The state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Division is proposing an end to the requirement that private clubs in Arkansas "dry" counties require their customers to sign in before visiting their restaurant.
It appears to me this has just been an exercise in futility especially since some of the clubs weren't keeping logs at all and most of the logs were filled with fake names or scribbles.
These designated private clubs -- also known as restaurants that serve alcohol -- still have to require memberships of those who dine in them.
Basically, diners will be asked if they are members. If they say yes, they are seated. If they say no, they have to fill out paperwork making the person a member or that person has to be a guest of a member.
Still seems like unnecessary work, but that's the deal.
I do think getting rid of the log in book is a good idea.
The state forcing businesses to do unnecessary paperwork is just bad business.
Allowing businesses to focus on running a business makes this A Better Region 8.
I was in awe this week after having the opportunity to see the brand new Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. Talk about a Labor of Love for so many of our friends in Region 8. The building is just beautiful, but I know the work that goes on inside the building makes a huge difference in our community. This new facility will allow the food bank team to serve even more of our needy neighbors. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe spoke at the dedication of the new food bank and talked about communities having "skin in the game" and that's what makes us stand out. We do have skin in the game and we must keep it that way to make sure we continue to be able to serve those in need. As you make your decisions about giving in 2013, please remember the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. Giving to the Food Bank will make this A Better Region 8.
When I was 10 years old, my dad had a massive heart attack and nearly died. It was a tough time for my family and my mom held it together as best she could with 4 kids to take care of. The kindness of family, friends and strangers helped us get through that time and kept food on the table. That's why it was extra special to me when I saw so many of you give food and donations to Fill the Food Bank last week. Another record was set this year, with donations and food totaling 29,870 pounds. I want to thank our partners in this effort. The Northeast Arkansas Food Bank, Jonesboro Radio Group, Kroger, Car Choice and Ritter Communications. But most of all I want to thank YOU. Without you, we could not have filled the food bank and got them ready for another year of helping those that need a little extra hand getting through a tough time. You have made this A Better Region 8.
Let your nose and tummy lead you to downtown Jonesboro this weekend, as the 2012 Downtown Jonesboro BBQ Festival kicks off Saturday at 11am and the best part, admission is FREE. This is a day of food, fun, music and great BBQ, but it's also a day that bolsters economic development for Region 8. This weekend, 64 teams from across the country will converge on Jonesboro. These visitors will stay in our hotel rooms, shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants. And that means tax dollars. The Jonesboro A&P Commission invests in the BBQ each year and the return on that investment is well worth it. This year, Tim McCall, Jack Turner, Bill Presley and Paul Carter have pulled together another outstanding line up with .38 Special being the headliner along with Region 8's Lauren Grey, South 40, Shotgun Billy's and more. And you will be able to bring the whole family, with special activities set up just for the kids. To top it all off, the Downtown Jonesboro BBQ won this year's Betty T. Sloan Award from the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce. This award honors an individual or organization for outstanding promotion of our city. This is a big weekend for Region 8 and Jonesboro, so come out to the Downtown Jonesboro BBQ, bring your family, support this great event and help make this a Better Region 8.
WHEN I THINK OF DRUNK DRIVING, I TYPICALLY THINK OF HOLIDAYS LIKE NEW YEAR'S EVE.
BUT ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED HOLIDAYS OF THE YEAR IS COMING UP THIS WEEKEND.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY IS THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH.
SO IT'S A GOOD TIME TO REMIND YOU OF THE DANGERS OF DRINKING AND DRIVING.
IF YOU LOG ON TO THE MOTHER'S AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING WEBSITE, YOU WILL FIND A SOBERING STATISTIC IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOME PAGE -- ONE IN THREE OF US WILL BE IMPACTED BY DRUNK DRIVING.
IF YOU PLAN TO DRINK THIS WEEKEND, DO SO RESPONSIBLY.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO DRIVE YOU HOME.
YOU CAN ALSO HELP BY LEARNING HOW TO SPOT A DRUNK DRIVER.
A FEW OF THE THINGS TO LOOK FOR ARE SPEEDING UP AND SLOWING DOWN, TAILGATING, WEAVING, STOPPING FOR NO REASON, SLOW RESPONSE TO TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND TURNING ABRUPTLY OR ILLEGALLY. EXPERTS TELL US DON'T TRY TO INTERFERE WITH A DRUNK DRIVER -- CALL POLICE.
BOTTOM LINE - IF YOU DRINK, STAY OFF THE ROADS.
AND IF THAT'S NOT DETTERENT ENOUGH -- POLICE OFFICERS AND SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES WILL BE OUT IN FULL FORCE THIS WEEKEND.
SAVE YOURSELF A LOT OF TROUBLE AND HEARTACHE AND MAKE THIS A BETTER REGION 8.