Madeline Roberts
Communications Director
Email: mroberts@pulaskicounty.net
Phone: 501-340-8523

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Events Calendar

Feb
14
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
Feb
28
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
Mar
14
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
Mar
28
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
Apr
11
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
Apr
25
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
May
9
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
May
23
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
Jun
13
Tue
6:00 pm Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Agenda Committee Meeting @ Quorum Court Meeting Room
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]
Jun
27
Tue
6:00 pm Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Full Quorum Court Meeting @ Live Stream | Little Rock | Arkansas | United States
COVID 19 – County Quorum Court Procedures for Attending Meetings and Public Comment The public may attend the meetings in person but must wear a proper face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines while[...]

Pulaski County News & Announcements

Pulaski County offices closed Wednesday, Feb. 1 due to inclement weather

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (February 1, 2023) – Pulaski County offices are closed Wednesday, Feb. 1 due to inclement weather.

Pulaski County offices closed Tuesday, Jan.31 due to inclement weather

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (January 31, 2023) – Pulaski County offices will close Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. due to inclement weather.

According to the National Weather Service, “temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing across much of the state today and precipitation will likely fall as freezing rain or sleet through tonight.”

Pulaski County Road and Bridge prepares for upcoming inclement weather

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (January 30, 2023) –The Pulaski County Road and Bridge department is currently preparing for the upcoming inclement weather event. For tonight, it will have crews on standby and trucks and equipment ready to mobilize for the elevated surfaces.  For tomorrow, the department will have shift assignments for the essential personnel, all equipment ready for possible plowing/sanding and clearing of debris such as trees, etc.

Per the National Weather Service, “two systems are expected to pull moisture into the state. The first system is expected by this afternoon bringing the chance of freezing rain/sleet to portions of northern and central Arkansas. The second system (the main freezing rain producer) is expected to move in Tuesday afternoon, affecting a larger portion of the state.”

“Total ice accumulation through Wednesday morning is expected to be less than a quarter inch in most locations, but up to a half inch (significant) across portions of central, and northeastern Arkansas,” according to the National Weather Service.

Youth Services’ Whitney Dobbins’ passion for learning makes impact on kids

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (January 19, 2023) – Whitney Dobbins, the program and special events coordinator for Pulaski County Youth Services, uses her leadership experience and lessons from her family to make an impact in the lives of the youth she serves.

Throughout high school and college, Dobbins volunteered and worked with youth, which fostered her passion for encouraging youth to have self-esteem and self-love. 

She received a psychology degree and a minor in family and consumer sciences from the University of Central Arkansas and afterward worked as a preschool teacher.  Dobbins, of Jacksonville, said she was able to use the tools she learned in school and the values her mom and grandmother taught her to build up the children she was teaching.

In 2013, she started working part-time for Pulaski County Youth Services and later became the Little Scholars Audubon after-school program director. This year marks her 10th year working for Pulaski County.

In her current role, she oversees Shoe into Success, ACT Prep, and the juvenile justice program.

“This job allowed me to be able to meet the unspoken needs of many of the youth in the program,” Dobbins said.  “I took this opportunity to connect these youth and family to any of the resources they may be in need of.” 

Her leadership training and family lessons helped Dobbins mentor many youths throughout her career.  

“Some of my favorite events we have hosted have been family engagement nights, Shoe into Success, fall festival, and summer programming activities,” Dobbins said.  “I think what keeps me inspired is the impact on the youth. I worked with [them] when they were six and seven, [and they] are now sending invites to their events and graduations.”

Dobbins said that the youth and families staying connected lets her know that she made some impact in an area of their lives. 

Outside of Youth Services, Dobbins served on the Little Rock School District Volunteers in Public Schools board and worked with various nonprofits on different service projects. 

Dobbins has a daughter and is the owner of a small business called Girly Girls Mobile Spa and More located in North Little Rock. Girly GirlsLR focuses on building high esteem through creative play and also it gives parents another outlet for the youth to be themselves in a safe environment. 

“A quote I love is ‘It’s free to be kind.’

Dobbins said she knows that no matter what happens in life when she tries with good intent there will be a greater reward in the end, despite the road it took to get there.

Judge Hyde speaks on National Day of Racial Healing

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 18, 2023) –Yesterday, Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde spoke at the 5th annual observance of the National Day of Racial Healing in Arkansas, hosted by the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement and the Arkansas Municipal League. In addition to presenting the County’s proclamation commemorating the National Day of Racial Healing, Judge Hyde stressed the importance of citizens coming together to have important conversations addressing racial inequities in their own communities.

“Ignoring the deep wounds this country has inflicted upon many of its citizens does not move us toward healing. It only widens the gap…We are in this together. It takes all of us to reflect on racial healing and ask ourselves how we can make this a community where we all can flourish and achieve our full potential.” 

Pulaski County unveils roadmap for community village

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (January 17, 2023) –Pulaski County representatives will have new information to share at tonight’s community meeting for the Pulaski County community village project. Five major steps have been outlined, with the first being formalizing the County’s advisory committee for the community village.

The advisory committee is expected to be finalized and announced in the next few weeks.

