Pulaski County to Host Veterans Benefits Fair October 27

Pulaski County Community Services will host a free Veterans Benefits Fair, Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UA-Little Rock, Donaghey Student Center. Vendors will share information, answer questions regarding healthcare needs and perform wellness checks. Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and Department of Veterans Affairs will assist veterans in signing up for benefits and making claims. Veterans are asked to bring their DD214. Spouses are also encouraged to attend. Vendors are listed below:

AR Work Force
Arkansas Hospice
Central AR Veteran Healthcare System
Disability Rights Arkansas
Gary Jones Insurance
National Guard
Suicide Prevention
UALR-Office of Military Student Success
VA Center
VA Regional
Veteran Affairs
Volunteer Services
Webster University
Wellcare Health Plans

Arkansas is home to more than 225,000 Veterans with 30,934 in Pulaski County. The estimated total Arkansas economic impact is $4.5 billion to $5 billion, making them, if they were an industry, the fourth largest in the state.

For more information, call Carlos Cervantes at 501-340-6157.


Election Commission Informs Citizens of Voter ID Changes


DATE: October 11, 2018

TO: Media and Pulaski County Voters

FROM: Bryan Poe, Director of Elections

SUBJECT: November 6, 2018 General Election

The November 6, 2018 General Election is quickly approaching.  Early Voting starts on October 22, 2018, and we wanted to provide information about some important aspects of election procedure to inform the voting public about changes that have occurred since the 2016 General Election.  The Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 633 of 2017, which requires voters to provide Verification of Voter Registration to cast a regular ballot when presenting themselves to vote.

  • Verification of Voter Registration (VVR)
    • An acceptable ID must be issued by the state of Arkansas, federal government, an accredited, post-secondary educational institution located in the state of Arkansas, or the County Clerk, and
    • must contain the name and photograph of the voter.
    • If you do not have a Photo ID, and cannot afford one, you can obtain a free Voter Identification Card at the Voter Registration Office in the Pulaski County Courthouse.
    • In response to multiple inquiries, we would like to clarify that photo identification cards issued by municipalities are not accepted for the purpose of voting under Arkansas Law. This includes:
      • municipal employee ID cards,
      • Rock Region Metro cards, and
      • Identification cards issued by municipalities to their citizens
  • Examples of Acceptable Photo ID include:
    • Arkansas Driver’s License
    • US Passport
    • State or Federal Employee ID
    • Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit
    • US Military Identification Card
    • Arkansas Identification Card
    • Voter Identification Card issued by the Pulaski County Clerk.
    • Employee ID or Student ID issued by an accredited post-secondary educational institution located in Arkansas.
  • Voters residing in long term care or assisted living facilities may obtain a Documentation of Residency form from the Secretary of State’s office. When completed by the administrator of the facility in which the voter resides, the Documentation of Residency serves as a substitute for a Photo ID, for the purposes of voting.
  • For further information, please visit www.votepulaski.net.

Champions of Youth to Spotlight Heroes of the Community

Pulaski County Youth Services will host ‘Heroes of the Community,’ the 5th Annual Champions of Youth Awards Gala on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Center located at 712 Scott Street in downtown Little Rock.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the afterschool and out-of-school programs provided free-of-charge in underserved communities by Pulaski County Youth Services. This year’s award recipients are Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, C. J. Duvall; Advocate for Youth Award honorees, The Little Rock Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Visionary Award honoree, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola; and Directors Choice Award honoree Eve Jorgensen.

Speakers include County Judge Barry Hyde, event co-chair Judge Paula Juels Jones, event co-chair Theresa Timmons Shamberger, Little Rock Vice Mayor Kathy Webb, Rick Fleetwood, and Pulaski County Sheriff – Elect Eric Higgins. Youth Services board member, KTHV’s Dawn Scott will emcee the gala.

Donations to Youth Services are tax-deductible and go directly to programs focused on improving academic performance while keeping kids off the street and out of trouble. Support the youth of Pulaski County by joining the ‘Champions League.’

Tickets are $75 each and available online: https://donorbox.org/community-heroes

Pulaski County Youth Services provides year-round afterschool and out-of-school programs for students age 5 – 19. All Youth Services’ programs are free-of-charge; helping hardworking Pulaski County families save an average of $5,000 a year on childcare. In communities all over the County, our programs are keeping kids off the street and out of trouble. Annually, thousands of young people improve test scores, increase financial literacy, develop job skills, and build self-esteem in more than twenty Youth Services programs.

About Pulaski County Youth Services
Pulaski County Youth Services works to encourage and inspire the youth of Pulaski County. In collaboration with community partners, we seek to encourage academic achievement, build character, and refine healthy habits in our county’s youth.

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Pulaski County Quorum Court Member Appointed to National Steering Committee for Public Safety

Pulaski County Justice of the Peace, Paul Elliott has been appointed to the National Association of Counties’ Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee. Elliott was appointed to the committee to serve a one-year term by the Arkansas Association of Counties and NACo’s President Greg Cox.

NACo’s Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee has jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the judicial system and public safety. For justice, the committee focuses on policy impacting juvenile justice and delinquency, substance abuse, mental health, and other issues that impact county judicial systems.

For public safety, the committee’s focus includes policy related to comprehensive emergency management, first responders (Fire, Police, EMS), Homeland Security, and more. Elliott will focus on public safety, specifically, Homeland Security.

As a member of the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, Elliott will have the opportunity to introduce policy resolutions and platform changes before both the Legislative and Annual Conferences.

“This is an honor for me to be appointed to the Justice and Public Safety Steering,” Elliott said. “I’m anxious to begin working with my colleagues to draft policy that will improve public safety in Pulaski County and across the country.”

Learn more about the National Association of Counties at https://www.naco.org/what-we-do/about-naco.

County offices closed Monday

Pulaski County offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 to observe Labor Day. No garbage routes will run on Monday but will resume Tuesday and run one day late through Saturday. The Sanitation office will be closed on the Monday.

Proposed Changes to Floodplain Maps Available to Public

Pulaski County will adopt new floodplain maps this fall for areas of Unincorporated Pulaski County near Kanis and Denny Road.  Adoption of these maps is necessary to maintain Pulaski County’s accreditation in the National Flood Insurance Program.  Maps will be available until the close of  November. For questions concerning the proposed changes or to view the proposed map amendments in person contact the Pulaski County Planning and Development Department at 501-340-8260.

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Youth Services asks for back-to-school donations

Pulaski County Youth Services, with partners in the community, distributed more than 1,600 backpacks filled with school supplies last year. With your help, we can collect more supplies and do more good in our community. Bring new supplies to the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 South Broadway in Little Rock. Online donations accepted at https://donorbox.org/supply-drive.