October 8, 2009 10:11:00 AM
The Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Tuesday issued preliminary approval of Sunday alcohol sales in Columbus.
The State Tax Commission, under which the ABC operates, approved Starkville''s request for Sunday liquor sales last month.
Columbus'' approval is not official until signed by the ABC, which next meets Oct. 20, said David Armstrong, Columbus'' chief operations officer, noting, once signed, the order of approval will be effective immediately.
The Columbus City Council Sept. 2 voted to send a petition to the ABC requesting Columbus be allowed to extend its on-premises weekday alcohol sales hours and to sell wine and liquor on Sundays.
The ABC is expected to approve the Sunday sales and Columbus'' request to sell alcohol until 1:30 a.m. on weekdays.
Currently, the city''s ordinance allows for the sale of alcohol only from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
In Starkville, the Tax Commission approved the city''s request to allow restaurants to sell beer, liquor and wine by the glass on Sundays.
The city''s Board of Aldermen also extended its hours of alcohol sales allowing alcohol sales for on-site consumption from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.