Sunday sales second reading approved by fiscal court

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Ordinance is published in this week's Enterprise.

By Stephen Lega

Sunday alcohol sales have been approved in Marion County.

Aug. 20, the Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 to approve the second reading of an ordinance that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday and expand sales hours throughout the week.

Dry precincts, those that previously voted to prohibit alcohol sales, will remain dry even with the passage of the ordinance.

Magistrates Larry Caldwell, John Arthur Elder III and Steve Masterson voted in favor of the ordinance. Magistrate Jackie Wicker opposed the ordinance. Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers was not present for last week's meeting.

The court voted 3-2 to approve the first reading of the ordinance at its Aug. 6 meeting. Wicker and Smothers cast the opposing votes at that time, and Mimi Crum spoke to the court about her concerns about the ordinance as well.

At the Aug. 6 meeting, Wicker explained his vote by saying that he did not have a problem with people drinking a beer or a glass of wine on Sunday, but he knew that many of his constituents did.

The ordinance becomes official with its publication in this week's Enterprise (see page A15 ).

The revised county ordinance allows alcohol sales from 6 a.m. Monday to Saturday until 1 a.m. the following morning. The ordinance would also allow alcohol sales from noon Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday morning.

Before the vote Thursday, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly asked if there was any discussion. No statements were offered either for or against the ordinance.