Vision 2025 program kick-off proves successful

IMG_7571Pulaski County Youth Services kicked off its Vision 2025 Leadership Institute with the 2016 Women’s Power Breakfast Saturday, April 16. More than 160 filled the Little Rock Club to honor prominent female community leaders Linda Leopoulos, Tjuana Byrd, Georgia Mjartan and Senator Joyce Elliott, who received the Philanthropy Award, Advocate for Youth Award, Visionary Award and Lifetime Achievement Award respectively. All expressed the need to become more involved in lives of our youth and to the 33 girls who will participate in the Leadership Institute, they were told to always live in their truth.

The event raised more than $8,000 that will benefit the program which also received approximately $40,000 in grant funding and expects to receive more.

The first of its kind in Central Arkansas, the Vision 2025 Leadership Institute was created to provide a year-long training that focuses on empowerment, leadership development, mentoring, entrepreneurship, community services, and academic advising, thus allowing young women to complete high school and further their education at the post-secondary level. The first session will be held May 14.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) will operate the below listed locations during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 30, 2016.  The sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Sheriff’s Office maintains a 24-hour Rx Drug Drop Box at 2900 South Woodrow Street in Little Rock for those that are unable to dispose of their medications on April 30.

This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  PCSO has collected over 5000 pounds of prescription drugs since beginning our program in 2010.  Bring your pills for disposal to the below listed locations.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Remedy Drug at 8511 W. Markham in Little Rock
  • Walgreens at Cantrell & Taylor Loop in Little Rock

Contact: Capt. Carl Minden at 501-340-6600

Adult and Veteran Drug Treatment Court Receives State Grant to Enhance Services

Sixth Circuit Court Judge Mary Spencer McGowan announced the Adult Drug Court and Veterans’ Drug Court, specialty programs for non-violent offenders battling drug addiction, received more than $290,000 in grant funding from Arkansas Community Corrections’ Accountability Court Grant Program.

Through Act 895 of the 90th General Assembly, Gov. Asa Hutchinson provided more than $2.9 million in funding to allow Arkansas Drug Courts to compete for grant funding from Arkansas Community Corrections to enhance program services. The one-time grant is awarded to applicants who “can demonstrate a reduction in the number of offenders committed to juvenile detention, state juvenile/treatment facilities or adult confinement facilities.”

The act also created the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force that will study the performance and outcome measures.

“On behalf of the more than 600 defendants in both my Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court, I would like to thank the Governor for his generosity in funding these grants and the Arkansas Community Correction for awarding the grants,” McGowan said. “This money will allow us to enhance our Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court in keeping defendants off of drugs and out of the penitentiary.”

The grant, the largest in the State, will enable defendants to receive mental health counseling, bus transportation, incentives for positive performance to name a few areas covered by the grant said McGowan.

“Kicking drug addiction requires a lifestyle change, this often requires a change in environment, a change in habits that are associated with drug use and even a change in friends,” McGowan said. “It’s important that we provide these individuals with the tools necessary to make the transition into sober living and complete the program successfully.”

The Pulaski County Drug Court was created in 1994 through Department of Justice and Arkansas Department of Health funding. The Sixth Circuit Court is one of 55 drug court programs in the State of Arkansas. Judge McGowan has presided over the Pulaski County Drug Court since 1995 following the retirement of Judge Jack Lessenberry.

Pulaski County Youth Services Receives $150,000 in Grant Funds


Pulaski County Youth Services received $150,000 in grant funding from the City of Little Rock Department of Community Programs to continue after-school and summer programs that serve the John Barrow Corridor.

Since 2015, Second Baptist Church on John Barrow Road has been the site for these programs and serves youth who live in the 72204, 72205, 72210 and 72211 zip codes. This includes the Little Scholars Academy that serves youth ages 6-11 and the Youth Intervention and Prevention (YIP) programs that serve male and female youth ages 13-19.

