Fayetteville Flyer News, Art & Life in Fayetteville, Arkansas 2018-11-13T22:24:29Z https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/feed/atom/ Dustin Bartholomew http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/dustinbartholomew/ <![CDATA[Dickson Street Waffle House closed for business]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193503 2018-11-13T22:24:29Z 2018-11-13T20:53:58Z

Workers remove the sign from the former Waffle House location on Dickson Street.

Staff photo

The rumors were true.

Posts circulating on social media last month indicated that the Waffle House location on Dickson Street would soon close for business. Employees said they’d been given the news, but the manager on duty wouldn’t confirm those rumors at the time.

The restaurant indeed closed for good on Nov. 11, and a crew on Tuesday was spotted removing the sign from the building. A note posted on the door simply stated “closed” (with a sad face drawn as inside the “o”).

The restaurant opened in 2011 on the ground floor of The Dickson. It was a bit of an unconventional location for the chain that had more typically focused on stand-alone buildings around the country near interchanges, though at the time, more urban-style Waffle Houses were popping up around the country.

Waffle House still operates a location in Fayetteville at 2311 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Next up, it appears as though a company called Insomnia Cookies is set to move into the location. The New York-based company that operates around 100 locations nationally, recently announced plans for a Fayetteville location on Facebook. According to an application filed with the Arkansas Department of Health, the shop will be located at 609 W. Dickson Street, Suite 202 inside a space on the ground floor of The Dickson.

The menu focuses on cookies sold individually, in packs, as cookie sandwiches, and in the form of cookie cakes for special occasions. Most locations are open late, and offer delivery. The company was founded by then-University of Pennsylvania college student Seth Berkowitz in 2003, according to the company’s website. Berkowitz ran the company from his dorm room, before eventually opening his first brick-and-mortar location in Syracuse, New York in 2006. According to reports, Krispy Kreme (the doughnut company) acquired a majority stake in the company over the summer.

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Dustin Bartholomew http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/dustinbartholomew/ <![CDATA[Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in (and around) Fayetteville]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193501 2018-11-13T17:47:16Z 2018-11-13T17:47:16Z

Photo: cknisley44, CC 2.0

Let’s be real, y’all. Not everyone wants to cook on Thanksgiving Day.

For some of us, we have no idea how one would begin to cook a whole turkey, and we don’t really want to know. Others of us are intimidated by the thought of making stuffing. Some of us just don’t have room in our houses for all those (crazy?) family members.

Whatever the reason, we know there are those of you who are looking for a place to dine out on Turkey Day this year, so we’ve have compiled a list of places that are planning to be open on Thanksgiving Day.

Some of them will be serving Thanksgiving dinner, and some of them are serving waffles, and some of them will be serving Art’s Place burgers.

Feel free to let us know about others you may know about in the comments, and we’ll add them to the list.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Fayetteville

Emelia’s Kitchen will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $35 per person, or $15 for children under 12. Kids under 5 eat free. Reservations are recommended.
Ella’s at the Inn at Carnall Hall will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $45 for adults, $22.50 for children, and kids 6 and under eat free. Reservations are recommended.
6494 Bistro inside The Chancellor Hotel will be open from 5- 10 p.m. for dinner.
Arts Place will be open from around 10 a.m. until around 8 p.m.
Golden Corral will serve a Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday. Their hours are listed as 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Waffle House on MLK will be open 24 hours, and serving their regular menu.
Village Inn will be open from 6 a.m. until midnight, and serving their regular menu.
IHOP will be open for 24 hours, and will be serving their regular menu.

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Terry J. Wood <![CDATA[Hoop Hogs blow out UC Davis, even record]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193496 2018-11-13T21:05:48Z 2018-11-13T15:02:40Z

Photo: Arkansas Basketball @razorbackmbb

It’s very early in the season, but Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson has to like the way his 2018-19 Razorbacks are shaping up.

His Hogs (1-1) had their way with a determined and physical University of California Davis basketball squad Monday night, eventually wearing down the Aggies for an 81-58 victory.

It was a solid performance and a good way to bounce back after suffering a difficult 73-71 overtime loss to Texas last Friday in their opener.

Next up for the Razorbacks

Opponent: vs. Indiana (Hardwood Showcase)
When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18
Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville
TV: ESPN

Remaining schedule

Nov. 21 – Montana State
Nov. 23 – UT Arlington
Dec. 1 – FIU
Dec. 5 – at Colorado State
Dec. 8 – Western Kentucky
Dec. 15 – UTSA
Dec. 19 – Georgia Tech
Dec. 22 – Texas State
Dec. 28 – Austin Peay
Jan. 5 – at Texas A&M
Jan. 9 – Florida
Jan. 12 – LSU
Jan. 15 – at Tennessee
Jan. 19 – at Ole Miss
Jan. 23 – Missouri
Jan. 26 – at Texas Tech
Jan. 29 – Georgia
Feb. 2 – at LSU
Feb. 5 – Vanderbilt
Feb. 9 – at South Carolina
Feb. 12 – at Missouri
Feb. 16 – Mississippi State
Feb. 20 – at Auburn
Feb. 23 – Texas A&M
Feb. 26 – at Kentucky
March 2 – Ole Miss
March 6 – at Vanderbilt
March 9 – Alabama
March 13-17 – SEC Tournament

There’s no comparing the Aggies to the Longhorns in terms of talent, but UC Davis came to Arkansas determined to let the Hogs know they had been in a game. The Aggies played hard and scrappy if not a little bit chippy.

To the young Razorbacks’ credit, they played through the physical play that at times has bothered some Anderson teams of the past. Again, it is early, but it is good to see a tougher mentality with the Razorbacks.

It appears this Hog squad won’t be another that relies mostly on its offense to net a victory. Anderson had to live with some defensive deficiencies in his guard play in recent years, but with a nearly complete turnover in personnel in the backcourt this season, it appears some of Anderson’s “piglets” don’t mind sticking their nose into the fray on the defensive end.

While Davis’ talent level has to be taken into considerations, the Hogs ate up the Aggies in nearly all phases of defense. Arkansas held UC Davis to 32.1 percent shooting from the field, forced 24 turnovers, made 10 steals, and blocked 6 shots.

The Aggies did outbound the Razorbacks, 36-31, which could become problematic in the future, but the Razorbacks more than made up for that discrepancy in the turnover department with a plus 10 margin.

The Hogs did all of that with their preseason All-American Daniel Gafford playing OK, but not putting up dominating stats. Gafford had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks, and an uncharacteristic 6 turnovers while facing double teams from the Aggies most of the night.

Sophomore transfer Jalen Harris did a nice job containing Aggies standout guard TJ Shorts II. Shorts led the Aggies with 14 points, but it took him 12 shots to get them and along the way Harris and the rest of the Razorbacks forced the talented guard into 7 turnovers.

That’s the type of on-the-ball and team defensive performance that has been missing from the Razorbacks’ repertoire for too long.

With Gafford being the focal point of the Aggies’ defense, other Hogs made up the difference with the solidly built sophomore Mason Jones leading the way with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Junior Adrio Bailey scored a career high 20 points and made his first-career 3-pointer. Freshman Isaiah Joe added 14 points, giving the Hogs four players in double figures. Keyshawn Embery Simpson added 7 off the bench.

While a 65.9 percent shooting percentage from the free-throw line isn’t anything to shout about, it is improved from the Hogs opener. Arkansas hit 27 of 41 free throws after starting off 3 of 10. Gafford hit 6 of his 9 charity tosses which is a solid rebound from going 4 of 9 in the loss to Texas.

The one sleight area of concern is the bench play for the Razorbacks. It’s a long season for the pace the Hogs like to play at. All of Arkansas’ starters played 26 or more minutes in a blowout victory. No doubt Anderson would like to get a bit more form his bench, and it will likely happen as his young players adjust to playing his brand of basketball.

The Hogs have nearly a week to hone their game before hosting the Indiana Hoosiers for a marquee matchup at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPN. Under second-year coach Archie Miller, Indiana has started the season at 2-0 with a 104-55 victory over Chicago State and an 80-35 win over Montana State.

The Hoosiers play Marquette at home Wednesday in a key game before making their way to Fayetteville.

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Dustin Bartholomew http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/dustinbartholomew/ <![CDATA[Weekly deals & more: Nov. 12-18, 2018]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193479 2018-11-12T23:23:36Z 2018-11-12T23:18:25Z Weekly deals content comes from our sponsors. For more info, call Dustin at 479-387-1002.

Arts & Events

The Nutcracker is coming up at the Walton Arts Center

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Fall is Free at Crystal Bridges! Here’s how to spend the perfect fall day at your museum!

Foghorn’s is giving away a recliner every Sunday for 15 weeks of the NFL football season this year! Here’s how to enter.

Lunch Counter Cards are now available at JBGB. Get it stamped each visit, and after five, your lunch is free!

Maxine’s will host a fundraiser and live art action titled Artists For Sonia for city council candidate Sonia Gutierez on Sunday. Details.

Mojo’s Pints & Pies is planning a Friendsgiving Canned Food Drive on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Bring a can, buy a pint, keep the glass!

TheatreSquared’s Gala for Education and Access is Thursday, Nov. 16. Featuring a performance by Alton Fitzgerald White (Lion King).

Walton Arts Center has fun shows coming up with The Nutcracker, John McCutcheon, On Your Feet, and more!


