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River Valley Amateur Boxer Training For All-Female Boxing Show

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Defenders Boxing Club in Mena, Arkansas is getting ready to host an all-female amateur boxing show this fall. Organizers call it the first of its kind in the state. Stephanie Syrock, a River Valley native, is busy training for the event. → Read More

Bella Vista Man Charged Sales Tax During Tax-Free Holiday Receives Refund Check

BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KFSM) — Arkansas shoppers better check their receipts to see if their tax-free weekend shopping was actually tax-free. A Bella Vista man got a refund after getting charged sales tax during the tax-free holiday. During the sales tax holiday this year (Aug. → Read More

Back-To-School: Fayetteville High School Students Putting New Chromebooks To Good Use

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — It’s the first week of school for students at Fayetteville High School and they’re already putting their new Chromebooks to use. → Read More

Clarksville High School Gets New Campus And Career Technology Program

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Clarksville school district begins its new year Wednesday (Aug. 14) and high school students will be taking classes on a brand new campus. Also, located on the brand new campus is the new Career and Technology School or C.A.T.S. where students will learn skills in industrial fields. → Read More

Cleanup Efforts Still Underway As Moffett Students Return To School

MOFFETT, Okla. (KFSM) — Students have now returned to Moffett School for the start of a new year, a day some doubted wouldn't come after historic flooding destroyed nearly everything inside. → Read More

School Bus Service To End For Lochmoor Club Neighborhood In Bentonville

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — This week parents of students in one Bentonville neighborhood found out they wouldn’t have school bus service this year. Parents in the Lochmoor Club neighborhood say for 15 years kids were picked up by a school bus and taken to school. → Read More

‘Bargains Galore On 64’ Is Back In The River Valley

RIVER VALLEY (KFSM) — Bargains Galore on 64 is back and the deals are better than ever. Despite almost coming to an end last year, someone new stepped up to save the tradition. → Read More

Springdale Elementary Schools Will Start 15 Minutes Earlier This Year

SPRINGDALE(KFSM)--The start of school for many Arkansas students is less than a week away. The Springdale school district announced all elementary schools will be starting 15 minutes early now at 7:45 a.m. "I feel like I can give a better start to the day. → Read More

‘God’s Pit Crew’ Begins Rebuilding Moffett School After Historic Flood

MOFFETT, Okla. (KFSM) — The floor inside the cafeteria of Moffett School is getting sanded down by volunteers with God’s Pit Crew before a new floor can go in. What was once completely underwater is now on its way to getting back to normal. → Read More

National ‘Support A Teacher’ Movement Comes To Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — A national movement started by teachers and for teachers is gaining momentum. By using social media and an Amazon wishlist, teachers are getting the supplies they need for the new school year. → Read More

United Way Of Fort Smith Area Collects Thousands Of School Supplies Over The Weekend

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Volunteers in the River Valley spent the day sorting thousands of donated school supplies collected over the weekend at the annual “Fill the Bus” event. At just Fort Smith Area Walmart stores, more than 22,000 school supplies were collected. → Read More

Peacemaker Festival Will Go On At Riverfront Park In Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The 5th Annual Peacemaker Festival starts Friday (July 26) with performances by big names like Ryan Bingham and Robert Earl Keen. The venue was almost moved because two months ago Riverfront Park was underwater, but the show will go on as planned. → Read More

Fort Smith Church Members Help Puerto Rico Community Rebuild After Hurricane Maria

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Members of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Smith spent time in Puerto Rico helping a sister church rebuild after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. → Read More

Fort Smith Residents Helping Animals Left Behind After HOPE Humane Society Closure

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — It's been about two months since it was announced that the HOPE Humane Society would have to close and Fort Smith remains without an animal care and control facility. That's why some animal advocates have taken it upon themselves to foster animals found on the streets. → Read More

Inside Look At Trash Creamery Ice Cream Shop Coming Soon To Bentonville

BENTONVILLE (KFSM)--Ever wonder what it was like growing up in the 80s? Well, wonder no more. Get ready to travel back in time to the totally awesome 80s with Trash Creamery in Bentonville. → Read More

Springdale Boxing Class Helping Parkinson’s Patients Fight Back Against Disease

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — John Tolleson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease eight years ago. "I didn't think much in the way of a major earthquake when it came along, but you'd just as soon not have it but if you live long enough, you're probably going to get something," Tolleson said. → Read More

Tonititown Grape Festival Begins With Spaghetti Dinner Preparation

Tontitown, Ark. (KFSM) — We are three weeks away from the start of a more than 120-year tradition - the Tontitown Grape Festival. Preparation started Monday (July 15) for the unforgettable spaghetti dinners. Every year families come together to start preparing for the annual Grape Festival. → Read More

Peaceful Protests In The River Valley Over Border Camps

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Demonstrators in Arkansas and across the country rallied tonight in support of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. The movement is in response to news that ICE officials plan to carry out a series of raids this weekend and deport thousands of undocumented immigrants. → Read More

Moffett Residents Continue To Clean Up After Historic Flooding

MOFFETT, Okla. (KFSM) — It's been more than a month since historic flooding struck the small town of Moffett and the slow road to recovery is about to pick up the pace. Piles of debris sitting on the streets will soon be gone. → Read More

Fort Smith Could Soon Be Getting ‘Entertainment District’

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Fort Smith is one step closer to creating an entertainment district similar to places like Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Beale Street in Memphis. The Board of Directors got to see a draft of the plan for the first time Tuesday (July 9). → Read More