These free, out-of-school programs focus on academic enrichment to bridge the educational gap and college readiness for kids of all ages. Activities include cultural enhancement, health and nutrition, physical fitness, challenges and choices, tutoring, anti-bullying education, service learning, mentoring, STEM, career development and leadership programs.

“It’s imperative that we continue to work to expand all our programs and establish new programs across Pulaski County,” said Youth Services Director, Jamie Scott. “I’m humbled and very excited about the renewal of three of our new after-school programs at Second Baptist. Our partnership with the City of Little Rock and Second Baptist has allowed us to reach many youth and families and has been a great success over the past year.”

Participating students will also have the opportunity to experience educational field trips, education and engagement in the fine arts, and leadership development activities and much more.

“My staff works very hard to provide quality programs,” Scott said. “We’ve put an incredible team together who is truly committed to helping our youth reach their full potential inside and outside the classroom. I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far and very excited about what is to come.”

For more information, call 501-340-8250 or visit our website.

County Housing Agency to Add 150 to Wait List

Pulaski County Housing Agency will add 150 names to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list, Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8 a.m. at the Southwest Community Center at 6401 Baseline Road. This is for placement on the waiting list. No vouchers will be issued. Those who wish to be added to the list must bring a valid photo ID. For safety and security reasons, no lines or standing will be allowed before 7 a.m. For more information please call 501-340-8230.

Pulaski County Youth Services to Host Women’s Power Breakfast

Pulaski County Youth Services will host the Vision 2025 Women’s Power Breakfast Saturday, April 16, 2016. This annual fundraising event will launch the 2016 inaugural class of the Vision 2025 Leadership Institute.

The Vision 2025 Leadership Institute is the first program of its kind in the Central Arkansas area. Pulaski County Youth Services will introduce 33 girls between 9th-12th grades with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may have not yet been given the chance to truly be empowered as leaders. This program was created to provide a year-long training that focuses on empowerment, leadership development, mentoring, entrepreneurship, community services, and academic advising, thus allowing young women to complete high school and further their education at the post-secondary level.

Several women have been chosen to be honored during this event who are outstanding leaders, excellent role models, and who serve and empower other women to live and serve to their fullest potentials.

The Honorable Joyce Elliott, Senate District 31, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other honorees will include:

  • Georgia Mjartan, Executive Director of Our House
  • Tjuana Byrd, attorney at the Law Office of Tjuana Byrd
  • Linda Leopoulos, Co-Founder of the Thea Foundation

“I am very passionate about developing a stronger female leadership base for Arkansas,” said Jamie Scott, Director of Pulaski County Youth Services. “When you empower a woman, you change a community, and we are committed to accomplishing that at an early age at Pulaski County Youth Services.”

The event will take place at the Little Rock Club, located at 400 West Capitol Avenue #1601, Little Rock, AR, 72201. Doors open at 8:
30 a.m. and breakfast will be served at 9:00 am.  Entertainment will be provided by Rodney Block. Tickets are on sale for $40 each.

For more information contact Susej Thompson at 340-6686 or


Pulaski County Supports Legislation to End Dual Holiday

The Pulaski County Quorum Court will vote tonight to support potential state legislation that would end the dual holiday commemorating Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Confederate General, Robert E. Lee.

“Pulaski County takes great pride in its longstanding tradition of celebrating Martin Luther King Day as a standalone holiday to honor his legacy and positive contribution to society and our community,” states the resolution.

“As one of the three remaining states that still celebrates this dual holiday, it casts a dark shadow on the State of Arkansas,” said County Judge Barry Hyde. “Continuing this practice diminishes the work and sacrifices made during the civil rights movement; furthermore, it diminishes Dr. King’s legacy. With this resolution, we are showing our support of Governor Hutchinson in his effort to encourage the state legislature to end the practice of celebrating the dual holiday.”

“The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission commends Governor Asa Hutchinson’s decision to support the separation of commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day,” Commission Executive Director DuShun Scarbrough said. “We also applaud Pulaski County for their efforts to recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his special day.”

