No Pulaski County trash or recycling routes December 26

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (December 16, 2022) –Pulaski County Sanitation and Animal Services has confirmed with Waste Management that there will be no trash or recycling routes on the day after Christmas Day, December 26.

Routes will resume and run Tuesday through Saturday. The sanitation office will also be closed Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 26.

County Government offices will also be closed in observance of the holiday as well as on Friday through Monday.

Pulaski County Parks Crew makes improvements to community parks

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (Dec. 14, 2022) – The Pulaski County Parks Crew recently finished improvements to both Hensley Community Park and Woodson Fun Park.

During the summer, the Parks Crew focused on beautifying community parks around Pulaski County, by trimming back overgrown foliage, removing trash, and other maintenance. The next phase was repairing and / or upgrading playground equipment. Most of the existing equipment in the playgrounds had degraded over time or was vandalized. 

“We have now begun improving the park equipment to provide the surrounding community a safe place to play and spend time,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde.

More parks are scheduled for improvements in 2023, so stay tuned!  

Take a look at some recent improvements:

Hensley Community Park (Before)

 

Hensley Community Park After:

 

Woodson Fun Park (Before)

Woodson Fun Park After:

Pulaski County celebrates new economic development in North Little Rock, One Riverfront Place

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (Dec. 13, 2022) –Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and local leaders gathered to celebrate the completed renovation of the iconic One Riverfront Place building in downtown North Little Rock.

In his speech at the celebration, Judge Hyde said this project was not only a win for North Little Rock but also for Pulaski County.

“Pulaski County has established itself as a regional leader for employment opportunities and job creation, and now we have another iconic location for employers to call ‘home,’” he said. 

Overlooking the historic Argenta neighborhood, Simmons Bank Arena and the Arkansas River, One Riverfront stands as an anchor to the area’s business community. The purchase of the building last year, led by Lefler Capital, resulted in significant renovations.

According to Lefler, the building is already 95% occupied. U.S. Bank, the previous owner of the property, will remain in the building.

Holiday Kick-Off in Pulaski County Part Two!

The Bernice Garden Tree Lighting 2022

Thursday, December 8 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Bernice Garden South Main Street, Little Rock, Arkansas

Sing Christmas carols while counting down to the lighting of The Bernice Garden Tree! There will be cookies, hot cocoa, a kid-friendly craft table, AND special guests including Santa Claus!

To learn more click here

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve

Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Simmons Bank Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Need we say anymore about this world class event?

For more information click here.

SWLR Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock (between Dreher Lane and Queensboro Drive) 

Start your Saturday off right by going to a parade along Geyer Springs Road! Parade will include bands, floats, dancers, fire trucks, candy for the kids and special prizes for adults. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information click here.

A Very Celtic Christmas

Saturday, December 10  from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

12201 Hinson Loop Rd, Little Rock, AR 72212, United States

The first annual “A Very Celtic Christmas” showcasing Central Arkansas’ talented Irish Dancers from the O’Donovan School of Irish Dance and McCafferty Academy of Irish Dance. Get in the Celtic Christmas spirit this December!

For more information click here.

 

 

Pulaski County to hold community meetings for the community village project

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (December 2, 2022) –Pulaski County has scheduled the first of several informational meetings regarding the Pulaski County Community Village, an affordable housing community for the chronically homeless. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13 at Iron Horse Church starting at 5:30 p.m.

The County is finalizing the dates for two more informational meetings that will be held in early 2023. The meetings will be in different locations in order to provide community members in proximity to the community village with several opportunities to learn more about the village.

The community village project is modeled after the successful Community First! Village outside of Austin, Texas and will be located off Green Road in Pulaski County. The project will be a master-planned neighborhood made up of micro cottages and environmentally friendly tiny homes, that provides affordable, permanent quality housing for people coming out of chronic homelessness. The property will contain a health clinic, community kitchen, entrepreneur hub and much more to ensure the growth and stability of its residents.

