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Fort Smith, AR, United States

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Past articles by Charlie:

Poteau Girl Buys Lunch For Officer Who Adopted Child Abuse Victim

POTEAU (KFSM) -- She knew nothing of his past... or about the good deed done completely at random. It was lunch hour one Saturday, when Poteau Officer Jody Thompson walked in. "This little doll of an angel comes out of no where, (and) throws money in front of me. → Read More

Tenured Sebastian County Major Retires After Twenty-Seven Years

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- After 27 years, Major Kevin Nickson of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office is retiring. His office is nearly empty. "It's very weird seeing it. I've been here a long time," Nickson recalled. → Read More

Man Who Lost Loved One To Breast Cancer Speaking Out About Medical Marijuana

MULBERRY (KFSM) -- A man who lost someone he loved to breast cancer years ago is making his way around the county teaching people about the effects of medical marijuana. His destination today was Mulberry. He went for a seminar on cannabis as medicine. → Read More

Rogers Native Wins Big On ‘Let’s Make A Deal’

RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) -- Shelby Benefield's family and friends freaked out as they gathered to watch Shelby on 'Let's Make A Deal'. Shelby won a trip to the Bahamas and memories she won't soon forget. "It was super weird to see myself on television. → Read More

Community Shares Stories In ‘Me Too’ Movement

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- A new movement has taken social media by storm with women posting the hashtag, "metoo". This came about after allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced. Dozens of women have claimed sexual assault against the film producer. → Read More

Arrest Made After Dogs Allegedly “Dragged Behind Scooter”

VAN BUREN (KFSM) -- A man in Crawford County is behind bars after allegedly dragging two dogs behind a motorized scooter. After the horrifying ordeal, the two dogs are now recovering. "The pads of his feet are torn," explained Rebecca Kascubowski with the Almost Home Shelter Rescue. → Read More

Local Woman Says Someone Posed As Her For More Than A Year

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- The thought of a stolen identity can be frightening. For Stacie Ford, a stolen identity, she claims, is her reality. "When I first found out, I was livid. I was so mad. I was furious," she remarked. → Read More

Local War Veteran Celebrates 95th Birthday By Flying Plane

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- With three wars and nearly a century of living under his belt, a local veteran is still putting his pilot's license to use. The celebration of Hank Hauser's 95th birthday begins on a warm, sunny September day at Fort Smith Regional Airport. → Read More

Charleston School Was First In Community To Integrate

CHARLESTON (KFSM) -- As she sat on the park bench in front of the high school, Mary Belle-Ervin recalled starting her Charleston schooling in the first grade. → Read More

The Story Behind The Human Cannonball At A Fair Near You

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- A record-breaking human cannonball is making the rounds around the country -- including here at home. David "The Bullet" Smith is stopping in at the Arkansas-Oklahoma Fair for 22 shows. "This is always scary," he said of the performance, which he's done for 21 years. → Read More

Senior Center Struggling To Deliver Meals To Homebound Seniors

ALMA (KFSM) -- As she revved the engine of one of the cars, it roared an abnormal roar. "It sounds terrible," remarked Lori Oliver of the Alma Senior Center. The senior center is struggling to deliver meals to seniors. "We deliver around 150 'Meals On Wheels' to Alma. → Read More

Local Heads Mission To Restore Century Old Chapel

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- He pointed out the cracks on the stairs built more than 100 years ago. 100 years later, Vincent Scott is trying to repair those cracks. The cracks on a building sitting in the middle of the National Historic Register. → Read More

EMT Receives ‘Hometown Hero’ Award After Rescuing Young Girl

CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) -- Ryan Ciampoli was honored Tuesday as the Fire-Dex 'Hometown Hero'. "I still replay the same scenario back and forth," he said. He was recalling an incident in which a 4-year-old girl falls from the back of a moving bus in Harrison. → Read More

Local School District Saddened By Loss Of Retired Teacher

POCOLA (KFSM) -- A retired teacher from the Pocola School District is the victim who died in a multi-vehicle crash Friday (Sept. 8) -- a crash that shut down Highway 112. "Outside of a colleague, she's been a life-long friend," said a current teacher in the district, Britton Reaves. → Read More

Locals Worry About Driving, Road Conditions In Town Without Police Station

UNIONTOWN (KFSM) -- You might know Sherry Marshall as Ms. Senior Arkansas 2017. But lately, the Uniontown resident has taken on a different role. "We have quite a dip here in the bridge," she said of Highway 220 West. She's working to bring awareness to what she calls a dangerous road way. → Read More

“Klan” Street Sign Stolen From Local Town, Some Call For Name Change

PARIS (KFSM) -- The recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is starting to shed light on different things happening in communities across the country. In the town of Paris, Arkansas -- a street sign is stolen. And it's the name of the sign that have some wanting change. → Read More

New Officers Are Good News, But Department Still Has Way To Go

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- Six new police officers received their badges Monday (August 21st), but the Fort Smith Police Department is still a ways a way from being fully staffed. Recruiting coordinator, Corporal Scott Jackson tells 5NEWS the department is staffed with about 136 officers. → Read More

Local Couple Married During Eclipse

LAVACA (KFSM) -- As shadows dropped down over Lavaca City Park, a once in a lifetime moment took place during a once in a lifetime event. "This day is made possible because of your love for each other," said the wedding officiator, Jack James. → Read More

Local Men Wear Heels For A Good Cause

POTEAU (KFSM) --Friday night (August 18th), the men of Poteau walked a mile in her shoes. That's what the event was called, for the record -- 'Walk A Mile In Her Shoes'. "All the men are wearing heels, yes," said Deanna Chancellor of Women's Crisis Services. → Read More

Local Nearly Falls Victim To Home Rental Scam

FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- Another scam is making the rounds. A scammer found a home for sale in Fort Smith and decided to put it up for rent on Craigslist well below market value. "They put out the emails and hope somebody will be desperate enough to send them the money to secure the property. → Read More