INSIDE: PROJECTS IN OUR CITY A BIG THANK YOU Summer 2023, Vol. 06, No. 02. A Publication of the North Little Rock Mayor's Office
March 31, 2023 our city suffered a devastating tornado. I am amazed at the progress we have made in just two short months! Volunteers of all ages, city employees, churches, neighborhood associations, as well as local, state and national volunteers stepped in to help! Thanks to everyone who helped and truly made a difference, keeping us #NLRSTRONG. I am so proud of our city employees and volunteers and the spirit everyone has shown. We have so many things to be thankful for in North Little Rock. We are excited to share this summer issue with you and highlight our city. Enjoy your summer and spend time with your family and friends. WE CONTINUE TO BE NLRPROUD!
Mayor Terry C. Hartwick
Table of Contents
Page 3 ............................ Your ½ cent UPDATE
Page 8 .........................
Baring Cross Clean-up
Page. 9 ............................Great NLR Clean-up
Page 12 ......................... New Police Academy
Page 14 ........................
Elks Club Scholarships
Page 15 ..............
Business Spotlight: Blue Nyla
Page 16 Community Gardens
Page 17 ..................... The Wildcat Foundation
Page 17 ...... Sanitation Department Information
Page 18 ..................Electric Department Scams
Page 19 ....................................... FUN in NLR
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Publisher: Mayor Terry C. Hartwick
Editor: Shara Brazear, firstname.lastname@example.org
Graphic Design: Mark Potter
Page 20 ............................. Department Listing facebook.com @cityofnlr twitter.com @cityofnlr instagram.com @cityofnlr YouTube @cityofnlr
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The new North Little Rock City Services building is located at 700 West 29th
YOUR at work Projects in our City
Baptist Health Clinic (Rose City)
• Construction: began in March 2023
• Estimated completion: July 2024
New City Services Building
• Opened for business: May 2023
Burns Park Fire Station
• Estimated completion: August 2023
Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center
• Construction: in progress
• Estimated completion: Fall 2023
Central Fire Station
• Demolition completed: July 2023
• Estimated completion: Early 2025
Faulkner Lake Road
• Estimated completion: June 2023
• Ribbon Cutting: Thursday, June 30, 2023
McCain Boulevard Project
• Estimated completion: July 2023
• Estimated completion: September 2023
Park Hill Jump Start Project
• Estimated completion: October 2023
Fire Station #11 (Blaze Drive and US Highway 165)
• Construction will begin: August 2023
• Estimated completion: September 2024
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A BIG THANK YOU
THANK YOU to the hundreds of neighborhood residents in the affected areas who cleared streets, checked on neighbors, and helped drag debris to the curb. We will never be able to account for your hours of work, but we know you started within minutes of the tornado passing and helped clear streets for emergency vehicles.
American Red Cross
Antioch Baptist Church (David Mitchell)
Argenta Community Theater
Arkansas Baptist Association
Disaster Relief Ministry
Arkansas Department of Corrections
Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM)
Arkansas General Contractors
Arkansas Health Department
Arkansas Insurance Commission
Arkansas Legal Aid
Arkansas Portable Toilets
Arkansas Safety Commission
Association of Women Lawyers
Bill’s Fence Company
Center for Arkansas Legal Services
Central Arkansas Development Council
Children’s Eye Care
Church at Rock Creek
Coast Guard Auxiliary
Dawn to Dusk (Missouri)
Deborah A Brown
Direct TV (Amboy)
Electric Departments from: Benton, Bentonville, Conway, Clarksville, Jonesboro and Paragould
Faith Baptist Church
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
First North Little Rock Church
First Security Bank
Go Fund Me Hub
Goodwill LDS Church
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Hoggs Meat Market
Industrial Maintenance (Michael Parrott)
King Solomon Baptist Church
Kingdom Covenant Church
Levy Baptist Church
Lindsey Miller (Alexander’s Salon)
Mary Kate Stafford
Moe’s (Melanie Hoggard)
New Life Church
NLR Council Members:
Vince Insalaco III
NLR Electric Department
NLR Friends of Animals
North Pulaski Baptist Association
Park Hill Baptist Church
Parkview Baptist Church
Phyllis Hickman Carmichael
Pleasant Valley Church of
Potluck Food Rescue
Rick D Hogan
Rock City Harvest Church
Rock Region Metro
Seis Puentes Hispanic Outreach
Sierra Harris Gustafon
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
St. James Church
St. Mark’s Church
THAT Church (Sherwood)
The Innovation Hub
Tide Loads of Hope
UAMS School of Nursing
Union Pacific Credit Union
United Methodist Church
US Foods Group
US Small Business Administration
Walmart (NLR, Maumelle, and Sherwood)
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Young Community Advocates of BARING CROSS (YCABC)
The Young Community Advocates of Baring Cross (YCABC) is a 501(c)(3) non~profit, community service organization that provides an opportunity for neighborhood volunteers to be engaged in monthly community clean~up initiatives, “CLEAN UP WHAT YOU MESS UP,” is located at the neighborhood hub, Dollar General
in the Baring Cross Community.
