lunch For Students Tuesday

POTEAU (KFSM) -- Poteau schools will be closed Tuesday (April 3) All school activities with the exception of state competitions are also canceled. Breakfast and lunch will be available in the primary and middle schools. Students may get breakfast between 7:45-8:45 a.m. → Read More

Flooding Still Affects Parts Of Crawford County

CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) -- Parts of the area are still dealing with flooding Wednesday(March 28) as a handful of roads are still washed out. Heavy rain typically means flooding at the bridge on Natural Dam Road in Crawford County. → Read More

Woman Claims She Got Infection From Nail Salon In Fort Smith

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Whitley Roberts claims she got an infection after visiting Nail Design on U.S. 71. “I don’t want anybody else going through the pain that I’ve gone through,” Roberts said. Roberts said she went to the nail salon March 10. → Read More

March For Our Lives Fort Smith & Bentonville

ARKANSAS (KFSM) -- Fort Smith, Bentonville and in areas in between, students are hosting a March for Our Lives rally on Saturday (Mar. 24). Dozens of people are gathering outside the old Sebastian County Courthouse. → Read More

Allergy Season Kicks Off In Our Area

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- Spring is officially here, and while that means warmer weather is on the way, it also means seasonal allergies for some. So how bad is this allergy season projected to be? Doctors say the cooler weather has allergy season off to a later start than usual, however some people are already dealing with allergy symptoms. → Read More

Crews Work Early Morning Fire In Benton County

HICKORY CREEK (KFSM)--Multiple agencies worked an early morning fire Sunday (March 18) in Benton County. It happened just after 2 a.m. at a homeowner's shop building on private property. The building is located between Hidden Hills Road and Ervin McGarrah Road on State Highway 264. → Read More

Local Company Files Complaint Against Medical Marijuana Licensee

FORT SMITH (KFSM) --A River Valley medical marijuana cultivation center applicant is accusing a group awarded a facility of putting false information in its application. → Read More