Waldo to quit beer sales at Hwy. 371 store

Garry Waldo has about two weeks to sell off the beer inventory at his Richmond Country Store.
Waldo and Sheriff Jim Johnson found a way to resolve conflicting views Tuesday after county law enforcement determined the store on Highway 371 South was too close to two churches.
A Lee County ordinance bars the sale of beer within 600 feet of a church or school.
“He will retain the permit, but just not sell beer at that location,” said his attorney, Edwin Priest of Tupelo.
Johnson confirmed they’d found some common ground about the situation at the business.
Priest agreed, saying Johnson will dismiss his petition to County Court to revoke the beer-sale permit and Waldo will stop Chancery Court proceedings to prevent Johnson from taking his permit.
The 14-day grace period will give Waldo time to liquidate his beer supply, the sheriff noted.
Priest said that while his client reserves his right to challenge the ordinance, that decision hasn’t been made yet.
Waldo apparently was granted the permit to sell beer without any questions about his location.
Last week, Johnson reported numerous complaints about beer sales from churchgoers near Waldo’s store. He also said his office did not have the authority to stop the sales without a court order.

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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