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“TEAMWORK MAKES the YCABC DREAM WORK.” YCABC members organized the monthly, “Clean Up What You Mess Up” initiative.
YCABC brings residents together to maintain the appearance of the Dollar General property and improve the reputation of the neighborhood through volunteerism.
YCABC and Baring Cross volunteers look forward to collaborating with Dollar General to gain support from the City of North Little Rock and the North Little Rock Police Department.
Randy Naylor, the Keep North Little Rock Beautiful Community Organizer, is pictured with Ruby Steward Brown. Randy Naylor volunteers his time and donates cleaning supplies for the monthly “Clean Up What You Mess Up” projects, organized by Mrs. Brown.
The Friends of the Old Mill
A few years ago a newly-constructed waterfall was dedicated at the historic Old Mill. The new waterfall was such a beautiful addition, the Old Mill Master Gardeners decided to landscape an adjacent hillside. The Friends of the Old Mill obtained a couple of grants from the North Little Rock City Beautiful Commission to complete the project and reached out to Deana Jones of Blue Lizard Landscaping.
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Randy Naylor (back row, right) is pictured with volunteers from the Annual GREAT NORTH LITTLE ROCK CLEAN-UP! Mr. Naylor works tirelessly by volunteering his time to make our city more beautiful.
GROWTH in North Little Rock
In 2020, Koppers Incorporated announced a $40 million upgrade and expansion to their facility off Bethany Road in North Little Rock. The original expansion plan was to close the North Little Rock facility and combine it with another facility. North Little Rock, the state of Arkansas and Pulaski County worked together to keep Koppers in North Little Rock. Koppers has been a part of our city since 1907 and now will remain!
Hale Trailer, Brakes and Wheel Incorporated currently located off Harris Drive in North Little Rock recently broke ground on a new 26-acre facility last year at the corner of Industrial Drive and Interstate 440. Hale is an authorized distributor of the finest quality Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products. They put their reputation for dependability and service excellence behind every part and piece of commercial trailer equipment they offer!
Manhattan Road and Bridge, a road construction firm with offices in Little Rock, Northwest Arkansas and now North Little Rock, has been awarded a $87.3 million widening project by the Arkansas Department of Transportation on the west end of Interstate 630. The new location is 8400 Industry Drive in east North Little Rock. Manhattan Road and Bridge was recently ranked seventh on the Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Top Contractor in Transportation – Bridges.
Central Commerce Center Industrial Park, a brand new tilt-wall industrial business park in North Little Rock, offers outstanding access to primary arterials for interstate commerce and logistics. Central Commerce Center features convenient truck court access, abundant dock high loading, desirable clear height and clear span, interstate frontage and visibility, and additional land is available for yard or future expansion.
Arlo Washington is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of People Trust Community Federal Credit Union located on East Broadway in North Little Rock. People’s Bank, an accredited, full-service credit union, provides capital to low and moderate income communities. People’s Bank and Trust is the first and only black-owned financial institution in the entire state of Arkansas.
The construction of a new blending plant off East Broadway in North Little Rock, will double the production capacity for Safe Foods’ organic food wash. The project includes a new 55,000-square-foot packaging facility and warehouse that will allow Safe Foods to manufacture 19 additional product lines for PSSI that will be used to protect consumers from foodborne illness. PSSI is the nation’s industry leader in food safety. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2023 and will create at least 20 new jobs.
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The new Magnolia Skillet located at 613 East Broadway in North Little Rock is run by three siblings whose hearts for cooking and mission remain their top priority. “Food Made By Family, Cooked With Love”.
Pictured is the nearly completed Lowes distribution warehouse, a 1.2 million-square-foot bulk distribution warehouse on 115 acres in North Little Rock, creating 300 new jobs. This distribution warehouse is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2023. The Lowes distribution warehouse is the most prominent building in the tulip farm area of North Little Rock. The site has seen unprecedented growth in the last three years, and more development is planned for this area.
