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Grovetown panel OKs Sunday alcohol sales

Sales could begin as early as this Sunday

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 7:20 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 2:00 AM
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Sunday package alcohol sales in the city of Grovetown could start as early as this Sunday, now that City Council has revised its ordinance to allow it.

Council members gave final approval to the change in the law Monday, implementing the referendum approved by city voters in November.

The law takes effect immediately, said City Attorney Brendan Fleming.

Georgia’s Legislature enacted the local-option statute this past spring, allowing cities and counties around the state to hold referendums on the Sunday sales issue.

Nearly 65 percent of Grovetown voters approved the referendum, and Monday’s vote means Grovetown, for now, will be Augusta’s closest Georgia city allowing Sunday package sales. Augusta officials have said they expect to hold a similar referendum in March; Columbia County officials have not yet scheduled a vote.

The law restricts sales to between 12:30 and 11 p.m. Sundays, and allows sales of package beer, wine and liquor in any licensed store.

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my.voice
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my.voice 12/12/11 - 07:24 pm
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Fantastic, DUIs now run seven

Fantastic, DUIs now run seven days a week!

PBrig822
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PBrig822 12/12/11 - 07:42 pm
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DUIs happen everyday and they

DUIs happen everyday and they have for years. Just cause they allow sales on sunday now doesn't mean that everyone who buys on sunday will get a DUI.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/12/11 - 07:45 pm
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That'a Right my.voice.....you

That'a Right my.voice.....you can only get a DUI on beer, wine and liquor purchased on Sunday. If not, you must provide proof that you purchased it another day of the week.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/12/11 - 07:47 pm
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parallel thinking PBrig822.

parallel thinking PBrig822.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/12/11 - 08:51 pm
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Heathens.

Heathens.

Pu239
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Pu239 12/12/11 - 08:59 pm
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I wonder if Grovetown will
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I wonder if Grovetown will start issuing passports for entry into the city....

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 12/12/11 - 09:25 pm
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my voice - actually allowing

my voice - actually allowing the sale of booze at stores could DECREASE the chance of DUIs on Sunday. Before you had to go to a restaurant to get alcohol on Sundays. Now you can go to the package store and drink in your house...without having to drive drunk.

That, and the ban on sunday sales was a stupid, stupid law anyway.

KSL
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KSL 12/12/11 - 09:31 pm
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my.voice, so you believe the

my.voice, so you believe the purchaser of a half pint of liquor or more at a store on Sunday is going to result in the purchaser sitting in the parking lot, downing the whole bottle, and then driving home??? I'm laughing out loud.

KSL
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KSL 12/12/11 - 09:32 pm
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reality, you beat me to it. I

reality, you beat me to it. I hate stupidity.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 12/12/11 - 09:44 pm
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There goes one of the most

There goes one of the most popular rants for R/R. OOPS, my bad, I can hear it now..."Why do I have to drive all the way to Grovetown to buy my beer on Sunday?

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/12/11 - 10:14 pm
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"Fantastic, DUIs now run
Unpublished

"Fantastic, DUIs now run seven days a week!"

That is just illogical. If anything, it will reduce DUI's because package sales generally go home with people (recreational activities excepted).
As it is now, if I want a beer to watch the game on Sunday I will drive to one of the bars with TV's, knock back what I want and d-r-i-v-e home. If I could buy it to go, I would buy it, go home, and drink it. (Using "I" to speak for the many who go to bars on Sunday and pay $3-$4 per beer when we could drink at home <1/3 of that.)
DUI, in fact, may not go down, but it certainly won't go up, despite the rantings of the illogical.

Looks like I was johnny-come-lately to this thread. I read the first comment ans posted before reading the rest.

burninater
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burninater 12/12/11 - 10:53 pm
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The voters spoke, and the

The voters spoke, and the council listened. Brings a little democratic (the system, not the party) tear to me eye.

KSL
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KSL 12/12/11 - 11:18 pm
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Their right to speak. How

Their right to speak. How much longer are we going to have that right?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 12/13/11 - 06:11 am
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realitycheck09 thank you for

realitycheck09 thank you for politely making your point in objection to my.voice's comment.

my.voice
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my.voice 12/13/11 - 06:35 am
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We aren't concerned with DUI

We aren't concerned with DUI anyhow. Selling chilled spirits at the local store only invites the opportunity. The bars send the drunkards out midnight, to kill and maim. I just don't feel we as a society really care about DUI, and the anger of some of your responses to my opinion onl reinforces that fact.

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harley_52 12/13/11 - 06:59 am
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my.voice said "...the anger

my.voice said "...the anger of some of your responses to my opinion onl reinforces that fact."

I doubt it's really "anger."