Food & Drink

Thanksgiving menu from Southern Food Co.

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Tenderloin burger, shrimp po-boy, chickpea patty melt, and more. Check out the awesome lunch menu at Bordinos!

Domestic bottles and wells are just $2 daily during happy hour at Buster’s! More specials.

Want to have your mind blown? Check out the Buffalo Chicken Stuffy Pizza from Damgoode Pies.

Get a large three topping pizza for just $7.99 at Eureka Pizza. Order online here.

Kids eat FREE every Monday-Wednesday at Flying Burrito Co!

Grub’s has $2 well drinks every day for happy hour from 3-9 pm!

Sure, it’s cold. But that just makes the beer cheese soup from Hugo’s taste even better.

Thirsty? Kingfish has $2 cans every night of the week!

Get barbecue cheese fries for just $5 every Saturday at Lucky Luke’s BBQ!

Ozark Natural Foods has fun classes coming up in November! Butternut and Pumpkin cooking, Friendsgiving, and more!

Need smoked turkey, ham, and sides for your Thanksgiving feast? Order now from Penguin Ed’s!

Razorback basketball season is here, and so is Mike’d Up at Sassy’s!

Need help with your holiday meal? Let Southern Food Company do the cooking! Check out this Thanksgiving Menu!

Need food for your holiday visitors? Check out the catering options at Slim Chickens!

It’s soup season, and Taziki’s has some delicious options. Try their Hot Tomato Basil Soup with a Grilled Pimento Cheese sandwich!

Thursdays are martini night at Wasabi, featuring music by DJs E-Yo and Baby Armie, and $5 martinis!

Draft beers and wine are $2 off, and garlic parmesan breadsticks are $3 daily for happy hour from 2-6 p.m. at Wood Stone!


Health & Beauty

Austin Vision Care now has an optical showroom at their new location at 571 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

For medical, cosmetic, and med spa needs, Premier Dermatology has you covered for all things skin!

No dental insurance? No problem. Check out the awesome dental savings plan from Beavers & Broomfield!

Washington Regional has formed a pastoral support group for women who have experienced loss through stillbirth or miscarriage. More info.


Real Estate and Home Services

The new Platinum Checking account from Bank of Fayetteville

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Specialized Real Estate Group just celebrated the LEED certification of their Uptown Fayetteville Apartments + Shops development!

Need some more space for your family? Check out this new 3,166 square foot listing in the Rolling Hills neighborhood from Flyer Homes.


Services

Earn interest on your checking account with the new Platinum Checking account at Bank of Fayetteville! Click to learn more.

Having computer trouble? It’s nothing the local experts at GCM Computers can’t solve.

Open a First Savers account at FNB NWA for your little one, and watch their money grow with a 2.5% interest rate! Details.

Have peace of mind when completing your Mortgage Loan with Uark Federal Credit Union!


Shopping & Retail

Gorgeous ring from Underwood’s

Adventure Subaru’s Share the Love event begins Nov. 15. Subaru will donate $250 to charity for every new car sold!

Does your pharmacy deliver? Collier Drug Stores does. For free!

Fayettechill makes the environment a priority. It’s goods for the woods that are good for the woods!

Join Jumble Hub today and start saving money on everything for your kitchen and home. New Auctions daily or buy it now and pick up locally.

Get 20% off all political merch at Something Urban Code w/ code “Vote” this week. Instore or online!

Riffraff just dropped their Holiday Collection of Tees for this year, and they are pretty great. Look.

Hundreds of little decisions go into every piece of jewelry created at Underwood’s. Each Underwood Diamond has a character of its own and it’s our passion to showcase that unique beauty in an expertly designed setting crafted by generations of experience. Quality, Beauty, and Value. It’s more than a promise, it’s our legacy.
 


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Todd Gill http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/toddgill/ <![CDATA[AMP reschedules Alan Jackson show]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193475 2018-11-12T17:50:33Z 2018-11-12T17:50:33Z

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The Alan Jackson concert that was canceled earlier this year has been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

The Country Music Hall of Famer was set to perform at the Walmart AMP in September, but the tour was put on hold after the unexpected death of Jackson’s son-in-law, who suffered a severe traumatic head injury in a fall.

Tickets for the original show will be honored at the rescheduled date. A limited number of tickets and VIP tickets are currently available and on sale now, with prices ranging from $46.75 to $106.75 plus fees.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 479-443-5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com. In-person purchases can be made at the Walton Arts Center box office in Fayetteville Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.

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Todd Gill http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/toddgill/ <![CDATA[Jingle Bell Jog 5K and Reindeer Fun Run set for Dec. 1]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193464 2018-11-12T16:18:45Z 2018-11-12T16:18:45Z

Photo: Mike Price Photography / Courtesy Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will host its annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K and Reindeer Fun Run fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 1 on the garden grounds at 4703 N. Crossover Road in east Fayetteville.

Ugly Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, elf ears or anything that sparkles and jingles is highly encouraged. Light snacks are included with registration. Participants who pre-register will receive a swag bag.

The 5K course begins at the garden and travels out and back along Lake Fayetteville Trail. The Fun Run takes place inside the garden.

Photo: Mike Price Photography / Courtesy Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Registration prices start at $10 for the children’s fun run and $30 for the 5K. Entry fees increase by $5 after Nov. 17. Registration for the 5K Team of 5 event is $100 per team.

Packet pickup is available at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4-6:30 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:15 a.m. The race will be chip timed.

To register, visit https://app.regwiz.io/register/jbj/490.


Jingle Bell Jog 5K – All Ages

Price is $30 per person ($35 after Nov. 17). Race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Instructors from Fayetteville Athletic Club will lead a warmup stretch at 8:30 a.m.

5K Team of 5 – All Ages

Price is $100 per team (5 registrants per team). Race the 5K as a team. The fastest 5 will receive a special holiday prize.

Reindeer Fun Run – Under age 12

Price is $10 per person ($15 after Nov. 17). Race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Kids 4 and under will run about 1/2 mile (four laps around the Great Lawn). Kids 5 and over will run 1 mile on the garden’s paved and dirt trail.

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Todd Gill http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/toddgill/ <![CDATA[Fayetteville schedules public meetings on 71B Corridor Plan]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193460 2018-11-13T14:11:21Z 2018-11-12T15:52:18Z

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Fayetteville officials continue to seek public input on the vision and implementation program for the 71B Corridor Plan.

City planners will host the first in a four-part series of events this week during two public meetings scheduled for Nov. 13 and 14 at First Baptist Church on the corner of College Avenue and Dickson Street. The meetings will last from 5-7 p.m. and will take place inside room M105 (enter through the main church office doors on the north end of the building).

From the city:

The City of Fayetteville is preparing a plan for the 71B Corridor and seeks public input over the next four months, November through January. During the week of November 13, planners are meeting with stakeholder groups and the public to explore transportation options from a “big picture” point of view. These include vehicle traffic, bus transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians. We want to hear your ideas for the corridor’s future. Stop by for 15 minutes or the entire session to share your ideas and help design 71B for the future.

With the majority of through-traffic in Northwest Arkansas now traveling along Interstate 49, city planners want to rethink the future of the Highway 71B corridor, which includes College Avenue and South School Avenue in Fayetteville. Officials said the goal is to create safe travel for vehicles, transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Study for the plan includes two areas: North College Avenue from North Street to the northern city limits near Lake Fayetteville, and Archibald Yell Boulevard and South School Avenue from Rock Street to Cato Springs Road.

More information about the 71B Corridor Plan is at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/71B.


71B Corridor Plan Public Meetings – Part 1

Tuesday, Nov. 13
5-7 p.m.
First Baptist Fayetteville
20 E. Dickson Street, Fayetteville (corner of College Avenue and Dickson Street)
Room M105 (enter through main church office doors on north end of the building)
Public session: In-progress review of diagrams

Wednesday, Nov. 14
5-7 p.m.
First Baptist Fayetteville
20 E. Dickson Street, Fayetteville (corner of College Avenue and Dickson Street)
Room M105 (enter through main church office doors on north end of the building)
Public session: In-progress review of diagrams

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Todd Gill http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/toddgill/ <![CDATA[Fayetteville public meetings: Nov. 12-16]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193451 2018-11-13T21:53:57Z 2018-11-12T15:16:22Z

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The following is a list of public meetings obtained from the City of Fayetteville’s website, and through emails or press releases received from city staff.

For questions about any of the following meetings, call the city’s administration office at 479-575-8323.