Future residents of the village will be required to complete an application process. Residents will have the opportunity to earn dignified income that will help them be able to pay their rent, which is a requirement of living in the village. Chronically homeless individuals are the target population for this village, and sex offenders will not be permitted into the village.

The community village will follow the Community First! Village’s philosophy that housing alone will never solve homelessness, but having a community will. The model focuses on a combination of high quality, permanent housing and a strong culture of personal growth, support and connection.

The County is responsible for developing the project, and then a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will be responsible for overseeing the village. A non-profit has not been selected yet.

The selected non-profit will work with existing organizations such as Our House, The Van and Jericho Way to provide resources to the Central Arkansas homeless community. The non-profit will also be responsible for fundraising, overseeing development, collaborating with local community members, organizations, and business, and coordinating volunteers and staff.

The County expects to begin construction in early 2023, and the community village will be able to start accepting residents at the end of 2023.

For more information, visit Pulaski County Community Village Information for more information.

Holiday Kick-Off in Pulaski County

For many Pulaski County residents, December is the premier holiday month. Special gatherings, holiday events and festivals happen almost daily during this time of year. If you feel you are missing out on the fun, we have compiled a holiday event list, so you, your family and friends can attend many of the most wonderful events of the year!

Pulaski County Youth Services: A Christmas Soiree with Santa

Thursday, December 1 from 5:30 -7:30 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Pulaski County Youth Services is hosting its first Christmas Soirée at A Different Stroke of Art. This incredible event will include pictures with Santa, free food, a hot cocoa bar, a holiday-themed canvas to paint, and more! 

Holidays in Hillcrest 

Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 from 5 pm – 8 pm

Hayrides, shopping, caroling, tree lighting, along with Santa and Mrs. Clause, even the Grinch will be in attendance for photos. These are just some of the activities planned for this two day extravaganza. Also, be on the lookout for the cookie elves passing out cookies to the crowd. Click here for more information.

2022 Capitol Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 pm

What better way to kick off December with the Arkansas State Capitol lighting ceremony and a fireworks show to follow! Santa will be on hand working in his workshop. Live entertainment and 2022 Capitol Christmas Ornament will be available for purchase. Click here for more information. 

 

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 4 from 2 pm- 4 pm

Celebrating the holiday season with events like Bearapy for kids, cocoa and carols for the whole family, and a special visit by Saint Nick himself! They are also partnering with the Arkansas Arts Council for a special “Sew Crafty” workshop, with local artisan Rachel Lovelace. Join with them for an evening of warmth and celebration. Click here for more information.

Pulaski County celebrates employee’s 35 years of service

At the Pulaski County annual employee appreciation luncheon, Kelvin Medlock was recognized for his years of service, after working more than three decades in the general services department. 

On November 16, the County recognized Pulaski County Courthouse General Services Supervisor Kelvin Medlock for 35 years of public service.

“I want to personally thank Kelvin for his years of service to Pulaski County,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “We are grateful for his time with the County and wish him a happy retirement.”

Kelvin started working for the county on August 14, 1986. 

“I remember when I first came, it was my intent to retire from the county,” he said. “ I love my job, [and] I love this county. I enjoy working with the people.”

When Kelvin retires from the general services department in December, he will have been with the county for 36 years. 

Kelvin said he is not making big plans after retiring from the county but mentioned that there is a lot of work to be done around the house and that he and his wife may plan some trips.

“When I wake up, I will plan for that day,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure working for the county.” 

 

General runoff election set for December 6, early voting begins November 29

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (November 29, 2022) – The Pulaski County general runoff election for voters in Jacksonville, Sherwood, Wrightsville, and select areas of Alexander is set for December 6, with early voting beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29. The four runoff races are all for the office of mayor in the four cities.

