Oxford rejects extra bar hour

OXFORD – Aldermen rejected a request Tuesday night by Oxford bar owners to add an extra hour of alcohol sales on home football game weekends at the University of Mississippi.
Dee Hobbs, representing The Library, asked that bars be allowed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption until 2 a.m. on Thursday and Friday nights and 1 a.m. on Saturday nights.
Currently bars sell alcohol until 1 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and midnight every other day except Sunday.
Police Chief Mike Martin said later that the extra hour was a non-issue for his force.
“We’ve got people at parties drinking all night around the Square and other places, so we’re already out there,” he said.
Oxford’s leadership previously made exceptions to standard alcohol hours to accommodate football game crowds. Board members voted to allow on-premises Sunday alcohol sales when Ole Miss hosted a Sunday game three years ago.
Aldermen remained silent after Hobbs’ presentation, letting the request die for lack of a motion.

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