Augusta Commission approves Sunday alcohol sales license

Packaged sales in Richmond County stores to begin April 1

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:12 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:47 AM
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It’s official: Businesses in Augusta will be able to start selling packaged alcohol on Sundays beginning April 1.

The Augusta Commission voted 8-1-1 Tuesday, with Commissioner J.R. Hatney abstaining and Commissioner Bill Lockett opposed, to approve the licensing required to allow Sunday packaged alcohol sales to begin April 1 with no additional fee for retailers.

“I hate to see people leaving the church on Sunday and their first stop is the liquor store,” Lockett said.

On March 12, the commission’s Public Services Committee voted 4-0 on that licensing requirement.

Voters approved a referendum on Super Tuesday earlier this month, making Augusta-Richmond County the largest jurisdiction in the area to allow Sunday packaged alcohol sales. Grovetown voters approved a Sunday sales referendum in November. The city of Aiken holds a South Carolina permit for retail beer and wine sales on Sundays.

Voters in Columbia County and the city of Harlem will get their chance on decide on the referendum on July 31.

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Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 03/21/12 - 01:37 am
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What makes him think everyone

What makes him think everyone goes to church on Sunday? I work on Sunday.

thewaytolite
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thewaytolite 03/21/12 - 06:03 am
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Its nice to see Bill Lockett

Its nice to see Bill Lockett has such a low opinion of the people who elected him

wribbs
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wribbs 03/21/12 - 12:20 pm
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“I hate to see people leaving

“I hate to see people leaving the church on Sunday and their first stop is the liquor store,” Lockett said.

I've heard politicians say a lot of dumb things, but that one has got to be the dumbest.

david jennings
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david jennings 03/21/12 - 07:05 am
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Lockett should have saved his

Lockett should have saved his comment for the first day of sales, that way he could say April Fools

nanowerx
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nanowerx 03/21/12 - 07:19 am
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I cannot believe that Lockett

I cannot believe that Lockett said that, much less voted based on that opinion. Does he realize that you should vote based on whats best for your constituents, not what further pushes your religious agenda. Nothing wrong with religion, but there is also nothing wrong with not having religion either and the Sunday ban was nothing but a church law....one that actually encouraged people to go out and get drunk at a restaurant, then drive home.

iLove
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iLove 03/21/12 - 09:48 am
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This nation is losing it's
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This nation is losing it's morals every whichaway you turn.

ForeverFrog
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ForeverFrog 03/21/12 - 11:01 am
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Religious beliefs don’t

Religious beliefs don’t determine morality. I know many wonderful people with high moral standards that aren’t religious. On the other hand. . .

wribbs
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wribbs 03/21/12 - 12:20 pm
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Don't people that say you

Don't people that say you shouldn't drink point to the Bible where it says the body should be treated like a temple as their defense that nobody should drink?

I wonder how many of these same people would think nothing of sitting down at the Golden Corral all you can eat buffet and eating ten times more food than they need but then look down their nose at me for drinking a six pack of Budweiser.

Ilove is right. This country is loosing its morals every whichaway you turn. I see fat people every where.

mike1sc
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mike1sc 03/21/12 - 10:03 pm
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The bible belt loses another

The bible belt loses another contest. Morality should never be legislated anyway....

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