Marche Community Town Hall Set for June 19

Residents of the Marche Community and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend our second town hall meeting, Tuesday, June 19 at 6 pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School. Speakers included Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and public works representatives. For more information call 501-340-8305. See you there!

Pulaski Inter-District Used Tire Program Job Opening – Illegal Dumps Control Officer

The Pulaski Inter-District Used Tire Program is looking for an IDCO (Illegal Dumps Control Officer) to manage and eradicate illegal dumping in Pulaski County and waste tire illegal dumping in a nine-county area of central Arkansas. The Pulaski Inter-District is headquartered in downtown Little Rock and serves other regional solid waste management districts in the central Arkansas area.

Assignment will be considered an Independent Contractor and not eligible for benefits. Candidate will be required to sign a terms of service agreement.

Qualifications for this assignment include the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good computer and math skills
  • A team player
  • Environmental interest
  • A professional appearance
  • A good driving record
  • Preferred knowledge of laws, statutes, regulations, ordinances and violations pertaining to solid waste management and illegal dumping
  • Ability to complete designated mandatory training for IDCOs
  • Ability to conduct on-site investigation of areas affected by illegal dumping
  • Starting fee: $40,000 – $45,000

Please submit all resumes to Desi Ledbetter at desi.ledbetter@regionalrecycling.org

Deadline for resumes to be received is June 8, 2018 at 4:30pm.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Pulaski County Regional Recycling & Waste Reduction District

300 South Spring Street, Suite 200

Little Rock, AR 72201

501.340.8787

www.regionalrecycling.org

Pulaski County Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

Pulaski County offices are closed on Monday in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Garbage routes will run one day late.

Public Notice: PCYS Arkansas Department of Education Application

Pulaski County Youth Services, in partnership with the North Little Rock School District and New Hope Baptist Church, will make an application to the Arkansas Department of Education for a 21st Century Community Learning Center.

The application will be made available for review after May 28, 2018 at the Administrative Offices of Pulaski County Youth Services, 201 S. Broadway Suite 220. Little Rock, AR 72201. Specific questions should be addressed to: Ms. Jamie Scott, Executive Director of Pulaski County Youth Services.

Pulaski County Housing Agency Notice

The Pulaski County Housing Agency will accept 150 requests for placement on their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list on Thursday, April 19 @ 8 a.m.  at the Hall of Industry Annex on the State Fair Grounds.

World War I Memorial Tree Dedication, Friday at Camp Robinson

Pulaski County in partnership with the Arkansas National Guard will host a WWI Memorial Tree Dedication, Friday, April 6 at noon. The dedication will be held at the Post Chapel, building 3300, at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock.

According to the Arkansas WWI Centennial website, “through a partnership of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansans were urged to plant trees in 2017 and 2018 to remember the 71,862 Arkansans who served during the Great War, including the 2,183 who died while in service. The goal to have a memorial tree in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties by the time the commemoration concludes at the end of 2018 was achieved on March 22, 2018.”

The Arkansas Forestry Commission provided the trees for the Centennial Commemoration including the inaugural tree at the Old State House Museum in September 2017 and MacArthur Park in February.

“The Commemoration Committee has achieved and will exceed their goal as more organizations become aware of the project and its significance,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “It is a wonderful idea and a great project to honor those who served in the Great War. And what better place to plant a memorial tree than Camp Robinson that serves as headquarters to the Arkansas National Guard and served as a training facility during World War I.”

Dedication speakers include Major General Mark H. Berry; Camp Robinson Chaplin, Major Jeremy Miller; and Post Commander of American Legion Post 74, R.D. Kinsey.

Identification is required to enter Camp Robinson; guests are encouraged to arrive early to obtain a visitor’s pass.

For more information, contact Cozetta Jones at cjones@pulaskicounty.net or 501-340-8523.

Camp Robinson

Camp Pike (now Camp Robinson) was established June 1917 to train soldiers for WWI.  The City of Little Rock purchased 3,000 acres and gave them to the U.S. government and leased 10,000 acres to get Camp Pike in Arkansas.  The Construction Quartermaster was MAJ John Fordyce, an Arkansan.  The first soldiers arrived on Post for training on 5 September 1917. 

 At its peak, Camp Pike was home to 54,463 soldiers.  In 1918, Camp Pike was hit hard by the Influenza Epidemic, with several hundred losing their lives to the outbreak.  After the war, Camp Pike served as home to the 3rd Infantry Division and the Camp Pike College, a joint effort between the 3rd ID and the Knights of Columbus to prepare soldiers for return to civilian life.  In 1922, the U.S. licensed the 6,000 acres (the original 3,000 plus 3,000 the Army had purchased) to the state for use as a training facility for the Arkansas National Guard.

 Camp Pike was renamed Camp Joesph T. Robinson in 1938 after the death of Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator Joseph T. Robinson.

 View “Arkansas and the Great War” produced by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Training exercises at the Citizens Training Camp in North Little Rock (Pulaski County). The caption indicates that one of the observers was then-governor Thomas McRae. Photo courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture via James McDaniel.

Free mulch giveaway this Friday and Saturday

Pulaski County will host a FREE mulch giveaway Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Old Smoky Hollow building at 3200 S Woodrow St in Little Rock.

 

Pulaski County CASA receives increase in grant funds

Pulaski County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) announced that due to additional children being served in 2017, the Arkansas State CASA Association grant has increased from $95,000 to $135,000. These funds are used to recruit, train and motivate CASA volunteers and staff.

In the past two years, CASA has seen an increase in funding from $62,000 per year to $95,000 per year. The funding is based on the number of foster children served in the system and volunteer advocate caseload. Currently, CASA has 91 volunteer advocates and serves 232 children.

“Program staff and volunteers have worked hard this past year to obtain the additional funding which will directly result in more children being served,” said Darryl Capps, CASA Executive Director.

The program is funded by other sources including county funds, donors, grants from United Way and the federally funded VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) grant.

Pulaski County CASA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving children in Pulaski and Perry counties who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. The program operates under the leadership of the County Judge and County Attorney.