SHORTCUTS: Benton County could get wet, a 300-mile concert calendar, and 40 more Minutes of Hell

Get wet

A group called “Keep Dollars in Benton County” is out to get the 40,000 signatures needed to let voters decide in November if the county should become “wet.”

Becoming a wet county would legalize retail alcohol sales in the county.

Initial funding for the petition drive comes from Steuart and Tom Walton, grandsons of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

The group recently commissioned a study from the UA’s Center for Business and Economic Research (PDF) on the potential economic impact of the county going wet.

» See the full press release (PDF)

Road trip

Our pals over at The Ozark Echo have put together a table of upcoming concerts that might be worth traveling up to 300 miles for.

The Flaming Lips in Tulsa, Radiohead in Kansas City, and of Montreal in Norman are just a few.

The Grove

A student apartment complex called The Grove will soon begin construction at the site of the old Washington County Livestock auction across from the National Cemetery in south Fayetteville.

A photo posted to the National Cemetery Neighbors and Friends blog shows what looks to be the layout plans for the complex including the location of an upcoming city trail extension in the upper-left corner of the image.

LSU in Fayetteville

Chris Bahn of takes a closer look at yesterday’s UA announcement that the LSU football game will be moved to Fayetteville for the first time since 1992.

“Arkansas’ schedule sets up well for a 2012 run at the SEC West and national title,” writes Bahn. “Alabama and LSU both visit Fayetteville and those are the teams the Razorbacks must beat in order to reach their goals.”

40 (more) Minutes of Hell

If you missed the premiere of 40 Minutes of Hell, the documentary on former Razorback basketball coach Nolan Richardson, the guys over at Hog Database have put together a list of scheduled re-airings of the program on ESPN2 and ESPNU.