Hearing set for cold beer sales in Oxford

July 25, 2013 9:50:17 AM



OXFORD -- Oxford aldermen are considering a proposal to allow cold beer and light wine sales in the city for the first time in 40 years. 


And Alderwoman Janice Antonow has suggested aldermen look at allowing off-site beer sales on Sundays. 


The board of aldermen will hold public hearing on Aug. 6. The board plans to vote for the proposals on Aug. 20. 


Currently Oxford legalizes sales of beer, wine and liquor by the drink in restaurants on a handful of holidays and the Sundays after University of Mississippi home football games. Sunday retail liquor sales are forbidden by state law, and Oxford currently prohibits Sunday store sales of all beer. 


Antonow's proposal would limit Sunday retail beer sales to the same hours as the occasional restaurant sales -- 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. She asked that the proposed changes be written so as to be independent of each other. 


"We can vote for Sunday or not Sunday, cold or not cold, or neither," she said. 


City Attorney Pope Mallette said the state Alcoholic Beverage Control would not be involved with the change since it does not involve wine or liquor. 


Aldermen also asked Police Chief Joey East to look into what other towns have experienced with such sales.