Leader Blues

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

TOP STORY >> Mayor honors teen’s work

By JOHN HOFHEIMER
Leader staff writer

Sherwood Mayor Bill Harmon Monday night recognized a North Little Rock East Campus student for collecting about 1,400 backpacks, suitcases and other bags for use by foster children as they move through the system.

When a Sherwood family adopted Katya Lyzhina, 16, from Russia, she traveled with all her possessions in a plastic trash bag, a situation she found less than dignified.
She wants the children taken from their homes to escape that particular humiliation, according to her mother, Jan Scholl. Scholl is director of the North Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council. That’s why she started “Baggage Claim.”

Lyzhina also helped fix up a house for use by Katrina victims.

In other action, the council unanimously rezoned property at 7815 Hwy. 107 from residential to C-3 commercial, but allowed the resident to remain at the property for two years.
The council also found four mobile homes at the corner of Jamesway and Hollomore to constitute a public nuisance.

Having been declared a nuisance, the owners have 30 days to tear down or remove the structures after the city posts a notice.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt was set for 2 p.m. April 16 at Sherwood Forest, and the Arkansas Lady Razorback softball team will host Louisiana-Monroe in a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Sportsplex.

The council also reappointed Mayor Harmon, David Henry, Angela Nicholson and Rosetta Ramsey to the retirement board.
The council also appointed Freddie Hudson and Ray Har-rison to five-year terms on the Planning Com-mission and Board of Adjustment, terms ending May 31, 2011.