Sherwood, Arkansas

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Sherwood, Arkansas
City
Location in Pulaski County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Pulaski County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°49′51″N 92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139Coordinates: 34°49′51″N 92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Pulaski
Incorporated (city) April 22, 2008 (2008-04-22)
Government
 • Type Mayor–council government
 • Mayor Virginia Hillman
Area
 • Total 20.8 sq mi (54.0 km2)
 • Land 20.6 sq mi (53.4 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 29,523
 • Density 1,400/sq mi (550/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72120
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-63800
GNIS feature ID 0058612
Website www.ci.sherwood.ar.us
Miss Arkansas Kelly George (left) with former Sherwood Mayor Danny Stedman

Sherwood is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, and a suburb of Little Rock. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 29,523.[2] It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area with 699,757 people according to the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Sherwood was officially incorporated as a town on April 22, 1948. Next, Sherwood moved to a city of Second Class on September 16, 1957, and subsequently as a city of First Class on April 30, 1971.

Geography[edit]

Sherwood is located at 34°49′51″N 92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139 (34.830890, -92.211514).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.8 square miles (54.0 km2), of which 20.6 square miles (53.4 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.15%, is water.[4]

Climate[edit]

Sherwood lies in the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen Cfa) with influence from the humid continental climate type. Sherwood experiences all four seasons and does receive cold air masses from the north. July is the hottest month of the year, with an average high of 92 °F (33 °C) and an average low of 73 °F (23 °C). Temperatures above 100 °F (37.8 °C) are somewhat common. January is the coldest month with an average high of 50 °F (10 °C) and an average low of 33 °F (1 °C). The city's highest temperature was 110 °F (43.3 °C), recorded in July 1986. The lowest temperature recorded was −6 °F (−21.1 °C), in January 1985.

Climate data for Sherwood, Arkansas (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27)
83
(28)
87
(31)
94
(34)
98
(37)
102
(39)
110
(43)
105
(41)
102
(39)
92
(33)
84
(29)
78
(26)
110
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 50
(10)
55
(13)
64
(18)
73
(23)
80
(27)
88
(31)
92
(33)
92
(33)
84
(29)
73
(23)
62
(17)
51
(11)
72
(22.3)
Average low °F (°C) 33
(1)
37
(3)
44
(7)
53
(12)
62
(17)
69
(21)
73
(23)
72
(22)
65
(18)
54
(12)
44
(7)
35
(2)
53.4
(12.1)
Record low °F (°C) −6
(−21)
4
(−16)
14
(−10)
30
(−1)
40
(4)
52
(11)
60
(16)
53
(12)
41
(5)
27
(−3)
14
(−10)
−2
(−19)
−6
(−21)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.42
(86.9)
3.80
(96.5)
4.77
(121.2)
4.79
(121.7)
4.96
(126)
3.31
(84.1)
3.81
(96.8)
2.80
(71.1)
3.31
(84.1)
4.80
(121.9)
5.39
(136.9)
5.01
(127.3)
50.17
(1,274.3)
Source: The Weather Channel[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,200
1970 2,800 133.3%
1980 10,600 278.6%
1990 18,900 78.3%
2000 21,511 13.8%
2010 29,523 37.2%
source:[6]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 21,511 people, 8,798 households, and 6,211 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,557.9 people per square mile (601.4/km²). There were 9,272 housing units at an average density of 671.5 per square mile (259.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.23% White, 17.83% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,798 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,838, and the median income for a family was $51,510. Males had a median income of $34,133 versus $25,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,515. In Sherwood, 6.3% of the population and 5.4% of families were below the poverty line. In addition, 9.7% of those under the age of 18 and 4.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 29,523 people, 12,207 households, and 8,314 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 75.3% White, 18.5% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. 4.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,207 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.92.

Economy and business[edit]

Large corporations with corporate headquarters in Sherwood include ABC Financial, Hank's Fine Furniture, and The Heritage Company.

Major employers include customer contact centers for FTD.com and Cardinal Health.

Law and government[edit]

The City of Sherwood is an incorporated municipality (city of the first class) with a Mayor elected to a four-year term, and eight elected aldermen, a city clerk, and a part-time city attorney.

