UPDATE: Alcohol decisions made for NEMS cities

Starkville OKs Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants

The Associated Press
STARKVILLE — Starkville city officials have voted to allow restaurants, bars and clubs to sell alcohol on Sundays.

The city must now petition the state Tax Commission for approval of the sales, which would be allowed from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Package-store sales of alcohol still would be banned on Sundays in the city that is home to Mississippi State University.

Starkville’s aldermen voted 4-3 Tuesday night in favor of the Sunday sales. Restaurants could start serving alcohol by Sept. 18.

Oxford rejects extra bar hour for home games

By Errol Castens
Daily Journal Oxford Bureau
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.

Aberdeen board votes to amend beer ordinance
The Aberdeen Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night to amend a part of the city’s beer ordinance.

At the request of some local store owners, the board voted 3-2 to allow store’s an extra hour in which to sell beer on Sundays, from 1 p.m until 7 p.m. The former stopping point was 6 p.m.

Ward 1 Alderman and Ward 2 Alderman Cloyd Garth voted against the measure.

The local store owners say the additional hour of beer sales will help increase a diminishing sales tax base in Aberdeen.


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