posted: 12/05/2013 4:40 a.m.
The North Little Rock Fire Department has lined up the purchase of a custom-built fire and rescue boat for use on the Arkansas River next year.
posted: 11/30/2013 3:24 a.m.
Securing a lower power-purchase contract helped the North Little Rock Electric Department balance its proposed 2014 budget by using those savings to pay for about $5 million in forthcoming repairs at the city’s Murray Hydroelectric Plant.
posted: 11/29/2013 5:05 a.m.
When Maumelle Fire Chief George Glenn and Police Chief Sam Williams began their respective jobs a week apart in July 2000, the city had a combined Department of Public Safety, with police officers and firefighters sharing duties under one roof.
posted: 11/26/2013 2:16 a.m.
A major snowstorm a year ago prompted North Little Rock’s then-newly elected Mayor Joe Smith to streamline the response of the city’s services and personnel to emergencies.
posted: 11/26/2013 2:15 a.m.
With an approving nod from the City Council on Monday evening, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith said he will cut what “fluff” he can from the proposed 2014 city budget but still anticipates dipping into reserve funds to erase an anticipated $1.6 million shortfall. Smith said during an informal budget workshop that he plans to have a proposed balanced budget of about $60 million to present to the City Council by its next meeting Dec. 9, but that changes must come next year to avoid further reducing the reserve fund.
posted: 11/25/2013 1:55 a.m.
Mayor Joe Smith said he hopes members of the North Little Rock City Council have some ideas about how to address a $1.6 million shortage projected in the city’s 2014 general fund when he meets with them today in a budget workshop.
posted: 11/24/2013 4:11 a.m.
Youth council gets volunteering nod Members of the North Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council received the Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award last week during the 2013 Association of Fundraising Professionals-Arkansas Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon.
posted: 11/20/2013 5:10 a.m.
Golf-cart owners will have to wait awhile longer to find out if they can legally drive on Maumelle’s streets to anywhere other than the golf course and back.
posted: 11/17/2013 4:14 a.m.
Business leaders in North Little Rock’s Park Hill neighborhood said they think the end of the area’s ban on alcohol sales will do more than increase dining options. They believe it also will help attract and retain shoppers who will browse through local stores before or after dinner.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:51 a.m.
For the first time in almost 50 years, alcohol sales will be returning to North Little Rock’s Park Hill neighborhood.
posted: 11/12/2013 4:23 a.m.
North Little Rock’s mayor will be able to direct that a city government employee hand over a personal electronic device if misconduct is alleged involving the device, after the North Little Rock City Council approved part of a city administrative policy update Monday night.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:26 a.m.
Voters in six former voting districts in North Little Rock’s Park Hill area will decide in a special election Tuesday whether they want to allow alcohol sales in the small pocket of the city that has been “dry” since 1966.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:31 a.m.
Proposals to rename part or all of North Broadway in North Little Rock for a local company won’t go forward, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith said Wednesday.
posted: 11/03/2013 3:42 a.m.
Signs along North Little Rock’s John F. Kennedy Boulevard tout a Nov. 12 special election as being about “Revitalization and Jobs,” staying away from the central voting question of whether to allow the sale of liquor by the drink in historic Park Hill.
posted: 11/03/2013 3:35 a.m.
Laman Plaza to host Veterans Day event A Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at North Little Rock’s Veterans Memorial at Laman Plaza on the grounds of the William F. Laman Library, 2801 Orange St.
posted: 10/29/2013 5:30 a.m.
The former Big Rock Quarry, a popular hiking and scenic spot in North Little Rock, gained City Council approval Monday evening to become future city parkland in a property exchange with a parcel inside the city’s Burns Park.
posted: 10/28/2013 12:16 a.m.
Sponsorship banners will start showing up on Maumelle’s soccer fields and other outdoor sports venues next year after the Maumelle City Council unanimously approved lifting a ban on such advertisements last week.
posted: 10/27/2013 4:46 a.m.
Jeff Caplinger began his morning one day last week in a golf cart chasing geese off the soccer fields in North Little Rock’s Burns Park.
posted: 10/27/2013 4:43 a.m.
City Council seeks input about parks A public hearing during the North Little Rock City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall will allow comment on a proposed land exchange of properties in the former Big Rock Quarry and Burns Park.
posted: 10/24/2013 5 a.m.
With members divided over what to do, the Little Rock Wastewater Utility’s rate advisory committee argued to a stalemate Wednesday evening on whether to continue supporting a recommendation to the city Board of Directors for impact fees on new sewer lines.
posted: 10/23/2013 4:43 a.m.
North Little Rock Animal Control is asking the City Council to change a provision in a city code that has allowed unregulated nonprofits to sell or give away dogs and cats without the pets first being spayed or neutered.
posted: 10/17/2013 4:28 a.m.
Early voting dates OK’d for Park Hill The Pulaski County Election Commission has set early voting for Nov. 5-8 for the Nov. 12 election about whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in the Park Hill section of North Little Rock.
posted: 10/17/2013 12:46 a.m.
North Little Rock’s City Council will be asked in a 5 p.m. special meeting at City Hall today to approve a contract that officials say will provide savings for the cityowned Electric Department when buying electricity for resale, eventually meaning savings to its ratepayers, too.
posted: 10/15/2013 4:50 a.m.
An effort to rename part of North Broadway in North Little Rock for Diamond Bear Brewing Co. will be expanded to change the name of the entire street, Mayor Joe Smith said Monday night.
posted: 10/14/2013 5:12 a.m.