The Maly Group has begun prepping its North Little Rock site (the old Wild River County location) for a high-tech center that will have something for everyone: T-Time golf, an electronic driving range, HyperLanes bowling, a virtual arcade as well as restaurants, specialty shops, and more. So far, 800,000 truckloads of dirt have been excavated from this site. The Maly Group plans to start construction in early July of this year. In addition, for citizens that miss the Wild River County water theme park, the group says they will keep the old tower and even tease keeping Wild River Country in the new name.
The completed Amazon facility in the forefront is a one-million-square-foot fulfillment center on 140 acres with over 1,500 employees. In the background, a nearly complete Lowes Distribution warehouse is a 1.2 million-square-foot bulk distribution warehouse on 115 acres, creating 300 new jobs. These two facilities comprise almost 2.5 million square feet of space and nearly 2,000 jobs.
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NEW Police Academy Graduates Female Officers
The North Little Rock Police Department is building a firm foundation for our community and has created a new means to recruit new officers. Those considering a career in law enforcement now have an 18-week training academy available in North Little Rock where recruits will learn the requirements to serve and protect citizens. Lieutenant Steve Chamness oversees the North Little Rock Police Academy and noted what a substantial commitment and asset the academy is for the North Little Rock Police Department. “Placing the right person in the right position is crucial for any successful law enforcement agency,” shared North Little Rock Police Chief Patrick Thessing. Extensive training is needed in endurance, safety, and decision-making for each recruit to understand the significance of becoming a law enforcement officer. In this academy, the main focus in recruiting participants is quality, not quantity. Numerous divisions within the police department share their knowledge in teaching and preparing these recruits.
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Bill Protects Officers Statewide
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently signed a bill creating a new Arkansas law which creates a separate felony charge when an offender either attempts to or disarms an officer with the intent to cause harm to the officer or the public.
The bill was created by retired Lieutenant Jim Scott of the North Little Rock Police Department, who has continued his service working for the City of North Little Rock in the City Clerk’s Office. Arkansas joins other states like Texas and California who have adapted this powerful law to help protect our officers.
Representative Carlton Wing sponsored and introduced House Bill 1521. Senator Kim Hammer as well as Representatives Jamie Scott and Danny Watson joined in the sponsorship.
“Creating this bill and watching it become law is a way for me to give back to our state and community after 33 years of law enforcement work. This law will increase the safety of our brave public servants,” shared Lieutenant Scott.
The North Little Rock Justice Center was recently recognized by Officer Magazine, a national publication, with the Gold Award for the design of efficient spaces which provides an opportunity for a more unified police staff. The Gold Award was presented to the City of North Little Rock for the focus on public safety and the resources provided to our community. Officer Magazine acknowledged our growth as a city and the significance of our law enforcement officers. One of the main components of the Justice Center’s design is the state-of-the-art training spaces, one of which was used this past March as an Emergency Operations Center after the devastating tornado. The North Little Rock Justice Center has become an integral part of our city.
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Jim Scott (second from left) is pictured with his wife, Teresa; Representative Carlton Wing; and daughter, Meredith.
The North Little Rock Elks Club
has contributed to the success of our city for almost 120 years through their service and leadership. Over 5,500 members have contributed hours to our community and helped so many young people have options as they graduate from high school. Earlier this year, Elks Club members bagged over 400 sack lunches and distributed them to disaster clean-up crews in our city. They also took time to serve employees of the North Little Rock Street Department lunch during a special THANK YOU.
This year, the Elks Club raised almost $10,000 for annual, renewable scholarships which they awarded to 14 local students. Over the past 10 years, the Elks Club has presented over 144 scholarships, totaling over $92,000. The Elks Club awards scholarships annually based on service, leadership and academic achievements. The Elks Club scholarship program is important for the future of our city. The more scholarships the Elks Club and other organizations give to our students, the better prepared our future workforce will be and that makes our city more attractive to businesses.
North Little Rock Proclaims May as National Tennis Month
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Mayor Terry Hartwick is joined by the North Little Rock School District Middle School Tennis Team, representatives of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Arkansas and North Little Rock tennis players to support tennis in North Little Rock. North Little Rock Tennis IS BACK!
Mayor Hartwick is pictured with scholarship recipients at the annual North Little Rock Elks Club Scholarship Ceremony.