Politics[edit]

Mayors[edit]

The Sherwood Mayor serves four-year terms, with election held during the November midterm elections. Virginia Hillman was sworn in on August 1, 2007, as Sherwood's first female mayor. Bill Harmon served as interim mayor April 12, 2007 to July 31, 2007, following the resignation of Mayor Danny Stedman. Harmon had not run for re-election after holding the office of mayor for 14 years through 2006.

Stedman, who was elected in November 2006, previously served as a Sherwood alderman for four years. Upon taking office in January 2007, Stedman was extremely excited about his plans for Sherwood and the city's future. In April 2007, Stedman cited health concerns for himself and his wife as he resigned from office.

Stedman had been one of three newly elected officials in the city in the 2006 election. Others include city clerk/treasurer Virginia R. Hillman, and council member Charlie Harmon (Alderman Ward 1, Position 2).

Name Term
Started
Term
Ended
Notes
Hal P. (Bob) LaCoste July 10, 1948 May 30, 1950 First mayor of Sherwood
Kenneth W. Coulter May 31, 1950 December 31, 1952
C.W. McNutt January 1, 1953 December 31, 1957
Andrew M. (Bud) Hall January 1, 1958 December 31, 1962
Dennis D. Duran January 1, 1963 December 31, 1964 Honored with Youth Center named for Duran and his wife Ailene.
Bill Henson January 1, 1965 December 31, 1981
Jack Evans January 1, 1982 November 1992 Died in office. Honored with a senior center in his name
Brent Chamber November 19, 1992 February 22, 1993 Interim mayor
Bill Harmon February 23, 1993 December 31, 2006 Honored with a Recreation Center in his name.
Dan Stedman January 1, 2007 April 2007 Resigned due to health reasons.
Bill Harmon April 2007 July 31, 2007 Appointed as Interim Mayor after Mayor Stedman resigned.
Virginia Hillman[8] August 1, 2007 Incumbent until
December 31, 2014
Defeated Bill Harmon in run-off of special election.

In 2007 a series of special elections were held. Five candidates ran for the office of Sherwood mayor after the resignation of former Mayor Danny Stedman. No candidate received more than 50 percent of the votes, forcing a special election runoff between the two candidates receiving the most votes, which was held on July 31, 2007.

Results

Election Date of election Candidates Results Total votes
Mayoral Special Election (runoff) July 31, 2007 Interim Mayor Bill Harmon 1,465 - 35.64% 4,112
City Clerk Virginia Hillman 2,646 - 64.36%
Mayoral Special Election July 10, 2007 Doris Anderson 403 - 10.44% 3,871
Richard Devine 926 - 23.99%
Interim Mayor Bill Harmon 1,242 - 32.18%
City Clerk Virginia Hillman 1,252 - 32.44%
Victor Sierra 37 - .96%

City council[edit]

The City of Sherwood is represented on the city council by two aldermen position from four wards for a total of eight aldermen. Aldermen currently serve four-year terms, staggered with alternating positions up for election every 2 years.

Aldermen[edit]

Ward Position Name Elected/
Appointed
Term
Expires
Notes
1 1 Ken Keplinger[9] November 3, 2010 December 31, 2014
1 2 Charles Harmon[10] November 7, 2006 December 31, 2012
2 1 Lex 'Butch' Davis[11] November 7, 1998 December 31, 2014
2 2 Kevin Lilly[12] November 4, 2008 December 31, 2012
3 1 Sheila Sulcer November 7, 1998 December 31, 2014 Ran for Mayor of Sherwood in 2010
3 2 Marina Brooks[13] November 2, 2004 December 31, 2012
4 1 Tim McMinn[14] February 22, 2010 December 31, 2014 Served the last 10 months of the term of Keith Rankin.[15]
4 2 Dr. Steve Fender[16] November 7, 2006 December 31, 2012

Other elected officials[edit]

Name Position Elected/
Appointed
Term
Expires
Notes
Angela Nicholson[17] City Clerk August 27, 2007 Appointed to fill office vacated by election of Mayor Hillman.
Steve Cobb[18] City Attorney November 6, 2006 December 31, 2014

Crime and enforcement[edit]

Sherwood is supported by the Sherwood Police Department (SPD) since 1964. According to the city's website, the City of Sherwood has the third lowest crime rate in the Arkansas.