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Time Meeting Location
  City Holiday  

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

4:30 p.m. City Council Agenda Session ** (agenda) City Hall, Room 326
5 p.m. Public Input for 71B Corridor Conceptual Designs First Baptist Church
5:15 p.m. Equipment Committee *No agenda items City Hall, Room 326
5:30 p.m. Water and Sewer Committee * (agenda) City Hall, Room 326
6:30 p.m. Planning Commission ** (agenda) City Hall, Room 219
6:30 p.m. Nominating Committee Special Meeting * City Hall, Room 326

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

Time Meeting Location
9 a.m. Technical Plat Review (agenda) City Hall, Room 326
10 a.m. Pre-Bid Meeting: Bid 18-55, Construction
– Masters Lift Station Elimination
2435 S. Industrial Dr.
1:30 p.m. 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force Police Department
2 p.m. Bid Openings: 2019 Bulk Material Bids City Hall, Room 326
4 p.m. Urban Forestry Advisory Board * City Hall, Room 111
5 p.m. Public Input for 71B Corridor Conceptual Designs First Baptist Church
5:30 p.m. Active Transportation Advisory Committee * City Hall, Room 326

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Time Meeting Location
9 a.m. Subdivision Committee * (agenda) City Hall, Room 326
1 p.m. Keep Fayetteville Beautiful Board Meetings City Hall, Room 326
2 p.m. Airport Board Airport Conference Room
2:30 p.m. Pre-Bid Meeting: Bid 18-54, Construction –
Wilson Park Court Improvements
Wilson Park
5:30 p.m. Telecommunications Board * City Hall, Room 326
6 p.m. Housing Authority Board of Commissioners * City Hall, Room 111

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Time Meeting Location
  No meetings listed  

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

Time Meeting Location
8 a.m. City Council Annual Budget Working Session City Hall, Room 326

* To be shown later on the Fayetteville Government Channel
** To be televised live on the Fayetteville Government Channel

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Todd Gill http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/toddgill/ <![CDATA[Leon Bridges to play Walmart AMP in 2019]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193465 2018-11-12T17:34:22Z 2018-11-12T15:13:14Z

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Leon Bridges will return to Northwest Arkansas for a performance at the Walmart AMP on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Prices range from $35-$69.50 plus fees and can be purchased by calling 479-443-5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com. In-person purchases can be made at the Walmart AMP box office in Rogers from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Nov. 16 or at the Walton Arts Center box office in Fayetteville Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, noon until 4 p.m.

Bridges was just in the area for a free show on Oct. 20 at the Buckeyball Field near Crystal Bridges in Bentonville.

For the 2019 show, Bridges will bring his Good Thing Tour to the AMP with Jess Glynne. Gates open at 6 p.m and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Todd Gill http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/toddgill/ <![CDATA[Mountain biking at Fitzgerald Mountain]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=192951 2018-11-12T15:02:26Z 2018-11-09T21:37:01Z

If you’ve been curious about the new mountain biking trails at Fitzgerald Mountain in Springdale, we’re here to help.

Fitzgerald Mountain

Opened: June 29, 2018
Funded: Walton Family Foundation
Constructed: Rock Solid Trail Contracting c/o NWA Trailblazers
Owned/maintained: City of Springdale and Springdale Water Utilities

Lots of folks have heard about Fitzgerald, but not everyone has had a chance to go and check it out. So we grabbed a bike, some cameras and a Strava app for mapping every last section of trail on the mountain – even a few lines that aren’t yet open for riding.

The $1.16 million system was funded by the Walton Family Foundation, and is built on 130 acres of land near Bayyari Park, which are owned and maintained by the City of Springdale and Springdale Water Utilities. It features 10 miles of soft-surface trails and includes something for everyone – from beginner-level biking and hiking trails, to intermediate cross country loops to some massive, double black diamond jump lines.


Beginner features

The beginner-level features are accessed from Bayyari Park, and include a small, gravel pump track next to the park pavilion. A 2-mile beginner loop (name TBA) is also located by the park, and serves as a great warmup run if you’re headed north across Dodd Avenue to the rest of the system. The loop also provides access to the jump lines.

There’s a nice map at Bayyari Park, but the beginner loop and jump lines aren’t currently represented (see our map below).

The pump track is located next to the pavilion at Bayyari Park.

The beginner loop includes a tunnel underneath an optional jump line bridge roll-in above.

The beginner loop also passes below a giant gap on the jump line above.


Jump lines

The jump lines are absolutely stunning, but be warned, they are very much expert-level trails with huge gaps and giant kickers. They are still under construction, but should be complete by the end of November. We took some photos, but you really need to seem them in person to get the full effect.

A bridge roll-in serves as the start to one of the jump lines.

Another look at the bridge roll-in.

A second jump line starts with a big gap over the beginner loop below.

Another look at the gap that starts the second jump line.

The jump lines include some really cool gaps and kickers.


Butterfield Trail

Butterfield Trail is an intermediate cross-country trail that provides access to four other trails on the mountain. It can be ridden as a 2.4-mile loop, or you can take it to the hub at the top of the mountain. It includes several dirt berms and a few optional gap jumps. You can ride in either direction, but it’s faster and feels more flowy when ridden counter-clockwise.

Cross Dodd Avenue from the beginner loop to access Butterfield Trail, Coyote Cave, Fitzgerald, 1857 and Best Trail Ever.

The trails north of Dodd Avenue include helpful signs and markers.

Butterfield Trail includes some optional jumps and other features.


Coyote Cave

Coyote Cave is a 0.6-mile black diamond trail that’s accessed from either Butterfield near the bottom of the mountain or the hub at the top. The trail passes by several bluffs and a cave. Nearly half of the trail surface is placed rock. “Yellow Brick Road” as it’s sometimes called, makes up a portion of the trail and includes some amazing rock armoring, especially at the bluff peak near the top.

Lots of great rock work on Coyote Cave.

The cave is at about the halfway point of the trail.

Another look at the cave.

The rock armoring on Yellow Brick Road is amazing.

A large rock-armored chute rolls down from between two giant boulders on Coyote Cave.

Another look at the chute.


Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald is a 0.6-mile intermediate-level loop located on the top of the mountain and is accessed from the hub. You can get to it by taking Butterfield or Coyote Cave from the bottom of the mountain. The flat terrain is simple to navigate, and includes a nice bluff-top lookout point. It also serves as an access trail for two black diamond trails – 1857 and Best Trail Ever.

The hub at the top of the mountain provides access to Butterfield, Coyote Cave and Fitzgerald (which leads to 1857 and Best Trail Ever).

Fitzgerald has a nice bluff-top point overlooking northeast Springdale.


1857

1857 is a 0.1-mile trail spur off of the Fitzgerald loop on top of the mountain. It’s a super technical rock garden that rolls down below the bluff and then climbs back up. We recommend riding it south, though either direction will work. Keep in mind this is an expert-level trail with steep rock sections that are very difficult to navigate. It’s certainly worth at least a hike on foot for the scenery alone.

1857 is accessed from the Fitzgerald loop atop the mountain.


Looking down at 1857 as it rolls south back toward Fitzgerald.


Some great scenery along 1857.


A very difficult rock garden climb on 1857.


Another steep rock climb heading back up toward Fitzgerald.


Best Trail Ever

It’s a bold name, but the 2.75-mile Best Trail Ever probably comes as close as any trail to living up to its name. When ridden counter-clockwise, it begins fast and flowy with several optional gap jumps and an incredible rock wall ride. Next up is Turtle Bucket Climb, a 0.6-mile segment that features a series of technical uphill rock gardens, stonework switchbacks and some of the most extensive rock armoring you’ll find anywhere. The climb rewards you with some great scenery at the top, but be careful on the steep rock chute that begins the next downhill segment. The remainder of the trail includes more kickers and berms with a bit of flow, some sneaky, chunky rock gardens and one final climb with a few armored berms before ending right back where it started.

Best Trail Ever is accessed from the Fitzgerald loop atop the mountain.

Some nice, big dirt berms on Best Trail Ever.

Lots of optional kickers and gaps on Best Trail Ever.

Another large, optional feature on Best Trail Ever.

A giant rock wall ride on Best Trail Ever.


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This article is sponsored by First Security Bank. For more great stories of Arkansas food, travel, sports, music and more, visit onlyinark.com.
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Roger Barrett <![CDATA[Sun June to play at George’s on Nov. 13]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193418 2018-11-09T17:24:44Z 2018-11-09T17:24:44Z

Photo: Erica Tello

Austin, TX based Sun June formed when singer Laura Colwell and guitarist Stephen Salisbury met while working in director Terrence Malick’s editing rooms. The two would practice in offices whenever Malick was out of town, later adding Michael Bain on guitar, Sarah Schultz on drums, and Justin Harris on bass to fill out the band. Sun June’s music sounds like perfect accompaniment to Malick’s “Tree Of Life,” or “The New World.” Their music is sparse, captivating and melancholy.


Who: Sun June / Magnolia
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13
Where: George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St.
Cost: $8-$10 + fees at Stubs.net
More: See the Facebook event

I’ve had Sun June’s first record Years on my mind ever since it was released earlier this year. It’s a debut record that sounds fully realized, full of warm songs with new takes on familiar feelings. Colwell’s voice carries the songs to you, her delivery is confident and disarming.

Sun June perform for the first time in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at George’s Majestic Lounge, with Magnolia. Doors are at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

I talked to Laura Colwell after the band returned from a European tour and here it goes:


How would you describe your sound to a stranger?
We like to use the term “regret pop,” because it makes us laugh, but I’d say we have reverby guitars, simple structures, and (secretly) sad lyrics. We try to write melodic songs that will stick in your head. Also we recently told a British passport control officer that we were an “indie rock band” and he rolled his eyes hard.

Some of you have worked in film editing. How has that affected your music and writing?
I think our writing stems from visuals, so that’s certainly tied together. We do a lot of editing when we arrange and record songs. Timing is very important to us and so we can end up obsessing over fractions of a second. We’ve worked on long-term projects enough to know it often just takes time for things to finally click. We’ll go through a lot of iterations before the pieces come together.

