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Bricks or mortar?

posted: 08/22/2009 4:15 a.m. Discuss

Concrete walkways, patios and driveways can be beautiful and inexpensive - but for those worried about the environmental impact of their hard-scaping, there are paver options that retain much of the utility and beauty of traditional poured concrete.

Pervious paving sticky to use, but rain soaks in

posted: 08/22/2009 2:39 a.m. Discuss

For large projects - long driveways or parking areas, for instance - another environment-friendly alternative to traditional concrete slabs is permeable pavement. Unlike pavers, permeable pavement is mixed and poured much like typical concrete but is far more difficult to install and requires professional expertise, the experts said.

City will dip into reserves

posted: 05/01/2009 4:04 a.m.

The Sherwood City Council voted 8-0 Tuesday to appropriate $350,000 from its reserve fund to pay a settlement with its former ambulance provider, Arkansas Emergency Transport LLC.

Mayor of Wrightsville repaying diverted funds

posted: 04/30/2009 3:02 a.m.

Wrightsville Mayor Lorraine Smith illegally diverted $4,619.81 of city money into a personal account over four years - a discovery made during the course of a larger ongoing investigation, federal prosecutors said this week.

5-acre lot-size cap for watershed fails

posted: 04/29/2009 2:15 a.m.

A proposal to limit lot sizes to a minimum of 5 acres within the Lake Maumelle watershed was defeated by the 15-member Pulaski County Quorum Court on Tuesday despite a packed room of supporters for the idea.

Quorum Court votes to spend $220,000 for county morgue

posted: 04/29/2009 2:01 a.m.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court voted 14-0 Tuesday night to spend $220,000 to establish the county's first-ever morgue.

Fee raise sought in bid for county jail funds

posted: 04/28/2009 5:16 a.m.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court is being asked to raise the cost of being cited for a misdemeanor or traffic violation to help raise additional money for the county jail.

LR housing board OKs settlement

posted: 04/24/2009 2:51 a.m.

Little Rock's Housing Authority will soon take control of assets worth millions of dollars from the nonprofit Neighborhood Builders Inc., according to a settlement agreement the Housing Authority's board of commissioners unanimously approved Thursday.

Restitution from mayor a mystery in Wrightsville

posted: 04/24/2009 2:50 a.m.

Wrightsville Mayor Lorraine Smith has repaid the city $2,619.81 - but elected officials in the small rural community in southwest Pulaski County say they have no idea why they received the check.

Car goes into lake; 3 kids die

posted: 04/20/2009 4:59 a.m.

A 26-year-old mother tried but failed to rescue her three young boys after she drove a vehicle into Brewer Lake in rural Conway County early Sunday morning, according to the Conway County sheriff's office.

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