Town hall held on millage vote

Officials take written questions about millage extension, defend costs.

Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District financial advisor Scott Beardsley tried to put to rest Tuesday night concern that the district was trying to put something over on residents by the final sentence of the ballot issue: “The surplus revenues produced each year by the debt service millage may be used by the district for other school purposes.” “That is standard boiler-plate […]

LRAFB branch manager retires

First Arkansas Bank’s air base branch manager ran the site for 32 years.

First Arkansas Bank and Trust Little Rock Air Force Base branch manager Rhonda Banks retired on Friday after 32 years of working for the bank, all on the air base. On Monday, the first day of her retirement, she hiked up Pinnacle Mountain. Banks, a Jacksonville resident, began working at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in 1983, while […]

Beauty salon cited in Ward

Couple told they cannot advertise home business and must remove signs.

A Ward hair salon was forced to remove a large outdoor sign and a retail display of shampoos or face closure because the business violated city zoning regulations. Keith Kilpatrick and his wife, Mary, are owners of Shear Envy. They opened their salon in 2001 in Cabot. They moved their business in March to their residence at 512 E. Second […]

Millage request seen key to future

Most business leaders, civic groups support millage extension, but opponents fight on to end levy in 2042, not 2054.

As Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District residents began early voting Tuesday to pay off about $60 million on the previous bond issue and generate another $60 million to complete the district’s building program, proponents and opponents were still trying to convince voters. Election Day is Tuesday. There were 132 early votes cast Tuesday. Jacksonville Mayor Bob Johnson says he voted for […]

Obituaries – May 15, 2019

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Martha Shock Martha Lou Evans Shock, 84, of Cabot passed away May 10 at her home. She was born Feb. 22, 1935, in Austin to the late Clarence and Dorothy Martin Evans. Martha retired from Franklin Electric after many years of service. She was an avid Razorbacks fan that included all sports. She wove plastic mats to be given to […]

School board member: Extend millage

Moore says extension pays for all-new campuses and improves education.

Jim Moore, secretary of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board, said on Tuesday he will be 95 years old when the current millage rate expires in 2042 — more than 22 years from now. By then, he is confident the new school district will have educated thousands of young people in modern campuses and set them on a path to do […]

Montessori closing in NLR

School opened 50 years ago, but it needs to raise $60,000 to keep operating.

It was 50 years ago that the North Little Rock Montessori School, 900 Mission Road, opened its doors but on April 30 and without previous notice, the administration announced to its staff that it was closing soon. Administrator Angie Scott said by phone Tuesday afternoon about the school’s planned closing, “It was a difficult decision,” but a definite closing date […]

NLR plans $30M justice center

Two different proposals are presented, but modern design gets most support.

North Little Rock City Council members Monday were given a first glimpse of preliminary de-sign plans of a justice center that will house the police department and courts. The project will cost no more than $30 million and could be completed in late 2020. One version is more traditional style and the second is a more modern style. Both were […]

Council could set agenda, let more speak out

Members would control issues before city council, allow more public comment.

If the Jacksonville City Council’s subcommittee on rules and procedures gets its way, the council will have more control over the meeting agenda and the mayor less, while the public will have a better chance to voice concerns at meetings. The committee – which includes council members Les Collins, Terry Sansing, James Bolden and City Clerk Susan Davitt – met […]

NLR passes pay hikes for all

Most will get 2.5 percent increases, while firefighters negotiate 3 percent raises.

North Little Rock City Council members on Monday unanimously voted in favor of giving 2.5 percent raises for city employees. The increase goes into effect June 1, and includes full-time, non-uniformed, salaried and classified employees, the police and fire chiefs, the assistant police and fire chiefs, the fire battalion chiefs, the fire marshal, elected officials and city council members. The […]