Cave Springs Stops Sunday Beer Sales After Accidentally Breaking Law

State alcohol officials have halted Sunday beer sales in Cave Springs after the town accidentally broke state liquor laws by selling beer on Sundays, the city attorney says.

City leaders had mistakenly believed Sunday beer sales could be established by a city ordinance. Shortly after Benton County voters approved the sale of retail alcohol in the November 2012 elections, the city of Cave Springs passed an ordinance establishing Sunday alcohol sales at a local E-Z Mart, said city attorney Justin Eichmann.

The Arkansas Alcohol and Beverage Control administration initially approved the measure after it was then sent to the state about a year ago, when it should have rejected the new alcohol rule passed by the city, Eichmann said.

“It was just an oversight,” Eichmann said.

Although city officials believed they could allow Sunday alcohol via an ordinance, such measures must actually be passed by a public vote in an election, as cities such as Springdale and Tontitown have in recent years. For such an initiative to appear on a city ballot, petition signatures must be collected from 15 percent of the number of local residents who voted in the last governor’s election, state election rules stipulate.

Eichmann said he believes members of the town will consider collecting signatures to reinstate Sunday alcohol sales, although he is not aware of any considerations yet being made on that front.

Genoah Conner said she does not support Sunday alcohol sales.

“I don’t think alcohol should be sold in a convenient store at all,” she said. “There’s too many kids that walk into convenient stores to buy candy and soda pop.”

Bobby Jones said there’s no issue with buying alcohol on Sundays, and said ending alcohol sales creates an inconvenience for some.

“On Sundays when football games are on, they will have to drive out of state or across county lines to get the beer,” he said. “I just don’t think that’s right for them.”

As for now, Sunday alcohol sales are suspended in Cave Springs, and the City Council is set to vote March 10 on a measure to amend the ordinance allowing Sunday sales.

6 comments

  • royprhodes

    Anyone 18yrs or old should be able to buy Beer at any time.. But to buy the HARDER STUFF; They need to be 21… If they are old enough to DEFEND OUR COUNTRY and Have a Draft Card to Prove They are defending Our Country; SALE IT TO THEM..

  • bob

    Gota love living in the bible belt! You should be able to buy beer 24 7 365 for f**k sakes MO and OK and TX you can! Way I see it if u want to drink that’s your choice you should be able to buy it when u want just as the smokers do. Ark and its backwards a$$ state and wonder why other us states and people talk s**t about use its all these retarted laws and rules.

  • john

    I feel that alcohol should be totally banned. Sure people will still drink, but when kids see alcoholic beverage stores on every street corner, in most every gas station, and now in Wal-Mart, this sends a message to kids that it must me OK to drink, because everyone else is.

    Think of the poor 22 year old newly wed trying to talk her husband out of spending the diaper money on beer and driving home drunk and beating her every payday. He knows he really doesn’t have a problem when society has place a liqueur store on every street corner.

    A good happy young couple raising a family can find all the joy in the world in those kids and working hard. They don’t need a metal can of dehydration fluid and liver toxins to “complete” the family. Not to mention the undo financial burden on the little family.

    I was raised in an alcoholic family and know first hand the I’ll effects of this poison.

    Dig up all the people who have been killed in crashes from alcohol and ask them if they think alcohol is good.

    Why can’t people focus their lives on their family and doing what is right for the world and making a better life. Instead we focus on self pleasures, greed, and sin.

    Just the fact that alcohol is sold everywhere makes me sick and i’d like to move to a dry state.

  • Joe Delaney

    People ahould be free to make their own choices. Too many things are banned already i.e. big sodas. More freedom and way less government in our lives is what we need.

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