Your songs (and certainly videos) have a cinematic feel to them. Are you thinking about images while writing?
I think we write about images and then we try to create new images for a video concept. Sometimes we’ll shoot some footage and try different songs beneath it just to see which fit and which don’t. The goal is to be surprised by how an image and a song match up. New images can give a song a fresh meaning or make us think about it in a different way.

What was the last film you saw that really moved you?
It’s a few years old now, but “Certain Women” still sticks out. Kelly Reichardt is a genius! It’s such a beautiful film. Also on tour we watched “Black Sheep” on our Honda Odyssey entertainment system and gotta say, it was an emotional time.

What was the last great live show you saw? Feel free to give us a brief review.
Stella Donnelly at the Mohawk in Austin! We were all blown away by her solo performance. She was so relaxed and calm while shredding guitar and delivering fire vocals. She’s a total ham with the audience, too. We really appreciate that kind of dedication.

What keeps you occupied in the van on tour? And what is the first stop you make in a new city?
We like to play a game called “You’re going to hate this.” You play a song you genuinely like that you suspect everyone else will hate. The more people who hate it, the higher your score! Losing might be more fun though. Turns out everyone likes Ween’s “Your Party.” Otherwise we play Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” a lot.

If we have time to spare in a new city, we always look for the best food and a record shop.

You’re on Keeled Scales, run by our friend Tony Presley, how did that come about?
Tony is the best! He happened to live above the studio we used and heard us mixing the record through his floorboards. Keeled Scales was on our list of dream labels, so our engineer Evan Kaspar connected us. We tried to play it cool. It was very middle-school-crush.

Have you been to Fayetteville before? What are you looking forward to doing while you’re here?
We’ve never been. Excited and looking for suggestions… Best food and record shop??? Please send us your recs to our Insta or Twitter.

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Dustin Bartholomew http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/dustinbartholomew/ <![CDATA[Weekend Flyer: James McMurtry, Oz Cross, Hayes Carll, Art Night Out, and more]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193391 2018-11-09T16:55:33Z 2018-11-09T16:55:33Z

Friday, Nov. 9

James McMurtry / Courtesy

A new art show opens at Art Ventures on Friday night. Painter Barry Thomas and photographer Craig Underwood will debut new work focusing on images from the natural world at Art Ventures from 6-8 p.m. Also on exhibit in November is Elemental, featuring the works of oil painter Amy Eichler, public artist Brandon Bullette, watercolor artist Gary Johnson and mixed media artist Denice Nicholson. Here’s more info about the show.

Trike Theatre will continue their run of Peter Pan at Walton Arts Center, with a handful of performances scheduled for this weekend. Here’s more info.

Texas songwriter James McMurtry is in town for a performance at George’s Friday night as well. Tickets are $20-22, on sale here.


Full list:

10:30 am

Razorback Women’s Basketball vs Northwestern State

Bud Walton Arena
Sports
5:00 pm

Art Ventures NWA: November 2018 Opening Reception

Art Ventures NWA
Art
7:00 pm

NCAA Soccer First Round

Razorback Field
Sports
7:00 pm

Peter Pan

Walton Arts Center
Performance
7:00 pm

UA’s Got Talent/Battle of the Bands

UA campus
Community
7:30 pm

Chas Elstner with Vu Ha

The Grove – Lowell
Comedy
7:30 pm

UA Theatre: Top Girls

UA – University Theatre
Performance
8:00 pm

Chris Fulmer

Dickson Street Pub
Music
8:00 pm

GUTA

Mojo’s Pints & Pies
Music
8:00 pm

Sad Daddy

Stage 18
Music
8:00 pm

Southtown Comedy Night: Joe Bates

Nomads
Comedy
8:00 pm

TownHouseFire

Black Apple Crossing – Springdale
Music
8:30 pm

Conjunction Function

JJ’s on Dickson
Music
8:30 pm

Wes Hart

JJ’s on Steamboat
Music
9:30 pm

James McMurtry

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
10:00 pm

Mixx Tenn

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Music

 

Saturday, Nov. 10

Art Night Out / Courtesy graphic

A nationally-recognized Cycle Cross event will debut in Fayetteville this weekend, at a brand-new venue. The event, called Oz Cross, will take place beginning Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on the new Millsaps Mountain area in Fayetteville, located just off MLK Jr. Boulevard. Cyclecross sounds fun. Here’s more info.

Music-wise, 90s tribute band the Mixtapes will perform at George’s Saturday night, and DJ E-Yo will be hosting his monthly party called RFRSH at Smoke & Barrel Tavern.

Up in Bentonville, there’s an Art Night Out event at Crystal Bridges Saturday night. The event will include ballet performances, artist interactions, a DJ and dancing, makerspace with screenprinting and beaded keychains, an Indigenous fashion show, and more. Tickets are just $10. Here’s more.

Full list:

7:00 am

Saturday Farmers’ Market

Fayetteville Square
Community
8:00 am

Oz Cross

Millsaps Mountain
Sports
9:00 am

Sequoyah Trail Love

Mount Sequoyah
Volunteer
10:00 am

Peter Pan

Walton Arts Center
Performance
10:30 am

A Christmas Carol

Fayetteville Public Library
Family
1:00 pm

Free class: Herbal Oils, Salves, and Balms

Ozark Natural Foods
Sponsor
1:00 pm

Introduction to Genealogy

Fayetteville Public Library
Community
2:00 pm

Peter Pan

Walton Arts Center
Performance
3:00 pm

Art reception and knitting circle

Ozark Folkways – Winslow
Community
6:00 pm

Dial Up

JBGB
Music
6:30 pm

Art Night Out

Crystal Bridges – Bentonville
Art
7:00 pm

Peter Pan

Walton Arts Center
Performance
7:30 pm

Chas Elstner with Vu Ha

The Grove – Lowell
Comedy
8:00 pm

Ashtyn, Samantha and Sarah / Drawing Blanks

Stage 18
Music
8:00 pm

Ciderday Night Comedy Show: Joe Bates

Black Apple Crossing – Springdale
Comedy
8:00 pm

Suite 25

Dickson Street Pub
Music
8:00 pm

Vera Forever / Lo And Behold / Past Comfort / Starving The South

Nomads
Music
8:30 pm

Rosy Hips

JJ’s on Dickson
Music
8:30 pm

Take Cover

JJ’s on Steamboat
Music
10:00 pm

Mixtapes

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
10:00 pm

RFRSH

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Music

 

Sunday, Nov. 11

Saturday, Nov. 10

Hayes Carll / Courtesy

There’s a big show at George’s on Saturday night. Songwriters Hayes Carll and Jack Ingram are in town for a performance at the venue. Read our interview with Carll here. Tickets are $20-25, on sale here.

Full list:

8:00 am

Oz Cross

Millsaps Mountain
Sports
1:00 pm

Beating Fatigue

Terra Studios
Music
1:00 pm

Razorback Volleyball vs LSU

Barnhill Arena
Sports
2:00 pm

2nd Sunday Local Author: Will Allred

Fayetteville Public Library
Literary
2:00 pm

Becoming a Poet: Basics and Beyond

Fayetteville Public Library
Literary
2:00 pm

Film Screening & Live Orchestra: Wings (1927)

Faulkner Performing Arts Center
Community
2:00 pm

UA Theatre: Top Girls

UA – University Theatre
Performance
3:00 pm

Tommy Tropical

Nomads
Art
8:30 pm

Hayes Carll & Jack Ingram

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
9:00 pm

Dumptruck Boyz / Okay Crawdad

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Music
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Terry J. Wood <![CDATA[Hoop Hogs open season with Texas]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193392 2018-11-09T16:23:15Z 2018-11-09T16:23:15Z

Photo: ArkansasRazorbacks.com

You have to like Mike Anderson’s attitude toward scheduling. He’ll take on all comers.

With one of the least experienced and most youthful basketball teams that the Arkansas Razorbacks have fielded in the program’s history, the Hog’s eighth-year coach’s attitude about opening the season against Texas was bring those Longhorns on.

Next up for the Razorbacks

Opponent: vs. Texas (ESPN Armed Forces Classic)
When: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
Where: El Paso, Texas (Fort Bliss)
TV: ESPN

Remaining schedule

Nov. 12 – UC Davis
Nov. 18 – Indiana
Nov. 21 – Montana State
Nov. 23 – UT Arlington
Dec. 1 – FIU
Dec. 5 – at Colorado State
Dec. 8 – Western Kentucky
Dec. 15 – UTSA
Dec. 19 – Georgia Tech
Dec. 22 – Texas State
Dec. 28 – Austin Peay
Jan. 5 – at Texas A&M
Jan. 9 – Florida
Jan. 12 – LSU
Jan. 15 – at Tennessee
Jan. 19 – at Ole Miss
Jan. 23 – Missouri
Jan. 26 – at Texas Tech
Jan. 29 – Georgia
Feb. 2 – at LSU
Feb. 5 – Vanderbilt
Feb. 9 – at South Carolina
Feb. 12 – at Missouri
Feb. 16 – Mississippi State
Feb. 20 – at Auburn
Feb. 23 – Texas A&M
Feb. 26 – at Kentucky
March 2 – Ole Miss
March 6 – at Vanderbilt
March 9 – Alabama
March 13-17 – SEC Tournament

Anderson did not have to think twice about accepting ESPN’s invitation for the Razorbacks to play Texas in the ESPN Armed Forces Classic at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fort Bliss Military Base in El Paso, Texas.