The quorum court meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in downtown Little Rock.

County Judge Announces Appointments to Personnel Task Force

Little Rock, March 18, 2016 – Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde announced today his appointments to the Pulaski County Task Force on Personnel Policies and Practices. The eight-member task force will evaluate and recommend necessary improvements to the county’s personnel policy.

Sherry Williams, former Senior Vice President of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services will chair the task force. Prior to her retirement, Williams spent much of her career in Human Resources for multiple international and Fortune 500 companies.

“Ms. Williams’ extensive experience and leadership skills will be an asset to the county as we move forward to bring our county’s personnel policy in line with 21st century standards,” said Judge Hyde. “The citizens of Pulaski County and our employees deserve and expect county government to function in a professional, equitable and efficient manner.”

In addition to Williams, Judge Hyde appointed Bryson Green, Human Resources Director, CARTI; Steve Kelly, Chief Deputy, Pulaski County Clerk’s Office; Mara Malcolm, Administrator, Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Mary Ann Zakrzewski, Pulaski County Human Resources Director; Debbye Wolter, Chief Administrator, Pulaski County Treasurer’s Office; and Justices of the Peace, Donna Massey and Phil Stowers.

“Every one of these appointments comes highly recommended and most importantly brings decades of experience to the table,” said Judge Hyde. “I believe it is imperative to put together a group of individuals who are knowledgeable in human resources policy and familiar with the issues employers are facing, not only from a government perspective but the private sector as well.”

Over the past year Judge Hyde has put a strong emphasis on reviewing and revising several Pulaski County policies that have been neglected over the years.

“I am committed to making county government more transparent, accountable and improving our way of doing business,” he said. “We have made strides towards this goal and I appreciate the support I have received from our Quorum Court members and fellow elected officials.  The bottom line is that outdated policy is not good for our image, our citizens or our employees. I believe the task force will meet this challenge and make recommendations that are reflective of the high standards our citizens expect.”


Notice of Public Informational Meeting

The Pulaski County Planning Board will hold a Public Informational Hearing on proposed amendments to the Pulaski County Subdivision and Development Code on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Jeffrey Hawkins Conference Room, located at 501 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Narrative of Subdivision Ordinance Amendments -2-16-16

Final Rough Draft of Subdivision Regulations revisions – 2-23-16-1


Full event information page

Pulaski County Receives over $32,000.00 from Entergy Arkansas for Saving Energy

Date: February 16, 2016

For Release: Immediately


Beau Blakenship

Cozetta Jones

Pulaski County Receives over $32,000.00 from Entergy Arkansas for Saving Energy

Little Rock, Ark. – Energy Efficiency incentives from Entergy Arkansas are helping Pulaski County save money by reducing the amount of electricity required for operation.

“The incentive provided by Entergy Arkansas was an excellent opportunity for Pulaski County Government buildings to become more energy efficient. These changes will improve the longevity of the lights, provide savings on labor which, in turn, saves tax payer dollars,” said County Judge, Barry Hyde. Moreover, these changes are good for the environment, which is very important to the people of Pulaski County and the State of Arkansas.”

Pulaski County employs approximately 1,150 people in the central Arkansas region. Participation in Entergy’s CitySmart Program resulted in a $32,610.95 incentive check to change out the existing lighting to more energy efficient LED lighting in the following buildings throughout the county:
• Juvenile Detention Center
• Roads & Bridges Offices
• Central Health
• Administration Building
• Central Health WIC
• Emergency Management
• Judges Office

Entergy Arkansas appreciates the opportunity to help Pulaski County reduce their electricity usage. By replacing inefficient lighting and equipment at multiple locations around the area, the county should realize lower electric bills as well as a reduction in maintenance costs. EAI provided financial incentives through our CitySmart program to help overcome the initial cost of replacement. The CitySmart program serves schools, cities, counties, and other public entities and is just one of many programs offered by EAI for business and residential customers. For more information about how EAI can help you save money on your electric bill, see our website at

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.
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