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Site shifting, Maumelle holds off on fire station

posted: 04/22/2014 4:40 a.m. Discuss

Approval of a location for a new fire station in Maumelle will wait another month while Mayor Mike Watson negotiates to buy privately owned property instead of using a city-owned site.

NLR meetings focus on blacks, Hispanics

posted: 04/21/2014 4:25 a.m. Discuss

Better involvement of blacks and Hispanics in a neighborhood planning process is the focus of meetings this week in North Little Rock’s Levy area.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 04/20/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Clerk, treasurer jobs to combine North Little Rock will combine the offices of city clerk-collector and city treasurer to begin 2015 when City Treasurer Mary Ruth Morgan leaves office after 40 years.

Personal views of peace going on display at NLR library

posted: 04/17/2014 4:49 a.m. Discuss

How people from different walks of life view the meaning of peace is the focus of an exhibit opening Friday at North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library.

Panel cool to raising NLR hotel-room tax

posted: 04/16/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

A suggestion made Tuesday for North Little Rock to raise its tax on hotel-room rentals didn’t garner the immediate support of the city’s Advertising and Promotion Commission.

New rent for Travs OK’d 5-3

posted: 04/15/2014 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

A new rent agreement between North Little Rock and the Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club Inc. needed Mayor Joe Smith’s vote Monday night to gain approval after some City Council members balked over one specific change.

Power poles in yards surprise NLR’s eastern neighborhoods

posted: 04/13/2014 4:37 a.m. Comment 1

When 80-foot-tall metal power poles began showing up in front and backyards along Willow Beach Road on North Little Rock’s eastern edge, it caught Gerald Paulton Jr. and his neighbors by surprise, Paulton said last week.

NLR OKs refinancing loan for baseball park

posted: 04/11/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock Public Building Authority voted Thursday to authorize the refinancing of a $1.85 million loan balance to pay off the construction debt for Dickey-Stephens Park.

Maumelle proposes tax rise

posted: 04/08/2014 4:58 a.m. Comment 1

A survey to gauge the interest of Maumelle residents for potential bond projects will also ask whether city voters would support a quarter-percent sales tax to help pay for an indoor aquatic center, the City Council decided Monday evening.

NLR, Travelers strike debt deal

posted: 04/07/2014 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club Inc. will pay all debt resulting from the construction cost overrun for Dickey-Stephens Park, relieving North Little Rock of that future burden, according to a proposed agreement between the city and the baseball club.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 04/06/2014 4:20 a.m. Discuss

Beatles exhibition kicks off Saturday North Little Rock’s downtown will open a free photographic exhibition Saturday focusing on the Beatles and the 50th anniversary of the rock ’n’ roll group’s first trip to the United States.

Maumelle panel debates bond projects for ballot

posted: 04/01/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Maumelle City Council members on Monday evening analyzed seven potential bond projects for the November election ballot and discussed whether an additional city sales tax would be needed to help cover some operational costs.

Argenta library to turn new leaf

posted: 03/30/2014 4:03 a.m. Discuss

Strolling through the renovated post office building in North Little Rock that opens this week as the William F. Laman Public Library System’s new Argenta Branch, Jeff Baskin marveled over the natural light that fills the historic structure.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 03/30/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Gravel-drives rule in districts waived North Little Rock neighborhoods with Restricted Parking Districts must allow gravel driveways to remain until December 2018 if those surfaces were installed before a district’s establishment, according to an amendment passed by the City Council.

April events set to remember Civil War

posted: 03/30/2014 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Several events are scheduled during April to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Camden Expedition, according to the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.


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