Earlier this month, voters said yes to Sunday liquor sales. On Sunday, the doors opened at stores across the city. Establishments began sales under the new city policy and can sell between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight. Liquor store employees told us they had a crowd standing at the door waiting to buy booze on Sunday. President of the Springdale Liquor Association Jim Phillips says the revenue will help the local economy and help the city stay competitive once Benton and Madison Counties start selling.
As Springdale adds a day of booze buying, the city of Rogers is working to decide where to put its liquor stores. The planning commission says stores will be allowed along the major highways... Like I-540, Highway 71, and Hudson Road, as well as the historic downtown area. As far as when alcohol sales can start, the Alcoholic Beverage Control board is working to pinpoint the exact date.
The John L. Smith era has ended. Athletic Director Jeff Long relieved Smith of his duties as the head coach Saturday, just a day after the Hogs put together what may have been the best game of the season in a close loss to LSU. Smith finished the year with a 4-8 record, that's the most losses by the Razorbacks since 1990. Long is now turning his focus to the next head Hog. He released a statement Saturday on the future of Razorback football: "Our new coach will be an individual who shares the passion for success our fans do and who is willing to work relentlessly to achieve our goals. It will be someone who embraces the expectations of winning a national championship and succeeding in the classroom with discipline, honesty and integrity. Our new coach will embrace what this program means not just to the University, but to the entire state of Arkansas and will share the vision for the future success of Razorback football.
Some ferocious felines got a few helping hands this holiday weekend. Volunteers helped make a brand new home for 30 extra tigers in Eureka Springs. Turpentine Creek is helping house 34 large cats from a private habitat. But there's not enough room, so they asked volunteers to grab some gloves and help put together some caging. Turpentine Creek needs about $7,000 for each of the 34 big cats. That's a total of $238,000 to keep them at the rescue.
Black Friday is in the books, Monday is all about Cyber sales. Those avoiding long lines in the stores are hitting the world wide web for the best deals on Cyber Monday. Some experts say more consumers are trending toward online shopping, meaning this Cyber Monday could be the single biggest online shopping day ever.
So Friday is the rush at the big stores, Monday is the online push, but Saturday was all about the small business. Small Business Saturday is gaining popularity throughout the country. In Northwest Arkansas, small businesses are big business. Shoppers hit the stores with wallets in hand, ready to drop some dough into the local economy. Many of the businesses offered discounts and deals to celebrate the retail holiday. Most shoppers say they're happier to give their money to local stores and keep the money here.
Planning on decking your halls for the holiday season? The Rogers Historical Museum has some ideas, straight from the past. They're hosting a Winter Wonderland at the Hawkins House; using traditional decorating ideas out of women's magazines published between 1895 and 1913. You'll get an idea of how Christmas was celebrated in the era. Also on display, everything that interested people during that time: from the sports they played to the way they stayed warm without having the luxury of central heat. The event started Sunday and ends December 31st.