Sunday alcohol sales for Augusta on Super Tuesday's ballot

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Sunday alcohol sales have passed handily in 105 Georgia jurisdictions, including Savannah, Gainesville, Macon and Grovetown, which currently is the only city on the Georgia side of metro Augusta to permit the sales.

Augusta citizens will be able to vote for Sunday alcohol sales March 6th, which is also Super Tuesday.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
Augusta citizens will be able to vote for Sunday alcohol sales March 6th, which is also Super Tuesday.

Until this year, Augusta-area residents had only one option – inside the city of Aiken, which holds a South Carolina permit for retail beer and wine sales on Sundays – if they sought package alcohol on a Sunday.

According to Georgia Food Industry Association, which is keeping tabs on Sunday sales referenda, 38 other Georgia jurisdictions have the measure on Tuesday’s presidential primary ballot.

The referendum’s passage rate has been high, at 83 percent where voters have been asked. But it hasn’t been automatic, with voters in Albany, Americus and Brunswick – although not surrounding Glynn County – defeating the sales in November elections.

No other metro Augusta cities or counties have the question on Tuesday’s ballot. Columbia County won’t vote on Sunday sales until July 31, when voters across the region also will be asked to approve a regional transportation sales tax and county commissioner term limits. Columbia County officials placed Sunday sales on the July general primary ballot to ensure “good turnout,” County Administrator Scott Johnson said.

The Augusta Commission opted against holding a special election just for Sunday sales and instead placed it with the closest scheduled countywide election – Tuesday, the date of the Georgia Republican Presidential Preference Primary and a referendum on Richmond County Board of Education’s renewal of a 1-cent sales tax for school capital projects.

There has been very little, if any, campaigning for or against the measure. Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce has adopted no position on Sunday sales, Director Sue Parr said.

Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said she expects turnout to be low Tuesday, around 25 percent, and elections observer Dave Barbee, who chairs the 10th District Republican party, said he expects highest turnout among those casting ballots in the Republican primary.

Augusta’s referendum, if approved, will also grant retailers in Blythe and Hephzibah the opportunity to sell beer, wine and liquor on Sundays.

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Bonk
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Bonk 03/03/12 - 08:28 pm
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No one has really ever

No one has really ever answered my question about why one cannot purchase liquor in a grocery store in Georgia.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/03/12 - 09:26 pm
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Hey, don't miss, buried in

Hey, don't miss, buried in one of the paragraphs above that there is a referendum on SPLOST for the Richmond County School Board slush fund on Tuesday's ballot. Please join me in voting NO! on the ESPLOST.

leebraxjr
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leebraxjr 03/03/12 - 10:08 pm
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Little Lamb I would, but i am

Little Lamb I would, but i am a democrate. Which would mean I would have to pick a candidate for the Republicans, and being honest I would voter for Ron Paul. Not whether he can win or not, but at least he would be taken serious.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/03/12 - 11:34 pm
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At last! A good reason to

At last! A good reason to participate in Sooper Dooper Tuesday!:)

museofsatie
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museofsatie 03/03/12 - 11:46 pm
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Bonk: What? "Just because"

Bonk: What? "Just because" isn't reason enough for you? :p

But GA isn't the only state that does that. Florida, Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Texas, etc. all have similar "rules" about the type of alcohol sold in supermarkets.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/03/12 - 11:51 pm
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Why should there be any rules

Why should there be any rules about where and when you can buy alcohol? It is a legal commodity.

Bonk
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Bonk 03/03/12 - 11:54 pm
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I've just always wondered

I've just always wondered what is it about a grocery store that would prevent it from selling liquor. Do the liquor stores pay a lot of money to state legislators?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/04/12 - 12:06 am
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Bonk, the answer is no. We

Bonk, the answer is no. We are in the Bible Belt, and a lot of our "moral" related legislation is biased by religious tenets. I am a Southern Baptist by heritage, but don't adhere to tenets to the point it compromises common sense. If you don't want to see liquor in grocery stores, don't go through that aisle. If you don't like alcohol sales on Sunday, don't buy it. In other words, live by your convictions, but don't try to impose them on everyone else.