“We were selected, and it’s an honor to play before our troops who protect out country,” Anderson said.

The head Hog said he had no hesitation about giving his inexperienced Razorbacks an opening-game trial by fire. Anderson knows the game will be a challenge, but it will give him and his assistants an early evaluation of what type of team they will have because of the quality of Shaka Smart’s Longhorn squad, which defeated Eastern Illinois, 71-59, in their season opener Tuesday.

Anderson allowed that Texas getting a game under their belt might be a bit of an advantage to the Longhorns, but it’s not something he’s worried too much about. As always Anderson is more concerned with his team, and forcing the opponent, even one like Texas, to react to his Razorbacks rather than the other way around.

Anderson invited his mentor and former college head coach at Tulsa Nolan Richardson to speak to his squad earlier in the week.

Daniel Gafford said, “Coach Nolan’s wisdom is always welcome and helpful. We all want to listen to what he has to say.”

While Richardson did mention how big the Arkansas-Texas rivalry was to the program, forward Adrio Bailey said Richardson stressed that the players should be excited and determined to beat every opponent no matter the name on the jersey.

“We’re excited to play Texas, but they have to play Arkansas, too,” Bailey said.

Anderson admitted his squad that features 10 newcomers is entering uncharted waters, but that he wants this squad to count on its defense from the outset.

“I think this can be an outstanding defensive team,” Anderson said. “That’s what we want to be known for and what we want to hang our hat on. We want our defense to create easy opportunities for our defense. We have to be patient. We aren’t trying to steal every pass, but we do want to disrupt as much of their offense as we can.”

Anderson said he understands that there will be nervous mistakes in the game, like any opener, but the key for the Razorbacks is to play within themselves no matter what happens and learn from their mistakes.

“The big thing, no matter what happens is don’t panic,” Anderson said. “If we get down, stay calm. It’ll be O.K. If we get up, stay even. We don’t want to get too excited. Right now we are leaning on each other, the coaches and the players.”

The on-base facility the Hogs’ are playing in only seats a couple of thousand people, but Anderson said the cozy setting shouldn’t impact the game.

The team got a hands-on look at how the military trains while at the Fort Bliss simulation center in El Paso, Texas.

Photo: ArkansasRazorbacks.com

“The goal’s going to be 10 feet high; the floor is going to be 94×50,” Anderson said. “We’ve just got to put the ball in the hole more than Texas does.”

Anderson said another goal was to continue to develop his bench and with both squads wanting an uptempo pace that should be easy.

“I think we will have seven to eight guys that will start for us at some point,” Anderson said. “We want to play as many as can help us win.”

At the pace we play, you get tired quick,” Gafford said. “Everyone has to understand that and be ready. No holding back.”

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Terry J. Wood <![CDATA[New version of ‘Grinch’ is fine but forgettable]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193405 2018-11-09T16:23:08Z 2018-11-09T16:23:08Z

Illumination

I have to admit up front that I’m sort of a Scrooge when it concerns Dr. Seuss’ Christmas prankster the Grinch.

The green meanie has always been my least favorite of the classic animated Christmas characters that charmed me and a host of other children since TV Christmas specials were in vogue in the 1960s and ‘70s.

At age 51 and thankfully still counting, I’ve never known a Christmas without Charlie Brown’s buddy Linus explaining the true meaning of Christmas, or Rudolph conquering the Bumble and then guiding Santa’s sleigh on that historic foggy night, or one in which the Grinch didn’t attempt to steal Christmas.

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I’m not sure why the 1966 animated the version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” never clicked with me. It has terrific animation by the great Chuck Jones, who directed many of the best Warner Bros. cartoons, including a slew with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. It also benefits from the creepy narration of horror icon Boris Karloff, featuring his signature British lisp. The story is also heartfelt, reminding us that the stuff of Christmas is no match for the true spirit of the season which dwells in the hearts of all people of good will. It’s truly a classic story.

But still the toon never resonated with me.

I know the Ron Howard-directed live-action version of the story from 2000 is revered by many. The make-up and special effects are astonishing, but I truly can’t stand the film. Jim Carrey is a live-action cartoon character, but his performance was too much, and the film proved unsettling and unfunny enough that I was tempted to walk out on the movie.

So, what does that have to do with the latest version of the tale directed by Scott Mosier and starring the voice talent of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch?

Not a lot other than disclosing my mild bias against the property.

With that said, I found the the new animated feature that runs just under an hour and a half to be pleasant but a bit too long.

The computer-generated animation was beautiful, and I found myself chuckling from time to time. Some minor additions are added that work to varying degrees, but the story remains a bit too thin for its running time. I’m sure knowing the basic plot of the film like the back of my hand had something to do with my boredom.

I did like the way the screenplay by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow fleshed out Cindy Lou Who (Cameron Seely) and her widowed, single mother Donna Lou Who (Rashida Jones). However, their attempt to add depth to the Grinch’s childhood kind of falls flat. I also enjoyed Kenan Thompson’s voice work as the character Bricklebaum, the jolliest man in Whoville, but Cumberbatch’s work as the lead character was fine but forgettable.

My guess is that “The Grinch” would likely keep most kids under 10 entertained for most of the movie’s running time, but there is very little for adults familiar with any of the other versions of the story.

While the movie isn’t bad, I’d suggest families save their money for another more original movie to see in the theater, and just watch the original Grinch cartoon when it airs later this holiday season. Then catch this version on TV next Christmas.

(PG) 1 hr. 26 min.
Grade: C


Classic Corner

Die Hard

Twentieth Century Fox

(R) 2 hr. 20 min.

The 1980s was the decade of the action hero with stars like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and a host of others righting wrongs, dealing death, and wreaking havoc in cineplexes all across America.

It was an awesome time to be a teenage movie buff, but as much as I love Chuck, Arnie, Sly, for my money the best action flick of the 1980s starred Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman in career defining roles of John McClane and Hans Gruber in “Die Hard.”

Director John McTiernan’s action-thriller is a classic among classics that catapulted Willis from being a TV personality on “Moonlighting” to an out and out movie star of the first order. The script allowed Willis’ charm, charisma, and humor shine while still allowing his McClane to be relatable as a hard-working cop who uses all his wits, guile, and physicality to flaunt a terrorist attack on the Nakatomi Corporation, which employs his wife.

Rickman is just as strong as Willis as Gruber, a German criminal who is masterminding the terrorist heist. For my money, Gruber is one of the best villains in all of movie filmdom. He’s right up there with Mr. Potter from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Darth Vader from “Star Wars,” and Hannibal Lector in “The Silence of the Lambs.”

In conjunction with Fathom Events, the Malco Razorback Cinema and Grill is showing “Die Hard” on the big screen at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary.


Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Warner Bros.

(PG) 1 hr. 16 min.
Until director Christopher Nolan’s instant classic “The Dark Night” opened in 2008, the best Batman movie bar none was the 1993 animated movie “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.”

The film was an extension of “Batman: the Animated Series” and was directed by the series creators Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski and written by a crew of the series’ best writers in Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Martin Pasco, and Michael Reeves. The movie featured the voice acting skills of Kevin Conroy as the Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker as well as the rest of the regulars from the TV show, but it also included notables Dana Delany, Stacy Beach, Abe Vigoda, and Hart Bochner.

Delany voices Andrea Beaumont, a childhood friend that comes back into Bruce Wayne’s life and tempts him to give up his cape-and-cowl crusade for justice.

The movie is partly based on two classic Batman comic-book stories from Batman No. 237 and Batman: Year Two Fear the Reaper in Detective Comes Nos. 575-578, but the added twist makes the story even more compelling.

In the film, Batman is not only challenged by the Joker, but also is tasked with stopping a vengeful murderer who is brutally taking out key members of Gotham City’s underworld.

The story contains all the action, pathos, and heartbreak the has made Batman one of the most popular characters of any medium for generations.

In conjunction with Fathom Events, the Malco Razorback Cinema and Grill is showing “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” on the big screen at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary.

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Terry J. Wood <![CDATA[Will LSU face a perfect Razorback storm?]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193393 2018-11-09T16:23:03Z 2018-11-09T16:23:03Z

Photo: ArkansasRazorbacks.com

There is the thought that the No. 9 LSU Tigers might be ripe for an upset Saturday when they face the Arkansas Razorbacks at 6:30 p.m. on Senior Night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

At leas that is the hope of all Razorback faithful who are heading to Fayetteville for the final home game of the season and those that will be tuning in to watch the SEC Network telecast.

Ed Ogeron’s Tigers (7-2, 4-2 SEC) are a 13.5-point favorite over Chad Morris’ Hogs (2-7, 0-5 SEC). It will indeed be an upset, a monumental one, in fact, if the Hogs were to win. That said the Hogs have pulled off unexpected victories in the past.

Next up for the Razorbacks

Opponent: vs. LSU
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Where: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville
TV: SEC Network

Remaining schedule

Nov. 17 – at Mississippi State
Nov. 23 – at Missouri

A very bad Razorbacks team knocked off No. 4 Tennessee, 25-24, at Knoxville in the midst of a horrible 3-6-1 year in 1993, and Bobby Petrino’s first Arkansas squad in 2008 provided fans with a hope-for-the-future, comeback win in 2008 to reach five wins by edging LSU, 31-30, in Little Rock.

