Sherwood, Arkansas

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Sherwood, Arkansas
Location in Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°49′51″N92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139 Coordinates: 34°49′51″N92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139
CountryUnited States
State Arkansas
County Pulaski
Incorporated (city)April 22, 2008 (2008-04-22)
Government
  Type Mayor–council government
  Mayor Virginia Hillman
Area
[1]
  Total21.22 sq mi (54.97 km2)
  Land20.81 sq mi (53.91 km2)
  Water0.41 sq mi (1.06 km2)
Elevation
328 ft (100 m)
Population
  Total29,523
  Estimate 
(2017) [3]
31,081
  Density1,493.27/sq mi (576.55/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72120
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-63800
GNIS feature ID0058612
Website www.cityofsherwood.net
Miss Arkansas Kelly George (left) with former Sherwood Mayor Danny Stedman KellyGeorge.jpg
Miss Arkansas Kelly George (left) with former Sherwood Mayor Danny Stedman

Sherwood is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 29,523. [4] It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area with 699,757 people according to the 2010 census.

Pulaski County, Arkansas county in Arkansas, United States

Pulaski County is a county in the U.S. state of Arkansas with a population of 392,664, making it the most populous county in Arkansas. Its county seat is Little Rock, which is also Arkansas's capital and largest city. Pulaski County is Arkansas's fifth county, formed on December 15, 1818, alongside Clark and Hempstead Counties. The county is named for Casimir Pulaski, a Polish volunteer who saved George Washington's life during the American Revolutionary War.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2017. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

2010 United States Census national census of the United States taken in 2010

The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010. The census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired. The population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census.

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History

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

Sherwood is located at 34°49′51″N92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139 (34.830890, -92.211514). [5]

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. [6]

United States Census Bureau bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Climate

Sherwood lies in the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen Cfa). 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.

Humid subtropical climate category in the Köppen climate classification system

A humid subtropical climate is a zone of climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and mild winters. These climates normally lie on the southeast side of all continents, generally between latitudes 25° and 40° and are located poleward from adjacent tropical climates. While many subtropical climates tend to be located at or near coastal locations, in some cases they extend inland, most notably in China and the United States, where they exhibit more pronounced seasonal variations and sharper contrasts between summer and winter, as part of a gradient between the more tropical climates of the southern coasts of these countries and the more continental climates of China and the United States’ northern and central regions.

Köppen climate classification widely used climate classification system

The Köppen climate classification is one of the most widely used climate classification systems. It was first published by the Russian climatologist Wladimir Köppen (1846–1940) in 1884, with several later modifications by Köppen, notably in 1918 and 1936. Later, the climatologist Rudolf Geiger introduced some changes to the classification system, which is thus sometimes called the Köppen–Geiger climate classification system.

Climate data for Sherwood, Arkansas (1981–2010 normals)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
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)
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
(12)
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)
Average precipitation inches (mm)3.42
(87)
3.80
(97)
4.77
(121)
4.79
(122)
4.96
(126)
3.31
(84)
3.81
(97)
2.80
(71)
3.31
(84)
4.80
(122)
5.39
(137)
5.01
(127)
50.17
(1,274)
Source: The Weather Channel [7]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1950 717
1960 1,22270.4%
1970 2,754125.4%
1980 10,423278.5%
1990 18,89381.3%
2000 21,51113.9%
2010 29,52337.2%
Est. 201731,081 [3] 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]

2000 census

As of the census [9] 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.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

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.

Marriage social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity. The definition of marriage varies around the world not only between cultures and between religions, but also throughout the history of any given culture and religion, evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. A marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

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

As of the census [9] 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

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. Another major employer is CHI St Vincent's North Hospital.

Law and government

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

Mayors

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).

NameTerm
Started
Term
Ended
Notes
Hal P. (Bob) LaCosteJuly 10, 1948May 30, 1950First mayor of Sherwood
Kenneth W. CoulterMay 31, 1950December 31, 1952
C.W. McNuttJanuary 1, 1953December 31, 1957
Andrew M. (Bud) HallJanuary 1, 1958December 31, 1962
Dennis D. DuranJanuary 1, 1963December 31, 1964Honored with Youth Center named for Duran and his wife Ailene.
Bill HensonJanuary 1, 1965December 31, 1981
Jack EvansJanuary 1, 1982November 1992Died in office. Honored with a senior center in his name
Brent ChamberNovember 19, 1992February 22, 1993Interim mayor
Bill HarmonFebruary 23, 1993December 31, 2006Honored with a recreation center in his name.
Dan StedmanJanuary 1, 2007April 2007Resigned due to health reasons.
Bill HarmonApril 2007July 31, 2007Appointed as interim mayor after Mayor Stedman resigned.
Virginia Hillman Young [10] August 1, 2007Incumbent 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

