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BOC puts Sunday liquor-by-the-drink to July ballot; Citizen vote would extend restaurant liquor sales

By Stewart Voegtlin

stewart@jacksonprogress-argus.com

The Butts County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution that would allow citizens to vote on liquor- by-the-drink Sunday sales for local restaurants.

Commissioner Gator Hodges' motion was seconded by Chairman Mitch McEwen and passed by a 4-0 vote. Commissioner Robert Henderson abstained.

The resolution will appear on the July primary ballot. If approved, the county would write Sunday sales of liquor into its ordinance.

The ordinance already allows for liquor- by-the-drink from Monday to Saturday.

"I've done a lot of thinking about this issue," Hodges said. "I spoke to my preacher and my dad about it. My dad said you have to have a separation of church and state, but I think the separation of church and state is one of the reasons we are in the mess we're in. [The Board] isn't condoning this. I just want to make sure everyone knows that. We are just allowing the people to vote on this."

Vice Chairman Roger McDaniel said he would put his personal opinion aside and do his job as a county commissioner.