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OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 11/19/2017 2:43 a.m. Discuss

$3,550 grant goes to Fire Department

Vote ends no-alcohol-by-drink areas in part of central Arkansas

posted: 11/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Voters in the former Gray Township that includes Jacksonville and part of Sherwood approved allowing the sale of alcohol by the drink in a special election Tuesday, opening up the ability to attract restaurants that want to serve alcohol.

People in parts of 2 central Arkansas cities to vote on old alcohol ban

posted: 11/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The cities of Jacksonville and Sherwood -- which want to expand economic development opportunities-- have jointly campaigned to overturn an alcohol ban from about 60 years ago during a special election scheduled for today.

Budget preview a breeze in NLR

posted: 11/14/2017 2:51 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock City Council members breezed through a preliminary review of the city's proposed budget for 2018 during a public workshop Monday, noting how the city kept spending low, even while knowing extra money would be coming next year from a new sales tax.

NLR plans to refill reserve fund next year

posted: 11/12/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

After previous years of dipping into the city's reserves to balance annual budgets, North Little Rock is projecting funds to be put back into its savings next year, mainly because of a new, voter-approved sales tax increase, according to the city's 2018 proposed budget.

OUR TOWN : North Little Rock notebook

posted: 11/12/2017 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Nominees sought for Hall of Fame

NLR city attorney to pursue 'passion'

posted: 11/08/2017 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Saying he's found a passion for working within an evolving utility industry, North Little Rock City Attorney Jason Carter is retiring to enter private practice with a focus on municipal utilities, he said Monday.

NLR notebook

posted: 11/07/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Maritime Museum to host free tours

Early voting to begin in bid to reverse 1950s alcohol ban in part of central Arkansas

posted: 11/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Having the ability to sell alcohol by the drink helps to attract national chain restaurants to a city, while missing that option turns them away, Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher said.

NLR to purchase land bordering plaza

posted: 11/04/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock's Downtown Development Board intends to purchase property adjacent to the city's planned downtown plaza in order to facilitate a potential private development on the plaza's east side.

OUR TOWN: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 10/30/2017 2:32 a.m. Discuss

NLR names Barber to top IT position

Hotel tax dial-back proposed for North Little Rock

posted: 10/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A just-passed lodging-tax increase in North Little Rock would be reduced by half under a proposal that will require City Council approval, Mayor Joe Smith said Thursday.

North Little Rock council backs lodging-tax increase opposed by hoteliers

posted: 10/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

To no avail, North Little Rock hotel owners opposing a 1 percentage point increase in the city's lodging tax showed up in force to the City Council chambers Monday.

Owner of downtown hotel, restaurants opposes North Little Rock tax increase

updated: 10/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

North Little Rock's predominant hotel owner said a proposed 1 percentage point increase in the city's lodging tax would hurt hotels and that a planned downtown plaza will be more trouble than it's worth.

2 fill two editor posts at Democrat-Gazette

updated: 10/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Rachel O'Neal has been named editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sunday High Profile section, and Jim Kordsmeier has replaced O'Neal as the newspaper's business editor.

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