Daily Flyer: Thursday, Feb. 2

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News Briefs

An elm tree wrapped in red holiday lights on the downtown square could soon be illuminated year-round if the Fayetteville City Council makes changes to a 2005 law that bans the display for longer than 60 days.

Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

A portion of the holiday lights on the square could become a permanent downtown fixture if the City Council approves a change to a law that would allow the red lights on a large elm tree in front of the old post office building to remain lit year-round.

Acumen Brands, a Fayetteville-based company that operates 12 online storefronts, recently received a $4 million investment from Dillard’s. Acumen will help enhance dillards.com and help improve the overall online presence of the retail company.

Arkansas might not have gotten DGB, but the football team did receive 24 awesome commitments. “I’ve signed with Arkansas, and I’m looking forward to hitting those who didn’t,” said Vin Ascolese, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from New Jersey.

Thursday Events

Kentucky Knife Fight

Five-piece, St. Louis-based band Kentucky Knife Fight plays in town tonight. The punk bluesabilly rockers were last in town in July and return for a 9 p.m. at Smoke & Barrel Tavern. Admission is free.

Also tonight, Georgia’s electronic/jam band Perpetual Groove are at George’s Majestic Lounge. Think of the show as a preview to the group’s two sets at Wakarusa this year. General admission is $15 and tickets are available online.

The full list:

Walton Arts Center: Made in the USA works by Jeannie Hulen
Legacy Blues Lounge: Adams Collins
JJ’s Grill: Darren Ray
Walton Arts Center: Mark Morris Dance Group
Tanglewood Branch Beer Co.: Jed Clampit
UARK Bowl: Comedians NWA – Open Mic night
George’s Majestic Lounge: Perpetual Groove
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Kentucky Knife Fight

Thursday Public Meetings

6:00 p.m.Partners for Better HousingCity Hall, Room 111

» View all of this week’s public meetings
* Meetings scheduled to be televised by the Fayetteville Government Channel

Thursday Birthdays

Locals: Brittany Sullivan, Chris Bias, Brian St Clair, Brad Sheppard, Barbara Erp, Chrystee McCabe, Donna Bright, Scott Seaman, Nate Hancock, Jacinda Connors, Aaron Randall, and Jennifer Neill.
*Send us your local birthday shout-outs.
Others: Comedian Tom Smothers is 75, singer Graham Nash is 70, TV chef Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) is 64, bassist Ross Valory (Journey) is 63, TV personality Duane Chapman, aka “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is 59, model Christie Brinkley is 58, actor Michael Talbott (Miami Vice) is 57, rapper T-Mo is 40, and singer Shakira is 35.

Kentucky Knife Fight – I Can’t Stand This

Perpetual Groove – Live and Let Die