Bonk
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Bonk 03/04/12 - 12:17 am
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Are there really people who

Are there really people who believe that if they merely cast their eyes on liquor bottles, somehow their lives have been damaged?

thelastword
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thelastword 03/04/12 - 01:00 am
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I'm neutral on the whole

I'm neutral on the whole alcohol thing on Sundays...I rarely drink, so the law doesn't really effect me, but what I don't get is how people act like it's so unholy to get drunk on Sunday. I hope that anyone that is truly devoted to christianity, or any other religion for that matter realizes that it doesn't matter what day it is. I guess they say go get drunk on Saturday night, but dress up pretty and put on a big fake smile at church on Sunday morning?! hmmmm and not only that but people that have a drinking problem are stocked up when Sunday rolls around anyways, so it won't affect them either.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/04/12 - 04:59 am
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anotherday...your 1106p is

anotherday...your 1106p is soooo good.....10 thumbs up---

right on the money.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/04/12 - 09:08 am
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I've always been able to buy

I've always been able to buy booze on Sunday legally at Ft. Gordon.

But if an aspiring politician would come out and base a campaign on opposing Sunday sales, he would have a winning issue. Just saying...

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 03/04/12 - 09:10 am
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Well said anotherday well

Well said anotherday well said!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/04/12 - 09:19 am
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So imposing your conviction

So imposing your conviction to allow alcohol sales on every day of the week is okay, but imposing our conviction to allow alcohol sales on six days out of seven is not.

Bonk
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Bonk 03/04/12 - 10:13 am
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Please don't discount my

Please don't discount my position on this matter just because I believe in a different invisible man who lives in the sky than you do.

museofsatie
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museofsatie 03/04/12 - 11:52 am
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"Are there really people who

"Are there really people who believe that if they merely cast their eyes on liquor bottles, somehow their lives have been damaged?"

Yes, there are. Are you new to the south? :p

As TangoCharlie said, it makes sense to allow the sale of alcohol seven days a week. The county where I now reside in Texas was a completely dry county, except for two or three restaurants which were allowed to serve alcoholic drinks, until just a couple of years ago. They finally changed it, and now that stores were able to sell alcohol, they get a lot more business from people who (up until the change) had to drive several miles to the next county to get any alcohol. They even sell on Sundays, after 12:30pm.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/04/12 - 02:06 pm
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These measures to avoid

These measures to avoid outright Sunday sales can get complicated. A few years ago South Carolina had a thing where booze could only be sold on Sundays in certain areas to tourists. So you would have to go to the Quickstop and talk about how you were visiting from Massachusetts or somewhere all the while saying things like "Youz guys."

It usually worked, but once I took my cousin Vic from Branchville with me and they took one look at him in his sleeveless shirt, no shoes and few teeth and they knew he had never left Orangeburg County.

Abbynoll
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Abbynoll 03/04/12 - 02:18 pm
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I have never understood the

I have never understood the law to begin with. There are three possibilities... 1. People stock up on Saturday and drink all day Sunday anyway, or 2. People who aren't smart enough to stock up (or pace themselves so they don't drink themselves stupid) drive into a neighboring county and purchase it, increasing the potential for drunk driving issues, or 3. They just don't drink enough to care about not having it on Sunday. Not selling it on Sundays doesn't prevent drinking on Sundays at all. It's a stupid law.

Abbynoll
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Abbynoll 03/04/12 - 02:19 pm
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Of course I forgot about the

Of course I forgot about the possible revenue from unlawful sale citations. That has to be the only reason I can think of to stop people from purchasing it on Sunday. Just a thought...

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 03/04/12 - 02:34 pm
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If you want to claim to be a

If you want to claim to be a Christian jc's first miracle was turning water into wine...his a FIRST. Not grape juice, or kool-aid but wine, now it may have been a Sunday but I can not be sure.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/04/12 - 02:40 pm
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I don't care about it one way
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I don't care about it one way or another, but my thing is either allow it or dont!! Makes me sick to see them be such hypocrites and allow it in a restaurant for people to drive home drunk and not be able to take it back to your own home to consume it safely. They might be trying to boost restaurant revenue by doing that, but it is stupid to say the least A few bucks are worth more than people on the roads lives?? I know elementary school kids more logical than most of these law makers!!!!

