Courtesy / City of Springdale

The Downtown Springdale Outdoor Dining District opens to the public today. The city council approved an ordinance establishing the new entertainment district by a vote of 5-3 at last night’s meeting. The approved ordinance permits alcoholic beverages to be carried outside of participating businesses and be consumed within the downtown district between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily so long as the beverage is contained in a designated cup.

Courtesy / Washington County Election Commission

Early voting begins Aug. 4 for a special election in Bethel Heights and Springdale. Registered voters will be casting ballots for or against the consolidation of the city of Bethel Heights into the city of Springdale. Election officials are implementing new safety precautions in both Benton and Washington County polling sites to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Last night, the Springdale City Council decided to continue its discussion of creating a downtown entertainment district at its next meeting on Aug. 11. The proposal allows alcoholic beverages to be carried outside of participating businesses to be consumed within the downtown Springdale Outdoor Dining District between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily, so long as the beverage is in a designated cup.


On Tuesday, the Springdale City Council passed a resolution that throws its support behind businesses that require patrons to wear masks. Mayor Doug Sprouse said the resolution allows business owners to decide what is right for their establishment and is enforceable by police. However, many residents want the city to pass a mandatory mask ordinance, especially given the disproportionate impact the virus has had on members of the region's Marshallese and Latino communities, many of whom live in Springdale.

Courtesy / Springdale School District

With about 22,500 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Springdale School District is the largest in the state. The district also has many students of Latino and Marshallese descent, which are two communities that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss the district's reopening plans come fall with Superintendent Jared Cleveland, who started his new position on July 1.