ABC shuts down private club

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A change of plans for those looking forward to tossing back a cold one this weekend at a local club.

Friday afternoon agents with the Department of Finance and Administration's Alcoholic Beverage Control closed the Harry B. Stokes Post #4501 VFW, 1680 Chaney Dr., in Batesville.

According to an ABC official in Little Rock, the business had not renewed its Private Club Class A-Dry County permit.

The club cannot serve alcohol until the permit is renewed.  According to ABC, renewing the permit "does not take long."

A patron who contacted Region 8 News stated the club had posted a sign on its door stating it was closed until Tuesday, July 12.

Gary Jones, commander of the VFW post, was unavailable for comment. Subsequent calls to the club went unanswered.

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