More likely just hung over and grouchy this early in the morning.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 12/13/11 - 07:11 am
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@my.voice How about we start

@my.voice
How about we start banning cellphones since people use them in their cars and get into accidents. Or better yet, lets just go back to prohibition so organized crime and your Al Capones can spring up again. That just sounds fantastic!

Let's just keep our morals to ourselves and realize that picking some special day where spirits can't be sold is asinine and unfounded. Good on Grovetown for voting on this, the peoples voice has been heard. I will make it a point to visit a store in Grovetown on Sunday and get some ale.

allhans
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allhans 12/13/11 - 07:47 am
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Yeah! No more having to make

Yeah! No more having to make a last minute run on Saturday night.
(Sorry folks, but my family has a ton of alcoholics, genetic I assume, and I avoid alcohol like a plague.)

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/13/11 - 07:57 am
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" ...(M)y family has a ton of

" ...(M)y family has a ton of alcoholics ... I avoid alcohol like a plague..."

So, your family can't cope, so the rest of us should have to live by that?

Wow.

allhans
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allhans 12/13/11 - 08:15 am
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Nope. dstewart. I didn't say

Nope. dstewart. I didn't say anything like that. I said I stay away from it. I had no vote in the matter, I don't live in the Grovetown area. Not even close.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/13/11 - 09:05 am
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Myvoice, If people want to

Myvoice, If people want to drink or enjoy drinking they will, and not all drinkers drive, I drink rarely but if I decide to it is done in the privacy of my home and if I decide on a Sunday afternoon that I would like a glass of wine then it would be nice to run out and get a bottle. Sunday sales will not increase drinking or DUI because I bet you that the majority of drinkers already buy enough on Saturday to get them through Sunday anyway. I believe people do care about DUI but that decision is on the individual who chooses to drink and drive, not on an entire community.

Bruno
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Bruno 12/13/11 - 09:11 am
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I sort of agree with my.voice

I sort of agree with my.voice but only in the sense that we as a society do not take DUI's seriously. Personally, as an former Paramedic, I think that the person convicted of DUI should have their license revoked, their car impounded, give up the right to buy a car in the future and have any car that they are found operating (short of theft) impounded and forfeited. But, I admit that my stance is a bit on the harsh side and I am okay with that.
I don't agree that DUI's will increase simply because of Sunday booze sales.

exmedic
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exmedic 12/13/11 - 09:18 am
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Still wonder why the 11:30

Still wonder why the 11:30 start time to sell on sunday?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/13/11 - 09:47 am
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You must not have read the

You must not have read the article, exmedic. The start time is 12:30 in the version on my computer screen.

soldout
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soldout 12/13/11 - 09:57 am
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it is a sad day and a

it is a sad day and a reflection on how many believe drinking is a good thing. The curse without a cause does not come and for all sowing there is a reaping. For example there is a group of people who continue to vote for a party that celebrates sin and the death of unborn babies. Those who vote that way have made little progress in 30 years and the cause may be the curse of voting for death. Make Jesus number one in your life and your desire for mind altering drugs will be gone. Trade your temporary happiness for pernament joy and walk in the blessings of the Lord. Choose life not death. Blessings not curses.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 12/13/11 - 10:25 am
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soldout - can you explain

soldout - can you explain John 2:1-11 to me then? That's where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. If drinking is not "a good thing" as you put it, then why did Jesus himself encourage it at a wedding? It sounds like Jesus himself wasn't against a little "mind altering drug" (your words, not mine). That wasn't grape juice at the last supper, pal.

oldfella
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oldfella 12/13/11 - 11:05 am
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Clear as mud! So is it just

Clear as mud! So is it just Grovetown city limits or the Grovetown 30813 Zip Code too? I have a Grovetown address, but live a block from the Evans boundary. So are all stores within the Grovetown 30813 area allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday? Again, attention to detail would be helpful here.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/13/11 - 11:23 am
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It is just within the city
Unpublished

It is just within the city limits of Grovetown. Unincorporated ColCo will vote in the next scheduled election.

allhans
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allhans 12/13/11 - 12:15 pm
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realitycheck09....Jesus

realitycheck09....Jesus turning the water into wine.
A marriage was a time of great celebration. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, came and told him there was no more wine, Jesus was hesitant but went forward and gave the servants instructions.
This doesn't mean that he would have done it on an ordinary day, but this was a festive occasion.
Who knows?
He performed many other miracles..

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 12/13/11 - 12:16 pm
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allhans - right, but if Jesus

allhans - right, but if Jesus was as against drinking as the people who have misunderstood the Bible around here are, he would not have turned water into wine any more than he would have turned grass into marijuana.

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