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Voters may decide Sunday sales

Come this November, there may be something more for voters to go to the polls for in McDuffie County. But a few legal steps must first be addressed.

Aside from choosing the next possible president of the United States, voters also are expected to cast a yes or no vote to Sunday alcohol sales by the drink at restaurants in the county on the November 4, 2008, ballot, according to McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton.

Commissioners were planning to have been presented a resolution on Sunday sales from County Attorney Sammy Fowler during Tuesday night's commission meeting, but Mr. Fowler told commissioner earlier Tuesday there are several legal steps the county must take first.

"The law states that we must do certain things before we can adopt the resolution," Mr. Newton said. "We just found out about it. We still have this on the plate."

The issue was on early versions of the commission's agenda - including those sent to the media on Tuesday. However, by the time of the meeting, the item had been dropped from agenda.

During an earlier commission meeting this month, commissioners agreed to request that Mr. Fowler draw up a resolution supporting a referendum on the question of Sunday alcohol sales by the drink.

If the issue makes it to the November ballot, it will mark the first time in the history of the county that voters have been offered an opportunity to decide such an issue.

Many officials believe that if voters approve the referendum that it will bring in new restaurants and that such growth would boost the local economy and create more jobs.

Web posted on Thursday, March 20, 2008

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