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Arkansas Newspaper Story on Oral Argument in Independent Petition Deadline Lawsuit


The Times Record of Fort Smith, Arkansas, has this commentary about the oral argument in Moore v Martin. That argument, held on July 27, concerns the federal lawsuit on early petition deadlines for non-presidential independent candidates.

Fort Smith Police Identify Woman Found Dead In Pool


FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The Fort Smith Police Department identified ...
Turner’s body is going to be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Fort Smith School District Set For New Year


Fort Smith, AR 72902-1948. • Adult Education Center, 785-1232, Peabody Building, 501 S. 20th St., Gary Udouj, director. • English Language Acquisition/Federal Programs, 784-8182, Ext. 22, Parker Center, 811 N. T St., Fort Smith, AR 72904, Dr. Kellie ...

Patriots’ season ends in Fort Smith


FORT SMITH — The Russellville American Legion Post 20 Patriots needed momentum to advance in the State Tournament on Saturday at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS), but what they got was a debacle. Patriots head coach Zach Hettinga was ejected ...

Rebel mascot, 'Dixie' ousted by Fort Smith School Board


Fort Smith attorney and 1981 Southside graduate Joey McCutchen sued the School Board in Sebastian County Circuit Court last week charging that the committee members violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act because the public and media received no ...

Fort Smith school told to drop Rebel mascot and fight song


Fort Smith attorney Joey McCutchen filed the lawsuit claiming the school board violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by holding a committee vote without notifying the public. “The school board did not say one word about why they were for or ...

Fort Smith School Board ditches Rebel mascot, ‘Dixie’ fight song


FORT SMITH — To a round of cheers, the Fort Smith School Board voted 7-0 to retire Southside High School’s Rebel mascot and “Dixie” fight song Monday night. “I’m glad people came and had an opportunity to express themselves,” School Board ...

Fort Smith cattle auction report


The Fort Smith Livestock, Fort Smith, Arkansas, reported receipts of 200 head on July 20, compared to 485 head last week and 515 head last year, according to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture-USDA Market News Service, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Fort Smith, Arkansas Toyota dealership highlights luxury and class of the new 2016 Toyota Avalon with a research page


FORT SMITH, Ark., July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Built on a foundation of quality, durability and reliability, the Toyota model lineup possesses an incredible array of vehicles for consumers to choose from. Most options in the Toyota inventory are ...

Two Fort Smith Roads to Be Closed for Road Work


FORT SMITH, AR -- Portions of these two roads will be closed for drainage improvements. FORT SMITH, AR -- Heads up, drivers! Portions of two roads will be closed for drainage improvements. Here are the dates and times they will be closed. Detours will be ...

Fort Smith Consignment Sale Boasts “Best Prices For Back-To-School Shopping”


FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Just in time for the start of the new school year, a large children’s consignment sale starts Thursday (July 30) in Fort Smith. Kim Hoelzeman is part of the team behind the Growing …

Suspect In Fort Smith Shooting Pleads Not Guilty, Bond Set At $500,000


FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Dwight Neal Hawley, 53, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges after being arrested on suspicion of being involved in the shooting death of Carlos Mejia, 20 on July 22, 2015. …
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The Guardian and a warning to FORT SMITH ARKANSAS: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Register now and request your ballots for the year in FORT SMITH ARKANSAS

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov:

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you wont have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you´re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.

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If you experience any issues or have questions, FVAPs call center is available at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find us on Facebook at /DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

PDF version of FVAP Voter Alert #1

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The situation of health coverage in in FORT SMITH ARKANSAS

1. After five years of the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million people have health coverage.

That's more people than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined. This number includes parents who can finally afford to take their kids to the doctor, families who no longer risk losing their homes or savings because someone becomes ill, and young people who are now free to pursue their dreams without worrying about losing access to health care. 

With millions of people getting covered, the uninsured rate for non-elderly adults has dropped by 35% since October 2013. “The Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama said after hearing the news that millions of Americans had signed up and gotten covered. “And I'll tell you, everywhere I go around the country, I'm meeting inpiduals who come up and thank me. How passionate they are about the difference it's made in their lives, it really reminds me why we do all of this." 


2. Medicaid is helping millions.

The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, and 28 states and the District of Columbia have done so. Across all 50 states, there are 11.2 million additional Americans enrolled in Medicaid compared to a baseline period in the fall of 2013.

While not every state expanded Medicaid, those that did are seeing especially strong coverage gains. In Medicaid expansion states, the uninsured rate among families with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line declined by 13 percentage points, nearly double the decline in non-expansion states.


3. Those with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance.

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could deny you coverage or charge you more because of a health problem that you had prior to applying for insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you just because you have a pre-existing condition and they can’t close you out of coverage by charging you more than someone who doesn’t have a pre-existing condition.

This key provision means that up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage. This includes the parents of over 17.6 million children with pre-existing conditions who no longer have to live with that worry. 


4. The uninsured rate for young Americans is at its lowest point since at least 1997.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate for young Americans has declined by more than 40 percent over the past five years. Since 2010, more than 5 million young adults have gained coverage.  This includes 2.3 million young adults who have gained coverage by being able to stay on their parent's health plan. Under the Affordable Care Act, young adults can stay on their parent’s coverage until age 26. With all that can happens in a young person's life, this provision helps ensure that those who are just starting out in college and work careers can plan with the assurance that they have access to quality and affordable coverage. 


5. Americans no longer have lifetime and annual limits on their coverage.

The Affordable Care Act has lifted the lifetime health benefit caps for 105 million Americans. Previously, many plans set a lifetime limit on how much they would spend for your covered benefits during the entire time you were enrolled in their plan. If you went over, you’d be paying out of pocket. Annual limits also constrained families and inpiduals by restricting how much they could receive per year. That's not how it should be. That’s why the Affordable Care Act prohibits health plans from putting annual or lifetime dollar limits on most benefits. 


These are just five of the core ways in which the Affordable Care Act has helped Americans get quality, affordable health care. See for yourself: Click here to meet inpiduals who have benefited from health care, read their stories, and then pass them on so others can see what getting covered -- and staying covered -- means. 

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