Covid cancels Council
Planning Commission meets tonight, Dunn returns to City Hall and a busy sports week as Carl Daughtery Jr. signs with UCA basketball as hoops season gets underway plus football playoffs and headlines
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The Maumelle City Council didn’t meet on Monday night as previously scheduled due to Covid-19.
Mayor Caleb Norris and five City Council members were all exposed at a budget meeting last week where a person later tested positive and the current Centers for Disease Control guidelines require those who have had exposure to quarantine.
City Attorney Missi Krebs said in a Monday morning email, “we do not believe we will have a quorum present; accordingly, we will be unable to conduct the business on the agenda.”
Only three Council members were on hand Monday and those present voted to meet again on Monday, Nov. 29, the fifth Monday of the month.
A traffic committee meeting that was also scheduled for Monday has been moved to Nov. 29 as well.
MAUMELLE: Maumelle got a lesson in the finality of football last Friday when the Hornets lost 31-28 in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. A game that Maumelle led 21-7 midway through the second quarter and was tied 28-28 late into the fourth. Read more by clicking Hardluck Hornets have season end
NORTH LITTLE ROCK: It wasn’t expected to be much of a game and those expectations were met as North Little Rock dismantled Fort Smith Southside, 51-7, last Friday but the competition gets stiffer this week as the ‘Cats travel to Bentonville in the second round of the Class 7A playoffs. Read more by clicking 'Cats roll past Southside, head to Bentonville this Friday
MAUMELLE BOYS: Maumelle, last year’s Class 5A runner-up, returns the bulk of its 22-6 team with guard Carl Daughtery Jr., who signed with the University of Central Arkansas on Wednesday, along with power forward Nico Davillier, who is also an Arkansas football commit and guard Riley Wade, who coach Michael Shook said on Tuesday is still recovering from an ACL tear this past spring but is expected to fully recover. Read more by clicking Hornets ready to sting
MAUMELLE CHARTER: Logan Dahlke knows he has a challenge ahead. Dahlke started his first season as a high school girls coach as he took over the reins at Maumelle Charter High School. Read more by clicking Dahlke ready for challenge at Maumelle Charter
CAC GIRLS: At 0-3, Central Arkansas Christian’s Lady Mustangs are off to an unfamiliar start to the season. Since Steve Quattlebaum’s tenure began at Mustang Mountain in the 1995-96 season, CAC has won four state championships and, until 2021, had reached the state tournament every year since 2000. By Donna Lampkin Stephens and read more by clicking Lady Mustangs look to peak in 2022
Neal Moore is taking the week off.
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Maumelle’s annual Hometown Thanksgiving will be held next Thursday, Nov. 25, or Thanksgiving, at Center on the Lake.
A donation of $15 is suggested and it starts at 11 a.m. Carryout is also available.
For more details, check out the flyer below.
The city of Maumelle recently announced Courtney Dunn, below, will be the next Economic Development Director as she will replace Judy Keller, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
Dunn is a familiar name in Maumelle city government where she was employed from 2011 to 2018. She previously was executive assistant to former Mayor Mike Watson and also worked for Keller previously as well.
In her position, Dunn will oversee economic and community development in the city and said, in a release, “I am excited to be back in Maumelle and to be part of moving Maumelle forward.”
Dunn was mostly recently CEO and Director of Economic Development at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, a role she started in 2018.
The National Rehabilitation Association recently selected Maumelle’s Center on the Lake as one of two central Arkansas recipients of the 2021 Award for Small Employers.
Also honored was the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the award was for what a press release called a “commitment to inclusivity and diversity in the creation of three part-time positions designed for Project SEARCH graduates.”
Project SEARCH is a project designed to connect those with disabilities with realistic employment options. Center on the Lake hired program graduates Unard Bush, Mathew Henley Greenwalt and Dutch Leger, seen above with Tawana Fox and Trish Hogan, earlier this year to part-time positions.
The release described their efforts and said they “have helped in keeping the center clean and welcoming to visitors” through “hard work and devotion.”
Project SEARCH works with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to offer internships of nine months that are then divided into ten-week rotations as they get coaching and training, and then those coaches continue to work with them after they’ve left the program but are continuing their employment.
The Christmas at Methodist Family Health Angel Tree is ongoing and donations are still being sought.
To look at the list of names, click here and follow these steps:
Choose a child’s list (all items on the list can be purchased for $150 or less) and purchase the items on that list
Pick and choose items to send (second choice on the site)
Contribute to the Methodist Family Health Foundation, which provides for the necessities of the children and families in our care throughout the year.
The deadline to purchase the items is Dec. 10.