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County easing alcohol statutes
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Effingham County commissioners are easing restrictions on restaurants that serve alcohol, reducing the percentages of food sales necessary and reducing the distances between those establishments and churches and schools.

Commissioners approved the first reading of revisions to the county’s alcohol ordinance. Also approved were changes allowing for the sale of alcohol by the drink on Christmas Day — provided it did not fall on Sunday — and changes in pricing structures to allow for happy hour promotions and sales of buckets of individual servings of beer.

“These were requested so that the restaurants in the unincorporated area could stay competitive with restaurants in the incorporated areas and in neighboring counties,” said county Planning Director George Shaw.

For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.