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Wiggins waits to find out if beer will be sold on Sundays

Wiggins residents should find out in late July if they will be able to buy beer on Sundays. (Photo source: WLOX) Wiggins residents should find out in late July if they will be able to buy beer on Sundays. (Photo source: WLOX)
WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) -

At the Chevron Curb Store in Wiggins, the cash registers are working constantly on Sunday, but the one thing not on the counter is beer.

Right now, it's against the law to sell beer on Sunday. But if no one files an official protest before late July, that all will change.

On June 16, business asked the Board of Aldermen to amend the city ordinance regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages, and the board obliged. But the change must first go through a 30-day public appeals process.

Most businesses and city aldermen support the change. But the decision has created a division and left some conflicted.

Hailey Quave, who works at the Chevron Curb Store, admitted it would be good for business, but she's against the move.

"I'm against the beer sales on Sunday because of religious beliefs of different people in the area," she said. "I believe it would cause more problems for drunk driving and other things - DUIs, things like that. The only thing I would see that would even be good about it would be the restaurants being able to come to town because of being able to sell beer at all times."

Wiggins is literally a wet spot on the map. Stone County is dry, but the city can sell beer and light wine from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The amendment, which passed unanimously by the city's board of alderman June 18, will allow beer and light wine to be sold from noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays.

Lifelong Wiggins resident and produce businessman Donnie Bolling said the change should go through.

"People that drink are going to get it Saturday or drive to Harrison County or Forrest County to get it, so why not keep the revenue here?" Bolling said. "I don't even drink, but I think it would keep the drunk driving down a little bit on the weekend. Because if they want it, they're going to drink it."

Jerry Sanders, another lifetime Wiggins resident, agreed.

"I know there are a lot of church going people around here - they disapprove of it. But I say tax dollars going to other places, that's another thing you've got to look at too," Sanders said.

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