County to Get Beer on Septem­ber 1

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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.

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