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Little interest in alcohol
Only Screven County to hold Sunday sales referendum
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      METTER - With Gov. Nathan Deal's recent Sunday alcohol sales bill signed into law, local city and county governments have the option to allow a referendum for citizens to vote if they want alcohol sold in stores on Sundays.
      In Screven, Candler and Evans counties, so far, only Screven County commissioners have voted to put a referendum on the November ballot.
      "It hasn't been discussed as of this time for the city of Claxton," said Gayle Durrence, city manager.
      "There has been no official discussion on the topic," said Joseph Mosley, Metter city manager. "We may bring it up in the future, but there is no official consideration now."
      Jim Flynt, Candler County administrator, said commissioners have had no discussions.
      "There has been no interest so far," he said. "My immediate family owns two liquor stores," said Flynt, "but they believe six days a week is enough [to buy alcohol]."
      "If the interest is shown, we'll put it on the agenda and put it to a vote," he said.
      "I haven't had any business mention it to me," said Sylvania Mayor Margaret Evans.
      And Sylvania city manager, Carter Crawford stated the subject is currently not on the table for discussion.
      Screven County Commissioners, however, did make the decision to put a referendum on November's ballot.
      "We already have an election for SPLOST," said county administrator Rick Jordan, "so we decided to add that to the ballot to allow the people to make the decision."
      "We want to give voters a chance to vote on it," said Screven Co. Commissioner Dennis Lawton, "since there is so much opposition about it."
      Screven County Commissioners Chairman Will Boyd said the board voted 5-2 in favor of adding the referendum.
      "I was opposed to it," said Boyd, "but the majority of our commissioners felt we needed to put it on the ballot."
      "I, personally, don't see the need for it," said Boyd, "since people can already buy alcohol in stores six days a week."