Matt Jones and DeCori Birmingham connected for a late touchdown pass in 2002 to perform the Miracle on Markham that gave the Razorbacks a 21-20 victory over Nick Saban’s No. 18 Tigers.

Just before his golden handcuffs were released in 2007, Houston Nutt rallied Darren McFadden and the rest of the Hogs for an outstanding road upset of the No. 1 Tigers, 50-48, in a three-overtime game in Baton Rouge.

Even Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks scored an unexpected shutout upset of LSU, 17-0, in 2014 for his first SEC victory at Arkansas after losing 13 consecutive SEC games as Arkansas’ head coach.

There is also precedent for otherwise solid teams to whimper and wilt playing in Arkansas’ late-season cold weather. It’s supposed to be fairly clear and 40 degrees at kickoff, but the temperature is expected to dip into the low 30s rather quickly.

In 1975, the No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies buckled on a cold December day in Little Rock against a very good Razorback squad that went on to win the Cotton Bowl for Frank Broyles.

Ken Hatfield’s first Razorbacks squad crushed a highly touted Aggie team, 28-0, amidst a very cold November rain in 1984. I’ve never seen a Razorback opponent roll up into a ball so quickly.

This game will be a character test of sorts for the Tigers. LSU played and fought hard against Alabama last week, arguably giving the Crimson Tide their stiffest test of the season, but it was all for naught with Alabama posting a decisive 29-0 victory.

In the span of about three hours, Alabama ground LSU’s hopes for an SEC title and a possible shot at the national title into dust. One could understand a psychological letdown by the Tigers this week, but I’m not sure if it is realistic for Hog fans to count on it.

The big question for Arkansas, though, is even if LSU is down in the dumps Saturday and plays poorly would it be enough to get the Razorbacks over the top?

This Razorback squad has shown its character all season, and frankly it has been lacking.

Truly unexplainable losses to Colorado State and North Texas started the Hogs rolling down hill in September, and while there has been some offensive improvement apparent in spurts, it hasn’t been consistent enough for Arkansas to leverage it into a SEC victory.

The last time we saw the Razorbacks, it was to watch Vanderbilt pummel them in the fourth quarter for a 45-31 victory. It’s hard to imagine that one open week could make that much of a change in this team’s mentality to go from losing to Vanderbilt to beating LSU.

As much as I hate to say it, LSU probably has enough talent to just go through the motions and beat this Razorback team, based on what we have seen up to this point in the season.

The single advantage Arkansas has is the home crowd. Maybe the Hogs fans can make a difference? Maybe the crowd can inspire a group of seniors to play their best ball of the season in their final game at Razorbacks Stadium? In turn maybe the play of those seniors will incite the rest of the Razorbacks to follow suit and play above their heads?

It might not be likely, but as long as the game is going to be played, there is a chance.

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Todd Gill http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/toddgill/ <![CDATA[Fayetteville City Council recap: Nov. 8, 2018]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=192911 2018-11-09T01:34:15Z 2018-11-08T22:25:23Z

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On the agenda…

  • A rezoning and planned zoning district on East Zion Road.
  • A 0.24-acre rezoning on South Washington Avenue.
  • A 1.4-acre rezoning on Moore Lane.
  • A 4-acre rezoning on Garland Avenue.
  • A 0.1-acre rezoning on West Lafayette Street.
  • A 10.8-acre planned zoning district on Hollywood Avenue.
  • A 68-acre annexation, cost-share and rezoning on North Rupple Road.

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A meeting of the Fayetteville City Council began at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 inside room 219 of City Hall, located at 113 W. Mountain St. in Fayetteville.

Listed below are the items up for approval and links to PDF documents with detailed information on each item of business.


Roll Call

Present: Sarah Marsh, Mark Kinion, Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Justin Tennant*, Sarah Bunch, John La Tour, Kyle Smith
Absent: Adella Gray, Matthew Petty

* Tennant arrived shortly after the roll call

» View current attendance records


City Council Meeting Presentations, Reports and Discussion Items

1. Monthly Financial Report

2. Natural Heritage Association Presentation (Details) – Check presentation by Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association for their generous donation of $52,747 towards their commitment of $300,000 of funds and services for the purchase and preservation of Kessler Mountain. The City wishes to extend our gratitude for their continued commitment to the preservation of greenspace in Fayetteville.

Background: The Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association (FNHA) was established in 2003 to “identify and protect Fayetteville’s most significant natural areas.” FNHA has partnered with the city on the purchase of several property acquisitions including Mount Sequoyah Woods, Brooks-Hummel Nature Reserve and most recently with Kessler Mountain. On Dec. 2, 2014, the City Council approved a resolution to accept FNHA’s offer and commitment to contribute at least $300,000 of funds and services towards the purchase and preservation of Kessler Mountain. Tonight’s check was the final payment needed to reach $300,000.

Consent

Consent items are approved in a single, all-inclusive vote unless an item is pulled by a council member at the beginning of the meeting.

1. Approval of the Oct. 16, 2018 City Council Meeting Minutes
Pass 6-0

2. Random Productions, LLC (Details): A resolution to approve a budget adjustment in the amount of $50,645.00 to establish revenue and expense budgets associated with security and traffic control provided during the filming of True Detective.
Pass 6-0

3. 2018 Justice Assistance Grant Local Solicitation Award (Details): A resolution authorize acceptance of a 2018 Justice Assistance Grant Local Solicitation Award in the amount of $78,667.00, of which $35,858.00 will be used by the Fayetteville Police Department, with $28,398.00 to be disbursed to the City of Springdale and $14,411.00 to Washington County, and to approve a budget adjustment.
Pass 6-0

4. 2018 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program (Details): A resolution to authorize acceptance of a fifty percent (50%) matching grant award from the 2018 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program in the amount of $10,400.00 for the replacement of body armor vests for Fayetteville police officers, and to approve a budget adjustment.
Pass 6-0

5. Fayetteville Police Department Donation Revenue (Details): A resolution to approve a budget adjustment in the total amount of $4,065.00 recognizing donation revenue to the Fayetteville Police Department in support of officer recognition.
Pass 6-0

6. PropertyRoom.com Online Auction Services (Details): A resolution to authorize a contract with PropertyRoom.com for online auction services for seized, stolen and abandoned surplus property for a term of one year with automatic renewals for additional one-year terms pursuant to a Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Contract.
Pass 6-0

7. T-Mobile Central, LLC (Details): A resolution to approve a five-year lease agreement with T-Mobile Central LLC for water tank and land space at the Markham Water Tank Site in the amount of $2,000.00 per month, with automatic renewals for up to four additional five-year terms.
Pass 6-0

8. Bid #18-34 the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (Details): A resolution to award Bid #18-34 and authorize a one-year contract with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for the purchase of recap tires and casings as needed by the Fleet Operations Division for varying unit prices, with automatic renewals for up to four additional one-year terms.
Pass 6-0

9. H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (Details): A resolution to authorize the purchase of a Vogele Paver from H&E Equipment Services, Inc. in the amount of $412,988.56, pursuant to the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Contract, for use by the Transportation Services Department.
Pass 6-0

10. Destruction of Certain Records (Details): A resolution to authorize the destruction of certain records shown on the attached affidavit pursuant to relevant sections of the Arkansas Code related to maintenance and destruction of accounting and other city records.
Pass 6-0

11. Fay Jones Woodland – Contracted Invasive Plant Removal (Details): A resolution to accept a quote from Comprehensive Botanical Services in the amount of $7,260.00 (which includes tax) for complete removal of invasive plants from about three acres of the Fay Jones Woodland.
Pass 6-0

12. RFP# 18-13 MVP Sports Photography (Details): A resolution to approve a one-year contract with up to four possible automatic renewals with MVP Sports Photography for exclusive photography services for the Girls Youth Softball, Youth Fall and Spring Soccer programs and other events requested by the Parks and Recreation staff and to authorize Mayor Jordan to sign this contract.
Pass 6-0


Unfinished Business

1. R-PZD 18-6252 Sagely Place s/d (Details):

An ordinance to approve a residential planned zoning district entitled R-PZD 18-6252 for approximately 22.13 acres located north of the intersection of North Old Missouri Road and East Zion Road to allow the development of 111 attached and detached dwelling units and a future clubhouse with a pool.
Pass 6-0

Background: This item was left on the first reading at the Oct. 16 meeting.

The Planning Commission and city staff recommend approval of the request with the following conditions of approval:

  1. Build Street I with the first phase of development.
  2. On Lot 25, plat public access from Street C to Alley D.
  3. Between lots 40 and 41, connect sidewalk from the POA area to Alley D.
  4. Ensure adequate room for street trees in the front law or tree lawn and minimize conflicts
    with storm drainage and utilities.
  5. Examine topography of the west side of Street I to ensure sidewalk is on the same level
    as porches and not the street.
  6. Design homes on corner lots to have architectural features addressing both street fronts.

Location: Here’s a map of the R-PZD request area…

Oct. 16 Discussion: A representative of the applicant said #5 isn’t likely possible. City staff said they will re-examine the property and plan to address that concern.

A neighborhood representative said the neighbors don’t necessarily object to the plan, but they want the city to look into the expected traffic increase if the new subdivision is built. He said the neighbors request that the development not be approved until the upcoming Zion Road improvements are completed.

The council agreed to leave the item on the first reading to allow staff to look into the sidewalk construction issue.