Residents who are unsure if they are eligible to vote for the runoff can use the voter information site Voterview on the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website to check a sample ballot and find their polling place. The last day for new voters to be qualified to vote in this election was

RUNOFF RACES

Alexander Mayor

Jacksonville Mayor

Sherwood Mayor

Wrightsville Mayor 

ABSENTEE VOTING

Request: Voters who requested an absentee ballot in the November general election will automatically be sent a ballot for the runoff election. Any voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot for this election can submit their request by email, mail, fax or in person at 401 West Markham Street. The deadline to request their ballot to be mailed to them is November 29. The deadline to request in person by the voter and/or their designated bearer is also November 29 before 5:00 p.m.

Return: Pulaski County voters and/or their designated bearer have until December 2 before 5 p.m. to return their completed ballots in person to the courthouse. Absentee ballots that were mailed by the voter must be received by the County Clerk’s Office before 7:30 p.m. on election day.

 

EARLY VOTING

There are five days of early voting beginning Tuesday, November 29 and ending Monday, December 5. There will be no early voting on Saturday nor Sunday.

Main Site: The Pulaski County Regional Building will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for early voting. The last day to early vote at this location is Monday, December 5.

Pulaski County Regional Building

501 W. Markham St., Little Rock

Offsite: There are 2 offsite early voting locations that will be open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for early voting. The last day to early vote at these locations is Friday, December 2.

Bethel Baptist Church

112 N. Jeff Davis St., Jacksonville

 

First Christian Church of Sherwood

2803 Kiehl Ave., Sherwood

ELECTION DAY

Pulaski County voters will need to cast their ballot at one of the 16 assigned polling locations on December 6.  The polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

 

ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS

Precinct Number

New List of Polling Locations

New Address

City

13/31/33

Sylvan Hills UMC

9921 Hwy 107

Sherwood

25

Sylvan Hills Community Church

8019 Hwy 107

Sherwood

28/29

First Baptist Church of Sherwood

701 Country Club

Sherwood

30

Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church

7351 Warden Rd.

Sherwood

32/36

Brockington Road Church of the Nazarene

9860 Brockington Rd.

Sherwood

34

Kellogg Valley Baptist Church

9516 Bamboo Ln.

North Little Rock

37

The Connection Church of Sherwood

14322 Hwy 107

Jacksonville

38*/39/40*

Bethel Baptist

112 N Jeff Davis St

Jacksonville

41

McArthur Assembly of God Church

3501 John Harden Dr.

Jacksonville

42

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

2413 North Eastern St.

Jacksonville

43

Bethel Baptist

112 N Jeff Davis St

Jacksonville

44

First Baptist Church

401 N. First St.

Jacksonville

45/46

Jacksonville Senior Center

100 Victory Circle

Jacksonville

47

Berea Baptist Church

104 East Valentine Rd.

Jacksonville

48

McAlmont Church of Christ

1824 East 46th Street

North Little Rock

76

First Missionary Baptist Church

10300 Mabelvale West Rd.

Mabelvale

131

Wrightsville City Hall

13024 Hwy 365

Little Rock

*Temporary polling location for this election only

GENERAL ELECTION RUNOFF DATES TO REMEMBER

November 29, 2022                       Early voting begins

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pulaski County Regional Building, Little Rock

 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bethel Baptist Church, Jacksonville

First Christian Church of Sherwood, Sherwood

 

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed Designated bearers, administrators and authorized agents can pick up a maximum of 2 absentee ballots

 

December 2, 2022                             Deadline for county clerk to receive county to county transfers of registered voters.

 

5 p.m. deadline to submit request for an absentee ballot from the voter, designated bearer, or administrator, and deadline to return absentee ballot in person.

Blood Drive at Pulaski County Courthouse

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (November 21, 2022) – A blood drive will be located outside of Pulaski County Courthouse Blood Monday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Donors will receive a free t-shirt. Schedule your appointment here: https://www.yourbloodinstitute.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/411882.

No Pulaski County trash or recycling routes on Thanksgiving Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 21, 2022) –Pulaski County Sanitation and Animal Services has confirmed with Waste Management that there will be no trash or recycling routes on Thursday for Thanksgiving Day.

The sanitation office will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. County Government offices will also be closed in observance of the holiday and on Friday.