Fire and emergency services[edit]

Sherwood is supported by the Sherwood Fire Department (SFD) since 1950. Additionally, the city has formed an Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to respond in cases of natural or man-made disasters.

Gravel Ridge[edit]

The community of Gravel Ridge, located at 34°52′12″N 92°11′13″W / 34.87000°N 92.18694°W / 34.87000; -92.18694 (34.870068, -92.187069),[3] was a census-designated place (CDP) in Pulaski County that was annexed into the city of Sherwood in 2008.[19] Gravel Ridge, located between western Jacksonville and the Sylvan Hills area of Sherwood, had a population of 3,232 and total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), as of the 2000 census.

Annexation[edit]

Gravel Ridge carried ties to both Jacksonville and Sherwood for many years. Its telephone number prefix is shared with Sherwood, while Gravel Ridge shares a ZIP code with Jacksonville. On February 5, 2008, a special election was held in Jacksonville for the annexation of Gravel Ridge into Jacksonville. Upon the Jacksonville ballot issue being announced, Sherwood Mayor Hillman and the Sherwood city council ordered a special election for March 11, 2008, to gauge support for the annexation of Gravel Ridge into Sherwood. In each of the cities' respective elections, each city's residents as well as the residents of Gravel Ridge voted. The proposal for annexation into either Jacksonville or Sherwood passed in each election. The result prompted a third special election for Gravel Ridge residents only on April 1, 2008, to vote on whether they wanted to be annexed into Sherwood or Jacksonville, with voters ultimately deciding in favor of annexation by Sherwood.

Gravel Ridge was formally annexed during the Sherwood city council meeting on April 28, 2008,[19] during which the territory comprising the one-time census designated place was divided along Arkansas Highway 107 into additions to the first and second wards of Sherwood.

Voting results[edit]

Election Title Date of Election Choices Results Total Votes
Gravel Ridge Annexation April 1, 2008 Jacksonville 221 - 25.91% 853
Sherwood 632 - 74.09%
Sherwood Annexation March 11, 2008
Sherwood Residence
For 1193 - 86.32% 1382
Against 189 - 13.68%
Gravel Ridge Residence
For 571 - 74.35% 768
Against 197 - 25.65%
Total
2,150
For 1764 - 82.05%
Against 386 - 17.95%
Jacksonville Annexation February 5, 2008
Jacksonville Residence
For 2958 - 75.59% 3913
Against 955 - 24.41%
Gravel Ridge Residence
For 384 - 32.49% 1182
Against 798 - 67.51%
Total
5,095
For 3,342 - 65.59%
Against 1,753 - 34.41%

Education[edit]

Sherwood is home to several public and private schools for elementary and secondary education. Students seeking higher education often attend nearby colleges and universities including the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Central Arkansas.

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

The city's public schools are managed by the Pulaski County Special School District. The city's public high school is Sylvan Hills High School. Other public schools include Sylvan Hills Middle School, Clinton Elementary Magnet School, Oakbrooke Elementary School, Sherwood Elementary School and Sylvan Hills Elementary School.

In 2008, LISA Academy North opened as a public charter school focused on STEM fields.

Private schools[edit]

The Abundant Life School is a co-educational private school for grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Other private schools include Victory Baptist Elementary School, Central Arkansas Christian Schools, and Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

Public libraries[edit]

The Central Arkansas Library System includes the Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood, which is a 9,800 square feet (910 m2) facility that offers a variety of books, DVDs, public computers, and wireless Internet access. The library, named in 1988 in honor of Amy Sanders, Sherwood's city clerk for more than 14 years, offers numerous children's programs.[20]

Media[edit]

The Sherwood Voice is a local weekly newspaper serving the city and its nearby communities in Pulaski County with its print publication and website. As a community newspaper, articles are centered around local news, issues, classified ads and events. Sports coverage is usually limited to the area's middle school and high school teams, such as the Sylvan Hills Bears and the Abundant Life School Owls.

