Lowndes County considers 1 a.m. closing time at clubs

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County authorities are considering a law that would require nightclubs to close at 1 a.m.

Sheriff Mike Arledge is pushing for the ordinance. He blames various problems on clubs that remain open late, like noise complaints and violence.

Arledge says that when Columbus clubs close, some patrons travel to county clubs after they’ve already consumed alcohol.

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday unanimously authorized county attorney Tim Hudson to draft an ordinance.

Hudson says he will draft a proposed ordinance this week and send a copy to supervisors for their input and the matter will likely be revisited at the board’s April 15 meeting.

The next step would be to provide notice for a public hearing to be held in a future meeting.

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