Shortcuts: Thursday 7/16

Shortcuts are hand-picked bits of news, commentary and info from around the city, the region and even from beyond the state line.

Here are today’s Shortcuts:


Sale barn decision: Another 2 weeks?
Campus Crest, the developers who are buying the controversial sale barn property, have asked for two more weeks before a final decision is made on the rezoning of the 9 acres that houses the former Washington County Livestock Auction.

Fayetteville Athletic Club files for bankruptcy
Back in April, the FAC made national news when a “junk-loan buyer” moved to foreclose on the Fayetteville gym. In an effort to suspend those proceedings, the owners filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition earlier this week.


Macadoodles wins
According to a tweet by Jason Tolbert, the Arkansas ABC voted 5-0 to approve a permit for the proposed Springdale Macadoodles liquor store. Arkansas Times’ Max Brantley says, “It’s been controversial, not the least because of Springdale’s history as a liquor monopoly town (a single owner controls multiple stores, contrary to practice elsewhere).” Somewhere there sits an unhappy Sue Madison.

Wal-Mart’s new green labels
The New York Times reported yesterday that our neighbor, the world’s largest retailer, will start labeling its products with a rating system that includes scores based on environmental sustainability. Can Wal-Mart help change the world in a good way?


Pet Airways
Does your dog get ticked when she’s forced to ride in the cargo bin on a plane? If so, she’ll be happy to know about the brand new pet-only airline, Pet Airways. (via

Madonna pre-concert death
One person was killed and others were injured earlier today when a crane collapsed onto a concert stage being built for a Madonna performance.

Disclosure: The owner of the sale barn property, Billy Joe Bartholomew, is our own Dustin Bartholomew’s grandfather. Read our full disclosure policy here.