Nov. 8 Discussion:
Staff now recommends the request be approved without Condition No. 5 because it’s no longer an issue and the Planning Commission has already approved a large-scale development without Condition No. 5. The council amended the ordinance to remove Condition No. 5.

There was no public comment tonight.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


2. RZN 18-6319 Sagely Place s/d (Details):

An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 18-6319 for approximately 2.53 acres located at 2234 E. Zion Road from R-A, Residential Agricultural to NS-G, Neighborhood Services – General.
Pass 6-0

Background: This item was left on the first reading at the Oct. 16 meeting.

The Planning Commission and city staff recommend approval of the request.

Location: Here’s a map of the rezoning request area…

Oct. 16 Discussion: Council member Tennant said he would like to leave this item on the first reading since it’s from the same applicant as the R-PZD item above. The council agreed.

Nov. 8 Discussion:
There was no public comment tonight.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


3. RZN 18-6341 (1248 S. Washington Ave./Sugarland Properties) (Details):

An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 18-6341 for approximately 0.24 acres located at 1248 S. Washington Ave. from NC, Neighborhood Conservation to RI-U, Residential Intermediate – Urban.
Tabled 6-0

Background: This item was left on the first reading at the Oct. 16 meeting.

The Planning Commission and city staff recommend approval of the request.

Location: Here’s a map of the rezoning request area…

Oct. 16 Discussion: The first person to speak during public comment was against the request. She said if approved, this rezoning could set a precedent for other property owners who want to rezone their land to allow for redevelopment. If that continues to occur, she said, the character of the neighborhood would be lost.

About 10 people spoke against the rezoning, citing concerns about traffic safety, stormwater runoff, and a fear of not knowing what would be developed if the property is rezoned.

Council member Marsh said state law does not allow the council to consider a specific development when pondering whether a rezoning should be approved. She said a lot of homes in that neighborhood weren’t built well and are nearing the end of their life. Redevelopment, she said, allows for added density and a variety of new housing types, and people need more options for homes in that part of town. Marsh said by adding on-street parking and new sidewalks, traffic concerns could be alleviated. She said she’ll be voting in favor.

Council member Kinion said there’s already a master plan in place for the Walker Park area, so it troubles him to see individual spot zoning-style requests for rezonings across the neighborhood.

Council member Gray said she agrees with the residents who are concerned about losing the integrity of their neighborhood.

Council member Smith said he hears a lot of fear about the RI-U zoning, but said there’s a lot of opportunity for this particular district to add development while also fitting in with the current neighborhood. However, he said he agrees with Kinion in that smaller single rezonings are indeed troubling.

The council agreed to leave the item on the first reading.

Nov. 8 Discussion:
Council member Gray is not present tonight, but earlier requested the council wait until she returns to make a decision. The council agreed to table the item for two weeks.


Public Hearing

1. Raze and Removal 16 N. Willow Avenue (Details):

A resolution to order the razing and removal of a dilapidated and unsafe structure on property owned by Tommie Jo Flowers-Davis and George E. Flowers located at 16 N. Willow Ave. in the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and to approve a budget adjustment in the amount of $18,741.00.
Pass 6-0

Background:
According to city documents, the structure was inspected by both the Code Compliance Administrator and the Chief Building Official who determined that the deterioration of the structure would constitute a cost prohibitive repair and that the structure should be razed and removed. City staff said they’ve received over 15 complaints in the past 10 years in regards to the property being in violation of city code.

Photos:


Discussion:
The property owner said she was given the home by her mother, and she’s unable to take care of the home herself. She said she understands that the home must be removed, and that she accepts the lien that will be required in order to pay the city back for the cost of razing and removing the structure.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


New Business

1. Bid #18-43 Benchmark Construction of NWA, Inc. (Details):

A resolution to award Bid #18-43 and authorize a contract with Benchmark Construction of NWA, Inc. for construction of the Taxiway B Widening and Rehabilitation Project, to approve Change Order No. 1 to the contract with Benchmark Construction of NWA, Inc. to reflect the removal of the deductive alternative from the contract and reduce the total contract cost to $1,694,292.00, to authorize Task Order No. 11 with Garver, LLC in the amount of $147,500.00 for construction administration, construction observation, materials testing, and closeout services, and to approve a budget adjustment recognizing Federal Aviation Administration 90/10 grant funds.
Pass 6-0

Background: This resolution will permit the following:

  1. Execution of a construction contract in the amount of $1,694,292.00 with Benchmark Construction of NWA, Inc. for the award of the Base Bid + Deductive Alternative.
  2. Execution of Change Order 1 to the contract. This change order will modify the contract to reflect the removal of the deductive alternate from the contract and thus represent the scope of work that will be funded by the FAA grant.
  3. Execution of a construction phase services contract with Garver, LLC for construction administrative services, on-site construction observation services, materials testing services, closeout services and ALD update, and Part 139 ACM exhibit updates.
  4. Budget adjustment to recognize a 90-10 grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Discussion:
There was no public comment tonight. City Attorney Kit Williams thanked city staff for working to receive the grant from the FAA.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


2. RPH, LLC Cost Share Agreement (Details):

An ordinance to waive the requirements of formal competitive bidding and approve a cost share agreement with RPH, LLC for street and drainage improvements along a portion of South Cross Avenue, with the amount to be paid by the City of Fayetteville not to exceed $33,280.00.
Pass 6-0

Background: The developer of Henson Hill Phase 2 is required to make improvements to Cross Avenue along the project frontage, but that leaves about a half of a block of incomplete improvements. The city would like to partner with the developer to extend those improvements further south.

Discussion:
There was no public comment tonight.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


3. RZN 18-6348 (2454 N. Deane Solomon Rd./Williams Tractor) (Details):

An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 18-6348 for approximately 1.36 acres located north of 2454 N. Deane Solomon Road from RMF-24, Residential Multi Family, 24 units per acre and C-2, thoroughfare commercial to C-2, Thoroughfare Commercial.
Left on the first reading

Background: Both city staff and the Planning Commission recommend approval.

Location:

Discussion:
Council member Smith said he doesn’t have a problem with the rezoning request, but would prefer to wait until the drainage issues on this property are taken care of, which should be in the next two weeks.

Decision:
This item was left on the first reading. The discussion will continue at the next City Council meeting on Nov. 20.


4. RZN 18-6360 (1849 S. Garland Ave./Fayetteville Rentals) (Details):

An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 18-6360 for approximately 4.03 acres located at 1849 S. Garland Ave. from I-1, Heavy Commercial & Light Industrial to CS, Community Services.
Pass 6-0

Background: Both city staff and the Planning Commission recommend approval.

Location:

Discussion:
There was no public comment tonight. Council member Marsh said she hasn’t received any comments from neighbors about this item, and said the rezoning will be great for the neighborhood.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


5. RZN 18-6365 (1510 N. Gregg Ave./Ballard) (Details):

An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 18-6365 for approximately 0.45 acres located at 1510 N. Gregg Ave. from RSF-4, Residential Single Family, 4 units per acre to RI-U, Residential Intermediate-Urban.
Pass 6-0

Background: Both city staff and the Planning Commission recommend approval.

Location:

Discussion:
There was no public comment tonight.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


6. RZN 18-6374: (207 W. Lafayette St./Hatfield) (Details):

An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 18-6374 for approximately 0.14 acres located at 207 W. Lafayette Street from NC, Neighborhood Conservation to RI-U, Residential Intermediate-Urban subject to a bill of assurance.
Pass 6-0

Background: City staff recommend approval. The Planning Commission recommends rezoning the property, but does not recommend the Bill of Assurance offered by the applicant that limits the use to two single-family homes.

Location:

Discussion:
The applicant said the original plan was to renovate and save the home, but it is in such poor shape that it will need to be removed. The new plan is to build two single-family homes, which the applicant said shouldn’t increase the density considering that the current house is used as a duplex. Council member Kinion said he visited the property and also determined it to be in poor shape, especially where the ground has shifted and severely damaged the foundation.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


7. R-PZD 18-6368 (South of Hollywood Ave./Cottages at Hollywood) (Details):

An ordinance to approve a Residential Planned Zoning District entitled R-PZD 18-6368 for approximately 10.81 acres located south of Hollywood Avenue to allow the development of 7 housing units with up to 5 unrelated tenants.
Pass 6-0

Background: Both city staff and the Planning Commission recommend approval.

Location:

Discussion:
There was no public comment tonight.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


8. Buffington Weir, LLC Cost Share Agreement (Details):

An ordinance to waive the requirements of formal competitive bidding and approve a cost share agreement with Buffington Weir, LLC for Buffington Weir, LLC’s contractor to construct the fully landscaped boulevard section of Rupple Road and accompanying multi-use trail all the way through their property upon freely dedicated right of way with the estimated amount to be paid by the City of Fayetteville not to exceed $2,295,267.72 upon the annexation, rezoning and development approval of Buffinton Weir, LLC’s property pursauant to the Fayetteville Planning Department’s recommendations detailed in the agreement and to authorize Mayor Jordan to sign the agreement.
Pass 6-0

Background: This item is directly related to the next two items. If approved, No. 9 and No. 10 will likely also be approved.

This issue was up for consideration in January. The original request was for an annexation and a rezoning of the entire property to RSF-4. Once it was clear that the council didn’t believe that was compatible, the applicant asked the council to table the two requests, which it did. The applicant is now back with a revised request to include 9 acres as NC, 4 acres as NS-G, and the remainder as RSF-4. The new plan also includes this cost-share agreement.

