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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

Community Comes Together For Firefighter In Need Of Kidney Transplant

MULBERRY (KFSM) -- The community is coming together for a firefighter who needs a kidney transplant. So far, they have exceeded their fundraising goal by more than $7,000. “I've helped a lot of people in this town and they repaid it this weekend,” said Capt. Kevin Carty. → Read More

Homes Evacuated After 12-Year-Old Crashes Car Into Gas Line

PEA RIDGE (KFSM)--Police say approximately five homes were evacuated after a 12-year-old boy crashed a stolen car into a gas meter, causing it to break. According to Pea Ridge Police Officer Mike Lira, the boy stole his mother’s 2002 Pontiac Grand Am and approximately $4,000 around 2 a.m. → Read More

Dash Cam Footage Released In Fort Smith Deadly Police Chase

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- Dash cam footage was released Tuesday (March 6) of a dangerous police pursuit that killed one person. Police said Victor Sallee, 56, died in the crash at the intersection of Zero Street and Massard Road March 2. → Read More

Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Homicide & Arson

CRAWFORD COUNTY (KSFSM) -- Trial has begun for a man accused of homicide and arson. Jeremy Brake is accused of shooting and killing Mike King inside a mobile home during Oct. 2016. Prosecutors say Brake burned down the mobile home. King was shot in his stomach. → Read More

LeFlore County Boys & Girls Club Featured On 5NEWS This Morning

LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM)--A local Boys & Girls Club is in its new building and is ready for kids to sign up. In the video above, 5NEWS Morning Anchor April Baker sat down with Arielle Perry with the LeFlore County Boys and Girls Club. → Read More