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/04/12 - 02:42 pm
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An extra license to sell it
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An extra license to sell it on Sundays too?? Really?? Do you charge it to the restaurants??

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 03/04/12 - 02:47 pm
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If you are a Christian

If you are a Christian thencyou know that jc's first miracle was turning water in to wine, not grape juice or kool aid but wine... I just don't know if it was on a Sunday or not

Bonk
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Bonk 03/04/12 - 03:09 pm
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Barstooldreamer: when Jesus

Barstooldreamer: when Jesus turned the water into wine the sabbath was on Saturday. The same day Moses said it was when he came up with the 10 commandments. Then at the end of his life, Jesus has a bad weekend. As a result of this bad weekend, certain of his followers decided that the new day religion and southern governments would have control over our lives to be Sunday. So there is a school of thought out there that the day not to buy booze should be saturday.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/04/12 - 03:55 pm
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The wedding occurred on a

The wedding occurred on a Wednesday. John1:1 "On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee.."

The Jewish Talmud directs that the marriage of a virgin should be on the fourth day of the week, our Wednesday. Saturday was the sabbath, Sunday was the 1st day of the week so the wedding would have been on a Wednesday.

Of course, there will always be those who will bring up the story of Jesus turning the water into wine. But contrary to what many believe, Jesus didn't turn water into alcoholic wine.

Wedding ceremonies lasted several days and to avoid having their guest become too drunk, the non-alcoholic wine was served first and then later the alcoholic wine was brought in. The governor remarked that Jesus had saved the best wine for last, indicating a reverse in the traditional order by serving the non-alcoholic wine last. Scripture also states that the guest were "well drunk". When Jesus’ mother came to him because the wine had run out, Jesus had to make a decision; either contribute to the drunkenness that would surely follow with that much wine or just say no.

. In Habakkuk 2:15a which states, "Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also". Jesus creating and serving 100-150 gallons of alcoholic wine clearly goes against this Scripture. Jesus could not have drunk alcoholic wine at the wedding feast either, or He would have been disobeying the Bible commands concerning kings and princes and since Jesus was sinless, he did not violate scripture.

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Willow Bailey 03/04/12 - 04:33 pm
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Gastang, I would say that the

Gastang, I would say that the point of allowing alcohol sales in restaurants is because of the presence of food and it's role in the absorption process.

ICL, excellent post, thank you for your time in sharing the gospel.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/04/12 - 05:59 pm
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Tango, good advice, can you

Tango, good advice, can you apply it In your own life is the question on the table,

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/04/12 - 06:42 pm
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Willow, I understand your
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Willow, I understand your point and the absorption process, but you know as well as I do that has nothing to do with it and the decision to sell in restaurants. lol You arent required to eat to drink on Sunday. And the absorption, eating or not, isnt relevant if you drink 5 long island ice teas, you are still drunk and I dont want ya on the road leaving that restaurant because you couldnt drink those 5 at home!!! lol That justification would be as silly as the rest of those on the article about the pros and cons of Sunday sales. Have you seen that one? lol

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/04/12 - 06:43 pm
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Tango, if my religious

Tango, if my religious convictions are that it is better not to consume alcohol, then how am I forcing my convictions on you. You have six out of seven days in a week to buy it and never said you couldn't consume alcohol on Sunday, just that it's best to keep the Lord's Day holy. Like posted earlier, your conviction is that you should be able to buy it whenever you want. Sure seems like you forcing your conviction on those who think differently.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/04/12 - 06:59 pm
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Tango, your link really does

Tango, your link really does not prove any point because the debate will always be "whether Jesus actually turned the water into alcoholic or non-alcoholic wine".

Since Christ was perfect, and all throughout the Old Testament and New Testament He spoke about the evils of becoming drunk or drinking much wine, and if He actually turned the water into alcoholic wine for the consumption of the wedding guest after they were already drunk with wine, He would have contradicted and went against everything He had spoken about towards the evils of drinking too much wine. So IMO, the link has no biblical bases. It's only someone's opinion.

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