The Planning Commission denied the request, but city staff recommend approval subject to a cost-share agreement with the developer as follows:

  1. Sufficient right-of-way shall be dedicated by the developer upon annexation as designated by the City Engineer to construct and use for the planned extension of Rupple Road;
  2. The developer shall either construct the full boulevard section of Rupple Road through the
    parcel, with payment of its proportionate share (6.59%) for engineering and construction up to 150% of the estimated $1,638,131.00 cost, or pay its proportionate share should the City of Fayetteville construct the portion of Rupple Road first;
  3. Upon approval of development proposal, park land easements and trail rights-of-way shall be donated and dedicated, which can be claimed as credits for park land dedication if conveyed fee simple;
  4. Upon final plat approval, conservation and tree easements will be dedicated or donated; and
  5. The 4.24 acre parcel proposed for rezoning to NS-G, Neighborhood Services, General, shall not permit residential development or uses on the ground floor. Residential uses are permitted on the second floor.

Discussion:
City staff are excited about this new request, especially because it presents an opportunity to complete Rupple Road with a cost savings to the city of up to $2.5 million.

Staff presented this full list of advantages for the city and the developer:

  • Improved connectivity – city-wide and the neighborhood
  • Better access to proposed development
  • Improved emergency response times
  • Significant construction cost savings
  • Frees up engineering staff for other projects
  • Establishes an objective method to calculate arterial street cost share

Council members said the only comment they’ve received from residents is to please accept this offer and move forward so Rupple Road can be completed.

There was no public comment tonight.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


9. ANX 17-5990 (North of Rupple Rd./McFarland Family Trust) Appeal (Details):

An ordinance to approve the annexation petition of the McFarland Family Trust and annex 68.65 acres adjoining and west of the proposed northern expansion of Rupple Road.
Pass 6-0

Background: See item No. 8 above for background.

The McFarland Family Trust has properly secured the Washington County Judge’s authorization to annex their land west of and along the planned Rupple Road expansion north toward Howard Nickell Road. The trust has also offered to donate and dedicate sufficient right of way along their frontage with the Rupple Road expansion to enable its construction and to designate a conservation area preservation of natural habitat along the creek and the construction or extension of city trails within its property. If approved, the land would be part of Ward 4.

Discussion:
There was no public comment tonight.

Council member Smith said he doesn’t look at this annexation as sprawl, although it could be construed as such. He said it’s a sensible place to expand the city’s boundaries, and the constituents he’s talked to agree.

Council member Marsh said she’s generally not a fan of annexations, but this request presents enough benefits to the city that she’s happy to support it.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).


10. RZN 17-5991 (North of North Rupple Road/McFarland Family Trust) (Details):

An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 17-5991 for approximately 68.65 acres located west of North Rupple Road from R-A, Residential Agricultural to RSF-4, Residential Single Family, 4 units per acre; NC, Neighborhood Conservation; and NS-A, Neighborhood Services-General.
Pass 6-0

Background: See item No. 8 above for background.

Location:

Discussion:
There was no public comment tonight.

Mayor Jordan called these three packaged items a “game changer” for the city because it helps close the “Mayor’s Box,” a series of projects that make up his longtime plan to build a “box” of four-lane boulevards around the edges of the city. The idea is not only to help motorists more easily travel through town, but also to drive economic development.

Decision:
This item was approved 6-0 (council members Gray and Petty are absent tonight).



Announcements

– The Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department invites residents to enter its dog photo contest this month for a chance to win several prizes.’
– The city is accepting gifts for the Senior Giving Tree through Dec. 7.
– Fayetteville officials are looking to fill 30 positions on 13 of the city’s boards, commissions and committees.
– BikeNWA is seeking volunteers to help complete the installation of new bike lanes along Rolling Hills Drive and Appleby Road from Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16.


Adjourned

This meeting was adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

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Dustin Bartholomew http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/dustinbartholomew/ <![CDATA[Goo Goo Dolls, Train to play the Walmart AMP in 2019]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193333 2018-11-08T18:01:58Z 2018-11-08T18:01:43Z

Train / Courtesy

Who’s ready to party like it’s 1999? Train and the Goo Goo Dolls, probably. That’s who.

The bands, who originally hit it big in the 90s, will be performing at the Walmart AMP on June 26 of 2019, it was announced today.

Train is set to release a new Greatest Hits album this year, featuring some of their Billboard Hot 100 hits like “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “Drive By.”

Goo Goo Dolls broke out with their 1995 release, A Boy Named Goo, and has several Top 40 hits of their own, such as “Iris,” “Slide”, “Black Balloon”, “Dizzy”, and others. The band has played the AMP a few times over the years.

American r&b singer Allen Stone will open the show.

The show marks the third announced for the 2019 season. Comedian Trevor Noah will perform at the venue on June 21, and Christian singer will perform on Wednesday, April 17.

Tickets to the Train/Goo Goo Dolls show range from $29.50-$125, and are set to go on sale at noon on Friday, Nov. 16. To purchase, visit the Walton Arts Center Box Office, call 479-443-5600, or visit amptickets.com.

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Dustin Bartholomew http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/dustinbartholomew/ <![CDATA[Fundraiser planned Thursday after local business owner’s home damaged in fire]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193327 2018-11-08T22:49:07Z 2018-11-08T16:59:02Z

A couple weeks ago, a really nice guy had a really bad day. Now, some locals are coming together to help him out in a time of need.

On Oct. 27, Pinpoint Fayetteville business owner Bo Counts closed his bar and took his staff out to breakfast after a busy Halloween weekend, only to find his business vandalized and his back window broken out upon their return. After spending the night at the bar to stand watch over the business since he couldn’t lock the back door, he returned home to find his apartment was on fire. He lost a lot of things that evening, chief among them, his beloved cat, Sega.

Bo is known locally as a radio, television, and trivia night host, as DJ Beatbachs, and as a thrower of killer Halloween and New Year’s eve parties. He said he didn’t believe the events to be related in any way. Still, even for a pretty positive person, that’s a devastating turn of events.

Several of Counts’ friends have organized a benefit event for Thursday, Nov. 8 at Pinpoint to help cover the expenses associated with the vandalism and the fire.

The Phoenix Jam Fundraiser, as it is called, will feature music by DJ Shortfuze, Mixx Tenn, E-Yo (and possibly, a performance by Counts himself), street/urban dancers from Breaking Habits and Hometown Havex, visual art by TigerSasha, Tommy Tropical, and various works of art curated by local artist, Joelle Storet.

Admission to the event is $5, and proceeds will benefit Bo. A GoFundMe has also been established. For a bit more information, check out the Facebook event.

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Dustin Bartholomew http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/dustinbartholomew/ <![CDATA[Giveaway: On Your Feet, Dec. 4 at Walton Arts Center]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193321 2018-11-08T16:21:43Z 2018-11-08T16:21:43Z

On Your Feet / Courtesy

A new music based on the life and music of Grammy-winning power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan is coming to Fayetteville next month, and we have tickets to give away to the show.

The Broadway hit, titled On Your Feet!, is playing at Walton Arts Center Dec. 4-9.

Here’s the synopsis of the show:

On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

The new show features hits like “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “1-2-3,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Mi Tierra,” Don’t Want To Lose You Now” and “Reach.”

Tickets start at $38 and are on sale now at waltonartscenter.org. Of course, you won’t have to worry about that if you’re winner of our giveaway. Good luck!

How to enter

It’s getting cold out there, but the music of Gloria Estefan definitely makes us think of Miami and other warmer places. Leave a comment telling us your favorite warm-weather vacation destination, and you’re entered.

What you’ll win

One (1) winner chosen at random will win two (2) tickets to see the On Your Feet, Dec. 4 at the Walton Arts Center

A few rules (read ‘em carefully):

  • Contest is open until noon on Monday, Nov. 12.
  • This contest is open to anyone anywhere except Fayetteville Flyer writers, Walton Arts Center employees, and their immediate family members.
  • You may only enter this specific contest once.
  • Once notified via a comment on this post, the winner will have 24 hours to respond to claim the prize. Check in on Monday to see if you’ve won.
  • You’ll need to provide us with your first and last name (if you win) and then be prepared to show a valid photo ID when picking up your tickets.

For more information about this performance or to purchase tickets, visit waltonartscenter.org..

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Dustin Bartholomew http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/author/dustinbartholomew/ <![CDATA[Fayetteville Public Library to offer ‘food for fees’ program this month]]> https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=193222 2018-11-09T01:25:00Z 2018-11-07T16:56:37Z

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Fayetteville Public Library patrons will have a chance to to erase or reduce late fees by donating food this month.

Library officials today announced plans to renew their annual “food for fees” program to allow locals to donate canned goods or other non-perishable food items in exchange for forgiveness of their library late fees.

The program runs Nov. 12-18, and will benefit the Cooperative Emergency Outreach, an organization that provides emergency assistance to residents in parts of Washington County.

During the drive, patrons get $1 credit for each can or box of food donated during the drive. The program does not cover replacement fees for lost or damaged materials.

Items needed include: peanut butter, canned tuna fish or chicken, beans, canned soup or fruit, and ceral.

To participate, just bring the food items and a library card to the checkout desk. For a bit more information, call 479-845-7113.

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