Business Spotlight Blue Nyla
Article by Emilee Hagewood
Stacey Reynolds was at a point in her life 25 years ago where her health was declining and felt as though something greater than her was calling her to yoga and her life completely changed. Reynolds began attending classes five-to-six times a week and studied under her instructor, who after a year asked Reynolds to teach. Reynold’s church reached out, and asked her to lead a “stretch and tone” class as a way to connect with the community and from there her practice took off. The older community members loved doing yoga and wanted to keep coming back for more classes. Within a year of teaching, Reynolds found herself with an advanced age-specific group that kept growing. Thirteen years ago, Stacy opened her studio and a lot of the same students like Bill Lesher are still practicing with her today. As Lesher practiced yoga more and more, his teachers and peers started to encourage him to take a yoga course, where he could be trained to teach. While Bill was taking part in his yoga training, Lesher’s wife contracted COVID-19 on two separate occasions, which eventually left her hospitalized for weeks. Lesher spent his mornings and evenings in the hospital with his wife, and his days training at the studio. Even suffering through a brain bleed himself, Lesher never missed a meeting and completed the 200hour course at 85 years old.
pose for a picture at Blue Nyla after chair class. Lesher has been one of Reynolds’s students for years, and recently completed a 200-hour yoga course to become a certified yoga instructor.
Chair yoga is a modified version of regular yoga mostly used by senior citizens and people with mobility issues. It allows people confined to wheelchairs or beds the ability to stay mobile and keep their bones and muscles moving and healthy. Lesher said that without yoga, he wouldn’t be nearly as healthy as he is today. It’s a challenge to keep on going but Lesher remains steadfast in his practices and being a part of the Blue Nyle Yoga community has been a source of inspiration and encouragement for many years.
Anyone who is interested in strengthening their body and mind is welcome to participate. Senior chair classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Blue Nyla is located in Park Hill at 3801 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
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Stacey Reynolds leads her 10:00 a.m. Chair Class through a movement at Blue Nyla Yoga Studio. These classes are great for individuals with limited mobility.
Our volunteers have been busy bees – hosting workdays, distributing fresh and nutritious produce, and curating community one garden at a time. Keep your eyes peeled for those beloved Arkansas heirloom tomatoes, squash, watermelon, and much more! During the spring season, our program distributed free soil amendments, seeds, bulbs, and starter plants to gardens in our network! Our volunteers attended several workshops hosted by the Central Arkansas Sphynx Foundation and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where they learned how to build raised beds, effectively companion plants, and grow mushrooms. Additionally, we offered several planting lessons at schools in the North Little Rock School District. Through all the excitement, we continued to support Engage AR’s state-wide Little Free Pantry project.
If you are interested in starting a community garden or improving an already-existing garden within North Little Rock city limits, you are in luck! The North Little Rock Community Garden Program is accepting fall-funding applications through June 15, 2023. The digital application is available at www.nlr.ar.gov/communitygardens. Please contact North Little Rock
Neighborhood Services for a paper copy at NLRNeighborhoodServ@nlr.ar.gov or 501-791-8500.
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Irises in bloom at the Iris Park Garden, 903 West 45th Street
Rodney at the Garden of Eating, 217 North Hazel Street, celebrating their Little Free Pantry.
WILDCAT FOUNDATION SPONSORS 20TH ANNUAL
BECKY WITCHER MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
This May, 180 golfers participated in the Becky Witcher Memorial Scramble at Burns Park. The annual tournament is the primary fundraiser for The North Little Rock Wildcat Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the teachers and students at North Little Rock High School. The Foundation involves alumni and the North Little Rock community in their mission to enhance the educational experience in North Little Rock.
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Mike Davis, Chief of Staff for the City of North Little Rock, is pictured with former North Little Rock City Council Member Murry Witcher at the North Little Rock Wildcat Foundation’s Annual Becky Witcher Memorial Golf Tournament. Mrs. Witcher was an educator in the North Little Rock School District and worked tirelessly to help children and families in our community.
Trash Can Placement
North Little Rock Judge Randy Morley, former Mayor Joe Smith and Steve Shields are picture with Mayor Terry Hartwick.
Protect yourself from SCAMS!!
North Little Rock Electric urges customers to be aware o f vari o us sca ms repor t ed i n t heir serv i ce ar ea.
