Oxford board rejects bid for later alcohol sales

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – A request to extend Oxford’s legal alcohol-service hours fell on deaf ears Tuesday.
Dee Hobbs, who represented a bar owner, said extending service until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights would benefit bar owners and their employees, late-night eateries and their employees and the city’s tax coffers. Hobbs also argued that the move would reduce binge drinking that precedes closing time.
Ward 3 Alderman Janice Antonow said, “I’m concerned that our city’s different – that we have a concentration of bars in one area. I think it’s dangerous; we’re just pushing everything later.”
Mayor Pat Patterson expressed relief to see the request die for lack of a motion.