The roadmap’s five steps are:

  1. Formalize the community village advisory committee and swear in the new members.
  2. The advisory committee is to develop the village’s operations manual, based on the Community First! Village model.
  3. Determine the requirements and expectations for request for proposal (RFP) for a non-profit selected to oversee the community village.
  4. Launch the nonprofit RFP.
  5. Pulaski County personnel and select members of the advisory committee are to review proposals and select the nonprofit.

“To continue our transparency with Pulaski County residents, we wanted to finalize and share our roadmap to give everyone an idea of the development process,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde.

“We will continue to follow the successful Community First! Village model as we determine our plans for the village,” he said.

The second community meeting for the community village will be held today at 5:30 p.m. at Longley Baptist Church.

The community village will be located off Green Road in Southwest Pulaski County, and it is modeled after the successful Community First! Village outside of Austin, Texas. 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 as residents.

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 is expecting to be able to start accepting residents at the end of 2023.

Pulaski County declares Jan. 17 as “National Day of Racial Healing”

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (January 12, 2023) – Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde has proclaimed Jan. 17 as the “National Day of Racial Healing.” 

Judge Hyde will present the proclamation and speak on the importance of racial healing at the 5th annual National Day of Racial Healing – Arkansas 2023 press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Arkansas Municipal League.

The proclamation emphasizes that residents must “work judiciously and earnestly to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias and to build an equitable and just society so that all can prosper.”

Racial healing is a vital and crucial commitment to the education and the social, mental, and overall well-being of all Pulaski County citizens, especially the county’s children, stated the proclamation. 

The proclamation also encourages “all citizens to promote racial healing and transformation in the ways that are best suited for them individually, as a means to working together to ensure the best quality of life for every child.”

View the 2023 National Day for Racial Healing proclamation

3 new justices of the peace join Pulaski County Quorum Court

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (January 11, 2023) – Three justices of the peace, Rebekah Davis (1st District), Natalie Capps (2nd District), and Dianne Curry (7th District) were sworn in last night at the Pulaski County Quorum Court.

Justice Rebekah Davis works in medical sales and said she is actively involved in conservative causes within Pulaski County with a special focus on education issues.

“I will work hard to promote our shared conservative values, improve public safety, and protect the Lake Maumelle Watershed,” Davis said.

Davis’s district includes Little Italy, Wye Mountain, Roland, Ferndale, Western Pulaski County, and portions of Chenal Valley.

Justice Natalie Capps has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She has been a labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care nurse and an assistant professor at UAMS for over 20 years.

Capps hopes to work on issues that will improve the quality of life in Pulaski County. She is passionate about trails and public spaces, contributing to conversations as a medical professional.

“I am anxious to get to work!” Capps said.

Capps’s district includes Cammack Village, Riverdale, Hillcrest and the Heights. Her area also includes portions of Riverdale, Pinnacle Mountain, north of highway 10 and  Chenal and Breckenridge/Echo Valley.

Justice Dianne Curry serves as the third Vice President of the Arkansas NAACP and is a former president of the Little Rock Branch NAACP.

Curry was previously appointed by two governors to serve on the Arkansas Service Commission on Volunteers. She is also the co-founder and organizer of the Justice Now Coalition and served on the task force with UAMS on COVID-19 research.

Having served three terms on the Little Rock School Board, Curry said she has continued to work as an advocate for children and family issues, with her focus on the best quality of education for Black and Brown children. She also continues to advocate for equity in education for all children.

“I am open to learn all I can about the operations of Pulaski County Government and to be a positive support to its operational success,” she said.

Curry’s district includes Mabelvale Southwest, Otter Creek, Crystal Valley, and parts of David O Dodd Road, Lawson Road, and Shackleford Crossing.

In the justices’ swearing-in ceremony, Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde expressed his excitement to have three new perspectives on the Quorum Court.

“I admire your willingness to serve your community,” he said. “Thank you for your service.”

Pulaski County students to learn computer programing skills through academy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 10, 2023) –Pulaski County has contracted with Enterceptor’s TypeOut Computer Science Academy to teach high school students cybersecurity, networking, and software development from January through December of 2023. Students can take classes starting January 21.

This program is designed to help the students develop attention to detail, critical thinking, and social skills. It will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon during the school year, starting on Jan. 21.

So far, 57 students, ages 15-18, have signed up, exceeding the attendance goal.

“Students within Pulaski County can expect to first and foremost have fun while learning software programming, cybersecurity, and information technology concepts, during the spring and fall of 2023,” Enterceptor Executive Director James Houston II said. 

Students will learn the C# (pronounced C-Sharp) programming language. Houston said at the end of the fall semester, students will have the knowledge to create their own software applications such as phone apps, and video games, as well as an in-depth understanding of cybersecurity and IT. To register for this program, click here.

Houston said the program will enroll students until it is at capacity, after which there will be a waiting list.

“I’m thrilled that the County is partnering with Enterceptor,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “This is a great program that will prepare Pulaski County youth for their futures.”

Pulaski County to hold second community meeting for the community village project

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (January 10, 2023) –Pulaski County has scheduled the second informational meeting regarding the Pulaski County Community Village, an affordable housing community for the chronically homeless. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17 at Longley Baptist Church starting at 5:30 p.m.

The County held the first informational meeting in December 2022. 

The community village will be located off Green Road in Southwest Pulaski County, and it is modeled after the successful Community First! Village outside of Austin, Texas. 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 as residents.

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 pulaskicounty.net/village.