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New rent for Travs OK’d 5-3

posted: 04/15/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

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.

In NLR, 2 groups denied sublease

posted: 03/25/2014 4:14 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock aldermen rejected a proposal Monday night that would have allowed two nonprofit organizations to temporarily share space in a city-owned building with the North Little Rock History Commission.

In NLR, 2 groups seek lease

posted: 03/24/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Two nonprofits are asking to share a two-story, city-owned building downtown with North Little Rock’s History Commission starting April 1.

Grant funds study of ex-orphanage

posted: 03/24/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

The St. Joseph Center of Arkansas in North Little Rock will benefit from a $5,000 grant that the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded to the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, the Preservation Alliance announced Friday.

NLR gains after review of business-license fees

posted: 03/23/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock’s decision last summer to consolidate all permit reviews and collections under one department is paying off, city records show, as revenue from North Little Rock business-license fees is up $332,883 from last year.

NLR council studies adding tax

posted: 03/21/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock City Council members Thursday debated whether to add another city sales tax or reinstate a garbage-collection fee to aid a dreary budget forecast.


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