Threat of disconnection: Scammers will call stating there is a past due/returned payment on your account that will result in disconnection if payment is not immediately processed over the phone.
E Energy Saving Programs: Scammers will call offering money-saving programs for seniors
To enroll in the program, customers will need a credit card for the first month and bank information for the reoccurring monthly payments. There have also been reports of scammers walking around neighborhoods asking to enter your home to discuss “how to save money ”
M Meters: A few customers have received calls concerning their meters, but in reality it is a sales pitch from the scammer.
Customers who believe they are a victim of a scam or see any suspicious activity can notify the proper local authorities. If you believe your electric account has been affected, please call 5 501-975-8888 to speak with a customer service representative.
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Something FUN in North Little Rock
Beauty, relaxation and refreshment await in your hometown of North Little Rock, Arkansas! With plenty of outdoor activities, natural beauty, delicious local dining and more, you and your crew can count on a fun experience.
Stay in the know: Have family or friends coming in from out of town? North Little Rock Tourism is here to assist you with lodging, dining and things to do in North Little Rock. We also assist with large family and class reunions as well as corporate meetings and conferences. Visit northlittlerock.org or come see us at the North Little Rock Welcome Center (600 Main Street, Suite 120). For info on the go, download our free app, “Explore North Little Rock!,” available for iOS and Android or sign up for our newsletter by emailing email@example.com.
• Relax at The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park. Free and open to the public, The Old Mill is one of the most beautiful places in Arkansas to enjoy spring color, from cherry blossoms to daffodils, tulips to azaleas.
• Hike at Emerald Park. For an easy, paved walk, start at the top from Scenic Drive to reach breathtaking views of the cliffs and Arkansas River. For more of a challenge, start at the bottom of the trail at Big Rock Quarry.
• Cycle the Arkansas River Trail or try the new Big Rock Quarry Bike Park .
• Experience the Arkansas River with a Rock Town River Outfitters Adventure Guide! Kayak tours are perfect for both experienced paddlers and first-timers.
• Complete the Public Art Scavenger Hunt . See how many landmarks, public art murals and sculptures you can find around North Little Rock!
• See World War II naval vessels up close at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
• Baseball is back! Catch an Arkansas Travelers baseball game at Dickey-Stephens Park.
• Enjoy live music and entertainment at a variety of venues, including Simmons Bank Arena, UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS, The Joint Theater and Argenta Community Theater.
For an up-to-date calendar of events, visit northlittlerock.org/events.
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North Little Rock Contact Information
Mayor Terry C. Hartwick
City Clerk/Treasurer Diane Whitbey
City Attorney Amy Fields
Judge (Traffic) Judge Randy Morley
Judge (Criminal/Civil) Judge Paula Juels Jones
Chief of Staff Mike Davis
Ward 1 Council Member Nathan Hamilton
Ward 1 Council Member Debi Ross
Ward 2 Council Member Linda Robinson
Ward 2 Council Member Maurice Taylor
Ward 3 Council Member Steve Baxter
Ward 3 Council Member Ron Harris
Ward 4 Council Member Vince Insalaco III
Ward 4 Council Member Charlie Hight
Airport Barry Bray
Animal Control Adam Tindall
Code Enforcement Felecia McHenry
Communications Shara Brazear
Community Development Bailey Noland
Construction & Building Services Mary Beth Bowman
Convention & Visitors Bureau Karen Trevino
Economic Development Robert Birch
Economic Development Colleen Bailey
Electric Ryan Wilson
Emergency Services Kim Francisco
Engineering David Cook
External Affairs Margaret Powell
Finance Ember Strange
Fire Gerald Tucker
Fit2Live LaKaisha Shelby
Health Lucille Rose
History Commission Sandra Taylor-Smith 501-371-0755 firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Resources Betty Anderson
Public Library System Crystal Gates
Mayor's Youth Council Jan Scholl
Neighborhood Services & Community Gardens Dan Scott
Parks & Recreation Randy Sandefur
Planning Shawn Spencer 501-975-8835 email@example.com
Police Patrick Thessing
Recycling Customer Service
Safety Kenny Stephens
Sanitation Condo Breedlove
Special Projects Dr. Arnessa Bennett
Traffic Kenny Stephens
Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center Steve Carr
Street Patrick Lane
Unsheltered Community Officer Shana Cobbs 501-975-8780 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vehicle Maintenance Kenny Brock
Volunteer Services Angela Wirt
Wastewater Michael Clayton 501-945-7186 email@example.com