County to Get Beer on September 1
A resolution issued this week by the Newton County Commissioner and his three advisors will make the sale of malt liquors in the county legal after September 1.
The resolution by Commissioner Tom Bates basically sets forth 10 rules and regulations to govern the off-premises sale of malt liquors and beer to properly licensed holders.
The resolution is placed on the bulletin board at the Courthouse in its entirety for public viewing.
Other than Commissioner Bates, his Advisory Board is composed of R.E. Avery, A.S. Ellington, and W.P. Hays.
The retail licensee qualifications states that “a person must be of good moral character, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the County of Newton for a period of one year next preceding the date of filing application.”
The regulations state: No holder of license authorizing the sale of malt beverages at retail in the County of Newton nor any agent or employee of the licensee, shall do any of the following upon the licensed premises:
(1) Knowingly sell beer to a minor. (2) Knowingly sell beer to any person while such person is in an intoxicated condition. (3) Sell beer upon the licensed premises on any day or at any time when such sale is prohibited by law.
(4) Permit on the licensed premises any disorderly conduct, breach of peace, or any lewd, immoral, or improper entertainment, conduct or practices.
In addition: (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, or possess for the purpose of sale, any malt beverages where such person does not have a license from Newton County to sell or possess for sale such beverages.
(2) Malt beverages shall be received at or delivered to the premise of the retail licensee by no other means than by a conveyance owned and operated by a wholesale dealer with a permit from the Commissioner of Newton County.
(3) Transportation of malt beverages by any other means shall be grounds for revocation of retail license or wholesale permit.
(4) Dealers in malt beverages shall not engage in the sale of such beverages except between the hours 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on weekdays.
And shall not permit their places of business to be opened for the sale of such beverages on Sunday or any other days prohibited by state law.
5)A license shall be a mere grant or privilege to carry on business during the term of the license, subject to all terms and conditions imposed by this Resolution, or any future Resolution, and subject to revocation with or without cause, and with or without notice of hearing.
In case of revocation, the licensee shall not be entitled to a return of the unearned license fee.
(6) Any violation of the provisions of this Resolution shall be grounds for immediate revocation of a license by the Commissioner of Newton County.
The hours of operation for the retail sale of malt beverages in the county will be between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
There shall be no malt beverages sold or distributed within Newton County on Sundays, or any other days prohibited by state law.
The first part of the resolution states the reason for the Commissioner’s action:
WHEREAS, THE COMMISSIONER and ADVISORY BOARD of NEWTON COUNTY, GEORGIA are aware that a considerable amount of malt beverages is being sold illegally and con- sumed within the limits of said County; and
WHEREAS, this body wishes to control the sale and consumption of such beverages with the limits of said County; and WHEREAS, this body in the exercise of its sound judgment and discretion, after giving thorough consideration to all the implications involved, and keeping always in mind the public interest and the welfare of the citizens of Newton County,
Deem its advisable to legalize the sale of malt beverages within the limits of said County, subject at all times to the regulations and controls to be established by this body:
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that from and after the 1st day of September, 1965, Newton County, Georgia will issue retail licenses for the sale of malt beverages within said County, and wholesale licenses for the distribution of malt beverages within said County.