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.

Youth Services Launches 100 Suits for 100 Youth

Pulaski County Youth Services proudly presents 100 Suits, a new countywide program to help young men (ages 11 – 19) suit-up when interviewing for jobs, internships, scholarships, as well as worship services, and professional events.

In addition to providing a new or gently-worn suit, 100 Suits will connect young men from underserved communities in Pulaski County with retailers, dry cleaners, and professional tailors so they can look and feel their best.

Retailers, dry cleaners, tailors!  Please email Jimmy Warren at jwarren@pulaskicounty.net or call 501.340.8250 for more information on how to become a 100 Suits / Youth Services Community Partner!

Individuals who want to help, please complete the 100 Suits Donor Form or make a tax-deductible donation online.

When you donate a new or gently-worn suit, you’re making a lasting investment in our community. For more information about this program visit https://pulaskicounty.net/100-suits/.

Pulaski County, State Representatives Take Tour of Santa Cruz JDAI Site

New JDAI sites frequently visit one of five model JDAI sites around the country to learn about new programs and approaches to youth in the justice system that could work in their own jurisdictions. JDAI model sites are recognized as models because of their long history of success with JDAI and juvenile justice reform, including reductions in incarceration and significant improvements to public safety. Santa Cruz is recognized for many different achievements, including its development of community-based alternatives to detention, effective interventions with gang-involved youth, and a nearly 50% reduction in felony arrests of youth since joining JDAI. Santa Cruz also has a national reputation for building positive relationships with communities of color in their jurisdiction through their law enforcement and justice system partners, and they have been recognized for groundbreaking work on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. There was a delegation of 11, nine from Pulaski County and two from DHS-Division of Youth Services.


Veterans Benefits Fair, March 24

Pulaski County Community Services will host a free Veterans Benefits Fair, Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UA-Pulaski Tech, North Little Rock, Campus Center Building, Grand Hall. 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. For more information, call Carlos Cervantes at 501-340-6157.

Pulaski County Spay/Neuter Fund Open for Contributions

Last year taxpayers helped to provide approximately 300 spay and neuter surgeries to pets in Pulaski County. In 2018, we want to exceed that number with a voluntary $5 contribution toward the Pulaski County Spay/Neuter fund on personal property tax, business tax and new this year—real estate tax bills.

Residents have two options to GIVE 5: use the payment coupon when paying by check or if paying online, check the “animal control” box on the web site.

Also new this year, taxpayers have the option to give more than $5 if he or she chooses. See the tax payment coupon for more information.

Every dollar donated will subsidize spay/neuter services for pets of Pulaski County residents who cannot afford the cost to spay/neuter on their own.

The spay/neuter fund was created in an effort to reduce the animal shelter population and the stray pet population. Each year in Pulaski County, residents will surrender, rehome or abandon approximately 30,000 to 40,000 cats and dogs. About half will enter one of five city shelters in the county, while the rest will be neglected, possibly dumped, many of them surviving on their own—only about ten percent will have been spayed or neutered.

For more information on how or where to pay your business, real estate or personal property tax, visit https://pulaskicountytreasurer.net/.  For more information on future spay/neuter events follow https://www.facebook.com/PulaskiAR/.

2018 State of the County Address

Pulaski County Residents! You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 State of the County Address, Tuesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. The address will be given in the 4th floor Quorum Court meeting room in the Pulaski County Administration Building at 201 S. Broadway in Downtown Little Rock.

Judge Hyde will highlight the county’s 2017 accomplishments and 2018 goals and initiatives. He will discuss several of the county’s ongoing projects such as the Crisis Stabilization Unit, Criminal Justice Reform, and Juvenile Justice Reform.