Sherwood is home to the several radio stations:

  • KOKY (102.1 FM) that plays an urban adult contemporary playlist, and
  • KMTL (760 AM) that produces a religious radio format, both serving the Little Rock metro area.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

The primary mode of local transportation in Sherwood is the automobile, though efforts have been made to increase the availability of alternative modes of transportation, including biking and walking paths, wide sidewalks, and buses.

Highways[edit]

The following is a list of the freeways located in or near the Sherwood area:

Within Sherwood
Near Sherwood

Health systems[edit]

Sherwood is home to several hospitals including:

Places of interest[edit]

In addition to the city's 17 community parks and recreational facilities, the following places of interest exist:

Notable people[edit]

Notable events[edit]

North Hills Country Club controversy[edit]

The city was involved in a lawsuit over the development of North Hills Golf Course and Country Club, in the southern end of the city adjoining North Little Rock. A court date was scheduled in April 2008. Mayor Virginia Hillman repeatedly stated during her campaign for mayor for the special election that her plans were to put the issue to a vote for the citizens. A petition was circulated to hold an election on the issue, but the Sherwood City Council voted to go ahead with the acquisition despite Mayor Hillman's objections. The issue was last discussed at the Sherwood city council meeting at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, September 24, 2007. A re-zoning sign was placed on the North Hills property the week before Christmas of that year.

On July 21, 2008, the Sherwood City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the settlement of all litigated claims related to the property and structures commonly referred to as North Hill Country Club, which allowed the City of Sherwood to purchase of this property. Since the spring of 2010, the city operates the property as The Greens at North Hills Municipal Golf Course.[22]

On July 28, 2010, the originally named Sylvan Hills Country Club Golf Course constructed in 1927 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[23]

2009 theft of city funds[edit]

In July 2009, after city officials were notified by Eagle Bank in December 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating the theft of $219,913[24] in municipal funds.[25] These funds were taken from the city’s checking account through an unauthorized online electronic transfer. This was the first time the city had experienced unauthorized accessing the city’s checking account via the internet.[25] In response, city officials analyzed city’s security system to its financial network and additional safeguards and protections were implemented.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knable, Kate (May 26, 2011), "City’s ward boundaries to change", Sherwood Voice (Sherwood, AR), retrieved May 31, 2011 
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Sherwood city, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Sherwood city, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Monthly Averages for Sherwood, AR" (Table). The Weather Channel. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Virginia Hillman - Mayor". Official Biography. City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. 
  9. ^ Knable, Kate (January 1, 2011), Taking the oath, Sherwood, AR: Jacksonville Patriot (published January 7, 2011) 
  10. ^ "Charles Harmon - City Alderman". Official Biography. City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Lex "Butch" Davis - Alderman". Official Biography. City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Kevin Lilly - City Alderman". Official Biography. City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Marina Brooks - Alderman". Official Biography. City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Tim McMinn - Alderman". Official Biography. City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. 
  15. ^ Keith Rankin resigned in January 2010 after it was discovered that he no longer lived in Sherwood. Alderman chosen, sewer debated
  16. ^ "Dr. Steve Fender - Alderman". Official Biography. City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. 
  17. ^ "City Clerk". City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Steve Cobb - City Attorney". Official Biography. City of Sherwood. May 18, 2008. 
  19. ^ a b "Sherwood City Council (Meetings Agenda)". Sherwood, AR: City of Sherwood. April 28, 2008. p. 2. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Amy Sanders Library". Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ Henderson State University debate student David Kerr is one of two finalists
  22. ^ "Sylvan Hills Country Club Golf Course". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved Aug 19, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Sylvan Hills Country Club golf course, Tyronza Commercial Historic District listed as historic". Todays THV. Retrieved Aug 18, 2012. 
  24. ^ Rayburn, Greg (March 26, 2010). "Fender questions city’s efforts to prevent theft of $200,000". The Sherwood Voice (Sherwood, AR). Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  25. ^ a b Rayburn, Greg (July 24, 2009). "Questions mount over missing money". The Sherwood Voice (Sherwood, AR). Retrieved November 4, 2010. 

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