This week: Sherwood, Jacksonville voters deciding on restaurant alcohol sales


Some special elections will take place this week in central Arkansas. Voters in Sherwood and Jacksonville will decide on alcohol sales inside restaurants.

In most parts of Sherwood and Jacksonville, if you want to have an alcoholic beverage at a restaurant, you can't.

That's because an area referred to as Gray 56 Township has been dry for 60 years.

However, in September, city councils in both cities voted to have a special election to consider changing that.

"I mean, you have to keep up with the culture and that's just one of the things you have to do,” said Will Lewis, who lives in Sherwood.

On Tuesday, voters will decide whether or not to allow on-premises alcohol sales.

The vote would be exclusively for restaurants, whether they're part of a chain or locally-owned, to serve alcoholic beverages to customers.

Liquor stores, bars, and clubs would remain banned in the area.

We asked residents what they thought.

"I'm a Christian, and I don't think it should be obtainable as it is,” said Shawn Fields, who lives in the Sherwood/Jacksonville area.

“I think it's ok,” said Butler. “I don't have any problem with it personally."

"I'm in favor of it,” said Lewis. “I came from Texas originally, where it's pretty liberal with alcohol and you have lesser incidents."

Officials say the voters within the original township boundaries will be the only ones making the decision. That's about 24-thousand people.

In Alexander, residents will vote on a 1% sales tax on Tuesday.

Money generated from the sales tax would go towards general operations of the city.

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