08/03/17  Back To School Tax Free Weekend Saturday And Sunday


This Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6 is tax free holiday weekend. During these two days certain goods can be purchased tax-free. The Arkansas State tax rate varies by county but you'll typically save an average of 9.3 percent on your purchase.

Here are some of the items that will be tax-exempt this weekend: Clothing under one hundred dollars per item. Clothing accessories and equipment under $50.00 per item. School supplies at any price. School instructional materials. Tax-free weekend offers great savings on hundreds of items.

Not everything is exempt. For example, items such as sewing equipment, helmets, baseball gloves and shoulder pads will not be tax free.

The 239th traffic fatality of the year was recorded in Sebastian County on U.S

Highway 71 at Brooken Hill Drive in Ft. Smith.

According to a preliminary state police report..63 year old Janet Kessler died of

injuries suffered in a crash involving three vehicles. Kessler's 2014 Chevrolet

Cruze..eastbound on Brooken Hill Drive was hit broadside by a southbound

2006 Toyta Tacoma..the light changed and the driver of the Tacoma attempted

to stop..but not in time and struck Kessler's vechile on the drivers side..Kessler's

car then spun into a light pole and then collided with a a north bound 2015

Hyundai Sonota..who was stopped in the northbound turning lane of U.S. 71.

The drivers of the other vehicles not available in the report.

The injured were taken to a Ft. Smith hospital..where Kessler died of her

injuries. Weather conditions were clear..the roadway dry at the time of the

crash at 11:14 Thursday morning. Ft. Smith PD investigated.