The idea of wanting to rename certain blocks of city streets in North Little Rock after businesses is quickly spreading, a city alderman said.
posted: 10/09/2013 4:41 a.m.
Legislation is headed to the North Little Rock City Council on Monday to approve plans to convert the former Big Rock Quarry into city parkland via a property exchange from acreage in the city’s Burns Park.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:48 a.m.
A long-vanished, major fort built by the Union army 150 years ago to protect Little Rock from possible recapture by Confederate troops is being recognized for its role in the city’s history in conjunction with the Civil War Sesquicentennial observance.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:36 a.m.
RV park to give out 5 stays in contest North Little Rock’s Riverside RV Park downtown will mark its fifth anniversary by giving away five two-night stays at the park.
posted: 10/01/2013 4:48 a.m.
Six North Little Rock aldermen took three minutes in a special meeting Monday evening to tidy up a technicality involving a $9.7 million contract passed last week.
posted: 10/01/2013 4:44 a.m.
Recycling district collects electronics The Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District will have its annual fall electronics collection from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the VIP parking lot at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
posted: 09/29/2013 4:39 a.m.
Hydrant testing set; dingy water possible Central Arkansas Water and the Fire Department will begin testing water hydrants Tuesday and will continue each week through Oct. 25.
posted: 09/28/2013 4:19 a.m.
Growing up in Arkansas, foreign-born Spc. Hilario Gonzalez De La Hoya and Pvt. Paula Del Carmen Jaimes-Gonzalez of the Arkansas National Guard said Friday that they’ve always felt like this is their home — the same as if they were natural-born citizens.
posted: 09/27/2013 4:50 a.m.
Hannah K. Vogler has been hired as interim executive director of Argenta Community Development Corp., board Chairman Kent Walker said Thursday.
posted: 09/24/2013 4:29 a.m.
North Little Rock’s City Council agreed to a series of contracts Monday night for the city’s Electric Department to provide power for pumping water from the Arkansas River to irrigate farmland in the Bayou Meto Basin.
posted: 09/23/2013 4:20 a.m.
A downtown North Little Rock church’s plan to use a city grant to upgrade the church kitchen and then allow startup food businesses to use it to create their tasty wares has hit a small snag — one the church hopes will be resolved today.
posted: 09/22/2013 4:19 a.m.
Cartoonist’s work on display Oct. 4 John Deering, editorial cartoonist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will present “Drawing a Line: 30 Years of Cartoons and Illustrations by John Deering,” Oct. 4-18 at the Thea Foundation gallery, 401 Main St., North Little Rock.
posted: 09/18/2013 4:39 a.m.
Central Arkansas Transit Authority’s board of directors took a long-awaited step Tuesday toward converting bus fuel from diesel to compressed natural gas, but it must wait on local partners to commit to paying about half of the process’ initial cost.
posted: 09/17/2013 4:32 a.m.
The Little Rock Zoo’s female black rhinoceros, Navasha, died while in her outside exhibit area Sunday afternoon after several days of illness, a zoo spokesman said Monday.
posted: 09/16/2013 4:12 a.m.
The North Little Rock’s Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum hopes its educational offerings will be enhanced by the addition of an Oklahoma museum’s collection, which includes the history of the Arkansas River and its navigation system, maritime museum officials said last week.
posted: 09/16/2013 3:59 a.m.
Local clubs to host NLR sailboat races Sailboat and rowing exhibition races on the Arkansas River are scheduled as part of the third annual Junction Bridge Regatta 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday.
posted: 09/10/2013 5:03 a.m.
5th Family Fun Fest to be held Sept. 28 Family Fun Fest, sponsored for the fifth year by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.
posted: 09/08/2013 5:19 a.m.
A $4.59 million maintenance and repair request for the Unit Two turbine at North Little Rock’s hydroelectric plant goes back to a “bag of goo” shown to the City Council in January, acting Electric Department general manager Jason Carter said last week.
posted: 09/07/2013 4:22 a.m.
North Little Rock and Pulaski County are close to an agreement for the county to pay an annual amount for the city’s animal shelter to house stray dogs and cats that arrive from the county’s unincorporated areas.
posted: 09/05/2013 5:01 a.m.
After two years of leading Argenta Community Development Corp., Mary Beth Bowman is leaving her executive director’s post with the North Little Rock nonprofit organization, board Chairman Kent Walker said Wednesday.
posted: 09/04/2013 4:54 a.m.
Unpacking objects recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Laman Library’s Debra Wood said certain items tugged at her emotions.
posted: 09/02/2013 4:39 a.m.
When Union troops during the Civil War advanced into Little Rock to take command of the state capital Sept. 10, 1863, Confederate evacuation moved so swiftly that Southern soldiers didn’t have time to complete one last important task.
posted: 09/02/2013 4:27 a.m.
NLR Youth Council to receive grant A $5,000 grant is being awarded to the North Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council through the Celebrate My Drive program sponsored by State Farm insurance, the company announced.
posted: 08/30/2013 2:49 a.m.
Rockwater Marina, a first for the Little Rock-North Little Rock area, officially opened Thursday with developers and government officials thanking each other for the cooperative effort that made it happen.
posted: 08/30/2013 2:42 a.m.
Bryant’s City Council unanimously voted Thursday night to table proposed legislation that would have called a special election in November to restructure bond issues supported by city sales taxes.
posted: 08/29/2013 4:49 a.m.
Walking along the quarter mile-long dock of Rockwater Marina along the North Little Rock riverbank, co-developer Lisa Ferrell eagerly shared her news about a marina first.