ElectionDate of electionCandidatesResultsTotal votes
Mayoral Special Election (runoff)July 31, 2007Interim Mayor Bill Harmon1,465 - 35.64%4,112
City Clerk Virginia Hillman2,646 - 64.36%
Mayoral Special ElectionJuly 10, 2007Doris Anderson403 - 10.44%3,871
Richard Devine926 - 23.99%
Interim Mayor Bill Harmon1,242 - 32.18%
City Clerk Virginia Hillman1,252 - 32.44%
Victor Sierra37 - .96%

City council

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

WardPositionNameElected/
Appointed
Term
Expires
Notes
11Ken Keplinger [11] November 3, 2010December 31, 2014
12Charles Harmon [12] November 7, 2006December 31, 2016
21Mary Jo Heye [13] January 1, 2010December 31, 2014
22Kevin Lilly [14] November 4, 2008December 31, 2016
31Beverly Williams [15] January 1, 2015December 31, 2019
32Marina Brooks [16] November 2, 2004December 31, 2016
41Tim McMinn [17] February 22, 2010December 31, 2014Served the last 10 months of the term of Keith Rankin. [18]
42Mike Sanders [19] January 1, 2012December 31, 2016

Other elected officials

NamePositionElected/
Appointed
Term
Expires
Notes
Angela Nicholson [20] City ClerkAugust 27, 2007Appointed to fill office vacated by election of Mayor Hillman.
Steve Cobb [21] City AttorneyNovember 6, 2006December 31, 2014

Crime and enforcement

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

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.

CHI St Vincent's North Hospital is a non-profit 69 bed hospital with an emergency department that sees about 20,000 patients per year. The hospital is classified as a Level IV Trauma Center by the State of Arkansas. Services offered include Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Internal Medicine including critical care. Outpatient services include lab, radiology, as well as clinics for GI medicine and Neurology.

Gravel Ridge

The community of Gravel Ridge, located at 34°52′12″N92°11′13″W / 34.87000°N 92.18694°W / 34.87000; -92.18694 (34.870068, -92.187069), [5] was a census-designated place (CDP) in Pulaski County that was annexed into the city of Sherwood in 2008. [22] 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

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, [22] 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

Election TitleDate of ElectionChoicesResultsTotal Votes
Gravel Ridge AnnexationApril 1, 2008Jacksonville221 - 25.91%853
Sherwood632 - 74.09%
Sherwood AnnexationMarch 11, 2008
Sherwood Residence
For1193 - 86.32%1382
Against189 - 13.68%
Gravel Ridge Residence
For571 - 74.35%768
Against197 - 25.65%
Total
2,150
For1764 - 82.05%
Against386 - 17.95%
Jacksonville AnnexationFebruary 5, 2008
Jacksonville Residence
For2958 - 75.59%3913
Against955 - 24.41%
Gravel Ridge Residence
For384 - 32.49%1182
Against798 - 67.51%
Total
5,095
For3,342 - 65.59%
Against1,753 - 34.41%

Education

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

Public schools

Sylvan Hills High School Sylvan Hills High School exterior.jpg
Sylvan Hills High School

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

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

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. [23]

Media

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:

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

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

Within Sherwood
Near Sherwood

Health systems

Sherwood is home to several hospitals including:

Places of interest

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

Notable people

Notable events

North Hills Country Club controversy

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. [26]

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. [27]

2009 theft of city funds

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 [28] in municipal funds. [29] 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. [29] In response, city officials analyzed city’s security system to its financial network and additional safeguards and protections were implemented.

Debtor's Prison

Nikki Petree was released on August 25, 2016 after spending 35 days in county jail for bouncing a $28.93 check five years ago. [30] [31] Judge Milas Hale, who is accused of running a modern-day debtors' prison in Sherwood, Ark., sentenced the mother to jail; the Huffington Post [31] reports Petree has been arrested seven times in connection with that charge and paid at least $640 to the city for the charge. She told the Post she still owes the city $1,300. [32]

"Every time [I’d] go to jail, they’d let me out immediately for $100,” Petree said in an interview. “They’d turn around and add $600 or $700 more to my bond. I couldn’t afford to pay. They cornered me, and there was no way out from underneath it. I felt overwhelmed and hopeless.

Petree said prior to her sentencing, Judge Hale asked Petree how much money she could pay today. The judge and the city are facing a federal lawsuit over their alleged practice of unconstitutionally jailing defendants who are unable to pay court fines, fees, and costs. [30]

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Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is also the county seat of Pulaski County. It was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named the "Little Rock" by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city's population was 198,541 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau. The six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked 78th in terms of population in the United States with 738,344 residents according to the 2017 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

Roundtop Filling Station

The Roundtop Filling Station, in Sherwood, Arkansas, United States, is one of only two structures in Sherwood to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gibson, Arkansas CDP in Arkansas, United States

Gibson is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 3,543 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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