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VFW Receives Beer Permit

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – An application to sell beer and light wine for on-premises consumption submitted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4100 was granted by supervisors during their “first Monday” meeting held August 4.

A county ordinance requires a permit in addition to a business privilege license for any business in the county to sell beer. Supervisors grant the permits on a case-by-case basis.

“We have an application on behalf the Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VWF) for permission to sell beer and/or light wine,” Chancery Clerk Amy McMinn told supervisors.

“They also have a permit from the State Tax Commission,” McMinn said, referring to a state permit also required.

“Everything in order?” District Three Supervisor Butch Surrette asked.

“The only thing that has come up is the ordinance that the county adopted has a provision about gambling,” McMinn said. “Bingo at the VFW is overseen by Mississippi Gaming Commission and that seems to be the concern.”

“I talked to several of the guys out there and bingo night is family night out there, they have children and they have no intention of ever selling any beer (on bingo night),” Vaughn said.

“It is sort of separate, I know it can’t be separate because it is all in one building, but it’s sort of separate from the kitchen area where it is to be served,” Surrette added.

“In their application they are going to sale hamburgers, hotdogs and snacks,” Board Attorney John Crow told supervisors after examining the paperwork.

“They are to have to sell hot meals. That is what your order (ordinance) says, unless you want to amend your order,” Board attorney John Crow advised

“It is more than that,” Vaughn answered. “They cook meals for people out there too, they have a full kitchen facility, not just a hamburger joint.”

“They need to understand, it can’t be just that,” Crow answered.

“They feed lots of people out there,” Supervisor Frank “Bubba” Tillman said.

“I make the motion the motion,” Vaughn said, and the board voted unanimously in favor of the permit.

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