CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES LIQUOR ORDINANCE
After approving several sign variances the council got down to the nitty gritty of the draft Liquor Control Ordinance that the council hopes to pass in December, so prospective business can get their applications for licenses to sell alcohol by the January meeting. City Manager Dave Willey told the council that the Liquor Control Officer who is by state statute the mayor has ultimate control over who gets and keeps licenses. Mayor Alan Gaffner commented he hoped the laws allow participation by the entire council in making those decisions.
True to their promises prior to last weeks election where voters overturned the 100 year ban on the sale of alcohol in Greenville the council's first draft prohibits bars and allows the sale of spirits only in restaurants, bowling alleys, convenience stores, grocery stores and by caterers or in clubs. The ordinance also bans alcohol advertising signs on or within two blocks of the downtown courthouse square. Under new business City Clerk Margaret Iberg told the council that filing for council positions on next April's ballot is set for December 8th to the 18th. Three council positions and the mayor's job are up for grabs in that election. Seats held by Kelly Ireland, Marshall Mollett and Roger Sanders as well as Mayor Gaffner will all be up for election.
THANK VETERANS EVERYDAY
The Veteran's Day Memorial Service was a success despite the rainy weather. Many gathered in the First United Methodist Church in Greenville for the event. Special guest speaker U.S Army Retired Major General Wayne Erck suggested how Americans can thank Veterans everyday. He asked American citizen’s not to waste their freedom and to not let the work the soldiers have done be in vain. Simple things like writing to newspaper editors, registering to vote and being involved in civic organizations are ways that will thank veterans every day.
RIVERBOAT CASINO GROUNDBREAKING IN ST. ELMO
It became official a few weeks ago that the President riverboat would be moved to the City of St. Elmo. The groundbreaking, to set off the beginning of the project, will be this Saturday, at 2:00 PM at Tower Lake in St. Elmo, where the 300-foot long boat will be permanently docked. As for the current condition of the boat, developer and owner of the boat, Dave Campbell, says two of the four decks are stripped down and they are running a little ahead of schedule on the project.